Monday, May 18, 2015

Honest to Goodness Indiana


Sing along with local talent - Jon McLaughlin







Celebrate what Jon loves about his home state along with us!

Honest to Goodness Indiana
#Indiana #JonMclaughlin

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Central Indiana Real Estate Market Data

Central Indiana Real Estate Market Data

Below is a great link to get all the latest Real Estate market data for the 13 counties in Central Indiana.
Market Overview
#  of New Listings
# of Closed Sales
Average Sales Price
Inventory of Homes Available


And More

Information is given overall and then broken out by county

Click HERE to access the info.

This is the latest data compiled by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors
I will post this link on a quarterly basis so you can be up to date.

#housing #indiana #realestate
Central Indiana Real Estate Market Data

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May in Indiana - Things to do and that event they call the Indy 500

May in Indiana - Things to do and that event they call the Indy 500

Yes - there's more than corn in Indiana and more than the Indy 500.  Check out the links below to events happening throughout the state all month.

Here is a link to EVERYTHING Indy 500 related events throughout the month.  They are a webpage all their own!!!  Just click HERE for all the details.

Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
5/1/15
5/2/15
2
Fri
Batesville, IN
5/1/15
5/2/15
2
Fri
Shipshewana, IN
5/1/15
1
Fri
Indianapolis, IN
5/2/15
5/3/15
2
Sat
Liberty, IN
5/2/15
5/3/15
2
Sat
New Harmony, IN
5/2/15
1
Sat
Greenfield, IN
5/2/15
5/3/15
2
Sat
Lebanon, IN
5/2/15
1
Sat
Munster, IN
5/2/15
1
Sat
Yorktown, IN
5/2/15
1
Sat
Elkhart, IN
5/8/15
5/10/15
3
Fri
Spiceland, IN
5/9/15
10/10/15
155
Sat
Bloomington, IN
5/9/15
1
Sat
Bridgeton, IN
5/9/15
9/5/15
120
Sat
Lafayette, IN
5/9/15
1
Sat
Indianapolis, IN
5/9/15
1
Sat
Indianapolis, IN
5/14/15
5/16/15
3
Thu
Morgantown, IN
5/15/15
5/16/15
2
Fri
Madison, IN
5/15/15
5/16/15
2
Fri
Harrodsburg, IN
5/16/15
1
Sat
Newburgh, IN

Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
5/16/15
5/17/15
2
Sat
Danville, IN
5/16/15
1
Sat
Fort Wayne, IN
5/16/15
1
Sat
Brownsburg, IN
5/16/15
5/17/15
2
Sat
Indianapolis, IN
5/16/15
1
Sat
Crown Point, IN
5/16/15
1
Sat
Valparaiso, IN
5/17/15
1
Sun
Schererville, IN
5/21/15
5/24/15
4
Thu
Kendallville, IN
5/21/15
5/30/15
10
Thu
Terre Haute, IN
5/23/15
1
Sat
Lafayette, IN
5/23/15
5/24/15
2
Sat
Vincennes, IN
5/27/15
5/30/15
4
Wed
Dunkirk, IN
5/28/15
5/30/15
3
Thu
Morgantown, IN
5/29/15
5/31/15
3
Fri
Madison, IN
6/1/15
6/30/15
30
Mon
Noblesville, IN
6/4/15
6/7/15
4
Thu
Dyer, IN
6/4/15
6/6/15
3
Thu
Mentone, IN
6/5/15
6/6/15
2
Fri
Franklin, IN
6/5/15
6/7/15
3
Fri
Campbellsburg, IN
6/5/15
6/20/15
16
Fri
Warsaw, IN

May in Indiana - Things to do and that event they call the Indy 500

#May #Indiana #Fairs #festivals #Indy500 #autoracing #Indianaevents #mayinindiana


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Benefit from a VA Home Loan

How to Benefit from a VA Home Loan

Veterans - do you know the benefits available for home financing?






We have someone locally that can help answer any questions you may have about this financing, find out if you qualify, check the rates, etc.

Mike Miller
Riverwood Financial
mmiller@riverwoodfg.com
317-566-8150

How to Benefit From a VA Home Loan

#veterans #VA #buyingahome #mortgage

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Taxes, Utilities and Contractors - OH MY!!!!!

Tax, Utilities and Contractors - OH MY!!!!!

Do you know what the local tax rates are for sales, property and income?


Moving and need to transfer utilities?


Needing to make some repairs or improvements to your home?


WE KNOW A GUY/GAL!!!

Check out a couple pages on our blog for all the answers.  There is page called State Tax Tutorial that will go through the state sales tax rate, property taxes and income taxes.

The Utility/Recommended Contractor page lists all the local utility companies for our service area along with contractors that are recommended by our local agents.  Use these pages as a resource for making wiser choices.  No charge - and you can even get a 10% off Lowes discount coupon delivered right to your inbox!

Need assistance?  Questions?  Call or email and we will do our best to help.  Our contact info is listed on the Utility/Contractor page along with the home page of this website at www.IndianaResourceCenter.com.

Taxes, Utilities and Contractors - OH MY!!!!!

#IndianaTaxes #Indianautilities #Indianacontractors

Monday, April 13, 2015

Local Economy and Video Series Announcement

Local Economy and Video Series Announcement

The Indy metro area saw a decline in the unemployment rate - a full percentage point lower than the same time in 2014.
The State of Indiana unemployment rate is down by 2.4% over the last 2 years.
THATS ALL GOOD NEWS!!!

The state gained 1700 private sector jobs in the first quarter of 2015.
Speaking of jobs....a couple nice announcements:

Royal Interpack North America Inc - a manufacturer of recycled plastic rigid food pacakaging is going to locate is operations here creating up to 135 jobs by 2018

Raytheon will be expanding their presence in Indianapolis by 250 new jobs over the next few years.

The Indy Metro area is seeing a LOT of activity in the Real Estate market this spring.
New listings are up by 13.4% over last year
Closed sales are up by 12.6%
Average sales price is $166,384 - an 8.4% increase


HOOSIER HIGHLIGHTS - New video series

We as a company will begin a new video series this year.  Agents will be shooting short (30 second) videos highlighting some hidden gems, must do, must see items throughout Indiana. The videos will tell you the name, location and why along with a website, phone or address for more detail.  We want to share what we love about Indiana!
Stay Tuned
They will be posted on this website and our YouTube Channel

Local Economy and Video Series Announcement
#indiana #indy #economy #hoosierhighlights #thingstodo #realestatemarket

Friday, April 10, 2015

Changes coming to the closing process - August 1st!

Changes coming to the closing process - August 1st!

Any mortgage applications that are initiated beginning August 1, 2015 will be under new guidelines.  These new guidelines are all CONSUMER focused to make the forms less confusing and user friendly.
This short video is an excellent introduction to what will be changing and give you an idea of what the new forms will look like.

The biggest change is the new "3 day" requirement.  The final closing statement must be in the hands of the buyer 3 days prior to the actual signing of closing documents.  Those in the Real Estate industry are very familiar with the current process of sometimes getting closing figures the day of closing.  NOT AFTER AUGUST 1st!!!

It will simply be a learning curve that will involve communication, setting expectations and having a lot of understanding and flexibility while everyone adjusts.


Changes coming to the closing process - August 1st!

#HUD1 #settlement #NAR #closingchanges #realestate

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Final Four Indianapolis Fan Guide

Click below for the full schedule of events of the Final Four taking place this weekend:

Final Four Indianapolis Handbook


Basketball is to Indiana as Water is to the Ocean

#finalfour #indy #marchmadness


Instagram and House Hunting

Instagram and House Hunting

This short video talks about using Instagram to find some unique insight and features of homes








Instagram and House Hunting
#socialmedia #househunting #intagram

Friday, March 27, 2015

How important is DeCluttering - view from a buyer

How important is DeCluttering - a view from a buyer

Here it is -straight from a buyer :

"When we viewed properties, we opened every cupboard, drawer and space and would either admire or be dismayed at the amount of storage."

Most buyers make their decision based on an emotional connection with the home.  Space is usually tip top on someones list, so decluttering is NOT optional for a homeowner who wants to sell quickly and for top dollar.


Top Reasons to DeClutter:

1 - Clutter creates the perception of limited space. If a buyer doesn't think the home will hold their "stuff" they will be less likely to write an offer.

2 - Clutter creates a perception of disorder.  subconsciously they will believe the home has not been well maintained.  They might write an offer, but it could be a lot lower thinking they will have to invest more in general maintenance.

3 - Clutter reduces a buyers ability to picture themselves in the home.  Remember what was said earlier about buyers making a decision based on an emotional connection with the home?  They will not be able to make an emotional connection with the home when all they see is your "stuff", family pictures, refrigerator covered with school projects, etc.  The buyer needs to fall in love with your home, not your stuff.

Tips

Walk through your home and take pictures of every room.  Rooms always look more crowded in pictures - and since every buyer is on the internet looking at pictures - you want your home to appear spacious and inviting online.

Your plan is to pack and move everything anyway - right?  So think positive and get started packing now!  Go through the entire home sorting based on keep, trash, give away.  Rent a POD to store the items you will be taking with you - less you have to do later!  Personal pictures, collections, trinkets, excess furniture, counter clutter.  Get down to basics.  What do you really need to have for the next month or two?

Cabinets and closets need to look like they have plenty of extra room.

Don't think that clearing out cabinets and closets and then filling up your garage or attic with boxes will fool anyone.  That will just send the message "this home has not storage space".

You don't need to move out.  Vacant homes can make you look desperate and might invite a low ball offer.  Empty houses can also show off every mark and scratch.

Don't forget to recycle!  Goodwill will thank you.

#staging #declutter #homeselling

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Final Four and MORE!!!


Final Four and MORE!!!

If you haven't seen the pics of the JW Marriott getting ready for the final four - be sure to check it out below.  They have a giant NCAA bracket posted that will be updated.  Reminiscent of the Super Bowl days.  Easter weekend will be a great time to check out downtown Indy and all the basketball madness that will be happening.

And beyond that - there is plenty of other happenings throughout April statewide.



NameDateDaysStart DayCity
Shipshewana On The Road
3/21/15 
3/22/15
2SatValparaiso, IN
Peace Zone Arts & Crafts Show3/28/151SatEvansville, IN
5th Annual Springtime In Indiana3/28/151SatNoblesville, IN
Shipshewana On The Road
3/28/15 
3/29/15
2SatFort Wayne, IN
Blackhawk Manor Renaissance Festival
4/11/15 
4/12/15
2SatFrench Lick, IN
Second Annual Spring Event4/11/151SatSaint John, IN
Calvary Christian School Spring Festival4/11/151SatIndianapolis, IN
Crafty Bear Fare4/11/151SatMooresville, IN
Hello Spring Craft Show4/11/151SatGoshen, IN
The Fiber Event
4/17/15 
4/18/15
2FriGreencastle, IN
Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine & Craft Beer Festival4/18/151SatHuntingburg, IN
3rd Annual Morel & Music Festival
4/23/15 
4/25/15
3ThuMorgantown, IN
Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival
4/24/15 
4/26/15
3FriWakarusa, IN
Earth Day Indiana Festival4/25/151SatIndianapolis, IN
Lanthier Winery Spring Celebration Festival
4/25/15 
4/26/15
2SatMadison, IN
Indiana Fiber & Music Festival
4/25/15 
4/26/15
2SatClarksville, IN
Mansfield Village Mushroom Festival
4/25/15 
4/26/15
2SatMansfield, IN
Funk In The City Art Festival4/25/151SatEvansville, IN
Redbud Trail Rendezvous
4/25/15 
4/26/15
2SatRochester, IN
Final Four and MORE!!!

#finalfour #basketball #collegehoops #indiana #wildcats #indy #sports #festival #fair