Qualities and Traits that Your Realtor Should Have

Choosing the right realtor is almost as important of decision as choosing the right house checkfor your family.  The difference between the wrong realtor and the right one may be thousands of dollars lost during the sale, months of sitting and waiting for your house to sell, or in extreme cases loss of your home due to financial hardship.  That is why we have compiled a list that we feel that every realtor should strive to achieve and we feel that we meet and surpass many of these requirements.  Our south Madison County market can be a competitive yet exciting market and we feel that with each home sold or bought we are gaining even more experience and insight into what makes a successful real estate agent.

* Reputation: Nothing, not even advertisements, commercials, or signs speak louder than word of mouth reputation.  That is why asking around to your friends and neighbors is a great idea when seeking out an agent.  We feel very confident in our reputation due to our diligence in the process and overall determination to ensure our customers satisfaction.  We encourage you to poll our customers and see their responses!

* Online Presence: I’m sure that this comes as no surprise that real estate methods have changed drastically since the internet has become commonplace.  With that being said we have prided ourselves in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to online advertising, use of social media platforms, staying in the know of current trends, and being fluent in new technology.  All of these help to contribute to the overall success of our team.

* Being Local: When searching for a home in a specific area or town you want your agent to be familiar with not only the homes but the heart of the town.  You want someone who can tell you that this particular street will be closed during parades or that this particular neighborhood has lots of kids, dogs, etc.  Being immersed in the town of Pendleton and all that it has to offer allows us to serve you, our consumer, to the fullest extent and bestow upon you the knowledge of the town that we have picked up along the way.

* Experience: This one is simple, you want someone that knows what they were doing.  Many of us on the team have years and years of experience and can help guide you seamlessly along the process.  We have worked hard and dedicated ourselves full time to the real estate business so as to better accumulate more and more experience/knowledge.

* Busy… but not TOO Busy: You kind of have to question a real estate agent that is not very busy or has very few listings.  This is because it’s either he/she is not fully dedicated to the process or their poor reputation has finally caught up.  A steady stream of clients and houses is the ideal situation that a realtor would be in and very much represents our day to day business.  You also do not want a realtor that is too busy to properly handle your transaction.  We feel that we have found the perfect balance.  We have a fully staffed team that includes job specific titles such as operations manager and marketing manager to allow our agents to focus on those more important things such as YOU!

Things to Do After Purchasing Your New Home!

While the big decision has already been made and you are eagerly awaiting the start of  moving truck with logoyour new life in your new home there are a few things you may want to do once you move in.  Be sure to share these tips with any new homeowners you may know!

* First things first… change the locks.  While the crime rate may be low in the area you still never know who all has a key from the neighbors, old babysitter, in-laws, etc… there may be more keys to your house floating around out there than you would care for.

* Fill out for a change of address.  This of course includes filing a change of address form with the post office but also notifying all businesses and contacts of your new address.

* If you are bringing pets to your new home be sure to familiarize yourself with a local veterinarian and a local animal hospital.

* The same goes for your local hospital.  It is always wise to know your new surroundings and routes to get there.

* Before moving into your new home make sure you have changed all utilities into your name and had them switched on.  Sometimes this can take a day or two and you don’t want to be unpacking in the dark.

* Before your furniture and belongings are moved in it would be a good time to thoroughly clean the house, inside cabinets, under appliances, etc.  If there is any hint to an insect issue now would be a good time to bug bomb the house.

* Once you start unpacking this is an ideal time to make a recorded inventory of your valuables.  This can be as simple as snapping quick photos of everything.

* Something that can save a headache down the road is going ahead and labeling your breaker box.

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.

The Fifty-K Giveaway Winner Is Announced!

Kindergarten teacher, Susan Beran, has 50,000 more reasons to love her Keller Williams real estate agent.

Susan was the winner of $50,000 mobile app giveaway to allow her to move into the home of her dreams!

KW_MobileApp_ContestWinner-2Thank you to everyone who participated here in Indiana! Click here to read the full story on the winner.

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!