New Thanksgiving traditions
Do you and your loved ones have special traditions for the Thanksgiving holiday beyond watching football, stuffing yourself and taking an afternoon nap? If you’re looking to shake up your routine or add more meaning to the holiday, all these ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on November 10, 2018 in Better living
Enjoy Indianapolis’ June events, festivals and fun!
While the month of May in Indianapolis is spectacular, June in Indy has its own delights. As summer takes hold, the festivals, cultural standbys and arts events are plentiful, and plenty fun! This list we compiled reflects just a fraction of all ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 10, 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
Introducing the BEST Indy real estate website - the NEW IndyHomes.com
After many months of hard work, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the NEW IndyHomes.com. Chock-full of information you won’t find anywhere else and cutting-edge functionality, we’ve built the site around you, our end user. ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on January 22, 2018 in Indianapolis
Tired of the Chicago grind? Give Indianapolis a look
We get it—Chicago is an amazing city with so much to see and do. But it can be impersonal, expensive, frustrating and COLD! If you’re re-thinking the rat race of Chicago living, we invite you to give Indianapolis a look. Indy offers a ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on October 19, 2017 in Indianapolis
New beginnings in Zionsville
We officially closed and moved into our new Zionsville home at the end of June! It has been a long two years since our house fire, and it feels inexplicable to have reached this milestone! So many feelings flood my heart—pure joy, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on October 10, 2017 in Zionsville
A farewell to 121 E. Ohio St. and downtown Indy
As many of you know, my husband AJ and I lost our home to a devastating fire two years ago. Although we finally moved into our newly completed home in Zionsville recently, it was very bittersweet to say goodbye to the home we had been renting in ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 8, 2017 in Indianapolis
Relocating with Eli Lilly? We can help!
If you’re an Eli Lilly and Company new-hire or are thinking about taking a job with Lilly, the Indy Homes Team offers a full menu of relocation services that will help you become familiar with Indianapolis, find a new home in a neighborhood ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 12, 2017 in Relocation
What do craft beer and real estate have in common?
Just over a year ago, I had a single conversation (over a couple of beers) that altered my seemingly predictable future. Who would have guessed that today I would be passing out business cards for Indy’s newest craft brewery, Tow Yard Brewing? ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 20, 2014 in Entrepreneurship
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 Carmel
The time for Indianapolis mass transit is now
Is it possible for Hoosiers to trade in their cars for mass transit? A friend of mine who recently moved from Indianapolis to Chicago eschews her car in favor of taking the train to her job in downtown Chicago. She avoids the snarl of morning ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 13, 2013 in Indianapolis
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
June brings fun events to Indianapolis!
This compiled list just reflects a fraction of all of the fun events happening in Indy this month! Get out and ENJOY!
Symphony on the Prairie: Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer—Sit back, relax with some wine and enjoy the ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 8, 2012 in Indianapolis
May chock-full of fun Indianapolis 500 events
With the Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon run last weekend, the month of May in Indianapolis is officially under way. (Check out what celebrities have to say about May in Indy in the video below.) In addition to all the 500 events happening throughout ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 7, 2012 in Indianapolis
Discover White River State Park in Downtown Indianapolis
With the amazing, record-breaking weather we’ve had lately (nearly 80 degrees in March—unbelievable), AJ and I recently felt compelled to venture into Downtown Indianapolis in search of some outdoor fun. And we found it at White River ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 21, 2012 in Indianapolis
Should Indianapolis embrace Naptown?
I just came across this interesting Indianapolis Star article about Indianapolis and the history of its (in)famous nickname, Naptown. In the article, Duncan Schiedt, a well-known Indianapolis/Naptown photographer of jazz musicians, including those ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 18, 2012 in Indianapolis
Indianapolis, you nailed it!
And I can say that completely without bias, since the country’s media and the 150,000 visitors that descended on the city for Super Bowl XLVI agree. Just a few raving headlines from various media:
“Super Bowl XLVI’s Real Winner? ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 22, 2012 in Indianapolis
Buy Girl Scout cookies, support a future business woman!
It’s one of my favorite times of the year–Girl Scout cookie season! Just the other day, I caught the local morning news highlighting the kickoff of the 2012 Girl Scout cookie program.
Two hours later… ding-dong at my door. WOW! ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on January 15, 2012 in Entrepreneurship
Top 10 list of New Year’s resolutions for your home
When the new year arrives, promises and resolutions abound. Here’s the top 10 list of what the resolute home owner should accomplish this year.
Ready for 2012? Here it comes:
Lose weight (cut energy use)
Quit smoking (purify indoor air)
Posted by Kristie Smith on December 31, 2011 in Home maintenance