Why You Should List Your Home this Winter
Spring is traditionally a hot time for the real estate market, however, each Winter I find myself with prospective buyers and great clients who need to list. The traditional home buying and selling seasons have evolved as a result of instant internet access to property listings. There are several advantages to listing in the Winter including stronger marketing, serious buyers, and of course quicker closing dates. Here are the top reasons you should call me to list your home in the Winter instead of waiting to sell.
1. Less Competition and Increased Web Traffic - Typically the Spring and Summer bring a rush of homes to the market, but when you list months prior, your home will stand out. You don't need to worry about a saturated market; your home is visible to buyers. Home searches increase during...
Tips to Save Money this Winter
Although this winter is expected to be milder, the temperatures are already proving to be chilly. Heating is expensive, and you don’t want to watch your hard earned money literally fly out of the windows and doors. I have a few tricks to help you save money and keep your home cozier this winter.
1. Caulk around your windows to prevent warm air from escaping. Caulk needs to be replaced periodically and you want to check for holes every year.
2. Replace weather striping around doors. A general rule: If you can see light around the edges of the door, you need a new weather strip. These handy strips can save you hundreds of dollars in electrical bills!
3. Close your fireplace. Close the flue when you’re not using your fireplace, or chose glass doors around...
August Real Estate Market Update in Louisville, KY
We continue to see home prices rise, and lower inventory across the board. The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (“GLAR)” reported sales down 1% year-to-date versus 2017. With the continued lower inventory, the average price was up 6.1%. In Jefferson County, the average price in August was $216,956 and the median was $181,950. GLAR President Dave Parks commented that, "we see a continuation of a 'split-market' with median priced properties selling very quickly and higher priced properties selling more slowly." He also noted that builders are contributing to the inventory situation with a 4.8% increase in residential building permits issued year-to-date versus 2017.
Homes sold : 1843
Average Selling Price: $221,154
Median Selling Price: $190,000
Average Days on the Market: 34
Apple Orchards in Louisville, KY
My family has a tradition of picking apples every Fall which started when my twin daughters were only 8 months old. Each year, we bring the family out to our favorite apple orchard to sample fresh cider from the market, take photos on the over-sized adirondack chair, and pick apples. Watching the girls reach their sweet their arms for their favorite apples, and then bite right into them is one of my favorite moments of the year. I have countless photos of them picking apples from their dad's shoulders, and holding hands under the apple trees. We typically leave the farm with a few bags of apples and we all enjoy apples with our lunch or sliced apples with peanut butter for dessert.
Best Ice Cream in Louisville
With temps soaring back into the 90's this week, I am already planning my best attempt to beat the heat. I have taste-tested (you're welcome) and come up with the top 10 places to get ice cream in Louisville.
10. Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen - With 9 ocations accross Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Shelbyville, KY. The recipes have been handed down (the company started in 1982) and all of the baking is scratch-made, and the ice cream is fresh churned. From ice cream to pies, cakes, cookies, upside down cupcakes and more. If they sell it, it's fresh! They start baking every morning at 4 a.m. Personal Favorite Flavor: Peanut Butter Fudge
9. Louisville Cream - A small batch gourmet ice cream company. They carry salted butter caramel, bourbon smoked pecan, the red queen, and peanut butter feelings year round as well as explore new flavors and rotate seasonal menu options. You can find the icecream in Whole Foods, Rainbow Blossom stores,...
Open House in Forest Springs
Come check out this gorgeous home Sunday, July 8th. 2:00-4:00PM
Address: 4102 Woods View Place Louisville, KY 40245
Listing Description: Offers 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath. Gorgeous Hardwood floors grace the main living areas of the home. Spacious rooms great for gathering and entertaining. Great Room offers a gas fireplace and is adjacent to the dining area. The kitchen is simply wonderful with tiled back splash, dark rich mocha cabinets with a wine rack, and stainless steel appliances may remain. 1st floor Master bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings, Master Bath has double sink, jetted tub, shower, separate water closet, and a walk-in closet. Upstairs the bedrooms are spacious and offers lots of storage....
Summer Fun and Festivals in Louisville
School is out, the days are longer, and the festivals are planned. I have a line up of fun and festivals for you to check out this summer.
Lyndon Summer Festival (June 15-16) Carnival rides, food trucks, pony rides, free concerts, and activities for the kids.
Riverview Independence Festival - Riverview Park (June 30) Festivities begin at 3pm. Listen to Country music, let the children play, mingle with the Louisville Mascots, and take advnatge of the patriotic photo booth. The fantastic firework show begins at 10:00 pm over the Ohio River.
Forecastle Festival - Watertower Park (July 13-15) World class...
Best Coffee in Louisville
Recently, I have aquired a new addiction (er. I mean, love) for coffee. My current pace keeps me busy, and there is something so comforting and uplifting about a good cup of coffee. It can keep me going for hours, and a good coffee shop is the perfect place to meet with clients.
Here are some of the best Coffee Shops broken down by location:
Safai Coffee is a quiet gem located on Bardstown Road that offers a variety of coffee, adult beverages, and delicious food. You’ll find hand-crafted fine coffee with several roasting options. This is not a shop unique to Louisville; rather their coffee is available all across the nation and world. They have high standards, and dedication to the craft that they promise to deliver the perfect cup.
Quills Coffee believes the coffee shop is just as important as the coffee...
Considering New Construction? Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent
If you’ve followed this blog, you know real estate inventory is low in the Louisville Market. New Construction is undeniably appealing for the new, pristine, custom finishing’s as well as the inventory that is available. Most buyers appreciate the added perk that you won’t need to make cosmetic or structural upgrades for years.
Builders provide builder’s agents and they are available to help you with the process, but you should also have your own realtor from the start. You need someone representing your side. The Builder’s Agent will always have the builder’s best interest in mind; after all it is their job to get the highest price for the homes.
Start with your own realtor because the builder will be responsible for paying the commission and needs to know if you have an...
Impress Your Guests without Breaking the Bank
Whether you are looking to refresh your home for Spring, or place your home on the market, this list of budget-friendly upgrades will wow your guests.
Start with your Entryway
You can paint the front door, touch up the exterior trim, or update the door hardware to spruce up your porch area. Your Front Porch makes the first impression so even updating seasonal decorations is an inexpensive way to impress your guests.
Focus on Flooring
Worn, dirty carpet can significantly date a home. Check under the carpet for original hardwood floors to refinish. Another option: durable and affordable laminate or engineered hardwood floors to replace high traffic areas. Tile, porcelain, and stone are other affordable materials that pop in Kitchens and Baths.
Add small architectural accents like crown molding, shiplap, or wainscoting. The guest bathroom or powder...