Indy Real Estate Experts

Indy Real Estate Experts Share Update from the Indiana Association of Realtors

You need an Indy Real Estate Expert to Maximize the Sale of Your Home or Property

Putnam & Hendricks Counties Sale and Sales prices are up as well.

Your home is most likely the single most expensive purchase or sale you will ever make. It only makes sense to keep up on how Indiana’s housing markets are performing. According to the Indiana Association of REALTORS®  web site, they release these monthly Indiana Real Estate Markets Reports so homeowners, would-be homeowners and policy makers alike can monitor these markets.

The median sales prices increased in both Putnam and Hendricks County over the same

real estate sold sign

real estate sold sign

period in 2014. According to Bruce Bright, IAR President of IAR, “Things look good on the economic horizon, but low inventory means buyers should get ready to move fast if they find the right home. Get your financing plan in place now, before you begin a serious search.”

Indeed, our experience in the market this year line up with the rest of the state. If you are considering listing your home, don’t take the decision of whom to list with lightly. In this market, an error on listing price can cost you a great deal. Since the median home prices are rising in our area, setting the listing price can be tricky. You owe it to yourself to use the best in the business when selling your primary investment. You need Indy Real Estate Expert!

“I always advise working with a CRS”, says Darrel Brouhard.  “If my family out of state has real estate needs, I always locate a Certified Residential Specialist in their area.” According to crs.com:

CRS agent chart of stats

CRS agents sell more real estate than 97% of agents

Annually, Certified Residential Specialists earn more than triple the income of the average REALTOR®, and CRSs complete nearly twice as many transactions each year. Out of more than 1 million REALTORS®, less than 3% are Certified Residential Specialists.

I always say that finding a buyer is often the easy part of the transaction because there is so much more to work through to complete a successful sale, Sometimes very expensive things come up in inspections, with encroachments, and other obstacles. This is where true experience comes in to play and this is why you’ll be glad you worked with an Indy real estate expert and CRS like Darrel Brouhard.  When you do interview agents, be sure they can share their experience with you including what other comparable types of property they have sold. Ask them to show you how many homes they’ve sold in the past year. If your home is in a niche market, like Heritage Lake, it is really important they understand the market inside and out. Inexperienced agents often fail when trying to understand the values for view, water depth, shoreline, and location on the lake.

With over 1000 real estate transactions under his belt, and with the help of his licensed team, you won’t find anyone more experienced and equipped to sell your real estate in West Central Indiana than Darrel Brouhard. It’s like getting 3 agents for the price of one! When you list with Re/Max Centerstone Brouhard Realtors the whole team steps in to do the best job possible for you and your significant others! Whether you own an Indiana lake house at Heritage Lake or a large farm with acreage in Danville, Brouhard Realtors is you Indy Real Estate Expert.

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Buying Tips for Indiana Waterfront Homes

Buying Tips Help as you Look at Indiana Waterfront Homes!

If you’re thinking of buying an Indiana waterfront home, here are some tips from other agents who are waterfront experts.

I’ve lived in an Indiana waterfront home at Heritage Lake since 1987. Sometimes, I can take it for granted, but all it takes is a beautiful day like today to stop and take in the view. Then you realize what the water does for your soul. The lake is so pretty, and my favorite color, too!

Fishing at Indiana lake

Fisherman fishing in boat at Heritage Lake IN

Whether I’m viewing the sunset, watching the bald eagle, or viewing the Blue Heron on my shoreline, I know I am fortunate to live amongst the wildlife on a sizeable body of water in the midwest.  I’ve been watching this fisherman outside my window today. It is the first full day of Spring and he is already enjoying this day on the water. Have you been considering the purchase of an Indiana waterfront home?  If you are, you might want to read this article o buying tips I found today on FRONTDOOR.

The first piece of advise is to choose an agent that is a true waterfront specialist!  Why is this important? Because “the average agent won’t have the detailed knowledge of waterfront properties in your area to help you find the best deal on a property that’s right for you”, says Ramara Garrett, owner of Waverly Property Group in Daytona Beach, Fla. Most agents that do not specialize in waterfront properties do not understand the intricacies of property values on the water. In the past 2 years, I have seen at least 3 lakehouses at Heritage Lake that have sold very quickly. Each time,

Children fishing at Heritage Lake Indiana

Children fishing at Heritage Lake

I just cringed because they did not understand how to determine property values on the water. These homes sold quickly because they should have sold for more.  Darrel and I have sold Indiana waterfront homes at Heritage Lake since 1987, many listings we have sold more than once, some 3-4 times.  I think it is also important to work with someone who lives at the lake.  This shows they are personally vested in the lake and usually these Real Estate Brokers give back to the community and work hard to enhance the lake and property values as much as possible. When a real estate broker lives within a community, your best interests are theirs as well.

The article goes on to discuss the importance the location of the lake house.  You can always change the house, but you cannot easily change the view or water depth. The value of Indiana lakehouses has everything to do with the lot and it’s location on the body of water.  You can’t simply compare square footage, you have to understands views, location on the actual lake, water depth, and more!

Read the article and let me know if I can answer any questions.  It’s Spring, time to find that Indiana waterfront dream house for you and your family and friends! You could be out on the water in a month!

 

 

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Avon Home with Pool

Check out this beautiful Avon IN home for sale with in-ground, 8′ pool, less than 9 miles to Indy!

Spring Isn’t Far Away! Be ready in this stylish Avon Home with pool in beautiful Oak Bend Estates.

Maybe you are looking for a home near Indianapolis, just West of the city? Well, take a look at this Avon IN home for sale with a beautiful in-ground pool! Located less than 9 miles west of I-465!

house listed in Avon, Indiana 46123

Front of 1494 Laurel Oak Dr Avon, 46123

An easy commute to downtown or anywhere around the circle city! While you’re here, sitting around the pool this summer, all you’ll see is rolling countryside beyond the trees in the back yard. Your own personal retreat to return home to every day!

You’ll love quiet summer evenings on the wrap around porch sipping lemonade!  The lovely, well established neighborhood of Oak Bend Estates has nice sidewalks and beautiful homes. This is definitely one of the most desirable of all Avon IN neighborhoods.

Welcome spring with this in ground pool at avon IN listing

Imagine water in the in-ground pool!

The interior components accent the home with cathedral ceilings, custom windows, a warm, inviting sunroom, and a striking staircase leading to the upper level where there are 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The large master suite is accented by high ceilings and many bright windows with a large master bath including double vanities, separate shower, and garden tub.

RE/MAX Centerstone Brouhard Realtors is glad to off this lovely real estate listing in West Central Indiana. Don’t miss this opportunity to be in your new Oak Bend Estates home in Avon, sitting with your friends and family around the lovely in-ground pool this Spring! Imagine the laughter and togetherness this pool can bring to this already very stylish home!

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Barn Home Listing

Barn home listing for sale at Indiana Lake

You’ve gotta see this barn home listing at Heritage Lake!

Look at this! An authentic barn home listing located in a rural setting at Heritage Lake. While the home is not directly on the water, it is in a beautifully wooded setting in rural Indiana just west of Danville. The address is 589 Gettysburg in Coatesville Indiana 46121.

Barn Home on Indiana Lake

Indiana Barn Home located at Heritage Lake

The barn is exquisitely restored and has been converted into a beautifully hand crafted home! This impressive rustic home has a distinct country charm with exposed hand hewn beams, sliding barn doors, & stunning tongue & groove ceilings. The kitchen features solid cabinetry, updated countertops & attractive lighting. The 1st level floorplan is very functional and leads upstairs to an open loft, a second bedroom, and an expansive great room with a full Bath. Continue your journey up to the third third level where you’ll find 2 large bed rooms along with an area for an eventual third full bath. Besides the tranquil setting, this quaint barn home listings is topped off by full use of a 320 acre private Indiana

Kitchen in Barn house at Heritage Lake

Kitchen in Indiana barn house

lake called Heritage Lake! Lease a boat dock at the marina and enjoy a short 3 mile drive to a day of fun on the water. Whether you enjoy water skiing, tubing, fishing, pontoon cruising, sailing, or floating on a raft while tied up to your friends boats on the water! Everyone will enjoy time at one of 3 beaches, swimming at the pool and water complex, or time inside the activity center playing games! There are professional 4th of July fireworks over the lake every year and planned activities for adults and families. Have a pic of you with your big catch taped up at the marina for all to see and enjoy organized fishing tournaments with prizes!  Some of the best fishing in Indiana here at Heritage Lake, in West Central Indiana, only 28 miles from of Indy! Enjoy all this great city has to offer! Indianapolis was recently voted the 3rd best city in the nation by livability.com! Imagine living in this barn house on the lake so near to this great city called Indianapolis!

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New Indiana Lake House Listing

New Lake House Listing at Heritage Lake Indiana

Check Out the Lakeside Outdoor Kitchen on this Indiana Lake House!

It may be snowy and freezing cold outside, but in just a couple short months you’ll be wishing were here at this beautiful Indiana lakehouse!

Indiana lake house near Indianapolis

Indiana lake house at Heritage Lake

Lakeside Kitchen at Indiana Lake House

Lakeside outdoor kitchen at Indiana lake house listing

28 Jefferson Valley is a beautiful Indiana lake house on this 320 acre Indiana lake located only 30 miles west of Indianapolis!  This chalet waterfront home sits beautifully among mature trees on a large cove of Heritage Lake and enjoys beautiful views from the home and the gourmet outdoor kitchen! The outdoor kitchen has a covered patio area and includes a smoker, grill, range, refrigerator, and more! The shoreline is awaiting your boat with a large dock and boat lift in place! The charming great room of the home takes in picturesque views through custom windows and enjoys a cozy fireplace and vaulted ceilings.  There is a fully finished walk-out basement with 9 ft. ceilings, a bedroom, and bath. This waterfront retreat awaits you!

Darrel Brouhard is the listing agent for this beautiful Indiana waterfront home. He has specialized in listing and selling Heritage Lake properties since 1987. Heritage Lake is a wonderful Indiana lake located only 30 miles West of Indianapolis, IN. Vacation home owners from Chicago, Cincinnati, and Louisville enjoy this Indiana lake and it is an especially convenient get away for Indiana residents from Valparaiso to Evansville!

Brouhard Realtors has specialized in Heritage Lake home sales since 1987. Now is the time to start to look for your Indiana lake house-spring is not far off!

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Why use an Indiana CRS for Your Property?

You should think about listing your real estate with an Indiana CRS

Here’s why you need to call Darrel Brouhard,  your Indiana CRS REALTOR

ADarrel Brouhard CRS ccording to CRS.com, “The CRS designation is a symbol of excellence in residential real estate.” I’ve known this for a long time because Darrel Brouhard, my husband & business partner, is an Indiana CRS, and has been for years. I was amazed when I came across the following graph comparing the average REALTOR to a CRS REALTOR.

Graph shows why to use a CRS

Graph of CRS production verses the average realtors’ production by annual income, transactions, and sales

I didn’t realize the numbers were this impressive. The CRS.com says “Annually, Certified Residential Specialists earn more than triple the income of the average REALTOR®, and CRSs complete nearly twice as many transactions each year. Out of more than 1 million REALTORS®, less than 3% are Certified Residential Specialists”. This makes these statistics even more impressive! The site continues “Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) agents have a proven record of success—3X success, in fact. Compared to the average REALTOR®, CRS agents have been in the business nearly three times longer, have three times the number of annual transactions, and generate three times the amount of gross sales..

I always advise working with a CRS. Your home is most likely the greatest investment you have.  The level of expertise involved in marketing and selling your home will have a direct effect on its’ final value. The CRS website is very user friendly.  You can easily be connected to the CRS agent(s) that are selling the most in your desired area.

Of course, if you are considering selling or listing at Heritage Lake or elsewhere in West Central Indiana, I would recommend you contact Darrel and his team (which happens to include me). Darrel and I have worked as a real estate sales team since 1987, as listing properties throughout Central Indiana and specializing in the niche Heritage Lake Indiana market. Nichole, our Office Manager, has been with us for nearly 3 years now. We are also former home builders which is significant when getting through inspection items. We have often said finding the Buyer for the home is the easy part, it’s the rest of the process that can cost you money. Understanding financing, inspections, appraisals, and having a strong grasp of the market that comes with working it every day is what makes a difference in your pocket-book. Brouhard Realtors has sold over $113 million worth of Indiana real estate since 2004-that’s an average of more than $11 million per year in spite of the great recession which hit in the middle of those years.

Contact us today! We consider it a privilege to discuss your real estate questions and look forward to sharing our marketing plan with you.  We work hard to earn your business for a lifetime, and to earn your referrals!

 

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Over $112 Million in Indiana Real Estate Sales

Brouhard Realtors Boasts $112 million in Real Estate Sales in Indiana since 2004.

An average of over $11 million in sales per year for the past 10 years, mostly at Heritage Lake IN…

Indiana Real Estate sales 2004-2014

Ad showing Indiana real estate sales Brouhard Realtors

Not a bad tally, considering the Great Recession fell right in the middle of this period of time. Most of these sales were properties at Heritage Lake Indiana, where Brouhard Realtors has specialized since 1987.

Darrel Brouhard started selling Heritage Lake lots for the developer back in the late 1970’s.  He later opened Lake Realty Company, Inc., with his wife Teresa in 1987. They worked as independents until they bought and managed Century 21 Western Realty from 1993-1998.  During this time, they had 8-10 agents and also built over 100 homes as Western Builders. As their family grew, they longed for a calmer lifestyle and sold both businesses. They continued to list and sell Heritage Lake homes and other properties in West Central Indiana independently as Brouhard Realtors until deciding to join RE/MAX Centersone in early 2014. Their goals in joining RE/MAX were multi-faceted.  First, they felt they could enhance their marketing capabilities by joining forces with the #1 real estate company, not only in the nation, but also world-wide and in Hendricks County. They also sought to increase their market to include areas outside of Heritage Lake, including homes in Danville and Bainbridge Indiana.

2014 sales are in, and RE/MAX Centerstone Brouhard Realtors had a very good year! In spite of the weather related lulls created in the first quarter of that year, the team sold over $11 million in volume. In fact, statistics show Darrel Brouhard, and his team, has sold over $113 million in real estate since 2004 per the blc of MIBOR. They ranked as team #40 in RE/MAX of Indiana for their first, partial year with the company. Darrel and Teresa successfully listed and sold homes in Fishers and North Salem, including several waterfront homes Heritage Lake Indiana.

Call Brouhard Realtors for all your real estate needs. Darrel is a well seasoned negotiator and his team keeps his listings’ presentations among the best on the web with Nicole, our Office Manager, who is also a amateur photographer. Our listings are placed on Facebook, Tweeted, and on several major websites including realtor.com, homes.com, trulia, zillow, youtube, and more! Call us today, it’s the right time to list!

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Update on Heritage Lake Waterfront Homes

We’re starting to add Heritage Lake Waterfront Homes to our inventory!

Don’t miss the perfect Indiana Waterfront home listing at Heritage Lake this year…

Heritage Lake waterfront home listing update service

Offer for personal web sites for Heritage Lake waterfront homes for sale

I would like to develop your personal Heritage Lake website for you! It will contain all the Heritage Lake waterfront homes listed for sale by all real estate agencies that meet your personal search criteria. It is kept constantly up to date directly from the Broker Listing Coop of MIBOR.

MIBOR BLC logo

Metropolitan Indianapoils Board of Realtors Broker Listing Coop logo

The best part are the instant updates you will receive whenever there is a new Indiana lakehouse listing at Heritage Lake! This is THE best way to be sure you don’t miss the opportunity to purchase your dream waterfront home! You can log on to your web site anytime and select favorites, designate rejects, and make notes. You can watch any price changes and keep up on the waterfront home market like you can’t anywhere else. RE/MAX Centerstone Brouhard Realtors sell over 45% of the waterfront homes at Heritage Lake. We know how to help you through the process.

Contact me by using the form below or call anytime 317-754-5044. Let 2015 be the year you purchase that waterfront home near Indianapolis, IN. Heritage lake is only 28 miles west of Indianapolis and the convenience means you’ll be at the lake every weekend this summer!

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Indiana Waterfront Homes

Is 2015 the year you will buy or sell an Indiana Waterfront Home?

Continue reading for some tips on choosing the right real estate broker to help you buy or sell your Indiana waterfront home…

2015 promises to be a great year in real estate at Heritage Lake. The outlook on buying looks good as low-interest rates continue and FHA is lowering the cost of mortgage insurance which is great for the off water market at the lake.  Inventories are currently low which makes it a great time to list your Heritage Lake home.

Blue gill caught at Heritage Lake IN

Blue gill caught at Heritage Lake IN

According to HGTV, there are some things to consider as you decide on an Indiana waterfront home purchase. First, as the old adage states,  it comes down to location, location, location! You’ll want to choose a property that makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite pastimes. This means finding a location that is an easy commute along with having the amenities and activities that you enjoy. You’ll want to enjoy your Indiana lakehouse as much as possible and Heritage Lake has a great location, only 28 miles west of the thriving city of Indianapolis, IN. This 320 acre private lake offers some of the best in Indiana fishing. It is also ideal for water skiing, tubing, jet skiing, sailing, as well as leisurely pontoon cruising.

Heritage Lake water skiier

Skiing on Heritage Lake Indiana

The HGTV site also states “With all of the considerations that go into buying a waterfront home, having a real estate agent who specializes in waterfront properties in your area is crucial. Your agent can help you sort through the complex issues and get you on the right track to finding the right waterfront home. One interesting point about waterfront real estate is that the value is in the land more than it is in the house. This alone is a solid reason to select a real estate professional who specializes in waterfront property sales. It is often hard for a first time waterfront home buyer to grasp the correct value of a great view and how that compares to the value of a home on a narrow cove with a limited view.  “It can be confusing for a buyer to understand home values on the water. We even have assisted appraisers with understanding such values.” states Darrel Brouhard, Associate Broker with RE/MAX Centerstone Brouhard Realtors.  “I remember an amazing purchase on the main body. The house was dated, a real fixer-upper, but the view! It was a great purchase yet I had a client miss the purchase because they could not grasp the lot values. They went with a newer home on a small cove. It was still a nice purchase, but It didn’t have nearly the investment potential.”  Don’t forget, with the right lot you can work miracles. In 2014 a couple bought an older house on a point lot at Heritage Lake and demolished the home to build a luxury lakefront home. They understood lot values and have a solid investment on a main body waterfront lot only about an hour from Indianapolis.

If you are considering an Indiana waterfront home purchase, contact myself or Nichole at the RE/Max Centerstone Brouhard Realtors office. We will set you up with your own personal website that will be kept constantly up to date with all Heritage Lake homes meeting your search criteria. You receive an automatic email whenever there is a new listing so you’re sure not to miss out on the perfect opportunity. Darrel said “he expects to be listing several lakehouses in the next 2 months”, so call now to get your website set up. You can even sort through the listings, designate favorites, rejects, and possibilities, and make notes on your website. Brouhard Realtors have sold Indiana waterfront homes at Heritage Lake since 1987…let us find you the perfect Indiana lake home in 2015!

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Existing Home Sales Report

I’ve been looking at our home sales report so I can compare it to previous years.

I’m so grateful for our success in 2014- it’s been a good year, not only for our sales team at Heritage Lake, but nationally as well!  

Brouhard Realtor’s team at RE/MAX Centerstone is ending the year with about $10 million in production. It doesn’t quite compare to the $13 million in production we enjoyed in 2012, but that’s okay.

The National Association of Realtors reports that total existing home sales are at their highest annual pace since September 2013 and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time since last October. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the housing market this year has been a tale of two halves. “Sales activity in October reached its highest annual pace of the year as buyers continue to be encouraged by interest rates at lows not seen since last summer, improving levels of inventory and stabilizing price growth,” he said. “Furthermore, the job market has shown continued strength in the past six months. This bodes well for solid demand to close out the year and the likelihood of additional months of year-over-year sales increases.”
NAR also stated that the median existing-home price for all housing types in October was the 32nd consecutive month of year-over-year price gains.

272 Patriots Landing

272 patriots Landing at Heritage Lake IN

Regionally, the midwest shows a strong market with existing home sales jumping 5.1% to 1.24 million this October which is 2.5% higher than October 2013. The median price in the midwest was up 6.8% from a year ago.

What a great way to start 2015! If you have been considering the sale of your Heritage Lake home, or other property in Central Indiana, now is a great time to become educated on the current market. Darrel or I will happily visit your home to complete a Comparative Market Analysis even if it’s not the right time for you to list. Initially, we visit your home to take some pictures and become familiar with your property. On our return visit, you will learn not only the current market value of your home but you will learn about the latest sales activity that can help you to determine whether or not it is the right time to sell. Don’t worry if it’s not the right time to list, we are glad to help you keep up on the market to determine when it is the right time so you can call us when it is!

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