The home at 2419 Prestwick Ct had served Matt & Holly well for the past few years. It was a spacious, newer ranch with a big man-cave of a garage. But the country was calling, and the urge for rural quiet, and a bit of land to call their own andspace for their 2 & 4-legged children to run could no longer be ignored. So we started looking for land. The plan was to build, but custom rural construction wasn’t going to work. So we switched to newer homes on acreage and struck out from Zionsville to Frankfort. But then 8752 W SR 47 in Thorntown got a price reduction and our attention! It wasn’t new, it wasn’t anything they thought would be appealing, until we went to visit and saw it had been superbly renovated and was on the prettiest piece of ground. And Jennifer learned that when a two-year-old walks into a sunroom and exclaims: “Oh, this room is nice,” you’ve just found The One. Commence the mad rush to get Prestwick Ct on the market, for it had to be sold first! And it was. And then SR 47 was secured. And, of course, Xavier still loves his sunroom!
Tracy had returned home to Zionsville in December, ready to start a new venture and a new phase of his life. A native of Boone County, Zionsville was his number one target. Jennifer knew that Tracy had exquisite tastes and high expectations, so when he announced his readiness to purchase a home, she was concerned about finding a property to meet his needs. She took him out to visit a great options, but it was the builder’s spec in Stonegate that caught his eye. It caught her eye, too, for she had seldom seen such a truly beautiful work of art as the nearly finished home they were standing in. There was no arguing the quality, character or style offered in that home, and they wrote a strong offer on the spot. There was no reason not to! Of course, the offer was accepted and a closing date scheduled. At their walk-through before closing, Tracy shared his plans to create an outdoor oasis on the back patio, and Jennifer looks forward to seeing its completion. It was truly a pleasure to work with a client with such exemplary tastes!
Katie and Jason were relocating from Terre Haute via Greenwood, and really needed to find a home near the new Grand Park sports complex so that Jason could continue working his insane schedule, getting the complex opened for the spring season. The commute from Greenwood was brutal for him! In Westfield, they wanted something close to the Park, with a good yard, lots of bedrooms, in superb condition (because he had no time for renovations!) and at a fair price. With just a few trips out, Katie and Jennifer found the perfect property, but there were already two offers on it! Jennifer had to act fast, and prepared a stellar offer, wrote a compelling cover letter, and won that bid for Katie and Jason. The listing agent later told her the sellers accepted their offer because of the cover letter, even though it was $3000 below the next highest offer. They felt good about having Katie and Jason as the new owners, and so they won it! It isn’t always about the money, but superb presentation skills can go a long way when competition matters!
Richard needed to move his elderly sister to assisted living, and that left this cute little condo in need of a quick sale, and capturing his sister’s equity was important for her long-term care. He received a referral to Jennifer, and when they met, it was obvious to Jennifer that some prep work was necessary for the unit. It smelled of cigarette smoke, and the walls were dingy from years of the habit. They discussed the pros and cons of selling it “as is” vs investing a little cash into a clean up that would make it appealing to the most likely buyer. Jennifer lobbied for the latter, because experience has taught her that condo buyers typically demand “move-in ready” at any price. They quickly arranged for bids from qualified painters, and a good cleaning of the carpet, then set about to prep the house for the market. Two weeks later, the place was sparkling clean and smelled much fresher. They settled on a strong but enticing list price, and the advertising went live on a Friday morning. By mid-Saturday, three strong offers were received. One stood out above them all, and that is what Richard accepted. The sale was smooth and easy, and closed in May, with Richard receiving a nice check to deposit into his sister’s account. It is always a great pleasure for Jennifer to accomplish the goal, meet the need, and do it swiftly and efficiently!
When the builder is still building in a neighborhood, closing a sale without taking a beating can be difficult, but the job offer in Texas that Dan had received was too good to resist. And his wife Jessica was ready for change! So, he called Jennifer back out to help them sell the house she’d helped them buy just a year prior. That’s a lot of pressure for Jennifer! She is well aware of the struggle against tough competition when the builders are offering competitive incentives. Dan and Jessica weren’t supposed to move yet! But if they needed to sell, Jennifer would get it done. She generated multiple offers in a sleepy January market that wouldn’t break the bank for her beloved repeat clients. Dan and Jessica got to pack for the move right on time, and given that Dan ran a moving company, it could not have all been easier for them. Jennifer hates to see her clients go, but she understands that is just the nature of her job, and the time was right for them. Maybe Indiana will beckon Dan and Jessica back her way some day?
Mary needed to start a new chapter in her life for a variety of reasons. Life had thrown her a curveball, and the decision to downsize was difficult. She purged and prepped to prepare her home for the market, and she called Jennifer in to sell it. The lovely home was sold in short order, and the hunt was on for a place Mary could call her own. She wanted a short commute, a place for her little dog Oscar to run, and some spare bedrooms for her grown kids when they came back for holiday visits. There were new memories to make, and Mary craved ease so she could focus on the good life! A townhome was the right fit, and she and Jennifer toured quite a few of them before she found “The One.” What a great choice it was! An end unit, in mint condition, with just the perfect floor plan, right by the community’s dog park. Oscar loved it! Jennifer connected her with a great lender for lovely loan terms, and a deal was struck. Hers was a sale and purchase story with an extraordinarily happy ending – Jennifer’s favorite kind!
This referral came from a very unexpected source: a long-time local in Zionsville, who’d heard good rumors about Jennifer from her customers. When Mary needed to sell, this friend sent her Jennifer’s direction. What a great and fantastic honor for Jennifer! She met with Mary, and the house was wonderful. Jennifer knows The Enclave like the back of her hand, because she owned in there herself once upon a time. She also understood Mary’s motivation to move, sensitive as it was. And she understood the type of new home Mary sought that would make this move sensible for her. They priced the house favorably, and it wasn’t long before a really good offer came in from nice buyers relocating from North Carolina, which launched the hunt for the new place! There were hiccups in the inspection process (but aren’t there always?). Jennifer coordinated the contractor to resolve the problems at a reasonable price, and the sale closed on time, right before Mary’s closing on her new place, which was superbly convenient. That is Chapter 2 of Mary’s story…
Tara had bought this new townhouse with Jennifer just a few years earlier. Call it the BM era (“before Matt.”) It served her well in her single days, but after her career evolved and Matt entered her life, the townhome needed to be sold in order for the happy couple to begin their next era together. It was the classic story of swapping “my house” for “our house.” (Matt had the same chore, btw). Before the end of the year, Jennifer strategized with the soon-to-be-newlyweds on when, how, and how much for both of their homes, along with what, where, when and how much for “their house.” In the end, the couple chose to build a fine home in a new Anson community. Right after the new year began, Jennifer listed Pawtucket at a compelling price, but heavy competition left the launch a little flat. It was frustrating to watch new listings in the neighborhood pop up at cutthroat prices. Time was on their side, though, as their new home had six months of construction. Jennifer knew the market would heat up by mid-spring, so she stayed the course. Patience proved wise, and ultimately Tara’s townhome was in a position to capture her equity. Two offers were received in the same weekend, and by the end of April, Tara was saying goodbye to her starter home. Now, the sale of Matt’s house is definitely Chapter 2 of this tale.
It sure is fun to house hunt when you’re selling in California and buying in Zionsville. Your funds do go a long way, and that makes the prospects exciting! But how to navigate a new market without making a mistake or overspending? “Work with a pro,” Jennifer says, “like Helena did, and then you’ll know you’re buying the right home, at the right price, under the right terms.” Helena had a lot of options when she began her hunt, but the market was moving fast. There was not a lot of time to think about a house before it was snapped up by somebody else. Jennifer guided her toward the neighborhoods she liked, in the school district she wanted, and helped her evaluate the pros and cons of each for size, space and location for her needs. In the end, she selected a renovated, classic home in Sugarbush, in the right school district for her boys and in amazing condition. (Her boys might argue that the zipline in the back yard played into the decision, too!) A fair offer was accepted and the sale closed just a few days after the house in California was sold, and Helena is loving our low cost of living!
Superb, easy living updated town home (new windows, fashionable flooring, kitchen counter tops & appliances in 2012!) You’ll be drawn to the substantial great room with cathedral ceiling & stylish stone fireplace as the centerpiece where friends will gather. Two generous bedrooms flank a fun loft that makes the whole unit feel open and airy. The attached garage will keep your car warm in the winter, PLUS no more schlepping your undies to the laundry on weekends! Why rent when such a great home is so affordable?