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Before and After Transformations

Most everyone wants to see the before product and the final product. I think you could have a popular television show with just the before and after pictures. If you get hooked on a show, you only stay around because you want to see the final product. You aren’t staying around because you love the “reality TV” play out. Some of the shows really are good, but they aren’t professional actors. It’s the transformations that these homes take on that makes it something you are wiling to watch for 30-60 minutes. That being the case, take a look at a few of these property examples that I pulled up today. I thought they were great and would give you great insight into what we do. Enjoy!

 

With this wall removed, the entire flow of the first floor of this home took a drastic change and it doesn't even feel like the same place.
With this wall removed, the entire flow of the first floor of this home took a drastic change and it doesn’t even feel like the same place.
This kitchen felt small, so we made the ceiling taller to create a larger/more open feel
This kitchen felt small, so we made the ceiling taller to create a larger/more open feel
This was a home that was in need of an extreme renovation. As you can see, that is what happened.
This was a home that was in need of an extreme renovation. As you can see, that is what happened.
This kitchen had seen better days, so we removed the old/outdated cabinets and replaced them with these custom cabinets and granite counters. Wow, the transformation is amazing.
This kitchen had seen better days, so we removed the old/outdated cabinets and replaced them with these custom cabinets and granite counters. Wow, the transformation is amazing.
The cabinets were salvaged, but just a minor change in color, hardware, flooring, and appliances go a long way.
The cabinets were salvaged, but just a minor change in color, hardware, flooring, and appliances go a long way.
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Rehab Your New Home Without Lifting a Finger

Everyone has seen all of the hit TV shows that are all over now. They are fun to watch and it’s hard to turn the channel if you have watched more than 5 minutes. Now you are hanging on because you have to see what the house looks like when they get finished. You may have even been watching with your husband or wife and said “we need to do that” or “let’s buy a fixer upper for our next house”. Then, you start talking and realize that you don’t really have the experience or time to do something like that. That’s ok. You can still do this. You just need to call RAMS Investing at 317-883-RAMS and we will do this for you. If something like this would be of interest for you and you want to see some examples of things we have done, just poke around on the website. Since you are here now, look at this before and then the after video of one we just did and turned over to the new owners on Friday.

They were super excited, and when you see the transformations, you will know why.

 

Here is the video of the home before rehab.  Be sure to watch this first. [youtube]https://youtu.be/vWp30I4fG3U[/youtube]

 

Now, see the transformation in this video: [youtube]https://youtu.be/DeuNZBDA26E[/youtube]

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The Front Door – An Entry to the Sell

The front door of a house is the first thing that greets everyone who enters.  The front door smiles or frowns; the front door bids us welcome or advises us to retreat.

Since the front door is so important, it is essential to keep it in excellent condition.  No matter how wonderful and maybe even perfect the interior of a house may be, if we do not feel welcomed by that all-important front door, our impression of everything else about the house will be colored by that impression.

Be sure your front door is clean.  This means, going out on the porch, or on the stoop, or on the top step, with a bucket of hot soapy water and a sponge.  Scrub the door thoroughly and rinse just as thoroughly.  Use the hose to rinse if you can; it does a thorough job.  Give your spotless door plenty of time to dry.

Once absolutely dry, inspect your nice clean door.  Does it need a little paint, or maybe a lot?  How about the frame; it is secure and free from splinters?  If your door is metal, are there any rust spots?  (Those can usually be sanded off before you repaint the door.)  If the door is wooden, are there any rough spots that need sanding?

How about the hardware?  Is the doorknob secure and in good condition?  If it’s supposed to be shiny, is it?  Does the lock work well?  Does the key stick?  Is there a deadbolt lock on the door?

No matter what the door is made of, could it use some fresh paint?  What color are the shingles; it’s always nice to coordinate the shingles with the front door.  Are there shutters?  Coordinate those, too.

Make your house a welcoming home with a door that says “Come In!”

Prospective home buyers are seeking a house they can turn into a home.  If the house already welcomes them with a front door that encourages them to enter and make themselves at home, half of the seller’s work is done.

While you’re making sure the front door is in excellent shape, don’t forget to check the porch lights.  Paint them to match the shingles and door.  Double-check them to make sure the bulbs are not burned out.  If people are going to be looking at the house at dusk, turn the porch lights on.  A smiling, spotlessly clean front door and a welcoming glow will give people a good impression of the house even before they step inside.

 

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301 E. King Street – Franklin, IN

Lovely, move-in ready historic home with beautiful woodwork throughout, leaded glass front door and custom blinds. Master en suite with over-sized WIC, dual vanity and tons of storage. Formal dining room, den, 3 large bedrooms, 3 full baths and 10′ ceilings. Private deck with mature trees near parks and downtown Franklin.

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Basement: Yes
  • Square Feet: 2270
  • Acres: 0.10
  • Year Built: 1800
  • List Price: $160,00

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7036 Tyler Lane – Indianapolis, IN

REFURBISHMENT HAS COMMENCED!!!…Contractors busily working to make this the best offering / value within miles!!!…Entrance faces pond w/ fountain…Great Room w/ fireplace & built-in bookcases, open kitchen to dining area all overlooking manicured yard w/ screened porch!!!…HUGE Luxurious Master Bedroom with walk-in closet, bath with dual basin vanity…Upstairs Laundry AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HIGHLY EFFICIENT HEAT PUMP NEWLY SERVICED!!!…….SELLER RESPONDS QUICKLY…….SPECIAL DETAILS……

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Basement: None
  • Square Feet: 1720
  • Acres: 0.02
  • Year Built: 2000

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4931 Caroline Avenue – Indianapolis, IN

A GREAT opportunity in an up & coming south Broad Ripple neighborhood, down the street from desirable Montessori school #91. Invest a little & have a great rental, invest a little more & have an even better flip. This home already has a lot to offer with 3 beds/2 full baths, hardwoods, much of the yard cleared, recent water supply & sewer lines replaced, new A/C in 2011, new water heater in 2015 & newer bamboo flooring in master. There are many recent & active renovations along the street.

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Square Feet: 1408
  • Acres: 0.13
  • Basement: Yes

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9455 Compton Street – Indianapolis, IN

If you are in this market right now, you know you have to act quickly or your next home will be gone! This is one of those homes. 3BR, 2BA Ranch with almost 1,700SF and 1/2 acre lot w/mature trees in a beautiful neighborhood that is walking distance to the Monon and so convenient to all of the local amenities. Features include new HVAC, newly refinished hardwoods, updated master bath, update kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, 2 living areas and formal dining room. Come see it today!

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Square Feet: 1674
  • Basement: None
  • Built: 1964

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Real Estate Roundup!

May new home sales gain 2.2% from April

Sales of new single-family houses in May 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000, which is up 2.2% from April, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. — From Housing Wire

3 ways to tame student loan debt and afford a mortgage

It’s no secret that student loans can make buying a home a challenge. But what exactly is the problem, and how can buyers overcome it? The problem is that student loans can be included in the buyer’s debt-to-income ratio, or DTI. — From Bankrate

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