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.