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Good Things to Know About Surviving Winter Around Indy

The weather gets COLD here in the greater Indianapolis area in the winter. Just a few years ago we saw one of the craziest winters in several decades. If you are not from around here and are moving into the area here are some things that are good to know about an Indianapolis winter.

Good Things to Know About Surviving Winter Around Indy

During Winter Everyone is at the Mercy of the Weather

Have plans? Don’t hold on to them too tightly (well covid has already taught us a little bit about doing this). Things tend to get rescheduled and slowed down at the mercy of harsh outdoor conditions. Some people even make sure they get up just a little bit earlier on cold winter mornings so they can make it to work sort of on time.

Driving, Even in Busy Areas, Can Get Slippery

In Indy the streets are partially plowed and then things begin to freeze and it can become like ice skating, but from inside your car. If you are not used to driving in the snow you might want to pick some very open roads to do a little practice on.

Taking a Walk Requires Special Gear

Getting outside for a bit of fresh air requires bundling to artic proportions. Make sure to wear plenty of layers and invest in a good pair of waterproof snow boots. We say invest because you will want to make sure they are of the highest quality.

Clearing a Path to the Car is a Good Morning Workout

Some people when they first move here look at the price of a snowblower and think they will be okay with a shovel. While a snow shovel does cost much less than a snowblower, the need to remove snow from the driveway could become a daily chore. This becomes a feat of superhuman...

Plainfield Indiana's Best Park for Runners

Hummel Park is one of Plainfield’s, and Guilford Township’s, most popular parks. It is great for so many reasons, one of them is it is Plainfield’s best park for running.Plainfield Indiana's Best Park for Runners

On the east end of the park is a 1.1-mile track-like loop. It is a great loop for running one or several laps. The “track” has each tenth of a mile marked which is helpful to measure distance. This is really nice for those just beginning their running journey and looking for helpful tools to build stamina. A runner can push themselves to run from one marker to another and then take a walking break and work up to longer distances. Seasoned runners can practice their work on distance running.

Special Runner Friendly-Amenities of Hummel Park

At the start or head of the running trail is a stretch horse and a plaque/sign guide of great stretches to do before and after running. When you reach a quarter-mile there is a restroom and water fountains. The pavement is marked and divided into lanes for runners and walkers and another lane for skaters and bicyclists. It is preferred that runners use the designated side of the red line in a clockwise direction, while skaters and bikers go counterclockwise.

Getting in a Longer Run

If you get tired of running the loop several times and want to take your long-distance run elsewhere you can extend your run across the Red Maple Path Bridge and into the woods. There are two running paths in the wooded area: the Cottonwood Path or the Blue Heron Path. Cottonwood is an unmarked ½ mile loop and Blue Heron takes runners south along the White Lick Creek. It is a nice scenic run...

Can I Make an Offer on a Home Listed as 'Coming Soon'?

How “Coming Soon” Listings Work

Some homes have put up “coming soon” signs in their yards or have listed the home online as “coming soon.” This is simply to notice that the home is about to be an active listing on the MLS. This is a growing strategy in competitive sellers’ markets where the number of buyers outweighs the number of homes for sale. It is a strategy used by some real estate agents to help bring more attention and anticipation to their client’s homes. During this time a seller is usually preparing the home before officially releasing it for sale.Can I make an offer on a home listed as coming soon?

Many states do have regulations for this home selling strategy including how long a home can be posted as “coming soon.” This timeline is generally a couple of weeks.

Buyers can make an offer on a home listed as “coming soon,” but realtors are regulated on how they can promote the home.

Using “Coming Soon” To Your Advantage as a Buyer

If you see one of these listings and you really like the home it is a good idea to get a hold of your agent as soon as possible. The listing agent could have posted pictures to a private site and your agent can pull all the information on the home for you. They can even help you to determine the fair market value of the home and help you make a strong offer. This will prepare you to make an offer and get it in as soon as the listing goes live on the MLS.

Putting together a strong offer is important in any sellers’ market situation, especially with a coming soon listing. You do not want to overpay for the house, but you do not want to come in too low with your first offer either....

5 Things Other Than the Price to Consider in an Offer

When your home is up for sale the day will come when you receive an offer to purchase your home. This will bring much excitement and during a seller's market, this may even bring multiple offers.5 Things Other Than the Price to Consider in an Offer

When the offer(s) comes in, you may wonder if this or which offer is the best option for you. This is where your real estate agent is going to be a source of very helpful advice. They can help you to look over the offer(s) in detail because an offer is not solely about the amount of money offered.

5 Important Things to Consider Other than the Purchase Price of an Offer

Earnest Money Deposit

This is the amount of money the buyer is willing to put upfront in cash to show they are making a serious (earnest) and solid offer and will follow through on the purchase of the home. This money is usually held by the title company and goes to the down payment at closing. Should the buyer walk away from the purchase for any reason other than allowable through the purchase contract they forfeit the money to the seller.

Standard earnest money deposits are about 1 to 3 percent of the purchase price of the home, but buyers can include higher amounts to win out a bidding war or help entice your offer acceptance to show they are making a serious offer.

Contingencies

Almost every offer is going to come with a contingency or two. A contingency is a request from the buyer that must be met for the sale to go through. The most common are having a professional inspection performed and financing. If a contingency is not met then the buyer has the option to walk away from the home with their earnest money. Other contingencies can include:

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Plainfield Serves the Best Tenderloins in Indiana

The Oasis Diner has long been a Plainfield institution. It has been featured in several internet articles including being highlighted by many road tripping travel bloggers.Plainfield Serves the Best Tenderloins in Indiana

Upon driving up to the Oasis visitors are greeted with a cheery yellow façade and neon lights that take you back in time with 1950’s architecture. Some say the Oasis is the best example of a classic American diner you will find in the entire Midwest. It is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, especially for its pork tenderloin.

Diners in America have been around since the 1800s but didn’t soar in popularity until the 1950s with the boom of the post-war economy and production of automobiles. In the 50s the diner was the place to be, so we think the Oasis’s choice of sticking with its 50s theming is a great nod to American history.

The Oasis began in the 50s and saw the same ownership through the 2000s until the original owner’s health declined. The fate of the diner was on shaky ground, but the town of Plainfield and Doug Huff and Don Rector stepped in to save the diner and moved it to its current location and restored it to its first glory days. The Oasis is the ONLY classic diner on US 40 in the entire state of Indiana.

In addition to its history and being a lone star on HWY 40 the Oasis is known for amazing food, especially its pork tenderloin. It has been ranked several times in the top 10 lists for the best-breaded pork tenderloin sandwich and many locals would say there is no...

Best Place for Coffee in Brownsburg Indiana

There are several reasons to hang out in the town of Brownsburg, while you are there you may want to grab a cup of coffee. Here are some of the most notable places for a cup of Joe in Brownsburg.best coffee in brownsburg indiana

Best Friends Coffee and Bagels

Opened just a little over two years ago, this coffee shop and the focus behind it are what every neighborhood needs. It was founded by two best friends, Bob Goodpaster and Chico Mbanu who met in college and became lifelong friends. They began the coffee shop after Bob’s wife took a trip to her hairdresser.

While she was getting her cut and chatting with her stylist, the stylists began talking about how they would love for a good coffee shop to come to the southeast part of town. They even named the place it should go. Bob’s wife chimed in and said her husband was the person to do it. The idea made good sense to Bob and he presented the idea to his friend Chico and they got to work on making it a reality. Their main goal was to provide the town with more than just a place to order a coffee and leave. They wanted to create a friendly atmosphere where they could become their customers’ “best friends.”

Today the friends offer a unique array of coffee drinks, Instagram-able frappes, refreshing teas, and all handmade from scratch foods. It is said they have the best biscuits and gravy anywhere. So stop in and grab a cup of well-made coffee and amazing fresh food all with a side of neighborhood friendliness.

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5 Places to Enjoy the Fall in Hendricks County

Where to View Fall Foliage in Hendricks County

Fall is not over yet and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the fall colors in Hendricks County. Here are some great places to take a stroll out in nature and safely spectate how glorious and beautiful Hendricks County is in the fall.

McCloud Nature Park

McCloud Park is full of giant gorgeous trees expanding high into the air with millions of fall colored leaves at this time of year. There are 6.5 miles of trails to meander and wind through the 232 acres of fall beauty. With the many different species of trees, there are many colors on display.

McCloud Park is a beloved spot for family photo backdrops and senior portrait sessions.

Add in the scenic beauty of the historic truss bridge, Big Walnut Creek, the wetland preserve observation deck and it is a perfect spot to spend a brisk cold day.

5 Places to Enjoy the Fall in Hendricks County

Burnett Woods Nature Preserve

This underrated spot in Avon is 80 acres of land preserve in the care of Central Indiana Land Trust and features oak, hickory, maple, black, walnut, and tulip poplar tree species. All of them put on a painting like display in the fall. There are two walking trails that loop through the trees in the park

The Blue Trail:...

Avon Indiana's Best Place for Desserts

Humbly tucked into a strip in the Crown Liquor Plaza just off of Rockville Road across from Meijer is Marsha’s Specialty Desserts and Tierney’s Catering. It is a locally-owned business that has won several awards for their unique and deliciously amazing treats.

Marsha began this business with six of her family members in tow. When they cater events, more of the family comes in to help out. Comforting family recipes at big special gatherings were the inspiration for what is served. Marsha’s Specialty Desserts offers desserts and full meals for special events including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, anything you are celebrating, or even when you are not and just want a special something for several people.

Marsha works closely with her sister Michelle and the sister's credit their love of baking and catering to their granddaddy. His name is Conwell Avant and he loved to gather his family all together to cook, bring food, and host huge family meals while enjoying each other’s company. One of Marsha’s favorite memories is Soul Food Fridays. They not only put together the best food, they also made it special with coordinating table settings right down to the napkins.Best desserts in Avon Indiana

Granddaddy once said that the family was so good at putting on large fancy meals that they should go into catering. 20 years later Marsha began that catering business.

Award-Winning Desserts

Marsha offers a four-page menu of desserts including everything from wedding cakes to fun mini options like mini pies and mini cobblers. There are 30 icing options to top things off with. One of their most popular requests...

11 Local Restaurants That Make Indy A Foodie Haven

If you're going to visit Indianapolis or are considering moving there, one important fact about the city to know is that there are lots of excellent restaurants that you can choose from. Not only are there many places to go for excellent food, but the city's restaurants feature a nice ambiance as well. Here are 11 restaurants that The Furman Group Indianapolis Real Estate recommends:

1. The BRU Burger Bar

If you're looking for a great burger joint, this restaurant will have exactly what you're looking for. Not only can you order a great burger at this restaurant, but you can also order a wide range of other dishes. Everything that they cook will make for an excellent, affordable meal.

2. Shapiro's Deli

Shapiro's Deli is a great place to get a sandwich. Not only do they offer delicious sandwiches at affordable prices, but it's also a great place to get a dessert, order some mac and cheese, or potato salad. Shapiro's Deli has received excellent reviews from customers, and it's one of the most popular restaurants in Indianapolis.

3. Yats

Yats is a well-known restaurant chain in the Midwest, and they offer a variety of Cajun foods. Not only has Yats gotten excellent reviews, but they also offer affordable prices. Furthermore, it's convenient for people with allergies since the menu shows which allergens are not part of each dish.

4. Harry And Izzy's

Harry and Izzy's is a steakhouse that offers lots of delicious steak options at affordable prices. In addition, you can make reservations online, and there are gift cards available for purchase online. Not only can you get a delicious steak here, but they also offer an excellent wine menu as well.

5. Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant

Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant is one of the best places to go for...

5 Date Night Ideas To Look Forward To in Indianapolis After Covid-19

Saturday nights are glorious gifts, and Indianapolis, or Indy, adds its magic flavors to make the night even better. From its fine restaurants to cool music, the city offers you lots of goodies for a blissful weekend night. The town also features exquisite real estate and properties.

If you want to hit the dance floor and feel the energy of music in your veins, there is a treat for you. And if you want to have a taste of the world’s best foods, wines, and beers, or maybe catch the best comedies in town, here are five top places in Indianapolis (once things are back to normal from Covid-19) that will give you the best opportunities for enjoying your Saturday nights coupled with an adrenaline rush. 

 

Howl at the Moon Indianapolis

Howl at the Moon remains among the city’s best nightspots. It is a perfect downtown spot that will always make your nights unforgettable. Howl houses live performances in a partly-bar and a partly-concert setting. 

For dancing and partying, Howl at the Moon offers an exciting atmosphere, perfect for all your special events. It’s the most fun place for nightlife and the most interactive and lively spot in Indy. Excellent music that varies from hip-hop to pop to rock always fills the air in the scene, shaking everyone with a vibrant spirit to enjoy. 

 

The Rathskeller

Rathskeller is Indy’s number one spot for all beer lovers and foodies. Within the center of the Athenaeum Building, it offers live music that runs from rock to blues to polka with belly dances every Saturday night. 

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7 Essential Home Maintenance Tips To Do This Summer

It's easy to love a home a little more during summer. There's something about open windows, hanging flower pots, and decorated decks that make a home's personality really come alive. This is also a time when a home's potential can come alive! In fact, it's a great idea to start doing some home projects now that will prepare your home for the summer whether you plan to stay or sell. 

 

Inspect and Perfect Your Patio, Walkways, and Driveway

Summertime usually means more visitors. That's why you'll want to make sure all of the walking paths, brick areas, and concrete spaces around your home are in top condition. Winter weather can create cracks and breaks that result in broken or uneven surfaces. Make sure you're getting everything smoothed over or filled in to create even, beautified surfaces that will make your yard a safe and inviting space!

Get Your Baseboards in Shape

Have you looked around at the baseboards inside your home lately? Dragging in salt and dirt from winter streets and sidewalks on your shoes for months can cause baseboards to look dirty. This is especially true if you have white baseboards inside your home. A damp cloth is usually all that's needed to get white baseboards looking sparkling and new. However, you may want to consider slapping on a new coat of white paint if your baseboards look particularly damaged.

 

Refresh Your Garbage Disposal

It's time to make sure your garbage disposal is fresh. After all, the summer heat can bring out smells that were hidden during the winter. Simply run a little hot water after adding vinegar or lemon juice to your disposal to get everything smelling very fresh!

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7 Hidden Gems in Indianapolis We Are Desperately Missing

Indianapolis is the capital of the state of Indiana known for its sports and annual car racing competition. However, it is also home to electric art displays, cultural trails, underground ruins, and delicious barbeque. Let's explore the main 7 hidden gems in Indianapolis that we are desperately missing, so you can plan a truly memorable trip.

Indiana War Memorial Museum

It is a free museum displaying the military history of Indiana. It displays chronologically American military history from starting from the Revolutionary War to the present day, by focusing on the special role of the state of Indiana in the nations' conflicts. It is also home to the unique military collection of memorabilia from the Batlle of Tippecanoe to date. 

City Market Catacombs

Spooky catacombs are one of those interesting places in Indianapolis that most tourists do not know about. The catacombs are the remains of Tomlinson Hall of the 19th century that was burned down. They are located under the City Market known as the place of local merchants, artisans, and food growers. You can explore the catacombs yourself or get a tour on the first or third Saturday of every month. 

Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens 

Garfield Park, situated in the south of Indianapolis, features a conservatory and a 3-acre park. There are a lot of things to do and entertain yourself, such as exploring the conservatory, learning about edible plants and herbs, enjoying the orchid show, attending summer events, or going on a master gardener guided tour. 

Indianapolis Moon Tree

This tree spent time on the Moon as a seed and...

Things We Can't Wait To Do Again in Indianapolis

When it comes to family attractions in Indianapolis, there are so many things to do. From zip-lining in the forest to participating in a bike tour, to watching the Indy 500, this beautiful city offers it all. 

It’s these types of activities and events that have us operating out of nostalgia. As we sit at home and practice social distancing, there’s’ never been a better time to plan and budget for some fun activities you can do in the future.

Check out The 9 Things We Can’t-Wait To Do Again in Indianapolis.

Fastimes Indoor Carting

Almost every “big kid” will enjoy a day spent at this exciting indoor race track. While wearing a full driving suit complete with protective gear, family members can gain a thrill racing a go-kart up to 40 miles an hour. During the racing fun, make sure to grab a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. The restaurant offers delicious pizza and subs every day. Before bringing your “big kids” to Fastimes Indoor Carting, make sure that you sign the parental waiver.

Zip City Indy

Whether you have a teenager or a toddler, Zip City Indy is the place to be for a wide variety of families. The company prides itself on offering several exciting indoor attractions such as soccer, laser tag, ropes course, trampoline, skydive, and a rock wall. Smaller kids can have fun too. The facility features a “Toddler Town,” a play area filled with toys for children less than 3 years old. A 70,000-acre facility, there’s a good chance that your kids won’t get bored at Zip City Indy and neither should you. Parents can sit comfortably in the sky lounge to watch their kids play or enjoy a sports game on a big television screen. 

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How To Help Kids Understand The Anxiety that Comes with the Coronavirus

It's no secret that Coronavirus is a serious cause for concern, one that is sweeping all around the world. Your kids are more connected to the world than ever before. This is due to having instant access to breaking news via their cell phones. It's only natural that they, too, will have concerns.

Here are some of the best ways that you can help your children understand the anxiety that comes with the Coronavirus.

Let Your Kids Know That the Coronavirus is Almost Never Fatal

The very first thing that you should make clear to your children is that the virus is almost never fatal. In most cases, even if you catch this virus, the effects will be no worse than a very bad cold or the average flu. In other words, you'll need plenty of fluids and bed rest. But you won't be at major risk.

It has been estimated by many medical experts that almost all people will catch some form of virus at some point in their lives. It may have already happened to you or your children without any of you even being aware of it. You may have simply thought you had a bad cold and treated it with over the counter medication. 

This is not to underestimate the potential deadly effects of the virus. It can be deadly to the very elderly as well as those whose immune system is compromised. But for the average healthy person, adult and child alike, it will be survivable.

Let Your Kids Know How to Stay Safe from the Virus

The next thing you need to do is teach your kids how to stay...

Binge These Shows on Hulu, Netflix, & Disney+ During Self-Quarantine

With the threat of the Coronavirus spreading across the world, you may have opted for the safest--and wisest--choice of self-quarantining. Unfortunately, you may realize just how bored you're going to be if the virus doesn't end any time soon. Thankfully, you have a subscription to Hulu, Netflix, and Disney +. With so much entertainment at your fingertips, what shows are actually worth watching? Here's a list of some of the best binge-worthy shows to catch while you're self-quarantined. 

1. Altered Carbon

How about a world where death doesn't always mean the end? Netflix's Altered Carbon offers a sci-fi world rich in lore and action. Season two was just released, so you have plenty of episodes to binge through. Follow the story of Takeshi Kovacs, an elite warrior who is deeply in love with the leader of a resistance movement. 

With their consciousness, memories, and perhaps even their souls, backed up on a device called a stack, they're able to be placed inside of whatever body is at hand. As you might imagine, being deathless comes with its share of problems. 

This show is great for those who love sci-fi, action, cyberpunk, and some incredible lore. 

2. Space Jam

Also on Netflix is Space Jam, the old Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes mix-up movie. Millennials will likely remember watching this movie often when they were a kid and sick. Why not watch it now as a sick adult? Looney Tunes still has the jokes, as you'll quickly remember.

Nothing can make you feel better than good old-fashioned nostalgia. 

3. What We Do in the Shadows

Since you're going to be hiding in your house with the threat of Coronavirus looming outside, you may start to feel like you're a vampire. What better show to binge than a comedy featuring vampires? What We Do in the Shadows is...

Understanding The Difference Between the Federal and Mortgage Interest Rates

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the federal government cut the federal interest rates down to zero percent. This is the second federal rate cut in response to the Coronavirus crisis. Mortgage rates are not directly tied to the federal interest rates. However, the mortgage interest rates will be affected by moves that investors make and other factors.

Federal Rates Cuts and Other Economic Stimulation Activity

The government is fearful that the economy will fall into a deep recession if they don't make moves to stimulate it. That's why they lowered the federal interest rates to zero. There is more economic stimulation legislation that should help during this COVID-19 crisis, as well.

Bonds and Other Safe Assets

Many investors have been buying bonds and other safe assets as a result of the federal interest rates cut. The 10-year Treasury note has been pushed to new lows. 

Quantitative Easing Program

The government has also initiated a $700 billion program to help ease some of the economic hardship that Americans are facing. Part of this program, the federal government's Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, states that all adults will receive $1,200 and an additional $500 for each child. They are currently finalizing the details on how to distribute this money to the American people. 

Emergency Lending

They have also cut emergency lending rates to .25 and have extended loan terms to 90 days. This will help in an emergency.

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How To Disinfect And Keep Your Home Clean During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Understanding How The Virus Spreads

When illness threatens the general population, there is a lot of fear. However, by understanding how the virus works and spreads, you can prepare in an effective way and stem the panic. Coronavirus acts similarly to SARS and MERS.

It is spread through respiratory droplets. This can be transferred via spit and sweat. It has been suggested that the virus can remain on surfaces that the infected touch. It is, as of yet, unknown how long the virus can live on a surface. The general estimate is from a few hours to a few days.

The best way to avoid catching Coronavirus is to avoid people. Whether through coughing, sneezing, touching sweat, kissing, or touching an infected surface, you can receive the virus.

In order to stay protected at home, you’ll want to disinfect the area and kill the virus. Here’s how.

1. Clean First

Cleaning is different from disinfecting. When you want to clean, you’re basically getting rid of dust, dirt, and dead skin cells. Anything that rests on a surface is essentially something that can be cleaned. Disinfecting means you are using cleaners to kill germs and bacteria.

Before you can disinfect, you should clean the house.

Take a wet cloth and dust the area that you intend to disinfect. A wet cloth will collect dust better than a dry cloth. It will also help prevent the dust from simply flying off the surface to settle elsewhere.

You’ll also want to sweep hard floors like wood, tile, and vinyl.

Finally, carpets should be thoroughly vacuumed. You may even consider deep-cleaning them with a carpet cleaner.

2. Disinfecting Hard Surfaces

When it comes to disinfecting, the first step is to wear disposable gloves. You’re going to be working with a lot of EPA-approved...