Warm Weather Home Maintenance Tips.

Now that the weather is warm, it’s time to check off some “to dos” outside your home.

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Here are a few tips on where to start with warm weather home maintenance.

Check the A/C. If you haven’t recently had your air conditioning system inspected, now is the time to schedule a professional to do so. Be sure your system is running optimally to eliminate the chance of it failing, or incurring high electric bills because it is not efficiently working. And, be sure to change your filter regularly.

Inspect your windows. If you didn’t have time to caulk any air leaks or add weather stripping before winter, do so now. Tightening the seals on doors and windows prevents air loss, which will keep your home cooler and more efficient this summer.

Wash the windows and exterior. Take off winter’s grime and dirt by cleaning your exterior finishes such as windows, siding, brick and boards. A good cleaning with a garden hose can go a long way! Power wash decks or concrete patio areas by the pool to refresh your outdoor entertaining spaces.

Spruce up flower and plant beds. It’s a great time to apply a fresh coating of mulch or stone to give instant curb appeal. Trim shrubs and other plants; remove and replace any dead plants that didn’t survive winter. Prune your trees and perennials and plant annuals for pops of color around your yard. Use planters and urns to add colorful accents at the front door, around the pool and in your outdoor entertaining spaces. Shop local farmers markets for great deals on plants. Water your lawn and flower beds in the morning so the water can be soaked into the soil throughout the day. Set your sprinkler system accordingly.

Get the garage in order. Find the watering hose and get it hooked up again and clean out the winter debris that is hogging up space (shovels, sleds and snow blowers). Organize your garage with the things you need for boating season, summer sports and the pool. Invest in good storage solutions and get your summer gear within hands’ reach for ease of use.

Check your driveway and walkways. The freezing and thawing from winter can wreak havoc on concrete. Check for cracks and holes and make needed repairs. Small repairs are easier than a large resurface which could come from lack of upkeep.

Have fun! School is out, summer is on the horizon and the boating season has begun.

 

 

 

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Indy 500: the 100th Running.

It’s a spectacular year to be a Hoosier. The year of the bicentennial AND the 100th running of our very own greatest spectacle in racing…the Indianapolis 500.

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If you’re looking for ways to be involved in the fun, here are some of the events taking place.

Friday, May 27: Carb Day, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gates open at 8a. Journey takes the stage to close the day at 4:30p.

Saturday, May 28:

  • IPL Indy 500 Festival Parade, downtown Indy. Starts at noon. Local teen, Emma Stumpf, has been named Grand Marshal of the parade. Enjoy local bands, listen to live music, see local and national athletes, musicians, celebrities and more. Click here for the parade route.
  • IMS Track events. Gates open at 8a. Indy 500 Memorabilia Show from 8a – 3p; Full Field Autograph Session – Pagoda Plaza from 9a – 10 a; Historic Race Car Laps from 9a – 10:15a; Corey Cox concert at 3:45p; Chris Janson concert at 4p; Blake Shelton concert at 5p; gates close at 6p.

Sunday, May 29: The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here’s a rundown of the race day events.

  • 06:00am – Public Gates Open
  • 06:00am – 12:00pm – Ticket Office Open
  • 08:00am – 10:00am – Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks
  • 08:00am – 09:15am – Parade of Bands
  • 09:00am – Celebrity Red Carpet – Pagoda Plaza
  • 09:45am – 500 Festival Princess Lap
  • 10:06am – “On The Banks of the Wabash” performed by Purdue University Band
  • 10:25am – Green Flag Delivered to Turn 1 by IU Health Helicopter
  • 11:00am – Decade Car Laps
  • 10:40am – Former Indy 500 Champion Laps
  • 11:10am – Military Silverado Laps
  • 11:38am – Driver Introductions
  • 11:52am – “America the Beautiful” – performed by Military Trio with Purdue Band
  • 11:54am – Military Speech – General Anderson
  • 11:55am – Presentation of Colors
  • 11:56am – Invocation – Archbishop of Indianapolis
  • 11:57am – “Taps”
  • 11:58am – “God Bless America”
  • 12:01pm – “National Anthem” – performed by Darius Rucker
  • 12:03pm – Military Flyover
  • 12:12pm – “Back Home Again in Indiana” – performed by Josh Kaufman and ICC
  • 12:14pm – “Drivers Start Your Engines”
  • 12:19pm – 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – 200 Laps
  • 06:00pm – Public Gates Close

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend!

For Sale: Cul-de-sac Cambridge Lot.

If you’re looking to build your luxury dream home in Cambridge, take a look at this homesite.

It is a private, cul-de-sac location and features an over 3/4-acre homesite. This peaceful setting, with mature trees and a creek, is just waiting for your custom home!

21247306_0113562 Creekridge Lane, McCordsville // $150,000

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Take advantage of the quiet, no-through street location. Enjoy nearby walking trails, playground and lake access.

Click here for more details! And, please contact me with questions on this incredible location.

Now Is the Time to Sell.

The real estate market in Hamilton County is robust. Homes are selling quickly, often within days of listing.

Additionally, Hamilton County is leading the trend in the shortening supply versus demand for homes. It is far ahead of the pace of other Indiana suburbs in the number of listings, pendings, closed sales and median sales price.

This Spring, I have had ten pending transactions ranging from $195,000 to $1,195,000. Six will close in May.

If you’re in the market to sell your home, hire a real estate pro to get it listed. And sold.

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As your Realtor, we will work together to get your home sold by:

  1. Determining your selling expectations.
  2. Targeting your neighborhood(s) of interest for your new home.
  3. Make a timeframe game plan.
  4. Price your home to sell; review comps to set pricing.
  5. Stage your home.
  6. Professionally photograph your home.

Then, once we have an offer(s) on the table, we will negotiate to get you the best possible price and achieve your overall goals. As an expert in the industry, I have a system which will allow the paperwork process to move smoothly.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, don’t wait. Contact me today to discuss strategies for making your move.

Also, if you know of someone looking to sell a home, please pass along my information to them. I value client referrals and love to take care of “friends of friends” in the home buying and selling process.

Friday is Bike to W0rk Day!

This Friday, May 20th, ride your bike to work!

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In celebration of National Bike Month, take part in this fun day! No matter where you live, you can take part, however, if you live or work in Carmel, you’re in for a treat!

For Carmel residents or those of you who work in Carmel, park your vehicle at the Monon Community Center and ride your bike to work from there.

Commuter Connect, Market District, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Carmel, and the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Department have come together to host a free continental breakfast at the Monon Community Center on Friday. The Monon Center is located at 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel 46032. The breakfast is free and open to all Bike to Work Day riders.

After you enjoy breakfast, hop on the Monon Greenway to make your way to work.

 

 

My View of Local Housing Market Trends.

The housing market in Hamilton County is booming more than it has in years. Houses are selling quickly, often within days, regardless of the price point and often over list price.

This Spring, I have had ten pending transactions ranging from $195,000 to $1,195,000. Six will close in May.

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One listing example was in Bridgewater. The home was listed on March 31st at $525,000. After lots of showings and three weeks’ time, the home had multiple interest and offers. The home had an accepted offer within 30 days.

Another example is a listing of mine which hit the market on Thursday, April 21st at $250,000. The home had three showings on Friday, April 22nd, with offer one on Friday evening and two additional offers the next day (Saturday). I told all Realtors who were showing the house that weekend to send their highest and best office by noon on Monday. My sellers reviewed the offers, chose one and we had an accepted offer on Tuesday.

An interesting scenario happened on a Carmel listing which was originally listed with a flood plain disclosure and sat a bit idle on the market. After diligent work by the sellers, the flood plain disclosure was able to be removed (which also eliminated the need for flood plain insurance). The home was reduced in price on April 28th, with the amendment of the now unnecessary flood plain disclosure and saw tremendous interest with showings and offers. I advised all Realtors the sellers would be accepting the highest and best offer; we had an accepted offer on April 30th.

Recently the Indianapolis Star ran a story regarding the housing market boom. Citing the rebounding market as having resumed three years ago, Realtors are seeing home sell as quickly now as they have in their careers. Notably, Hamilton County is leading the trend in the shortening supply versus demand for homes, outpacing other suburbs in Indiana in the number of listings, pendings, closed sales and median sales price.

According to the Star article, “Closings were up 6.3 percent to 1,229 homes sold in the first quarter in Hamilton County, according to MIBOR. An additional 2,033 home sales were pending. The homes averaged $222,000, the highest in the region in the first quarter and a 2 percent increase from a year prior. Sellers could expect to receive almost 96 percent of their asking price, also the highest in the area. A decade ago, the median home price was roughly $200,000.”

Click here to read the entire Star article.

If you’re in the market to buy or sell a home contact me. Let’s get your home sold during this incredible housing market.

Wallpaper. It’s Back.

The trend of using wallpaper has returned!

Once a popular way to add design to spaces within homes, today’s variety of wall coverings provides a stylish solution to give accents, patterns and creative color solutions within homes.

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The options are limitless.

Think of adding wall coverings to kitchen ceilings, tray ceiling insets, accent walls, a kitchen island, bookshelves, on and on. The beautiful patterns and textures available in today’s wallpaper provide incredible texture and style to a home.

When used in a kitchen, do consider the risks of food prep and water use from dish washing and cooking. Be sure to care for your wall coverings in those areas of food preparation and high traffic. A clear acrylic sealer to create a water-resistant film is a helpful step to take when incorporating wallpaper into your kitchen.

So, if you’re looking for a way to add a pop of color and design or texture to a room in your home, think beyond a can of paint and consider wall coverings. Have fun!