Karen Parker

Karen Parker

Associate Broker

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 317-840-2275
  • 317-705-2511
  • 317-573-5182
  • 317-705-2500
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Welcome to my Website

As an agent who's an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. I am eager to serve you. Here are some of the things I can do for you:

Find Your Next Home
You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home

Sell a Home
When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.

Consult on Home Selling Tactics
Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.

For one-on-one consultation, please fill out guest account information and I will contact you immediately upon notification!

If you're looking for an agent who will make YOUR goals her goals, call Karen at 317.840.2275 or e-mail her at kparker@c21scheetz.com.


Buying

Nothing beats the feeling of waking up to the first day in a new home. Looking around the room you realize, that just a few months ago this was still a dream, but now these walls, doors and windows all belong to you.

However, the process to get to this point can sometimes be intimidating and confusing. As an experienced real estate agent, I am here to guide you through the entire process from selecting the right home, to closing at the right price. I will help you shop for the best rates, terms and can even suggest mortgage lenders. 

BEFORE PURCHASING A HOME

Check Your Credit

Get copies of your credit report. If need be, clean it up. Remember, the higher your credit score, the better your loan interest rate. You should check all the three major credit reporting companies: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, as each may have slightly different information.

Price Range

Determine your price range before you consider the areas you would like to live, so you can look at homes only in your budget.

Find a Lender

Most people have to take out a loan to buy a home, and you want to be prepared to make a purchase offer as soon as you find a home you’re interested in.  So, you want to make sure that you are approved for a loan before you look at homes. If you need help finding a lender, I can recommend trusted lenders in your area.

Research

The details count when looking for the perfect home. If you have children, you will want to consider the school districts in the area. Do you want more bedrooms or bathrooms? Would you prefer a newer or older home? These are all things to keep in mind when looking for your new home.

Found Your Home?

When you find the home you want to buy, I’m ready to prepare a written offer. Since I’m familiar with market value, I’ll help you arrive at a price that gives your offer the best chance of being accepted.

Once Your Offer is Accepted

After your offer is accepted, you’ll have a grace period to get the house professionally inspected. This is the time to request repairs or submit a counter offer if need be.

The next step is to verify that the terms and conditions on your loan are accurate. Also, we’ll go over your signing papers. My job is to be there with you through every step of the way.

Moving Time

Now that you’ve obtained your home, the next step is moving arrangements. If you plan on hiring a professional mover, schedule accordingly. I can also suggest reputable companies. Don’t forget to submit a change of address form and contact the local utility companies.

Selling

Why do I need a real estate agent?

This is a question I hear from people trying to sell their home every day. Studies show that home sellers who use a real estate agent to represent them generally get a better price than those who sell their home themselves. That is because agents stay up to date on critical processes, and can keep your home sale to the letter of the law.

I can help you get your home sold at the best price possible, in the right time frame, by marketing your home locally and online, and by making myself available to interested buyers whenever they call.

Working with a real estate agent also adds objectivity to the inherently emotional transaction that is selling your home.

BEFORE YOUR HOME IS LISTED

It’s important to have your home in good showing condition before buyers start going through it. Here are some steps to take:

 

Spot Paint

Touch up interior and exterior paint as needed.

 

Update Carpet
Install new carpeting and flooring if it appears worn or dated.

 

Curb Appeal
Make sure the front is clean and spruced up – curb appeal will create a favorable first impression.

 

Trim and Rake
Trim bushes and plants as needed, and make sure the lawn is kept mowed and trimmed. In autumn, rake the leaves; in winter, keep the snow shoveled.

 

Extra Cleaning
Keep the interior clean, uncluttered and odor-free. Eliminate evidence of pets.

 

Minimize You to Maximize Them
Minimize personal items such as family photos. You want buyers to see themselves living in the home.

 

Start Packing
Consider putting excess furniture and belongings in storage. Now’s the time to clean out the garage and basement and sell, give away or throw away items you don’t need any more.

 

Find Potential Problems Early
Consider having a pre-listing inspection performed. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors; here’s your chance to address problems in advance.

 

Professional Stager
Consider engaging a professional stager to give your home the right emotional appeal.

 

During the Listing Period

When potential buyers visit your home, either find something to do away from your home for a couple hours, or make yourself as inconspicuous as possible.

Have fresh flowers in the entryway. It makes for a friendly introduction into your home.

If offers are made that don’t match your hoped-for price, don’t reject them offhand. Pay attention to your agent’s advice.

Consider dropping the price if several months go by with few or no offers, but if you and your agent have priced your home properly from the start, this shouldn’t be necessary.

 

Don’t get discouraged. In buyer’s markets, homes can take time to sell.

Specialties

  • New Homes Sales
  • Custom Home Sales
  • Buyers & Sellers
  • First-Time Homebuyers
  • Investors
  • New Construction
  • Adult Children Selling their Parents Home
  • Divorce
  • Luxury Homes
  • Waterfront Homes
  • Empty Nesters Looking to Downsize
  • Families needing more room

Helpful links

City of Carmel: www.ci.carmel.in.us

Fishers: www.fishers.in.us

Noblesville: www.noblesville.in.us

Westfield: www.westfieldtown.org

Zionsville: www.zionsville-in.gov

Indianapolis: www.indygov.org

Personal Background

When not helping Indianapolis area buyers and sellers, I enjoy going to parks and walking trails surrounding my home in Speedway, and spending time at home with my husband and my three wonderful daughters.

I'm originally from Washington state, I was born and raised on the Colville Indian reservation and I'm the sixth of nine children. I belong to Christ the King catholic church, my kids go to Christ the King school and Bishop Chatard high school. When we're running late we cheat and go to St. Christopher church instead of Christ the King, don't tell Father Steve! 

One of these days, I'm going to register and run in my first marathon! 

Professional Background

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Indiana University, Indianapolis, and spent 4 years in the sales department of a large controls company servicing the entire state. While enjoying my job, a growing family caused me to move on, I enjoyed a sense of fulfillment and personal satisfaction from raising my family. Once my youngest reached kindergarten, I knew it was time to get back out into the workforce.

Designations

  • REALTOR®
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