Fort Wayne, IN Real Estate News

By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
CITY OF FORT WAYNE REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 9TH THRU 15TH   Homes Sold:                              73 Average List Price:                 $102,433 Average Sales Price:              $99,303      97% of List Price  Median Sales Price:                     $96,500 Average Days on Market:    85 Sales Price:      Low:               $13,500                              High:              $319,640   The above weekly statistics are for the Fort Wayne Community Schools area. This encompasses a wide price range of homes SOLD.  ACTIVE LISTINGS for this time period are broken down as follows:   Price Range: $75,000 - $150,000   (555 Active Listings) Average List Price: $102,535     Average Days on Market: 80   Price Range:  $151,000 - $300,000    (117 Active Listings) Average...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
NORTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 16TH THRU 22ND Price Range:  $100,000 - $300,000   Homes Sold:                              10 Average List Price:                 $179,630 Average Sales Price:              $177,025         99% of List Price  Median Sales Price:                     $172,625 Average Days on Market:    17 Sales Price:      Low:               $122,500                             High:              $273,000   FOUR OF THE ABOVE SOLDS WERE BY CENTURY 21 BRADLEY               Northwest Allen County is fast becoming a very popular area for home buyers!  There are currently 116 ACTIVE Listings within the $100,000 to $300,000 price range.  Average List Price is $194,411 and Average Days on Market is approximately 72.  This week was a bit unusu...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
I got a call last week from "Susan."  Her parents are in their mid 80s and are going to be relocating back to the Fort Wayne area.   They are in town for a week and asked if they could meet with me to get on the same page.   We met in their hotel lobby.   I had a pen, a notebook, and my reading glasses.   We sat down at one of the tables and talked real estate for about 20 minutes.     Once we were all on the same page there, the fun began.     They told me stories about how Fort Wayne used to be "back in the day."   We talked about their kids and their grandkids.   We talked about what they used to do for a living.   We talked about the senior community they were leaving behind, and how much they were going to miss it and all of the activities they participated in.   They told me that ...
Comments 6
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
NORTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 9TH THRU 15th Price Range:  $100,000 - $300,000   Homes Sold:                              13 Average List Price:                 $220,515 Average Sales Price:              $217,338         99% of List Price  Median Sales Price:                     $220,000 Average Days on Market:    76 Sales Price:      Low:               $149,900                             High:              $275,500   FIVE OF THE ABOVE SOLDS WERE BY CENTURY 21 BRADLEY             Northwest Allen County is fast becoming a very popular area for home buyers!  There are currently 116 ACTIVE Listings within the $100,000 to $300,000 price range.  Average List Price is $194,411 and Average Days on Market is approximately 72.  As this area continues to gr...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 16TH THRU 22ND Price Range:  $100,000 - $300,000   Homes Sold:                              20 Average List Price:                 $193,095 Average Sales Price:              $187,620         97% of List Price  Median Sales Price:                     $174,475 Average Days on Market:    30 Sales Price:      Low:               $115,000                             High:              $296,900   SEVEN OF THE ABOVE SOLDS WERE BY CENTURY 21 BRADLEY               Southwest Allen County continues to be a very popular choice for home buyers. There are currently 166 ACTIVE Listings within the $100,000 to $300,000 price range.  Average List Price is $181,889 and Average Days on Market is approximately 76.  Homes in this price rang...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 9TH THRU 15TH Price Range:  $100,000 - $300,000   Homes Sold:                              15 Average List Price:                 $182,229 Average Sales Price:              $179,516         98% of List Price Median Sales Price:               $173,500 Average Days on Market:    56 Sales Price:      Low:               $105,000                             High:              $269,000     SIX OF THE ABOVE SOLDS WERE BY CENTURY 21 BRADLEY             Southwest Allen County continues to be a very popular choice for home buyers. There are currently 168 ACTIVE Listings within the $100,000 to $300,000 price range.  Average List Price is $183,089 and Average Days on Market is approximately 75.  Homes in this price range have bee...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
FORT WAYNE REAL ESTATE MARKET HOMES SOLD IN MAY 2014 PRICE RANGE $300,000 AND UP            MAY 2014                                                         MAY 2013                                      Homes Sold:                       33                                                           24 Average List Price:            $445,566                                      $390,191 Average Sales Price:          $428,798 - 96% of List Price         $377,539 - 97% of List Price Median Sales Price:           $385,000                                      $353,375 Average Days on Market:  77                                                71 Sales Price Low:                $308,000 Sales Price High:               $782,500   ACTIVE LISTINGS FOR MAY 2014 Active Listings:                  193 ...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
FORT WAYNE REAL ESTATE MARKET HOMES SOLD IN MAY 2014 PRICE RANGE $150,000 TO $300,000            MAY 2014                                                         MAY 2013                                        Homes Sold:                       123                                                         117 Average List Price:            $211,648                                      $205,135 Average Sales Price:          $206,695 - 98% of List Price         $200,127 - 98% of List Price Median Sales Price:           $194,900                                      $192,000 Average Days on Market: 58                                                54 Sales Price Low:                $151,000 Sales Price High:               $297,900   ACTIVE LISTINGS FOR MAY 2014 Active Listings:                ...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
FORT WAYNE REAL ESTATE MARKET HOMES SOLD IN MAY 2014 PRICE RANGE $65,000 TO $150,000            MAY 2014                                                         MAY 2013                                          Homes Sold:                       231                                                         241 Average List Price:            $111,902                                      $109,550 Average Sales Price:          $109,255 - 98% of List Price         $106,391 - 97% of List Price Median Sales Price:           $108,000                                      $107,000 Average Days on Market: 67                                                56 Sales Price Low:                $66,500 Sales Price High:               $149,900   ACTIVE LISTINGS FOR MAY 2014 Active Listings:                ...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
The other day I received a phone call from a prospective buyer that wanted to see one of our listings.   I told her a little more about the home, and asked what her schedule was and when she could see it.   Then I asked her a few more standard questions.     1.  Are you currently working with a Realtor?     2.  Have you had a chance to talk to a lender about a loan, or will it be a cash purchase?   3.  What is your time frame for purchasing a home?     4.  Do you have a home to sell first?     By the time I got to the last question, she laughed and sounded a little frustrated. She then asked me why all of us Realtors keep asking her all of these questions.    I told her I understand it may seem intrusive, but it's really not.  I went on to explain why we ask all of these questions.     ...
Comments 11
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
Our business partner and mortgage broker extraordinaire Laura Horacek with GSF Lending shared a great list of things NOT to do when buying a home with us last week.  She said that she recently had a borrow quit her job just days before closing and didn't realize it would be a problem because she found another job quickly.     Clearly, it was a problem.  The deal did not close because of this.   Here are the Top 10 Things NOT To Do When Buying A Home:     10.  I will NOT co-sign on any new credit for anybody else.      9.  I will NOT initiate any new inquiries into my credit.      8.  I will NOT close any of my bank accounts or change banks.      7.  I will NOT make any large deposits before checking with my Mortgage Lender.     6.  I will NOT establish any new items of credit within 60 ...
Comments 29
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
Probably not.   That's my short answer.  Those of you that know me know that I don't like giving short answers, so here goes.   Right now inventory is low in the Fort Wayne real estate market.  Especially if you're talking about homes in the Northwest and Southwest Allen County School Districts.  Home inventory in those two areas are extremely low, and we're seeing homes fly off the shelves within days (and sometimes hours) of being listed.   If you're considering selling and you live in those areas, PLEASE call us at 260.704.0843.  We'd love to talk with you about your situation.   Anyway, back to the point of this blog...   As a buyer in the Fort Wayne area, you can find a fair deal right now.  By "fair" I mean just that.  You can find plenty of homes out there that are priced well an...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
Should I have an inspection on a brand new home?   YES.     I've sold plenty of new construction homes in the Fort Wayne area.   They all smell SO good.   We all love that new construction smell, don't we?   The carpet is fresh and new. The countertops are spotless and new. The paint on the walls is perfect and new.   All of the lights are bright...  and new.     Why would we need to have an inspection when everything is brand new??     Story time...     A few weeks ago my inspector told me a story about an inspection he did on a brand new home in Fort Wayne.   As expected, most of the inspection went fine.   Then we went into the attic. The contractor that did the rafters made a mistake.    A huge mistake.     For whatever reason, he didn't properly connect the rafters at the peak.   T...
Comments 6
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
I woke up the other morning and saw that I had a private message on Twitter.  It was from Movoto Blog, and it said that Fort Wayne was voted the fifth most boring city. 1.  I don't know who Movoto Blog is, so there's that.   2.  Really?   Fort Wayne is boring?  Based on what?   Then I read the blog...   "The population was decidedly older, there was not much nightlife or fine dining options per capita, and there were very few music venues scattered throughout the city.  This city is rather pretty, and if you're looking for a place to kick back and relax there are worse places to go.  But if you want to be wild and crazy and you're not there during a festival, you're probably out of luck."   I'm assuming the author is talking about me when she refers to "older."  No really, I'm okay with...
Comments 24
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
How's the real estate market in Fort Wayne right now?  In a word...  NUTS.   Inventory in Southwest Allen County and Northwest Allen County School Districts is still VERY low.  Homes that go on the market in those areas are normally under contract within days.   That's great for sellers, but what about the buyers?   We've been able to help many buyers purchase some of these home by acting FAST and watching the market like a HAWK.   We've even helped a few buyers purchase homes that weren't even on the market.   It's all about having an aggresive agent (or two) that will go above and beyond to get the job done.   Our business has been fantastic this year, and last month we set a record.   Our Century 21 Bradley office sold 322 units and $47,300,000 in sales in the month of May.   Our tea...
Comments 10
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
Every morning I wake up and head over to Active Rain to read blogs and see what's going on out there.  Oh, and to make my comments.  I don't think I've missed a day of making comments in years!   But...  there's so much going on over here that I haven't had the time (I know I could make it if I wanted) to kick out my weekly blogs.   I haven't told any stories lately.   The market reports have dried up.   My "how to" blogs are non existent right now.   It's kind of sad really.   What's not sad is our business and what's been going on over here.   Our Century 21 Bradley office has been crushing it this year.   Amanda and I have been breaking records as well.   We're in the process of launching new products for our sellers, including HD video tours of our listings, and using drones to show...
Comments 12
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
I'm kind of a control freak.  So is Amanda.   For this reason, we've held off on hiring an assistant.  To have somebody else in control of some of our stuff scared the heck out of both of us.   Well, last year we found ourselves running around like chickens with our heads cut off for about 9-10 months of the year.   That's no way to live.   We promised ourselves that this spring we'd hire an assistant and we finally did! This year has been record breaking for us and for our office.  We're on pace to close almost twice as much as we did last year.   Without an assistant there's no way we could handle that and provide the great customer service that we are known for.   Plus I'm sure we'd forget things, trip over ourselves, and probably go crazy!   Letting go of "control" was a little toug...
Comments 15
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
I had an interesting conversation with one of my buyers recently.  He had interest in a home that is priced at $250,000.  It's been on the market for a few months now.   The home itself is in an area he likes, but it does need some cosmetic updates.  By cosmetic I mean a fresh coat of paint throughout and some wall paper removed.   When we were discussing the offer he asked me what I thought the home was actually worth.   Knowing the area well, I told him that if he got the home in the $235,000 - $240,000 price range, he would be getting a fair deal.   "I'm not paying a penny over $225,000 for it.  That's what I think it's worth" said my buyer.   I asked him what he based his price on. "Nothing.  I didn't base it on anything.  I'm just saying that I won't pay a penny more than $225,000....
Comments 14
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
Sometimes I feel like I'm beating a dead horse, but here goes.   Inventory in the Fort Wayne real estate market is SO low right now!  If you have considered selling or have been on the fence, NOW is the time.   Homes for sale in the Southwest and Northwest Allen County School Districts are selling FAST.   Buyers (and their agents) looking for homes in these areas are becoming increasingly frustrated because there just aren't many desirable homes to buy. There's my sales pitch.   If you are considering selling, please give us a call.  We'd love to come out and chat with you about what sets us, and our company Century 21 Bradley, apart from other Realtors and other real estate offices in the Fort Wayne area.   Thank you for reading, and we hope to hear from you soon!   Amanda and Jared Ch...
Comments 0
By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
Amanda and I have been selling real estate in the Fort Wayne area for six years now, and there are many things we love about it.   Flexible schedules We certainly don't have 9-5 jobs.  We often work evenings and weekends, but we also shop on Tuesdays and have date day/night on Thursday.   New people every day Whether it's another listing appointment or showing homes, we get to meet and work with new people every single day.  That's exciting! Relationships Through the years we have been able to create many great relationships with people who start out as clients, and end up as friends.   Solving problems There are many challenges to being Realtors.  One of our favorite things to do is solve problems and get to the finish line.   The thrill of negotiations Call me crazy, but there is noth...
Comments 8
Explore Fort Wayne, IN