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EastOfKeystone.com is undergoing a redesign that will better serve all of Carmel. While I may live in the 46033, my west Clay friends have requested more info that relates to their side of town. As always you can reach me at 317-848-GREG (4734). From Gil Thorp and all of us...we thank you!

Friday, August 15, 2014

How To Make Your Carmel Home More Appealing To Buyers....

It's not complicated.  There are some basic truths to having your Carmel home ready to view by prospective home buyers that 80% of all homes I see violate. 

1) It must SPARKLE. Clean knows no bounds. If it smells funky, the buyers will know it the first moment they walk in and will probably waste no time in walking out. 

2) Let the light in.  Bright sells. Bright clarifies, bright works, bright captures the essence of the true size of a home. Bright is space and context and cubic square footage. Bright is positive and uplifting. If buyers wanted to live in a funeral parlor they'll be sure to view homes with all of the blinds down. Since most buyers are not named ADAMS, let the light shine IN!

3) Reduce the color palate. If your walls or any permanent fixtures are a deep, personal color, change them.  Nobody wants a kitchen with sea foam green granite. Trust me....I've sold one of those. Neutralize today and sell tomorrow.

4) Under NO circumstances should there be smoking in a home. I once had a buyer tell me 'if I wanted to lick an ashtray, I'd lick and ash tray. Why did you bring me to THIS ash tray?'  I don't care whether you smoke...just don't do it in a home that anyone is hoping to sell.

To quote the great Mr. Hand in Fast Times At Ridgemont High....'live it learn it know it.'  Yes Spiccoli...I just played the Mr. Hand card. Now get busy!  
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Almost Mid Year Report For the 46033...

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It's been an unusual year in housing in the 46033. Low inventory, a terrible first two months due to weather, new housing sprouting near River Road and a snake in a toilet.  I missed on every one of these in my January 1 predictions except the snake in the toilet. 

The headlines will read how hot things are with sales at or above list price. When you hear these stories remember these anecdotes are history...not the present. The today reality of the market is that while some price points are very active in east Carmel, many price ranges are softening. We had a two week stretch from race weekend through June 7 where it was crickets above $500,000.  Early in May $500K was a feeding frenzy. It has picked up some since then but is not what we would  expect for mid June in a seasonally driven market. 

The data reads a lot like 2013.  Homes under contract through June 1, 2014 - 258. One year ago through June 1 - 262.  Active inventory in the 46033 - 205 properties. In 2012 on June 1 active inventory - 213. The most expensive home in east Carmel to sell in 2014 was at $1,200,000 just off Gray Road. The least expensive was an $82,000 condo. 

The new construction market has improved significantly and the Legacy area west of River Road and North of 131st is poised for a complete transformation over the next five years. I wonder long and hard if we have the capacity at Prairie Trace, Cherry Tree, et all to handle another mini population boom. I'm sure our friends @myccs will figure that out. 

The next few weeks will be the peak for our real estate market with most people who want to be in by the time school starts making a purchase by early July.  The market will then begin a slow decline into the Fall in terms of homes sold. Interest rates remain the key with predictions of higher home mortgage rates coming from many voices this week.  

Home sellers need to be realistic to get closed. Home buyers need to be ready and aggressive more due to the lack of newer inventory. Home owners who have outdoor restroom facilities near their pool need to make sure they don't have any unwelcome visitors like the above picture. That image was taken in early May when the nights were still cool. That homeowner won't soon sit down again without peering in first. The year is nearly half over....and we're hoping for a slow two months ahead to enjoy our Summer.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Big Changes Could Be Coming to the 46033

If you haven't noticed lately there's been a lot of dirt being moved in east Carmel where in the past few years there has been mostly silence. Times are better and our community is poised for more growth. Wednesday night one of our city council representatives, Sue Finkam, will host a meeting to talk about the Legacy project and other River Road Improvements. The Ricker's Store and Gas Station will also be on the agenda for discussion. The meeting will take place at Prairie View Golf Course starting at 6 p.m. on April 16th. Mayor Brainard and Councilman Ron Carter will also be in attendance. If you want to attend please email Sue Finkam at sfinkam@carmel.in.gov. I will be there to offer answer any questions about how the upcoming changes may affect our east Carmel housing as well.  We promise it will not be snowing. At least not inside.
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