BAGI Reports Home Building Increase Trend

The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) has reported that home building activity in Central Indiana continued its rise in April, for the third straight month.

Homebuilders filed 521 single-family building permits in the nine-county area in April, which is up five percent from 496 filed in April of last year. In addition, it’s a 14 percent increase from March 2014.

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Hamilton County was the highest of the nine counties, with 214 permits filed in April. This is an increase of 15 percent over last April. Here are some other stats:

– Marion County: 61 permits were filed; a decrease of 10 percent
– Hendricks County: 1 percent increase
– Boone County: 30 percent increase
– Hancock County: 27 percent increase
– Johnson County: 9 percent decrease
– Madison, Morgan and Shelby Counties: all showed a drop in filings

If you’re looking for property on which to build your dream home, contact me. I have lots listed in Cambridge waiting JUST for you or can help you find exactly the property you’re looking to find!

 

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Local Housing Market Trends. Read On.

The Indiana Association of Realtors, Inc. has announced the latest data for our local market. According to this report, local housing markets continue to stabilize and follow seasonal trends. In addition, low inventory is still impacting home sales, but fetching top dollar for available properties.

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The Indiana Real Estate Markets Report released by the state’s REALTORS® shows that statewide, when comparing April 2014 to April 2013, the following occurred:

– The number of closed home sales decreased 7.7 percent to 6,062,

– The median sale price of those homes increased 3.4 percent to $123,000,

– The average sale price increased 3.9 percent to $147,187,

– The percent of original list price received increased 0.9 percent to 92.8 percent,

– The number of pending home sales decreased 2.7 percent to 7,201, and

– The number of new listings decreased 0.4 percent to 12,067.

“With more than 800 additional homes sold statewide in April versus March, local housing markets continue to stabilize and follow seasonal trends,” said Kevin Eastridge, 2014 President of the Indiana Association of REALTORS® and Owner/Principal Broker of the Evansville-based F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS®. “Supply is still tight, though improving. What housing really needs is further job creation and wage growth, and for there to be no major changes in mortgage rules and regulations.

“Provided the economy and the lending environment continue on their current paths, IAR members expect for housing news to be about the same for the next few months,” continued Eastridge. “The definite bright spot is that home values are increasing, which is good for property owners and the surrounding communities alike.”

Anyone looking to buy, sell, or invest should start with the sortable county tables of this report and then talk to a local REALTOR® who can give the most insight into what’s happening in a neighborhood, city, or school district.

If you’re interested in buying a new home, contact me to get started!

 

IAR represents approximately 15,000 REALTORS® who are involved in virtually all aspects related to the sale, purchase, exchange or lease of real property in Indiana. The term REALTOR® is a registered mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of America’s largest trade association, the National Association of REALTORS®, and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

Real Profit. Hire a Pro.

Did you know that the typical home sold by a real estate agent sold for nearly 43 percent more than the typical “for sale by owner” home?

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Most homeowners who choose to sell their home themselves, as for sale by owner properties, do so to save the commission.

The reality is that these homeowners would have walked away with more money had they let a real estate agent do the hard work for them. After all, a great agent does much more than put a sign in the yard.

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-The type of buyer to target for your home
-Key selling points of your neighborhood
-How to market your neighbors to help us find a buyer
-The perfect marketing strategy to advertise your home around the clock

Contact me today to find out how I can bring you top dollar for your home. I look forward to working with you!

Touch-A-Truck Event!

The Town of Fishers is hosting a “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater as part of National Public Works Week! This free, family-friendly event gives children a fun behind-the-scenes glimpse of the trucks and vehicles they see around Fishers.

This event is next Monday, May 19th from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Come by the Amphitheater to explore and climb around a wide variety of our town’s award-winning fleet of vehicles, including a fire truck, police vehicle, street sweeper, dump trucks, and other town vehicles. Fishers town staff will also be on hand to answer questions about the vehicles and what they do!

The kiddos will receive a fun Town of Fishers gift bag to take home and can snack on popcorn at the event. Oh, and if you have a Boy Scout and Girl Scout at home, this is an opportunity for them as they work on their badges!

 

Check Out the Chalk Art Festival!

Looking for a way to bring out your inner artist?

Bring the family out to take part in the Chalk Art Festival at Hamilton Town Center this Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The event will not only feature chalk-in-hand participants decorating the village streets of Hamilton Town Center, but will also feature live entertainment and vendors throughout the day!

Here’s a little overview of live music on hand:

-Noon: Not Your Average Boy Band
-2p: Blonde Sonja Trio
-4p: The Bleeding Keys

The kids will also enjoy face painters, balloon artists, the Hoosier Game Truck and more!

Nickel Plate Movie Schedule Announced!

The Nickel Plate District, located in the heart of Fishers, has announced its Spring movie schedule!

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Grab some popcorn, some blankets or chairs and head over to the amphitheater to enjoy free movie night. Movies begin at dusk.

Here’s the schedule for this Spring’s movie series:

-May 9: Planes
-May 16: The Smurfs 2
-May 23: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
-May 30: Despicable Me 2

Take advantage of this free, family-friendly event in our fantastic downtown area!