Kill the Clutter!

There’s a reason REALTORS® always advise home sellers to remove all clutter when selling their homes. The difference is remarkable! The clutter-free home often looks like a new one entirely, and homeowners even wonder how their home could look that good. You don’t have to wait to sell your home to make it look better. Plus, clutter can physically and mentally stress us out….

Curb Appeal

What is curb appeal? How imporant is curb appeal? As a Brownsburg real estate agent I couldn’t stress enough the importance of ensuring your home looks great when you try to sell. Think about this: It takes the average buyer a grand total of 35 seconds to formulate their first opinion of a home. It could take that long just…

Best Time to List a Home

As a Brownsburg Realtor, I often hear the question of “when should I put my home on the market?” or “when is the best time to try to sell my home?” The answer is right now! Spring is a great time to put your home on the market. Buyers take advantage of the warmer weather and sunshine to start looking…

Is Now the Time to Buy or Rent?

My Indianapolis customers including Zionsville, Brownsburg and Carmel are asking me if now’s the time to rent or buy. My answer is simple. Apartment vacancy rates are now at an all-time low. That’s no surprise because a lot of people are renting. When apartments are full, rent costs are at a premium. The laws of supply and demand take effect….

Does a New Roof Add Value to My Home?

Families selling their homes in the greater Indianapolis area including Zionsville, Carmel, and Brownsburg are often confused about their new roof’s value in the market. They assume that their home with the new roof is worth more than the one just sold down the street with the older roof. Often they are disappointed to hear me say that the reality…

From Your Angie’s List “Super Service Award” Realtor

I have some news that I’m delighted to share – I have received the Angie’s List “Super Service Award” for 2010. This honor could only be accomplished by having great clients who were willing to share their story with Angie’s List. To earn the Super Service Award, I had to receive straight A’s from my clients in each of the…

Getting Out of a Purchase Agreement

So you think you found your dream home and you’ve signed a purchase agreement. However, that dream home doesn’t seem so dreamy anymore and you’ve decided you want out of the purchase agreement – what do you do now? If the seller has taken the home off of the market and has kept their end of the contract, you are…

Should I Sign A Buyer’s Exclusive Agency Contract?

I recently received a call from a potential client who asked me to show her a home for sale. I told her I’d be happy to help; however, in the process of getting some information from her, she told me she had signed a Buyer’s Exclusive Agency Contract. A Buyer’s Exclusive Agency Contract (also called simply a Buyer’s Agency Agreement)…

Do I Want Your Business?

Recently, a potential client asked me if I would help her purchase a home, noting that she had received my name from an employee at Angie’s List. I said, “Sure, I want your business!” She then commented that she had read about me on my website, that I have been married for 44 years and that her lifestyle might change…

The Appraisal Nightmare

I recently listed a home for $424,900 and within six days, there were two offers on the home. I told the buyer agents that I had two similar offers and that my clients would be accepting the best offer. Within 24 hours, the offers arrived and my client accepted an offer of $416,000. Three weeks later, the appraisal came in…