Ever see a For Sale sign and want to know the price? Just not enough to call and be sold to?
Here’s a simple address search. Type in the street name, pick a city and click search. You can see photos and basic info on any home listed for sale in the South Bend Area MLS without giving out any personal information or dealing with anyone.
http://realst8.com/QuickSearch.html
If you want more search options, go here
http://www.realst8.idxco.com/idx/3142/advancedSearch.php
And if you want professional assistance at any point, pick up the phone. Then we’ll get your name and contact info.

Do you ever see a “For Sale” sign and want to know the price? But not enough to call and risk listening to a salesperson in high gear?

If so, bookmark the new realst8.com quick search. It’s a simple address search of the area’s MLS. That’s Granger, Lakeville, Mishawaka, Osceola and South Bend. Just type in the full address or street name, pick a city and click search. You’ll get a map, photos and basic info on any home listed for sale in the South Bend Area MLS. You won’t get spam, a registration form, or a hard sell. In fact you won’t have to deal with anyone.  Here’s a screenshot:

If you want more search options, use our full search of South Bend Area Homes for Sale

And if you want professional assistance at any point, call 574-217-4770 or send an e-mail. That’s the only time I’ll ask your name and contact info.

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Recently architects have been working on plans for stylish pre-fab houses built out of things like shipping containers or that are easy to install after disasters like Hurricane Katrina. The idea is to make possible an appealing house that is less expensive, more durable, and completed more quickly with less skilled labor than traditionally built homes.

This is not a new idea. After World War II, Carl Strandlund developed a mostly metal home, the Lustron House that  was built on an assembly line, delivered on a truck, and promised to “defy weather, wear and time.”

The Lustron Corporation quickly ended in bankruptcy, but there are three Lustrons in South Bend. Here is a photo of one on Mishawaka Avenue.

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Fall Colors in South Bend

by Nick Molnar on October 23, 2009

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South Bend has had sculptures at the airport for some time now, but recently added to its public art in the central business district. Stroll through downtown South Bend and you’ll now see several sculptures by short time native George Rickey. They are here for a year and all easy to find on a short walk (map on Arts Everywhere web-site). Pick a windy day, and you’ll see them swing and sway. Here are some short videos to give you an idea of the project.

Curious about homes for sale in and near downtown South Bend? Start here.

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South Bend Real Estate Report: September 2009

by Nick Molnar on October 2, 2009

238 sales were reported for the month of September 2009 in the South Bend Area MLS, for a total sales volume of $24.97 million.

Prices

The high price sale was $420,000 for 51385 Amesbury Way in Granger’s Covington Shores neighborhood. The owner had been trying to sell since 6/2007 and started with an asking price of $549,000. The home was listed for $450,000 at the time of sale.

The low price sale was $4,000 for 919 Sherman in South Bend, a 4 bedroom, 2 bath 1,632 square foot house. The bank selling it started at $10,500 in 11/2008 and it was listed at $6,500 at the time of sale.

All reported sales prices are represented on the scatter graph below

If you break sales prices down to the $ per square foot level, the sales topped out at $149.09 per square foot, for the above mentioned sale at 51385 Amesbury. The low priced sale works out to be $2.45 per square foot. This is not encouraging news for the 129 homes listed for sale at $150 per square foot or higher.

Financing

FHA loans continue to become more common. In September they accounted for 40% of all sales. If you only consider the 71 sales between $50k and $100k, the FHA financed percentage rises to 75% or 3 out of every 4 sales.

Condos and Townhomes

The condo market continues to be slow. There are two reported sales for the month of September.

  • In the North Shore Club, a 1987 built 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit with 2,693 square feet, a 2-car garage and river views sold for $283,900 to a cash buyer. It was listed 7/27/09 at $299,900.
  • In the Stonebridge Villas, a 2007 built 2 bedroom 2 bath unit with 1,715 square feet and a 2-car garage sold for $214,000 to a buyer with conventional financing. It was listed 10/29/07 and was priced at  $219,900 at the time of sale.

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