Remodeling projects are a great way to add value to your home, but not all projects produce the same return. If you are looking to add value to your home, it is important to know how much certain jobs cost and how much of that money you will get back when you sell the property. Remodeling Magazine recently came out with the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report which provides estimates for national averages and for local areas such as the Greater Louisville region. Below are some remodel projects with their average cost and value recouped in our local area. Our averages are generally at or above the national percentage of cost recouped.
Louisville, KY (January 31, 2014) – Semonin Realtors®, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has announced the appointment of Sara White as the managing broker of the Semonin Realtors® New Albany Office in Southern Indiana, effective January 2, 2014. White is responsible for managing the New Albany office and contributing to the efforts of the Southern Indiana Realtors® Association (SIRA). She will coach, mentor, and overlook the performance of approximately 40 agents, as well as actively recruit new sales associates.
Prior to her work in real estate, White graduated from Wake Forest University where she was a women’s basketball scholarship student-athlete. Her work history consists of a number of leadership roles that demonstrate her ability to manage and mentor. From 1993 to 1997, White worked as the assistant coach for the University of Louisville Women’s Basketball team and then as the co-head coach from 1997 to 2000. She expanded her management skills by taking the position as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Louisville until 2002, and then as an Associate Athletics Communications Director at Purdue University from 2006 to 2013.
White first joined the Semonin team as a sales associate in 2002 and was awarded as a Multi-Million Dollar Producer in 2004 and 2005. As a graduate of the Semonin Leadership Program and the Floyd Wickman Real Estate Sales Program, White is considered a highly qualified leader who has exemplified extraordinary passion for the real estate industry.
“It was not going to be easy to find a successor for Billie Dahl,” said Brad DeVries, President and CEO of Semonin Realtors®. “But when the opportunity came to bring Sara White back into the Semonin family after having left the area a few years ago, we jumped at the chance! Sara is a natural leader, a very gifted communicator, an extremely caring person, and a real competitor! Those qualities, along with her proven success in the industry, will be a great benefit for Semonin Realtors and our team in the southern Indiana market!”
“It is a pleasure to be back with Semonin Realtors and an honor to serve as the sales manager of the New Albany office,” White said. “My Southern Indiana roots run deep, as a native of Clarksville with family in the area for generations. I have such respect for the honesty and integrity, commitment to service, leadership and education that is the foundation of Semonin and feel fortunate to have such a great team of Realtors to work with. I’m excited for the future of this office and appreciative to Brad DeVries, Stan White and the entire Semonin leadership team for this opportunity.”
About Semonin Realtors®
Semonin Realtors® is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is the leading real estate company in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Founded in 1915, Semonin Realtors® now operates with over 500 agents, 50 staff members, and three locations serving Greater Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Southern Indiana.
Nestled under a canopy of mature oak and magnolia trees and the blossoms of dogwoods is the pristine and reputable city of Anchorage, Kentucky located in northeastern Jefferson County. Tucked away in a quiet and serene setting, residents and visitors of the Anchorage community almost forget they are within minutes of Louisville’s most hustling and bustling urban areas.
Only three square miles in size, the city of Anchorage is bursting at the seams with character. The history and charm of the neighborhood has made it a reputable and desirable location for many Louisville residents. Circled around the quaint, old-fashioned city center is an equal blend of historic estates, wealthy mansions, and cozy cottages. The homes in this community look as if they were plucked out of the pages of a magazine—real estate so renowned people often just drive around the neighborhood in admiration.
Also being known for its outstanding schools, exceptional city services, beautiful parks and hiking trails, and unique, upscale restaurants, Anchorage has been and continues to be one of the most preferable and wealthiest neighborhoods in the Louisville area.
Click here to view homes for sale in Anchorage, KY.
A MLS (Multiple Listing Service or Multiple Listing System) is a database used by real estate brokers and licensed real estate agents to search and gather information about all homes listed for sale by other broker participants. Sale history of properties is also stored in the MLS and can be used to compile data and market statistics. MLS developers are constantly coming up with new resources such as interactive maps, prospect and portal tools, customizable saved searches, and much more.
The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors (GLAR) made the decision to switch systems, a change that will take effect Monday, January 20th. As of Monday, the system agents have used in the Greater Louisville region for years, known as List-It, will be static information. All updates and new listings will be posted to the new site, FlexMLS.
FlexMLS will provide real estate professionals in the area a variety of new and innovative tools that can enhance the way business is done. Since the MLS is a primary resource for real estate agents—one that is used on a daily basis by most—it is essential these professionals understand how to operate and navigate the site.
At Semonin Realtors®, we have been spending the past couple of weeks preparing for this change and have performed a number of training classes offered exclusively for Semonin agents. The Marketology department at Semonin has also put together a 100-page manual agents can use as a reference guide to help them through this transition. We have gotten raving reviews from a number of agents who have already attended one of these classes, which we will continue to hold throughout the coming weeks. Here are a few photos of some of the training courses:
With every new year comes new ideas and fresh motivation for change or accomplishment. This is the time to take a look at the things on your do-to list that you still haven’t gotten around to do, especially things around the house. If you are a homeowner looking to remodel or simply update your home, make plans to attend the Home Improvement Expo this weekend, January 10 – 12, 2014.
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday homeowners from all over will come together at the Kentucky International Convention Center to visit with the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building professionals. These experts will showcase the latest innovations and design trends for everything in the home from the smallest of details to the most expansive renovations. The home show will include things in all aspects of the home, inside and out, such as:
- Home automation technology
- Basement finishing
- Sunrooms & Additions
- Windows, doors, and roofs
- Waterproofing & Insulation
…and MUCH more!!
Whether you are in the beginning stages of just considering, or simply wishing for, change around your home, or you have already started some remodeling projects the Home Improvement Expo is the perfect place to find inspiration and learn what it will take to bring your ideas to life.
Tickets to the show are $5 for adults, and admission for children under 18 is free. For more information, directions, and hours click here to visit the official home show website.
As a kid, it was always difficult to be the new kid in class. Being the new neighbor on the street can feel the same way. Reaching out and welcoming any newcomers can help your neighborhood maintain a good sense of community and camaraderie. However, many people have a hard time finding ways to reach out without seeming invasive and pushy. While a quick stop by to say hello or to deliver food is never a bad idea, there are other ways to extend a unique and helpful welcome. Try these 3 friendly ways to break the ice and greet the new neighbors:
1. Drop by a neighborhood “cheat sheet”. Moving in to a new home can be stressful with all the unpacking and settling in. Not knowing certain things about the area can make the process even more overwhelming. To help ease the pain for your new neighbors, drop by a short list of neighborhood things, such as important phone numbers, places, or dates like what day is garbage pickup. Include where the nearest grocery store, hospital, or park is located, and recommend the best pizza delivery in town. This gesture will not only break the ice and give you a reason to introduce yourself and welcome them to the neighborhood, but it will also provide them with a helpful reference that they will surely be grateful for.
2. Invite them to a neighborhood party or event. If you were ever the new kid in class, you understand how difficult it can be to become included. All the children have already formed their little groups of friends and as the newbie, you don’t want to intrude, you want to be invited. When new neighbors move in, make them feel welcome and included by extending an invitation to a neighborhood function. Offer to walk together or give them a ride so they feel more comfortable arriving at the event where they don’t know anyone. Keep in mind the big to-do list they probably have on their plate with the move, so don’t be offended if your invitation is declined. Give them a little time to settle in and they might take you up on the next event.
3. Offer ways to help them settle in. With so much to do, many new neighbors don’t want to be constantly disrupted with people delivering pies and wanting to chat. Think of ways you could lighten their load, such as watching their kids in the yard for a day, or mowing their lawn after yours is done. They will appreciate the consideration or these kinds of gestures that respect their needs.
When home buyers search for a property they are ultimately going through an elimination process. Generally, when a buyer crosses a house off their list, it stays off their list. This is why first impressions are crucial when selling a home. In today’s information and technology driven society, the majority of home buyers are starting their house hunt on the Internet. Furthermore, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors, about 80 percent of home buyers rated photos as the most useful feature when shopping for homes online. As a result, sellers now have to count primarily on property photos to make a good first impression on prospective buyers. As shoppers scroll through online listings, those with poor photos, or none at all, are the ones they tend to cross off their list first or overlook all together.
To better improve a listing’s Internet appeal, the quality AND quantity of pictures is important. A single picture of the outside of the house can be just as ineffective as 30 bad photos. Even though pictures are just giving buyers a preview of a property, they still want to feel they’ve had a good look at the property. Online listings with too few photos can make buyers question why there are not more—is there something wrong that the seller does not want them to see? This brings up another important trait of good real estate photos: honesty.
Making a home appear as appealing as possible in photos is important, but be careful to not get carried away. The pictures you use should be honest. Deceiving photos will leave the buyer irritated when they view a home and find it not how it was pictured on the Internet. For example, avoid using photos that are not current that will mislead buyers. If a photo shows a swimming pool in the backyard that has since been removed, do not use that photo.
Since many can underestimate the power of good real estate photos, the job is often rushed through in effort to get the property listed faster. However, it is important to take the proper time to prepare and produce valuable pictures. Before pulling out the camera do a little staging. Simple jobs like picking up clutter and making beds can make a huge difference. Buyers are purchasing a house, not all the stuff in it. Put away items that could be distracting, like toys or laundry.
Lighting is another factor to consider. Better pictures can be taken when there is more natural light in the space. Open the curtains and blinds and turn on all the lights in a room to make the space appear open and bright. It is also a good idea to consider the weather and time of day you take photos—a more beautiful day makes for more beautiful pictures.
There are numerous photography tips and tricks that can be helpful to learn, and there is always the option of hiring a professional to take the pictures. However you choose to get them, give prospective buyers a good first impression with good, quality photos.