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Buying a Home - Read This Before You Apply for a Mortgage

Our real estate agents often hear from our new clients that the process of getting a mortgage is intimidating. That's understandable!

Having an experienced real estate agent on your side does a lot to make applying for a home mortgage manageable.

Even so, it's important to know a few things about the process. Once you learn more, you'll see exactly what you need to do to make things easier.

That can be just what it takes to make your worries evaporate. The truth is, most people learn getting a mortgage is quite a bit easier than they imagined. It just takes some preparation.

These four steps will make it easier:

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Berrien County Burgers
Who doesn't love a good burger? After all, this iconic American comfort food is delicious, versatile, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Whether you're looking for juicy all-beef patties, a savory veggie burger, or a health-conscious turkey burger, there are plenty of restaurants in Berrien County to feed your needs.

With so many great places to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. To make things easy, our Cressy & Everett real estate agents have created a round-up of their favorite local burger joints. Each brings something special to the table, so you'll want to visit them all. Which one will you try first? 

  1. Buck Burgers & Brew: 412 State St, St Joseph
    Fresh, local ingredients and a selection of Michigan craft beers are the cornerstones of the Buck Burgers & Brew experience. This industrial-chic restaurant, located in a remodeled historic building in downtown St. Joseph, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

    Buck Burgers and Brew goes beyond the basics with menu options like the Peanut Butter & Bacon Jam Burger, Mac Attack Burger Basket, and the Harvest Turkey Burger made with Michigan apples, homemade raspberry jam, and brie cheese.

    Whether you choose to sit at the bar, in the loft seating, or at one of the two patios with gorgeous views of the Lake Michigan sunset, you're sure to enjoy great service and a friendly atmosphere.

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Nappannee 5 Spots for Brunch
Too late for breakfast, too early for lunch? No problem! Just settle in for a delightful brunch at one of the many great dining spots in Nappanee. Whether you're looking for a traditional brunch, fantastic baked goods, or the classic diner experience, you're sure to find a great meal locally.

Many of Nappanee's diners, bakeries, coffee houses, and popular breakfast spots offer the opportunity to sit down for brunch throughout the week. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on five great restaurants to enjoy brunch in Nappanee.

Start Your Day in Style at One of the 5 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Nappanee

  1. Main Street Roasters – 105 N Main St., Nappanee
    Nappanee's favorite coffee house, Main Street Roastersis also a great place to sit down for brunch every day of the week, with a delicious selection of food and drink available. Enjoy one of the many breakfast favorites on the menu, mix in a light lunch, try the homemade soup of the day, or sample a fresh, crisp salad. Of course, the menu at Main Street Roasters is also loaded with unique coffee and tea offerings that you won't find anywhere else.

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Saint Joseph Gyms and Health Clubs
Are you ready to get started on your New Year's resolutions for next year? For many people, heading to the gym, getting in shape, or enhancing an existing exercise program rank among the most important priorities for the upcoming year. Whether you're looking for a traditional gym, an excellent yoga class, or a unique workout like CrossFit, you will find a ton of great places to work out this year in the St. Joseph area. Our St. Joseph real estate agents are here to help, with five great local fitness destinations to help you get started on your New Year's resolutions.

  1. South Shore Health & Racquet Club – 3630 Tennis Ct., St. Joseph
    With 85,000 square feet of space and a wide variety of workout opportunities, the South Shore Health & Racquet Club is one of the best places in St. Joseph to enjoy a workout. The club includes an aquatic center, racquet sports facilities, a beautifully maintained fitness center with the latest equipment, and classes for every fitness/experience level. No matter your age or fitness level, the South Shore Health & Racquet Club has the right workout for you.

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