There’s More Than Just Semonin on Semonin.com

Semonin.comSemonin.com is a top local real estate website in our region. Now it has more features than ever to help you find a home. Many people think that Semonin.com only features properties that are listed with a Semonin agent. This is a big misconception. In addition to homes for sale by Semonin Realtors®, you will also find thousands of properties on the market from other real estate brokers across Louisville and its surrounding counties, Southern Indiana, and Elizabethtown.

When someone puts up their home for sale with the help of a Realtor, the broker enters the listing information into the local Multiple Listing System, or MLS. This way Realtors can share and market their listings with other local Realtors outside of their office or company.

So how do all the listings get to Semonin.com? In 2000, the National Association of Realtors® adopted the Internet Data Exchange policy, or more commonly referred to as IDX. IDX technology Listings on Semonin.compowers the data in the MLS to feed into Semonin.com. When you conduct a search on Semonin.com each listing will display a small icon. If this icon is the Semonin Realtors® logo, it is listed by a Semonin agent. If there is an IDX icon next to the property that means it is listed with an agent who is not affiliated with Semonin Realtors®. So, whether a home has a Semonin “For Sale” sign in the front yard, or a sign from another real estate firm that participates with the local MLS, you can find details about the home on Semonin.com.

We are proud to provide a site to home buyers and sellers that offers the most accurate and up-to-date information. When searching for a new home in Louisville, Southern Indiana, or Elizabethtown Semonin.com is the only local source you will need to use.

The Real Estate Market is Starving for Inventory

Winter has officially left us and we are entering real estate peak season. Buyers are ready and eager to get out and start shopping for their next home, but there is just one problem…there aren’t enough homes for sale. When the number of buyers exceeds the number of homes for sale, it is seller’s market. Right now in this kind of market, sellers are getting 100% of their asking price or more, and many are receiving multiple offers forcing buyers into a bidding war which ultimately drives the sales price up. Not only are sellers getting the money they want for their property, but they are also selling extremely fast. Homes are literally flying of the market, some selling within days or even hours of being listed. Realtors around the area are claiming that a home will sell before they even get a chance to schedule a showing for their buyers. It cannot be stressed enough that if you have been considering the idea of selling your home, NOW is the time because the market is literally starving for inventory!

The term “Months of Inventory” considers the number of homes on the market and the pace at which they are selling. The number basically means that if existing homes were to continue selling at the same rate as the most recent month of data, the current inventory of homes would be sold by that many months. Housing experts consider a market to be ‘normal’ or balanced when months of inventory is around 6. A number higher than 6 would mean there is too much inventory and we would be in buyer’s market. The Market Watch chart on the right shows that in March the months of inventory took a dip in the Greater Louisville market, reaching less than 4.5. Many of real estate professionals in our region who have been in the business for years have never seen inventory this low.

While sellers may reap the benefits of a low inventory market, buyers experience frustration with not being able to find the right house, or finding the right house and the seller accepts another offer. Many homeowners are hesitant to list their home right now in fear of not being able to find another one, however receiving a higher sales price in ample amount of time and little effort makes selling very appealing in this type of market.

CLICK HERE for market information updated every Tuesday afternoon.

Bowling to Build 2015

Semonin Realtors held our annual “Bowling to Build” fundraiser yesterday at King Pin Lanes in J-Town. Through the attendance of Semonin agents, staff, and guests and their generous donations we raised over $2,300 for our next Habitat for Humanity home, and we had a GREAT time doing it! We are gearing up to build our 18th Habitat home in the fall, and it is so great to have such an enthusiastic and supportive team at Semonin Realtors. We would like to thank everyone who came out and hit the lanes yesterday, those who donated all the fantastic door prizes, and 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty for sponsoring this event.

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Keep a Home Inventory for Insurance Purposes

Taking-pictures-of-roomNo one ever wants to think about something bad happening to their home, such as being destroyed in a fire or severely damaged by another catastrophe. However, such things do happen whether you are expecting them or not. Many homeowners take comfort in their homeowner’s insurance policy, but the truth is that insurance policy may not be as protective as you might think if you don’t know or can’t remember everything that was destroyed in your home. Think about this for a moment. Without looking, can you list every kitchen utensil or cookware item you have in your drawers and cabinets? How about every cleaning product under the sinks or in closets? Do you know the brand and model of your appliances and electronics? To receive the proper amount of money from your insurance company after a fire or other disaster, you will need to answer each of these questions and many, many more. You may think, “Oh, that will never happen to me”, but we guarantee that neighbor or friend, or family you know from church or school, Home-Inventorythought the exact same thing before it did happen to them. Creating a detailed home inventory is a responsibility that every homeowner should take the time to do.

To start creating your home inventory, go around your house and make a list of each major item, including as much detailed Dishesinformation as possible. For appliances and electronics be sure to make note of the brand, manufacturer, model and serial number, when you purchased it and the price you paid. For other big ticket items such as collectibles, art, and jewelry, try to keep sales receipts or appraisals together and even scan them for further safe keeping. It may take some time, but it is important to go Jewerly-boxthrough this process diligently, making sure no valuables, such as silverware, china, or even tools, are overlooked. Create a spreadsheet on your computer by using a program like Microsoft Excel or downloading a template or app from the Internet to create and save this information in an organized spreadsheet.

After larger items are documented, go from room to room and take pictures of the rest of your belongings on your camera or smart phone. Open up drawers, closets, and cabinets and take snapshots to quickly capture everything that is in your home. Store these photos, as well as your spreadsheet and any scanned documents, on jump drives and store them in multiple places other than your home, such as in a drawer at the office or in a safe deposit box at the bank.

Keeping a thorough inventory of your belongings can be invaluable if you are ever faced with a disaster and have to file a claim. It will also enable you to ensure your insurance coverage is sufficient enough to protect all of your family’s belongings. Supplying these documentations of lists and photos to your insurance provider can help you receive a settlement fast and avoid any insurance nightmares.

 

HomeServices Kentuckiana Insurance is a part of Semonin’s family of services. Contact a representative today to learn more about your homeowners insurance policy!

The 3 P’s to Protect During Extreme Cold

It is cold outside and it is about to get even colder with wind chills estimated to drop in the negatives. When prepping your home for the freezing temps, don’t forget these 3 P’s – Pipes, Pets, and Power.

1.  Help Keep Pipes from Freezing.

Drip water in kitchen and bath faucets and open sink-cabinet doors to let warm air in. Be sure to remove any under the sink cleaning supplies and keep out of reach of children and pets. Also disconnect any outdoor hoses and wrap exposed pipes for insulation. If freezing does occur and causes a pipe to burst make sure you know where the water shut-off valve is located so you can quickly turn it off.86532727

2.  Keep Pets Inside.

While you may sometimes envy your pet for their lush, warm fur coat, freezing temperatures are dangerous for your furry friend. During the frigid weather, accompany your pets on potty breaks and make sure they have proper shelter at all times until temperatures go back up.  465260983

3.  Prepare for Power Outages.

Winter weather can be harsh on power lines, and the last thing you want in -10 degree temperatures is for the power to go out and leave your home with no heat. Unfortunately power outages do happen so make sure you are prepared. Have an emergency kit handy with working batteries, flashlights, and a radio. If you have a working fireplace have some extra firewood stocked up or enough fuel for a generator to maintain heat in your home. Stock up on extra blankets, food and water.92405569

Stay Warm!

2014 Annual Awards Ceremony

Our annual awards ceremony is a time of celebration. On the morning of Wednesday, January 28th, 2014, the Semonin family gathered together and took the time to recognize and congratulate our agents on their many successes in 2014 as well as celebrate the kick off to our 100 year celebration. As we looked back at the last year, everyone left the ceremony excited and motivated to do our very best throughout 2015. It is the hard work and dedication of our Semonin agents and staff that has kept us going for 100 years and the #1 real estate company of the Greater Louisville area.

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Congratulations to our top agents in 2014! 

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2014 Top Producer Award Recipients

Ackles/Williams Real Estate

Garrett Ackles & Sean Williams

Jasmin Ahmed

Pam Aldridge

Ron Arnold

Ruby Becker

Amanda Blair

Susan Block

Jennifer Bray

Mike Brewer

Connie Brooks

Pitsy Buren

Jennifer Carroll

Tracey Cecil-Simpson

Bill Clark & Brian Clark

Kelly Crutcher

Maria Cruz

Steve Cundiff

Julie Davis

Sandie Davis-Klemenz

Dee DeWitt

Lisa Feiock

Nicole Ferreri

Frank Fleck

Marion Gibson

Joanna Gnau

Jerry & Linda Grasch

Laura Grubb

Steve Hall

Lee Hamilton

Robin Hancock

Rochelle Harbison

Joyce Hartlage

Susan Hatton & Margo Dixon

Barbara Heck

Kelly Hostutler

Donna Jones & Melissa Jones

Tom Jordan

Suzanne Kiser

Beverly Lawrence

Kathy Lewis

Mark Lewis

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Steve Shuff, Rob St. John, Landon Arza, Scott DeHart, Michelle Kurland, Caleb Thompson

Mary Martin

Randi Means

Jennifer Morgan

Teresa Morgan & Greg Morgan

MOVE Real Estate Group

Kristy Dugan, Lisa Estep & Will Hoagland

Gale Neagle

Ruby Neichter

Jesse Niehaus

Gloria Patterson

Wanda Powers

Sarah Raymer

Mike Ridge

Bonnie Roman

Karen Sauerheber

Marsha Segal

Cindy Shannon

Pete & Betty Sheltz

Marie Smith

Janie Spitznagel

Joyce St. Clair

Nancy Stein

Cindy Stuart

Maggie Terry

Melissa VanMeter

Betsey Vaughan

Kathryn Vaughn

Donna Williams

Michelle Winebrenner

Tom Wuest

David Zaring

Louisville Market Snapshot – 1/20/15

The snapshot below depicts the number of unsold residential listings that are currently on the market. As you can see the currently inventory level is lower than it was 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and even 1 year ago.Market Snapshot - January 20, 2015.

Celebrating Semonin Realtors’ 100th Year

Semonin Realtors 100 YearsAs the calendar year changed to 2015, Semonin Realtors® reached a monumental milestone, marking its 100th year in business. Reaching 100 years is a rare distinction, one that we embrace with pride, honor, and gratitude.

This company has persevered through 10 decades, 2 world wars, numerous recessions, and one depression. The invention and mainstream use of silent films, talking films, radio, television, VCR’s, DVD’s, the Internet, social media, cell phones, microwaves, fax machines, personal computers, the atom bomb, atomic power and thousands more items came about while our agents and staff were helping people buy and sell real estate.

Service has been the hallmark of Semonin Realtors since 1915, when Paul Semonin Sr. first opened his real estate office in Louisville, Kentucky. From the start, Semonin was known for its dedication to honesty and integrity in serving its customers. It’s a tradition that continues to this day, 100 years later.

As Semonin Realtors® celebrates its centennial, we will reflect on our company’s past and applaud the dedicated and loyal leaders, agents, staff members, and clients who have made this achievement possible. We are proud of the footprint Semonin Realtors® has left on our community over the last century, but our 100th year is more than just an anniversary or a rekindling of history appreciation, it is about continuing our legacy and celebrating something that is truly lasting.

Looking ahead to the next 100 years, much will change in the real estate industry. There will come a day with a real estate transaction is truly “paperless”. The continuous growth our community and our technology will inevitably change how we do business. But one thing that has lasted through our first 100 years and will continue to stay the same through our next 100 years is our dedication to providing exceptional service and our respected reputation for honesty and integrity.

Introducing the “Real Estate Minute” Video Library

In addition to the launch of the brand new Semonin.com, an assortment of short informative videos are now available for you to watch anytime from our new video library on Semonin.tv! A part of our vision at Semonin Realtors is to teach relentlessly. This new video library, stocked with real estate information and expert advice, is a convenient reference for any homebuyer, seller, or homeowner. Whether you are thinking about remodeling your home, or want to know how you can improve your credit score, Semonin.tv can provide some insight. If you cannot find a video that touches on a topic you are interested in, continue to check back! The inventory of videos will continue to grow throughout the year, so you can continue to revisit the library and see what is new.

CLICK HERE to start watching!

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Give the Gift of Kentuckiana this Holiday Season

Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Here are some great ideas on how you can celebrate our local Louisville and Southern Indiana areas and give your loved ones some unique gifts and experiences this Christmas.Christmas in Louisville

A Membership to the Parklands

In a city that is known for its outstanding park system there is no better gift than the gift of outdoor adventure. A yearly membership for your favorite friend or family member is just $35 and $50 for a family. Support this donor-supported public park and give a gift that your loved ones can enjoy for the entire year. Visit their website to learn more or click here to order your gift membership.

 

Tickets to a Show at Actors Theatre of Derby Dinner Playhouse

Give the gift of entertainment with a gift certificate to Louisville’s Actors Theater or to Southern Indiana’s Derby Dinner Playhouse for dinner and a show! For upcoming shows and ticket price information visit the Actors Theatre website or the Derby Dinner Playhouse website.

 

A Trip on the Kentucky Dinner Train

Tickets for “My Old Kentucky Dinner Train” in Bardstown, KY is the perfect gift for those who love a one-of-a-kind experience. A variety of train excursions are offered that are great for a romantic evening or a family fun adventure. Gift certificates can be purchased from the Kentucky Dinner Train website.

 

A Dinner at one of the Louisville Originals

Support Louisville’s vibrant independent restaurant scene and give your loved ones a unique dining experience at Louisville Originals. A gift certificate to Louisville Originals is valid at approximately 30 local restaurants and can be purchased from the Louisville Originals website.

 

A Unique Gift from Work the Metal

For those friends and family members who like something a little extraordinary, explore the home décor, clothing, accessories and more at Work the Metal in Butchertown. With a large variety of products at this local retailer you will be sure to find that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone. Take a few minutes to visit their website and browse a selection from their showroom.

 

Collectibles or a Tour on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Bourbon is Kentucky’s gift to the world. Celebrate the state’s bourbon history and give your favorite Kentuckians a chance to tour one of our famous distilleries or a shop through unique holiday gifts that can be purchased on the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail website.

 

A Personalized Gift from Louisville Stoneware

Give a custom-made gift of tradition and history from Louisville Stoneware, one of the oldest companies in the country. Since 1815, Louisville Stoneware has been creating unique items that make for a perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list. Shop through various handcrafted pottery and make it personal with a custom hand painted message.

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