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Louisville is a GREAT city for first-time home buyers!

It’s looking like 2020 will be the year to buy!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

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Louisville is included in the top five cities for first-time homeowners.

It’s looking like 2020 will be a great year for buying a home in Louisville, especially for first-time homeowners. National interest rates are low, and many people are finding that they can afford more than they expected.

As more and more people begin getting married and beginning their families, they are naturally turning toward home ownership in this prime season. Of course, more demand often meets fewer options, so in many cities, people who are ready and eager to buy a house are finding a shortage of properties to choose from. But Louisville is no ordinary city! Along with Oklahoma City, Memphis, Birmingham, and Kansas City, Louisville was ranked as one of the top five cities offering ample affordable homes for first-time home-buyers.

So, if you’re ready to find your first home—learn more about the city and your options, and connect with an agent today. It might be your first time, but we’re experienced and confident that we can serve you in this process. Let us help you find your perfect home in this incredible city!

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Buy a Great Housewarming Present This Christmas!

Tips for buying gifts for the new homeowners in your life

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

bird feeder

Say “Welcome home!” with one of these perfect housewarming gifts during the holidays.

As you’re going through your Christmas gift list this year, here are some tips for the new homeowners in your life. Or, if you’re settling into your own new home, here are some ideas to pass along to the friends and family who might be looking for the perfect gift for you!

Consider these housewarming gift ideas for the perfect way to say, “Welcome home!”

  • Personality-specific welcome mat
  • Mini wreath
  • Monogramed keychain
  • Succulents or other small house plants
  • Custom painting
  • Welcome sign for the front porch
  • Lily bulbs that can be planted in the spring
  • Birdhouse
  • Personalized throw pillows
  • Key holder with hooks
  • City or state themed candle
  • Homeowner tool kit
  • Bird feeder
  • Framed city art

Of course, if you’re still looking to find that perfect home, we’d love to talk with you today about finding that...

Turn Your Louisville Bedroom into a Cozy Space!

Tips for Inexpensive Transformations

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Cozy space for your Louisville bedroom

Your room is just a few sweet details away from being a cozy haven.

So, you bought the perfect home and now you get to tackle the task of transforming it into the comfy and cozy space of your dreams. The experts over at HGTV offer some inexpensive tips for creating that bedroom haven you’ve been wanting. Of course, if you’re still looking for that perfect home, don’t hesitate – contact an agent today about how we can help!

  • Use darker colors to create a warm space to relax and sleep.
  • Add some lamps or a chandelier with a dimmer for soft, cozy light.
  • Pile on the blankets. Layered blankets and throws will keep things soft and inviting.
  • Combine wooden accents with fresh flowers or live plants to bring balance and charm into your room.
  • Include a tufted headboard, which softens up the whole room.
  • Create a reading nook to offer a comfy space you could spend many winter hours snuggled into.
  • Use soft neutrals to create a calming vibe in the room.
  • Throw on more pillows so you can sink into the softness...

Autumn Leaves in Louisville!

Where are some of the best locations to observe the changing colors in Louisville?

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

autumn leaves

Find the most scenic locations to see Autumn’s leaves on display!

There are few things more spectacular in and around Louisville than witnessing the changing leaves in the Fall.

Louisville’s many trees and the surrounding forestland turn all shades of orange, red, and yellow during the Autumn, especially in October.

If you really want to take in the view this year, check out one or more of these prime locations. Some are in or near Louisville, and some are within a two-hour drive. Whatever kind of Fall adventure you’re ready to tackle, you’re in for a visual masterpiece. The extraordinary Autumn view is just another reason why Louisville is one of the best cities to live and adventure in.

  • The Parklands of Floyd Park
  • Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
  • Iroquois Park Scenic Overlook
  • Cherokee Park
  • Red River Gorge
  • Dale Hallow Lake
  • Brown County, Ind.

[Source: Louisville Courier-Journal]

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How to Paint Your Front Door

Embrace one of Louisville's hottest trends in curb appeal!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Yellow front door

Make your door stand out with a splash of your favorite color!

Beautiful, colorful doors – you’ve probably been seen more and more of this growing trend. It’s an easy and creative way to increase your curb appeal for potential buyers or make your beloved home even more personalized to your style. A quick splash of color on your door will make your house stand out in the neighborhood!

Here are some quick tips on how to take your door from boring to brilliant!

  1. Remove the hardware – Take off all knobs, locks, knockers, etc. from the door. Shine them up or use this chance to replace them with new models that will complement your color of choice.
  2. Cover up permanent fixtures – Use painter’s tape around accessories that can’t be removed, like peepholes.
  3. Prep the surface – Use a sanding block with a fine grain to prepare the surface for a new coat of paint.
  4. Remove the dust – Clean the surface well with a rag to remove all extra dust.
  5. Paint! – After putting down a drop cloth, use your favorite color...

July Family Festivals in Louisville

Another great reason to live and work in Louisville

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

July Festivals in Louisville

Find a summer festival in Louisville for your next family fun day!

Summer in Louisville is hitting its stride and many families are ready for fresh adventures and ways to get out and enjoy this great city.

Summer festivals are an awesome way to get the family out, spend time together, and explore more areas of the city. July is a fabulous time to jump into the family fun in the sun. Here are just a few of the summer festivals happening in and around Louisville in July. Some events are even free!

  • 4th of July festivals – There are Independence Day events all around the city, from Crescent Hill to Waterfront Park and everywhere in between. Find one in your area or use this opportunity to explore another piece of the city.
  • Jane Austin Festival – Grab your bonnet and your romantic sense of adventure and head over to Locust Grove for this fun annual tradition.
  • Forecastle Festival – If you don’t know what it is, ask your kids – and they’ll go crazy.
  • Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve –...

Tips for Selling Your Louisville House This Summer

Don’t get beat by the heat!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Light, bright summery house

Selling your house this summer can be easy breezy!

It can sometimes be trickier to sell your house in the summer, when potential buyers are busy with family plans and wary of venturing out in the heat.

But the summer can be a great time to let your house shine even brighter than the hot sun! Here are some tips for making sure your summer sell goes swimmingly!

  1. Mow – Grass grows so much faster in the summer, and you’ll need to mow maybe even twice a week to keep things looking clean and neat. Don’t neglect that curb appeal!
  2. Cater your landscaping for summer appeal – Add flowers and plants that thrive in the summer sun and keep shrubs and bushes trim and tidy.
  3. Add summer accents – Highlight light and summery colors in your home with throw pillows and other accents. Make it feel like a summer getaway!
  4. Let the light in – Pull up the blinds, draw back the curtains, and fill the house with summer’s natural glow.
  5. Be flexible – With all the business of summer, potential buyers might only be able to view houses around...

Buyers Beware! Things to Notice When You’re Looking for a New House

Notice things red flags at open houses and avoid unpleasant surprises!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

plants in windowsill

An open house is the perfect time to check for red flags.

Buying a house can certainly be tricky. There’s so much to consider, and it’s easy to miss some really important issues in a house, especially in Louisville’s competitive environment.

But you don’t want to be surprised with a big issue down the road.

When you go to an open house, use these tips to help avoid red flags, so that you’ll know when you really find the right home for you! And when you’re ready for that step, talk to an agent today about how we can help you navigate all those factors and decisions! We can’t wait to see you in your new home.

Red Flags:

  1. Too much scent – At the open house, the seller will be diligent in filling the home with pleasing aromas, but too much scent can be a sign that they’re masking strong odors.
  2. Poor tiling – If the edges of the tiles are uneven, it might mean it was a DIY job. That could be fine – or it could mean that jobs were done in a rush or incorrectly, potentially...

Best Plants for Curb Appeal in Louisville

Add some delightful flora to the outside of your house!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Flowers add curb appeal

Add some curb appeal this spring with new plants and flowers!

If you’re looking to add some curb appeal to your house before you list it this spring, one great way is to plant some colorful plants! Here are the best 10 ideas to give your property that extra sparkle this season. Of course, if you’re looking to sell your house this spring, you can also talk to an agent today. We’d love to help you with this process!

  1. Boxwood – These evergreen shrubs make a great foundational plant and give structure to the landscaping.
  2. Nandina – This heavenly bamboo is easy to maintain and provides color throughout the year.
  3. Hydrangea – These shrubs are easy to grow and create beautiful blooms in the spring.
  4. Azalea – With beautiful blooms, hardy Azaleas are a great addition around your porch or mailbox.
  5. Roses – Did you know there are some kinds of roses that are low-maintenance and bloom from spring until frost?
  6. Hostas – Add some resilient hostas to the shady areas around your walls or under your trees.
  7. Daylilies...
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