A Story From The Trenches

This isn’t a Story of Sold (yet), but it’s a good one! I was out showing condos in downtown Indy today. My clients and I went into a very cool old building in a trendy section of downtown Indy, near 11th and College. The unit we were there to see was on the third floor, so we took the stairs, to encounter a fancy set of double doors next to a small single door that looked like a storage unit. We opted to try the keys I’d pulled from the lockbox in the lobby on the big doors, after all, you’d expect a $400,000 condo to have a decent entry, right? Seemed like the right decision when the door opened, so we went right on in. After all, we had an appointment. Super nice unit, huge, but sparsely furnished and decorated with pizza boxes, empty bottles of wine and several pair of very large tennis shoes. I assumed it was tenant occupied, so overlooked the poor staging. We all heard the shower running at the same time, and froze. Someone was home! Yikes! What to do? We had an appointment! So we backed out into the hall and closed the door and waited a minute. When we heard movement, we knocked a few times until a very very tall, dripping wet and super cute guy came to the door with toothbrush in hand. When we told him about our scheduled showing, he laughed and said it was the unit with the little door and people confused it all the time. Flustered, I tried the key in the little door, and it worked too? Turns out that was the back door of the unit we were there to see, and the unit was oh, so urban-contemporary cool! But that’s not the story. When I got home, I called the listing broker to tell her that a) she needs to provide better direction on WHICH unit is for sale, and b) the key opens both units! That’s when she told me she thought the neighbor was a Pacer. So I looked up the roster, and would you believe I walked in on a freshly-showered Tyler Hansborough this morning!

JUST SOLD – 685 W Poplar St, Zionsville

You can’t go wrong with a rental in the Village of Zionsville, so when a recent price reduction popped up on this clean, three-bedroom ranch on the western edge of town, Jennifer placed a call.  She watches daily for the right types of properties to hit the market for a variety of clients, and this was a perfect fit for a family of landlords she happens to know.  They agreed, and it became a part of their portfolio in late September.  Now, to find them a tenant!  Jennifer wishes more folks had her on the prowl for properties that meet their needs.  She has access to the available inventory, she scours new and updated listings every morning, and then matches up buyers and sellers, removing the burden of the search from her clients.  If you’re in the market, let Jennifer know what you need…she’ll find it!

JUST SOLD – 2650 Old Vines Drive, Westfield

A mandatory job relocation in 2010 to sunny Florida left Michael’s lovely home in Westfield vacant with a sizeable mortgage to maintain. The market at that time was abysmal, and his attempts to keep it leased were no more successful.  So he called Jennifer after the last tenant moved out abruptly, because the house simply had to go.  Left vacant, it would devastate him financially, and his combined mortgage balance was considerably higher than the current value of the home.  Selling it at fair market value was not a pretty picture either.  Fortunately, Jennifer is a Certified Short Sale Specialist and knows the ins & outs of how the banks work to allow responsible sellers in his position to sell in order to avoid foreclosure.  She made the calls to not one, but to the two banks holding first and second mortgages on the property.  Their option was simple: cooperate for a short sale, or take it into bank inventory after a lengthy and expensive legal process.  They agreed almost immediately to review offers that would facilitate a short-sale, and within a month, Jennifer had an offer to present.  She was shocked that the first bank approved such a loss, and held her breath while the second bank reviewed the settlement that was offered to them.  They, too, accepted it; and a closing date was set.  All in all, the process took about four months from start to finish, but the stars aligned, and the closing commenced on September 22nd.  And while Michael has a ding on his credit, his debt has been forgiven in a responsible manner, and he is free to rebuild without the burden of over $500,000 in debt languishing up in Westfield.

JUST SOLD – 11675 Promontory Trail, Zionsville

11675 Promontory Trail is a luxurious custom home in Austin Oaks in Zionsville that Jennifer listed in late April.  The summer was frustrating…28 showings during the peak season generated no offers.  The price was right, the condition was perfect, the location ideal.  The marketing was drawing the interest and the traffic, but something was suppressing the sale.  So, Jennifer advised her clients to replace their laminate kitchen counter tops with granite to be more inline with newer homes in this price range, and within 2 days of the order being placed, they received THREE offers.  The granite wasn’t even in it yet!  It was just the note on the counter promising that it would be in shortly that was enough to seal the deal for not one, but THREE buyers.  Oh, Jennifer does love a multiple bid situation when she’s on the sellers’ side!  They picked one and headed toward the closing table, just as her sellers were packing the moving truck for their relo to the west coast.  The timing was perfect, and Jennifer was once again reminded to follow her instincts when it comes to upgrades necessary to sell a house at top dollar.  When in doubt, go with granite!


JUST LISTED – 190 North Main Street, Zionsville

This restored beauty offers all the historic features you love (10′ ceilings, built-ins galore, abundant character & even a bear-claw tub), but also all of the updates you demand. Here’s a prestigious location on the brick Main Street in Zionsville, with a bit of green space out back for the gardener in you! It features large rooms, a smart floor plan, 4 bedrooms & a dry basement for storage, plus updated systems (including windows/HVAC/water softener/appliances, etc).  The listing price on this one-of-a-kind property has just been reduced below a recent appraisal value! Call today for more details or to arrange a private showing.

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JUST LISTED – 4448 High Street, Brownsburg

Close to town, but located on the edge of a tranquil, rural neighborhood, here is spacious, comfortable living with the owner’s suite on the main floor (+ a 2nd bedroom) & two additional bedrooms upstairs that share a bath. The finished basement will be your year-round entertainment hub with a theatre room, kitchen & rec area, while the sunroom overlooking the in-ground pool & vast back yard set the stage for memorable summers. Meticulously maintained, stately & comfortable- put this at the top of your list!

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JUST LISTED – 9442 Whisper Bend Drive, Indianapolis

New in 2005, one-owner home, meticulously maintained with a neutral color pallet, located in the popular Traders Point area in a fully-built, newer community…this may be the one you’ve been waiting for with a 3CAG, full basement, 4 bedrooms + loft, office on the main floor PLUS a fun sunroom, formal dining room and breakfast nook.  This home offers several attractive builder upgrades, such as stone and brick exterior details, a fireplace and 42″ cabinets, to name a few.

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JUST LISTED – 1526 Roanoke Drive, Zionsville

Welcome to EASY LIVING!  Enjoy the new carpet and neutral paint in this spacious two bedroom unit near the tennis courts & pool!  Situated in a nice location off the beaten path, this unit offers a stunning stone fireplace in the great room, a private, fenced courtyard and a two car garage.  Both bedrooms have private baths & ample closet space.  This is the perfect, low-maintenance option for a busy lifestyle or lock-and-go living. Walk to Boone Village, the trails, or pop onto the interstates with ease.  

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