Shane & Julia were headed to Zionsville for a three-day house hunting trip. They needed to be in by Christmas, and they had five weeks to make the cross-country move happen. As a native Hoosier, relocating to the Zionsville area for Shane’s new job was extremely exciting to Julia, so they were motivated to find a house and get settled. They knew they wanted something unique, with walkability and minimal renovations required. “We don’t want a cookie-cutter house in a traditional neighborhood,” Shane described in their first conversation. “We want something with character.” When the appointed weekend arrived, Jennifer scheduled a tour of various properties around town that had appealed to them from their online research. She knew the properties would loosely met their criteria, but her instincts told her the properties from her Plan B list might be better. She’d know how to direct them next after visiting a few houses with them. As it turned out, Day 1 was a bust. None of their selections were as exciting in real life as they had hoped. So Jennifer raised the question: “Would you consider increasing your budget a bit if the right house, in the right location, were on the market right now?” Yes! They said they had determined their budget based on the looks of the houses online, but they would alter their financing parameters if that’s what it took to find the perfect house. That’s what Jennifer needed to hear to make the match, because she had the house for them ready to go, but is always most careful not to push her clients outside of their initial budget until they have satisfied themselves that what they want is not available in that price range. In the end, she took them to a newer-build in her own neighborhood – the historic Village of Zionsville. Their dream house is two blocks off Main St, around the corner from the Dairy Queen, 3 blocks from the park, in move-in condition, and has the type of style and character that only the Village offers. It was the perfect match! The deal was struck, and the movers were scheduled for the week of Christmas. And Julia got to spend the holidays with her family!
One of the counselors in Carpenter’s Client Service & Relocation Center called Jennifer with her orders: “We’re bringing this property into corporate inventory. You need to take it over and get it sold. It’s been on the market four months with no offers and the client wants it gone!” That sounded odd to Jennifer, for a newer home with a finished basement and screened porch in Zionsville’s Eagles Nest should have sold over the summer? “Something isn’t right, I must go check this out,” she thought. So Jennifer did her normal walk through and found it to be desperately in need of fresh paint, a good cleaning and a price correction, and she wondered why the former listing agent hadn’t advised the relocation company of these deficiencies already. But the client took her advice; brought in the right people and cleaned it up. Jennifer launched it to the market with new photography and a new strategy a week or so later, and guess what? An offer was received in a matter of weeks, the sale set a new high in the neighborhood for future sellers, and Jennifer earned the opportunity to do more business for that relocation company in the future!
An entire series of stories can be written for the property at 440 W. Walnut Street in the Village of Zionsville, for Jennifer has now sold this house three times. The first was for Mike and Deanna when they wanted to downsize in about 2005. They sold to Nick and Amanda. Nick and Amanda lived there happily till they called Jennifer to sell it around 2010 so that they could move closer to family in Avon. A third owner took possession. Jennifer didn’t know them, so when they relocated they listed with their prior agent. However, Phil bought it circa 2013. When Phil took a corporate relocation in 2015, he called Jennifer back. Funny thing is, this house is just three doors up from Jennifer’s own home. So, nobody knows the street, and nobody knows the property like Jennifer. Sold three times in less than ten years, for more money each time. Jennifer is really hoping that the current owners at 440 W. Walnut are ready to move again in the future, but they seem pretty happy. She sees them every day when they are all out walking their dogs!
Jason had a very charming house, hidden in the woods on a large piece of ground, in central Zionsville. A mutual friend referred him to Jennifer, and when she got to tour the house, she knew immediately what it needed to make it shine was a thorough cleaning and a hard-core purge of the personal property. Jennifer gave Jason his homework and the number of a good handyman, and left him to it. When he called her back in for their final walkthrough before going live, it was a SHOCK to her how different it looked! He’d really listened to the recommendations and had turned that house into a showplace from a bachelor pad in no time! His goal was to get to Colorado, closer to his children, so he didn’t want the house to languish on the market long. They priced it attractively; not under value, but very strategically to draw a strong offer, quickly. And it showed up right away. Because of the prep work, the inspections were clean, the house sailed through appraisal, and Jennifer sent him packing to Colorado. She realized once again that finding the balance of condition, price and presentation is what always get listings SOLD at the best price, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of inconvenience.
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!
They say it’s always best to buy the smallest house in the best neighborhood. It isn’t bad to sell the smallest house in the best neighborhood either! Angela had a comparatively petite, traditional 4BR home in one of Zionsville’s most popular neighborhoods. It didn’t have a basement, a pool, or a ton of square footage, and she was worried it would be a hard sale. Jennifer knew better! They dressed that house up to be as cute as a button, completed some repairs before it went live, and then launched in mid-September at an aggressive list price. The back-to-school season was over and the fall buyers were prowling when it hit the market. And, boy oh boy, did they pounce– with nine showings in the first day and three offers to follow! It was fun to navigate that sale, which ended up above list price with excellent terms and closed on time. But Jennifer knew it was the preparation she and Angela put into that particular property before it went on the market that made it the prize it was.
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!