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As a Lafayette Indiana Realtor, Jim Romanski and The Romanski Group can sell your Lafayette, West Lafayette, or Tippecanoe County home fast!

We have a proven marketing plan that sells homes in Lafayette and West Lafayette for the most amount of money, in the shortest amount of time! We specialize as Lafayette Indiana Realtors in selling homes in the following areas: Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Delphi, Otterbein, Brookston, Mulberry, Westpoint, Rossville, Flora, Frankfort, Fowler, Burlington, Kokomo, and Romney.

Fast and Financially Rewarding Sale

Fast and Financially Rewarding Sale

Preparing Your Home for a Fast and Rewarding Sale If you are considering selling your Lafayette area home…it’s time to get prepared and roll out the welcome mat.  This is an exciting decision in most situations.  Whether your family is ready to “move on” or “move up”, there are a number of things you can do prior to putting your home on the market that will improve your selling experience and give buyers a view of your home they will value more.  Consider these simple suggestions to help you sell quicker and for a financially rewarding sale. 1. Tidy up and Depersonalize We all get comfortable in our own homes and collect a lot of things.  Before rushing to put your home on the market, put on your “buyer’s hat” and think about what people will see when they look at your home. Buyers considering your property are likely viewing your home along with several other properties.  It is somewhat like a dating process. Think of all the things that made you fall in love with your home when you bought it, and try to reproduce that feeling for a buyer.  Allow a buyer to imagine themselves in your home by depersonalizing and removing excess family photos and decorations.  Clutter is your worst enemy.  Pack up and store extra clothes in your closets, off season coats, extra blankets and shoes, etc.  You might as well go ahead and pack up all of your special keepsakes, china, extra household items – anything that you don’t need on a day to day basis. 2. Minor Upgrades Can Make a Huge Difference The age... read more

We personally invite you to find out what your home is worth!

The first step in selling your Lafayette Indiana home is to know how much it’s worth! If you are undecided about selling your Lafayette, West Lafayette, or Tippecanoe, Carroll, Clinton, White, Benton or Howard county home, getting a true valuation of your home is the first place to start.  A Greater Lafayette Indiana Realtor should be able to do this for you!  We offer this as a free service to anyone and want to personally invite you to check the value of your home!  ... read more
Time It Right and Sell It Fast!

Time It Right and Sell It Fast!

There are many steps you can take to ensure a speedy sale.  Setting the right price, making an excellent first impression and selecting the best real estate team with experience and a proven marketing plan are all essential to attracting buyers, but what else can you do to get the offers rolling in?   1. The first component to selling your house fast is making sure you set a competitive asking price.  Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower it later if the house fails to sell. But that can result in a slower sale – sometimes even at a lower price.  If the price is too high, many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you’re not serious about selling or you’re unwilling to negotiate.  “The first 30 days’ activity of your house being on the market is always the best activity you’re going to see.  When meeting with your real estate agent they should ALWAYS provide you with a comparative market analysis that provides comparable listings and sales similar to your home, as well, as their detailed marketing plan.  This is a critical step before moving forward in listing your home.  A recent study showed that within the first week your house is on the market it gets four times more visits online than any other time. After approximately 4-5 weeks on the market activity may decline by up to 75% so it is critical to price it right from the start.  Starting with a lower price might in fact increase your chances of selling.   2. The second component when selling... read more

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Our Marketing Efforts Produce “Sold” Results!

Our Marketing Efforts Produce “Sold” Results!

Our Marketing Efforts Produce “Sold” Results! Ask about our Guaranteed Sold Program or get a free Home Valuation! Contact The Romanski Group for more information in listing your home with us (765) 404-5095  For up-to-date information on YOUR Indiana area neighborhood or a FREE Seller Consultation – call The Romanski Group at (765) 293.9100.  Using an experienced team is the way to get your home ‪SOLD‬! You deserve the BEST Realtor in the Lafayette Indiana area!  Learn more about our Guaranteed Home Sale Program!... read more
Here Today, Sold Tomorrow

Here Today, Sold Tomorrow

 We don’t just list homes, we SELL them!   Sold the day it was listed at asking price! 3716 Dartmouth Place Sold in 2 days! 30 showings, 9 offers & 13% above asking price! 283 Lincoln St. Sold in 4 days! 2318 Main St. Sold in 11 days! 9315 S 700 E   Sold in 7 days! 301 Carriage Ct. Contact The Romanski Group for more information in listing your home with us (765) 404-5095  For up-to-date information on YOUR Indiana area neighborhood or a FREE Seller Consultation – call The Romanski Group at (765) 293.9100.  Using an experienced team is the way to get your home ‪SOLD‬! You deserve the BEST Realtor in the Lafayette Indiana area!  Learn more about our Guaranteed Home Sale... read more
394 Chapelhill Dr. | Lafayette, IN

394 Chapelhill Dr. | Lafayette, IN

Welcome to 394 Chapelhill Dr. We are pleased to share a sneak peek of our newest listing that will hit the market soon! 394 Chapelhill Dr. is apart of the Lexington Farms neighborhood just off SR 26. This community is a stones through from Meijer, Starbucks, Cracker Barrel and other restaurants, shops and gas stations, making it easy to grab dinner or groceries at anytime. With I-65 around the corner you can quickly head north for a weekend trip to Chicago to catch a Cubs game, or south towards Indy to Victory Field for an Indians game, a concert at White River State Park, or a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo! The oversized patio sits inside a fenced-in backyard! This space is perfect for grilling out, relaxing after a long day or for pets and children to enjoy. The current owner loves watching her grandchildren ride around on their scooters on the oversized patio. The Lexington Farms neighborhood has age appropriate parks, a location frequently on the “to-do” list when the grandchildren come to visit. The new Tippecanoe County Library is within walking distance of 394 Chapelhill Dr. and Wyandotte Elementary School is right around the corner from the subdivision. Arnett Hospital is also just up the road. Inside 394 Chapelhill Dr. you will find an open kitchen/living/dining concept with a gorgeous brick fireplace! Open concept living has been a top priority for buyers because it creates a family atmosphere, which makes communication and entertaining easier. The master bedroom (12 x 18) is located off the living room. The two additional rooms (12 x 11) would make great bedrooms, guest rooms,  office space or even a home... read more

4626 S 100 E | Just Sold in Lafayette

4626 S 100 E | JUST SOLD! 4626 S 100 E was listed with a previous real estate company for 1.5 years! Then the sellers hired The Romanski Group! We got this home sold with multiple offers. The clients got to choose the highest and best offer. We have several buyers who are ready to make an offer, but inventory is low. If you’re thinking about selling your home, please give us a call! We have a proven marketing plan that works and we’d love to chat with you about how your experience with The Romanski Group will be different than with other real estate companies!  The Romanksi Group | 765.404.5095 For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call The Romanski Group at (765) 404.5095 for a FREE Seller Consultation.  We use a systematic approach to determine the most accurate market value. Using an experienced team is the way to go to get your home ‪SOLD‬!  Don’t you deserve the BEST Realtor in the Lafayette Indiana... read more
Prepare To Sell FAST!

Prepare To Sell FAST!

A Guide To Preparing Your Home to Sell FAST! Do you have big plans to sell your home this year?  Preparing your home for the market is a vital step to getting top dollar for your home and selling it in a short time frame! Here is a practical guide to getting your house ready to sell: Curb Appeal First, drive around your neighborhood and see what others are doing to make their home eye catching.  Then, stand at your sidewalk and take a good look all around your home.  Ask yourself if you should… Power wash the exterior and deck Paint the shutters and trim, front door and door frames Pull weeds in the yard and clean them up and trim the bushes, add mulch and plant flowers Edge your sidewalks and driveway Paint One of the most cost-effective value when selling your home is paint. A fresh coat of paint does not cost that much but makes a BIG IMPRESSION! Remove wallpaper and borders Freshen up paint in neutral colors, paint trim and baseboards to give it a clean, crisp feel Here is a before and after photos of a bathroom with fresh neutral paint: Clutter Free One of the best places to start with increasing the value, and the desirability, of your home when selling is with the elimination of clutter. You need to showcase the amount of space that you have.  A clutter-free house will make your house feel larger, resulting in added appeal to potential buyers. Removing some of your personal photos and kids artwork Organize your closets Put away kid toys in a neat... read more
4 Reasons To Sell This Spring!

4 Reasons To Sell This Spring!

Bulbs are blooming, and spring is right around the corner!  Are you wondering if now is the best time to sell your house? With historically low inventory, and the housing demand high, you might be missing out on a great opportunity to sell your house! 4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring: 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Realtors’ Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) says buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase now!  Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market. 2. Less Competition Now According to NAR’s latest Existing Home Sales Report, the supply of homes for sale is still under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means there are to few homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for home prices, but time is of the essence. Homeowners unable to put their house on the market due to negative equity situations are itching to make the move now. Real estate values have increased over the last two years, which means homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity. Single family home new construction saw an increase in 2016, but there is still room for improvement. As builders regain confidence in the market, new construction of single-family homes will likely increase over the next two years, reaching historic levels by 2017.  New home sales numbers show many buyers turning to new construction to fulfill their needs because the market simply does not have what they are looking for. 3. Quicker Process Fannie Mae anticipates an acceleration in home sales that will surpass 2007’s pace.... read more
1843 Greenbrier Ave.

1843 Greenbrier Ave.

Well maintained home in great neighborhood in West Lafayette just minutes to Purdue University! This 3 bedroom ranch with 2 full bathrooms and nearly 1,700 sq ft. has a built-in crawl space, dining area with backyard views, mudroom/laundry room, cozy brick fireplace & more!

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4726 SR 26 E, Lafayette

4726 SR 26 E, Lafayette

This 4 bed/2 bath ranch stlye home sits on a .3 acre lot a stone’s throw from interstate 65, making it a great central location for commuters. However, you don’t have to go far to load up on groceries or your favorite “Cup of Joe” with nearby stores like Starbucks, Meijer, Cracker Barrel, and more within walking distance.

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5604 S. St Rd 75, Cutler

5604 S. St Rd 75, Cutler

3 bedroom home on 4+ acres of land in Cutler, IN! Enjoy a covered front porch, wood laminate flooring, stainless steel appliances, oversized 2-car garage with lots of storage space plus a workshop area, and a charming bridge over a small creek. 1-year HWA home warranty ($540 value) available upon request for purchaser.

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3 Reasons To Sell in 2017!

3 Reasons To Sell in 2017!

We have folks ask us all the time, how is the housing market? Our response this year has been that the the housing market in Tippecanoe County is STRONG and it continues to remain strong! Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market. The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

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Sellers: 25 Tips To Prepare For a Home Inspection

Sellers: 25 Tips To Prepare For a Home Inspection

On inspection day, the house should be empty of the owners and their presence. Typically, a home inspection will take two to three hours and include a check of the home’s structural and mechanical condition. But besides the structural and mechanical inspection, home inspectors may also do tests for radon gas, check for wood destroying insects, or perform other services requested by the buyer.

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Just Sold in Lafayette

Just Sold in Lafayette

Congratulations to all of our clients that SOLD their home and to all of our happy new homebuyers that closed this past week!!!  We don’t just list homes, we sell them!  If you are considering selling and want RESULTS contact The Romanski Group! For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood in the Lafayette, Indiana area – call The Romanski Group at (765) 404.5095 for a FREE Seller Consultation.  Using an experienced team is the way to go to get your home ‪SOLD‬!  Don’t you deserve the BEST Realtor in the Lafayette Indiana area?! Search Homes For Sale in Lafayette Indiana... read more
Selling in Winter Can Pay Off Big!

Selling in Winter Can Pay Off Big!

While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: winter buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed.  If you are debating listing your home for sale within the next 6 months, keep in mind that the spring is when most other homeowners will decide to list their homes as well and listing your home this winter will ensure that you have the best exposure. Here are the reasons to sell your Lafayette Indiana home this winter… 1. Demand Due To Low Housing Supply Sales of existing homes rose 2%, to 5.6 million seasonally adjusted annual units in October – the fastest pace since February 2007. This was the second straight monthly gain and the sixth in the past eight months.  The National Association of Realtor’s recently reported that the inventory of existing homes for sale dropped dramatically from a 5.1-month supply in November to the lowest figure since January 2005, at a 3.9-month supply.  That means it would take just under 4 months for all available inventory to sell.  A normal market is considered to have a 6-7 month supply of inventory to be considered balanced.  We have seen and experienced in Tippecanoe County that a shortage of inventory tends to keep home prices strong and has resulted in multiple offers and bidding wars.  Tight inventory is a main reason the ball is still in the sellers’ court. 2.  Anticipated Rise in Mortgage Interest Rates: Anticipated continued rise in interest rates: While mortgage rates remain low, experts predict... read more
Pitfalls of Overpricing!

Pitfalls of Overpricing!

By educating yourself about some common missteps you can save yourself from making a costly mistake when listing your home. Many folks who decide to sell their home fall victim to these four pitfalls of overpricing:   1. Pricing your home based on emotion, not data, can cost you big. You don’t need to be Bob Barker to know when the price just isn’t right. You need to keep in mind the location first and foremost and who are going to be the likely buyers. Home pricing is more of a calculated strategy, but many homeowners price their homes with their heartstrings attached or from the advice of family instead of hard data and advice from their Realtor. 2. Overpricing Your Home to “Test the Waters”: Homeowners often think that it’s OK to overprice at first, because — who knows? — maybe you’ll just get what you’re asking for. Although you can certainly lower an inflated price later, you’ll sacrifice a lot in the process. The most obvious damage: A house that remains on the market for months can result in low offers or no offers. And worse: Continually lowering the price could turn off potential buyers who might start wondering just what is wrong with your home.  “Buyers are smart and educated,” says Erin Romanski of Keller Williams Realty.  “If a home is out of their reach based on price, they are not going to even consider it and option.” 3. Not Responding Accordingly to What the Market is Saying: Once your home is on the market, you’ll start accumulating another set of data that will serve as the ultimate price... read more
Fast and Financially Rewarding Sale

Fast and Financially Rewarding Sale

Preparing Your Home for a Fast and Rewarding Sale If you are considering selling your Lafayette area home…it’s time to get prepared and roll out the welcome mat.  This is an exciting decision in most situations.  Whether your family is ready to “move on” or “move up”, there are a number of things you can do prior to putting your home on the market that will improve your selling experience and give buyers a view of your home they will value more.  Consider these simple suggestions to help you sell quicker and for a financially rewarding sale. 1. Tidy up and Depersonalize We all get comfortable in our own homes and collect a lot of things.  Before rushing to put your home on the market, put on your “buyer’s hat” and think about what people will see when they look at your home. Buyers considering your property are likely viewing your home along with several other properties.  It is somewhat like a dating process. Think of all the things that made you fall in love with your home when you bought it, and try to reproduce that feeling for a buyer.  Allow a buyer to imagine themselves in your home by depersonalizing and removing excess family photos and decorations.  Clutter is your worst enemy.  Pack up and store extra clothes in your closets, off season coats, extra blankets and shoes, etc.  You might as well go ahead and pack up all of your special keepsakes, china, extra household items – anything that you don’t need on a day to day basis. 2. Minor Upgrades Can Make a Huge Difference The age... read more
Lafayette Indiana – Top 20 Performing Real Estate Markets

Lafayette Indiana – Top 20 Performing Real Estate Markets

April 2016 – Lafayette, Indiana ~ Named Top 20 Performing Real Estate Markets ~ In Realtor.com‘s recent study for April 2016, Lafayette, Indiana is #16 out of #20 nationwide as a top performing real estate market!  The areas named are markets where buyers are eager and homes are selling fast—listings get two to five times more views than the national average, and homes sell one or two months faster than in the rest of the country.  The median list price continued its upward climb.  Fort Wayne, Indiana was also named coming in at #17 while competing with several markets in California!  “In the nation’s 20 hottest housing markets, inventory is selling 17 to 45 days more quickly than the rest of the nation,” stated Realtor.com.  “In Lafayette and West Lafayette, Indiana with proper pricing, preparation and marketing, we are seeing many homes hit the market and receive an offer (and in many cases multiple offers) within just a few days,” said Erin Romanski of The Romanski Group. This is the second month in a row that Lafayette, Indiana has made the list as one of America’s hottest performing real estate markets!  Last month Realtor.com named Lafayette, Indiana as one of the nation’s 20 HOTTEST real estate markets. Home sales, housing starts, and house prices will reach their highest level since 2006 according to Chief Economist at realtor.com in their latest forecast.  2016 looks to be shaping up as one of the best years for residential real estate in Lafayette, Indiana. If you are considering buying a home, it’s important to first meet with a mortgage lender to get understand how much home you can afford and the... read more
2016: Lafayette’s Best Year in Real Estate

2016: Lafayette’s Best Year in Real Estate

Lafayette, Indiana – one of America’s Hottest Real Estate Markets! Recently, per Realtor.com, Lafayette, Indiana was named as one of the nation’s HOTTEST real estate markets for March 2016.  Our market was #20 out of #20 nationwide as a market where buyers are eager and homes are selling fast—listings get two to five times more views than the national average, and homes sell one or two months faster than in the rest of the country.  The median list price continued its upward climb.  Meanwhile, the inventory of homes for sale is increasing more steadily—but still not as fast as the high demand from buyers.  Obviously, the heightened interest for a limited supply of housing is pushing up home prices. A few weeks ago, Jonathan Smoke, the Chief Economist at realtor.com, exclaimed: “All indicators point to this spring being the busiest since 2006.” Now, Freddie Mac has doubled down on that claim and is saying that 2016 will be the best year that the real estate industry has seen in a decade. In their March Housing Outlook Report, Freddie Mac explained: “Despite the challenges facing the housing market, we expect this to be the best year for housing in a decade. Home sales, housing starts, and house prices will reach their highest level since 2006 according to our latest forecast…Challenges remain, with low housing supply and declining affordability being a key concern in many markets, but on balance, the housing markets in the U.S. are poised for the best year since 2006.”   In 2015, home prices nationally rose 4%, following a 6.4% hike in 2014, and, home values rose in 236 of... read more
#1 Reason To List Now!

#1 Reason To List Now!

If you are one of the many homeowners who are on the fence about listing your house this spring, don’t miss out on the great real estate market that we have right now!   #1 Reason To List Now:  Low Housing Supply! The National Association of Realtor’s recently reported that the inventory of homes for sale has dropped to a 5.1 month supply.  That means it would take around 5 months for all available inventory to sell.  Historically, a ‘normal’ market is considered to have a 6-7 months supply of inventory to be considered balanced (explained below).  We have seen and experienced in Tippecanoe County that a shortage of inventory tends to keep home prices strong and has resulted in multiple offers and bidding wars.  Tight inventory is a main reason the ball is still in the sellers’ court. There are many, many potential buyers that are actively looking for a home (more than there have been in years)! The supply of homes for sale is not keeping up with the demand of these buyers.   Bottom Line… Home prices are appreciating in this seller’s market.  Listing your house now will give you the most exposure to buyers who are ready, willing and able to buy now and buyers that will be competing against each other to buy your house!  If you’re considering selling your home – now is the time!     Why choose The Romanski Group with Keller Williams Realty for your home buying and selling needs?  We take a different approach to real estate; one built upon personal touch, win-win philosophy and positive results.  Our team... read more
30 Questions To Ask a Realtor When Selling Your Home

30 Questions To Ask a Realtor When Selling Your Home

Thinking of Selling Your Lafayette Indiana Area Home?  Since your house is one of the biggest investments, you should be a little choosy about whom you hire to help sell. Find an agent whose philosophy and methods align with your preferences. Asking the right questions will help you gain insight into the agent’s capabilities and personality. But not all agents are the same. Some may take advantage of your inexperience and end up costing you a pretty penny. Here Are 30 Questions To Ask When Interviewing a Realtor To Sell Your Home: (We have given you our responses, along with space to write the responses for the other agent you interview. We think you fill find there is no comparison to The Romanski Group!)   1. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the typical Realtor has been in the real estate business for approximately 7 years. How long have you been in real estate? The Romanski Group:  40 Years!!!  Jim and Erin Romanski of The Romanski Group have a combined number of approximately 40 years of experience in the real estate business – giving us many more years of experience than the “average agent”! Other Agent? 2. According to the NAR, 23% of Realtors work on a part-time basis. Are you a full-time agent? The Romanski Group:  YES – We are fully committed to our real estate careers and clients! Other Agent? 3. The experiences of previous Buyers & Sellers are a good barometer of how effective a Realtor is.  Can you provide us with reference letters from past clients AND multiple online reviews on a 3rd... read more
Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather!

Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather!

With the days growing chillier it is time to make preparations for freezing temperatures!  Thinking about cold weather probably brings a chill to most homeowners, but by being proactive, you’ll lower your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and make your property safer.   Prepare your home to handle the cold freezing temperatures: Heating Systems: Pre-programmed thermostats set at energy-efficient temperatures can save about $180 a year, according to Energy Star. In the winter, keep your thermostat at 65 to 68 degrees during the day and 50 to 60 degrees at night. Schedule heating-system maintenance. Keep up with the regular maintenance and cleaning of the boiler or furnace. Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents. Plumbing Systems: Disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves. Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer. Drain sprinkler systems: If you have irrigation systems, blow them out so they don’t freeze.  Shut/drain outside spigots. Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater. Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated spaces. If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider winterizing your home (to drain the water system). During freezing temperatures, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. Exterior: Avoid ice dams by keep water from melted snow from refreezing in the gutters and seeping under the roof: Clean out gutters. Ventilate your attic. The colder it is, the less melting and refreezing on the roof.... read more
Property Tax Exemptions Deadline!

Property Tax Exemptions Deadline!

The Property Tax Exemption Deadline in Indiana is Approaching! Are You Entitled to a Property Tax Exemption?   Did you buy a home or refinance your mortgage this year?  If so, The Romanski Group of Keller Williams Realty, wants to remind you to file your property tax exemptions by the end of the year!  If exemptions aren’t filed or confirmed by December 31, 2015, your taxes could go up substantially.   There are two main property tax exemptions that most homeowners may qualify for:  Homestead & Mortgage.  There are several other property tax exemptions that may be available to you as well.   1 – Homestead Exemption The homestead exemption simply means you are living in the home as your primary residence and it is not a rental house, vacation house, etc.  This is by far the most valuable deduction and can save you up to 50% on your property tax bill.  The homestead deduction is now filed for you in most counties at closing through the sales disclosure, but this is a great time to verify with the county that it is indeed recorded. 2 – Mortgage Exemption The second common deduction is the mortgage exemption.  This deduction is available to homeowners who have a mortgage attached to their property.     Nobody likes paying a dime extra in taxes. Yet when it comes to property tax bills, some homeowners pay too much simply because they aren’t aware they qualify for an exemption.  Deductions are not given automatically, you must apply for them in the Auditor’s office. Tippecanoe County Auditor: (765) 423-9207 White County Auditor: (574) 583-5761 Carroll... read more
It Pays To Sell Your House in Winter

It Pays To Sell Your House in Winter

The winter months are often thought of as being the worst time to put a home on the market.  While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dull your holiday sparkle, the winter season does have its advantages: winter buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed.           Spring might be right around the corner and may be the peak home-shopping season but listing your home in Lafayette Indiana in the winter may be to your advantage for these reasons: 1. Less inventory Selling a home during the holiday season can seem like too much of a hassle for many homeowners, so many will either take their home off the market or wait until the warmer months to list.  Because of the shortage of inventory in Greater Lafayette and during the holiday months, sellers may receive more interest in their property and can ask for a higher price on their homes. 2. Motivated buyers House hunting in the winter is not just for fun. Most home buyers who are still cautious about pulling the trigger and purchasing a home will postpone their search until the spring. On the contrary, if a buyer is touring homes now, they are likely more motivated and need to buy a home soon.  With interest rates on the rise, home buyers are more urgent than before to make a decision.  They are also motivated by the fact that tax refunds may be coming in the next several weeks. 3. Market Time A study by Redfin found that... read more
Historic Highland Park in Lafayette, Indiana

Historic Highland Park in Lafayette, Indiana

Welcome to Highland Park ~ a Historic Neighborhood in Lafayette, Indiana! Period revival, high-style Victorian, Craftsman, and Classical architecture dating from 1891 to the 1920’s fills Highland Park neighborhood in Lafayette Indiana.  Highland Park was Lafayette’s first planned subdivision.  With it’s charming winding brick streets and avenues, Highland Park has become a highly desired area for many homeowners.  The original plat boasted a triangular park, like an island bordered by Miami, Pontiac and Highland Avenues that is a wonderful feature of this neighborhood and is used for neighborhood gatherings and events.    There is also a deep ravine which is traversed by means of a “bicycle bridge” that was originally built to assist school children in reaching the former Highland School.   The area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.   Highland Park is located near the Lafayette Country Club and is convenient to downtown Lafayette, Purdue University and West Lafayette. – See Available Homes For Sale Now in Highland Park –   To learn more about Highland Park, visit their neighborhood association website.  If you would like to learn more about homes for sale in Highland Park in Lafayette, Indiana contact The Romanski Group (765) 293.9300! Lafayette School Corporation Information: Elementary: Thomas Miller Elementary Middle School: Tecumseh/Sunnyside Middle School High School:  Jefferson High School     Curious to know the current value of your home in Highland Park?  Why choose The Romanski Group with Keller Williams Realty for your home buying and selling needs?  We take a different approach to real estate; one built upon personal touch, win-win philosophy and positive results.  Our team is comprised... read more
Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now

Based on home prices, low mortgage rates, creating wealth and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time to purchase a home than right now. Here are the top five reasons to buy a home now:   1. Supply Has Shrunk With inventory declining in the Greater Lafayette, Indiana area, finding a perfect home may become more difficult going forward.  We have many buyers in more and more communities and neighborhoods surprised that there is no longer a large assortment of houses to choose from.  The homes in the best locations sell first and sell FAST.   If you are searching for a home in Lafayette or West Lafayette and surrounding communities connect with The Romanski Group to get on our instant property notification system and don’t miss the opportunity to get that home of your dreams before another buyer does.   2. Home Prices Are Going Up Prices are projected to appreciate from now to 2018. First home buyers will probably pay more both in price and in their mortgage interest rate if they wait until the spring. Even if you are a move-up buyer, it will wind-up costing you more in net dollars as the home you will buy will appreciate at approximately the same rate as the house you are in now. The latest house price index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency said home prices slightly increased in August, inching up 0.3% from the previous month.  The median price of an existing home was $223,300 in June, or 4.3% higher than June 2013. That’s the 28th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains, and economists expect that trend... read more
This Month in Real Estate – October 2015!

This Month in Real Estate – October 2015!

Home sale prices are up nearly 5% from this time last year nationally!  Here are a few of the national real estate numbers that we are tracking for you right now for October 2015!   According to the National Association of Realtors the number of projected home sales dipped to 5.3 million and the national median home price for existing home decreased to $228,700, that’s down 1.3% from last month and up 4.7% from this same time last year.  According to Freddie Mac to national average for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage is down from last month to 3.91%.   To learn more about our local Lafayette real estate market and how these numbers are affecting you contact The Romanski Group! Why choose The Romanski Group with Keller Williams Realty for your home buying and selling needs?  We take a different approach to real estate; one built upon personal touch, win-win philosophy and positive results.  Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals specializing in each phase of real estate. In addition, our extensive knowledge of the Lafayette and West Lafayette areas and surrounding communities allows our team to serve you the best.  Give us a call (765) 404.5095 or visit us online to get started!  Begin your home search now:  www.RomanskiGroup.com... read more
Demand is HIGH for Home Buyers!

Demand is HIGH for Home Buyers!

The Demand Is High For Home Buyers Wanting To Purchase Now! Listing your house for sale now will allow you to capitalize on the shortage of homes for sale in the market, which will translate into a better pricing situation.  We are experiencing bidding wars and packed open houses reminiscent of the 2013 housing frenzy. Buyers are now competing over homes at affordable price points.   Homeowners sitting on the fence….we have buyers needing to buy!   Due to the shortage of homes we have buyers anxiously waiting for a home to purchase.  Do you or someone you know have a home to sell?     Who do you know that is considering selling their home that matches these home buyers needs. If you are considering selling your property, contact The Romanski Group today (765) 404.5095!     Why choose The Romanski Group with Keller Williams Realty for your home buying and selling needs?  We take a different approach to real estate; one built upon personal touch, win-win philosophy and positive results.  Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals specializing in each phase of real estate. In addition, our extensive knowledge of the Lafayette and West Lafayette areas and surrounding communities allows our team to serve you the best.  Give us a call (765) 404.5095 or visit us online to get started!  Begin your home search now: ... read more
3 Reasons To Sell in Lafayette NOW!

3 Reasons To Sell in Lafayette NOW!

 Potential sellers sitting on the fence:  IT’S TIME TO MAKE A MOVE! We have folks ask us all the time, how is the housing market?  Our response this year has been that the the housing market in Tippecanoe County is STRONG and it continues to remain strong! Here are the 3 reasons to sell your Lafayette Indiana home now…. 1.  Low Housing Supply! The National Association of Realtor’s recently reported that the inventory of homes for sale is at a 5.1 month supply in December.  That means it would take around 5 months for all available inventory to sell.  A normal market is considered to have a 6 months supply of inventory to be considered balanced.  We have seen and experienced in Tippecanoe County that a shortage of inventory tends to keep home prices strong and has resulted in multiple offers and bidding wars.  Tight inventory is a main reason the ball is still in the sellers’ court.  Home sale prices were up nearly 5% from this time last year also according to NAR! Let’s Take a Closer Look at What’s Happening in Tippecanoe County: (per IRMLS Residential – January 2016) ONLY 478 residential homes on the market for sale 190 homes pending awaiting closing 2.  Anticipated Rise in Mortgage Interest Rates: Anticipated rise in interest rates: While mortgage rates remain low, experts predict more buyers will enter the market in the coming months due to anticipated rising interest rates in the future.  This could prompt buyers to get off the fence and start their house hunt sooner than later in order to take advantage of lower mortgage rates. ... read more
The Landings & The Commons: Neighborhood Review

The Landings & The Commons: Neighborhood Review

The Landings | The Commons : Neighborhood Review The Landings and The Commons are adjoining neighborhoods on Lafayette’s southside off of S. 18th Street near Veterans Parkway near Wea Ridge Elementary and Wea Ridge Middle School and just a few minutes from McCutcheon High School! These neighborhoods are just a quick drive on 231 direct to Purdue University in West Lafayette and also an easy commute to Indianapolis, Frankfort and Crawfordsville.   The Landings: A large pond located at the entrance of The Landings welcomes you into this community which boasts great curb appeal and a variety of attractive homes.  A secluded park tucked in the heart of the community and a broad range of recreational amenities make The Landings one of the area’s finest neighborhoods to call home.  The Landings neighborhood also shares The Commons amenities including the playground, swimming pool, open fields, basketball and tennis courts. The Commons: The Commons is a beautiful community with well cared for homes that features an open field for soccer and football, basketball courts, professionally maintained green spaces, a gated pool with a pool house, a playground and much more.     Families of every generation live, work and play in this well planned development in south Lafayette!  These neighborhoods are located just minutes from restaurants, shopping, banking and more!   Looking for more information about each neighborhood’s homeowner’s associations? The Landings HOA The Commons HOA   See homes that are currently for sale in The Landings and The Commons now!   Why choose The Romanski Group with Keller Williams Realty for your home buying and selling needs?  We take a... read more
6 Negotiating tips: Part 3

6 Negotiating tips: Part 3

5. Include a personal letter with your offer Sellers may get multiple offers on their property, and if they all look very similar, it may be hard for them to decide which offer to accept. If thats the case, your offer will blend right in with everyone else’s. This is why you should not just send an offer, but make yours stand out with a personal story and picture of your family. Sending a personal letter with a picture gives the seller a chance to connect with you. The Seller bought that home with intent to make memories too. The idea that they can pass it off to someone else who will love it and cherish the memories they can make with it is something they will connect with. This might be the extra leg up you need to win the house. Every little bit helps! 6. Interview! Interview! Interview! We cannot stress this enough. DO NOT choose the first agent you come to JUST because you do not want to take the time to interview others. Not all agents will go the extra mile to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for. Agents are supposed to be on your side, not you on theirs. It is so very important when negotiating to make sure your agent knows you like a close friend. If an agent does not want to personally get to know you, then they won’t be able to know how to think when helping you negotiate for the home you want. You want to be able to take comfort in knowing your agent will speak... read more
6 Negotiating tips: Part 2

6 Negotiating tips: Part 2

Dig a little deeper Don’t be afraid to ask the seller specific questions about the family selling the house. You should also ask about the house itself and the surrounding area. The more you know about your seller the better you can adjust your offer. Things like: – Is the seller in the process of a divorce? – Are they are moving and need a quick closing? – Even personal reasons to why they want to leave the area. The answer to these questions all play huge a role when tailoring your offer. This means asking a listing agent and seller lots of questions! Be sure you are working with Lafayette, IN realtors. Lafayette, IN realtors know the area. A Lafayette, IN realtor can help you deliver your questions and will know how you should interpret their answers. 4.  Real estate agents may just save your future Communicating a request to a seller’s agent can be a rookie move. When you are doing it on your own.There are many real estate specific terms that you may have no idea what they mean, or the weight that they carry. It is almost detrimental not to have a realtor there during all of your communication with buyer or sellers. Lafayette, IN real estate agents have mastered the terminology. They know how to negotiate and fight for you want. They also know the right way to convey what you’re wanting. In return, they can explain the outcome in terms that will help you better understand. Realtors in Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County will be able to get you the best deal,... read more
3 Types of Plants Best for Indiana Weather

3 Types of Plants Best for Indiana Weather

Living in the midwest and trying to keep up with your landscaping can sometimes be frustrating. Being in an area with such different seasons, can make it hard to decide which plants to use. The plants you use can affect how good your house looks and if you are getting the most out what you bought. When looking to improve the curb appeal of your home, here are three plants to keep in mind while you are out shopping: Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Even just the name makes me want to buy it. The plant has giant masses of flowers with light gray-green foliage. In midsummer it produces green broccoli-like buds. These buds open up into large pink flowers which turn to a deep rusty red in the fall.The plant can grown up to 24 inches tall and needs to be in an area it can get full sun. This plant is perfect if you want to put your house up for sale near the middle of summer through the beginning of fall. It will give your house that warm and colorful look you may have been missing. Opuntia ‘Compressa’ The second plant to look for when shopping to improve your curb appeal is an Opuntia ‘Compressa.’ This plant is one you will want to plant when trying to sell your house in the spring time and early summer. This is the time when this cactus is budded with bright yellow flowers. Yellow is a bright and warm color that would attract and look perfect when trying to add some dimension to your curb appeal. This plant doesn’t take much... read more
Time It Right and Sell It Fast!

Time It Right and Sell It Fast!

There are many steps you can take to ensure a speedy sale.  Setting the right price, making an excellent first impression and selecting the best real estate team with experience and a proven marketing plan are all essential to attracting buyers, but what else can you do to get the offers rolling in?   1. The first component to selling your house fast is making sure you set a competitive asking price.  Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower it later if the house fails to sell. But that can result in a slower sale – sometimes even at a lower price.  If the price is too high, many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you’re not serious about selling or you’re unwilling to negotiate.  “The first 30 days’ activity of your house being on the market is always the best activity you’re going to see.  When meeting with your real estate agent they should ALWAYS provide you with a comparative market analysis that provides comparable listings and sales similar to your home, as well, as their detailed marketing plan.  This is a critical step before moving forward in listing your home.  A recent study showed that within the first week your house is on the market it gets four times more visits online than any other time. After approximately 4-5 weeks on the market activity may decline by up to 75% so it is critical to price it right from the start.  Starting with a lower price might in fact increase your chances of selling.   2. The second component when selling... read more
Sellers: Time For The Inspection

Sellers: Time For The Inspection

Home inspections cover hundreds of details! We’re here to simplify the information and cover the fundamentals.  It includes observation and operation of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and appliance systems, as well as structural components, such as the roof, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney, doors and windows. So when you’re home is listed for sale we must start with the obvious:  cleanliness.  An unkempt house gives the impression that the owners neglect regular maintenance. Be sure to clean your home thoroughly! Before the inspection remove laundry in the washer or dryer. Put away dishes from the sink and clear from the dishwasher. Sweep floors Clean vents and air ducts   Minor blunders should also be given attention. Repair small items such as: Leaky faucets Loose door handles and knobs Replace burnt out light bulbs Redo caulking or grout You can also address the major deficiencies by either fixing them or stating up front that you are aware of them and that the selling price has been adjusted accordingly.  Be sure all utilities are connected and running- electricity, gas, oil, water… this is critical for inspectors to test heating & cooling systems, appliances, plumbing, and more. You will also want to clear areas near attic accesses; crawl space accesses and move belongings that may be against the walls in the garage.  The inspector will need to view the walls for pests including termites. To wrap up:  a good rule of thumb is to have your home in tip-top shape half an hour early, just in case the inspector is early.  Gather together any documents or information on... read more
Housing Inventory is LOW – Demand is HIGH!

Housing Inventory is LOW – Demand is HIGH!

The housing inventory is LOW but Demand is HIGH! Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report. The numbers shocked many analysts as they revealed a 10.4% increase over the same month last year while the Greater Lafayette area had an 11.3% increase! “After a quiet start to the year, sales activity picked up greatly throughout the country in March. The combination of low interest rates and the ongoing stability in the job market is improving buyer confidence and finally releasing some of the sizable pent-up demand that accumulated in recent years.”  Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist Here are latest stats from the Indiana Real Estate Markets Report… The number of closed home sales increased 9.5% The average price increased 6.1% The percent of original list price received increased 1.9% The number of pending home sales increased 13.4% Now let’s take a look at the Lafayette Regional Association of Realtors! Here are the latest stats for Residential Properties from January – March 2015 compared to the same period in 2014… The number of closed home sales increased 11.3% The average price increased 9.5% The percent of original list price received increased .14% The number days on the market decreased by nearly 10% Bottom Line: For Buyers:  Low inventory means buyers should get ready to move fast if they find the right home. With the high demand for homes you may find yourself needing to be more competitive with your offer and possibly entering into multiple offer situations!  A strong offer begins by getting your financing plan in place now and starting your pre-approval process... read more

Selecting The Right Realtor to Buy or Sell a Home!

Buying or Selling a Home in the Greater Lafayette Area?  With so many real estate professionals to choose from it can be difficult to select the right Realtor to represent you to buy or sell a home!   Why choose The Romanski Group for your real estate needs?  We take a different approach to real estate; one built upon personal touch, win-win philosophy and positive results.  The real difference is that we offer leading edge technology combined with experience and integrity.  Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals with nearly 40 years of combined experience specializing in each phase of real estate.   We have a listing agent that focuses only on working with our home sellers; a listing coordinator to handle all of the details of the marketing for your home; buyers agents that specialize in working with potential home buyers; a closing coordinator that will handle the details from the offer stage through the completion of the closing.  In addition, our extensive knowledge of the Greater Lafayette areas including Purdue University and surrounding counties including Tippecanoe, Carroll, Clinton, White, Benton and Howard allows our team to serve you better!  When it comes to buying or selling a home, teamwork makes the dream work!   Our vision is to become the real estate team of choice for clients and associates in every market we’re in.  So when it’s time to select a Realtor to buy or sell a home in the Greater Lafayette area, give The Romanski Group a call (765) 404.5095!... read more
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