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A First-time Buyer’s Guide to the Open House

Navigate an Open House Like a Pro

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Open house in Louisville
Visit your first open house armed with seasoned home-buyer savvy.

In Louisville's competitive market, any home buyer wants to make the most of an opportunity to explore a potential home, and first-time buyers can be at a distinct disadvantage if they don’t know what to ask or look for.

In some situations, you might only get one glimpse at the home before you need to make an offer, and an open house can be an especially competitive situation. Louisville buyers should come prepared, with thorough research and questions they’re ready to ask. Here are some tips to help the first-time buyer shop like a seasoned pro. Of course, Red Edge agents would love to help you navigate this complicated process. Call today to get started.

  • Make a good impression: Dress intentionally, be courteous, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Look for the important things: As you’re touring through the house, check for key issues like water damage, uneven floors, cracks in the walls, and missing shingles on the roof.
  • Watch for competitors: Do the other visitors...

Louisville Exploring Residential Projects

More Homes Coming to Louisville

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

construction hats

New housing developments could mean more homes in Louisville.

Louisville officials have announced that several housing projects are being explored, including a new development from RJ Thieneman along S. Hurstbourne Parkway and Watterson Trail.

This project will include apartments, townhomes, single-family homes, and a senior living community. There are also talks of new developments on the East End of Louisville and in Southeast Louisville from homebuilder Fischer Homes, which would provide hundreds of new homes.

These developments are all projecting to have houses available in the $180,000-$300,000 range, which could be great news for home buyers.

This range has been in demand during this intense housing season, and new homes in this price range could help ease that shortage. Details are still being worked out, but if you’re hoping for a home in this area, we’d love to talk with you about what these developments could mean for potential home buyers and the Louisville housing market.

[Source: Louisville Business First]

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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

home

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 dream...

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 like...

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 of an...

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 – This...

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...
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