Residential Real Estate

Builder's lakeside home defies rustic expectationsRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Katie Maurer
Sparse interiors, vast windows and thoughtfully placed artwork define the look and feel of the Sundstrom home. Their minimalist approach gives top billing to the view and natural surroundings that originally persuaded the couple to relocate.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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3Mass resident sues developer over accessibility

October 19, 2010
Cory Schouten
A resident of the 3Mass condo development who uses an electric wheelchair is suing the developers for failing to provide handicap accessibility to a rooftop terrace.
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Local senior living manager makes $60.5M acquisition

October 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Keystone Senior Living LLC has acquired a portfolio of 28 communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin, more than doubling the units it has under management.
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Home sales continue to slump, but prices rise

October 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county area fell 22.8 percent in September when compared with the same month a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday by F.C. Tucker Co.
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City not impressed with fixes proposed by Di Rimini developer

October 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Developer Jeff Sparks met with city planners Oct. 1 to propose fixes to the apartment project at Capitol Avenue and St. Clair Street.
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Downtown praised for 'livability' but needs more residentsRestricted Content

October 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
The past decade has seen roughly 5,000 more residents living downtown than in 2000, wooed by new condos and apartments within walking distance of growing retail and cultural attractions. There are now 25,000 downtown residents—but still a long way from the 40,000 city leaders want by the end of the next decade.
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Lucas Oil owners to buy former Hilbert estate

October 6, 2010
Lucas Oil Products Inc. owners Forrest and Charlotte Lucas confirmed they were buying the property for $3 million at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. It will be used for "business activities and community functions."
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Estridge scales back Symphony development in Westfield

October 5, 2010
Scott Olson
The Estridge Cos. said it is reducing Symphony from a planned 1,400 acres to a size that will closer rival the Carmel-based home builder’s 436-acre Centennial development, also in Westfield.
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City meets deadline to get federal money for housing projects

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $29 million will be used to acquire and demolish or rehabilitate foreclosed and abandoned homes.
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Developer seeks rezoning for Canal apartments

September 23, 2010
Scott Olson
The city's Division of Planning was set to hear a request Thursday afternoon by Valparaiso-based Investment Property Advisors LLC to rezone property near the Central Canal for a 150-unit apartment complex.
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Local building permits down again in August

September 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The number of building permits filed in the nine-county metropolitan area dropped by 18 percent in August from the same time a year ago, falling from 354 to 290. The drop marks the third consecutive month permits have fallen.
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Schlage acquires Fusion door-hardware division

September 22, 2010
Schlage's purchase of the Georgia-based company's division gives it immediate access to the decorative door hardware and lock market, the company said.
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Home construction jumps nationally

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Housing starts are up 25 percent from their bottom in April 2009. But they remain 74 percent below their peak in January 2006.
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Bank suing Estridge Cos. for securities fraud

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Bank of Indiana files complaint against the home builder, alleging it failed to repay a $1 million investment due June 30. The complaint further accuses law firm Krieg DeVault LLP of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.
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U.S. homes lost to foreclosure up 25 percent this year

September 16, 2010
Associated Press
August makes the ninth month in a row that the pace of homes lost to foreclosure has increased on an annual basis. Banks have been stepping up repossessions to clear out their backlog of bad loans.
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Fishers becomes draw for seniors projects

September 14, 2010
Tom Harton
One skilled-care facility is about to open and another will break ground this month.
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Area home sales still falling

September 9, 2010
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county area fell 23 percent in August. The decline marked the fourth straight month home sales have fallen in central Indiana.
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Estridge drops Westfield sports complex, still plans stadium

September 3, 2010
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The Estridge Cos. has withdrawn a proposal to build a massive youth sports complex in its master-planned Symphony development in Westfield.
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Van Rooy buys Greenwood apartment complex

September 3, 2010
Indianapolis-based company purchases 438-unit Westminster Apartments from court-appointed receiver. The listing price of the property was $8.2 million.
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Former Hilbert mansion draws local interest in auction

August 31, 2010
Scott Olson
Sealed-bid auction attracts a half-dozen bids from interested owners that are "more centrally located than you might think," said the listing agent.
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Groundbreaking nears for $4.5M apartment project

August 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
The 62-unit project called National Apartments on the Monon is the latest phase of the Martindale on the Monon redevelopment project, which began in 2005. The developer is Indianapolis-based Development Concepts Inc.
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Couple makes home in Ulen mansion built by town's founderRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Katie Maurer
The talk of the town back in 1929, the Mediterranean-style house at 118 Ulen Blvd. is now simply home for husband and wife Gary Katona and Jennifer Jones-Katona, former Indianapolis city dwellers who retreated to the quiet "town within a town" 15 years ago.
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SHEATS: Make sure you're treating your windows right

August 28, 2010
Jeff Sheats
Well-designed window treatments can provide a multitude of benefits.
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Ward, Vargas take top All-Star Agent spots

August 28, 2010
IBJ has compiled its All-Star Agents lists annually since 1997. Agents are ranked by their sales volume over a two-year period.
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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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