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Indianapolis Real Estate

By Mark Saunders | Broker in Carmel, IN
  • Buyer Tips to Indianapolis Real Estate

    Posted Under: General Area in Indianapolis, Home Buying in Indianapolis, How To... in Indianapolis  |  July 11, 2011 11:12 AM  |  1,653 views  |  1 comment
    indianapolis real estate buyer tipsAre you planning to purchase a home sometime in the near future? If so, it is important to have a clear idea of what things to look for and what issues to address before and during the purchase process. After all, purchasing a home is a major investment. As such, you want to be certain you are making a good decision. To that end, here are a few things to include on your buyer checklist.

    Getting to Know the Neighborhood

    It is easy to fall in love with a house, but it is essential to pay just as much attention to the neighborhood in which the house is located. Whether looking for Indianapolis real estate or Washington DC real estate, the help of a knowledgeable agent may help immensely here. Some questions to ask yourself regarding the neighborhood include:

    • How close is the home to shopping facilities, medical facilities, schools, places of employment and other important businesses and facilities?
    • How do local property taxes compare to the taxes in similar areas?
    • What types of fire and police services are located within the neighborhood?
    • Are any hazardous waste sites, air pollution industries or other annoyances located in or around the property?

    Getting Familiar with the Property

    If the neighborhood meets your criteria, the next item on your checklist is the property on which the home is located. Some questions to ask include:

    More...

  • 6 Reasons to Buy Indianapolis New Construction

    Posted Under: General Area in Indianapolis, Home Buying in Indianapolis, Remodel & Renovate in Indianapolis  |  February 17, 2011 10:01 AM  |  1,743 views  |  1 comment

    Indianapolis Residential ConstructionGross!  Is what she said.

    Yes, my client at a recent showing was totally grossed out. It happened when she walked into the master bath of a nicely staged 5 year old resale house. The shower had a bit of mold that looked impossible to treat and their were nail clippings on the floor next to the walk in closet. Needless to say, she ended up choosing a newly minted spec / inventory house by a local builder.

    I really can’t blame her after that experience.
    Even though this true story is a bit drastic, there are several reasons why purchasing a builders spec may make a lot of sense to you.

    Here are a few reasons why buyers go new:

    Homebuilder Warranty: Most new homes from a reputable builder come with a new home warranty.  Most warranties from home builders in Indianapolis for example will cover craftsmanship (nail pops, hair line corner cracks, squeaky floors) for a year, mechanicals (HVAC) for two years, the roofing system for five years and the structural integrity (foundation) of the house for 10 years.

    Great Perks and Incentives: Builders do not want standing inventory. Just take a moment and think about it, carrying costs can include mortgage interest, heating and cooling costs, landscape maintenance, home maintenance, and even theft.  Because of this, buyers can take advantage of huge incentives on sitting inventory. Everything from additional options and price reductions to financing points are not out of the question.

    Latest and Greatest Features and Options: Handscrapped hardwood is all the rage here in Indy. Four year ago, you couldn’t find it in a house. You used to only find pot fillers next to the range on very expensive homes, now they are everywhere.

    Green Tech: There is no question that all legit home builders are focused on utilizing materials that will make the home more energy efficient. You now commonly find 90% efficiency furnaces, low-e windows, better insulation, and wider roof overhangs on new homes.

    Read more at our Indianapolis real estate blog.
  • Ryland Homes of Indianapolis

    Posted Under: General Area in Indianapolis, Home Buying in Indianapolis, In My Neighborhood in Indianapolis  |  February 9, 2011 8:16 AM  |  1,773 views  |  1 comment
    Ryland Homes IndianapolisRyland Homes is one of the leading builders in the city of Indianapolis.  If you are looking for an easy way to search for a Ryland home in the metro area, please check out our Ryland Homes of Indianapolis search site.

    Ryland Homes is one of the leading homebuilders in metro Indianapolis, and builds in several Indianapolis area communities, including Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, and Zionsville.

    Ryland Homes has built more than 285,000 homes since the company was founded in 1967. They have also helped to finance many of those homes, which range in style from traditional to contemporary. Ryland Homes can be found in 28 cities across the U.S., in neighborhoods that feature tennis courts, community pools, and walking trails.

    Click hear to search our Indianapolis home builder guide.

  • Estridge Homes of Indianapolis

    Posted Under: General Area in Indianapolis, Home Buying in Indianapolis, In My Neighborhood in Indianapolis  |  February 9, 2011 8:08 AM  |  2,055 views  |  No comments
    Estridge Homes IndianapolisEstridge Homes has become one of the leading builders in the city of Indianapolis.  If you are looking for an easy way to search for a Estridge home in the metro area, please check out our Estridge Homes of Indianapolis search site.

    Estridge Homes is one of the leading homebuilders in metro Indianapolis, and builds in several Indianapolis area communities, including Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, Westfield, and Zionsville.

    Estridge Homes has built more than 7,000 homes in the Indianapolis area since the company was founded in 1967. During those 40-plus years, they have worked to “design and build homes as if we were building them for our own family.” Estridge was the first, and continues to be the only, Indiana builder to have received the National Housing Quality Gold Award.

    Click here for more information about Indianapolis area home builders.

  • Indianapolis Real Estate Information

    Posted Under: General Area in Indianapolis, Market Conditions in Indianapolis, Home Buying in Indianapolis  |  February 8, 2011 5:56 AM  |  330 views  |  No comments
    Indianapolis Real Estate SearchIndianapolis real estate information can be found everywhere on the interent.  However, there is only one place you can find information that is actually updated daily and can give you up to the minute information about the area you are looking in.

    If you are considering a house for sale in Indianapolis Indiana for example, and you want to get an idea of how it compares to the Indianapolis real estate market overall, you may want to check out our statistics page specifically designed for Indianapolis, Indiana.  The statistics page gives detailed information about all of the active homes in the Indianapolis market.

    Our stats pages can be found in the left column of links on our home page and just about any other page on the site under the button "Market Statistics".

    After clicking on the Indianapolis Statistics button, you will see updated information about the active listings and information about how many homes were listed in the last 24 hours.  The stats are  updated daily and include the number of active listings, days on the market, highest and lowest price, highest and lowest square footage, average price, average square footage, and average price per square foot.

    Please keep in mind that this information is helpful but you will really need more specific comp information for the home you are considering.  And, of course, the team at ICON can help with that.

  • Homes for Sale in Noblesville School District

    Posted Under: General Area in Noblesville, Home Buying in Noblesville, In My Neighborhood in Noblesville  |  February 3, 2011 1:22 PM  |  403 views  |  No comments

    Noblesville Indiana School District Real Estate SearchNoblesville, Indiana School District.

    We like to come up with new and intuitive ways to search for Indianapolis area homes for sale.  One of our newest features allows you to search for real estate by the metro Indianapolis school district of your choice - in this case, Noblesville Schools.   If you are searching for a home in metro Indianapolis and want to stay in a particular school district, such as the Noblesville school district, you can easily utilize our dropdown functionality at the top of our home page labelled schools.

    Below is a briefing on Noblesville Schools:

    Noblesville Schools served 8,779 students during the 2008-2009 school year. This district consists of seven elementary schools that provide education for students in kindergarten through the fourth grade; one intermediate school for students in the fifth and sixth grades; one middle school for students in the seventh and eighth grades; one campus for high school freshman; and one campus for high school students in the tenth through twelfth grades. ISTEP scores for Noblesville Schools are consistently higher than the state average.

  • Zionsville Real Estate Overview

    Posted Under: General Area in Zionsville, Market Conditions in Zionsville, Home Buying in Zionsville  |  January 20, 2011 6:10 AM  |  389 views  |  No comments
    Zionsville Real Estate MarketPerhaps you are looking at a house for sale in Zionsville Indiana and want to get an idea of how the home compares to the Zionsville real estate market overall.  We invite you to check out our Zionsville statistics page to get detailed information about all active homes in the Zionsville market.

    Our statistics pages can be found in the left column of links on our home page and just about any other page on the site under the button "Market Statistics".

    After clicking on the Zionsville Statistics button, you will see updated information about the active listings and information about how many homes were listed in the last 24 hours.  The stats are updated daily and include the number of active listings, days on the market, highest and lowest price, highest and lowest square footage, average price, average square footage, and average price per square foot.

    Please keep in mind that this information is helpful but you will really need more specific comp information for the home you are considering.  And, of course, the team at ICON can help with that.

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