Local Schools Receive Four Star designation from Indiana Department of Education

It is wonderful to hear that many local schools have received the honor of attaining the prestigious Four Star designation awarded to only schools who test into the top 25 percentile statewide!

Please take a moment to congratulate the dedicated, wonderful educators at each school!

Quoting South Bend Tribune:

Several area schools are included on the Indiana Department of Education’s list of 2010-2011 Four Star Schools released this week.

Of 1,780 public schools in the state, 162 earned the title. Eleven of 238 non-public schools also were named this year.

Area schools honored were:

— Bremen Senior High School;

— New Prairie United School Corp.’s Prairie View Elementary School and Rolling Prairie Elementary School;

— Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp.’s Discovery Middle School, Horizon Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, Northpoint Elementary School, Prairie Vista Elementary School and Schmucker Middle School;

— School City of Mishawaka’s Twin Branch Elementary School;

— South Bend Community School Corp.’s Hamilton Traditional School, Kennedy Primary Academy and LaSalle Intermediate Academy;

— St. Joseph Catholic Grade School in South Bend.

To be considered a Four Star School, End of Course Assessment passing percentages must fall into the top 25th percentile when compared to schools statewide. A school must also have made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act to qualify.

The IDOE reviewed data for non-public schools and included the top non-public schools as honorees. Public schools and non-public schools had separate cut scores and were compared only to like schools.

This means public schools were only compared to other public schools, and non-public schools were only compared to other non-public schools. The calculations were completely independent of one another.

USDA Rural Financing – Build Your Dreams with No Money Down!

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Steve Cooreman
Cooreman Properties & Irish Realty

Market Update

Despite the national statistics, locally the South Bend residential real estate (which includes New Home construction), townhome, and land sales show improvement over 2009 numbers, and despite the declining number of building permits in St. Joe County, in 2010 Cooreman Properties has already superseded the land sales figures that were accomplished in 2009. Buyers are taking advantage of the low land prices and historically low interest rates and purchasing land to build on now. We have notice a significant jump in sales do to the USDA loan program. This program applies to new home construction in the New Carlisle area only. In our 20 years of building neighborhoods, this is the best financing program we have ever seen. Some buyers can qualify for interest rates as low as 1%.

Visit our website for more information on this great way to finance your dream home!

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Why Hire a Realtor to Buy Your Next Home

Buying your Home?

Here’s how a REALTOR® is of service to you

1. A REALTOR® has a list of available properties in various neighborhoods and in different price ranges, and works closely with other REALTORS® in sharing information about what properties are available.

2. A REALTOR® is familiar with each house he or she offers for sale and, in most cases, has personally inspected the property.

3. Because a REALTOR® knows your financial position, your basic needs and desires, he or she will only show you homes that “fit the bill.” He or she will not waste your time on properties you can’t afford or would not be interested in.

4. A REALTOR® knows real estate values, can recommend homes that will fit your budget, and will answer all questions concerning zoning, the neighborhood, schools, churches, shopping centers and transportation.

5. A REALTOR® knows the tax structure of the communities he or she services and can intelligently answer questions such as cost of maintenance and utilities.

6. A REALTOR® does not have personal ties or fond memories concerning the property. He or she will answer all questions objectively, pointing out any defects or advantages in a particular home.

7. A REALTOR® is familiar with local lending institutions, knows how much down payment will be required, what the approximate monthly payments and closing costs will be.

8. A REALTOR® will work closely with you, showing you every available property meets your specifications. He or she will never “high pressure” you into buying something that you’re not completely satisfied with.

9. Once you select the home you want, a REALTOR® will help to guide you through the complex maze of title evidence and other legal documents to help protect your interest and investment.

10. A REALTOR® operates under a strict Code of Ethics enforced by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, assuring you the most competent, professional and ethical performance available.