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Open House in Anchorage Pointe

Open House in Anchorage

10 Anchorage Pointe Anchorage, KY 40223

Sunday, Nov. 5   2:00-4:00PM

ANCHORAGE SCHOOLS!! This beautiful extensively updated 5 BR brick 2-story with finished basement tucked near the back of peaceful Anchorage Pointe is sure to please! The mature landscaping and abundance of trees on 1/2+acre lot creates a peaceful setting from the front porch, the back patio, and the 3 season sunroom. NEW hardwoods on the main floor, NEW kitchen countertops, NEW appliances, COMPLETE REMODEL of the master bath, NEW paint throughout the entire interior and exterior, NEW carpet throughout finished lower level...pier lifts on the front porch added for superior structural support. This 5-bedroom home is truly MOVE-IN READY! Why spend tens of thousands more in private schools when you can INVEST IN YOUR HOME and the ANCHORAGE COMMUNITY for so much less? #1 Public School in KY!!

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Open House in Greenridge Estates

Open House Sunday, Nov. 5

Greenridge Estates: 9606 Brooks Bend Rd.

Sunday, 11/5 2-4pm

A fantastic 3 bedroom 2 bathroom split ranch home with a full finished basement, a rare find! Step inside to a bright open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. The eat-in kitchen has an abundance of cabinetry and direct access to the 2 car garage. The spacious living room is the heart of the home, with access to the back deck and above ground pool, perfect for entertaining. The master suite, offers a private full bathroom and large walk-in closet. Finishing off the main level are two more bedrooms and a bathroom conveniently located between the secondary rooms. The fully finished basement boast of a large family room, gaming areas, a bonus room, and storage/laundry room.

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Selling Your Home in the Fall

Selling Your Home in the Fall

If you’re entering the market this fall, you should know this is a great time to sell. Though the market is not as hot as the spring months, the fall is the second best season and currently, inventory is low.

There are several things you can do to improve your chances of selling quickly:

Curb Appeal is important year round, but should be prioritized during autumn months. While the weather cooperates, keep up with mowing and edging; water your lawn so it remains green. Dry and dead patches suggest the homeowner does not take care of their yard, and therefore may not take care of the home.  This is certainly not the impression you want to make. You can purchase quick-grow grass repair kits at any major home improvement store.

Trees are a nice feature, but you don't want to advertise the maintenance that comes with them. Rake dead leaves from the lawn and make sure the entry paths are clear.

Cut down summer vines and dead flowers, and replace with autumn flowers or accent with potted plants and pumpkins. Daisies, Calendula, Mums, and Tulips are nice options if you’d like to add a pop of color. Don’t forget to refresh the mulch beds by laying bulk mulch over existing beds.

Once your yard has been updated, take a look at your home’s exterior. You may need to touch up exterior paint, garage doors, windows, or your roof. The first thing potential buyers touch is the front door so you want to ensure you make a great first impression. If your door is outdated, consider updating with high quality hardware and a fresh coat of paint.  Ensure your windows are clean and caulked. Consider replacing fogged or broken seals as this will come up during inspection so you might as well get ahead of it.

The Interior of your home should shine just as bright as the exterior. Fresh paint, clean carpet and wood floors, updated kitchen and bath fixtures, and hardware...

Local Farms and Orchards to Enjoy this Fall

Looking to start fall family traditions or explore local farms with friends? You will find a number of farms and orchards close to Louisville for you to enjoy hay rides, pumpkin patches, and fresh cider. Here is a list of our favorites to enjoy this Fall:

Southern Indiana

Joe Huber's Farm - Enjoy pumpkin picking, a delicious restaurant, and festivals during the weekends with music and fun for the kids.

Huber's Orchard and Winery - The largest farm in southern Indiana, established in 1843, offers over 600 acres to explore. Each member in your household will love something about this orchard and winery, and you will surely make memories of a lifetime. Known for pumpkin picking and family activites, you can pick your own vegetables and fruit, or shop from their market. Enjoy homemade ice cream, a farm market, and wine or distilled spirits.

Farm Life - (Formly Deere Farms) Attractions include a large corn maze, pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay rides, and more.

Louisville

Sunny Acres Farm - Offers classes, field trips, hay rides, and a traveling barnyard if you would rather bring the farm to you.

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Traveling with Young Tots

Traveling with multiple young children CAN be enjoyable, fun, and successful. There are travel options for all trip lengths and budget. Your children are only this age once, and they will remember more than you think. We recently ventured to North Myrtle Beach with 2 yr. old twins and a 6 month old, and we utilized a few tips to make the trip a joyful experience.

  • Just go! Take the trip, and know the traveling is worth it and not impossible. Your children are strong and capable of handling it. The experiences you provide today are what make dreams, and will be their memories forever.
  • Entertain your kids in the car (or plane) with snacks, wrapped new toys, Water Wow markers, and DVDs. A bonus, budget friendly tip: Rent movies and shows from the library to provide new entertainment for free. Wrapping the toys makes them special, and it will take the kids longer to unwrap the toy, keeping them busy longer.
  • Be prepared with the right stuff, and prepare yourself. Bring extra diapers/ clothes/ wipes and the like. Have plenty of sanitizer and sunscreen. Don't forget the beach tent, stroller, and stroller fans. The tent pictured is a sport shade, pop up style and offered relief from the hot sun. I highly recommend a stroller with a large canopy or with additional rain protection. Research activities incase of bad weather, but be flexible. Make sure you have plenty of storage space on your phone or your camera gear because you will cherish these moments for a lifetime.

I'd love to hear about your traveling experiences and upcoming vacations! Call me or comment below if you have any tips to share.

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Thank You for the Wonderful Reviews

Thank you for the wonderful reviews on Zillow!

"We interviewed 3 realtors before choosing Becky. Becky assisted us by connecting us with a professional stagger. We followed those directions and sold our house for a great price. Becky also sold our home quickly within 5 days of listing. We closed 39 days after the offer was made. Becky was responsive to all our calls and questions."

"Becky responded quickly and worked with us to sell our home quickly and effectively. She was responsive, knowledgeable, dependable, and patient. Thank you Becky!"

"Becky started out as a realtor who had a listed property that I wanted to see. I didn't buy that one but after speaking to her and realizing how amazing she is, I knew that I wouldn't use anyone else from that point forward. She never wavered in support or assistance even after showing a large number of properties. Eventually, I found the one I really loved and Becky helped make it mine."

You can read more reviews here.

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Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home

Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home

We all want to keep our families healthy. We try to eat healthy foods, we take our children to the doctor for check-ups, and we do our best to keep our children from harm. However, there are several hidden dangers in our home that can affect the overall health of everyone in your family. I recently stumbled across an article in This Old House that shared over 70 EASY ideas on how to make your home a haven. Click Here for the tips and info. 

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Louisville's Free Summer Activities for Families

Louisville's FREE Summer Activities for Families

Louisville is very family-friendly and boasts several FREE ways to cure summer-time boredom. Here are a few of our favorite places to check out with kiddos.

  • Meet and pet exotic animals at Henry's Ark located in Prospect, KY.
  • Get hands-on with your kids by attending the Home Depot Kids Workshops. Your handy helpers will love creating projects such as toolboxes, birdhouses, and fire trucks.
  • The Louisville Public Library offers events daily for all ages, and at all branches. Storytime is our personal favorite, but check out their Events page for other options.
  • Have an older child interested in biking or skating? Check out the Louisville Extreme Park which offers 40,000 sq. ft. of concrete where people of all skill levels bike and skate.
  • Louisville’s Parks feature spray parks (splash pads), hiking trails, playground equipment, and more. Our personal favorite is Waterfront Park which offers plenty...

Louisville Real Estate Trends

Louisville Real Estate Trends

Are you curious about the Louisville Housing market? This year, the Louisville Real-estate Market is trending to surpass last year’s sales and increase in average selling price. Currently, Louisville Area home sales are +2.4% (Year to Date), with median price +7.5%.

According to the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors, over 8,600 homes have sold in the first 6 months of the year. Houses are spending less time on the market, averaging only 48 days! The time frame is even shorter in the summer, as the houses in June sold in an average of 38 days. The average sales price has increased over $15,000 over last year alone. There has never been a better time to sell, and Team Louisville has the experience and expertise to get you top dollar in little time. There is currently a 15% reduction in inventory of homes within the Louisville area, which means your home will be even more attractive to buyers. Becky Lusch and her team have been working diligently, and they have buyers in mind for your home.

Call today to discuss your real estate goals.

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Kentucky State Fair 2017

The Kentucky State Fair is coming up (August 17-27, 2017), and we couldn't be more excited! Who doesn’t love a good fair!? The Kentucky State Fair offers so much to see and do! More than 600,000 fairgoers fill the 520 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, eat a smorgasbord of food and ride hair-raising, adrenaline-pumping coasters during the 11-day event. The Kentucky State Fair includes competitions in crafts, homemade pastries, fine arts, and agriculture. The event is also budget friendly, especially for families with young children.

Did you know the first Kentucky State Fair was organized in 1816!? The location has changed a few times, and the event has grown substantially. The State Fair now generates more than $15.3 million in economic impact across the Commonwealth! It's not surprising that the event is Kentucky's largest summertime attraction.

The music certainly draws the crowds with over 90 artists delivering 650 hours of performances. Check out the official fair website for schedules of the famous bands and solo artists performing at the Fair.

Ticket, ride, and additional information can be found on the Kentucky State Fair website. We hope to see you there!

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New Construction in Louisville

Real-estate inventory is at an all-time low, and buyers need to work quickly to purchase their next home. If you are in the market to buy, you may consider new construction. Here, I will highlight some areas with available new homes.

Persimmon Ridge by Pulte Homes allows you to customize your 3BR home starting at $369,900. This community is home to the Persimmon Ridge Golf Club and provides beautiful rolling hills and wooded scenery. You can enjoy the golf course, fitness center, swimming pool, tennis court, and dining facility. Click HERE to learn more.

Hanover Trace by Centex Homes offers six different designs with 3-5 bedrooms starting at $195,000. The community offers 17 acres of open green space, a playground, well-lit sidewalks, and a park. The homes feature open-island kitchens and flexible living spaces for every lifestyle. To learn more about the community, click HERE.

Signature Pointe by Elite Built offers low-maintenance, single-story homes starting at $289,900. This community provides relaxing atmosphere with a convenient location. The planned community includes a clubhouse, swimming pool, exercise room, and dog park. The HOA includes yard maintenance and landscaping. Learn more HERE.

Woodlands Creek...

Guide for First Time Home Buyers

First-Time Home Buyers

If you are a first-time home buyer, use the guide below for helpful hints and tips and learn how to avoid common mistakes when buying your first home in Louisville, KY.

  • Pre-Qualification: Meet with a mortgage broker and find out how much you can afford to pay for a home.
  • Pre-Approval: While knowing how much you can afford is the first step, sellers will be much more receptive to potential buyers who have been pre-approved. You'll also avoid being disappointed when going after homes that are out of your price range. With Pre-Approval, the buyer actually applies for a mortgage and receives a commitment in writing from a lender. This way, assuming the home you're interested in is at or under the amount you are pre-qualified for, the seller knows immediately that you are a serious buyer for that property. Costs for pre-approval are generally nominal and lenders will usually permit you to pay them when you close your loan.
  • List of Needs & Wants: Make 2 lists. The first should include items you must have (i.e., the number of bedrooms you need for the size of your family, a one-story house if accessibility is a factor, etc.). The second list is your wishes, things you would like to have (pool, den, etc.) but that are not absolutely necessary. Realistically for first-time buyers, you probably will not get everything on your wish list, but it will keep you on track for what you are looking for.
  • Representation by a Professional: Consider hiring your own real estate agent, one who is working for you, the buyer, not the seller.
  • Focus & Organization: In a convenient location, keep handy the items that will assist you in maximizing your home search efforts. Such items may include:
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Tips For Moving with Toddlers

Tips for Moving with Toddlers

Congratulations! You’re on your way to a new home, which can be very exciting, and daunting, especially if you have toddlers in tow. I recently moved with 17 month old twins and while I stressed (read: panicked) prior to the process, it went pretty smooth and it really wasn’t bad. Read on if you’re looking for tips to make the move easier on the entire family.

LISTING YOUR HOME

Declutter BEFORE you list! If you have friends or family in town, ask to store boxes and/ or unnecessary toys and baby items for a month of two. If you don’t have family in town, you may want to consider using a storage unit. At the minimum, utilize storage space in your garage or basement, but keep your storage bins neat, clean, and uniform if possible.

Remove personalized items with your children’s names, school, or family information. Remove photos, jewelry, cash, and prescriptions. This step is just to protect your family.

Do a little everyday. Start packing as soon as possible, and take it one or two boxes a day. This will ease your load and stress. Label the boxes with all of the contents (you don't want to miss this step. Unpacking is a much slower process with kids than you would expect so make your life easier by labeling what is in each box.)

Keep a laundry basket handy for showings. Throw toys, laundry, or anything else sitting out in the basket and toss it in your car before showings.

Talk to your kiddos. Even at a very young age, our babes understand what we are saying. Explain how exciting the new home will be and tell them why you’re packing things up.

THE MOVE

Set your kid’s rooms up first....

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Jefferson Memorial ForestLouisville is fortunate to be the home of the largest municipal urban forest in the United States, the Jefferson Memorial Forest. It incorporates 6,500 acres of beautifully treed land on the southwest side of the city.

 

Originally founded in 1946, the forest is a tribute to the military veterans of Kentucky. It boasts over 35 miles of trails for both hiking and horse back riding, with excellent views of the city from the top of the hills, as it sits in the Knob Region of Kentucky. There is the 5.5-acre Tom Wallace Lake that's always dependable for a good day's fishing or a great picnic scene for you and your family. Camping, zip-lining, interactive education and team-building retreats are always great fun to be had there, as well!

 

This park provides an extraordinary variety of both plant and wild life and is designated as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. You can find over 10 types of oak tress among the 50 different species that grow in Jefferson Memorial Forest. If you're enjoying a horse back ride or a hike, be on the look out for white tail deer, red foxes, horned owls and an occasional bob cat!

 

Be sure to visit the Welcome Center located in the original Mitchell Schoolhouse which was constructed in 1915. There you'll be able to gather your maps, hiking supplies and souvenirs so you'll be on your way to a day of great fun at Jefferson Memorial Forest!

 

Jefferson Memorial Forest

11311 Mitchell Hill Road
Fairdale, KY 40118

(502) 368-5404

http://louisvilleky.gov/government/jefferson-memorial-forest

 

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Tips for Buying Real Estate in a Seller's Market

For Sale SignIt's a Seller's Market, but I want to Buy!

5 Tips for buying a great home when housing inventory is low

 

Buying a home is exciting! It can also be challenging if you don't know the current conditions in the market where you are looking.  The good news! Realtors can arm you with the right tools and knowledge so you can successfully navigate the market and buy a great house. With interest rates still at historic lows, purchasing a home can be one of the best financial decisions you can make. And don't worry, we have tips for you to be prepared to buy in a seller's market.

What is a seller's market, and why are we in one? A seller's market occurs when there is high demand for homes, and there is not enough inventory on the market to meet demands. Potential sellers are slow to put their properties up for sale. Recent market statistics indicate that sellers are waiting longer to list, surely due to a number of reasons. For example, the tough winter weather early in the year has pushed the spring selling market back a bit. Despite these conditions, you can still buy a great house if you know what you are facing.  Here are the top 5 tips for navigating a seller's market:

1. Find a great Realtor, and use their tools! This is the single most important thing in making a successful purchase. 

  • Realtors know the market in the neighborhoods you want to be in. They have extensive research tools at their fingertips, and can give you very accurate estimates of a home's value.
  •  Your Realtor can give you great insight into whether a property is over or under priced, and will give you competitive market data to back up those opinions  Remember that when you use a Realtor, they are working...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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