Had another great time at this years Dogtona on Jan 20th.
Here are a few photos we snapped with a quick video as well.
Time for the dogs to have fun, come visit this great event for both dogs and dog owners!
As proud sponsors of the Hendricks County Humane Society, The Derrick Team always has a great time while supporting our favorite cause, helping the animals in Hendricks County. Here are a few pictures from all the fun!
See fun from last years event here!
Here is a link to Hendricks County Humane Society’s web site with the latest details.
We encourage all animal lovers to adopt when getting new pets. Purchasing pets leaves a pet in a shelter that otherwise could have a new home. And make sure and spay / neuter your pets, all ours are.
All of our current bunch of pets in the Derrick household are rescues in one way or another (except the tropical fish). We always like to help find animals a ‘furever home’. This is a list of the current residents and their story listed by seniority.
Fred came from a family member in 2002 who had rescued him but then found he didn’t get along with their current cats. Fred easily fit in with our pets at the time and has slowly worked up to the alpha cat that the others all respect. You could say he is alpha pet as the dogs give him leeway as well. He is the one cat that will always find me when I’m sitting on the porch and jump in my lap for a nap. He’s quite bold except when there are storms then he cowers in the basement. But then most our pets do the same.
Merlin is a beautiful longhair that adopted us in 2008 by just showing up on the back porch. He was hanging around one afternoon and just walked up to me while grilling dinner that evening. I picked him up and he purred up a storm and never left. He has a personality based on the fact he knows he is cute and won’t let us forget it. He’s a happy kitty and gets along with everyone. He has become The Derrick Team mascot because he is so photogenic and everyone thinks he’s cute, which of course he is.
Skittles is another longhair that just showed up one day in 2010. Once he figured out this is a great place to live he never left. While he is still considered semi-feral he will let Connie pick him up and take him into the ‘cat room’ for the night. His name of course is based on the fact he normally skittles when people get too close to him. But he too gets along with all the other pets and has settled in as a permanent member of our pet clan.
Bailey came about after we had just lost our last dog Jazz around Xmas of 2011 due to sudden illness. Connie was working with Ark Foster Care at the time and found her on their web site. We had both hated not having a dog in the house and we adopted her in Jan 2012. She is an awesome dog and everyone loves her. She is a very happy dog now as she was found in an outdoor shed with 10 puppies. So after a hard life in the beginning she now enjoys guarding our couch every day.
Juno came from a family member who was no longer in a position to care for her. She is an older dog but is very healthy and loving. She immediately attached to Connie and will follow her everywhere in the house. Even though she is smaller than Bailey by half, she still tends to act as the alpha dog, but that’s probably more because Bailey just doesn’t care. Juno’s goal in life is to always warn us when the mailman is around. Apparently she doesn’t want us to get the bills in the mail.
Sassy is our most recent rescue in late 2015. She came from Luv A Dog and is a young full blooded GSD. She was mistreated by her former owner so local animal control removed her from the home and a kind policeman took her in for police dog training. Unfortunately (but good for us) she flunked out of police dog school so we were lucky enough to adopt her. She’s one very large puppy and full of love. We’ve owned GSD’s before and love the breed. Despite failing school she still makes a great guard dog. Her favorite toys are rocks, empty carboard boxes, and sticks.
Myrtle is painted turtle that came from a former co-worker in 2009. At some point she was a cute pet store turtle that then grew up and became a burden (turtles are very easy to care for). We setup a tank in the fish room and she has been happy to eat and sun under her lamp and continues to grow. Turtles can live for a long time.
Rose is another type of painted turtle that came from a friend of a friend in 2011. They were moving and once again the turtle was too much work. So she has her own tank next to Myrtle and is enjoying a nice life in comfort.
The Tropical Fish Room
After many years of having fish tanks in the house I finally built a dedicated room in our large pole barn / garage in 2009. Originally setup to breed angel fish it’s now setup to just enjoy watching the fish in 3 tanks totaling about 240 gallons. We enjoy sitting out there in the evenings and relaxing. It’s especially nice on cold winter nights to as we heat the room to tropical temperatures.
In 2005 I dug out a 35’x40’x5’ hole in back of the barn and created our own little pond retreat. Setup with plants, waterfall, gold fish, and a small wood deck, it’s become a nice place to relax on warm summer evenings. The pond also has self-populated with bullfrogs, crawdads, and an occasional turtle. Every winter the pond freezes and each spring it thaws and comes back to life. It’s a natural wildlife habitat and both our cats and the neighbor cats like to hang out there.
Rocky is another kitty that just showed up in 2009. He’s talkative and friendly but won’t trust just anyone. In the end only our neighbor could pick him up so we agreed to share him. We split the cost to have him neutered and while he visits with us sometimes he mostly spends time in their horse barn in back.
Photos from this years event:
Once again we’re looking forward to one of our favorite events in Hendricks County, the HCHS Annual Wine Tasting event. This year it’s been expanded and moved to the Hendricks County Fairgrounds. As usual The Derrick Team will be one of the sponsors but we really excited about all the extras this year. Find out all the details on the flyers below or at the Hendricks County Humane Society’s web site. Come out and support our local Humane Society and everything they do for Hendricks County animals. We’ll see you there!
Finding homes, saving lives is the mission of the Hendricks County Humane Society. To fund its many programs in pursuit of that goal, on Friday, Nov. 6, the HC Humane Society will host its 11th Annual Wine & Spirits Tasting Extravaganza at the 4-H Conference Center in Danville. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. for Platinum sponsors and VIP ticketholders and at 7:30 p.m. for general ticketholders, ending at 10:30.
The festive event, emceed by Buffy Phyne of Pet Pals TV, includes live music, comedian Steve Pyatte, and wine and bourbon tastings. Cash bars will offer beer, wine, and cocktails. A multitude of Silent Auction items include a $2,500 hardscape for your landscaping delight and a Colts game ball autographed by Andrew Luck. Throughout the evening local artist Dane Grubbs will be creating a painting for sale in the Silent Auction.
In 2015 as of August, the HC Humane Society spent $19,545 on medical needs, spent $14,644 on spaying and neutering, found adoptive homes for 158 cats and dogs, and through its Pet Food Pantry program distributed 26,057 pounds of food. Thanks to Papa Joe Jr’s Italian Restaurant of Avon and Ray’s Trash, all money raised at the Extravaganza will directly fund these programs.
On behalf of the cats and dogs, the HC Humane Society is grateful for attendees and sponsors, without whose contributions our work would not be possible. Major platinum sponsors include Allen & Scott Enterprises, Edward Jones-Harold Tinsley, Hendricks County 4H Fairgrounds and Conference Center, Hendricks County Flyer, Ray’s Trash, and The UPS Store-Brownsburg.
All adult guests aged 21 and over are welcome to attend this exciting event. VIP tickets are $50 each and general tickets are $30 each or two for $50 and are available at Big Red Liquors in Plainfield or from the Humane Society website www.hendrickscountyhumanesociety.org or at the event.
As usual everyone had a great time at Dogtona on March 28th, The Hendricks County Humane Society’s spring fundraiser. Our dogs Juno & Bailey had a blast and Juno was on the front page of the Hendricks County Flyer the following week. Be sure and check out the complete video below! The Derrick Team loves to sponsor events like this!
You’ve completed all the tasks to get your home on the market such as cleaning, decluttering, painting, etc. and just signed the contract to sell your home. Signs in the yard and your home is officially on the market. Now you start getting the calls from agents who want to show your home. Here are some tips on making your home stand out.
Be Ready To Show
First it’s generally a good idea to have the home ready for showings at all times. You just never know when an agent is out showing homes and their client’s spots your home and wants to check it out. Last minute showings aren’t that common but they do happen. In some cases that’s not possible depending on your situation but keep in mind you want to avoid turning down showings if at all possible. It often comes when an agent shows a nearby home and spots yours. So it pays to always be ready.
30 Minute Drill
Since you are going to be living there you will probably create messes as you cook, play, etc so just be neat and try to always clean up afterwards. Create a family drill where each member has a task to clean up an area in less than 30 minutes. Clean homes usually sell faster so in an ideal market you won’t have to do this drill very many times.
Light It Up
When you have a showing make sure all the lights are on and the drapes / shades are open. You want to buyer to see your bright clean home in the best possible light. Change out those money saving bulbs for brighter wattage in darker areas. When we are showing homes we often try to walk ahead of our clients and turn on lights but we don’t always see all the lights and may miss some nice accent lights that show off an area of the home. A neighbor or family member could come set up the home if you are not in a position to do this for all showings.
Air It Out
Smells invoke reactions and buyers will react to bad smells, even in a beautiful home. If possible open the windows and air out the home before showings. Remove any items that may cause bad smells like the trash with last nights leftovers, dirty litter box, soiled laundry, etc. or the smell will come right back when you close the windows. Avoid strong smelly sprays & scented candles as they often make the buyer think you are covering things up. Sometimes a little splash of bleach in the drains can make a room smell fresh and clean, but don’t overdo it.
Make It Nice
If you really want to impress your potential buyers put out some individually wrapped snacks on the kitchen table with a ‘help yourself’ sign. Little bottles of water work nicely with that as well. Have some soft easy listing music playing in one area just to make it feel comfortable. If you have a dedicated entertainment room a ‘G-Rated’ movie playing at a low volume can be a nice touch. The idea is to make them envision themselves enjoying living in your home.
For Pet Owners
Like most pet owners you probably let yours run around the house while you’re away. You really want to address this during showings as not all people like or feel comfortable around pets, especially large dog breeds. We’ve seen where agents wouldn’t even enter a home if a large dog is loose. So at a minimum we suggest you crate both cats and dogs for showings. Keep in mind it’s for the pets’ safety as well as doors may not be closed and your pet may escape the house and run away. But really the best option would be to remove the animals during showings. Talk with a neighbor or family member about helping if you are not always available to do this.
This may seem obvious but sometimes we come across sellers who hang around while their home is being shown. We’ve dealt with this a few times and it really makes our clients uneasy. The last thing you want to do is make them uncomfortable, as that feeling will stick with them. If you want to keep and eye on people looking at your home go over to a neighbors and hang out or sit down the street in your car. This is completely acceptable and it makes it easy for you to know when it’s safe to return to your home.
We try a prepare sellers that it can be quite a job to sell your home. But the better you are prepared the better your home will show so hopefully you sell quickly and you won’t have to do all these items very many times. Feel free to call or text The Derrick Team at 317-563-1110 or shoot us an email with any questions you have about selling your home. We’re here to help!
The event is held by the Hendricks County Humane Society at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM with all sorts of fun things for dogs to do. This is a must see event, even if you cannot bring a dog. Check out photos from last years event below. See you there!
Find out all the details at the Hendricks County Humane Society web site.
Video from the 2013 Dogtona
You might think that all Realtors are the same but just like any other profession each individual does things a little different. With Connie and Dennis Derrick you’ll find our ‘different’ is good for you.
We work as Realtors because we enjoy it.
We work harder at this work than others we’ve done before because we like what we do. We really enjoy working with our clients to achieve their goal of selling and/or buying property.
We have experience beyond real estate.
Connie has had her license since 1996 and has years of customer service. She’s often the person who will contact you with updates. Dennis has been remodeling homes for years and has knowledge beyond most Realtors on important construction factors. Also he has been involved with Internet marketing and web design since the late 1990’s, which translates to extensive marketing tools for our listings.
We like to have fun with it.
While there are a lot of serious work in the process of selling and buying, we also like our clients to enjoy working with us. We consider good clients friends for life.
You have a team working for you.
With The Derrick Team you get 2 Broker Associates working directly for you backed by a large staff at Carpenter Realtors. You’ll find this very important during contract negotiations. Teams are better than one when you really need it.
Award Winning Realtors.
The Derrick Team has been winning awards for the past several years. Our dedication to our clients will continue to equal long-term success for both our clients and future clients.
We are the ‘Pet Friendly’ Realtors. We have quite a few pets ourselves and understand your love for yours. We know pets are great companions and will enjoy visiting and getting to know your closest pals.
Contact The Derrick Team by calling or texting 317-563-1110 or shoot as email at DerrickTeam@DerrickTeam.com.
Every year Hendricks County dogs get to enjoy the best event ever created, just for them by the Hendricks County Humane Society!
This year’s big day is March 17, 2012-11am – 4pm
Being held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds – Hendricks Power Expo Hall so it can be rain or shine!
The cost is $5 per Dog, but the people who bring them can enjoy the fun for free.
Refreshments will be available at the K-9 Kafe
Flyer with details: Dogtona Information
Proceeds support the HCHS Dog Park Committee who have already done a lot for Hendricks County dogs!
The Derrick Team be there shooting photos and videos and having a great time (we might bring Bailey).
See your doggies there!
Call or text us today at 317-563-1110, we work 7 days a week, evenings too.
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:
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!
These are several videos of the fun I shot at this years Dogtona on March 19th. As you can see it’s a great day for the dogs and the owners who tag along. We love being a part of the great event in Hendricks County.
Leave-it competition – The dogs are not supposed to eat the hot dog!