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4 Behind-The-Scenes Ways Your Real Estate Agent Supports Your Home Sale

4 Behind-The-Scenes Ways Your Real Estate Agent Supports Your Home Sale

When you hire a real estate agent to sell your home, there are obvious things you notice them doing to help your house sell. Things like: hosting open houses, bringing potential buyers on home tours, and marketing your property in multiple ways to make sure it gets enough exposure.

But when it comes to adding value to your home sale, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A huge percentage of your agent’s job takes place behind-the-scenes, and they’re working around the clock to get your house sold — even when you’re not looking.

Here are 4 behind-the-scenes way your real estate agent is working to get your house sold:

1. Performing market research

When it comes to pricing your home,...

10 Home Trends That'll be Hot in 2019

10 Home Trends That'll be Hot in 2019

Each fall, decorators begin to share the interior design trends we can expect to see in the new year. Looking ahead to 2019, bold colors, metallics, and statement ceilings take center stage.

If you’re planning to put your place on the market and want it to appear like the freshest spot on the block, you need to know what’s hot and what’s not.

1. Wallpaper stages a comeback

Put down that paint brush! If you’re looking to add a splash of color or geometric flair to your rooms, wallpaper is a fashionable alternative that adds instant personality to any area. But if you’re picturing your Great Aunt Polly’s overwhelming floral patterns or you’ve heard horror stories about wallpaper removal, those days are over. ...

11 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster (WITHOUT Dropping the Price)

11 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster (WITHOUT Dropping the Price)

From leaving the house for showings and open houses to having to keep the place spotless at all times, having a home on the market can be a nerve-wracking endeavor. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, you want to know that you won’t be in this anxiety-filled limbo forever. You want to hand over those keys, collect your check and move on — literally!

So, without lowering your asking price, what can you do to sell your home in a hurry? The following are 11 strategies that will help your property sell quickly without your wallet taking a heavy hit.

1. Declutter.

Few things detract from the beauty of a home quite like clutter. Though straightening and organizing is rarely the way most homeowners want to spend their...

Louisville's Newest Restaurants Opening in 2019

Louisville's Newest Restaurants Opening in 2019

Happy New Year! This will be a year of growth for the city, and many new projects. In the coming month, I plan to highlight some of the growth in Louisville, and today, I'm sharing information on some of the new restaurants and bars opening in 2019.

An even larger variety will be added to the extensive dining scene including the addition of a beer hall, pho cafe, and alcohol-infused ice cream lounge! Here is a list of what you can look forward to.

1. Biscuit Belly - LouVino owners Chad and Lauren Coulter are planning this new bicuit concept in NuLu.

2. Fountain on Fourth Ice Cream Lounge - The ice cream shop known for their alcohol-infused treats in relocating to the Highlands.

3. Barry's Cheesesteaks - Barry Washington, the owner, is working on his 2nd location in Old Louisville on Second St.

4. Bandido Taqueria Mexicana - West Coast style taqueria is planning a 2nd location within Falls City Brewing...

Winter Family Fun in Louisville

Winter Family Fun

There are several options and fun activities for families during the Winter months in Louisville, KY. Of course there are plenty of things to do through out the year in Kentucky, but I wanted to focus on the winter months as school is almost out of session.

1.Go Sledding! Anytime the snow accumulates, families will be at the parks with sleds, taking advantage of the free fun. Cherokee Park is a local favorite slope, but you can find plenty of hills through out the city.

2. Hike in a Kentucky State Park. Bundle up so you'll be comfortable staying outside, but the winter can be a beautiful time to get fresh air and take in the scenic hills of Kentucky. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Corbin, KY is always a hit! When the skies are clear, you can even catch the moonbow, a lunar rainbow. The Garvin Brown Nature Preserve, located in Prospect is...

Why You Should List Your Home This Winter

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 the winter...

Winterize Your Home and Save Money

Tips to Save Money this Winter

Winterize

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 your fireplace...

Market Update

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.

August Recap:

Homes sold : 1843

Average Selling Price: $221,154

Median Selling Price: $190,000

Average Days on the Market: 34

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Apple Orchards in Louisville, KY

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.

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Best Ice Cream in Louisville

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, and Old Town...