FIfty-K Giveaway Update!

So, many of you were eager to register to win $50,000 with the Keller Williams mobile app giveaway. We had a TREMENDOUS response to the contest! We were so excited as a team to see the numbers coming in each day for those of you who took the time to download the app, enter my agent code and register to win your own stack of cash from Keller Williams!

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As an internal competition among our Keller Williams Indy Metro NE office, I was delighted to learn at our March Mania awards meeting that I won the Mobile App Download Contest within our office, based upon the downloads! Keller Williams awarded me with an incredible trip to Naples, Florida! And, to add delight to that announcement, KW Indy Metro NE handed out an assortment of awesome prizes to its Realtors for the hard work. The grand prize was a 60″ Samsung TV and I won that as well! WOW!

I am so proud to be a part of such an incredible team of Realtors and to see my own personal team expanding and successful. Thanks everyone for your support in this fun contest!

The national winner has yet to be announced, so stay tuned! We hope one of YOU takes home that grand prize!

Have a great weekend…and thank you for allowing me to help you in your real estate needs! I am grateful!

Been Thinking of Selling Your Home?

The Spring housing market it is about to bloom. And, if you’ve been thinking of selling your home, it’s the time to take the steps to do so.

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Shake off winter. The winter temperatures were brutal. You may have decided to hold on listing your home because of that alone. But, as Spring has started to reveal itself, it’s a great time to sell your home.

Be fresh on the market. The market is indicating that over half of all home transactions in 2014 will be bought and sold from May to August. By listing now, you can take advantage of being a new listing during the start of the selling season before buyers start thinking of back to school.

Get price comparatives. As your Realtor, we can look at the comps of similar homes in your area to see what is selling, and for how much. This baseline will give us a great picture of how to price your home to sell.

Take advantage of less competition. By listing soon, you will have less competition than when the rush of homes hit the market in May and June.

Enhance outdoor living spaces. These living spaces are such great selling features. Showing the expansion of the home’s space in outdoor living areas is an asset in selling now.

If you’ve been considering making a move, now is the time to contact me to get your home ready to list and take advantage of the Spring market!

 

Mike Surber Joins The Real Estate Pros

The Real Estate Pros announces the addition of a new Realtor to its team. Based in Pendleton, Indiana, it is led by Keller Williams Indy Metro NE market center Top Selling Agent Heather Upton.

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Realtor Mike Surber, a lifetime resident of the area, having grown up in Middletown, brings 20 years of retail sales experience to the team. He enjoys the feeling of seeing a satisfied customer after a transaction has been completed. He also has a long-standing successful career built upon referrals from clients and looks to that wheelhouse for his Realtor success. He prides himself on having clients become friends. Mike enjoys golfing, sports, camping and family time. He has been married for ten years and has two children and a Bassett Hound named Fenway.

“I am delighted to have Mike’s sales experience and customer relationship expertise as an addition to our growing team,” says Upton. “Our team continues to grow to support the market demand. With the backing of Keller Williams, we implement technology and real estate savvy to redefine the home buying and selling experience for our clients.”

About The Real Estate Pros:
The Real Estate Pros is a real estate firm under the umbrella of Keller Williams Realty Inc. Based in Pendleton, Indiana, The Real Estate Pros primarily serves residents and homebuyers in Madison County. The company strives to offer its clients a unique approach to selling and buying homes with its focus on technology and expertise. For more information or to search homes for sale visit The Real Estate Pros at (www.pendletonhomesforsales.com).

About Keller Williams Realty, Inc.:
Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the largest real estate franchise company in the United States, with approximately 700 offices and 80,000 associates around the world. The company has grown exponentially since the opening of the first Keller Williams Realty office in 1983, and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards associates as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties. For more information or to search for homes for sale visit Keller Williams Realty online at (www.kw.com). For more information about KW Worldwide, please visit (www.kwworldwide.com). 

Get Pre-Qualified.

Pre-qualification is one of the smartest things you can do to help your home buying process run smoothly. Why?

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Getting pre-qualified is quick, easy and free…and it gives you an estimate in advance of what loan amount you will be able to borrow and determine the loan type that’s right for you. Pre-qualification can even be done online. The lender will review your finances and estimate the amount of loan for which you may qualify. This pre-qualification is not guaranteed or considered to be any type of loan commitment…it’s simply a tool for you to know your borrowing power.

In addition, loan guarantees are offered on a variety of government sponsored mortgage programs and enable mortgage lenders to provide USDA mortgages. What is a USDA home loan? Well, this type of loan assists borrowers who would not traditionally be able to get approved. This loan means zero money down allowing financing up to 100% of the home’s value. USDA loans also provide very competitive fixed interest rates (never an adjustable rate mortgage) and affordable 30-year loan terms. This fixed rate guarantees that your monthly mortgage payments will never increase with a USDA home loan. The only fee associated the USDA rural housing program is a small, one-time funding fee.

So, all this being said, pre-qualification before you shop allows you to budget early on, set your expectations on what you can afford…and what you might need to get out of your current home if you’re selling too. Once you create your budget and know about how much of a monthly house payment you can comfortably afford, your new home search will be more efficient. Knowing which homes are in your price range and the loan type you will need will save you time and allow your home buying expectations to be met.

If you’re in the search for a new home, I would love to help you! Contact me to get started today. I can help you not only sell your current home, but get you and your family into the home you desire!

It’s Almost Egg Hunt Time!

One of the fun traditions for our kiddos around the Easter holiday is to hunt for eggs.

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This year’s annual Pendleton community easter egg hunt in Falls Park will be Saturday, April 19th starting at 10am. This year’s hunt is said to be bigger and better than ever!

In addition to the annual egg hunt which is separated into three ages: toddler, preschool and elementary, families and children can enjoy bounce houses, games, prizes, crafts, gift bags. The Easter Bunny himself will also be on hand for a photo in the park!

This year the Easter Egg Hunt is brought to you by Catalyst Church, First United Methodist Church, Pendleton Christian Church and Pendleton YMCA. If inclement weather occurs, this event will be relocated to the Pendleton YMCA.

Come out and take part in this family-friendly annual event that makes our little town so fun!

Add Curb Appeal on a Budget!

Now that winter weather seems to be behind us, it’s time to think about adding curb appeal to your home.

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We’ve put together some budget-friendly ideas to give your home a little spring boost!

 

Make the porch a focal point. If you have a covered front porch or landing, create an instant pop of color with various container plants and a spot to relax with outdoor furniture for a conversation area.

Emphasize the front door. Add an accent color or a wreath to your front door to personalize your entryway. Choose a color that compliments your brick or siding. Go to Pinterest for inspiration! Search “front door” and you’ll see what we mean.

Plant green and floral life. Landscaping gives such boost to your home by using plant material to surround walkways or line the exterior features your home. Clump flowers in groupings and keep the higher plants to the back and layer in with smaller plants in the front. Perennials are a cost-effective plant to use…they come back each year.

Add some light. Landscape lighting provides such a beautiful effect to your home, giving highlight to pathways, trees and flags during evening hours. Solar lights are an affordable solution for this as well.

Freshen up the paint. Stand back for a street view of your home and take a look at your shutters, exterior trim and front door. If your exterior finishes need some TLC, repaint them and give your home an instant makeover.

Treat your lawn. Apply a fertilizer to nourish your yard or considering hiring an expert to diagnose any problems with grubs and weeds.

Repair your driveway. Winter’s constant freezing and thawing took a toll on driveways and sidewalks. Take time to patch and seal any holes or cracks.

Wash the exterior. Not only will you need to clean out gutters and winter’s debris from around the home, you may also need to power wash your siding, wood decks and concrete sidewalks to freshen up your home.

Take advantage of Spring and give your home curb appeal with these inexpensive tips!

 

 

The History Behind One Of Our Charming Downtown Listings.

We have a listing located in the Pendleton Historic District that is simply packed with a great story and many original features and charming details, making it such a unique home. The home is located on 111 South East Street and is currently listed for $185,000. This four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home was built in the Spring of 1898 when East Street did not exist, but the area was known then as Hardy’s Platt.

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This historic home is considered a farmhouse in construction and is classified as a Victorian Cape Cod. Alvin and Emmeline Loy built the house on Hardy’s Platt in 1898. The house would remain in the Loy family from 1898 to roughly 1980 when it changed hands a few times in the Claude and Lillian Jones family and the Herbert and Betty Jones family.

From 1988 to 2012, the exterior was painted in a Victorian plum color and in the summer of 2012 was scraped and repainted with the current Cadet Blue. In 2011, with a grant from the Pendleton Historical Society Façade Grant, the porch was rebuilt and painted. This house and its historical significance qualifies it as eligible for the yearly Façade Grant.

Back in 1914, the property included a White Oak tree, but it had to be taken down in the autumn of 2005, when an arborist had diagnosed the tree as having only 24% living parts. It had stood on this property since before the Civil War. Sometime around the World War I, it had been hit by lightning and began to slowly die. Upon its dismantle, it was discovered that from the ground to twelve feet up, the tree had been hollow.

A Red Delicious apple tree, saved from the 75% off heap at Lowe’s in 2010, now stands in the place where the great White Oak had once stood. Although this tree does produce viable fruit, an arborist has advised that the blossoms be removed from this tree starting in spring of 2014 and for three additional years in order that the trunk be allowed to fatten and support fruit bearing branches.

The home features so much character in its original features such as fixtures, elaborate interior and exterior trim work and open stairway. The Oak beam that is on the corner of the kitchen bar in the stairway landing and the wooden step in the back dining room is original, dating back to 1898. The light fixture in the front living room is authentic to the Victorian period however, it has been wired for electricity. No major changes were made to the basic floorplan of the farmhouse until 1988, when the current kitchen, back dining room and the upper two rooms (the ones you have to step down into) were added onto the home. The picket fence and gate was added onto in 2013. The home as it stands now, is over 3600 square feet.

What you’ll get with this incredible historic home: all major appliances including the refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, water softener, gas stove (oven is electric) as well as the freezer in the basement and the washer and dryer upstairs in the laundry nook. All of the carpet except for the master bedroom is brand new. The microwave and stove are three years old.

The house also contains an upgraded electrical package and is wired for internet and satellite TV. The fireplace has been inspected and cleaned and is wood burning. All rooms with the exception of the downstairs bedroom and front living room have new ceiling fans.  All of the doors have been rekeyed to one key and the backdoor has keyed and keyless remote entry. The code on the door can be changed to your own personal code of choice.

What’s nearby? You will love the convenience of this home! Pendleton Elementary and Pendleton Intermediate Schools are directly next door. Police and Fire are two blocks away and a state trooper lives in the immediate neighborhood. Marsh grocery is less than a mile away and during storms or power outages, the power in this area always seems to be restored first. The downtown area and Town Hall are within walking distance as well. Fall Creek Park, the Community Center, as well as Pendleton Library are also within walking distance.

Oh, and the traditions. Not only does this home bode a significant part of Pendleton history, but it is also ideal in location to take part of the annual Pendleton festivities. Parades such as the Homecoming Parade, Christmas in Pendleton Parade and the Junior Baseball League parade follows a route by this home and onto State Road 38. You are also within walking distance to all annual events such as The Heritage Fair, Outfitters Block Party, Christmas in Pendleton and the State Road 38 sale.

Want to see more of this home? Click here for the home’s web site. And, if you’re interested in seeing the home in person, contact us to schedule a showing. We are so excited to see what family moves into this home to carry on its significant legacy to our town!