The Future of Louisville’s Butchertown

The source of Butchertown’s name is no secret: since its founding, the area has been unusually industrial for a neighborhood – in particular, it has been home to many butchers. Only one slaughterhouse continues to operate in Louisville’s Butchertown, however, which signifies that the neighborhood’s bloody nickname is, for the most part, a historical reference.

Butchertown Neighborhood, Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore

Litigation and measures pushed by the Butchertown Neighborhood Association on behalf of its residents imply that the neighborhood’s last slaughterhouse, JBS Swift, may not be in the area forever. The BNA and JBS have gone head-to-head several times in the past 10 years on issues including noise pollution, safety for the slaughterhouse’s neighbors, and reduction of the unpleasant odors emitted at the plant.

Revitalization

Butchertown became a hotspot for local butchers in the mid-1800’s because of its location at what was then the edge of Louisville. As time passed, however, the neighborhood became more and more residential and urban, making its last slaughterhouse stand increasingly out of place. Many wish for the plant to be relocated to a more rural location in Jefferson County.

The successful revitalization of the western portion of Butchertown, now called “NuLu,” has attracted attention from the local and even national press. However, revitalization has been going on in the greater Butchertown area for decades–the neighborhood would not have been able to transition from being primarily industrial in the early twentieth century to the mostly-residential neighborhood it is today without a “remarkable preservation movement . . . inspired by the revitalization efforts of Old Louisville,” according to the Encyclopedia of Louisville.

The Future?

The future of Butchertown is hazy: the construction of a new bridge will likely mean demolition of buildings and more traffic in the area. However, the neighborhood has proven its strength and community against the odds in the past, and chances are that its dedicated neighborhood association will continue to do so.

Houses in Butchertown have some of the most reasonable prices in Louisville, and many are examples of historical, working-class homes.

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Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX Connections
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

April Existing-Home Sales Show Modest Improvement Behind Gaining Inventory

April Existing-Home Sales Show Modest Improvement Behind Gaining Inventory (via MarketWired)

SOURCE: National Association of Realtors May 22, 2014 10:00 ET WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – May 22, 2014) –  Existing-home sales increased for the first time this year in April, while inventory meaningfully increased and home price growth moderated…

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Moving Checklist for Home and Condo Buyers

Convenient Home Moving Checklist for home and condo buyers (via Winnipegs Real Estate Blog)

Guest Post by Bo Kauffman:

Moving Checklist for home and condo buyers . If you’ve just bought a house or condo, chances are your ‘moving date’ is about 6 – 10 weeks away.  Now is the time to start preparing for your move.  For an outline of some of the activities you…

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Low Inventory in the Highlands makes this The Best Time to Sell Your House!

Have you been thinking about selling your home in the Louisville Highlands?

Do you know what’s going on with the Real Estate Market in the Highlands?

Prices are spiking! Why? Because inventory is low and Buyers are looking! This creates a fabulous opportunity for homeowners interested in selling their house.

NOW is the time to list your house!

Selling a house in the Highlands of Louisville, Bruce Moore Realtor

Look at the chart for the first quarter of 2014:

Total Active Listings: 427 (First quarter 2013 – 509)

Days on Market: 72 (First quarter 2013 – 112)

Number of Home Sales: 130 (First quarter 2013 – 181)

Average Sales Price: $210,513 (First quarter 2013 – $177,263)

All of this is great news for you, the home owner! Seriously, this is an amazing time to get your house on the market and get it sold.

Have questions? Feel free to call me anytime. I’d love to help!

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX Connections
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

 

Spring is a Great Time to Sell Your House, but Are You Ready?

 

Spring is the normal time of year where Home Sellers think is the best time to put a House on the Market. But wait, is Your House Ready?   Is this the Best Time for You to Sell?Here are a few points to help you make the decision: Spring in Louisville, Bruce Moore, Realtor

1. Gauge the Real Estate Market

Your local Realtor can provide you with the statistics not only in the Louisville area but right down to your neighborhood to see what the market is doing.  Is there a glut of houses for sale in your area?  How long are houses sitting on the market?  What is the average home price?  And are the houses selling at or near the asking price?

2. Spring Clean Your House

Decluttering, painting, cleaning and yard work may seem like obvious things to do but you would be surprised by how many Sellers don’t do them. And yes, it takes time but not decluttering your house may be the worst offense that home sellers commit.  If you have a basement or a garage, this is perfect place to store boxes of things.

Louisville Real Estate Seller Tips, Bruce Moore, Realtor

3. Home Staging

While cleaning your house is an absolute MUST, Staging is somewhat optional but can make all the difference in selling your home, and selling it quickly. Here are some Tips for Staging Your house Effectively.

4. Have an Exit Plan

Your house could sell fast and depending on the terms of the contract you might have to find a place fast.  Even within a month.   Are you ready to move?   If you are looking for a house to buy, the timing can be very tricky here. Check out these Moving Tips

 

So, the question is…. Are You Ready to Sell Your House? I can help you make that determination.

Call me anytime! I’m always happy to help.

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

 

(Images courtesy of James Barker and Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Selling Your Home? Make it Shine with Home Staging

We’ve all heard about ‘Home Staging’, right? Well, it really does work! Preparing your house before it is ever shown can be the difference between selling it quickly at the right price and having it sit on the market for 8 months. There are professionals that you can hire to really dress up your house but here are some basic, common sense things that everybody can do:

Staging a home for sale

1. Thorough Cleaning! Duh! Who wants to buy a dirty house?

2. De-clutter. Move the dust collectors, excess kids’ toys and other stuff to storage while you are showing your house.

3. De-personalize. The goal is to create a blank canvas so the home buyer can envision their own ‘stuff’ in your house. Box up the family photos and other mementos for the time being.

4. Neutral colors. The home needs to appeal to both men and women. Having a pink and fluffy bedroom might be your style, but the husband may not be able to see beyond it.

5. Repairs. That small hole in the wall may not bother you but it can be a major turnoff to potential buyers.

6. Curb appeal. Remember the old saying…you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression? Well, the front of your house is the first impression a buyer gets. If it’s junky or dirty, the buyer may have that feeling about the whole house. Sweep, clean, repaint the front door. Make it pretty!

There are tons of things you can do to make your house appealing to a buyer. Here are a few more tips:

Can’t Miss Home Staging Tips

21 Home Staging Tips

Ready to sell your Louisville home? Call me, I’ll help you stage it to sell quickly!

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

Which Home Remodels Give You the Most Value?

This is a great graphic showing the value of various home remodeling projects. Interestingly, replacing the front door and adding a deck to your house give you the greatest return on your investment.

(Disclaimer:  I would love to give credit to someone for this graphic, however, the link was broken. If you know who created it, let me know and I’ll be happy to post the credit)

Home remodel values, Bruce Moore, Realtor in Louisville

 

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

Prepare your house for winter!

Like it or not, winter is coming. Is your house ready?  There are some simple things you can do to prepare for a more comfortable and affordable cold season.

Have your chimney cleaned – Very important! A dirty chimney is not only inefficient, it can be a major fire hazard.

Prepare your house for winter, Bruce Moore Realtor

Check the furnace – All furnaces should be cleaned and inspected once a year by a professional. A clean furnace is more efficient not to mention safe.

Seal the windows and doors –  Keep the cold air out by sealing all doors and windows with weatherstripping.

Use your blinds – They’re not just for decoration, you know. When the sun shines on your windows, raise the blinds. Lower them after dark to keep the warmer air in.

Reverse your ceiling fans – Warm air rises so setting your blades to push the air down will make a room feel more comfortable.

Just a few things you can do to save money and be more comfortable in your home this year.

Ready to buy your perfect house? Call me, I can help.

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Ky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

 

15 Ways to Prepare Your House for Winter

How to Prepare you House for Winter

Biggest Mistakes Homebuyers & Sellers Make

HGTV kindly compiled a list of the Biggest Real Estate Mistakes we all make. Here’s a condensed list of the worst offenders:

Buying a home for the decor – Keep in mind, the furniture won’t be there when you move in. Buy a house for the solid bones, not the fluff.
Buying an odd house – Chances are, you won’t stay in the house forever. That odd little quirk you love so much may make your house harder to sell down the road.
Weird house
Not researching your agent – Please please please don’t hire your nephew with the new real estate licence to represent the biggest purchase of your life. Always hire a seasoned professional Realtor.
Not using a real estate agent – I know you think you can save a ton of money by selling the house yourself but study after study has shown that in the long run it actually costs you more money than hiring a Realtor.
Buying the most expensive home in the neighborhood – Never a good idea. If a house was overbuilt for the neighborhood, chances are you’ll have a harder time selling it later on.
Not hiring a professional inspector – This can be a very costly mistake. A good home inspector can spot major problems before they happen. Plus, if you write the contract contingent on that inspection, it gives you an out should the problems in the house prove to be more than you want to tackle.
These are just some of the highlights of the article. Always consult a professional Realtor when buying or selling a house. You’ll be glad you did!

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Ky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

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