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By Marita Topmiller | Broker in Carmel, IN
  • Home Selling 101

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Indianapolis, Home Selling in Indianapolis, Property Q&A in Indianapolis  |  December 21, 2010 9:26 AM  |  634 views  |  5 comments
    Here's a question I've gotten countless times:  "We don't have a lot of money to fix up our home before selling it.  Do you have any inexpensive suggestions?"

    Having worked with as many buyers as sellers, I sure do.

    My first suggestion is to deep-clean the house and "make it sparkle!"  I can't stress strongly enough how important this is.  Here are a few more tricks of the trade to help you get the most for your home.

    • If your master bedroom looks drab, add new linens, pillows and shams to brighten it up and add a little color.
    • Buy a bright colored shower curtain and rug to perk up a dull bathroom.  More importantly, replace old, worn looking plumbing fixtures if you have the money available.  If not clean off any mineralization with a vinegar solution.  Regrout or recaulk missing, chipped or discolored grout and caulk.
    • Eliminate clutter.  Remove extra photos, knickknacks, refrigerator magnets and other personal items.  Organize your cabinets and closets!
    • Clear off kitchen and bathroom counter tops.  Put away appliances.
    • Arrange your furniture so it focuses on your home's strongest feature. (It may be a view, a garden, flowers, or a painting.)  Remove excess furniture.  Create a "model home" loo, clean, attractive with well-placed items.
    • Dress up your rooms with attractive area rugs, pillows or framed prints.
    • Install new light fixtures if they're damaged or unappealing.
    • Paint your walls in neutral tones. I can't begin to count the number of homes my buyers have walked away from because of loud paint colors and wall paper.
    • Paint the front door if needed; shine up that doorknob; trim bushes and make sure the ouside landscaping is neat and clean.  Prospective buyers should feel good about your home before they ever walk inside.

    If you are in the market to buy or sell a home and need competent and caring representation, please call me at 317-513-4652.

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  • Dec 2010 Home Listings & Sales

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Indianapolis, Home Buying in Indianapolis, Home Selling in Indianapolis  |  December 20, 2010 8:01 PM  |  423 views  |  No comments

    I always say, if you're not in a rush to buy or sell, stop and smell the egg nog.  Enjoy the Christmas Holiday Season with your family and friends.  But what about those of us who can't wait til the last touchdown on New Year's Day to sell our homes?  What about the folks who are hoping to find a new home under the tree on Christmas morning?  How many of us are shoveling snow, lots of it this December, to keep our walks clear for prospective buyers?  Well, for some of the greater Indianapolis area, quite a few sellers - and a few hardy buyers.

    I'm going to break it down to some simple stats in separate blogs for Indy and surrounding cities.

    Call or email me for neighborhood or zip code specific stats.

    New Indianapolis Listings from December 1 - Dec 20th 2010 .... 777 ... wow!

    472 new listings are on the market priced from $5,990 - $100,000
    305 new listings are on the market priced from $100,000 - $949,000

    5 Sold

    20 Pending

    Price Breakdown of new listings by Township:

    Center NW:   $ 24,900 - $  5,990
    Center NE:    $689,900 - $  8,755
    Center SW:   $ 95,000 - $ 15,347
    Center SE:    $251,320 - $  9,800
    Decatur:     $189,900 - $ 20,000
    Fall Creek:    $949,000 - $362,900
    Franklin:    $600,000 - $  24,900
    Lawrence:    $449,500 - $  10,568
    Perry:    $325,000 - $  23,900
    Pike:      $859,000 - $  25,000
    Warren:     $249,950 - $  26,000
    Washington: $874,900 - $    6,900
    Wayne: $170,000 - $    7,000

    And to all a good night ...


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