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This blog will discuss real estate in general as well as information on the market in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Information for buyers, sellers, and real estate investors. Buyer and seller reports, tips and tricks to get your home sold fast and for top dollar. Information for buyers to find the home they want for the price they want.
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Finally, after owning the Treo 650 for the past 1 1/2 years I was upgraded for FREE to the new Treo 700.  The Treo 650 is the best phone I have had, but it has not been very reliable.  I have had my phone replaced, under warranty, 7 times over the past 1 1/2 years.  Each time, it was for a differ...
11/25/2006
I have learned over the past 10 years in real estate, that sometimes you get suprised by asking a seller for a concession that you swear is never going to go through only to end up being accepted.  I just had this happen to a client of mine today.  Duplex was originally priced at 120k, dropped do...
11/22/2006
I had a situation yesterday that leads to a great blog post. My clients goals is my #1 goal above and beyond $$$, $$$ will come if the client is treated right. My client has had some financial problems and was pretty much getting bailed out my an investor buying her property.  He is out of state,...
11/22/2006
Just wanted to share an example of something that happened to me this past week. Let me backtrack....I'm a little bit different then most, I don't do any cold calling, the only people I have ever responded with is "warm leads" or people that raise their hand looking for help.  I browse forums, lo...
11/21/2006
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The Crager-Bartels team has 2 brand new homes available for rent, as well as an older charming 1960's style home for rent.One home is available for rent in Noblesville, the other two are in the Avon, IN area. All will be between 1350 and 2000 sq.ft. in size.   Prices will range from $1,050/month ...
11/21/2006
This is from personal experience.  Something hardly anyone brings up or is ever mentioned is the way that home equity lines of credit show up on your credit report.Even thought the home equity line is secured against real estate, the home equity line still shows up as "unsecured credit".   So how...
11/21/2006
Wow, I was enlightened a week or so ago...I have never seen this anywhere I have shown listings.. Greensburg, Indiana, the home of the 4% full listing!  And the homes are priced around 100-200k max!  Greensburg is about an hour east of Indianapolis.  Average commissions in the Indianapolis area a...
11/20/2006
I was reading another blog post on here about the 800k homes in the Chicago area.  This got me thinking about home pricing in general throughout the nation.So what does 200k get you in your hometown?  Here in Indianapolis, I can get a basic 4 bedroom 2 bath 2000 sq.ft. home for 200k.  Nothing fan...
11/20/2006
With the slow housing market in Indiana, I have been inundated with out of state investors looking to cash in on investment properties locally before the market heats up.I get asked almost daily whether investors should purchase properties in questionable areas, but that have good cash flow, or p...
11/20/2006
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When you purchase multi-family, make sure that it is indeed zoned multi-family.  Here is something that has happened to me personally, on a 5 unit property I purchased 4 years ago. I purchased a 5 unit property 4 years ago.  At that time, we received paperwork from a court case from 20 years ago ...
11/19/2006
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