TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Two sisters from Terre Haute aim to restore historic houses in the city and revitalize the place they’ll always call home.
Jennifer Mullen is an active member in the 12 Points revitalization effort. Now she and her twin sister, Jessica, have invested in Mullen Renovations LLC to give back to their hometown.
After buying three homes on the north end of Terre Haute, near 12 Points, Jennifer and Jessica have their work cut out for them.
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The sisters started investing in properties last September.
“They’re going to be quality, with integrity, safe,” Jennifer said.
Jennifer said she wouldn’t start a business without that mission.
“Something that we can stand behind and put our name behind and make that Mullen name proud.”
Jessica said location was key when choosing which properties to invest in.
“The 12 Points area is bringing life back to itself,” Jessica said. “And it’s revamping that area to really enjoy it.”
The sisters helped their dad clean up his investment properties when they were kids, a venture he took on to bring in some extra money for his family. Now they hope to carry on that legacy.
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“Now that we’re older we’re able to pick up where we left off, and now we’re doing the investing, we’re doing the properties and now dad is helping us too,” Jessica said.
Jessica moved from Terre Haute to Indianapolis 12 years ago. She says she hopes Mullen Renovations will help entice people back to Terre Haute, like watching the city’s growth has done for her over the years.
“Everytime I come back it looks different, it looks better, it looks cleaner it feels like people are caring more,” she said. ” I do love my home in Indianapolis, but my heart is in Terre Haute, my family is in Terre Haute.”
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Jennifer said she moved away from Terre Haute for one year, but that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
“While I’m here, I feel like, you’ve got to bloom where you’re planted, you’ve got to leave a footprint, so if I can make where i live a better place, then I might as well get everybody roped in because we can go further, faster, together,” she said.
The sisters are planning to sell one of their properties soon. They say one thing that has made this process much easier is buying homes very cheap right now with interest rates down.