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325 Sycamore, Attica $85,000

by crussell
Nice ranch in residential subdivision and close to school. Newer roof, seamless gutters, 200 amp in house and 100 amp in garage. Very economical utilities. See this  Attica home soon! Please call my office at 765-497-0700 for more information. We would be happy to set up a private showing for you! You can also view more photos of this Attica home for sale and search the entire Indiana MLS at

4161 Doten, Lafayette $110,000

by crussell
Beautiful Lafayette 2-story home. Open kitchen flows nicely into the dining area and living room. Stunning angled gas log fireplace sets the mood for any gathering - a relaxing evening on the couch or getting together with friends and family on a cool autumn night. The many upgrades will make you feel right at home. Master bedroom features a large walk-in closet. The bonus family room lets everyone find a space of their own! View More Photos of this Lafayette Home for Sale
See this  Lafayette home soon! Please call my office at 765-497-0700 for more information. We would be happy to set up a private showing for you! You can also view more photos of this Lafayette home for sale and search the entire Indiana MLS at  

The housing market recovery is on the way.

by brian
The good news: the housing market recovery is on the way... The bad news: it's probably 2 years away... The problem:the large number of distressed properties that were being held up in the banks by the courts from hitting the market. These properties are referred to as the 'shadow inventory'. Now, this shadow inventory is beginning to be released into the market as state courts allow the banks to continue the sale process, which was being investigated. This will cause the market to be "flooded" with distressed properties which will a) attract buyers away from non-distressed properties and b) lower comparable home values that assessors use. How does this translate into a housing recovery? Homeowners aren't behind on their payment in as high numbers so the shadow inventory isn't growing as quickly. So, once these homes get in the market and get sold, the market can come back down to normal inventory levels; recovery. What's this got to do with me? If you're thinking of selling, get your house on the market NOW! Once the market is hit with all these home, your sale price will likely drop significantly. Otherwise, consider call us in 24 month :) Cheers, Brian

In the top 10 once again!

by brian
The online retirement website, Second Act, has release its Top 10 Places to Retire for 2011.

While I'm quite fond of #3, check out #8!

In their words: Let's face it: Today's woeful economy may keep you from retiring in the style you imagined. Nest eggs are shrinking. Housing prices have plunged by a third in some markets, robbing homeowners of their equity. Baby boomers who once dreamed of cashing out and moving to Maui are scaling back their goals, concerned about how long their savings might last. Fear not. There are still plenty of great places to retire where you don't have to be rich to afford a home. SecondAct's 2011 list of top retirement towns places a special emphasis on affordability. Whether you prefer an idyllic, throw-back town on a distant seashore or a forested hamlet in the mountains, you can find houses for under $300,000. The lower price tag will mean lower property taxes, too -- a classic win-win. We also considered attributes such as architectural charm, culture, recreation and public transportation. Climate matters. So do parks, bike trails and green sensibilities. Often, the best retirement towns also are college towns. Besides offering educational opportunities, college campuses are typically surrounded by walkable streets boasting coffeehouses, bistros, art galleries and bookstores.   Here, then, are SecondAct's top 10 retirement towns of 2011: A sampling (go here for the whole article)
1. Georgetown, Texas
Antique street lamps, brick sidewalks and meticulously restored Victorian homes make this town on the Chisholm Trail a gem of the Old West. Century-old oaks shade a downtown alive with festivals, concerts and a thriving art scene. Georgetown is home to the Sarofim School of Fine Arts and also has its own symphony. The crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation. The Texas Hill Country offers hiking and horseback riding. In the Sun City retirement community, residents cruise in golf carts. Scenic neighborhoods are built around golf courses and the shores of Lake Georgetown, but home prices average $220,000, a fraction of housing costs in Los Angeles. Georgetown is 26 miles from the ultra-hip Austin, another top retirement mecca where houses list for $250,000. The larger, more crowded Austin is known for its cosmopolitan culture and cutting-edge tech industry surrounding the University of Texas.
3. Portland, Ore.
03-portland-308.jpgTrees, parks and eco-friendly policies make Portland, located at the juncture of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, one of the "greenest" cities in the world. Forest Park is a 5,000-acre wilderness zone, and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park stretches the entire length of downtown on the Willamette. Traveling around the city is easy via an accessible light-rail system and an extensive network of biking and hiking trails. For culture, residents enjoy a symphony, opera, ballet, theaters, museums and an up-tempo music scene. Portland also offers an array of college campuses -- among them the University of Portland and Portland State University. The city's youthful, hippie-ish vibe inspired the hit comedy TV series, Portlandia, which premiered this year on Independent Film Channel. "Certainly, there's no shortage of things to write about based on Portland," the show's co-creator, Carrie Brownstein, tells a local TV station. Portland is known for its roses and public gardens, diverse cuisine, gourmet coffee and micro-brewed beer. Homes list for under $365,000; sales so far this year average $240,000, based on figures through May compiled by Population: 584,000 Bonus feature: Powell's City of Books, which touts itself as the largest bookstore west of the Mississippi. Downside: Growth has brought terrible rush-hour traffic, and Portland averages 37 inches of rain a year. And what you've all been waiting for...
8. Lafayette, Ind.
08-lafayette-308.jpgStraddling the banks of the Wabash River, the adjoining towns of Lafayette and West Lafayette represent Middle America as Norman Rockwell once painted it. The area was founded in the early 1700s as a fur-trapping outpost and is best known today as the home of Purdue University. Lafayette is popular for its century-old houses, first-rate schools and historic downtown. Miles of trails accommodate bikers, hikers and bird-watchers. A broad plaza where community events and festivals are held connects downtown with a pedestrian bridge crossing the Wabash; the site is a stopping point for Amtrak, Greyhound and the city bus system. Canoeing, camping and swimming are popular pastimes along the river. Homes typically list for $150,000, and sales prices so far this year average barely half of that. Population: 96,000 Bonus feature: The city is just a two-hour drive from Chicago. Downside: January temperatures average 17 degrees. More info: Lafayette website and Home of Purdue What are your favorite "bonus features" about Lafayette/West Lafayette? What would be the best part of retiring here? Cheers, Brian  

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Cathy Russell
The Russell Company
2522 Covington St.
West Lafayette IN 47906
(765) 426-7000
(765) 335-5588
Fax: (765) 497-1003