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.

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 www.westlafayette.in.gov 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!

West Lafayette IN is a sellers market

Moving to the West Lafayette IN area? Will you or your child be attending Purdue? Have you received a job offer from Purdue? Have you landed a position at one of Lafayette’s impressive manufacturing companies? Whatever brings you to West Lafayette, I’m sure you’ll find this an exciting community to live. If you need to be within the West Lafayette

There are many wonderful real estate areas in West Lafayette with beautiful homes.

School district www.wl.k12.in.us/‎ the choices for housing are quite limited. As of today (1/25/2014) there are only 18 houses for sale. That is an historically low number. 68 houses have sold in the last 6 months, meaning that there is only a 1.6 month supply of houses. Generally, if the market has less that a three month supply, it is considered to be a sellers market. The good news is that you’ll be able to see every available house in a day or two. The bad news is, well, that you’ll be able to see everything in a day or two!

Homes for sale in West Lafayette come in a wide variety from new to classic with hardwood floors. Call Meg 765-414-6531 to start your search.

The lesson to be learned here is that when a house is properly prepared for the market and priced right, it will sell FAST. There is no “low-balling” in the current market, unless a property is in bad condition or it is significantly over-priced. Team Howlett knows how to get houses ready for the market, with excellent pre-market advise, free staging and expertly accurate pricing.


Please call us for your real estate market review. Meg, 765-414-6531, or Eric, 765-414-1795.  We are here to help you!


Arbor Chase Real Estate News

In the last 12 months, 35 houses have sold in the Arbor Chase market area.

As of Jan 15 2014, 35 homes sold in the Arbor Chase market area over the last 12 months based upon statistics from the Lafayette Board of Realtors. Over 50% of the houses sold were new construction. Sold prices ranged from $197,500 to $476,500.  Average sold price was $309,206.

Arbor Chase has been one of the most sought after sub-divisions in the Greater Lafayette

Arbor Chase Sub-division. Excellent real estate location, schools and homes in West Lafayette IN

area.  Close to everything in West Lafayette and featuring excellent schools, walking trails, and parks.  The new street lights are a nice addition as well.

7 Active Houses for Sale. There are 3 new construction houses and 4 resale houses for sale in Arbor Chase.  Since on average  2.9 houses sell per month, this equates to approximately 2.4 months of inventory.  Now, this includes new construction inventory, which will start to wind down.  But, even just taking into account resale houses, there is only 3 months of inventory.  Anything less than 4 months of inventory means the market is not saturated.  Good news!

Team Howlett, Meg & Eric, are your local real estate experts. Plus, we actually live in Arbor Chase.

Average Days on Market was 55 Days.  With over 50% of the houses sold being new construction, this number may not be accurate.  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.

Only 1 empty lot left in Arbor Chase.  After years of development, new construction is winding down.  Out of the approximate 342 lots, the last lot is getting ready for construction.  There are a couple of houses under

A beautiful sunset just before a major snow storm.

construction on Farnsworth Dr.  Soon, work vehicles and disruptions will be a thing of the past.

Call Meg or Eric for a Free market analysis of your house.  We’d love to help.  Team Howlett was the #1 Team at Coldwell Banker Shook in 2013 for # of transactions. We helped clients buy or sell 95 houses in 2013.

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

Eric, Associate Broker, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Shook, 765-414-1795



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 through the entire real estate process.  We have the most innovative marketing 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 house..as 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.

Examples of staging provided Free by Team Howlett:

Furniture and Decorative item provided free for our sellers by Team Howlett. We don’t just list houses, we actively help sell them.

Dining Room set staged with furniture and decorative items for free by Team Howlett.

Team Howlett: Meg Howlett, 765-414-6531, mhowlett@shook.comEric Howlett, 765-414-1795, ehowlett@shook.com, Broker Associates, Realtors, Coldwell Banker Shook

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.