Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Three Housing Trends to Help You Cash in On Your Indianapolis Home in 2013

As an Indianapolis real estate agent, I'm happy to say that I'm seeing it everyday. The long recovery in housing that we've hoped for for so long is now underway. Yet surprisingly, industry parlance notes that inventory is low. Or in common language: there are not a lot of houses on the market.

Frankly, from what I'm seeing, that makes no sense. People are buying houses and demand is up. If you're considering selling your Indiana home, now is a great time to begin investigating the process and getting it underway for spring and summer showings.

To illustrate how and why things are improving in Central Indiana, I've compiled a list of Three Housing Trends That May Help You Cash in on Your Indianapolis Home in 2013.

Mortgage Approval Rates Are Up!

Buyers have good reason to get over their “lending anxiety.” In fact, mortgage approval rates have jumped by 11 percent and more than 50% of applicants were approved for a mortgage in November of 2012. See the data here.

According to mortgage expert Dan Green, “New loan programs with looser, simpler rules have been introduced and, in many cases, the steps required for a home loan approval are more simple for today’s mortgage applicants as compared to just two years ago.”

Sizzling New Home Sales

A December 2012 Census Bureau report indicated that sales of new homes have increased at their fastest pace in two years, and were up 15% from 2011. Again, this shows consumer confidence in the economic recovery and a willingness to buy.

The 25-34 Equation

The recession decimated employment numbers for those in the 25-34 demographic, but recent job numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor show that group is back and working again and ready to spring into buying a home. This section of younger home-buyers saw their employment numbers rise by 2 percent.

Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home in Indianapolis, these statistics are fantastic news. When you need an expert to guide you through the process of buying or selling a house, the Indy Real Estate Experts stand ready to help.

Call me for a free, no-obligation analysis at 317-246-9966 or email me.

Here's an Example of Just One Way I'll Help You Market & Sell Your Home

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Indianapolis Real Estate Broker: Lisa Parrett

Believe it or not, I'm really not about tooting my own horn (too) loudly:)

But I do think it's important to let clients and colleagues know that The Indy Real Estate Experts believe in getting better at our jobs every day and every chance we get.

That's why I recently underwent the Indiana Brokers Examination and - lo and behold - passed it. So now I'm officially a real estate broker and able to provide even better service to clients and the Indianapolis real estate industry as a whole.

The Indy Real Estate Experts and Keller Williams are both educationally-based and believe that in order to give our clients the best service possible, we must stay educated on the latest changes and updates to the market. All the agents on the IREE team achieve this by taking new classes and earning various certificates on a regular basis. After all, it's most definitely all about expertise and excellence.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Indianapolis Press Release: Indy Real Estate Experts Grow Team

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
Indianapolis, IN

Indy Real Estate Team Adds Experts in Multiple Disciplines

The Indy Real Estate Experts, a local real estate team focused on the buying and selling of Central Indiana homes, has added two additional members to their squad of experts.

Joining the team as a Listing and Buying Expert is Tasha Swetnam. She most recently served as the Geist Woods Sales Manager for Silverthorne Custom Homes. A graduate of Butler University, Swetnam's home sales career has also encompassed positions with the Estridge Companies, Hills Communities, and Centex Homes.

Expanding their Expired Listings department, IREE adds Michael Benson to the staff. A resident of the Indianapolis areas since 1965, Benson has extensive experience in ownership and management, while also exploring the creative side of the real estate business with an eye for interior design, floral work, and as a color and space specialist. His unique set of skills will help the Indy Real Estate Experts to even better serve their clients through design and home staging approaches.

With a new year upon us, spring coming soon, and a Central Indiana real estate market on the rebound, now is the ideal time for us to add more experts and really prepare to wow our clients with tremendous service,” says Lisa Parrett, Team Leader and Owner of the Indy Real Estate Experts. “Having a couple more great people like this working side-by-side with me will only make us stronger.”

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Indianapolis Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tribute Page

Free Admission on 1/21/2013 to:

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis from 10a to 3p

Conner Prairie from 10a to 5p

Crispus Attucks Museum (includes live showing of the presidential inauguration)

Eiteljorg Museum (free admission with a donated canned food item)

IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum (free movie showings with donated canned food item)

Indiana State Museum

Indiana Historical Society

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Zoo (free with canned food item)

NCAA Hall of Champions

Activities, Health Screenings, & free Indians tickets at Victory Field

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mortgage Relief Extension HR8 Indianapolis Home Loan Modifications

With an early vote in Congress around 2 am on January 1, 2013 to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," troubled homeowners across Indianapolis and all of the United States received especially good news.

The mortgage debt relief act of 2007 will be extended and is due to be signed by the president. Known now as HR8, the new Tax Relief Extension Act does just that; extending the previous act and allowing distressed homeowners to continue to sell their distressed properties and avoid tax hits due to discharged debt.

Contact me, Lisa Parrett, of the Indy Real Estate Experts and I'll explain to you the latest developments. Call me at 317-246-9966 or email me

The new bill, HR8, also includes extensions for mortgage insurance premiums and state and local taxes.

Debt will also continue to be discharged without tax consequences during loan modifications or a short sale.

If you're an underwater Indianapolis or Indiana homeowner interested in modifying your loan or conducting a short sale, this is fantastic news and, of course, it applies to distressed homeowners across the U.S.

If you're an Indiana homeowner and any of these situations apply to you - or you're interested in learning more about how you can save with loan modifications or more - contact me, Lisa Parrett, of the Indy Real Estate Experts and I'll explain to you the latest developments. Call me at 317-246-9966 or email. You're under no obligation. Let's talk!