Lexington, KY Real Estate News

By Wade Mattingly
(WEICHERT Realtors--Bluegrass Living)
I was reading an article in today's Lexington Herald Leader.  It was discussing bicycling in Lexington, KY and how there is so much going on for biking in the area.  It served to remind me about how much fun the Legacy Trail has been for visitors in the last several months.  The Trail opened in September of 2010.  The trail winds from the YMCA on Loudon Ave and ends at the Lexington Horsepark. I had read about the trail numerous times in the Lexington Herald Leader and decided I needed to take a look at this trail first hand.  At the time I was running 5 miles or so every few days.  When I saw the writeup in the paper I decided then and there that I was gonna do my mini-marathon there.  I had only done a top run of 8 miles.  But I knew I wanted to hit a milestone run and this was gonna ...
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By Wade Mattingly
(WEICHERT Realtors--Bluegrass Living)
  Clemens Heights/Clemens Grove Subdivision in Lexington, KY is a small community on the south end of Fayette County Kentucky.  The neighborhood has a surprisingly high variety of homes styles throughout the neighborhood.  Homes here were first built in the mid to late 1970’s and the subdivision was finished out in the early to mid 1990’s.  While this is an unusually long build out period, it has provided a varied and unique looking neighborhood. Clemens Heights Subdivision is built on two sides of a hill.  The top of the ridge has a road that runs across it and bisects the neighborhood, called Twain Ridge Dr.  Clemens Drive is the road that serves as the main entry point to the neighborhood and intersects with Twain Ridge Dr. to form the nexus of the subdivision.  It also has the most ...
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By Wade Mattingly
(WEICHERT Realtors--Bluegrass Living)
  Plantation Subdivision in Lexington, KY is a small community on the south end of Fayette County Kentucky.  The neighborhood has a surprisingly high variety of homes styles throughout the neighborhood.  Homes here were first built in the mid to late 1970’s and the subdivision was finished out in the early to mid 1990’s.  While this is an unusually long build out period, it has provided a varied and unique looking neighborhood. Plantation Subdivision is built in a circular pattern with the main road bisecting the neighborhood into two fairly unique areas.  Forsythe Drive is the road that encircles the bulk of the neighborhood.  It also has the most homes built on this main road.  Gladman Way is the road that bisects Forsythe and is the only road the enters or exits the neighborhood. The...
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By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
World Cancer Day - February 4th, 2011 The Union for International Cancer Control the World Health Organization have declared February 4th, 2011  - World Cancer Day. =======       The World Cancer Declaration is a tool to help bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and health policymakers in order to significantly reduce the global cancer burden by 2020. It represents a consensus between government officials, public health experts and cancer advocates from around the world who are committed to eliminating cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations. The Declaration outlines 11 targets to be achieved by 2020 including: significant drops in global tobacco consumption, obesity and alcohol intake; universal vaccination programmes for hepatitis ...
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By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
New Home & Remodeling Marketplace comes to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington KY Thinking about having your home remodeled or buying a new home.  Here's a great place to get a feel for what you're getting into for only $6.00. The Home Builders Association of Lexington & The Home Builders Remodelers Council is putting on a show with over 50 vendors to give you an opportunity to see what they are all about. Here's the details from the Home Builders Association website: When: February 25 - 27, 2011 Venue: Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena Exhibit Hall Hours: Friday 5-9PM • Saturday 10AM - 8PM • Sunday 12-5PM Admission: $6 for one or two for $10; (Children 12 and under are FREE.) What Will You Experience? At the New Home & Remodeling Marketplace, you'll meet face to face with leading professi...
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By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
  Are splash blocks and leader extension pipes really necessary?                                                 Well, only if you don't want the water to damage your foundation or force water into your basement or crawl space. These recent photos show what happens (kind of) when you don't have them. The consequences of these missing leader extension pipes or splash blocks are not yet known as I just recently completed these inspections. However, one that I have followed up on from last summer, where the foundation had already cracked and settled, resulted in a $4,500 repair bill.  AND, that home was only four years old. Splash blocks and leader extension pipes are cheap preventive maintenance.     Click the FaceBook Badge & Become a Facebook FanBecome a Facebook Fan
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By Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington, Kentucky Homes for Sale
(Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky)
Michael Lawrence of C.M. Space & Associates, Inc. of Lexington Kentucky was introduced to me upon my arrival to Lexington.  My  first experience with Michael confirmed he was a man of integrity that knew the intricate details necessary to meet my insurance needs. Michael is an independent insurance agent which means he can help you find the very best rates.  If you currently are wondering if you are getting the best value for your money then you really do need to give Michael a call at 859 225 5123 or toll free is 800 614 2446. Michael Lawrence's office is in Lansdowne Center just a half a block from Fresh Market and the flower shop I wrote about yesterday.  So stop by and visit Michael and visit Katie at Fresh Market flowers to buy a bouquet for your loved one. Michael S. Lawrence C.M....
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By Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes
(Lizette Realty - Richmond KY)
Question - Lizette, when the home inspector finished the inspection he asked why the listing agent might be hosting an open house since the property is pending and will close in a couple of weeks. What if it gets damaged? I'm not sure I want people walking through my house. Can we request that the agent not hold any more open houses in it? A.J Answer - A.J., My first thought is that also, but after I think more about it I can see why the builder wants to keep his craftsmanship available for the public to view before it closes and you get the key. He needs to pre-sell more homes. This one is a model home and it is a bit different since there is not another one finished to show.  In regular resale homes, the owner is in charge until it is sold to the buyer at closing.  He can do whatever ...
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By Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington, Kentucky Homes for Sale
(Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky)
Fresh Market's Fresh Flowers, So Beautiful, So Affordable If you like flowers, or know someone that likes flowers then you need to visit the floral shop at Fresh Market at Lansdowne Shopping Center just north of New Circle Road on Tates Creek Drive. Katie Pracht is the talented florist that works her magical touch on the arrangements.  Katie says her greatest safisfaction is preparing an arrangement for the many guys who arrive needing "something special for the evening."  The dozen roses at Fresh Market are the best price in town at $7.99.  If you don't see what you want Katie can often find those perfect roses in the cooler.  Katie learned her floral arranging skills with on the job training.  Her teachers can be proud of their student.  Fresh flowers are shipped into the shop three t...
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By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
Once upon a time a Lexington Kentucky Home Inspection Seller told me, when I pulled the Air Conditioning filter out of the inside unit, "I just changed the filter.  My Realtor told me you'd be checking that so I changed it so you'd see I take care of the unit." Huh!  I don't take the filter out to look at it.  It's a liar.  I don't care to hear what it has too say.  I'm looking at the AC Coil and the blower fan and the compartment, along with a few other things that aren't relevant to this post. When I find coils that look like the one below (clogged with animal hair), or blower fan blades that look like the one below (caked with dirt), I'm ready to recommend that the coils and fan be removed and cleaned. Blocked coils and dirty fan blades aren't energy efficient, costing you extra mone...
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By Shanna Perino, Certified Professional Organizer/Licensed Realtor
(A Sense of Order - Organizing for the Home and Office)
Don't Trash Your Stash - Hats Off to Cancer Patients! Don't Trash Your Stash is a series of blog posts that explores ways for you to unload your clutter while helping the environment and the community. The other day, I came across a hat I've had for a long time, but don't wear anymore.  Apparently I have suffered from the gift syndrome - feeling like I couldn't give something away because a friend gave it to me as a gift.  Well, it's time to let it go, but knowing it would go toward a good cause helped make it easier. The next time you are cleaning out your closet, consider donating any unwanted hats to the Look Good, Feel Better program, administrated by the American Cancer Society, a free nationwide program available to female cancer patients who would like to receive assistance with ...
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By Jody Moore
(Blue Shirt Photography | SendOutCards)
I have a great job. I get to photograph homes for the best professionals in real estate. I get to see the most awesome homes in and around  Lexington, Ky.  I photographed this home for Whitney Pannell with A.S. de Movellan last week and just finished the video this morning. I Love Benny Goodman's music and used one of his tracks for viewing music. Have a great day. Jody    
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By Eli Haddad, Lexington Real Estate Guru
Although home-building technology is continually changing and improving to ensure comfort for home owners, you can now take matters into your own hands. By practicing energy efficiency daily, you can increase the comfort of your home, while simultaneously reducing heating and cooling needs. Simply start by investing in proper insulation and sealing air leaks. Ultimately, spending a little more now, will save you a lot of money in the long run. For those of you who own an older home, investigating the quality of insulation in your home is a good idea. Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated. Besides insulating and fixing air leaks, there are plenty of other ways to practice energy efficiency. Here are a few heating and cooling tips: 1. Keep thermostats as low/high as is co...
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By Shanna Perino, Certified Professional Organizer/Licensed Realtor
(A Sense of Order - Organizing for the Home and Office)
Lexington, Ky Dentist Review - Dr. Doyle Freano There are certain professionals you will want to hang on to when you find a good one.  Hairstylist, auto mechanic, veterinarian, doctor, dentist.  Well, I have found a really fantastic dentist who I'd like to share with you.  His name is Doyle Freano DDS and he is in Lexington, Kentucky.  I was referred to him by my family members when I moved here, and my grandmother especially loves him.  She couldn't stop talking about how thorough he is, what a perfectionist he is, and considering how discriminating my grandmother is, I figured he had to be pretty good.  I hadn't been to the dentist in several years at that point because I had developed a fear of "the chair," but when I could no longer put it off, I made the appointment and went in.  H...
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By Shanna Perino, Certified Professional Organizer/Licensed Realtor
(A Sense of Order - Organizing for the Home and Office)
Last night's filing workshop at the Eagle Creek Library in Lexington, Kentucky was a success, despite the weather.  It was COLD and we got a couple inches of snow throughout the day, but that didn't stop the brave souls from coming out to the library.  14 Attendees in all, Tammy, the Librarian, and I were amazed at the turnout.  We had been agonizing earlier in the day over whether to reschedule and I said, "oh, let's just go for it."  We all had a great time and there was a lot of interaction between the participants, which was exactly what I wanted.  A lot of great questions came up.  Some of the things we discussed were: How to designate "Active," "Inactive" and "Archive" filing categories. How long to keep different types of paperwork, such as medical records, utility bills, bank ac...
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By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
One of my Lexington, KY home inspection clients has reminded me of a problem with bathroom exhaust fans after his neighbors bathroom exhaust fan caught fire..  Thanks Chris, for bringing this to our attention. It seems that several of these fans have caused fires in the last few years as shown by a quick Google Search Fires Caused by Bathroom Exhaust Fans If you don't want to see these guys visiting your house, you should take some precautions. I suggest you remove the covers from your bathroom fans and examine them for signs of overheating which include: browned or burnt wires melted plastic scorch or burn marks on the case or cover The covers come off in a variety of ways, screws, clips, etc.  If you can't figure it out, look at the manual, find the manual online, or visit a local hom...
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By Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington, Kentucky Homes for Sale
(Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky)
Have you been thinking about selling your own home?  I recommend investigating this wikiHow site to get a good handle on what you should do.   Additionally I would recommend these steps also.     First, some things you need to do to protect yourself from thieves and people who may want to sue you.        One, Be very careful about who you allow to look at your home.  I generally make sure my buyers have some kind of letter from a lender before showing them homes.  In this market if the buyer has not been qualified then they are wasting everyone's time.  If they are not motivated to get qualified then you can expect they are "daydreaming about buying" a home or they have other motives for wanting to get into your home.  Right now one of the biggest cash items to steal from a home is the ...
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By Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington, Kentucky Homes for Sale
(Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky)
Today was "Adventure Friday."  My wife Kathy stopped in and visited the Lansdowne Fire Station earlier in the week and got permission to bring Sam and Caroline to visit.  Sam was in constant awe and Caroline was fascinated by the steps.  Both  firemen were so patient and kind.  They let Sam sit in the cab and explore and of course talk constantly.  His Grammie has read and reread every book on firemen and firetrucks in the Tates Creek Library. When the very large aid car returned from a helping call all of the flashing lights caused a little trepidation for Caroline (she just turned 20 months old today.)  If you ever wonder if firemen really earn their pay you should visit a station.  The aid car was not there more than ten minutes when it was responding again to an emergency on Nichola...
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By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
What's wrong in this Lexington, KY Home Inspections Picture? This series of blog posts focuses on educating my clients, Active Rain & Localism readers along with my Facebook friends (see the Facebook Business Page Badge at the bottom of the post. ALL Facebook Likes are appreciated. ) The picture at the bottom of this blog post was taken during one of my recent Lexington, Kentucky home inspections. They're called a bunch of different things by different people.  I, and most of the industry, call them Splash Blocks. Their purpose is to take all that roof water from the downspout and force it away from the house foundation. Face it, that water can hurt your foundation in just a few years.  During a recent Georgetown Kentucky Home Inspection, on a three year old house, I found foundation cr...
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By Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes
(Lizette Realty - Richmond KY)
One of my clients that is now a dear friend wanted me to write about this because new buyers just don't know what really goes on behind the scenes with agents and their commissions. Dear Lizette, My wife and I are just now getting in the mood to look for a new home. After researching some on the Internet we have found a few homes that meet our needs. We really liked one of the homes and called the listing agent to go take a look. She met us there and we now want to put our home on the market because we want this one we toured. We have also gone to a few open houses. Also, we would like you to list our home and represent us in negotiating the contract on the new one. Can you help us? Rob & Jenny   Dear Rob & Jenny, Thanks so much for emailing me. I'd love to assist you with the sale of y...
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