Mar 222017
 

The Derrick Team is sponsoring again this year and

Connie will be manning a booth. Come by and say hi!

Time for the dogs to have fun, come visit this great event for both dogs and dog owners!

 


2016 Event Photos

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Jul 082015
 

Hendricks County May 2015 Report from IARWell let me tell you.

While spring is the traditional busy season the weather has turned warm during this unusually wet start to summer and the real estate market barely slowed down. Normally we’ve seen summer slowdowns after schools let out and families go on vacation. But this year while not as crazy as this past spring we’ve been busy selling houses on into July, the time of year I usually plan projects around the house.

The biggest problem we’ve been having and other realtors concur, we cannot get enough regular listings ($100-$250K single family homes). That particular part of the market is the hottest and homes sell quickly in that range.

Reading reports (links below) will confirm what we’ve seen but in general I think a lot has to do with the continuing lower interest rates that we thought would be climbing higher by now. When the Feds continue to say they will start raising them soon that adds to the urgency. So for now its go, go, go.

If you are even slightly thinking of selling, give us a call and we can help you decide if now is the right time for you to sell. Call The Derrick Team today at 317-563-1110!

Check out the general realtor sentiment with this site: http://www.stats.indiana.edu/housing/RealtorSentiment.asp

Great site for looking at your county sales info from the Indiana Association of Realtors: http://www.indianarealtors.com/Research/Indiana-Real-Estate-Markets-Report.aspx

Hendricks County May 2015 Report from IAR

Hendricks County May 2015 Report from IAR

Jul 262011
 

Hendricks County Court House in the Square Today

Hendricks County Court House in the square today in the center of Danville

Interesting bit of history of the beginning of Hendricks County government from the History of Hendricks County by Honorable John V. Hadley written in 1914. The government provided whiskey distributed by the coroner to help people pick out the property to purchase. Not a marketing strategy we can really get away with today…

The act organizing the county of Hendricks was approved on December 29. 1823. The county was named in honor of William Hendricks, then governor of the state of Indiana. According to the provisions of this act, the men selected began to investigate several claims made for the location of the county seat. Many localities were at work striving for the honor, among them the community near George Mattock’s tavern, two miles east of Belleville, where a town had been laid out named Hillsboro.

This site was discarded in favor of a location as near as possible to the geographical center of the county, and on the second Monday in July, 1824, the site of Danville was chosen. Four men, Daniel Beals, George Matlock, Robert Wilson and James Downard, being the owners of land in four sections having a common corner, each donated twenty acres touching the common corner for the benefit of the county seat, all of which was laid out into public square and town lots. Thomas Hinton was appointed agent of the county, and on October 20, 1824, he placed on file a plat of the town of Danville.

The lots were immediately put up at a public sale, and this continued for three days. An order was made by the commissioners for fifteen gallons of whiskey to assist the purchasers in making their selection. Samuel Herriman, the coroner, was the distributor on this occasion. The price paid for the lots ranged from three to one hundred and fifteen dollars. The latter price was given by Mr. Hulse for the lot on the northeast corner of Main and Washington streets. The lot on the southwest corner brought the next highest price.

The court house was completed and the first term of court held in Danville in April of the year 1826. The building was constructed of peeled hickory logs and cost one hundred and forty-seven dollars. The jail was of the same material. The first county commissioners were Thomas Lockhart, Gideon Wilson and Littlebury Blakely. They divided the county into nine townships, of nearly equal area, and there was sufficient population in but four of the townships at that time to give them a civil organization. The first representative of the county in the General Assembly was Lewis Mastin.

And thus the history of our government in Hendricks County was started….

Jul 092011
 
Connie Derrick

Connie Derrick

Connie Derrick – REALTOR:
With 30 years of customer service experience she connects well with all our clients, sellers and buyers alike. She’s held her RE license since 1997 and has been with Carpenter Realtors since 2001. She stays in touch and returns calls and emails promptly. As many of our clients can attest, she will become your friend during and after all transactions with The Derrick Team. She’s also out marketing face to face with potential and existing clients almost every day.


Dennis Derrick – REALTOR:

Dennis Derrick

Dennis Derrick

He has been working with remodeling homes, well since that first tree house as a teenager. He understands the common and even the unusual construction techniques used and can help clients make informed decisions on selecting the type of house that would be a good fit. He’s also been involved with Information Technology in some form or another for most of his life. Include that he’s been designing and building web sites for over 10 years and you have the perfect person for online marketing of your home. He’s actively marketing your property online in the 24/7 social media world to give you the best exposure to bring that buyer to you.


Vicky Peters – Managing Broker at Carpenter Realtors Avon West:
Vicky is our mentor, broker, and manager all at the same time. Having been in the business for many years he as seen it all and helps us with the more unusual issues. He is there to assist us at any time and is a very important member of the team.


Debbie – Avon West Office Coordinator:
Debbie is who keeps us all in line while supporting us with just about any request we have. She keeps our paperwork in order and makes sure our print ads are setup. She’s a woman with many hats and we would be lost without her support on our team.


Carpenter Realtors Corporate Offices:
A small army of dedicated real estate professionals who focus on the Carpenter Realtors marketing, training, Internet leads, and all types of support. All of which makes for an invaluable member of our team.


Financial Gurus – Many we work with:
Finances are always important in real estate transactions and we have many we work with. We will work with the finance people on any side of a transaction to make sure everything proceeds smoothly. These gurus are a very important member of our team.


Title Insurance companies – Many we work with:
Title insurance is an important part of finishing the process of any real estate transaction. We work very closely with all title companies to make sure all the paperwork is ready for a closing, the most important part of any real estate transaction, thus a key member of our team.


Home Inspection companies – Many we work with:
We really depend on the professional guidance with home inspectors on the condition of a home, even a brand new one. We always recommend a buyer gets an inspection and will assist in finding one available in the allotted time frame after an accepted purchase. They’re advice is a valuable service of our team.


 

HSA – providing home warranties for buyers and sellers:
HSA provides a great service for both our listings and buyers. We recommend home warranties for either side of a transaction. We have seen our clients save hundreds of dollars afterwards so we know the benefits for both buyers and sellers that makes them a great part of our team.


 

There are many others that are often brought into a transaction as needed for quotes, repairs, staging, etc. But as you see, when you use The Derrick Team to represent you in your real estate transaction, you have a large team ready to make sure everything goes smoothly, for you, our client. Give us a call or text today at 317-563-1110. We work 7 days a week, including evenings!

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Dec 272010
 

One of those interesting places in Hendricks County that you may not even know about, the Hendricks County Historical Museum is a great place to check out interesting history about the local area. The museum is located in the former Sheriff’s Residence and jail. Built in 1866 at an approximate cost of $30,000, it served as the county jail until 1974. The building is now owned and maintained by the county. The museum is filled with artifacts dating back to 1866 when the Museum served as the Sheriff’s Residence and jail.

Connie and I have recently joined and I will be helping with updates to the web site and photography in the museum. As a local history buff I find all the stuff in there fasinating! The museum is normally open every Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM except for January & February so it is now closed for 2010. During these months certain rooms are chosen for updates and /or remodeling.

The Military Room is slated to be redone in 2011 so I went over the other day and took these pictures of what it looks like now:

The museum reopens March 5th so put that on your calendar to see the latest and greatest of our local history!

Nov 132010
 
Edison & his light bulb.

Edison & his light bulb.

On a cold night on January 9th, 1896, the switch was thrown in Danville and the streets lit up with electric street lamps. Danville Electric Light Company was the first power company in Hendricks County and that night the snow covered ground reflected the light and lit up the town like never before, even though a section of lights north of Main Street failed to light up.

In addition to the street lights the power company provided power for lights in businesses and more affluent homeowners who could afford the new fangled “light in a bottle”. In March of that year the company ran and ad in the local paper, the Danville Republican, to explain to consumers that they were to turn off the lights during the day as no one had used lights before. Many people thought the power company did that for them (at the time meters were not used as consumers paid a flat monthly fee per light).

Initially most power was provided in towns by smaller local power companies. As the electric interurban and the Indianapolis & Eastern Traction Company had commuter train lines in Hendricks County with power plants to drive the electric trains, they often sold excess power to communities as well. Around 1935 a group formed the Hendricks County REMC to provide power under the Rural Electrification Act to those too far from towns to be serviced by local power companies.

Eventually all the private companies were bought and sold and today most of Hendricks County homes and businesses either receives electric power from Duke Energy or Hendricks Power Cooperative (the REMC). And today’s savvy consumers know to turn off those lights to slow down the meter!

Some information in this post from “The History of Hendricks County 1914-1976”.

Apr 142010
 

On August 25th, 1835 a man by the name of William Harris recorded a plat of land under the name of Harrisburgh. This land had been purchased by him and other family members during the early 1830’s. At the time he recorded the plat in Danville, he mostly owned the land to the north of what is now SR 136 and Joshua Harris owned the land to the south side extending west of White Lick Creek.

As William seemed to be determined to develop the area, Joshua sold a portion to William on September 17, 1836 making William the sole owner of the area around what is now SR 136 and Green St. William then divided the area into lots to establish the town center at this point to be known as Harrisburgh. When the first post office was to be setup in the new town, it was determined there was already a town named Harrisburgh in Indiana (that no longer exists) so the town name was changed to Brownsburgh in honor of James B. Brown, the original settler of the area.

In 1848 the town was incorporated and a chairman and 5 trustees were elected to oversee town affairs. Due to reasons not clear this status was lost afterwards until 1893 and the county commissioners revived the status but the “h” was dropped from the name.

So if not for a town that no longer exists, we would be cheering on the Harrisburgh Bulldogs.

This information from a great book, “The Village of Brownsburg” by Peg Kennedy and Frankie Konovsek.

Dec 172009
 

Old-CourthouseHendricks County will celebrate its 186th birthday on December 20, 2009. The eighth General Assembly of Indiana met at Corydon on the first day of December, 1823, and created three counties before the close of the session, among them being Hendricks, the fifty-first county to be organized in the state. The bill creating the county was introduced in the Senate on December 9th and, after passing both houses of the Legislature, was signed on December 20th by Governor William Hendricks, in whose honor the new county was named. The county had been a part of the so-called New Purchase which was secured from the Indians in the fall of 1818, and, previous to its organization, had been under the civil and criminal jurisdiction of contiguous counties.

In 1823, Indianapolis was a mere village, with a few log cabins and a population not to exceed two hundred. In fact, the whole population of the state did not exceed one hundred and fifty thousand. Not a railroad, canal or improved road of any kind was to be found within the limits of the state and all transportation was confined to the trails through the dense woods and to the streams and rivers flowing into the Ohio and Wabash.

I found this information in a fascinating book: History of Hendricks County Indiana, Her People, Industries and Institutions by The Honorable John V. Hadley published in 1914. It’s hard to imagine what is was like back then with everything one had coming from nothing but hard labor. It’s important to remember the pioneers that started settling this area and to learn the history to appreciate what we have now, a great place to live. You can check it out yourself at this link: http://www.archive.org/details/historyofhendric00hadl

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