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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!! Even though the weather isn't going to cooperate this Halloween there are still lots of things to do around Louisville this Halloween with fall festivals and other activities.  One thing to check out before it's too late is the Louisville Jack O'Latern Spectacular at Iroquois Park. With over 5,000 carved pumpkins on the 1/4 mile trail it's a great family activity. The Halloween art show runs until November 1 from dusk to 11pm.  Check out the website for directions and ticket information at


Fall Staging

Fall house staging has to be sharp, because your listing has to sell if you want to close the year out on a high note and leave your sellers feeling satisfied.

Jovan Hackley, Trulia Blog Contributor, says  five ways to help your clients make their real estate listing stand out and get their home sold before the holiday season hits!

1. Suggest Shopping Ahead

These days many sellers are selling to move on to another property. Chances are, your listers have a vision for both the property want and the new furnishings to make the new space into their dream. For sellers who have the budget, encourage them to shop ahead. The dream furniture and non-permanent fixtures for their new space may help their current property sell faster.

2. The “I Have a Dream Speech”

Before you bring up house repairs, find out what your seller’s always wanted to do with the home and never got around to completing. This, sometimes emotional, trip down missed-out memory lane can help you make the case for improvements you know will make the home move.

Sometimes helping sellers revisit their dreams for a property can unlock easy ways to market it as the dream home for someone else.

3. Tally Up the Tax Write-Off

Decluttering always sounds good to an agent, but many sellers need incentive to part with their stuff.

Well, little motivation can compete with money in these situations. If you’re asking your sellers to let go of large amounts of stuff, trying selling them on the idea of a big tax credit for donating their extras. Take inventory and tally up the value of the items you think they should part with. Showing them the tax savings using the Salvation Army or Goodwill donation calculators, especially in extreme situations, may be the motivation to help them let go.

4. List the Inside of it on Craigslist

For your relocating...

Process of Building a New Home

Ever wonder what it takes to build a home.  Check out this photo tour of what a home looks like in the building process. 


Rock Springs Open Houses

Come check out what Rock Springs has to offer this Saturday Oct. 25 from 1-5 pm

11105 Little Rock Court • Louisville, KY 40241
$540,000 - New Construction and a Homearama 2013 Home

5207 Pebble Creek Place •  Louisville, KY 40241
$440,000 – New Construction with FREE Finished Basement!


12 top things to do in Louisville This Fall (Or Anytime, Really)

Staging with the purpose to sell

Studies have shown that staging helps a home sell faster then homes that are not. HGTV, TLC and other networks have provided a variety of shows  over the years that give you suggestions on how to sell your house. No matter how many shows you watch sometimes mistakes can be made that cost you your buyer.

 Tara-Nocholle Nelson; Trulia blog contributor; explains these mistakes in the featured article "5 Staging Mistakes Sellers Think Are Awesome – and How to Change Their Minds”.

  “Nowhere in life is the old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder truer than in real estate. One woman’s dream home might be a mid-century modern, Mad Men styled contemporary, while another’s includes all the gingerbread charm of a classic Victorian. But when it comes to prepping a home to be viewed and (fingers crossed!) sold, there is both art and science to staging a home before its listed to maximize its appeal to the broadest number of target buyers.

The challenge is this: staging is an investment, one every seller can’t afford to make (although studies have shown professionally staged homes sell faster and for more than non-staged counterparts). So many sellers take it on as a do-it-yourself project which, like all DIY home improvement projects, can be fantastic or, mmm, not—depending on the approach, skill, and resources of the ‘self’ who does it.

Here are a few common scenarios in which sellers think their staging is awesome and buyers, well, beg to differ. Plus, check out the tactful things agents can say to help get sellers back on track:

1. The sellers used beat up or ugly furnishings and decor.

Great staging—DIY or professional—includes choosing furniture that shows the home off in its best light, and positioning the furnishings optimally, too. Sometimes this can be done using certain pieces of the seller’s furniture. Other times, furniture...

Great Clients...

Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of working with Jockey Chris Landeros and girlfriend Shelby Wilkes, as Chris looks to settle down and purchase a home in Louisville.  Recently he was featured on the front page of the Courier Journal Sports page. The article spoke of his past experiences, his current experience at Churchhill and his future in Louisville. 

I am honored that I have the pleasure to be working with such as great a great couple and I wish him and Shelby the best.  To read more about Chris Landeros check out the Courier Journal Article “ Jockey Chris Landeros reboots in Kentucky” by Jennie Rees at:


33 Top Pizza Shops

Recently there was an article published for the top 33 pizza shops in the country.  Kevin Alexandar and Liz Childers scoured the country and happily ate so much pizza to recommend their top 33.  The article is called "Are These the 33 Best Pizza Shops in America" was featured on Yahoo News and lists the best of deep-dish to wood-fire pies. Most would expect lots of New York and Chicago shops to be listed, as I was reading through the list to my surprise there was one listed from Louisville – Garage Bar located on East Market which offers Wood-Fire Pizzas and craft beers.  

The article says  "The Lousiville spot combines two Southern paradigms: Naples’ iconic pizza and the American South’s flavor and funk. While this twist certainly doesn’t make it traditional Neapolitan, the pizza rolling out of this former-auto service station still has that delicious crisp, but chewy crust. The thing is, no one here will judge you when you add country ham to your ricotta, fior di latte, and local lettuces white pie. Because country ham pairs so much better with Garage Bar’s stellar lineup of bourbons and craft beers, than your run-of-the-mill pizza topping. Also, please start with the boiled peanuts. This used to be a Southern gas station, after all. " Give it a try and let me know what you think.

To read more of the country best visit:

Creative Storage for Small Spaces

The perfect home would have walk-in closets, basements and attics for all the important stuff.  But not every location has a perfect home, especially if you are considering a home in the Popular Louisville neighborhood  – the Highlands.  Highland homes are fill with character and style, but sometimes lack storage that the modern family may need.  But that doesn’t stop families wanting to be close to the festivals, parades and restaurants/bars on Baxtor Avenue.  If you’re handy or know someone who is, there are plenty of ways to build creative storage, even in the smallest spaces. Angela Colley, contributor for shared in a recent article “5 Creative Storage Hacks for Small Spaces” there are tricks for small spaces.

 1.     Make Use of Narrow Walls for Storage Walls that are out of the way or too small to hang pictures and knickknacks—like the narrow wall beside your bathroom sink—often go unused. Instead, hang a few simple floating shelves within arm’s reach. Reduce clutter by using the shelves to store items you’d normally keep on the countertop.

2.     Take Advantage of Vertical Storage Space When you’re trying to store infrequently-used items, think above eye level. Stack wicker baskets along the top of your kitchen cabinets to store small appliances you don’t use often. Install a pot rack from the ceiling to store the pots and pans you don’t use every day. Suspend a clothing rack from the ceiling to store out-of-season items and free up closet space.

3.     Squeeze in More Shelves With a few supplies and some creative thinking, you can easily double the shelving space in your bathroom and kitchen. Place tiered shelving units along your widest shelves to break the large space...

Great Builder Relationships

Always a pleasure to work with great area builders, such as Pete Thieneman, who consistently provides quality built homes and services to the Louisville area.

Pete is one of the owners of Clifford Thieneman Company.  Since 1963 Clifford Thieneman Co. has been building quality homes and providing homeowners with a building experience that is based on honesty, extreme quality, and solid construction practices. Oh yeah, and their houses are gorgeous as well.

Building a home can be stressful task for some. I work hard to help it not be stressful but as smooth as possible. One way I do that is to have a good relationship with many of the top areas builders. I work closely with the buyer to ensure their best interest through out the process.  Which means working closely with the builder from the planning stage to the final walk through to ensure the buyer gets the home of their dreams. Contact me today to learn more about building with Pete and other area builders.


Open House This Sunday September 7

Open House Sunday September 7 from 1-5pm

Absolutely stunning one floor plan with brick/stone elevation within the highly sought after Saratoga Springs.Granite countertops in kitchen with custom cabinetry,superior trim throughout,formal dining room with wainescotting, perfect and cozy great room with fireplace,spacious master bedroom with master bath that has either a jetted tub or soaking tub, nice sized shower, double vanity with granite countertops, hardwood on ''most'' of 1st floor including the partially open stairwell leading to the FINISHED BASEMENT that includes rec room, bathroom, and a study!!! Everyone wants a mud area with cubbbies/hooks for jackets/backpacks, etc. and this home has it.Covered front and back porch. IRRIGATION SYSTEM. Private backyard.Swim club membership available. Available for immediate delivery.

4914 Bridle Bend Way •  Louisville, KY 40299
$357,900 – New Construction with Irrigation System & Finished Basement!


9 things that can lead to buyers remorse

Overlooking These 9 Things Could Lead to Buyer’s Remorse

The last thing you want after moving into your new house is buyer’s remorse.

With so many details to track when buying a home, items can slip through the cracks. Figuring out which areas you shouldn’t overlook is the first step toward mitigating remorse.

With avoiding that sinking feeling in mind,®spoke with a couple of agents about what to pay attention to when buying a home.

1. Lifestyle vs. resale value

Marty Winefield emphasizes this concept with his clients. Buying a home is a personal choice, so make sure you know whether you’re buying for resale value or for lifestyle. Some clients buy with the bottom line at the top of mind while others care more about their quality of life.

2. Size: It matters!

REALTOR® Nina Goldsmith of @properties in Chicago cites a house that seemed perfect on paper. She showed it 102 times in about three months. The house had three bedrooms and two bathrooms in a nice area. The downside? The bedrooms were extremely small—and small enough to turn off...

Exsisting Homes Sales Continue to Climb

Existing-home sales increased in July to their highest annual pace of the year, and the ongoing decline in distressed sales reached an important milestone, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  Click to read more


New Listing

Location! Location! Location! Gorgeous brick home within walking distance to Seneca Park, close to I-64 and minutes to 264. With over 2800 square feet of living this home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Enjoy family gatherings in the formal dining room with the detailed trim work. The renovated eat-in kitchen offers Corian countertops, hardwood floors, newer appliances, oversized pantry, and a window seat with storage bench. The adjacent great room features a creek stone fireplace with mantel, wainscoting and a built-in bookshelf. Just off the great room is the deck overlooking the private backyard. The spacious master suite offers a walk in closet and a large owners bath with plenty of natural light. The finished lower level is perfect for entertaining with a large rec. room/family room, den, flex room and plenty of storage. Two-car garage, newer windows throughout and a newer roof are the added bonuses to this magnificent home.

907 Starlite Court • Louisville, KY 40207-3685
$278,900 - Walking distance to Seneca Park!



Don't forget to check out Homearama 2014 in Shakes Run before 2014.  Homearama is always a great way to get ideas from some of the area best builders, interior designers and others from the home industry.  Lots of fun for the whole family - there is even a small playground for the kids.  For more information go to:


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 Flourescent (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 for more tips.