Save Big Money in 2020 Promotion

It’s a new year! Can you feel it? Do you have plans to buy a new home? If so, my new 2020 Promotion can literally save you thousands of dollars. This is for new clients only and it will totally be worth your time to read on…

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Thinking about buying your first home? Maybe you want to sell then buy? Depending on your situation you could save $2000, $4000 or even more!
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7 Essential Real Estate Tech Tools for Today’s Successful Agent

Real estate agents must rely on building relationships with clients and positioning themselves as the go-to when it comes to buying/selling a home. The traditional way of meeting people at parties, door-knocking around neighborhoods, and calling people whenever you feel like it is near an end. Real estate tech is taking over!

Real estate has always been, and will always be about relationships. Understanding and relating to people is huge! But technology is advancing and new tools are coming out that are helping Realtors (and businesses in general) with their marketing to meet those clients so they can build those relationships.

If you’re a real estate agent, it’s vital to understand where the real estate and construction industry is heading so you can stay ahead of it and be successful.

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Primer: Pre-Foreclosures and Short Sales

We’ve all heard about foreclosures for some time now. But what about pre-foreclosures? That’s different. What does it mean? Probably, just what you think it means. We’re talking about a property that’s not yet into foreclosure officially. The owner of the home is simply late on their payments. A type of pre-foreclosure where the owner owes more money than the home is worth is called a short sale.

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In this article, we’re going to cover four important aspects of purchasing a pre-foreclosure or short sale property.

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5 Ways to Save Money on a Home Renovation

When we buy a new home, we are often in love with it. It is new, exciting and many of us love decorating our homes from scratch. However, eventually, this honeymoon phase might end. There will always be ways to improve your home. Buying the house isn’t cheap but what if you could save money on a home renovation? After reading things like this handy Home Remodeling & Renovation Guide continue reading this article to learn even more!

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While you could sell your home and buy a new home. With the growth in home prices over the last decade or so this might not make sense. Instead, many people will opt to simply renovate their homes. This is more affordable and can reignite the love for your home that might have been missing.

However, some renovations are still quite expensive. But they don’t have to be. With that in mind, this blog post is going to look at a couple of different ways to save money on a home renovation or remodel job.

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Real Estate Forecast for 2020, Global Trends

In 2019, the housing market experienced low rates, limited supply, and high demand, especially in properties in the lower price range. Is the real estate forecast for 2020 going to be the same? The short answer is yes and no.

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According to real estate, mortgage, and housing experts, the new year is expected to bring a mix of the old and some fresh vigor. Below is a snippet of what is in store for you in the year 2020. 

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6 Tips for Selling a House “As Is”

While we may love our homes, there will come a time when we need to sell it. With home prices in the USA on the rise over the last decade, you might even be thinking about selling your home right now. When selling a home, there are a few ways you can go about doing it. Most people will fix up the house and then sell it for the highest price possible. But what if you’re selling a house “as is”?

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Unfortunately, selling a home “as is” often isn’t easy at all. There will always be buyers who are uneasy about purchasing “as is” homes. With that in mind, this article is going to go over a couple of helpful tips to assist you in selling your home without fixing any of its problems.

1. Get an Inspection Before Listing the Home

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5 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter Is Smart

A couple of years ago I wrote the best practices outline for home sellers—Pro Strats for Selling Your Home in Winter. Now, on a related topic, I’m going to cover the reasons behind those strategies. Read on to learn five reasons why selling your home in winter is smart.

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Maybe the trees are bare but if your home is updated today’s buyers want to see it!

Buckle up, because there’s a lot here. Some of which you will never hear from that your other agents. It’s time to get real.

1. Less Inventory Means Less Competition

We’ve all heard that the best time to list your home for sale is in the spring. That’s often the case but not always. Depending on your real estate market, your home’s attributes, inventory levels, and even your motivation for selling, selling during the winter might make more sense.

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Insanely Intelligent Remodeling Ideas For Your New Home

While there are a lot of costs involved, getting a new home is an exciting time for everyone. You have a whole new place to call your own and are free to decorate it any way that you’d like. Unfortunately, not all purchased homes are perfect and exactly what the buyer is looking for. Compromises often need to be made in order to get a home in your price range. So, I bet you could take advantage of some intelligent remodeling ideas, right?

However, once you own the home, you are free to make renovations and remodel it however you like. With the remodeling and renovation industry being worth around $450 billion, you’re certainly not alone in wanting to make some changes. While some people have ideas for great renovations to make, others might need a little help.

But what sort of renovations should you look to make? While interior design trends change over the years let’s look at some remodeling ideas straight from today’s interior design experts

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Most Expensive Homes in Louisville Kentucky

Welcome to our annual parade through the grandest, most extravagant homes in the city. It’s actually one of my favorite articles of the year! Who doesn’t like looking at nice things? What began in 2013 has continued to this day. If interested, here are a few of the previous installations: 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Enough with the chit chat, let’s dive into the most expensive homes in Louisville Kentucky this year!

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Home Selling 101: Top Considerations Before Selling A House

Real estate isn’t just a matter of training how to “talk” to people and convincing them to buy your property. A huge part of it is ensuring you’re providing them with the kind of product that they’ll surely buy – not just because they want it, but because it’s the best option for them. Home selling 101 is putting your home’s best foot forward. From the elements of the property itself to the updates to the presentation—making sure everything is in tip-top shape. Below are four keys to focus on that will make your house sell quickly for the highest possible price.

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Home Selling 101 means presenting a property that looks great with little to any flaws that might put off prospective buyers.

1. Aesthetics Seal the Deal

How exactly does the house look like? A huge part of what seals the deal when it comes to house selling is its appearance, so it’s important to make sure your house for sale looks like something people will come home to.

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Is It Time To Replace Your Windows?

Thinking it’s time to replace your windows? There was a time when the more glass windows your house had, the wealthier you were presumed to be. In fact, for a time in colonial America, there was a tax on windows to support the Revolutionary War effort. The poorest folks, the ones with only wooden shutters instead of glass, were spared. 

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Now, of course, shutters are typically just for decoration. Not only can everyone have windows, but the more the merrier. Their style and placement influences every aspect of a home’s interior; from how bright or dark a room is to where the furniture will fit. Not to mention the significance of the views looking outside.

If you’re buying an older house or looking for a great home improvement project, the most important consideration is to get replacement windows that provide great climate control while conserving energy. Beyond that, there are a wide number of design options to explore. If you do a search for window companies near me, you’ll find a pro who can guide you to the right choice for you and your home.

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Best Luxury Home Neighborhoods in Louisville (Part 3 of 3)

Here we are… finally! I posted the first part of this three-part series in April called Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky. This one targeted which of our city’s entry-level neighborhoods were my favorites, for various reasons.  I followed this one up with Best Move-up Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky. These are the best of the best middle tier subdivisions. A lot of great choices! Today, I publish the third and final piece looking at the creme of the crop—the very best luxury home neighborhoods in Louisville. I hope you enjoy it!  

Best Louisville Neighborhoods, Part 3 Luxury Homes

In this article, we’re focused on great Louisville neighborhoods where the average home price is above $500,000… sometimes way above. There are a good number of these actually, but I’m targeting the very best luxury neighborhood this city has to offer. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

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Expert Advice for Choosing Light Fixtures for your Home

Even if you have a beautiful home, using inappropriate lighting fixtures can easily ruin the interiors. Choosing light fixtures for your home, to be honest, isn’t an easy task if you’re serious about it. There are many things you need to consider such as the size the room, height of the ceiling, the design of the room, exposure to sunlight, the presence of any decorative features, exclusive furniture, and many others.

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Therefore, to break it down, here are some easy tips to choose the right lighting fixtures for your home.

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Get Inspired by Top Modern House Design 2019

A person devotes half of his life’s earnings to buy his/her dream home. While there are so many different designs, it’s easy to get confused. If you would search for “top modern house design” there will be a large number of results. Modern houses are often more technologically advanced but at the same time, they are very beautiful and desirable. We’ve highlighted some great options so read on! You can also visit Modern House design 2019 to see even more.

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This house belongs to the cubism style of architecture. Just consider it a bonus 8th style for this article.

So let’s check out some of these awesome modern houses!

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6 Mistakes to Avoid That Will Protect Your Drywall

For something that serves such an important role in our homes, drywall is surprisingly delicate. It doesn’t take much for dents, cracks, holes and other problems to appear, and unfortunately, many of the problems with drywall (or sheetrock) are due to avoidable mistakes. By avoiding some of the most common errors we make in our homes will definitely help protect your drywall.

Here are some of the most common mistakes that homeowners make. Don’t be that guy. Just use a little extra caution and some good habits, and you can keep your walls looking great and avoid having to repair or replace the drywall.

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