Indy Homes Blog

Check back often for Kristie’s thoughts on real estate trends and the Indianapolis market, tips on the buying and selling processes and info on the little gems that make Indy such a wonderful, livable city!

REALTOR Kristie Smith

Is your home ready to sell to the “activity generation”?

Categories: Real Estate, Selling, Strategy

Indianapolis REALTOR Kristie Smith explains how the characteristics of Gen Xers—the “activity generation”—influence how and why they buy certain homes and not others. Is your listing optimized for the activity...

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Enjoy Indianapolis’ June events, festivals and fun!

Categories: Community, Culture, Events, Indianapolis

The month of June in Indianapolis has its own delights. As summer takes hold, the festivals, cultural standbys and sporting events are plentiful, and plenty fun! This list we compiled reflects just a fraction of all the things...

Replacing your appliances to sell depends on several factors.

Do I have to replace my appliances to sell my home?

Categories: Remodeling, Selling, Strategy

Many of our listing clients ask us if they need to update their kitchen appliances before selling their home. As you might guess, there are no hard and fast rules. It really depends on a number of factors: the home’s...

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Celebrate May with Indianapolis 500 events and more!

Categories: Community, Culture, Events, Indianapolis

May in Indy… it’s hard to resist. As the sun shines down its springy warmth, the city becomes festooned with not only new flora, but black and white checkerboards as well. Drive through a neighborhood or two—we...

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Indianapolis is a seller’s market and your home is in demand!

Categories: Home Ownership, Real Estate, Selling

If you’re a homeowner who’s been thinking about selling, NOW is the time! Demand for homes is high, and the Indianapolis real estate inventory is sparse—which means you’re in a good position to sell your home for...

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Benefits of a prelisting inspection outweigh its cost

Categories: Selling

Traditionally, after a buyer makes an offer on a home, they order a home inspection to uncover any issues, big and small, with the home. If the results are less than favorable, the buyer may try to renegotiate the selling...

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Selling in the spring? Have exterior photos of your home taken now

Categories: Selling

If you are planning on selling your home in the spring, NOW is the time to have exterior photos of your home taken. The reason why is very simple. If you put off pictures until you list your home in the spring, your yard...

Kids love Halloween events in Indianapolis!

Enjoy these Halloween events in Indianapolis with the kids!

Categories: Community, Events, Indianapolis

Looking for kid-friendly Halloween events in Indianapolis? You’re in luck—Indianapolis’ parks, museums and organizations offer a full month of fun for the kids. But these Halloween events aren’t just about the kids—you’ll...

Don't rely on Zillow when shopping for a home

Hire a Realtor (and don’t rely on Zillow) when shopping for a home

Categories: Buying, Real Estate

We here at the Indy Homes Team love Zillow for the fact that it connects home buyers and sellers with great Realtors who can help them with all their realty needs (check our stellar Zillow reviews if you’re looking for...

October festivals in Indianapolis

Looking for things to do in Indianapolis? Check our list of October festivals

Categories: Community, Culture, Events, Indianapolis

Looking for things to do in Indianapolis? Well, never fear! October brings with it a diverse array of fun and festivals, whether you are into history, art, culture or just food and drink! Watch for an upcoming blog that details...

Enjoy Indianapolis fall festivals this September!

Fill your calendar with Indianapolis fall festivals and events!

Categories: Community, Culture, Events, Indianapolis

We love this time of year for many reasons (changing leaves, crisp air, pumpkin spice everything), but mostly because it brings with it a wide variety of Indianapolis fall festivals and events! Here are some of the Indy-area...

Do I need a Realtor when building a new home

7 reasons to hire a Realtor when building a new home

Categories: Building, Real Estate

The Indianapolis Business Journal recently reported that area builders are off to the best first half of the year since 2007. These results are a reflection of how far the market has come since the housing bust of 2008, as...

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One-tank getaway: Story, Indiana

Categories: Culture, Kristie Fun

As you cruise west along Indiana State Road 135, taking in the rolling hills of Brown County and the occasional farm house, you suddenly seemingly cross an invisible line that jumps you back in time to the mid-1800s. You’ve...

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Is tennis your racquet? Find a tennis club in Indianapolis

Categories: Community, Indianapolis

Whether you’re a competitive player looking for a league or a beginner in search of lessons, Indianapolis’ tennis clubs serve up a variety of options across the city. Here are some of the larger clubs to look into. NORTH:...

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Transform your outdated home to ensure a quick sale

Categories: Our Team, Remodeling, Selling

The condition of your home is one of the most important factors in attracting buyers and getting your home sold fast. In today’s market, busy buyers short on money, time and handyman skills want to purchase a move-in ready...

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Looking to buy a home? Make sure your finances are in order

Categories: Goals, Home Ownership, Real Estate

Looking at homes online or with your Realtor is the fun part of buying a home. The not-so-fun—but essential part—is making sure you’re financially ready for one of the largest purchases you’ll probably make. Depending...

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Zionsville offers quality of life and solid home investments

Categories: Buying, Real Estate, Selling

Survey after survey shows that Zionsville, Indianapolis’ northwest suburb, is a great place to live. Not only is it continually near the top of the safest places to live in Indiana, it’s even been called the safest place...

Do you have what it takes to make it in real estate?

Do you have what it takes to make it in real estate?

Categories: Careers, Our Team

Have you ever considered a career in residential real estate? Contrary to what many might think, working in real estate goes way beyond showing houses. To be successful in real estate, you must be goal-oriented, ambitious...

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Don’t let emotions dictate your home buying decision

Categories: Buying, Home Ownership, Real Estate

Ah, love. Who doesn’t want to experience the rush of falling in love? Falling in love with another person is wonderful, but beware falling in love with a house! As a long-time Realtor, I’ve seen many buyers treat the...

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Indianapolis luxury bathroom trends: TOTO Washlet

Categories: Building, Kristie Fun, Luxury, Remodeling, Tid Bits

As we build our new home in Lost Run Farm, I am overwhelmed by all the CHOICES we have with every selection for our home. Some options seem unique and fun; others seem excessive.  The Toto Washlet was an option suggested...