When the owners of a vacant lot in Zionsville’s Stonegate Community called Jennifer this spring, they were at their wit’s end! Their plans had changed, and they would not be returning to Zionsville from California. They’d been trying to sell their lake-side lot for FOUR YEARS with another local broker…unsuccessfully. Four years of interest payments, property taxes, HOA dues, and general worry had taken their toll on the owners, and the thing simply had to be sold. It wasn’t difficult for Jennifer to see why the lot had not sold. The developer had reduced his prices across the board, and an exact lot next door was on the market for roughly $30,000 less than their last list price… but the developer’s lots weren’t selling either! Like it or not, Jennifer had to present the tough facts to her clients, and it is never easy to tell a property owner how overpriced their property is. Jennifer had to do the dirty work, and they agreed to reprice lot to be appropriate to the market before she rolled out her advertising plan. Within a month, interest picked up; and before long, Jennifer had TWO offers to review with the sellers. The lot ended up selling just a bit over the list price, and it closed at the end of July. Yes, the sellers had to take a loss from what they had originally paid for it, but as they had learned in four years, the cost of holding out in hope can end up being more costly than the decision to stop holding on. When all was said and done, they sent Jennifer a note and a raving letter of reference if anyone would like to see it?
Almost two years ago, Jennifer’s client turned her eyes to a pre-civil war house right on Jennifer’s own block. It was just the perfect fit for Susan, but the house was tied up in a grueling short sale quagmire with two banks holding insurmountable liens on it. An offer was submitted, but it languished indefinitely while the banks fought about who got what out of the sale. Ultimately, it went through the foreclosure process and to sheriff’s sale. No buyer claimed it, so the first mortgagor took possession of it. Then it sat and sat and sat until it popped up on the market as a foreclosure six months later. Conveniently and oddly, it had new carpet and paint and a new furnace, and priced almost $40,000 more than Susan had offered the year before. So, she sat,watched, waited, and wondered if she was meant to own it at all. They watched the price reductions tick down over and again until it was listed right at the offer she had submitted previously with the improvements completed. She pounced, submitting a new offer for even less than before. It was accepted, and she closed this month! While that was not the easiest sale, for a variety of reasons, it is by far Jennifer’s favorite sale to date because of the way it worked out in the end. And since Susan is surely Jennifer’s most favored clients EVER, she is thrilled to have her moving in across the street…someday!
Jamie and Jennifer wanted to claim a gigantic country estate in Zionsville and make it their own. It was bank-owned and a mess, but they had the vision. They also had a problem, because they had a house to unload before they could buy again. Banks won’t accept contingent offers, so the horse HAD to come before the cart (or the egg before the chicken). Panic was mounting as price reductions on the dream house ticked down nearly every week, which obviously increased activity on it. They were going to have to step out on a limb and do a bit of gambling on this one. Jennifer wrote an offer for a delayed closing, not contingent on the sale of their existing house, knowing full well that if she didn’t get the current house sold QUICKLY, they would not be able to close on their purchase, and their earnest money would be forfeited to the bank. Yikes. Losing is never an acceptable option for Jennifer, but moving in faith is, so it HAD to work! The current house was prepared and priced to sell! She got it sold and closed a month earlier than necessary, and the bank owning the estate was none the wiser. Jamie and Jennifer were free to move forward with the rehab financing for their dream house, and they got to close on their purchase last week. Jennifer had held their breath for three months while it all fell into place, but this will go down as one of her greatest accomplishments. Now to the contractor responsible for that rehab…it’s in your hands, and Jennifer cannot wait to see the finished product!
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If run-of-the-mill is not your style, you will love this dreamy and spacious Arts & Crafts bungalow with its impressive curb appeal, thoughtful interior, and unique, top-quality features– Screened porch, geothermal HVAC, “invisible” surround sound system, built-in shelving, high-end finishes, and much more. Casual and open living areas provide the ultimate stage for entertaining. You should SEE the fantastic kitchen! Full brick and stone exterior, oversized 3 car garage, fully finished basement with two additional bedrooms, a bath, and a massive rec room to outfit as you desire. This is a MUST SEE for the most discriminating buyers. Call for more details or to arrange a private tour of this amazing custom home.
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