GREENFIELD – A real estate company is returning to its old neighborhood after almost 50 years.
Roy Wilson’s FC Tucker Company office will move from its current location at 1726 N. State St. to an upgraded historic home at 920 N. State St. The new location is just two doors down from where his parents stayed. moved the family real estate agency in 1972.
Wilson has observed the evolution of the industry over the decades and says the growth of the region leaves the agency poised for continued success into the future.
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Her parents, Leon and Minnie Lou, started their agency in 1964 in the kitchen of their farm in Blue River Township. In 1967, they built a new house next door with an office, which they operated until 1972, when they moved the operation to 946 N. State St., now Price Eye Care.
In the late 1990s, the agency moved to 1726 N. State St., where a Crew Carwash will soon be installed.
With a move-in date in early April, Wilson’s new office will house around 15 FC Tucker agents.
“It’s kind of deja vu, it really is,” Wilson said. “In this section of State Street, it just feels a little more intimate, and I think it’s interesting that we’re going to an old house. We’re a little excited about it, frankly.
Ben Crouch, who began his career with Wilson in 1995, is also eagerly awaiting the move.
“There are advantages to being here in a more commercial area, of course, but I think between here and there we will be found,” he said.
Wilson and Crouch said the new location will have a modern, open, warm and welcoming feel and less of an office feel.
Technology is one of the primary ways Wilson has seen real estate evolve over the decades. When the current office was built at 1726 N. State St., for example, little space could be saved.
“Today we don’t need that big office because a lot of it is done online and via text anywhere,” Wilson said. “Technology has made business easier in many ways… But it’s nice to know your employees, the people you work with, to develop relationships, and it’s more difficult to manage relationships with technology. “
“There are fewer hours spent in front of someone,” he said.
Business stays strong, it doesn’t seem or sound like it anymore.
“When we built this building,” Wilson said, referring to the current location at 1726 N. State St., “it was completely full and there were a lot of people, and people were coming and going and the phones. were ringing all the time, and we’re doing more business than back then, but the fuss is not there.
As technology increased, this commotion decreased.
“If anyone wanted to know more about a house before 2000, they had to pick up the phone,” Crouch said. “Now they pick up the phone after they’ve done all the legwork that we used to do. They’ve been online. It feels like you’ve been in a house, really, when you walk through it for the first time.
Virtual tours don’t always equate to in-person tours.
“A typical response today is for someone to walk into a house and say, ‘Well, that doesn’t sound like what it’s been online,” Wilson said with a laugh. “Good or bad, it doesn’t sound like it.” “
Wilson and Crouch’s outlook for local real estate is positive, especially in light of all the growth in the western townships of the county, where dozens of large, move-in-ready buildings are underway.
“It’s going to continue to grow,” Crouch said. “Obviously our Hancock County location to all of these new industrial parks and big box facilities; I think we are in a privileged position to continue to see good things.
Wilson added that much of the county’s growth is due to Indianapolis suburbs.
“It’s kind of a wave; the north side continues to slide in that direction, ”he said. “And the New Palestine area, of course, has always been a growth area, and I think it’s kind of a slide to compress that area. High increase; we are blessed with geography.