Is Your Child Creative? Enter a T-Shirt Design Contest!

That’s right…if you have a creative kiddo on your hands, have them sit down and get to drawing! The 27th annual Freedom Festival t-shirt design contest is now accepting design applications!

thThe Festival theme this year is “Where Families and Friends Unite,” which was developed by the volunteers who help make the event a success each year.

The criteria for the drawings includes:

– Children must be in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade
– Children must reside in Hamilton Southeastern School district
– The drawing can use up to four colors (with exception of white since it will print on a white tee)
– Drawings must be on an 8.5″ x 11″ paper
– Only one entry per student
– Computer-generated drawings are not accepted
– Black and white drawings are not accepted
– Previous t-shirt contest winners are ineligible to enter
– All entries must include the phrase “2015 Fishers Freedom Festival” and the theme “Where Families and Friends Unite” spelled correctly and included within the drawing
– On the back of the entry, include student’s first and last name, age, home address, home phone number, grade, school and art teacher’s name (if applicable)

Submit your entry by March 2nd to the HSE Administration Office (13485 Cumberland Road) or the Fishers Freedom Festival Office (8591 E. 116th Street) or via mail at PO Box 930, Fishers, 46038.

Good luck! The winner’s drawing will be featured on the t-shirts that are sold at the Freedom Festival!

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January 2015 Housing Market Starts Off Strong.

Well, we have good news to report in our housing market data in contrast to one year ago. January 2015 has kick started the new year with trends better than 2014.

According to the Indiana Real Estate Markets Report, January home sales increased 4.9 percent statewide in comparison to last January. In addition, prices were also better with the media home sale price in January of $115,000. This is a 4.5 percent increase from 2014.

keysHere are some other year-over-year comparisons from the January report:

·    The number of pending home sales increased 17.7 percent to 4,886
·    The percent of original list price received increased 1.3 percent to 92.6 percent
·    The number of new listings increased 11.9 percent to 7,790
·    The inventory of homes for sale decreased 3.7 percent to 36,504

“The increase in December pending home sales suggested that 2015 would be off to a faster start than last year, and it proved true,” said Brownsburg’s Bruce Bright, 2015 President of the Indiana Association of REALTORS®. “The credit for some of that increase is due to milder weather. Credit is also due to high consumer confidence fueled by low interest rates and the growth in the number of private-sector jobs.

“The increase in January pending home sales suggests that February will follow suit with good news, though the weather may push activity into March,” continued Bright. “Whether real estate stays on this positive path depends on the job market, particularly wages, access to credit, and interest rates.”

Are you in the market to buy or sell a home? Don’t delay! Contact me today to get started. As your neighbor, I know the housing market, the people who live here, and how to help you buy, sell or build your luxury home.

It’s Time to Get Inspired for Boat Season!

The Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show is at the Indiana State Fairgrounds now through March 1st. Get ready for spring with shopping for a new boat, personal watercraft or paddle sports equipment.

EVListing-122-Photo1The Boat, Sport & Travel Show encompasses over 650,000 square-feet and six buildings at the State Fair Grounds. You’ll get your fill of outdoor adventure, recreational tools and all that is water sports inspiration! At the show, you’ll see boats, RVs, gear for paddle sports, fishing and hunting, as well as take part in seminars and chat with outdoor enthusiast experts.

So, to get your summer on Geist kicked off perfectly, be sure to visit the Boat Pavilion, where the entire 180,000 square-foot building is devoted to boats, boating-lifestyle products, accessories and more.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 – 12. You can save $2 per ticket by buying them online or at Marsh.

Click here for show hours and here for the daily program so you’re sure to make the events that most interest you!

Hire A Luxury Realtor Pro.

If you’re in the market to buy or sell a Geist luxury or waterfront home, contact me.

I am not only a Realtor, but also your neighbor. I know the people who live in this community, the homes that are on the market, the lots that are just perfect for your custom home build and the homes that are about to come available for sale.

DSC_4716A little about me:

-Veteran Keller Williams agent
-Geist resident, with home sales focus in Geist and surrounding area
-Top Keller Williams Solo Agent three years running
-Top Resident Cambridge Sales Agent two years running
-Top Resident Waterfront Sales Agent two years running

So please contact me if you’re looking to buy, sell or build a home in the Geist area. I look forward to working with you!

Hawthorns Home on a Private, One-Acre Homesite!

Take a look at this five-bedroom, five bath home beautifully situated on a private, one-acre homesite in the Hawthorns Golf Course community.

2130613910711 Chase Court // $925,000  6,996 square feet

Built in 2000, this custom luxury home includes a master suite featuring 12-foot ceilings, a two-story foyer which opens to the great room and overlooks the lower level.

21306139_05The beautiful kitchen features cherry cabinets, a large center island, breakfast bar and breakfast room looking out to the peaceful backyard. The spacious office/den makes for a great workspace at home.

21306139_08Three of the five bedrooms are upstairs, and includes Jack and Jill and private bathrooms. The incredible basement boasts a beautiful bar area, family room, fifth bedroom, full bathroom plus a fabulous home theatre you won’t want to leave…perfect for relaxing with the family.

21306139_18Enjoy your own workout area in the basement…especially on this cold days when you just don’t feel like going to the gym!

21306139_20The outdoor entertaining space is incredible…just waiting for your next gathering with family and friends! This incredible home is located in Hamilton Southeastern High School district, with Hoosier Road Elementary and the Montessori Academy at Geist nearby.

21306139_22 Contact me to schedule a showing of this Hawthorns luxury home.

Indiana Home & Garden Show This Weekend!

The Indiana Home & Garden Show is taking place today through Sunday at the Convention Center in Hall H. See the latest home innovations and design trends and get inspired to make your own renovations.

imagesThis show focuses on home renovation, with industry experts and professionals on hand to share their expertise and know-how of remodeling and home gardening.

Vendors will be on hand with all you need to make your home and outdoor renovation plan. From ceiling to floor, you’ll have experts and samples offering cabinetry, counter tops, flooring, home automation products, waterproofing systems, landscaping products and more.

So shake off winter and get inspired to make renovations and updates in your home.

Downtown Fishers Revitalization. What’s Next?

So, if your daily commute, taxiing the kids around to practices or shopping sprees include the 116th Street thoroughfare downtown Fishers, you’ve surely seen the changes that have been made.

a031What you’re probably noticing changing the most right now is the corner of 116th and Lantern Road, where the KFC restaurant once sat. This portion of the Nickel Plate District is currently steel beams, but will be called “The Edge” and is slated to open in September. The Edge will include a three-story building that will be anchored by 22,000 square feet of Community Health Network medical offices. In addition, it will house retail shops, offices, restaurants and a 330-space parking structure. The parking garage will offer free public parking on nights and weekends.

And, good for our local economic development, this over 60,000 square foot structure is anticipated to add 100 to 150 jobs. The project, with a total investment of $18 million, will be a great addition to the downtown revitalization.

If you’re looking for office or retail space, click here to be connected to Yeager Properties to discuss leasing opportunities.

And, please be sure you drive safely through downtown and pay notice to the people who are working hard to make our city look great.