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!

Shake Off Winter. Here Are Some Spring Cleaning Tips.

Spring is OFFICIALLY here, so make use of this time to get your home back into the spirit of warmer weather.

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Here are some Spring cleaning tips:

Pack up winter gear. Stow the winter sleds, shovels, snow blowers, heavy coats and hats in an area of your home or garage that is out of the way. Make space for warm-weather supplies.

Say goodbye to closet clutter. Donate winter clothing you didn’t wear all season to charity.

Raid the pantry. Take a look at your kitchen pantry (and refrigerator) and toss any foods that have expired. Give a good soap and water cleaning to the shelves.

Rid of the dust bunnies. Replace and/or clean the filters in your vacuum, heating and cooling systems, water purification systems and such.

Give a breath of fresh air. Strip the beds of their coverings, wash comforters, sheets, blankets and throws that you’ve been hibernating with all winter long.

Brighten your windows. Launder your curtains, dust the shades and wash the windows (both inside and out) to allow the Spring sunshine to make its way inside your home.

Share good books. If you’ve snuggled with good books all winter, donate those to the library or other local businesses to enjoy. Or, start a book share club on Facebook and share books among your friends to recycle reading materials.

Make a clean sweep. Get out the rakes, brooms, dust pans and oversized trash bags. Put some elbow grease into the yard and garage to clean up fallen leaves, trash that’s blown around during the winter and salt and grime that has settled in your driveway and garage from the rough winter.

So, shake off old man Winter and get out there and enjoy Spring cleaning your home!

Get Market Insider Details with One Click!

Our goal as your team of Realtors is to keep you in the know about the housing market in Pendleton and the surrounding areas where you are looking to buy your home.

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Now you can have everything you need to know about our local market with one easy click. Go to www.PendletonHousingMarket.com to sign up for FREE market updates. Simply click on “Market Insider” to have access to monthly market updates, school ratings, insider tips, market analysis review and compare areas.

As always, contact us to help you get started with your new home search, ask questions about market supply and demand or to list your current home. We look forward to working with you as we redefine the real estate experience.

The Real Estate Pros Expands Its Team

The Real Estate Pros announces the addition of a new Realtor, Kacie Dinger, to its team. Based in Pendleton, Indiana, it is led by real estate agent Heather Upton, who was recently named 2013 Top Selling Agent for the Keller Williams Indy Metro NE market center, and who brings ten years of successful real estate expertise and experience to homebuyers and sellers.

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Realtor Kacie Dinger, a lifetime resident of McCordsville, who recently moved to Pendleton, graduated with an Associates degree in Business Administration with a passion for real estate. She loves the look on her clients’ faces when they find their perfect home. Having grown up and worked the majority of her life on her family farm, Kacie loves the outdoors and enjoys riding horses, being around animals and spending time with family and friends. Being a Realtor gives her great satisfaction in knowing she has helped others find the homes of their dreams. Kacie is engaged and planning a fall wedding on her family farm.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of Kacie to our team,” says Upton. “Our team is filled with talented Realtors, each of whom has her niche in certain areas and who truly desires to help the families in our community find the right homes. With the backing of Keller Williams, we have incredible technology and support to make the home buying and selling processes go smoothly.”

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 KWWorldwide, please visit (www.kwworldwide.com).

Buying A Home Is Now 38% Cheaper Than Renting.

According to Trulia, their research team has found that buying a home is now cheaper than renting. Many people are in the situation of renting when they wish they owned their home. The good news is that although the gap between renting and buying is narrowing across the United States, Trulia is showing that homeownership is 38% cheaper than renting a home. Want to know more?

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“Homeownership remains cheaper than renting nationally and in all of the 100 largest metro areas,” according to Trulia’s most recent Winter Rent vs. Buy report. How so? Well, increasing mortgage rates and home prices have allowed the gap to narrow over the past year. Given a 30-year fixed rate of 4.5%, buying is 38% cheaper than renting nationally, decreasing from 44% cheaper just one year ago.

The rent versus buy math varies by each local market with large swings depending upon each market’s dynamics.

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*Graph Source: Trulia

Though home prices have increased sharply in many markets over the past year, low mortgage rates have kept homeownership from becoming more expensive than renting.

If you’re ready to stop renting and buy your own home and take advantage of low mortgage rates, contact us to get started. Our team of experts are redefining the home buying experience and are here to help you!

Incredible Custom Home — Open House Sunday!

Stop by and see this one-of-a-kind Frank Lloyd Wright inspired custom home in Trillium Woods this Sunday, March 16th from 1 to 3 p.m. The home is located at 7055 Mayapple Lane in Pendleton.

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This breathtaking two-story home was built in 2008 and is nestled beautifully on a corner, wooded lot. The home features five bedrooms, with the master on the main floor, and 3.5 bathrooms. Its 3,742 square feet of amazing design details leaves no detail untouched including a culinary inspired kitchen, made perfectly for entertaining, featuring a huge granite island, stainless steel appliances and prep sink. The kitchen also has glass sliding doors leading to the beautiful wooded back yard.

The Architect designed all the space of the basement to be built upstairs to take full advantage of the incredible wooded views. Enjoy oversized living areas, walk-in closets, tons of windows (UV protected!) and a laundry room in the downstairs master bedroom and upstairs! The mud room features a built-in desk and cabinets making a perfect area for backpacks, homework and more. The three-car garage leaves ample room for both vehicles and bicycles for an active family.

The home is in the East Elementary and Pendleton Heights High School district and is listed for $369,900.

Stop by this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. to enter to win a $25 Ricker’s card, a $25 gift card to Anita’s Kitchen. Each person (of legal age limit by law) who attends the open house will also receive one Hoosier Lottery scratch off ticket.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday. Please feel free to contact us for more details about this incredible custom home in advance of the open house.