Our Local Housing Market Trends. Good News!

Our housing market trends continue strong! According to the Indiana Real Estate Markets Report, May home sales were 24 percent higher than those in April; making the fourth month in a row that the number of closed homes across Indiana increased from the month prior.

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According to the 2014 President of the Indiana Association of REALTORS®, Kevin Eastridge, local housing markets continue to improve month-to-month with home values increasing.

That being said, the 7,552 homes sold in May statewide was 3.7 percent lower than homes sold in the same period last year.

Here are some year-over-year comparisons the report shows:

  • The median sale price of homes increased 0.4 percent to $128,000
  • The average sale price increased 2.3 percent to $154,016
  • The percent of original list price received increased 1.6 percent to 94.2 percent
  • The number of pending home sales decreased 2.3 percent to 7,448
  • The number of new listings decreased 1.4 percent to 12,377

“Low inventory keeps activity from jumping year-over-year hurdles. In addition to more homes for sale, housing most needs further job creation, wage growth, and credit availability.” said Eastridge.

If you’re looking to sell your home or buy a new home, please contact me. I would be happy to be your real estate partner!

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Fishers Freedom Festival Is This Weekend!

It’s that time of year again…the Fishers Freedom Festival is this weekend! The 26th annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be held on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th. 

The Festival has countless events taking place all weekend for families to enjoy.

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Here’s a little overview:

SATURDAY:

-6:15 a.m.: 5K Run registration
-8 a.m.: 5K Run begins
-8:45 a.m.: Free Kiddie Run registration for children ages 9 and under
– 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Business tents open
-9 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Arts & Crafts vendors open
-10 a.m.: Opening ceremonies, royal court crowning, Kids Firefighter Combat Challenge, food vendors open
-All day: live music, disc dog tournament, children and teen tents, dunk tank, climbing wall, water balloon launch, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, good vendors, free game booths, entertainment tent, silent auction, kids sports zone, photo booth
-12 p.m.: Fishers Police Department & Hamilton County Law Enforcement K-9 Demonstration
-2 p.m.: Indiana Starfire Cloggers
-3:45 p.m.: Bullet Proof Soul Band

SUNDAY:

-8 a.m.: Disc Dog and Firefighter Combat registrations
-9:30 a.m.: Children’s Parade lineup begins at Holland Park (One Park Drive). Decorate your bikes, trikes, strollers and wagons for this fun parade. Best decorated awards will be given. This year’s theme is “Keep Fishers Beautiful.”
-10 a.m.: Parade begins on Ellipse Parkway around Holland Park. Children will receive a goodie bag for participating.
-10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Business tents and food vendors open
-All day: live music, disc dog tournament, children and teen tents, dunk tank, climbing wall, water balloon launch, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, good vendors, free game booths, entertainment tent, silent auction, kids sports zone, photo booth
-11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Arts & Crafts vendors open
-12 p.m.: Chad Mills & the Upright Willies Band
-1 p.m.: Mudsock Jazz and Dixieland Band
-2:30 p.m.: G. Scotten Talent
-4 p.m.: Fishers Freedom Festival Parade (downtown Fishers along 116th Street)
-6:30 p.m.: Big Daddy Caddy Band
-Dusk: Fireworks

And, as a free event, please consider donating to the Food Drive and BMO Harris Bank School Supply Drive. Items to consider donating are: backpacks, books or puzzles to donate for our Food Drive and BMO Harris Bank School Supply Drive. These donations help people in need within our community! Grocery carts will be located throughout the park for donations. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Carmel Gazebo Summer Concerts!

If you’re looking for a venue for summer concerts (in addition to the Nickel Plate District downtown Fishers which features concerts on Tuesday evenings), Carmel features its Summer Gazebo Concert Series on Wednesday nights.

The concerts kick off at 7:30 p.m. and are family-friendly, free and take place at the gazebo in Civic Square!

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– June 18 // The Bishops: Labeled by many as “the best cover band touring Indianapolis today.”

– June 25 // Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra: Indiana’s premier professional repertory big band jazz ensemble performing world-class musical arrangements based on classic tunes from the Great American Songbook.

– July 2 // No concert

– July 9 // My Yellow Rickshaw: Often called “Indy’s self-proclaimed number one pop, rock, bluegrass and R&B cover band.”

– July 16 // The Woomblies Orchestra: Sets include classic rock, soul, and R&B hits, as well as original songs.

– July 23 // Zanna-doo!: Indianapolis-based high energy dance band playing tunes from several genres including Rock, Disco, Motown, Retro, 90’s and current top 40 hits.

– July 30 // Blair and Company:  Featuring R&B, Pop, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Motown and other favorites.

– August 6  // Endless Summer Band: High energy, in demand 22-year band veterans, playing smash hits from yesterday and today.

Make some plans to enjoy live music in Carmel on Wednesday nights!

 

Add Some Curb Appeal to Your Home.

Whether you’re in the market to sell your home or not, it’s a great time to think about adding curb appeal to your home.

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Here are some budget-friendly ideas to give your home a summertime boost!

Make the porch a focal point. If you have a covered front porch or landing, create an instant pop of color with various container plants and a spot to relax with outdoor furniture for a conversation area.

Emphasize the front door. Add an accent color or a colorful wreath to your front door to personalize your entryway. Choose a color that compliments your brick or siding. Go to Pinterest for inspiration! Search “front door” and you’ll see what I mean.

Plant green and floral life. Landscaping gives such boost to your home by using plant material to surround walkways or line the exterior features your home. Clump flowers in groupings and keep the higher plants to the back and layer in with smaller plants in the front. Perennials are a cost-effective plant to use because they come back each year.

Add some light. Landscape lighting provides such a beautiful effect to your home, giving highlight to pathways, trees and flags during evening hours. Solar lights are an affordable solution for this as well.

Freshen up the paint. Stand back for a street view of your home and take a look at your shutters, exterior trim and front door. If your exterior finishes need some TLC, repaint them and give your home an instant makeover.

Treat your lawn. Apply a fertilizer to nourish your yard or considering hiring an expert to diagnose any problems with grubs and weeds. If the rain starts to fade, be sure to water your lawn to keep it green and lush.

Repair your driveway. We had a rough winter. And, the constant freezing and thawing took a toll on driveways and sidewalks. Take time to patch and seal any holes or cracks.

Wash the exterior. Clean out gutters and fallen debris from around the home and power wash your siding, wood decks and concrete sidewalks to freshen up your home.

Enjoy this beautiful weather and take some time to give your home curb appeal with these easy, inexpensive tips!

 

 

Shop Local at the Farmers Markets!

Each Saturday, farmers around the area fill markets with locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade cookies, pies, crafts, art and more. Artisans bring their crafts and local vendors feature their specialties.

We can start our Saturday mornings with a stroll through the downtown markets, shaking hands and talking with those who have harvested the food, prepared it and crafted the artistic designs. It takes the notion of “shop local” to the grassroots level.

farmers market

Check out the farmers markets around us:

Fishers Farmers Market: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon located at the Nickel Plate Park in front of the Fishers Amphitheater.

Saxony Farmers Market: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at Saxony located at 131st Street and Olio Road in Fishers. Each week,  enjoy acoustic music or demonstrations.

Noblesville Farmers Market: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon located in the Riverview Hospital overflow parking lot at the intersection of SR 32 and SR 19 in Noblesville.

Enjoy shopping these markets and supporting our local farmers and artisans!

Volunteers Needed for the Fishers Freedom Festival!

This year marks the 26th annual Fishers Freedom Festival at Holland Park. This incredible weekend event brings in over 50,000 attendees from Hamilton County and beyond.

freedom festival parade

The non-profit event is largely a success with the help of volunteers like you! The Fishers Freedom Festival is looking for help during the event from Thursday June 26th through June 29th. Volunteers can work a variety of shifts, including areas such as the 5K Walk/Run, Arts & Crafts Area, Business and Game Tent, Children’s Parade, Food Drive, Registration Tent, Parking, and Festival Shirt and Necklace Sales.

Also, if you have a student who needs community service hours for school, this is also a great opportunity to earn those.

If you have time to volunteer, contact the Festival at info@fishersfreedomfestival.org to learn where you could be of help. And, be sure you mark your calendar to attend this Fishers event June 28th and 29th.

About the Fishers Freedom Festival

The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage fellowship through civic partnerships and citizen involvement by creating a safe environment, developing needed community services, promoting family integrity and striving to improve the quality of life for every resident by investing in human potential.

 

Nickel Plate Concert Series. Check It Out!

Need a fun night out? The Nickel Plate District Amphitheater has a long list of great (and free!) concerts!

Summer nights downtown Fishers feature the Tuesday Night Concert Series, from 7 to 9 p.m. and the Fridays After Dark Concert Series, from 9 to 11 p.m. Pack up some drinks and snacks and head over to the Nickel Plate District to enjoy a night of music under the stars!

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Here are some of the highlights for June:

June 5: Hank Radio presents Austin Webb, with special guest Heather Michelle Chapman from 7 to 9 p.m.

June 6: Eric Lindell and special guest Zach Day from 9 to 11 p.m.

June 7: Fishers Music Works concert from 7 to 9 p.m.

June 10: Midnight Special from 7 to 9 p.m.

June 13: Woomblies Rock Orchestra (nine musicians, four-piece string section, playing rock and Motown music) from 9 to 11 p.m.

June 17: Endless Summer Band from 7 to 9 p.m.

June 20: The Wright Brothers Unplugged from 9 to 11 p.m.

June 24: BBI from 7 to 9 p.m.

June 27: Gene Deer and Doug Henthorn from 9 to 11 p.m.

Enjoy this annual summertime tradition with your family and friends!