Residential Real Estate

Area home-construction permit filings flatten out

June 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Homebuilders filed 530 single-family building permits in the metro area in May. That’s exactly the same number of permits that were filed in May 2013. Local construction numbers were better than national figures.
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Existing home sales continue dismaying trend

June 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Figures for May add to evidence that about 14 percent fewer homes are selling this year in the nine-county area compared with the same point in 2013. But sale prices still are on the rise.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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Tiny Sheridan girds for inevitable growth

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The tiny Hamilton County community is mindful of sprawl in Carmel and Fishers, and is determined to absorb growth on its own terms.
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Housing developer hopes farm hooks new residents

June 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A growing number of housing developers thinks farms, rather than golf clubs, are the perfect hook to lure residents. The first to experiment with the concept in central Indiana is Mike Higbee of Central Greens LLC, with his Seven Steeples Farm on the site of the old Central State Hospital.
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Herman & Kittle plans $28M downtown apartment project

June 3, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis developer plans to build 211 units at the southeast corner of College and Maryland Street. Meanwhile, the owner of a building across the street that last housed a sporting goods store is accepting bids on the property.
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Council to consider citywide landlord registry

June 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis landlords would have to register with the city by Jan. 1 or face a $500 fine under a proposal that will be introduced to the City-County Council on Monday night.
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Pedcor angling for $16M subsidy for City Center expansion

May 31, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Preliminary plans call for starting work on a parking garage and as many as three mixed-use buildings this fall, with another half-dozen projects in the pipeline.
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Indiana cities getting money to fight urban blight

May 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis, Lawrence, Gary and two other Indiana cities have received a total of about $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.
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Former real estate broker faces felony charges

May 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Marion County prosecutor’s office said David Garden was charged with corrupt business influence, 11 counts of forgery and 15 counts of theft.
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Aging suburbs facing long road backRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Poverty is encroaching on the outer townships of Marion County, adding to their handicap in the competition with doughnut counties, where houses are newer, and sidewalks, sewer connections and bike paths come standard.
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Carmel selling vacant land in Old Town neighborhood

May 14, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission is accepting offers for an undeveloped parcel of land in the city's resurgent Old Town neighborhood, near a planned expansion of a popular subdivision.
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Existing-home sales sink for eighth straight month

May 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements dropped nearly 20 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in April. Home prices continued to rise as inventories shrank.
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Homebuilders see third straight month of rising demand

May 14, 2014
On a year-over-year basis, home-construction permit filings in the nine-county area have risen in 13 of the last 16 months.
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Luxury Clearwater apartment complex on market

May 13, 2014
Scott Olson
82 Flats, which opened last year and is 95-percent occupied, could fetch $35 million for its developer, Cityscape Residential, formerly known as Hearthview Residential.
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Mortgage rates sink to 2014 low

May 8, 2014
Associated Press
Warmer weather has yet to boost home-buying as it normally does. Rising prices and higher rates have made affordability a problem for would-be buyers, while many homeowners are reluctant to list their properties for sale.
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Flaherty becoming mixed-use master

May 3, 2014
Scott Olson
Developer's Flaherty & Collins is gaining a reputation developing trendy projects, the latest of which is a 28-story retail and residential tower on the site of the former Market Square Arena.
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Council advances smoke-detector requirement

April 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis homeowners and landlords would have to buy smoke detectors with non-removable, non-replaceable batteries under a proposal that’s advancing through the City-County Council with bipartisan support.
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City cites apartments for hundreds of violations

April 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Five local apartment complexes and one owner of multiple rental properties were accused of unreasonably consuming city, public, and law enforcement resources.
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Removing false homestead exemptions to yield bonanza

April 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County stands to receive tens of millions of dollars from property owners who’ve been claiming false homestead deductions when this spring’s tax bills are collected.
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Sales of U.S. existing homes sink to 20-month low

April 22, 2014
Associated Press
The sharpest sales increase occurred among homes priced at $1 million or above. Sales fell in nearly every other price group.
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Existing-home sales slide for seventh straight month

April 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home prices rose, however, as inventory dwindled. The average area home price in March was $161,191, an increase of 6.1 percent compared with the same month of 2013.
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Area home- construction permit filings back on the rise

April 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The central Indiana home-construction industry saw its second straight month of improving activity in March following a bitter winter that slowed business.
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Trailer parks lure ex-traders eyeing double-wide returns

April 10, 2014
Bloomberg News
Former hedge-fund executives who left Wall Street are finding new ways to milk profits from old trailer parks, including one in Indianapolis.
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Revamped hotel key to Muncie revitalization efforts

April 8, 2014
Associated Press
The 91-year-old Roberts Hotel building has undergone a $17 million renovation that created the 83-unit Lofts at Roberts development. The project was crucial to the city's ability to attract a new downtown hotel.
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