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!

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What I wish I knew about homeownership before buying my first home

Categories: Buying, Home Maintenace, Home Ownership

I bought my first home in 2004, I was only 24 years old at the time. I believed that I had a firm grasp on “adulting,” and when I look back it is rather silly the things I thought I knew about homeownership that I really...

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New Thanksgiving traditions

Categories: Community, Events, Indianapolis

Do you and your loved ones have special traditions for the Thanksgiving holiday beyond watching football, stuffing yourself and taking an afternoon nap? If you’re looking to shake up your routine or add more meaning to...

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Tired of Chicago’s grind? Give Indy a look!

Categories: Indianapolis, Real Estate

We get it—Chicago is an amazing city with so much to see and do. But it can be impersonal, expensive, frustrating and COLD! If you’re re-thinking the rat race of Chicago living, we invite you to give Indianapolis a look....

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New beginnings in Zionsville

Categories: Building, Community, Zionsville

We officially closed and moved into our new Zionsville home at the end of June! It has been a long two years since our house fire, and it feels inexplicable to have reached this milestone! So many feelings flood my heart—pure...

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Why we love fall in Indianapolis

Categories: Indianapolis

OK, we know it’s been quite warm lately, but believe it or not, sweater and bonfire weather will soon be upon us, which means the best time in Indy is coming! Here are our four favorite things about fall in Indianapolis,...

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How the Indy Homes Team finds homes for its real estate clients

Categories: Buying, Home Ownership, Real Estate

Finding homes for clients in the inventory-starved market of Indianapolis isn’t easy, but REALTOR Kristie Smith explains how the Indy Homes Team goes above and beyond by prospecting for homes for those who are ready...

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

A farewell to 121 E. Ohio St. and downtown Indy

Categories: Building, Community, Culture, Indianapolis, Renting, Zionsville

As many of you know, my husband AJ and I lost our home to a devastating fire two years ago. Although we finally moved into our newly completed home in Zionsville recently, it was very bittersweet to say goodbye to the home...

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Experience the ultimate in amenities at Chatham Hills in Westfield

Categories: Building, Buying, Home Ownership, Luxury, Real Estate

You make a thousand decisions at work every day. It’s nice to come home to a place where the amenities are so plentiful and well thought out that you don’t have to think. Everything is just easy: Take Buddy to the private...

new life or old life?

Relocating with Eli Lilly? We can help!

Categories: Buying, Indianapolis, Real Estate

If you’re an Eli Lilly and Company new-hire or are thinking about taking a job with Lilly, the Indy Homes Team offers a full menu of relocation services that will help you become familiar with Indianapolis, find a new home...

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...