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Tired of the House Heating Blues?

mortgageEvery winter, cold temperatures seep in, often leaving you with high energy costs through the chilly months. Take control of your energy bills, all while going green! Try some of these easy switches this winter.

Install a programmable thermostat. Installing a thermostat you can program allows you to lower the temperature while you sleep and while you’re away from your home, saving you money on your energy bill.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Homebuying

horizon1Competition can be fierce among those looking to purchase new digs, so it’s important you know how to navigate the home buying process to get the house you want. Here are 10 steps to finding your perfect home and snagging it at a reasonable price.

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PNC Pre-Licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors Course

purdue-north-centralThe Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit pre-licensing course to prepare participants to take the Indiana Home Inspector Examination and become licensed home inspectors in Indiana.

"Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors" will meet at the PNC Westville Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on Feb. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Central Time. The registration fee is $1,350.00, which includes all required textbooks and course materials. Payment plans are available. The registration and final payment deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. CT.

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NIPSCO Customers Can Expect Similar Winter Heating Bills Compared to Last Year

NIPSCO-Winter-Projection-2013NIPSCO today announced its forecast for heating bills this winter. Assuming normal winter temperatures, projections indicate that bills will be approximately one percent higher than last winter’s bills, and they are expected to remain as some of the lowest bills in the last decade.

Over the course of the five-month winter heating season – Nov. 1 to March 31 – NIPSCO’s average residential customers using a total of 624 therms could expect to pay approximately $437. This compares to $433 for a customer using the same amount of gas during last winter.

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Reserve Your Space for the Inaugural 504 Certified Broker / Developer Program

gledclogoThe Regional Development Company is offering this training / networking program for commercial / industrial real estate brokers and developers. The training is easy and takes only one hour. Upon completion you will receive your 504 Certified Broker / Developer Certificate and immediately be able to participate in the program benefits.

There is no charge for this program. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be offered. Training will begin promptly at 5 pm.

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Justifying a Home Makeover

mortgageMaybe your home is looking a little weathered and worn. Maybe your family is growing and you need an addition to your house. Maybe your home needs upgrades before it can be put on the market. No matter the reason, the first question that must be answered is financial: Is a home renovation right for you and your budget?

Consider the right home makeover idea

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New Heights: Indiana's Farmland Values Up Again in 2013

PurdueLogoLast year's drought did little to slow the pace of rising farmland values and cash rents. They are up this year in a big way again, according to a Purdue University study.

Drought last year sent corn and soybean prices soaring to all-time highs, which, along with crop insurance indemnities, meant better-than-expected farm incomes. High net farm income, low interest rates and high farmland demand with limited supply combined to push the state's land values upward by anywhere from 14.7 to 19.1 percent, depending on productivity. Statewide cash rents increased by 9.4 to 10.9 percent.

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Energy Efficiency Rebate Program - Insulation & Duct Sealing

Insulation-Sealing-RebatesWe're offering rebates for our residential natural gas and/or electric customers. You may be eligible for up to $450 in rebates for insulating your walls and attic or sealing your ductwork.

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PNC Real Estate Pre-Licensing Program for Salespersons

PNCThe Purdue University North Central will offer the non-credit Real Estate Pre- Licensing Program for Salespersons through the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning. This course will prepare students to take the Indiana Real Estate Licensing Examination and become licensed real estate salespeople.

Classes will meet on Mondays and Thursday evenings, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., from beginning on March 25 through May 23.

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Maybe It’s Time to Remodel

remodel1Being a seller in today’s housing market is tough. There are many more homes on the market than last year, and all are competing for the attention of a smaller number of buyers. Now just might not be the right time to sell your home.

However, maybe you need more space for a growing family. Or perhaps your outdated kitchen is so inefficient that you’ve found yourself eating out every night. Buying your dream house with more bedrooms and a gourmet kitchen might solve your problems – or you could stay out of the difficult housing market altogether and remodel instead.

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Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

NIPSCO-Residential-ProgramsNIPSCO's Energy Efficiency Rebate program offers an opportunity to save even more when you replace old, inefficient equipment with new, high efficiency natural gas and electric equipment. Saving energy and money is easier with rebates for furnaces, boilers, water heaters, heat pumps, ECM fan motors and more.

Do I qualify?

Rebates are available for NIPSCO residential natural gas and/or electric customers, and the location of installed equipment must have active NIPSCO service. Installed equipment must meet the efficiency requirements listed in the table...

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