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What is your dream home? Ask someone from another generation, older or younger, and you may not get the same answer. Studies have shown the various values and attitudes of different generations have led to some difference of opinion when it comes to what features are most appealing in a home. As taste shifts, so do the elements found most often in real estate.
Baby Boomers (1946-1964)
Generally, baby boomers are hard workers and willing to put in long hours to get what they want. For people in this group, image is important, which is why their idea of a dream home is one that depicts a picture of success. According to a survey by GfK Roper Reports, they rank a state-of-the-art kitchen No. 1 on their “must-haves” list, with walk-in closets, whirlpool baths, fireplaces and swimming pools completing the top five. Boomers, who are becoming “empty nesters”, are well-established in their careers and hold positions of authority. Homebuyers in this generation may be looking to downsize, but more importantly they want a place to show off their life’s hard work—a home that says, “I’ve made it.” So while they may be looking for a property with less square footage, they want a home that is packed full of high-end features. They are also more active than other generations and tend to have a more sophisticated style, so gardens and workshops/studios are appealing.
Generation X (1965-1980)
This generation is of child-rearing age, meaning their homes are very family-focused. The formality of baby boomer homes does not appeal to gen X-ers who want a more causal and comfortable abode. In the midst of parenting, gen X-ers are looking for practicality, a home that can help them eliminate clutter and chaos. For this group, the top two must-haves are state-of-the-art kitchens and plenty of storage with large walk-in closets. Also a popularity for this generation are open-floor plans. With children in the house, they like the idea of having the entire family able to do different things all in the same space. While gen X-ers tend to be very in tune with style and design, their home is not about impressing people. gen X-ers want a home that fits their personal lifestyle. Homebuyers in this generation know what they want and tend to be less prone to settle for less.
Generation Y (1980-2000)
At this stage in their life, the Millennial generation is all about fun! Their idea of a dream home includes anything and everything that is good for entertainment. Unlike the baby boomers and gen X-ers, gen Y cares less about high-end kitchens, gardens, or workshops. The top of their wish list consists of things like swimming pools, game rooms, fitness rooms and high-tech entertainment centers. In addition to gen Y’s need for fun and entertainment, they are also moving away from their parents and emerging socially. This makes many gen Y-ers crave homes in an urban setting, walkable to shops, restaurants, parks, and nightlife. This “always on the go” type of lifestyle leaves the generation looking for properties that require little maintenance. Many homebuilders have started to focus on new developments that specifically cater to these needs.
As a homeowner, you may think understanding these differences is of no importance to you. However, owning a home is not just about having a place to live; it is about caring for your investment and increasing its value for resale. To effectively do so, it is important to identify trends to know what would be worth adding to your home and what repairs or renovations would pay off in the end.
Source: MSN Real Estate “Dream homes vary by generation”
*Birth dates are an approximation
In just a few days your neighborhood streets will be filled with little ghosts and witches, princesses and pirates, and any other character you could possibly imagine. Halloween night is one of the best nights of the year for young children, but can also be dangerous. Take a look at these trick-or-treating safety tips before grabbing the jack-o-lantern bucket and heading out the door:
1. Bring light
The sun sets early on Halloween night, so make sure you and your children can be easily seen by drivers on the road. Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume or buy some glow sticks or necklaces for them to wear. It is also a good idea to bring a flashlight with you so you and your kids can see where you are walking and avoid tripping.
2. Use safe props
A pirate is not a pirate without a sword! While many costumes come along with fun props, make sure they are safe for your child to carry around while trick-or-treating. Avoid props that are sharp or heavy and instead use something made of rubber or plastic.
3. More Kids = More Adult Supervision
There’s nothing worse than getting separated with your child. Especially when she is dressed as a witch and you look around only to see everyone else is also a witch! If you think it is easy to lose your child in crowded areas, think about how hard it is when it is dark and everyone is in disguise. If you are taking a group of children trick-or-treating make sure you also have enough adults to keep an eye on everyone. A good ratio is to have one adult for every two children.
4. Avoid masks
Masks can make it difficult for children to see or breathe. If possible, try to use face paint and hats to complete the costume instead of a mask.
5. Check your child’s candy
For many kids, the best part of the night is dumping the candy all over the floor and digging through the pile of sweets shouting about all their favorites. Sort through the candy with your child and be sure to throw away any pieces that look to have been opened or not in its original wrapper. If you child has allergies, this is also the time to rid of anything they are unable to have.
Use these tips to stay safe while trick-or-treating, but above all have fun! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Social media is a great way to connect, but sites like Facebook and Pinterest are packed full of all different kinds of people posting all different kinds of things. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a social site dedicated solely to real estate and home design? Good news! There is!
Houzz is similar to Pinterest where all kinds of home photos are posted by those with a passion for design and renovation. The site is related to Facebook as well as users can engage in discussions and conversations through forums or comments. The site’s name “Houzz” comes from a combination of “house” and “buzz” and has already attracted more than 15 million monthly users! The site is truly an outlet for passionate, proud, or aspiring homeowners to share their ideas, engage with others, and find inspiration for remodeling or design projects.
Luckily, the invitation has been extended to real estate professionals when, in March, Houzz launched a category specifically for those working in the field. Many real estate agents have found the site an excellent and unique way to connect with their clients, inspire them about homeownership, and help them better visualize the potential of properties. The wide collection of photos on Houzz includes many before and after images, displaying how remodeling and design can make such a drastic transformation. What a great way to help clients avoid being distracted by aesthetics!—an all too common problem for many home buyers. In addition to chatting on discussion forums, or collecting photos on Houzz to create “ideabooks” to share with clients, real estate agents can also use the site to showcase their own work by posting photos of homes they just listed, recently sold, helped stage, or anything that shows their real estate expertise and enthusiasm.
For anyone excited about home design, renovation, and exploring different styles and trends, Houzz is for you! Join today and let us know what you think!
Source: Tracey, Melissa Dittman. “Welcome to the Houzz.” Realtor Magazine. http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and design/feature/article/2013/09/welcome-houzz
The new school year is officially in full swing! Finally you have time during the day to get things done and maybe even enjoy some peace and quiet! But along with this daytime bliss, often comes afternoon chaos. The kids barge through the door like an out of control tornado, tossing backpacks and jackets onto the couch, kicking shoes off at the bottom of the stairs and in front of doors, and your kitchen counter is suddenly swimming in a pile of school handouts, graded papers, and homework assignments. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking around and asking, “What. Just. Happened?!”
Your home does not need to be a victim of this school year, with some creativity and some discipline you can maintain a tidy and organized home.
1. Create a Filing System for School Papers
Make a binder for each child you have in school, labeling it with their name and the school year or grade they are in. Use this binder to store any handouts sent home from school that you may need to reference throughout the year. For even better organization, use tabs to separate different groups. This binder can be used to collect things like:
- Course schedules
- Classroom rules
- School calendars
- Report cards and progress reports
- Event flyers
- Lunchroom menus
3. Set Up Assigned Cubbies or Hooks
Kids get excited about having lockers at school because it’s a space of their own. Recreate this idea at home by designating an area for each child to store their backpacks, shoes, jackets, and lunchboxes and encourage them to decorate and personalize the space. A good rule is to have your kids put their stuff away before doing anything else. This will help control the mess and keep things from getting misplaced or lost.
From hurrying out the door in the morning to rushing to get the kids fed, bathed, and in bed at night it is so easy to forget things. Keep a weekly or monthly calendar on the wall that you will be sure to see every day. Use this calendar to record things like doctor appointments, sporting events, after-school activities, field trips, etc. This will help you stay prepared for upcoming occasions and ensure everyone is where they are supposed to be when they need to be.
2. Use Storage Bins to Collect Keepsakes
It is neat to see your student’s progress throughout the year, but putting every returned assignment up on the fridge or in a pile on the counter can create a serious clutter problem. Use a bin labeled with your child’s current grade to store returned assignments, artwork, projects, and awards after you’ve displayed them for the whole family see. Remember that you do not have to keep every single worksheet or quiz, just a few items that will be fun for you and your student to look back on.
With your already full and chaotic schedule, you may think there is simply no time for these organizational tasks. However, when done regularly, these responsibilities can become second nature to you and ultimately save you time. As a good rule of thumb, when the kids are doing their homework, you do yours! Take the time each day to sort through anything the kids have brought home and put each item in their rightful place.
Southern Indiana and Greater Louisville have always had a sense of harmony as residents from both sides frequently commute back and forth for jobs, real estate, and leisure. While the current Ohio River bridge construction will provide easier passage across the Indiana-Kentucky border, it is going to come with a cost. Plans to implement a tolling system along the Ohio River bridges are underway and bridge project leaders have announced brief details of the operation.
The tolling system will be unlike traditional tolls where drivers wait in line to hand cash to an attendant or dig for spare change to throw in a machine. Instead the bridges will feature electronic monitoring and video cameras. Commuters will have the option to obtain a transponder, which will send an electronic signal whenever they cross the bridge and automatically deduct the toll fee from a prepaid account. For those without the device will be tracked via video recordings. Cameras will capture license plate numbers and drivers will later receive a bill in the mail.
The official toll rates have not been decided, but the proposals expected to be approved are ranging from $1 for frequent commuters who have for the transponder device all the way up to $10 for commercial trucks. Drivers in regular sized vehicles and without the transponder are expected to face fees from $2 to $5. The projected date to begin toll operation is still in the works as well. Bridge travelers should expect to face this new expense around 2016.
Fried food, free concerts, and cows… oh my!
Can you believe it’s that time of year again? The annual Kentucky State Fair kicks off tomorrow night, and everyone from around the region is invited to partake in what has become one of the state’s biggest traditions since 1902. Visitors of all ages will flood the fairgrounds during this 11-day event to enjoy a world of agriculture, education, performing arts, animal showcases, thrill rides, one-of-a-kind vendors, and MUCH more!
After beginning the day with a quick chat and photo session with Freddy Farm Bureau (the 18-foot farmer who has been the official greeter of the Kentucky State Fair since 1958), stroll through the hay covered floors of the West Wing to hear a chorus of moos and oinks, pet plush wool sheep, and watch chickens relentlessly peck through scattered seeds. Next, take the time to admire blue-ribbon crops, tour the numerous art exhibits, and immerse yourself in a plethora of educational attractions that will leave you with a whole new understanding and appreciation for the state of Kentucky and all the organizations that make it great. And make sure you take the little ones for a stop at Kidz Biz for performances by various dancers, musicians, and comical characters; entertainment that is sure to bring laughter and excitement to everyone from 2 to 92.
For those of you more interested in the merchandise, head to the South Wing where hundreds vendors set up booths showcasing everything from jewelry, makeup, and clothing to hot tubs, furniture, and home improvement materials. Take the time to stop to “ohh” and “ahh” at impressive product demonstrations and artist performances.
Before calling it a day, head outside to Thrillway, buy some tickets, and hop on some exciting carnival rides! Click here for ticket prices and information. Or if you have already spent enough money on fried food and souvenirs, make your way to Cardinal Stadium for the nightly concert, free with your paid State Fair admission. Gates for the concert series open at 7:00 p.m. each night, with a scheduled start time of 8:00 p.m. Click here for a schedule of performances, which include hit music sensations like Vertical Horizon and Montgomery Gentry.
General Info: The 2013 Kentucky State Fair will take place August 15-25, with gates opening at 7 a.m. and entrances to exhibits beginning at 9 a.m. each day. Admission at the gate is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors over 55 years old and for children 3 to 12 years old. There is an $8 parking charge for all of the main lots, but fair-goers can get free parking on weekends at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and use the complimentary tram service to get to and from the fair.
As a part of the Kentucky State Fair celebration, a number of today’s most popular entertainers will take the Main Stage, including country superstars Alan Jackson, Gary Allen, and Toby Keith, #1 hit artists The Wanted and Carly Rae Jepsen, hilarious ventriloquist and comedian, Jeff Durham, and even the stars of A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty”. For schedules and ticket information, click here.
It’s a place off-the-beaten-path where people walk amongst exotic animals, where chickens and ducks have zebras and camels as neighbors, and where children run up the dirt path to feed carrots to goats and donkeys—but to any passerby it looks to be just like any other ordinary Kentucky farm. What sounds like belongs in a fictional storybook is one of Louisville’s most unique and special attractions known as Henry’s Ark.
Tucked away in the city of Prospect, Kentucky, the simplicity of Henry’s Ark is what makes it unlike any other family attraction. There is no giant parking lot, no entry gate, and no ticket line. When visitors arrive at Henry’s Ark it feels no different than going to visit a friend’s house. Despite its growing popularity with local families and tourists, Henry’s Ark has preserved the farm’s rustic setting so that visitors can get a real taste of its natural environment. Being able to feed, pet, and walk beside the animals is an interactive experience that make visitors of all ages feel at home and free.
The owners of Henry’s Ark have always emphasized that they want to share their home, not sell it. There is no entry cost to visit, but donations are encouraged to help maintain the farm and keep it open to the public. It is not advertised on the radio, TV, or billboards but simply spread through word of mouth making Henry’s Ark one of Louisville’s best kept secrets.
Henry’s Ark is located off U.S. 42 in Prospect at 7801 Rose Island Road. Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 6 pm. For more info call: 502-228-0746.
P.S. Don’t forget to bring some veggies for the animals!
It’s officially summer and the things are heating up and will only continue to rise through the autumn months. Keeping your home cool and your energy bills from skyrocketing doesn’t mean you have to sweat it out this season. Use these four tricks to beat the heat!
Block the Sun!
And we don’t just mean with the SPF 45 lotion. The sunlight that streams into your house is acting as the last thing you want during the smoldering summer months—a natural heater. By keeping the sunlight out of your home during the day, you’ll keep your home much cooler without having to crank up the AC. So close those blinds and drapes to reduce that solar heat and your energy bill.
Special Tip: Reflect the sun’s rays by using light colored curtains, and block excess air movement by letting them puddle onto the floor.
Flip on the Fans
Keep the air circulating through your home with ceiling and portable fans to maintain a cooler temperature that requires less energy than your AC. Many ceiling fans are reversible with one setting that will push air down and the other that will suck air up. During the summer months make sure your ceiling fan is set on the rotation that pushes air down to keep the cool air in the room instead of escaping through the roof. It is also important to remember that the motors of ceiling fans give off heat, so turning them off when you are not in a room is a good energy saver.
Special Tip: Set bowls of ice water in front of portable fans to chill the air that is being pushed out.
Avoid The Oven
To truly beat the heat, you should stay away from fueling it. Keep your home cool by avoiding using appliances that emit heat, such as your oven, range, or dryer, especially during the hottest time of the day. Try washing laundry during the day and using the dryer at night. Or better yet, take advantage of the summertime heat and hang them up on a line outside. As for not using the oven or range, just consider it a good excuse to order in or go out for meals!
A Clean Filter = A Working Filter
A clean filter is a working filter. The dirtier an air filter is the harder your air conditioning unit has to work to cool your home to the temperature you’ve set on the thermostat. Cleaning an air filter can be a dirty job, but it is vital when it comes to saving money. Many homeowners have found it easier to use the disposable filters that can be swapped out once a month or once every three months. This way you can simply throw away the old filter and avoid having to wash away the dirt and dust by hand.