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6912 Williamsgate Blvd, Crestwood, KY 40014

6912 Williamsgate Blvd

Welcome to 6912 Williamsgate Blvd, a stunning, 2.5-year-old home in the Williamsgate neighborhood. This 1.5 story home in Crestwood is an original Ball Homes product is a modified “Jackson” plan with plenty of upgrades. In this home, you will find 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths, plus an unfinished walkout basement with roughed in full bath, which is ready for you to design as you please. On the front of the home, you will notice the well-kept landscaping and lush green lawn. 

6912 Williamsgate Blvd

Enter this home and you are greeted with 2800 finished square feet. The two-story foyer includes stylish hand scraped dark hardwood floors that are also found throughout the whole home. To the right of the foyer is the dining room. The dining room includes wainscoting, chair rail, crown molding, and a chic chandelier. There is a doorway to enter the eat-in kitchen from the dining room.

6912 Williamsgate Blvd

The kitchen is huge and boasts extensive cabinetry, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances (which all stay with the home), a pantry, can lighting, and a large eating area with door to the private, over-sized wood deck. The island in the kitchen has space for bar stools for an additional eating area. The kitchen opens to the expansive great room with corner updated fireplace with stone surround, wood mantle, and a ceiling fan. The openness between the kitchen and great room creates an ideal space for entertaining a large group. 

Through the other side of the kitchen, you will find a laundry room and a mudroom, complete with custom-built cubby with 8 coat hooks and lots of storage compartments. On the right rear of this home is a first-floor bedroom with large window, walk-in closet, and access to the full bathroom with ceramic tile floor, and granite counter tops on the vanity. 

6912 Williamsgate Blvd

Moving to the open 2-story stairway to the second level, notice the lovely handrail with gorgeous iron spindles. On the second floor, you will find 3 additional bedrooms with carpeted floors, 2 with large closets and the third with a walk-in closet and double windows in each bedroom. The second floor has a full bath with ceramic tile floors, linen closet and a granite topped vanity. The catwalk overlooks the 2-story foyer with views out the front of the home.

6912 Williamsgate Blvd

Down the hallway, you pass a linen closet as you proceed into an amazing owner's suite. This 5th bedroom is very large and has plenty of room for a sitting area looking out the double windows. This room has carpet, a trey ceiling with ceiling fan and crown molding. Off the owner's bedroom is the owner's bathroom. It includes ceramic tile floors, 2 large granite topped vanities, (1 has a makeup desk), a 6-foot garden tub, a huge ceramic tile shower, linen closet, toilet room, and a huge walk-in closet.

6912 Williamsgate Blvd

In the backyard, the new owners will enjoy the tree lined lot, providing ample shade on hot days. This home also includes 2 HVAC systems and a passive radon mitigation system is already installed. 

For more information on this exquisite home in Williamsgate, contact the Hollinden Team at (502) 429-3866.

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10904 Rock Ridge Pl, Louisville, KY 40241

10904 Rock Ridge Pl, Louisville, KY

Welcome to 10904 Rock Ridge Place in the prestigious Rock Springs neighborhood. This new home (built in October 2015) would fit many people's description of a dream home. Every upgrade you could ever dream of can be found in the home, starting with the outside. This brick/stone ranch home was custom built by the award-winning Deville Homes. This home features a phenomenal landscape package with an 11-zone irrigation system. The exterior also includes underground downspout runoff with yard pop-ups and termite treatment of all wood framing prior to drywall, not just foundation pre-treat like most builders do. Enter the home through the beautiful covered stone entryway.

On the inside, you are greeted by a spacious foyer with a chic light fixture. Note that this beauty features custom trim in every room, Natural Hickory hardwood floors throughout, large plantation shutters throughout, whole house surge protection, paddle style light switches, halogen recessed lighting, additional attic insulation, and dual flushing toilets.

10904 Rock Ridge Pl, Louisville, KY

To the right of the foyer, enter through the two large French doors into the fourth bedroom. This room would be great for a home office or a guest suite. This home includes hardwood floors, a ceiling fan, and windows with views of the lovely front yard. Directly in front of the foyer is the wide open family room. In the family room, you can find hardwood floors and a stunning dry stack stone corner gas fireplace with mantle. Make sure to look up at the gorgeous octagonal coffered ceiling with can lighting and a ceiling fan! There are French doors in the family room that lead to an enormous covered, screened-in rear porch with ceiling fan, overlooking a meticulously landscaped rear yard.

10904 Rock Ridge Pl, Louisville, KY

The kitchen can be accessed through the family room. The kitchen is very open and well-lit by can lights and multiple pendant lights. The kitchen features ample custom white cabinets with pull out shelves, shelf-closing drawers, black and white granite, center island, ceramic tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. The center island has seating space for 10 people. The eating area has hardwood floors, crown molding, and several windows.

10904 Rock Ridge Pl, Louisville, KY

The owner's suite is on the left side of the home and is absolutely spectacular. You'll love the ample space, triple tray ceilings, timeless chandelier, and hardwood floors. The owner's bathroom features dual granite top vanities, two oval oil-rubbed bronze mirrors, ceramic tile floors, toilet room, claw-foot bathtub, and separate ceramic tile sit-down shower with glass door. There are TWO walk-in closets in the owner's suite that are huge and include multiple racks and shelves.

The owner's suite is on the left side of the home and is absolutely spectacular. You'll love the ample space, triple trey vaulted ceilings, crown molding, timeless chandelier, and hardwood floors. The owner's bathroom features dual granite top vanities, two oval oil-rubbed bronze mirrors, ceramic tile floors, toilet room, claw-foot bathtub, and separate ceramic tile sit-down shower with glass door. There are TWO walk-in closets in the owner's suite that are huge and include multiple racks and shelves.

There are two other bedrooms on the right side of the home. These bedrooms share a full bath with separate vanities, granite tops, a common toilet and tub room, and a linen closet. The bedrooms have hardwood floors, ceiling fans, crown molding, and large walk-in closets.

10904 Rock Ridge Pl, Louisville, KY

Finishing out the first floor is a powder room with granite top vanity with glass bowl sink, a butler's pantry for additional storage, a writing or planning desk, and a huge laundry/mud room. The laundry/mud room includes two closets and cubby area with bench seat, as well as storage above and below lots of coat hooks, additional custom cabinets, and laundry sink. The laundry room has plenty of cabinets and countertops to fold clothes and for storage. 

The attached two and a half car garage has a two-car garage door but is large enough to fit three cars. You will also find a standard door to the driveway for easy access. The area above the garage is accessed via a pull-down stair which includes an expansive amount of carpeted storage space. The garage also has a sink and pegboard work area along with extra space to store your lawn equipment without getting in the way of your cars.

The lower level of the home is unfinished and is awaiting your dreams. There is a finished storm shelter room, which is surrounded by concrete and includes both lighting and power. There is also a roughed-in full bathroom, security system, additional water faucets on the exterior, separate water meters for water and irrigation with water faucets on the irrigation system side so you are not paying sewer charges on additional outside water usage. Lastly, you will find a Carrier HVAC system, electronic WIFI thermostat, humidifier, water softener and more. 

You will absolutely love this home in Rock Springs. Rock Springs is conveniently located a couple miles from the Paddock Shoppes, and you can be downtown in a little over ten minutes. Please call the Hollinden Team to set up your private showing today: (502) 429-3866.

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What You Need to Know About Buying or Selling a Home in 2017

Homes for Sale in Louisville KY

Are you thinking of buying or selling in this crazy late spring/summer market?  This is a bit of a good news/bad news situation.  It is good (or even great) if you are selling!  There are far more buyers in the market today than inventory for them to buy.  What does this mean?  It means we have an out of balance situation between supply and demand.  Better said, it is a seller’s market!  

Most of the homes my team has listed this entire year have sold in less than a week. Many have sold in days or even hours.  And, many of these homes have sold for more than asking price due to the competition for these homes.  This in and of itself can also be a good news/bad news.  What I mean here is there is the potential for a value problem when it comes to getting the appraisal from the buyer’s lender.  

Occasionally, we have a deal where we sold it for more than an appraiser thinks it is worth. When this happens, the buyer either comes up with more cash since they can only borrow based on the appraised value, or the buyer and seller end up renegotiating the sales contract at a lower price.  Or worst case, the buyer backs out altogether (although this does not happen often).  This is problematic in a seller’s market that is beginning to take a significant uptick in value because most appraisers look in the rear-view mirror, or they look at recent sales. This is all in the past and doesn’t always reflect what is happening in the market today. Fortunately, many appraisers understand this and can consider today’s current market or the fact that there were multiple buyers competing for an individual property.

So, what is the bad news?  The bad news is most sellers are also buyers and the table gets turned when they take off their seller’s hat and then they must put on their buyer’s hat. Buyers should be ready to “pull the trigger” quickly in today’s market.  If you are a buyer, you need a great real estate agent that can help you navigate these treacherous waters.

Approximately 92% of buyers start their home search online on some large consumer real estate websites like Zillow.com, Trulia.com or Realtor.com.  The problem with this is not all sites are created equal.  Many large consumer sites are only updated every 24-48 hours.  A buyer may find a home on a site that appears to be a brand-new listing, only to find out that the home was listed two days ago and is already sold.  The best way to not miss out on your next dream home is to allow a professional real estate agent to connect you directly with their private site which has a direct connection to the MLS and updates more frequently.  

In our case, our website is updated every 15 minutes. Our agent will take all the criteria you are looking for in a home and key it into a system that will notify you as soon as a property comes on the market which meets your criteria.  In today’s market, you should make every effort to then go and see that property right away the same day, and if interested, make an offer immediately.  You could still find yourself in a bidding war, so be prepared to go above asking price if it is a home you really want to compete for.  In many circumstances, we use what is called an ‘Escalation Clause’ to help our buyer clients be more competitive.  To find out more about this, give us a call today at 502-429-3866 or email us at info@LouisvilleHomesFAST.com.

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15330 Royal Troon Ave, Louisville, KY 40245

15330 Royal Troon Ave, Louisville, KY

Welcome to 15330 Royal Troon Ave. in the prestigious Valhalla Vista neighborhood! Vahalla Vista is located off Shelbyville Road across from the award-winning Vahalla golf course. This condo is ten years old but looks brand new. Upon arriving at this condo, you are greeted by a perfectly manicured landscaping and an all brick stately entrance. To enter the condo, you have your own private elevator!

15330 Royal Troon Ave, Louisville, KY

Inside you immediately entry the foyer that includes gorgeous hardwood flooring and neutral paint colors. You will find the neutral paint colors throughout the whole condo. Move to the kitchen and you'll fall in love with the beautiful updates. In the kitchen, you will find a glass mosaic tile backsplash, white cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, center island, and elegant light fixtures. The kitchen is open to the great room which creates a nice flow when entertaining.

15330 Royal Troon Ave, Louisville, KY

The great room includes hardwood floors, a fireplace with a mantle, and a ceiling fan. From the great room, you can access the balcony which provides spectacular views of the wooded area behind this condo. You will love the privacy and this will be a perfect place to relax. Next to the kitchen is the dining room area that includes wainscot, updated chandelier, and more beautiful views of the wooden area.

15330 Royal Troon Ave, Louisville, KY

Moving to the master bedroom, you will find tray ceilings, an updated ceiling fan, can lighting, and carpet to keep your toes warm on chilly mornings. One of the best features of this room is the triple French doors that lead to the balcony. Once again, another room that provides phenomenal views of the outdoor area. The master bathroom features a double vanity with granite countertops, tile floors, separate toilet room, a garden tub, and a separate glass enclosed shower.

This condo also has two additional bedrooms that both include carpet and a ceiling fan. One bedroom has the same gorgeous triple French doors that lead to an additional patio area. The second full bathroom in this home has a granite countertop vanity and a separate combined shower and toilet room. This condo also includes a THREE car garage that provides plenty of room for storage. 

For more information on this upscale Vahalla Vista condo, call the Hollinden Team at (502) 429-3866.

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14628 Inspiration Ct, Louisville, KY 40245

14628 Inspriation Ct

Welcome to 14628 Inspiration Court, located in the desirable Woods of Landis Lake neighborhood. Approach this stately traditional style five bedroom and four full bathroom home and you will notice the lush green lawn with mature trees. There is a two car garage located on the side of the home and a wide driveway, equipped for parking many cars when entertaining.

Walk through the oval glass front door and you will immediately enter the two-story foyer. The foyer features neutral paint colors, ceramic tile floor, chic light fixture, and the staircase to the second floor. Neutral paint colors can be found through most of the home.

14628 Inspriation Ct

To the left of the foyer is the living room which includes an arched entrance with column accents, carpet, and can lighting, Directly in front of the foyer is the family room. The family room has carpet, vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace with mantle, large windows, and doors to access the back porch.

The dining room is located to the right of the living room, creating a nice flow for entertaining. In the dining room, you'll see the same arched entryway and elegant columns found in the living room area. This room also includes tray ceilings, crown molding, carpet, and a modern light fixture. There is an entrance to the eat-in kitchen from the dining room. The kitchen boasts ample cherry cabinetry, can lighting, ceramic tile flooring, and updated black appliances. From the eating area, you can access the covered porch that offers a million dollar view of a private wooded area. Lastly, the first floor also includes a bedroom, full bathroom, and laundry room.

14628 Inspriation Ct

Walking up the steps to the second floor, you are greeted by a lovely catwalk that offers views of the first floor. The owner's suite features carpet, tray ceilings, can lighting, a ceiling fan, large walk-in closet, and ample windows allowing in plenty of natural light. The owner's bathroom includes ceramic tile floors, neo-angle stand-up shower, whirlpool tub, and a dual vanity with cherry cabinets. There are three additional bedrooms on the second floor, each including a ceiling fan and carpet flooring. The second full bathroom on the second floor features a nice dual vanity with cherry cabinetry.

14628 Inspriation Ct

The walkout basement could be the new owners' favorite space for entertaining. The basement includes an open family room, bar area, full bathroom, and a workout room. The family room boasts carpet, can lighting, tray ceilings, and a beautiful taupe paint color. The bar area has cabinetry, tile floors, granite looking countertops, and a sink.

14628 Inspriation Ct

Walk out the door to the porch and you have reached the second level to the double decker patio that completes this stunning home. 

For more information on this exquisite Woods of Landis Lake home in eastern Jefferson County, contact the Hollinden Team at (502) 429-3866.

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915 Perryman Rd, Louisville, KY 40207

915 Perryman Rd.

915 Perryman Road is no longer on the market. To learn more about homes for sale in St. Matthews, call the Hollinden Team at (502) 429-3866.

Welcome to 915 Perryman Road, a must-see home filled with designer upgrades throughout. This home is located in Woodlawn Park, an established neighborhood in the desirable St. Matthews KY area. Living in this area, you are centrally located to the whole city and close to expressways and shopping.

Approach this completely renovated ranch home and you will immediately notice the well-maintained large front lawn and manicured landscaping. The landscaping includes seven Jolly Green Giant Arborvitaes (along Westport Roadside), a white DogWood American Beech tree (offer beautiful leaf color in the fall), and an Aspiring Red Maple tree. There are all new bushes and trees in the front and backyard and the lawn has been treated for grub worms. This home has been freshly painted on the outside and inside and there is a brand new roof and new gutters. The current owner had added electrical outlets to the porch for lamps and other appliances.

The front door is custom made and has a shatter-proof glass with Baldwin solid brass knocker and handle. Also, the following items are new: two doorbells, column on the front porch, tile to front steps and side entrance, street numbers on front and side porch, Tennessee rock sidewalk with ivy in the front yard, and exterior light post. The lighting in the front and side of the garage is Hinkley Lighting (top of the line lighting). There is a brand new garage door and garage door motor. The garage is freshly painted on the inside with two new shelves installed for storage. The driveway was sealed in October 2016.

915 Perryman Rd.

Note that all doors in this home are new and are solid wood with solid brass knobs and hinges. All windows in this home have new brass handles and knobs and the glass has been re-glazed (the window locks came from Klein).  There is all new crown molding throughout the entire house and all ceilings and the walls have been painted (with oil-based paint) and re-plastered. In addition, there is new recessed lighting in the laundry room, dining room, kitchen, living room and the bathrooms. Eight new“Velux' sun tunnels have been added to different rooms guaranteed to never leak. New lighting has been put in all closets.

Entering into the home and you are greeted by the living room. Many updates have been made to this room. Four sets of new electrical outlets have been added and a new door was added in the living room with glass paneled moldings and custom door knob (a convenient way to the side porch). The living room features a new gas fireplace (the gas line was added to the fireplace), new custom mantle with rainforest marble hearth, hardwood floors, and custom built-in cabinets with fresh paint.

In the hallway, there is a new wrought iron lantern light with glass panels. The attic pull down staircase was removed, re-plastered and repainted (new attic opening in towel closet with a new door added). A brand new extra closet was added in the hallway with accent molding. The old door in the hallway was taken out and the ceiling was sanded and repainted.

Directly across from the living room is the dining room, creating a nice flow for entertaining. There is a custom built arched cased opening from the living room to dining room. The height was made much larger and wider and a new design was added to the wood with keystone at the top. The dining room features floor to ceiling windows, recessed lighting, wallpaper from France, and hardwood floors. The chair rail, crown molding, and quarter round are all new. The eat-in kitchen is accessible from the dining room.

915 Perryman Rd.

The kitchen has been completely gutted and has plenty of upgrades. The kitchen boasts real cypress hardwood floors, new white cabinets (hardware is from Klein's) with under cabinet lighting, chic pendant lighting, on-trend subway tile backsplash, Kohler faucet, new ceiling (painted and sanded and includes recessed lighting), newly painted walls, new electrical outlets, and white glacier Corian countertops. The neutral cabinetry, countertops, and backsplash allow the new owner plenty of options if they choose to change the paint colors. Also, take notice of the ample cabinetry offered. The new owners will have endless storage space in the kitchen area. The backdoor is also new and includes a solid brass handle, lock, and kick plate.

915 Perryman Rd.

Moving to the owner's suite, you'll find hardwood floors, built-in cabinets, and windows that allow in plenty of natural light. There are custom bookshelves and three storage units on each side of the bed. There is a new solid wood door with molding, new solid brass knobs and hinges, new molding on both doors and around the entire room, and new light installed in the clothing closet.

The owner's bathroom features European wallpaper (by Tricia Guild), new tall toilet, and a new vanity with sterling silver knobs and Kohler faucet. The bathtub was resurfaced and has a new faucet and handles. Other updates include new solid silver mirror with glass perfume slab, new bathroom door with solid brass door knobs and hinges, new recessed lighting, new electrical outlets, new exhaust fan, new glass added to panels, new marble quarter round added to entrance of bathroom, new crown molding added, replaced tiles on the floor and walls, new electrical outlet in the closet, and new miniature chandelier added along with antique lights on each side of the mirror. The vanity is custom built and has sterling knobs.

The second bedroom also has hardwood floors and custom built-in cabinets, as well as a custom wooden storage unit built-in under double windows. The closet in this bedroom has two beautiful solid wooden estate doors with solid brass handles, kick plate, and glass.

915 Perryman Rd Bathroom

The full bathroom has a new Kohler large rain shower head, new faucet, and new shower handles. Other new items in the full bathroom include white tiles in the bathtub, vanity with black granite and German made faucet, recessed lighting with wrought iron chandelier with real Crystal prisms, bathroom fan, Velux' Sun tunnel added to ceiling for extra light, four custom storage units over the  bathroom door with custom blue lapis knobs to match the other knobs in bathroom, rectangular mirror, custom crown molding, white marble tile threshold on the floor,...

Living in Oldham County

6620 Willowrun Ln, Pewee Valley, KY

Why do residents choose to live in Oldham County? There are several answers to this questions. Most commonly, people choose to move to Oldham County for the award-winning school district, options to purchase homes with acreage, and quaint restaurants and shopping. Many residents that live in Oldham County commute to Louisville for work. 

Oldham County includes GoshenBucknerProspectCrestwoodLa Grange, and Pewee Valley. We will discuss each area and some of the neighborhoods you can find.

Goshen

This area is in the western portion of Oldham County in the 40026 zip code. The median estimated home value is $589,000 and the average price per square foot is $139. Goshen has a wide range of home styles and price ranges. Homes can range anywhere from lower $100,000 to over a million! Goshen is about 16 miles away from downtown Louisville. 

Harmony Landing- Located off Highway 42, this established Goshen neighborhood provides various home styles for homeowners. Construction of this subdivision began around the 1980s. In Harmony Landing, you will find anything from a log home to classic colonial style homes. Some homes have lots that provide a few acres. Homes in Harmony Landing have sold between $150,000 and $490,000 in the last few years.

Lakeview Estates- Another established neighborhood with homes around 20-40 years old. Lakeview Estates is accessible from Hwy 42.  Homes have sold between $160,000 to $280,000. You are going to find a wide variety of home styles in this neighborhood. Two stories, ranches, and tri-levels are just a few styles you’ll see.

Longwood- This newer luxury neighborhood is accessible from Highway 1793. To live in this subdivision, expect to pay $600,000 and above. Most of these homes are custom built and include high-end upgrades. If you are interested in living in the neighborhood, the Hollinden Team currently has a Longwood home listed at 1902 Ashford Drive.

Buckner

Buckner is a smaller town situated between Crestwood and La Grange. The median estimated home price is $412,375 and the average price per square foot is $122.06. If you live in Buckner, you will be about 20 miles from Louisville.

Darby Pointe-  This neighborhood can be accessed from Highway 146. Construction began in the 1990s but you will still see some homes being developed today. Lots tend to be spacious in this neighborhood, many have a minimum of one acre. Homes in this neighborhood range from $180,000 to $430,000.

Prospect

Prospect is actually located in both Jefferson County and Oldham County in the 40059 zip code. The median estimated home price is $525,000 and the average price per square foot $180.50. Prospect has plenty of close by shopping centers and many golf courses.

Belknap Beach Estates- This subdivision offers homes with million dollar views of the Ohio River.  Homes in the neighborhood each have their own character; you can find all construction types and styles. Prices range from $250,000 to over a million!

Glen Oaks- This is a unique subdivision as it is located in both Oldham County and Jefferson County. There is also a country club within the neighborhood that includes an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, wading pool, full-service dining room, and grille room. Homes tend to be all brick traditional style homes. Homes range between $300,000 to $800,000.

Crestwood

Crestwood is located in southwestern Oldham County in the 40014 zip code. It is really hard to see the break between Pewee Valley and Crestwood. The median estimated home price in Crestwood is $419,900 and the average price per square foot is $135.50. Crestwood is 18 miles away from downtown Louisville.

Kentucky Acres- Located off Highway 22, this established neighborhood began construction in the 1970s and has the opportunity for new development today. This subdivision features large tree-lined lots and a variety of styles of homes. Homes range from $140,000 to around $300,000. Newer homes will be closer to the $300,000 mark. 

Harrods Crossing- This subdivision is located off Highway 1694. Homes range anywhere from $650,000 to $900,000 but you get what you pay for. Stunning custom built homes on two to three acres are what you'll find in Harrods Crossing. 

La Grange

This area is located in the western portion of Oldham County in both the 40031 and 40032 zip codes. The median estimated home price is $325,000 and the average price for square foot is $149.19. LaGrange is located about 24 miles away from downtown Louisville.

Gleneagles Estates- This subdivision is located off I-71 North. Construction began in the 1990s through the early 2000s. Homes in this neighborhood are mostly all brick and have a traditional style. Homes in Gleneagle Estates usually range between $250,000 to $550,000. 

L'Esprit- Located off of North I-71, L’Esprit is a horse lovers dream. Development of this 5,000-acre equestrian neighborhood began in the 1980s and continued on until the mid-2000s. Initially, this neighborhood was developed as a community for Arabian horses. More recently, this neighborhood has grown into a home for various breeds of horses. Homes range from $300,000-$3,000,000.

Pewee Valley- Pewee Valley is in the southern portion of Oldham County in the 40056 zip code. This area is close to Crestwood and is within a few miles of Middletown, an area in eastern Jefferson County. The median estimated home value is $287,500 and the average price per square foot is $146.02. Pewee Valley is 24 miles away from downtown Louisville.

Ashbrooke- This neighborhood is located off Ash Ave. In Ashbrooke, homes vary in age and style. You can find cape cods, ranches, two stories, and much more. Homes were built between the 1970s to the early 2000s. Ashbrooke homes range from $140,000 to $280,000. 

We hope this blog gave you a better idea of what it is like to live in Oldham County. If you have questions about moving to Oldham County, call the Hollinden Team at (502) 429-3866.

 

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3201 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40206

3201 Brownsboro Road

3201 Brownsboro Road is no longer on the market. For more information on Crescent Hill homes for sale, call the Hollinden Team at (502) 429-3866.

Welcome to 3201 Brownsboro Road! Built in 1938, this charmer features modern-day updates but also retains its original beauty. This home is located in Crescent Hill directly across from Crescent Hill golf course which includes a park and playground.

Upon arrival, you will notice the large front yard with a well-maintained landscaping. This home is brick (some siding in the rear of the home) with a beautiful stone accent on the front. Enter through the front door into the foyer. There is an arched doorway and hardwood flooring from the foyer to the remainder of the home. Arched doorways and hardwood floors can be found throughout a lot of the home, adding character.

3201 Brownsboro Road

In front of the foyer is the stairway to the second floor. To the right of the foyer is the living room. The living room features a fireplace with mantle and bay windows that let in a lot of light. This room also has a neutral paint color, making decorating a breeze. This same color can be found in the majority of the home.

3201 Brownsboro Road

Exit the living room and move into the eat-in kitchen. The eat-in kitchen is equipped with black, gray, and white granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a backsplash, mocha colored cabinets, tile floors, and windows with views of the backyard. You will have a lot of versatility with color palettes based on the granite and cabinet color. 

Move from the kitchen to the dining room. The dining room has a chair rail and up-to-date light fixture. Currently, this room has a six chair table but definitely has room for a table much larger to entertain guests. Also, on the first floor is a half bathroom. This bathroom has a neutral color palette, making it easy to personalize as you please.

3201 Brownsboro Road

Moving to the second floor, you will find three bedrooms and a full bathroom. In the hallway, there are floor to ceiling cabinets for extra storage. The owner's suite is spacious and features a trendy paint color. There are also double closets in the owner's suite, providing plenty of room for clothing and storage. Similar to the bathroom on the first floor, the full bathroom on the second floor has a neutral color palette as well. The vanity is white and so is the tile, giving a clean look to the bathroom. 

This home also includes a partially finished basement. There is a nice open finished space that includes a bar. 

3201 Brownsboro Road

Move outside of the home into the backyard, and you will find a spacious flat space for entertaining. The backyard is completely fenced in with a wooden fence. There is also a detached two-car garage in the back of the home.

This home is a great opportunity to move to the desirable Crescent Hill area. This area is centrally located to everywhere in town; Downtown Louisville is within minutes away. For more information on this homes for sale, call the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866.  

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Oldham County Real Estate Statistics

Oldham county real estate statistics

February 2017

Oldham County Real Estate Statistics

Compared to January 2017, we have seen a small increase in the absorption rate (number of available homes during a given period of time). However, the absorption rate is still very low. The few homes that are on the market usually have multiple offers within a day. With this being said, we are still in a seller's market. If you are thinking about selling your home, now is the time to do it!

Let's take a look at the Oldham County real estate statistics from last month:

NORTHERN OLDHAM COUNTY

  • Absorption Rate- 3.89 months of inventory 
  • Absorption Rate (Feb. 2016)- 4.13 months of inventory
  • Active Listings- 172
  • Active Listings (Feb. 2016)- 186 
  • Sold Listings- 30
  • Sold Listings (Feb. 2016)- 31
  • New Listings- 44
  • New Listings (Feb. 2016)- 59
  • Most Popular Price Ranges- $400,000-$499,999
  • Lowest Priced Sale- $105,500
  • Highest Priced Sale- $785,000
  • Average List Price- $576,272
  • Average List Price (Feb. 2016)- $464,133
  • Average Sale Price- $355,207
  • Average Sale Price (Feb. 2016)- $269,918
  • Average Cumulative Days on the Market (CDOM)- 106
  • Average CDOM Feb. 2016- 144

SOUTHERN OLDHAM COUNTY

  • Absorption Rate- 1.93 months of inventory
  • Absorption Rate (Feb. 2016)- 2.61 months of inventory
  • Active Listings- 92  homes
  • Active Listings (Feb. 2016)- 118 homes
  • Sold Listings- 21 homes
  • Sold Listings (Feb. 2016)- 28 homes
  • New Listings- 52 homes
  • New Listings (Feb. 2016)- 51 homes
  • Most Popular Price Ranges- $300,000-$399,999
  • Lowest Priced Sale- $85,000
  • Highest Priced Sale- $1,100,000
  • Average List Price- $499,382
  • Average List Price (Feb. 2016)- $413,230
  • Average Sale Price- $317,393
  • Average Sale Price (Feb. 2016)- $290,331
  • Average Cumulative Days on the Market (CDOM)- 125 Days
  • February 2016 CDOM- 92 Days

 

January 2017

January 2016 Oldham County Real Estate Statistics

Inventory continues to lower more and more each month! As I stated in the December 2016 O.C. statistics, we expect inventory to be lower in the winter. However, inventory is historically lower than other winters in the past. These homes aren’t sitting on the market until the Spring either. Homes that are priced right and in good condition are lasting a day (sometimes less) and usually getting multiple offers. You really don’t have to wait until Spring to list your home. Right now would be a great time to get your home on the market.

Let’s look at our findings:

NORTHERN OLDHAM COUNTY

  • Absorption Rate- 3.81 months of inventory 
  • Absorption Rate (Jan. 2016)- 4.23 months of inventory
  • Active Listings- 169 homes
  • Active Listings (Jan. 2016)- 188 homes
  • Sold Listings- 24 homes
  • Sold Listings (Jan. 2016)- 27 homes
  • New Listings- 49 homes
  • New Listings (Jan. 2016)- 54 homes
  • Most Popular Price Ranges- $250k-$400k & $500k+
  • Lowest Priced Sale- $102,000
  • Highest Priced Sale- $865,000
  • Average List Price- $564,800
  • Average List Price (Jan. 2016)- $505,871
  • Average Sale Price- $352,863
  • Average Sale Price (Jan. 2016)- $316,718
  • Smallest Home Sold- 1,014 total sq. ft.
  • Largest Home Sold- 5,805 total sq. ft.
  • Average Cumulative Days on the Market (CDOM)- 98 Days
  • January 2016 CDOM- 107 Days

SOUTHERN OLDHAM COUNTY

  • Absorption Rate- 1.65 months of inventory
  • Absorption Rate (Jan. 2016)- 2.72 months of inventory
  • Active Listings- 80 homes
  • Active Listings (Jan. 2016)- 121 homes
  • Sold Listings- 29 homes
  • Sold Listings (Jan. 2016)- 38 homes
  • New Listings- 33 homes
  • New Listings (Jan. 2016)- 33 homes
  • Most Popular Price Ranges- $200k-$250k & $300k-$400k
  • Lowest Priced Sale- $113,000
  • Highest Priced Sale- $668,500
  • Average List Price- $516,941 
  • Average List Price (Jan. 2016)- $414,163
  • Average Sale Price- $273,428
  • Average Sale Price (Jan. 2016)- $244,355
  • Smallest Home Sold- 1,512 total sq. ft.
  • Largest Home Sold- 6,316 total sq. ft.
  • Average Cumulative Days on the Market (CDOM)- 69 Days
  • January 2016 CDOM- 81 Days

We will be back next month with February statistics!

December 2016

Oldham County KY Real Estate Statistics

The December Oldham County real estate statistics are in. Absorption rates (number of available homes during a given period of time) continued to decrease each month of last year in Northern and Southern Oldham County. In the winter, we expect inventory to be lower; however, we saw record low inventory in 2016. With the low amount of inventory, you can expect less competition when listing your home. If you are thinking about selling your home, now would be a great time. 

Let’s take a look at additional findings:

Northern Oldham County

  • Absorption Rate- 4.13 months of inventory 
  • Absorption Rate (Dec. 2015)- 4.69 months of inventory
  • Active Listings- 184 homes
  • Active Listings (Dec. 2015)- 208 homes
  • Sold Listings- 35 homes
  • Sold Listings (Dec. 2015)- 38 homes
  • New Listings- 32 homes
  • New Listings (Dec. 2015)- 37 homes
  • Most Popular Price Ranges- $200,000-$249,999 and $500,000+
  • Lowest Priced Sale- $83,123
  • Highest Priced Sale- $700,000
  • Average List Price- $550,269
  • Average List Price (Dec. 2015)- $492,970
  • Average Sale Price- $340,637
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1902 Ashford Drive, Goshen, KY 40026


1902 Ashford Drive, Goshen, KY 40026

1902 Ashford Dr

Welcome to 1902 Ashford Drive, a luxury six bedrooms and four bathrooms’ home in the Oldham County neighborhood Longwood.

A home’s condition on the outside is a good determination of how a home will be maintained inside. This home is a perfect example of that. The curb appeal of this home is unparalleled. You will notice the perfectly manicured lawn and landscaping upon the arrival. The circular driveway in addition to the standard driveway provides ample parking when entertaining.

Enter the home through the leaded glass door and you will be greeted by a large two story foyer and an open floor plan. Throughout the first floor, you will find beautiful red oak hardwood floors (except for in the owner's suite, bathroom, and great room). To the right of the foyer is the dining room and to the left is the home office. The dining room features columns in the entryway, wainscot, updated chandelier, a large window, and crown molding. In the office, you’ll find French doors, built-in shelving and cabinets, and another large window.

Straight ahead from the foyer is the great room, which includes a Palladian window, vaulted ceilings, updated ceiling fan, can lighting, built-in shelves and cabinetry, and a fireplace with mantle. The great room opens to the kitchen, providing a nice flow for entertaining. The up-to-date kitchen contains stainless-steel gas range, two ovens, dishwasher, microwave, side-by-side refrigerator, granite countertops, and a spacious walk-in pantry. The eating area in the kitchen is spacious enough for a large kitchen table. From the eating area, you can access the covered and uncovered patio. Off the kitchen is a hearth room. The hearth room has a huge Palladian window, vaulted ceilings, and a gas fireplace.

1902 Ashford Dr Kitchen

The owner’s suite is located on the first floor. The owner suite boasts neutral paint color, triple tray ceilings, and crown molding. There are four large windows in the bedroom that offer views of the beautiful backyard. There are many features to love in the owner's bathroom. You will find two separate vanities, a whirlpool tub with shelf for towels and washcloths, a clear stained glass window, a toilet room, and a huge frameless ceramic tile shower.  Make sure to look at the large walk-in closet as well! This closet isn’t the size of your typical walk-in closet. You will find that the walk-in closet is the size of some small bedrooms. There are plenty of racks and shelves for storage too. The first floor also has a half bathroom and a laundry room. The laundry room includes a sink and an abundant amount of cabinets for storage.

1902 Ashford Dr Bedroom

The staircase leading to the second floor has a stunning iron spindle banister and a catwalk once you reach the top of the stairs. On the second floor, you have four carpeted bedrooms with two Jack-and-Jill bathrooms connecting to the bedrooms. The bathrooms feature ceramic tile, marble surround shower and tub, and marble top sink and vanity. The bedrooms all have built-in shelves.

When you see the walkout basement, you’ll know this home was meant to entertain large crowds. You'll want to check out the bar area that includes ceramic tile, refrigerator, dishwasher, cabinets, can lighting, and wet bar. Across from the bar is an expansive wine rack that holds well over 200 bottles of wine. The built-in also includes shelving on either side of the wine rack, perfect for displaying bottles of liquor or knickknacks. In addition, you can find a family room, pool table area, bedroom (being used as an office) with egress and closet, and full bathroom. From the pool table area, you can access the covered patio.

1902 Ashford Dr Basement

The backyard of this home is the perfect oasis. The new owners will enjoy .75 acres of lush green grass and an ample number of trees to provide shade, seclusion and an overall beautiful view. This backyard is the perfect place for a large gathering.

1902 Ashford Dr backyard

Additional features of this home include two electrical panels, 75-gallon gas water heater, a security system, humidifier, Cat5 wiring and a three-car garage with epoxy painted floors. With this home, you get what you pay for. This home is the epitome of luxury. The Longwood neighborhood has a swimming pool, club house, tennis court, and playground, all of which are included in the yearly HOA fee. 

For more information on Longwood homes for sale or this particular listing, call the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866.

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Oldham County School Quality for Homeowners

Oldham County KY Schools

Oldham County is in a suburban/rural area in north-central Kentucky, around twenty miles away from Jefferson County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oldham County has a population of around 65,000 people. This area includes the following cities: Goshen, Prospect, Buckner, Crestwood, La Grange, Pewee Valley, River Bluff, Park Lake, and Orchard Lake Hills. Many factors attract residents to Oldham County such as beautiful horse farms, quaint shopping and dining, and the excellent school system. 

Oldham County School District is made up of seventeen schools (nine elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, and an alternative school), as well as a career center and arts center. The Oldham County School district was named Kentucky's District of Distinction. Basically, this means that the Oldham County School district is the top-performing district in Kentucky. The Oldham County Schools website highlights several of their achievements including having three specific schools of distinction (Buckner Elementary, North Oldham High School, and Oldham County High School) and eight distinguished schools. A distinguished school is a school within the top 90th percentile.

The high schools in the district even have an Engineering Academy. The courses will be taught to 75 ninth and tenth-grade high school students for a half-day of school.

The following schools are in the Oldham County School District:

Preschool: Oldham County Preschool (La Grange)

Elementary School: Buckner Elementary (La Grange), Camden Station Elementary (Crestwood), Centerfield Elementary (Crestwood), Crestwood Elementary, Goshen Elementary (Prospect), Harmony Elementary (Goshen), Kenwood Station Elementary (Crestwood), LaGrange Elementary, Locust Grove Elementary (Crestwood)

Middle School: East Oldham Middle (Crestwood), North Oldham Middle (Goshen), Oldham County Middle (La Grange), and South Oldham Middle (Crestwood)

High School: Buckner Alternative High (La Grange), North Oldham High (Buckner), Oldham County High (Buckner), South Oldham High (Crestwood)

We hope this information gave you an idea about the great quality of Oldham County schools. If you are interested in living in Oldham County, visit our Oldham County Real Estate page.

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KHC Offers $10,000 Down Payment Assistance to Homebuyers

KHC Offers $10,000 Down Payment Assistance to Homebuyers

KHC Down Payment Assistance

One of the biggest challenges for home buyers is saving for a down payment. For many, this is what holds he/she back from purchasing a home. Luckily, the Kentucky Housing Corporation has announced some news that should make anyone struggling to save for a down payment happy!

The Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) is offering $10,000 in down payment assistance to homebuyers! This down payment assistance program is called Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) Down Payment Assistance (DAP) and it is available as of today, 1/11/17

According to the KHC website, this down payment assistance has a ZERO percent interest rate IF you are a first-time homebuyer. This down payment assistance is a non-refundable second mortgage in the amount of $10,000 (KHC,2017). In order to take advantage of this down payment assistance, you must be purchasing a home in Jefferson, Hardin, Christian, or Kenton counties. This home must be previously occupied, meaning NO new construction homes. 

If you are planning on taking advantage of this incentive, you will need to speak with a KHC-approved lender, which the Hollinden Team can refer to you. These funds always run out super quick. If the down payment assistance is something you would like to take advantage of, you really need to act fast. Call the Hollinden Team today: (502) 429-3866. For more information on KHC down payment assistance, please visit the Kentucky Housing Corporation website

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13529 Arbor Crest Circle, Louisville, KY 40245

13528 Arbor Crest Circle, Louisville, KY 40245

This patio home has sold. For more information on patio homes in Jefferson County, please contact the Hollinden Team: (502) 429-3866.

Welcome to 13529 Arbor Crest Circle in the Spring Arbor patio home community. This community is located behind Forest Springs subdivision, off La Grange Rd. As you approach this well-maintained three bedroom and three bathroom traditional style patio home, you will notice the well-manicured lawn. This lot is more private than other lots in the community. The back of the home has a large and scenic yard that backs up to Forest Springs neighborhood. Many of the other patio homes have less private lots that back up to parking lots. The front of the home has a cute covered area with columns by the front door. 

13528 Arbor Crest Circle, Louisville, KY 40245

Enter the home and you will be greeted by a staircase with a lovely banister. To the right, you will see the formal dining room. In the dining room, there is a chandelier, crown molding, and hardwood floors. From the dining room, you can enter the kitchen. The eat-in kitchen includes can lighting, neutral paint color on the walls, and plenty of cabinets for storage. The laundry closet can be found in the kitchen as well. The laundry closet offers three spacious shelves to store laundry detergent and other cleaning supplies. 

13528 Arbor Crest Circle, Louisville, KY 40245

Enter the large great room and you will notice the ample natural light radiating from the large windows. The great room boasts hardwood floors, tray ceilings, and a vent-less gas fireplace with remote control. There are two French doors in the great room that allow access to the patio area. The great room overlooks an exposed aggregate patio surrounded by a privacy fence, along with an additional area with hot tub and private fence. The hot tub can be left to the new buyer if desired.

13528 Arbor Crest Circle, Louisville, KY 40245

There are two bedrooms on the first floor. The first bedroom includes crown molding, two large windows, hardwood flooring, and a double door closet. The first owner’s suite is located on the first floor. The owner’s suite features hardwood flooring, a ceiling fan, and crown molding. The owner’s bathroom includes ceramic tile floors, a dual vanity, a linen closet, and a separate shower/toilet room with glass shower door. You will never run out of storage space in the owner’s walk-in closet. The closet includes plenty of shelving to store clothing and other personal items. There is also a second full bathroom on the first floor. This bathroom has a shower/tub combo and ceramic tile flooring.

13528 Arbor Crest Circle, Louisville, KY 40245

Moving to the second floor you will find the second owner’s suite. This owner’s suite includes a ceiling fan, neutral paint color, and crown molding. There is a private bathroom in this owner’s suite, as well as a large walk-in closet. The bathroom has a glass shower door and ceramic tile flooring. Also on the second floor is a craft/exercise room. This room has nice shelving for storage. From the craft/exercise room, you can access the workshop. The workshop can also be accessed from the pull-down stairs in the garage.

13528 Arbor Crest Circle, Louisville, KY 40245

Leaving the inside of the house and moving to the two-car garage, notice the ample amount of custom built-in storage cabinets, perfect for keeping your garage organized. In addition, the garage includes a sink and it is heated whenever desired.

It is not often that units in this community are listed. This is your perfect opportunity to move into a great unit in a desirable area. Living in a patio home, you can enjoy maintenance free living without sacrificing space.

Spring Arbor is close to expressways and shopping. Spring Arbor is only minutes away from I-64 or I-71 just off the Snyder Freeway at LaGrange Rd or Old Henry Rd. For grocery shopping, Kroger is within walking distance of Spring Arbor. Immediate possession is possible. Call us today to set up a private showing!

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3547 Saint Andrews Village Cir Louisville, KY 40241

3547 Saint Andrews Village Cir Louisville, KY 40241

3547 St. Andrews Village Circle is now under contract. Stay tuned for future opportunities or call the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866 to find out more about St. Andrews Village patio homes for sale. To Welcome to 3547 St. Andrews Village Circle in St. Andrew Village patio homes in Louisville KY. Enter this three bedroom and two full bathroom patio home and you are immediately greeted by a well-lit foyer. From the foyer, you are led into the spacious living room area. The living room features vaulted ceilings, a well-appointed fireplace, and a trendy drum pendant light fixture. The living room is spacious enough to arrange furniture in a way that will create a nice conversational area. Two French doors are in the living room to provide access to the Florida room.

3547 Saint Andrews Village Circle

While in the living room, you will notice the neutral gray paint color throughout the home. This color allows new owners to play around with just about any color palette they choose. There are two accent walls that are painted a yellow tone that beautifully compliments the neutral gray tone. This color palette was carefully chosen to reflect modern day color schemes. All flooring in this home is new (except the owner's suite) laminate hardwood flooring. Any carpet found in this home is of the highest caliber. The high-quality plantation blinds throughout the home cost around $7,000 in total.

3547 Saint Andrews Village Circle

Directly in front of the living room is the eating area. The eating area, living room, and kitchen are open to one another, creating a nice flow when entertaining. The eating area features a stylish black chandelier, wainscot, and vaulted ceilings. Please note that all the beautiful artwork that compliments this home so well will be available to purchase. The eating area flows into the fully updated kitchen.

3547 Saint Andrews Village Circle

In the kitchen, you will see a grayish tone quartz countertop, gray cabinetry, silver tone tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Lighting will never be an issue in this kitchen as there are two updated pendant light fixtures, as well as can lighting lining the kitchen. The colors in the kitchen are a neutral gray palette, allowing the owners to personalize with just about any color scheme they please. When viewing the kitchen, note the two custom-built French doors that lead to the oversized pantry area. It is touches like this that add so much elegance and personality to a kitchen.

3547 Saint Andrews Village Circle

Exit the kitchen and walk down the hallway and you will find the first bedroom on your right. The first bedroom includes a chic turquoise chandelier, double door closet, large windows, and vaulted ceilings. Across the hall from the first bedroom is a full bathroom. This full bathroom is much larger than most guest full bathrooms. The neutral gray walls paired with the white vanity and bathtub creates a clean and crisp appearance to this bathroom. The border of the walls is lined with a silver tone tile, adding pizazz to the neutral style bathroom. That same tile runs down the middle of the wall by the bathtub. If you look closely while viewing the pictures, you can find a small figurine of a man diving into the bathtub! Other features of this full bathroom include a beige tone tile floor, modern style mirror, can lighting, and an updated light fixture.

3547 Saint Andrews Village Circle

Next, we will move into the second bedroom. Like the first bedroom, the second bedroom features double closet doors, vaulted ceilings, and a similar chic white chandelier. The owner's suite is sure to impress any buyer. The owner's suite boasts vaulted ceiling, modern style chandelier, large windows, and carpet to keep your feet warm on cold mornings. Walk through the French doors in the owner's suite and you have arrived in the luxurious owner's bathroom. The owner's bathroom includes double vanities, ample lighting, pewter colored modern mirrors, AMPLE cabinetry, and tile flooring. There is another set of French doors that lead to the toilet and showering area within the owner's bathroom. Also, located in the owner's bathroom is the large walk-in closet.

Moving to the Florida room in the home, you will find a ceiling fan and plenty of space for entertaining. The blinds in the Florida room are controlled by a remote control! The fan in the sunroom is unique compared to most fans as it looks like a bladed propeller and moves around more air than your average fan. There are three high definition flat screen televisions mounted on the walls that will remain.

Additional features in this home include handicap accessibility; new water heater in 2016; regularly serviced Bryan home generator; and alarm system. Saint Andrews Village also has a pool and clubhouse that is handicap accessible. It is rare to find a patio home community that has a pool and clubhouse, especially as nice as Saint Andrews Village pool and clubhouse.

In addition, the condo is located beside Standard Golf Club. This condo is conveniently located off Brownsboro Road (Hwy 22). For grocery shopping, there is a Kroger down the street.

For more information on St. Andrews Villages patio homes for sale, call the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866. 

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What is a FHA 203k Renovation Loan?

203k Rehab Mortgage Insurance

A few years ago, Steve Dobbs wrote about his experience obtaining a 203k rehab loan. Steve purchased a rehab property and obtained a 203k loan for the repairs. We are going to touch on the topic more in our latest blog.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) provides both limited 203k rehab mortgage and 203k rehab mortgage insurance. Both loans are available to homeowners to provide financing on the purchase of a home as well as financing on renovations on homes.

To obtain 203k rehab mortgage, the home must be at least one-year-old. The renovation can be as little as $5,000 worth of work and all the way up to a complete rehabilitation of the whole home. This loan option would be good for a home that needs extensive work. Make sure to visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website to find out more about home improvement activities that are approved. There is also an FHA mortgage limit per area that borrowers must meet. You can find out the limit on the HUD website. 

According to HUD, once the repairs are complete on the home, the value of the home will be determined by adding the purchase price to cost of renovations or by calculating 110 percent of the appraised value after renovations. Whichever of these two options is less is the option that will be used. 

Limited 203k loans would be a good option for a home that needs $35,000 or less in repairs. When Steve obtained a 203k loan, he closed, the work was done, an appraiser came out to see that the work was finished, then the remainder of funds were released to the contractor. Appraisal are usually more expensive on rehab loans because you have to get a dual appraisal (an appraisal upon purchase and an appraisal with estimated repairs). 

Limited 203k loans and 203k rehab mortgage must be used on a primary residence. This means that you couldn’t use this mortgage insurance on a vacation home or investment property.

Although a 203k loan is an FHA loan, sometimes it can take a little longer to close. This isn't always the case but sometimes it is. Also, 203k loans sometimes require borrowers to provide a lot more paperwork than your average home loan. 

If you have any questions regarding 203k Rehab loans, please contact the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866. If you would like to speak to a lender regarding obtaining a 203k loan, we have a lender we can recommend to you. 

References

203(k) Rehab Mortgage Insurance. (n.d.). Retrieved November 01, 2016, from http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/sfh/203k/203k--df 
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Louisville Zoo Halloween Party

halloween in Louisville KY

Looking for a fun place to take the kids trick-or-treating in Louisville? Check out ‘The World’s Largest Halloween Party’ at the Louisville Zoo! The Louisville Zoo’s Halloween party is a great time for children eleven years old and under. As of right now, the remainder of the dates to trick-or-treat at the Louisville Zoo are October 27th-October 30th. There will not be a Halloween party on Monday, October 31st.  Guests can enter the party starting at 5:00 p.m. Doors will close to enter the party at 8:30 p.m.

Parking will cost $5 a car for the Halloween party. Non-zoo members that are 3+ years old admission price is $9. Zoo member’s admission price is $4.50. Infants can enter this event for free. To order your tickets, visit the Louisville Zoo website.

Parents are encouraged to bring a trick-or-treating bag for their child. If you forget your bag, there are bags available in the gift store for $2.

There will be several rides and attractions set up for children to enjoy at the Halloween Party. Some of the attractions include a Sleepy Hollow tour, train rides, carousel, hand print animal artist, and face painting. Each of the named attractions and rides cost between $2-$15. There are several free themed areas throughout the zoo such as a Dinoland, Wonderland, Toyland, a hay maze, and much more. Of course, some of the animals will be viewable as well throughout the trick-or-treating path.

There will be several trick-or-treating events for children going on this weekend in Louisville. To find out more, check out our fun fall activities in Louisville KY blog.

Homes for Sale Near the louisville zoo

Highlands KY Homes for Sale

The Louisville Zoo is located on Trevilian Way in the Highlands. There are several neighborhoods located around the Louisville Zoo including Oak Hill, Aberdeen, and Tecomah.

Oak Hill is located in the 40213 zip code and is made up of mainly all brick ranches, tri-levels, and quad-levels. Oak Hills homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Home range from $170,000 to $250,000 in Oak Hill. 

Aberdeen is a neighborhood that faces Joe Creason Park. Some of the styles you can find are cape cod, cottage style, traditional two-story, New Orleans style, English Tudor, and colonial style. Home prices range from $180,000 to $860,000! Aberdeen is located in the 40205 zip code.

Tecomah neighborhood is similarly looking to Aberdeen. Like Aberdeen, Tecomah has a variety home styles throughout the neighborhood. Prices in Tecomah range from $170,000 to $490,000. Tecomah is close to Lakeside Swim Club, Douglass Loop, and shopping on Bardstown Rd.

We hope you enjoyed our blog about the Louisville Zoo Halloween party. If you have any questions about Highlands homes for sale, please feel free to contact the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866. You can also leave a comment below if you would like. 

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Color Vibe 5K in Louisville KY

Color Vibe 5k in Louisville

Looking for something fun to do this upcoming Saturday, October 29th? Come out to Waterfront Park for the Color Vibe 5k to have the most fun you’ve ever had while exercising. If you are unfamiliar with Color Vibe, it is a totally fun race that includes music, costumes, and of course, a lot of color powder. While runners are moving through the course, designated color throwers throw colored powder at the runners. The colored powder just adds a little extra excitement to the race and looks fun in pictures. 

Participants are encouraged to dress in white so that they can see the full effect of the color powder. Many participants wear costumes as well. There are no rules when it comes to the attire; dress comfortably and wear something you don’t mind getting color powder on. This race isn’t timed and is non-competitive. The race is just for people to have a great time.

The race will start at 9 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday. Waterfront Park is located at 401 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202. The ticket cost is between $27-$30 unless you are 12 or under in which you could enter for free. The event is highly recommended for all ages!

This event is non-refundable; however, you can transfer your ticket to another person if you do so at least one week ahead of time. Each participant will receive a goodie bag filled with fun stuff.

Restaurants Near River Road

Want to grab a bite to eat after Color Vibe? There are several restaurants near River Rd. worth trying. Joe’s Crab Shack, River Road BBQ, Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, and Wild Eggs are all within proximity to Waterfront Park.

Joe’s Crab is a casual seafood restaurant located on the river. River Road BBQ is another casual restaurant that includes BBQ style food with individual meal price ranges from $5.00-$11.25. Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse is a BBQ restaurant and brewery that is located within Louisville Slugger Museum. Wild Eggs is a trendy breakfast restaurant that serves all the morning classics. Each of these restaurants will be open at the time that the race ends.

Have you ever been to the Color Vibe 5k? If so, feel free to leave your comments below telling us about your experience. The Hollinden Team would love to hear about it! 

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Tips to First Time Homebuyers from a First Time Homebuyer

Buying a Home

Buying your first home is truly one of the most exciting experiences you will ever have. At the same time, it can be quite overwhelming. I recently purchased my first home and have learned A LOT! In this blog, I would like to share with you some tips I've learned that can make your first time home buying experience more enjoyable.

1.)    Don’t Get Attached to Houses- When I first started my home search, I found a house almost immediately that I loved. It was new, updated, and fit my personal style to a T. Apparently, many other people felt the same way about the house...

When it came time to put in an offer, I decided to submit an offer $1,500 over asking price and requested no closing cost assistance to make my offer more competitive. This is how badly I wanted this home. Unfortunately, the house got into a multiple offer situation and I was outbid - by quite a bit. I was crushed and thought that there was no possible way I could ever find a house that I loved that much.

Fast forward to one month later. I found a house that I liked equally as much in an area that I preferred more than the first house. My point is to not get despondent if you don’t get the first house you bid on. Something better will come along!

2.)    Get a Home Warranty- I can’t stress enough the importance of a home warranty. As a first time homebuyer, we usually don’t have a lot of extra cash sitting around for unexpected repairs on our home. This is especially true when you are moving into your first home and furnishing it. When you purchase a home warranty, many of the big ticket items in your home are covered if they were to need repair or replacement.

Home warranties really aren’t that expensive if you consider the amount of money that could be saved in the long run. My home warranty cost $345 with a $65 deductible. The $345 home warranty I have is considered basic home warranty coverage. There are more expensive home warranties that will cover additional items.

Here’s the best part: Sellers often will pay for a one year home warranty for you! Most REALTORs will write in the contract for the seller to pay for the home warranty. Many times, sellers will go ahead and purchase the home warranty to provide to the buyer before the home is even under contract.

I have lived in my home for less than a month. I have already taken advantage of having a home warranty. My garage opener broke and the piece to replace it will cost $200. I paid the $65 deductible and that was it.  The home warranty took care of the balance. This is a small repair compared to having your HVAC or kitchen appliances replaced. However, it is still $200 less that I have to spend right now.

Just remember to always review your home warranty prior to closing. Understand what your home warranty will cover and decide whether or not you’d like to add additional coverage on other items.  Also, call the home warranty company first if you have any issues.  They will not pay if you call the repair person first.

3.)    Get a Home Inspection- If you were thinking about skipping the home inspection process, think again. A home inspection is 100% necessary. If you are unfamiliar with home inspections, I wrote a home inspection blog that will tell you everything you will need to know about the process.

The cost of a home inspection is a small percentage compared to the price you will pay for a home. Also, if you are unhappy with the results of the home inspection for any reason, you are able to walk away from the transaction.

Conduct a Thorough Final Walk-Thru

4.)    Conduct a THOROUGH Final Walk-Thru- After you get a home inspection, you will have the option to submit a repair request. The repair request will list the items that you wish for the seller to fix prior to closing. The seller doesn’t have to agree to every item listed but you will be given the chance to negotiate with the seller. After the repair request is negotiated, the seller will have up until the time the home closes to fix all items on the repair request.

You need to make sure that you have receipts for every item fixed or replaced PRIOR to closing. Compare each receipt to the repair request document and make sure that everything matches up. It is recommended to do your final walk-thru the day of closing.

Here is the reason why: Anything can happen in a day. You really don't want any lapse of time between the final walk-thru and the closing. When you are doing the final walk-thru you are basically signing off that everything in the home is the way you agreed upon with the seller. 

When you go to the final walk-thru, bring a printed copy of the repair request document and fully executed contract. Move from room to room and check off each item that was repaired. Make sure that every item that agreed to be left with the property is present. Examples would be kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bathroom mirrors, etc.

Sellers could overlook an item he/she agreed to leave on a contract or just simply forget about it. I actually experienced this firsthand. Everything was resolved but this further demonstrates the importance of doing a thorough final walk-thru.

5.)    Don’t Buy Furniture Until After Closing- This could potentially jeopardize the chances of you getting a home loan. When you are obtaining a home loan, you don’t want to take out a line of credit or purchase any big ticket items. An alternative to purchasing the furniture before closing is to put the furniture on layaway. Many furniture stores will allow you to put the furniture on layaway as long as you put down a down payment. I put a 10% down payment on my couch and entertainment center and paid after closing.

6.)    Plan Your Move Ahead of Time- If you are living in an apartment, don’t schedule the closing date for the day your lease is up. If you have never moved into a home, it takes more time than you think. I made sure to give myself a week to move out of my apartment and into my house. It didn’t take that long but at least I had a large window of time in case unexpected issues arose.

7.)    Live in Your Space Before Purchasing Home Décor- This advice was actually given to me by an interior designer. You need to feel out the space before purchasing décor. Once you have lived in your home for some time, you can decide what would work best and be most functional in each room. This will save you time and money in the long run.

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Fun Fall Activities in Louisville KY

Trick-or-Treating in LouisvilleLiving in Louisville, we are so fortunate to be able to experience the beauty of all four seasons. Fall has always been my favorite season. The colorful fall leaves on the ground and the smell of the crisp air makes being outdoors during this time of year so pleasant.

Luckily, Louisville always offers great fall activities that allow us to enjoy the beauty of Louisville during autumn. If you are looking for fun outings for the rest of the month, you are in luck! I have compiled a list of all of the fun activities in Louisville up until October 31st.

Fun Fall Activities in Louisville

Free Fall events in Louisville:

Jack O’ Lantern Stroll- Louisville Slugger Field will be hosting a family-friendly Halloween party on October 28th from 6-9 p.m. Come out to enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, great food, and over 1,500 carved pumpkins.

Halloween in Brown Park- Another family-friendly event! On October 29th, enjoy trick-or-treating (candy provided by local businesses), hay rides, bounce house, and many other fun games and activities for the kids. Trick-or-treating will take place between 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. but other activities will continue throughout the rest of the day. Brown Park is located by Baptist Hospital East in St Matthews.

Pumpkinfest- On October 29th, Pumpkinfest will be taking over Jeffersontown’s Farmer’s Market Pavilion. This is a great free family-friendly Halloween event. Trick-or-treating will go on between 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided as well.

Halloween Comic Fest- Attention comic book lovers! This is an event you’ll want to attend. On October 29th, all comic book stores in the city will be showcasing their Halloween-inspired comic books as well as Halloween comic book merchandise.

Halloween Family Fun Fest- Come out on October 29th to EXPO FIVE to celebrate Halloween Family Fun Fest hosted by Derby Park Flea Market and 7th Street Haunt. Halloween Family Fun Fest will include the following events: a costume contest, car show, and tricking or treating for the children. This event will last from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (trick-or-treating from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.).

Nightmare in NULU- From 12- 5 p.m. on October 29th, NULU will host a Halloween get together. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, and pumpkin painting. After 5 p.m., there will be drink specials and a passport party.

Norton Commons Fall Festival- This event will take place in the Norton Commons neighborhood on October 29th from 2-5 p.m. Children can trick or treat between 2-4 p.m. There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Fun Fall Activities in Louisville

Fall Events with admission fees in Louisville: 

Twilight Tram- On October 29th, you can tour the beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery. The tour guide will discuss such things as famous monuments in the cemetery and the history of Louisville. Cave Hill Cemetery includes the gravesites of some of the most noteworthy people to live in Louisville such as Meriwether Louis Clark Jr. and Pete Browning. The cost of the tour is $35 per person. For more information, call 502.451.5630.

Oktoberfest Cruise- The Belle of Louisville offers a family-friendly three-hour long cruise. With great food and live music, your family is sure to have a great time. You can purchase tickets that include your meal or purchase a ticket for just sight-seeing. Currently, October 22nd is the last date available to take the cruise. Ticket prices start at $30.

Monster Mash- Have a great time while giving back to a local non-profit organization. The Arrow Fund rescues animals that have been abused or neglected. All proceeds from this event will go to The Arrow Fund. This event will be hosted at Fourth Street Live and will include a costume party, live music, and a silent auction. There will be several drink specials as well. Admission is $20. This event takes place on Friday 10/21.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon- The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon is the most fun you’ve ever had while exercising! This 13.1-mile marathon moves from Scenic Loop then Cherokee Park and concludes on Main Street. On the way, you’ll enjoy music and live entertainment. Participants will receive bourbon themed gifts for participating. Celebrate the race afterward at the Belvedere. Prices start at $60. This event takes place on October 22nd.

Boo Dell- Yew Dell is a beautiful botanical garden found in Crestwood. On October 29th, Yew Dell turns into Boo Dell to celebrate Halloween with the kids. Enjoy trick-or-treating from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and other fun activities such as hayrides and scavenger hunts. You can also bring a Jack-O-Lantern decorated like your favorite storybook character for the Lantern Look-a-like contest. Admission is $5 per car or $1 per walk-in visitor.

We hope that you enjoy this list of fun fall activities in Louisville. Feel free to leave comments regarding these events. Stay tuned for more blogs about events in Louisville. 

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8 Fall & Winter Curb Appeal Tips to Get Your Home Sold

Fall & Winter Curb Appeal Tips

Why are fall and winter a great time to sell your home? There are many reasons we could discuss but there is one in particular that we will touch on today - homes look prettier in the fall and winter. We wrote another blog a few weeks ago that discussed preparing your home to sell in the fall/winter months outside of just curb appeal. Make sure to check that out as well.

 Homes that are tastefully decorated for the holiday months show better to buyers. Making a home look pretty for the holidays starts on the outside. The outside is where buyers will create a first impression of your home and decide whether or not they want to view the inside. Here are a few tips to consider when adding fall/winter curb appeal:

1.)    Clean Up the Yard- This should be the first step before you place any décor on the front of your home. Frequently rake leaves from the yard and trim any overgrown bushes as well. In addition, make sure to clean out your gutters frequently. You could also consider power washing your home to remove any dirt and debris. A clean home on the outside is a reflection of what your home will look like on the inside.

2.)    Paint the Outside- This may not be necessary for every homeowner but if areas of your home need a fresh coat of paint, go ahead and take care of it before decorating. Evaluate your gutters, front door, and shutters. Is the paint chipping on any of these items? If so, consider a fresh coat of paint. Even if the paint isn’t chipping, a fresh coat of paint provides a cleaner and crisper appearance. You could ever consider a totally new paint color for your front door. A pop of color to a front door can create a nice focal point for your home. Red is a great pop of color and it would really make your home stand out.

3.)    Update Outside Lighting & Other Accessories- Could your outdoor lighting use a facelift? Sometimes buying new outdoor lights isn’t completely necessary. You could even consider spray painting the lighting you already have. Consider updating other outdoor accessories that are worn out such as door numbers, kick plates, and other hardware on the outside of the home. Ensure that all outdoor accessories match and aren’t scuffed up. Another great outdoor accessory is solar lights. Solar lights provide a nice trail of light for guests walking up to your home. In addition, they are a beautiful decorative touch to add to your landscaping.

4.)    Hang a Wreath- In my opinion, every front door should have a wreath no matter the season. I think it just adds so much more personality to the home.

5.)    Create Symmetry- When creating arrangements by the entryway, consider creating symmetry. Symmetrical arrangements are easier on the eye and more welcoming to guests.

6.)    Plant Seasonal Flowers- I think seasonal plants add such a beautiful touch to the outside of your home. Consider adding some beautiful mums in the fall and poinsettias in the winter.

7.)    Add a Rug- A rug by your front door doesn’t only add a decorative touch but is also completely necessary! Think about how much dirt and leaves people could drag through your home if they didn’t have a rug to clean off their shoes. Try to find a rug that is suitable for high traffic and is very durable. Sometimes pretty rugs that have designs fade quickly. You don’t want to have to replace your rug too often.

8.)    Keep it Simple- Overdoing fall/winter decorations can take away from the beauty of your home. Put just enough decorations to highlight your home and make it look festive.

We hope our fall/winter curb appeal tips were useful to you. Do you have any fall/winter curb appeal tips that you can recommend? Feel free to comment below. 

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