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Monday, November 5, 2018   /   by Alyssa Rodger

What are your 3 tips for success?

The other day I was sitting in a buyer's consultation and at the very end of the conversation I asked the same thing I always do: "Any questions?" I know I know, how original, right? This is obviously a conditioned reflex and I don't typically expect much in return, until the gentleman's nephew raised his hand and said, "I have a question; what are your 3 tips for success?"





First I was shocked.  Then I was wildly impressed.  This kid, who doesn't even appear to be old enough to drive is asking questions I never dreamed of asking at his age.





With no time to think or plan out a response, I blurted out what immediately came to mind:


1. Learn. Learn from books, learn from other people. Never stop educating yourself and growing, because just when you think you've learned everything there is to know, you haven't.


2. If you truly want something, go for it 110%. Stay committed. When other people say you can't, or your "drunk monkey" (aka the negative v ...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018   /   by Alyssa Rodger

How to “Stage” When Selling Your Home

Buyers these days are growing up with design help from places like HGTV and Pinterest. Through these avenues they have become very style conscious—even on limited budgets. So, when it comes to staging, you want your property to appeal to the masses: neutral and simple over bold and eccentric.  Tip: If a style is more than 10 years old, it is outdated. 

Ficus trees and English ivy.

2018 is all about eco-friendly, healthy, “indoor outdoor” living, and house plants are becoming wildly popular, but those old ficus trees and English ivy pots are only collecting dust and reminding people of their grandma’s house. Alternatives include orchids and succulents, and ficus trees can be replaced with olive and fiddle leaf fig trees.

All oak everything.

While we all love a home that “brings back memories” or provides some sort of sentimental value, unfortunately the oak overload is not making homebuyers remind them of their chi ...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018   /   by Alyssa Rodger

7 Family Friendly Places in Louisville to Enjoy Fall

Curious where to take the family this fall in Louisville? Here are some of our favorite places that will keep both the children and adults entertained this season:





Harvest Homecoming - Bringing visitors to Southern Indiana for over 50 years, this weeklong festival has something for everyone. From food stations (might I suggest the chicken and dumplings) to beer gardens and all sorts of carnival games and activities in between, you’ll also be able to shop local vendors at their booths.





Foxhollow Farm - Join them for their annual Fall festival where they’ll be activities for all ages, including live music and face painting. 





Jack-o-lantern Spectacular - Always a fan favorite, go check out the walking trail at Iroquois park with over 5,000 uniquely carved pumpkins lighting the way.





Haunted houses - looking for a little more of a scare? Check out one of Louisville’s several haunted houses, which include but are not limited ...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018   /   by Alyssa Rodger

Yoshi needs a yard!

You ever wonder why kids these days (also known as millennials) are buying houses? Thanks to some.... we’ve discovered the number one reason millennials purchase real estate. So what is it? Is it when they get married? No. Is it because the market has been booming and they’re trying to take advantage of the low interest rates and increases in home value? Negative. What about millennials having their own children? Sure they are buying property because they need more space for their beautiful babies. 

Wrong again.

So, what in the world could be the #1 reason millennials are buying real estate? Are you sure you’re ready for this answer?

Millennials are the largest group of home buyers this industry has ever seen, and the reason they are making the jump from apartment or basement living is for their fur-babies.  That’s right, their dogs.

A survey by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Bank found that 33% of millennials purchased a home so they co ...

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