Open House – Sunday March 3 – 2pm-4pm

Living is easy in this charismatic 3BR/2BA A Frame home with Bahamas Cedar Shutters. Wait until you see the outdoor living space on its 6.5 acres! Enter the home from the covered porch through a custom door with sidelights to find an abundance of light through the wall of windows. The living room has beamed coheilings, built in shelving for entertainment center and a wood- burning stove. Picture friends sitting around the breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals on the extensive countertops. Off the kitchen a glass paned door will lead you to the dining area with dentil molding, recessed lighting and columns that separate the area from the family room.

You can spend hours watching movies with the surround sound that extends to the master bedroom in front of the custom designed stone wood fireplace embraced by built-in shelving. Enjoy reading a book in the sitting room that greets you as you enter the master bedroom. Hardwood floors, built-in shelving and cabinets, His & Her walk-in closets with built-in shelving, a wood-burning stove, dentil molding, a private entrance from outside, as well as many oversized windows are just some of the features that will draw you into comfort. There are an additional two bedrooms upstairs with built-in shelving in one of the rooms. The hall bathroom has patterned tile, dual showerheads, recessed lighting along with a dressing room. The charisma extends from the family room through the French doors to the 18X20 covered two-tiered deck with ceiling fans and electrical outlets where you will have ample room to entertain your friends and family. Off the deck you can follow the patterned brick patio to a Gazebo. Appreciate the serene views and peaceful feeling as you unwind from a busy day and enjoy a cold beverage. The fire pit does not remain with the property. Beautiful Wisteria grows around the arbor that leads you to an oversized 10ft ceiling 2-car garage that has an efficiency apartment. You will find a wood-burning stove, full bath, full kitchen with a double farm sink, and recessed lighting. French doors will lead you to a covered deck with 2 ceiling fans where you can watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets. In addition, you will find a horse barn with 4 stalls, Tack room, 3 kennels and an additional 2-car garage with French doors on each side. A dual fuel furnace in the main house and a covered carport are a couple more amenities of the home. We invite you to country living conveniently located just minutes from the Gene Snyder, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Upgraded $15,000 landscaping in Fall of 2015. Heated, electric, water with drain three-dog kennel with cedar exterior. Sound system you have got to hear. FIELD & STREAM lovers will love this property!

Open House – Sunday Feb. 21 – 2pm-4pm

Patio Home Style condo in Coach Gate. Great curb appeal-25 park-like areas including a lake and creek to enjoy. Unique in that it has 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. The style of this unit is somewhat like a raised ranch as all living spaces are above grade. As you enter the foyer you go up a small set of steps to the main living area. The large formal living area has numerous floor to ceiling windows; allowing beautiful, natural sunlight to flood the space. The kitchen has nice cabinetry and a pantry. At the end of the kitchen is a wonderful casual dining area where you can enjoy your meals looking out the windows and taking in nature. Just off the dining area is the family room/den with a fireplace flanked by built-ins.

Just outside the sliding glass doors of the family room is a private patio area for parties, pets, grilling out, etc…The master bedroom is really nice size and features a walk in closet. The master bath has a double vanity and a shower/tub combo. The other two bedrooms are nice sized and can easily fit large bedroom furniture. There is another full bath for your guests on the main level. In the lower level you will find that third bedroom, another full bath, a space great for a home office or craft room and the laundry room. Access to the large 2-1/2 car garage and loads of storage space is located on this level too. Secure buildings and security systems for your peace of mind. Coach Gate offers many amenities and has a very stable Homeowners Association. A wonderful clubhouse, pool and tennis courts to name a few. Your new home is waiting.

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Sitting At The Dock of the Lake

This waterfront property positioned at Guist Creek Lake offers a serene environment with its gorgeous views of nature. Spend time sitting on the private boat dock passing the time fishing.

Enter the immaculately kept 3BR/2BA brick home through a custom designed door. The spacious eat-in kitchen celebrates the heart of the home with an abundance of custom designed cabinets and pantry. You will love celebrating holidays in the festive ambience of the dining room that highlights an incredible view of trees through its French Doors. The finished walkout basement hosts a family room and office space. There is a detached workshop with compressor and 220 volt service that will most definitely put a smile on that handyman’s face. You can spend hours on the extended balcony deck reading a book or enjoying a cold beverage with friends. Features of this one of a kind home include all new windows, 95% efficient furnace, dual heat, heat pump, thermostat that monitors both indoor and outdoor air temperature, gutter guards, an outbuilding, and fully fence yard. This property screams PRIVACY and BEAUTY! Words cannot properly describe the many features this property offers, so schedule your private showing today so we can “show off” this wonderful home!

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New Listing – Condo In The Highlands

Fully renovated 3rd floor Condo in the Highlands. Near to shopping, entertainment and so much more for this happening area. Kitchen features custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and white quartz countertops. This unit has in unit laundry which was just added. Both the master and main bathroom have been completely remodeled as well. Sit in the mornings on the covered tiled balcony and enjoy your favorite morning beverage. If you want part of the Highlands without the maintenance of a yard, then look no further. Make your appointment today.   For more information on homes in this area, click here.

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950 Persimmon Ridge – Beautiful home inside and out

Living is easy in this impressive 4BR/3.5BA home in the sought out Persimmon Ridge community that overlooks the 2nd fairway of the Persimmon Ridge Golf Course. Magnificent sunrise and sunset views await you! Enter through the custom designed front door, with its side lights, into the 2 story entry foyer and immediately be captured by the dramatic double height great room and abundance of sunlight. You will be amazed by the precision to detail in the crown molding, wainscoting, recessed lighting, built-in niches, oversized windows and architecture of the home. The great room boasts a gas fireplace with a custom designed built-in space for a television.

The formal dining room with its columns on each side of the arched doorway, along with the intricate wainscoting and crown molding, will absolutely create a festive ambiance while celebrating holidays. The eat-in kitchen is the perfect place to prepare gourmet meals. Picture friends sitting at the breakfast bar and visiting as you prepare meals on the Quartz countertops using all GE Profile appliances including a GE Profile Advantium Convection Oven. The custom designed cabinets and drawers provide more than ample storage space. The covered porch off the kitchen has a ceiling fan and will surely provide peaceful moments in one’s busy day. The large laundry room comes with built-in cabinets with a hanging rod and utility sink. The first floor master bedroom is a sanctuary in itself. Enjoy hours of reading in the sitting area under a vaulted ceiling. The bedroom has double trey ceilings with crown molding that flows into the master bathroom. The ensuite has a cathedral ceiling, shower, raised double sink vanity; custom designed master closet and a jetted garden tub to enjoy baths.

The landing of the stairs leading to the 2nd level has a Palladium window. The stair runner has a matching area rug that can be used in the great room. The catwalk leading to the bedrooms overlooks the great room. One of the three bedrooms on the 2nd level has a built-in desk with shelving and double closets. The second bedroom has a walk-in closet and opens into the upstairs bathroom. The third bedroom has a built-in window seat with storage and double closets. A large bonus room with a built-in window seat and built-in entertainment center is used as a common area. The upstairs bathroom has a double sink vanity and provides separate access to the shower/bathtub area.

The size of the finished portion of the basement is incredible with 9ft ceilings, decorative columns and recessed lighting. The gas fireplace has built-in cabinets and shelving on each side. Your entertainment needs will totally be met with the built-in projection television, built-in surround sound and 100″ screen. You need only walk across the room to the built-in bar for refreshments. There is a bar sink and custom designed cabinets/drawers. You will also find an additional full bathroom. The large unfinished storage area in the basement can be completed later into additional living space. This immaculately kept home has 2 HVAC systems, irrigation system that also supplies water to potted flowers and plants, a humidifier attached to the furnace and many additional upgrades and features. Just minutes from the interstate, shopping and restaurants, come visit and see for yourself. Schedule your private showing TODAY and experience the serene setting this home offers. Call Gary: 502-376-0374 to schedule a showing! For more information on homes in this area, click here.

Big Brother, Or Maybe Just The Homeowner Is Watching You.

maxresdefaultBuyer 1 to Buyer 2 in the house, “Yes I know the house is 235,000 and I know that we are approved for only 218,000, but maybe we can get an extra 12 or 13,000 from our folks to get this home if you really want it.” Or, “This place is a real bargain at the price they are asking and I know if we get it for the asking price we would be happy, but why don’t we offer a much lower price to see how much they will come off?” Or, “We can get this house for 215,000 just make sure that our pre-approval doesn’t show any more than that.”

Do any of these sound familiar? As a real estate agent we hear these and more said by clients all the time. If you heard a recording of that as the seller would that possibly give you an advantage over the buyer? Sure it would.

Video surveillance cameras used to cost 100’s and even 1,000’s of dollars. Not anymore, You can find these cameras complete with audio for less than 200 dollars in any big box store that sells technology.

That being said, no matter what the price of the home is, you could be recorded during your showing. Also what you say could be on tape as well.

You may ask if this is an invasion of privacy? Possibly and possibly not. In the part of being a real estate agent showing a home, the homeowner should leave a notification that the home is on camera and audio. Many don’t and that can be considered an invasion, but will be hard to prove in court unless the recording included information that gave the owner an unfair advantage during the negotiation of the home for purchase.

Buyers should consult your agent about the home, take notes while going through the homes and at the end of the tour decide where to meet to discuss all of the points that are for and against the property(s).

Using a professional Realtor will help you not have this happen to you.

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Making A Home Emergency Kit – Real Estate

dd97ac19058afbbf1981bccc587aa120555f45e0When a disaster strikes your areas, it is better to be prepared and assemble essential supplies for a home emergency kit. Sometimes, this may seem like a waste of money. But when disasters happen beyond your control, it can change your perspective.

Stock all items in a suitcase or easy-to-carry bag that is readily accessible during any time of the day. Brief all of your family members of it’s location and how to handle the kit.

Here are are some guidelines for a basic “grab and go” kit:

Water
For drinking and sanitation, provide one gallon per person in you family for 3 days. Consider doubling the amount if you live in a very hot climate, or have young kids. Bottled water is advised. Tap water can also be stored in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. If you have pets, give assign your pets portions too.

Food
Again, provide a three-day supply of non-perishables. Don’t forget a can opener unless you’re handy with a spoon. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but prepare them in a way that you actually like. It is not bad to include cereal bars, trail mix, and candy bars. Store food in the best way possible, in a pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.

Flashlights and extra batteries
Flashlights are better than candles. Candles are recommended to avoid house fires. If you have chargeable lamps, remember to charge first before storing.

First-aid supplies
This will be your best friend in case of accidents. Gather Two pairs of sterile gloves, adhesive bandages and sterile dressings, soap or other cleanser, antibiotic towelettes and ointment, burn ointment, eye wash, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, petroleum jelly, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, and stomach analgesics such as Tums or Pepto-Bismol, and a laxative.

Sanitation and hygiene supplies
Sanitation is a way to avoid sickness. Remember that moist towelettes are sealed in packets.  Also be ready with paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. You might also want travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.

Radio or TV
Get updates; keep a portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries to remain connected in case the power goes out.

Helpful extras:Duct tape, dust masks, a signal whistle, toys for kids. Have at least $100 for emergency cash

Tailor a emergency preparedness kit to your needs
You may not need extra blankets in case drastic changes in weather occurs.

Update your emergency preparedness kit regularly
Replace everything that needs to be changed. You definitely don’t want your emergency kit to grow some molds.

Buy a pre-made kit
As an alternative to making your own kit, you canbuy a stocked kitfrom the American Red Cross ($50-$100).

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Being Financially Ready When Buying A Home – Real Estate

7b7166d729e728fe8052d5001faa2a7a90daa785Home ownership today is easily attainable than most people know. Most reasons for owning a home is quite similar to every person, simply to have something of your own.

Home ownership makes sense for many Americans for a lot of reasons mostly of social and family reasons. Purchasing a home also makes sense financially. In the long run, it benefits the home owner more than expected.

Here are 5 financial benefits of home ownership

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.
“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

2.) You’re paying for housing whether you own or rent.
“Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord.”

3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.
“Since many people have trouble saving and have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can overcome people’s tendency to defer savings to another day.”

4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning.
“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income…On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”

5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.
“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”

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