Overview of Waste Disposal in Louisville

Each day, you generate a variety of different types of waste. During the course of any given year, you may end up not only disposing of what fairly can be called everyday garbage and recyclables but also the hazardous waste of different types. Maybe you’re thinking about selling your home this winter and need to get rid of some “junk.” A basic understanding of the different ways in which various types of waste items are disposed of in the city. When it comes to waste disposal in Louisville here are the 8 categories in which waste is disposed of.

  1. Regular garbage or trash
  2. Hazardous waste
  3. Recyclable items
  4. Mattresses, Furniture, and Appliances
  5. Construction waste
  6. Sharps
  7. Biohazardous waste
  8. Medications
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We would hope your home doesn’t look like this! The owners of this building definitely need some waste disposal help.

1. Regular Garbage or Trash

Garbage removal is the most common waste disposal in Louisville, Kentucky. As it probably is for most cities. Regular garbage or trash is disposed of through the City of Louisville Solid Waste Management Services Division. The agency collects garbage on a weekly basis from residential units with eight units or less. Large residential buildings have to engage a private service to collect regular garbage items.

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Landlord Strategies When a Tenant Commits Suicide or an Unattended Death

Managing rental properties can be difficult at times. Landlords regularly face challenges like unexpected maintenance issues and tenants who fail to pay their rent. While these are unfortunate circumstances, little else is more difficult for a landlord to address than a tenant who commits suicide or there’s an unattended death in their rental property. A landlord must be versed about what strategies to employ when a tenant commits suicide or with an unattended death is discovered.

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Would you know what to do if a tenant committed suicide in one of your rental properties?

Self-Protection Upon Discovery of a Suicide or Unattended Death

Before discussing the need for self-protection upon a discovery of one or another of these types of death, a landlord must understand what is meant by an unattended death. As the moniker indicates, an unattended death is one in which a person dies alone. In addition, an unattended death most often involves the discovery of body days, weeks, or even months after the tenant died. If this is the case and the body is discovered much later by a landlord, the human decomposition process is well underway.

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Home Financing Options for Any Credit Score in Kentucky

Having perfect credit and a down payment of as much as 20% is not always possible. There are financing options that are available for any credit score, especially when you consider FHA mortgages and how FHA home loans work. Especially if your out looking to buy your first home, it’s smart to learn about all of your home financing options.

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It’s smart to do your homework. Comparing home financing option will save you money in the long run.

Knowing what your options are in terms of home loans, mortgages, and everything in between is crucial if you don’t have perfect credit.

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16 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Your home is likely the largest single investment you will ever make. It’s doubly smart to take care of your home’s value and save money at the same time. Don’t wait for a problem to surface. Be proactive! Follow these sixteen ways to prepare your home for winter now and you’ll be sitting comfortably come the Holidays.

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When you prepare your home for Winter then you can relax and enjoy the Holidays knowing your investment is protected.

Top 16 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Let’s jump right in!

1. Increase Insulation

This is number one on our list for a reason. Attic insulation is the most important aspect of keeping your home warm during Winter. Most homes don’t have adequate insulation. So you shouldn’t let your home fail this test too! If you need a recommendation for a great contractor, please let me know. I have a big list of great, local companies if you’re not up for the DIY project.

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Most Expensive Louisville Homes in 2018

Today is the day of our annual jaunt through the most expensive Louisville homes in 2018. I began this pilgrimage in 2015 and have enjoyed the journey. If interested, check out the 2016 and 2017 editions. Seriously though, who doesn’t like looking at amazing homes?!

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It’s time to get grand!

To begin, here’s our methodology.

  1. We’re only looking at homes that have sold since January 1, 2018.
  2. I’m only considering homes in the general Louisville, Kentucky area. We’re including the Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Bullitt counties. Our MLS covers more but I’m not including those.
  3. Lastly, we’re only looking at residential properties. No commercial. No straight land. Just awesome homes sold for big money.

Let’s get started!

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Available Homes for Sale in Louisville KY

When someone says “available homes for sale” what they’re talking about is active listings. The fancy term for that is housing inventory. They all mean the same thing. And to put it bluntly, the available homes for sale in Louisville KY is dangerously limited.

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This cute home in Clifton represents the kind of property that’s becoming increasingly difficult to find. | Photo by Tre Pryor

It’s almost always to put things in picture form to better communicate the degree to where Louisville’s housing inventory is currently. Even better, let’s break it up into price tiers. After all, if you’re hunting in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range, you don’t really care what’s happening with half a million dollar homes.

Let’s get started!

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Local NBC Affiliate Interviews Tre Pryor for Housing Story

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Third times the charm? I’m not sure, I’ll let you be the judge.

A past client asked me to be on camera and share some Louisville real estate knowledge. This piece by Wave3 anchor David Mattingly is looking at our housing shortage.

Affordable houses in Louisville hard to find

As is typically the case, most of the interview doesn’t make it on air but I was happy to help. At the same time… I hate seeing myself on screen. How does my wife put up with me?

Do I Need a Realtor When I’m Building a House?

Real estate can be a tricky thing. There aren’t any classes about it in most schools but it’s something most Americans are interested in. In fact, 84% of Americans see home ownership as a good investment even though the percentage of ownership has been declining since 2005. So how is building a house different than buying an existing home?

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Dreaming about building your dream house?

When something is as big as “buying a house” you don’t want to mess it up. There are a good number of snags that could really haunt you for years to come.

What about building a house? Isn’t that more straight-forward? After all, the builder is going to make it brand new. What could go wrong?

Well, what if I said, “It costs you nothing to have a Realtor.” Yes, that’s true. Whether you’re buying an existing home or building a house, buyers never pay commissions. Those are paid by the seller or the builder.  It’s just the way it is.

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Relocating to Kentucky: What You Need to Know

Moving is a big deal. Moving to a new state is an even bigger deal! Relocating to Kentucky doesn’t have to be a major problem. With some great advice and proper planning, your move to Kentucky could be the best thing that ever happened to you!

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First, I’ve recently updated my Top 10 Tips for Relocating to Louisville. If you’re moving to Louisville, Kentucky, great! I’m always happy to help. Looking at another city in Kentucky? Just let me know, I might know a great agent who’s an expert in that city.

This article isn’t about specific tips about relocating, like the one linked above. It’s about the bigger picture. It’s about why relocating to Kentucky is a wonderful thing. Once you’ve read it, I believe you’ll feel the same thing.

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Top 5 Spring Home Improvement Projects

Spring is a great time of the year. If you’re a homeowner, you already know that there will be some jobs waiting for you once the harsh Winter weather is past. These “jobs” are very important. Some are simply maintenance that you’ve always known your home needs. Some spring home improvement projects are more involved. In either case, you’ll be glad you took the time and money to tackle than to protect or even enhance the value of your most valuable investment—your home.

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Spring is the perfect time to improve your deck! Once Summer arrives, you’ll be glad you did.

As we leave colder temps in the rear-view mirror, here are the top five spring home improvement projects that will help you and your home.

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Most Expensive Homes in Louisville Kentucky

It’s that time again! Each year I track the most expensive homes in Louisville Kentucky. These are homes that are sold, not houses that have stayed with their current owners. If that were the case, it’d be the same homes each time and that’s no fun.

Last year we saw properties from the $1.32 million house on Belknap Beach Road all the way up to the 170 acres tract of land that sold for $2,150,000. I’m wondering if we should include land in our survey. What do you think? No? Ok, sounds good.

Going forward, no land, only the cream of the crop, most expensive houses… wait, what about condos? I mean, if one of these penthouse apartments in Waterfront Park Place or The George sold for more than a million, we’d want to see that, right? Yes? Great! I love that we’re all on the same page.

Let’s go!

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5 Tips to Finding the Best Realtor for First Time Home Buyer

Are you a first-time home buyer and you don’t know what to do first? Relax, you’re not alone. You’ve come to the right place. Here are five tips that will help in Best Realtor for First Time Home Buyer.

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The best Realtors for first time home buyers have these five qualities.

Every person is different. Just like every house is different. Agents are the same way. There are some great ones, some terrible ones and a whole bunch of average ones in the middle.

Buying a home can be a tricky situation so don’t try to go it alone. Far better to find an awesome agent who’ll be your on your side throughout the entire process. Don’t worry, with the right Realtor, buying your first time can actually be a great experience.

Let’s dig right in!

#1 The Best Realtors Are Great Teachers

This is especially important for first-time home buyers. First time out, everything is new! At this point, you don’t even know what it is that you don’t know.

Some agents have some excellent experience but when the time comes to communicate that real estate knowledge to their clients, they fall down. It takes a great teacher to share their expert understanding with their buyer clients in a way that they understand and can use.

In the end, the client is the one making the decisions so you need to understand how all the variables work. Top agents teach their clients everything they need to know.

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Almost 30% Gains in Louisville Home Values in Past Decade

A friend of mine shared this story about how California home prices are hitting their highest point recently. As I was reading, I thought, “Yeah, so have we here in Louisville.” Immediately, my next thought was, “I wonder how Louisville Home Values match up?”

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Louisville home values have changed a great deal in the past decade but maybe not the way you might have imagined. | Photo: Tre Pryor

Well… that’s the easy part.

First, I grabbed the chart from the California story.

California home prices chart
As you can see, this chart goes back to 2007, a few years before the housing crisis.

Louisville Home Values: 2007-2017

Then, I went to collect all the same data for Louisville, Kentucky. Going a step further, I wanted to see both Average Home Sale Prices, as well as, Median Home Prices. Why not, right?

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Pro Strats for Selling Your Home in Winter

Almost everyone knows that more home buyers are out during the Summer. It’s the peak season! The weather is warm. Kids are out of school for a couple of months so it makes sense to make a move during this time. But what about selling your home in Winter? If it’s necessary, what’s the best way to handle it?

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Selling Your Home in Winter can be a challenge. But these professional strategies are your best bet to selling.

This article gives you the top six strategies to sell your home this Winter. Take it from Louisville’s real estate expert, these are the big ones.

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#1 Price at Fair Market Value

It’s always important to price the home appropriately at the very beginning of the listing period. This is even more important during Winter!

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