Top 5 Home Design Trends for 2021

I love home design and enjoy studying the latest trends.  I’ve recently toured many new model homes and have been seeing some common themes that I’d like to share.  If you’re preparing to make some updates to your home (be it painting a bedroom or tearing your kitchen down to the studs), try integrating some of these new design styles.

 

#1 Metal: Brushed gold and brass is the hardware of choice for cabinets and lighting. This is not the polished yellow gold of the ‘90s. Think of a softer “champagne” color or darker brass. Matte black is also popular, showing up on doorknobs, cabinets and faucets.  A welcome change from many years of brushed nickel!

 

#2 Wood: Dark wood floors are drifting away because they are high-maintenance!  Dust, pet fur and scratches are too conspicuous on dark floors, so light natural wood has taken center stage. Warm, natural wood cabinets are also trending in bathrooms and kitchens.

 

#3 Interior Color: Clean and fresh is the trend for your walls! White has replaced gray so that furniture, artwork, and color accents pop. Explore SW Alabaster, Eider White, Pure White, and Shoji White to find the one with the best undertones for your home.

 

#4 Accent Walls: With all the white walls, we need to add some interest. Wallpaper is so fun in small doses! Put it on the wall behind your bed to make a statement without being too busy. Another really cool trend is an accent wall of wood trim, then all painted a solid color.

 

#5 Exteriors: If you’re getting new windows, think about black frames, or paint your old ones to really update your exterior. Dark siding is also very popular – go with very dark gray, blue, brown, or black for a contemporary look.

 

One of my favorite annual events for checking out new designs is BAGI Home-A-Rama.  If you missed this event last fall, you can see the designs on the virtual tour – a great way to get inspired!


Posted on February 18, 2021 at 7:16 pm
Alicia Buckley | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

Central Indiana Real Estate Outlook for 2021

The 2020 real estate market saw a lot of activity, despite the pandemic, and Central Indiana is a hot spot. National Association of REALTORS has identified our area as one of the Top 10 Markets During and in a Post-COVID Environment

Factors that are driving our local market include:

  1. Record low interest rates that are projected to stay in the 3% range in 2021
  2. Low inventory levels, meaning not enough people are selling their homes to keep up with the buyer demand. This ultimately increases prices and keeps days on market low.
  3. New home construction is limited in Hamilton County – labor, materials, and local regulations make it difficult to build homes that are affordable for first-time buyers
  4. The ability to work in any location is bringing a lot of out-of-state buyers
  5. Mortgage pre-approvals are up, a leading indicator of buyers in 2021

Per MIBOR data, Hamilton County home prices have increased 9.5% over 2019 (through Nov).  The median price is now $325,000.  It isn’t just the northside suburbs seeing demand, Marion County prices rose by 11.5%!

2021 will be another good year for sellers, as prices are projected to continue to rise and there are still a lot of buyers looking for homes.  This doesn’t mean we can over-price homes or poorly market a property.  Listing your home still takes expert preparation, a strong on-line presence, and correct pricing.  Getting offers is often the easiest part of the process, but inspections and appraisals make the journey to closing difficult.  I’m here to help you prepare your home for listing and navigate the process to closing.  My biggest tip is to start planning now for your spring-summer move.  Learn more about listing your home and my listing services.


Posted on January 1, 2021 at 5:31 pm
Alicia Buckley | Posted in Uncategorized |

Lower your property tax bill

Don’t pay too much property tax! There are big savings to be had if you bought a new house or refinanced a mortgage in 2020.

If you bought a home this year or refinanced your mortgage, property tax deductions must be filed with your county auditor by December 31Homestead and mortgage deductions can save you nearly 50% on your annual tax bill! 

When you buy a home, the title company usually agrees to file the homestead deduction for you, but I always recommend double-checking that it was accepted and posted by the county auditor before the end of the year since this is such a huge savings.  The mortgage deduction is not always filed for you by the title company (it is considerably less $$$, but it is still money saved), so you will need to check on that as well.

Deductions are also available for veterans, seniors, geothermal systems, and more. Check out this Indiana website for details. You do not need to fill out forms before going, simply take your whole file from closing to your county auditor’s office and they will take out the papers they need and give you their forms you need to complete. Very simple.

You also want to make sure your exemptions are still on your property if you refinanced this year.

Here is a contact list for all the Central Indiana auditors:

HAMILTON CO AUDITOR
33 N. 9th St. #L21, Noblesville
317.776.8401
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (M-F)
HamiltonCounty.IN.Gov/443/Auditors-Office
MARION CO AUDITOR
200 E. Washington St. #841, Indianapolis
317.327.4646
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (M-F)
Indy.Gov/Agency/Marion-County-Auditors-Office
HENDRICKS CO AUDITOR
355 S. Washington St. #202, Danville
317.745.9300
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (M-F)
Co.Hendricks.IN.US/Auditor
 

BOONE CO AUDITOR
201 Courthouse Sq., Lebanon
765.482.2940
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (M-F)
BooneCounty.IN.Gov/Offices/Auditor

 

JOHNSON CO AUDITOR
86 W. Court St., Franklin
317.346.4310
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (M-F)
Co.Johnson.IN.US/Auditor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on November 16, 2020 at 7:18 pm
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