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Bobby Vormbrock Joins Red Edge Realty as a Managing Partner

Welcome, Bobby and team!

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent Broker

Bobby Vormbrock and Team

Red Edge Realty is always looking for talented, hardworking agents, which is why Bobby Vormbrock and his “A-Team” are an ideal fit. Bobby joined Red Edge on Feb. 14 as a Managing Partner after 15 successful years at RE/MAX.

“Bobby and his team are adding to the momentum we’re building at Red Edge,” says Mike Hall, Principal Broker, founder and owner of Red Edge. “It’s an exciting time to be part of real estate in and around Louisville – especially when you have agents that are the caliber of Bobby.”

The addition of Bobby and his team will further fuel the growth of Red Edge Realty, which Business First ranked in its Top 40 Real Estate firms in 2017, a year in which Red Edge agents sold 550 houses for $103 million in volume.

As a Managing Partner, Bobby will lead a new Red Edge office in Mount Washington. This marks the fourth Louisville-area office for Red Edge Realty, which has grown to 57 agents serving Kentuckiana.

Bobby’s past accomplishments include earning the rank of No. 7 RE/MAX Agent in Kentucky in 2016 and being inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 2013, an honor bestowed upon agents exceeding $1 million in commission.

When asked why he came on board at Red Edge Realty, Bobby said, “The opportunity to grow here at Red Edge was a much better fit for me and my team.” Plus, the firm’s fees and commission plans are some of the best he’s ever seen.

Bobby brings with him four longtime agents he describes as his A-Team: Nicki Vormbrock, Nick Novak, Geoff Novak and Becky Mann. They have a wealth of real estate experience and are known for offering clients quality and consistent customer service. In addition, Bobby has already made three additional agent hires of Tyler Bacon, Bobby Lewis, and Josh Cooper.

In announcing his move to Red Edge, Bobby made it a point to thank his clients on social media: “Many of you have given us the confidence we needed to take this leap. We wouldn't be here without your business and trust for the past 15 years.”

Red Edge Realty's Vormbrock-Novak Real Estate Center is officially open for business and the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce plans to host a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on March 22nd at 1:00 pm at the new office which is located at 683 N 31 E Bypass, Mt Washington, KY 40047.   

Red Edge Realty also has locations in the East End, Highlands and Shepherdsville.


10 Staging Tips to Make Your Louisville Home Sell this Spring

Give your home the spring freshness buyers are looking for.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Spring porch

Welcome future buyers with a spring-themed front porch.

Spring brings out more buyers who are hoping to use the mild weather and a fresh start to inspire their search for a dream home. Here are some tips from the experts on how to stage your home with spring in mind. 

  1. Give your home the ol’ spring cleaning. The best way to present your home is with a fresh sparkle and shine.
  2. Give the floors and walls a little boost. Buff out the worn areas of the floors and give the walls a fresh wash, and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes.
  3. Bring in fresh, light colors. Put away the heavy blankets and swap them out for throws, pillows, candles, and other simple accessories in all of your favorite Easter basket hues.
  4. Let the sun warm the room – and the buyer! Pull open your currents and blinds and let fresh sunlight fill the room.
  5. Let spring scents accent each room. Use lightly scented candles or diffusers to create a subtle reminder of spring in the home.
  6. Use simple botanical accents to give the home a fresh feel. A few framed flower prints, especially in greens and light yellows, can help the home feel peaceful and tranquil.
  7. Clear the counters in the kitchen of all your useful appliances and tools, and replace them during showings with a bowl or plate of in-season fruits or veggies.
  8. Spring-up the front door. Remove wreaths and invite buyers in with a cheerful welcome mat, flower planter, or spring-theme sign.
  9. Remember the back door, too. Buyers are tired of fallen leaves and empty branches. Add a touch of spring to your back door with some flowering bulbs or succulents.
  10. Consider investing in a landscaper who will keep the yard looking pristine throughout the spring and summer seasons.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a house this spring, contact an agent today.

[Source: HGTV]



Entrepreneurs Find Community, Inspiration in Norton Commons

Norton Commons continues to draw small-business owners and their families.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Norton Commons fountain

Norton Commons is a great place for businesses and families.

Insider Louisville recently did a feature about several small-business owners in Norton Commons. Many Norton Commons residents are discovering that they can live, work, dine, entertain, and find true community in Kentucky’s only “Traditional Neighborhood Development.”

These planned neighborhoods create spaces for commercial, residential, recreational, and educational environments all within walking distance. And for the residents of Norton Commons, their little neighborhood is filling all their needs.

Many residents in the feature had lived in Norton Commons for awhile before they decided to build a small business there. Once they were in the community - embracing the lifestyle that it offers - they were hooked and found Norton Commons to be the best place for their business, too.

Norton Commons currently has more than 1,000 residences and 60 businesses, plus three schools and dozens of recreational areas.

If you’re looking to move into Norton Commons, talk to an agent today. Houses in this idealic area go fast, so we’d love to help you find the Norton Commons home of your dreams.

[Source: Insider Louisville]


Award will Enhance Outdoor Experience in West Louisville

The $25k “Spotlight Award” recognizes an outstanding Louisville initiative

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Residents in West Louisville will benefit from the outdoor experience.

There are even more reasons to love our town. This month, Louisville was one of 10 cities awarded a “Spotlight Award” recognition and $25,000 prize.

The award comes from the Aetna foundation, which contributed to an initiative called the “Healthy Cities and Counties Challenge.”  Louisville was selected because of a program called, “The West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative.”

As part of this program, residents in lower-income areas can use nature as a way to enhance their physical and mental health, while reducing stress and discouraging crime. This program is already making a big impact in West Louisville, and the $25,000 award will go a long way in improving the outdoor experience for countless Louisville residents.

[Source: Courier Journal]


Louisville Will Have a Year-Round Public Market

The Logan Street Market will open in Louisville's Shelby Park by Summer

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

The Logan Street Market will provide local venders with an opportunity sell fresh foods.

Some ideas meet a tangible need while providing a noteworthy site for tourists and curious visitors.

That’s what the proposed Logan Street Market might do for the area of Shelby Park. The owners, Mike and Medora Safai are hoping to open the year-round, covered market on the corner of Logan and Kentucky streets, in the old Axon candy and tobacco building.

The market will provide space for farmers and local artisans, as well as display kitchens for chefs and a stage. The Safais will also open Wild Hops Brewery on site, and their coffee roasting facility for Safai Coffee will be visible from the market as well.  

This could be a great opportunity for the local residents, who will benefit greatly from the available fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses as well as Kentucky-area farmers. The space will also be a major attraction for out of town guests and tourists.

This is an exciting time to invest in the area in and around Shelby Park. Talk to a Realtor today about available properties in the neighborhood, and you might just be walking down the street for fresh fruit this summer.

[Source: Courier Journal]


Designers Predict the Next Trends for 2018

Ready for a design change or want to get your house ready to sell? Try these design tips.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

artisan light fixture

Top designers predict artisan light fixtures will be huge in 2018.

Some top designers are weighing in on what they think will be the trends in 2018. Here’s a quick list of what to watch for, explore, and maybe try in your own home:

  • Light purples, lavender, and other soft tones
  • Higher contrast rooms, with neutrals mixed with brighter colors
  • More circle patterns in accents like pillows, art, and wallpaper
  • Shades on the same color on both walls and furniture
  • Less brushed silver and more copper or brass fixtures
  • Richer color schemes, using more metals, gem tones, velvets, and sheek blacks
  • Olive and chartreuse greens
  • Localize wood, stone and other natural pieces
  • Woven accessories
  • Textured and layered wallpaper
  • Trim in braver colors
  • Broad variations of subway tiles
  • Warmer colors
  • Velvet couches, pillows, chairs or seat cushions
  • Bolder patterns worked into the design
  • Local artistry – especially in light fixtures

What trends are you ready to try? We’d love to help you find the house of your dreams – move-in ready or a blank canvas for your creativity. Contact an agent today to find the perfect house in the Louisville area.


[Source: HouseBeautiful]


Louisville Homeowners Saw Profits using Airbnb

2017 brought in $10 million for Louisville Airbnb hosts

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

house in grass

Airbnb continues to grow in popularity for Louisville’s home hosts.

Airbnb, an online platform for renting houses or rooms short-term, continues to grow in popularity, and this is great news for homeowners who host in Louisville. In 2017, more than 78,000 guests came to Louisville – which was greater than other Kentucky cities. Total, these rentals brought $10 million in 2017, compared to about $6 million in 2016.

To include your home or rental property in 2018 on Airbnb or other vacation rental sites, you can get a permit through the city.

But vacation rentals aren’t for everyone. Certain sub-cities within Louisville have internal regulations against using property as a vacation rental. If your property is in Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Middletown, Prospect, Shively, St. Matthews and St. Regis Park, you cannot list your house.

[Source: Insider Louisville]


Deck the Halls

With Love and Charity

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

Tis the season to take a moment, recognize your blessings, and pay it forward by giving to others. There are several charities in the area that are looking for your help this holiday season.

Big Momma’s, a soul food kitchen on the West side, is looking for help serving a meal on Christmas. They expect to see a 1,000 people or more that day who are looking for a warm place to have a meal for the holiday.

While many people will be enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner in their own homes, these folks are happy to get a hot meal at all. Several will probably be eating in the company of strangers. Even if that is the case, Big Momma’s hopes to make these people feel like family for a day, but they can’t do it without volunteers.

If you are looking for a way to give back this year or if you are hoping to show your kids the true meaning of Christmas, check in with Big Momma’s to see how you can help. They are accepting donations, grocery store gift cards and the help of willing hands. This dinner is not just for those who are homeless. It is for anyone who struggles with getting a meal on the table Christmas day or who just doesn’t want to eat alone.  If you are interested in helping at Big Momma’s this Christmas please call (502) 772-9580.

Source: The Courier-Journal


Tis the Season

For Family Tradition

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

If you’ve ever watched an American Christmas movie, a quintessential scene is that of the family carefully selecting their Christmas tree and bringing it home on the top of their car.

If you are longing for that Clark Griswold experience, you can chop down your own tree at one of the farms below. Check out for a full list.

  1. Huber’s Orchard & Winery. 19816 Huber Road, Starlight, Indiana, about 28 miles from downtown Louisville. 812-923-9813.
  2. Meyer Christmas Trees. 24619 Tom Evans Road, Borden, Indiana, about 24 miles from Louisville. 812-923-9355.
  3. Roberts Christmas Tree Farm. 9977 N. County Road 25 E, Seymour, Indiana, 52 miles from Louisville. 812-521-1902.
  4. Werkmeister Christmas Trees. 966 Clarks Lane (Ky. 1442 W), near Shepherdsville, in Bullitt County, about 20 miles from Louisville. Elizabeth Werkmeister Shafer, 502-543-6084.
  5. George C. Wethington Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm. 10407 Easum Road, Jeffersontown, about 13 miles from downtown Louisville. 502-267-5119 and 502-592-2552.

Source: The Courier-Journal


The Local Malls

New and Improved

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent


If you are older than 25, you probably remember when malls were the place to be in America.

Recently, malls have taken a downturn. But new strategies are helping to reinvigorate the spaces. If you live in Louisville Metro, you are most likely familiar with The Mall at St. Matthews or The Oxmoor Center. In nearby Shelby County, you will find The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

Go inside and you’ll notice a departure from the malls of the 1980s. Where you would have once found retail clothing store after retail clothing store, you’ll now find attractions designed for convenience.

For example, high-tech and high comfort theaters have become par for the course in many modern malls. You will also find Apple stores, cell phone carriers, entertainment facilities and even gyms. You might also notice a host of food options.

Gone are the days of fast-food-only food courts. You will find upscale restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory or California Pizza Kitchen. You may even find a grocery in more malls as they continue to evolve. Shoppers are looking for a place where they can meet all needs in one stop and malls are happy to oblige. Call your Red Edge agent to check out the St. Matthews or Hurstbourne areas so you can take advantage of a mall near you!


Source: Insider Louisville


Louisville to Join Bidding War

Amazon Prime Target

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

The city of Louisville is set to start bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters to be based here despite the fact that Louisville does not yet meet the very specific qualifications.

These specific qualifications include direct flights, tax incentives, and the local workforce. For example, Louisville does not have direct flights to Seattle or California. That is a big deal for Amazon because Seattle is the location of their current headquarters. In addition, Amazon is looking for a city of more than a million people. While the Metro area could certainly oblige in time it is not there yet. Amazon is also looking for tax breaks and Kentucky lawmakers are having a hard time putting their finger on what those breaks might look like. Because Amazon is looking to develop a workforce of over 50,000 they are also keeping an eye on education. Jefferson county schools have not, historically, performed as well as some other city schools which could be another obstacle for Amazon locating in the Metro area.

There is some speculation that, due to the passage of Kentucky’s recent religious freedom law, Amazon may look at communities that are considered more progressive on social justice and environmental issues. Additionally, Louisville has for years shunned public transportation such as subways and trains that would make navigating the city more convenient and environmentally sound.

All of that being said, Louisville will put in a proposal this month that will most likely mitigate some of these factors through compromise. If Amazon did decide to locate in Louisville it would mean a $5 billion-dollar investment in the local economy and approximately 50,000 new jobs.

Source: The Courier-Journal


Jimmy Can’t Dance

But he can play some jazz

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent Broker

Jimmy Can't Dance Louisville

On August 19, 2017 Jimmy Can’t Dance, a new jazz club downtown, opened their doors to the public.

Jimmy Can’t Dance is located in the basement of Another Place Sandwich Shop. This club will feature live jazz music but don’t expect to see much dancing. Jim Goodwin, who inspired the name of the club, couldn’t dance so his son, Brian, knew that’s what he wanted to name the club when he decided to open it in Louisville. Jim died in 2015 and Brian has recently come back to Louisville after living in New York City and Austin.

The establishment will feature professional jazz artists, those who tour, hobbyists and students from the University of Louisville. There will be a selection of craft beer as well as local bourbon. Traditional jazz-age cocktails will be served as well. If you’re looking for a place a little off the beaten path where you can hang out with friends, hear some great music and grab a drink, Jimmy Can’t Dance might be the place for you. This is just another establishment that adds to the character and uniqueness of Louisville as an up-and-coming city.

Source: The Courier-Journal


The Gate Keeper

Saving the Stranded in Crescent Hill

by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent


If you’ve ever visited Frankfort Avenue, you’ve probably noticed the train tracks that run adjacent to the road. For years those tracks have been a thorn in the side of those who live in Crescent Hill.

But the reason for the rift isn’t what you might expect. The noise isn’t the issue. Nor is the vibration. These are things you expect when you buy a home near the railroad.

The issue has been that the train frequently parks alongside the road cutting residents off from their homes for up to four hours at a time. Planning an entire day around the train schedule is not something that most residents envisioned when they purchased homes in one of the most desirable areas of Louisville.

Fortunately, all of that is about to change. There is a gate that has previously been reserved for the use of emergency vehicles only. However, there will now be residents that are designated key holders. These residents will be able to open and close the gate as needed. So, for example, if the train parks for several hours, a key holder will be able to unlock the gate while the train is parked and then lock it back up as the train departs. Since there will be more than one key holder someone should be available to unlock the gate for their neighbors as needed without too much inconvenience. If you were looking for one more reason to move to Crescent Hill, add good neighbors and increased convenience to your list. Then call a Red Edge agent to set up a showing.



The Corner Store Just got an Upgrade

Hurstbourne and Shelbyville to be Exact

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Pineapple at store

If you live in the Hurstbourne area or travel it frequently, you are probably familiar with the office building that towers over the corner of the Hurstbourne parkway and Shelbyville road. That corner is about to get an upgrade.

Behind the office building is a shopping center where ValuMarket, Z’s and Brownies The Shed Bar and Grille are located. A Cincinnati developer has bought the space and plans to demolish it to make room for a new development. The office tower and P.F. Chang’s will remain but the shopping center, purchased for $41 million, will be razed to make room for restaurants, a grocery store, a parking garage, gas stations and a hotel. Since the purchase in October, the buyer has contacted the current tenants to make them aware of the plans.

The owner of Brownies, Jason Brown, says he may try to stay in the new development to keep a presence in the Hurstbourne area, but he has also been researching other potential locations in prime areas of the city. With 12 months to decide, Brown is in no hurry to make plans. The new hotel has not yet been branded but in planning documents is purported to be five stories and 149 rooms. Likewise, the grocery store has not yet been named but is planned as an 80,000-square foot development. As if Hurstbourne area was not attractive enough, the addition of a grocery store will only make the area more attractive to new homeowners that are looking for convenience. If you are considering the area, give a Red Edge agent a call today!


Ohio Valley Allergies and Asthma Got You Down?

City of Louisville planting $400,000 worth of tress to alleviate triggers.

by Mike Hall, Owner/Broker/Agent

Louisville Trees

photo from the Nature Conservancy

If you’re new to Louisville, you might have noticed an increase in your allergies or frequent flare-ups if you suffer from asthma.

AIR Louisville, a collaboration between Propeller Health, Louisville Metro’s Office of Civic Innovation and the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, enrolled more than 1,100 participants in a study to track and manage asthma symptoms. The collected data was then matched to city data on temperature, pollution and other environmental information. The study produced favorable outcomes for participants by allowing more effective management of symptoms resulting in fewer attacks and increased awareness of symptoms.

Based on this data the city plans to make a few changes. The city will reduce pollution by planting approximately $400,000 worth of trees in the metro in the next year. They will also reroute trucks to lower population areas to protect more citizens at risk. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on encouraging residents not to idle cars and to plant more trees on their own property. Taking these steps will help those with asthma, COPD and other respiratory illnesses by increasing air quality for the city.

Source: Insider Louisville


Public Funds for Public Safety

It Takes More than Chump Change to See Change

by Mike Hall, Owner/Broker/Agent

Louisville Metro Police Department Badge

Mayor Greg Fischer recently submitted the proposed budget for approval and one high ticket item for consideration was an increase in funds for public safety.

The total budget was for $839 million with $17 million being directed toward Louisville Metro Police Department. This is a 10.6 percent increase in LMPD’s budget and should lead to an additional 55 positions for the department. This would lead to safer neighborhoods for residents which, aside from being a necessity for quality of life, has the potential to lead to increased business investment and higher property values.

Other items included in the budget dealt with neighborhoods and parks, paving and sidewalks, a new library in the Northeast Jefferson county area, affordable housing and laying fiber for faster Internet connections. The most controversial item in the budget was the fiber network. While council members agreed that the network is necessary, there is some disagreement about the price tag. In order to mitigate the cost the project was split into two phases and passed.

Source: The Courier-Journal


Charter Communications Launching Low-Cost Internet

Lowering your monthly bills

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

As a homeowner, you're probably always looking for a way to save some money. Unfortunately, utilities occur every month, and they can often be some of your biggest expenses. You can have your electricity provider perform an audit to help save money. You can turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth to save water. When it comes to saving money on an Internet connection, things become more complicated.


Fortunately, Charter Communications is launching a low-cost Internet option for families and seniors. Within Jefferson County this broadband service will cost $14.99 for those who qualify. There will be no additional charge for necessary equipment such as a modem. AT&T currently offers a similar option for $10 a month but speeds are much lower. The Charter Communications option is three times the speed of AT&T’s best option.

Eligible subscribers include families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program and seniors who are 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits. For more information, visit

Get on your way to saving today, and keep your funds for those summer landscape projects!

Source: The Courier-Journal


A Public Market Comes to Town

In which foodies like me get their food on

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

open-air market

When you think of open-air markets, you probably think of far-off, exotic locations. Owners of Safai Coffee want to change that. They are planning to bring an open-air public market to Louisville’s Shelby Park and adjoining neighborhoods where Louisvillians can shop for local goods and interact directly with those producing them.

In recent years, public markets have grown in popularity but Louisville has not had one since the early 2000s. Haymarket left a void when it closed in 2004. It had been operating since 1891 and offered city dwellers the opportunity to meet the farmers producing their food and buy directly from them. As the farm-to-table movement continues to grow, and consumers become increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, this model of shopping has grown in popularity across the nation. It seems only natural that a city consumed by food culture, like Louisville, would follow this trend and support a public market.

This is not just another retail location, but an opportunity for the Louisville Metro to come together as a community for healthier living.

Source: The Courier-Journal


Menard's is Coming to Town

It’s like Santa but for grownups

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

Menard's Louisville

Soon you’ll have more options for home improvement in Louisville. Currently the market includes Lowe’s, Home Depot and several local options but the landscape is about to change. Menard’s, based out of Wisconsin, plans to open a new store just off Preston Highway.

Currently Louisville residents must drive to Jeffersonville, Ind. to visit the nearest Menard’s but this new location will save Kentucky residents a toll while also redirecting sales tax revenue to Kentucky and the city of Louisville. In addition, this new location will be more convenient for Louisville homeowners as Preston Highway is centrally located though this development will be on the southern end of Jefferson County. Menard’s is a big box store and this development will encompass several other retailers though no official announcements have been made. Menard’s carries all things related to home building and remodeling and will have an outdoor lumberyard as well as landscaping materials. Look for construction to begin on the development in fall of this year with plans to open for business in 2019.

Source: The Courier Journal


Louisville Has Connections: Google is Coming to Town

This Fiber is Brain Food

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

google coming to Louisville

Louisville has been getting a lot of press across the nation as an up-and-coming city. There is a happening food scene, population growth, new industry — and now Google is setting up shop by building a Google Fiber network in Jefferson county.

Google Fiber provides a faster Internet connection with speeds up to 1,000 megabits per second; 20 times faster than the currently available connections in the area. This faster speed will open the door for tech companies to set up shop in Louisville, meaning more jobs in the area that appeal to a younger population which heightens Louisville’s reputation as a growth center. Fiber will also mean more options for homeowners as it can provide a connection for television as well possibly impacting current Internet and television providers in the area.

Google’s interest in Louisville further confirms that the city is on a trajectory for growth and improvement. This is good news for property owners in the area. If you do not yet own property in the Louisville Metro area, now would be a good time to enter the market. You can reach out to an agent and get in on the upswing. Dates for construction and implementation of Google Fiber have not yet been announced.


Source: The Courier Journal

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