The Pros and Cons of Buying a Condo as an Indianapolis Real Estate Investment

By Devon L. Hicks on Dec 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to Indianapolis real estate investing, there are several different types of properties you can pursue. 

There's single family, duplexes, townhomes, commercial, apartment buildings, and the topic of today's discussion, condominiums. 

Every type of property investment has pros and cons, and condos are no different. 

Some investors will tell you condos are a great investment, and others will tell you they're the worst. 

It really just comes down to your investment goals and what you're looking for as a Landlord. 

Buyer clients frequently ask us if they should consider condos, and while we can't give a definitive yes or no answer, we can provide some pros and cons. 

Topics: New Landlord
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Where to Invest in Indianapolis: Carmel

By Devon L. Hicks on Nov 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Carmel, Indiana is a northern suburb of Indianapolis located in Hamilton County with an estimated population of 98,332.

And, before we go any further, Carmel rhymes with Marvel. Natives get pretty touchy about incorrect pronunciations. 

Carmel has some pretty big claims to fame, being named one of the best places to live in the United States for multiple years, by multiple publications. 

It's known in some circles as the "Beverly Hills of the Midwest."

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Should I Buy an Indianapolis Rental Property Governed by an HOA?

By Devon L. Hicks on Nov 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Working with Investors purchasing single family homes in the Indianapolis market, we are often asked some variation of the question, "should I stay away from HOAs"?

As with many real estate investing topics, the answer is, it just depends. 

Home Owner's Associations have certainly amassed an unfavorable reputation among property owners all around the country, and it's not unwarranted. 

They're often hard to deal with AND cost you money. 

But should you completely rule out any and all properties that have an HOA?

Let's discuss, and you can be the judge. 

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The Pros and Cons of Hiring an Indianapolis Property Management Company

By Jeremy Tallman on Nov 10, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Whether you're a new Landlord just starting out, or you've been self-managing your properties for a while, the thought of hiring a professional property management company has likely crossed your mind. 

Whatever category you fall under, you're bound to have some reservations about turning over such large investments to a third party. 

Those reservations aren't unwarranted, and if you want to have a successful rental property business, you need to be fully bought in to whatever route you decide to take. 

If you want to DIY it, you need to understand everything that comes along with self-management. 

If you want to hire a property manager, you need to understand the pros and cons. 

But beyond that, you have to understand that it's all relative. 

While you certainly can argue the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a PM, what it really boils down to is value. 

Are the services you receive worth the money?

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The Landlord's Guide to Indianapolis' Seasonal Rental Market

By Jeremy Tallman on Nov 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Having rented homes over many, many years, you could say we have a pretty good handle on the Indianapolis rental market. 

It’s our business to understand it, to track it and to plan for it.

And we do.  

If you own or plan to own rental real estate in Indianapolis, it’s critical that you, too, understand one inherent truth about the Indianapolis rental market: Seasonality.

Seasonal meaning there are times of the year when it’s really, really good to rent your home and other times where it can be difficult to rent your home.

We understand that our market isn’t necessarily unique - many, if not most, markets throughout the United States experience the same thing - but it’s important to understand this important reality.  

So, we thought we would spend some time discussing seasonality in the Indianapolis rental market.

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Where to Invest in Indianapolis: Noblesville

By Devon L. Hicks on Oct 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Noblesville is a city just north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County and interestingly enough, it was the home to the area's first log cabin dwelling in 1802. 

William Conner and Josiah Polk laid out what is now Downtown Noblesville in 1823, which was designated as the Hamilton County seat in 1824, and incorporated in 1851.

The land was originally purchased from Native Americans.

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