This house was AWESOME! Loaded and landscaped, huge and gorgeous,
Jennifer knew it would not be a tough sale if she got buyers into it;
but the rub was that this would be the first listing for the
neighborhood in the emerging, post-recession market. Recent sales were
not exactly favorable for pulling top dollar on this one, so the
challenge would be to support list price with sales from outside the neighborhood. Reality was (still is) that 4000 square feet of a house
like that doesn’t sell for under $500,000 in Carmel very often, so
Jennifer felt a $369,000 list price was very very fair, even though
the sales around had not drawn over $300,000 in the past two years.
She was nervous launching at that, but her gut was right; and within a
short bit of time, a full-price offer was received that closed
smoothly. And the neighbors are forever grateful! The summer saw a
handful of homes in that small neighborhood hit the market and sell at
similar list prices, and Jennifer was reminded to trust her gut. It’s
almost always right!!
The Fergusons were treasured former clients from a few years back. When they called Jennifer about selling their home of 15+ years on Chiltern Dr, she knew it might be a challenging sale. The house was older, though clean and in good shape, but the neighborhood had been ravaged by the recession with abundant foreclosures and low, low selling prices. It didn’t help that a giant electrical tower sat in the back yard! Still, Jennifer helped them dress the house to impress and price it appropriately, but there was a nagging fear in her mind about getting any sale through an appraisal in that market. She did the research, figured out the right financing to get over the hurdle of the electrical tower, and in less than two months, a strong offer was secured. The inspections, however, turned out to be very, very challenging. A collapsed sewer line and failing drain pipes in the crawl were unexpected and very expensive surprises! Fortunately, Jennifer places third-party home warranties on day 1 of every listing she takes, and that saved the day on this one! Over $13,000 in significant plumbing repairs were covered by just three $100 deductibles on filed claims, and what could have been a major fall-through, was salvaged and closed on schedule.
People keep asking me, “How’s this weather affecting the real estate market?” I suppose you’ll get different answers depending on who you ask, but I’ve actually sold three houses in the past week! Our office had a stellar January, surpassing our sales volume from 2013, despite the arctic blast (if you’ll remember, last January was unseasonably warm!). I suspect this is because so many would-be buyers and sellers are trapped at home, shopping and researching online. And while I may be snowed-in from time to time, I’m on the phone, banging out emails and doing my job. Carpenter helps me post my listings EVERYWHERE, so they are getting maximum attention right now. We post on dozens and dozens of international websites. Our homes are in print, on tv, in your mailbox, and, yes, if you can get to the house, there is always a flyer box out front with lots of juicy little details on the beauty before your eyes. Buyers are finding our listings, and buying them. So it looks like this is going to be a smashing year. If we can sell this much in this weather at this time of year, well…bring on the spring! We’ll need more inventory by then, for sure. Who’s thinking about a move this year?
When Debbie and Don got married two years ago, they ended up with a spare house. The market was really weak at that point, so Jennifer helped them lease it for a year, which offset their expenses (with a little profit to boot), while the market improved and stabilized. The spring of 2013 found the tenant moving on to a new job, and the market extremely robust in their development. The builder had finished up and cleared out, the foreclosures that had haunted the market in the prior year had sold and been revitalized. Several strong sales had occurred over the winter, and the time was right for 1167 S Vicksburg to have a new owner. Believe it or not, the condo was sold in 22 days, for almost list price, and closed just a few weeks later. Debbie and Don are free to enjoy their newly-wedded bliss without a vacant house on their backs, and Jennifer got to write another Story of Sold.
Margie was frustrated with the sales process on her beloved Zionsville home of 30+ years. A new marriage had moved her to the south side, so she’d initially called a “friend” to help her sell it. After six months, she called it quits. She had limited showings, negative feedback, and no offers; but that is usually the outcome of no advertising, no open houses and no staging. As spring advanced, she called in Jennifer. Wallpaper was stripped from the kitchen, furniture was re-positioned in the front room, fixtures were changed in a bathroom, and the price was adjusted by just $3000 to hit a crucial price break. With aggressive advertising, Jennifer sold and closed the sale in 71 days. Successful real estate sales are never about “who you know.” They are always the result of having the right professional on the job who can help perfect the condition and pricing for the best fit in the market, and Jennifer has honed that knowledge with more than a decade on the job, writing Stories of SOLD.
This is easy living! Not a thing needs to be updated. It’s all been completed for your smooth move. Let the great room be the setting for your fireside chat with friends, while guests dine elegantly nearby or casually among the landscape out back. Updates to the kitchen, including solid-surface counters, complete the modern feel of the main common areas, while 3 large bedrooms & updated baths complete the environment. Roof & mechanicals all new since 2008, new insulated siding in 06. Nice!