What’s IN Indiana’s new marketing campaign?
Population growth is an essential ingredient of a healthy real estate market – when new residents move into a community, we are all the winners. That’s why the Indiana Association of REALTORS® advocates for programs like READI ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 8, 2022 in Indianapolis
2022 Indianapolis Women's Half Marathon
Carmel is proud to host one of the ten largest, female-only half marathons in the US on October 15th. Known for its big race feel with small-town hospitality, the event offers competitive fields, a fast course and cool vibe that has attracted ladies ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 3, 2022 in Kristie Fun
Sell Your Home NOW Before Interest Rates Rise
Now is the time for sellers to put their house on the market and for buyers to do whatever it takes to find a house in the next 60-90 days!
By Fall, we’ll start seeing even higher interest rate increases! Mortgage rates will ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 1, 2022 in The Market
Enhance and Add Value to Your Home With a Fence
When starting a landscaping project in your front yard or backyard, you might realize that there’s one big element that you need to add to tie everything together — a fence. Picking the right fence for your yard involves some research ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 20, 2022 in Home maintenance
How Many REALTORS Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?
Whenever people ask me: "Kristie, what's the easiest and cheapest thing to do before hitting the market?" The answer is easy -- especially since it is also my greatest pet peeve...
Wait for it....LIGHTBULBS! Whether I walk into a church, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on January 18, 2022 in Selling a home
Avoiding Craigslist real estate scams in Indianapolis
When it comes to renting houses via Craigslist, the old saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is,” is especially apropos.
This scam has crisscrossed the United States for a few years now, but I want to make sure my ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on December 10, 2021 in Renting
10,000 Hours: Putting in the Time it Takes!
Have you have read Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book, Outliers? In it he popularizes the “10,000 Hour Rule” – the hours of diligent practice it takes to achieve world-class expertise in any art or skill. ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on October 5, 2021 in Kristie Fun
Build a luxury home in Carmel's Grassy Branch at The Bridgewater Golf Club
Consisting of 60 generously sized lots perfect for custom homebuilding, the gated community of Grassy Branch at Bridgewater is the latest addition to the luxury Bridgewater Club community in Carmel. Now building custom homes, Grassy Branch at ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 12, 2021 in Luxury homes
How To Make Moving Easier, More Economical, and Eco-Friendly
I love anything that makes moving easier, because let’s face it, moving is one of the most tedious, expensive, stressful and most dreaded tasks there is.
So I was thrilled to run across this new-to-me moving solution: Bin It.
No more ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 28, 2021 in Relocation
Just for Kids: Indy Homes Creative Writing Contest
Hey, moms and dads!
Looking for fun ways to keep your kids occupied during these gray days of winter? Let them unleash their creativity by encouraging them to submit a story for Indy Homes’ first-ever creative writing contest! ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on January 10, 2021 in Kids
The Symbolism Behind a Red Front Door
This summer AJ and I vacationed in the hostess city of the South, Savannah, GA. While there, we rode the Old Town Trolly through the charming historic city. One of our trolly guides pointed out all the residential red front doors. ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on November 9, 2020 in Home maintenance
Zionsville's Holliday Farms Is the Setting for This Year's Home-A-Rama!
Who’s going to the Indianapolis Home-A-Rama? As a REALTOR and design enthusiast, I look forward to it every year! It’s such a delight to see Indy’s top luxury builders and designers pull out all the stops to showcase their skills, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 16, 2020 in Luxury homes
Is a Robot Lawn Mower Right for You and Your Lawn?
Some people enjoy yard work, finding the tidying satisfying and even calming. I am not one of those people! That’s why I was intrigued to find that robot lawn mowers have grown exponentially in popularity over the past year as the technology ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 14, 2020 in Home maintenance
Holliday Farms - Zionsville's New Country Club Community
With a unanimous vote the Zionsville Town Council approved the rezoning of 597 rural acres at Michigan and Willow roads that will become a luxury community in the heart of Zionsville. And while Zionsville already has an abundance ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 17, 2020 in Zionsville
Homes are Currently More Affordable than they Have Been in Years
It's no secret that Indianapolis home prices are appreciating. When we hear about prices are going up, it’s normal to think that purchasing a home will cost more as prices increase. Contrary to this natural assumption, low mortgage rates are ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 14, 2020 in The Market
Selling in the Spring? Have Exterior Photos of your Home Taken Now
If you are planning on selling your Indianapolis home in the spring, NOW is the time to have exterior photos of your home taken. The reason why is very simple. If you put off pictures until you list your home in the spring, your yard will ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 11, 2020 in Selling a home
Today's Buyers are Serious about Buying a Home
Today’s Indianapolis homebuyers are not just talking about their plans, they’re actively engaged in the buying process – and they’re serious about it. A recent report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 8, 2020 in Selling a home
Working from Home is Changing Homebuyer Needs
With more Indianapolis companies figuring out how to efficiently and effectively enable their employees to work remotely (and for longer than most of us initially expected), homeowners throughout the country are re-evaluating their needs. Do I ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 1, 2020 in Buying a Home
Pretty in Pink!
I LOVE pink. From pink clothes, to jewelry, to toenails – it is unquestionablymy favorite color. In our first home, much of our design decisions centered upon thinking about resale. In Fenix, and our home that burned down, however, I wanted to ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 15, 2020 in Kristie Fun
Pros and Cons of Buying a Carmel home on a Golf Course
As the weather warms up, avid golfers hit the links on any day above 50 degrees, golf leagues kick off and the fairways turn emerald green. It’s a magical time for golf course communities in Carmel.
Now, I’m not a golfer, but I ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 1, 2020 in Carmel