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
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
Tips to Make your Move Easier for your Dog
You found the home of your dreams! You’re ready to move into the new phase of your life—but what about your pup? As dog lovers, we at Indy Homes want to help you ensure a smooth transition for your furry friend.
Dogs love routine (just ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 5, 2020 in Dog Life
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
Visiting the Hostess City of the South
Living in the Midwest, it’s always interesting to venture to the East Coast and experience a city steeped in history that stretches back to colonial times. While adventurous frontiersmen pushed west, establishing rustic trading posts in ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 22, 2020 in Travel
Do you have Netflix Streaming Syndrome?
It's been six years since first signing up for Netflix. Prior to that it seemed as if I were the only person in Indianapolis still doing the DVR thing, not knowing much about on-demand streaming or understanding the hype behind "Orange Is the New ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 28, 2020 in Kristie Fun
I hope that by the time you read this the curve has been utterly flattened, society has safely opened up a bit, and that you and your loved ones are healthy and happy.
Like me, I’m sure you’ve had ups and downs throughout the weeks of ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 25, 2020 in Kristie Fun
Does a pool make sense?
Being in 2020 quarantine with our recent hot, dry weather might have you thinking about adding a pool to your home or, if you’re in the market, buying a home with a pool. Sounds great, huh? But before you take the plunge (pun intended!), learn ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 21, 2020 in Pool Fun