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10 Things to do Before Summer Ends!

10 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

We promise Indiana isn’t just cornfields!

 

  1. Go to a Drive-In Movie

Thankfully Indiana has a couple of our own drive-in theaters and we’re lucky to have this gem be located as close as Garrett. Here, The Auburn Garrett Drive-In Theatre shows double features and sometimes triple features. The movie theater has been around since 1951 and is still such a fun experience for friends and families!

 

2. Visit a Theme Park

Our Hoosier state also has a couple of theme parks that many love! One of our favorites is the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, where we’re able to enjoy fun roller coaster rides and a wild waterpark. The theme park makes sure there are rides that all ages can love, from children wanting calm rides to teens wanting the intense and thrilling rides!

3. Find a Putt-Putt Center

The Putt-Putt Fun Center in Fort Wayne is a place where children and not-so-good golfers...

Find the Best Ice Cream Downtown

Find the Best Ice Cream Downtown

 

In this blog we’ve scooped out some of the best ice cream shops downtown, with two exceptions that aren’t what we would normally write about. Now most of these shops don’t single out a hot fudge sundae on their menu but they do offer items that definitely make up for it. This one shop was made an exception due to its unique flavors, our only problem is that its a 15 minute drive from downtown (the travel is worth it!). The Just Cream Boutique has some of the most creative flavors that we have seen, plus they’re one of the shops that does have a designated hot fudge sundae. They stick to the classic style with 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, & a cherry.

And yes we know this isn’t a glorious photo of a hot fudge sundae but this boutique also offers quirky and fun desserts like the “Extreme Shake of the Month” which has our mouths watering for more! The next eatery we planned on visiting was La Michoacana which is located downtown and is only 4 minutes away from our office which makes for a good after work snack! Not only does this Mexican styled sitting serve freshly made ice cream, but they also serve a good amount of authentic food. Here the ice cream is made right in front of you, this also is what insures the homemade and fresh taste.

This is one of the restaurants that doesn’t include a hot fudge sundae on their menu but their originality...

5 Creative Ways to Make Any Room Pop!

5 Ways to Make Any Room Pop!

 

 

  1. Add an Accent Wall

When walking into a room, accent walls will grab the attention of friends and family. They can give the burst of color that any buyer or home owner is looking for! You don’t have to go for such a bold wall such as these stripes, even a bold shade of blue would do the trick!

 

2. Find Colorful Cushions

These toss pillows help break away from one strict color in your house. Mixing and matching them will add a creative and fun feeling to the room which everyone loves!

 

3. Bold Barstools

If you’re too afraid of a daring accent wall, then go for a dauntless counter barstool! Adding this small yet striking item into your home helps give it an updated and minimalistic look, while the feel can be electric or calming depending on what color you...

Three Rivers Festival

Three Rivers Festival!

Looking for something to do this week? Look no further! Head to Downtown Fort Wayne to create great memories at the Three Rivers Festival at Headwaters Park in Downtown Fort Wayne from Friday, July 13, 2018 until Saturday, July 21, 2018!

Here are some fun things going on!

Click an event that sounds interesting to read more on it. 

See you there!

Art in the Park

Bed Race

Bike Night

Children’s Fest

Downtown Midway

The Emporium

Fireworks

Family Fun Day

 History on Wheels

International Village

Lunch Trolley

Luscious Legs Contest

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Top 4 Bakeries Downtown Fort Wayne

The Top 4 Bakeries Downtown Fort Wayne



The Broadway Bake Company

At this bakery, the delicious classics are reinvented to compliment their own unique style! With customer service being a huge priority here, their employees take great measures when making sure the customer is pleased. The sweets that are never-ending is what makes locals become regulars and draws travelers in. Their collection ranges from fan favorite chocolate covered churros to perfectly baked breads, sweet cookies, and top-notch decorated cakes.

Abigail’s Confections

At this shop, local owner Lindsay Miller, specializes in confections with some of the best detailing downtown! In her bakery, she takes her time with producing cakes, pies, cookies, muffins, and cinnamon rolls. Her sugar cream pie and holiday pumpkin cheesecake draw in fans from all over! Most say that when in Fort Wayne, this is the place to go!

Photo by: Nicholas Klein


Indiana Mexican Bakery

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Discover This Week's Best Firework Shows!

Discover This Week’s Best Firework Shows!

 

Patriotic Pops

When & Where? Tuesday, July 3rd, 8:00 pm at Parkview Field

What’s it about? At this event, the Fort Wayne Philharmonics will be performing a magnificent show to help get families in the American Spirit! After the players get off the field, the eye-catching fireworks steal the sky and act as a great time for family bonding!

Photo by: Todd Stemen 

4th of July Fireworks

When & Where? Wednesday, July 4th, 10:00 pm at Parkview Field

What’s it about? This is Fort Wayne’s spectacular...

Best Five Places for Tacos in Downtown FW

3 Tacos from The Hoppy Gnome

The Hoppy Gnome

Next time you are in downtown Fort Wayne, travel on down to the kid-friendly Hoppy Gnome. This exciting restaurant and bar mainly focuses on serving tacos, but offers much more than that! With a “scratch” menu that allows guest to cater to their specific hunger needs, it exceeds the expectations of a normal taco joint. To top it all off, It prides itself in serving only the freshest of ingredients to its eager customers and their families. It’s open 7 times a week so make sure to stop by

Coahuilas Taqueria

Take a trip downtown to this authentic and classic styled mexican restaurant! Although they only take cash, many decide these street tacos are worth the extra mile to the ATM. Consider binging on the tacos de tripas or the torta de tripas that taste as they’ve come from the Mexican streets!

George’s International Market

Although this taco stop isn’t a restaurant, they specialize in the smallest details which make their tacos one of a kind! Small extras such as avocado, tomato, and queso fresco seem to turn many customers into regulars. The tacos may be a show stopper, but the salsa is the true show stealer! Their homemade recipe continues to gather customers with it’s sharp taste of lime, thick tomato consistency, and warming spices.

The Deck

This restaurant may not be fully dedicated to mexican food, but they take a delicious twist on their fish tacos. When ordered with double tortillas, the one of a kind tacos beat out the other meals and serve as a staple dish for the bar. Near The Deck, a local business...

Best 5 Hidden Coffee Shops in Downtown Fort Wayne

  1. Fortezza Coffee- This coffee shop is known for it’s outstanding flavors and it’s delicious desserts. They specialize in latte art and support new local artists with the artwork on their walls. Many love to start their day with the  cold or ot beverages that they offer, wether it be a breve or an iced coffee! 
  1. Mocha Lounge- This little nook is known for their seasonal coffees and their amazingly baked goods. The coffee shop is also known as a studying area which is nice for many college students. They also offer options for people of all dietary needs, such as gluten free!  

 

  1. Firefly Coffee House- This spot is known for their home-like atmosphere and their great customer service. They have vegetarian and gluten free items on the menu, like their vegetarian crustless quiche which covers both of those troubles. Many say the environment is essential for studying because of the hipster and cozy feel. The lattes, teas, and smoothies are fan favorites!  
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Fort Wayne's Best Irish Bars & Restaurants

St. Patrick’s Day is an annual event that celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish. This is one day of the year that I really enjoy celebrating.  I love to crowd into pubs across our great city, where they are downing pints of green beer from as early as 9 or 10 am. Seeing the crowds dressed up in don ginger wigs, green jackets and shamrock-adorned top hats and putting on a fake Irish accent and wishing them: “Top of the mornin’ to ya.” This year I look forward to celebrating in my great city with my wife and kids and starting the morning off with a run in downtown Fort Wayne “Get Green Fest 2018 Fort Wayne Firefighters 5-Kilt Run-Walk” getgreenfest.org. With St. Paddy’s Day coming up this week, I thought I would share with you my top favorite pubs and restaurants to visit for this beloved holiday. Slainte!

Jk O’Donnell’s | Wayne Street
As their Facebook suggests this place offers “A wee bit of Ireland, downtown” Fort Wayne. So, as you can imagine, their fare is as traditional as it gets. Irish stew, corn beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and Lamb meatloaf are all on the menu. Their superb location on Wayne Street makes JK O’Donnell’s the perfect place for downtown dwellers to spend St. Paddy’s Day. Alongside having traditional Irish musicians setting the ambiance, they’ll also be packed to the brim with Hoosiers donned in green. To prove JK’s is the real deal, Yelp recently named them the Best Irish Pub in Fort Wayne.

O’Reilly’s Irish Pub | W. Jefferson Blvd....

Why Get Pre-Approved

If you don’t get a loan pre-approval before you start looking, you might actually prevent yourself from finding—and buying—your dream home. What is a preapproval? The lender verifies the borrower’s information and documentation to determine exactly how much it would be willing to lend to that borrower. 

Documents like:

  • Pay stubs
  • Last two years’ W-2s
  • Last two federal tax returns
  • Two months’ worth of bank statements of all types of accounts
  • Your credit report

A preapproval letter provides documentation of exactly how much mortgage you have been approved to borrow. 

Here are a few reasons it's ideal to get a mortgage pre-approval before you start house hunting.

1: Know Where To Start Looking

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Home & Garden Show

The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show is celebrating its 45th year in 2018! With more than 650 exhibitors each year, the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show is the place to see the latest in contemporary home and garden products and services. From seminars by knowledgeable home and garden experts, to beautifully constructed and unique landscapes by our exhibitors, you’ll find all the inspiration and help you need to start your next home project.

We are more than your average show, we offer fun for the WHOLE family. Our Family Fun area features interactive and educational displays the whole family can enjoy. With a petting zoo, adoptable pets, martial arts demonstrations, plus the best balloon and face-artists around, your guaranteed to find something for everyone!

Dates and Time:

Thursday, March 1st- 11a - 9p

Friday, March 2nd- 11a - 9p

Saturday, March 3rd- 10a - 9p

Sunday, March 4th- 11a - 5p

Save $2 on your tickets here!

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Open Houses Feb. 11th

For more information go to the home page and click on the open houses section!

Tax Deductions

Did you know that your new home purchase might open up a world of tax breaks? Check out these deductions brought to you by Ruoff Home Mortgage.

Interest is the amount you pay to borrow money. A home mortgage interest deduction allows taxpayers who own their homes (and itemize their taxes) to reduce their taxable income by the amount of interest paid on the loan. Only a handful of states have tax breaks for renting!
This deduction is usually the biggest tax break you’ll receive as a home owner. In most cases, you can deduct all of your home mortgage interest. How much can you deduct? That depends on several factors such as date of your mortgage, amount and how you use it.
Does it have a toilet? The mortgage interest deduction applies to anything that meets the definition of a basic living space that you own. Condominiums, mobile homes, and even boats...

Weather The Fort

Weather the Fort is for adults 21+ only. WTF is an outdoor festival with great music, fun and interactive art, ice carvers, fire dancers, great beer, and many other activities in Freimann Square, downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

ADMISSION

Weather the Fort is a FREE event!

For more info visit the website here!

 

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2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.”

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

Buyers often overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the same report:

Consumers are often unaware of the option to take out low-down-payment mortgages. Only 19% of consumers believe lenders would make loans with a down payment of 5% or less… While 15% believe lenders require a 20% down payment, and 30% believe lenders expect a 20% down payment.”

These numbers do not differ much between non-owners and homeowners; 39% of non-owners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment and 30% of homeowners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment.

While many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream home, they do not realize that programs are available that allow them to put down as little as 3%. Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

Myth #2: “I Need a 780 FICO® Score or Higher to Buy”

Similar to the down payment, many either don’t know or are misinformed about what FICO®score is necessary to qualify.

Many Americans believe a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher.

To help debunk this myth, let’s take a look at Ellie Mae’s ...

U.S. Housing Inventory Crunch Continues…List Your House Today!

Every winter, families across the country decide if this will be the year that they sell their current houses and move into their dream homes.

Mortgage rates hovered around 4% for all of 2017 which forced many buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW!

At the same time, however, inventory levels of homes for sale have dropped dramatically as compared to this time last year.

Trulia reported that “in Q4 2017, U.S. home inventory decreased by 10.5%. That is the biggest drop we’ve seen since Q2 2013."

The largest drop in inventory was in the starter home category which saw a 19% dip in listings.

Bottom Line

Demand for your home is very strong right now while your competition (other homes for sale) is at a historically low level. If you are thinking of selling in 2018, now may be the perfect time.

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Open Houses Jan. 28th

For more information check out our open house section on our home page.

15208 Candlestick Ct., Fort Wayne

Winter Activities in Fort Wayne

Sledding at Franke Park                           The snow can actually be good for one thing! 
Bowling                                                                   An indoor activity for those who do not want to endure the cold temperatures. Certain places start at just $4!
Botanical Conservatory                             Not only will this give you a taste of warmer days ahead but it is also very educational and gives an exciting hands on experince.
Ice Skating at Headwaters Park                       ...

Fort Wayne Brunch Spots

Before heading to one of our open houses treat yourself to some brunch!

Saturday Brunch Spots:
Cindy's Diner- A great classic! Open 6 am to 2pm
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Savor Fort Wayne

Enjoy 12 delicious days of menu deals during Savor Fort Wayne from January 10—21, 2018

Choose from the participating restaurants below! Each one offers special menu deals no more than $30 per person!

See menus at SavorFortWayne.com

Note: Reservations are highly recommended where available. Certain locations may be limited to ages 21 and over. Ask for any additional restrictions.