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January
26

First-time buyers can sometimes be caught off guard by closing costs. Here's how you can prep for them.

When you're shopping for a home, it's easy to focus only on the price of the house and forget about the other costs associated with buying a home. According to Business Insider, closing costs can be over $2,000 in Indiana, including taxes. To avoid showing up at closing with empty pockets, our real estate agents recommend budgeting for the following expenses when preparing to buy a home.

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January
18

What can we say about South Bend? Here are just 5 reasons we find the city so great!

There are many reasons to love South Bend. We have a great community here with history, activities, culture, and local small businesses. Here are five reasons our real estate agents rank among the highest on the list.

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January
16

Buying your first home can be stressful if you don't know what you're doing. Here are the best tips to hit the ground running.

Are you hoping a new home is in store for you in the coming year? If "buy a house" is at the top of your New Year's resolutions, you'll want to start planning for your big purchase now, especially if it's your first time buying a home. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents to help you get on track.

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January
10

Interior designers can completely transform the feel of your home. Here's what you need to know about them.

If you want a professional, pulled-together look inside your home, you might be in the market for an interior designer. Whether you are just moving in, ready for a refresh, or wanting your house to look its best to help you sell it faster, here is the rundown on interior designers from our real estate agents.

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January
2

Baby it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do! South Bend is full of fun activities this winter.

Baby it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do! South Bend is full of activities during the colder months, both inside and out. Here are a few attractions our real estate agents recommend checking out this winter.

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December
6

Find the perfect holiday gift for family and friends with these South Bend shops.

Struggling with ideas of what to get friends and family this holiday season? Make gift shopping easy-peasy with South Bend's selection of unique, independent local shops. Plus, you feel good knowing that by supporting someone's small business, you made their holiday season even better! Here are a few locally owned shops that our real estate agents recommend.

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November
14

See what your local brewmasters are crafting with these South Bend breweries.

One of the best things about living in South Bend is our local community: cafes, restaurants, and yes, breweries too! Are you looking for a great local brewery to meet up at with friends, or are you interested in sampling local lagers and ales? Check out these local breweries, recommended by our real estate agents.

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November
7

Lighting a candle may not be enough to rid your home of odors. Here's how you can freshen up your home naturally.

No one wants to walk into a stinky home, especially not if it's listed for sale. What can be even worse, though, is walking into a house that smells of powerful cleaners or strong, artificial-smelling air fresheners. Whenever possible, natural methods of deodorizing are best. Whether you are listing your home for sale or just want to make it smell better, here are a few tried-and-true tips from our real estate agents on getting rid of odors naturally.

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November
1

Craving freshly crafted ingredients between toasted bread? Here are the South Bend spots to find the best sandwiches.

Did you know that National Sandwich Day is November 3rd? While this may seem like a strange occasion to celebrate, no one can deny that sandwiches are a life-changing cuisine. Supposedly the Earl of Sandwich ordered the first sandwich so that he could play cards without greasy fingers or utensils. This convenient meal was named after him, or rather, his little English town.

Whether you're playing cards or just enjoying a classic favorite, there are plenty of places in South Bend where you can get a quality sandwich. Here are a few local favorites our real estate agents recommend.

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October
10

Sometimes a pending sale can fall through. Here are the top reasons why.

As either a buyer or a seller, it can be a relief to go under contract. But our real estate agents say not to count on the sale quite yet, as there are a lot of things that can cause it to go sideways. Here are a few common reasons that pending sales fall through.

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October
10

It takes a real artist to make a balanced and delicious dessert. Here are the sweet shops you should visit in South Bend.

With all of the daily holidays these days, it should be no surprise that there's a special day just for the best meal of the day: dessert, of course! National Dessert Day takes place in October, sandwiched neatly between summer ice cream and Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. If you're looking for a way to celebrate or just a new place to satisfy your cravings, our real estate agents recommend these amazingly sweet spots in South Bend.

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September
19

Fried rice is a favorite dish in many Asian restaurants. Here's where you can find the best in South Bend.

With an endless number of recipes and add-ins, fried rice is a delicious, versatile dish that can be customized to suit nearly any palate.

Founded in 2018 by Benihana, September 20th marks International Fried Rice Day, making it a perfect time to sample some of the best fried rice in South Bend. Our real estate agents suggest checking out some of these delicious options. 

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September
19

A home's age is sometimes a big factor in whether or not you want to buy it. This guide will help you decide between new or older homes.

If you're thinking about buying a house, one of the questions on your mind may be whether to opt for a new build or an older home. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The following guide from our real estate agents lays out the basics of what you need to consider before making your decision.

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September
19

When it comes time to sell your home, your choice of real estate agent can make a huge impact on how successful your sale is, determining things like how long your house is on the market and what the final sales price is. Every seller wants to give their home the best possible chance, so our real estate agents recommend asking these questions before signing any agreement.

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September
5

South Bend's history is deeply rooted with the Studebaker company. Here's where you can celebrate the manufacturer's history.

Did you know that the second Saturday of every September has been designated as the International Drive Your Studebaker Day? It may seem like an obscure holiday, but in South Bend, every day is Studebaker Day. Our community is proud to share its roots with this beloved classic car company. Interested in honoring South Bend's roots? Our real estate agents recommend celebrating Studebaker Day any day of the year by visiting the following historical sites.

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September
6

Summer is winding down. Take some time to enjoy the weather with these outdoor patios.

As summer winds down and fall weather sets in, it's time to take advantage of every last bit of nice weather we've got. One of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy dinner this time of year as a resident of South Bend is eating out on the patio. Don't have a patio or feel like cooking? South Bend offers a variety of great restaurants with cozy outdoor setups where you can enjoy your meal. Here are some local favorites our real estate agents recommend.

  • Howard Park Public House - 602 E Jefferson Blvd
    This open-concept restaurant is designed to open on three sides, opening even the regular dining area to free air movement. The patio itself faces the fountain and is heated so that even as the evenings start to get a little chilly, the patio will still be a good place to enjoy your meal. Speaking of your meal, the restaurant serves American fare such as burgers, sandwiches, steak, vegetarian and vegan fare, and shareable appetizers, as well as a full list of beer, wine, and cocktails.

  • The Lauber - 504 E Lasalle Ave
    Located in the former home of an industrial metal business, The Lauber is now one of South Bend's beloved indie restaurants. This bar and eatery offers plenty of cozy patio seating, plus a variety of bar bites and American comfort food. Choose between flatbread and pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, and a variety of bar bites and appetizers. The Lauber also features a full menu of signature cocktails and wine. For something a little extra patio-worthy, check out their memorable brunch food and cocktails on the weekends.

  • Fiddler's Hearth - 127 North Main Street

    If you're craving the food you get from a traditional Irish pub but don't want to miss the experience of eating out on the patio with the last little bit of summer, check out Fiddler's Hearth in Downtown South Bend. This pub features all the usual suspects, such as fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie. You'll also find a variety of American foods, including burgers and sandwiches, as well as a selection of Irish-flavored appetizers.

  • Cafe Navarre - 101 N Michigan St
    Also located right in the heart of downtown, Cafe Navarre has been a staple of fine dining in South Bend for the last decade. Locally owned and serving locally sourced foods, Cafe Navarre offers patio seating if the atmosphere indoors is a little too rich for your blood. Whether inside or outside, you'll be served the same superb menu, with mouth-watering small plates, tempting entrees of steak, chicken, pork, or fish, and delectable desserts such as chocolate cremoso and creme brulee.

  • South Bend Brew Werks - 321 S Main St
    For a little more relaxed atmosphere, pop down to the neighborhood brewpub: South Bend Brew Werks. In addition to all the things you would expect from a pub, such as beer, live music, trivia, and even bingo, Brew Werks features a full menu of flatbreads, artisan grilled cheeses, soups, salads, and pub-worth appetizers. They offer ample seating on their outdoor patio, which is also dog-friendly.

The only thing better than enjoying a late summer or autumn evening while eating dinner at your local restaurant's outdoor patio is, of course, enjoying your dinner on your own patio. Outdoor dining spaces have become popular among South Bend homes for sale, so if you don't currently have a patio where you can enjoy your dinner, never fear! Contact us today, and we'll help you find the perfect patio, as well as the home to go with it.

August
29

You want your home improvement projects to turn out great, but you also want them to pay off. Here are the projects to focus on for ROI.

Whether you're selling your home soon or not, it's a good idea to think of home improvement projects as investments. These aren't the average repairs that you have to do in order to continue living in your home, such as replacing the water heater or repairing the furnace. These are the projects that you do to make your home more comfortable or attractive, renovate outdated features, or add features that weren't originally available in your home.

Not all home improvement projects are equal investments, however. Some will help you sell your home faster and may even provide a return on the money you invested. Others will actually lose you money. Here are the best and worst home improvement projects, according to our real estate agents.

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August
29

South Bend is full of unique and interesting sights. Here's where you can expect to snap the best photos.

Have you always wanted to learn to take better pictures? Now is your chance to practice! There are plenty of great locations for taking pictures in South Bend. Check out these scenic spots recommended by our real estate agents.

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August
8

Moving into a new home is exciting, but it's also easy to make some rookie mistakes. Here's how you can ensure a smooth transition with your new house.

Moving into a new home is exciting, but it's easy to get carried away and make mistakes you'll regret later. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents on the top mistakes new homeowners make when they first move in.

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August
9

Join your friends and family at these local South Bend parks for a picnic and a perfect afternoon.

Nothing beats spending an afternoon out in the sunshine and fresh air with your friends and family, and a picnic is a great way to do just that. South Bend has plenty of parks that are perfect for having picnics. Check out one of these suggestions from our real estate agents.

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July
25

These summer fixes can help save you money in the long run. Here's where you should start.

Summer is a good time to do needed maintenance on your home because the good weather enables you to do more, especially with the exterior. Some maintenance offers the ability to save money on future repairs or energy bills, however. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents on what summer maintenance will offer the most bang for your buck.

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July
19

Need to cool off this summer? Here are the South Bend spots you can find a frosty dessert.

With the summer heat bearing down on us, you're probably looking for ways to find a little relief. It's a South Bend tradition to frequent one or more of our town's favorite frozen dessert shops during the summer. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents of the "coolest" places in town.

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July
7

Summer is all about spending time outdoors. Here's how you can give your outdoor spaces an upgrade.

Beautiful summer weather is a perfect time to start working on your outdoor living spaces. If you headed outside as soon as the weather warmed up, only to discover your outdoor living spaces aren't as ready for relaxing and entertaining as you thought they were, you're not alone. Here are a few upgrades our real estate agents recommend, ranging from easy and inexpensive, to a little more involved.

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June
29

South Bend offers so many possibilities for new residents. Here are the reasons you should plan a move to this Indiana city.

You have spotted South Bend on the U.S. News and World Report's list of the 150 best places to live in 2022. The list compares affordability, quality of life, and job market to find the best communities in the country to call home. So why did South Bend make the cut? Our community offers a high quality of life for the cost of living here. Here are a few things our real estate agents routinely point out to homebuyers new to our area.

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June
20

Your landscaping is a crucial part of your home's curb appeal. Here's how you can prevent the most common landscaping mistakes.

Summer is a great time to think about how your home looks from the outside. Upgrading your landscaping can boost curb appeal, increase your home's value, and help sell it more quickly if and when you decide to sell, but be careful! Our real estate agents warn that making the following mistakes can cost you time and money to correct the damage before you sell.

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June
14

South Bend has a rich history just waiting to be discovered by you. Here's where you can experience the city's past.

You may have noticed a sense of pride among South Bend residents. People are happy to live here, not only because of the amazing community but also because of the sense of history. If you're interested in learning more about South Bend's history, immerse yourself in these museums, tours, and other resources recommended by our real estate agents.

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June
6

The appraisal is a sometimes overlooked aspect of your home sale. Here's how you can prepare for it.

The appraisal is technically not the seller's responsibility, so you may not be thinking about it at all as you get your house ready to sell. Typically the buyer has to schedule and pay for the appraisal as part of the loan requirements, so sellers tend not to consider whether they should prepare for it. To ensure your sale goes through, however, our real estate agents recommend that as a seller, you prepare for the appraisal as best as you can.

Fortunately, many of these things coincide with what you already should be doing to get your house ready to sell. Here are a few ways to make sure your home's appraisal is an accurate reflection of the house's market value.

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May
30

There's plenty to see and do in South Bend. Here are some of the top things to do once you move to the area.

Whether you're a newcomer to the South Bend area or a longtime resident looking for something new and fun to do with your family, there is a lot to see and do in our community. Here are several local attractions our real estate agents recommend as you're exploring South Bend.

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May
24

Buying a home comes with upfront costs that you'll need to save up for. Here's how to find out how much you'll need.

Saving up the money necessary to buy a house can seem overwhelming, especially if you don't know how much exactly you'll need to have on hand. Let our real estate agents break it down for you so that you have a better idea of how much you'll need to save to make your dream a reality.

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May
16

Looking for a stellar dinner and balanced glass of wine? Then you should make a reservation at these South Bend restaurants.

Nothing says summer evenings quite like relaxing at a local eatery with a glass of wine and a plate of good food. If you're looking for a new favorite restaurant or wine bar, here are a few local South Bend places our real estate agents recommend.

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May
16

Selling a home and getting the price you want takes a lot of skill and nuance. Here's how you can ensure you end up on top.

Pricing your home right is a difficult decision. Too high and it won't sell; too low and you could be missing out on money you could have had otherwise. Not to mention there is so much that comes down to how you present your house. Does it look like it's worth what you've priced it at?

If you're trying to ensure your home sells for the right price, here are a few things our real estate agents recommend doing.

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May
2

South Bend is a city full of local art and creativity. Here are some of the best venues to inspire your muse and see local art on display.

South Bend is a community that is rich in culture and not just modern or trendy culture. You'll find the influence of the arts everywhere in South Bend. Here are a few local art-based businesses our real estate agents recommend for the artsy at heart.

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April
18

Gardening season is approaching fast, and we have the tips to ensure a bright and lush garden all summer long.

Spring is in the air, and it's almost time to start gardening... almost! However, if you're impatient to get started, there are plenty of things you can do now. Here is a quick checklist of things our real estate agents recommend for getting a jump start on your garden and on your home's curb appeal.

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April
11

Looking to up your golf game? Here are the South Bend courses you don't want to miss.

Did you know April 10th is Golfer's Day? Whether you're going golfing to celebrate or just want to find a close new course to practice your swing, here are a few great golf courses in and around South Bend that our real estate agents recommend.

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April
4

Nervous about buying your first home? Here are some pointers that can help smooth out the process.

Buying your first home may seem like a lofty or overwhelming dream, but with a little preparation, your dream home can be yours! Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for buying your first home.

  • Start saving NOW.
    Buying a home requires a fair amount of savings. Upfront costs will include things like the home inspection, closing costs, and however much of a down payment you want to make. In addition, you'll want some money set aside to take care of any move-in expenses, such as repairs or upgrades that need to be made immediately. Saving up this amount of money can take some time, so start saving now, even if you're not planning on buying a home right away. The more you save, the better your buying power will be.

  • Do your research.
    In the meantime, while you're dutifully saving all of your extra money for your house fund, you can start doing some basic groundwork. Research homes in the areas you're interested in, finding out more about neighborhoods and market values so that you know where you want to start looking when the time comes. You may also want to look into mortgage options and calculate your payments so that you also know how much house you can afford in your preferred neighborhoods.

  • Get help.
    Saving up for a down payment as a first-time homebuyer is difficult, as you won't have equity in an existing property to put toward your next home. Fortunately, there are a lot of programs to help first-time homebuyers come up with their down payments. Grants and even some forgivable loans may not need to be repaid if you stay in your home for the minimum required amount of time.

  • Get preapproved.
    When it comes time to start the search for your dream home, the first thing you should do is to get preapproved. A letter of preapproval from a lender does a few things. First and foremost, it gives you a budget and lets you know exactly how much house you are shopping for. This can help fine-tune your search and prevents you from wasting time looking at houses you wouldn't have been able to afford. Just as importantly, it'll tell everyone, from your real estate agent to home sellers, that you're serious about buying a home and that you've got the financial backing to do so. With as fast as South Bend homes for sale are going under contract right now, this is especially important, as it makes your offer look more appealing and can help you to move faster if you see a home you like.

  • Find a good agent.
    Last but definitely not least: It's especially important for a first-time homebuyer to get a good agent, someone who can help them learn the ropes and navigate the home buying process from beginning to end. Look for someone who knows your desired areas well and can help you to find the home of your dreams for a price you can afford.

Buying your first home is a big undertaking, so it's especially important to have an agent you trust to help guide you through the process. If you're ready to start the search for your first home, contact us today, and we'll help make your dream a reality.

March
29

South Bend is full of fun things to do. Here are the attractions you won't find anywhere else.

If you're looking for something to do, our wonderful local community has plenty to offer. With plenty of attractions here year-round, there's never a reason to be bored in South Bend! From the arts to the farmers market, here are a few local attractions our real estate agents recommend checking out.

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March
21

Smart home technology is an investment, especially when you consider the money it can save in the long run. Here is the tech you should include in your home.

These days, it's not just our phones that are smart. Our entire houses can be smart and save us money in the process. Here are six smart home upgrades our real estate agents recommend making to your home. At a minimum, they'll make your life more convenient, but they could actually save you money in the long run, too.

  • Smart thermostats.
    It's no longer a matter of whether someone is an early adopter: Smart thermostats are now commonly found in many South Bend homes for sale. These devices go several steps beyond the traditional programmable thermostat. The smart thermostat is accessible via your smartphone, enabling you to make changes from anywhere in the house, or even while away from home. It learns your habits too, keeping you comfortable with less input from you. Most importantly, it finds ways to save energy and money while staying within your comfort zone.

  • Smart lights and switches.
    One common power drain is leaving lights on, and it's especially likely when you have a lot of people or kids living in the house. Smart lights and switches enable you to check and turn off the lights remotely, put them on timers, or even set them to automatically turn off when a room isn't being occupied.

  • Smart plugs.
    Like smart lights, smart plugs attempt to eliminate wasted power from a common source. Many electronics don't actually power all the way down when you turn them off. Instead, devices like your TV and DVD player stay in standby, continually drawing power even though they appear "off." Smart plugs, on the other hand, enable you to easily kill power to these devices when they're not actually in use.

  • Smart shades.
    The sun can be both a help and a hindrance to energy consumption. In the winter, for instance, opening window shades to let the sun in can actually help to heat your home, reducing your energy bill. In the summer, on the other hand, closing the shades to keep the sun out will prevent your air conditioner from having to work extra hard to cool the home. If you're not home all the time to open and close the shades according to the sun's position, smart shades can do the work for you, helping you to save money on energy even when you're not at home.

  • Smart sprinklers.
    We've all shaken our heads at sprinklers running during a rainstorm, but the truth is that it's difficult to change an automatic sprinkler schedule to account for the weather. Enter smart sprinklers, which actually monitor the weather to make educated decisions about when additional water is needed for your garden or your lawn. Even better, the system can detect leaks, alert you, and shut down that section to avoid running up your water bill.

  • Leak detectors.
    Speaking of leaks, leaking water in your home can be a huge expense, both on your water bill and in the form of damage mitigation. Fortunately, there are a variety of leak detectors on the market than can help prevent complete disaster. Leak detectors range from simple devices that sit near a water source and alarm loudly if they detect water, to those that can alert you on your phone if a leak is detected. Some are even installed on your main water line so that they can shut off water in the event you aren't home to deal with the leak immediately.

Smart tech can be a smart investment in your home, especially if you're planning on selling soon. For more information about how smart tech is changing the housing market, contact us today.

March
14

If you're looking for a great time and great food on St. Patty's Day, be sure to stop by these South Bend pubs and grills.

St. Patrick's Day is a favorite holiday, often celebrated with Irish food and lots of beer, green or otherwise. If you're looking for a traditional Irish pub to go to this St. Paddy's Day, South Bend has plenty to choose from! Here are four local favorites recommended by our real estate agents.

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February
28

Dining out at a great Mexican restaurant is a weekly tradition for some. Here are the South Bend local Mexican restaurants you should visit.

Did you know February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day? That's right, we have an entire day to celebrate this perfect, multipurpose food that acts as snack, appetizer, and a delivery vehicle for an entire meal topped with meat, guacamole, and queso. If you're like us and you'll take advantage of any excuse to eat tortilla chips, check out some of these Mexican restaurants in the South Bend area, all local favorites recommended by our real estate agents.

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February
9

Improving your cooking can be as simple as buying the right ingredients. Here's how you can create great dishes with in-season produce.

If you like to cook and occasionally garden, you probably already know that there's nothing better than cooking with super fresh, seasonal produce. But the benefits don't stop there! Our real estate agents recommend buying and cooking with local, seasonal produce for the good of our South Bend community, just as much as for our physical health and our culinary enjoyment. Here is everything you need to know to make the most of seasonal produce this winter.

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January
31

Snow flurries and chilly weather are no match for a comforting, steamy bowl of soup. Visit these South Bend restaurants for the perfect escape.

Nothing warms you up like a hot bowl of good soup, so it's probably unsurprising that January is National Soup Month. But cold weather sticks around long after January is gone, so really, every day in the winter is soup day! If the cold is getting to you today, here are five great places our real estate agents recommend for warming up with soup in South Bend.

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January
24

If you want to stay on top of things in 2022, make sure you add these home improvement resolutions to your list.

Owning a home can mean a constant stream of projects, but it's important not to overload yourself to the point where you get overwhelmed and put off doing any of it. If you are falling behind on home improvement and maintenance, take advantage of the boost in motivation that can come from making goals for the new year. If you only focus on a few projects this year, here are the ones our real estate agents recommend.

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January
10

A new color in your home can make all the difference. In 2022, consider some of the top paint manufacturers' colors of the year.

Every year, the big paint companies and interior design experts choose their colors of the year. This is about more than just decor and what you'll see in the trendiest South Bend homes for sale. The colors of the year also tend to reflect societal forces and changes. Here are the top colors for 2022, and everything they are intended to represent.

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January
3

Vegan dining is both healthy and delicious, but most people never try the best of it. Here's where you can explore vegan cuisine in South Bend.

Part introduction to a cruelty-free lifestyle, part post-holiday diet, Veganuary is a celebration of vegan dining that takes place in January. Although veganism normally extends to clothing and other products as well, Veganuary is simply a diet challenge to avoid all foods that come from animal exploitation during the month of January. This doesn't mean you need to give up eating out and other enjoyments, however. Here are several South Bend-area vegan-friendly restaurants our real estate agents recommend.

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December
27

It's hard to enjoy winter if you can't cozy up inside your home. Here's how you can make your living room a winter retreat.

Many of us associate wintertime with being cozy: warm blankets, evenings by the fire, and hot cocoa. Looking for ways to maximize your comfy factor this winter? Here are five ideas our real estate agents recommend for making your living room winter-ready.

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December
20

Few things hit the spot as good as classic American dishes, especially during the cold months. Here are local restaurants to support this winter.

With cold weather finally setting in, no doubt you're hankering for some good, hot comfort food. There are a number of restaurants in South Bend and neighboring Granger that'll fit the bill. Check out these recommendations from our real estate agents, and enjoy the cozy comfort food all winter long.

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December
6

Looking for fun things to do this December? Check out these festive events for family fun!

With Thanksgiving behind us, we're into the holiday season full-swing now. For the rest of the month and beyond, you'll find lots of exciting wintery and holiday-themed things to do here in South Bend. If you're new to the area or not familiar with the holiday scene, here are a few seasonal activities our real estate agents recommend.

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November
22

It's maybe been a while since you've hosted friends and family. Brush up on your hosting skills by avoiding these mistakes.

With the holiday season just around the corner, you can expect the number of holiday parties and get-togethers to increase. Thinking of hosting your own party? Having people over can be a lot of fun, but it also requires some thought and planning to pull it off well. Here are a few mistakes our real estate agents say to avoid making.

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November
16

Have you started shopping for holiday gifts? Visit these South Bend fairs and stores for a head start.

The holidays are coming up, and it's never too soon to start shopping! Fortunately, South Bend has plenty of community sales and local businesses to choose from. Shopping local this holiday season will help show your love and support for South Bend. Here are a few sales and stores our real estate agents recommend.

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November
11

Once Thanksgiving arrives, you probably won't have much time for home improvement projects. Here are some you should complete now before the holidays.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, now is an excellent time to start getting your home ready for the holidays. Whether you are having company or want to be thankful for a clean, restive home, here are a few home repair and improvement projects our real estate agents recommend doing before Thanksgiving.

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November
3

A delicious sandwich can be difficult to craft, but these South Bend restaurants and delis make it look easy.

Sandwiches are such an underrated food... but not on November 3rd! On this day, we celebrate the sandwich and all the creativity and convenience it represents. How else can you hold an entire meal all in one hand?

You may have heard the story of how the sandwich came to be. The story goes that the Earl of Sandwich, a little town in England, asked for his lunch to be served as a piece of meat between two pieces of bread so that he could eat and play cards at the same time. Eventually, the idea caught on, and the meal was named after him. Whether that's true or not, the sandwich has become an entire category of culinary creativity. Whether you want to celebrate Sandwich Day or just really like sandwiches, here are a few local sandwich shops our real estate agents recommend.

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October
27

Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn't mean you can't enjoy backyard birds. Here's how you can feed year-round birds this fall and winter.

Whether you're an experienced birder or just want to provide a source of sustenance for birds over the winter, backyard feeders can be a source of enjoyment for you and an important part of a well-landscaped garden. Are you planning on selling your home soon? Bird feeders are also a great way to add curb appeal and interest to your backyard. The birds will love these recommendations from our real estate agents!

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October
25

Is fall weather starting to give you shivers? Warm up with one of these great South Bend cafes.

There's nothing like a hot cup of coffee on a brisk fall day. Fortunately, there's no shortage of local cafes in South Bend! Here are a few local cafes our real estate agents recommend. Visit one after touring South Bend homes for sale and get acquainted with all your new neighborhood has to offer.

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October
18

Pumpkins are one of the most fun parts of fall, but you may not know all the uses for them. Here are some new ways to utilize them.

With Halloween upon us and Thanksgiving soon to follow, pumpkins are the vegetable of the hour. We all know how short a time they last once carved for Halloween, but fortunately, there are many other options for what you can do with your pumpkins this fall. Think outside the jack-o-lantern with these clever tips from our real estate agents.

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October
11

Are you in the spooky mood? Here are some activities your family can enjoy.

As we head into spooky season, there is lots to do in our little corner of Michigan! Take a break from browsing South Bend homes for sale and check out all your new home will have to offer. Here are a few fall and Halloween-themed attractions our real estate agents recommend.

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September
27

Winter can take its toll on your home, but with the right prep, the cold weather maintenance will be a breeze.

Right now is the perfect time to start winter-proofing your home. Fall weather is currently pretty mild, which gives you the chance to get the work done before winter temperatures set in. But what should you spend your time on first? Here are the top winter-proofing tasks to focus on, according to our real estate agents.

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September
20

Before you take a hammer to that wall, make sure your renovation will be worth it. Here are renovation trends you should definitely avoid.

South Bend homes for sale have the chance to command a premium price under virtually any market condition. One of the biggest tools a seller has in maximizing their home's value is the ability to upgrade, improve, and renovate in the weeks before a listing goes live. Our real estate agents are there to advise sellers every step of the way. One aspect of that is by helping them decide on the best home renovations to fit their budget. Naturally, it's important to choose things that can get done within the right timeframe and yield a return on investment.

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September
13

South Bend has plenty of fun offerings this September. Here are the events you should check out.

Summer may be over, but fall fun is just beginning! Are you browsing South Bend homes for sale and wondering what kind of community the area has to offer? Check out these fun September events recommended by our real estate agents.

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September
2

Feel like you're short on space? Use these ideas to optimize your storage.

Finding enough storage in a small home can be challenging, but a little creativity and out-of-the-closet thinking can help make the most of your space. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents on maximizing your storage when you have limited space to work with.

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August
23

Expand your palate with these South Bend international restaurants.

South Bend is more than just a nice neighborhood to live in. It's also a trendy place to dine out, with a wide variety of cultural cuisine to enjoy. Eating at international eateries enables you to spice up your diet and appreciate different cultures' tastes. Here are a few international restaurants our real estate agents recommend, located in the heart of South Bend. Most of them are even open for lunch, making them a perfect place to visit to get acquainted with the neighborhood while you're visiting South Bend homes for sale.

  • Woochi
    Located at 119 North Michigan Street in South Bend, Woochi is, as their website address promises, "not just sushi." This stylish sushi restaurant serves top-notch seafood, Asian fusion, and a full menu of sake, wines, beers, and cocktails from their bar. Their menu includes plenty of the usual suspects, such as a wide variety of sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. You'll also find a few surprising additions inspired by other cultures, such as chicken satay, curry chicken, and a variety of Chinese favorites like Kung Pao chicken. Woochi is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Carmela's
    Do you love Old World Italian cuisine? If so, you'll love Carmela's, a South Bend family tradition-turned-restaurant. This upscale Italian eatery represents authentic Italian family recipes and two generations' worth of a family's hopes and dreams, as the second generation added the restaurant to complement their parents' original Italian bakery. Located at 214 North Niles Avenue, Carmela's is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.

  • Carriage House
    Eating at Carriage House is an experience not to be missed! Their food is described as American cuisine with French influence, but you'll find a little of everything here, from Thai shrimp, wood-fired pizza, wood-roasted chicken, langostino lobster roll, upscale burgers, and top-notch salads. Don't stop with just the food, either: Carriage House also offers an inspired cocktail menu, ranging from concoctions mixed with French champagne to an assortment of classic cocktails. Enjoy it all al fresco on their lush garden patio, or indoors starting in late 2021 once renovations are complete. Located at 24460 Adams Road in South Bend, Carriage House is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday, with live music Friday and Saturday.

  • Cinco 5 International
    Located at 112 West Colfax Avenue, Cinco 5 International represents a unique blending of two unlikely culinary partners: Mexican and Thai. Start off with classic starters for either cuisine such as egg rolls and chips and guac, or try something new and unique like deep-fried crispy spinach. For the main meal, choose between burritos, tacos, fajitas, and Thai favorites such as pad Thai and tofu curry, all served at the same table! Cinco 5 is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

If variety is the spice of life, you'll never get tired of living in South Bend! With lots of eateries like the ones listed above, your biggest problem will be choosing just one when you go out. For more information about South Bend or to start the search for your dream home, contact us today.

August
16

Struggling to find decor that's right for your home? Here's how you can tap into your inner style.

Do you feel like your decor is a mishmash of different styles? Or have you not really given much thought to your decor at all until now? Whether you're staging your home for sale or just looking to upgrade your decor, you'll be surprised at the difference it can make to settle on a specific style. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents for pulling together a winning style.

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July
26

Love the sight of hummingbirds in your garden? Here's how you can attract them more often.

There's nothing more rewarding than keeping a beautiful garden. It boosts your home's curb appeal to have a well-landscaped yard with lots of beautiful flowers, of course, but even better is when you can share the bounty by attracting wildlife such as hummingbirds to your garden. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents on boosting your curb appeal by planting a hummingbird garden.

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July
19

South Bend is full of fun summer activities that are great for the whole family. Here's what you should try.

Summer is in full swing! If you're looking for stuff to do, you'll find plenty of exciting summer activities in South Bend. Our real estate agents love to live and work in South Bend in part because of the fantastic community and how much there is to do. Here are a few things we recommend to keep you busy during the long summer months.

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July
12

The breakfast bar can often be overlooked as a great spot for a little design expression. Use these tips to make your breakfast bar stand out.

Cooking can be a lot of work, but it's rewarding. Sometimes it can take some motivation to make full use of your kitchen, which is why you should spend time making sure the design and decor are exactly how you want them. After all, you won't want to spend time in a room you think looks disjointed. Our real estate agents love breakfast bars, but what they love even more is decorating them! If you're looking at South Bend homes for sale, pay extra attention to the kitchens and imagine how you might utilize these breakfast bar decorating tips.

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July
5

Downtown South Bend has so much to offer, you can easily spend an entire day exploring the city. Here are some great places to visit downtown.

Have you spent a day in Downtown South Bend? It's the perfect destination for a day out, especially if you want to shop for stylish clothes and decor, learn about the area, and eat some of the best food the city has to offer. Our real estate agents love exploring the downtown businesses and landmarks, and they recommend these stops for when you plan your day.

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June
21

It's the perfect time of the year to sit outdoors with some delicious food and drinks. Here are the places in South Bend to visit.

Whether you're new to the neighborhood, a longtime resident, or just hoping to move here soon, summer is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new culinary experience. Many of South Bend's favorite restaurants offer outdoor seating this time of year to allow you to enjoy every minute of this beautiful weather. Here are five fantastic eateries our real estate agents recommend, each offering a different atmosphere and cuisine. Visit one for your next meal out or when you're in the neighborhood after a day of touring South Bend homes for sale.

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June
7

Want to support local artists and style up your home? Check out these South Bend stops for stellar artwork.

Are you staging your old home for sale, decorating a new home, or perhaps looking for that perfect piece to commemorate the purchase of your dream home? Art makes a fantastic way to decorate not just your own home, but also a home you're selling, according to our real estate agents. Next time you're in the neighborhood to tour South Bend homes for sale, check out these art galleries and studios where you can go shopping, dream, or even make a little art of your own.

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May
24

Want to take your cooking to the next level? An indoor herb garden can be easy and rewarding.

They say the heart of the home is in its kitchen, and judging by the beautiful, modern kitchens featured in many South Bend homes for sale, that's still as true now as it was generations ago. Do you love to cook? If you enjoy trying out new recipes and cooking with fresh herbs, you'll appreciate having your own indoor herb garden! Here are a few tips to help your herb garden grow.

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May
17

Have you fully explored South Bend? Now's the perfect time to find some of the most scenic spots in the area.

May is officially Photo Month, so it's time to grab your cameras or your cell phone and head out to your favorite scenic locations. Photo month is an opportunity to celebrate one of the most popular art forms and communication methods. Photography is such a fun hobby, especially when you live in a beautiful area like South Bend. Our real estate agents have several recommendations for scenic areas in and around South Bend where you can take stunning photos in honor of Photo Month.

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May
10

If you want to make a first impression guests won't forget, set aside some time to spruce up your foyer. Here's how you can do it.

Your foyer is the first thing visitors see when they walk into your home, so it's just as important for first impressions as overall curb appeal. Walk through a few South Bend homes for sale, and you'll find that while they all have different style foyers, all of them meet a few vital needs: a welcoming place for guests, a staging area for arriving or leaving, and a mood-setter for the style of decor you'll find throughout the rest of the house. Here are a few tips that will help make your foyer wow anyone who walks through the door.

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May
3

Nothing's quite as satisfying as a quality burger. Here are the top spots around South Bend to celebrate Hamburger Month.

Who doesn't love a good burger? Hamburgers are the true all-American menu item and the staple of the backyard BBQ. One of the best things about burgers is the endless number of varieties, styles, and toppings, meaning they can truly be enjoyed by anyone. May is officially Hamburger Month, and our real estate agents plan on celebrating by enjoying a delicious burger at one of these great South Bend restaurants.

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April
19

Find the perfect book for Poetry Month at these South Bend stores.

Rhyme, rhythm, technique, and self-expression are some of the many reasons why reading poetry is so enjoyable. After all, few art forms allow us to explore human emotion quite like a poem. In honor of National Poetry Month, our real estate agents recommend visiting one of South Bend's fantastic local bookshops, where you'll be sure to find new titles and authors that you absolutely love. Below are some of the best local bookstores in our area:

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April
12

Use these tips to make your spring cleaning manageable and efficient!

Warm weather, blooming flowers, serenading birds — spring is all about putting behind the dark days of winter and embracing new beginnings. But before you bust open your windows to let in that fresh air, gather your cleaning supplies and give your home a much-needed refresh. Yes, we're talking about spring cleaning! It can feel like a daunting task, but there are many ways to make the process easier. Here are our real estate agents' spring cleaning tips to get you started.

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April
5

National Beer Day is the perfect time to find your new favorite brew at one of these South Bend Breweries.

It seems like there's a day for almost anything worth celebrating, so it should come as no surprise that there's a day to celebrate beer, too. Celebrate National Beer Day on April 7th by stopping into one of these local, independent breweries in South Bend and Mishawaka. It's a perfect way to wind down after touring South Bend homes for sale with one of our real estate agents or to celebrate having found your perfect dream home.

  • Crooked Ewe: This local brewery offers a dozen unique beers, so you'll need to plan future visits if you want to get through them all! There's something for everyone, from recognizable favorites such as American wheat, pale ale, and cream ale, to more inventive brews such as their "Supercrema" robust porter and their "Wampus Monster" double IPA. They serve food too, from appetizers and small plates to weekend brunch. This little bit of brewery heaven is located at 1047 Lincoln Way E in South Bend.

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March
22

To make a great day that much sweeter, visit these South Bend bakeries for a decadent dessert.

One of the best parts of moving into a new neighborhood is exploring all the community has to offer. Whether you're house hunting with one of our real estate agents or checking out your new digs, take the time to visit all the unique local eateries and shops. South Bend and Mishawaka offer several delicious bakeries, so stop into the nearest one and sample the sweetest treats this community can't live without.

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March
15

Don't let your home get cluttered with rarely used items. Here's how you can make your attic an optimal storage space.

Looking for more storage space in your home? You may have overlooked a surprising amount of storage, right over your head! Your attic can be an excellent place for long-term storage if you set it up correctly. If you're not sure how to go about doing that, our real estate agents recommend talking with a contractor to get you started. In addition, here are a few tips to give you a general idea of how to turn your attic into a usable storage space.

  1. Check for leaks. First and foremost, make sure there aren't any leaks in the roof that could potentially damage the things you store in the attic. Check the underside of the roof for stains or signs of rot, especially around things that go through to the outside, such as chimneys and vent pipes. And speaking of vent pipes, make sure your bathroom vents go all the way through to the outside, rather than ending in the attic. You don't want your storage space to be filled up with warm, moist air.

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March
4

When Chicagoans look outside the area for a home, this is the top spot

The town known for Pete Buttigieg, Amy Coney Barrett and Notre Dame football is house hunters' most-searched location outside the metro area.

Michael and Stephanie Starks recently sold their home in Galewood in Chicago (top) and bought one twice its size in Granger, a suburb of South Bend, Indiana. 

When Chicagoans look for homes outside the metro area, the place they look most is South Bend, the Indiana town known for Pete Buttigieg, Amy Coney Barrett and Notre Dame football.

In October and November, some 12 percent of Chicagoans using Redfin to house hunt looked outside the region, and the most common place they searched was South Bend, 95 miles east, according to a report released Dec. 21 by Redfin, the online real estate marketplace.

Redfin users in New York searched for homes in Boston most, and in San Francisco they shopped for a new address in Sacramento, Redfin reported. 

Milwaukeeans? They shopped in Chicago. 

Michael and Stephanie Stark are in the midst of their move from Chicago's Galewood neighborhood to Granger, a suburb of South Bend. In November the couple, who have one child and another due in early 2021, traded a 2,700-square-foot bungalow on a standard 25-by-125-foot Chicago lot for a 5,500-square-foot house on three-quarters of an acre. 

"Right now I'm looking out at ducks on a pond," Michael Stark, an executive in a Chicago-based restaurant data firm called Emerging, said in a phone interview today. His job can be done from anywhere, and her work as a designer is mostly on hold with young children taking her time, so when the pandemic hit, Michael Stark said, "it nudged us to do something we might have done a few years from now." 

Searching for homes in a big crescent around the southeast corner of Lake Michigan, the Starks settled on the South Bend area, which he knew from his undergrad days at Notre Dame. When life returns to normal after the pandemic, Michael Stark figures he'll drive over to Chicago once or twice a week. "My work was already remote before this started," he said. 

The couple asked that their former and current homes' prices not be published, but Michael Stark said that they paid more for the new place than they got for the old one. "We got a lot more house with much better taxes," Michael Stark said. They're paying 18 percent more in property taxes for a little over 100 percent more house. 

"When people come here, they're amazed at how much they can purchase," said Stephanie Weldy, president of the South Bend Area Realtors Association and a Berkshire Hathaway and a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agent. When they come from Chicago, she said, "they're surprised you can find all this so close to Chicago."

'All this,' in Weldy's description, is good schools, big yards, arts, restaurants, and sports, both associated with the university and independent of it. 

In South Bend, for about Chicago's median home sale price, $269,900, a buyer could pick up this three-bedroom Tudor several blocks' walk from the downtown core or this five-bedroom house near the northwest city limits.

Redfin's data gathering attempted to weed out the daydreamers and focus on people seriously considering moving. The report includes only people who have viewed at least 10 houses in the out-of-town location, and for whom at least 80 percent of their views are in that same area. Data from Redfin competitors Zillow shows a similar level of Chicagoans looking at South Bend, Matt Kreamer in Zillow's data public relations office confirmed. 

John De Souza, president of Cressy & Everett Real Estate, one of the biggest residential firms in the region, said page views on his firm's website by Chicagoans are up 42 percent in the second half of the year, compared to the same time in 2019. They're getting higher levels of search from people around Detroit and Indianapolis as well, De Souza said, but "Chicago is the biggest." 

De Souza said his office has handled at least four buyers who've moved from the Chicago area in the past few months, although all of them declined his request to talk to Crain's for this article. 

Not only is South Bend a genuine city, as opposed to a small town, it's been undergoing an urban renaissance, according to De Souza, Weldy and Faith Fleming, a Cressy & Everett agent. "There's a new, interesting life in downtown," Fleming said. As Wired, the New York Times and other publications detailed during Buttigieg's presidential run, during his tenure as mayor there was a dedicated effort to remake the old industrial sections, home to a Studebaker plant among other things. 

Now there are new apartment buildings and, at least before the pandemic, "some very nice restaurants," Fleming said. 

South Bend is about a two-hour drive from Chicago. A project to upgrade the South Shore rail line with double tracks, which will reduce the need for trains to stop as others pass, is expected to cut the train ride to 90 minutes. 

March
8

Don't start your morning on the wrong foot. Check out these Michiana breakfast spots to start your day right.

Looking for a bite to eat around Michiana? Our real estate agents have a few ideas for you! They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you're looking at South Bend homes for sale, it's vital to keep your energy up. Luckily, there are plenty of places for a breakfast with all the fixings: from eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast to granola, bagels, and pastries — and don't forget the coffee!

In a landscape dotted with small local diners and cafes, you can even find many where breakfast is served all day long. When you move to the Michiana area, you'll never be too far from hearty, satisfying food in a comfortable setting where everyone is happy to see you.

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March
1

Don't neglect your bedroom's layout and design the cold shoulder. Use these easy tips to instantly upgrade your bedroom.

Is your decor ready for a new look? You may not spend the most time in your bedroom, but it's some of the most important time since it's where you go to wind down and rest up for the following day. The most popular South Bend homes for sale stage their bedrooms to look and feel like the relaxation center of the home. Here are a few tips for turning your bedroom into a haven.

  1. Rearrange your furniture. If your bedroom's look seems tired and uninspired, a fresh new layout could make all the difference. Better yet, it won't cost you a thing! Move your furniture around and see if you like it better in a different way. Remember that your bed is the focus of the room, and find the best place for it first.

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February
22

Want to spruce up your landscaping this year? Stay on the lookout for these landscaping trends.Our world has changed dramatically, and the way we view and use our homes has been deeply impacted. As we continue to spend more time at home, outdoor spaces are suddenly high on people's lists of improvements. Many people want to redesign their gardens, care for their plants, and create their own lush retreat. Here are some of the landscaping trends our real estate agents expect to become even more popular in 2021.

  • Vegetable Gardens
    Veggie, herb, and fruit gardens will continue to be in high demand in 2021. Staying cooped up at home and going out can add to stress, so there has been a renewed interest in food gardening. Watching your plants grow and getting bountiful results can be incredibly satisfying. The trend is expected to continue with thought-out gardens, potted herbs, and raised beds.

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February
15

You've probably heard that location is the most important thing when looking for a new home, but even more importantly, look for an area that holds their community, their local identity, and their history very near and dear to their hearts. For example, our real estate agents love to show South Bend homes for sale because of how much local pride these areas have. To get a taste of what Elkhart and South Bend have to offer, check out these local museums you can visit right now.

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February
8

Do you celebrate National Pizza Day, because you should this year! Stop by these South Bend businesses for some handcrafted pizza.

Move over Valentine's Day. There's another huge but largely missed holiday this month: National Pizza Day. Celebrated on February 9, there's no better day to chomp down on some comforting crust, a heavenly array of toppings, and warm, cheesy goodness. As the second most popular fast food in the U.S., there's no denying the love of this cheesy disc is very real. Whether you prefer thin crust or deep dish, our real estate agents have rounded up some of the best pizza spots in South Bend to celebrate.

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February
1

Selling or buying a home often spotlights special exterior and interior features that add visual appeal. Whether you're drawn to old-world traditional style or elegant contemporary glamour, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect home that appeals to your personal design style.

One of the most important interior features in South Bend homes for sale is the flooring.Beautiful rugs can immediately add ambiance and style that quickly turns your home into a design showplace! W hen choosing rugs for your home, think about the look you're trying to achieve, the size of your room, and your lifestyle.

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January
11

Some people like the gym for the bustle and activity, the burst of motivation, and the cutting edge equipment. You're probably paying more for the pumped-up atmosphere than you realize, though. Over time, that low monthly payment adds up.

A home gym offers safety, convenience, and one less bill each month. Think you don't have the money to put together a home gym? Think again! Our real estate agents have seen some pretty sweet setups, and many of them have been installed on a budget. Here are a few tips for designing a home gym you'll love to work out in — while keeping the cost down.

  1. Work with the space you have available.
    The garage is a frequent choice for a home gym because it's out of the way and doesn't take away from limited square footage inside the home. Garages also have higher ceilings to accommodate taller equipment. If you have money to install some nice mirrors and flooring, you could consider converting an unused room, part of the basement, or third-floor space into your home gym. But if you're on a budget, look for spaces that can be easily converted into what you want and save your money for the equipment.

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January
4

Try These 5 Restaurants on Tempura Day Around Michiana

There are many things to love about living in the Michiana area, including the incredible variety of dining options. If you love to eat out, you're not alone. Our real estate agents are constantly exploring local restaurants so they can offer recommendations to new residents. 

Since there are so many great Asian restaurants here, we were excited to learn that National Tempura Day is coming up on January 7th. Here are a few of the best local places for you to get your tempura fix. 

  1. Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar: 119 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601
    One of the top 10 fine dining destinations in the greater South Bend region, Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar offers incredible sushi and Japanese dishes in a unique, upscale environment. If you're been looking at South Bend homes for sale, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with this incredible restaurant! They're known for their incredibly fresh seafood and a full bar that serves up some of the best martinis in the area. Start your evening off with some shrimp or vegetable tempura, then enjoy a hibachi entree, sushi platter, Asian fusion entree, or a rice or noodle dish.

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December
21

Buying a Home Just Got More Convenient | Cressy & Everett Real Estate

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the social distancing requirements that came with it, initially created a lot of chaos and inconvenience. However, as time goes on, we've all found creative ways to adapt. Some of the changes that were born out of necessity have now made life much easier.

The real estate industry is one place where going virtual has made a real difference. Our real estate agents love how much more convenient the buying process is for their clients. Here are a few of the ways social distancing has changed things for the better.

  • Virtual Tours
    Virtual tours are the first option most buyers will explore when looking at South Bend homes for sale. These are short videos that show off the best features of homes listed on the market. While this is certainly nothing new, many buyers use them to narrow down their choices before going further.

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November
23

Condo or House - Buy a Home - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

So, you're looking at South Bend homes for sale, and you see many different types of properties with different square footage and features. Should you buy a house? Or should you buy a condo? Each has its benefits and drawbacks. One has a pool and is close to downtown. The other has a fenced-in yard and is in the suburbs. Since homeownership and condo living are two different experiences, what you decide to buy will come down to your needs, preferences, and overall financial picture.

How Are Condos and Houses Different?

A condominium is a private residential unit within a larger building or complex. Condos are more like apartments, so they're a denser form of housing. Condo owners have full control over what happens inside their home, but the exterior of the building and common areas are owned and maintained by a condo board or homeowners association (HOA). Condos are usually found in more urban areas and are very popular with investors, downsizers, and first-time buyers.

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November
16

Thanksgiving Dessert Alternatives - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Thanksgiving dinner may look a bit different this year for most of us, so why not try something different for dessert? If you've been looking at South Bend homes for sale this fall, you'll probably also want to simplify your meal prep and perhaps skip the homemade pie. The good news? There are scores of fantastic recipes out there that prove Thanksgiving dessert doesn't have to be pie. 

Here are some new riffs on Thanksgiving dessert: 

  1. Pumpkin Truffles
    Need that pumpkin fix? Pumpkin Truffles should do the trick. Plus, what's better than bite-size so that your guest can keep the sampling size down and try several different desserts? The ingredients are cream cheese and graham crackers, which hold everything together, plus confectioners' sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and pumpkin puree. Include chocolate for dippings. The type of chocolate is up to you.

    This recipe takes some prep time, so be forewarned. The dough must be chilled for 3 hours; after the dough balls are formed, they must be refrigerated; and then the chocolate must be melted for dipping. The truffles are made of cream cheese, so this dessert should be chilled until served.

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October
12

Dessert Destinations - South Bend, IN - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Craving some chocolate ice cream or a piece of red velvet cake? Dessert is how we celebrate special events in our lives, spend time with family, or simply treat ourselves after a tough day. From pastries to cheesecake, great desserts come in a variety of forms and everybody has a favorite. With so many great dessert options around the South Bend area, deciding what you're in the mood for is going to be the biggest challenge. Below are recommendations for 5 places to indulge in dessert:

  1. South Bend Chocolate Company - 3300 W. Sample St., South Bend IN 46619
    If you're a chocolate lover, our real estate agents suggest a visit to the South Bend Chocolate Company. There are multiple stores around the area, but the factory and main location occupy over 60,000 square feet near the west side of South Bend. They offer over 500 types of chocolate and sweets. Buy packaged chocolate or pay by the pound. In addition to chocolate, they also offer a wide variety of coffee and gifts. After choosing some sweets, take a ride by these South Bend homes for sale.

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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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September
25

south Bend-Day-Spas
Finding the right home can be a lot of work and sometimes even a little stressful. Why not take some time out and schedule a little relaxation. Recharge at one of these local day spas, and you'll be back to feeling like your usual amazing self in no time! Our real estate agents are excited to share seven of South Bend's favorite spas for you to enjoy.

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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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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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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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October
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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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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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August
18

...Attending a football game at Notre Dame Stadium is considered a spiritual experience to many sports fanatics. And while South Bend, Ind., is best known as being the home of the University of Notre Dame and a capital of college football, it also offers residents a vibrant downtown, walkable neighborhoods, and access to natural attractions and cultural amenities.

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March
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1st Time Home Buyers Seminar

What is a Home Buyer Seminar?

Our 1st Time Home Buyer Seminar covers some of the issues that concern us most when making one of the biggest decisions of our lives.

  • Where do I start?
  • How do I make a good decision?
  • What can I afford?
  • How do I make sure I don't pay too much?

Who Should Attend?

If you would like answers to any of these questions, others you might have, then come to our 1st Time Home Buyers Seminar. I'll walk you through the process of buying your first home and help you know how to navigate your way through so that it is an easy and enjoyable experience. 

Also, we'll also be bringing in Michael Grove with Ruoff Mortgage to talk with us about the lending side of buying a home as well.

When and Where?

  • When: Monday Night, March 31, 2014 @ 7pm
  • Where: 332 N. Ironwood, corner Ironwood and McKinley, South Bend
  • Located in the lower level of the Cressy & Everett Office on the corner of Ironwood & McKinley
  • Light Fare will be provided
  • Your Host:  Cressy & Everett Real Estate, Inc. with Abram Christianson (Phone: 574-855-7910, Email: AbramChristianson@CressyEverett.com, Web: AbramChristianson.CressyEverett.com)

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