Real Estate in Huntington Farms West Lafayette. Spring into Action.

Real estate sales in Hungtington Farms had a good year in 2016.  With low inventory and strong demand, resale houses for sale did well.  15 houses sold in 2016 in Huntington Farms West Lafayette IN ranging from $180,000 to $325,000.  The average days on market was 29 days and average sold price to list was 97.5% (from the last list price).  Team Howlett (Meg Howlett, Eric Howlett and Kelli Stump) helped our clients sell 2 of these houses.  We worked with both sellers for months in advance to help develop their pre-market preparation plans including complimentary home staging.

3546 Chateaugay Ct. Sold. Jun 2016. $325,000. *Staged by Team Howlett

3541 Secretariat. Sold Feb 2016. $280,000. *Staged by Team Howlett.

Spring is coming.  Now is the time to make your home buying or selling plans for 2017 by contacting Team Howlett.  Inventory levels of real estate in West Lafayette are low.  Proper preparation is the key to success.

Here are some links to independent sites which gave us 5 Star ratings.  We value quality above quantity and give you our total attention.

Cheers, Meg & Eric

 

How to Purchase a House When You Already Own One.

The owner of the this house was able to follow Team Howlett’s most recommended way to purchase a house when you already own one. If at all possible, we recommend that you take a home equity loan out on your current house. Make sure that you use a lender that will “re-cast” your new mortgage. This means that you can use the proceeds from the sale of your last home to reduce the monthly payments on your new home without extending the term of the loan. Not every lender does this, so be sure to ask us for a lender recommendation! No need to double your closing costs! Then we will help you find the house of your dreams. This might take a while, since the inventory is so low. That’s why it makes so much sense NOT to sell your house until you know where you are going. Then you close on your new home and totally move out of your old house.

Master Bedroom Before

Team Howlett will advise you on what you need to do to get your house ready for the market. Pre-market preparation is crucial! Do you need to paint? Do you need new carpets in a few rooms? Do you have peeling paint outside? Should you replace the countertops in the kitchen? About half the time we are telling home owners to take certain actions and the other half of the time we are telling people NOT to take certain actions. We are in houses every day. We know what the buyers are looking for. There is no need to make improvements that won’t result in a higher sales price.

Master Bedroom After

We also recommend once everything is out of the house that you hire professional house cleaners. We have several that we can recommend. Moving is such an exhausting experience. It’s best to leave that final clean to the professionals. Team Howlett will then come in and stage your house for free! We are the only real estate team in Tippecanoe County that is doing complete staging. We furnish the living room, dining room, breakfast nook, family room, office (if there is one), master bedroom, all bathrooms and the kitchen. We will make your house look like a model home! Best of all, your house can be shown at a moments notice. It will be a vacant home, but it sure won’t look like one. You’ll never have to clean for a showing or leave for a showing.

Family Room Before

 

Family Room After

Please contact Team Howlett for all of your real estate needs! We love to help!

Call Meg at 765-414-6531

Call Eric at 765-414-1795

 

Visit Team Howlett’s Website to learn how we can help you achieve your real estate goals!!

 

 

 

 

Winterize Your House. Hose Bibs and Crawl Space Vents.

Most of the leaves have fallen.  The sky is dreary. Some houses have Christmas

Hose still attached?

decorations; yet pumpkins still exist.  And, yes, the city has put salt brine on the roads for tomorrow’s snow.  Winter is coming!  No, the dead are not attacking from north of the wall, but have you prepared your house for the cold weather.  Here are two common problems I have found looking at so many houses with buyers and sellers. 1) Not removing your garden hoses from the outside spigots and

Vents still open?

2) Not closing the vents/access to the crawlspace.

 

 

 

Remove Your Garden Hoses or Risk Broken Pipes!

You may or may not have used the garden hose the whole year and forgotten it hidden

Remove hoses from Spigots

behind the bushes.  But, it is about to become a means to burst your pipes in the cold weather.  A garden hose filled with frozen water becomes a heat sink to freeze the water inside the faucet pipes and cause them to burst!   Ahh, but I have anti-freeze spigots and this does not affect me.  Wrong!  Anti-freeze spigots do not work if the hose is still attached.  An anti-freeze spigot is designed to have the shutoff valve inside the house (or basement / crawlspace) to prevent water from being exposed to freezing temperatures.  But if the hose is still attached then frozen water will extend from the hose into the spigot.  The frozen water then has a chance to burst the pipes inside.  Remove your garden hoses and allow the anti-freeze spigot to work.

Anti-freeze hose bibs have the valve inside to prevent frozen water from bursting pipes.

If you leave hoses attached, the water inside the spigot can freeze and burst pipes.

Shut the Crawlspace Vents and Make Sure the Access is Shut!

Close the crawlspace vents.

If you have a crawlspace, then you have openings to keep the space ventilated in the summer to prevent stagnant air during the warm months.  Now, during the winter months, these vents and openings should be shut to prevent freezing temperatures in the crawlspace.  Similar to the hose bib issue, we do not want any pipes to freeze and we want you to spend less on winter heating bills.

 

Consider adding optional vent covers.

 

Make Sure the Crawlspace Access is Shut

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, Eric.

Team Howlett Residential Real Estate, TeamHowlett.com

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Flipping your own house

There’s a lot of talk about getting rich quick by “flipping” houses. Fueled by the HGTV

Before. Dark paint, burns in the carpet, patches in the walls, windows covered, and clutter.

shows, you simply find a distressed property, fix it up, sell it and voila! You’ve made money! Right? Well, the thing is, this is much easier said than done. You have to be prepared for the unexpected. Who knew that the tub would fall through the second floor bathroom into the kitchen the day after closing?! (This happened to a client of mine when I was a broker in Washington State)

After. Living Room: Freshly Paint and Fixed Walls, New Carpeting, Sunny Windows, and Team Howlett Staging. Move-in ready home for sale!

Here’s a safer bet. If you are considering moving for whatever reason, how about flipping your own house? New carpet, paint and other more minor repairs can make a world of difference. If you want to do the work yourself, please have Eric and I stop by ahead of time to give a free consultation on the best way to proceed.

 

Before. Lots of clutter. Damaged walls, burn marks in floor.

Check out these before and after pictures from our seller in Lafayette! Our seller was out of town, so Team Howlett, with the amazing help of Property Solutions, did the “flip” for him. Jeff Martin,owner of Property Solutions, is a genius in getting the biggest bang for the buck for our sellers. He painted the entire interior, including walls and all trim, replaced both bathroom floors, recarpeted all bedrooms and great room, and put a new counter top

After. Freshly painted walls, repaired flooring, cleaned, cleared and staged. Then fantastic photos to market.

and mirror in the master bath. All materials and labor were only 5,000 and the seller stands to make at least twice that from putting the money in ahead of time.

 

 

 

Before. Master bedroom. Dark, damaged walls, stained carpets.

 

Then Team Howlett came in and worked our FREE staging magic!  This transformation of real estate in Lafayette is astonishing!  Click on any of the photos to expand!

 

 

 

After. Newly painted, sunny windows, new carpets, and staged to perfection.

We never get tired of seeing a job well done.  Give us a call to see how we can help you!  We pride ourselves on pre-sale project help, great staging and then fantastic photos!

 

 

 

 

Before. Master bath. Burn marks on sink, worn sink, damaged mirror, scratches on walls.

Team Howlett.

Meg Howlett, 765-414-6531.

Eric Howlett, 765-414-1795.

Realtors. Residential Real Estate Experts.  Coldwell Banker Shook Broker Associates.

 

After. New countertop, new mirror, new vinyl flooring, freshly painted and staged with decorative items. A bathroom you would be proud of.

Free Staging and Innovative Marketing Help You Sell Your Home

Team Howlett‘s new service of free home staging tied to honest home improvement recommendations, superior photographs, focused internet ads, and open house campaigns has really helped sell homes in the Lafayette / West Lafayette Indiana market area.  Our sellers have been extremely pleased with the offers received and how quick they have been sold.  Here are a few recent examples:

List $322,500. Was For Sale by Owner in U Farms for several months. Team Howlett helped get the house market ready with a deep clean and staging the DR, LR, Kitchen, Dinette, Bathrooms, and MBR. All furniture and decorative items provided for free. Listed and sold in 4 days.

 

 

List $249,000. This house was on the market for over 6 months last year with another agency. Expired. We provided repair recommendations and management for out of town sellers. The sellers agreed to paint the exterior and the dining room. Team Howlett staged the FR, DR, Kitchen, Bathrooms with furniture and decorative items for free. Superior photos and video were taken and marketed. Sold in 10 days. Closed.

 

 

List $135,000. House was For Sale by Owner for over 6 months. We worked with the sellers to prepare the house by removing old wallpaper, painting, and uncovering beautiful hard wood floors. With our staging furniture and decorative items, the photographs and video came out great. After listing, we held an Open House along with sending out 600 postcards to the neighborhood. Sold in 27 days. Pending.

 

List $135,000. Listed and staged by Team Howlett. Superior photos and marketing. Accepted offer in 6 days over the New Years week. We are full time real estate agents and work all the time. Pending.

Call us today if you would like a free market analysis.  We don’t just list houses.. we actively help sell them.  Meg Howlett, 765-414-6531. Eric Howlett, 765-414-1795

Team Howlett Real Estate, Relators, Coldwell Banker Shook.