Lists to Make When Selling Your Home

When you put your property up for sale, you want to make sure that potential buyers get all the information they need on the features of your home and its surrounding area. If, for example, a buyer doesn’t realize there is a great school just a couple of blocks away, he might cross your property off his shortlist.

An effective way to make sure something like that doesn’t happen is to create three lists.

#1: The “I’ll miss it” list.
Chances are, there are things about your home that you’re really going to miss when you move. It may be the spacious living room, ideal for entertaining. Or maybe it’s the nearby park with scenic trails, perfect for walking and biking, or the large deck that has just the right combination of shade and sun to make spending time on it so pleasant. Whatever you’ll miss, put it on the list! Those are features that will probably interest buyers too.

#2: The “Just the facts” list.
What are the facts about your property that a buyer needs to know in order to consider purchasing it? This may be a very long list including such items as total square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, property taxes, size of the lot, and more. This list should also include special features such as upgraded kitchen features and the nearby golf course.

#3: The “repairs and improvements” list.
Buyers are interested in the state of repair of your home, and in any improvements you have made to it. On this list, include all repairs you have done during the past three years and, if possible, attach receipts. It’s especially important to include anything that has been replaced, such as a furnace or roof. If you’ve done any major remodeling or renovations, include the details on those too.

Want more tips on selling your home? Call today.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

Whole-Home Security Systems Continue to Evolve

Until recently, even the latest home security system could become obsolete overnight. But, newer whole-home integration systems are much more compatible with interchangeable parts and innovative add-ons.

As a result, it’s now possible to have a multi-faceted security system that watches over many of the functions and activities in and around your home. For example, you can organize and control your home’s exterior cameras, motion detectors, door locks, window coverings, lighting, entertainment, appliances and HVAC with one system.

If you’re buying an entirely new system, there are many established and emerging brands available, so consider their functions, cost, convenience and reliability. But, if you want the whole-home system to manage existing utilities and appliances, things can become challenging. You will need to ensure that your specific devices can communicate with your new hub, which means you need to identify the protocol under which they can share information. Because their compatibility is not certain, it’s advisable to identify the make and model of your existing equipment and check for compatibility before you purchase a new security hub or system.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

Predicting Your Future Housing Needs

What will your housing needs be in three to five years? If you can figure that out, you can watch the market, target areas and neighborhoods you might like to live in, and reap the benefits of planning ahead.

To begin the process, start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What will my family look like in three to five years? Will there be a new addition (or two) to your family? Will you have kids that are grown up and about to move out? What is the possibility that an elderly relative (Mom, Dad or grandparent) will be living with you?
  • What will change regarding work and school? Will a teenager be off to college? Will you or your spouse be retired? Will someone in your household be starting a home business?
  • How will your lifestyle be different? Will you take up a hobby that you’d like to be able to reach easily (such as golf)? Do you see yourself wanting to live closer to shopping, theatre, walks in the woods, etc.? Will you eventually be traveling more often and, therefore, not be at home as much?
  • How is the neighborhood changing? Where is it heading relative to your future needs in terms of residents, noise, sense of community, local developments, etc.? Do you see yourself wanting to live in a quieter community, or a more urban center?
  • Will the type of home you need change? In three to five years, can you see yourself wanting a larger home? Smaller home? More bedrooms? Larger kitchen?
  • What are your dreams? Do you dream of living in a particular area or neighborhood? Would you love to have a big backyard with a garden someday? Do you sometimes think, “It would be great to have a wooded park with walking trails just a few minutes away.”

By looking three to five years into the future, you will be able to predict your housing needs and make plans – today – to ensure you get what you want in the future.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

Visiting Your Local Farmers’ Market in 2020 During the Pandemic


Visiting Your Local Farmers’ Market in 2020 During the Pandemic: A Guide

Restrictions on social activity and shopping put in place over concerns about the viral outbreak are easing in many areas, and numerous local farmers’ markets are set to open just in time for their busy season.

Farmers’ markets are inherently a social experience. They put local growers into direct contact with customers who want to know exactly where their food is produced. They are also cost-effective ways for farmers to get their products directly in the hands of consumers — without going through a retailer in the middle. That puts more profits directly in the pockets of the farmers.

The direct-to-consumer marketing also allows customers to purchase foodstuffs at a reduced cost, which could be increasingly important as consumers try to fill the gaps in what’s available at their local grocer’s or combat rising food prices. The value of farmers’ markets in that regard was made clear in Indiana, at least, when the state declared them to be essential services despite the “ Stay at Home” orders.

None of that, however, means that you can throw caution to the wind and go about business as usual. Outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus may be slowing, but they’re not over. If you’re among the many who can’t wait to browse your local farmers’ market, here’s what you need to keep in mind.

Explore No-Contact Ordering

Maybe you really want to take advantage of the offerings at your local farmers’ market, but you’re just not ready to break social distancing yet to do it. Or, maybe you have a health condition that leaves you immunocompromised or otherwise in a high-risk category and your doctor has ordered you to stay away.

What can you do? Well, farmers’ markets around the country have been getting creative in order to meet the needs of both vendors and customers while still operating responsibly. Quite a few are offering contactless pick-ups.

For example, the Bloomington Online Farmers’ Market right here in Indiana has been encouraging patrons to place their orders online and prepay. Then, they can literally drive right up to the market at the appointed time and collect their meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables, baked goods and more without ever stepping out of their vehicles. It’s a great way to allow everyone access to the items they want without endangering their health.

Shop While Practicing Social Distancing

Another route that many farmers’ markets are taking is reopening — albeit in a restricted fashion that keeps the need for social distancing in mind. If the farmers’ markets in Fishers or Broad Ripple can be held as an example, here’s what you can expect if you decide to go:

• Patrons will be required to enter and exit the markets from a fixed location, rather than milling around the way that they’re probably accustomed to doing in the past.

• The selection of items for sale may be somewhat different than what you’re used to seeing. Expect items to be limited to essential items, like prepared food, hand-made masks, soaps and produce.

• Look for “ social distancing markers” that will help guide you and keep you a respectful distance from vendors and other customers, to reduce the chance of contagion.

• There will be nowhere to consume food while on the premises and there will be no portable restrooms available for use, so it’s important to plan accordingly.

• Don’t expect to touch your food or produce before you buy. While this might disappoint some dedicated “ melon thumpers” this year, most markets will be asking customers to refrain from touching the items for sale.

• Don’t expect to get change back for your purchases. While many vendors will still accept cash, they won’t be able to make change. Take your debit card, SNAP card or a variety of small bills with you when you go.

• Leave the reusable bags at home. If you do take a reusable bag, you’ll likely be asked to put your purchases inside the bag yourself.

It’s also smart to understand that a lot of farmers’ markets are still adjusting and adapting to their new realities — and everything is still in flux. The Original Farmers’ Market at City Market, for example, will only offer prepackaged food items and has eliminated home-based vendors. Rules may shift and change quite a bit as the various markets learn what works (and what doesn’t) for their new setups.

Use Personal Safety Measures

Finally, you need to also take a few steps to help reduce the chances that you’ll either spread the virus or contract it. A farmers’ market is no more dangerous than shopping at a grocery store if you remember these rules:

• Wear a mask. While cloth face masks don’t offer 100% protection from the virus, the CDC recommends them in public to help prevent people from unknowingly transmitting the virus to others when they’re asymptomatic. Indeed, you’re likely to be required to wear one in order to attend just about any farmers’ market you can find — so go prepared.

• Take hand sanitizer or cleaning wipes with you. If you have Clorox wipes or hand sanitizer, put some in your car so that you can wipe your hands, car door handle, steering wheel and debit card down after you are done shopping.

• Don’t take anybody unnecessary with you on the trip. Most farmers’ markets won’t be allowing dogs inside this year, so leave your pet at home. It’s also smarter to limit the number of people from your household who make the trip, just like you do at retail stores.

• Remember not to touch your face until you can wash your hands. Wash all of your produce when you get home and discard your bags (or wash the reusable ones).

The need for social distancing won’t last forever. While it does, we can all make things operate a little smoother — and keep each other a little safer — by remembering the truly cooperative spirit that farmers’ markets embody. We’re all in this together.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

Image result for let's talk tucker

NEW Lawrence Listing! 10509 Sedgegrass – Minutes to Geist Reservoir & Gorgeous Fort Harrison State Park

11-Front of Home


One level living in a well maintained neighborhood in a great location!

The home features an open kitchen, vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring and generous light in addition to fresh paint and new carpet June 2020 in a contemporary, neutral color scheme.

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home includes a master en suite with generous closet storage and a large back deck for entertaining. Close to shopping, restaurants, parks, apple orchard, golf courses, numerous schools, Geist Reservoir and the gorgeous Fort Harrison State Park, you’re only minutes away from all that Lawrence & the surrounding area has to offer.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

Let's Talk

SOLD! My Buyers closed on this Geist Waterfront Home just in time for Summer Fun!


My Buyers had their eye on this home for over a year and finally the timing was right! After some solid negotiating, the home is theirs and they are looking forward to family time on Geist this summer and for years to come!

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

Let's Talk

SOLD! My Sellers Closed on this Geist Home. Offer Received Within 60 Days During COVID-19 Quarantine!

SOLD Millers

We went on the market March 10th just before #covid19 became a part of our lives. To have an accepted offer in under 60 days during this time is reflective that there are Buyers out there looking for their next home! (Average days on the market in this neighborhood, #Admirals at #Geist, is 88 days the last 6 months).

#HomeForSale #StaySafe #realestate #homebuying #homeownership #priceitright #tumbarellogroup
#workfromhome #WFH #VirtualShowings #SellersMarket

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

Let's Talk


I pray this newsletter finds you well. Congratulations to all the Graduates out there!

In regards to the real estate market, I’m pleased to report it’s an active market. Spring is historically the most active season in real estate, (fall is a close second), and we will now see that type of activity this summer.

As mentioned in my last two monthly updates, if you are a serious buyer, due to COVID precautions in place, you must provide proof of pre-approval before I can show you a home. The days of being curious and a “lookie-loo” are no longer. Most sellers will not vacate their property for a showing if you are not a serious buyer with proof you have the ability to purchase.

If you are a Seller, you have an excellent opportunity to sell your home at top dollar. There are serious buyers in the wings waiting for you to go live! If you decide it’s the right time to list now, I will creatively market your home and show your home safely to discerning buyers. You are the boss and your comfort level rules when accepting showings on your home. If you prefer no in person showings at all, I have an excellent photographer that can film 3D walk thru video. It’s amazing and realistic so please ask me about it!

If you’re not in the market to buy or sell right now and you took the time to open my email, thank you! I appreciate you! And if you’re a past client, thank you for allowing me to stay in touch with you. I value you and I appreciate your support. Please keep me top of mind when you hear of someone who would like to buy or sell a home.

I wish you well from my heart as I type. Please take care of you, your family, your loved ones, and your neighbor. Please take a moment to think of and/or pray for someone who needs your well wishes today.

With much love and sincerity,

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

Let's Talk

REVIEW! Satisfied Seller

Highly likely to recommend

  • Local knowledge: *****
  • Process expertise: *****
  • Responsiveness: *****
  • Negotiation skills: *****

Shawna did an outstanding job of listing, marketing and selling our home. The marketing package she did was fantastic and really helped articulate the futures of the home to the people that wanted a home like ours. She had 3 open houses and had tremendous traffic (right in the middle of the Covid 19 outbreak) and sold our home in 4 weeks. She’s easy to work with, understands the market and put together a game plan that led to the selling of our home. I would list with her again without hesitation! Job well done, thanks Shawna!