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Fresh Market Planning Fishers Store

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Upscale specialty grocery chain The Fresh Market is planning its third store in the Indianapolis area, this time is a busy area of Fishers.

The Greensboro, NC-based company said Tuesday that it plans to open a store at 116th St. and Cumberland Rd., near a high-traffic intersection where a Kroger store and an LA Fitness Club are located.  The store is scheduled for a 2013 opening.

Fresh Market opened its first area store in Carmel at 2490 E. 146th St. in 2005.  It added a second location in 2008 at 54th St. and College Ave. in a spot previously occupied by the legendary Atlas Supermarket. 

The 128-store chain, founded in 1982, has stores in 25 states.  Company shares traded at $60.35 each Tuesday afternoon, down 1.7 percent.  The company had sales of $313 million in the second quarter.

 

 

Black Friday Activities

If hitting the malls on Black Friday isn't your cup of tea, check out these fun events around Indy on Friday, 11/23!

-- Santa's Big Arrival!, Children's Museum of Indpls, 9am.

-- Christmas at the Zoo, 11/23 through 12/30.  Events begin at 5pm Wednesday - Sunday. 

-- 50th Anniversary of the Tree Lighting on Monument Circle, 6-8 pm.

-- San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers, Banker's Life Fieldhouse, 8pm.

From your friends at the Kurt Spoerle Real Estate Team, have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday!!

 

Top 10 Tips for Holiday Decorating

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With the holidays just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about decking the halls!  Whether you opt for simple decor during the holiday season, or go all out, these tips from HGTV are sure to help anybody get started! 

TIP #1:  PLAN AHEAD

The major component during the holiday season is to enjoy time with friends and family.  If you feel overwhelmed, the enjoyment goes out the window.  Set aside a Saturday or Sunday to drag all those decorations out of the garage and tackle the project!

TIP #2:  DON'T STOP AT THE ENTRY

Take your holiday decor throughout the entire home.  Simple small touches in other rooms of your home make a huge difference in the way the house feels, especially when you're entertaining.

TIP #3:  DIM THE LIGHTS

Buy plug-in dimmers for all your lamps.  They are inexpensive, sold at most hardware stores and anyone can install them.  They bring instant ambiance to any room.

TIP #4:  COOKIES ARE ESSENTIAL

The holidays are all about the treats.  Even if you can't bake, slice up pre-made cookie dough and stick it in the oven.  The smell of cookies baking is enough to put anybody in the holiday mood.

TIP #5:  GET WRAPPING

Reuse interesting papers, bags, magazines and newspapers for gift-wrap.  It's essentially free, since you already have it, and eco-friendly.  Make it interesting with a unique ribbon, topper or accent.  If you want to be creative, draw a pattern on the paper with a marker, pens or glitter.

TIP #6:  IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE

Inexpensive ornaments from a discount store can look elegant and festive when grouped together.  For instance, decorate a mantel with various sizes of clear or colored glass containers filled with similar colored glass ornaments for a stunning holiday display.

TIP #7:  LESS REALLY IS MORE

The holidays can be about extravagance, but if you overwhelm your home with too much decor it can really distract from your beautiful and special pieces. 

TIP #8:  INVOLVE THE WHOLE FAMILY

Don't take on the holiday decorating duties all by yourself.  It's all about making memories and the more involved everyone is, the more memorable and joyous this time will be.  Let the kids decorate their rooms however they want during the holidays.  Try giving them each a small table top tree to trim.

TIP #9:  PLAN FOR THE UNEXPECTED

If you have a lot of people coming in and out of your home for the holidays, fill a large bowl or decorative box with simple, inexpensive, individually wrapped gifts.  Give yourself a dollar amount limit for each gift and go to town.  Your unexpected party guest will be thrilled to receive a unique gift from you.

TIP #10: BREATHE AND HAVE FUN

Always remind yourself that this time of year is really about getting to see the people you love, having a great time together and counting your blessings.  Take a deep breath and enjoy. 

 

New-Home Sales Hit 2-Year High

In another sign of a housing market recovery, new-home sales rose in September to the highest level in more than two years, according to a goverment report. 

Sales sold at an annual rate of 389,000 homes in the month, up 5.7% from the 368,000 sales pace in August.  The last time sales were at this pace, in April 2010, they were being helped by a short-term home buyer's tax credit.

This time, the new home market has been showing steady signs of improvement.  The pace of home building hit a four-year high in September, according to a separate report.  The year-over-year sales improvement in September reached 27.1%.

The improvement in the market is part of a broader recovery in real estate, helped by a number of factors all coming together.  Mortgage rates are near record lows, pushed down by the Federal Reserve's decision to buy $40 billion in mortgages to spur greater economic growth.  The low rates, coupled with years of weak home sales, have resulted in affordable housing prices.  Recently, home prices have started to rise, which is attracting buyers who were waiting for prices to bottom out. 

There has also been a drop in unemployment, a positive development for people looking for mortgage loans.  Foreclosures have fallen to a five-year low, reducing the supply of distressed homes available on the market. 

New home sales are an important component of the nation's overall economic activity.  Not only do they require people working in construction to build the homes, but they also spur the purchases of appliances, carpeting, and other furnishings.

 

10 Ways to Prep Your Home for Sale

With the high inventory of homes on the market today, homebuyers can afford to be picky.  Buyers are looking for the best, so a home for sale can easily slip through the cracks if it's not in pristine condition.  Use these 10 tips to whip your home into shape and wow potential buyers!

1.)  Improve your landscaping.  Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression.  Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.

2.)  Clean the outside.  A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well.  Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash the siding.

3.)  Make repairs.  Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could possibly break your sale.

4.)  Make the front door inviting.  A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out.  Replace faded house numbers as well.

5.)  Buy a new welcome mat.  Let buyers know they're invited into your home.

6.)  Remove clutter and depersonalize.  Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home.  Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, extra furniture and other personal items, if necessary.

7.)  Organize closets and drawers.  Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space.

8.)  Make every surface shine.  From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.

9.)  Take color down a notch.  You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers.  Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.  View 2012 color trends here

10.)  Eliminate bad odors.  Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home.  When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers or baking a batch of cookies. 

 

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