Louisville’s Fourth of July Celebrations!

Where will you be celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day, Louisville?

As usual, there is lots of fun stuff going on in this wonderful City of ours. Does a weekend ever go by where Louisville doesn’t have some sort of festival, street party or other outdoor fun? Usually, we have too many options, right? Well, the 4th of July is no exception. Here are just a few Independence Day events going on, with fireworks included, of course!

Unfortunately, the biggest event – the Waterfront Independence Festival – has been canceled due to a lack of funding so here are some alternatives:

Events:

Old Fashioned Crescent Hill 4th of July Celebration
Food, Music, Vendors, Kids Activities & Fireworks
Peterson-Dumesnil House
July 4 & 5, 10 am – 10 pm, Free

Louisville Bats Baseball
Baseball and Zambelli Fireworks
Louisville Slugger Field
Friday, July 3, Game admission

Kiwanis Annual Fireworks in Corydon
Fireworks
Corydon, Indiana
July 3, 10 pm, Free

Celebrating Freedom Parade
Music, food & fun after parade in Warder Park
Jeffersonville, Indiana
from Spring Street from Riverside to 7th Street
Friday, July 4, 11 am, Free

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend!

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: 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

Open House! Come tour this Great House in Old Louisville

Home for sale in Old Louisville, Bruce Moore, Realtor

 

 

Open House!

1208 South First Street
Old Louisville

Sunday, May 18, 2014
2-4 pm

Come and see for yourself everything this beautiful house has to offer! Lovingly restored Old Louisville home with enough space for a large family and huge open floor plan for entertaining. Close to Downtown Louisville and in one of the best blocks in Old Louisville.

View the Listing for this home

Feel free to call me anytime with questions. Hope to see you at the Open House on Sunday!

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

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

 

I am not going to tell you about Hand in Hand Ministries

Hand in Hand Ministries Louisville
I am not going to tell you about Hand in Hand Ministries!

A special guest post by my friend, Phaedra King

Except to say, Hand in Hand believes that all people deserve life’s essentials – food, water, clothing, shelter, education and medical care.  Their primary focus is to provide these essentials to people in Appalachia, Belize and Nicaragua.

Hand in Hand Ministries Louisville
Hand In Hand Ministries
I could talk about how HIH builds homes for families in Belize who are homeless or living in substandard conditions.  I could sing praises about their Outreach Center, which provides daycare, medical care and educational services for children marginalized by poverty and disease.  Or I could give you statistics from the many other wonderful services HIH provides in Central America.  But I won’t.I won’t go into details about the Pathway to Change program, a scholarship program which makes top-quality education available to children who might otherwise fall through the cracks in Nicaragua. Or the home repair program, food pantry, computer and GED classes offered through HIH in Appalachia.Why won’t I tell you about Hand in Hand Ministries?  I won’t tell you because, on paper, Hand in Hand sounds like a million other non-profit organizations.  My words alone will never be enough endorsement for the magnitude of benevolence Hand and Hand provides.I will, however, tell you about what sets Hand in Hand Ministries apart from other organizations.

Immersion Trips

For years, I worked at a non-profit organization which operated with a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support.  Every year I’d watch in awe as we facilitated the transfer of millions of dollars in donations from individuals to non-profits.  Those non-profits, in turn, would use the funds to help people. At the end of the year, when all the money was counted and disbursed, I would congratulate my co-workers on a job well done.  And then, honestly, I would sit and wonder “what is actually being done with all that money? How do I know it is really helping?”

But that’s how it works, we give money to the cause of our choice and cross our fingers that the money is being put to good use.  I am in no way suggesting that it isn’t, but there is always that “how do I know” feeling after you hand over your check. Well, this is exactly what sets Hand in Hand Ministries apart.   Oh, we’ll take your money and, as a board member, I can personally guarantee that it will be put to good use!  But, you don’t have to trust me; you can see for yourself.

Hand in Hand offers immersion trips to Appalachia, Belize and Nicaragua.  You don’t have to wonder about the homes being built in Belize.   With an immersion trip, you can go to Belize and help build one of those homes.  If you are passionate about education, you can take an immersion trip to Nicaragua and meet the children in the Pathways to Change program.  Or, if you want to stay closer to home, you can take an immersion trip to Appalachia and help a family who desperately needs home repairs.

When you return home, you won’t need to congratulate yourself on a job well done, because you will have been transformed.  Both your heart and your mind will have gone through a beautiful metamorphosis, the likes of which you never believed possible.

So no, I’m not going to tell you about Hand in Hand Ministries, I’m going to invite you to come see for yourself.   Go on an immersion trip (or 2 or 3).  Change someone’s life for the better and possibly your own life in the process!  But beware; you will never look at life the same way again.

For more information, or to schedule an immersion trip visit
www.myhandinhand.org

Phaedra King

Hey Louisville….Do You Know Where Your Yard Waste is Going??

Louisville, Do you know where your yard waste is going??

When the City of Louisville started collecting it they promised to recycle and compost our yard waste, right? Well, that’s NOT what’s happening. Since 2012, our collected yard waste is going into the landfills. That’s right, THE LANDFILLS!
Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore
Why? Because the waste is collected in plastic bags. That’s a load of compost, if you ask me! But all is not lost. Tim Darst of MoveOn.Org has created a petition to convince Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to stop this insanity.“Our yard waste has been going into the landfill since 2012 because it contains plastic bags. The Mayor can stop this with the waive of his pen. Call Mayor Greg Fischer now at 502-574-2003 and tell him he needs to ban plastic bags from the yard waste.”What else can you do? It’s easy…. just sign the Petition, letting Mayor Fischer know that this is not acceptable. I’m signing, won’t you?
Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861ABR – 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 

(Image courtesy of basketman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Louisville is More than just the Weather

 I admit it, I am not a big fan of Winter.   It has not always been like this for me.  I grew up and spent most of my life in San Diego, California. The weather is not as much of a factor there and we were always outdoors unless we were sleeping or eating.

Winter in Louisville, Bruce Moore, Louisville Realtor

Louisville, Kentucky can be quite a bit more challenging to stay outside.  With temperatures plummeting and still quite a few weeks left of winter, it is a struggle to get out!

However, Louisville is so much more than the weather. We have lots of beautiful parks, the many great restaurants, art, music. We all know this is not a boring city.   It is one of the best cities in the Midwest and has so much to offer.

Louisville Realtor, Bruce Moore

And from a real estate perspective, people are still moving, buying and selling houses! Looking forward to 2014, I can see this year is going to be the busiest ‘buyers’ year in quite awhile.  And … have you seen house prices in other cities?   They just do not compete with our prices here.

The low cost of living (Expatistan) puts Louisville on the forefront of places to live as being affordable, fun, and usually NOT that cold.

So, next time you are out in another city, try telling other people about Louisville.  They might shrug about it unless they have been here.  Because everyone loves it!

Get outside and enjoy our wonderful 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

 

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