I’m Jill. I’m honored you are here, checking out my services and considering me as your agent.
I do love people and helping them. It has been the theme of everything I’ve done in life. If you are here looking for a Realtor, it means you either live here already or are moving here, and that means we will be Southsiders together, and I always love to gather more friends into this community!
I’m 48 now. I am married to Aaron. We have two kids, Nathan, who is 15, and Faith, who is 11, and they both attend Center Grove Schools. We have two cats, Aspen, a Bengal, and Simon, a Siamese.
We live in Center Grove off Peterman Road between Smith Valley and Fairview. We’ve lived here for 10 years now, and it grew on me. I admit to being a small-town country girl. I had thoughts of someday living in the country. But now I can’t give up my city conveniences and fun things to do and be involved in. It is a great place to live!
My husband works in Columbus, Indiana, for Cummins, Inc. His department has offices both in downtown Indianapolis and in Columbus, and he commutes both places. We attend Calvary Lutheran Church in the Southport area. Our son is very involved in Robotics at school and our daughter loves her local Children’s Theater group. We are IndyCar fans…not just fans of the Indy 500, but we follow the IndyCar series and attend other races. My husband and I love to go to concerts and eat great food, so we make it our mission to try out all the local restaurants.
Personally, when I’m not working or “Momming”, I love being creative. I like to cook, do projects around the house, and I have a knack for costuming that I put to work with my daughter’s theater company.
Places I’ve called home
I grew up in a rural farm community in Missouri. I lived in a small town called Bethel which had a population of around 100! I have deep roots there and my parents still live in the home my dad built when I was 8-years-old. I really do appreciate close community. And I have a love for all types of land, property and home designs because of my beginnings. I love everything from a farmhouse, to clean modern.
Life moved me to California in my mid-twenties. I spent my 3 years there living in an apartment in an outer suburb of Los Angeles. There you will find rows upon rows and miles upon miles of spec homes. There was not a unique home to be found there. But people make the house a home, right? The people there were just as warm and accepting as where I grew up.
When I returned east, I lived on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The Eagle Creek area is where I bought my first house…all by myself! It was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath detached home in a subdivision. Later I got married and we lived in a 4-bedroom house in Pike Township until we moved to Greenwood to be closer to my husband’s job in Columbus. For the past 10 years, we have owned a 4-bedroom Drees Home that we bought as a model when Drees was leaving our development when the housing economy tanked in 2008. It is a home we love and are raising our kids in, which is good because we purchased it in the summer at the prices before the economic fallout later that year!
BECOMING A REALTOR
My real estate career came later in life. It was a culmination of much of my life experiences leading to me being uniquely fitted for it.
As a child, my father was a carpenter in a rural farm community. He built barns, shingled roofs, remodeled homes, fixed anything, and even built a few houses from the ground up. When he was planning, he would give me pieces of graph paper so that I could draw out my house designs. I loved floor-planning and from a young age could “see” something in 3-D that I was drawing on paper.
This was the beginning of a lifelong interest in layout, the flow of life through a space, and finding unique and surprising ways to design. I love homes. I remember being out driving as a child and just wishing I could see the inside of them. I want to see them all! I love to go house-hunting with buyers, and I am so interested in the unique details of every house that a seller wants me to market. I believe that what you love about your home is what other people will love as well!
Another event that had a lasting effect was when I was in the process of selling my first home. This was in the year 2000. I was enjoying a “shabby chic” look in my little starter home. But my iteration of that was a little more junky and cluttered. I “over-decorated” with my findings at thrift stores and antique shops. I was comfortable with it, but it wasn’t working for my realtor. He suggested we move some things to the garage. He stayed and helped me, and we ended up moving out a third of my furniture and more than half of my decor. And when my home sold a few months later…I realized that I didn’t miss my stuff anymore. I actually loved the more clean, modern look. It truly changed my life.
To this day I lean more minimalist and I love helping people to go through that process. It is never a process to be forced. Everyone can use some hand-holding when they decide to declutter! This is another life experience that helps me connect with sellers who want to make their home look its best. I do love to help sellers “stage” their homes. And by that I don’t mean go buy all the latest home decor or hire someone to refurnish the place. I love to help you use what you already have in the best possible way to incite a buyer to feel something positive…feel at home, have that sense that there is ample space, that your home is a warm, inviting place, and just feel the need to stay awhile!
I became a photographer mid-life, while my kiddos were still young and I was a stay-at-home mom. I loved photographing things that would stand still…like Seniors in high school and HOUSES! My spacial-awareness was a great skill for the right angles and lighting needed in photography. And I loved the editing. At the time, photos of listed homes were not the best quality. Cameras and smartphones have helped photo-quality in recent years, but I still think that a professional eye creates the “best” of whatever subject you are photographing. I love to bring that skill to my clients. Instead of an added expense, photographing a seller’s home is just part of my personal service.
The most recent job I had was as a Blogger…the type of blogger who blogs for money using Google ads. For years I have studied SEO (Search Engine Optimization…ie “how to get Google to love your website”), Pinterest Strategy and Social Media. The greatest asset from my web background is the expertise that I bring to marketing homes for sale.
I’ve bought and sold a few of my own homes, and I know how that feels. I want you to know that I’m here as your adviser. Your Realtor is never the driver, you are. I will share every piece of knowledge and wisdom I have with you, but the decisions are yours. My goal is to serve you and help you get the best result for you!
I love this job! I love learning more about it every day. I love houses and I love to know everything I can about real estate and my community here on the Southside of Indianapolis. You are going to love living here as much as I do!