Carmel’s Holiday Season is Jolly but Pet-Hazardous!

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This is the time of year when Carmel pet owners start to hear reminders that the holidays usher in Danger Season for family pets. It isn’t only that Fido is liable to pull the Christmas tree into the fireplace or that Puss’s snow globe attack carries the danger of swallowing the antifreeze inside it. More prominently, Carmel pet owners are …

Indianapolis Home Sellers Get Unlikely Staging Input

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It’s fair to say that Walmart—the iconic American superstore—isn’t the first place most Indianapolis area home sellers are likely to think of when it comes to staging their property. After all, Walmart is most famous for “everyday low prices” (advertising code for ‘cheap!’). That’s quite a contrast with your house—the most costly purchase most people ever make. So it was …

Weather Derails U.S. Holiday Travel Record

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Fishers’s Sunday was officially called “Sofa Sunday”—possibly in recognition of its service as a welcome interlude between Black Friday sales, Small Business Saturday sales, and Cyber Monday sales. Football games on TV also drove many Thanksgiving celebrants to the sofas, where early pregame news flashes projected Sunday as “the busiest travel day” in history. By midday, it turned out that …

What Could be Wrong with a Very Right House?

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When most people set about finding their next home, their attention is occupied by how well the listed properties fulfill the family’s immediate housing needs. These include not only the state of the physical structure, but everything else—including well-nigh unclassifiable elements like style and taste and just how the place feels. But there is at least an arguable school of …

How Carmel’s Thanksgiving Wound Up on Thursday

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For most Carmel residents, the account of the first Thanksgiving is the Plymouth Colony story rather than the French or Spanish versions (their giving thanks celebrations started a century earlier). But since the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving took place in September—and the second official U.S. Thanksgiving took place in February—you might wonder why this week’s Carmel Thanksgiving wound up being celebrated …

What Bathroom Preferences Differ by Age Group?

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Luxurious bathrooms are getting to be a staple in nearly all the new homes being built today. For future sellers whose older Fishers homes come up short in that department, an upgrade may be warranted—giving rise to a relevant question about which features are most likely to attract future homebuyers. Earlier this month, The National Association of Home Builders issued …

High Offer? Best Offer? Are They Always the Same?

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It’s exactly what you were hoping for when you listed your Carmel house: multiple offers! They’ve just been submitted, and now you get to choose which offer is the best one. The highest dollar amount may look like the instant winner, but that first blush reaction should be put aside while all the included provisions are given thoughtful consideration. If …

Where is Indianapolis Real Estate Headed? The 2020 Predictions

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Now that we’re almost to Thanksgiving, we find ourselves at the traditional moment when real estate’s soothsayers dust off their crystal balls and get busy. In the coming weeks, they will go to press with their projections, informed guesses, and unbridled hunches about how real estate will fare in the coming year. Everyone contemplating Indianapolis real estate transactions in 2020 …

European Home Loan Shock for Would-be Fishers Buyers

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Last week’s email to the Wall Street Journal’s real estate followers contained a Good News/Bad News tale dealing with European home loan rates. Fishers readers in a position to entertain thoughts of owning a Parisian flat or sunny Tuscan vacation hideaway would have been encouraged at first by the attractive “good news” part: the extraordinarily low mortgage interest rates now …