Top Agent for Indiana Selected by Top Agent Magazine for November: No Surprise Here, Heather Upton of The Real Estate Pros Chosen

Heather Upton was nominated for Top Agent Magazines Top Agent of November and ultimately won this coveted recognition. What does she credit all of her success to and what are her plans for the future?

After more than a decade in the business, from working for other agents to starting her own successful team, Heather Upton of Keller Williams and The Real Estate Pros dishes on her secret to success (hint there is no real secret besides hard work and a great team) and talks about her future real estate plans.

PENDLETON, IN – Nov.11, 2014- No one was more surprised to be recognized for her excellence by Top Agent Magazine than Heather [Upton] herself. After top agentsworking for other agents for years she made the bold decision to go out on her own with the small goal of selling one house a month. To her amazement (but not to those around her) her business took off. She has used social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more to help market herself and has been very successful in keeping up with current trends, finding what customers really want, and being an active participant in the community.

While her success may seem like overnight success to an outsider the truth is that she was able to experience real estate from the operations side for years and for that she can contribute some of her success. She says she feels that with that experience she was able to pinpoint what it was that would frustrate clients (lack of communication) and has constructed her business to ensure that every client and every customer has open lines of communication with her and their agent.

Heather has created a team consisting of experienced and beginners alike. She likes to keep the focus on the team as a whole, “The Real Estate Pros,” and as a group they have no intention of slowing down. They intend to continue growing and eventually would like to duplicate their success in another market as well.

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The 7th Annual Outfitters Block Party! Mark Your Calendars!

Don’t miss the 7th annual Outfitters block party! If you’ve never been let me give you a run down of what to expect.  In addition to the live music, bounce houses, food, fun, festivities, people, and fireworks you will also enjoy knowing that the $5.00 entry fee is going towards such an amazing local charity.  Outfitters helps to clothe children in our own community.  This past year alone they helped to clothe 800 school aged children.  We are proud to help sponsor this incredibly worthwhile cause and look forward to seeing all of you partaking in the community spirit and fun! See you soon!

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The Importance of Community: In My Own Opinion

You may have seen us at many local events in town, the most recent being this weekend at the annual Heritage Fair and Fall Festival.  And while I would be pendleton with logolying if I didn’t acknowledge the business side to it all, the real motivation is for us to get out and get involved in our community.  Until I moved to Pendleton and  became a realtor, I have to admit that I didn’t fully understand the importance that community and camaraderie served in our everyday lives.  In fact, being able to meet new people, talk with my extended neighbors, appreciate the beauty of our town, explore different areas of our town, attend local events, and support local causes the best I can is the real reason that I love my job.

Generations ago a person’s community served a vital part in their lives.  They assisted one another, bartered goods, helped raised children, and went through tough times together as a team.  With our society now functioning at such a fast pace and having access to other outlets, somewhere along the way many of us have lost our dedication to our community.  Over the years, especially in my profession, I have met countless people who have never so much as met their next door neighbor! Not only is your neighbor one of your best allies against neighborhood crime but they can lend a cup of sugar, help get your mail while on vacation, and the person most likely to see you in your underwear when you lock yourself out grabbing the paper.  With potential like that it seems silly to not at least take the first step and introduce yourself.

We are very lucky to live in a town that still values community which is evident by the many events geared towards bringing our community closer together.  It is also displayed in the many random acts of kindness that I have witnessed over the years.  With that being said I’d like to issue a challenge to each of you to get more involved in our community.  This can be a silent challenge or you can message me your act, I’d love to hear them.  Here are some ideas to get you and your family more involved and help benefit our entire community:

* Introduce yourself to your neighbors (It doesn’t hurt to bring a little plate of cookies).  Even if you have been there for years it is never too late to make a new friend.

* Participate in a random act of kindness.  This can range from helping an elderly neighbor rake her leaves to cooking up an extra meal for a busy single mom!

* Attending community events.  The more people that come out and support these events helps to ensure that the events continue!

* Buying local.  Buying as many items locally as you can helps keep the money within our own community!

* Organizing a neighborhood or street cook-out or get together.  Sometimes all it takes is for someone to make the initial connection to help bring a community together.

* Volunteering.  We have many wonderful and worthwhile charities in our community and surrounding area.  I have forged some of my most meaningful relationships with people who have the same passion that I do while volunteering.





Local Business Spotlight: RenCon

While it is easy to focus on the restaurants and retails shops that keep our local community thriving it is important to focus on the local businesses rencon logothat don’t receive as much notoriety.  One of these such businesses is RenCon “Renovation and Construction” and was founded in 2008 by Shane Skinner and Jeremy Bergunder but moved to their 5,000 square foot headquarters in Pendleton in March of 2012.  Located on S.R. 9, this company earned the title of “11th Fastest Growing Private Company in the Indianapolis Area” and continues to adhere to the hard work and dedication that it took to achieve this title.  Another reason we need to continue to celebrate our local businesses such as this one is that they employ 40+ employees as well as partner with a diverse network of subcontractors and vendors.  These jobs are priceless to our local economy and obviously to the employees themselves.  If you own a business, are thinking of starting a business, or know someone who is, RenCon specializes in commercial construction of restaurants and retail establishments and could update, fix, or construct a space that would be ideally suited to your businesses needs.  Some of their clients include the likes of; Dollar General, Midas, Meijer, Starbucks, Walnut Ridge, Pizza King, Maggianos, and the list goes on an on.  Clearly they have a very high reputation for exceptional work!

Be sure to continue your support of local businesses! They truly are the backbone of our community and an irreplaceable part of our infrastructure.

I’ve Taken the Liberty to Help Plan Your Weekend

I love when the weather starts getting nice out, it’s like the city comes alive! With that there are always lots of fun ways to get out, enjoy the   may calendarweather, get involved in the community, meet new people, get in quality family time, and make the most of every weekend. This weekend there is so much fun going on that I thought I would go ahead and make an itinerary to help you keep it straight!

Friday: (Girls Night Out)
6:00 @ the Toscana Event Centre: “Art of the Bottle” a wine and paint class…. enjoy some vino while exploring your inner artist! A perfect way to start your event filled girls night out!

7:00 @ The Salon Professional Academy: A fashion show, door prizes, and giveaways to benefit the Animal Protection League! Only $5 at the door! This is a great girls night out idea!

10:00 @ Hoosier Park: The Flying Toasters are preforming. If you haven’t seen them before you definitely need to check them out! This is the perfect next locale for your girls night.

Saturday: (Family Day)
8:00-12:00 @ Falls Park: The Pendleton Farmers market opens. With even more vendors than last year this is the perfect way to start your Saturday with the kids. You can purchase some delicious fresh produce and let the kids play at the park.

9:00-1:00 @ The Athletic Park: The Anderson Farmer’s market is in full swing. With lots of home made crafts, vendors, fresh produce, and live entertainment the lively atmosphere makes for an upbeat Saturday afternoon.

8:00am-7:00pm @ Canoe Country in Daleville. This is a great family activity that encourages teamwork and eliminates the distraction of technology, allowing for some real family bonding.

Sat Evening (Date Night or Family Night Idea): Go on a pizza hop in town. Visit each local pizza place and get a slice at each one. At the end of the night decide which is best (I’d love to hear which one you thought). The best route I have found is to start at Meadowbrook Pizza, then make your way to Art’s on 29th St., a must visit it Tommy J’s then make sure to hit up Scampy’s, then come towards Pendleton and stop at Greek’s before stopping at the last stop 1820 Pizzeria. By the end of the night you will have had a great adventure and certainly a full belly.

(If you are kidless for the night you can do the same type of adventure looking for the best Margarita in town!)

Sunday: (Mother’s Day)
10:00 am @ The Anderson Center for the Arts: Why not do something a bit different with your mom this year and check out the Gloria Garfinkel exhibit. Afterwards avoid the Mother’s Day lunch chaos by packing a lovely picnic and heading out to enjoy the weather at Mounds park.

Don’t forget there are always countless fun and unique things to do in our very own community if you just know where to look and stay open minded. You could find yourself re-discovering all that the city has to offer.

The Top 5 Great Reasons to Live in Pendleton

I’m sure for most of you are already very well aware of the amazing things that Pendleton has to offer as a town. And I know that everyone has ptown with textdifferent things that they love about our charming town… here are my 5 favorite reasons and I look forward to hearing your reasons as well.

* The school system: South Madison Community Schools are some of the highest rated in the state and house some of the most innovative and dedicated teachers.
* Falls Park: Year round the park offers beautiful scenery and tons of funs for kids and adults alike. Between playing on the playground, fishing, watching games at the ball diamonds down the street, and walking the paths you could spend an entire fun filled day at the park. Not to mention the Farmers market, Heritage Fair, and all of the other fun festivals and events they
* The downtown shopping. The entire atmosphere that comes with walking downtown is spectacular. Plus the wonderful shopping that we have right now is unbeatable.
* Jimmies Dairy Bar, Puzzles, The Bank Restaurant, Anita’s Kitchen, The Diner, Real Hacienda, Sahms, etc… What can I say? I love good food!
* THE PEOPLE: Of course I saved the best for last! It is few and far between that I run into anyone that is less than friendly, smiling, and helpful! If you live in Pendleton chances are you have some of the greatest neighbors there are!

Warm Weather Fun in Anderson

While there are some things you can only do when it’s snowing, sledding, skiing, snow ball fights; I am more than prepared to give all that up to start anderson in summer picsenjoying some of the “warm weather only” experiences in Anderson.  One of my favorite things I look forward during the warmer weather in town is the opening of Gene’s Rootbeer stand and Frazier’s.  Hardly a week goes by that I don’t find myself at one of these restaurants either craving a chili dog or wanting to celebrate the summer with a crunch dipped cone.  Another must do activity that is only around when the snow is not is the live horse racing at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino.  While the gambling itself is an adult only activity the whole family can enjoy sitting outdoors and watching these amazing animals as they rush around the track.  If you are looking for some more family fun then you can’t beat the Applewood Raceway go carting.  Yet another warm weather only favorite! As the weather continues to get warmer we will start to see the opening of the local pools! With a couple to choose from in Anderson you are sure to find one close to home to serve as a great place to cool off and socialize.  Last but not least one of the things that I am most looking forward to is the return of the Farmers Market.  I love buying and supporting locally and feel better knowing where my food is coming from.  The city of Anderson has really assisted in the creation of the local Farmers market and there is always tons of booths and goodies to browse.  This is the ideal Saturday morning tradition to begin with your family.  What are some of the things you are most looking forward to as the temperatures continue to climb?

The Most Under-Utilized Place in Anderson

What if I told you there was a place in Anderson that you can check out some great movies,  learn about all of the newest and most useful aplpicapps, bring your kids on rainy/snowy days to keep them entertained, participate in classes specifically for your babies or toddlers, learn important computer programs, get homework help for your children, meet friends by joining a book club, or even learning about your health insurance choices, and the list goes on and on?  Would you believe that our very own Anderson Public Library offers all of these services and it’s all free! It seems that most of us just assume a library lends books and that’s it but now-a-days the library is a great place to socialize with other parents, encourage your child’s love for learning, and educate yourself on the newest or necessary computer know how.  In fact every week they seem to be adding new and exciting activities and events to their busy calendar.  Sign up for their library newsletter or check back often to see what fun and educational things they are offering or better yet take the family one day and explore each unique nook and cranny!