What’s Happening Around Town This Weekend?

I know we are all quite tired of the snow, ice, snow days and cold temperatures. But, there are a few ways to get out there and enjoy it this weekend! (And a few to retreat from it!)

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Fishers Parks & Recreation’s Snowball Softball Tournament: Stop by Roy G. Holland Memorial Parks softball fields this Saturday, February 1, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Teams have already been formed, so head out to cheer on this unique event. This snowball softball tournament features players batting with a 16” Chicago Style softball. The tournament will be a round robin format. Food and drink vendors will be on location and it will take place no matter the weather, so bundle up and grab some cocoa and cheer on the teams!

Cool Creek Park Winter Exhibit — Snowy Slumber: Head out to Cool Creek Park’s nature center to explore the beauty and peacefulness of winter. Learn about snowflakes, the owls who inhabit the woods, and how to determine the footprints of animal tracks in the snow. Also, take in the sights from the wildlife viewing area and listen to the birds and animals from within the nature center. Click here for more information.

Winter Farmers Market in Carmel: Stop by the Indiana Design Center (Saturday, February 2nd only from 9 a.m. to noon) to shop one of the largest winter markets in Indiana. Various locally grown and/or produced foods will be available from over 30 vendors. The vendors will offer fresh organic vegetables or fresh, whole tilapia, apples, apple butter or apple dumplings, meats, country eggs, prepared entrees, fresh turkeys, pies, cookies, taffy, popcorn, artisan chocolates, whole hog sausage, infused oils, goat cheese, granola and prepared foods. Click here for location information.

Indianapolis Home Show: This is the last weekend to visit the Indianapolis Home Show at the State Fair Grounds. Take in over 900 exhibitors to get inspired for home ideas and remodeling projects. Adult tickets are $13, kids ages three to 12 are $3. Click here for exhibitor details and hours.

Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie: Sunday only from 6 to 9 p.m., make a reservation to visit Conner Prairie to learn how 19th Century dinners were prepared. You will get to prepare, serve and eat a meal just as it was done in the 19th Century inside the historic William Conner House. Games and storytelling will be featured after dinner. This program requires reservations ($60 per person) and it is recommended for ages 10 and up. Click here to learn more.

So, get out and join the winter activities (or take a break from them inside at some of these fun events)! Happy weekend!

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2013 Housing Market Improved from 2012!

According to the Indiana Real Estate Market Report released by the state’s REALTORS, 2013 outperformed 2012 in every measure of housing data statewide. This gives further evidence that the housing market is strong, and much on the rebound.

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In fact, the average sale price of existing, single-family homes increased 4.3 percent to $146,008. number of existing, single-family homes sold in 2013 increased by 14 percent. Of those 75,849 homes, the median price increased by 3.4 percent to $122,000. 

Here are some highlights:

-The percent of original list price received increased 1.5 percent to 92 percent

-The number of pending sales increase 10.1% to 71,603

-The number of new listings increased 4.5% to 117,147

Overall, gains were made in both sales and prices, allowing consumers to take advantage of a rebounding market and the interest rates which have remained relatively low.

If you’re into numbers, here are some comparatives for you (December 2013 vs. December 2012):

-The number of existing, single-family homes sold increased 10.5%

-The median sales price of those 5,498 homes increased 2.6% to $119,000

-The average sale price increased 4.8% to $146,732

-The percent of original list price received increased .8% to 91.1%

-The number of pending sales decreased 4% to 3,687

-The number of new listings decreased 1.2% to 5,139

This provides an optimistic picture into our state’s overall trends and our housing market improvement. While we still have to note lack of inventory in many of our markets, rising interest rates and the federal policy which will tighten mortgage qualification standards, the market is markedly improved.

If you’re in the market to look for a new home, or sell your existing home, contact me to get started. We will sit down and review your goals in a new home (or selling yours), the market, the current listings and more. 

Our Downtown Pocket Park…Did You Know?

Did you know that the Community Development Department, in collaboration with the Fishers Art Council and Fishers Cultural Tourism Group, has put together a Fishers Community Art Master Plan? This long-term plan is devoted to a vision for community art in Fishers. It recognizes public art as an integral component of our community and supports local entrepreneurs and public art projects.

With this, the hope is to generate civic pride, and present us as a vibrant, innovative community with art as a mainstay.

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So, that being said, how often do you drive down the 116th Street corridor downtown Fishers? If you’re like most of us, it’s several times a week.

You have probably noticed the pocket park that was established last summer along 116th Street (just down from Handel’s). This is just one of the several urban parks. It features a ping pong table, and over the summer featured chalkboards with the theme of “One Day I Will” where local families and residents wrote in their answers.

In November, a new mural was installed. Seventeen artists submitted proposals for this project and the winner was a young Fishers artist, Nekoda Witsken.

It’s fun to know the story behind the beautiful mural we pass by  on this major thoroughfare of our town!

The Home Show is Back in Town!

Bust out of the winter blues boredom and head to the State Fair Grounds for the 2014 Indianapolis Home Show.

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This year’s Home Show debuts Friday, January 24th and runs through Sunday, February 2nd.

Get inspired to kick off some interior design and renovation projects, soak in the sights of summer with lush landscaping in several areas of the show and even tour the centerpiece home within the show!

Opening day, Friday the 24th, is Hero Day…paying tribute to our heroes. And, all military personnel and veterans, police and fire department staff enjoy FREE admission all day Friday! Tuesday, January 28th is Senior Day. Ages 65+ can enjoy half off admission price! (Valid ID required to receive discounts for these special days)

The centerpiece home, by Fischer Homes, is a two-story, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half baths and boasts 4,000 square feet of living space. Want some home decorating ideas? This home has been beautifully decorated in what has been called a “Fresh Urban” theme.

Want to feel a bit of spring and summer out of this winter weather? The Home Show has an exhibit called “Greenery Galore!” which features 25,000 square feet devoted to landscaping and garden (located in the West Pavilion). Give your winter blahs a shove off with beautiful floral variations from roses and lilies to dahlias and jasmines.

Enjoy the Butterfly House, which will not only include beautiful butterflies to give us hope for summertime, but will also be regulated at a balmy 80 degrees!

Many celebrity guests and experts will be on hand. Kevin O’Connor, who is currently hosting DIY Network’s series This New House, will be at the show on Saturday the 25th. HGTV’s Kimberly Lace and Todd Davis will also be in attendance as well as guest chefs, gardeners, TV hosts and personalities. Click here for the schedule on celebrities and experts at the show.

Hours are 11 to 9 on weekdays, 10 to 9 on Saturdays and 10 to 6 on Sundays. Adult tickets are $13 (or only $11 when purchased online) and $3 for children ages six to twelve. Click here for the 2014 Indianapolis Home Show website for all of the details to get you inspired in and around your home!

Ready to List Your Home This Winter?

As a seller during the winter, there are typically less homes on the housing market so your competition will also be significantly less than during the warmer months. In addition, the market will offer more serious buyers prepared to make a purchasing decision sooner than later.

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Here are some tips to make your home offer-ready:

It’s all about the first impression. It is important to keep your home easy for potential buyers to access and inviting once they step inside the front door. Most importantly, keep the snow and ice cleared on your driveway and the sidewalks approaching the front door. Curb appeal is trickier with dormant grass, snow and the lack of color from flowers and plant materials. Make sure your front door gives an instant “welcome home” impression with a great paint color, a beautiful wreath and welcoming doormat.

Make it inviting. When you begin staging the inside of your home for buyers, think of it as welcoming them to your home as guests at a party. Make sure your thermostat is set to a warm temperature so potential buyers feel comfortable. Consider setting the formal dining room table with place settings and glasses, a nice centerpiece and flatware. Add some color with fresh flowers in the kitchen and make sure there’s a pleasant aroma within your home. You may not have time for a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, but popular candle scents are cinnamon, apple pie or cider and vanilla. Keep it simple, though…and limited to one room. Too many fragrances will make the buyer feel as though you are masking an unpleasant odor from pets, smoke or musty areas. Have the carpets cleaned and replace any curtains, carpets or rugs that need it.

Cozy it up a bit. Toss warm throws across the sofas and master bed, hang a plush robe in your bathroom and put together a grouping of soaps and washcloths like a hotel or spa. Turn on soft jazz or classical music. Light a gas fireplace or candles if you the timing of the showing permits.

Take down the holiday decor. Now that the holiday season has  more than passed, put away the decorations.

Keep it bright. Since daylight hours are minimal during the winter season, take advantage of natural light hours for showings when possible. In addition, wash your windows and leave curtains and blinds open to allow as much daylight as possible to illuminate your home. Turn on all the lights when expecting a showing and use high-wattage bulbs to help with the darker winter days.

Protect your home. To keep your carpets and rugs clean during wet and snowy seasons, you may ask potential buyers to remove their shoes or use “booties” to cover their shoes. Buyers will view that positively…that you respect your home and want to keep it clean.

If you’re ready to list your home, contact me to get started! I look forward to working with you to make your home selling (and buying) process go smoothly!

Take Advantage of the Market!

Are you curious about how much of your budget it would take to buy a home?

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You might be surprised to learn! Click here to watch a quick, two-minute video on just that topic.

When you’re ready to take the first step toward your next home, contact me. We will discuss your budget, your home needs, and a strategy to make it happen.

I have expertise in the Geist area and would love to help you in your home search. I know the homes on the market, those that are almost ready to list and will take “outside the box” measures to find you the home of your dreams. I look forward to hearing from you!

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