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Sunday, January 6, 2019

4 Hard Lessons I Learned Helping Mom Move

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)

This year, I helped my mom sell our family home. The hardest part? Going through decades worth of old belongings, deciding what to keep ... and what to chuck.

Before this move, I never thought of myself as an especially sentimental person. Yet, as I opened boxes to uncover stuffed animals from my childhood or a box of family photos, packing would come to a screeching halt while I sat down and studied every object and image with care. While a small part of me longed to keep everything, I knew that my mom's new place lacked the space, and my own home was already cluttered enough. This forced me to make some tough decisions.

In the end, we got it done—and I learned a ton in the process. Here are a few hard-won lessons to help declutter and move without sacrificing all those memories.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Everything Guide to Selling Your First Home

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

How to figure out exactly what you want, and how to work with the experts who’ll help you get it.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

5 Tips for a Long-Distance House Hunt

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

5 Tips for a Long-Distance House Hunt

When I first found out I was moving to a new city, I knew I wanted to buy a house there quickly. The city I was moving from had experienced a surge in home prices—to the point I could no longer afford to buy—and I didn't want the same thing to happen in what would become my new home. 

In the end, I rented an apartment for a couple of months in my new city while I looked for a home. But leading up to that, although I didn't do a long-distance house hunt, I did do a lot of research about what that process might have looked like. Here's what I gleaned.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

How to Keep Your Home Safe and Secure During the Holidays

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

With all of the decorations, shopping, parties, and fun coming up with the holiday season, it’s important to be safe while also having fun. The best thing SafeWise can suggest for home safety during the holidays, as well as the rest of the year, is to have a monitored security system. But there are several other things you can do in addition to that to help keep your home and family safe. Here are five tips to help you do just that.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

5 Tips to Keep Your Closing Date

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

5 Tips to Keep Your Closing Date

Even the most well-intentioned buyers and sellers can have closing delays pop up seemingly out of nowhere. As a buyer, you're ready to get into your new home, and sellers are equally (if not more) ready to reap the financial benefits of their sale. Together, the buyer and seller will settle on a closing date with the help of the buyer's real estate agent and the seller's listing agent. But sometimes, this date has to be pushed back.

I experienced this personally, and the reason was literally one for the record books: The city where I live was covered in inches snow for the first time in 30 years. The weather fiasco meant the roof replacement that was supposed to take place before closing—a repair contingency the seller was required to take care of—couldn't happen. It also meant I had to negotiate with the tenants taking over my lease where I was renting and beg them to let me stay a little bit longer. In the end, it all worked out. And while, in my case, there probably wasn't anything I or the sellers could've done to keep our original closing date, there are ways in which a homebuyer can maintain control and get the keys on time. Here are a few tips:

Sunday, November 4, 2018

What is Escrow?

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

What is escrow?

You don’t have to live in Portland to appreciate this highly relatable “Portlandia” sketch. Here, the show’s main characters Fred and Carrie watch a fictional video called “Escrow 101” where the try to understand the origins and meaning of this word to frustrating (and hilarious) effect.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Central Indiana Quarterly Foreclosure Report

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Q3 - 2018 Update

Foreclosures inventory for Q3-2018 decreased by 58.4 percent to 109 units, continuing the encouraging trend of rapid yearover-year drops. The market share of foreclosure inventory is 1.3 percent.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

5 Red Flags That Could Sink a Home Inspection

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

You’ve found the perfect house, located right near that cool new shopping area and the best schools. It even has the right number of bathrooms! Swoon. It's time to sign the paperwork and move in ... or is it?

Up until now, you’ve likely been blinded by the sparkling granite counters and the hardwood floors in every room. (Squee!) But before you blindly forge ahead, you'll want to get a home inspection—and before that, you'll want to check the house yourself for any red flags that might make an inspector tell you this particular piece of real estate could be more trouble than it's worth. Check out these warning signs —and what they may take to fix (brace yourself).

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

REALTORŪ Safety

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

September is REALTOR® Safety month and a great time to remember the importance of staying alert and aware. We have all heard it, but how prepared are you? Fortunately, REALTORS® have many tools specific to keeping you safe and MIBOR has compiled a list of free resources available to our members.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Popular Architectural Styles: From Mid-Century Modern to Mediterranean

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

One of the first things that capture a home shopper's attention is the architectural style of a house. Like price and square footage, the design of a house is one of the major factors that go into their decision to tour—and maybe even buy—a home.

In the United States, a plethora of architectural designs exists from coast to coast. Some styles are region-specific, while others can be found in neighborhoods all around the country.

Whether you're trying to identify a particular style or determine which one suits your taste the best, the list of popular architectural styles below will help you sort it all out.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

5 Tiny Details That Make or Break How Great Your Kitchen Looks

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

It’s the small, personal things that tie a room together, and your kitchen is no different. In this final installment of our Dream Kitchen Remodeling Guide, we talk about the last little touches you need to fill the heart of your home.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What is Placemaking?

Posted by: Project for Public Spaces on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

‘Placemaking’ is both an overarching idea and a hands-on tool for improving a neighborhood, city or region. It has the potential to be one of the most transformative ideas of this century.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

On the Topic of Safety: How Much Do Alarm Systems Affect Resale?

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Home alarm systems can be particularly hard to calculate into resale value or return on investment (ROI) because their job is to prevent loss rather than achieve gains. You purchase a home alarm system with the hope that you never need to use it.

The reality is that a burglary is reported to police every 14.5 seconds. But robbery isn't the only thing that alarms can save you from. Smart alarms can detect smoke and hazards.

More than ever, homeowners want to feel safe in their homes. A built-in alarm system may be just what it takes to get your house off the market.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

7 Tips for Staging Your Home

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 6:00:00 am