Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 List of Indianapolis Christmas Holiday Light Displays: Decorations, Maps, Neighborhoods, and Directions

It's a holiday tradition: jumping in the car and cruising the neighborhoods of Indianapolis and Central Indiana to check out the beautiful Christmas light displays. Several resources around town have put together excellent guides, complete with photos, addresses, driving directions, and even reviews. Have fun! And Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays! - Lisa (Parrett) Treadwell

The Indy Star

See more photos, share photos, or offer your own thoughts/reviews on Indianapolis Christmas lights on the Twitter hashtag #HNL13

You'll find this Indianapolis Christmas tree light display on Ferguson Road.

Here's another great list from my friends at Indy with Kids

And check out a local website dedicated strictly to a list of holiday decorations in Indianapolis with photos, maps and directions.

And of course, here's a classic from outside our area

"I'm tired of waiting Mom! When are we going to go see Christmas lights in Indianapolis"?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Indianapolis Interest Rates for 2014 Home Mortgages

by Lisa Parrett

There seems little doubt that interest rates for home mortgages in Indianapolis and across the country will jump in 2014. They've already been slowing inching up as the real estate market has recovered over the past 18 months, so I wanted to provide you an illustration of where interest rates stand now, how they'll increase in 2014, and how that affects the ability to purchase specific Indiana houses for sale.

I reached out to Matt Davis, a mortgage consultant with Caliber Home Loans of Fishers.

"Several lenders have assured me that rates WILL GO UP in 2014. As rates climb, this will begin to affect affordability," says Matt. "For example, a buyer who is able to get an interest rate today at 4.5% may be able to afford a $250,000 property, but if their interest rate climbs to, let's say, 6%, this may take that same buyer down to maybe a $170,000-$180,000 property - and there's a big difference in amenities between a $170,000 property and a $250,000 property."

Indianapolis area homeowners who are undecided about selling will benefit by taking action early in 2014 while there is still a larger pool of qualified buyers. Conversely, buyers will want to say goodbye to procrastination.  

"Buyers who are on the fence about buying will benefit from more affordability now and more to choose from in a higher price range," says Matt.

To offer current examples, I asked Matt to provide mortgage and a complete financial breakdown of several Central Indiana houses for sale from The Indy Real Estate Experts. Click on the links to view closing costs, down payment amounts, and current interest rates, plus other financial details. 

If you're ready to buy or sell a house in Indianapolis, Broad Ripple, Fishers, Carmel, Avon, Greenwood, Brownsburg, Noblesville, or anywhere across Central Indiana DO NOT wait for spring. Early winter of 2014 is the time to put the process in motion! Contact me - Lisa Parrett of The Indy Real Estate Experts - for a no-obligation consultation and advice.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Featured Home: Greenwood, Indiana House for Sale

Let me take you on a tour of a Greenwood ranch you don't want to miss.

831 N Tulip Lane, Greenwood, IN, 46143

There's nothing like a move-in-ready home with all of the charm and character you could ask for! 

From wonderful upgrades like new carpet, new/upgraded hardware, and updated light fixtures, to new landscaping - these are just a few things the sellers have done to make this home looks its best!

Conveniently located in Greenwood close to schools, restaurants, entertainment, and interstate access, there's nothing this home doesn't offer!

Good space in the back for entertaining and playing.

The Master Bedroom

Other view of the Master Bedroom

A walk-in closet

The Master Bath

Priced at $134,500

Second Bedroom

Third Bedroom

Second Bath

Watch the Video Below for an Even Better View

Featured Indianapolis House for Sale: 6628 Sundown Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46254

Check out this two-bedroom home for sale, located in the Sunset at Eagle Creek Subdivision in Indianapolis.

Welcome home to low maintenance living close to all of the amenities! This open concept ranch is located nearby parks, restaurants, schools, interstate access, and entertainment.

Enjoy all the comforts of home with little maintenance!  Laminate and tile floors along with neutral paint colors and a contemporary feel complete this home. 

The kitchen opens up into the family room and is perfect for entertaining guests. Come see this fun home today!

Walk-in Closet

Master Bedroom

A Well-Maintained Laundry Room

Priced at $77,500

Second Bedroom

Get an Even Better View: Watch the Video Below

Indianapolis House for Sale via The Indy Real Estate Experts: 5356 Greensward Lane, Indianapolis, IN, 46224

Watch the Video Tour Below

Check out this move-in ready ranch. From the moment you walk in and see the vaulted ceilings and easy to maintain laminate floors, you will love this home.

The living room and eat-in kitchen are open, allowing you the perfect space to entertain friends and family.

In the cooler months warm up next to the beautiful brick fireplace. The master bedroom offers a large walk-in closet and master bath.

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Great space in the walk-in closet

Quite the Finished Garage!

Priced at $94,900

It's the perfect retreat. Added bonuses include a fully finished garage and a nice, private backyard.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review: Growing Businesses: Indianapolis/Brownsburg Attorney Kathy Davis of KJD Legal

Congratulations to Kathy Davis of KJD Legal who recently celebrated the one year anniversary of her law firm.

"The year has gone by fast, thanks in part to many of you," says Kathy. "Thank you so much for your support!"

Kathy has experienced a busy year, working hard and watching her baby (the firm) grow in scope from a laptop on the couch, to a set up in the corner of the kitchen, to a dedicated space in the loft. "We've added not just one, but two shared working space offices in the last year to help us serve our clients better," notes Kathy. "And we've grown from a one-man band, to a small - but mighty - pairing of two attorneys, and a wide network of outsourced support."

KJD Legal operates offices in Brownsburg and Indianapolis with areas of practice zeroed in on small business, intellectual property, and divorce.

A graduate of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, Kathy Davis has been practicing law for more than ten years. Kathy is well versed in business creation, contracts, agreements, memorandums of understanding and franchise purchase agreements. Kathy also has extensive experience in real estate matters, including title issues, quiet title actions, tax sales, foreclosures, eminent domain and mineral issues.

Contact Lisa Parrett for more information at 317.246.9966

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Updated: New Times for 2013 Indianapolis and Central Indiana Trick or Treat

ALERT: Storms Forcing Change in Indianapolis-Area Trick or Treat Times

Because of expected heavy rain and winds possibly as high as 50 mph, many Central Indiana communities are changing their 2013 trick or treat times from Thursday October 31 to Friday, November 1, 2013.

Mayor Greg Ballard just announced the city of Indianapolis has changed trick or treat hours to Friday, November 1, 2013 from 6-8pm.

Indianapolis Indiana trick or treat times changed and updated

Trick or Treat Changes Fri November 1

Anderson 5-8p BOTH Thursday and Friday
Avon 6-9p
Brownsburg 6-9p
Fishers 6-8p
Greenfield 5-8p
Greensburg 5-8p
Greenwood 6-8p
Indianapolis 6-8p
Jamestown 6-8:30p
McCordsville 5:30-8:30p

More Updated Indianapolis Trick or Treat Times and Events

More communities are also likely to change times, so follow the updated list at WTHR

If you MUST trick-or-treat on Thursday, indoor options are available at the Greenwood Park Mall from 6-8p and the Castleton Square mall from 4-6p, while trick or treat at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from 5-7p will be moved indoors if bad weather threatens. 

The Haunted House at the Brownsburg Police station will also change hours to 6-9p on Friday.

Anderson and Chesterfield will hold hours both Thursday AND Friday. 

If you're a Chesterfield resident, oh boy, enjoy double the fun, with trick or treat hours from 6-8p on BOTH Thursday and Friday, while Anderson goes from 5-8p BOTH Thursday and Friday. 

Lebanon has changed their time to Saturday, November 2 from 6-9p

Here's the press release from Fishers police: "Due to the high probability of strong storms on Thursday, Fishers Police Chief George Kehl has decided to change this year's Trick-or-Treat hours to Friday evening. Trick-or-Treat hours will be on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Chief Kehl believes this change will help ensure the safety of all that choose to participate in this tradition."