Fort Wayne Realty Blog

8419 Covington RD, Fort Wayne, IN VIDEO TOUR

November 21st, 2014

This ranch home is a remarkable find! It has 5 BEDROOMS and 3 FULL BATHS on a slab. Don’t be fooled, this house has 2300 sq ft, on almost an acre in Aboite township and it is TRULY AFFORDABLE. There are three living areas: formal living room, family room with a brick fireplace and built ins, and rec room. Formal dining room. Most new flooring throughout, many new light fixtures, fresh paint throughout. Updated baths with new countertops and bath surrounds. The kitchen appliances stay, new countertops and breakfast bar, new stove, new sink and faucet, abundance of cupboards and a pantry. This house is heated with gas forced air Bryant 90 Plus furnace and there is electric heat in bedrooms 4 & 5. The furnace and a/c have been serviced regularly twice a year. Lots of storage. Very private 18 x 13 patio. Covered front porch. Large 24 x 24 garage. Oversized driveway with enough room for extra cars or RV.

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Housing tip: Getting Ready for Winter

November 20th, 2014

Even though winter has come early this year here are a few tips to get your house ready for winter. These will help your house survive whatever winter has to throw at it. If this winter is anything like last winter that may be a lot!

Tune Up Your Heating System

For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage.

If you act soon, you’ll minimize the chance of being 200th in line for repairs on the coldest day of the year. Look for a heating and air-conditioning contractor that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and employs technicians certified by the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program. The contractor should follow the protocol for ACCAs “national standard for residential maintenance” (or the QM, short for “quality maintenance”).

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. Energy Star says the fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises).

This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings — and it might even allow you to turn down your thermostat by a degree or two for greater energy savings.

 Prevent Ice Dams

If your home had lots of icicles last winter — or worse, ice dams, which can cause meltwater to back up and flow into your house — take steps to prevent potential damage this year.

A home-energy auditor or weatherization contractor can identify and fix air leaks and inadequate insulation in your home’s attic that can lead to ice dams. If you have the work done before December 31, 2013, you can claim the federal energy-efficiency tax credit for 10% of the cost (excluding installation), up to $500. Your state or utility may offer a rebate, too.

Hit the Roof

Or at least scan it closely with binoculars. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow.

If need be, hire a handyman to repair a few shingles ($95 to $127, according to www.costhelper.com) or a roofer for a larger section ($100 to $350 for a 100-square-foot area). Check and repair breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys, too.

If your roof is flat and surfaced with asphalt and pebbles, as many are in the Southwest, rake or blow off fall leaves and pine needles, which hold moisture, says Bill Richardson, past president of the American Society of Home Inspectors, in Albuquerque. (Don’t sweep aside the pebbles; that will expose the asphalt to damaging sunlight.)

Caulk Around Windows and Doors

Richardson says that if the gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. (Check the joints in window and door frames, too.) Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s impervious to the elements.

Try GE’s Silicone II Window and Door product, which is “rain ready” in three ($6 at Home Depot). Check window-glazing putty, too (which seals glass into the window frame). Add weatherstripping as needed around doors, making sure you cannot see any daylight from inside your home.

These are just some tips that will hopefully help you and your house survive this winter and many more!

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

2204 N Anthony Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN VIDEO TOUR

November 20th, 2014

Historic charm and modern conveniences work together in this lovely home. Original hardwood floors and touches of authentic hardware balance nicely with all that is new. A complete energy-efficient remodel included new windows and doors, a tear-off roof, and a furnace. Cosmetic updates begin in the huge kitchen with contemporary ceramic tile, cabinets, counter tops, appliances, and lighting. New laminate and carpet are found throughout the home. The bath has been completely remodeled and several rooms have a fresh coat of paint. Improvements continue outside with a renovated garage and new party-sized deck. Don t miss the maintenance-free vinyl siding. Store your extra possessions in the large basement which has been professionally waterproofed. Land contract will be considered.

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

5821 Waycross Drive, Fort Wayne, IN VIDEO TOUR

November 19th, 2014

New CARPET, fresh PAINT and a roomy 2 story on large wooded lot.  That’s what you’ll find when you come see this great family home. Other new items include new ROOF SHINGLES, tear-off 2011; NEW BOILER 2010, garbage disposal ’14, refrigerator ’12, new SHOWER in master bath ’14.  Lots of room for everyone with a living room, family room, dining room, kitchen with plenty of cabinets, and four good sized bedrooms upstairs.

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 LaCabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.