April 20, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Northern Kentucky home sales have increased for the third straight month compared to 2011. Many neighborhoods have drifted slightly into a sellers market with absorption rates 6 months. All-in-all, the signs are looking better for the future.
Now may be a great time for you to sell and buy the home you’ve been wanting. While some neighborhoods have seen very little or no decrease in prices other areas or price ranges have seen significant decreases. While your home might only have decrease less than 5% in value, that home you’ve been dreaming of may be 20%-30% less than it was 5 years ago.
Give us a call and let us help you determine if now is the time for you to make that move.
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March 22, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The spring real estate market is looking better than what we experienced in 2011. Not that the Northern Kentucky market has remarkably bounced back but the signs of stabilization are growing stronger. It is still a highly competitive buyers market in almost every neighborhood in Northern Kentucky. If your considering selling here is my list of “Must Do’s” to complete before your home is listed.
1. As inconvenient as it might be you must de-clutter and remove all of your personal pictures and items. You want the buyer to see the rooms as something they could be comfortable in. Too many personal items crowded in a space makes that a challenge for buyers and clutter is a big detraction away from the features of your home.
2. New neutral, good quality rugs. Even if your not normally a “rug” person, rugs are very warm and inviting.
3. Re-painting rooms into neutral colors, if needed. Seriously, neutral colors, not some color combination you liked on HGTV. Your not trying to make a decorating statement here, you want any and every buyer that comes through your door to think ” I can live with this”.
4. Replacing and updating lighting fixtures. Lighting fixtures can easily become “dated”. What was popular 10 years ago is not popular today. For a few hundred dollars lighting fixtures can make all the difference in the world. And, replace any of those “custom” light switch covers while your at it.
5. Make any small repairs (or big ones if needed). This a critical in this real estate market. If roof is missing some shingles you can be sure a buyer will deduct twice as much as a new roof would cost should they decide to make an offer.
6. Purchase matching appliances in the kitchen for a finished look. I’ve been amazed many times how new appliances influence many buyers.
7. Update major furniture and/or, put several pieces of your furniture into storage.
8. Rearrange furniture to show the rooms to their best advantage. See number 7 above. It may not be comfortable for you to move that lazy-boy to an angle from the TV that you don’t care for but remember that your staging for the best overall look of the room.
9. Stage your bathrooms with hand towels and counter-top decor.
10. I didn’t say selling was going to be convenient, unless of course your willing to take a few thousand dollars less.
Check out these before and after photos below of a very well staged home.
Photo Credit: Southern Charm Home Staging on PicasaWeb . CC Licensed.
March 21, 2012 § Leave a Comment
MARKET ACTIVITY UP 16.5% over same time last year. Wow, this past weekend was incredibly busy with market activity. Buyers were out in full force visiting open houses and looking at properties all over Northern Kentucky. I had some buyers out myself and ran into at least three other agents looking at properties who had doubled up on showings.
March 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a distillery located in Frankfort, Kentucky. It has historically been known by several names, including most notably, the George T. Stagg Distillery and the O.F.C. Distillery. Its namesake bourbon brand, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, was introduced in August 1999. The Buffalo Trace Distillery stands as the oldest (not necessarily continuously-operating) distilling site in the United States.[unreliable source?] Located on what the company claims was once an ancient buffalo crossing on the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County, the distillery is named after the American bison that created paths followed by America’s early pioneers. The Sazerac Company, a New Orleans,Louisiana-based producer and importer purchased the distillery in 1992 and is now the parent company of Buffalo Trace Distillery. The distillery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places under its old name, George T. Stagg Distillery. The Buffalo Trace Distillery is home to the world’s smallest bonded storage warehouse, Warehouse V. This warehouse only stores a single barrel of whiskey at a time. More history can be found at Wikipedia.
January 25, 2012 § Leave a Comment
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December 13, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Everyone has a favorite Christmas tree lot. Sometimes it’s the guy in the corner of the parking lot with lights strung up with 2×4′s. It’s been many years but as a kid we used to trek through the hills the weekend before Christmas until we found the perfect tree. I remember one particular year that Mom, or maybe it was Dad, had the brilliant idea that we would dig one up and replant it in the yard in January. I must have been 5 or 6 years old but I clearly remember Dad loading the trunk with shovels, a pick ax, an old tarp and mom filling a thermos with hot chocolate and one with coffee. So Dad and I set out in the 1968 Oldsmobile Delta 88 on a Saturday morning adventure. Of course the frozen soil was has hard as concrete, a natural grown pine tree has extremely deep roots, and a 6 foot tree always turns out to be 10 feet when you have the root ball attached at the bottom. (insert scene from the movie Christmas Vacation here). It was way past dark, a full 6-7 hours after we found the perfect tree when we arrived back at home. Mom was ready to send out a search party and was none to happy until she realized that Dad was way past the point of totally losing his temper. Knowing fully, by this point, that the perfect tree was never going to fit in the living room unless we… yes, you guessed it. We took a saw and cut the roots off. I learned some new words that day that Mom was none to happy about. I think that was our last “live tree”. After that adventure it was quite obvious that paying the extra for a tree lot tree, cut or live, was worth every penny.
Those childhood memories were great for reminiscing but we’ve created new memories at a great little local Christmas tree lot where selecting a tree is easy, the folks are friendly as family and your shouldn’t have to worry about your toes being frost bitten. Our favorite Tree lot the Deaton’s Nursery and Florist in Independence, Ky, just north of Simon Kenton High School.