Buying a home is cheaper than renting in 38 states!
According to a study by GOBankingRates, it is cheaper to buy a home than rent in 38 states across the country.
In six states the difference between buying & renting would account for less than a $50 monthly difference, leaving the choice ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on October 1, 2018 in Renting
What's going on with home prices?
According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since June 2016 that home prices did not appreciate by at least 6.0% year-over-year....
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 27, 2018 in The Market
Why we love fall in Indianapolis
OK, we know it’s been quite warm lately, but believe it or not, sweater and bonfire weather will soon be upon us, which means the best time in Indy is coming! Here are our four favorite things about fall in Indianapolis, and some events and ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 19, 2018 in Indianapolis
Selling in the spring? Have exterior photos of your home taken now
If you are planning on selling your 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 be brown, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 20, 2018 in Selling a home
Holliday Farms - Zionsville's new country club community
With a unanimous vote on July 2, 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 ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 17, 2018 in Zionsville
Foodies, rejoice! Devour Indy is back
With both the Indiana State Fair and Devour Indy taking place, August is a tough time for Indy waistlines! But oh, the food! If you’re a foodie or just looking to contain your dining-out budget, Devour Indy is a can’t-miss event....
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 9, 2018 in Indianapolis
Dance the night away at the Zionsville Street Dance!
One of our favorite events is coming up August 3—the Zionsville Street Dance. And we’re thrilled to be one of the corporate sponsors this year!
Come out and see your neighbors and meet new friends! Everyone’s favorite party band, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 29, 2018 in Events
Convenience with a click: Indianapolis grocery delivery services
Hate grocery shopping and the amount of time it takes out of your already busy week? Grocery delivery services have proliferated in Indy over the past couple of years, making shopping easier and much more convenient. (What could be more convenient ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 3, 2018 in Better living
One-tank getaway: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Looking for a fun and easy getaway with the kids this summer? Named one of the top 10 zoos in the country by TripAdvisor, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is just a 2.5-hour drive up I-69 from Indy and offers a day of fun for the entire family in ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 24, 2018 in Travel
Home trend: Dog showers
Last month, we listed and sold a lovely 1961 French provincial-inspired ranch in Indy’s popular Devonshire neighborhood. Among its many amenities, this home featured a fully updated walkout basement that opened to a heavily wooded private ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 15, 2018 in Dog Life
Offline chats: Connecting more deeply
Where do you have your most intimate conversations with those that you love, where your deepest emotions and most personal thoughts come spilling out?
For my husband AJ and I, it’s our swimming pool!
This habit of using the pool as a place to ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 1, 2018 in Kristie Fun
Home trend: Craftsman-style houses
A new construction Craftsman-style home
Craftsman-style homes are hot! So hot, in fact, that a recent study by RealEstate.com showed that entry-level homes with the word “craftsman” in the listing description fetched a 34-percent ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 25, 2018 in Buying a Home
Treat your dog: Indianapolis dog bakeries
We remember when Three Dog Bakery popped up on Broad Ripple Avenue in 2000 and what a novelty it was at the time. Times have certainly changed! Today, pet owners spend more on their pets than ever (upwards of $86 billion every year with that figure ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 18, 2018 in Dog Life
Home trend: Master-on-main floor plans
Home building trends come and go, but the master-on-main floor plan seems to be here to stay. This doesn’t just go for upper-end homes—you’ll find master bedrooms on main floors across every price point. (Scroll down for a full ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 26, 2018 in Buying a Home
Pamper your pooch at an Indianapolis dog park!
Dog parks are good for doggies’ bodies and souls, allowing them to burn off excess energy, learn proper socialization with other dogs and humans, and gleefully run and play with their dog friends. Seriously, have you ever walked past a dog ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 19, 2018 in Dog Life
Eliminating blood cancers: Someday is today
A world without blood cancers. No more leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.
This is the vision of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and I’m proud to have supported such a noble cause for many years.
You may know that in 2011 ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 11, 2018 in Goals
Live near the Monon Trail
Given the popularity of Central Indiana’s Monon Trail (more than 1.3 million people use it annually!), it’s hard to imagine that some homeowners in the mid ‘90s/early ‘00s were opposed to having the trail run along their ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 29, 2018 in Indianapolis
Translation, please? Understanding Indy-speak
Like any city, Indianapolis has its own vernacular. We’ve compiled this glossary to help demystify this jargon for Indy newbies. Study and practice—in no time, you’ll sound like a local!
Boilermakers—The nickname for Purdue ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 13, 2018 in Relocation
8 easy ways to support the Zionsville Education Foundation
While we were building our house in Zionsville (a 17-month process), I decided I needed to get involved in the community well before our move-in date. I joined the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, ventured from downtown Indy to the Zionsville ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 8, 2018 in Zionsville
Starbucks addiction: The struggle is real
Is there a Starbucks 12-step program?! Literally as the baristas at my new neighborhood Starbucks were getting to know me by name, my doctor told me that I needed to stop ingesting dairy. I really don’t eat that much dairy to begin with, but ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 22, 2018 in Kristie Fun