Monday, November 17, 2014

Hoosier Company Takes DIY Art Nationwide

Hoosier Company Takes DIY Art Nationwide

A shout out to a local company that made it to the big times!



Did you know that www.WineandCanvas.com was started right here in Indianapolis?

That's right - and in four years, they have grown to 350 employees and 48 locations from coast to coast.

Here in Indiana:  Bloomington, Ft Wayne, Greenwood, Indianapolis and South Bend.

Tony and Tamara Scott launched this business at their own dining room table four years ago.  They were profitable within three months.  After 6 months they opened a studio near The Fashion Mall.

And it's not just for the over 21 crowd.  They have a kid's class called "Cookies & Canvas" held on Saturdays where kids learn to appreciate art in a fun environment.


Classes can be hosted for birthdays, showers and even corporate events.

Flat screens make sure all attendees can hear and see the step-by-step instructions.  If you are looking for one-on-one instruction, this is not for you.  The instructors walk you through the steps in very basic language.



Hoosier Company Takes DIY Art Nationwide
#WineandCanvas
#Art

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day Salute

Veterans Day Salute

This week we put aside our political differences, our own agendas and other things that take our time and focus to honor those who have and still are serving to protect and defend the United States of America.

My father served on a submarine in WWII.  My father-in-law took some shrapnel in the Korean war and my Uncle John was prisoner of war in the Philippines.  I will never truly understand what they experienced, nor can my words properly express the respect I have for their service.

Instead, I want to share what I consider to be the most moving tribute to service men ever written.  I take this from Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address:

"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate-we can not consecrate-we can not hallow-this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Amen

Veterans Day Salute
#Veterans

Monday, November 3, 2014

Indy Area Economic Briefing from the Chamber of Commerce

Indy Area Economic Briefing from the Chamber of Commerce

The Indy Chamber just put out their October 2014 Economic Briefing.  Since the Indy Metro area is the capital and central point of commerce for the state - it can paint a pretty good general picture.  Other market areas such as Bloomington, Lafayette, Columbus, Evansville can also provide specific data about their hyper-local economies through their own Chamber of Commerce.



Employment:
The Unemployment rate hit the lowest rate since September of 2007!  That translates to:
5.4% for Marion County (down 1.7% from prior year)
3.8% for Hamilton County (lowest in Metro area)
5.8% for Madison County (highest in Metro area)
4.8% for Metro Indy
5.7% for State
5.9% is the current National rate

Interactions Corporation (self-service solutions for customer service) announced plans to expand in Indianapolis by adding 1,000 new employees by 2014.

Skjodt-Barrett Foods is going to expands it's U.S. headquarters in Lebanon by adding 97 jobs by 2017.

Real Estate
Comparing 2013 to 2014
# of new listings up 8.4%
# of closed sales up 13.1%
Average sales price is up 2.9% to $172,319

All positive signs!

Commercial and Industrial vacancies are down

#Indy #Economy #ChamberofCommerce #MetroIndy

Indy Area Economic Briefing from the Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Living Downtown Indy

Hear from actual residents in #Downtown #Indy

Monday, October 27, 2014

Be Thankful for all there is to do in November!!

Be Thankful for all there is to do in #November!  The #craft fairs continue and of course plenty of opportunities to get a jump on your #Christmas shopping!  From #SouthBend to #Evansville - you can eat and shop your way into oblivion!


Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
11/1/14
1
Sat
Fort Wayne, IN
11/1/14
1
Sat
Lafayette, IN
11/1/14
1
Sat
Greenwood, IN
11/1/14
1
Sat
Elkhart, IN
11/1/14
1
Sat
Indianapolis, IN
11/1/14
1
Sat
Indianapolis, IN
11/1/14
1
Sat
Greenfield, IN
11/5/14
11/9/14
5
Wed
Indianapolis, IN
11/7/14
11/8/14
2
Fri
Richmond, IN
11/8/14
1
Sat
Indianapolis, IN
11/8/14
1
Sat
Hobart, IN
11/8/14
1
Sat
Bloomington, IN
11/8/14
11/9/14
2
Sat
Danville, IN
11/8/14
11/9/14
2
Sat
Evansville, IN
11/14/14
11/15/14
2
Fri
Muncie, IN
11/14/14
11/16/14
3
Fri
Bloomington, IN
11/15/14
1
Sat
Hobart, IN
11/15/14
1
Sat
Plainfield, IN
11/15/14
1
Sat
Indianapolis, IN
11/15/14
11/16/14
2
Sat
Ferdinand, IN
Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
11/15/14
1
Sat
Dyer, IN
11/15/14
1
Sat
Goshen, IN
11/15/14
1
Sat
Anderson, IN
11/15/14
1
Sat
South Bend, IN
11/16/14
1
Sun
Schererville, IN
11/21/14
11/23/14
3
Fri
Indianapolis, IN
11/21/14
11/22/14
2
Fri
Bloomington, IN
11/21/14
11/22/14
2
Fri
Noblesville, IN
11/22/14
11/23/14
2
Sat
Valparaiso, IN
11/22/14
1
Sat
Tipton, IN
11/22/14
11/23/14
2
Sat
Kokomo, IN
11/22/14
1
Sat
West Lafayette, IN
11/22/14
1
Sat
Noblesville, IN
11/22/14
1
Sat
Westfield, IN
11/22/14
1
Sat
Dyer, IN
11/22/14
1
Sat
Portage, IN
11/23/14
1
Sun
Evansville, IN
11/24/14
11/30/14
7
Mon
Lake Station, IN
11/28/14
11/30/14
3
Fri
Indianapolis, IN
11/28/14
12/14/14
17
Fri
Fort Wayne, IN
Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
11/28/14
1
Fri
Danville, IN
11/29/14
11/30/14
2
Sat
Highland, IN
11/29/14
11/30/14
2
Sat
Portage, IN
11/29/14
1
Sat
Noblesville, IN

Be Thankful for all there is to do in November!  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Good to Know!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Good to Know!

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Time Homebuyer Tips - Learn from my mistakes!

First Time Homebuyer Tips - Learn from my mistakes!


My hubby and I bought our first house back in ..... well, a long time ago.  It was before I got my real estate license.  Looking back, I can't believe what we didn't know.

Our First mistake (maybe) - we called the listing agent and looked at the house and wrote the offer with him.  This truly can be an okay situation - but when anyone asks me, I always recommend that you have your own agent representing your interests.  That's just me talking.

Our Second mistake - we didn't have a home inspection (yikes).  This was an older home that had been vacant for quite a while and didn't even have the utilities on.  What were we thinking?  Trying to save money I guess.  We were REALLY lucky in that everything turned out all right and functioned properly after closing.  But I do NOT recommend anyone following our example, You might think you are saving a few hundred bucks - and end up having to spend thousands on a surprise repair!

So  - here are some common sense tips for you if you are venturing into the Homebuyer realm:

a.  You are about to make one of the biggest financial purchases of our life.  If there is a spouse/significant other/family involved - COMMUNICATE!  Write out a list of what you really need and what can be compromised.  Share this list with everyone and particularly your Realtor. This can be a fluid list.

b. The internet was just coming into existence when we bought our first home. You have a plethera of info at your fingertips. RESEARCH.  Use your Realtor and do a little investigating yourself. Drive through neighborhoods at different times of day. Traffic, amenities, upkeep. Where are the schools, groceries?  If you go to open houses, be sure to tell the host if you are already working with a Realtor.  Find out about the HOA, dues, management. If you come up with several different areas - compare what you can get for your money in the different neighborhoods.  Again, your Realtor can assist with these items.

c.  Get pre-qualified by a REPUTABLE lender.  Ask your Realtor.  Talk to your bank or credit union.  Getting a second or third opinion is wise. This should actually be #1.  Know what you can afford, Find out your options on down payments.  You may need to get some advice on how to improve your credit.  Be informed and to into the house hunting process with a pre-approval letter in hand.  You will need this to submit any offer.

d.  Think ahead.  Are you buying a starter home and intend on moving up in 3-5 years?  Buying a fixer upper that you might fix up and sell? Will it be your home when you start a family? A small home in a trendy area might be great for a single/young couple - but if you will be starting a family soon - will you want to move to the suburbs? Will you have a house that will be easily marketable to make that move? Buying smart is thinking ahead.

e.  Timing is everything. Do you need to clean up some credit issues? Do you have a lease that will expire soon? Are you looking at homes that will need work before moving in? Are mom and dad about to kick you out of their basement?  Again - communicate with each other and your Realtor so everyone is aware of target dates to accomplish each step.

f.  Homeownership costs more than the purchase price.  They need to be insured, there are property taxes, utilities, lawn care and general maintenance.  I recommend asking for a 1 year Home Warranty when writing an offer on a home.  This can provide some comfort during that first year in case a furnace goes out, or water heater goes on the fritz.  There's no more calling the landlord or mom and dad.  The buck will start and stop with you.  Make sure you can afford the house and the upkeep!

We have agents who LOVE to work with first time buyers and the educational process! Give us a try.

First Time Homebuyer Tips - Learn from my mistakes!
#Firsttimebuyer #RealEstate

Monday, September 29, 2014

We will be BRAND new on October 7th!!!
Same great company and people - new name!

Berkshire Hathaway is one of the most respected names in business worldwide!


#RealEstate #BerkshireHathaway #Indiana

Octoberfestivus in Indiana (Yes, I made the word up)

The leaves are changing, humidity is gone, weather is oh so pleasant.... if we could just get rid of the bees it would be perfect!  Get out and check out what Indiana has going on this month!

NameDateDaysStart DayCity
Seymour Oktoberfest
10/1/14 
10/3/14
3WedSeymour, IN
Shipshewana Fall Crafters Fair
10/2/14 
10/4/14
3ThuShipshewana, IN
Riley Festival
10/2/14 
10/5/14
4ThuGreenfield, IN
Canal Days Autumn Festival
10/3/14 
10/5/14
3FriMetamora, IN
Bloomfield Apple Festival
10/3/14 
10/4/14
2FriBloomfield, IN
8th Annual St. John Oktoberfest
10/3/14 
10/5/14
3FriSt John, IN
Gaither Family Resources Fall Festival
10/3/14 
10/5/14
3FriAlexandria, IN
Borden Valley Day Festival
10/3/14 
10/4/14
2FriBorden, IN
Harvest Homecoming Festival
10/4/14 
10/12/14
9SatNew Albany, IN
Fishers Renaissance Faire
10/4/14 
10/5/14
2SatFishers, IN
Feast Of The Hunters' Moon
10/4/14 
10/5/14
2SatWest Lafayette, IN
Harvest Festival10/4/141SatNorth Manchester, IN
Sleepy Hollow Fall Festival10/4/141SatVevay, IN
Wesley Manor Apple Festival10/4/141SatFrankfort, IN
Apple Festival Of Kendallville
10/4/14 
10/5/14
2SatKendallville, IN
Village At Winona Fall Festival10/4/141SatWinona Lake, IN
Jay County Heritage Festival10/4/141SatPortland, IN
Friendship Music Festival
10/4/14 
10/5/14
2SatFriendship, IN
Potter's Bridge Fall Festival10/4/141SatNoblesville, IN
Ladies Night Exhale Party Lafayette10/4/141SatLafayette, IN

NameDateDaysStart DayCity
2nd Annual Vendor & Craft Fair10/4/141SatMarion, IN
Mooresville Arts In The Park10/4/141SatMooresville, IN
92nd Annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival
10/6/14 
10/11/14
6MonEvansville, IN
Fall Foliage Festival
10/9/14 
10/12/14
4ThuMartinsville, IN
Covered Bridge Festival
10/10/14 
10/19/14
10FriRockville, IN
Indiana's Elvis Fantasy Fest
10/10/14 
10/12/14
3FriPortage, IN
Oktoberfest With Polkaboy10/10/141FriCarmel, IN
Mansfield Covered Bridge Festival
10/10/14 
10/19/14
10FriMansfield, IN
Mississinewa 1812
10/10/14 
10/12/14
3FriLa Fontaine, IN
Navy Bean Fall Festival
10/10/14 
10/11/14
2FriRising Sun, IN
Shelby County Arts Fest
10/10/14 
10/11/14
2FriShelbyville, IN
Ethnic Expo
10/10/14 
10/11/14
2FriColumbus, IN
Nineveh Heritage Festival
10/10/14 
10/11/14
2FriNineveh, IN
Fall Fine Arts Festival
10/11/14 
10/12/14
2SatNashville, IN
Christmas In October Craft Fair10/11/141SatFishers, IN
Germanfest10/11/141SatIndianapolis, IN
Art On The Green
10/11/14 
10/12/14
2SatFrench Lick, IN
Cannelton Heritage Festival10/11/141SatCannelton, IN
Hebron Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair10/11/141SatHebron, IN
Annual Hoosier Fall Festival
10/11/14 
10/12/14
2SatKnightstown, IN
NameDateDaysStart DayCity
Oaktoberfest10/11/141SatSyracuse, IN
22nd Annual Jac-cen-del Craft Show10/11/141SatOsgood, IN
29th Annual Red Gold Chili Cook-off10/11/141SatElwood, IN
5th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch10/11/141SatBloomington, IN
Pink Party Craft & Vendor Fundraiser10/11/141SatHobart, IN
North Manchester Harvest Festival10/11/141SatNorth Manchester, IN
Mary Daly 3rd Annual Craft Bazaar10/11/141SatElkhart, IN
Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games & Festival10/11/141SatIndianapolis, IN
Chad's House Artisan Craft Fair10/11/141SatFort Wayne, IN
Southern Indiana Fiberarts Festival
10/17/14 
10/18/14
2FriCorydon, IN
Valparaiso Fall Harvest Festival10/17/141FriValparaiso, IN
Four Rivers Arts & Crafts Harvest Home Festival
10/18/14 
10/19/14
2SatJasper, IN
Fort Vallonia Days
10/18/14 
10/19/14
2SatVallonia, IN
Autumn On The River Arts & Music Festival
10/18/14 
10/19/14
2SatBethlehem, IN
Trinity Talents & Treasures Bazaar10/18/141SatSouth Bend, IN
Indiana Gourd Society Fall Festival10/25/141SatCrown Point, IN
9th Arts Alive! Arts Fair10/25/141SatLawrenceburg, IN
Irvington Halloween Festival Street Fair10/25/141SatIndianapolis, IN
Holly Days Craft Show10/25/141SatFort Wayne, IN
Gasthof Amish Village Holiday Craft Bazaar
10/31/14 
11/1/14
2FriMontgomery, IN