Here's Angie!
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Angela has spent her life in Noblesville, Buffalo New York, and family brought her back to Fort Wayne. She got married 10 years ago, and has been here since! Her family is Coco, mutt that is a little over 10 years old that they rescued. (Nicknamed Coco-Nut because she's a 'nutcase') Her daughter Faith-Adalynn is almost 1, and Laela is 15.

Before ever becoming a licensed Realtor, Angie knew she wanted to do something with Real Estate. She said while living in Buffalo, she'd pay close attention to the housing market trends, and says she used Realtor.com before half of the world knew it existed! In Fort Wayne, she worked in retail management for Maurices for several years. She wasn't a fan of the hours, but loved building relationships with clients and teaching her associates. She 'retired' from this job in 2015, when she got her Real Estate license!

She loves being a Realtor because she gets to meet so many different people, all of which become friends and part of her family. She enjoys walking people through what can be such a scary process, and keeps the experience fun and exciting so they still have a smile on their face by the end. If she could ask for anything more from the job -- it'd be more hours in the day to be able to spend more time with all of her clients.

Angie recently came to the Noll Team last summer, as a Buyer's Agent. Some of the weird things she's found in homes over the years are: a door with a bulkhead behind it so if you walk through without paying attention you'd smack your head. She once found a toilet under stairs in a basement freely open for the entire room to see. Lastly, the reason Realtors call out 'anybody home' even when they think nobody should be home, she walked in on a guy sleeping in his bed with no clothes on!

 

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Meet Trevor!

Trevor Day is our intern here at the Noll Team. He’s a Junior at PFW, even though he’s only been on campus for 2 years. He got ahead of the game by taking courses in highschool and through his summer breaks. He’s really ambitious - going for a major in marketing with a minor in management. So far in school he’s enjoyed his communications and public speaking classes. He recently job shadowed Brad for awhile, and fell in love with the communication and relationship building you get to do with clients as a Realtor. This pushed him to do more school in addition to his college courses — a Real Estate Certification program. He really looks forward to working with a Real Estate team.

He grew up in Auburn, but has since moved to the Northwest side of Fort Wayne. He has one older brother who lives down in Indianapolis with his soon to be sister-in-law Erin! His parents live and work in Fort Wayne - his dad is the store director for the Meijer on Illinois Road, and his mom is a home care nurse with “Visiting Angel.” He’s got one dog, Cubbie! He’s 14! He’s played basketball his whole life, and if he was given a whole free day of no obligation (which he never has,) he says he would spend it playing more basketball, watching sports, and finding deals with his girlfriend, LaShay. They love to try out new restaurants together or un deals, like Flat Top’s “2 for 22 bowls.” They even went so far as camping out front of the new Chik-Fil-A to win a years worth of meals there for free!

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Home Maintenance
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Just a couple tips now that temperatures are low and snow is upon us! If you’ve been in your home for a very long time, or if you’ve just purchased an older home, it’s probably time to get your furnace cleaned! In addition to getting your furnace cleaned, here is a source to keep in mind for all aging homes.

Take care of your pipes! If the temperature dips below 20 degrees, keep one or two faucets running slowly to keep water through the line. This should help prevent your pipes from freezing. You can also keep the cabinet under any sink along external walls open to allow warm air flow to the pipes. Lastly, cover any exposed pipe with foam covering to help keep out the cold.

Are you renting out your home? Make sure to send some reminders to renters for some things they should be taking care of through the winter. Here is a good list of preventatives you can remind renters of that are easy and will save you a headache should something go unattended to!

New to home-ownership and starting to panic just thinking of these couple items? No worries, here’s a pretty good list on what you should be doing each winter.

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"How to Get the Mortgage Monkey Off Your Back"

Listen to this great podcast by Brian Buffini, it talks about how to “get the mortgage monkey off your back.”

Inspirational quotes from the podcast:

“The one thing about real estate is if you hold it long enough, you will win.”—Brian Buffini

“If you need a place to live, you may as well turn it into something that works for you.”—Brian Buffini

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.”—Albert Einstein

“Interest is not charged in a linear fashion”—Brian Buffini

“Banks are a great resource to help you get into a property, but the deck is stacked against you.”—Brian Buffini

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”—Chinese Proverb

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Autumn Ridge

Autumn Ridge is an established, mature neighborhood with a strong sense of community! There are a variety of younger families that are here and are moving in as well - and then there are the people that built and have been here since day one. It's really neat to see their pride in the neighborhood! They do a variety of events at the clubhouse throughout the year and if you golf, it is a beautiful course! Many of the homes have a view that overlook the course. Autumn Ridge consists of 260 lots, a swimming pool, and tennis courts! These homes send their kids to Perry Hill Elementary, Maple Creek Middle, and Carroll High School.

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Market Update!

Join Charity as she talks House to Home, Ella Chic Boutique, and what the housing market looks like currently!

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Sip 'n Shop in Downtown Fort Wayne
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One of our clients opened a furniture boutique called House 2 Home back in August. We wanted to bring recognition to the cute space, so we invited a local boutique, Ella Chic Boutique, to join meet us there, along with a handful of clients from the past year! It was a fun evening with a tablescaping & accessorizing demo with wine and appetizers and great laughs!

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Real Estate Horror Story!

Happy Halloween from The Noll Team. Not everyday is a walk in the park as a Realtor, sometimes you get to see some pretty eerie things. Check out this story from Brad —

Early in my career, I had a Real Estate investor who wanted to buy a home on a dark and dreary night…on a street I had never been on before. Just like any new inexperienced Realtors, I jumped at the chance to show a home.

Approaching the vacant home, we could tell it was subject to vandalism. I guess for $4000 this home was a steal. With a flashlight in one hand and in the other the emergency contact for 911, we slowly entered the home from the back door. 

If the dark and dreary night was not scary enough, the other Realtor decided to put the lockbox on the backdoor having us make our way through the old rickety fence. As we began to unlock the lockbox and remove the key, we noticed a shattered window. We entered the kitchen and on that same shattered window we noticed dried blood had dripped down the side of the wall. It was obvious someone had broken in. 

The big question was "How long ago?” It was right at this moment when I questioned my career choice. Boarded windows, creaky floors, winterized plumbing, all added to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. We continued to tour the home at a pace similar to my heartbeat..very fast. I wanted to get out of there. 

Just before leaving this home, we noticed the attic access in the laundry room was opened with a ladder down leading us to the attic. We proceeded with caution. Our curiosity got the best of us and of course I climbed up. In the next one and a half seconds, I peered into the attic noticing a sleeping bag and without hesitating or trying to figure out if someone was there. I immediately jumped down, and my client and I exited as fast as we could. The scariest part of the whole story is that my client liked it, we wrote the offer and he bought it! It truly was ‘trick or treat.’

On a different occasion, Brad walked into a house to find this…thing —

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Never a dull moment as a Realtor! There are tons of stories like this, next time you chat with your agent, ask them the weirdest thing they’ve ever come across in a home!!

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Zillow v Realtor.com

By: Tiffany Flemming

If you’re going to search for homes over the weekend, make sure you’re using the best source possible. “In today’s competitive market, having immediate and accurate information is crucial to having a competitive advantage.” - Tiffany Flemming

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Realtor.com is directly syndicated thru our Indiana Regional Multiple Listing System (IRMLS), which is operated by the non-profit; The Upstate Alliance of REALTORS®(UPSTAR). Realtors submit ALL their listings to the IRMLS, and are usually shown on Realtor.com within 15 minutes. “Realtor.com and local brokerage sites are more complete, timely, and accurate because of direct access to the IRMLS.” – Tiffany Flemming

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Zillow (owns Trulia) is a for-profit who aggregates their listing data from National Broker sites, other third-party sources (e.g. Oodle, hotpads, public records etc.), or directly from property owner (Make Me Move) or agent. This could take multiple days for information to be updated, and allows for greater error of information. Our IRMLS does not syndicate to Zillow.

So what's the difference?  Zillow may include more rentals as well as off-market or up and coming listings that a broker is marketing yet hasn't loaded into the MLS database. It’s in Zillow’s best interest to show you as many properties as possible, whether they’re really for sale or not, in order to keep you on their site longer and to entice you to submit your information. UPSTAR does not allow “coming soon” or “pocket listing” advertising.

Zillow makes money by capturing leads (aka every time you request information about a particular home), where then that information is then sold to an Agent as a paid advertiser. These agents have paid significant amount of money to have access to your information.

“If your dream home is something specific - 2 Story home, built in the 1980’s on 2 acres with city sewer – you’re best served by contacting your preferred Noll Team Realtor where they can connect you with free, direct access to our local MLS thru a defined client portal. It’s the most comprehensive and up to date search interface provided, at a local level.” – Tiffany Flemming

Visit our contact page and reach out for any of your home needs - we’d love to help!


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Meet Lori!
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Lori is our client care specialist here at The Noll Team, she helps with everything related to transactions when buying or selling a home! She was born here in Fort Wayne, moved to Buffalo, New York for several years, then came back! She grew up going to Whispering Meadows, Woodside, and then chose to be homeschooled for highschool. Her recommendation to those considering homeschooling is that it’s only for students dedicated to their schooling, as well as students with a dedicated support system for that schooling.

Back in school, social studies was her favorite. She said she did not do sports growing up, and to this day “excercise is against my religion.” In her freetime, she’s an avid reader — C.S. Lewis being her favorite author. “Till We Have Faces” being her favorite from his works, because it's an interesting take on an old story.

Most of her evenings are spent going house to house to see some of her 7 siblings!! That’s right — she has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Lori is the youngest, and gets to spend time with her 10 nieces and nephews from time to time to make sure their parents get to experience adult life away from kids every once and awhile.

Her greatest asset right now is her witty sense of humor, and she’s keeping watch of her brother’s dog while he’s away for the army. Ruby (nicknamed ‘Little Girl’) is a beagle/daschund mix if you ask her brother…but possibly also a chihuaha-weenie dog if you ask her brother’s girlfriend. Either way…she’s adorable!

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Bridgewater Neighborhood

One of the most sought after neighborhoods on the SW side of Fort Wayne - Bridgewater! Complete with sidewalks on both sides of the street so your kids can walk to their friend's house with ease! There are ponds on nearly every street, making for a beautiful view from every backyard! Homes in this neighborhood send their kids to Southwest Allen County Schools. Covington Elementary and Woodside Middle School are both within walking distance, and Homestead High School is a 5 minute drive away! You're down the road from the highway, so you can get to any part of Fort Wayne easily! 

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Selling 101: FSBO or Using a Realtor?

People always ask, why use a Realtor when you could do a ‘for sale by owner?’ Using a trusted Realtor makes sure you, the seller, get the best experience throughout the process. It also ensures the buyer that everything from the home price to inspections have been completed by a professional.

The market is hot. There are a lot of buyers but not a lot of sellers, and navigating through many offers can be very difficult without the help of a trusted Realtor. People always ask who sets the price of a home — FSBO often come with an uneducated sale price. A trusted Realtor will look at the market and do a professional analysis of consumer driven resources like Zillow, will look at other homes in the area and what they’re selling for, and they will take into consideration the cost of inspections and what work might need done on the house!

We’d be happy to answer any and all of your questions. Get in touch with us today!

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This is Lindsay!
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Lindsay is from Jackson, Michigan. In highschool she was an avid varsity soccer and basketball player! Fun fact: she met Brad in middle school, and they started dating in highschool! She went on to Indiana Wesleyan for nursing, whereas he went to play basketball for IPFW. They successfully did the ‘long distance thing’ for a few years before he proposed to her in the airport after she had been out of the country for a bit! Fast forward and they moved to Fort Wayne, where Lindsay became a nurse at Lutheran where she stayed for 6 and a half years. She loved the environment that kept her around people all the time. This was a place that allowed her to constantly learn new things and she just really liked helping people feel better. Nowadays she volunteers her skillsets at The Hope Center on Calhoun. She’s been doing it every week for the past year and a half, and she loves that she gets to mentor young pregnant women there. She found out about The Hope Center from The Chapel, where she goes to church. The Chapel is great about addressing the needs of the community, and Lindsay is the type that when she sees a need, she will help fulfill it if she can! The Chapel also brought her attention to a medical mission trip to Haiti this past October with Mission of Hope. She says that her calling from God was to be a nurse, and God’s call back to nursing was to go to Haiti for a week!

Brad and Lindsay have been in Fort Wayne for a long while now — Lindsay says they just love all the people they’ve met and the relationships they’ve developed and they enjoy all the local businesses around. The low cost of living here makes it easy for them to travel out to California to visit family. Fort Wayne is where her kids have grown up, Breana, 11, Delaney, 8, and Trey, 6. All three kids are interested in golf and basketball — no surprise if you know their parents! Lindsay loves being a mom. She says their innocence and whole different perspective on life is encouraging, and she loves how unique they all are from eachother.

In spare moments, Lindsay enjoys golf (she officially has a handicap of 34 by the way.) She also enjoys getting coffee with friends and reading. Books on her list this year were Love Lives Here by Maria Goff, Growing Up Social by Arlene Pellicane and Gary Chapman, and Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. She’s got an adorable 1 year old Cockapoo named Gryffin (named after the Harry Potter house Gryffindor.)

Lindsay’s role with The Noll Team is to fulfill whatever needs the team has. 2 years ago she started with a goal to throw housewarming parties which she loves doing along with staging houses. Both things allow her creativity to flow a little bit, which she enjoys. She also aids in event planning and helps with any marketing needs.

“Meaning of Life: Find your gift and give it away!”

Get in touch with Lindsay —

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Here is Karen!!
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Karen makes it all happen. She came to the Noll Team in 2015 as a transaction coordinator, but since has grown to become Brad's Executive Assistant. Day to day she manages all the loose ends and the small details that come with managing Brad's busy busy schedule. Her favorite thing to do is to connect with all of the clients and really deepen relationships. She's originally from Buffalo, New York, where she went to Amhurst Central, and then onto flight attendant school! (We're happy she chose to work with us instead of on planes ;) ) 

In highschool she was an athlete -- a setter on the volleyball team! She met her (football playing) husband in New York at a mutual place of work - Tuxedo Junction! They got married and moved to Fort Wayne 15 years ago for his work at Steel Dynamics. They have 3 kids: Ryan, 23, General Manager at Skyzone finishing his business degree at Ivy Tech, Nathan, 21, playing rugby at Purdue while studying Building Construction, and Sammy, 15, who is a sophomore at Carroll and plays lacrosse! They also rescued an adorable boxer lab, Bear! He's 3 years old and is full of emotion! 

When new to Fort Wayne, she worked in the Special Education department at Huntertown Elementary as an aid. This was her passion - and she's continued her passion of helping others to this day, just in different ways! She volunteers for the RAK club, Random Acts of Kindness. She serves others every day on The Noll Team, connecting with people. She thrives on those relationships! She is always coming up with new and innovative methods to grow relationships to keep referrals coming into our business!  

 

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What’s it like being married to a realtor?
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By: Lindsay Noll

At least once a month, he says he could sell our house and asks if I’m ready to move. He could have sold it three times this month…right, Justin? I have no doubt in my mind. Truth is, we would both rather help our clients find homes than do it ourselves.

When booking a hotel, the number one requirement…wifi “in case we need to write an offer or an offer is submitted on his listing.” 

“I Got a Guy” for everything from who to order flowers from to the best coffee shop in town as well as contractors, plumbers, painters etc. 

Our cars have high mileage…130,000 miles to be exact. I watch my husband drive our street like a tennis match back and forth back and forth while “finishing up calls” on his way home. For fun, he drives through neighborhoods. He happily gives tours of Fort Wayne to potential new residents and is a huge advocate for the city of Fort Wayne.

It’s tough on me seeing “Other Signs.” I get defensive when I find out friends, family or people I know used “another realtor.” It’s especially difficult when they live on our street and I have to drive by the sign daily. It puzzles me when after selling three homes on our street in less than a day they would use someone else. He can’t and won’t sell them all. Being married to a realtor for 15 years, I am learning there are other agents who will do a great job. We sometimes need to humble ourselves and appreciate the competition.

Unpredictable: My husband leaves the house with “no appointments” scheduled for the day and says “I might be home early around 3 or 4,” but “Things came up,” “I was putting out fires,”  “We had two referrals I needed to call by the end of the day,” and “Clients called right at 5 o’clock when I was leaving the office,” so “I won’t be home for dinner.” Unpredictability is teaching me flexibility, grace and proper expectations.

Some may say that being married to a realtor means you have no weekends. I’m happy to say that because we have an amazing team and clients, we do have weekends and vacations where we spend quality time together. After all, love is spelled T-I-M-E. It has taken a few years, but he is intentional about putting our family first.

He builds Character and Strength through relationships observing his patience as he walks alongside people at their best and at their worst. During stressful large purchases, he is energized and focused. He spends hours on the phone understanding, negotiating, advocating, empathizing and counseling. 

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Proud: I pass his real estate sign in town, and I snap a selfie with it. 

Good Conversation: Many conversations revolve around the local housing market. My husband is constantly learning and educating himself on the market. This equips me for these everyday conversations. When we could be watching television at night, we are usually at our kitchen island planning the next client party, discussing business strategy or revisiting the latest Buffini podcast. There is no lack of conversation or busyness running our own business.

Serve others on a daily basis. Above all, running a business gives our hearts an avenue to serve. It provides the means to meet unique and interesting people, commits us to providing the most basic need of housing and build a sense of community where we live and serve people with the best version of ourselves. I see the behind the scenes work my husband puts in on a daily basis to be the best he can be for his clients. To ultimately serve them in a way that he can “put his name to.” He spends countless hours studying, being coached and mentored, reading, analyzing and improving his business. Real Estate is not a part time job to him. 

My Favorite, Fun: I get to see the smile and enthusiasm he has when he makes the phone call to say “You got the house!!” Priceless. We’ve driven to clients homes at 11:00 at night, rang the door bell, and celebrated in person with adrenaline flowing and glasses clinking. Toasting to another American Dream being lived out right here in Indiana makes every moment worth it.

 

 

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George!!

This is George, our 'CEO' - 'Chief Errand Officer!' He's a retiree after 35 years at a telephone company up in Warsaw and 11 year sales rep of Wilders Unlimited! He's been married for 52 years to his wife, Jane. She's the president of their neighborhood association, Autumn Ridge, and has served with Habitat for Humanity for the past 15 years. She also hosts a monthly bridge at her house, of which George steers clear of! In his spare time he loves to golf!! 

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Meet Charity!
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Charity is awesome. She was made to serve others, and cannot see herself doing it any other way than with real estate right now! She grew up in a smaller town in Indiana, attending Lakeland Highschool in Lagrange. She went on to play basketball for St. Francis. It was at St. Francis that she met her husband, who played baseball at the time. Together they have 2 kids, a 3rd grader and a kindergartener and an adorable 2 year old miniature goldendoodle named Rizzo! 

Real estate wasn't the first thing she did out of school, she did some recruiting for financial advisors and some college coaching. She came to real estate in 2012, where she learned, from Brad, how to believe in herself and gain confidence to make the switch to a job with no salary. She loves being a trusted advisor to those she meets as she helps them through one of the biggest decisions of their life. She loves to serve people by walking them through the whole process while getting to know them.

She does say at times things can get weird when you walk into some homes -- one such time was when she entered a darkened home, heard a noise, but could only see a very large covered birdcage, and had no idea what was inside. Right now the job is a little emotionally difficult, with so many buyers on the market, it's hard to watch people get attached to their 'dream home,' only to have 10 other people put offers down on the same home. By the end, though, everyone does find the house that was truly meant for them! 

This career has been great for her, because she thrives in a team environment. She enjoys being in a room full of likeminded people, collaborating together, and helping pick someone up when they're down. On a personal level, she's the trustworthy ear on the team. She's great with problem solving and is a great leader, willing to listen and bounce ideas with. 

Get in touch with Charity! 

 

 

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This is Alan!
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Alan grew up in Ohio, has spent much of the rest of his life in Fort Wayne! He graduated from Leo Highschool and went onto Western Michigan University for Advertising with a Marketing minor. After school, he went to work at his dad's medical company for awhile in sales! After a few years there, he was ready for a change and went into logistics where he was a broker, expediting shipments for 3 large auto makers. 

He says he has always loved real estate, so when it was time for another career change, he followed his heart right into working with The Noll Team, where he's been for nearly 3 years. He loves the relationship building amongst the team and with clients that come with the job. 

He's been married almost 3 years to his wife, Kelli, who works as a nurse at the Dekalb ER. Together they have a 3 year old charcoal lab, Ellie. In his free time, Alan enjoys Indy cars and travels around to the races. When asked what special thing he brings to the team, he says besides a receding hairline, he brings a high attention to detail with a 'jack of all trades' kind of skillset! 

Get in touch with Alan! 

 

 

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