Updated four bedroom ranch home in Hazelwood, just far enough away from the city and the airport, but close to I-70 and many amenities. Totally updated kitchen, four bedrooms, hardwood floors, fireplace, two living areas, large laundry room, over an acre of land, storage shed. Lots of privacy in this scenic location with peaceful country living yet easy access to everything. Oversized 2 car garage. Home warranty in place. See this home, you will love it.
This year’s Westfield in Lights celebration will be held December 3rd from 3 – 7 p.m. in downtown Westfield. In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, the event will feature carriage and wagon rides, train rides, a gingerbread house display and free pictures with Santa and Frosty the Snowman.
“This is a such an exciting holiday tradition that is fun for the whole family,” said Westfield Parks and Recreation Director Melody Jones. “With so much going on, there’s something for kids of all ages to enjoy.”
The lawn and parking lots of city hall will feature live reindeer as well as a Merry Marketplace where attendees can stop and grab a snack or beverage to stay warm.
Two new features have been added to this year’s event. City Hall’s north parking lot will be a dedicated retail area called Sugarplum Shoppes, where attendees can put a dent in their holiday shopping. Also, The Union will be transformed into a Princess Palace, where kids can meet the Snow Sisters.
The tree lighting will take place promptly at 7p.m., with torchbearers from this year’s Indiana Bicentennial assisting Mayor Andy Cook light the tree.
For maps, parking and a more complete schedule of events, visit www.enjoywestfieldevents.com/lights
from City of Westfield
Westfield, IN- The city of Westfield has released its year-end report. The 2016 Year in Review details major accomplishments by the community since October 2015 through October 2016.
“This past year saw a lot of great progress for our community,” Mayor Andy Cook said.
“We’re excited that 2016 allowed us to add to our trails system, grow our business and residential communities and see continued success of Grand Park.”
The report covers public safety statistics, infrastructure investments, economic development information and parks and recreation data.
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Selling your home can be especially challenging when your home is also your office. Make the process a breeze with these hacks.
The number of teleworkers (who are not self-employed) has grown enormously over the past several years. And it’s no wonder: Technology has made it even easier to work from just about anywhere, anytime (even in your pajamas if you want to). One added perk? That smug feeling of satisfaction you have when other people complain about traffic in Los Angeles, CA, or their commute times on the beltway into Washington, DC.
But working from home comes with its own set of challenges, and potentially a more formidable experience when selling your home. Working from a for-sale house means constant interruptions from real estate agents, keeping everything clean at all times (yes, even your office), and the need to vacate at a moment’s notice. Here are some workarounds on how to work from home and sell your home-slash-office.
Besides the obvious factors, there are some quirky elements that can affect your home’s value. Find out what they are.
Surprise! You might know more about real estate than you think. For example, you know that square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, lot size, and location determine home value: A 4,000-square-foot, five-bed, five-bath beachfront home for sale in Miami, FL, will almost always be worth more than a 2,000-square-foot, two-bed, two-bath home on a quarter-acre lot 20 miles inland.
But those obvious factors aren’t everything you need to calculate your home’s property value estimate. Other, less obvious features can negatively or positively come into play — features you might not have considered. Here are eight frequently overlooked (and not always fixable) things that, for better or for worse, can impact the value of your home.
Want a more profitable home sale? You may be able to save some dough on your agent’s commission.
Reduction! Rebate! Discount! Sale! Who doesn’t love it when you save a little cash? And when it comes to a major purchase like buying a home, a discount can mean thousands in savings. One of the main places to find them? Your real estate agent’s commission rate: Industry standard for commissions is 6% of the home price, with 3% going to the seller’s agent and 3% to the buyer’s agent.
But scoring a rate cut from your real estate agent doesn’t always come easy — after all, it means your agent takes the hit at the bank. But there are a few reasons your agent may be willing to take a pay cut, leaving you with more money in your pocket (and more money for the down payment on your next home). Here are three main factors to consider.
Frequently, an agent will be the one to bring up a discount on commissions when selling a home. “I set my fees at about what the average agent charges,” explains Bruce Ailion, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Town & Country in Atlanta, GA. “Occasionally, I will feel I made too much money in a transaction and will offer a client a refund. Occasionally I will be doing multiple transactions with a client and charge less.”
This was the case when Afton and Chad Davis were trying to sell their home in Spartanburg, SC. “Chad had gotten a new job, and we put our home on the market,” says Afton. “At that point, the market in Spartanburg was dead. Houses took months to sell. But we got lucky! A young couple wanted our house and needed to close in three weeks because of a new job. Our agent knew we had so much going on and another offer probably wouldn’t come through, so she crunched the numbers and dropped her commission to make it work. We really didn’t even have to ask. She was just that awesome.”
Real estate agent Keith Thompson often offers a customary reduction for his longtime clients. “It depends on your history with that client,” says Thompson, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate in Charlotte, NC. “I have one client who refers an incredible amount of business to me and has been loyal for the 10 years I’ve known her. When her father went to sell, I told her I’d do it for a discount. I made one-third of what I normally would. It just really made good business sense for me long term. Take care of us and we’ll take care of you.”
Not all agents are quick to offer a discount, though, so if this is a deal-breaker for you, it’s best to ask. One seller, Sarah, who asked that her name be left out of this story, had commission reductions in mind when she and her husband listed not one but two homes (one was their primary residence and the other was a rental home) for sale before moving to their current home in St. Petersburg, FL. “Homes were selling fast in our neighborhood at the time, so we knew both properties would go fast,” says Sarah. “We figured it was worth asking our agent for a commission reduction.” He ended up cutting his commission by 1% on both sales, resulting in a savings of several thousand dollars for the couple. The first home was under contract within three days of listing and the other was under contract before in an off-market sale.
The biggest lesson learned is that it truly never hurts to ask for a discount. Had Sarah and her husband not brought up a discount on their real estate agent’s commission, there’s a chance it wouldn’t have been offered. But because they listed two homes with him, and the market was hot, their real estate agent knew the sales would be easy wins for him.
A fast-moving real estate market paired with low inventory sometimes prompts real estate agents to offer to trimmed commissions in order to encourage a homeowner to list their home for sale. But that doesn’t mean lower commissions are becoming the industry standard. “Giving discounts to your existing customers, repeat customers, referring customers, and high-volume customers makes business sense,” says Ailion. “Working for a cut-rate fee just to have some business, any business, is a one-way ticket to a starvation diet.”
You won’t need a second chance to make a first impression when you live in one of these homes for sale on Trulia.
Everyone hopes for love at first sight — though your first-look jaw dropper may come in the form of an early-1900s Colonial home in Richmond, VA. From a home’s landscaping to its color palette, even the smallest details can help set the look and feel of the rest of the home. You get only one chance to win the curb appeal game, and these picks from Trulia with stunning front yards are really bringing the heat.