Beyond the Balance Sheet: The Non-Financial Treasures of Home Ownership
In the world of real estate, we often talk about the financial aspects of homeownership—the equity, the investment, the tax benefits. But today, we want to shift our focus to something equally important, yet often overlooked: the non-financial ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 23, 2023 in Better living
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 February 13, 2023 in Relocation
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
Dance the night away at the Zionsville Street Dance!
Looking for a family-friendly activity, or a great date idea? One of our favorite Zionsville summer fun events is coming up on Saturday, August 3—the Zionsville Street Dance.
Let’s be honest, it’s hard to find a live music ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 11, 2019 in Zionsville
Now open: Carmel's Cake Bake Shop
Think: Parisian mornings and storybook castles; shooting stars and royal weddings. These fantasies lie at the heart of Gwendolyn Roger’s new location of the Cake Bake Shop in Carmel City Center. The restaurant inspires whimsy long before the ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 8, 2019 in Carmel
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 June 3, 2019 in Events
Discover your local farmers market!
One of our favorite parts of summer in Indianapolis are the farmers markets that pop up all over the city. These farmers markets bring together communities while showcasing products from merchants who specialize in both niche and broad markets of ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 10, 2019 in Better living
Make a dog evacuation plan in case of emergency
Most homeowners have never faced a life-threatening disaster, which increases the liklihood of chaos when it comes time to deal with an actual emergency. Whether it be a fire, a flood, a tornado, an earthquake--you name it--there should always be an ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 7, 2019 in Dog Life
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
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 Kristie Fun
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
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 Events
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 Events