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How to Buy a Home in a Crazy Seller’s Market

money, notes, house

I have been selling real estate for 12 years. Never have I seen a seller’s market like we are experiencing right now. The average days on market for a nicely maintained, appropriately priced home under $200,000 is less than a few days. If you are a pre qualified buyer, ready to buy, you better plan…

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Summer Activities for Kids – Fair Oaks Farms

I like pig butts and I cannot lie

We are located about one hour south of one of the biggest agritourism attractions in the Midwest—Fair Oaks Farms. Fair Oaks Farms isn’t just a farm, it is an educational, child friendly adventure that has more than you can do or see in just 1 day. While it is one of my favorite places to…

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Summer Activities with Kids: Prophetstown State Park

2 boys walking towards a barn

One of my favorite activities in the summer is taking my kids to Prophetstown State Park. There is so much to do, and with it being in Tippecanoe County, it is so close. Every year we get the annual State Park Pass, $50 for the calendar year, so any trip to Prophetstown is affordable. Prophetstown…

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David Ross: Purdue Benefactor, West Lafayette Visionary

Information told by Wesley Shook of Coldwell Banker, The Shook Agency David E. Ross, (1871-1943) a Tippecanoe County native and successful mechanical engineer, left the majority of his estate, an estimated total of 3 Million Dollars, to his alma mater, Purdue University. He was one of the greatest benefactors of the University, and, as a…

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Home Design Genius

Logan Street house after

Jessica Cabral is a Professor of Construction Management at Purdue University with the most amazing hobby. She transforms dilapidated old homes into modern masterpieces. Upon looking at the house for the first time she says she instantly knows what it can become. I first met Jessica in 2008. She was getting her PHD in Construction…

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Places to Take Kids in Lafayette: Columbian Park Zoo

Columbian Park Zoo

Mark your calendars, folks, because the Columbian Park Zoo is opening for the season on April 21. The zoo is celebrating its 110th year in Lafayette in 2018 and revamped its education program in 2017 to include more classes in which children can explore the Animal Kingdom. Going to this free admission zoo located at…

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A Historic Look at West Lafayette’s Hills and Dales

Hills and Dales Historic District Sign

AS TOLD BY JIM SHOOK & WESLEY SHOOK of COLDWELL BANKER, THE SHOOK AGENCY In the 1920’s, demand for housing around Purdue University was high, as was the need for a Football Stadium. Purdue alum, trustee, and benefactor David Ross knew that in order for Purdue football to be competitive with other universities, they would…

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An Inside Look at Glenwood Heights and Glenwood Meadows

Glenwood Heights neighborhood sign

There are two smaller, lesser known neighborhoods located off of Soldier’s Home Road, Glenwood Heights and Glenwood Meadow. Both of these subdivisions were developed by New Century Homes, owned by John King and Reed Kelso. They developed Glenwood Heights first, located off of Sagamore Parkway and Soldier’s Homes Road, which quickly filled because of a…

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First Time Home Buyers’ Guide

Home Buying for First timers

So, you have a little money in the bank, a stable job, and are looking to stay in one place for a while.  It’s time to buy a house!  Follow my first time home buyer’s guide to know what to expect. The first step is to speak to a lender to see if you qualify…

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