2016 Indy Home Show…

Ends Sunday!  Have you been out yet?  One of the perks of being a Realtor® in Indy is the opportunity to preview the centerpiece home at the Indianapolis Home Show and Fischer Homes has built a beauty this year.  If you want to see it, you have to get there by Sunday!

Fischer Homes is the designer and builder of the Centerpiece Home — a fully-constructed, decorated and landscaped home built entirely inside Exposition Hall. Always a popular attraction at the show, the Centerpiece Home is a look at the hottest new lifestyle and home building trends. This year, Fischer Homes debuts the Allerton home design, a European Romantic elevation with soaring rooflines and a painted brick exterior.  With four bedrooms and 3½ baths spread across a 4,010 square feet and was designed for the modern on-the-go family.

Here is the schedule for today, Saturday and Sunday…

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29

  • Noon and 3:00 p.m. Designer-blogger Liz Henderson – Giving new budget-friendly life to homes
  • 2:00 John Gidding – Get more “Curb Appeal” with HGTV Host John Gidding, presented by Xfinity, with tips for giving your home a facelift

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30

  • 11:00 Fischer Homes and Touch of Class – The builders and designers of the Centerpiece Home reveal an inside look into the making of the home
  • Noon and 2:00 p.m. John Gidding – Get more “Curb Appeal” with HGTV Host John Gidding, presented by Xfinity, with tips for giving your home a facelift.
  • 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.  “Two Chicks and a Hammer” – Mother and daughter duo is revitalizing their hometown of Indianapolis one property at a time
  • 4:00 Pottery Barn Kids – Creating a Perfect Nursery 5:00 Heather Tallman – Basilmomma – A busy mom who likes to cook, Heather Tallman helps you find balance in life and in the kitchen
  • 6:00 Pottery Barn – Creating a Perfect Living Room
  • 7:00 Heather Tallman – Basilmomma – A busy mom who likes to cook, Heather Tallman helps you find balance in life and in the kitchen

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31

  • 10:00 Williams Sonoma – Super Bowl Party Ideas
  • 11:00 Fischer Homes and Touch of Class – The builders and designers of the Centerpiece Home reveal an inside look into the making of the home
  • Noon and 2:00 p.m. “Two Chicks and a Hammer” – Mother and daughter duo is revitalizing their hometown of Indianapolis one property at a time
  • 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Designer-blogger Liz Henderson – Giving new budget-friendly life to homes – Plus, Liz gives away a living room!
  • 4:00 Heather Tallman – Basilmomma – A busy mom who likes to cook, Heather Tallman helps you find balance in life and in the kitchen

The weather is going to be warm this weekend so get out and check out the Indianapolis Home Show before it is gone…then call me to get a new home of your very own!

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Vicki Reed

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How do you keep your faith?

I struggle with my faith.  No, I don’t go to church, but I do believe in God, that things are truly in his hands and everything happens for a reason.  At 45 I made a decision that has changed my life – I became a licensed realtor and ultimately went into business for myself…you see, my dream has always been to be a CEO and I figured out that I wasn’t going to get there unless I went into business for myself!

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, the BOLD Laws are great and really keep me focused on what is important.  The one that leapt from the page today is “Fear or Faith…You Choose” and it inspired this post.  I have faith in my abilities, however, blind faith is a challenge I face everyday.  One of my Facebook friends posted this and I felt it really spoke to me:

Sometimes God will ask you to do things that you’re afraid of. Just because you’re afraid doesn’t mean you’re not supposed to do it. You have to get out of your comfort zone and do it afraid. If you play it safe all your life, you’ll never reach your full potential. That’s what faith is all about.

My biggest challenge every day is overcoming my fear of failure, however, I am grateful and thankful every day that I am a part of a company which gives me the tools, training and opportunities to grow as well as family and friends who have blind faith in me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.  How can I fail with all of this on my side.  My goals for this year are big and I get up every morning and work through my affirmations, my gratitude and start my day in faith…how about you?

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Vicki Reed

Devour Downtown Indy starts TODAY!

It’s that time again…Devour Downtown!  Have restaurants you want to try but it seems a bit out of budget?  Now is the time to get out and try them!  Let’s face it, the weather this week with the warmer temps and no snow is the perfect time.

Visit the Devour Downtown website for a list of the restaurants AND the chance to win a gift card – you can enter DAILY.

Want to make is a night?  The Conrad is offering rooms for $149 a night (restrictions apply) and several of the local attractions, including the Indianapolis Symphony are offering special deals.  Jump online and check them out!

This is a great opportunity to discover more of Indy’s great downtown…maybe I’ll see you there!

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Vicki Reed

What do you know about Indy’s Great Urban Communities?

Ever thought about living INSIDE 465?  A lot of us do it…Indianapolis has some great suburbs but many want more walkability to restaurants and shops, a lifestyle that doesn’t include getting in the car all the time.

Indy has so many great areas that make up Indianapolis and over the next few weeks I will be profiling many of them.  Irvington, Fountain Square, Broad Ripple, Chatham Arch, Mass Ave, Holy Cross, the Old Northside, the Old Southside, Bates Hendricks, Garfield Park, Beech Grove, Speedway, Fletcher Place…I’m certain I’ve missed some!

What’s important about urban living to you?  Walkability?  Safety?  Restaurants?  Shopping?  Quality of Life?  Type of home?  Schools?  I want to explore them all and share my thoughts!

First up will be Irvington, it holds a special place in my heart since I call it home!  What areas do you want to know more about?  Let me know!

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Vicki Reed

What does the 2016 Indianapolis Real Estate Market look like?

What is the outlook for our local 2016 real estate market?  As an agent, I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have numbers and studies of market experts providing indicators to make our best guess of the direction of the local real estate market for this year.

Last year was more of a Seller’s Market — meaning the demand for homes was usually higher than the inventory of homes for sale. We move into 2016 with the same low inventory and this results in multiple offers on lots of the homes in some areas and the final sales prices being closer to or above asking price.

It was not and is not an all out Seller’s Market, Seller’s cannot name their price, remember, a home’s value is determined by what someone will pay for it – listing a $200,000 home for $300,000 will not get you $300,000, even with low inventory.  With the tightening of federal regulations, lenders being pickier and appraisers being closely scrutinized, the likelihood of a repeat of past history is not there.

The Federal Reserve has not raised the cost of borrowing in nine years. The economy is picking up and experts predict they are likely to begin gradually raising the interest rates. Most agree that sometime in the first quarter of 2016, we will see the increase start.  Rates are still at historic lows at the moment so buying now is a smart move if you are on the fence…and you should call me to do it!

Still renting?  It is actually cheaper to buy than rent in most areas of the country including ours. Rental rates are increasing at a fast rate. Concerned about your credit score?  Have limited funds?  or just afraid to find out? You’ll never know until you try, I have several lender partners that I am happy to have you talk to…remember, all discovered is confidential and they will not share your financial information, but are always happy to help you create a plan to work through the issues and get you ready to buy a home!  . Wouldn’t you love to stop throwing money away on rent?

After 10 to 15 years of a wild ride in the real estate market, analysts are predicting that “normal” is returning slowly but surely. Distressed  (bank owned, shortsales, forclosure) property sales are finally dropping instead of being a huge part of the housing market. New construction is on the rise again and home prices are rising at at a more normal rate.

2016 should be another busy year in the Indianapolis market. If you have been thinking of buying or selling, now is the time to do it. Take advantage of the lower interest rates if you are a buyer. Sellers jump in the market while inventory is still low.  Just let me know what I can do to help!

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Vicki Reed

What inspires you EVERYDAY?

Reading the news online (I refuse to watch it and allow it to take up a lot of my time, but I like to know what’s happening around me), our schools are being threatened, our stores are being robbed, homes are being invaded and people are being murdered…not only in the Indy area, but around the country and around the world.  How do you get up everyday and continue living your life in a POSITIVE fashion against such negativity?

For me?  Well, limiting my news intake helps!  As I mentioned in a post last week, I have big goals this year and at the end of the year took a class that helped me bring clarity to my goals and my life and Clarity is Power!

Today as I sit in my attic office, staying out of the cold and snow, I am pondering how to get the best out of this year, the first BOLD Law that jumped out at me this morning is Come from Contribution – what do you contribute to others?  Not necessarily monitarily, but of your time, your experiences…

In 2015, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Michael J. Maher, author of The 7 Levels of Communication, and through him, introduced to the Generosity Generation (Gen-Gen for short).  Between the book, written about a real estate agent and mortgage lender, the concepts can be used in many sales driven fields.  It takes us back to getting off the computer and back out into meeting people face to face and the joy of writing (yes writing…not typing) hand written notes!  It really is nice to get the mail and get something that isn’t bills or junk mail.  I encourage you to pick up the book (click here to link straight to the page on Amazon!) and think about how you live your life and run your business.

Here is to a successful 2016!

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Vicki L. Reed

Oh what a night…

March Madness…I know, it’s only January, but last night, in addition to seeing a tough fought game between Indiana University (IU) and Wisconsin, I had the honor of watching the celebration of the 1976 UNDEFEATED, NCAA Men’s Championship Team and the unveiling of a new banner at Assemby Hall!

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I know everyone in the audience was hoping to see the legendary Bob Knight walk onto the court, but if you know anything of his reputation…you know he wasn’t going to show…but you could feel his presence.

Knight was there when all those players from that magical team sat in a row and talked about the team, the season, each other — and couldn’t stop talking about the man who brought them together and unleashed them on the unsuspecting world of college basketball.

Assembled were all manner of members of Knight’s 1976 program. Trainers, assistant coaches, student managers. A woman who sang the national anthem. More than 40 people were invited from 1976, and all but a handful came. Nine of the 12 players still alive returned — Buckner, May, Benson, Wilkerson, Tom Abernethy, Jim Crews, Wayne Radford, Jim Roberson and Scott Eells — and the three no-shows expressed their regrets. Jim Wisman is in Europe, IU athletic director Fred Glass said, and Rich Valavicius and Bob Bender had previous commitments. (Mark Haymore died in 2004.)

What a fun night and so blessed to have this memory (thanks Elizabeth for getting Mary the tickets for Christmas and thanks Mary for taking me along!)…I mean, I was young when this happened, but still remember watching the season and being amazed by this feat…others have tried, but none have yet to accomplish…Go Hoosiers!

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Vicki Reed