Need 1.. Make 2… Recipes That Are Perfect for Storing or Sharing

With many recipes you need a dash of this spice, maybe half a cup of this, a tablespoon of that and by the end you have a lot of leftover ingredients freezermealsthat will inevitably go bad.  Why not the next time you are whipping up something delicious in the kitchen go ahead and double the recipe.  The amount of time you are adding to your task is almost non-noticeable but the result will be.  Below are some of my favorite meals that you can either freeze for later or bring to your elderly neighbor, cousin who just had a baby, or your child’s teacher.  I’ve even frozen meals in advance to give to people… so often during funerals, births, etc many people bring meals to a family, to the point they end up wasting food.  Bringing a home cooked meal that’s frozen allows them to use it when they actually need it.  I’d love to hear some of your favorite, easy to store meals.!

* Chicken Potpie Bowls: This one I will make in small, aluminum foil bowls that come packaged with lids. By using dishes that are disposable it takes the pressure off of the meal recipient to wash and return the dishware.

* Lasagna Primavera: This recipe is one of my favorites because even after pulling it out of the freezer and cooking it the ingredients and vegetables still taste fresh!

* Grown Up Prosciutto and Cheddar Pockets: This is the perfect take on the “hot-pocket” but with real wholesome ingredients.  This is ideal to make if you or a friend is a busy mom to keep stored in the freezer for a quick lunch or dinner.

* Breakfast Burritos: Having a healthy, frozen breakfast is a working moms best friend!

Open Houses This Weekend: You Really Have to Be There!

How many of you have ordered a pair of shoes, sunglasses, t-shirt, etc from a very reputable online store only to find that it didn’t quite openhousesbethfit or wasn’t exactly what you had imagined.  The same can be said for house shopping.  Pictures and videos are a great way to get an idea of how a house looks but until you see it in person you can never fully appreciate all that it has to offer or how you “fit” into the home.  Often times people will overlook a house based simply upon the pictures taken and the accompanying description but the truth is it could have been a dark cloudy day when the photos were snapped and the description could be just a generic write up.  Unless the overall structure is not what you are looking for I suggest the only way to rule out a home is to go see it and the best way to get the full vibe is by attending the open house.

This Sunday (the first Sunday in Spring) is the perfect time to get a jump start on open houses by visiting all 3 of the open houses hosted by Beth Guthrie Realty.  Not only will you be able to be able to see what these houses have to offer but all 3 of these homes are breath-taking and offer a unique quality.

* The first open house will take place from 12-2 at 1936 Heathrow Drive in Columbus IN.  This beautiful lakefront home is spacious and luxurious.  If offers all of the amenities of a 5 star hotel with the homey feel that we all crave.

*The next open house will also be from 12-2 at 11877 Ledgestone Circle in Fishers, IN.  Not unlike the first, this house has an ideal location in the heart of the ever-desirable town of Fishers.  With over 4,200 square feet in this elegantly designed home the house offers something for everyone in the family.

*Last but certainly not least is the third open house from 3-5 at 4492 Braedonwood in Indianapolis.  This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo in the Holcomb Estate is the perfect retreat from the city and offers multiple updates and is move in ready.

If you have any questions about any of these homes or any others on my website please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday!

How to Make Your Home Stand Out Among The Competition

With the weather getting warmer (hopefully) the housing market is going to start booming.  Spring is the unofficial kick-off for most houseforsalepmpeople to list their homes.  With this being said, if you are planning to put your home on the market during this desirable time there are a few things you will want to do to ensure that your home stands out among the others!

*First of all you will want to focus on your curb appeal.  The inside of your home could be immaculately beautiful but it doesn’t do a bit of good if you can’t get people interested from the outside.  This can be as simple as keeping your grass trimmed and kids toys hidden in the garage.

*A fresh coat of paint on the front door and maybe shutters will make a big impact on a small budget.  Paint is a very useful tool when it comes to staging your home to sell.

*With the amount of home shopping that takes place now on the internet you need to make a good impression online.  This is especially essential in the photos taken for the website.  While most people tend to straighten up their clutter and clean their home before an open house they often overlook the importance of doing this for the photos as well.  Putting out some fresh flowers on the counter or displaying an eye catching table scape will go a long way in catching a prospective buyers eye.  If decorating isn’t really your thing you may want to consider a professional home stager to use their expertise!

*Last but not least and possibly the most important: Price your home to sell.  This may seem obvious but a lot of times people assume that their home is worth more than it is or are hoping to make a larger profit than is reasonably feasible.  And while it is certainly ultimately your decision as to what you list your home at it is interesting to note that dated listings don’t generally sell for their list price so waiting for that one buyer who may pay your asking price is pretty risky.

If you follow these simple rules than your house should have no problem selling in this market! If you are interested in listing your home please contact me and we can begin to work on a plan together.  I look forward to hearing from you!

The Top 5 Reasons You Won’t Want to Miss This Open House

kim1 Beth Guthrie Realty is holding an open house this Sunday from 12:00-2:00 at 920 Kimlough Circle in Indianapolis.  And while I could list countless reasons why you should definitely not miss seeing this beautiful one of a kind home I have narrowed my list down to three!

*First off the house is beautiful… and not that standard, cookie cutter beauty but the kind of charm that only comes with fine craftsmanship, unique wood working, and great attention to detail.  From the stylish kitchen cabinets to the elegant fireplace this home accommodates all types of styles.

*The next most notable thing about this home is its location.  Not only just the geographical location of in the desirable subdivision of Windcombe but also in the fact that it is situated in a cul-de-sac which means very low traffic.kim2  This is ideal with kids or pets in the house.  In accordance with location it is also in the Washington school district!

*Last but not least is the affordability for a house of this size and quality.  Homes like these are selling for much more in similar areas and chances are when spring finally (hopefully) rolls around this house won’t last long on the market.

So come out and take a look around yourself and you will be able to then fully appreciate all that this house has to offer! We look forward to seeing you there!

What’s Better Than Burgers and Ice Cream?….If Your Answer is Nothing Then Do I Have The Place For You

bubs burgerspm As I’ve mentioned before I strive to support local businesses and restaurants.  Plus with places like Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream it makes my goal of shopping local much much easier.  For those of you who have never been to any of the three convenient locations (with the new Zionsville location recently opening) of Bub’s Burgers their menu really offers something for everyone!  While of course their fresh, hand-patted ground chuck burgers with custom buns baked at a local bakery and their creamy hand dipped ice-cream are mouth watering in themselves they also offer such favorites as grilled mahi mahi, elk burgers, bub dogs, and a variety of salads.  In fact Bub’s burgers was even featured on the Travel Channels hit “Man VS. Food” with the Big Ugly burger challenge.  So next time you are trying to find a kid friendly and fun atmosphere to take the kids and enjoy some delicious and filling food go and check out Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream and maybe even try the Ugly Burger Challenge yourself!

Is It the Little Things or Big Things That Matter In a Home? With This One You Don’t Have to Choose

apple1 In some houses that don’t have a great deal of space or drawl they will try to appeal to the small things in a home, the intricate details that help build character and charm.  Yet other houses will boast about space and the big picture when they are somewhat lacking in the little details.  The great thing about this Fishers home is that you don’t have to choose because it encompasses both aspects of a home.  When it comes to the big picture items this house has amazing curb appeal and a beautiful entry way.  All 3 of the large bedrooms boast a walk-in closet plus the master bedroom has a sitting area, garden tub, and dual sinks.  With the open concept living area, huge eat-in kitchen, and large garage with extra storage all of the big ticket items are accounted for.

apple2The little details are very prevalent in the home as well.  From the updated new tile floor, the beautiful backsplash in the kitchen, and the details in the landscaping every inch of the home has been well designed and cared for.  Plus being in a family friendly neighborhood that is close to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment and in the top rated HSE school district also make this house a must see!

For more information on the home click here or feel free to contact me with any additional questions.  I look forward to hearing from you.

* Listing courtesy of Prudential Indiana Realty Group

Tips For Getting a Jump Start on Spring Cleaning

Although I certainly can’t say I look forward to cleaning, I am in fact looking forward to spring and with these tips I am hoping to have a more organized home before the first flowers bloom.  These are some of my favorite sure fire tips and tricks to keeping your house in order and cleaner.

cleaningproductsThe first tip is if you ever see any over the door plastic shoe racks on sale definitely buy them.  They can be used in almost every room of the house to help keep things in order.  For example, hang one in your laundry room or garage to help organize your cleaning products, in your childs room to hold arts and craft supplies, or in your pantry to help keep packets and snacks straight.  These are particularly useful since you can see all of the contents just by glancing at them.potsandpans

Tension rods are another handy tool to use while trying to organize.  You can extend these under the bathroom sink to hang spray bottles of cleaner or use in your kitchen cabinet with hooks to hang your pots and pans for easy use.

A shelf above the bathroom door provides added storage. Last but not least we can all use extra shelf space regardless of what room and one space that seems to always go unused is that right above the door.  An extra space above the door in the bathroom is especially handy for storing guest towels.

Fixing Your Credit Score (Part 2)

creditscorepmNow that we have already determined how important a credit score is in obtaining a house at a reasonable interest rate lets discuss some of the ways to improve your score.  While there is nothing that you can do to fix it completely overnight there are a few things that you can start now that will at least show good faith efforts in working to improve your credit in the future.  The first thing you can do is review your credit score from all 3 agencies closely.  Unfortunately mistakes are not all that uncommon on a credit score so you will want to look for any incorrect credit limits, late payments, or collection issues that are not yours.  Sometimes just finding and correcting a few mistakes can improve your credit score quickly.

The next step to take in repairing your past credit mistakes is to pay down credit card balances.  While you may be saying, of course I would if I could, there is a quick way to accomplish this without making money appear out of thin air.  Borrowing the money from a family member or friend will obviously not eliminate the debt that you have but it does move the debt off of your credit card therefore giving you an instant boost in your credit score.

A more permanent and overall effective way to help pump up your credit score is by paying your bills on time from here on out.  Did you know that delinquencies have the biggest negative effect on credit scores.  In fact, having a bill that ends up going to a collection agency affects your credit score for a minimum of 7 years!  The best way I have found to keep this from happening is to set up automatic bill paying.  This way even if life gets busy, you go on vacation, or bill paying has never been your thing, you will be covered.

When it comes to credit cards there are 2 rules to follow: #1 is never max out your credit cards.  Even though the credit is there for your use it is actually better for your credit score to stay under 30% of your credit available.  In fact, if you need more money it is smarter to have 2 credit cards using 30% on each card than it is to just use one and max out the credit.  The second rule is to not close unused credit cards as it can actually lower your score because it essentially lowers your overall credit availability.  That is not to say that you should open more cards to obtain a higher amount of credit because chances are that will backfire.

If you are able to follow these simple rules when it comes to your credit score you should be able to raise your score in time to purchase the home that you have had your eye on.  If you have any questions about how your score may affect your next home purchase please feel free to contact me.  I’d love to help you find and afford your next home!

How Your Credit Score Can Really Affect Buying a Home

There are many things to consider when buying a new house but none quite as important as your credit score.  It is amazing how creditscorepoorpmmuch your score can affect your house buying process and even more amazing at how many people tend to ignore this entirely.  Your credit score is what all lenders will look at to determine your credit worthiness.  If you have a lower score they will determine that you are a much higher risk (whether that is a fair assessment or not) and then the buying process becomes a bit more complicated.  Low is usually categorized as 600 or less and can then limit your loan options and some banks or lenders may be hesitant to even lend the money.  If the typical lender will not lend the money then you may be forced to look for a high risk broker that will also cost you more money.  Another issue that may come with a low credit score is that the lender may require a higher down payment. While having a lower credit score can certainly be a bother it does not mean that you can’t still pursue the home of your dreams.  If however, your credit score is over 650 you should be in good shape for the house buying process.

With all this being said, there are plenty of ways to improve you credit score, sometimes even in a short period of time.  Stay tuned for our next blog installment to get some helpful tips on improving your score and therefore reducing your home buying costs overall.  If you have any questions about your credit score or how to find it feel free to contact me.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Fun and Unique Gifts for Your Children’s Teachers This Valentine’s Day

I think we can all agree that teachers have some of the hardest and yet most important jobs there are.  With that being said, why not give your child’s teacher an extra special gift this Valentine’s Day.  I have found a few creative, affordable, and thoughtful gifts for teachers that I wanted to share with you all!

sanitizerThe first gift is not only fun but extremely practical as well.  For this gift you simply need to buy a bottle of hand sanitizer and attach a note to it that says “Roses are red, Violets are blue, Some Hand Sanitizer to Ward off the Flu.  Happy Valentine’s Day”  As you can well imagine, teachers come into contact with countless germs everyday so this hand sanitizer would be a very useful gift.

The next Valentine’s gift idea that I thought was very cute for a teacher was to print out a card (or a sheet of paper) that says “Thanks a Latte For All That You Do”  Above the text you can attach a gift card to Starbucks or your favorite local coffee shop.  You can make the card for whatever amount you choose and even if their teacher isn’t a coffee drinker there is plenty of other goodies at most coffee shops.honey

Last but not least I think it’s a safe assumption to say that most teachers don’t want a ton of candy for Valentine’s Day.  Instead why not give a useful gift like a nice bottle of honey.  Attach a card to the honey that says “Bee Mine”.

These are just a few of the fun Valentine’s gifts to give teachers.  I’d love to hear some of your creative ideas as well! Happy Valentine’s Day!