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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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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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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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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Is a Home Warranty worth it?

Is a home warranty worth it?  A home warranty is a service contract provided by an independent company that can be purchased for a home in case appliances or mechanical systems in the home break. If there is a problem, the owner then calls the warranty company and they are referred to particular warranty approved…

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Lommel Park in Bar Barry Heights

Last week I profiled University Farm Neighborhood.  This week I head just South, to the other side of Cumberland Street, to profile the popular Bar Barry Heights Neighborhood.   This lovely neighborhood is in the popular West Lafayette Community School, Indiana’s top rated public-school system.  1173 people reside in 525 homes that were built in…

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Open House

Do open houses really sell homes? I am frequently asked this question and always respond the same way—of course! The house may not sell the day of the open house, but an open house will provide more exposure and advertising, which is key to getting a house sold quickly and for top dollar. There are…

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Home Inspection

A home inspection is the most important thing you can do during a real estate transaction to protect yourself and your investment. If you have never seen the 1980’s movie The Money Pit, staring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long, do not watch it while going through the home buyer process, trust me! An experienced realtor…

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