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,

Day after blog. It’s never too late!

Parkside Seafood House and Oyster Bar

Ok, I’m just going to say this. The Parkside Seafood House and Oyster Bar is the best restaurant in town.  It is located on 1902 Scott St, Lafayette.  Eric is from Massachusettes, home to the best cod in the world. We have vacationed in Maine, home to the best lobster in the world. We have lived in Puget Sound, home to the best Halibut in the world. We have lived in Pescara, Italy, home to so much good fish it takes your breathe away. Our favorite waiter always used to say “This fish is our ocean!” So we are picky.

Meg is enjoying our favorite oyster.

The oysters are so fresh that you feel the sea breeze in your face. We have dined here 3 times and have enjoyed it every time

We would also like to do a gratuitous plug for our amazing bungalow that is one block away from the best restaurant in town. This house has so much going for it. There is a complete Mother-in-law/rental/teenage get-away in the back of the house. Check it out! 1902 Thompson St, Lafayette Home for Sale

Only 2 Blocks from Parkside Seafood House, this cute bungalow on 1902 Thompson St is for sale.

We are holding an open house on November 16th from 1-3 and are holding a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate to the Parkside Seafood House and Oyster Bar.

Come and visit us!


Architecturally Specific Home Staging

Team Howlett had a big challenge this week. We’re offering a rustic real estate property in West Lafayette IN for sale.  We wanted to give it a cabin feel without turning the property into a cliche.  In the master bedroom, we chose mission style furniture and warmed it up with a Martha Stewart quilt.

1st Floor MBR. Mission Style, wood floors and sunny windows.

The large dining room was large enough for seating for eight, so we chose one of our traditional sets and set the table for a feast! Simple white dishes, mason jar mugs, and quilted placemats add to the homey feel.

Dining Room seating for 8. Classic dining room set with simple country decorative items.

In the living room, we paired simple off white furniture with rustic coffee and end tables.  We’ve been getting the property ready for the market since the beginning of the year, so Meg has been on the prowl for decorative items with a cabin feel for several months. The feedback from the agents so far has been really positive!

Modern furniture with rustic style wood balcony. Large windows & deck access with nature views.

Please call for a showing.

Meg Howlett, Realtor, Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker Shook, 765-414-6531,