Residential Real Estate

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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Growing demand for apartments pushing up rents

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon.
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1960 modern house was built for the age(s)Restricted Content

March 29, 2014
Sam Stall
Restoration evokes marveling over its trappings and construction to withstand the Atomic Age.
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Expensive homes selling quickly in Indianapolis areaRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Pricier houses are vanishing from the market faster than less-expensive homes due to a temporary bottleneck caused by rising demand and a slow recovery by builders.
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Banks see resurgence of home equity loansRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Although mortgage-refinancing applications are down, the product reviled and thought extinct after the 2008 housing crash that decimated property values may save the day for lenders: the home equity loan/line of credit.
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Bloomington council backs Habitat neighborhood

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council is giving permission to a Habitat for Humanity group to develop a neighborhood with 35 homes.
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Home construction ticks up amid harsh weather

March 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The central Indiana home-construction industry saw a small rise in business in February, the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis reported Tuesday.
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City to consider $7.7M bond issue to assist Broad Ripple project

March 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Browning Investments Inc. says that it is seeking $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance Canal Pointe, its controversial $30 million apartments-and-retail project.
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Home-remodeling firm giving new life to vacant Carmel center

March 18, 2014
Scott Olson
The vacant, 14,500-square-foot property in the heart of the city has been purchased by a local home-remodeling company, which plans to occupy half the building and lease the rest.
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Home-sale agreements continue disappointing trend

March 17, 2014
Pending home sales in the nine-county area slid 22.8 percent in February compared with the year-ago period. That was only a slight improvement from the 31-percent fall recorded in January.
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Village of West Clay developer suspending operations

March 12, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Brenwick Development Co. claims a switch in lenders has halted about $7 million in land sales in the mammoth mixed-use community in Carmel. The firm has filed suit against the banks.
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Red Cross rethinking downtown HQ design, delaying land swap

March 10, 2014
Scott Olson
Re-examination of the scope of the not-for-profit group's project has stalled progress on a three-way property exchange that would clear the way for a massive apartment project on Massachusetts Avenue.
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Durham's Geist mansion goes back to the bank at auction

March 6, 2014
Lender JPMorgan Chase & Co. took possession of convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham’s Geist mansion Thursday after the property failed to draw an offer higher than the bank’s base bid of $2.24 million.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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