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Can neighbor’s property affect your Camel IN home value?

Posted in First time homebuyer, Short Sales/Foreclosures on April 15th, 2019 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Is the house selling near you affecting your home value in Camel ?

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When it comes to real estate in Camel, different factors can affect the value of your home. One component can be the condition of your neighbor’s property. The prices of homes selling near you can have a big impact on your home’s market value. It’s important to know how these factors can influence the value of your home.

Camel IN Comps”

Comparable properties – or “comps” as they’re sometimes called – are recently sold properties with similar features; including size, location, and amenities. They are used as a benchmark by appraisers and real estate agents to determine the fair market value of your home. Consequently, the selling price of homes nearby influence how much buyers are willing to offer for yours.

For example, let’s say you have a three-bedroom, two-bath home, that you list for $250,000. If similar homes nearby have recently sold for $150,000, potential buyers will likely wonder why your asking price is so much higher. Does your home truly have exceptional features making it worth the additional $100,000? If not, this could make finding a buyer more difficult. So, another consideration would be the true worth of your home. This is often done by an appraisal.

Appraisal Value of Camel Homes

A home appraisal is an unbiased estimate of the true (or fair market) value of what a home is worth. Loan approvals rely on the appraised value of a home. This means that most lenders won’t issue a loan for more than the appraised amount. If this amount is less than the loan amount, an adjustment must be made. The seller will need to lower the price, or the buyer will need to make up the difference. Sometimes the seller and buyer compromise regarding the difference.

In addition, the bank will not approve loans if the appraiser determines that the home has certain structural issues. These issues will need to be addressed before moving forward with the sale of the home. This is often at the seller’s expense. As stated earlier, appraisers evaluate a property based on comp sales. Sometimes adjustments are made based on improvements done to the home. There are times when sellers do not make improvement or maintain their property. This leads to further devaluation of neighborhoods and possible foreclosures.

Foreclosures and Short Sales in Camel IN

Foreclosures (also known as repossessions) occur when a lender takes possession of a home due to the homeowner’s failure to meet the terms of their mortgage. Oftentimes, the property is sold to pay off the loan. If your neighborhood has a lot of foreclosed homes, your property value can take a hit. Foreclosures and short sales tend to sell at lower prices, thus diminishing the overall average sale price of the neighborhood.

These are some of the factors that can influence the value of your home. One of the most important are the comparable homes in your neighborhood. Be sure to check with your agent to make sure your value is on target before putting it on the market.

Stay Updated City of Carmel Construction Schedule

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods, Community Events on March 3rd, 2017 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

City of Carmel                                                                One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032




Date:            February 28, 2017

Contact:      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474

Release:       Immediate


2017 Road Improvement Plans

for Carmel Announced


CARMEL, IN – The City of Carmel has a very aggressive construction schedule for 2017 and it will be important for you to plan ahead to make sure your regular routes are available and if not, to determine your best detour before you head out the door.


To help you stay connected, please take a moment to download the CarmelLink app so that you will have access to the latest road construction updates. Please note that the CarmelLink app requires the use of the Waze app, so you will be prompted to download that as well.


While we are providing a snapshot of projects planned for 2017, please remember there are many variables that affect the exact start and finish dates. We will send notices of closures or detours closer to the beginning of construction.


The projects below are listed under the month in which they will begin. There are various timelines for completion. For details, go to Direct links are provided below when available.





Main Street Drainage improvement, 4th Avenue SW to Guilford Road

Towne Road Trail, 96th  Street to 106th  Street

Lake Shore Drive East Culvert replacement, just South of 106th Street

106th Street Culvert replacement, Michigan Road to Shelborne Road

            Greentree Drive Culvert replacement

Spring Mill Phase 2 boulevard reconstruction

126th Street improvement, Range Line Road to Keystone Avenue




            River Road reconstruction, Community Drive to 146th Street

116th Street and Towne Road Roundabout

126th Street and Gray Road Roundabout

136th Street and Gray Road Roundabout

Gray Road Culvert replacement, south of 146th Street

Ditch Road Path Project, 106th Street to 116th Street

Range Line Road and City Center Roundabout



Old Town Alley and Storm Water improvements

Carmel Drive and City Center Drive Roundabout



96th Street and Delegates Row Roundabout

96th Street and Gray Road Roundabout

Guilford Road and City Center Drive Roundabout

106th Street and Towne Road Roundabout

116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway Roundabout



Range Line Road reconstruction 136th Street to U.S. 31 overpass

Range Line Road and 136th Street Roundabout adjustment

4th Street NW reconstruction

5th Street NE curb construction



Range Line Road and 4th Street Roundabout

Guilford Road and Carmel Drive Roundabout

Monon Boulevard Construction, City Center Drive to Main Street


Fall 2017

            96th Street and Hazel Dell Road Roundabout

Range Line Road and Executive Drive Roundabout

96th Street and Priority Way Roundabout

Carmel Drive and Old Meridian Street Roundabout

96th Street and Keystone Parkway interchange (preliminary work)

Gray Road and Main Street Roundabout

Range Line Road reconstruction, 116th Street to Main Street

Foster Estates drainage improvements

Main Street Path project, Harrowgate Drive to Cool Creek Court

Carey Road Path project, Hawthorne Drive to Edinburg Drive

Shelborne Road Path project, 106th Street to 116th Street





South West Clay Storm Water and Multi-use Path

Several multi-use paths are being added to the South West Clay area, as the City continues to make improvements set forth in the annexation agreement with this area. Nearly all of the work will happen off the roadway, primarily along Ditch Road, Towne Road  and Shelborne Road. All these projects, including roundabout construction, will improve pedestrian connectivity and storm water mitigation in this area.



Crooked Stick Drainage / Storm Water and Multi-use Path

A variety of drainage issues in the crooked Stick area will be improved by this project, which will also include construction of multi-use paths on the west side of Ditch Road between 106th and 116th Streets.  Storm drainage improvements also will be included as part of this project, which is expected to be completed by mid-July, 2017.



West Carmel Drive Path Project

One westbound lane on Carmel Drive will be closed during construction of a new path to connect U.S. 31 to Keystone Parkway, a project that began last fall. Expect lane restrictions to resume once weather permits construction to begin again. The path will link existing path along the north edge of West Carmel Drive, just west of 3rd Avenue to the intersection near North Clark Street. This portion of the city’s path project is expected to conclude in April, 2017.



126th Street Improvements between Range Line Road and Keystone Avenue

Road improvements have been underway, including multi-use paths and storm water management, since last year. In 2017, traffic will be maintained in the westerly direction for the duration of the project. This project is anticipated to last until summer of 2017.

Detour Route: Use Main Street and 116th Street for eastbound traffic. Keystone Parkway and Guilford Avenue will be main routes connecting drivers to eastbound detour routes.



Spring Mill Road Improvements

Beginning in March, Spring Mill Road will be closed between Millridge Drive and 106th Street for three months to reconstruct Spring Mill Road and replace a large culvert. Meanwhile, work that began last year will continue on Spring Mill Road and motorists should expect lane restrictions and closures.


CarmelLink 2.0 Update

CARMEL LINK 2.0 is a concentrated infrastructure improvement program that will result in the completion of new roundabout intersections along Gray Road, 96th Street, Range Line Road, 116th Street, Guilford Road, Pennsylvania Street, Spring Mill Road, Towne Road, Keystone Parkway with a new interchange at 96th Street, storm water management and drainage improvement projects throughout the City of Carmel. It will also include the upgrade of a large section of Range Line Road and other miscellaneous improvements over the next three-years.




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Lincolnshire Homes for Sale Carmel IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on March 25th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to know Lincolnshire in Carmel

One of Carmel’s smaller communities, Lincolnshire has just 82 home sites, creating an intimate environment. Even though it’s small, it doesn’t lack any amenities; the neighborhood boasts a swimming pool, cabanas, walking trails, picnic areas, playground, and lots of green space. The neighborhood sits at 141st Street, on the west side of Springmill.

The neighborhood’s convenient location gives residents easy access to State Route 31/Meridian Street, as well as Interstate 465, downtown Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis International Airport. Residents are also close to numerous shopping and dining outlets such as Clay Terrace, Target, Walmart, Kohls, Hobby Lobby, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

An Estridge community, Lincolnshire features new construction and homes for resale. The homes are typically two-story with traditional and craftsman exteriors. The insides have finished basements, custom touches, and useful amenities, as well as four to five bedrooms and four to five bathrooms. Home prices range from $400,000 to $575,000.

Kids in the neighborhood attend the award-winning Carmel Clay School District, specifically College Woods Elementary, Creekside Middle School, Carmel High School Freshman Center, and Carmel High School.

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Buckhorn Estates Carmel IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on March 19th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know Buckhorn Estates Carmel IN

Located in between 136th Street and 141st Street and Springmill Road and Ditch Road, Buckhorn Estates is an intimate neighborhood in northwest Carmel. It sits near the Cheswick Place and Buckhorn neighborhoods and has only 57 homes, making for a tight-knit community. The homes sit on huge lots with views of the pond or the mature trees and farmland outside the community.

Neighborhood amenities include a swimming pool, which is shared and managed with the neighboring Buckhorn neighborhood. Many of the homes have their own private swimming pools as well. The active homeowners’ association plans all kinds of events throughout the year including Halloween trick-or-treating, Easter egg hunts, holiday celebrations, pool parties, adult Bunco, and ladies’ luncheons.

Kids in the neighborhood attend the award-winning Carmel Clay Schools, including Smoky Row Elementary School, which is found just outside the neighborhood. The neighborhood is also conveniently located only a short drive from a plethora of restaurant, retail, and entertainment options. You can easily access State Route 31/Meridian Street, as well as Interstate 465 to reach downtown Indianapolis and the airport.

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Showing a House with Pets

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods, Home staging on February 29th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

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Just as showing a house when you have kids can seem like an impossible task, listing a home with pets can be just as daunting. Whether you have cats, dogs, fish or some other exotic animal, it’s important that your pet stays comfortable during the showing process, while at the same time your house shows its best.

If you plan on listing your home in the future and you have pets, check out these tips for making both your pets and any potential buyers happy. And, if you need help with the selling process, contact me and I’ll help you get your home sold.

Take your pets out during showings…whenever possible, try and take your pets out of the house during a showing. It puts less stress on your pet having to deal with strangers in the house and less pressure on buyers. If you work or aren’t home during the day when a showing comes up, make an arrangement with a neighbor or hire a pet sitter to take your pets for that hour.

If pets will be at home during a showing, make sure the showing instructions clearly state that and provide detailed instructions on what buyers should or should not do (i.e. don’t let the cat out, keep the dog in the kennel, etc.)

Keep pet areas extra clean…be extra diligent and keep your pet spaces clean and smelling good. This is especially true of feeding areas and cat litter boxes; make sure the floors are clear of litter and food. Build an extra 5 to 10 minutes into your day to straighten up these areas. That extra time will pay off when you’re scrambling to get ready for a last-minute showing.

Put extra air fresheners around the house and keep a lint roller or pet hair roller handy for the furniture. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner, if you don’t have one already, to really get the pet hair cleaned up out of the carpet and off the furniture.

Don’t stress…just like with kids, most buyers like seeing a home that is comfortable and lived-in. Many buyers have pets themselves and will appreciate having a home that is already pet-friendly.

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Woodland Springs Carmel Homes for Sale

Posted in First time homebuyer on February 1st, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

 Woodland Springs Carmel IN

Real estate buyers with kids looking in the Carmel area will love the family-friendly amenities and environment of Woodland Springs. Located just off 116th Street, between Keystone and Haverstick, the neighborhood sits around the scenic Lake Woodland, a 52-acre man-made lake for residents only. The lake allows pontoon boats, sail boats, kayaks, canoes and other non-motorized watercraft. It’s also stocked with all kinds of fish for residents to catch.

Other community amenities include a swimming pool with a neighborhood swim team, club house, tennis courts, and an active Homeowners Association that plans various events throughout the year. Owners can store their boats in the water and many of the homes come with water frontage and docks.

Not only do homebuyers get amenities right in the neighborhood, they get convenient access to downtown Indianapolis, I-465, and downtown Carmel. Numerous restaurants, retailers and entertainment options also surround the neighborhood. Homeowners get the award-winning Carmel Clay School District as well.


Claybourne Estates Carmel IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on January 4th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know – Claybourne Estates

Claybourne Estates Carmel IN  located in west Carmel, near Shelbourne Road and Main Streetis another popular neighborhood with Carmel homebuyers. All 216 homes in the neighborhood were built between 2002 and 2008, providing homebuyers with newer finishes and amenities. The homes are mostly two-story traditional brick homes with basements.

The homeowners’ association plans all kinds of community activities including ice cream socials, pool parties and garage sales. The subdivision also has a neighborhood watch program, swimming pool and playground. Along with the amazing neighborhood amenities, you’ll also get award-winning Carmel Clay schools including West Clay Elementary and Creekside Middle schools. You’re also close to many retailers and restaurants, as well as Meridian Street, I-465 and the Indianapolis International Airport.

When looking at homes in Claybourne, you’ll find that most have at least 3,000 square feet and four to five bedrooms, lots of space for growing families. Home prices for Claybourne Estates range from the low $300s to the mid $300s. If you want to find your dream home here, let me help walk you through the process!

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Jackson’s Grant on Williams Creek Carmel IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on January 4th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know – Jackson’s Grant

Coming soon to Carmel, Jackson’s Grant on Williams Creek is a unique neighborhood with seven different small neighborhoods in it for Carmel homebuyers to choose from. The neighborhood sits at 116th and Springmill Road and includes 280 acres of wooded lots with streams. Fifteen acres are already preserved woods with trails, giving residents paths to explore and enjoy nature.

The neighborhood gets its name from the fact it is built on land that was passed down in a grant from President Andrew Jackson. The developers have taken great pains to assure that the beautiful landscape is maintained, keeping trees, creeks and grasslands intact. When you purchase a lot, you can choose from a list of pre-approved home designs or submit your own plants to the Architectural Review Committee.

Jackson’s Grant Communities

Smaller neighborhood choices within the larger Jackson’s Grant community include Stableside, with a tight-knit community feel; Bridgemont, offering maintenance-free homes; Westvale, open to custom home designs; and Creekside, for single-family homes. Other options also include Hamlet, full of patio homes; Northvale, offering large secluded lots; and Exmoor, with a Euro-Village vibe.





Listing Your Home During the Holidays

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on November 30th, 2015 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Listing Your Home During the Holidays

If you’re thinking of listing your home at the end of the year, or your home is still on the market when the holidays roll around it’s a well-known fact that home sales drop off come the end of the year. Just because business slows down in the real estate world, doesn’t mean you can’t sell your house around the holidays. So check out these quick tips for a little help for the holiday season:

1). Still put up your decorations…but when you do, keep them simple. Don’t overdo it. Many buyers will love seeing your house all decked out for the holidays and decorations can make your house feel more comfortable and homey.Listing your home for the holiday- Anna Stout

2). Don’t neglect the outside…even though the weather might be frightful, take care of your exterior. Rake up leaves, trim bushes and pull out dead flowers. Make sure paint isn’t peeling off the siding or windows. Remember to bring in delivered packages right away off your front porch, so buyers are tripping over them when they come for a showing.

3). Serve cookies and hot chocolate…when you have a showing, set out freshly-baked Christmas cookies and have Christmas music playing softly in the background. Host an open house with cookies and a hot chocolate or coffee bar. Burn candles with yummy Christmas scents before buyers come over.

4). Be patient if you are listing your home during the holidays…the number of buyers during this time of year is lower than normal, so you might not get the traffic you want. Stay patient! Enjoy the season and try not to stress over your house being on the market.


And, contact me if you have any questions about selling your home or if you are looking to purchase a home. I’ll help walk you through the process and help you find the home of your dreams.

Shelborne Greene

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on November 16th, 2015 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know Shelborne Greene

Providing a convenient location for Carmel, IN homebuyers, Shelborne Greene sits at 96th Street and Towne Road. From the neighborhood, you have easy access to Interstate 465, downtown Indy and the Indianapolis Airport. If you’re searching for Carmel real estate and your next dream home, this neighborhood offers ranch and two-story traditional homes with three to five bedrooms. Home prices in Shelborne Greene start in the low to mid $200s and go up to over $350,000.

Other neighborhood amenities include a swimming pool, tennis courts and an active homeowners association that plans parties, events and neighborhood garage sales. Twin Lakes Golf Club is next door to the neighborhood, providing a place for you to enjoy a golf membership or the occasional round of golf.

The younger residents of Shelborne Greene attend the award-winning Carmel Clay schools. Residents also have access to numerous shopping and dining options, including Super Target, Home Depot, Kohls, Best Buy and Marshalls.

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