The Most Dangerous Mistakes…

The Most Dangerous Mistakes… When Choosing a Realtor

Over the course of the next several blog posts, I will be sharing with you what I view as the most dangerous mistakes prospective homebuyers and sellers can make when selecting a Realtor.

What some homebuyers and sellers struggle to understand is that not all Realtors are created equal. Some work harder than others, and some hardly work at all. Many differ in their strategies and approaches to working within the Real Estate market.

Today I examine an important strategic difference in listing a home.

“My house is worth at least a million dollars.”

Some inexperienced agents will tell you your home is worth more to appease you in the short run. What happens down the road? You’re frustrated when you can’t sell your home and the agent has accomplished almost nothing on your behalf. Homes receive even more attention when they’re newly listed and fresh on the market. If a Realtor lists your house for considerably more than it’s true worth, by the time you go through multiple price reductions, it’s considered old news and buyers might be turned off by a perceived act of desperation.

Nina’s Advice:

Your house is worth only as much as a prospective buyer is willing to pay.

Okay, it’s time for a serious reality check. Please be realistic when evaluating the true, current value of your home. I provide my sellers with the most informative, up-to-date statistics and trends to make sure they have an accurate listing price. A thorough Comparative Market Analysis is necessary to make a sound pricing decision.

Please follow my daily blog as I continue to list more potential problems to be averted when choosing the best Realtor to suit your needs.

I look forward to helping you move through this process as smoothly as possible, achieving the best results possible.

Nina’s Tech Net Tuesday

Nina’s Tech Net: Technology Support from The Nina Klemm Team Happy Tuesday! I’d like to introduce a new feature to my blog, which will appear each week, promoting ideas and resources helping everyone navigate the world of technology. I consult … Continue reading

Divide, Network, Conquer and Enjoy!

Thursday, my team and I split up and attended two separate events.  I went to the Triple S investors “meet & greet” at the Shiraz – sponsored by Capital Blueprints. The meet & greet at the Shiraz was fabulous. I … Continue reading

Top 8 Reasons for Home Ownership

As I announced yesterday, I’d like to outline some of the primary benefits of home ownership. Appreciation Although real estate moves in fluctuating cycles over the years, real estate has consistently appreciated over the long term. The Office of Federal … Continue reading

Of Blogs and Websites

Blogs have become ubiquitous these days.  With  wordpress.com’s  6 million additional blogs added last year (the service we use) – it’s safe to say, blogging is becoming more and more popular. Many of my Twitter followers have been wondering:  What exactly can a blog provide vs. a conventional company website?

My team and I built my real estate website (www.ninaklemm.com) a number of years ago and found it to be a great tool for prospective clients to see what I’m about before they decide to work with me. Recently, thanks to the input of my marketing director, I discovered the concept of “blogging” and how it can provide expertise for any industry and build a certain quality/level of hype.

 There really isn’t much of a difference between a blog and a website considering the improvements WordPress has made to their system. The thing about a blog that a website lacks  is the ability to be a search engine optimized (SEO).  Prior to my marketing director’s technical support tutorial on this subject, I was clueless as to the meaning of SEO.  This is when text is picked up by a search engine (i.e Google) and indexed so people can find your information more easily.

 We’re finding increasingly that each company is including the blog on their website instead of differentiating with two separate domain names (the way we’re doing it). I find that websites provide a more polished and professional approach, whereas blogs are more informational, informal and should lack the perfected polish a business website presents. I still like to separate my blog from my website for the time being. I like that my blog features “IndyRealtyQueen” and I’m not yet inclined to combine the two.

Let me know your thoughts about blogs vs. websites! Leave a comment or tweet me: @IndyRealtyQueen  I look forward to some feedback, or tweetback, as the case may be.

SOLD on Social Media

As a real estate agent, one of my favorite words is SOLD, as it relates to a successful transaction. However, in today’s post I wish to share my new affection for and appreciation of what has become the social media revolution. Social media is changing the business world very quickly. When I was first introduced to social media’s founding trailblazer, Facebook, it was primarily used to keep up with friends and personal life. Now with the concept of social media marketing, professionals are able to reach larger audiences and brand themselves along with their companies. From my perspective, this revolutionary concept  is a great way to stay in touch with my past clients and share my knowledge with the world. It is a powerful and productive tool which greatly assists me in realizing my goal in life – to offer advice and help people.

A few weeks ago I took the plunge into social media because my marketing director, Blake Kennedy, thought it was a smart direction. He advised that I could connect with all sorts of people I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to reach with conventional print media marketing. I followed his advice, implemented the new strategy, and started a Twitter account: @IndyRealtyQueen.  I must admit, it was a rocky start and I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but with Blake’s insight and my real estate knowledge we were able to inform and stay in touch with the community and really emphasize the SOCIAL aspect of social media. 

I’m a huge fan of #FF (Follow Friday) and I can’t wait until tomorrow!  So I just want to offer a few quick shouts-outs to some of my biggest social media (mostly Twitter) inspirations:

@Interlandi (Tony Sacco’s Pizza marketing expert extraordinaire & my new BFF
@ErinCouch (fascinating tweets and last name, let me tell ya)
@CarrieRitchie (one of my favorite IndyStar reporters)
@IndyBill23
@CarmelBruce
@TylerLee83
@Plattonian 
@Bfack1
@GaryMcCarty
@Calebdann
@a_beautiful_lye 
@TonySaccosIndy

If I forgot to mention you that does not mean you haven’t influenced me, it just means you might not have reached out to me as much as these social birds. Thanks for all you’ve done to help me realize the importance of social media.

Nina

P.S. Remember our Tony Sacco’s Gift Card Giveaway “RT 2 Win” contest drawing is tomorrow Retweet away!

Welcome Back Home ;)

Welcome back home, wonderful readers! I’d like to begin by thanking all of you for following the new blog and responding so positively to these posts. I encourage you to e-mail, tweet, call, or mention to me in person any and all suggestions for daily topics. Whatever’s on your mind to assist you with the home buying/selling process, community info, helping you to enjoy the many benefits of home ownership, etc. – I am here to answer all your questions!

In today’s blog entry, I’m featuring one of my property listings:

Townhome

777 Greenford Trail, Carmel, Listed@ $319,900

If it’s a stylish, spacious, perfectly located condo you’re seeking, you have arrived.
Just off 136th St. & Rangeline, within walking distance of Carmel High School and irresistibly close to Carmel’s Arts & DesignDistrict, this Drees built condominium exudes quality, sophistication AND a warm sense of home. Standing stately within the condo community of Village Green, this three story Georgian townhome features:

 

  • Nearly 3000 sq.ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • Master Suite includes walk-in closet, window-wrapped sitting room glowing with natural light
  • 4 Baths (2full/2half)
  • Master Bath includes corner, multi-jet whirlpool tub
  • Eat-in Kitchen, fully equipped with all stainless steel appliances, granite
    countertops, granite center island, rich wood cabinetry
  • Neutral Décor
  • Finished basement
  • Private, attached 2 car garage + guest parking
  • Plus many more inviting features!

Architectural features abound within this condo. Gorgeous views include the nearby Nature Preserve. Also within close proximity to the scenic Monon Trail.

Please call or e-mail if this property is of interest to you. I’m so excited to list it, and would be happy to arrange for a showing and/or provide you with further information.

And as always- take a peek at my virtual tour 😉 – Virtual Tour

146th St. Construction Info and Updates

I was driving to a lunch/listing appointment at Tony Sacco’s Pizza in Clay Terrace when I realized my readers might appreciate some info about roadwork in progress in one of Carmel’s busiest areas. I had no problem entering or leaving Clay Terrace. Good start!

When I got back to the office, my assistant and I gathered some important info for anyone wishing to smoothly transition from Point A to Point B anywhere between Western Way/Clay Terrace Boulevard AND Lowes Way/Greyhound Pass.

  • 146th Street is being widened.
  • Traffic Signals at Western Way and Lowes are synchronized, easing overall flow.
  • Throughout construction, the bridge has been restricted to a single lane, in both directions, plus requisite turn lanes.
  • Current bridge deck is being replaced and expanded to include 8 lanes, as well as a multi-use path.

Important Traffic Restrictions to Note:

  • Some lanes heading east will be closed; traffic will instead be steered to westbound lanes.
  • Traffic moving in both directions at Clay Terrace Blvd. will continue to flow, although restricted to one lane in each direction.  (West bound left turn lane into CTB, as well as an eastbound left turn lane at Greyhound Pass, are open.)

The electronic message boards, located at the eastern and western ends of 146th St., are very helpful in keeping drivers updated and alerted.

Important Trail
Restrictions to Note

The 146th St. Trail has been CLOSED. The pedestrian trail, if all runs smoothly, is scheduled to re-open in Dec. 2011.

The Hagen-Burke Trail would be an advisable detour for pedestrians. There are signs at each end of the trail, posted to inform users of the closure and advised detour.

146th St. Bridge

The bridge is projected to remain under construction until just before the commencement of the 2011 holiday season.

Also, I want to mention the names of some of the neighborhoods/subdivisions in the area:

Mulberry Farms, Spring Mill, Springmill Village, Village Farms, Rohrer Woods, Bridlewood, Hunters Creek South, Settlers Run, Oak Park, and Oak Manor.

Patience, good neighbors! I have no doubt the temporary inconveniences will pay off in the long run. Our beautiful city of Carmel is world-renowned for its exemplary, extraordinary traffic flow!

As I was leaving Clay Terrace after my business lunch, driving back to the office, I thought about all the blistering hot summer days and the impact these temperatures must be having on the road construction workers. I want to post a MEGA-THANK YOU to all of those amazing, hard-working, resilient individuals. You’re doing a great job and we do appreciate you!

I would have stopped to tell the workers personally, but I didn’t want to interrupt traffic flow!

Happy trails to one and all!

Nina

P.S. Will post photos later 😉

We’re All About New Beginnings…

The Nina Klemm Team is happy to launch its official new blog!

We cordially invite you to join us for daily updates on a terrific variety of topics related to one of the most important aspects of our lives: Our Homes & Living Spaces

Topics are not limited to but will include:

  • Home Buying &Selling
  • Mortgages
  • Lawn & Garden
  • Home Maintenance, Care, & Design
  • Recipes from the Heart of the Home
  • Local Events
  • Interior Design
  • And so much more! (Your  Input is Greatly Appreciated)