Real Estate Monthly, Vol. 1, Iss. 11


NOVEMBER 4, 2016


pumpkinsAutumn is arguably the best time of the year. The days can be warm but not excessively hot like the summer. The evenings are crisp but not cold like the winter. The weather is more predictable than spring. This is the last opportunity to get outdoor projects done before winter, even though Mother Nature adds to the “honey-do” list with the falling foliage. Autumn is also the most colorful season and it is easy to be festive with décor both inside and out. But keep in mind that when decorating with natural plants to make sure they are inspected to make sure the spiders and other creatures don’t enter your home with your decorations. If you set annual decorations outside and store them in the house ensure they are free from unwanted guests.

Kosciusko County Market


108 ⇧ 23% Y:Y

Median Closing Price:
$151,250 ⇩ 9% Y:Y

Median Days on Market:
65 ⇧ 30% Y:Y

New Listings:
106 ⇧ 1% Y:Y

549 ⇩ 17% Y:Y

Sales / List Price:
97% ⇧ 1% Y:Y

Buyers’ Market

Elkhart County Market


209 ⇧ 23% Y:Y

Median Closing Price:
$142,000 ⇧ 7% Y:Y

Median Days on Market:
18 ⇩ 40% Y:Y

New Listings:
193 ⇧ 6% Y:Y

721 ⇩ 24% Y:Y

Sales / List Price:
97% — Y:Y

Sellers’ Market

The market update is the most current available due to data reporting and analytics by the state reporting board.

Thanksgiving Party Tips

From Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year. The weather is not too cold, the leaves are still turning colors, and the frantic end-of-the-year rush has not fully kicked in. If you’re hosting your family’s Thanksgiving gathering this season, check out these little touches that will make your home extra cozy and welcoming for your guests. 

Create a Tasteful Centerpiece

There is no need to go overboard with your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Some flowers and candles with fall colors will give you a look your guests will love. 

Go Ga-Ga for Gourds

Decorate your entryway with gourds and pumpkins to get your guests in the spirit before they even walk through the door! 

Give Tableware Some Flare

Tie up your guest’s napkins with some twine and fake fall leaves! Add a few acorns for that extra autumn kick! 

Serve Cider with Style

Forget glasses! Pour some cider into a hollowed out apple for the perfect crowd pleaser. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise to really impress your guests! 

Dress Up Your Dessert

Turn your cupcake into a turkey for a dessert as cute as it is tasty! If you aren’t as artistically inclined, simply make turkey shaped cookies with a cookie cutter! 

Ditch the Vase

Use a bowl with water into a hollowed out pumpkin for a festive fall flower vase! 

Did You Know?

Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared.

Fall Remodeling? Don’t Start Without Reading This

As temperatures cool down, and we prepare for a season of shorter, darker days, it’s time to think about the inside of your home – how to make it as glorious on gloomy days as it was during the brilliant sunshine of summer. Oh good: Projects!

But wait. Don’t let the excitement of improving your home get in the way of proper planning. Rushing your project list can lead to unnecessary spending and less-than-thrilling final results. Here’s what you need to consider before picking up a hammer or swiping a credit card:

  • Decide on your budget and schedule. You’ll need to know exactly how much money you have available for your remodeling projects and how much time you want to dedicate to it. You absolutely need to have these figures decided before starting anything!
  • Make a list of what needs to be done and what would be nice to have done. It may turn out that your budget and schedule can only accommodate half your needs, or maybe you’ll find you have the time and money to cover your needs and at least one “want.” Look at your list, prioritize and decide which projects to tackle now.
  • Don’t let Pinterest get the better of you; just like a celebrity hairstyle, what looks good in a photo might not work for your space (or your head.) Be realistic about what can be achieved in your home, based on its current “bones” and your budget.
  • For financial reasons, it can be tempting to try to Do It Yourself. But unless you’re extra handy, turn to the experts to make your project dreams come true. An experienced, reputable contractor will find any flaws in your plans, make suggestions and produce a final product that not only looks good, but is secure, safe and strong.

eho-mls If your property is currently listed for sale or lease, this is not intended as a solicitation of that listing.


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