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RE/MAX Properties East Louisville Real Estate Blog

A Little Free Advice....

This 'song' came out when I was in 7th grade....at the time, it didn't really make much sense to me. Now, however, this might be some of the best advice you can ever hope to get. Enjoy. 

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '99. Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen 
would be it. The 
long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by 
scientists whereas the 
rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my 
own meandering 
experience... I will dispense this advice now

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh, 
nevermind, you will not 
understand the power and beauty of your youth until 
they've faded. But trust 
me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself 
and recall in a way 
you can't grasp now, how much possibility lay before 
you and how fabulous 
you really looked. You are NOT as fat as you imagine. 

Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that 
worrying is as 
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by 
chewing bubblegum. The 
real troubles in life are apt to be things that never 
crossed your worried 
mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle 
Tuesday

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't 
put up with people who ...

Bread and Milk, the Science Behind Stockpiling.

When the weatherman predicts a snow storm, what is the first thing people do? They go to the store to buy milk and bread....like the world is going to end. If you are like me, you find these people funny and irritating all at the same time. Why, oh why buy milk and bread, perishable items, if you think you are going to be snowed in? In the great state of Kentucky, "snowed in" generally means an inch of snow so your perishables won't actually have the chance to perish while you are stuck inside, but what about those in North Dakota? Won't their milk spoil and bread get moldy if they are stuck in 3 feet of snow? As it turns out, there is psycology behind the need or the want to buy perishable food when a storm is on the way. Yes, canned beans and tuna fish would be the smart thing to do, but it would be admitting to yourself that you might just be stuck in your home for a while. Milk and bread are staples but yet they give you the psycological comfort of thinking the storm will be over soon. Perishables are all about optimism. Check out this article below that details this interesting look at our stockpiling ways.

 

http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/buy-bread-and-milk-before-storm1.htm

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Have We Recovered?

Have we recovered from the housing crisis? This is the question on everyone's mind. As 2013 came to a close, we were all watching the numbers...expecting to see a vast improvement from the years before. Here in Louisville we have seen a great comeback. The housing market is now moving foward, where we were moving backward several years ago. RE/MAX Properties East saw a year (2013) unlike any we have seen since before the crash. We sold 403 more homes in 2013 than we did in 2012! But how did the rest of the country fare? According to the RE/MAX National Housing Report, a survey of MLS data in 52 metropolitan areas, the December median home price was 11.9% higher than the median price in December of 2012. It would appear that we are headed in the right direction! It's only January 27, but 2014 at RE/MAX Properties East looks promising! We couldn't be more excited about the year ahead. For more information on the national housing market, please click the link below from RE/MAX International.

 

http://files.a2.remax.com/content/REMAX_National_Housing_Report_Jan_2014.pdf?rmxaid=20320645

 

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RE/MAX 'Fit to Sell' Series

Thinking about selling your home? The goal of every seller (and their real estate agent!) is to sell as quickly as possible at the best possible price. This type of real estate magic doesn't just happen on its own, you must prepare your home for a quick, successful sale. Click on the link below to see a serious from the RE/MAX YouTube Channel called "Fit to Sell." There are eight 2-6 minute videos discussing everything fron flooring to air quality. It's worth the time to take a look at them!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLadTd4NPtlV7ikJMZ2cGSa699ZjhYXeqj

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Winterizing Your Home

Baby, it's COLD outside! There are so many things we hate about cold weather, one of them being the toll it takes on your home and your electric bill! While it is best to go through the winterization process in the fall, before it gets cold, there are still a few things you can do to prevent any major issues or high utility bills.

  • Make sure to disconnect your garden hose from the faucet (turning off your main water supply and then turing on your outside faucet to let all remaining water out is an extra step you can take to protect your pipes).
  • During times of really cold weather, make sure to leave the water running on any faucet that is on an non-interior or outside wall. A drip should be fine. It is also a good idea to open up the cabinets under the faucet, this allows a little extra heat into the area with the pipes.
  • If you have large or drafty windows you can get thermal drapes or cover them with plastic.
  • Reverse your ceiling fan to circulate warm air.

For a more in depth list of things you can do to winterize your home please click on the link below.

http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=13107899

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Dear Client...An open letter to buyers and sellers

Dear Client,

Thank you for choosing RE/MAX Properties East. It is our hope that we exceed your expectations in providing caring, timely, knowledgeable professionalism throughout your real estate transaction.

But……..THERE IS A PROBLEM!!

In the world of real estate today you may, and probably will, experience some problems.  Some of these problems you will expect and know ahead of time, others will be unexpected. Some of these may seem major to you, but are, in fact, typical and will be easily and routinely handled by our agents. Others will be major and/or unanticipated because of the massive change in the real estate environment over the last few years.

Like those of today, most transactions in the past had their share of problems. Many of the previous problems were similar in nature and we merely applied the best solutions we had developed over time with adjustments for the specific situation. Now we are seeing challenges which we have never seen before, and cannot be anticipated. They continue to be created by changes in rules, regulations, and guidelines. These things can happen after you have entered into a contract or even a few days before closing.

This is particularly true as it applies to financing. For decades the main situation which angered clients and agents alike was: After being told the lender had everything they needed and things should proceed smoothly until closing, at the last minute the lender asks for two more things before they will make the loan. In most cases this was the result of the borrower omitting or forgetting about a past loan or obligation. For example: a student loan or something they co-signed for a friend or family member.

Over the past few years the situation has become much more complicated. Lenders and each of their loans are being scrutinized closer than ever before.This coupled with constant changes in guidelines and what is required by governmental...