Home Sales Increasing.

At the end of 2015, home sales ended with an eight percent increase over 2014 in Central Indiana.

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Sellers had a strong year as prices increased each month while available homes decreased as compared to 2014. Inventory moved quickly…with homes selling in 73 days, four fewer days than in 2014. The average year-to-date sales price for homes increased 3.9 percent to $278,163.

December showed fewer options of homes available; 401 homes were listed, which was 68 fewer homes less than December of 2014.

December Fishers/Geist pending home price ranges were:

-$500,000-$999,999: 8 homes
-$300,000-$499,999: 19 homes
-$200,000-$299,999: 23 homes
-$100,000-$199,999: 40 homes
-$99,999 or less: 5 homes

Last year was marked by better trends than the national home sales trends. The forecast for 2016 is expected to mirror 2015.

 

 

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New Golf Venue to Come in Fishers.

 

Well, if you’re looking to improve your golf swing, it has just been announced that Topgolf International is bringing its first Indiana location to Fishers.

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Topgolf is a venue for golf and entertainment, offering a variety of multi-level driving ranges, with innovative technology using golf balls which contain computer microchips to measure distance and accuracy of shots and even awarding points for targets hit in the field.

In addition to the more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, Topgolf will maximize the experience with more than 230 TVs, a full food and drink menu and 3,000 square feet of private event space.

The Topgolf location is slated to open Spring of 2017 and will be located in the 116th and Cumberland area.

In addition to the fun venue this will add to Fishers, it will provide 135 fill-time jobs and up to 450 total jobs. It is expected to exceed $264.5 million in economic output to Fishers in a 10-year period.

Fireplace Safety Tips.

 

It’s that time of year where we like to cozy up by the fireplace. But doing so causes much-needed attention to maintenance and safety. Here are a few tips to be sure your fireplace stays clean and safe.

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Check it for safety. Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney when necessary. The chimney should be checked annually, or after you’ve had 80 or so fires.

Get started. Before making a fire, be sure to open glass doors (if you have them) and open the damper. If you’re not sure if your flue is open, you can check to make sure the smoke will go up the chimney properly by lighting a match, quickly blowing it out and watching the smoke to be certain it is going up and out of the chimney.

Open the doors. To be sure the airflow is pulling the air through the chimney, keep the glass open. Do keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from jumping onto your floor.

Use common sense. It seems obvious, but don’t let children be in the room unattended when burning a fire. Use fireplace tools to handle the hot logs. Be sure to let the coals and ash cool fully (even up to three days) before removing them from the fireplace. Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes, because live coals may remain in those ashes.

 

Keep debris out of the chimney. Use a chimney cap to prevent water damage and debris from blocking the chimney. This also prevents animals and birds from nesting in the chimney.

Maintain the firebox. Clean the firebox weekly during months of use. Leave about an inch of ash to act as insulation, which will allow the coals to heat and retain the heat more quickly.

Clean the hearth. To keep a slate hearth clean and shiny, you can wash, dry and coat it with lemon oil every six weeks. For cleaning exterior brick hearths, buy a brick cleaner at a fireplace shop.

Keep warm and stay safe!

Before You List.

If you’re planning to sell your home, you want to be sure it’s a financially smart decision. Here are some tips to get you  started in the right direction.

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Get a credit status check-up. Uncover any credit snags, bills that need whittled down a bit, or settle up any errors on your credit report. Sometimes rebuilding or repairing credit situations can take months, or even a year, so the sooner you begin this work, the better. Many free credit report checking services are available online. Your mortgage broker can also be a great resource in reviewing your credit situation.

Determine your housing budget. What is your target mortgage payment range? Maybe your new job or raise is the reason behind your move. If so, congratulations! But, remember to factor in how much you’ll potentially net on the sale of your current home. You’ll need cash to close on your next home, pay property taxes, insurance, utilities, HOA fees, moving expenses, and more.

Hire pros. Partner with a Realtor to review your home, discuss its pricing strategy and your new home goals. A Realtor will give you an advantage to all that is home buying and selling. Work with a mortgage broker who can help explain financial scenarios based upon purchase price, down payments, monthly mortgage and taxes. (I have some excellent connections in the industry to help). Also, seek input from a tax advisor who can review your income tax outcomes from the move and a financial planner who give you an expert opinion on your financial health and help you plan for the future.

Get inspections. You know a potential home buyer will have a home inspection done on your home. So why wait? Even though you may feel as though you know your home well, a home inspection can prevent any surprises. It also allows you to make repairs before you list your home and prevent any negative property condition reports.

Prepare a financial plan. As a seller, you need to factor in the average five to six percent of the purchase price to cover the listing agent’s work and the buyer’s agent as well. Build in a home repair budget to get your home ready-to-list. Whether it is a collection of small updates, or a hefty repair you know needs done to pass inspection, plan ahead for those expenses. Be sure to project other costs of selling your home such as property transfer taxes, buyer’s home warranty and other costs that are covered by home sellers.

Get your financial health picture as you plan to list your home. Be a smart seller. This work in preparation to list your home will pay off! As your Realtor, I will help you. Contact me today to help you get started in listing your home!

Luxury Waterfront Living in Geist.

If you’re looking for a lakefront home, stop here! This custom waterfront dream home is ready for you to make it yours!

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13515 Lake Ridge / Cambridge / $1,220,000

This brand-new, custom-built five bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home features spectacular amenities.

 

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Look at this incredible front door and family room. What a “welcome home.”

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Enjoy water views from the fantastic gourmet kitchen and great room with coffered ceiling and gas fireplace.

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Take in this incredible natural light and views of Geist.

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The lower level kitchen features a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave and hood fan.

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The theatre room will be roughed in and ready for surround sound. Walk out of your basement and right to your boat dock!

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The master suite features a double tray ceiling, master bath with large walk-in closet and a private balcony overlooking the water. Bedrooms two and three have Jack-n-Jill baths.

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The home has a three-car garage and Anderson 400 series casement clad windows.

21348999_02And, look at the sunset views you’ll enjoy from your home! The home includes a boat dock so you’ll be all set for boating seasons to come!

Contact me to discuss this home!

Get Inspired at the Indianapolis Home Show.

Starting this Friday, January 22nd, the Indianapolis Home Show is back at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This annual event runs through Sunday, January 31st.

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Get your green thumb and interior decoration inspiration at this great event! Enjoy a dose of Spring in the gardens area in the West Pavilion with 25,000 square feet filled with landscaping, gardening and spectacular featured gardens.

Come out to see HGTV and DIY  hosts and celebrities, plus local experts presenting tips on landscaping, curb appeal, interior decorating, gardening, home improvement and more.

You can also tour the centerpiece home by Fischer Homes. The Allerton home design features a painted brick exterior and over 4,o00 square feet. The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home is beautifully designed and decorated…giving a fun source of inspiration.

Admission is: adults (at the door) $14.00 (online only) $12.00; children (​Ages 6-12) $3.00; children (ages 5 & under) FREE. Hours vary by day.

Click here for the Indianapolis Home Show Guide overviews the schedule for this ten-day event.  And, visit the Indianapolis Home Show website for details.

Get inspired and enjoy!

 

 

 

http://www.indianapolishomeshow.com/

Open House Sunday in Admirals Bay!

Are you looking for a five-bedroom home in a private, beautiful setting?

Come to see this home Sunday, January 17th from noon to 2 p.m. The open house will give you the opportunity to walk through this five-bedroom, three-and-half bath home in Admirals Bay. The home is located in a private, wooded setting and features a deeded boat dock on Geist!

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9016 Anchor Bay Indianapolis, IN 46236 // Admirals Bay // $439,000

21351832_19Deeded boat dock for lots of boating fun at Geist!

21351832_04 Large eat-in kitchen with double oven and breakfast bar. All appliances stay!

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Spacious living room with cathedral ceilings, gas fireplace, wall of windows, a formal dining room. The family room is open to the kitchen with gas fireplace.

21351832_10.jpgThe master suite features a unique sitting area to relax in, the master bath boasts Jacuzzi tub, separate shower and large walk-in closets and private bonus room.

21351832_23Enjoy the seasons in the beautiful wooded backyard with multiple decks for lots of outdoor fun. Click here to view more details on this Geist home!

Visit the open house this Sunday, January 17th from noon to 2 p.m. to see it yourself!