Jan. 20, 2021

Tom Huff Review

juniper road south bend home for sale

"New Construction Experts"

Very knowledgeable concerning the local real estate market especially with regard to new construction. Prompt and courteous return of phone calls. Excellent communication from the whole team.

Tom Huff

Tom was the builder of this beautiful home near Notre Dame. One of the best aspects was the large private lot! The new construction marketing and sales process is a little different from that of a pre-built home. The Tim Murray Team works with a lot of new construction clients and we utilize that experience to help make the process smooth for buyers and sellers alike.  Thank you for the kind review, Tom!
Posted in Reviews
Jan. 20, 2021

Roy Jones Review

"Seamless and efficient"

We worked with Tim on selling our home and purchasing a lot/building a new home. He and his team were excellent to deal with in each transaction. Regarding the house sale, he guided us through the listing process...establishing an aggressive but realistic initial price based on the market and comps. His advice was key to obtaining a final offer close to our initial asking price...maximizing what we could have gotten from the sale of the house. Tim was there to help us resolve some issues that arose from the buyers home inspection report...personally working to resolve any questions/issues from the buyer. Tim’s staff was thoroughly familiar with the progress and issues associated with our sale making the process seamless and efficient.

Roy Jones

Thank you for the kind words, Roy! Our goal is to make each and every transaction as smooth as possible for all parties and we are so glad to hear we accomplished that for you!
Posted in Reviews
Jan. 11, 2021

JUST LISTED 19339 Foley Circle S, South Bend, IN Homes for Sale

 

19339 Foley Circle S, South Bend, IN 46637

http://www.michianahomesandland.com/property/202047370/

 

Gorgeous single family waterfront villa home within The Cottages of Pendle Woods, a quiet community just north of campus! Over 3000 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths is the ideal home for friends and family gatherings. Soaring vaulted ceilings in the great room and kitchen with stunning Bamboo floors. Great room has formal dining area, living room with gas vented fireplace which is open to the eat-in kitchen, with quartz counters and included appliances. The enclosed 3 season room, features sliding doors on all sides for optional screen porch effect, an electric fireplace and a relaxing view of the pond. The porch is easily accessed from the kitchen and master bedroom. The master suite features sliding door to porch, attached bathroom with walk-in tile shower, double sinks, and walk-in closet. Split bedroom floor plan includes two additional bedrooms and a full bath. Main floor laundry is located off of the oversized 2-car side loading garage. Finished lower level features wet bar, additional bedroom with egress window, full bath, and a theatre area (Audio visual equipment, screen, and projector included - original cost of over $30k). Lower level has zoned heating. Smart home features include WI-FI thermostat, garage door opener, some of the basement lighting. The Cottages of Pendle Woods is a single family villa community located just north of Notre Dame with the villa maintenance program taking care of the mowing and plowing for you.

 

*near Notre Dame *Air BnB opportunity *villa community *theatre room

 

Presented by : Tim Murray, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group

tim@timmurray.com

574-286-3944

 

19339 Foley Circle S, South Bend, IN 46637 http://www.michianahomesandland.com/property/202047370/

Posted in Homes by the Dome
Dec. 28, 2020

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Here are a few items you can do to help your home run smoothly this winter. Print out this winter home maintenance checklist here for easy reference.

Prevent pipes from freezing

Insulate pipes near windows, doors and in areas of the home that are unheated. Disconnect your garden hose from the outside faucet and keep temp above 55 degrees.

 

Test & clean your sump pump

Slowly pour a few gallons of water into the pit to make sure the pump turns on. Clean debris from bottom with a wet vac.

 

Reverse ceiling fan blades

Running the blades in a clockwise position during the colder months can push heated air down.

 

Protect your air conditioner

Place a sheet of plywood held down by a few bricks on top and your AC should be ready to work again in the spring

 

Flush hot water tank

Flush your hot water tank to remove sediment

 

Ready shovels, service blower

Move your snow shovels to an area near the door where they will be within easy reach. Change the oil in your snow blower and replace the spark plug if needed.

 

Stock up on salt or sand

Purchase some salt, ice melt or sand before the first snowfall. This will give you some extra traction when it's time to shovel the sidewalk and driveway.

 

Check and service fireplace and chimney

Run the tip of a fireplace poker along the interior of the chimney wall. If you find a thick, shiny, tar-like buildup it’s best to call a professional (get in touch with us if you need a recommendation).

 

Check and replace smoke alarm batteries

More heating appliances are being used during the winter months, which could increase fire hazards. Replace batteries at needed.

 

Protect outdoor furniture

Cover outdoor furniture or consider moving to indoors.

 

Divert water

Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation.

Posted in Lifestyle
Dec. 19, 2020

Pete and Suzanne Letherman Review

"Thanks again for all your help!"

"We worked with the Tim Murray team when we sold our house and purchased a new home. Tim and his team made the process effortless. His professional team used the most current technology to market our home and create interest in our property. And because of that, our house sold in less than a week! From the initial meeting to list and price our house to the closing day, the Tim Murray Team was there to support us and make the process of buying and selling our home smooth and effortless."

Pete and Suzanne Letherman 

We loved helping the Letherman family sell and buy their homes! It truly warms our hearts to know we did our job to make the whole process as smooth as possible. Enjoy your beautiful new home, Pete and Suzanne!

Posted in Reviews
Dec. 15, 2020

Holiday Activity Sheet

Spread a little holiday cheer with this holiday activity sheet! 

Download here: Holiday Activity Sheet

holiday home activity sheet

 

Posted in All Posts
Dec. 7, 2020

How to Design a Home Office that’s Built for Business

Written by: Tina Martin with Ideaspired

Image via Pexels

 

After years of dreaming, saving, and planning, you’ve finally achieved your goal of starting a home-based business. However, you’re quickly realizing that your house is too small for running a business and raising a family. Does that mean it’s time to move?

 

Whether you need more storage or room for your first employees, there’s more than one way to get the space your home business needs. This guide will help you design your ideal home office, whether you stay put or upsize with the Tim Murray Team.

4 ways to create your ideal home office

The first question to answer when building your home office is where to put it. These are the best options for building a home office:

1. Redesign a flex space

Repurposing an existing room is the fastest and cheapest way to create a home office. Storage, lighting, and electrical outlets are the basic upgrades necessary to convert a spare room into an office.

2. Build an addition

Without room to spare, homeowners turn to construction to meet their space needs. You can convert a raw space like a garage, basement, or attic; build a room above the garage; or construct a freestanding addition.

3. Upsize your home

Additions are costly and they don’t pay off in every market. If your real estate agent advises against an addition, look into what it would cost to upsize instead. It’s possible to upsize your home without increasing your budget by making a larger down payment, moving to a cheaper area, or buying a fixer-upper.

4. Build a custom home

Can’t find what you need on the housing market? A custom build gives you exactly what you want in a house. Just remember you have to sell someday! Work with a team of architects and real estate professionals to design a home with resale value.

Any major investment in your home calls for expert input. Whether you’re deciding between a garage conversion and an attic remodel or wondering what your home is worth, don’t make a decision without talking to a real estate agent.

Everything you need for a productive workspace

Once you’ve found your space, it’s time to design a fully-equipped home office. While every business is different, there are some things all home offices need:

  • Convertible desk: Sitting all day is bad for your health. A convertible sit-stand desk pulls double duty so you can alternate as needed.
  • Ergonomic seating: Pair your desk with an ergonomic chair that includes adjustable support for your back and arms. Include an anti-fatigue mat for when you’re on your feet.
  • Storage: Bookcases, cabinets, and floating shelves are stylish alternatives to traditional office storage.
  • Desktop or laptop computer: Decide if you need a desktop, laptop, or all-in-one PC. Then, optimize your workstation’s ergonomics.
  • Internet connectivity: A speedy and stable internet connection prevents downtime. Consider upgrading to business-class internet for improved connectivity and customer service.
  • Network security: Cybersecurity is easy to overlook, but it’s an important addition to any home office. Stay abreast of cybersecurity threats and invest in antivirus software, a password manager, and online backup service.

What to know about deducting home office improvements

As a home business owner, you’re eligible to claim the home office tax deduction. This deduction lets business owners write off home-related expenses like mortgage interest, insurance, and utilities as well as repairs, maintenance, and upgrades. This includes long-term improvements like renovating a room or building an addition.

Careful record keeping is key for claiming the home office deduction. This includes creating separate accounts for business and personal expenses. Before opening a business bank account, you’ll need to register your business as a corporation or LLC. Most small business owners opt for LLC status due to the simple documentation and low fees. A Michigan LLC also protects personal assets (like your home!) from business liabilities.

A successful home business starts with a great place to work. If you’re tired of running your business from a cramped home office, contact the Tim Murray Team to discuss your options. With a smart investment guided by a professional real estate team, you can access the space your growing business needs to thrive. Call 574-286-3944.

Posted in Lifestyle
Dec. 1, 2020

JUST LISTED 1118 Stanfield St, South Bend, IN 46614

 

1118 Stanfield St South Bend, IN

http://www.michianahomesandland.com/property/202047370/

 

Charming Harter Heights home. Just south of campus, this 2 bedroom home features all the beautiful details of an early 1900s home including hardwood floors, 9' ceilings and wood doors. Enter into the warm and gorgeous sun room with rich wood ceilings and windows all around - perfect spot for your plants, an office, or an art studio! Large living room has a great wood-burning fireplace and is open to the formal dining room with built-in storage. Eat-in kitchen features an island with storage. 2 bedrooms share the full bath with updated tile shower with glass door. Front bedroom has two doors and would make a nice office as well. Lots of light throughout the home! Full basement has 9' ceilings and could be finished for more living space. Brick patio in the backyard lead to the extra deep lot and garage. Convenient to campus, downtown, East Bank Trail, and the toll road in a highly sought-after neighborhood.

 

*near Notre Dame

*Air BnB opportunity

*1920s home

 

Presented by : Tim Murray, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group

tim@timmurray.com 574-286-3944

 

1118 Stanfield St South Bend, IN

http://www.michianahomesandland.com/property/202047370/

Posted in Homes by the Dome
Nov. 22, 2020

JUST LISTED 52060 Tara Dr, South Bend, IN 46628

52060 Tara Dr, South Bend, IN 46628

http://www.michianahomesandland.com/property/202046304/

 

Traditional home located on a spacious plot in a country neighborhood. Convenient to the bypass, Michigan, and downtown South Bend, this charming 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home sits on 3 lots totaling 1.69 acres. Possibility to split and sell one or two lots for new home construction (buyer should verify). Grand entry leads to a welcoming foyer with access to the large formal living room and dining room, family room with wood-burning fireplace, and eat-in kitchen with plenty of cupboard space. Pocket doors separate the kitchen from the family room and dining room. Lots of space lends itself to the possibility of a first floor office space or play room. 1/2 bath, outside access, attached garage, and basement stairway off kitchen. Upstairs you'll find 4 generously sized bedrooms including a master with en suite bathroom and walk-in closet. Hardwood floors throughout bedrooms and living, dining, and family rooms. Clean and dry basement could be finished or leave for storage. Huge yard has an additional detached garage with overhead door and a half basketball court (could use new backboard). Quiet country location conveniently located close to shopping.

*Acreage

*hardwood floors

*4 bedrooms

*formal dining room

 

Presented by : Tim Murray, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group

tim@timmurray.com 574-286-3944

 

52060 Tara Dr, South Bend, IN 46628

http://www.michianahomesandland.com/property/202046304/

Posted in Listing Updates
Nov. 18, 2020

JUST LISTED 411 Shepherd's Way, Osceola, IN 46561

 

411 Shepherd's Way, Osceola, IN

http://www.michianahomesandland.com/property/202046167/?addrs=1

 

Brand new home within the Penn School System on city water/sewer in popular Shepherd's Cove. This spacious ranch home is built by 4 Corners Construction and Development, featuring 1847 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Open concept great room features 9' ceilings, lots of natural light, and a beautiful kitchen with granite counters, buffet, island and walk-in pantry. Dinette area has access to the back patio. Split bedroom floorplan has two bedrooms sharing a full bath and a master wing off of the great room. En suite master bath has dual vanity sinks, tile shower with bench, and walk-in closet. Laundry room and 1/2 bath just off garage door entry. Full basement is framed with possible 4th bedroom with egress window and rough in for another bath. Very livable floorplan with flexibility for growth. Finishing extras include professional landscaping and irrigation system, Ring video doorbell, and mobile device control of garage door and HVAC system.

Presented by : Tim Murray, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group tim@timmurray.com 574-286-3944

*Penn PHM Schools

*Shepherd's Cove

*New construction

*Great room

*Granite kitchen

*Master Suite

*First floor laundry

 

411 Shepherd's Way, Osceola, IN http://www.michianahomesandland.com/property/202046167/?addrs=1

Posted in Listing Updates