True story…

Bruce Moore’s assistant, Annette here.

Years ago we bought a great home in the country. Closed the deal, moved in, all was great. Until about a month later. It’s early November and the temp had dipped enough to turn on the furnace. Heard it kicking on and it just ran and ran but it never actually started blowing. We looked at the furnace – didn’t really know what we were looking at but you know, go kick the tires and see if that helps.

Finally, I hand my husband the flashlight and send him in the yard to check out the propane tank. I see the light bouncing around in the bushes and finally he comes back out and says ‘Where’s the tank? I thought it was over there.’  I go in and look, sure enough, no propane tank.

Turns out that neither Realtor in our transaction had much experience with propane. (No, Bruce was not one of them). Our Realtor thought the gas went with the house, the listing agent assumed it belonged to the Sellers. The Sellers canceled their account with the gas company and there went our tank and our heat.

Moral of the story….. don’t assume anything! And keep electric heaters (and a flashlight) on standby.

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

Should you buy a Condo?

Most people think of a condo as a patio home or an apartment. In reality, however, a condo can take any physical form. The term ‘condominium’ refers to a type of ownership, not the building. That being said, a condo can actually be a house. Confused yet?

Condo, Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore
When you buy a single family house, you own the property, the building, the whole shebang.  Something breaks, you have to fix it.

With a condo, what you own and control varies according to the condominium rules. Generally, you own from the outside walls in. Which means, you are usually free to change the paint and carpet inside your unit but you cannot paint the outside of the building. The flip-side of that is that you also are not responsible for fixing the roof if it leaks.

Most condominium complexes charge a monthly maintenance fee. This is what pays for the roof leak and also repair and maintenance of the common areas which can include anything from a swimming pool to a park and sidewalks.

So, if you prefer to skip mowing the lawn and repairing the driveway, condo ownership may be right for you. Just make sure to read the bylaws very carefully to see what rights you have.

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

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

Are you ready to buy a house?

Think you’re ready to buy a house? Are you sure? There are great advantages to home ownership but it’s not right for everyone. Do you know how much house you can afford? What will your monthly payment be?

Real Estate Calculators, Bruce Moore, Realtor

 

Our real estate calculators can help you answer some of these questions. Go check em out!

 

When you are ready to buy your perfect home in Louisville, 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

 

5 Low and No Cost Ways Homeowners Can Save Money Now

There are lots of tips and tricks for homeowners to save money. Here are a few that cost you little to no money and you don’t need any special skills!

1.  Lower the temperature on your water heater. It doesn’t need to be any higher than about 120 degrees for the average household.

5 Low and No Cost Ways Homeowners Can Save Money Now

2. Seal your doors and windows. Air leaks around your doors and windows are the equivalent of money flying out the window.

3. Lower the blinds. Is the sun shining in your windows in the summertime? Lower the blinds to keep the heat out. In the winter, raise them to let the sun help warm your home.

4. Use your ceiling fans. Most of us have ceiling fans that we don’t use. In the warmer months, turn your fan on low with the airflow directed down. In the cooler months, change the blade direction so the air blows up.

5. Hang up your laundry instead of using the dryer. Clothes dryers take a lot of energy. Cut costs by installing a laundry line or using a drying rack in the laundry room.
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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