Home show opens amidst promising housing market trends

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With 91 years under its belt, the Indianapolis Home Show kicked off this weekend at the state fairgrounds. It starts amidst promising trends in the state housing market.

The Indiana Association of Realtors reported 2012 as a “strong turnaround” year for real estate. The group reported a 15 percent spike in home sales, calling it the best year since the recession began.

Those strong numbers add up to a lot of optimism surrounding this year’s home show.

“(We have) really cool things to blow people away this year,” Brad Kriner of Fischer Homes said.

That includes the largest full-scale model home ever built for the show. The Fischer Homes project took weeks to create. It’s a two-story model that attendees can tour, complete with full furnishings.

“(It) gives me so many ideas of things that I want to do,” attendee Mary Julius said.

Julius drove all the way from Brown County to attend the show. She and her daughter go nearly every year, since it’s the easiest way to get everything in one place.

“My husband and I are looking for a new roof … and also our linoleum floors are (old) and we’re looking for something different,” Julius said.

Julius planned to spend all day at the show, getting every bit of information that she can. Many exhibitors have participated for decades, because of their ability to talk face-to-face with potential customers.

The Indianapolis Home Show continues every day at the fairgrounds through February 3rd.

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