Category Archives: Real Estate

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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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...

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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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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...

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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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Finding the right Indianapolis home for your retirement

Categories: Buying, Goals, Home Ownership, Real Estate, Selling, Strategy

As more and more baby boomers reach retirement age, many of them are following a similar trend: downsizing. Boomers are trading down to simplify, fund their retirement lifestyle and get the most out of what they’ve worked...

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Preparing to sell

Categories: Home Maintenace, Home Ownership, Real Estate, Selling

Have you ever put a house up for sale before? Holy schinkes, I see why people don’t do it very often. Earlier this year, my wife and I decided we were going to move. We’d only been here a couple of years, but found a...

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Boat dock adds to home value at Geist and Morse reservoirs

Categories: Buying, Home Ownership, Indianapolis, Real Estate

If you’re looking for Geist or Morse waterfront real estate in Indianapolis, consider buying a home with a boat dock to maximize your enjoyment of life on the water. Having a boat dock offers several conveniences: You’ll...

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Selling your home? Look for these four qualities in an Indianapolis real estate agent

Categories: Our Team, Real Estate, Selling, Strategy

Selling a home is a big deal, and so is finding the right person to help you with this important transaction. If you’re planning to sell your Indianapolis home, shop around for the right agent who embodies these four nonnegotiable...

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Getting Your Indy Home Ready to Sell – Part II

Categories: Home Maintenace, Home Ownership, Real Estate, Selling

Selling your home can be an emotional process and often an overwhelming one. The Indy Homes Team will guide you through each step in the process to ensure it’s the most enjoyable and profitable experience it can be....

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Getting Your Indy Home Ready to Sell – Part I

Categories: Home Maintenace, Home Ownership, Landscaping, Real Estate, Selling

First impressions are everything when you’re trying to sell your Indianapolis home, even with record-low real estate inventory. It’s a great time to list and sell your home but remains crucial to put your home’s best...

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Choosing a Custom Home Builder: Top Considerations

Categories: Building, Buying, Real Estate

Custom homebuilding in Indianapolis can be intimidating—it was to me initially. From guiding numerous buyers through a custom home build, I’ve learned many pitfalls to avoid and experienced many happy stories. Before...

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What Do Craft Beer and Real Estate Have in Common?

Categories: Community, Culture, Indianapolis, Kristie Fun, Our Team, Real Estate

Just over a year ago, I had a single conversation (over a couple of beers) that altered my seemingly predictable future. Who would have guessed that today I would be passing out business cards for Indy’s newest craft...

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Carmel Homes with 4 Car Garages

Categories: Buying, Our Team, Real Estate, Selling

The Indy Homes team is catching onto some new trends in the Carmel real estate market this year. One request that keeps coming from our buyers is more garage space—higher ceilings, more depth. Trucks and SUVs grow taller...