Louisville Real Estate Blog

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.

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

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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How Going Green Can Help Your House Sell Faster

When it comes to real estate, “going green” is an investment in the future. The benefits to potential buyers are many and having money-saving, energy-efficient upgrades in your home can mean the difference between selling quickly or lingering on the market.


In fact, a study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that 90 percent of homebuyers take energy efficiency into account when shopping for a home. 


RE/MAX created a list of advantages a green home offers buyers and some environmental upgrades you should consider before you sell.

WHY GREEN MATTERS

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3 Things to Know Before Registering Your Home on a Short-Term Rental Site

Vacation rentals only continue to gain in popularity. The concept is often a win-win, as short-term rentals can provide an income opportunity for owners and a unique way for visitors to experience a city. 

If you are an owner considering offering your vacation home up for rental, here a few things to keep in mind before you dive in. 

1. Legality

The rise in popularity of Airbnb and other sites hasn't been without controversy. There are concerns that short-term rentals threaten the jobs of hotel workers, and that a short-term rental doesn't have to pass the same certifications and inspections of regular hotels. 


Some cities have enacted restrictions against short-term rentals. You may need to register and get a permit or a license – or you may not be able to host at all. Check with the local government to make sure you understand the laws and regulations. 

2. Taxes

Second homes and rental properties are subject to specific tax rules, so be sure you know what's expected and what you can deduct.

3. Additional Costs

Renting out your home could mean an extra insurance bill. Check with your insurance agent to learn what your current policy covers regarding short-term renters. Airbnb currently offers some insurance options for short-term renters, and many of the other sites have partnerships that make it easy to take out additional coverage, if needed.

In addition to insurance, you'll have to pay a percentage of the rental income to the website: Airbnb and FlipKey both currently charge a 3% host service fee, VRBO has an option to pay-per-booking or an annual...