Outfitters Inc.: Helping Those Within Our Own Community

outfitters    We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village”, “Charity begins at home” and so on but two women, Michelle Marks and Mary Harvey took a stance and followed through on those famous sayings.  Not only did they create a wonderful organization called Outfitters Inc. which provides clothing to children in need but they did so right in their own community! Outfitters supplies new and quality used clothing to low income families in a boutique type setting that assists in providing a positive self image for the youth in our community.  Since their start in 2005 they have managed to clothe over 2,395 kids in and around our town.

There are also ways that you can get involved and help to make Outfitters a continued keller williams at outfitters(and necessary) success.  First of all, you can donate shoes and clothing.  In fact, 75% of their clothing needs are met through donations of quality used, in-style clothing from individuals in the community.  Here is a link to the types of clothing and/or accessories that they are currently accepting! Financial donations are also greatly needed for a plethora of different uses.  You can donate online as well! Last but not least they have a wide range of volunteer opportunities for adults and youth alike.  Click here to see how you can help and lets come together as a community to ensure that this incredibly worthwhile organization continues its mission for years to come!

The Benefits of a Balanced School Year Schedule

While the new “balanced” school schedule is certainly controversial there is no doubt some wonderful benefits that can come from this arrangement.  First of all, it is important to understand that with this new schedule, the time spent at school is not extended but simply re-arranged to allow for more breaks but a shorter summer break.  One of the biggest arguments for the balanced schedule is to eliminate “summer learning loss.”  It is easy to see how this would undoubtedly be an issue as I have a hard time remembering something I learned last week, let alone 3 months prior.  By eliminating the long 3 months span that a traditional school calendar leaves for summer break you are able to disperse that into smaller breaks throughout the entire year.  By giving the students (and teachers for that matter) more days off throughout the school year you are also helping to eliminate burn out.  I think we can all vouch that a few days away from anything (work, school, responsibilities) gives a renewed enthusiasm when returning.  Below is this years school calendar and I’m hoping this will only continue to assist in an already stellar school system!

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Looking for a Summerlake Home?

We know how popular Summerlake is…and we have a move-in ready listing for you!

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9262 W. Rising Sun Drive // $169,900

Here are some highlights:

* 3,374 square feet
* 4/5 bedrooms
* 2.5 bathrooms
* Immaculate condition
* Open floorplan
* Back patio overlooking water
* Eat-in kitchen with center island
* Main level office/5th bedroom
* Family room with gas fireplace
* Formal dining room
* Upstairs bonus room/family room
* Master bath with garden tub and separate shower
* Upgrades galore!
* Pendleton schools
* Neighborhood park, pool, club house, basketball courts, volleyball courts

Click here to learn more! Contact us today to schedule a showing.

Fourth at the Falls!

Mark your calendar for a new July 4th event in Pendleton! Celebrate at the Fourth at the Falls!

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The event kicks off with a parade at 4 p.m. The Fourth at the Falls festival will take place in front of the park. This is a FREE event to attend, and will include live music, bouncy houses, a volleyball tournament, rock wall, sumo wrestling and food vendors with food for purchase! Oh, and of course…K-Burgers!

This fun celebration will end with a fireworks display at dusk.

Make plans to take part in this first-ever event!

 

What’s Your Home Worth?

Are you curious about your home’s worth?
A comparative market analysis (CMA) is key to providing real estate value. This is where real estate professionals, like me, show you what your competition is…spelled out in black and white.
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As your Realtor, I compile data from the Metro Indianapolis Board of Realtors to create the CMA to determine where your home will stand in comparison to other homes on the market, and those which have recently sold, to determine the highest possible asking price.The CMA is qualified and quantified, and is typically designed to give a quick snapshot of information such as number of bedrooms and baths, approximate square footage, amenities, age of the home, property taxes, and more. The Comparative Market Analysis can go be put together for years ago, a month or a week ago. CMA’s can cover areas as narrow as one or two streets surrounding your home, or as broad as an entire subdivision like Summerlake, Fox Run, Hickory Hills, Fiddlers Green, etc.
What isn’t included in the CMA are factors such as the emotional appeal to buyers based upon subjective things such as curb appeal, interior decor, color, lighting, room flow, paint colors, etc. Some of these things ultimately create a higher price (or lower price) than the home next door. At the end of each home’s information on the CMA report there will be a brief statement provided by the listing agent. This statement is usually a combination of fact and subjective opinion, and will generally cover selling points. It could be anything from “kitchen and master bath completely remodeled in 2010″ to “Charming! Must see!” For privacy reasons, the CMA that is offered for public consumption does not list every piece of information that has been obtained by the seller’s agent. It will give the what, when, where, but it won’t give the who (the seller’s identity) and the why (why the home is being put up for sale.) This is to protect the seller’s privacy and to keep from inadvertently giving the buyer an advantage in a distress situation.
The CMA is clearly a selling tool and should be interpreted by a professional or with complete objectivity by the seller or buyer. Remember that the CMA is also a buying tool; it is taken just as seriously by the buyer and his agent. As a seller, you are going to use the CMA to ask the highest possible price for your home; as a buyer, you would use it to find reasons to either choose or eliminate your home, and to arrive at the lowest price possible.

 

If you would like to discuss your very own comparative market analysis for your home click here!

 

New Pendleton Schools Listing!

We have a beautiful three-bedroom, two-bathroom home listing in Fall Creek Heights!

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This adorable and affordable brick ranch is located in Pendleton school district and has many updates. The kitchen features a bar area and all appliances stay. Outdoors, you will enjoy meticulous landscaping, a covered front porch and back patio…perfect for summertime entertaining and relaxation. The back yard is fenced and has two sheds; the larger one even has electricity.

Contact us to make your appointment today to see this home with the best curb appeal in the neighborhood!

Make Plans to Zip Line This Summer!

Did you new that we have one of the largest zip lines in the Midwest right by us?

White River Zip Lines opened a $1 million course just a couple of weeks ago in South Madison County and features eight zip line runs over 100 acres of Indiana woodlands. The course boasts high speeds and includes ten towers within the oak and maple trees.

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The series of towers prepares you for the thrill of being high off the ground and moving at a quick pace down the line. The last tower to the final platform is said to be 1,000 feet long and gives you speeds up to 30 miles per hour. Wow! Want to learn more about the course? Click here for the overview.

Pricing starts from $49 and you can save money by making your reservations online.

Enjoy summer fun at one of Madison county’s treasures!