Halloween Today, Trick or Treat Tomorrow!

You’ve likely heard the news…but due to anticipated inclement weather, the town of Pendleton will be changing Treat or Treat hours to Friday, November 1st from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Happy Halloween everyone! Be safe and have fun!

It’s Been A PINK Month!

We have had quite a month going PINK in celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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Pendleton Real Estate Pro donated $250 for every new home listing and home buyer who bought a home through us. So far this month, we have raised over $1,000 for the Susan G. Komen Central Indiana! This money raised will provide grants, services and support for Indiana breast health programs.

Not in the market to list or buy a home but want to donate to our PINK initiative? Click here to log into our Pendleton Real Estate Pro fundraising home page to make your donation and support this incredible organization. Hurry, we just have a few days left of our October Breast Cancer Awareness Month PINK initiative.

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About the Susan G. Komen Central Indiana Affiliate
Komen Central Indiana is one of four affiliates in Indiana. Of funds raised, 75% of proceeds stay local in our 21-county service area to provide grants for local breast health programs. These programs help ensure that women in Central Indiana are getting the outreach, access to care, patient navigation, treatment assistance and survivor support services they need. The remaining 25% goes to the Komen Global Research Grants program seeking the causes, improved treatments and cures for breast cancer.

Save Energy Dollars This Winter!

Did you know that Vectren offers a Residential Rebate Program that can turn into savings for its natural gas customers? Are you one of them? By choosing to update your current furnace or boiler with a high-efficiency version, you will earn a rebate and save money every month on your utility bill by using less natural gas.

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So, here’s how. Rebates are available for the purchase and installation of improvements such as high-efficiency natural gas boilers and natural gas furnaces, attic and wall insulation, duct sealing…and even as something as little as a programmable thermostat. Click here to see an overview of Vectren’s Residential Rebate Program.

How do you apply? Log into Vectren’s web site here. The web site will give you links for the Conservation Connection so you can see the list of qualified products and review the rebate eligibility. You’ll need to complete the Residential Rebate Program application that corresponds with the type of service utilized by the qualifying equipment. Be sure you meet all eligibility guidelines on the applicable rebate form before you purchase new equipment. Then, once you’ve purchased and installed a qualified product through a program-approved professional contractor (the web site will give you contractors from which to choose), you can submit the rebate application with a copy of all invoices via mail or email.

If you’re looking to make an update to your home that will turn into energy savings, click here to see what Vectren has to offer to your pocketbook.

Halloween Parade Saturday!

Okay, princesses, princes, ninjas, skeletons, animals, witches and ghouls, it’s time to join everyone in the annual Halloween Parade! The parade is this Saturday, October 26th.

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Here are the details…meet up with everyone behind the post office at 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will travel through our downtown Pendleton streets en route to Falls Park.

Once the parade arrives at the Falls Park Shelter House, judging will begin. This year’s categories are: scariest, prettiest, cutest, funniest and most original. Judging will be done in six age groups: preschool, Kindergarten, 1st – 2nd grade, 3rd – 4th grade, 5 – 6th grade and 7th grade and up. All of you boys and ghouls…I mean girls…will have the chance to win cash prizes and everyone who joins the parade in costume will receive a bag of goodies.

For more than two decades, this parade has been an annual Halloween tradition traveling through downtown. The Lion’s Club will be sponsoring this fun and free event so come out and participate!

Antique Tractor Show at Smith Family Farms This Weekend!

We love our local Smith Family Farms…and to mark its incredible 182nd year of operation, this weekend the farm will debut its first annual antique tractor show!

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In celebration of the Smith Family Farms, which began its operation in 1831, the antique tractor show will feature a wide variety of restored and antique tractors which represent those that were once used to maintain this Pendleton farm. The tractor show will take place today and tomorrow, October 12 and 13 at the Smith Family Farm located at 7137 West 675 South. The cost for admission is $4 per person or two free admissions with each tractor entry. The show will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Many thanks to the Smith family for being such an integral part of our community all of these years! Enjoy the first annual antique tractor show everyone!

Get Your Spook On.

In the spirit of fall festivities, if you and your family are in the mood to get your spook on during Fall Break, you might want to check out some of the local, and not so local, haunted houses and Halloween festivities.

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Trails of Terror. Our local field of fear in Markleville, located at 2742 East 1100 South, features six dark and foggy acres with monster-infested woods. Trails of Terror is thirty minutes of heart-pounding, Halloween thrill. The cost is $13 per person and the trails ask that children ages ten and under be accompanied by an adult. Trails of Terror is open from 8 p.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays and features special Halloween hours from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on October 24th, 30th and 31st. Click here for more details.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This historical spook house known for its children-friendly Halloween features is celebrating its 50th anniversary! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is located at 3000 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. This haunted house is the oldest continually operational haunted house in the nation! This year the haunted house is themed Time Warp and explores five decades of music, movies, TV and history. The Children’s Museum features lights-on hours, traditional lights-out hours and even an extreme scream event on Fridays. Prices range from $7 to $12. Click here for more information.
Indy Scream Park. For the fearless, this scream-creating destination is located 5211 South New Columbus Road in Anderson. Indy Scream Park features five haunted house attractions, plus a Monster Midway and is open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Prices start from $25. One note…it’s cash only at the door. Credit and debit cards can be used for online ticket sales only. Click here for more details.
The Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie. This annual Conner Prairie tradition, celebrating its 30th year, features not only the Headless Horseman feature presentation, but also kids’ crafts, a monster museum, magic show, hayrides, costume runway, marionette show, movies, slingshot of flying monkeys, movie, The Apple Store for cider, snacks and more. The Headless Horseman event is October 11-13, 17-20 and 24-27. Click here for more information.
These are just a few of the places to get your blood-curdling-scream-going or to have family-friendly, lights-on, lighthearted Fall fun. So, happy Fall Break…and happy haunting should you choose to take in one of the scary adventures.

Writing A Solid Offer.The First Time.

Writing a competitive offer when buying a home allows you to get your offer accepted. The first time.

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Having a Realtor on your side who not only knows your local community and the housing market, but also how to help offer you advice on writing a great offer the first time is key.

It’s not just about being the “highest bidder” when writing offers, but rather the bidder who offers a competitive price and places the fewest restrictions on that offer. Think of it this way, as the seller, you prefer to work with less demanding bidders over those who may offer the highest price but have strings attached with the contract. So, when you write your offer with your Realtor’s advice and expertise, you need to do so with the seller in mind…for what they will be most likely to respond to with a “yes.”

So, how can you do this?

First and foremost, rely upon your Realtor for research. What are other similar homes selling for in the area? Your Realtor can pull comps of other homes in the market like the one you want to buy and give you their original list price and for what dollar amount they’ve recently sold. Having these comparative numbers gives you a great starting point for the going rate on homes like the one you’re trying to buy. With that knowledge, your offer will be a solid, substantiated bid.

Be an educated buyer. Know your mortgage pre-qualification. Having the budget in-hand before you write that offer will eliminate the guesswork. Save yourself and the seller the disappointment of a sale that doesn’t close. Use the number you know you can comfortably afford and be sure you don’t raise your bid beyond that comfort zone. This will keep you from having any trouble at the closing table.

What if you’re not the only bidder? Your Realtor will know if there are other offers on the table for the home. When offering a bid with multiple bidders, the sale price of the home will usually be greater than its asking price. Writing a competitive offer is critical in this instance and having your Realtor’s expertise when writing that bid will give you a greater chance of getting that offer accepted.

Appeal to the emotions of the seller. Yes, buying a home is a financial transaction, but it is also an emotional one. The seller is attached to the home, has memories there, has worked to refurbish it and make it what it is today. Likewise, you have an emotional attachment to it…that feeling of “this is the one” when you walk through the front doors. In a competitive market especially, a creative way to add to your offer is to write a personal letter to the seller explaining why you love the home so much, how you see your family living there and give your emotional plea. What you say may just be the push that seller needs to choose your offer.

So, rely upon your Realtor, who spends hours of the week in the market knowing the ins and outs of the homes listed, sold and that didn’t sell. Use a number you know you can afford, and is a fair selling price in the market. And, keep in mind that selling and buying a home is an emotional transaction. Get your offer accepted the first time!

Looking for a new home? I would love to help you. Contact me today to get started! I have years of expertise in our market as both a buying and selling agent and I would love to help you. Follow me on Facebook to see my current listings, goings on in the area and more!

This month, in celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pendleton Real Estate Pro is donating $250 for every buyer transaction and new home listing in October. Want to join our fundraising initiative? Click here to do just that. Support Susan G. Komen Central Indiana to provide local breast health services to our local Hoosiers.