Green Acres is the Place to Be!

This cute, quirky, country farmhouse on a gorgeous .75AC lot – oh so close to town – is just waiting for your vision! Habitable & comfortable as it sits, it’s location also suggests opportunity to renovate, redevelop or reinvent. Circa 1920, this is the quintessential Hoosier home of yesteryear w/ oodles of character. 10′ ceilings & tall windows circulate the breeze, while 2 screened porches, rear deck & fenced yard make you long to absorb the peaceful quiet. Authentic hardwood flooring, main-floor bedroom, modern bath & finished attic storage. Clear some trees, & you might get a nice view of the privte lake behind it. Newer 2C Detached Garage. Roof 2018, well pump 2020. Appears to be structurall sound, just needs some creativity!
The subject is the house at the upper left in this aerial shot.

This Must be Just Like Living in Paradise

With sooooo many really-impressive updates, this huge townhome will feel just like you’ve moved into a Restoration Hardware store! Being the largest floor-plan in the development & an end-unit, at that, if enjoys extra windows for abundant sunlight, AND it backs up to a wooded tree line for shade & privacy. It just really is a special find. Every square inch has been updated to WOW w/in the past 22 months, including stunning, low-maintenance flooring, stylish light fixtures, bath updates, paint (of course), even custom plantation shutters (those aren’t cheap, you know!) And if you really love the furniture, it can be purchased separately @ a bargain purchase price from the silverware to the sheets. The whole vibe here is just soothing & welcoming, & you will love it! Located perfectly, between Rangeline & Keystone, close to the Monon Trail, in the Carmel School District. Here, you’ll enjoy luxurious living with ease AND convenience. Dues are just $148/mo, taxes at $1105/semi, list price at $315,000.
958 Rosalind Pl, Carmel, IN 46032
958 Rosalind Place, Carmel, IN 46032

Renovated, Move-in Ready, New Listing in Westfield

A stunning renovation in 2015 made this well-designed kitchen the heart of the home with a stylish custom back splash, high-end stainless appliances and an eye-catching selection for the quartz countertops. Your kids and pets will LOVE the 1/3-acre yard, offering so much space to run, and you’ll enjoy hardwood flooring in the gracious formal dining room & office, a good-sized laundry room and 4 large bedrooms at the top of the grand 2-story foyer. You’ll also appreciate the fact that everything is updated…all the mechanicals, even the garage door. This one is tastefully and fashionably current in a cool, gray color palette, and there is nothing to do but move right in! No attention to detail has been spared. The garage is newly finished, the attic is floored for storage, the yard is already fenced; there’s even an reverse osmosis system installed. The owners would love to move where they’re going asap, so we can make this a quick closing, in time to get registered for the schools.

Green Acres is Where to Be!

Don had worked with Jennifer in years past when he sold his Zionsville home and built his beautiful new home in Fishers, so he knew and liked her style.  When the last child graduated high school, the realization sank in that a zillion square feet just wasn’t going to be needed in retirement, and his heart was down on the family farm in southern Indiana, anyway.  So, he built a beautiful ranch with a big barn and started commuting to Indy and Fishers from Spencer.  Ouch!  At the beginning of the spring market in 2019, he listed the Fishers house with a family member “to keep domestic peace.”  That effort was not effective.  After several months, with abysmal activity despite a spring market on fire, he realized he needed a pro and brought Jennifer back in.  She knew right off the bat it was priced way too high for a house with an unfinished basement and that it’s lived-in, vacant condition would struggle to compete with all the new construction still going up in the neighborhood.  She has learned that resale must be made to shine and be a better value when the builder is your competition.  Thus,  Jennifer called in her painter and her flooring guy, cleaned it up, repriced it, decorated it up a bit and re-launched it.  It didn’t move as fast as it should have, being a bit stale at that point, but with price, condition and marketing back in line, the effort was successful.  The commute to Fishers to mow grass mowing was eliminated.  The retirement date set.  And green acres is where Don will be!

Faith Moves More than Mountains

8438 Northern Dr had been her home for more than 50 years, but the huge acre-sized lot and towering trees had become simply more than she could manage.  She needed a cute little villa with limited maintenance and an easier way of life, closer to her friends and adult children.  But where to go?  What comes first?  Selling the family house or finding the perfect villa on a limited budget.  She considered senior apartments, but they are so costly, compared with owning a small place.  And at that point in the year, the market had lit up with activity, and it seemed everybody her age had figured out the same thing, because available villas were few and far between and they sure didn’t last long when they did come available.  Jennifer knew the odds of securing one contingent on Linda’s sale were slim to none.   So faith had to be employed, and Linda had it.  Jennifer knew Northern Dr could be sold in short order once it was listed.  The lot and location was just fantastic, despite its need for cosmetic updates.  It had been well maintained and was going to be a GREAT project for innovative and energetic weekend warriors.  Thus, she counseled Linda to get her financing in place, start the hunt and trust her to get Northern sold on the needed timeline.  One villa after another slipped through their fingers in multiple offer scenarios.  It seemed they were sold before they even came online.  It was frustrating beyond belief.  But Jennifer kept on looking and finally found one that was right where it needed to be locationally and financially, and in a desperate attempt to not miss out on this one, she called the listing agent to plead time for Linda to see it before he accepted any other offer.  He graciously conceded, and Linda wrote on the spot once she was standing in it.  She’d seen enough to know it was just perfect.  So, with that hurdle out of the way, she listed Northern Dr and it was sold within a week, to a nice veteran who grew up in the neighborhood and had big plans to bring it back to life.  All around, the situation was perfect for Linda, and Jennifer was so pleased to put it together for her. 

8348 Northern Dr, Avon, Hendricks County
213 Andrews Blvd, Plainfield, Hendricks County

Presentation is Everything

Dan and Dena had struggled to sell 4770 Khaki Ct, Zionsville, for far too long.  It had been listed with another broker for more than 180 days with next to no activity, few showings and no offers, despite $70,000 in price adjustments over that six month period.  By the time she was called in to move that thing, Jennifer knew exactly what went wrong.  It wasn’t the price, it was the condition and the presentation.  The paint was awful, the staging was unappealing, the deferred maintenance was an eye sore and the photos and marketing were lacking in pop.  So, they started over with fresh paint in most rooms, painted the dull and worn-out kitchen cabinets and brought a handyman in to clean up the torn screens on the porch and a few other punch list items.  Her professional photographer did a great job of making that house shine online, and just before rolling it live, Jennifer got an estimate to keep on file for the cost of finishing a future 4th bedroom upstairs that was presently being used for storage.  It all worked and a great offer was received, they got through the appraisal and inspections with flying colors and now Dan and Dena are worry-free, playing golf and fishing at their lake house, where their heart had been for years, though burdened with the Zionsville home.  Presentation is everything!  Especially in a fiercely competitive price point.  And creativity in overcoming objections goes an exceedingly long way when applied appropriately.     

4770 Khaki Ct, Zionsville, Boone County

Smooth Sailing

Jennifer’s favorite client was back with another listing for Jennifer to unload….twas’ her mom, of course!  Susan was divesting herself of rental properties she’d held for years, and 725 N Maple was up next.  It had enjoyed long-term renters for over 10 years, and it was tired, but mom and Jennifer had contractors ready to whip it into shape in short order, and by the time they were finished, it was a cutie – under $150,000, in Brownsburg Schools!  That little house went on the market to robust activity, with more than 15 showings in the first 24 hours, and 7 offers!  The best was selected, inspections commenced and a closing date booked.  All of which sailed smoothly to the table for a closing that was over-list, ez-pz and profitable for mom.  Now she has one less property to worry about. 

725 N Maple Dr, Brownsburg, Hendricks County

Thanksgiving Miracle

Amy was a first time buyer on a budget, hoping to secure a nice property in one particular neighborhood near Broad Ripple.  But the market was brutally competitive, and NOTHING down there lasted for more than a few days once it went live, and they always had multiple offers by the end of day one.  More problematic was that most needed more work than Amy had the time, cash or desire to take on, so the search felt impossible.  Jennifer was not daunted, however.  She heard Amy describe her goal and took note.  She mailed, door-knocked and called through that little neighborhood, to no avail.  She was committed to finding Amy the perfect house!  But both gals were getting frustrated.  At the point the miracle occurred, it seemed Amy was to forever rent.  Her fate changed on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 2019.  As Jennifer was loading the car to head out of town for the holiday, a seemingly adorable little bungalow hit her inbox.  It had been totally renovated and was actually under budget.  “Where did this come from?” she thought.  “I thought I talked to everybody down there!”  So she called Amy immediately to set up a showing, only to learn that Amy had left town that very morning and wouldn’t be back until Monday.  “That house will never last that long,” Jennifer exclaimed!  Thank heavens for iphones.  Jennifer walked it with Amy via Facetime, her two yorkies barking in the car the entire time, for Jennifer literally was heading south with the whole family.  The stop was worth it.  Everything about this one was perfect.  PERFECT.  Better even than it looked in the pictures.  It was right smack in the neighborhood where Amy wanted to be.  It was well-renovated and quite spacious, and the lot was enormous.  The street was quiet, the basement was dry, it was fashionable and in tip-top shape from top to bottom, inside and out with a new roof, windows, siding, mechanicals, kitchen, bath and cosmetics.  It was now or never.  Amy had to move quickly.  And she was lucky that it was 6pm on Thanksgiving Eve, because the buying market had taken a pause for grocery shopping.  90 minutes later, Jennifer released the dogs at her weekend getaway and got to her computer.  The turkey had been set out to marinade, and she was free to start working on a stellar offer for Amy.  It was accepted immediately, and they were under contract by midnight.  Literally.  11:58pm.  Tis the life of a real estate agent sometimes.   Amy closed on that cutie just after Christmas.  It was the perfect holiday gift, and she is quite happy there now, living her best life!

5373 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Marion County

Faith is a Profitable Thing

Patti didn’t know Jennifer when the Just-Sold Announcement hit her mailbox, but she did recognize the house it featured as one a few doors down. “They always seemed like such a nice family; I wonder where they went,” she thought, as she studied the picture on the front of the card.  And when she flipped it over:  ”They sold that house for how much?!”  Now, Patti had been considering a move to Wisconsin or Chicago (she hadn’t made up her mind yet), but she was afraid her house would be hard to sell, so she hadn’t done anything about it.  She’d heard rumors about the market at that time, and she didn’t think she’d be able to get enough money out of it to afford the move.  So, when she emailed Jennifer one night to set up a meeting, she didn’t have high hopes.  Patti knew a lot of other real estate agents, and she knew what they thought her house should be listed for, but they had never done any work in her little neighborhood, and Jennifer had just closed one three doors down!  When the two ladies met up, they hit it off.  Her cat sat on Jennifer’s lap while they talked about condition and strategy and timeline and pricing.  Patti really didn’t believe Jennifer could sell the house for what she was suggesting.  It didn’t seem possible!  But she decided right then and there to give it a try and that she’d figure out where she was moving after she got an offer. Jennifer gave her a punchlist for prepping and went back to her office to order the sign install and schedule the photographer.  Two days later the house went on the market.  13 days later it was sold for 98% of the list price.  Way better than Patti ever dreamed, at terms that were perfect for her move, proving to Jennifer once again that a knowledgeable, experienced real estate agent is the best investment a seller can make in any kind of market!

Moving on…

2988 Stone Creek Dr in Zionsville had been the perfect home for Frank and Barb when Jennifer had helped them buy it years prior, and they’d been very happy there together. But Barb passed unexpectedly and Frank needed other arrangements, so the family called Jennifer back in to get it sold. There was quite a bit of purging, selling and clean up required, but Jennifer had the contacts to take care of it all with zero need to trouble the adult children with the tasks. Within two-month’s time, the estate sale was complete, the house emptied, the basement finished and the entire house painted and carpeted with all other known and necessary repairs out of the way.  It took all of 12 hours to garner a clean, full-price offer on this late-model ranch with a full basement and 3-C garage!  It is the unicorn of real estate, you know; but it was presented correctly and priced appropriately to attract intense attention quickly, and the plan worked.   In the end, the need to sell had made it difficult, but the process was easy with Jennifer at the helm.  It’s not always the “sale” that earns her living; sometimes it’s everything leading up to and after it that makes her priceless.

2988 Stone Creek Dr, Zionsville, Boone County