Selling a Home during the Holidays

As a potential buyer, which home would you like for me to show you?

Selling your home during the holiday season can serve as a great asset to marketing your home! Don't be afraid to put up your annual seasonal decor. Some sellers are worried that putting up their Christmas tree may deter buyers from taking a real look.  It can actually add a touch of coziness and be very inviting as buyers are considering purchasing your property. 

However, holiday decorations should follow the same rules as your year-round decoration do. Here are a few helpful tips when decorating your home with holiday cheer:
  • remember "less is more" 
  • buyers should be able to envision living their own lives in your home
  • neutralize and de-clutter (including less personal photos)
  • avoid covering up selling features of your home such as a fireplace or staircase
  • when in doubt always go with clean and simple decor 
Realtor.com also gives some helpful hints here: Staging During the Holidays. The Carl Vargas Team would be happy to help you with more holiday or year-round decorating tips to give your home the best chance to win over buyers of all different style and decor preferences. 


December 4th Open Houses

Come see two of our featured homes this weekend!

Deana will be hosting an Open House at 7783 E County Road 150 S in Avon from 12:00-2:00pm

Krista will be hosting an Open House at 10762 Melissa Ann Drive in Indianapolis (Avon Schools) from 12:00-2:00pm

Contact us with any questions!


Hendricks County Holiday Events Guide


It's all about the holiday's in Avon, Plainfield, Danville & Brownsburg! These areas have done plenty of planning and organizing to help make it a festive season!

Starting in Brownsburg, they are putting the Christmas cheer into the only parade around. It is the Christmas Under the Stars parade and festival kicking-off December 3rd at 6:00 pm from Brownsburg town hall. Enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree and the biggest parade yet with 38 floats that will make there way from Brown Elementary north to Main St. then onto SR 267 past town hall and finishing at Arbuckle Acres. Find more info on this big event at www.brownsburg.org.

Over to Danville where they have wonderland of holiday fun. Go to Ellis Park and see the magnificent Winterland Holiday Light Show running November 25th-December 24th. Times during the week are Sunday-Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 6:00 - 10:00 pm. Santa will have his sleigh here every Friday-Sunday at the times listed. Help out by bringing a bag of canned food items any Wednesday and get in for $3.00. Another big event is Paws and Clause on December 6th and 13th bring your pet for a pet picture with Santa. Danville keeps the fun going, skate the day away with Skate the Square outdoor rink in Downtown from November 25th-December 6th, Monday through Fridays 4:00 - 8:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. and Sundays Noon - 7:00 pm. Visit www.visitdowntowndanville.com for more info.

If you like caroling then Plainfield is the place to be. Plainfield Library Family Christmas Caroling has an evening of singing and child friendly games followed by cookie decorating and eating. Registration is required for this event. Call 838-3801 or visit www.plainfieldlibrary.net.

The biggest winter event is the Holiday Open House and Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail. This will definitely get you in the holiday spirit and you can purchase items for the people on your Christmas list. The open houses run from Thursday December 8th - Saturday December 10th. This self directed driving tour lets you choose the places in Hendricks County and includes art studios, galleries, workshops and special events as you travel along scenic county roads. Wine Taste at Chateau Thomas Winery, buy holiday desserts at Bread Basket Cafe in Daville, and see glass artwork in Clayton at Hot Blown Glass, Ltd. and much more. For a list of all the events and locations go to www.ruralroutestomainstreet.com.


Featured Listing: 7783 E 150 S

Great location in Avon! Visit this home during an Open House on Sunday 11/27 from 12-2. Contact Krista at 413-8198 or krista@carlvargasteam.com with any questions.


Great Schools in Indy

Lately it seems as if many clients and customers have a lot of questions about area schools when looking for a home. We have many families moving in from other cities as well as families with young children getting ready to embark on their scholastic journey. All of our team members are very well acquainted with the wonderful surrounding schools and are able to give good advice depending what parents are looking for in a school.

However, even as a former high school teacher in a Hendricks County school corporation, I (Krista) am not able to answer all and every question when pertaining to some statistics or resources of a certain school. That is why we are happy to encourage families to visit http://www.greatschools.org/ when researching anything pertaining to schools in the Indianapolis area or when relocating to anywhere in the country.

We understand that choosing the location of your new home can rely on many factors. We believe that choosing the right school for your kids is probably one of the biggest factors in the decision making process. Please contact us today if you have any questions about the area in which you are interested in purchasing your next home. We can help you understand what each school system has to offer and so much more.


Social Media Meeting

Krista showed her great teaching skills today. She gave us a presentation on Social Meeting and did a fantastic Job:)
The Vargas team is moving into the 21st Century!!!!

Great Job Krista!!!!


Positive Trends in Indy

Hendricks County residents have seen an increase in pended home sales in September 2011 from the same period last year and a decline in overall inventory by 9% with 1,238 homes on the market compared to last September's 1,387. What seems to be an indecisive market in some areas of the country doesn't seem to be affecting Central Indiana with inventory declining and overall home prices rising 1.8 percent. Another positive for housing are the low interest rates.  The rates are incredibly low hovering around 3.85% and 4% for 30 year fixed rate mortgages.  

The Carl Vargas Team is a dominant force and statistics for the entire Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtor's confirm we continue to provide great energy and high volume! The Carl Vargas Team ranks 18th in overall volume of sold listings for the year to date with 50 plus listings sold and a sales volume exceeding $17 million year to date.  In our market today we continue to provide proven experience and a top notch marketing strategy that includes positioning your home to sell! If you're considering buying, selling or know someone who is contact us today!  


"Positioning" in the Post-2008 Market

The Real Estate Market Crash of 2008. To many potential sellers this is a pretty intimidating idea that could potentially serve as a major barrier in making the decision to put your house on the market. Many common thoughts and worries include "I shouldn't even think about selling now because it is such a strong buyers' market" or "My house will probably be on the market forever because there is such a great supply out there" or simply, "I have no idea how to stage my house for today's market".

The fact of the matter is, the real estate market has changed since 2008.  However, The Carl Vargas Team has changed with the times through the concept of positioning. Due to positioning, we have been able to not only keep up with our volume prior to 2008, but in many stats, we have exceeded production. Some of these statistics include Units Sold, Volume, Average List to Sell Price and Average Days on the Market. See our statistics below:
Numbers don't lie. It is proven above that we have changed with the times and are well-equipped to face this market head on. Through our unique approach in positioning, we will be sure to successfully ease some of those typical worries. Contact our team on how we can help position you in today's market.


The Carl Vargas Team Joins the Blogosphere!

We are happy to announce that our team is joining the new trend in marketing via social media. You can find us at our website at carlvargas.com, or our team facebook page, or on twitter @carlvargasteam. Our latest addition is now our Carl Vargas Team Blog!

We are excited to keep our past, current and future clients updated  on everything from news in real estate, to helpful tips on preparing to sell your home or what special events are happening in the Indianapolis area. The main purpose of this blog is to help educate you about your real estate needs and beyond! Follow our blog and enjoy the educational yet thrilling journey of the Carl Vargas Team!