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.

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.

5 Tips for a Long-Distance House Hunt

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (4)

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.

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.

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:

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.

Central Indiana Quarterly Foreclosure Report

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

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.

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).


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7 Tips for Staging Your Home

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process.

The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin to envision themselves living there. Here are seven tips for making your home look bigger, brighter, and more desirable.

Don’t Be One of Those Homeowners Who Goes Over Budget on a Renovation

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Almost half of homeowners go over budget when doing a remodel, according to a report from home improvement site Houzz. A more alarming stat: Only one in five comes in under budget. Here’s how to be of them.

How Long Should You Live in Your Home? 6 Signs It's Time to Move On

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:00:00 pm Comments (3)

Think that sounds shockingly short? Or way too long? The fact is, people's reasons for selling their home are different, as are their time frames.

Still, there are some common threads—financial and emotional—that lead us to call it quits on our home and move on to the next one. And you don't always see them coming.

Read on for some telltale signs it's time to start packing your bags (and when you should settle in for the long haul).

The Most Common Rent-to-Own Scams—and How to Not Get Taken for a Fool

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

On the surface, rent-to-own deals can seem like a great idea. If you have shaky credit or lack sufficient financing, a rent-to-own plan can allow you to work toward homeownership. 

The premise is simple: You pay monthly rent toward the purchase of the home, and at the end of the set term, you’ll own the property. Sounds perfect, right? But beware: The rent-to-own landscape can be a minefield of scams and deceptions designed to take your money—and leave you in the dust.

A Disaster of Epic Proportions? 6 Things You're Buying That Are the Wrong Size

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Of course you buy queen sheets for your queen bed, even though you yearn for a king. And you don't have eight chairs at your kitchen table for four—that would just be crazy.

You started learning about size and scale when you were a tot, trying to wedge those round wooden pieces into square holes. But scale—especially as it applies to interior design and decor—is more than an elementary concept. And if you screw it up? It'll look as if you live in a circus funhouse. (Which isn't as much fun as it sounds.)

Don't beat yourself up—even the pros struggle a bit with scale. And furniture store showrooms are part of the problem, making it hard to imagine how that Pinterest-perfect sofa will actually look in your not-so-Pinterest-perfect living room

Fact or Fiction? Six Down Payment Myths You Should Stop Believing Immediately

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

If you're thinking about buying your first home, that pesky down payment has probably kept you awake more than a few nights. We get it—while a pre-approval is crucial for determining your buying power, it's the down payment that shows you mean business.

How to Be a Savvy Open House Guest

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Anyone who has taken a super-posed selfie knows that a picture doesn’t always tell the whole truth. Professional listing photos can make small rooms look spacious, make dim rooms bright, and mask other flaws of a home — but you don’t know any of that until you actually see the house yourself.

So, before you start viewing, follow these tips to get prepared. 

Why choose a REALTOR®?

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

This is a #flashbackfriday to a post our very own Lacey Everett authored back in 2014 because we think it's pretty darn important topic. What's the value of a REALTOR®? We can tell you (and then you can see it for yourself) !

Most individuals looking to buy or sell a home know that the first step in the process is securing a trusted REALTOR® to act as their expert guide along the way. For over a century, REALTORS® have subscribed to the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics. They are constantly continuing their education on the complex and always-changing world of real estate laws and regulations and have the connections to help make your dream a reality.

Six Organic Lawn Care Myths That Could Be Destroying Your Yard

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

You buy organic food. You opt for all-natural cleaning products. You favor herbal remedies over any kind of prescription meds. So it stands to reason that you’ll apply this same “keep it real” philosophy when it comes to your yard. You want to treat it like nature intended—i.e., without harsh chemicals.

But just how well do all of those easy-peasy, chemical-free lawn care strategies actually work? Let’s break down the myths you've heard—and talk about what's true instead.

Five Effective Strategies for Selling a Home of Any Value

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Selling a home is almost like a science, with sellers using different tactics and strategies to get the top prices from buyers. While homes across the country may have different price points ranging from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions, here are a few tips to create a successful home sales “formula” that applies to both modest and luxury markets.

10 Upgrades Under $1,000 that Increase Home Values

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

A clean, well-maintained home in tiptop condition will yield maximum profit when it comes time to sell. However, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to make sure your house is in mint condition. There are a number of upgrades you can do for under $1,000 that will impress buyers and prompt strong offers.

Make an Offer Like a Boss

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

These 10 money- and time-saving steps can help you craft a winning bid.

Open House Tips for First-Time Buyers

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

While open houses seem pretty casual, savvy buyers know that checking out a home isn’t just about aesthetics or a quick view. In today’s hot market, you might not get another look before making an offer.

If you aren’t totally sure about how the open-house process works, you aren’t alone. Sometimes homebuyers visit an open house to window shop instead of taking full advantage of the opportunity to get important details about the home. When you visit an open house, you should have several questions prepared for the seller’s agent and you should have already conducted some research, too. You want to leave this process feeling that you have enough information to make a well-informed decision. 

Here’s what you need to know about the open-house process:

Surviving a Seller’s Market: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

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

Surviving a Seller’s Market: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet 

House hunting is challenging at any time; shopping during a seller’s market is a whole additional difficulty level – and that’s what would-be buyers are seeing across the country. The supply of homes is low, demand is high, and sellers are in control. If you’re not careful, you’ll be left drying your eyes with the broken shards of your rejected bid. Sound painful? It is.

Check out the seller’s market survival tip below to stand out from the competition and get that edge.

8 Cheap & Easy Ways to Add Color Back into Your Kitchen

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

It’s no secret that neutral kitchens continue to reign with class white, basic beige, and grays leading the pack. They are timeless, sleek, and match most décor styles. But if you’re feeling a little blah about your mind-numbing neutrals, here are 8 ideas for adding a little life back into your kitchen.


Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (2)

New housing data released last week shows a decrease in pending sales of 1.2 percent but an increase in closed sales, up by 8.2 percent in February.

Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Spring is finally here! Now it’s time for sellers to prepare their house for the springtime homebuyers. Read on for some spring décor styling tips to help sellers prep their property to stand out among the sea of new listings.