indianapolis real estate: Crager-Bartels Donates Thousands to local charity - 10/05/09 04:38 AM
Crager-Bartels looks to give back to the local community by donating commission to local non-for-profits.  The most recent example is listed below. 
If you have a local charity needing assistance with donations, please contact me directly.  We would love to work with you and donate to your charity!  Additional information is also available at


indianapolis real estate: Video testimonial from out of state investor - 05/19/09 11:48 AM
Who wants to see paper testimonials.  We are now going with only video testimonials.
Bill has purchased 5 homes from us in the past 2 years, and lives in California.  I hadn't even met him until this past week.

indianapolis real estate: My Wife WINS a Saturn SKY in M/I Homes Drawing! - 11/05/08 12:03 PM
Only Realtor in Indiana to sell more then one M/I home in a six month period of time.  Actually, she sold 3 M/I homes, or 3x what any other Realtor did in Indiana.
Long story short, 30 Realtors(or sales), were selected in a drawing for a new Saturn Sky.  She got three keys to try.  Second person up, she turned the car on with her first key:)
Find out why Crager-Bartels Real Estate is still smashing records through 2008, while the rest of the real estate industry is losing traction....2008 will be the best year for Crager-Bartels Real … (0 comments)

indianapolis real estate: $370k home signs up for Triple Play Indianapolis Real Estate Marketing plan - 07/22/08 04:10 PM
Two to Three new properties each week are signing up for our program. Contact us today to find out how we can get your home sold or put money in your pocket NOW and not in 6 months! Wow! Custom 4 bedroom home on corner lot. Bring your furniture, groceries, and family and move right in. Sauna, hot tub, bamboo hardwood floors, central vac, dual headed shower, with separate jetted tub, in large master suite with separate his/hers closets, irrigation system, gas grill, DVD projector with screen, 12ft ceiling in foyer, 10ft ceilings throughout and even after all that if you … (1 comments)

indianapolis real estate: The future of real estate home sales marketing is here - 06/17/08 04:29 PM


Always on the cutting edge of technology in real estate, Crager-Bartels Real Estate has pioneered a new and exclusive way to get your home sold fast in a slow or slowing marketplace. While other agencies are offering their sellers one way to sell their home, the old fashion way, the Crager-Bartels Real Estate team is offering the exclusive triple play home sales program.
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indianapolis real estate: Two Indianapolis Real Estate Lease Back homes available, 66%-75% CASH ON CASH RETURN! - 05/13/08 01:30 PM
Something I have been working on the past 4-5 days, and something that I feel would be a great investment for the capital rich real estate investor.  Note, you will need between $40k-$50k down for this, but the payoff will be generous over the next 3-5 years.  At time of this post, you will need 10% down for non-owner occupied for well qualified investors.  Note again, this is for VERY QUALIFIED INVESTORS!
Details on property one:

Watkins - Stratton Model by M/I Homes. Available for lease back to M/I homes. 
Watkins / Stratton Model is available for $479,990 - … (0 comments)

indianapolis real estate: Tuscany Models by Beazer. Guranteed Rental Income in Indianapolis - 05/21/07 01:46 PM
Luxury homes available to purchase. Guaranteed Rent Program, we pay your mortgage if we don't rent your property in 3 months, 1 year of property management fees paid for you. Professionally managed. Take a piece of the Indianapolis action before prices start rising. More information at or via voice at 317-839-8786


indianapolis real estate: Introducing the new Carmel, IN, Crager-Bartels, Home Selling System website! - 01/23/07 01:52 PM
For immediate release--- 
The Crager-Bartels team has finished putting together another website to help make the consumer more educated about the home buying and home selling process, the new Crager-Bartels Home Selling and Buying System.
This new innovative website is still under development, but currently is home to the following features and free buyer and seller reports:
27 Quick and Easy Fix ups to sell your home fast and for top dollar10 questions you must ask when you're interviewing an AgentQuestions Agents hate27 Seller tipsHomeMarketWatch insider newsletterVIP buyer clubOver the net home evaluation Hundreds more!For additional information, go to the Carmel Relocation and Carmel … (0 comments)

indianapolis real estate: The way listings and website leads are supposed to work and the discount commission brokers - 01/10/07 02:07 PM
I just had to share something that happened  today.  It makes all the hard work we do and the hard closings all worth it when an easy one comes around.
My website is generating between 2-3 leads per day.  In fact, my web traffic has increased 233% over the past 4 months.  A lot in part to my SEO work I have been doing on it.  About a week ago, an individual found my website,, and gave my business partner a call.  After talking with him, we found out she had an investment property(3 bedroom home) on the market for over … (2 comments)

indianapolis real estate: 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home in park-like setting for sale in Indianapolis. Over 4,200 sq.ft. - 12/09/06 04:58 AM
Gorgeous 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home in a stunning park like setting. Newly installed tile entryway, new paint inside and out, and remarkable hardwood floors compliment this impressive home. Family Room with a grand brick fireplace, wooden beam ceiling, and built-ins open up to a brick patio with private backyard. Living room boasts an amazing bow window that overlooks a professionally landscaped lawn. Don't miss the full basement awaiting your finishing touches.



We work with many Indianapolis relocations looking to move to the Indianapolis area.  For more information, check out the Indianapolis relocation resource at

indianapolis real estate: new website for Plainfield, IN - 12/09/06 12:09 AM
Wanted to share a new website I am putting together for Plainfield, IN.  
This will be the one stop resource for home buyers and sellers looking to relocate to Plainfield, buy a home in Plainfield, or Plainfield home selling.
Free Plainfield buyer and seller reports including "10 Questions You Must Ask Before Interviewing Your Agent", FREE CMA's of your home in Plainfield, as well as free Plainfield home listings for for people relocating to Plainfield or just looking to buy another home in Plainfield.

indianapolis real estate: How I saved an Indianapolis client from foreclosure - 12/08/06 11:56 PM
A few months ago I was referred an individual that was wanting to sell her home. At that time, I didn't know she was behind in her payments.  Two months into the listing contract, she told me she was 6 months behind in payments. 
We had to act quick.  Customer was going to be foreclosed on at any moment.  With the thousands of people on my real estate mailing list, I was able to find someone that not only purchased the home from her, but also caught up her six months of late payments. 
This is just another example … (0 comments)

indianapolis real estate: purchase investments in good areas with no cash flow or bad areas with cash flow? I have an idea - 11/20/06 01:40 PM
With the slow housing market in Indiana, I have been inundated with out of state investors looking to cash in on investment properties locally before the market heats up.
I get asked almost daily whether investors should purchase properties in questionable areas, but that have good cash flow, or purchase in newer or more expensive areas, but have less cash flow?  IMHO, it always pays off to purchase in quality areas and spend more money up front and have less cash flow.  AT the end of the day, 15-20 years from now, these less cash flowing properties will be worth much more, … (1 comments)

indianapolis real estate: some new photos of the Anson development in Zionsville. - 11/08/06 09:50 AM
I thought I would share with you some new photos I have taken of the Zionsville Anson development.  I keep thinking any day there is going to actually be some buildings being built, but it has yet to happen.  Mostly just prep work going on at this moment.





For additional videos and pictures of the Anson development, check out 

indianapolis real estate: Small world - 11/04/06 05:34 AM
Someone found my website at a few weeks ago.  I have been in contact with her for several weeks.  A few days ago she asked if I went to a certain elementary school. Sure enough, her husband was in my elementary for several years.  Havn't seem him in 20 years!  Wild..
Now hopefully they will buy an investment property from me:)
Looking to purchase a home in the Indianapolis area?   We help buyers and sellers with Indianapolis real estate, Plainfield real estate, Zionsville real estate, and Carmel real estate.Hundreds of free buyer and seller reports  online at  http://MyIndianapolishome.comLooking to invest in Indianapolis … (0 comments)

indianapolis real estate: I might as well keep talking about technology - 11/02/06 05:34 PM
Now this is slick.  I am wanting to easily add audio and video to my website.
I just created this in like 5 minutes:
I used this program, Sonic Memo Pro. 
Much easier and cheaper then other ways to put audio on your website.
My goal is to have an audio portion on each of my landing pages for clients to listen to, click on, etc.  Or maybe send a new potential website lead an audio greeting?
Thoughts?  I think this has power!

indianapolis real estate: Someone from my website, went to elementary school with me - 11/02/06 02:19 PM
I get 1-2 leads a day off my website, I just realized someone that went to my website went to elementary school with me 24 years ago! What a small world.  I am meeting them tomorrow to show them investment property in the Indianapolis area...

indianapolis real estate: some more technology tools ---photo albums online for real estate professionals - 10/27/06 02:56 PM
Since I have been rambling on about high-tech tools in many of my blog posts, I thought I would just continue on that theme here tonight.
 I don't know how most other real estate MLS systems are setup, but here in Indianapolis, we are only allowed a total of 8 pictures for each listing!  I don't know why they have this limit....although it seems 40% of realtors still only post 1 photo of the home they are trying to sell.  How on earth is any consumer going to get excited over one photo of a 200k home???  Or a 800k home???  Real … (0 comments)

indianapolis real estate: apartment buying from out of state investors - 10/24/06 07:17 AM
Interesting article on the Indiana Business Journal's website about out of state buyers purchasing multi-family in Indianapolis.
Year-long apartment-market buying spree continuing strong
Also, The Oaks at Buck Creek Apartments, an 824-unit complex on East 38th Street between Mitthoeffer and German Church roads, has been acquired by Los Angeles-based Urban Offerings.
The purchase price was not disclosed, but Johnson Capital, a real estate investment banking firm based in Irvine, Calif., said it arranged $18.1 million in financing for the acquisition. A portion of the funds will be used for renovation.
The property listed for just under $15 million. Scott Pollom of Colliers … (3 comments)

indianapolis real estate: Cute 1 bedroom 1 bath home for rent in Mooresville - only $395/month - 10/24/06 03:52 AM
Do you want to get away from 1 bedroom apartments and have your own space? Tired of hearing the neighbors upstairs, downstairs, and on all sides? Then this is the property for you! A 1 bedroom 1 bath single family home available near downtown Mooresville. Can be rented for $395/month without utilities. Freshly painted, and nicely cleaned.


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