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Enjoy the Eclipse In Indy!

by Warren Griffin

History is about to be made on Monday as the moon casts it's shadow across the entire United States on Monday.  While Indianapolis may not be in the path of 100% totality, it is still close enough to be a partial eclipse, which will still be spectacular.

If you plan on watching the eclipse on Monday in Indianapolis, this website will provide you with an animation of the time of the eclipse and how it will look in Indianapolis, along with tips for safe viewing.

There will also be solar eclipse viewing events throughout the city if you want to share the experience with others who will appreciate the event.

Just remember to be safe.  NEVER look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, even for a second! The sun will not be completely blocked in Indianapolis, so there is no safe point to look at it without certified eye protection.

Enjoy this historic event with your neighbors and friends in Indy!

Pre-Approval Should Always Be Your First Step

by Warren Griffin

In today's competitive buying market, you need to stand out if you plan on buying a home. One major way you can do this is the make sure you're pre-approved for a loan. This will do two things - show the seller you're serious about buying, and show you how much you can afford.

Also, make sure you work with a local real estate professional.  They have personal relationships with lenders who can be more hands on int he process.  The following 4 points help determine the amount you can borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time‚Äč

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Keep in mind that many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so as well.

Carmel Schools Get Top Grades

by Warren Griffin

Yes it's that time again.  School is about to get started here in Carmel.  If you're thinking about renting or buying a home in Carmel and have kids in school, the great news is that Carmel has some of the best rated schools in Indiana! GreatSchools.org rates schools across America based on a number of factors, such as test scores and reviews.  9 schools in Carmel received a perfect score of 10 out of 10! A further 5 schools received at least a score of 8!

What makes schools in Carmel so great?  Take a look for yourself.  Here's a list of the top 5 schools on the list.  Click on the school name to see the review.  You can also view the full list of school reviews for Carmel.

900 West 136th Street, Carmel, IN 46032
 
520 East Main Street, Carmel, IN 46032
 
5150 East 126th Street, Carmel, IN 46033
 
12415 Shelborne Road, Carmel, IN 46032

Where to Get Great Food in Indy For Less

by Warren Griffin

Eating out can get expensive.  But you don't have to empty your wallet to get a great meal in Indy. Indianapolis has a great selection of restaurants that serve amazing food for a reasonable price.  Here's some of the top affordable places to eat in Philly.

The Tamale Place

If you want authentic tamales, this is the place.  They make tamales the old fashioned way using all natural ingredients, and you'll certainly taste the difference.

Taste of Havana

The flavor of Cuba all in one restaurant.  They serve all your favorite Cuban favorites, including sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.  

Historic Steer-In Restaurant

This great American diner on the east side has all your comfort food favorites like sloppy joes, beef Manhattan, Nashville Style Chicken Dinner and more.

Want the full list of affordable restaurants in Indy?  Click here for more!

Come Live in Fishers - The Safest City in America!

by Warren Griffin

Fishers is a great place to buy or rent a home.  CQ Press rated fishers the safest city in the nation from 2011-2013, the 8th best place to live my Money magazine, the best affordable suburb by BusinessWeek, and the 11th best place to move to by Forbes. Not bad!

What else can you find in Fishers?  Great shopping and dining to start with. From May to October, the Fishers Farmers market is a popular attraction. Deer Creek Shops and The Centre North mall are also popular attractions.  Bubba's 33 is the place to go for great Pizza, Burgers, and beer.  And for a breakfast to remember, check out The Roost. 

You certainly won't be bored in this great little city of 76,000 people.  The Geist Reservoir offers fishing and water skiing. A summer concert series is also held in Fishers called “Symphony on the Prairie” and is held at Conner Prairie.  There are also two annual festivals in Fishers - Fishers Renaissance Faire and Fishers Freedom Festival. And you'll have 16 parks, nature preserves, and 85 miles of trails to explore.

Want to learn more about the safest city in America?  Visit our Fishers Real Estate & Community Information page to learn more and find your dream home for rent or sale today!

Renting a Home For the First Time? Here's Some Tips

by Warren Griffin

Renting a home for the first time is both exciting and intimidating.  There's more to consider than most people realize.  Even experienced renters can get caught up in the process of moving.  So that means if it's your first time, you really need to consider a lot of new information.  

Here are some points to consider during your rental home hunting process in Philadelphia that will help things go much easier.

1. Upfront Costs

Of course you know that you'll have a monthly rent to pay.  But depending on the home you move into, there's going to be upfront costs such as deposits, moving expenses, and so forth.  Do you need to rent a truck or movers? Do you need to buy boxes or can you get them free from a store or from neighbors or friends?

2. Long-Term Costs

In addition to monthly rent, you also need to think about utilities.  Check with your utility companies serving the area where you're moving to get an idea of how much each service will be.  And don't forget renter's insurance.  In fact, some landlords may require it.

3. Things You Need

You're going to need some basic furniture to get you started.  If you don't have the money for new furniture, you can check websites like Craigslist to see if there's any quality furniture for sale.  Facebook also has a marketplace for local used items. Plus you need items for around the house such as towels, cooking utensils, dishes, etc.

This certainly isn't everything you need.  But it's a good start to get you on your way to being a first time renter!

 

Sell Your Home Fast!

by Warren Griffin

If you've put your home up for sale, you no doubt want to sell it as fast as you can.  There's certainly a lot of stress involved. Usually buyers are interested in a home the first few weeks it's on the market, so you need to make sure it's ready to sell.  Here's a few tips to get you started.

Get Storage

Shoving things in the closet ins't the way to de-clutter your home.  Buyers want to see the closets too. The goal is to remove as much extra stuff from the home as you can.  Getting storage is an ideal solution, as it also prepared you to move into your new home. If you don't use something every day, then store it.

Remove Personal Items

This goes along with the last point.  The point of selling your home is that it's no longer going to be your home. So take down all the wedding pictures.  Make the home a clean slate where people can envision their items in their new home.

Upgrades

You don't need to make major remodels.  But you can go through the home and replace things that are broken or don't work.  Change burned light bulbs.  Spruce up the paint.  Replace or upgrade handles. The little things do add up.

This certainly doesn't cover everything you need to do to sell your home. But if you start with these tips, they will go a long way in helping you sell you home faster.

Have a Happy 4th of July!

by Warren Griffin

It's time to celebrate our freedom this 4th of July in Philadelphia, America's birthplace!  To help you celebrate, there will be several celebrations in Philly to enjoy.  Here's the top event coming up this weekend through the 4th.

Wawa Welcome America |  June 29 – July 4, 2017

What better way to celebrate America's birth than where it was born? This is one of the largest 4th of July celebration in the country.  It's free and features great food and entertainment.  It all tops off with the 4th of July concert featuring Mary J Blige and a massive fireworks display.

Have a fun and happy 4th of July in Philly!

 

Carmel Is Rated the #1 Place to Live in America!

by Warren Griffin

Niche.com has just release their list of 2017 Best Places to Live in America, and Carmel, Indiana ranks at #1! They based their rating on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities, along with user reviews. As such, Carmel got an A+ for public schools, housing, and family life.  It got an equally impressive A- for crime and safety, along with a B- for nightlife and diversity.

The ranking for violent crimes was extremely impressive, with only 5 assault charges per 100,000 residents and 0 murders, making Carmel an exceptionally safe city to live in. Property crimes are also very low, with only 75 per 100,000 residents, compared with 525 nationally.

Virtually all of the schools received at least an A grade, with most of them A+.  The median household income is an impressive $106,433, almost double the national average.

What are people saying about Carmel?  “Carmel is a city like none other. Over the past 20 years, it has invested in the local arts, check out The Palladium!” “Great schools, friendly neighbors, safe, bike-friendly, kid-friendly, award-winning youth sports programs, many outdoor art festivals and activities. Great place to live!”

Visit our Carmel Real Estate & Community Information page to learn more about this outstanding city and to search for your dream home today!

 

Thanks Dad!

by Warren Griffin

Here's a big thanks to all the great fathers out there who have enriched our lives and continue to do so.

If you need some ideas for ways to thank your father in Indy, here's a few ideas that might help:

Golfing

There are plenty of great courses in Indy and Lafayette.  Here's two you might try: Ravines Golf Course and Coyote Crossing Golf Club.

Ballgame

If your dad loves baseball, you can take him to the see the Indianapolis Indians play on June 19.

Hit the Pub

Why not just sit down with dad and a good brew?  Two great pubs you can go to are Whiskey Bob’s Saloon or Coaches Tavern.

Have a fun and happy Father's Day!

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