Highly likely to recommend|5.0

Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2021 in Carmel, IN.

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

From the moment we met Shawna, she said, “I am here to help and work for you. No matter how long it takes, we will take all the time we need to find the perfect home for YOU.” Over the months working with her to find a new home, she truly followed through on this promise. She became like an extension of our family, knowing exactly what was most important to us in a home, and knowing just as quickly as us when something “was not it.” For every home tour we completed, she came prepared with comps and insight into the neighborhood and area. When we had questions, her wealth of knowledge allowed her to advise us quickly and concisely. Shawna also did whatever it took to ensure she had comprehensive, competitive information for us.

She was not afraid to consult with her team and other experts if we had especially complex situations or questions. It was with her help that we were able to purchase a home we love in an incredibly competitive housing market, while still achieving our budget goals. Her strategic thinking ensured we had the strongest possible offer, in ways that extended beyond just the offer price. Shawna also knows how critical it is to successfully get to closing. She kept a constant pulse on all parties involved in getting us to the finish line – stepping in when needed to advocate for us and keep processes on track. Her same competitive and attentive qualities were what then equipped us to successfully list, sell, and quickly close on our old home.

We could not have been more thrilled with the 15 strong offers we received in a matter of hours and the way she worked with all interested parties’ agents. She is a true class act, always putting people first while delivering results. SHAWNA IS THE BEST!

Why This is Not Like 2008 Again

Why This Is Not Like 2008 Again | MyKCM

During the Great Recession, just over a decade ago, the financial systems the world depended on started to collapse. It created a panic that drove some large companies out of business (ex. Lehman Brothers) and many more into bankruptcy.

The financial crisis that accompanied the current pandemic caused hardship to certain industries and hurt many small businesses. However, it hasn’t rattled the world economy. It seems that a year later, things are slowly getting back to normal for many companies.

Why is there a drastic difference between 2008 and now?

In a post from RealtyTrac, they explain:

“We changed the rules. We told banks they needed more reserves and that they could no longer underwrite toxic mortgages. It turns out that regulation — properly done — can help us navigate financial minefields.”

Why This Is Not Like 2008 Again | MyKCM

Here are the results of that regulation, captured in a graph depicting the number of failed banks since 2007.

What was different this time?

The post mentioned above explains:

“In 2008 the government saw the foreclosure meltdown as a top-down problem and set aside $700 billion for banks under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Not all of the $700 billion was used, but the important point is that the government did not act with equal fervor to help flailing homeowners, millions of whom lost their homes to foreclosures and short sales.

This time around the government forcefully moved to help ordinary citizens. Working from the bottom-up, an estimated $5.3 trillion went to the public in 2020 through such mechanisms as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), expanded unemployment benefits, tax incentives, and help for local governments. So far this year we have the $1.9 billion American Rescue Plan with millions of $1,400 checks as well as proposals to spend trillions more on infrastructure…Bank deposits increased by nearly $2 trillion during the past year and credit card debt fell.”

Bottom Line

Many have suffered over the past year. However, the economic toll of the current recession was nowhere near the scope of the Great Recession, and it won’t result in a housing crisis.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers


My Sellers were ready to pass on their “first home” to another to enjoy but were nervous about opening their home for showings during a time in which we were still concerned about the safety of everyone. We put all the protocols in place and allowed overlapping showings so many buyers could view over the course of a few days. We had 33 showings in 15 showing hours and received 14 offers!

The sellers made the decision based on the best offer for them but I was pleased to work with their extremely professional and thorough buyers agent. The climate is like nothing we’ve seen before but kindness, professionalism, and excellent communication among real estate professionals is STILL so important to getting to the closing table. More so now then ever, in my opinion.

What a lovely transaction from beginning to end and the buyers are extremely happy with the home my sellers passed on!
Make sure YOU choose a realtor that will represent you well, work well with other agents, and provide a smooth experience for your buy or sell!

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Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers


When your buyer says she wants a pool, you know you’re going to have to fight hard in this aggressive, competitive market buyers are facing.

This amazing home had what many buyers wanted in terms of location, lot size, layout and…POOL!

Showings were booked back to back and I had to call the list agent to ask if we could squeeze in ANYWHERE there was a teeny opening. A quick phone call turned into a wonderful back and forth banter with lots of laughs and immediate rapport with the list agent. We knew what we had to do to be considered a contender with this house but I KNOW establishing a wonderful relationship right from the start with the list agent aided in the agent and seller feeling comfortable with our ability to make this a smooth transaction for all – and ultimately winning us the deal!

The seller and buyer ended up becoming great friends with much in common and the closing was full of smiles, wit and gut laughs. One of the MOST fun closings I’ve had thus far. 🙂

Anyone can put a sign in the yard and any agent can show you the house. BUT, be sure you choose an agent that is kind, professional, knowledgeable and will establish good relationships with all parties involved.

#Fishers #MultipleOffers #TrustYourRealtor #HireARealtor #BeKind #ProfessionalismMatters #ClosingDay #RealEstate #HomeForSale #Homeownership #Homebuyer #GetPreapproved

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers

Should You Buy the “Except for…” Home?

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Imagine finding a home that is perfect in every way, except for one nagging thing. That “thing” might be a smaller kitchen than you want, fewer closets than you need, or flooring that you dislike. Should you buy it anyway? How do you know if you should take a pass? It’s not an easy decision to make and depends on a number of factors.

Trying to answer these questions might help:How likely is it that you’ll find another home that better meets your needs?
How soon do you want to move? (If you’re in a time-crunch you may need to adjust your expectations.)
Is the “except for…” something that can be fixed, perhaps with a renovation? For example, there are many ways to expand a small kitchen.
If the home’s shortcoming is fixable, approximately how much will that cost? It might turn out that the improvement is a good investment.
Can you live with the nagging “thing”, especially when the home is otherwise perfect?
It can be tough to work through a decision like this, especially if you’re in a situation where you need to make an offer quickly. Call today for help.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers

Getting the Home You Want in a Competitive Market

Regardless of whether the overall housing market is up or down, there can be fierce competition when it comes to buying a home in a desirable neighborhood. So, if you want to live in a “hot’ area, how do you gain an advantage? Here are some tips:

  • Schedule viewings of homes for sale in the neighborhood as soon as they go on the market. Have you ever heard the expression, “The early bird gets the worm”? It’s often true.
  • Arrange to get alerted, via email or text, to brand new listings the moment they are available.
  • Make sure you have your financing pre-approved, so you can make a quick and credible offer right away.
  • Prepare your current home for sale, so you can list it quickly (if it isn’t already listed.)
  • Know how to make an enticing offer that a buyer will take seriously. It’s not always the highest price that wins the deal.

Even in a competitive market, you don’t want to end up overpaying. That’s why
savvy offer preparation, presentation and negotiation are also keys to getting the
home you want.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers