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Semonin Realtors Raises Funds to Raise the Roof

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.

An exciting live auction is the day’s main attraction, but funds were also raised through an afternoon bake sale and raffle drawing. Here are a few photos from the day’s festivities. 

"Bunny Butt Cupcakes"

Easter Bunny Cake

Semonin Realtors Dessert Auction

Semonin Realtors Dessert Auction

Semonin Realtors Dessert Auction

Semonin Realtors Dessert Auction

Peacock Cake

Derby Cake

Strawberries and Creme

Peep Tree

Easter Cake

Bake Sale

Dessert

Spring Cleaning Essentials

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.Lighten up your space by cleaning light fixtures

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.Spring Cleaning

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! Spring Cleaning

Good luck and happy cleaning!

The Big Four Bridge Opening in Indiana

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 Big Four Bridge

Photo Credit: Insider Louisville

How Do Buyers Search for Homes?

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.

How many buyers use each tool to search for homes (in percentage) Online Website: 89% Real Estate Agent: 89 Yard Sign: 51  Open House: 45 Mobile/tablet website or application: 45           Mobile/tablet search engine:  42           Online video site: 27 Print newspaper advertising:  5 Home Builder: 5 Home book or magazine: 5 Billboard: 5 Television: 4 Relocation Company: 3 Information Sources Used in Home Search From the National Association of Realtors  Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers - 2013

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.

A Career In Real Estate?

Semonin Realtors Presents a Free Seminar! Where You Can… Be Your Own Boss, Set Your Own Hours, and Determine Your Income Is Real Estate right for you? This FREE seminar will help you decide. You probably have a lot of questions and this program is designed to get them answered. We will cover:  How to get started in real estate; Real Estate license requirements; Real estate schools; Startup Investment; Earnings potential; What Semonin REALTORS will do to insure your success! Upcoming Seminars: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Semonin Realtors Main Campus – Seminar Location 600 North Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222

Not sure if Real Estate is right for you? Take a free Career Assessment!

 

Getting a Home Inspection

Home Inspector

The home buying process can seem like a lengthy one, but each step of the journey is important and should not be bypassed in effort of saving a little time or money. Sometimes it may seem as if a home inspection isn’t necessary, especially if a property appears to be in excellent condition. However, what you see in a house can be very deceiving. Buyers see a crack in a ceiling, immediately assume it is a big problem and get scared off, but a home inspector might say it is just cosmetic and can easily be covered up. A newly renovated home can seem flawless, so buyers opt out of getting a home inspection only to find out after closing that the home has major—meaning expensive—electrical or plumbing problems. Examples like these prove that home inspections are crucial to the home buying process.

A home inspector’s job consists of three main points:

  1. Evaluate a property’s physical and structural condition
  2. Identify items in need of repair or replacement
  3. Assess the remaining useful life of major systems

It is a good idea for you, or your real estate agent, to be present during the inspection. This allows you to ask questions, better understand the reasons or causes of certain issues, and learn what you need to do to fix them. The inspector can also point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips that can be very useful in the future. You can expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours, or a little longer for an older home, and to cost $200-$500 depending on size.

The inspection process enables buyers to discover any issues with the property before closing. Sometimes the results of provide reason for the buyer to back out of the purchase, but many detected problems do not necessarily have to be a deal breaker. Buyers can use the information reported to identify and prioritize items that need to be done, either immediately or in the future. In some cases, buyers can request the seller to make repairs or negotiate the sales price a bit more.

When buying a home, be smart, be cautious and never go without having a home inspected. If an inspector reports the home is in perfect condition and no issues need to be addressed, don’t consider the inspection to have been a waste of time and money, the peace of mind you will get makes it all worthwhile.

Remodeling Costs & Resale Value

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.

Project: Attic Bedroom; Job Cost: $47,725; Resale Value: $32,968; % Recouped: 69.10% Project: Basement Remodel; Job Cost: $59,830; Resale Value: $38,218; % Recouped: 63.90% Project: Bathroom Remodel; Job Cost: $15,444; Resale Value: $8,479; % Recouped: 54.90% Project: Family Room Addition; Job Cost: $76,667; Resale Value: $45,600; % Recouped: 59.50% Project: Garage Addition; Job Cost: $48,619; Resale Value: $27,496; % Recouped: 56.60% Project: Garage Door Replacement; Job Cost: $1,468; Resale Value: $1,054; % Recouped: 72.00% Project: Major Kitchen Remodel; Job Cost: $52,836; Resale Value: $36,762; % Recouped: 69.60% Project: Minor Kitchen Remodel; Job Cost: $18,211; Resale Value: $13,625; % Recouped: 74.80% Project: Master Suite Addition; Job Cost: $99,369; Resale Value: $60,196; % Recouped: 61.00% Project: Home Office Remodel; Job Cost: $26,923; Resale Value: $8,582; % Recouped: 31.90% Project: Roofing Replacement; Job Cost: $16,591; Resale Value: $9,112; % Recouped: 54.90% 

Louisville Rankings & Recognition (Infographic)

Best of Louisville Infographic

Semonin Realtors® Names New Managing Broker of New Albany Sales Office

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Sara White, new managing broker of the Semonin Realtor® New Albany Office

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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Anchorage

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.

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