Don’t Call Them Flyover Cities: Why You Should Visit Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City
The vast, middle of our country, known as “America’s Heartland,” appears as an endless patchwork of farmland and snaking rivers, punctuated by the occasional city that often seems so small and inconsequential—especially from an airplane window. To coastal dwellers, these “flyover cities,” a slightly disparaging term, refer mostly to the swath of land making up states like Illinois, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Missouri. Beyond the well-traversed Windy City of Chicago, a few smaller Midwestern cities are luring travelers with their creative cuisine, live tunes, new museums, and serious laid-back charm. Here, a guide to three cities worth landing, and lingering, in.
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551 Forest Boulevard, Williams Creek
In the 1920s, architects Edward Pierre and George Wright set out to develop a swatch of farmland in Marion County, building five distinctive homes in an area they called “the Switzerland of Marion County,” also known as Williams Creek. Each home was designed in a different style.
For the past two decades, Bruce and Stefany Mitlak have resided in the house built in the Italianate English Tudor style, retaining many of the original features of the home, but modernizing when necessary…
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About the home:
• Location: 551 Forest Boulevard, Williams Creek.
• Details: Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, finished basement, dual staircase, four fireplaces, two-car garage, 6,211 square feet.
• Asking price: $1.55 million.
• Listing: 21436959.
• Contact: Sam Hawkins, F.C. Tucker Company, firstname.lastname@example.org, (317) 580-7854.
9 Ingredients of a Great Neighborhood, Ranked
Sam Hawkins is the #1 Realtor in Meridian Hills and Williams Creek. He knows what makes these areas among the best neighborhoods in Indianapolis…
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You’ve checked out the schools and researched the crime rates. You’ve driven by your would-be future home three times to make sure the neighbors take care of their properties, there isn’t a profusion of weirdos wandering around at all hours, and there are no Pokemon Go “gyms” in the immediate vicinity.
So, you know this is a good neighborhood. But will you like it?
Truth be told, there’s way more to a neighborhood than just good schools and conscientious neighbors. To really love where you live, you need amenities. But which ones?
Since we can’t all have all the things, we asked real estate pros to break it down by ranking a variety of neighborhood amenities on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “gotta have it” and 1 being “seriously, this is what you’re obsessing about?” We averaged those results to come up with a definitive list of what you need for perfect neighborhood bliss. Let’s take a look.
9 Tips for Living a (Semi-) Normal Life While Your Home Is Being Shown
Preparation, routine and treats help you make the house you’re selling presentable at a moment’s notice…
Laura Gaskill July 24, 2016, Houzz Contributor
1. Treat yourself to fresh flowers and other goodies. A bouquet of flowers, a bowl of fresh fruit, the “fancy” soap: These things make your home look extra lovely for potential buyers, but (here’s the secret) they make your daily life a bit better as well. So go ahead and splurge a little — you (and your house) deserve it.
Budget tip: Make a grocery store bouquet go further by snipping a few blooms short and plunking them in bud vases for the bathroom vanity and bedside tables. Or, for a longer-lasting alternative, consider setting out a few small potted succulents and a bowl of bright lemons.
A Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remodel
How do you make your design dreams a reality? Here’s some project management know-how to help you
Browsing photos and ideas on Houzz can be a fun part of creating your dream room. But making your designs a reality also takes smart planning and organization. Project management is an essential part of remodeling, and there’s nothing like the feeling of implementing a plan to create something new and beautiful. These tips can help you achieve your desired results.
Become a list writer. Making lists is key when it comes to project management. It’s the only way to properly organize your thoughts and prevent any details from being forgotten.
The most important list is your scope of work, or specifications, document. This is basically a detailed list of everything to be done, from start to finish. If you’re dealing with one main builder who’s organizing all the work, then you’ll need to make sure he or she gets a copy, so the goals are clear and all the information is provided.
Also, having detailed specifications makes it easier if you want to obtain multiple quotes, and you’ll know it’s a fair comparison since all the builders will be quoting using the same criteria.
Underhouse Yourself to Live More Life
by: Peter Dunn | December 12, 2011
I’m with you. I have no idea what in the hell this blog title actually means. But it’s exactly what I’m talking about. If you don’t push the limits on your budget allocation towards housing, then you will have the freedom to have more interesting life experiences.
Want to experience life? Then you need to get out of your house. Want to get out of your house? Then make sure that your house isn’t holding you as a financial prisoner.
Paging Dr. Hypothetical. Dr Hypothetical, you have a call on line 1:
Let’s say that your household income is $75,000. After taxes, healthcare, and other paycheck deductions, you bring in about $4300 per month. Pete the Planner’s ideal household budget tells you that you can spend up to 25% of your net income on housing. And in this example that would equal a maximum housing expense of $1075. What most of us do (and yes, me included) is try to spend as much on housing as we can up to the point of restless nights. Not only does this manufacture undue stress, but it precludes us from spending money on other things. This is true whether you are buying or renting.
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By Peter Dunn 8:58 p.m. EST January 4, 2014
I firmly believe in the importance of hiring a competent financial professional to help guide your financial life. This probably doesn’t surprise you. What may surprise you is who I think is the most important financial professional in your life.
It’s not who you think. Consider the choices. Or course there’s a financial planner, an insurance agent, an accountant, and even a lawyer. But I believe the most important financial professional in any of our lives is a Realtor. A bad Realtor can create havoc in your life for 30 years or more, while a great Realtor can insure stress-free living within your financial limits.
Realtors help people make the largest purchase most of them will ever face — and take-on more debt than they will ever take on again. I don’t know about you, but to me, those two factors alone make the Realtor the most important financial adviser a person can have.
Here’s why most people don’t feel like I feel: I believe a financial adviser’s job, whether it’s a stockbroker or a Realtor, is to help prevent mistakes. There’s an old adage in the investment world: The first step in making money, is not losing money. A great financial professional will assess the situation, calculate risks, and advise you on what not to do. Show me a financial professional that is a “Yes Man,” and I’ll show you a worthless financial adviser.