What I wish I had known before buying my first home
I bought my first home in 2004, I was only 24 years old at the time. I believed that I had a firm grasp on “adulting,” and when I look back it is rather silly the things I thought I knew about homeownership that I really had no clue ...
Posted by Sarah Callahan on November 17, 2017 in Buying a Home
How the Indy Homes Team finds homes for its real estate clients
Finding homes for clients in the inventory-starved market of Indianapolis isn’t easy, but REALTOR Kristie Smith explains how the Indy Homes Team goes above and beyond by prospecting for homes for those who are ready to buy.
Ready to buy? Our ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 17, 2017 in Buying a Home
Hire a Realtor (and don’t rely on Zillow) when shopping for a home
We here at the Indy Homes Team love Zillow for the fact that it connects home buyers and sellers with great Realtors who can help them with all their realty needs (check our stellar Zillow reviews if you’re looking for a Realtor!). Not only ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 21, 2016 in Buying a Home
Looking to buy a home? Make sure your finances are in order
dLooking at homes online or with your Realtor is the fun part of buying a home. The not-so-fun—but essential part—is making sure you’re financially ready for one of the largest purchases you’ll probably make. Depending on ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 8, 2016 in Buying a Home
Zionsville offers quality of life and solid home investments
Survey after survey shows that Zionsville, Indianapolis’ northwest suburb, is a great place to live. Not only is it continually near the top of the safest places to live in Indiana, it’s even been called the safest place in the United ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 28, 2016 in Buying a Home
Don’t let emotions dictate your home buying decision
Ah, love. Who doesn’t want to experience the rush of falling in love? Falling in love with another person is wonderful, but beware falling in love with a house! As a long-time Realtor, I’ve seen many buyers treat the home search like ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 12, 2016 in Buying a Home
Finding the right Indianapolis home for your retirement
As more and more baby boomers reach retirement age, many of them are following a similar trend: downsizing. Boomers are trading down to simplify, fund their retirement lifestyle and get the most out of what they’ve worked so hard for. ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 12, 2016 in Buying a Home
Boat dock adds to home value at Geist and Morse reservoirs
If you’re looking for Geist or Morse waterfront real estate in Indianapolis, consider buying a home with a boat dock to maximize your enjoyment of life on the water. Having a boat dock offers several conveniences:
You’ll have the peace ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 6, 2015 in Buying a Home
5 reasons to buy 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 love ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 17, 2014 in Buying a Home
Carmel homes with 4-car garages
The Indy Homes team is catching onto some new trends in the Carmel real estate market this year. One request that keeps coming from our buyers is more garage space—higher ceilings, more depth. Trucks and SUVs grow taller and wider, requiring ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 3, 2014 in Buying a Home
Housing hits biggest high in seven years. Are you on board?
In 2007, the housing market took the biggest blow many of us have ever seen. It’s been a slow and hard road to today’s improved real estate landscape. The Indianapolis housing market continues to show strong signs of ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 7, 2014 in Buying a Home
CNN ranks Carmel, Indiana top US small city to live
Great job, Carmel! CNN's Money magazine recently listed Carmel, Ind., the best small city to live in the U.S.! Now the rest of the country knows what we in Central Indiana have known for some time. Even though I don't personally live in Carmel, my ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 21, 2012 in Buying a Home
Does home ownership in Indianapolis matter?
Regularly I am asked, “Why do you work so much?” or “What motivates you?” Well, if you know me, you know that I’m not strongly motivated by money. So, why do I continue to work long hours and oftentimes nights and ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 10, 2012 in Buying a Home
Does a pool make sense?
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 how a pool could affect your ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 26, 2012 in Buying a Home
Thinking of cohabiting with your beau?
If you caught the April 29 episode of Mad Men, in one of the climatic scenes, Peggy’s very Catholic mother admonishes her daughter after Peggy announces that she’s moving in with her boyfriend, Abe. “You are selling yourself ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 1, 2012 in Buying a Home