Are Vacant Lots in Your Community Creating an Ugly Vibe?

Old Louisville, Bruce Moore Realtor

Just about every neighborhood has them… ugly, untended, vacant lots overrun by weeds, garbage or maybe worse! What can you do about it?

How about planting sunflowers like someone did on this lot in Old Louisville! In the midst of Louisville’s oldest neighborhood – Old Louisville – are several unsightly empty lots. This particular one, however, is now overrun with beautiful, stately Sunflowers!

Old Louisville, Bruce Moore Realtor

Some other ideas to beautify your neighborhood eyesore:

-Coordinate a Community Garden Project

-Add a Playground

Obviously, you can’t do much without permission from the property owner but it never hurts to ask!

Do You Have an Eyesore in Your Neighborhood?

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

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in Louisville’s Butchertown, however, which signifies that the neighborhood’s bloody nickname is, for the most part, a historical reference.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.

View Homes for Sale in Butchertown

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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Portland: Louisville’s Next “It” Neighborhood?

Fancy a stroll? Local entrepreneur and so-called “Maestro of East Market Street” Gill Holland has turned his attention to Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, saying he envisions a “stroll district” cropping up in Portland’s future.

Holland, famous for the Green Building in NuLu, purchased a former school building in Portland in 2013 and revealed plans for a massive investment project to revitalize the historic Louisville neighborhood, saying in an interview with the Leo Magazine that, “I’ve had an interesting time explaining to investors that we’re not looking to make a quick buck, that we’re investing in the future.”

His vision is reminiscent of Bardstown Road, East Market Street, and Frankfurt Avenue: a wanderer’s paradise of shops, cafes, and small businesses.

Other local business-owners have also turned their attention to Portland and the West End, including Karter Louis, owner of Hillbilly Tea. Louis recently decided to open another location of his restaurant in Portland, citing his attachment to West Louisville as one of the reasons for his decision. “There’s an undercurrent happening there,” he said. “I’m rallying everybody. I think it can be golden.”

The home to many historic, pre-Civil War buildings, Portland hosted a thriving working class community at the turn of the 20th century, but the city’s famous 1937 flood and a second high flood in 1945 destroyed portions of the neighborhood and drove many middle class families out of the area. Today, a flood wall protects Portland and its residents from future flooding.

Home prices in Portland are currently some of the lowest in Louisville, but may be on the rise as revitalization efforts take hold. The neighborhood is home to many of the small shotgun houses for which Louisville is known.

Want to join the movement? Get in on the ground floor while home prices are still low! Call me, I’d love to help.

— View Homes for Sale in Portland

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


Portland Points of Interest:


The Portland Museum

Tim Faulkner Gallery
1512 Portland Ave
Louisville, KY 40203

The Portland Art & Heritage Fair: Art & Photography Exhibition
Saturday, October 11, 2014
2215 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY, 40212

How much House Can You Get for 1 Million Dollars??

How much House Can You Get for 1 Million in Louisville, Kentucky?  Miami? Rome? Check out this cool graphic to see exactly how large of a home your Million Dollars will buy. Pretty interesting! Looks like you get the most bang for your buck in the Louisville market.

Louisville Real Estate,  Bruce Moore Realtor

 

Ready to buy a home in Louisville? Call me, I can 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

Getting a Mortgage in Today’s Environment

Getting a Mortgage in Today’s Environment
Thank you, Sandy Melton of Century Mortgage Co.

Divorce your rate campaign!  When shopping for a mortgage, you need to know that you will be able to “perform” per the terms and conditions of your contract.  I have been originating for over 30 years, and I have worked with the largest banks in the country, owned my own company, and I must say, I am thrilled to be with Century Mortgage Company, which is the largest originator in this region.  I can say with confidence and experience that Century Mortgage has been the best decision I have made as far as my industry.  Remember, rate is one thing, but the APR (annual percentage rate) is what you are really paying.   If you got this fantastic rate with a huge bank, but you can’t close, what good did this do you.

Mortgages are a good kind of debt, and one of the only that are tax deductable.  Many of you only do this every 5 or 7  years, and remember, what you read on the internet is not gospel.  If so, we would ALL lose 30 lbs in 30 days, guaranteed.  You want to depend on someone that does this every day of their life!

Speaking of divorce, if you are finding yourself in this situation, call me and we can go over the options of refinancing.   Many folks in Kentucky qualify for “first time homebuyers” mortgages that offer down payment assistance, even though you may have just sold a house, or had to quit claim it over to an ex spouse, so don’t panic if you have the  money for a down payment, there are programs designed for your needs….as long as your credit score is over 640 and you have a steady job, you can get into a home.

Credit scores are a tricky, frustrating requirement that lenders require, and typically it must be 620 or greater.  If you or a child are trying to build a credit score, we can guide you in the right direction with the tools to accomplish your needs.  You must have three trade lines that have been active for typically a year.  A trade line is revolving credit such as a VISA card, and an installment loan such as a car loan.  Do not close your revolving credit cards, this will lower your score!

Sandie Melton
Loan Originator
Century Mortgage Company

502-753-4162 (Office)
http://cmcloans.com/smelton

Century Mortgage, Bruce Moore Realtor Louisville

 

 

 

 

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

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