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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
WELCOME TO THIS RENOVATED & UPGRADED RANCH! Kitchen features NEW FLOORING, NEW CABINETRY, NEW COUNTER TOPS, STONE BACK SPLASH, & APPLIANCES TO REMAIN: Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Gas Range, & Built-in Microwave. Large Eat-in Area opens to Vaulted Living Room. Laundry area/mudroom is conveniently located off kitchen & opens to driveway/carport area. Full Bath offers NEW VANITY, NEW MIRRORS & LIGHTS, UPDATED TUB/SHOWER. NICE SIZED BEDROOMS w/CEILING FANS. Backyard is large & flat offering 3 CAR GARAGE & is partially fenced. PROPERTY UPDATES ALSO INCLUDE: ALL NEW CARPET & FLOORING, NEW PAINT, NEW WINDOWS, SOME NEW ELECTRICAL, NEW LIGHTING, NEW FIXTURES, NEW DOORS, NEW TRIM      
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By Pam Ruckriegel, Negotiating the Best Deal for You!
(Louisville Real Estate Pros - 502-435-5524)
  Mmmm…bourbon.  The smoky, vanilla, caramelly goodness.  A good bourbon is dessert, condiment, and ingredient all in one.  Oh, and it’s a pretty fair after-dinner digestif as well.   Living in the Mecca of All Things Bourbon, it only stands to reason that we host one of the largest and finest bourbon festivals here in Louisville, the Bourbon Classic.  Held downtown at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Bourbon Classic boasts two glorious days of recipe tastings, meet-and-greets with distillery hotshots, and a cocktail challenge with some of Louisville’s most distinguished mixology teams. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to attend Bourbon Classic University, an educational seminar dedicated to America’s only true native spirit.     The Bourbon Classic will be held J...
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By Joe Hayden Real Estate Team, Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!
(RE/MAX Properties East)
Introduction Barbourmeade, Kentucky is a 5th class city located in Jefferson County. The city was named for its founders, Thomas and Richard Barbour, who were pioneer settlers of the Harrods Creek area to the north and who are also namesakes of Barbour Lane, which makes up the city's western boundary. Here is a useful breakdown of the city's resources, transportation, and house prices. Community Resources and Recreation The first location you will want to keep in mind as a current or potential Barbourmeade resident is the Springdale Presbyterian Church at 7812 Brownsboro Road, which is where all of the town meetings are held. Given that Barbourmeade is a smaller community, residents are able to have their voices heard and impact change in the community. Because Barbourmeade is a rural c...
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
Is buying a new home on your list of resolutions  for 2014? You might not want to face Louisville's bitter cold and snow right now, but it's a good time to think carefully about what is on your list of "must haves." Based on what we've  picked up  from watching The Property Brothers, Love It Or List It, and other TV home shows here are a few things to keep in mind.  7 New Years’ Resolutions To Remember When Buying A Louisville Home Keep in mind that Louisville offers good housing values, but as the real estate market recovers, prices are increasing a bit. You want to get a deal, but the seller wants a fair price for their home too. Just as we counsel sellers to be realistic about their asking prices, as buyers, you need to offer a fair price as well.  Your perfect home may be out of you...
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By Joe Hayden Real Estate Team, Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!
(RE/MAX Properties East)
Purchasing a home may be one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make, and when buying a house in Louisville, there are many factors you should consider. Before signing the contract and moving in, be sure that you understand at least the following 7 things about your new Louisville home. How Well It Has Been Maintained Make sure to ask plenty of questions about your home to uncover how well the property has been maintained. If possible, obtain records and receipts from the current owners of the home - records that show the dates in which certain components were replaced. Ask about the age of the roof, hot water tank, and furnace. Was the Home Rental or Owner Occupied? How well the property has been maintained (and thus, what condition it is currently in) often comes down to whether it ...
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By Joe Hayden Real Estate Team, Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!
(RE/MAX Properties East)
So you've made it through the holidays, and you're ready to let the year go out with a bang! Lights are a major tradition for the holiday season in Louisville, Kentucky, and since the holidays aren't quite over yet, why not set forth a plan to watch another light show of fireworks this New Year's Eve? Make it the best New Year's Eve and enjoy your first moments of 2014 from one of these spectacular viewpoints to watch fireworks in Louisville. Going Big at Fourth Street Live If you're in the mood to go big this New Year's Eve to welcome 2014, you should consider attending Louisville's main New Year's Eve event: the Fourth Street Live party. Sponsored by Bud Light, this event takes place each year at the Fourth Street Live entertainment venue on 4th Street between Liberty Street and Muham...
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By Pam Ruckriegel, Negotiating the Best Deal for You!
(Louisville Real Estate Pros - 502-435-5524)
Best Free Christmas Light Displays in the East End of Louisville KY Looking for the best places in Louisville KY to see some wicked good FREE Christmas light displays? Tired of having to pay high prices at places like Lights Under Louisville (Mega Cavern) and Kaleidoscope in the Galt House? Me too! So I set out with a carload of Christmas spirit and here  is what I found. . .   5. Broeck Pointe- it's a small neighborhood, but there are some really great lights in here and it's a short drive.    4.  This cute home on Iola in St. Matthews. They have a great mix of lights on the house and figures in the front. Lots of cute vintage penguins and such!   3. Brown Park near Baptist East Hospital and Suburban. Brown park has giant Christmas light display that the kids can walk up to and see up ...
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By Joe Hayden Real Estate Team, Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!
(RE/MAX Properties East)
Christmas is the time to give back to the world and to make yourself aware of all the things for which you can be grateful. Giving back to the community can take many forms, but volunteering is the most rewarding. Not only do you get to actually see how your actions are making a difference, but you also get to gain new skills and meet new people.  This type of activity is the perfect balance between giving and receiving. If you live in Louisville, here are five great places you can volunteer around Louisville this Christmas. Volunteer at Kosair Children's Hospital, and Make a Difference in the Lives of Children This hospital for children has been running for more than one hundred years, with the goal of helping sick children get better. Now you can help them with their mission of offeri...
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
WELCOME TO THIS WELL-MAINTAINED, BRICK RANCH IN PRESTIGIOUS DOUGLASS HILLS. Home features great curb appeal, large foyer, & floor-to-ceiling windows throughout for lots of light. Living Room & Formal Dining Room offer crown molding & chair rail trim as well as providing ample space for entertaining. Eat-in Kitchen includes appliances to remain: refrigerator, stove, & dishwasher, & eat-in area w/updated bay window for lots of light. Laundry Room is conveniently located off kitchen. Washer & Dryer to Remain. Large Family Room features fireplace w/brick hearth, built-in bookcase, & charming wood beams. Family Room opens to charming stone patio & pathway, landscaping, & fenced area for privacy. Master Bedroom offers ample closet space & Master Bath w/large vanity. Two more nicely sized bedr...
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By Joe Hayden Real Estate Team, Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!
(RE/MAX Properties East)
Who doesn't love going to the flea market? Flea markets are rife with great bargains, awesome deals, and an experience that one won't soon forget. If you live in the Louisville, Kentucky, area, then it's imperative that you check out the Kentucky Flea Market New Year's Event. This is an ideal way to take some time off and do something enjoyable through your Christmas and New Year break. The best part of it is that you can take along the kids! Here is your guide to the Kentucky Flea Market New Year's Spectacular. What You Can Expect at the Event? At the Kentucky Flea Market New Year's Spectacular, attendees can expect to see a lot of interesting things. The site of the event will have more than 1,200 unique booths that are sure to delight and surprise attendees. People can expect to see ...
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
    Now that it's the holidays, your beautifully decorated Louisville home sets the scene for making more wonderful memories. Unfortunately, the lights and candles you use can lead to the tragic stories we read every holiday about some poor family who lost their home or maybe even a child due to a fire caused by a tipped over candle or defective lights. Fire departments around the country report that menorahs gone awry can set the house on fire too. No matter what holidays you celebrate, it's very important to take extra safety precautions to make sure your family remains safe.  The Perils Of Excessive Decorating  At the holidays, many people get into the "more is better" philosophy when decorating their home and use multiple sets of lights, electrically powered decorations, and candles...
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
THE BANK HAS APPROVED THE SHORT SALE AT A PURCHASE PRICE OF 85,000 IF YOU MOVE QUICKLY. SHORT SALE SOLD AS-IS. BPO AND APPRAISAL WAS COMPLETED BY LENDER 12/04/2013. PLEASE ACT QUICKLY FOR A QUICK RESPONSE. NEEDS WORK. NO VA OR FHA UNLESS FHA 203K. 3 Bd 2 Bath. Living Room w/bay window. Kitchen w/eat-in area overlooks family room w/wood-burning fireplace. Both Bathrooms have tiled shower & tile floor. Finished Basement w/wood burning stove(flooring has been removed). Exterior offer large yard, 2 car detached garage, & is partially fenced w/privacy fencing.    
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By Joe Hayden Real Estate Team, Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!
(RE/MAX Properties East)
Being away from family for the holiday season can be difficult. If you’re spending the holidays alone, don’t fret - there are a number of great community events in Louisville happening this year that will keep you occupied. With a long list of fun holiday events offered across Louisville for Christmas, you'll be kept so busy and entertained the holidays will fly by! Light Up Louisville & 40 Nights of Lights From November 29 until January 1, you can enjoy this traditional event, which has been a part of Louisville history for more than three decades. Entertaining residents and visitors alike, Light Up Louisville and 40 Nights of Lights is a festival of lights encompassing four blocks between the Galt House and Fourth Street. Enjoy the festival, which is set to music, as well as featured ...
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
Are your kids begging for a puppy or kitten for Christmas? Even if it's just you in your household, are you thinking that a pet would be a good companion for you now into the new year? The holidays are a popular time to add a pet, but you need to shop carefully for the best one just as you would when shopping for a tablet or a bike. You should plan to give your new pet a forever home, so proper research will increase the likelihood that a particular pet breed is right for your family. First, Consider… First, the disclaimers. Bringing a pet into your household is a serious commitment of your present and future time and money. Are you prepared to handle the expenses and the drain on your time? Having your kids share in pet care is a good way to teach them responsibility, but as most pare...
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By Chris Thomas
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East)
Should I list my home in the winter?  Is winter a good time to sell my home?  Isn't spring the best time to list my home? These questions are commonly asked this time of year by Louisville home sellers.  The majority of Real Estate Agents have been programmed to answer "Yes" to the first two questions, and only answer "Yes" to the third question if it happens to be springtime.  Just kidding...sort of. The best, however, is answering the two-pronged question:  "Is it a good time to sell my home and buy another home right now during the winter months?"  Common Realtor answer:  "Yes, it's a great time to do both!"  Why?  Why is it a great time to do both?  Why is it a great time to sell?  These are the sort of questions I would ask if I were a consumer who just received these answers from...
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
Christmas is a busy time around Louisville, with plenty of activities for kids and families with kids. When you mix this with kids' Christmas programs, shopping, helping out the needy, tying up the loose ends of the year, December promises to be busy. With so much to do, the best way to enjoy yourself (and survive) is to target the events you would like to enjoy. (There is plenty to do for adults who want to soak in the best of Louisville, but that's another blog!) You can get a full schedule of popular events here, but here are a few of the categories you might want to explore. Many holiday events take place on the site of well-known Louisville landmarks so you can mix a visit to a great attraction with a holiday event. Breakfast  With Santa If your kids want to meet Santa of close and...
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
In the words of Facebook pundits, Black Friday "is the day people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." This year when many stores opened in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving, and others started the Black Friday at 6 or 8 PM, the "thanks" had not even rolled off the lips of some people before the trampling began. Considering that we live in an online world, you could argue that Black Friday is more of a game that a necessity to get a "deal."  The Real Black Friday  Whether you think that Black Friday is an essential part of the holiday tradition or an unnecessary infringement on personal family time, there is another thing to think about. For many people in Louisville, celebrating Thanksgiving meant finding enough to eat fo...
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By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
The location of your next home should consider; Distance to work Traffic patterns Recreational and hobbies; Do you want to be near parks, bicycle paths, jogging routes, hunting grounds, stadiums, etc.? Do you have children? Do you bus kids to and from schools, friends, activities? Make sure to work with a Realtor who will analyze your needs and match homes that best fits your life style. Looking for a home in Louisville? Call Dave Halpern at (502) 894-9194. I am at your service.  
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
      With Thanksgiving coming up this week, animal lovers have a problem. Assuming you are a meat eater, you may want a locally grown bird that was raised under humane conditions. You also want a turkey that is flavorful. If you have high blood pressure, you may also be concerned about the amount of sodium in the grocery store products. Locally grown Louisville birds might fill the bill.  What Makes A Humanely-Grown Bird?  What makes a turkey "humanely grown?" The difference is in how the birds are allowed to live their lives before they meet their fate. Unlike many grocery store birds, they are not confined. Enjoying a "free range" upbringing, they spend their days foraging pastures, but have a shelter to retreat to that shields them from sun, wind, and rain. Their food consists of g...
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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe, Principal Broker
(Louisville Gaines Real Estate)
BACK ON THE MARKET! BUYER'S FINANCING FELL THROUGH!Five bedrooms, finished basement make this spacious home a winner! Convenient St. Matthews location near Heine Brother Coffee & St. Matthews boutiques.Netural decor makes this home a blank canvas ready for you! Plently of storage with built-ins. Updated roof & windows. Refinished hardwoods. WELCOME TO THIS RARE FIND: A TRUE 5 BEDROOM ST MATTHEWS BEAUTY IN MOVE-IN CONDITION! Home features ALL UPDATED WINDOWS, refinished HARDWOODS, UPDATED ROOF(2010), & neutral colors throughout. Living Room features large window, FIREPLACE, coat closet, BUILT-IN BOOKCASES, & opens to Formal Dining. Updated Kitchen offers wood cabinetry, neutral counters, new ceramic tile, backsplash, window perfect for herbs, & APPLIANCES TO REMAIN: refrigerator, gas ran...
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