Louisville Real Estate Blog

Five Apps That Can Help You Get Organized in 2019

Let’s face it: the world is a busy place and it seems to get busier with every passing year. Many of us feel like we increasingly have to do more with less time. Fortunately, there are some great apps out there that can sensibly bring more order to your life. From managing projects to saving articles to read later, here are five apps that can help you become more organized in the coming year.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is an easy way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist is there to help you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos. Share your lists and work collaboratively on projects with your colleagues, friends and family. Thanks to Wunderlist Pro, teamwork has never been easier.

Evernote

Finding a great note-taking app is like finding the perfect pair of jeans. They’re hard to come across, but once you do, you’ll always stick with them. The same goes for the best smartphone apps. Some people might still prefer the old, foolproof method of taking notes with pen and paper, but this is the mobile era, and having one good note-taking app on your phone can save you constant hassle. Evernote helps you capture and prioritize ideas, projects, and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks.

Remember the Milk

Remember The Milk is the smart to-do app for busy...

5 Things to Expect When Selling Your Home in Winter

Winter is traditionally a slower time for home sales, but don’t despair. Here are a few ways the timing might play in your favor.'

1. Buyers tend to be more motivated

Buyers looking for homes are doing so because they really must relocate due to job, family or other unavoidable circumstances. You’ll probably waste less time dealing with real estate tire-kickers.

2. Things move faster

Because there are fewer transactions during the winter, mortgage companies, home inspectors and appraisers have less on their plates. You should be able to schedule appointments sooner and expect faster turnaround for reports and approvals than in the busy warmer seasons.

3. You can leverage the smaller inventory

With fewer homes on the market, your property’s unique features stand out even more. Are you the only townhome within walking distance of downtown? The only split-level with a pool in your school district? I’ll be sure to mention it in your listing.

4. Summer buyers are looking now

Not everyone looking in the winter must move immediately. We can discuss ideas about how to market your home among local businesses and organizations with fluid populations, such as universities, or via school district websites that might attract families moving to the area.

5. You can remind buyers of warmer weather

Be sure to include images of your home during greener summer months, including lifestyle shots of your deck, patio, porch and/or yard. Feature these photos in a frame during showings to remind buyers how the...

How to Boost Your Curb Appeal in Winter

Just because the temperature is freezing doesn’t mean you can’t warm buyers’ hearts with your home’s exterior during the winter. Here are a few tips to help make your property inviting.

1. Door Number One

Don’t miss the opportunity to make a great first impression. New doors are worth the investment. Or, give your door a fresh coat of paint and upgrade your handles and knocker with some shiny bling. When appropriate, brightly colored doors can create a charming focal point, especially during winter when the world can seem white and grey.

2. Plant Some Green

Evergreen shrubs look terrific in pots on the porch and can add allure to your home’s entry.

3. Keep it Safe

Be sure that all walkways are clear of snow and ice. In addition to helping to prevent dangerous slips, the clean lines of a shoveled driveway look great and imply your property is well cared for.

4. Stash Santa

Past January 1, be sure to take down distracting holiday decorations. No blinking lights, reindeer on the roof, and no inflatable snow globes. You can, however, dress up your front door with a non-denominational winter wreath.

5. To Sit, Porch-ance to Dream

If there’s room on your porch, consider adding a rocking chair or bistro set. While prospective buyers probably won’t consider whiling away the evening out there in winter, the furniture can remind them how nice it is to sit there in warmer weather.

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3 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving in Your New Home

One of the greatest rewards of helping clients find their new home in summer is the opportunity it presents for them to host friends and family for Thanksgiving. It’s usually enough time to get most of the boxes unpacked, decorate and get the new place ready for entertaining. If you are a new homeowner who will be welcoming guests to your place for the holidays, check out my tips below for hosting a memorable Thanksgiving.

Focus on the Space

The secret to hosting family and friends in your home is planning early; and even more so for a holiday like Thanksgiving. First, take an assessment of your home and the spaces and the activities that will be happening, then make a list of what needs to be done to welcome guests. It may be as simple as adding more seating or as major as replacing flooring. Once you have a clear picture of what needs to be done, you can start prioritizing. If you recently moved into a fixer-upper and you have many things on your to-do list, don’t be discouraged. Focus your energy on the spaces of your home that will get used the most when you have company, like the kitchen, living room and bathroom.

Focus on the Meal

Once you have the space under control, it’s time to think about the food. Will you be making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings? Or hosting a more casual meal? The food will dictate where you will have guests sit, how much serving space you will need when (or if) you will need to start ...

How to Lose a House in 10 Ways

Home buying is one of the most stressful experiences in adult life (second only to getting a divorce). Why is the process so draining? Unfortunately, there are tons of things that can make a deal fall through– especially if you aren’t working with an experienced professional. Here are 10 ways you might to lose out on your dream home (and how to avoid them):

1.You don’t have enough saved up for the down payment

Surprise! Houses are expensive. The down payment for which you’ve spent so much time saving might not be enough. In addition to closing costs, there can also be unexpected fees around every corner. Make sure that you have significant cushion savings in addition to whatever you plan on putting down for your house—you never know how these things will play out.

2.You don’t have your ducks in a row

Staying organized is essential when you’re house hunting. Are you serious about the bid you’re putting down? Make sure that you’re fully aware of all deadlines, contingencies, and paperwork involved in moving forward with your home purchase.

3.You’re shopping out of your budget

Looking for houses way outside of your budget is the first way to “lose a house”—you’ll just be losing a home you never had a chance of having. When you shop above your budget you’re sure to find a dream house that’s nothing more than that: a dream.

Also plan for the strong possibility of putting in an offer above asking price. This may mean looking at homes listed a few thousand below your budget to create padding in your budget to make a higher offer. 

4.You lose a bidding war

Quick, decisive, assertive—these are all necessary...

Top 5 Home Maintenance Tips

Trying to save money? During my years of experience in the real estate industry, I’ve learned that home maintenance is so much more affordable than emergency repairs. Here are five routine maintenance projects that can help prevent unexpected costs and save you money year-round.

1. Clear out gutters

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Homegating Tips: Bring Home the Big-Game Celebration

Game on! It’s that time of year again, when your family and friends get together for the big game and an afternoon of food, beer, team spirit and homegating. Yes, homegating has officially become the new tailgating. No more bundling up in chilly fall weather or butting heads with your rivals over whose hot dog toppings are better; sports fans are trading in for an even better game experience right in their living room.


My homegating playbook is below:

Set the game-time mood:

Tailgating decorations are aplenty in the world of sports and for homegating you can find even more! Garnish your entertainment room with team colors and memorabilia, including team cups, koozies, game-day chair covers, wall decor…the list goes on.

Man-to-chair coverage:

It may be worth moving your bulky, fragile furniture out of your entertainment room to create space for extra chairs (or pacing, for those nail-biting plays). Set aside a few easily accessible folding chairs or bar stools so that everyone watching has a seat to hold on to.

Create a kid-friendly zone:

Your young children more than likely don’t know who’s playing in the championship, and probably don’t care either. Dedicate a safe space for them to romp around and have their own playtime.

Food and drinks:

A snack and beverage station on the sidelines will go over well with all your guests. Don’t overthink it, though; if a cooler of drinks and a variety of appetizers can get fans through a tailgate, the same will work at your homegate....

Buying a Home? 4 Signs It’s Time to Call An Agent

While house hunting TV shows tour the neighborhood, close the deal and throw a housewarming party in 30 minutes, real life is not as streamlined. If you’re in the process of buying a home, here are signs it’s time to call a Realtor®.

1. You believe everything on the internet

While you can view tons of listings online, not all of the information is accurate or up-to-date. You’ll see outdated comps, conflicting forecasts and different ratings. With access to the MLS and insight on properties about to hit the market, a Realtor will make sure you’re considering all of the homes in your marketplace that fit your criteria.

2. You’re juggling a hectic schedule

You don’t need to spend time sorting through listings and contacting sellers. An agent will do the browsing so you only visit the homes that best fit your needs and price range.

3. The biggest thing you’ve negotiated lately was your kids’ bedtime (and you lost)

As professional negotiators with years of experience, Realtors know how to create, present and negotiate the best offer. Remember, you’ll be going up against another professional negotiator: the seller’s agent.

4. You don’t know if a neighborhood is on the way up or down

An agent who knows the neighborhood can give you the scoop about local developments and changes that don’t always pop up in a Google search. He or she will also put them in context of larger market forces that could impact the future value of a home.

If you’re looking for an experienced professional...

It’s Back to School Time: Top Tips to Stay Sane

Going back to school is an exciting time. Kids get to see their friends, have a new year of field trips to look forward to and, with any luck, get the teachers your neighbors rave about. However, with homework and extracurricular activities, going back to school can be stress-inducing for both parents and children. Here are some tips to keep calm, cool and collected.

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Parents:

RE/MAX Celebrates 26 Years of Miracles

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment. For the past 26 years, RE/MAX agents have donated generously to make sure they receive the treatment they need.

Since 1992, RE/MAX agents and brokers have invested in the well-being of their local communities through the Miracle Home Program, where an agent donates a portion of their commission to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Every dollar helps fund pediatric...

5 Tips for Home Sellers with Pets

For you, a house isn’t home without your animal family members. But for potential buyers, lingering animal smells and fur can be a turn-off. Here are my best tips removing traces of pets for before a showing.

1. Holey backyard, Batman!

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Get Rid of Clutter with These 5 Garage Sale Tips

Tackling clutter is my first recommendation when it comes to staging a home. It’s a great way for clients to start clearing out items ahead of their move. Here are a few tips to get started.

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1. List your sale on the "Garage Sale" section of Craigslist and on any neighborhood Facebook page groups. Include photos of your more interesting items to attract shoppers.

How to Find a Home with the Perfect Backyard BBQ Spot

Summer is in full swing, and if you ask me, there’s nothing better than an evening with burgers and brats on the grill, neighbors over to play yard games and dogs romping in the yard. If outdoor entertaining is also a priority for you in your new home, here are four things to look for:

1. Space

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4 Steps to Win a Bidding War

Housing inventory is tight across the country, and many homebuyers find themselves in a bidding war with other buyers. RE/MAX has some pointers to help you act fast during the bidding process to gain the seller’s attention.

1. Have a "Dream Team"

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5 Things to Think About When Buying Your First Place

As a renter, you have the luxury of choosing a place that meets your needs at the moment. Buying a home is a much bigger commitment, both in terms of finances and the length of time you’ll likely live there. When seeking out your first place – whether a house or condominium or anything in between – it’s important to do your homework.


Here are 5 things to consider as you begin the process of purchasing your first place.

1. The growth possibilities

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Redecorating Empty Nest

Sure, you could leave that cluttered room as a shrine to your college freshman, but wouldn't you love to use that space? Break the news to your kid gently, don't throw anything out without consulting them and keep some closet space open for when they come back to visit. Then consider one of these redecorating ideas for your empty nest.

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1. Guest room

4 Potential Surprises When Buying a Home

You can’t control all the variables when purchasing a home, but being aware of them can certainly help you along the way.

1. Low inventory means you have to act fast ...

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Pros and Cons of Having a Garden Bed

Spring means getting your hands dirty for planting season. Whether it’s plants or vegetables, you might be thinking about creating a garden bed this year. Now, when it comes to gardening, I realize everyone has their own school of thought and specific way to address the year’s crop. However, if you’re new, here are a few pros and cons to building a garden bed. 

The Good Side of Garden Beds

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