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Active Rain Masterminds - The Short Sale Process - 01/31/11 01:51 PM
Given that short sales have been steadily on the rise and are among the most widely discussed transactions in real estate, it's no small wonder that pondering on a solution was the first task for the MMC (MasterMind Challenge).
Our bRain Power team are Cindy Marchant (Cindy in Indy), Dan and Amy Schuman, Rita Fong, Jerry Newman, Liz & Bill (BLiz) Spear and yours truly, Charita Cadenhead(AMB from Bham). Without question, a key aspect of short sell success, would be to create a unified system of short sale practices. This, I am certain, will be the recurring theme among all participants (11 comments)
Having Trouble Finding an Idea to Blog - 01/30/11 11:25 AM
Having trouble writing good original content? Find yourself supplementing your blog with more open houses and listing posts? Staring at your computer waiting for the idea to pop in your head? Here’s the answer…<drum roll> ….read more posts AND read the comments. You would be surprised how many ideas flow from other people and how your opinion or knowledge can be your own post. That doesn’t mean steal it! I have often started to comment and gone on for about four sentences and decided…heck, I’ll write my own post on this. Don’t have time to write that post right now…stick (16 comments)
Form 5405 is worth $8,000 - 01/28/11 07:41 AM
I just got an email from one of my first time buyers for 2010 asking what form they needed to fill out to get their $8,000. They bought their first home in the Fishers Real Estate area! That seems like so LONG ago when we were all writing about the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. As we all begin to prepare our documents for 2010 taxes, it’s a great time to “touch” our first time buyers from 2010 and remind them about the $8,000! Form 5405 is the one they will need to fill out. This is also the form (12 comments)
Pay It Forward - Brightening a Day - 01/27/11 08:13 PM
I think you’ve met my daughters in previous posts. From time to time, my husband and I like to send care packages to them; it started when they were in college and we just keep doing it. Only one still is in college, a Senior this year. One lives in Chicago and the other in downtown Indianapolis. It probably brings me as much joy to shop for the items as it does for them to get the package in the mail. Shhhh and I’ll tell you what I got them…everything is related to Valentine’s Day. So, rubber ice cube trays (9 comments)
Teaching this old Dog New Tricks - Venturing into Video - 01/27/11 07:30 AM
There are some things I can embrace easily….blogging for example. There are other things where I need a nudge or a significant push. Thank you Bob Stewart for the push to pursue putting a video online; it is something I have often thought about but was sure I couldn’t do it. Figuring out the idea was the first sign of trouble…I like to be original. Figuring out if I could even record on my little Olympus camera was the next challenge. Then learning the Windows Live Movie Maker was laborious…I’m just not as quick as I used to be at this (34 comments)
Ewwww....Your House Smells Like Smoke...Is there a Solution - 01/26/11 08:11 PM
Ewwwww…it smells like smoke in here! As of a few days ago, the buyer and I wouldn’t have made it past the front door. But…enter Vendor Fairs. My Keller Williams office has a quarterly vendor fair where 10 vendors each get 5 minutes to talk about their products. They each pay $50.00 for that privilege that goes to the KW Cares Foundation and then they each provide a $25.00 door prize. What they get for that is the undivided attention of 35 or so agents. One of the vendors on Tuesday was OHsolaire and what they told us amazed me. They use (7 comments)
Never Answer the Same Question Twice - How do I read this MLS Sheet - 01/26/11 07:24 AM
Hi Cindy, we missed your First Time Buyers Class but our biggest question was on how to read the MLS sheets we are getting...can you give us some highlights...like what is L, F and W and why are the taxes so high on some of the homes we are seeing? To help anyone reading that is a first time home buyer, let me try to explain an MLS sheet in detail. With every MLS sheet you will see the various rooms and their sizes and next to that you will see a L, F and W. The L stands for Level, for (13 comments)
Luxury Living in Fishers Indiana - 01/24/11 10:12 AM
Hamilton Proper is one of the most presitgous areas in the Fishers Real Estate market and this home on Landover is one of the most beautiful homes in that area. It is a home with old world charm and touches of elegance throughout. Situated on just over an acre, it sits on the 16th hole of the Hawthorne Golf course. It has over 11,000 square feet with rooms for everyone!
Be sure to call me directly for a private showing of this home; but plan on an hour because there is so much to see! Search homes for sale in (5 comments)
Soulful Sunday - Give Thanks for a Grateful Heart - 01/23/11 08:34 PM
I ran into a most delightful blog yesterday, another newbie Rainer, Tara Cummins, who teaches how to do things in blogs and she posted today on Soulful Sunday so I am borrowing her first two words. I also read a post by Eric Michael about priorities tonight. He is such a straight shooter, love that about him. So...that's where my heart is tonight. Most of you know that I love God and am ever so thankful for the life he has given me to live. I am blessed by my family; they all don't know God yet...but we're working on that. In the meantime (14 comments)
Pay It Forward - Thankfully - 01/22/11 07:07 AM
Once when my husband and I were dating…he said to me (with confidence), “honey, the world doesn’t revolve around you”. And my response (said with equal confidence), “sure it does and if you get a little closer to me, it will revolve around you too!” And so, he began to teach me to think more about others…big task since I was the baby of my family and spoiled rotten. Improvements have been made for sure but still plenty of room for more. Dan and Amy Shuman wrote a post titled “Are you Turning Off Your Subscribers” that got me thinking and (15 comments)
Never Answer the Same Question Twice - Do I really need an Inspection - 01/21/11 10:39 PM
Hi Cindy, we are so excited about our first home...I love that it is new construction and a blank slate for us. I know the builder rep mentioned we could have an inspection, what are your thoughts on that since it is brand new? Even though most of my clients want an inspection; every so often I get this question. It usually comes from someone who is fairly handy and does a good job of looking at the home prior to buying it. Or it comes from someone buying new construction. I think an inspection is one of the cheapest ways to (8 comments)
Geist Realtor highlights Eddy's Restaurant - 01/21/11 07:11 AM
It is true that I know the Geist Real Estate area and that I talk about houses a lot, so thought I would switch gears a bit and talk about a great restaurant near the Marina...Eddy's Neighborhood Bar and Grill. It has been nominated as one of the Best Neighborhood Bars in town. The menu has so much variety. It includes Spinach Artichoke Dip, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, and Jalapeno' Chicken Strips among other items. Sandwiches include a Homestyle Sloppy Joe, Reuben or Brisket among others. Lots of salads and entree's too! I was there for lunch last week and the food was excellent and so (1 comments)
Taste of Carmel Tonight! January 20th - 01/20/11 08:17 AM
The Taste of the Chamber is January 20th from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Ritz Charles off of Meridian at 12156 N Meridian Street. The phone number for the Ritz is 317-846-9158. This is the 10th annual for this event, so very successful! There are going to be some great restaurants participating including A2Z Cafe, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Chef Suzanne Catering, the Glass Chimney, Ruth's Chris Steak House and Vine and Table (yes, there will be wine and beer!). Pricing is $5.00 for Chamber members and $10.00 if not. It will be a fabulous evening for tasting a sampling of the (8 comments)
Nordic Tracks and Blogging - Rewards are Waiting - 01/16/11 07:43 PM
I'm the master at making excuses...I'm too busy, I just need to do this last thing, I will get to it next...oops, guess it will get done tomorrow. This weekend an end to my excuses slammed me...it arrived with little fanfare, no big announcement, took minutes to assemble and test and is now ready for its introduction to me. Cindy meet Nordic and Nordic meet Cindy. It's no doubt necessary to get me to where I want to be...thinner! But, the similarity of that to blogging is what has me stalling that introduction right now! Blogging is necessary to get me (14 comments)
Fishers Schools - Hamilton Southeastern - 01/16/11 07:42 PM
Schools are important part of any community, it is especially true for Fishers, Indiana where challenges with growth from the Fishers Real Estate market are met with confidence. The community has grown from 8,000 in 1990 to 80,000 in 2010! Located near the far east side of Fishers Real Estate is Hamilton Southeastern High School, one of two high schools in Fishers, Indiana. Since its inception in 1968, it has consistently been a high performing high school. It was reconized as a Blue Ribbon School in 2005; only 4% of schools nationwide achieve this merit. It is ranked 6th out of 327 (1 comments)
Never Answer the Same Question Twice - How much House can I Afford - 01/15/11 07:56 AM
As part of the series "Never Answer the Same Question Twice" comes one of my favorites: Hi Cindy, our lease expires in three months so we thought we should get started but we know nothing about the home buying process. How do we know what we can afford or will be approved for? I guess there are a couple of ways to look at that question. You might be asking how much will a bank approve you for? This is based on several factors such as your credit score, your income, your debt ratio and your cash available for starters. The only way to (19 comments)
Pay it Forward - I'm Late for an important Date! - 01/14/11 09:17 AM
As Realtors®, we drive for a living and spend quite a bit of time living in our cars. We are often pushed against the clock because our printer took too long to print the showing sheets, the buyer took too long at the last house and our timing is off, or we missed our turn due to cell phone focus (yikes!) and are now backtracking. Being late for an important date can play havoc with our manners. Last Wednesday was a fairly significant snow storm here in the Indianapolis area. I was out “driving around in my automobile” and very aware of my (21 comments)
Fishers Indiana Real Estate Sold 2010 Report - 01/14/11 09:16 AM
This was an unusual year in Real Estate...everywhere There were over 1,000 listings that expired in Fishers during 2010; many of course were relisted and ultimately sold. Expired listings almost always leads to disappointed sellers and frustrated Realtors®. If you are one of those sellers and still want to sell your Fishers Home, call a Fishers Realtor that can get the job done. While sellers have had some frustrations during 2010, many buyers were able to capitalize on the first time buyers credit, motivated sellers and low interest rates, truly a Trifecta for them. Overall for 2010, homes sold in Fishers were down (0 comments)
Predictors of the 2011 Real Estate Market Show HOPE - 01/13/11 07:46 AM
Lots of folks from NAR to local Boards; from USA today to Business Week are forecasting the 2011 Real Estate market. I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring as well! I have opinions too after all. Probably the two best indicators from what I have read are the Interest Rates and the Consumer Confidence Index. The graph on Interest Rates shows that they are increasing…big deal I say. Even if they rise to 5.5% or a tad higher, that is STILL a great rate. If it were Interest Rates alone that were driving sales, we’d all be too busy (19 comments)
Carmel Indiana Real Estate Market Report 2010 - 01/12/11 10:52 PM
The year end report for 2010 homes sold in Carmel Indiana numbers are in and they are pretty good, all things considered! With 1,224 homes sold in Carmel in 2010, that is only a 3% decline from the 2009 levels where 1,264 homes were sold. Some of the other statistics include the days on market where 2010 showed improvement at 80 compared with 85 DOM a year ago. Also the price per sq ft increased to $113/sq ft in 2010 compared with $111 in 2009. The luxury market of homes sold in Carmel also showed improved with 188 homes over $500,000 (3 comments)
Stay in Touch - Be Creative - Be Consistent - Be Clever - 01/12/11 06:59 AM
How often have you said, “I can’t believe they listed with Robert Realtor, I’ve know them for years” or “I must have shown them 30 homes this summer, I can’t believe they bought a new construction without me” or something along those lines. It is challenging to stay top of mind for REALTORS, we just get busy doing other things. But at the end of the day, would you rather work with someone referred to you by someone you know or a website lead. I love a lot of my website leads, but let’s be honest. Many times, they are vapor. (25 comments)
Clear to Close best thing next to I Love You! - 01/11/11 06:58 AM
Next to hearing "I love you" by my husband, these are the next three favorite words I have. It has been awhile. We wrote the first offer back in July, but the bank wouldn't meet us on price. We watched the price drop in August, in September and again in October. We wrote our next offer on October 27th (same price as the July offer) and it was accepted relatively quickly by the bank. Why do banks want to hold on to properties for so long...it is not their main function of business...I digress... You know the drill on a bank owned....there are (15 comments)
Buying a Bank Owned; Will They Fix Anything in the Inspection? - 01/10/11 07:05 PM
Hi Cindy,I'm reading over this bank contract. How likely is it with bank-owned properties, the bank will even fix anything we find in the inspection? Guess I just am a little worried at all the things I'm accepting in this addendum. Just sounds like they will be free and clear of any issues or problems, etc. I guess I'm just thinking worst case scenario... Great question Nanette and the answer is it depends! While the addendum is written in favor of the bank, my experience with banks is that they will be reasonable. They typically will fix anything that is major (16 comments)
Is Fishers a town, a city or a hybrid - 01/09/11 01:35 PM
Is the current "town" of Fishers having an identity crisis? Are they a town, a city or will they become a hybrid? Looks like it will be November of 2012 before anyone knows for sure. Although a recent federal lawsuit has been filed to move the referendum into 2011. What are the options and benefits? Currently Fishers is a Town with a Town Council consisting of 7 members. It is headed by Scott Faultless. The Town Council is responsible for appointing and overseeing a town manager whose responsibilities include overseeing the Administration, Development, Fire, Police, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Wastewater and Information Technology departments. Everything seems to (0 comments)
Searching for Homes in Carmel Indiana - 01/08/11 07:54 AM
There are many ways to search for homes for sale in Carmel Indiana to find the perfect one for you. We have several options on our website alone; you can search by map, by price point, by neighborhoods in Carmel or by sending me a quick synopsis of what you are looking for in your next home. Realtors have lots of features to make the home selection process easier. Today there are 715 homes on the market; the graph shows the number of homes for sale in Carmel by various price points. But let's talk about what you want in your next home. (8 comments)
Geist Waterfront Homes with Dock Access - 01/06/11 08:33 AM
I know that folks outside of Indiana think there is no water in Indianapolis. And it is true there isn't much! But, Geist Reservoir is still a very popular place to hang out in the summertime. Baby it's cold outside today, but time to start thinking Spring! Boating weather will be here soon and finding a home for sale on Geist Reservoir with a dock is something I can help you do! There are currently 56 homes for sale in Geist with a dock. You might think they are all very expensive; but there are some very affordable choices. There are (7 comments)
Why Was THAT Post Featured? - 01/05/11 08:13 AM
I know, I know...I need to write some original stuff...but Bob Stewart wrote another great post about a subject that is often debated. So...until I can come up with something original...I am reblogging this one! lol Via Bob Stewart - ActiveRain (ActiveRain): Since the day we introduced the concept of a featured board, which would reside on the home page of ActiveRain, there has been debate over the merit of featured posts. In the coming months, I will try to give you some insight into why we selected certain posts to be featured. Each time, I'll try to give you some insight into (5 comments)
Condos for Sale in Fishers Indiana - 01/04/11 07:57 PM
Currently there are 100 condos for sale in Fishers and of those 13 are distressed properties. Condos provide great ease in living with no lawn maintenance or exterior worries. One thing to always keep in mind in condo homes, is the monthly maintenance fee. The lender will often look at that amount as additional monies for your monthly payment. Some of the more inexpensive new options are at Limestone Springs located at Marilyn and 136th, far east side of Fishers. There are currently 17 active condos in that subdivision. The lowest priced condo currently out there is $89,000. It is a pre-foreclosure; so is a (3 comments)
Why Your Blog Will Fail in 2011 - 01/03/11 07:47 PM
I have talked to Bob in person, heard him on conferences and read many many of his FB posts and blogs and he is as authentic as they get. He has a sixth sense about how this all works and while what he says is basic, he just says it so well...it is a roadmap for success. I reblog every once in a blue moon so you know its good.... Via Bob Stewart - ActiveRain (ActiveRain): If you are new to blogging, or maybe you just got started in 2010, this is for you (although even if you've been at it a while and (7 comments)
Motivational Monday...You Know what Picture is here, right? - 01/03/11 08:09 AM
I hope you'll let me chat about football just a few more weeks (maybe only one more!) After having more injuries than any other NFL football team (17); the Colts are going to the Playoffs; playing the NY Jets on January 8th. We were actually 6-6 at one point in the season so no small feat to wind up here. It is motivating because they tackle each game individually, being very focused and learning from past mistakes and watching for what to expect. Each day, they train to prepare for what is next. We as REALTORS need to do the same...in (16 comments)
What would life be without Games! - 01/02/11 07:34 AM
New Years Day was my mother in law’s 79th birthday (bet her parents were disappointed with the timing as it relates to a taxable deduction!) lol Both my husband and I love to play games whether they are cards, board, computer, Wii, etc…we love to play games. So do our families! We have played Euchre, Scattergories, Boggle, Shanghi Rummy in the past week; but today we added to our repertoire. We had a fabulous dinner prepared by the birthday gal and then hunkered down to play Tripoley. My MIL is militant on this game. She even charges us to (22 comments)
The Bakery at Geist on Oaklandon - 01/01/11 12:53 PM
If you live in Windsong, Feather Cove 3 or the Admirals, you have a new bakery to walk to! The Bakery at Geist opened on November 8th. Ron Woods, the Chef, says he picked that area because bikes and walkers as well as automobiles have easy access to great baked goods. Did you know that Chef Ron has a degree in Chemistry! There is no question the ingredients are measured perfectly to create the best tasting baked goods! You can find lots of freshed baked breads including Focaccia, Baguettes, and Raisin Bread among others. A trip to their display case shows (15 comments)
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