08.13 Ted's Market
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As you might've seen, we recently took a team trip to Ted's Market! What started out as a grocery store was converted over 500+ days ago (as they post up on a chalkboard for passerby's still in search of groceries) into a restaurant, beer hall, wine bar, and coffee bar! 

In their all-age beer hall, they feature a wide variety of craft beer on tap. During lunch hours, they offer house made soups, salads, and sandwiches. In the evening they add on pizzas and burgers! They have a couple different 'feature nights' like Taco & Trivia Tuesday, Pitcher & Pizza Wednesday, Food Truck Thursdays, and brunch on Sunday's! They have a wine bar downstairs that's a relaxed environment (21+) and a coffee bar in the main entrance serving locally roasted Utopian Coffee! 

Owner Brian Hench says outside of the craft beer, his favorite thing about Ted's the community aspect they have created. They try to draw family and friends out for a good time. "Come up here with a group of friends to enjoy the night. This is a place for neighbors to come and hang out. The best way to enjoy it is to plan to spend an hour or two.  Eat some good food, drink some good beer, and hang out for the evening." 

If you haven't, swing up North for an evening, you won't be disappointed! 

 

08.09 Tiffany!
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Tiffany grew up near Fort Wayne - Huntertown to be exact, and is a graduate of Carroll Highschool! Right now, in addition to working with The Noll Team, she serves at her local church! She's been married for 8 years to her husband, Eric, and they have an adorable dog named Boomer. 

Prior to working with the team, she worked for a couple nonprofits. She came to the team having known the Nolls for a long time, and started off 7 years ago doing some market/PR work. For the first couple of years, she just filled in wherever the team needed her, but now she sells houses full-time. She's always ready and willing to take up whatever the team needs, such as the meticulous process that helps a house go from "pending" to "closed." 

She thoroughly enjoys the relationships that come from selling a home. It allows her to reconnect with old friends and educate first time homebuyers. At one point in her life she was a coach, and the mentoring that came from coaching is similar to the mentoring that comes with buying a home. She doesn't consider her clients as clients, but rather as friends and family. Tiffany likes to make people laugh, it can really put people's mind at ease. There's always something that can go wrong in real estate, and it's so much easier to fix when you're on a friendly level with whom you're interacting with! 

Her strengths come in that she's really good at presenting the facts to her clients, but when it comes down to it, the client has to make the decision to buy. She said the challenge comes in trying to separate emotions from the transaction. 

Tiffany said through the years she's found loads of weird things in different houses from bats to a tub that no one could possibly fit into to inappropriate door knockers! One of her less favored experiences came from a time when she entered into a home to take some marketing photos, set off the alarm, and found out the hard way that she was in the wrong house!! 

Get in touch with Tiffany! 

 

 

 

Sabrina Medert
07. Water Backup Claims

Your home is one of your most important assets.  Homeowners insurance is meant to be a valuable tool for protecting that asset.  It's downright overwhelming if you were to create a list of all the ways your home could be damaged.  Even more troubling is that all homeowners insurance policies are not created equal.

 

One risk homeowners face is water damage from the backup of drainage/sewage systems or the failure of a sump pump (often referred to as Water Backup).  Water Backup is not a covered feature on a standard policy but a quality policy can extend coverage.

 

Here are some of the reasons we have heard why this type of loss "will never happen to me."

 

1 – Our sump pump won't fail, we have a backup system.

 

A backup system is a must for homes with a basement.  However, sump pumps can fail, blockages can occur or your system can be overloaded creating damage.

 

2 – I do not have anything in my crawl space or basement.

 

The cost to have a restoration company remove water and dry out your space alone will quickly approach thousands of dollars.

 

3 – I do not have a basement.

 

Floor drains and toilets are also areas of risk in which water/sewage can backup.

 

4 – If something happens I'll just clean it myself.

 

Water damage, structural drying, mold and sewage remediation is not something to be taken lightly.  Your home is an important asset, a professional restoration company is needed to keep it that way!

 

5 – My builder said our basement/crawl space does not need a sump pump.

 

See answers above.  To be blunt, if there is damage, is the builder willing to show up and restore your home and contents?

 

Not sure you have this coverage?  Enlist the help of an independent agent.  Coverage amounts vary by carrier but typically range from $5,000 to $100,000.

 

Joel and Jeremy Hyde

Colligan & Company

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Established in 1929, Colligan & Company is an insurance agency that serves families and businesses throughout Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities.  We create value for our clients by our local presence, by creating independent solutions, and by being a trusted advisor in a competitive industry.

Lindsay Noll
05. Mom Squad

The morning is starting early for you today. Just as you get up and look at your phone, Showtime is notifying you of a showing request for today at 10:00 am. What? The kids aren’t even out of bed! It is the first weekend your house is on the market! You cleaned and had everything ready for pictures three days ago, but life happened between then and now. Dinner dishes are still in the sink from the night before. The dog needs let out and fed. Your kids reliably pace themselves with snails through their entire morning routine. How will you confirm the showing, get everyone ready for the day, aaaaand get the house ready for its “One Shining Moment”?

You are not alone. Welcome to the “Mom Squad.” If you have children and are selling your home, you know your minivan can hold a lot more than the 8 passengers for which it was originally intended! At The Noll Team, we’ve helped hundreds of mom just like you get their homes ready to sell and strategize for showing days. You can do this!

 

Top Five List for Managing Showings with Kids:

  1. Before listing your home, pack up your closets. This not only helps make less “stuff” available for the children to scatter about the floor but also exposes baseboards and creates a sense of space and organization throughout your home and in your closets. This is also a good time to color code boxes packed in each of your children’s rooms with duct tape. When you move into your new house, put the corresponding color of duct tape on the door of each child's room so movers quickly know where to deliver the boxes.

  2. As you prepare for your first showing, designate one bin of toys per child for them to continue to play with throughout the showing process. Encourage responsibility by assigning each child the task of picking up his own toys before each showing. All other toys can be organized in the attic, garage or storage to be re-introduced after the move. Your children will develop a new appreciation for old toys, and you will keep your sanity!

  3. Just before each showing, utilize television for its baby-sitting skills, and allow the children to watch their favorite show in the living room while you prep. Or, put the kids in the car (In seatbelts! With the car on! And the garage door open! Safety first!) with a few books while you do your last-minute vacuum and run through. During these last five precious minutes, file papers from school in the circular file, wipe crumbs from the counter, straighten up beds, and lastly, pick up miscellaneous debris that magically appeared on your otherwise organized counter.

  4. During your first week of showings, cut yourself some slack, and go out to dinner at a kid-friendly restaurant. Suggestions include McCallister’s, Tucanos, which happens to be our kids’ first request, Red Robin, O’Charleys, Chick-Fil-A, complete with a play gym, or every child’s favorite, Zesto! Chances are, you will have multiple showings during dinner time. Keeping meals out of the kitchen prevents unwanted aromas from permeating your home. Alternatively, if you want intentional scents to welcome guests “home,” throw a roast or chicken in your slow cooker, or bake some fresh cookies or bread. You can purchase premade cookie dough to quickly make some delicious treats to sweeten up your guests. The price they offer for your home may even reflect your generosity!

  5. Lastly, make a list of fun activities to do as a family during showings.  Here are a few ideas to get you started: Visit a park, the zoo, Skyzone, Science Central, or even a friend! Find a local sport to participate in like golf, bowling, or walking the Fort Wayne trails. For a longer adventure, consider a Tin Caps game, a movie, or a tour of DeBrand Chocolates. With the kids, create memories at a painting funspot, Yo Yo Yogurt, a playground, or Mocha Lounge.

 

Lindsay Noll
02. "One Shining Moment"

 

This is March! This is Indiana! This is the best Team of Realtors you can find to serve you and your Fort Wayne, Indiana referrals. We love March Madness... but we love our clients and advocates a whole lot more! Today the Tournament begins!

“We are no longer hoopin’, but we’re still ballin’”
-Walter Bond

Catherine Blakemore
01. A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER

 

Our Team is Key

"Antique Skeleton Keys have a strong heritage and provide a pinnacle tool for the real estate business.  My grandfather gave me his set before he passed in December of 2016.  My grandfather, Miz Lehman, had owned a real estate business in a small Indiana community for over 55 years.  There are not many possessions in my life that I hold in high regard, except these keys.

There was a time when the locals never locked their doors.  Overnight, there came a time in history where locks were put on doors.  I had the privilege to ask my grandfather if this was a threat to his business.  As we all go through life, there are disruptors, challenges, hurdles, and obstacles.  The lock on the front door was a threat to his business.  

To me, not only do the keys represent the perseverance he had but the symbol that there will always be challenges.  He not only survived, he thrived.  I have great respect for the man Miz Lehman was and the legacy he built.  Our team leverages the mental and physical image these keys provide.  

One of our core values is to have an appreciation for where we’ve come from and honor those who came before us.  My hopes and dreams are the ancestors of my grandfathers hopes and dreams.  This is KEY to our success and those we serve!"

— Brad Noll, The Noll Team

Catherine Blakemore