Gardens that Boost Fishers Home Values

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Gardens can be real value boosters. Although most surveys estimate that landscape improvements are among the most cost-effective improvements homeowners can tackle, it’s a statement that requires qualification. Although one Money Magazine survey reported that landscape improvements have a recovery value of 100%-to-200%, that calculation is dependent on the nature of the improvement—particularly when it comes to gardens. Today’s Barbara …

“Rich Dad Poor Dad” and Carmel Real Estate

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“Rich Dad Poor Dad” was a smash self-help hit book a few years back, selling more than 32 million copies. One of its major premises is that the odds for accelerating wealth creation are shortened for children of “rich dads” who grow up learning the difference between those who “go to work to make money” and those who “make money …

Indianapolis Rentals Amid Surging U.S. Occupancy Rates

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It’s a phrase that would-be home buyers had been hearing ever since seller’s market conditions had begun. But when “Submit your best and final bid” was recently advised by one Chicago area listing agent, the words were jolting, according to last week’s NPR Newswire report describing a new kind of bidding war. The ‘best and final’ bid being solicited wasn’t …

The Essence of Indianapolis’s Summer is a Known Quantity

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Summer finally becomes a reality on Tuesday—as opposed to Memorial Day weekend, which eager beavers in the media like to pretend was the kickoff to summer. Realists don’t agree—they believe that falling for the “unofficial start of summer” line means giving in to one of those unsavory impulses Mother warned us about (like shaking hidden birthday presents to guess what …

Fishers Real Estate Outlook Defies Shaky Economic News

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For those who keep a close watch on the outlook for Fishers real estate, finding the upside amidst last week’s raft of less-than-cheery economic news was a tall order. Let’s face it: after years of buoyant tidings and record-setting Fishers real estate advances, few had doubted the certainty that some retrenching was certain to come about at some point—the storm …

Indianapolis Father’s Days Strive to Keep Up with Moms

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In Indianapolis, Father’s Day is theoretically supposed to be as important as Mother’s Day, but the reality can differ significantly. Even historically, the June celebration has always struggled to catch up with its mid-May precursor. History has it that beginning in 1905, Mother’s Day’s originator Anna Jarvis started campaigning for a holiday honoring Moms. If there were many naysayers, they …

News To Make Carmel Homeowners Do a Double-Take

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Last Monday marked the appearance of one of those research findings that headline writers love to exploit. They know that, like most readers, Carmel homeowners skim through the real estate sections, usually pausing only when an item seems to affect them or their properties directly. Monday’s item made for perfect headline fodder: a jarring non-sequitur bound to halt readers in …

How Will $5/Gallon Gasoline Affect Fishers Real Estate?

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Residential Fishers real estate doesn’t necessarily move in tandem with its cousin, commercial real estate. When times are good, they may both benefit from the favorable zeitgeist, but they generally move in response to differing sub currents. In one increasingly publicized development, they are likely to move in contrary directions. The development in question is the price of gasoline. U.S. …

Questioning One Reason Not to Buy Indianapolis Homes

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There are many universally agreed-upon reasons why prudent people decide that buying Indianapolis homes is a course of action, flexibility has never been high on the list. In fact, the lack of flexibility associated with owning is more likely to influence the buy-or-rent decision. The common perception is that after you’ve settled into your new home, if unexpected circumstances arise …

Will the National Price Surge Affect Carmel Home Prices?

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Last week, the S&P Case-Shiller National Home Price Index confirmed what Carmel home price watchers have been reading about for months: at least in major U.S. metropolitan areas, even rising mortgage interest rates have been unable to dampen buyer demand. Such is the continuing shortfall in the supply of properties listed for sale that first-quarter prices ended with a 20.6% …