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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!

Here's a Way to Calculate if Renting is Better Than Buying

by Warren Griffin

As we all know, buying a home is the biggest decision you'll ever make.  Many people still struggle with the financial question - should I rent or buy a home?  That answer depends on you - your finances and your needs. It's not an easy question to answer.   Or is it?

The New York Times has come out with a very handy calculator that lets you determine the best way to go based on a number of important factors.  It shows a very simple summary on the right side of the page of how much you need per month to make renting better than buying, along with a comparison of costs. It's a fun and inciteful way to help you make the right choice.

Click here for the Rent vs Buy Calculator

 

Upcoming Fun in Indianapolis

by Warren Griffin

There's a lot of fun to be had in Indy over the next few weeks. So there's no excuse to stay home and bored.  Here's a few upcoming events in Indianapolis that are sure to get you out of the house.

Indianapolis Charity Horse Show
Wed May 31 - Sat June 3 | Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

It's time for horse lovers from all over to come together for this 43rd edition of the Indianapolis Charity Horse Show.  There will be a wide range of events during the show, featuring American Saddlebreds, Roadster Horses and Ponies, and more.

History on Tap
June 2 at 6:00 PM | Conner Prairie

Join the Conner Prairie's young professionals group as you learn about the history of brewing while enjoying great local brews.  More than 20 local breweries will be offering samples, and experts will be there to offer demonstrations and answer questions.

Slamology Automotive & Music Festival
June 10 to June 11 | Lucas Oil Raceway

Are you looking for a different kind of car show?  Slamology puts a spin on your classic car show, featuring club games, great vendors, wonderful food, live bands, trophies, and more than 1,000 cars.

Indy Tops the List of Best Places to Live in the USA

by Warren Griffin

Are you looking to move to one of the best places to live in America?  Then Indy is the place!  It made it to the list of "Best Places to Live in the USA" by U.S. News & World Report.  They've done their research on 100 metro areas in the US to find the best places to live based on factors such as the job market, quality of life and people's desire to live there.  Indy made the list at #55.

It's no wonder people want to live here. For one, it's one of the best places to rent in the United States. That was discussed in our blog last week.  It's also home to a great variety of amenities such as one of the largest children's museums in the world, professional and college sports, a great downtown scene, miles of trails to walk, and much more to keep you active.

Indianapolis also features great neighborhoods, each with their own attractions. And it's the Racing Capital of the World.  Thousands of people show up each year for the Indianapolis 500. Other major sporting events contribute significantly to the economy. The cost of living in Indy is lower than in most of the country as well.

Find out more about what makes Indy one of the best places to live in America on our  Indianapolis Real Estate & Community Information page, where you can also find the perfect home for rent or for sale.

Indianapolis Is the Best Place to Rent in America

by Warren Griffin

Where’s the best place to rent in America? Right here in Indy! According to Forbes, Indianapolis tops the list of the best cities for renters in 2017. The main reasons are that rent is low, and affordability is high.

The average rent in Indy is only around $800.  This is only 17% of the median household income for a family in Indianapolis. And the city has a higher vacancy rate than the rest of the country, which makes it harder for landlords to raise the rent. Rent only increased by 2.5% last year in Indy, compared to 3.3% on average for the rest of the large markets that Forbes considered.

Homeownership has been near its lowest level since the Census Bureau started tracking that number in 1965.  Most people though, especially Millennials, are not living with their parents, but with roommates in rentals. More and more, people are deciding to rent, especially after the recession.

Now is the perfect time to rent a home in Indianapolis.  You can search for rentals in Indy using the powerful search tool on this website. Or if you’d like personal help, please call 317-324-8087 today.

Say Thanks to Mother This Weekend in Indy!

by Warren Griffin

It's time to treat mother to something special this weekend to say thanks for all she's done.  Indianapolis is home to a wide range of events to show mom how much you appreciate her.  Here's a few ideas to get you started.

Mother's Day Sip and Canvas

If mom has an artistic flare, then this is the perfect event for her. Enjoy an evening painting, chatting, and drinking wine and indulging in the candy buffet. And she gets a special gift when you leave.

Mother's Day Brunch

Whole Foods is hosting a special Mother's Day brunch with your choice of Quiche, salad, side, and dessert. Free coffee and orange juice, along with a free child's brunch are included in the price.

Tina's Traditional Tearoom Mothers Day Buffet 

Treat mom to a traditional English Mother's Day buffet.  Enjoy items such as Coronation Chicken Salad, Traditional Pork Sausage Rolls, Fresh Fruit Salad, Beer, Wine, Champagne, and Mimossas.

Whatever you do to say thanks to mom, make sure you have a fantastic Mother's Day!

Top Dining in Noblesville

by Warren Griffin

For a small community, Noblesville sure has a lot of great places to eat! Whether you live here or nearby in Indy, it’s certainly worth your while to check out some of the best restaurants Noblesville has to offer. Here’s a few of the best restaurants in town that you’ll want to try soon. And you can find the full list of restaurants in Noblesville here.

Rosie's Cafe

It’s certainly worth the drive to find the best breakfast or lunch in Noblesville.  With dishes like their spicy burrito, brown sugar oatmeal pancakes, pork Benedict, and chocolate chip peanut butter gooey butter cookies, you’ll be coming back to Rosie’s again and again.

Aspen Creek Grill

For amazing fresh food, Aspen Creek will certainly not disappoint. This is not your run-of-the-mill steak house.  Their high-quality ingredients and fast, friendly service sets this grill apart from the rest.  And make sure you do not miss the fried cheesecake.

Matteo's Ristorante Italiano

This is the premier Italian restaurant in Noblesville.  Their amazing Italian cuisine is matched only by their outstanding service and classy atmosphere. Matteo’s will definitely make your list of go-to Italian restaurants.

 

The Best Pizza in Indy

by Warren Griffin

Are you in the mood for amazing pizza? In a city like Indy, you know there has to be a lot of great places to find it. Just to help you out on your pizza discovery escapades, here’s a few of the best places to find pizza in Indianapolis according to TripAdvisor.com.

Brozinni Pizzeria

For the best New York-style pizza in Indy, this is it. They offer it by the slice during the week, and they’re large slices. Along with fast and friendly service, you keep coming back for more.  And they have a pizza truck for catering.

Bazbeaux Pizza

In addition to outstanding pizza, Bazbeaux offers a wide variety of craft beers and wines to perfectly compliment your meal.  This is a great place to go for lunch, especially for downtown workers who can grab a quick delicious slice to go.

Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza

Not only does Jockamo offer outstanding pizza, but also great starter plates, salads and sandwiches. Interesting options include a goat cheese appetizer, lasagna pizza, shipwreck pizza, and lazyboy.  With their wide selection of unusual toppings, this is the perfect place to try something new.

Tips for Renters

by Warren Griffin

Whether you're renting a home for the first time or you've been renting for years, it's always wise to be aware of the process and how to protect yourself.  As a renter, you have rights.  But it's important to have all your ducks in a row so that you can protect yourself.  Here are 5 tips that will help you get the most out of renting your next home, or one you are currently renting in Indianapolis.

  1. Bring Paperwork - When you meet with a landlord, make sure all your paperwork is ready, such as rental application, references, and a credit report.  This will give you an edge over other renters.
     
  2. Review the Lease - Make sure you understand everything on the lease before you sign. There may be conditions that won't work for you, so make sure you ask questions.
     
  3. Get it in Writing - Get everything in writing, even oral agreements. This will help avoid disputes and sets out your expectations.
     
  4. Repairs - Make sure you stick to your guns with repair requests.  You have the right to live in a habitable home that has functioning utilities and is safe to live in.
     
  5. Renter's Insurance - Make sure you get a renter's insurance policy, as your landlord will not cover theft or damages. Renter's insurance usually is not very expensive, as you can get a policy for around $350 per year for $50,000 coverage.

Of course, there are more things you can do to protect yourself. In the end, make sure you get all the details about your rental and that you know your rights as a renter.

 

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