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
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
Get Your House Ready For Sale!
Believe it or not, there are lots of things you can do to prep your house for a sale without even going to the store.
Your real estate plans don’t have to be completely on hold even while we’ve hit the pause button on other parts of ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 13, 2020 in Selling a home
Our best home transformation hack: TayMac covers!
Before listing a house, I have a long list of things I recommend homeowners replace or update to attract the right buyers and sell the home faster.
Some things are basic but create an immediate ‘wow’ to potential buyers, such as ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 21, 2019 in Selling a home
Is your home ready to sell to the 'activity generation'?
Indianapolis REALTOR Kristie Smith explains how the characteristics of Gen Xers—the “activity generation”—influence how and why they buy certain homes and not others. Is your listing optimized for the activity generation? ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 12, 2017 in Selling a home
Do I have to replace my appliances to sell my home?
Many of our listing clients ask us if they need to update their kitchen appliances before selling their home. As you might guess, there are no hard and fast rules. It really depends on a number of factors: the home’s price point, what the ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 23, 2017 in Selling a home
Indianapolis is a seller’s market and your home is in demand!
If you’re a homeowner who’s been thinking about selling, NOW is the time! Demand for homes is high, and the Indianapolis real estate inventory is sparse—which means you’re in a good position to sell your home for a nice ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 27, 2017 in Selling a home
Benefits of a prelisting inspection outweigh its cost
Traditionally, after a buyer makes an offer on a home, they order a home inspection to uncover any issues, big and small, with the home. If the results are less than favorable, the buyer may try to renegotiate the selling price of the home. Or if ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on October 24, 2016 in Selling a home
Transform your outdated home to ensure a quick sale
The condition of your home is one of the most important factors in attracting buyers and getting your home sold fast. In today’s market, busy buyers short on money, time and handyman skills want to purchase a move-in ready home. No outdated ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 15, 2016 in Selling a home
Preparing to sell
Have you ever put a house up for sale before? Holy schinkes, I see why people don’t do it very often.
Earlier this year, my wife and I decided we were going to move. We’d only been here a couple of years, but found a house we really ...
Posted by Pete Gilbert on July 1, 2015 in Selling a home
Selling your home? Look for these four qualities in an Indianapolis real estate agent
Selling a home is a big deal, and so is finding the right person to help you with this important transaction. If you’re planning to sell your Indianapolis home, shop around for the right agent who embodies these four nonnegotiable qualities:
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 16, 2015 in Selling a home
Getting your Indy home ready to sell – Part II
inteSelling your home can be an emotional process and often an overwhelming one. The Indy Homes Team will guide you through each step in the process to ensure it’s the most enjoyable and profitable experience it can be.
In Getting Your Indy ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 14, 2014 in Selling a home
Getting your Indy home ready to sell – Part I
First impressions are everything when you’re trying to sell your Indianapolis home, even with record-low real estate inventory. It’s a great time to list and sell your home but remains crucial to put your home’s best foot forward ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 21, 2014 in Selling a home
5 reasons Indianapolis needs you to list your home NOW
Indy Homes Team listing
The 2013 Indianapolis real estate market demonstrated improvements with increased home sales prices and lower inventory of foreclosures. The Indy Homes Team facilitated multiple-offer scenarios for our clients listing homes ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on January 15, 2014 in Selling a home
YES, you MUST update your home to sell it!
“Do I really have to make updates in order to sell my home?”
This is the number-one question I get as a Realtor today, and the answer is always YES—in this market, to sell your home, you have to make updates. In short, your home ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 12, 2012 in Selling a home
The pitfalls of For Sale By Owner and how a REALTOR adds value
A friend of a friend has been trying to sell her starter home For Sale By Owner (FSBO) for several months now. I’ve seen pictures of the home on Facebook—it’s very well kept and has updated features throughout. Yet it sits and sits ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 13, 2012 in Selling a home
Sell then buy, or buy then sell?
Many clients come to me with this chicken-and-egg dilemma: “Should I sell my home first and then search for my perfect new home, or should I find the perfect home and then sell?” Well, as with many dilemmas, it just depends. There are ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on December 5, 2011 in Selling a home