Snow & Ice = winter weariness!

I honestly don’t know anyone over the age of 10 who is happy about all the snow we’ve

Hard to park for an hour if the space has snow piled in it!

received in 2014! The hardest thing is all the ice. I know the businesses are trying to clear their parking lots, but it’s just impossible to get rid of the underlying ice until we have a melt. Private citizens are doing the best they can too.  If you are within the city of West Lafayette, here are the guidelines for snow removal from the website.

“Property owners or occupants are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks that are adjacent to their property? Section 66.01 of West Lafayette City code requires that the owner or occupant of a property adjacent to a sidewalk removes snow and ice within six hours after daylight and after snow fall has ceased.

If you live in West Lafayette IN then you will need to clear your sidewalks. Or you will get a fine. Community service is a good thing.

Failure to remove snow and ice from sidewalks may result in fines and costs for clearing the sidewalks. Fines up to $50 can be issued to the property owner or occupant if a sidewalk for which they are responsible is not cleared. Also, failure to remove the snow and ice may result in the clearing of the sidewalk by the city and the owner being charged for the costs, which start at $80.

Enforcement priorities are elementary school routes first, followed by commercial and retail areas, and then residential neighborhood streets.”  Think spring everyone!!!

West Lafayette IN Home for Sale

Meg & Eric, Team Howlett, are your West Lafayette Real Estate Experts. Buying or Selling. We Help!

Meg, 765-414-6531, or Eric, 765-414-1795.  Please call us today to help you buy or sell your home.  We’ve been selling homes in the current conditions! We just harness up the Huskies and get to work! We are full time real estate agents and care for you!

Real Estate News. University Farm, West Lafayette IN


In the last 12 months, 19 houses have sold in the University Farm market area.

As of Dec 20, 2013, 19 homes sold in the University Farm market area over the last 12 months based upon statistics from the Lafayette Board of Realtors. Team Howlett, Meg & Eric,  Realtors with Coldwell Banker Shook, contributed 3 (or 15.7%). Sold prices ranged from $133,000 to $393,000.  Average sold price was $257,000.

U Farms is a mature neighborhood.

University Farm continues to be a desired location to buy real estate.  As a newer, yet mature, sub-division with wonderful houses in the West Lafayette School District, U Farms is a choice location for many home buyers.

Only 3 Active Listings. 3 houses is a low inventory.  Since on average 1.58 houses sell per month, this equates to approximately 2 months of inventory.  Anything less than 4 months of inventory is low.  And, 2 out of the 3 actives have been on the market for a long time, which indicates that they may be overpriced for their features.

Average Days on Market was 18 Days.  With the low inventory and desirable houses, it is no wonder that homes for sale turn quickly (if they are priced correctly).  The  average market time for all of Tippecanoe County is 71 days. Having the house properly prepared and staged always helps reduce the time on market.

7 out of the 19 went pending in the Winter months of 2012 / 2013. We hear

Christmas Lights cheer up Winter Days by Eric Howlett


concerns from owners about putting their house on the market during the winter.  In last 12 months, approx 1/3 of the houses sold received an accepted offer in the winter months.  With low inventory and people looking to move into the area, it is a good time to sell.

Team Howlett: Helping You Buy or Sell Real Estate.  We Care.

Providing Our Sellers with Free Staging, Innovative Marketing, and Detailed Support

We don’t just list your house.. we actively help you sell it!  Starting with pre-market preparation including FREE staging, we are with you the entire real estate process.  Team

Staging by Team Howlett

Howlett has the most innovative marketing program in the county with a house specific webpage, superior photos, HD video, google ads, open house campaigns, social media, print ads, etc. And finally, we monitor every step until closing.

Providing Our Buyers with Passionate Customer Care and Detailed Market Knowledge

We are here to help you find your new long as it takes!  As your buyer agent, Meg loves working with clients to find their new home.  After getting to know you and your needs, Meg will look daily for any real estate that may fit your criteria.  We’ll show you as many houses as you would like and give you our honest opinion.    Then, we’ll help you all the way until you get the keys.  Please call 765-414-6531. We’d love to help!

Meg, Helping Clients Buy Homes in Lafayette / West Lafayette Indiana. Your local real estate agent.

Meg, 765-414-6531,  and                                                           Eric, 765-414-1795,

Happy Hollow Park West Lafayette Indiana

Happy Hollow Park in West Lafayette Indiana is a great example of why living or relocating to West Lafayette Indiana is a joy.  With tons of parking, open space, picnic locations, play areas, walking and running paths, this lovely open space is a hidden jewel in the middle of West Lafayette.

Plenty of parking, play areas, volleyball nets, and picnic locations at Happy Hollow Park, West Lafayette.

Connecting the downtown riverfront area, New Chauncey neighborhood, and Wabash Shores (Indian Trails neighborhood), this revitalized park supports so many people.  Meg and I love seeing people of all ages utilizing the green space. In order to use the picnic areas, you’ll need to reserve it.. see here for info.

You’ll need to reserve one of the 4 picnic locations with the City of West Lafayette.

Happy Hollow is part of the West Lafayette Trails Network.  Don’t you love living in a town that thinks about these things!  We sure do! Meg & I have been coming here for almost 30 years on our own, with our family and pets for almost 30 years. Some of that time we were visiting from both coasts and Europe. We are thrilled to be home at last. The lovely weather (and a shockingly rare free moment) provided us with a chance to take our dog Pippen for a walk. We wanted to see how the new paved trail system was going.

The City of West Lafayette recently completed a new set of paved trails on the southeast section of the park.

Well, this beautiful autumn day provided an excellent backdrop for some beautiful photos.  Enjoy!

Not sure who was walking whom.. Pippen or Meg ?!? No matter, Pippen stayed on his leash and it was a beautiful fall day!  The new paved paths are tastefully done! We loved the new connection to Kingston Drive.

So many things for a family to do here.

The new section of paved trails from River Road and Kingston Drive create a heavenly running location! Get your running shoes on and go for it!

What are we looking at here? Its the winter Tube / Sled Run. Go as high as you want and enjoy the ride! It’s a blast and we’ve been taking our children here for almost 30 years. Now its our granddaughter and I that make this trek! Look its a hill in Indiana. Enjoy it!

There is a bubbly stream running thru the park. The upper paths meander along this stream in a ravine. Topographical variation in Indiana is something to treasure!

Well thanks for joining us in this wonderful jewel in the midst of West Lafayette!

Roundabouts – How to Use West Lafayette IN Circular Intersections

Yellow Sign with Circle = Roundabout. Lines pointing indicate exits. 3 lines = 3 entrances and exits. Speed 15 mph = SLOW DOWN.

Hey, what’s up with these new circular intersection traffic patterns that have started to pop up around town.   They’re called “Roundabouts”.  They are not a new concept. Having grown up in New England, I learned to drive at an early age on what they called a “Rotary”.  Same thing.

Why a Roundabout? Safety and flow. Generally, a roundabout is safer than a traditional intersection with stop signs and even some stop lights.  The City of West Lafayette has a webpage (click here) giving some of the statistics and additional info.

But, they are only safer if you know how to drive in them.  I’ve pulled up to a roundabout recently and saw three cars stopped at their entrance not knowing who was supposed to go first.  So, whether you’re a long time resident or relocating to west lafayette here’s a quick guide on driving in a roundabout.

Slow Down. First, how do you know that you are approaching a Roundabout?  You should see a yellow sign off to the right with a circle and some lines extending out from the circle.  Circle = roundabout. Most times, they have an arrow reminding you of the direction of flow = counterclockwise.  There are lines sticking out from the circle showing you how many and general location of the entrances and exits to the roundabout.  Finally, at the bottom of the sign, there is a yellow caution speed of 15 – 20 mph.  So, step one, SLOW DOWN.

Yield When Entering a Roundabout. Goal is to merge successfully at the posted speed. Look to your left, then merge on the roundabout.

YIELD when entering.  As you approach the roundabout, most times you will see a yield sign to remind you how to enter the intersection.  It’s just like a Yield.  The cars inside the roundabout have the right away.  So, the goal is to merge successfully without having to stop just like at any other Yield.



Following the flow counterclockwise around the roundabout. You have right away inside and people entering should yield to you. Just beware of people who don’t know the rules or have rusty / dented vehicles! Signal just prior to leaving.

One Way Traffic Flow. As you enter the roundabout, there should be a sign directly ahead of you reminding you of the traffic flow.  It is one way going counterclockwise.  Just follow the arrow.  Once you are in the roundabout, you now have the right away over entering vehicles.  (But always beware of heavy trucks not slowing down, rusty vehicles and people not in the know.)  All things going correctly, you should never have to stop inside the roundabout.  When you are ready to leave on your correct street / exit, blinker away and exit.

Pedestrian crossing rules apply. Watch out for peds!

Special Notes. Watch out for pedestrians.  All rules still apply to cross walks. If an emergency vehicle approaches the roundabout intersection while you are in the roundabout, don’t stop.  Continue to your exit and then pull over just like you would in any intersection.



Yeager and 231 has a new 2 lane roundabout. Watch the signs and street markings to pick the right lane to enter. You should not have to change lanes to exit.

Now for Roundabout 202.  Two lane roundabouts.  The main difference is that you need to pay attention to signs and markings on the street prior to the roundabout to determine which lane you should be in prior to entering the intersection.  The new roundabout intersection at Yeager Rd and SR 231 is such an animal.  For example, as you head north on 231 and come up to the roundabout, you need to be in the left lane to continue around and then exit on 231 going north.  Again going north on 231 at Yeager, you need to be in the right lane (or left lane) to exit to Yeager.  The right lane must exit right at this intersection.  Anyway, just slow down, read the signs and merge.  Generally, you should not have to change lanes to exit.

Congratulations!  You’ve graduated Roundabouts 101.  Please see the West Lafayette link above for more detailed info.  Slow down, merge confidently and exit when you need to.  You’re done!  Pass it along. Cheers! Eric.