Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings.

We'll probably throw in some info about the trail system and bicycling along those trails, because that's what we like to do when we're not selling real estate.  We'll likely post pictures of our dogs, because they're members of our family, we love them and they don't get mad like our human children do when we talk about them. :)

David & Mac

This is Mac Kiernan.

Teddy B

This is Teddy B. Kiernan

See, it's already started!  LOL!

We'll talk about what's happening in the communities, volunteer opportunities, events coming up, and all sorts of things.   We care about our community and love to talk about it.

Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

April 24, 2018

Spring 2018

 

 

The Central Indiana Spring real estate market is in full gear and it is a competitive, frustrating market, especially for buyers!  Homes that are in good condition and priced competitively are selling, often within 24 hours with multiple offers.  I have buyers that contacted me on Easter Sunday who wanted to look at a home that had just gone on the market the night before.  I called Centralized Showing and found that the sellers had placed a showing block for all day Easter Sunday. 1st showings on the home would be at 8 am. Monday morning.  Unfortunately, my clients couldn’t see it on Monday due to work schedules, so we set up a showing for Tuesday at noon.  The property pended Monday night with multiple offers. This was the 3rd time we tried to see a home and it was sold before we could get in the door.

The other side of this is that if you have a property that has been on the market for a week or two, buyers think there is something wrong with it!  Maybe it was pended & for some reason the sale fell through or it just has a unique floor plan, there seems to be a mindset that it is flawed.  Also, properties that are overpriced or in need of work, even if it is just paint, will take longer to sell. Most buyers want move-in ready. 

If you have been frustrated by not finding what you desire in a home, maybe it’s time to take a step back and ask yourself if there are items you would be okay with taking care of yourself, if you could get the home for the right price.  Go back and look at some of the homes that have been on the market for a month or so, there may be a candidate that would fit your needs with a little paint or carpet.

At any point, in your search, please know we are here for you, to answer questions, show you homes and make the process as easy as possible.

Posted in Market Updates
March 5, 2018

1st Bike Ride of 2018

Thanks to a little warmer weather we were able to get out for a nice 21 mile ride last Saturday.  One of the things  I love about covering the area by bike is you get a much more up close and personal view of homes, neighborhoods, parks etc. than you do by car. The push in recent years by Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville, Fishers and Indianapolis to create great trails connecting them to each other gives us the opportunity to see all the new things going on, up close and personal.

 

Riding along the Monon in Carmel, the amount of construction is amazing!  It  is being widened from Main Street to City Center to accommodate the large number of people who take advantage of the trail.  The new Sun King Distillery is taking shape and is supposed to be open this Spring.  Anthony's Chophouse is well underway.

 

Many of you may know that I purchased a new ebike last May from Pedego Bikes in Carmel.  I LOVE this bike!  It has what they call, pedal assist, which while you pedal, it makes it easier.  You don't have to worry about hills and head winds any longer, you can simply ride for fun like when you were a kid!  Pedego rents them too, so you should check them out if you haven't already.

 

Isn't it pretty!!  If you would like to know more about the trails in the area, David is very knowledgeable .  I know many people consider the walk-ability and trails when considering a move to a new area, so if you have questions , don't hesitate to reach out!

 

Posted in Community News
March 1, 2018

5 Simple Things to Do to Prepare Your Home For Sale

Five Simple Things to Do to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Here are the five keys to concentrate on:

  •   De-clutter. Have trash bags and boxes handy.   Start cleaning out closets, storage areas, garage etc.  Sort it, discard it, donate it and if it’s something you want to keep but don’t need right away, pack it in one of those boxes.  Label the boxes neatly and store them.   When you put things back in the closet use all the same type of hangers, they don’t have to be expensive ones, just all the same.  Organize your closet by like items, i.e. pants, shirts, dresses, suits. Face them all the same direction and section by color. You’ll be surprised at how attractive it will look, like the difference between shopping at Goodwill or Macys.

  • Clean everything.  Baseboards, light fixtures, including the bulbs, dust the fan blades, the vents, blinds & windows. Don’t forget your cabinets, refrigerator, & oven.  Even wipe out the inside of your washer and dryer, (I had a buyer get very grossed out by what looked like mold around the inside lid of a washer!)

  •  Touch up paint inside your home and out, and re-caulk if needed.   Trim bushes, rake the yard, pick up debris. Sweep your porch and get rid of cobwebs.

  • Gather all of your appliance manuals & maintenance records.  Make a list of improvements you’ve done to the home, & when.

  • Finally, go through the house and take digital pictures, upload them and take a critical look. Does it look appealing?  When you look at pictures, you will usually see things you normally walk right by…maybe it looks crowded, something is crooked or really doesn’t belong.

 

These “simple” steps will add value to your home while costing you nothing but your time & elbow grease, a worthwhile trade! 

 

Posted in Selling
March 1, 2018

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We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates