Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Staging a Home is NOT!

What Staging a Home is NOT!!!

You hear get rid of clutter, personal items and make it neutral.  But staging a home to sell does not mean you remove a homes personality and make it boring and forgettable.  It's about making it have a connection to the widest expanse of potential buyers and sparking an emotional connection.

For example:

Spring, summer and fall - don't forget to stage your outdoor living areas!  Colorful seat cushions, blooming, fragrant flowers. A cozy sitting area , candles, perhaps having one of those small $25 fountains I've seen can add a soothing ambiance. Add some stepping stones? A quirky piece of art work or garden trellis? I was riding my bike recently and an older home with a great covered front porch had hung some beautiful sheer curtains on a couple sides of the porch and gathered them with a colorful bow that matched the house trim. It was so eye catching and inviting!


Inside - If you have a lot of custom trim work - you want to be sure it is highlighted with contrasting paint - don't let it fade into the sterile white walls.  Keeping your walls a warm tone, you can add pops of color with art work, pillows, rugs, towels, lamp shades, vases, etc.



Create a vignette (aka - purpose) for a room.  In a family room set out some board games.  Basement rec room - how about some movie DVD's, pop corn bowl or a WI game......


There are many more possibilities and ideas - pinterest can offer an endless supply of ideas - which can make you dizzy .




Monday, July 14, 2014

Indy Goes to Work!!!

Indy Goes to Work!!!

Second Quarter Jobs Report from the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce for the Metropolitan Area

In the second quarter of 2014 (Q2), the region saw diverse growth across various sectors.  More than 2700 new jobs were committed in Q2, bringing the total year to date up to 5,400.  Capital investment figures showed more than $350 million in the second quarter bringing the year to date total to $500 million.

Logistics and warehousing were the winners with the most jobs committed with 960 new jobs.  Information technology came in a close second with 700 jobs.



Some notable second quarter wins for the area include:

ULTA, Inc - nation's largest beauty retailer announced plans to locate a fulfillment and distribution center in Greenwood adding up to 537 new jobs by 2018 with a $51.6 million in capital investments.

Walmart - announced plants to locate an e-commerce fulfillment center in Plainfield, creating up to 303 new jobs by 2016.

Interactive Intelligence - announced plans to expand its headquarters, creating up to 430 high wage jobs by 2016. This growth goes along with construction of a new 112,000sf office building estimated at $28million.

TOA, LLC - Metal stamping and automotive suspension parts manufacturer with operations in Mooresville announced plans to expand operations and create up to 220 new jobs by 2015.

Beck's Hybrids - Nation's largest family-owned seed company announced plans to expand headquarters, production, research and distribution operations creating up to 100 new jobs by 2017. They will also invest $60 million to renovate and equip its current location in Atlanta, IN.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blue Indy - Getting around goes green

Blue Indy - Getting around goes green

Have you seen them yet?   They have a "come try us out" site at 14 E. Washington in downtown Indianapolis.  Open every day from 11am - 7pm.  You can try it out for free.


Yes - electric car sharing is coming to Indy!!!  The initial plan is to start with 25 sites and slowly expand to 200 locations with 500 cars throughout the Metro area.

You would have a membership fee and then a per hour charge.  No parking fees, no pollution.  Just plug to plug!  Unplug and go......

I'm excited - thinking about all the times we drive ourselves to the airport and pay to leave our car sitting out in the weather for days or weeks!  One of the first sites will be at the airport in addition to just a couple miles from my house.  I'm already planning to try this out when available - cutting my parking fees dramatically when travelling!

When the Pacer bicycles just won't get you where you need to go, or the weather is inclimental - what a great option.

Check their website HERE for more details (exact pricing still not available) and get signed up for their newsletter so you will know right away.

Here are the first 25 proposed sites:


Monday, June 30, 2014

July in Indiana - WAY more than corn!!!

July in Indiana - WAY more than corn!!!

This is a loooonnnnnngggg list - but didn't want anyone to feel slighted.  Between July 4th celebrations and County fairs you can sweat your way through the entire month!

Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
7/2/14
7/4/14
3
Wed
Linton, IN
7/3/14
7/6/14
4
Thu
Cedar Lake, IN
7/3/14
7/4/14
2
Thu
Carmel, IN
7/3/14
7/6/14
4
Thu
Danville, IN
7/3/14
7/5/14
3
Thu
Kokomo, IN
7/4/14
7/12/14
9
Fri
Columbus, IN
7/4/14
1
Fri
Portage, IN
7/4/14
7/6/14
3
Fri
Madison, IN
7/5/14
7/12/14
8
Sat
Lagrange, IN
7/6/14
7/12/14
7
Sun
La Porte, IN
7/6/14
7/12/14
7
Sun
Princeton, IN
7/6/14
7/12/14
7
Sun
Logansport, IN
7/6/14
7/13/14
8
Sun
Marengo, IN
7/6/14
7/12/14
7
Sun
Warsaw, IN
7/6/14
7/12/14
7
Sun
Terre Haute, IN
7/7/14
7/19/14
13
Mon
Muncie, IN
7/7/14
7/12/14
6
Mon
New Albany, IN
7/7/14
7/12/14
6
Mon
Portland, IN
7/10/14
7/17/14
8
Thu
Greensburg, IN
7/10/14
7/12/14
3
Thu
Morgantown, IN
Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
7/11/14
7/19/14
9
Fri
Charlestown, IN
7/11/14
7/19/14
9
Fri
Hartford City, IN
7/11/14
7/19/14
9
Fri
Fort Wayne, IN
7/11/14
7/12/14
2
Fri
Angola, IN
7/11/14
7/17/14
7
Fri
Columbia City, IN
7/11/14
7/13/14
3
Fri
Martinsville, IN
7/11/14
7/12/14
2
Fri
Sheridan, IN
7/11/14
7/13/14
3
Fri
Fair Oaks, IN
7/11/14
7/12/14
2
Fri
Lapel, IN
7/12/14
7/19/14
8
Sat
New Harmony, IN
7/12/14
7/19/14
8
Sat
Peru, IN
7/12/14
7/19/14
8
Sat
Sullivan, IN
7/12/14
7/18/14
7
Sat
Rensselaer, IN
7/12/14
1
Sat
West Lafayette, IN
7/12/14
1
Sat
Chesterton, IN
7/12/14
7/19/14
8
Sat
Bedford, IN
7/12/14
7/19/14
8
Sat
Kendallville, IN
7/13/14
7/19/14
7
Sun
Danville, IN
7/13/14
7/19/14
7
Sun
Franklin, IN
7/13/14
7/19/14
7
Sun
Corydon, IN

Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
7/14/14
7/19/14
6
Mon
Kentland, IN
7/14/14
7/19/14
6
Mon
Boonville, IN
7/15/14
7/20/14
6
Tue
Huntingburg, IN
7/16/14
7/20/14
5
Wed
Hammond, IN
7/17/14
7/26/14
10
Thu
Valparaiso, IN
7/17/14
7/22/14
6
Thu
Noblesville, IN
7/18/14
7/26/14
9
Fri
Goshen, IN
7/18/14
7/20/14
3
Fri
Culver, IN
7/18/14
7/25/14
8
Fri
Greencastle, IN
7/18/14
7/25/14
8
Fri
Paoli, IN
7/19/14
7/26/14
8
Sat
Lafayette, IN
7/19/14
7/24/14
6
Sat
Bluffton, IN
7/19/14
1
Sat
Brownsburg, IN
7/19/14
1
Sat
Lafayette, IN
7/19/14
7/20/14
2
Sat
Griffith, IN
7/20/14
7/24/14
5
Sun
Monroe, IN
7/20/14
7/26/14
7
Sun
Alexandria, IN
7/20/14
7/26/14
7
Sun
Brownstown, IN
7/21/14
7/26/14
6
Mon
Bicknell, IN
7/22/14
7/27/14
6
Tue
Fort Wayne, IN


Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
7/23/14
7/28/14
6
Wed
Boswell, IN
7/24/14
7/26/14
3
Thu
Morgantown, IN
7/24/14
7/27/14
4
Thu
Berne, IN
7/24/14
7/26/14
3
Thu
St Joe, IN
7/25/14
8/2/14
9
Fri
Martinsville, IN
7/25/14
7/27/14
3
Fri
New Carlisle, IN
7/25/14
7/27/14
3
Fri
Bass Lake, IN
7/25/14
7/27/14
3
Fri
Whiting, IN
7/25/14
7/26/14
2
Fri
Frankfort, IN
7/25/14
7/27/14
3
Fri
Monticello, IN
7/26/14
1
Sat
Kokomo, IN
7/26/14
1
Sat
North Webster, IN
7/26/14
1
Sat
Nashville, IN
7/28/14
8/2/14
6
Mon
Nashville, IN
7/31/14
8/3/14
4
Thu
Nappanee, IN
7/31/14
8/3/14
4
Thu
Jasper, IN
7/31/14
8/2/14
3
Thu
Owensville, IN