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Lights to See in Louisville this Holiday

See Louisville in All Her Splendor!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Christmas lights

So much to see and do in Louisville this season!

Louisville knows how to get fancy for the holidays! There are many neighborhoods, events, and businesses that go all out for Christmas, making Louisville a great place to live and work. Check out some of these light attractions in and near the city this Christmas season!

  1. Lights Under Louisville – Ride or drive under Louisville to see more than 4 million lights at the Louisville Mega Caverns.
  2. Gardens Aglimmer – Waterfront Botanical Gardens – See the Botanical Gardens transformed during select days in December.
  3. Winter Woods Spectacular – Iroquois Park – See the forest transformed into a magical winter wonderland.
  4. Christmas in the Park – Elizabethtown – Travel through an illuminated roadway representing the best of the Christmas spirit.
  5. Winter Wonderland – Shawnee Park – Visit this new festival of lights December 17-19.
  6. Christmas in Charlestown, Ind. – Visit the nearby town that calls itself Christmas City during the holidays for tons of events and lights!

[Source: WLKY.com]

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Volunteers Clean Up Old Louisville’s Central Park

Central Park Refresh

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Seedling growing

Central Park in Old Louisville received a cleanup!

Louisville is a great place to live, with an endless variety of restaurants, events, schools, businesses, and parks. For Louisville residents and guests, Central Park in historic Old Louisville is a popular location for special events, social gatherings, family adventures, and solo wandering.

Central Park is even more ready for guests now that a group of almost 75 volunteers did a park cleanup! The team tackled projects that city teams rarely have the time capacities to maintain, including fixing sidewalks, laying mulch, and a variety of other clean-up and repair projects.

A cleaner, fresher park wasn’t their only reward! Louisville volunteers who helped at Central Park also got to warm up with coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts, plus enjoy chili or pizza to celebrate a job well done.

Central Park is one of Louisville’s 120 parks—beautiful and enticing spaces to love living and working in Louisville, Ky.!

[Source: WDRB.com]

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Homeorama is an Annual Tradition in the Geothermal Louisville Community

Norton Commons Homeorama Explores Beautiful Properties

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Norton Commons Sign

The housing market in Louisville and its surrounding areas continues to be competitive, with an ongoing shortage of available houses and a steady stream of home buyers looking to find their dream house.

Some areas of the city, like Norton Commons, are in constant demand. Norton Commons sits on almost 600 acres and is currently home to more than 1,800 residences, more than 80 businesses, three schools, and dozens of parks, pools and green spaces.

Norton Commons has been designed and specifically engineered to reduce the need to drive by having everything nearby and to save the community on monthly utilities by providing geothermal heating.

In September, Norton Commons held its annual Homeorama, which provided sneak peeks at nine houses in the community—exhibiting everything from efficiency, custom architecture, and beautiful interior designs. There were also special events and attractions.

If you’re hoping to buy or sell a house in Norton Commons, or any of the great neighborhoods and communities in Louisville, contact an agent today and we’ll be happy to help you navigate this complex housing market!

[Source: WDRB.com]

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NuLu Fest – An Outdoor Adventure!

One Way to Enjoy Louisville this September

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Band onstage

Enjoy Louisville at NuLu Fest

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise, many people are looking for ways to enjoy living in Louisville. Many indoor events and experiences remain canceled, but Louisville is seeing a return of our beloved outdoor festivals. One such experience, the NuLu Fest, will be returning to the East Market District after cancelling last year due to covid precautions.

NuLu Fest will be on the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of East Market Street from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.

Among the available options, participants will be able to enjoy live music, purchase microbrews, and visit booths by local vendors. There will be activities for all ages, and the event is free and family-friendly!

It’s a great time to explore the city, encourage local businesses and artisans, and have fun for the whole family. It’s just another reason why Louisville is a great place to live!

[Source: wdrb.com]

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New School Coming to SW Louisville

Brand new building will replace two elementary schools

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/OwnerSchool picture

Better schools, better communities!

The quality of a nearby education ranks at the top of many priorities people consider when buying a new house. School clusters that can offer safety, innovation, and an academic edge are highly prized.

Homeowners and potential buyers will certainly be interested in the Southwest area of Louisville, where an 82,532-square foot, $17 million school is being constructed this year. 

The new elementary school will replace the current Wilkerson Elementary School and Watson Lane Elementary School. The state-of-the-art school will feature two stories of classrooms, art, computer and media rooms, and collaborative learning spaces. It will also utilize energy efficient systems for windows, lighting, and plumbing and geothermal heating and cooling.

The community near the new school is certain to benefit from the new facility, with a school they can proudly send their children to.

The new elementary school is expected to be ready in August of 2022. Talk to an agent today if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in this exciting area of Louisville!

 

[Source: jefferson.kyschools.us]

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Explore Louisville in July

The Best Ways to Enjoy Louisville this Summer

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Louisville skyline

Louisville is opened up again and it’s time for adventure!

Louisville is a great place to live and work, and now that restrictions have eased and the city is opening again, more options exist for venturing back out.

Here are some great ideas for making your way into the city this July.

  1. See Grease at the Derby Dinner Playhouse (derbydinner.com)
  2. Watch some Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park in Old Louisville (kyshakespeare.com)
  3. Listen to Greensky Bluegrass at the Waterfront (ourwaterfrontpark.org)
  4. Experience the Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove (locustgrove.org)
  5. Hang out at the Louisville R&B Music Festival at the KFC Yum! Center (kfcyumcenter.com)
  6. Change lives at the Kentucky Hope is Essential Gala at Churchill Downs (wish.org)
  7. Hone your skills at the Smartphone Summer Nature Photography event (yewdellgardens.org)

It’s a great summer to live and work in Louisville!

[Source: StyleBlueprint.com/Louisville]

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New Restaurants to Try in Louisville

5 Louisville Locals to Try Out this Summer!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Restaurant scene

Time to try some new local restaurants!

Whether you’re on the hunt for your next home or you’re taking some time away so potential buyers can tour your house for sale, a bite to eat is always a good idea. Old favorite restaurants are open for business again, and new local restaurants are even starting to pop up! Here are five newest eateries that make Louisville a great place to live!

1.     Fleur de Tea10704 Meeting Street, Suite 101, Prospect, KY

Find more than five dozen options for your next tea fix! There’s nothing like a good cup of tea and a delicious pastry or treat.

2.     Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company1559 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY

Sweet potato pie, sweet potato cheesecake, sweet potato cookies, even sweet potato ice cream sandwiches! There are also a variety of fragrant sprays, candles, and wax melts to bring that home-cooked smell into your house.

3.     Pizzaville2901 Goose Creek Road, Suite 103, Louisville, KY

The pizzas are delicious and creative, and the Pizzaville Sluggers (breadsticks) will knock your socks off. Are you ready for a Louisville pizza that’s been 17 years in the making?

4.     The Salad Chic 428 W. Market Street, Louisville, KY

At the Salad Chic, it’s all about healthy options! Each salad is custom built, with plenty of toppings and tastes for every type.

5.     The Seafood Lady601 E. Jefferson Street, Louisville KY 40202

At the newest location for The Seafood Lady, customers should expect bold décor and a full bar, in addition to the delicious Florida-style seafood they’ve come to love. 

[Source: StyleBlueprint.com/louisville]

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Summer Trends for Home Decor

Ideas for Shaping Your Space

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Minimalist living room white

Use these trends as inspiration for your house!

Whether you just found the home of your dreams and now you’re decorating it to match your life, you’re looking to refresh your house before you put it on the market, or you’re just ready for a change, these summer trends are sure to inspire your décor!

  • Singin’ the Blues – Nothing is as summery as blue skies and teal beaches. Use your favorite shades of blue as strong accents or bold statements.
  • Less is More – Minimalism is making yet another comeback. Sometimes the key to creating space to breathe, imagine, and rest is to choose less.
  • Feeling Neutral – There’s nothing blah about the appeal of neutrals like white, gray, beige, and ivory. These classic colors create a perfect foundation for whatever colors you want to bring in and out going forward.
  • Something to Talk About – Use bold colors, furniture, or art to create a statement that the rest of the room can submit to. Using a neutral or minimalist foundation sets the stage for something more eye-catching and conversational.
  • Stayin’ Alive! — More and more people are embracing indoor plants. There’s just something refreshing and comfortable about a house decorated with vibrant, living plants of different varieties.
  • Light and Airy — Nothing says summer like a good breeze. Using airy and light fabrics in your curtains and bedding will capture that classic summer feel.
  • Au’ Natural — Natural woods like rattan, cane, wicker, and other light woods look especially fresh and fun with a minimalist setting. Pulling in natural wood elements can keep the room feeling light and inviting.

[Source: SpaceJoy.com]

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Auto Group Plans to Bring Jobs to Louisville

Ebspaecher North America to Open Facility in Louisville Riverport

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

New Jobs in Louisville

More jobs are coming to Louisville!

An auto-supply company, Ebspaecher North America plans to open a facility in Louisville Riverport, bringing more than 200 new jobs to Louisville. The North American subsidiary of the German company, Eberspächer Group, is a system developer and supplier of exhaust technology, thermal management systems, and automotive electronics. They intend to bring a $30 million investment to Louisville.

The Ebspaecher group will occupy 125,000 square feet of an existing facility at 7001 Greenbelt Highway. They’ll begin preparing their facility in May with hopes for completion in August.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority is working with Ebspaecher to create 214 jobs with an average hourly income of $25 with benefits in exchange for performance-based tax incentives. This plan will benefit Louisville with employment opportunities and revenue.

Together, Louisville and Ebspaecher are providing another reason why it’s great to live and work in Louisville. If you’re looking to make Louisville your home, talk with an agent today about finding the best house for you and your family!

[Source: WTVQ.com]

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Which of your favorite Louisville experiences will still happen this year?

Louisville Events in 2021

by Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Louisville events photo

Louisville will still host Derby and Oaks!

Many of our favorite events had to be cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there’s still uncertainty about 2021. While some local favorites, like the Cherokee Triangle Art Festival and the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade, were called off early, Louisville is still hoping to host some fan favorites with modifications for health and safety.

Here are some of the events to watch for this year:
• Chick-fil-A Triple Crown of Running
• WHAS Crusade for Children
• Kentucky Oaks and Derby
• Kentucky State Fair
• Derby Festival MiniMarathon and Marathon
• St. James Court Art Show
Many more events are pending the health status of the area, so hopefully 2021 will be full of celebrations in Louisville!

[Source: WHAS11.com]

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Make the Most of Your Bonus Space

10 Ideas for Your Shed Remodel
Making the most of your bonus space!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Shed remodel

Your storage shed has endless possibilities!

If you’ve been home a lot more often in the last year, you might be itching to create an escape, and your own backyard might have the perfect solution.

There are endless ideas for how to transform your boring old shed into an personal oasis. That could be a fun way to add that extra appeal to your house if you’re looking to put it on the market soon, too.

Here are 10 fun ideas to transform your backyard shed from meh to marvelous:

  1. Make a home gym
  2. Create an art or photography studio
  3. Give yourself a greenhouse
  4. Grab some popcorn and visit your personal home theater
  5. Work from your new home office
  6. Create a crafty nest
  7. Add some windows for the perfect green house
  8. Enjoy your own personal music room
  9. Send the kids to their awesome playhouse
  10. Enjoy your own private library
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11 Tips for Open House Guests

Open House Etiquette

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Open House Welcome

Home buyers can be courteous guests!

If you’re trying to buy a house is this complicated Louisville market, you might be tempted to bend some etiquette rules to gain an edge in the process. But you don’t have to do that — especially if you have one of our agents serving on your behalf. We promise to look out for you and help you find the best house for you or your family.

In the meantime, keep these 11 guidelines in mind when you visit potential homes, and everyone will have a more enjoyable experience:

  • Be one time, with plenty of margin to adequately look at the house in the time allotted.
  • Wipe your feet before you go in, especially in these wet, wintry months.
  • Register your name for follow-up and security.
  • If you have your own Realtor, let the host Realtor know.
  • If you have to bring your kids, make sure they’re good guests, too.
  • Don’t crowd other guests who are viewing the home.
  • Nobody likes a snoop. Avoid going through the owner’s belongings.
  • Keep your design opinions to yourself, not shared with the owner.
  • Schedule a private follow-up appointment if you want to check plumbing or electrical concerns.
  • If you want to open closets or take photos, ask permission first.
  • Be efficient and mindful of time. You can always schedule a time to return for a more thorough exploration.
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Louisville’s First Dog Park Bar

Where pups and people can have a good time!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

girl with dog at bar

Another great reason to live in Louisville!

There is great news this month for dog lovers around Louisville! The city’s first ever dog park bar is opening in the Highlands neighborhood, at 800 Baxter Avenue. Louisville has bars where adults can mingle, and it has dog parks where pups can make friends. PB & J’s Dog Park Bar will be the best of both options.

The location will offer a full-service bar and coffee at its indoor/outdoor facility, and dogs will be allowed to be leash free. Though anyone who loves dogs is welcome to visit, there is a fee and paperwork required for the pooches. Owners will need to validate vaccine information and provide some up-to-date veterinary records.

The dog park bar owners are committed to providing a great experience for dog-lovers and their four-legged friends in the Highlands. They’re also supporting the rescue efforts of several organizations with every dollar they earn. It’s a win for you, your pooch, and dogs all over the community!

The Highlands is an ideal neighborhood for this pupperiffic place. There are about 4,000 dogs in the ZIP code. If you’re looking for a dream home for you AND your canine companion, an agent would love to talk with you about properties available in this dog-friendly community!

 

[Source: WDRB.com]

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10 Things to Consider When Selling Your Home During a Pandemic

A Selling Q&A during COVID-19
by Mike Hall, Agent, Owner, Broker

mask, antibac soap

Selling during a pandemic presents several new challenges

Thinking of selling your house? If it feels like a daunting process – especially during a pandemic – rest assured your Realtor will guide you through the steps. Discuss the following items with a Red Edge agent to make sure it’s a safe transaction for everyone involved.  

  1. What is the housing market like right now?  Will it take longer to sell during this crisis? Or is there a shortage of homes for sale in Louisville?
  2. Should I skip the open house? What are the rules for an open house in Kentucky?
  3. What about a “showing” kit? Do I need to supply gloves, shoe booties, masks and hand sanitizer?
  4. What are the best ways to encourage hand washing? Consider having bottles of disinfectant in strategic places and stock the bathrooms.
  5. How should I disinfect the house? You should wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant and antibacterial cleaners before and after each showing.
  6. Does it make sense to rent an interim house? Having some place else to live while you show your house will help keep the place spotless.
  7. What about setting up virtual showings? A virtual presentation of your house is 100% safe.
  8. Should I consider “E-Offers”? Do I need to make arrangements to accommodate online buyers?
  9. What kind of delays should I expect?  Inspections and appraisals may take longer during the current health situation.
  10. Should I consider an online/remote closing? Keeping buyers and sellers in separate locations is another good safety measure. 

It is possible to sell your house during COVID-19 and we’ll make safety a top priority.

[Source: BobVila.com]

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Challenges and Advantages to a Fall Sell

Should you sell now or wait for another time?

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Front porch, fall

This fall could be the best time to sell your home!

Many sellers would like to wait until the spring to put their house on the market, but there can certainly be some benefits to selling in the fall, especially in this current housing market. Of course, there are still some challenges and benefits to a fall listing. It’s good to explore what you might encounter. If you’re ready to put your home on the market, talk to a Red Edge agent today about your options!

Challenges

  • There are usually fewer buyers looking to move in the fall.
  • The weather is unpredictable and a steady flow of autumn leaves can make maintaining your curb appeal trickier.
  • Home buyers with kids usually want to be settled before the school year or wait until a good time of transition.
  • Work, school, and holiday schedules make it more complicated to coordinate good times to show your property.

Advantages

  • Serious buyers are highly motivated to close and move forward before the holidays and inconvenient winter weather.
  • The change in season can make your home feel that much more welcoming and cozier.
  • Many home buyers aren’t parents of school-aged kids, and they’re not worried about coordinating around student needs.
  • The early fall is still light enough for weeknight showings and temperate enough for weekend open houses.

[Source: Zillow.com]

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Budget-Friendly DIY Renovations

Are you ready for some quick changes with big impact?

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Front porch, painted

Easy DIY projects can transform your Louisville space!

Whether you’re looking to make your Louisville house more marketable, sprucing up your dream home, or looking for ideas to personalize your new house, some quick-and-easy DIY projects can make a huge impact, even on a budget. If you’re hoping to give your house an edge in Louisville’s tight market or you’re still looking for the home of your dreams, we’d love to talk with you today about how one of our Red Edge agents can help you!

In the meantime, check out some of these fun and easy ideas for adding some DIY pizazz!

  • Refresh your walls with a new color of paint
  • Add low-maintenance crown molding
  • Install a low-cost stair runner
  • Add some paint to old floors
  • Bring fresh color to your kitchen cabinets
  • Install a water filter on your sink
  • Refinish old wooden doors
  • Replace aging caulk with a new application
  • Revive your weary deck or porch
  • Protect kitchen or bathroom walls with a resilient backsplash
  • Add a bathroom vent to prevent mold growth
  • Install attractive ceiling fans
  • Replace your thermostat with a programable model

[Source: ThisOldHouse.com]

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Better Wifi for Your Family

Optimize your Internet as kids go back to school

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Wifi and family

As your family shares Wifi, learn some tips for helping to optimize the load.

Usually home-buyers with kids are looking into the best school districts and family-friendly neighborhoods. While that’s still certainly true, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought in additional concerns. As many adults are still working remotely and JCPS students are preparing to begin the school year from a distance, the best Wifi options are also playing a role!

While one of our agents can certainly help you find the neighborhood that’s a perfect fit for your family and help you find the house you’ve been dreaming of, you can also follow these tips for optimizing your Wifi, so that it’s most accommodating for your whole family!

  • Optimize the placement of your router
  • Invest in a booster antenna
  • Update your firmware using an ethernet cable
  • Look into powerline adaptors
  • Add an extender to trickier rooms
  • Upgrade your router

 

[Source: Broadbandnow.com]

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Landscaping Trends for 2020

Make Your Home Landscaping Shine This Summer

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Landscaping trends

While you’re at home, make the most of your time!

Many people find themselves tackling big projects at home during this season of waiting and social distancing. This is the perfect time to identify some of the best landscaping trends and decide which might perfectly help your dream home get even better. Here are some of the best 2020 outdoor trends for you to consider:

  • Ornate, Geometric Designs – patterns are making their way onto porches, patios, walkways, and retaining walls.
  • Contemporary and Transitional Landscaping – many people are extending their love of clean lines and colors outside their houses and into their landscaping.
  • Shades of Blue – 2020 was declared a year for the blues, from navy to cobalt and everything in between. This calming color isn’t contained inside the walls, though. Many people are finding ways to integrate their blues in their landscaping and outside choices.
  • Uniquely You – There is a rising trend to embrace your own quirkiness and desires and integrate them in your outdoor spaces, whether it’s surprising gardening ideas, outdoor kitchens with pizza ovens, or vine-covered pergolas, now is the homeowner’s time to shine!
  • Remote-Controlled Irrigation – Our smart tech is used everywhere inside the home, so it makes sense that it’s beginning to expand to the yard and landscaping. Creating irrigation that can be remotely controlled is a smart and efficient trend to try.


What trends will you try this summer?

[Source: realtor.com]

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Trendiest Summer Colors for Your Louisville Home

Add a splash of color to fill your house with summer vibes

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Paint colors

Color is trending this summer. Which color inspires you?

Many people have found themselves spending many more hours in their houses as they wait out a global pandemic. Maybe you’re getting tired of the view?

Whether you’re ready to sell your current home, settle into your brand new space, or just bring a little change into the home you already love, this summer’s trendiest paint colors might be just the change you need.

Here are some of this summer’s hottest paint ideas for interior color:

  • Vibrant green
  • Peachy pink
  • Bright Red
  • Soft blue
  • Saturated blue
  • Neutrals
  • Melon
  • Pewter
  • Blue greens
  • Off-white
  • Sunshine colors
  • Blush
  • Classic blue
  • Gray

 
[Source: Good Housekeeping]

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Buyers are still looking for houses

It’s a Good Time to Sell

Buyers are looking for houses!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

front porch

Now might be the best time to sell your house!

While people are staying home, watching the economy, and proceeding with caution, many motivated buyers are still looking for homes. There is a fear among sellers, though, that this is not a good time to put their house on the market. The result is a severe shortage of available homes to buy in Louisville. Now just might be the ideal time to sell your house!

Our agents will be able to tell you if someone is looking for a house just like yours, and the whole process could involve minimal showings resulting and a good price without the burden of extra competition. Contact an agent today to see if this might be the very best time to sell your house!

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