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December
9

Video courtesy of Monica Murhpy, WNDU-16

The year 2020 has looked very different for all of us, and it is especially profound during the holiday season when people are not gathering as much as usual. Cressy & Everett Real Estate usually hosts annual holiday gatherings for their REALTORS and staff throughout the footprint of our 12 office locations in southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana. With the current events and commitment to respect the safety guidelines, the leadership team had to think outside of the box. They wanted to create the feeling and experience of bringing everyone together, but somehow do it safely. So something special was crafted and strategically executed. 

This year, Cressy & Everett ordered about 200 take-home family meals from South Bend's LaSalle Grill restaurant, the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for 25 straight years, and known for expertly crafted fresh, local, sustainable food. The meals were distributed to agents and staff over the course of 3 days at different locations convenient for pick up, and the meals fed agents and staff and their families in their homes but also provided a good measure of local support.

"2020 has been a difficult year for so many people, personally as well as in business. So, when we have a chance to give back to others, and when we have a chance to bring our agents and staff together, and have them share a moment like they are sharing this weekend with these meals, that's really special to us." said President John De Souza.

Each family meal box contained a house salad, entrees choices, multiple sides and a dessert. Company branded swag was also provided in a bag including some drinking tumblers, some food serving tongs, and a card from the partners thanking each person for his or her contribution to the company.

An opportunity like this not only feeds employees and their families, it helped support a local business as well. Cressy & Everett prides itself on having a presence and demonstrating what it means to be a good corporate citizen, with proactive volunteer, public service and real help in the communities where we live, work and raise our families. With "Giving Back" as one of our most important core values, it was great to see some employees choosing to pay-it-forward with their meal in sharing or giving away, or in their donation of their meal box to families in need or groups of front-line workers such as local hospital healthcare workers.

September
21

Dance Studios - South Bend - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Dance provides a great number of benefits, including exercise, socialization, and discipline. Best of all, it's fun! Whether you're someone who's been inspired by a TV show like "Dancing with the Stars," a parent whose child has been begging to learn how to dance, or an adult looking to brush up on their long-lost dance skills, a studio is available for nearly every need and interest.

Our real estate agents suggest the following dance studios located in the South Bend IN/Michiana area:

  • Dancehipology – 121 S. Niles Ave., South Bend IN 46617
    Dancehipology, owned by professional ballroom dance instructor Velvet Canada Matthews, is located in the downtown area near many South Bend homes for sale. The studio offers a wide variety of classes tailored to every skill level in group and private options. And if you're getting married and want to make sure you can look good dancing for your special event, Dancehipology can help you choose a song, edit the music, and teach your preferred dance to your wedding party.

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August
31

Bubble Tea - South Bend, IN - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Bubble tea is a Taiwanese drink that's often made by blending tea with milk and fruit juices. The "bubbles" are tapioca pearls or ones made with a myriad of other flavors. The combinations are virtually endless!

Our real estate agents recommend trying bubble tea at the following locations near South Bend, IN:

  • Cre-Asian - 1639 N. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN 46635
    Cre-Asian is a popular destination for University of Notre Dame students, staffers, and other regulars who stop by for the Vietnamese restaurant. Located just around the corner from South Bend homes for sale, it serves a variety of boba teas, which are another name for bubble teas. Choose from frozen or liquid boba teas in fruit flavors such as honeydew, banana, peach, mango, and passion fruit, or order the green, black, or chai tea version. You'll also want to save some room for the restaurant's famous Pho Special, a soup that's served daily and features rice noodles simmered in broth for 24 hours and stocked with beef.

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August
10

St. Joseph Parks - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Take advantage of warmer weather and the green spaces around St. Joseph to get in some exercise. Our real estate agents take a closer look at six parks and trails around St. Joseph where you can enjoy a refreshing workout in the great outdoors.

  • Eaton Park – 3475 Lincoln Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085
    St. Joseph homes for sale
    provide easy access to a variety of great parks and trails, including Eaton Park where you can go for a run with the sounds of summer as your background music. Not a runner? You can walk or bike the many trails that run throughout the park.

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May
11

Gardening Tips & Supplies - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Mother Nature isn't the only one who can make things grow. Our real estate agents enjoy using the bounty of their gardens to enrich their dinner plates and decorate their homes. Read these tips for starting your own garden and order supplies from these gardening centers offering delivery or curbside pickup near South Bend homes for sale.

How to Start a Garden

  1. Pick Your Spot
    The Beatles had it right: follow the sun. Most plants need direct sunlight for at least six hours per day. The garden should also be close to a garden hose or other source of water. You may find the optimum spot is covered with sod that needs to be removed first.

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April
27

Public Library - Michiana - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If you'd like to see interesting items that tell the history of the Michiana area, you won't have to leave your house to do it. The St. Joseph County Public Library has several online digital collections spotlighting Michiana that you can access online.

Our real estate agents suggest exploring the following collections to learn more about the Michiana area of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.

  • Oral Histories
    The library's oral history collection preserves the stories of South Bend and St. Joseph County residents, presented in their own words. "South Bend Stories" were recorded in 2015 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of South Bend. They include stories from longtime WSBT radio personality Jon Thompson, who shares his account of surviving and reporting on the blizzard of 1978. "Michiana Voices" includes memories from Ben Johnson, an administrator and presidential aide who talks about attending Riley High School and living in South Bend in the '50s and '60s, as well as those from activist Glenda Rae Hernandez, who speaks about discrimination in housing and other topics.

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April
20

St. Joseph Restaurants - Curbside Pickup - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Turn your home into the most exclusive restaurant in town. Order ahead for easy curbside pickup from these top restaurants just minutes from St. Joseph homes for sale

  1. Silver Beach Pizza - 410 Vine St., St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Pizza is so beloved and versatile that leftovers frequently serve as the next day's breakfast. Conveniently located in the historic Amtrak Depot, Silver Beach Pizza has three pages of their menu devoted to their acclaimed pies. Dough and sauce are made fresh daily, with gluten-free crusts available. Choose from 20 specialty pizzas or make your own from dozens of toppings literally ranging from A to Z. Complement your meal with starters and salads such as wings, mozzarella sticks, and Caesar salad. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily.

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March
30

Driving Tour - Michiana - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Grab the kids and switch up your normal weekend routine with a drive around Michiana. Our real estate agents love an afternoon spent with the windows down and the tunes cranked up. Pack a few snacks, create a cool cruising playlist, and check out these interesting landmarks in South Bend, Nappanee, and Mishawaka.

  • The Statue of Liberty Replica — 101 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601
    When you're riding around looking at South Bend homes for sale, you may recognize a familiar face from New York. In the 1950s, The Boy Scouts of America dedicated this replica of The Statue of Liberty "as a pledge of Fidelity and Loyalty". This marker is actually part of the nation-wide Statue of Liberty Replicas series. Today, this marker is located on the eastern-facing entrance of the St. Joseph County Courthouse. Be sure to look around the area while you're driving to spot other cool markers like the St. Joseph County Civil War Monument only a few feet away.

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February
17

Wine Bars - St. Joseph, MI - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

While February 18 is celebrated annually as National Drink Wine Day, drinking wine isn't a one-day affair. Wine does come with its share of benefits such as lowered risks of liver disease, heart attacks, stroke, type II diabetes, and some types of cancers.

Furthermore, wineries often influence our choices when buying properties. If you're looking for St. Joseph homes for sale, our real estate agents have sampled the best wine bars around St. Joseph, MI to help you choose the right neighborhood.

  1. Silver Harbor Brewing Company - 721 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Established in 2016, Silver Harbor Brewing Company offers plenty of history. The brewery is located in an iconic structure built in 1900 in downtown St. Joseph, MI. The original design has been maintained over the years, but the bar area has been enhanced with natural Michigan timber and reclaimed steel. Stop for dinner, lunch, or just delicious wine to experience the great atmosphere.

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February
10

Benton Harbor Florists - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it and what better way to express your true feelings than with fresh blossoms? Whether your special someone favors orchids, succulents, or white roses, a gorgeous arrangement is an instant way to warm the heart of your Valentine. Our real estate agents have compiled a list of five flower shops in Benton Harbor where you can get vibrant color choices and floral delights to celebrate the big day.

  • H & J Florist and Greenhouses - 3965 Red Arrow Highway, St. Joseph, MI 49085
    H & J Florist is a stylish flower shop near St. Joseph homes for sale offering fresh flowers, planter baskets, plants, stuffed animal bears, balloons, boxed chocolate, and more. If you're looking for something unique and special for that person in your life for Valentine's Day, H & J Florist is one of the best places in Benton Harbor to visit. The friendly and prompt staff can help you put together an exceptional and outstanding custom bouquet if you want to skip the typical bouquet. During the busy time, you may want to place your order at least one day prior.

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January
20

St. Joseph County Library - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

You probably already know that South Bend's St. Joseph County Library system makes it easy to pick up your favorite books new and old, but did you know that your local library offers so much more than just books? Whether you're looking to learn, connect with people who share your interests, check out the latest media, attend a special, seasonal event, or simply browse the endless stacks, South Bend's libraries are wonderful places to spend an afternoon. Our real estate agents know South Bend, and we've got the details on the resources you can expect when you visit our local libraries.

St. Joseph County Library Facts

  • 10 Library Locations for Your Convenience
    Shopping for South Bend homes for sale? No matter which neighborhood you choose, rest assured that there will be a great library nearby. The St. Joseph County Library system has 10 facilities located throughout the city, and every branch offers something unique. Each branch houses its own collection and hosts its own schedule of special events, so there's always something new to see at your local library.

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January
6

South Bend Pizza Shops - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

New York-style pizza may feature foldable slices, but it takes two hands to hold a hearty slice of Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. With National Pizza Week running January 12-18, there's no better time to check out these amazing deep-dish pizza joints suggested by our real estate agents

  • Antonio's - 1105 Goshen Ave., Elkhart 46516
    In true Italian fashion, Antonio's promises to "feed you like family." Whether you're on a romantic date or treating the kids, Antonio's has been the place to go since 1979. Diners around Elkhart homes for sale come back for stuffed pizza like the signature Italian Stallion with sausage, meatballs, bacon and pepperoni. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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December
16

Holiday Shopping - Berrien County, MI - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

No matter how carefully you plan for gift-giving occasions, there's always that last-minute event that gets you scrambling. Need something quick for your child's teacher or an office gift exchange? Our real estate agents suggest these great gift shops around Berrien County.

  • A Lovely Nest - 217 E. Main St., Niles 49120
    A Lovely Nest perfectly describes Niles homes for sale, so it's an appropriate name for this charming gifts and home decor shop. Owners Kelsey and Will turned their hobby of handcrafting home accessories into a full-time business. selling signs, coffee mugs and wine glasses, tables, jewelry, and baby onesies. Personalization is available for many of the items. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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December
2

Live Christmas Trees - St. Joseph, MI - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

There's nothing quite like decorating a freshly cut Christmas tree with your family in your cozy home. Our real estate agents enjoy the convenience of artificial trees, but we must admit—there's just something magical and whimsical involved in choosing the perfect live Christmas tree every year. Gather the family and head out to one of these farms around St. Joseph to pick out a live Christmas tree for this year!

  • Bredeweg Acres — 2268 W. Rockey Weed Road, Stevensville, MI 49127
    Bredeweg Acres
    is known in the warmer months for their "you-pick-them" blueberries, but come winter, the Bredeweg farm becomes a haven for holiday trees. They offer a variety of Christmas trees like Fraser Fir and Blue Spruce. They'll drill the tree and shake it for free, then wrap it up so you can take it home. Stop by their gift shop where you can pick up a wreath and garland to decorate your whole interior. If you're in the area browsing Stevensville homes for sale, make a stop at Bredeweg Acres to snag the best tree before it's gone.

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November
18

South Bend Barbershops - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

NoSHAVEmber began in 2009 as a whimsical way to raise funds for and awareness of the serious issue of cancer research. But even the "official" rules don't prohibit grooming, so donate to your favorite cancer charity before you head out to one of these top barber shops recommended by our real estate agents.

  • Generations Barber Shop - 3708 Lincolnway E., Mishawaka 46544
    Owners Gil and Brent have their names displayed on the sign outside Generations Barber Shop, not far from Mishawaka homes for sale, so everyone who walks in already feels like a friend. The clean, comfortable shop includes flat-screen TVs in front of each chair for your individual viewing choice. Be sure to call ahead for an appointment. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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November
4

South Bend Vegan Restaurants - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Our real estate agents love trying out local restaurants and are always looking for something new and different. That's why we're super excited to celebrate World Vegan Month at some of the area's most popular vegan restaurants.  

When you're ready to take a break from looking at South Bend homes for sale, we recommend paying a visit to one of these local hot spots. You may be surprised to learn just how delicious vegan food can be! 

  • Pinellia Vegan Asian Restaurant: 3601 Edison Road Ste. D, South Bend, IN 46615
    For Asian fusion with a vegan twist, you can't go wrong with Pinellia Vegan Asian Restaurant. Everything on this menu is fresh, flavorful, and nutritious. This is the kind of place that even carnivores adore. Some of the most popular items include paper spring rolls, vegan BBQ ribs, General Tso's Protein dish, and Pad Thai with browned tofu.

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October
21

South Bend Craft Breweries - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If you love craft beer, then few seasons are better than fall. In addition to being a great time to sample locally created seasonal beers, fall is the perfect time to enjoy a pint while enjoying local college and pro football action. The South Bend area is home to a ton of excellent craft breweries, where you can sample unique flavors that you won't find anywhere else. Our real estate agents love helping you get to know South Bend, and we've got the inside scoop on five great craft breweries located around the city.

Grab an IPA at These South Bend Breweries

  1. Crooked Ewe Brewery – 1047 Lincoln Way East, South Bend, IN 46601
    South Bend homes for sale make it easy to visit every destination on our list, including the Crooked Ewe Brewery which is located in the city. The team at Crooked Ewe produces small-batch craft brews in nearly every style. Try a stout, IPA, ale, or porter, along with a huge selection of seasonal beers throughout the year.

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October
7

Antique Stores Berrien County, MI - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Whether you're checking out St. Joseph homes for sale or you've already found your dream home, antiquing is a super fun way to spend a beautiful fall day. Our real estate agents love searching for unique finds at antique shops all around Berrien County and have some recommendations for where you just might find the perfect hidden treasure to take home.

  • Elephant's Breath - 203 State St., Saint Joseph, MI 49085
    From records and books to gorgeous antique furniture, Elephant's Breath has a huge selection of unique items to choose from. The friendly, knowledgeable owners are happy to help you find what you're looking for, whether it's a bookshelf, mantle, or a rare collectible.  Some of their top-notch selections include beautiful Mid-Century Modern, Industrial, and Primitive-style furniture, pottery, vintage clothes, jewelry, cameras, and more.

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September
16

Benton Harbor Wedding Venues - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

You want your wedding to be amazing. Everything from the pictures to the decorations and food should be an experience you and your guests won't forget. And finding the right place to say I do can make the atmosphere for your big day even more special. Luckily there are plenty of wonderful places right near Benton Harbor homes for sale that can make your wedding dreams a reality.

  1. Lake Michigan Gardens – 2584 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    If you've been dreaming of a beautiful outdoor garden setting for your wedding, Lake Michigan Gardens can deliver. With 16 acres of outdoor gardens, trees, and indoor spaces, you'll find a great spot to capture the mood and memories of your big day. Beautiful outdoor photos will capture your favorite memories and an onsite event coordinator means you can relax and enjoy your big day.

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September
3

South Bend Bakeries - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Homer Simpson has a lot of peculiar ideas, but his love of donuts is one we heartily endorse. Our real estate agents can't wait to celebrate National Cream-Filled Donut Day on Saturday, September 14 with a sweet treat from one of these delectable donut shops in the South Bend area. Which flavor will you choose?

  1. West End Bakery - 414 W. 7th St., Mishawaka 46544
    When a bakery has been in business for more than 90 years, they must be pretty good at what they do. Adolf and Mary Fobe opened West End Bakery in 1928 and their grandson Greg carries on their tradition today, not far from Mishawaka homes for sale. Generations of local families have turned to West End Bakery for apple fritters, chocolate-glazed donuts, and other baked treats as well as their specialty wedding and birthday cakes. Hours at West End Bakery are 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day but Sunday.

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August
19

Paddleboarding and Kayaking in Berrien County, MI - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

The weather has been absolutely beautiful in Saint Joseph lately, just right for a day on the water! And with miles and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Berrien County is the perfect place for a kayak or paddleboard adventure. Check out some of our real estate agents' favorite paddling spots in the area. 

  1. Silver Beach County Park - 101 Broad St., Saint Joseph, MI
    Located right in the heart of St. Joseph, Silver Beach County Park marks the spot where the Saint Joseph River meets Lake Michigan and offers excellent paddling opportunities on both. You can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards in the park, and explore 2,450 feet of Lake Michigan frontage or make your way upriver. The park is located near numerous Saint Joseph homes for sale and offers a lovely beach, fishing pier, and picnic areas.

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August
5

South Bend Golf Courses - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If you're looking for a reason to clear off your calendar and clean off your cleats, then make sure to mark August 1st on your calendar. While you're at it, since you work hard all year long, you should go ahead and mark the whole month off. August is National Golf Month and that's all the reason you need to take a break and give yourself the gift of some "me" time on the course. It's your opportunity to explore the region's best courses and ponder which of the fabulous South Bend homes for sale you want to put an offer down on.   

  1. Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course - State Road 933, South Bend, IN 46601
    Easily one of the most beautiful courses in the state, the Warren Golf Course is as challenging as the courses taught at the university. Over the past 20 years, the course has earned a reputation as one of the best collegiate courses in America.

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July
1

Consours d'Elegance Classic Car Show - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

The Concours d'Elegance at Copshaholm is one of the best annual events in South Bend and our real estate agents are pleased to see its return on Saturday, July 13. Classic car lovers from Indiana and beyond will cruise over to the John D. Oliver House to enjoy an afternoon gazing at stunning vehicles. This event is touted as one of the premier celebrations for automotive design and styling in the state. Though this is only the second year that the Copshaholm will host this event, the Concours d'Elegance is not new to Sound Bend.

Classic Car Show History

Concours d'Elegance's first event took place in 2005. From then until 2017, it was known as the Lake Bluff Concours d'Elegance. Taking place at Lake Bluff Park in downtown, the show featured dozens of automobiles and plenty of family activities. Unfortunately, Lake Bluff Park stopped hosting the event after its 13th year, leaving its future uncertain.

Thankfully, the Studebaker National Museum was interested in hosting their own Concours d'Elegance event. Partnering with their neighbor, The History Museum, the first Concours d'Elegance at Copshaholm took place in 2018. We're so excited that the Studebaker National Museum and The History Museum have agreed to host this event once again during 2019!

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May
20

National Bike Month-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Our real estate agents are proud to live in a region with such a rich variety of outdoor attractions. Michigan's Harbor Country is a destination for everything from fishing and boating to hiking and birdwatching—and now it's time for cyclists to enjoy their time in the spotlight. 

May is National Bike Month, and we can't think of a better place to enjoy it than Harbor Country. If you're in the area checking out Union Pier homes for sale, you might consider taking time out of your busy schedule to explore our area's beautiful bike paths and trails!

Get Ready for National Bike Month

Ever since it was first established in 1956, National Bike Month has given cyclists from coast to coast an extra reason to celebrate the sport they love so much. National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and in addition to throwing a spotlight on bicycle enthusiasts, it offers a great opportunity for newcomers to join their ranks and give it a try. 

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May
6

 

South Bend Events for Mother's Day-Cressy & Everett

Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 12th this year, which is right around the corner. That means that it's time to think about just how you're going to celebrate the mother you hold dear. If you have just moved into the area or will be in town shopping South Bend homes for sale around Mother's Day, you may not know just where to go to make the day special. To help you find your footing in our area, here's a rundown of some interesting Mother's Day events going on around South Bend:

  1. Live Music by Eli Kahn - Ironhand Vineyard, 1025 Northside Blvd., South Bend
    Live Music by Eli Kahn is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mother's Day. It features a live performance by Eli Kahn, a popular and talented solo jazz guitarist with a style all his own. You can expect to hear a variety of contemporary and classic jazz tunes during the show, which is sure to set the perfect Mother's Day mood for music-loving Moms.

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April
22

Harbor Shores Golf Course-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

There aren't too many major championship golf courses where the general public can get a tee time on any given day, but Harbor Shores is special. Covering a spectacular variety of beautiful terrain, the Harbor Shores Golf Course will thrill and challenge golfers of all skill levels. As far as our real estate agents are concerned, there's no better place to play a round of golf in the Benton Harbor area. 

A Course Like No Other

Harbor Shores Golf Course was designed by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, who attended the club's grand opening in 2010 alongside pros Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson. If you've never seen Nicklaus' near-miraculous 102-foot putt on the 10th hole at Harbor Shores, check it out.

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April
15

St. Joseph Blossomtime Festival-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If you're in the area looking at Saint Joseph homes for sale this spring, you'll definitely want to take a break to enjoy the annual Blossom Festival. This week-long event, which has been happening since the early 1900s, was created to celebrate Southern Michigan's thriving agriculture industry.  

With a wide variety of family-friendly events ranging from pageants and fashion shows to parades and a 5k run, there's truly something for everyone! Check out this guide so you don't miss a thing.  

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April
8

Neighborhood Safety-Cressy & Everett

The house looks nice and the price is right. It's close to work and schools. But is the neighborhood where it's located safe? This is one of the most important considerations to make when buying a house. It's not only important for your own well being, but also for your home's potential resale value. So how can you tell if the neighborhood is safe? Here are a number of ways.

  1. Walk the neighborhood at different times of day and night. Talk to neighbors to find out the history of the house and neighborhood. Chat up people in nearby businesses and other parts of town and ask opinions of the neighborhood. Exploring the neighborhood on foot allows you to notice things you wouldn't in a car, such as barking dog or neighbors playing drums.

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March
18

South Bend Parks-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Did you know that it's almost time to celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day? Every year at the end of March, people across the country take to their local parks to celebrate the start of spring and observe a unique holiday.

National Take a Walk in the Park Day is the perfect excuse to explore all that your local parks have to offer, and South Bend is an ideal place to do just that. With an extensive collection of parks, green spaces, and outdoor attractions, you will have no shortage of options for enjoying the day in South Bend. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare, with a guide to some of South Bend's most popular parks and green spaces.

Celebrate Take a Walk Day March 30th with a Walk at South Bend's Parks and Green Spaces

  1. Boehm Park – 1600-1698 Edison Road, South Bend
    If you're shopping for South Bend homes for sale, you'll never have trouble finding a great park to enjoy, with popular spots like Boehm Park on Edison Road. Boehm Park features beautiful outdoor scenery, a playground, picnic areas, and a host of athletic facilities. It's a great place to enjoy your favorite sports, with basketball, softball, soccer, baseball, and tennis facilities open to all ages.

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January
21

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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January
14

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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January
7

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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December
17

Benton Harbor Ski Slopes & Trails
Benton Harbor, Michigan is perfect for people who love to slip on skis and enjoy the fantastic ski resorts and trails in the region. When you buy any of the Benton Harbor homes for sale this season, you will be pleased to know that some of the best skiing in the state is less than an hour away from your front door. 

Paradise for Downhill Skiers

  • Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area - 13421 Mann St., Jones
    Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area
     is an ideal place for beginner skiers to master their skills. The runs aren't too steep, and the atmosphere is 100% family friendly. When you buy one of the Jones homes for sale this year, you are buying a home in Michigan that is not more than a few minutes away from the slopes.

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November
26

Commuting & Home Buying

Before you finalize your list of new home must-haves, be sure you consider your commute time and travel costs. If you plan to buy a home in Saint Joseph, Michigan and work here too, it shouldn't be much of an issue. When the census documented local workers' travel time, they calculated an average 14.7 minute commute time. That's far less than the national average.

Our real estate agents understand the attraction of moving your family to a small town or suburb. Smaller communities have a lot to offer, but before you make a move, consider the pros and cons of an extended daily commute.

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October
1

South Bend Restaurants
People often ask our real estate agents about the features that make a city or neighborhood a wonderful place to live. Home buyers want to make sure there are plenty of things to do around town to keep busy and enrich their lives. One thing that stands out about downtown South Bend is the wide variety of quality dining options. You'll want to try them all! 

About the South Bend Downtown Dining Association

The Downtown Dining Association is dedicated to ensuring the residents of South Bend and the surrounding communities have plenty of options to satisfy their hunger. They help promote locally owned and operated restaurants that serve fresh made seasonal food. So the money you spend at their downtown member restaurants stays in the community and benefits the local economy.

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August
6

Buying a House in Nappanee
Nappanee, Indiana regularly ranks as one of the best small towns in the state to call home, and every new resident finds reasons to love the community. Nappanee's excellent school district, outdoor attractions, unique history, and tight-knit community make it an especially popular choice for families. Are you buying your next home in Nappanee? Our real estate agents are here to help you get to know Nappanee and provide a preview of what you have to look forward to in your new hometown.

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July
3

South Bend Best Places for a Run
South Bend, Indiana is the type of place where outdoor fun is always waiting around the next corner, whether you're looking to play your favorite sports, take in spectacular scenery, or simply lace up your running shoes for a great workout. All throughout South Bend, you'll find parks, trails, and running routes that allow you to explore every corner of your favorite city. There are plenty of great places to stop along the way, along with beautiful, natural sights to enjoy. Our real estate agents have all the details on the best places in South Bend to go for a run.

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June
11

Elkhart Indiana Jazz FestivalEvery year around the start of summer, the community of Elkhart, Indiana comes alive for the Elkhart Jazz Fest, one of the area's most popular annual events. With seven stages, a long list of performers, and a beautiful, historic setting, the Elkhart Jazz Festival is a fantastic place to enjoy your favorite music. This year's 31st Annual Elkhart Jazz Fest kicks off on June 22, 2018, and our real estate agents have all of the details on one of Elkhart's most anticipated annual events.

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June
18

Goshen Indiana Summer CampsGoshen Has Summer Camps Galore

Goshen homes for sale come in all styles and sizes--perfect for a single person buying their first home or families with kids. Goshen is a community rich in diversity where you'll find young professionals living next door to retirees.

The Maple City offers local families a wealth of activities helping to earn it Niche.com's ranking as #2 as the Best City in Elkhart County to raise a family. From Downtown Goshen festivals like First Fridays to outdoor adventures at one of our 26 city parks, Goshen officials have worked hard to make Goshen a great place to live.

School will be out for the summer soon and through the efforts of Goshenites with a heart for kids, our children will be able to learn and grow throughout the summer months ahead.

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June
4

Buy a Home in BristolLocated in the heart of Elkhart County, the historic town of Bristol, Indiana pairs a comfortable, small-town lifestyle with a long list of attractions that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you're looking to spend some time enjoying the natural beauty of Bristol, experiencing arts and culture at historic venues, or relaxing on the water, you'll find what you're looking for close to home in Bristol. Our real estate agents know the community, and we've put together five reasons why you'll love getting to know Bristol too.

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May
7

Saint Joseph Festival
Are you ready to celebrate the spring in style, and enjoy the unique culture of Saint Joseph, MI? Then the 6th Annual BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass Festival is the place to be! This local event has quickly become a favorite for Saint Joseph residents, with great food, local craft drinks, and of course plenty of amazing music for all to enjoy. Tickets are affordable for the whole family, and the festival offers something for every member of the family. Our real estate agents have all the info on this fabulous festival happening close to home in Saint Joseph, MI.

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April
16

Are you ready to experience some of the finest food that South Bend has to offer? All throughout the city, you'll find a great collection of pizzerias, where you can grab your own slice of heaven in South Bend. Enjoy your favorite classic pie, or branch out to try one of the new, unique pizza creations available in the city. Our real estate agents know the city, and we've got the details on where to find the best pizza in South Bend, IN.

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April
9

Saint Joseph Lighthouses
St. Joseph, Michigan is one of the beautiful small-town resort destinations located along the edge of Lake Michigan. Visitors and locals appreciate the eclectic shopping, dining, and water fun but they also embrace our area's history. When you tour Saint Joseph homes for sale save time in your schedule to explore the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouses. They are a well-recognized part of Michigan's history.

Our real estate agents at Cressy & Everett Real Estate live and work in this beautiful resort community. We love St. Joseph and we're proud of our lighthouses and their place in local and maritime history. We're sure you'll enjoy them as well, so we want to provide some information to help you plan your visit. 

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March
19

Curb Appeal
Whether you're looking to find the right Southwest Michigan home, add some appeal while selling your home, or simply make your current home look its best, there's a good chance curb appeal will be a major factor in the equation. There are many ways to add curb appeal to your home, but few things do the trick quite like beautiful landscaping and gardening features. Our real estate agents know a thing or two about curb appeal, and we've created a guide to help you make your Southwest Michigan home look great from the curb.

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March
7

South Bend St. Patrick's Day

Are you ready to paint the town green for St. Patrick's Day 2018 in South Bend? While our city loves to celebrate all of the holidays throughout the year, St. Patrick's day always holds a special place in the hearts of South Bend residents. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly event where the kids can have a blast, or a day of drinks, dancing, and celebration with friends, you'll find it close to home in South Bend. Our Cressy & Everett real estate agents are ready to celebrate, and we've got the details on 6 great places to spend St. Patrick's Day in South Bend.

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February
13

Benton Harbor 12 Corners Vineyards
Nestled on the peaceful shoreline of Lake Michigan, Benton Harbor, Michigan is arguably best known as a quiet summertime getaway on the great lakes. But there is plenty to see and do here during any season, as our team of Cressy & Everett real estate agents will tell you. Wintertime is no exception, and a great event is right around the corner – 12C Jazz and Wine at 12 Corners Vineyards.

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January
29

South Bend  Sports Bars
South Bend loves sports, so it's no surprise that the Super Bowl is always one of the best events of the year in the city. Whether you're busy shopping for South Bend homes for sale or simply passing through for a visit, there are a ton of great places in the city to catch the big game in style. Enjoy great food, cold drinks, and plenty of new friends on Super Bowl Sunday. Our real estate agents have all the details on catching the Super Bowl in South Bend.

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January
8

South Bend Things to Do
When you move to a new community, there is a certain excitement that can be found in discovering a new restaurant, strolling through an art gallery, and cheering on the home team.  When you visit our city to tour South Bend homes for sale, you'll find plenty of dining, entertainment, art, and culture choices to enjoy with someone special

Our real estate agents live, work, and play in the local area. We invite you to stay in town after the sun goes down. To guide your date night adventure, we've created a list of 10 Things to Do in South Bend on Date Night.  

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December
4

Goshen Indiana Community of the YearGoshen, Indiana isn't the kind of place that everybody around the world has heard about. Yet, from its long history of RV manufacturing to its charming nickname of "The Maple City," there's just something about Goshen that entices so many visitors to learn more.

With a population around 31,000 and a location that's convenient to many larger communities, Goshen is mainly known around its home state for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair – one of the biggest county fairs anywhere in the country. Every year, participants travel from far and wide to see it.

Look a little closer, however, and there's even more to this town – after all, it was just named the 2017 Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.  Let's see what Goshen is really all about.

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November
13

Saint Joseph Holiday Family Events

There's no place like home for the holidays and the Saint Joseph is preparing a holiday schedule stacked full of holiday events. Whether you're shopping for great gifts, taking in spectacular scenery or spending quality time with the kids, Saint Joseph is the place to be for the holidays. Our real estate agents are already hard at work getting ready for the holidays, and we've got all the details on holiday events throughout the Saint Joseph, MI area.

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October
23

Niles, Michigan Fernwood Garden
Nestled in the scenic St. Joseph River Valley, Niles, Michigan is a beautiful place in any season. But it really comes to life in fall, and nowhere are the colors of the season more vividly on display at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve.

A private, non-profit institution that focuses on preserving and displaying the best of Michigan's native flora, Fernwood Botanical Garden is ripe for exploration. Our real estate agents in Niles can help you learn more about all the great outdoor things to do in Niles when you move to our community.

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October
10

Elkhart County Heritage Trail - Autumn

The temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter, and the air is cool, crisp, and refreshing. With the pleasant, beautiful days of fall here in Northern Indiana, now is the time to start planning your autumn adventures in Northern Indiana. If you're looking for a fun way to spend the day, a chance to discover Indiana real estate, or an easy way to explore all of the great communities in our area, then try traveling the Heritage Trail.

Elkhart County Amish Country

The Heritage Trail winds its way through Amish Country and passes through a host of other wonderful towns in Elkhart County, with plenty of great stops for food and fun along the way. Our Cressy & Everett real estate agents are here to tell you all about the Heritage Trail.

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October
4

South Bend Leaf Peeping
Fall has arrived in South Bend, Indiana bringing with it an annual celebration of color. Leaves are changing and the colors are often breathtaking. As trees transition to their most colorful seasonal palette, residents with South Bend homes can enjoy the art of leaf-peeping. 

Gold, red, and orange foliage lines South Bend streets and walkways with hypnotic color. Its beauty worth sharing, so Cressy & Everett real estate agents want to give you a heads-up on where you can find some of the best leaf-peeping in South Bend, Indiana.

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September
19

Baroda Michigan Dablon Vineyards
The beautiful sights, sounds, and flavors of Baroda, MI are on full display at one of our area's most popular wineries. Dablon Winery and Vineyards opened in Baroda in 2009, and has quickly become a staple of the local winery scene. The property is gorgeous, the wine is delicious, and the atmosphere is fantastic. Every detail of the wine-making process, from planting grapes to pouring a glass, is handled with care by the friendly, knowledgeable staff on-site. Our Cressy & Everett real estate agents love getting out to experience the community, and we're excited to introduce you to this one-of-a-kind Baroda winery.

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September
11

Big City vs. Suburban Living - We'll Help You Decide
The hustle, bustle, and bright lights of the city or the quiet comfort of the suburbs? It's the eternal question for many people when buying a house, and the answer depends on a number of important factors. Your personal preference, financial picture, family status, desired home, and your idea of the ideal community will all factor into the equation. Our real estate agents love helping shoppers decide on the right location for their home, so let's take a closer look at the differences between suburban and big-city living.

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September
4

Saint Joseph Beach
When people think of the best beaches in the US, Michigan does not typically top the list. There are more famous beaches in Florida or California – but Michigan's hidden gems are just as beautiful and far more inviting for the average visitor.

No matter whether you're dropping by from a nearby state or searching for Saint Joseph homes for sale, it's important to know you have plenty of recreation options available to you. Silver Beach, just minutes from the center of downtown Saint Joseph, is a place you'll visit again and again. 

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August
18

Baroda MI Round Barn
Ever wish you could spend an evening at a special place close to home with fantastic food, locally crafted drinks, and fun activities for every member of the family? The Round Barn Winery, Distillery, and Brewery brings a taste of wine country to our corner of Michigan, and it is truly a unique place to visit no matter the season. From the unique, historic location to a full menu of spirits crafted by passionate, local experts, the Round Barn Winery delivers a unique experience that leaves you looking forward to your next visit. Learn more about the Round Barn Winery from our Cressy and Everett real estate agents.

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August
8

An Inspiration for the Benton Harbor Community

Benton Harbor Arts District
Benton Harbor is a gem of Southwestern Michigan for so many reasons, but did you know a vibrant arts community is one of them? The Benton Harbor Arts District is s year-round destination for a mix of art, music, dance, theater, dining and family-friendly events.

Located in downtown Benton Harbor, Michigan on and around the intersection of Water Street and Territorial Road, the Arts District's shops, restaurants and art galleries serve as "the place" to connect with family, friends, and neighbors in the community.

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July
17

Historic South Bend is Something Special to See

South Bend

If you're an architecture aficionado in South Bend, Indiana, you're in luck. While the Windy City gets all the glory for its architecture tours, you don't have to drive all the way to Chicago to experience Art Deco office buildings from the 1920's or Classical Revival hotels from the 1890's. Right here in South Bend, we have more than 20 well-preserved buildings that show off the best of American and European architectural styles from the past 130 years. And on the first Friday of every month, a local history expert leads a downtown walking tour that highlights them.

"Then & Now: A Downtown South Bend Architecture Walking Tour" leaves at 5:30 from the American Trust Co. clock, and its route varies according to the season. Whether you're a history buff, an art student, or just a South Bend resident who's curious about the city you call home, this monthly walking tour is a great opportunity to learn more about our historic downtown area.

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June
26

4 Tips for Finding the Right Neighborhood to Buy a Home

Finding an Elkhart neighborhood

One of the biggest secrets to finding the right home is that the neighborhood you choose is often nearly as important as the home itself. The good news is that finding the right neighborhood is actually very similar to finding the right home. It all comes down to understanding what you want, and then doing the research to see which locations best fit your needs.

So, how do you get started? Our REALTORS® in Elkhart are here to help with proven, time-tested tips for finding the right Elkhart neighborhood to call your own.

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June
12

We've recently launched our latest marketing tool, the Cressy & Everett Video Library. So, what's that mean for you? You now have access to over 200+ short, informative videos for buyers, sellers, and current homeowners!

Where do you find it?

How can you use it?

  • Share a link to the video -- perfect for passing along tips and information to your family or friends via email, text, or social media!  

Curious about buying vs. renting? How should you prepare you home before putting it on the market? Thinking about a remodel? We have a video that will help you with hiring a reliable contractor for the job.  In fact, with over 200 videos in our library, you're sure to find one on the topic you're looking for.

As always -- our team of Realtors here at Cressy & Everett are available to help answer any of your questions when buying or selling your home. Contact us, today!

June
5

Secret Surprises Await Your Entire Family in Goshen

Downtown Goshen - Photo credit:  Amishcountry.Org

Goshen, Indiana easily has one of the most thriving downtown communities for a city of its size--nearly 32,000 residents--sporting an eclectic cultural scene, beautiful historic architecture and intriguing places to eat and shop. As our town motto says, "Everything comes together in Goshen"... or more precisely, everybody.

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May
9

South Bend Offers Eight Historic Districts to Buy a Home

South Bend Historic Districts

Considering a home in South Bend? South Bend features eight distinctive historic districts for you to choose from. Each one has its own special style and great features to entice you. Let's look at them now and get familiar with all South Bend has to offer:

  1. Chapin Park
    As a National Historic District, the downtown area's features striking architectural styles including Gothic, Second Empire, Queen Anne, and many more. These restored turn of the century properties are especially popular with young families.

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May
15

Best Things to Do in Sturgis, MI

Sturgis Michigan Family Fun
Sturgis, Michigan is the perfect small town atmosphere. With sidewalk-lined streets, community parks, and recreational opportunities, it's a great place to live. In the summer, many of those recreational opportunities come to the forefront of life in Sturgis. Here are some excellent ways to spend a lazy summer afternoon for those who buy homes in Sturgis.

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May
1

Cost of Commuting

Cressy & Everett real estate agents are here to help whether you're buying a home in Indiana or buying a home in Michigan. One of the biggest concerns many of our buyers express early on in the process is about commute times.

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April
12

About Nappanee and the Amish Acres Historic Farm

Amish Acres Historic Farm
Nappanee, Indiana has a rich, fascinating history and you'll find no better example of that history than Amish Acres Historic Farm. As you tour Amish Acres, you will be swept away to a different era, when day-to-day life in the community was centered on the farm, and around the family dinner table. It's like walking through a living museum, and a day at Amish Acres involves plenty more than seeing the sights. You'll also find great food, unique shopping opportunities, educational activities, and even a theater that is sure to delight every member of the audience.

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March
29

Cressy & Everett Real Estate Hosts Biz-Ness After Hours Event

Biz-Ness After Hours Event

Cressy & Everett Real Estate hosted the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Biz-Ness After Hours Event on Tuesday, March 21 at Our Place on Main, located at 126 Main Street in Elkhart.

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March
21

Living in Downtown South BendLife in Downtown South Bend, Indiana is anything but average. Every morning you'll find a world-class city waiting outside your front door where history, entertainment and outdoor fun meet to create an active, engaging lifestyle. The diverse population of South Bend's downtown includes retirees, college students, families, young professionals and everyone in between. South Bend is the sort of city where every new resident is welcomed as a member of the community. Once you experience Downtown South Bend, it's hard to imagine living anywhere else. 

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