Having been in real estate for quite some time now I have come to notice that most potential home buyers have at least one of the following desires for their new home: cathedral ceilings, open floor plan, 2,000 square ft +, an attached garage, near water, large bedrooms, or in a nice neighborhood. While separately none of these demands are outrageous but it is certainly rare to find that one home that fulfills each of these specifications. It is even more rare to find a home such as this in a desirable, well established Fishers neighborhood at an extremely affordable price but this home has defied the odds. With 3 big bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms it contains all of the amenities that most home seekers want plus extras such as raised panel cherry cabinets, upgraded light and bath fixtures, freshly painted, and a one-year home warranty. This home will certainly not last too long on the market so you’ll want to act fast. Call or email me with any questions or to set up your own tour and finally find that house that meets all of your expectations!
Holiday parties are in full swing and it seems as if there is so much to do before Christmas but so often we forget that many of these activities and parties are focused on adults. Why not find a fun way that you can spend a day with your entire family and re-discover some of the Christmas fun that you can’t find in a shopping mall? Conner Prairie is just the place to get in the holiday spirit with activities such as a strolling through the extensive gingerbread village to see all of the amazing creations from professionals to novices alike or head outside for the outdoor holiday adventure through 1836 Prairietown and meet a variety of characters as they prepare for the upcoming holidays. Avoid the ever-painful experience of the mall Santa, long lines, and rushed visit and reserve a spot for you and your kids at the Dinner with Santa where you will be able to enjoy a lovely holiday meal, visit with Santa, decorate cookies, and much much more. So take advantage of this Fishers destination and get the holidays started right!
If the department store music is any indication, Christmas is quickly approaching. And while it seems to get earlier and earlier each year there is still time left to find that home you’ve been searching for and have your tree up and shining before the big day. While the idea may seem daunting there are many ways to narrow your search, focus on your goals, and still have a great selection of homes to choose from. Speaking from experience, apartment life is ok if your goal is to not stay in one place too long but the feeling of putting up your Christmas tree in your first home is indescribable. Not only that but in your new home you can entertain, even have overnight guests without having to even utter the word “futon.” Another perk to having a home of your own for the holidays is you can finally get that puppy for Christmas that you have wanted and with no rules or restrictions in your own home you don’t even have to pay more or check with your landlord. In fact, while many people may think that buying your first home can be a burden it is actually quite a freeing experience. No longer are you tied to contracts and leases that can change and fluctuate with the times. You are now the ruler of your roost and free to decorate, populate, and congregate with whomever, whenever you choose. So instead of standing in lines at the mall looking for the perfect gift spend that time looking for a place to finally call your own.
If you are interested in starting your home search or have any questions on getting started please feel free to contact me! I look forward to hearing from you!
While I am a huge fan of the traditional Thanksgiving day foods I find that tweaking a recipe or adding some pizzazz to the presentation can really liven up a holiday meal. This year I have found a couple of ways to doctor up a few of the dishes that I am in charge of making and look forward to seeing the reactions from my family and loved ones.
One of my family favorites is deviled eggs. In fact it seems like no holiday would be complete without these simple side dishes. This year I thought I would spruce up their appearance and make them look like little pumpkins for some added festivity. I was amazed at how simple this little transformation could be. All you need to do is make your deviled eggs like normal except when you are mixing up the filling add a couple drops of red food coloring to turn the filling a light orange color. The easiest way to fill the eggs is by putting the filling into a plastic bag, cutting off one corner, and then piping it in. If at all possible smooth out the filling as much as possible and then make small indentions with a knife or spoon to resemble the skin of a pumpkin. Lastly, place a small piece of green onion at the top and voila…. a beautiful and still tasty deviled egg that is sure to impress!
Another Thanksgiving day staple that I like to tweak from time to time is mashed potatoes. While traditional butter flavor is delicious there are so many other flavors out there that can really give your potatoes a kick. One of my favorite ways to prepare our Thanksgiving mashed potatoes dish is by making mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and mascarpone cheese. Simply take 3 pounds of potatoes (diced and peeled) and boil. Then drain and mash potatoes. While the potatoes are cooking, combine the milk, garlic puree and butter in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Stir the milk mixture into the potatoes until combined. Fold in the mascarpone and season well with salt and pepper. If this isn’t your ideal flavor check out this entire list of potato flavors!
As most experienced home owners can tell you sometimes it’s the basics that make a house worth owning. While having the “extras” such as swimming pools and hand carved woodworking can be nice the bottom line is if the water heater isn’t working or the roof is leaking than all of the fluff items don’t much matter. The reason I bring this up is that, while this home may not have all of the eye catching sparkle, at the root of it, it is a sturdy brick home in a well established Fishers neighborhood. The house also comes with a newer roof, water heater, and windows which will save the potential buyer thousands of dollars down the road.
Now that’s all not to say that the house doesn’t have it’s own bit of charm and flare. Equipped with large closets, cherry counters and custom cabinetry with appliances included this house has a very open and spacious feel that allows for entertaining around the fireplace or chatting over cocktails in the kitchen. The back deck overlooks a private backyard and my favorite feature, a 100 year old insulated charming workhouse with 100amp service. This would be ideal for anyone who has wanted a place to do crafts, woodworking, painting, dog grooming, soap making, etc. And with parks, schools, and shopping all close by this house has all the basics and beyond.
For more information about this home or any others please contact me! I look forward to hearing from you.
We all have those people on our Christmas list that are impossible to shop for. The people that seem to have everything or are picky about what they want. While we struggle to come up with some sort of gift for them, the fact of the matter is that we usually tend to settle on yet another sweater, gift card, or box of candy for the persnickety giftee. How about this year try something different? Instead of gifting your loved ones with things why not gift them with experiences? Clowes Memorial Hall at the Butler campus hosts a plethora of events that would make for some wonderful Christmas gifts. While simply giving tickets to an event is a wonderful gift it may even make it more special if you buy tickets for you to attend with them. This is especially true for relatives and close friends whom you probably don’t get to see as much as you’d both like. Plus with plenty of upcoming events don’t rule out shows before Christmas as potential gifts such as “The Nutcracker” and my favorite “The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra”. There are also plenty of upcoming events after the holidays that you can purchase tickets for as well! So think outside the “box” this year and find an upcoming event that is sure to outshine your traditional wrapped gifts.
Recently I have overheard people saying that they would love to move if only they could find the perfect house. Then they dismiss the idea by saying there are no good homes for sale right now. While there is certainly the perception that the housing market goes into hibernation during the winter months all it takes is a couple minutes of searching our website to see that there are still countless beautiful homes for sale you just need to know how and where to look. The best way to start your home search is to visit my website and go to the Customize my Home Search link. From there you only need to simply pick the cities that you are interested in along with your price range. If you want to specify how many bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, etc you can but I recommend that for your first search you leave your options a little wider. I think many people would be surprised to see that in Fishers alone between the $100,000 and $200,000 price range there are 189 homes to choose from! Not only is the selection still there but buying a home in the winter months can also be a financially smart thing to do as well. If you have any questions or want some direction in your home search feel free to contact me! I look forward to hearing from you!