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Tips That Will Protect You From This (Expensive) DIY Mistake The Case for Installing a Fireplace Insert Tips and Tricks to Remove Stains and Muck From Your Walls How to Pick Paint Colors to Fix Any Room’s Quirks The Style Guide to Reimagining a Potential New Home Trust a Yard Service or Not? Homeowners Insurance Annual Checkup


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9020 MALLORY ROAD $299,900 Incredible Find! Tranquil Setting With Magnificent Vistas and Stocked Pond on 6.63 Ac. BeautifuL Log Home w/Exposed Rafters, FP Main Level Master and 4+1 Car Garage. MLS#201819990

4201 W. COFFEY LANE $289,900 Immaculate Light Filled 3 Bedroom, Office, 3 Bath Home in Java Heights! Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Main Level Master Suite, Fireplace, Fenced Backyard. MLS#201813706


SOLD! 2344E. LINDEN HILL DR. $550,000 Ranch Over Finished Walkout Basement in TheStands. Park-Like Lot Overlooking Jackson Creek. Close to Parks, Jackson Creek Trail and the YMCA. 5 Bedroomss, 3 ½ Baths MLS#201827125


1698 W. DOVE DRIVE $515,000 Custom Designed, Custom Built Ranch Over Finished Walk-Out Lower Level with 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths and a 3 Car Garage. Backs Up to Clear Creek Trail. MLS#201817610




SOLD! 114 S. ROOSEVELT $225,000 Completely Remodeled 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath w/NEW...Roof, HVAC, Hrdwod & Ceramic Floors, Appliances, Granite, Bathroom Tile Showers and So Much More! MLS#201804928

1201 S. GRANT STREET $199,900 This Charming Bryan Park 2 Bedroom Bungalow is Rented Through July of 2019 at $1285. Per Month. Remodeled Kitchen & Baths, Corner Lot, Basement. MLS#201815591



2465 WOOLERY MILL $99,900 Hard to Find Townhouse in Woolery Mill on Adams Hill. Two Bedrooms, 1 1⁄2 Baths Built in 2006. Currently Rented at $800.00 Until July, 2018. MLS#201811123

5 Tips That Will Protect You from This (Expensive) DIY Mistake DIY home remodeling is great — until it isn’t. Here’s how to keep it great. It was their first plumbing project. “It was just a small crack in a pipe,” says Karah Bunde. She and her husband, Joel, had just purchased a fixer-upper they planned to renovate and rent. They bought a new piece of PVC pipe to replace the cracked one. “We installed it, glued it, gave it 24 hours to cure. The next day we turned on the water and it busted at the seams. We had extra pipe and did it again, this time allowing it to cure for two days. Same story,” says Bunde, an avid DIYer who writes “The Space Between” blog. The couple returned to the store and started asking questions. Turns out they had made one of the most common DIY mistakes: choosing the wrong material for the job. “Our downfall was not doing enough research. Turns out we picked PVC pipe for drains and not one that would hold the pressure of water lines,” Bunde says. Whether you’re choosing tile, flooring, lighting, or cabinets, making the right choice can make or break your success. Get the right materials by doing these five things: 1. SET A BUDGET FOR EVERY ITEM Make a budget for every single item you’re purchasing, says architect Todd Miller, owner of QMA Architects & Planners in Linwood, N.J. Otherwise, you may blow it all on a sexy plumbing fixture, but then choose the wrong flooring, for instance, just because it’s cheap and you want to keep on track. “There are always tradeoffs, but having a budget will help you manage the choices,” Miller says. 2. SHOP WHERE THE PROS SHOP Not to dis big-box stores; they’re great for many things. But you have to know what you’re getting into, says Gary Rochman, owner of Rochman Design Build in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Heeding the siren call from the big-box store can oftentimes go wrong. You’re not getting the service and the professional advice you’d need, especially if you’re a DIYer.” For example, he says, “You might purchase treated lumber for an outdoor deck, but no one tells you the nails you bought aren’t for outdoor purposes. At a lumberyard, they’ll let you know those two items don’t go together.” Additionally, Miller says some manufacturers will make two versions of the same product: a more cheaply made one for major retailers and another for supply stores that sell to contractors. “I purchased one product at a retail store that had PVC supply lines, and the exact same product from my supplier that had solid copper fittings,” he says. Homeowners can have access to suppliers through their contractor, but many stores also sell directly to consumers. 3. TRY IT OUT BEFORE COMMITTING TO IT Robin Flanigan, a homeowner in Rochester, N.Y., thought she was doing all the right things when she chose backsplash tile. She went to a local tile store. She schlepped along her cabinet sample, and they knew her floor — a wood-look farmhouse tile — which she’d purchased from them. “The owner took his time with me every time I went to the store — and there were a lot of times I went to the store,” she says. It took her two months to decided on a clear tile. “I thought clear tile would be less noticeable, not clash with the concrete.” She hired an installer who put up the tile on two walls before Flanigan saw it. “I wound up in tears all night and asked them to take it down,” she says. The installer did beautiful work, but “what looked great in a small sample turned out to look way too futuristic once the walls were covered. It didn’t fit the rest of the industrial loft vibe at all.” Flanigan says the mistake was a “huge budget buster” and posted the torn-down tile on Craigslist. She had a thin concrete backsplash installed instead. “If there’s a next time, I would order a box to see if I liked the look first,” she says. 4. INVEST IN THE RIGHT TOOLS Here’s a good place to practice balancing durability and cost: Get the right tools for the job. “You can buy a brush for 98 cents, but you won’t get good results,” says Les Lieser, who recently retired as owner of a painting company and now runs Front Range Coating Consultants in Greeley, Colo. “Good brushes cost more for a reason.” Lieser says cheap brushes are like straw, flaring out and not holding their shape. A good quality nylon or bristle brush, on the other hand, will allow for nice, straight lines. For a few dollars more, you’ll save a lot of hassle and get a more professional-looking result. “The same goes for roller covers and paint,” Lieser says. “Spend a little more money on a brand name or something of good quality.” What if you need a costly tool? “We’ve rented a bunch of tools; it’s a great option,” Bunde says. In addition, many cities have tool lending libraries or a MakerSpace where you can borrow bigger items. “When you buy your materials, always ask what tools are going to aid in your success,” Bunde says. 5. BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT WHAT YOU BUY ONLINE uying things online might be less expensive and convenient, but when you’ve purchased a 700-pound cast iron tub from Craigslist only to discover it’s scratched or too heavy for your second-floor bath, you’re going to have a hard time sending it back. “It’s important to see and touch the products,” Miller says. “And you’ll have an easier time with returns at a retail shop or professional wholesaler.” Although it’s enticing to think you’ll save money by purchasing the cheapest materials and save time by doing it yourself, you’ve got to weigh the value of your time against the inevitability of things not fitting, arriving broken, or not lasting. Otherwise, you’ll be spending your free time wandering the fluorescent aisles of the hardware store rather than kicking back and sipping lattes in your newly renovated space.


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7433 S. Sand Hill Lane, Bloomfield MLS#201827449 $179,500. 3BR 2.5BA Lovely home located in Scotland, IN just outside Crane and just minutes to I-69. Walk Out basement and attached 2 C garage.


2687 E Sailor Lane Lot 3 C MLS#201817943

$99,900. Beautiful 5 acre lot located in Pedigo Bay.

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5021 E Lentz Road MLS#201824082


$1,599,000. Luxury Horse Property ! Custom built 4BR 6BA Home. Barn includes 5 stalls and riding arena. Private guest quarters!

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9779 E. Gilmore Ridge Road, Nashville MLS#201827698 $185,000. Absolutely Beautiful Land - Winter View of Lake Monre, Pond, Numerous Outbuildings, Great Building Sites, small house being sold as-is. Horse stalls etc

5033 N Richland Creek Road, Solsberry MLS# 201825806 $314,900. 6 Acrcs mostly woods custom built home features hickory cabinets hardwood floors updates 4BR 3.5BA fishing hunting to enjoy.


$309,000. 2BR 1BA Home. Currently used as residence of business owner in the front on 17th St (Wig Wam), would make a great rental property.


The Case for Installing a Fireplace Insert

What you save on heating bills alone is enough to justify one. An old-fashioned fireplace isn’t only an inefficient heating source, it also can create high levels of smoke inside and outside your home. But an energy-saving wood, pellet or gas insert lets you transform your existing hearth into a super-efficient heater that can cut your energy bills — by as much as 40%, says Leslie Wheeler of the Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association. The main difference is what’s important to you: burning real wood and having heat even if the power goes out (wood insert), burning a biofuel without the hassle of wood (pellet stove), or flipping on fast heat in a specific area of the house (gas). THE BENEFITS OF A WOOD-BURNING INSERT A wood-burning insert slides into your existing masonry or metal fireplace and burns real logs. Your installer snakes a stainless steel liner down your chimney and fits a decorative flange made of black cast iron or steel or colored porcelain around the insert, hiding its steel sides and filling the gap between the box and your hearth. A front door with ceramic glass radiates heat into the room. You open the door to stack the wood, then shut it, on most models, while your fire is burning. Most wood-burning inserts also create convection heat with a fan located underneath the firebox. Wood-burning inserts can heat anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 sq. ft., depending on their size. Inserts are small enough to fit into most traditional masonry fireplaces. An insert designed to heat 1,500 square feet will burn for three to five hours before you need to reload; for 1,500 to 3,000 sq. ft., you usually have an eight- to 10-hour burn window. The cons: • You still have to stack and load wood. • The insert can be dangerous in a prefab fireplace. “The prefabricated chimney isn’t rated to take the temperature that a wood insert can put out. You need a chimney rated for 2,100 degrees,” says John Mountford, a salesperson at Fireside Warmth in Kingston, N.Y. If you have a prefab, many dealers will recommend replacing the entire fireplace with a high-efficiency wood burning fireplace rather than use an insert. THE BENEFITS OF A PELLET INSERT This prefabricated convection heater slides into your existing fireplace — prefab or masonry. Instead of loading logs, you pour in pellets — rabbit-food-sized bits of compressed, recycled wood waste and other renewable substances. Just like the wood insert, a pellet insert is a sealed combustion box with a partially glass front door, and is surrounded by a decorative flange. It vents through your existing masonry chimney. To operate the system, buy a bag of pellets, pour it in, press a button, and have fire. On some, you just set the thermostat and let the stove do the rest. Unlike a wood-burning insert, pellet stoves need electricity — to start the fire, operate the blowers, run the auger feeding the pellets to the burn pot, and run the computer board monitoring the system. Pellet stoves can heat 1,000 to 2,500 sq. ft., depending on their heat-generating capacity and the size of the fuel hopper. Among the cleanest-burning home heating appliances, it uses waste products to create energy. Some stoves can burn alternative fuels such as dried cherry pits, which you can buy in 40-pound bags from hardware and home stores. The cons: • Weekly maintenance, such as removing the ash, cleaning the glass, and dusting the electronics. • If the power goes out, your pellet insert will, too, (though some have battery backup). • A 40-pound bag of pellets runs about $4 to $10, and the average household burns about a bag a day for 1,500 sq. ft. • Pellet inserts also lack the off-the-grid romance of heading out back and hacking down fuel yourself. THE BENEFITS OF A GAS FIREPLACE INSERT Today’s gas inserts are heat-producing dynamos that use propane or natural gas to power a steady flame dancing on fake logs, decorative modern glass chips, or stones behind a sealed glass face. Gas inserts can be used in masonry or prefab fireplaces; they can be vented through the existing chimney (or a wall for a free-standing unit). Gas is the easiest insert to use and requires very little maintenance beyond the annual check. Flip a switch; have fire. Its best application is for zone heating—turning up the gas in the room you’re in and lowering the thermostat in the rest of your house. Green Factor: 58% to 85% efficiency rating, says HPBA; very little pollution, smoke, ash, or creosote. Zoned heating allows you to reduce overall fuel consumption. The cons: • Unlike pellet inserts, burns fossil fuel, making it unattractive if you’re eager to reduce your carbon footprint. • Doesn’t offer the snap, crackle, pop, or aroma of a wood fire. • Ventless versions burn very clean — they have to, because they also release pollutants into your home. In fact, some states don’t allow ventless systems. WENDY PARIS is a New York-based freelance writer who has written for This Old House magazine, as well as for The New York Times and Salon.com.


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Tips and Tricks to Remove Stains and Muck From Your Walls Clean walls are the best prep you can do for a paint job you won’t have to repeat any time soon

You can’t wait to cover up that nasty beige on your walls, but as you take a close look at all the areas you’re gonna have to prep you see a lot of grime, gunk, and stuff that looks too stubborn for your standard vinegar wash. Any cleaning rookie can wipe off dust and cobwebs. But it takes a cleaning pro to scour grease stains, watermarks, and kids’ crayon and ink wall art. KITCHEN GREASE ON WALLS Grease is an occupational hazard of cooking. If only it wouldn’t ind it’s way onto your walls and cabinets, trapping all kinds of gunk. Yuck! Good news. Any decent dish soap can remove grease stains on walls. For small stains, mix: 1/4 teaspoon of soap in a cup of warm water, and wipe. Rinse with clean water, and blot until dry. Clean stubborn grease stains with solution of 1/3 cup of white household vinegar with 2/3 cup of water. DIRT AND GRIME BUILDUP The oil from your hands gets onto walls, cabinets, doors, and door frames. A wall eraser, like the Mr. Clean Eraser ($3 for 4 pads), easily wipes away these stains. Wet the sponge and rub gently to avoid taking bits of paint off with the stain. Or make your own homemade wall cleaning sponge: •1 cup ammonia, • 1/2 cup white distilled or apple cider vinegar • 1/4 cup baking soda • One gallon of warm water. Wipe the solution over walls with a sponge (or cloth), and rinse with water. CRAYONS Wall erasers work like a charm on crayon marks. If they don’t do the trick: • Rub marks with toothpaste (not gel). • Erase marks with an art gum or a pencil eraser; use a circular motion. • Swipe marks with baby wipes. • Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub marks. PERMANENT MARKER Permanent markers are tough to remove from walls. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dab the stain. Or spray marks with hairspray, then wipe drips. INK Ballpoint ink, which is oil-based, often melts away if you use foaming shaving cream, dry-cleaning solvents such as Carbona, or nail polish remover. Make sure you open windows when using cleaning solvents and polish remover. MILDEW Mildew is a fungus that eats soap scum and body oil. To remove from walls, spray with vinegar water: 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 1 quart water. Also, try an enzyme laundry detergent; follow the pre-treating directions on the label. Blot it on the stain, and then rinse thoroughly with water. WATER STAINS After you’ve solved the problem that caused the water stains, rinse with a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Thoroughly dry with a hairdryer or fans. If bleaching doesn’t remove water stains, you’ll have to repaint. Prime the walls with a stain-killing primer, such as Kilz Paint. PAT CURRY is a former senior editor at “Builder,” the official magazine of the National Association of Home Builders, and a frequent contributor to real estate and home-building publications. Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/Follow us: @HouseLogic on Twitter | HouseLogic on Facebook Brought to you by the National Association of REALTOR’S®


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• 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2,560 Sq. Ft. • New Flooring in Living Room and Hallway • New High Efficiency HVAC Systems • Overlooks a Peaceful Bay on Lake Monroe • Includes 2 Detached 1-Car Garages


How to Pick Paint Colors to Fix Any Room’s Quirks Paint colors can do a ton to fix a room’s flaws for not much money

Every home suffers a few negatives, but not every solution requires pricey structural changes. Paint is a frugal remodeler’s go-to solution to perk up a problem room. Here’s how to pick paint colors to give any room a facelift:Choosing Paint for a Room That's Too Small Painting walls white, cream, pastels, or cool colors (tinged with blue or green) creates the illusion of more space by reflecting light. White or light colors on walls lifts the ceiling, bringing your eyes up, which makes you feel like you’re ina larger room. How to use paint color to make a room seem bigger: • Paint trim similar to walls to ensure a seamless appearance that visually expands space. • Use a monochromatic scheme to amplify the dimensions of a room. Select furnishings in the same color. Lack of contrast makes a room seem more spacious. • Extend wall color onto the ceiling an additional 6- 12- inches. This will make the room seem taller. • Paint vertical or horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes enhance room height by drawing the eye up, horizontal stripes lure your gaze around the perimeter, making walls seem further away. Use similar light colors for low-contrast stripes, and your room will look even larger. • Get a bit of a similar effect if you really want a darker shade by selecting a high-gloss paint sheen, which reflects light and enhances space. FOR A ROOM THAT'S TOO LARGE When a space feels cavernous, draw walls inward and make it cozy with warm colors (red-tinged) because darker hues absorb light. Similarly, a dark or warm color overhead (in a flat finish) helps make rooms with high or vaulted ceilings seem less voluminous. FOR A ROOM THAT NEEDS A SOOTHING VIBE The right paint choice can lend tranquility to a bathroom, master suite, or other quiet, personal space. A palette of soft, understated color or muted tones help you instill a calming atmosphere. Some good choices include pale lavenders, light grays or greens, and wispy blues. FOR A ROOM WITH SPECIAL FEATURES THAT NO ONE NOTICES Call out notable features in a room with paint. Dress crown moldings and other trims in white to make them pop against walls with color. Make a fireplace or other feature a focal point by painting it a color that contrasts with walls. “Using a higher sheen of paint on woodwork, such as baseboards and door or window casings,” says Schwartze, “creates a crisp edge and clear transition from the wall to the trim.” FOR A ROOM WITH SOMETHING UGLY TO HIDE Not everything should stand out in a space. Using a low-contrast palette is a good way to hide unappealing elements or flaws. Conduit, radiators, and other components painted the same color as the wall will seem to disappear. Selecting low-sheen or flat paint colors also helps hide flaws. Unless walls are smooth, avoid using high-gloss paint because it reflects light and calls attention to an uneven surface. HOW TO PICK PAINT COLORS FOR ANY ROOM • Sample paint colors on a few walls. • Use large swaths of paint so you can get a real feel for the color. • Add samples to opposite sides of a room to judge the paint color from different angles. • Check the space with the samples in place and watch how the paint color changes at different times of the day. • Check the color on cloudy days, sunny days, and at night when you’ve got artificial lights on. JAN SOULTS WALKER - Nationally published home improvement writer Jan Soults Walker has more than 30 years’ experience, remodeling several of her own homes and reporting on everything from kitchen sinks to luxurious mansions. Even now, a deck of paint chips still makes her heart sing.

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For Rent or Lease Directory Orion Real Estate LLC

CAMPUS EDGE TOWNHOMES ● 3BR, 2.5 BA ● Pet friendly, W/D, D/W inclu ● $795/month ● MLS 201801388

1510 E HILLSIDE DR. ●3BR, 2BA duplex ● $1100/month ● New carpet, paint, 2 car garage ● MLS 201806201

Orion Real Estate LLC

310 WILMINGTON CT. ● 2BR, 1BA condo ● $775/month ● Pet friendly, W/D incl ● MLS 201814928

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Camelot Realty Group

4030 N. HINKLE RD ● 4BR/2Bth, 4.5 acres ● $1650 mo, pet friendly, Avail Aug 2018 ● Call 812-825-4234 ● website: camelotreatygroup.net ● MLS 201825348

Orion Real Estate LLC

409 W 3RD STREET 3BR, 2BA W/D, off street parking $900/month MLS 201801376

Camelot Realty Group

921 S. EASTSIDE DRIVE ● 3BR + den/2Bth, Fence Yard ● 1500 mo., pet friendly, Avail Sept ● Call 812-825-4234 ● website: camelotrealtygroup.net ● MLS 201828087


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How not to make money mistakes as a fledgling homeowner. BY AMY HOWELL HIRT The negotiations are over. Your mortgage is settled. The keys to your first home are in hand. Finally, you can install your dream patio. You can paint the walls without losing your security deposit. Heck, you could knock out a wall. You’re soooo ready to be a homeowner. So ready in fact, you’re about to make some costly mistakes.

Policyholders, which works to empower consumers. But, it’s better to pay out of pocket than submit claims that are less than your deductible. Save your insurance for the catastrophic stuff. “You want the cleanest record possible,” Bach says. “You want to be seen as the lowest risk. It’s like a driving record — the more tickets you have, the more your insurance.”because states’ and providers’ rules differ. But this stat from a report by UP and the Rutgers Center for Risk and Responsibility at Rutgers Law School is pretty sobering: Only two states — Rhode Island and Texas — got top marks for protecting consumers “from improper rate increases and non-renewals” just for making: • An inquiry about a claim

Wait, whaaat? “You have to rein it in and be smart,” says Daniel Kanter, a homeowner with five years under his belt. Especially in your first year, when your happiness, eagerness (and sometimes ignorance) might convince you to make one of these eight mistakes:

• A claim that isn’t paid because it was less than the deductible • A single claim Your best protection? Maintaining your home so small claims don’t even materialize.

#1 GOING WITH THE LOWEST BID The sounds your HVAC system is making clearly require the knowledge of a professional (or perhaps an exorcist?). But you’ve been smart and gotten three contractor bids, so why not go with the lowest price? You might want to check out this story from a Michigan couple. Rather than going with a remodeler who’d delivered good work in the past, they hired a contractor offering to complete the work for less than half the cost, in less time. A year later, their house was still a construction zone. You don’t want to be in the same spot. What to do: Double-check that all bids include the same project scope — sometimes one is cheaper because it doesn’t include all the actual costs and details of the project. The contractor may lack the experience to know of additional steps and costs. #2 SUBMITTING SMALL INSURANCE CLAIMS Insurance is there to cover damage to your property, so why not use it? Because the maddening reality is that filing a claim or two, especially in a relatively short period, can trigger an increase in your premium. “As a consumer advocate, I hate telling people not to use something they paid for,” says Amy Bach, executive director of nonprofit United

#3 MAKING IMPROVEMENTS WITHOUT CHECKING THE ROI Brandon Hedges, a REALTOR® in Minneapolis-St. Paul, recalls a couple who, though only planning to stay in their home for a few years, quickly replaced all their windows. When the time came to sell, he had to deliver the crushing news that they wouldn’t get back their full investment — more than $30,000. New windows can be a great investment if you’re sticking around for awhile, especially if windows are beyond repair, and you want to save on energy bills. Just because you might personally value an upgrade doesn’t mean the market will. “It’s easy to build yourself out of your neighborhood” and invest more than you can recoup at resale, says Linda Sowell, a REALTOR® in Memphis, Tenn. What to do: Before you pick up a sledgehammer, check with an agent or appraiser, who usually are happy to share their knowledge about how much moola an improvement will eventually deliver. #4 GOING ON A FURNISHING SPREE When you enter homeownership with an apartment’s worth of furnishings, entire rooms in your new home are depressingly sparse. You want to feel settled. You want guests at your housewarming party to be able to sit on real furniture.


HOME finder.org Feature But try to exercise some retailing willpower. Investing in high-quality furniture over time is just smarter than blowing your budget on a whole house worth of particleboard discount items all at once.

What to do: Before beginning a project, thoroughly research it. Ask neighbors. Ask detailed questions of contractors so you can get your timing, budget, and expectations in line.

What to do: Live in your home for a while, and you’ll get to know your space. Your living room may really need two full couches, not the love seat and a recliner you pictured there.



But if you pick up a “novelty” kit (like those cute pink ones) or inexpensive off-brand items, don’t be surprised if they break right away, or if components like batteries have to be replaced frequently.

Shortly after moving in, your sump pump dies. You begrudgingly pay for a new one and try to forget about the cash you just dropped. But don’t! When it comes time to sell, improvements as small as this are like a resume-builder for your home that can boost its price. And, if problems arise down the road, warranty information for something like a new furnace could save you hundreds. What to do: Stow paperwork like receipts, contracts, and manuals in a three-ring binder with clear plastic sleeves, or photograph your documents and upload them to cloud storage. #6 IGNORING SMALL ITEMS ON YOUR INSPECTION REPORT

You need some basic tools for your first home — a hammer, screwdriver set, a ladder, maybe a mower.

What to do: For a budget-friendly start, buy used tools from known quality brands (check online auctions or local estate sales) that the pros themselves use. AMY HOWELL HIRT has written about home design for 13 years. Her work has been published by outlets including “The Home Depot,” “USA Today,” and Yahoo! Homes. She previously served as home and garden writer and columnist for “The Cincinnati Enquirer.” Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/Follow us: @HouseLogic on Twitter | HouseLogic on Facebook Brought to you by the National Association of REALTOR’S®

Use your inspection report as your very first home todo list — even before you start perusing paint colors. Minor issues that helped take a chunk of change off the sale price can cause cumulative (and sometimes hazardous) damage. Over time, loose gutters could yield thousands in foundation damage. Uninsulated pipes? You could pay hundreds to a plumber when they crack in freezing temperatures. And a single faulty electric outlet could indicate dangerous ungrounded electricity.

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Homeowner Kanter tells the time he hired roofers to remove box gutters from his 1880s home. Little did he know, more often than not aged box gutters come with more extensive rot damage, which his roofers weren’t qualified to handle. “We had to have four different contractors come in and close stuff up for the winter,” he says. Had he researched the problem, he could have saved money and anxiety by hiring a specialist from the start, he says.

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The Style Guide to Reimagining a Potential New Home Mix don’t match and 4 other savvy ways to design your dream home. Exposed brick, black and white, French doors. If you asked me what classic aspects of design I’d like in my dream home, I’d probably check every box. It’s that eclectic mix of old and new, home and travel, fun and sophisticated that can make buying a home and decorating it such an exciting challenge. But surely, at one point or another, many classic features were once a trend — the new thing on the market that everyone had to have. However, unlike the way shoulder pads and babydoll dresses stuck around for what seemed like decades, the advent of the internet and Pinterest seems to speed us more quickly through the things that are new, and then now, and then passé. “Trend” has become a dirty word — almost synonymous with stuff that’s so of-this-minute that we’ll blink and it’ll already be outdated. But does it really have to be this way? In my opinion, no. As much as I might like bohemian and French, industrial and mid-century, and even coastal, I have a limited budget. I can’t afford to constantly replace the stuff that goes out of style. After all, I specifically decided to buy instead of rent to avoid wasting money on things that aren’t a return on my investment! So, I chose to find a house with good bones — the kind of home with the right space, the right light, and a layout I can invest in for a few years. And after DIYing for the better part of a decade, I’ve learned a few good rules for making sure the home decor I choose lives up to those same investment expectations. #1 MIX INSTEAD OF MATCH I suppose you could call my style “global eclectic.” But really, that’s just a fancy way of saying, “I often don’t like any one particular style, and matchy-matchy just isn’t my thing.” I have a Moroccan-inspired peacock mirror in the hallway, modern blue dining room walls, industrial bar stools in the kitchen, sheepskin draping over my chairs in the living room, and antique items sprinkled everywhere. Not any one style really reigns! In my mind, decorating where it looks like a single store threw up all over a single room is a quick way to Outdatedsville. Collecting pieces from different trendy styles keeps things fresh and unique. Take, for example, Beth from “Home Stories A to Z.” Her gorgeous bathroom mixes subway tile, global-inspired cement tile on the floor, modern urban fixtures, and farmhouse features like shiplap walls and vanity. Stunning! #2 GIVE TRENDY FEATURES A LIMIT Large items like couches, beds, and architectural details (like French doors) can still be fun and interesting, but I tend to play it safe by picking one feature on that item that’s somewhat trendy, such as exposed legs (often seen in mid-century furniture), but with a fabric that’s neutral. Rather than going with a piece of mid-century furniture (trend) in the color of the moment (trend), you choose one or the other. It translates well from one style choice to the next. It also lets all of the other, more permanent features stand out, such as a cool archway (or in my case, the big bow windows!). #3 EDIT, EDIT, EDIT Trends that you wind up loathing over time are the ones that you see everywhere. They’re like that boyfriend you fell hard and fast for, and then woke up one day and can’t stand his laugh. Some things are simply never meant to stick around, and that’s OK. Just make sure these aren’t the pieces you invest in. For trendy items, look to bring them in through accents. When you tire of them and want to try out something new, you can then switch them out without making your wallet wince in pain. Clutter is also what makes a trend look dated. It steals attention away from cool architectural features that should get more of a spotlight (like my big windows, which again, I LOVE). Too much of a good thing is never wise (except breakfast food). So when you like something, go ahead and try it out, but layer it in rather than buying every item of a single collection. Edit out the pieces that don’t fit, and you’re set. Stacy Risenmay knows this more than most. With her tiny 1938 home filled with four boys, she’s an expert at getting rid of what isn’t needed while still making her house look gorgeous and full of style. #4 REMEMBER THAT STYLES ARE CYCLICAL (SO YOU CAN'T REALLY GO WRONG) These days, a lot of trends are about nostalgia (subway tiles, open shelves, old-school kitchen faucets, reclaimed wood, etc.), so it should come as no surprise that plenty of what we call trends are cyclical. They’ll come into fashion, they’ll be overdone to the point we are tired of seeing them, we’ll move on, and then when it comes back in style, we’ll find it refreshing again. But what is it that keeps these things coming back again and again? It may sound cheesy, but I think it’s all about the way we feel in a space — a happiness and simplicity. That’s why I like the concept of “classic with a twist.” Sure, it could be out of date as far as what’s popular in stores over the next 10 years, but the “classics” I see trending lately are just a recycling of a period that already came and went. That’s really kind of great, because it takes the pressure off. Finding a twist on an older design rather than reinventing the wheel is a simpler goal and something I’m less likely to mess up. Take, for example, my kitchen’s two-tone cabinets. It’s a vintage look that was made popular again over the last 10 years, and although it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I get compliments on how retro and modern it looks at the same time. #5 FOCUS ON YOUR FAVES I hate burlap. HATE it. But you know what? Some folks love the look of it so much, they make that scratchy fabric into pillowsthat they lean against in their bedrooms every night. But I’ll admit, as I’ve seen the use of burlap grow in popularity or used in a beautiful room, I question whether or not to buy some for a table runner. The key of knowing when you’re liking something versus being influenced by outside forces? Your gut. Some homes just have that “it” factor. And you walk away from that house wondering if you too should buy all of the same stuff they did. But it’s not really the couch that’s making the house feel that way; it was that the person who picked it out did so because they freaking love the item. Take Charlotte’s sofa, for example (below). She knew she was dropping a lot of money on it, she knew it was green, and she new it was velvet. But she dove right in. It makes the space, but if you knew her in person, you’d also realize that no other sofa really quite captures her the way this styling does! I doubt any reader who has checked out my blog could accuse me of being trendy. In fact, I never really set out to be the kind of DIYer who put a clever spin on everything I touched. And that’s OK, because all I’ve ever really wanted to do is give myself a house that I enjoy living in. So, I pick out pieces that truly speak to me, and forget the rest. Mixing antiques with modern pieces makes the whole house look like it was collected over time (because it was), but also adds personality unique to me and how I express my style — one that can’t be repeated as easily as shopping through a catalog. At the end of the day, it’s my home, and the important thing is to make sure that I’m buying it, installing it, etc., because I enjoy seeing it every day — not because someone has once again done something really spectacular with plywood. (I’ll still pin the heck out of it, though!) I truly believe that’s what makes a home both trendy and timeless simultaneously. Loving the home you live in never goes out of style. 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The Lawn Lover’s Dilemma: Trust a Yard Service or Not? Outsourcing your grass cutting could be a dream come true or a nightmare. Yard work: a Zen-like weed-pulling session or sweaty nightmare? Work schedules, yard sizes, and comfort levels all affect whether you’re willing to cut that grass yourself or outsource the task to a local lawn care service. Here, homeowners from both sides of the picket fence give their two cents to help you make up your own mind. 4 GOOD REASONS TO HIRE A LAWN-CARE PROFESSIONAL #1 You’ll probably make mistakes a pro never would Going Michelangelo on your hedges can result in an end product more akin to Picasso. One such mishap convinced Olga Alvarez of Elmwood Park, N.J., to turn trimming duties over to the pros. “We have a few evergreen bushes in the front of the house that are shaped in a curly design,” she says. “When my husband tried to upkeep by doing a trim, he butchered [the] tree.” They’ve been hiring out yard work ever since. And funky-looking bushes can be the best case scenario when it comes to mishaps. More serious DIY yard debacles can lead to expensive repairs and injuries. #2 Creepy crawlers might get you Critters can be a deal breaker for homeowners unaccustomed to close encounters of the slithery kind. Ellen Robinson of Norwood, N.C., is still scarred from an unexpected meeting with a snake that crawled out of a pile of mulch. “So needless to say,” Robinson says, “I didn’t put out any more of that mulch.” For many homeowners, allowing the pros to deal with such potential surprise appearances is more than enough reason to farm out the task. #3 You’ll never be able to tidy up as well as the pros do It’s a chore to wield those heavy pruning loppers, but hauling the trimmings away can be a downright burden. Alvarez relishes the freedom — and tidiness — that all-in-one outsourcing brings. “Landscapers do a much better job of cleaning up after trimmings,” she says. They’ve got it down to an easy routine because they do it every day, and it’s part of their job. You, the homeowner, however, may be tempted to procrastinate the cleanup once the cutting and trimming are done. #4 You’ll have time for things that are a lot more fun The average American adult spent more than an hour a week on gardening and lawn care, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found in 2014. “We’ve had lawn care since we moved into our home back in 1999, so approximately 17 years,” says Alvarez. “Everything from grass treatments to landscaping.” As a result, they’ve freed up about 58 hours each year, or 994 hours overall for other pursuits. In other words, ample time for a rewarding hobby. 3 Reasons You’ll be Happy to Do the Yard Work Yourself #1 You’ll relieve a LOT of stress Post-gardening peace is a legit phenomenon. A study in the Netherlands found that people who did yard work for 30 minutes felt less stressed than those who read indoors. “You get out there and you kind of forget about all of your problems,” says Timothy Roller of Lexington, N.C. “You get wrapped up in what you’re doing. It’s not a job. It’s a joy.” #2 You’ll save money Duh. But when you see how quickly those little payments add up, you might find some strong motivation to DIY your lawn. According to professional services website Angie’s List, basic lawn care services can cost $160 to $200 per month on average. While maintaining your own yard requires purchasing supplies, your hourly rate is measured only in effort. For the budget-minded, that’s hard to beat. #3 You’ll build a sense of pride From a windowsill herb garden to sprawling acreage, doing your own work creates a sense of accomplishment. “When you’re successful, the pride, it’s unbelievable,” says Roller. “It’s like when you have the biggest vegetable in town, it’s like, ‘Look at the size of my tomato!’” AND THE #1 REASON WHY YOU MIGHT OPT OUT OF A LAWN SERVICE IS . . . They can show up at the most inconvenient times. Sometimes professionals can inadvertently cause problems because they don’t know the ins and outs of your particular property. They don’t know your family’s schedule, so baby’s nap time might conflict with lawn-mowing time. Especially when it comes to pets. On a few occasions, pros have left Alvarez’s fence gate open after their work was finished, which allowed the beloved family dogs to run into the street (scary!). Landscapers’ specialty is making yards beautiful, not remembering the ins and outs of how your household operates. And sometimes that means they need to cut the lawn now (before the weather turns gnarly) regardless of what you’re trying to do, or where your dogs are. Whether you choose to DIY or sit back and hire a service, the point is to enjoy your yard. Here’s to happy days barefooting on a lush lawn! ELIZABETH LILLY is the site editor for “This Old House,” where she’s written about paint colors, chicken coops, and nearly every home improvement project in between. She uses her New York City apartment as a laboratory for executing her latest DIY ideas. Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/Follow us: @HouseLogic on Twitter | HouseLogic on Facebook Brought to you by the National Association of REALTOR’S®


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Huge rooms throughout including very open living room/dining area/fully equipped country kitchen with tons of cabinets & planning desk. The liv­ ing area has a fireplace and the dining area leads out to a deck that overlooks the fenced back yard. Laundry room features a washer & dryer that are included. Oversized 2 car garage & lots of parking. This home is ready to move into and is conveniently situated just off State Road 46 West. Nearly 2,500 s.f and priced to sell! $224,900 201823019

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D L SO Large 4­5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath bilevel conveniently situated between Bloomington & Ellettsville. Spacious main level living and family rooms, fully equipped kitchen, split bedrooms with private master suite. Lower level has rec room or 5th bedroom, half bath/laundry and oversized 2 car garage.Large deck overlooks fenced yard. With 2,350 s.f. this home has room for everyone at an affordable price. $189,900 201821445

D L SO Sherwood Green Ranch Condo. This cute & clean 2 bedroom 1 1/2 bath home has been well main­ tained and updated. Open floor plan features fully equipped kitchen, living and dining areas. Laundry area with washer & dryer included, attached garage, open patio. Ready to move into and priced to sell at $139,900. 201821447

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P $214,900 201808517 “Woodlands Retreat” 6298 E SR 45 Bloomington • Contemporary home • Fireplace • 13 acres

• Sauna • Open floor plan

$139,900 201820539 “Hillside Charmer” 928 N Jackson St, Bloomington • Super Location • New Roofs, windows, HVAC, water heater

• Some Hardwoods • Room for 2nd Bath • Fenced Yard

$134,900 201825245 “Greenway Gables”

9114 S Greenridge Lane • Move In Ready • Beautiful Interior

• 2 BR, 2 Baths • Fireplace

D L O S $129,900 201813470 “Sunny Heights” 5972 Ajuga Ct., Ellettsville • 3BR 2.5 Baths • Completely Renovated

• Immediate Possession • Open Floor Plan

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$21,900 201828421 “Sunny Place” 616E Lincoln, Jasonville • 2 Lots • 3 Bedrooms

• 2.5 Baths • Renovation Ready

$24,900 201754207 “Hillside Home” 1810 J St., Bedford • Renovation ready • Full basement • 2 car garage


• Large side yard



“Pinecone Acres” Shady Meadows Ln., Solsberry • 8.5 acres • Building site cleared • No restrictions

• Mix of woods and open land

$19,000 201824156 “Small Town Project”

195 Slinkard, Lyons • Corner Lot • Attached Garage

• Ready for Renovation

Homeowners Insurance: Time for an Annual Check-Up

An annual check-up on your homeowners insurance can result in a healthier policy and a healthier pocketbook. It’s time for your annual check-up. The good news is that for this one, you won’t have to don one of those revealing hospital gowns — and you may walk away with a healthier pocketbook. We’re talking about a homeowners insurance check-up, a task you should complete once a year, ideally around renewal time. This will ensure your policy still provides the right level of coverage for your family, and your premium isn’t costing you more than it should. Remember, homeowners insurance is essential. The coverage is designed to protect your home and its contents, as well as shield you from liability for accidents and such on your property. Block out an hour of your time, call an insurance agent, and get answers to these three important questions. WHAT TYPE



The most effective type of coverage is known as “replacement cost,” which covers, up to your policy limits, what it would take today to rebuild your house and restore your belongings, says Jerry Oshinsky, a partner at Jenner & Block in Los Angeles who has represented homeowners in litigation against insurers. “Extended” replacement cost coverage provides protection to your policy limit, say $500,000, and then perhaps another 20% of the cost after that. Percentages vary, but in this example you could recoup up to $600,000 on a $500,000 policy, assuming your losses reach that high. Extended coverage can compensate for any unanticipated expenses like spikes in construction costs between policy renewals. Now harder to find due to the industry shift toward extended replacement coverage, “full” or “guaranteed” replacement coverage covers an entire claim regardless of policy limits. A less attractive alternative is “actual cash value” coverage that usually takes into account depreciation, the decrease in value due to age and wear. With this type of policy, the $2,000 flat-screen TV you bought two years ago will be worth hundreds of dollars less today in the eyes of your claims adjuster. Kevin Foley, an independent insurance broker in Milltown, N.J., favors replacement cost coverage unless you can save at least 25% on the premium for going with actual cash value coverage instead. Even if you have replacement cost protection for your dwelling and personal property, don’t assume everything is covered. Structures other than your home on your property — such as a detached garage or swimming pool — require separate coverage. So too do luxury items like jewelry, watches, and furs if you want full replacement cost because reimbursement for those items is typically capped. HOW MUCH COVERAGE DO I REALLY NEED? OK, now that you’re clear on what type of policy you have, you need to figure out how much policy you truly require in dollar terms. Let’s say you purchased your home five years ago and insured it for $200,000. Today, it’s worth $225,000. Simply increasing your coverage to $225,000 may nonetheless leave you underinsured. Here’s why. The key to determining how much dwelling coverage you need isn’t the value of your home but the money you’d have to pay to rebuild it from scratch, says Carlos Aguirre, an agent for Liberty Mutual Insurance in Arlington, Texas. Call your local contractors’ or homebuilders’ association and inquire about the average per-square-foot construction cost in your area. If it’s $150 and your home is 2,000 square feet, then you should be insured for $300,000. There’s no rule of thumb for how much your homeowners insurance should cost. Insurers use numerous factors—age, education level, creditworthiness—to determine pricing, so the same policy could run you more than your neighbor. In recent years the average annual premium was $804. Oshinsky advises against scrimping on insurance because big increases in coverage probably cost less than you’d think. He recently purchased a liability policy that cost $250 for the first $1 million in coverage. Adding another $1 million increased his premiums only $12.50 more. HOW CAN I LOWER MY PREMIUMS? The higher your deductible, the amount you pay out of pocket before coverage kicks in, the lower your premium. Landing on the appropriate deductible level requires remembering that insurance should cover major calamities, not minor incidents, says Foley, the independent insurance broker. Most homeowners should be able to absorb modest losses like a broken window pane or a hole in the drywall without filing claims. If you can, then you’re wasting money with a $250 deductible. Foley’s rule: If you’re a first-time homeowner and don’t have a lot of savings, moving up to a $500 deductible will probably stretch your budget. However, if you live in a ritzy home and drive an expensive car, then you should be able to afford a $1,000 deductible. In Milltown, N.J., for example, the premium for a $200,000 home with a $500 deductible would be $736, according to Foley; moving up to a $1,000 deductible drops the annual premium to $672. That’s $64 in savings. Every major insurer offers discounts to various groups, such as university employees or firefighters. Figure about 5%. Ask which affiliations would entitle you to a discount and how much. If an AARP membership would result in a $50 savings, pay the $16 dues and pocket the $36 difference. Many insurers also offer discounts ranging from 1% to 10% or more for installing protective devices like alarms and deadbolt locks, for going claim-free for an extended period, or for insuring both your car and your home with the same carrier. G. M. FILISKO is an attorney and award-winning writer. A frequent contributor to publications including Bankrate, REALTOR Magazine, and the American Bar Association Journal, she specializes in real estate, personal finance, and legal topics. Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/Follow us: @HouseLogic on Twitter | HouseLogic on Facebook Brought to you by the National Association of REALTOR’S®



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Lake Lemon

4169 Watson Rd 5828 N. East Shore Dr 2790 E. Creeks Edge Dr. 820 W. Kirkwood Ave 9790 W. Gardner Rd $139,000 $97,500 $365,000 $98,500 $324,500 B. Thompson #201828739 B. Thompson #201828851 B. Thompson #201828331 A. Richardson #201821348 D. Purtlebaugh #201824914

3322 W. Woodhaven Dr. $149,900 J. Davis #201824188

1644 Jackson Branch Ridge Rd $279,000 J. Franklin #201717406

3369 E. Boltinghouse Rd $289,900 J. Ellis #201815366

8050 N. Lakewood Dr $299,900 A. Richardson #201820984

3425 E. Adair Ln $299,900 M. Upsall #201820802

1625 S. Renwick Blvd. $389,000 J. Franklin #201825869

4706 E. Cardiff Ct $389,000 J. Franklin #201755811

5126 E. Earl Young Rd $419,000 J. Franklin #201802573


1021 E Azalea $319,000 J. Franklin #201726317

500 N. Walnut St #201 $345,000 J. Franklin #201815937



71 Camelot $424,900 P. Trilling #201811626

3114 E, Wyndam Ct $439,900 A. Steele #201813574

1021 E. Wylie St $459,000 J. Franklin #201805423

3661 Marlett Rd $469,000 J. Franklin #201816019

7801 Tunnel Rd $475,000 A. Richardson #201806190

3509 Edward Ct $499,000 H. Kim #201815272

2757 E. Old Meyers Rd $525,000 J. Franklin #201824415

807 E. 1st Street $529,900 J. Morris #201810173

3400 E. Brookstone Ct. $553,500 J. Franklin #201825837

5569 N. Maple Grove Rd $599,900 A. Steele #201815055 CONDO

5785 E. Nehrt Rd. $639,900 J. Franklin #201811242

2833 Genva Circle $989,000 A. Steele #201822194

3610 E. Bryn Mawr Dr. $758,500 J. Franklin #201809713

3568 E.Bryn Mawr $894,900 C. Perry #201806094


Lake Monroe

4033 N. Banta Road $1,100,000 B. Thompson #201752260

5099 E Paynetown Rd $1,190,000 A. Steele #201749170

705 Deer Trace $899,000 J. Franklin #201824672

115 S. Walnut St $975,000 B. Thompson #201810074

2621 E. Pedigo Bay $1,350,000 J. Franklin #201717840

2603 E. Pedigo Bay $1,499,000 J. Franklin #201807624


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Enjoy all forms of recreation at Lake Lemon in this custom built home on three full lots on the water. The 1.72 acre lake site contains an over 8000 square foot home, a tennis court, in-ground swimming pool, basketball court, main and upper decks, hot tub, four foot and six foot docks for three with boat lift, pergola, and all with magnificent views of tranquil Lake Lemon. 201823236

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2603 E. PEDIGO BAY DRIVE $1,499,000

2621 E. PEDIGO BAY DRIVE $1,350,000

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This beautiful Country French, stone home on two lots is located on a high vista overlooking the southwestern shore of Monroe Reservoir. It contains 6,852 SF finished space, and was built in 2013 in the gated community of Pedigo Bay. The home sits on 2.8 acres and offers spectacular year round views of the lake. Boat slip included with purchase of home. 201807624



Welcome to the gated community of Pedigo Bay located on the shores of Lake Monroe, one hour south of Indianapolis. This beautiful lakefront home was professionally designed to emphasize the outdoors, fitness, relaxation, and convenience. Grill out and dine on the deck overlooking the lake or soak in the hot tub under the stars while enjoying the crackle of the fire pit. 201717840




Gaze at the stars and relax on your 65 acre sanctuary and experience an unspoiled farm surrounding just eight minutes from Indiana University. This beautiful acreage surrounds an early 20th century quintessential farm house with delightful updates and modern livability, plus all of the charm of a more simple time. 201655315

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This Gramercy Park home on Bloomington's north side is near Indiana University and Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. Enjoy a tranquil setting in a home with superb finishes and design on over one acre estate site. This Irongate constructed home exhibits a wonderful blend of curated top level materials, refined spaces and exciting unexpected details. 201755813

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This stunning home on 2.85 acre estate site has a gorgeous limestone design and is located near Indiana University, College Mall and the site of the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital. This home has been updated with backyard entertaining area, new built ins, coffered ceilings, exercise room, media space, and bedroom suites on each of the three levels. 201804257

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Under construction now! This relaxed luxury home in Gramercy Park has been perfectly designed and curated for easy entertaining and graceful living. Surround yourself with high caliber finishes and luxe treatments in this two story over lower level on an estate site. Beautiful walls of Pella windows frame the green spaces that encircle this lovely home with fantastic floor plan. 201655051

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BRYN MAWR $899,000

25+ acre complex recently featured in Home & Living Magazine, includes stunning architect designed custom built 3 level one owner home, 1.75+/- acre stocked spring fed lake, lake cabin ("Dam House") and 2 story pole building. Main floor double door entry welcomes you into 2 story foyer leading to a large open concept great room/dining area with hardwood floors. 201803813

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This beautiful custom built one and a half story home in Bryn Mawr has an estate sized one acre lot on Bloomington's south side. This Wampler crafted home features an entertaining French country kitchen with granite, five burner professional range, hardwoods on the main, a formal dining room, built in bookcases in the two story great room with gallery overlook. 201809713

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Also included parcel # 53-06-31-100-016.000-003 & part of parcel #53-06-31-400-002.000-003 (to be surveyed). Also included is part of legal description 003-09130-00 PT W1/2 E1/2 31-9-1E 20.48A; PLAT11 to be survey and divided. Taxes are reflected for only four of the parcels of land. 201746249

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This tastefully updated home has the best traditional and modern touches on a superb wooded lot. The sparkling interior spaces include a two story great room, spacious kitchen with island, enormous dining room, hardwoods, main level bedroom suite with attached fireplaced study, family room with fireplace, music room, three car garage, and an elevator. 201736793

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This beautiful Craftsman Style home on five acres in The Colony has the most impressive entertaining kitchen for miles. This custom home built by David Lantz received an addition to the kitchen and beamed great room and basement in 2013 and created a vaulted entertaining space with second masonry fireplace and wooded views. 201811242

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Live in the large spaces of this Bristol Manor ranch over walkout basement on over one acre. The beautiful custom kitchen with island is open to the entertaining great room with built ins and fireplace. The master on the main has access to a screened deck and has a wonderful spa bath. The main level secondary bedrooms have a Jack and Jill bath. 201823209

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Panoramic views of Lake Monroe surround you in this lovely custom home in Harbor Hill. The main level master suite has a connected den/study/reading room with superb lake view, access to fenced yard/dog area, spa luxury bath with double vanity and Aquatic tub with jets. The home was designed with angles to provide optimum views. 201753188

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This stunning cedar mid-century contemporary is positioned perfectly on a five acre wooded site on Bloomington's east side. This custom home has a split bedroom configuration with a master suite wing, a beautiful living room and dining room combination, a large gathering kitchen with walk-in pantry and a sun room with views of the mature trees and waterfall. 201733100





Greenspace views surround this custom home in Renwick on the conservancy. This lovely vaulted one and a half story with finished lower level has master and secondary bedrooms on the main, an open entertaining kitchen connected to the great room with fireplace, screened patio and dining room plus a dedicated main level laundry. 201801076



This spacious home in Hyde Park has beautifully designed living space on a corner cul-de-sac lot. This Joe Courtney built home has a two story entry with turned stair, formal living room and formal dining room, gallery overlook, a two story great room with fireplace with access to den with French doors and built in bookcases with direct view of the entertaining kitchen. 201805719

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This sparkling two story over finished walk out level is positioned on a cul-de-sac on .40 acre lot. This Hyde Park area home has a long list of updates that include a new roof, new furnace, new stainless kitchen appliances, new hardwood flooring upper level, completely new spa master bath and ceramic shower and updated kitchen with mill work trim. 201825837

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4965 E. HERITAGE WOODS RD $549,000

Nestled at the back of Heritage Woods and across from the Sycamore Land Trust preserve is the setting for this English Arts and Crafts inspired Voysey style home designed by architect Malcolm Woollen. This east side home near IU is positioned on an estate sized 1.8 acre site with garden design collaboration with Rudy Pozzatti and was expanded for grand entertaining. 201801797

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This striking rustic contemporary home is surrounded by mature trees and framed by walls of glass. Breathtaking vistas enhance this entertaining home with gorgeous updates that include a new white gourmet kitchen, hardwood flooring, a fireplaced family room, a main level master suite with study and luxury spa bath, a dressing room with master washer and dryer in the walk-in. 201753117

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Surround yourself in wooded beauty on a long private drive in this impeccable mid-century ranch home on Bloomington's north side. Conveniently located near Indiana University and Griffy Lake, this home has a retreat feel with a secondary chalet at the base of the property. This spectacular home is pristine and has a special wooded setting near recreation and campus. 201824415

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This gorgeous farm east of Bloomington has 51.45 acres with two approved building sites, 10-15 acres of pine trees planted in the 1930's, has B&B water and electric available at the site, approximately 38 of the acres are classified forest and it borders the Morgan Monroe State Forest. This charming farm includes a circa 1930 barn, silo gain bin, and a 1998 red pole barn. 201734663

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This meticulously maintained Kensington Park two story over finished walk-out lower level and three car garage is perfect for entertaining. This lovely home has a beautiful picket fenced garden, pergola, patio and deck system with views of the mature trees and landscaping. The open foyer has a grand stair and an open dining and living room formal spaces. 201724378

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This lovely limestone Elm Heights classic home is thoroughly updated with charming results. This 1940's home has a center entry hallway, hardwoods throughout the main and upper levels, a formal stair, custom crown molding, adorable phone box built in wall, formal living room with fireplace and connection to formal dining with French doors and built in corner cabinetry. 201802779

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Great updates enhance this adorable two story home over finished walkout in Kensington Gardens. The refreshed kitchen with island has subway tile, white cabinetry, new stainless appliances, hardwoods and stone counters. New flooring, new surfaces and a completely remodeled master bath with ceramic shower, new modern vanity, and new tile make this area sparkle. 201810921

Experience panoramic views with approximately 189 feet of shoreline in this Lake Lemon ranch. This low profile mid century ranch has walls of glass that showcase the sunsets and boating from two outer decks and a huge great room/kitchen combo. Live on the water and entertain on a large scale on the peninsula by the Lake Lemon Marina docks. 201806601

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Enjoy ten acres of pure Brown County beauty in this modern rustic home surrounded by mature trees and hilltops. This gorgeous two story over finished lower level is perfect for multi-generational living or guests with bedroom spaces on all levels. The main level has a dramatic two story great room with masonry fireplace, poplar floors and open kitchen. 201816019

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This thoroughly updated Elm Heights brick Georgian is tastefully designed and honors the style of the 1940's and lives well with today's modern amenities. This classic center entry has a formal dining room, completely remodeled kitchen with maple counter tops, pine floor and professional appliances and a great room with Danish fireplace. 201805423

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This beautiful brick home surrounded by mature trees on 2.38 acre site was originally built by a stone mason as his personal home, so it is a gorgeous quality structure with fantastic detail. This heirloom quality home has beautiful hardwood flooring, custom crafted Ferree cabinetry, solid six panel wooden doors, two custom masonry fireplaces and Pella windows. 201802573

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This Faculty Heights home just a block from campus is a charming cottage style home with an extra city lot with access from Clifton. This 1940 home with hardwoods throughout has a dining room with built ins, a white kitchen, master bedroom on the main, big upper dormer bedrooms, a remodeled bath, big basement with new windows, and two full baths. 201813611

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THE COLONY $409,000

Enjoy the Elm Heights location near the Indiana University campus in this 1930's Four Square with new kitchen, quartz counters, herringbone marble, new cabinetry, breakfast room, an added family room with fireplace, spacious dining room, formal living room with fireplace, a limestone two car garage access from alley and a quaint front porch with attractive view. 201818715

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This pristine log home on four acres in The Colony is a modern rustic appeal with an open great room with kitchen entertaining room and a finished walk out lower level. This home was designed to maximize the wooded views and the owners have perfected the interior with Andersen windows, recent stainless appliances including LG five burner gas range. 201811971

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Enjoy this enhanced mid century Maxwell Manors home near Bryan Park and Indiana University. This ranch over basement features hardwoods, stone fireplace, updated vintage kitchen with original restored cabinetry, quartz countertops and a view of the extended deck system that is a summertime living room. 201755810

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RENWICK $389,900



This attractive Smithwood home in Renwick has a charming vintage style with modern living ease. Enjoy the open kitchen entertaining area with a dual sided fireplace, kitchen with island and granite, stainless appliances, front study, hardwoods, large upper level bedrooms with walk in storage, spacious master bath, master covered porch, and upper laundry. 201825869

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Enjoy the Bryan Park lifestyle in this lovely Deer Park home on a half acre site. The vaulted great room has an open entertaining space combining with the lovely kitchen, beautiful custom cherry cabinets and gas range, French door refrigerator and stainless appliances. All new paint inside. This beautiful home is ideally located and has a spectacular design and livability. 201803836

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This beautiful downtown Bloomington condo in Lockerbie has a fantastic floor plan for entertaining and a wonderful split bedroom configuration. Light streams in from three directions in this fantastic home with warm hardwoods, open kitchen with granite counters, double ovens, gas cook top, stainless appliances, eating bar, and cream custom cabinetry. 201815937

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Modern, hip and wonderful living spaces make this Spicewood home a perfect option on Bloomington's south side. This home with gallery feel and architectural sensibility was professionally designed as an architect's personal home. Fantastic updates and upgrades have enhanced the original design and protected the caliber of the space. 201755815

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This highly desirable Windemere East location is ideally located near Indiana University, College Mall and the walking path to Rogers Binford. This lovely two story over finished lower level has beautiful traditional spaces and includes a great room with fireplace that opens to the sun room and kitchen, a dining room and main level primary master suite. 201740826

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This lovely home south of the Indiana University campus is surrounded by mature trees and positioned on a corner lot in Walnut Creek. This custom home has hardwoods, volume ceilings, a dedicated kitchen with Viking range, formal dining room, fireplace with masonry surround, master suite with jetted tub, upper laundry, and lower level great room with walk-out. 201726317

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This fantastic and hard to find Elm Heights duplex is in pristine condition and has beautiful original trim, pocket doors, volume ceilings, hardwood flooring, corner location at Grant and University, two blocks to IU campus, and near the Fourth Street restaurant scene. This duplex is separately metered and has a new HAND permit issued this year. 201743396

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Relax in this home on a beautiful and tranquil three acre park-like setting with mature trees and valley views. This lovely and well maintained home has perfect positioning on a ridge for prime vistas. A recent screened patio area for large scale group events or tranquil downtime with a book. A wrap around porch gives a panoramic experience. 201717406

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This charming bungalow on over 2 acres has been updated with recent kitchen remodel, windows, HVAC, flooring, updated baths, and fresh finishes throughout. Great walk out lower level with additional storage and a nice detached garage. Conveniently located on Bloomington's west side near shopping, conveniences, and access to Hwy 46/69. 201746616

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This magnificent garden home on a stunning green space has gorgeous hardwood flooring throughout, a large entertaining area with volume ceiling in the great room and dining room, eat-in kitchen with breakfast area, split bedroom configuration has a large master suite with walk-in and remodeled bath, two secondary front bedrooms, and a large two car garage. 201753049

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COUNTY LINE $145,000




Great piece of property to build your dream home. Also suited for Agricultural Land. Convenient to HWY 46. 201754275

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This appealing 5.49 acre building site is located on Bloomington’s north east side and features a fantastic location near Lake Lemon in the desirable Pathways neighborhood. 201715128

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Lot 18 Ella St $22,000 M J Hall #201729713

Louden Rd $24,900 B. Thompson #201804461

LOT Windermere East

LAND 45 +/- Acres

38 S. Winfield Rd $175,000 C. Perry #201826967

ST Road 45 East $225,000 J. Tredway #201827066

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LAND 29 +/- Acres

Phone: 812-320-2828 CPerry@tuckerbloomington.com 3568 E. Bryn Mawr $894,900 STUNNING custom-built 2story over a finished walkout lower level on an acre lot in desirable Bryn Mawr subdivision! This MODERN, OPEN & LIGHT FILLED 5BR+Workout Room, 3.5BA home with 5,030 sqft of total living space designed by architect Ernesto Castaneda was built by Rubicon Custom Homes in 2016! Highquality features include gorgeous engineered hardwood flooring on main & upper levels, ceramic tile in laundry/mud room & bathrooms, 9 foot ceilings on main & upper levels. MLS #201806094

861 S. Romans Way $359,900 !



Beautiful Bright and Open two-story home in desirable Gentry Honours! Some features of this lovely oneowner 4 bedroom + large Den/study, 2.5 baths, 2,455 sqft home include a Master suite on the main level, Great eastside location! MLS #201824626


77 Acres Pate Lane $229,000 A. Steele #201820935

7444 E. State Rd 46 $230,000 K. Feigenbaum #201739348


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