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Allowances vs. Repairs or Replacement

I recently listed a home for a client who asked me this question, “We can’t decide which we should do – replace the carpet or give an allowance to the buyer.” The answer is easy – replace the carpet. Why? Here are two reasons. The first reason to replace the carpet is it will help sell your home. Imagine a…

Criteria for Refinancing Your Home Loan

“Should I refinance my loan?” I get this question over and over from my real estate clients all over the Indianapolis metro area including the outlining communities of Brownsburg, Carmel and Zionsville. The answer is pretty easy and it depends on three things: Is the current interest rate at least one point lower than your existing rate? How long do…

Is Your Home’s Curb Appeal Doing its Job?

Curb appeal – you hear about it all the time. The truth is it’s extremely important in selling your home. Many things contribute to curb appeal, including the little things, like the condition of the mailbox. Spring is the perfect time to give your home a curb appeal makeover and it’s pretty easy too. Here are three easy tips to…

“Let’s Keep It Real Baby”

I am a big fan of American Idol. One of my favorite judges is Randy Jackson. I especially like it when Randy delivers the truth and says, “Let’s keep it real baby.” Sometimes I wish I could just be that blunt with my real estate clients in Metropolitan Indianapolis, including Boone, Hendricks, Hamilton and Marion counties. Many sellers are like…

Bad Day for a Home Inspection

It’s February, and like many areas of the country, we’ve had a lot of snow in the Indianapolis area. The other day, one of my clients had a scheduled home inspection while snow was still coming down and the previous day’s snow had already blanketed the whole neighborhood. While snow days may be the delight of school-age children, they’re not…

Don’t Take Form of Property Ownership for Granted

One of the challenges I sometimes encounter in the buying and selling of homes in Northwest Indianapolis is when a seller does not own their property in severalty. What is severalty you might ask? This is when an individual is the only individual listed on the title for a piece of property. Unfortunately, many homeowners take their property ownership rights…

One of the Best Places to Live in Northwest Indianapolis (Marion County)

The Northwest section of Marion County, particularly Pike Township, is among the most diverse sections of Indianapolis in terms of available housing. One neighborhood that is very diverse is The Preserve at Eagle Creek. This neighborhood is a wonderful place to live and it has an equally diverse population of homeowners hailing from around the globe. You will enjoy The…

Finding Defects Before Making an Offer

So you’ve found a home that you love, but you want to make sure you’re making a smart offer. In fact, you may be asking yourself, “What should I be looking for before I write an offer?” It’s smart to know some of the defects of a home before making an offer and before spending money on a home inspection.*…

Don’t Get Lazy With Curb Appeal

As I drive through my best-selling neighborhoods of Northwest Pike Township, Brownsburg and Zionsville, I find some sellers are getting a little lax just at the wrong time. August and September are strong months for sales because buyers with families are trying to get into a new home before school begins. The Number One eye-catcher for home buyers is curb…

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