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A Look at the 2014 Semonin Realtors® Dessert Auction
Over the years, Semonin Realtors® has proudly sponsored the build of 16 Habitat for Humanity homes. Throughout the year a number of events are held to help raise funds to “raise the roof” on the 17th Semonin sponsored Habitat house. The annual Dessert Auction has proved to be a favorite among the Semonin family. This year’s event held Wednesday, April 16th, raised more than $11,500 for Habitat for Humanity!
Dozens of creative cakes and delicious desserts were donated by friends and family, as well as a number of local bakeries.
Tidying up may come with a snap of your finger in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” classic, but in the real world, household chores take a bit more effort. Nevertheless, it sure can feel good when the job is done. Springtime is the season when everything comes to life. It is the time we can finally emerge from the hibernation the harsh winter forced us into. Spring is the perfect time to open the windows, let in the fresh air, and rejuvenate your home back to a clean, happy, and efficient environment. Your spring cleaning checklist can seem like a long one, but you will be glad when you complete each task.
To get you started, here are a few chores you should not forget to include:
Lighten Up Your Space
Spring cleaning is when you should tend to things you normally wouldn’t think of, like your light fixtures. Dirty lamps and chandeliers can really affect the light in your home, making rooms look dim and less vibrant. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, dirty bulbs actually give off 30% less light than clean ones! Thoroughly dusting lamp shades, chandeliers, and ceiling fixtures throughout your home, and wiping off bulbs with a dry cloth can brighten up your space and give your home the true light you have been paying for. You should also carefully take down those grimy ceiling fixture bowls that have collected dust and bugs throughout the year and wash them in the sink using warm water and dish soap. After drying them off you will be surprised what a difference it makes! While you are at it, tend to your window treatments as well, wiping off blinds with a damp cloth and vacuuming dust from curtains and drapes.
Tend to the Overlooked Areas
Routine cleaning throughout the year leaves many surfaces in your home untouched. During your spring cleaning, take the time to tend to these areas and get rid of the dirt and dust that may not be as visible. Make sure your checklist includes dusting or washing places like, above cabinets, under furniture, baseboards and walls, and air vent coverings. Try thinking of all the surfaces, floor to ceiling, that you haven’t touched throughout the year, and use this time to tend to those areas.
Making More Room
Getting rid of old and unused items is a big part of spring cleaning. This allows you to rid of unnecessary clutter, make room for new things, and get organized again. As you store away winter clothes and accessories and unpack spring and summer attire, sort through things and separate those items you can donate or toss from those you need to keep. If you have a hard time throwing things out, a good rule of thumb is—especially when it comes to clothing—if you haven’t worn or used the item within the last year, you probably will not use it in the future. And remember, the more you get rid of, the more space you will have to put new things!
Good luck and happy cleaning!
The Big Four Bridge, which has been a popular attraction for Louisville residents since it opened on February 7, 2013, will finally be accessible from the Indiana side. After several extensive delays, the much anticipated completion is confirmed for April 30, 2014, the same day of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race.
The Big Four Bridge connects Louisville, Kentucky with Jeffersonville, Indiana allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to easily enjoy the attractions on both sides of the Ohio River. The opening of the Jeffersonville ramp will give Louisville residents the ability to stroll across the river to enjoy the many great shops and restaurants Historic Downtown Jeffersonville has to offer. On the flip side, those from the Southern Indiana side will be able to easily enjoy Louisville’s esteemed Waterfront Park and many downtown attractions without the hassle of automobile traffic and finding a place to park their car. This recreational bridge is hoped to promote exercise and a larger sense of community among the area’s residents and tourists.
The real estate world has changed drastically since the good old days when searching for homes meant picking up the newspaper and diligently scanning through all the cramped text and tiny photos. Everyone has turned to the Internet for everyday tasks, including searching for homes.
According to the National Association of REALTORS®, in 2013, 92% of homebuyers used the Internet to search for homes, and 43% actually found the home they purchased on the Web. These numbers have continued to rise year after year. As a seller, the more buyers you reach, the better chance you have of getting an offer. How do you reach more buyers? Easy; market your home with the tools buyers are using to shop, or in other words, put your listing where they will see it.
The chart to the right displays which tools buyers use most often to search for homes. Primarily focusing on the most popular, you should use a combination of these sources to reach a good amount of buyers. If you are using a real estate agent to list your home, ask questions about marketing tools: What websites will your listing be on? Is their website compatible for smart phones and tablets? How many open houses will you have? What kinds of tools will be used to specifically reach other real estate agents? All of these are valid questions to be asked and could influence your decision of which agent you should use.
A knowledgeable seller, is a successful seller. Information like this will help you feel confident and informed through the difficult process of selling a home.
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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.
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