House Hunting in Winter? YES!

House Hunting in Winter?  YES!

It’s cold, the wind is blowing and maybe there are snowflakes or two. It’s sooooo easy to just hibernate inside. But, if you are considering buying a house in the next few months, NOW is the best time to go.

House hunting in winter, Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore

Why?? Well, most people are focused on the Holidays or just don’t want to venture outside in the cold (just like you). That means you can pretty much have your pick of available houses! And, if you are looking to buy a house in hot neighborhoods like the Highlands, St. Matthews or Nulu in Louisville, this could mean the difference between you getting that house and losing out.

So come on! Let’s go house hunting in Winter and find you the perfect home.

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

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

 

Goats and Gardens… the Variety of Louisville Neighborhoods

Goats and Gardens… the Variety of Louisville Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods within a city can be as different as countries are in different part of the world, despite the geographical closeness. Louisville, Kentucky is no exception.

If you compare the Highlands with the Lake Forest Subdivision, both in the Greater Louisville area, what you see will tell the tale.

The Highlands of Louisville, Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore

I live by a grocery store in the Belknap neighborhood (of the Highlands) which I walk to on a pretty regular basis.   On the walk, I can hear the unmistakable sounds of a goat.  Chickens are also pretty common in this neighborhood.  I even saw a small horse one day.   The Highlands area of Louisville is very urban with houses and shops crammed together pretty closely.  People have gardens in front yards, some in the back yards, rain gardens, koi ponds, etc.

I was out on a showing in another area of Louisville that was completely different.   Very suburban with most of the houses built during the same year and everyone had manicured lawns.

When scheduling a showing in the neighborhood, the Listing Realtor apologized for the next door neighbor’s house right away since… gasp… they had a huge garden in the backyard.

Indian Springs home, Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore

I went to the house expecting to see some ugly overgrown garden that had not been taken care of for years but what I found was quite the contrary. This garden was a masterpiece.  Beautifully cared for and extremely neat and tidy.  It took up the whole backyard but apparently this was just not within the rules of the neighborhood.

To each his own! It just goes to show you that everyone has a different idea of the ideal neighborhood to live in. If you like an eclectic mix of people and homes, choose a neighborhood like the Highlands. If, however, you prefer perfectly manicured lawns and matching mailboxes, then maybe suburbia is the right place for you to buy a home.

Either way, Louisville has it all to offer!

Let me help you find Your Perfect Home in Your Perfect Louisville Neighborhood!

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

Remodeled Home for Sale in Louisville’s Germantown

Remodeled Home for Sale in Louisville’s Germantown Neighborhood

Great location between Louisville’s Highlands and Downtown which is perfect for commuting by bike, car or bus.

New Kitchen with granite counters, large backyard, separate laundry room, remodeled bath. Large rooms make this house seem larger. The house is over 80% finished at this point (Early Nov) and any new owner can customize the interior color for every room in the house.

House for sale in Louisville

House for sale in Germantown, Louisville, Ky

House for sale in Germantown, Louisville, Ky

House for sale in Germantown, Louisville, Ky

 

Call me for a private showing of this great house in Germantown, 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

Remodeled Home for Sale in Louisville’s Germantown

Completely remodeled house for sale in Louisville’s Germantown neighborhood.

This house is located between the Highlands and Downtown, perfect location for commuting whether by bike or car.

New Kitchen with granite counters, large backyard, separate laundry room, remodeled bath. Large rooms make this house seem larger.

House for sale in Louisville

The house is over 80% finished at this point (Early Nov) and any new owner can customize the interior color for every room in the house.

Interior photos coming soon

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

Lots of fun stuff going on in Louisville this weekend!

It never ceases to amaze me the many interesting and fun events we have here in Louisville at any given time. Music, art, street festivals….

Look at all the goings-on this weekend alone!

19th Annual Belknap Festival
Oct 11 – 12th
Historic Douglas Loop

Louisville Festival
Photo Courtesy of ‘Week in the Highlands’

 

The Flea Off Market
Rescheduled for this weekend due to the weather
East Jefferson Street in Louisville
Food trucks, art, craft …a great festival

Festival in Louisville
Photo courtesy of The Flea Off Market

 

Harvest Homecoming
Just across the river in New Albany, Indiana
Huge annual festival with lots of great food and vendors and rides

 

What to do, what to do?
Have fun this weekend!

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

What does all that real estate jargon really mean??

We’ve all seen the yard signs. “Waterfront Property!” ….. “Charming” … “Convenient Location”. But does it really mean what you think it does? Waterfront property… a lovely lake right outside your wrap-around porch? Or maybe it means the backyard floods.

We all take some liberties and embellish, don’t we? That fish was how big? And yes, we Realtors are sometimes guilty of the same. Hey, we have to sell all kinds of houses, right? The good, the bad and the ugly. But, this list is just for fun… so please don’t take it as gospel!

“Diamond in the rough” … Needs way too much work

“I’m beautiful inside” …. Butt-ugly on the outside

 “Don’t curb appraise” … See #2

“Perfect for a walk-out basement” … Goat property

“Endless possibilities” …. Needs a bottomless checkbook

“Cozy” … Tiny!

“Charming” … Tiny!

“Great Starter Home” … 4 walls and a roof but not much else

“Low maintenance Yard” … Dirt

“Unique” … More butt-ugly

“Move in ready” … Very outdated, shag carpet anyone?

“Convenient location” … Backs up to I-65

Again, just for fun. Ready to go out and find your own “Diamond in the Rough”? Call me, I’ll find the perfect house for YOU!

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

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

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