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How To Stay Warm Family Realty Style

I keep forgetting to take my jacket with me outside. I open the door and immediately I realize I’ve made a mistake. Temperatures are dropping as we approach the official beginning of winter on December 21st. Many of us are therefore spending more time thinking of how to stay warm. Should we light a gas fire, get a wood fire going, or do we just want to turn up the heat?

 

Well we suggest that you stay close to real estate Louisville because it is still on fire. Winter is actually a really good time for buyers to buy a home. This is because sellers really need to sell them homes at this stage of the year. Therefore prices are usually more competitive in this season than at any other time.

 

Here at Family Realty we have some great tools to help if you are considering buying a home. We have a great free buyers program which includes a team working for you, up to date emailed real estate listings, and much more.

We also have an online mortgage calculator as well as the best online home search tool in Louisville which gives you superb and relevant information which you need in looking for houses. You can also sign up for Instant New Home alerts. We even wrote an easy how to sign up blog available here.

So if you would like to reduce the chill and heat up your life with some real estate Louisville, please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty. We have a team of people waiting to help you.

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Christmas Events Part 3: Ice Skating and Safaris for Christmas?

Last night I took the family to enjoy the Lights under Louisville which I mentioned in our first Christmas blog of this season. While our kids watched the lights we watched our kids smiling, pointing, and saying, “Cool! Awesome!” Sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on chocolate chip cookies rounded out this special Christmas memory for our family.

We hope today’s blog helps you make Christmas memories with your friends and family this season. Today we want to highlight one very traditional Christmas activity and one not so traditional Christmas activity.

With the first snow of the season falling this last weekend in and around Louisville the Holiday Ice Rink at Holiday Square at 4th and Jefferson seems like the perfect event to highlight. The ice rink features real ice and is set up just for the Christmas season, November 23rd – January 1st.

Prices vary from $9-$12 depending on duration and skate rental inclusion. Tickets can be bought and skates can be hired on site. The rink is open from 4pm-10pm Monday through Thursday, with longer hours Friday-Saturday, and shorter hours on Sunday. For more detailed information you should check their website here.

The second event is a Louisville favorite attraction but a unique Christmas event. The Louisville Zoo will be hosting their last Santa’s Safari for the season this Saturday and Sunday. There are three sessions: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Tickets can must be purchased online.

This event looks like lots of fun. Santa Clause will read stories, you will sing songs, and elves will help you create some great Christmas crafts. Holiday goodies and drinks will also be served by Mrs. Clause herself. You will also be able to take your photo with Santa. The event ends with a tour of the heated animal enclosures where you are able to interact with Zoo staff.

So whether you want to go to the North Pole and skate or take a Safari with Santa, you can do it all in Louisville. If you’d also like to sprinkle in some real estate Louisville to your holiday plans, Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty would love to help you.

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Cute Cape Code - 330 E Esplanade - $139,000

I love driving around looking at real estate Louisville. There is something special about turning a corner onto a really nice street. When buying a home, the home is obviously important, but a good home on a nice street is just as important. 330 E Esplanade Ave is located on a cute street.

 

This sweet Cape Cod style home has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, is 1,639 Sq Ft and is listed for $139,000. Walking in the front door you are greeted by a good sized living room with fire place. Off the living room is a glassed in porch perfect for enjoying the Sun in these cooler days.

 

Also off the living room is a formal dining room which leads into the kitchen. The kitchen overlooks the back yard and also leads down to the large basement. 2 bedrooms and a full bath complete the first floor.

Moving upstairs you will be surprised by a large bedroom with a full bath and some built in storage. The back yard is a good size and flat. A detached 1 car garage sits just behind the house in the front corner of the backyard.

If you are interested in this property please call Susie Gullett of Family Realty. She will be happy to help you and answer any of your questions. 

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Great New Listing in Devondale Subdivision - $265,000 - 3086 Sq Ft

It might be getting cold in Louisville but real estate Louisville isn’t cooling down. We have a well laid out home on a great street we just listed today! 1601 Clearview Drive is a Cape Cod style 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 3,086 Sq Ft home close to Westport Village and I-264.

 

This multi-level home has good sized rooms throughout. Opening the front door and moving to the left of the home is a large living room with a fire place on the far wall. This leads into a formal dining area cozy enough for a romantic dinner for two but comfortable enough for family and dinner guests.

 

Off the formal dining room is an eat-in kitchen featuring Corian counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and an island with breakfast bar. Off the back of the formal dining room is a large Florida room with two large sliding glass doors which look out to the back porch and back yard.

 

A full bathroom, walk in closet, laundry, and bedroom complete this great first level of the home. Moving upstairs there are two large bedrooms, one with hardwood floors. A nice bathroom completes this level well.

 

Moving into the basement you are met by two large rooms. One is a large office space with storage, the other is a bar, and entertainment area. Behind these two rooms is an unfinished part of the basement. This space however is large and good for storage or as a work bench area.

 

This home is great for entertaining all year round with its good sized social areas on the main living level, in the basement, and in the backyard. A detached two car garage is another plus to this home situated in the desired Devondale subdivision.

 

Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty would love to help you make this house your home. Please contact him to arrange a private viewing of this home or if you have any questions.

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A Canine Christmas: A gift guide for dog lovers

At Family Realty we know for many families their dog is a much loved member of the family. So we thought you might like a blog that will help you spoil your dog this Christmas. If you’re one of those people who need help coming up with gift ideas for their spouse, you might find putting together a wish list for your dog to be a challenge.

You could always opt for the obligatory chew toy or squeak ball, but that’s a little like giving your spouse a Christmas sweater every year. Your dog doesn’t remember what he got for Christmas last year (as far as we know), but he’s still a member of the family. You’d like to get him something that’ll provide some enjoyment and, if possible, some exercise too. Fortunately, there are plenty of unique gift ideas out there for your furry pal, and there are people who can help you find them.

Trust the experts and your dog

The folks at your local pet store have plenty of knowledge and experience when it comes to dogs; they even know about gift ideas. You can always ask them which toys are the most popular this year, or what gifts are best for your dog. Some are breed-specific, and some are popular for all dogs, such as dog beds, which come in all shapes and sizes. Your veterinarian is also a good source of information, and may even have some special chew toys or other items in stock.

It’s also helpful to think about what activities your dog likes most, such as going for a walk after dinner, which would make a leash that’s visible after dark a terrific idea. If your pooch needs some obedience training, you might include a gift that could help training a little easier, such as a harness.

Something different

Ultimately, you can’t go too wrong when thinking up a wish list for your dog - he won’t ask for a gift receipt if he doesn’t like something - so go ahead and include gifts that are a little off the wall. At $10 each, you can afford to include a few doggie cigar chew toys. Or how about a 6-pack of beer, just between pals? Bowser Beer is a non-alcoholic “brew” that contains beef and chicken-based ingredients. Why not ask for a subscription to BarkBox, a monthly subscription service that sends a goodie of the month box straight to your door.

All about presentation

Unusual gifts are fun but your dog may not take to something right away if he doesn’t recognize it (such as a fake cigar or harness, for instance). Try combining it with something your pet knows very well, such as a favorite dog treat, and try to associate one with the other. For dogs, gifts, like everything else, are a sensory experience, something they need to smell and taste to become comfortable with. 

Dog clothing?

Yep, there is such a thing. It may not have caught on everywhere yet, but there are some dashing doggie ensembles out there for Christmas. Your dog will look festive in a red and white striped pajama piece by Drs. Foster and Smith. It’s an outfit made of soft cloth. It’s great if you live in a cold-weather climate, as is a warm, fur-lined dog coat for those frigid days when you just know your pooch is as cold as you are.

Canine security

If you want to keep tabs on your pet, think about asking for a monitoring camera. Pawbo and PetChatz offer HD versions that are unobtrusive and reliable. They include video and audio capabilities so that you can interact with your pet if things don’t look quite right. Many dog tracking collars also include audio capability, allowing your pet to hear your voice if he appears poised for a getaway.

Coming up with a gift list for your dog is not that different than brainstorming ideas for a family member. Think about what he likes and dislikes, be a little creative, and keep it simple. No problem!

We hope our dog related realty blogs have been a help to you this year. If you have any real estate needs we know real estate Louisville and would love to help you. Please contact Scott Boehnlein or any one of our dedicated agents here at Family Realty. We’d love to help you.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com. Article provided by Medina at dogetiquette.info

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Neat, Tidy, and Updated - 7035 Royal Links Dr - $129,000

If you like an updated and move in ready home then we have a home in real estate Louisville just for you. 7035 Royal Links Dr is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,306 Sq Ft home in the cute Village at Wildwood subdivision. The neat landscaping around the front door gives you a foretaste of what lies inside.

 

The new and updated features include new carpet in bedrooms updated this September, new tile in the en-suite master bath also updated this September, new flooring in living room and kitchen updated only last year, and upgraded inside doors updated two years ago.

 

In this one story home both bedrooms have large walk in closets and the master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. The open floor plan in the kitchen and living area gives the home an inviting feel and making entertaining a pleasure.

 

A two car garage and an extended outside patio are also great features of this home listed at $129,000. Jamie Klein, a dedicated member of our Family Realty team, would love to help you if this property piques your interest.

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Great Highlands Investment Property - 1846 Tyler Pkwy - $340,000

Many of the most highly sought after areas and neighborhoods in real estate Louisville are those close to Bardstown Rd in the Highlands. Well we at Family Realty have a great Highlands investment opportunity to show you.

1846 Tyler Pkwy is a two unit rental property which could also be easily converted into a single-family unit if you prefer. Both of the units have two bedrooms and one bathroom. Unit two has an updated kitchen with stainless steal appliances and a butcher block counter top. Tyle and hardwood floors extend throughout both units.  The bathrooms and bedrooms are tastefully designed. 

This property is only two doors off Bardstown Rd. This popular road is home to typically unique Louisville restaurants, coffee shops, stores and much more. This property is in a good rental location. Unit1 currently rents for $1300 per month while unit two rents for $1200 per month.

 

The property is currently managed by a property management company but when the seller previously self-managed the property, unit one rented for $1400 per month. The seller also used Airbnb for the upstairs unit and charged $120 per night and more on holidays.

If this property interests you please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty. We would love to answer your questions or set up a time for you to view this property.

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Christmas Events Part 2: Horses and Christmas?

Christmas in Kentucky continues! And Family Realty is loving it! Ask anyone around the US or even the world to name the first thing that pops in their mind when they think of Kentucky and I bet most people would say, “The Kentucky Derby”. But what could the Derby have to do with Christmas?

Well the Kentucky Derby Museum is hosting a “Cakes with Kris Kringle” event this Saturday December 9th. The event has two seating times, one from 8:30am-10am, the other from 10:30am-12:00pm. You need to purchase tickets to the event which are available on their website.

During the event you will enjoy delicious pancakes. You will also be able to frequent the hot chocolate bar, get your photo taken with Santa, have a story read to you by Mrs. Claus, participate in an ornament workshop, and meet a miniature horse plus lots more.

This event is hosted by the Kentucky Derby Museum adjacent to Churchill Downs. The Museum was fully renovated in 2010. The neighborhoods surrounding Churchill Downs include Parkway Village, Wyandotte, Wilder Park, and of course U of L.

If you need any more neighborhood information, what your house is worth, buyer and seller programs or anything regarding real estate Louisville please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty. We love Louisville and we are loving Christmas in Louisville. We hope you are too. 

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Christmas Events Part 1: Underground Light Extravaganza

The holiday season is in full swing and Christmas is only 24 days away (who’s counting?). The colder weather has certainly made an appearance. This morning I was met by a glittering wonderland as the frost clung to everything in sight and sparkled in the sunrise.

With the Christmas season there is lots to do with family and friends in and around Louisville. We at Family Realty don’t only love real estate Louisville, but love Louisville itself. So over the next few weeks we’ll highlight some great Louisville Christmas activities available this season.

We thought we’d start this series highlighting the most uniquely Louisville Christmas event: Lights under Louisville. Louisville is home to the Mega Cavern, a 4 000 000 Sq Ft former lime stone mine. Mega Cavern has several underground adventures including zip lines and bike trails. But over Christmas it hosts the largest underground light display in the world.

According to their website there are “over 850 lit characters with over 3,000,000 points of light” which you can view from the comfort of your own car as you travel the 17 mile track underground. This 30 or so minute drive is a spectacular light display for the whole family.

Lights under Louisville charges one price for a whole car and is open every night of the week until December 31st. They also offer a few promos and special events on their website. One of them is a dinner at Louisville Zoo nearby and a free VIP pass to the lights.

Part of the Mega Cavern is situated under the Louisville Zoo which is in the Poplar Hills neighborhood. This neighborhood lies alongside two other neighborhoods namely Audubon Park and Strathmoor Village. There is a good amount of green space in these neighborhoods including Creason Park and Audubon Country Club.

If you have any real estate needs this holiday season Family Realty would love to help. If so contact Scott Boehnlein or any one of our dedicated agents. We are here to help you with real estate Louisville, but also hope to help you with your Christmas fun in these blogs.

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Instant New Home Alerts

Are you frustrated that whenever you find the home of your dreams someone has already made an offer on it? Do you wonder how they found the house so quickly and beat you to the offer? Well we have a solution to your problem: Instant New Home Alerts.

This is a free and fast service we offer from our website. Quick knowledge of newly listed houses in real estate Louisville is essential considering how quickly houses sell most of the time. This year we have listed and sold several homes in under a week, some only in a couple days.

Our Instant New Home Alerts send you an alert when new houses are listed. This service allows you to fully customize your alerts to the exact home you are looking for. This ensures you see only the houses that fill your dream home criteria, saving time and reducing stress.

So to keep up to date with the real estate Louisville market we suggest you sign up for our Instant New Home Alerts. It’s an easy process which we’ll guide you through right now. First click the link here. If you are a “Returning User” login. If you are a “New User” click “Create Free Account”.

 

Fill out this easy form and click “Create Free Account”.

 

Once directed back to the “Welcome to Account Home” page, look for the section titled “Saved Searches”. In this section you’ll notice the blue “Add a New Search” icon, click that.

 

Having been directed to the “Save Your Search” page you can choose whether you want to set up a search for “Greater Louisville” or the “Heart of KY”. Once selected simply fill out the form.

 

You can choose how often you want to be email alerted, what type of property type you are looking for, and even choose only to be sent homes with a hot tub outside.

 

Once you have customized your search click “Save Search” at the bottom of the page and you’re done. We’ll keep you posted with Instant New Home Alerts perfectly tailored by you to meet your needs!

 

If you have any further questions please contact Scott Boehnlein or any of the other agents here at Family Realty. We would love to help you!

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Price Reduced on Fully Updated Shotgun Home - 970 Samuel St

We have just reduced the price on a great shotgun style home in the Germantown area of real estate Louisville. This home is fully renovated and therefore move-in ready. 970 Samuel St is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, home now listed at $165,000.

 

Being fully renovated there are plenty of updates. The kitchen includes all stainless steel appliances, butcher block counters, new tile floors, and a gas stove. Refinished original hardwood floors are a must have for a lot of today’s buyers so it’s great to know that just such flooring stretches throughout the rest of the living space and one of the bedrooms. 

 

The master bedroom with en-suite bathroom is stylishly designed and decorated.  The home also has hookups for a stacking washer/dryer. Off the back of the home there is a two tiered deck leading to a good sized of the yard with an out building/shop.

If this home interests you contact Jamie Klein or Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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Beautiful Brick St Matthews Stunner - 4050 Ormond Rd - $750,000

The famous three words in real estate are location, location, location. But there are another three words we would like to introduce to real estate Louisville, stunning, stunning, stunning! These six words definitely apply to 4050 Ormond Rd! This home is located in superb St Matthews and, yes, is stunning, stunning, stunning!

 

This beautiful brick home has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathroom, and is 5,059 Sq Ft. With many high-end upgrades, large rooms, and striking décor this home is perfectly priced at $750,000. This home has a fantastic open lay out with the kitchen, formal dining, family, and Florida rooms. Hardwood floors run through most of the main level.

 

Custom cabinets, updated stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, an island with breakfast bar, and a wet bar with beverage fridge are features of the kitchen. Both the Florida room and family room have fireplaces, perfect for warming yourself and family in this colder weather.

 

The master bedroom with two amazing walk-in closets, an attached sitting room and deluxe bathroom with two vanities, whirlpool tub, and a walk-in shower is found on the second level. Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms complete this level.

 

A finished basement is such a bonus entering the winter months. This home’s basement has a large great room which includes a lounging area, another fireplace, a bar, a rec area, and large storage area. There is a full bathroom plus another multipurpose room.

 

When the weather warms up the backyard will no doubt become a hub of activity as it has a patio and deck which can be accessed from the Florida room. This home includes a laundry room and a 3 car garage. If you would like a personal showing today please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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Thankful At Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here! In our house the ingredients are already bought. Some are chilling in the fridge. Others are hanging in the pantry. All are awaiting their assembly, basting, and cooking on Thursday morning.

 

Once prepared friends and family will begin to arrive, the noise level in the house will begin to increase, and so will the corny dad jokes. There will hugging, laughing, old stories and new ones. Final touches will be made to the table and the turkey.

 

Silence will be called for, a blessing given, and then the food will be set upon from all angles. Meat, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and much more will we passed over and under each other. Personally I cannot wait.

 

But once our plates are empty and our bellies full another silence will be called. In our family this is the time to give thanks. We all take a turn to share the things that we are thankful for from the year just passed.

 

With family and friends though there is no escaping realty. We know when we’ve gone through a rough year or a difficult season. But even then we always find something significant to be thankful for. Yes even sometimes being thankful for the difficulty and all it taught us.

 

So with that in mind Family Realty would like to say thank you. We are thankful for our clients who put their trust in us. We are thankful for our team who works with diligence and professionalism. We are thankful for all our partners in real estate who help us serve our clients. We are thankful we live in such a great country and city and get to do what we do.

 

We at Family Realty hope you have a great thanksgiving and are encouraged from what you and your family can be thankful for. 

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What on Earth is My House Worth?

So you are sitting on the couch talking about your future with your closest of kin. You look around at your home and you float this statement out into the conversation, “I think it is time to move”. You look at one another and it’s clear you are both on the same page. But in that moment doubts and questions begin to float themselves into your conversation too.

 One of the first questions that usually rise to the surface is, “But what is our house actually worth anyway?”  You don’t necessarily keep a keen eye on the real estate market and it has been years since you bought your current property. But we at Family Realty do keep a keen eye on real estate Louisville and we help people buy and sell houses every week.

 We know that when thinking about selling your home or buying a new home, getting an accurate idea of the property’s value is an important first step in moving toward the right decision for you and your family. Our Home Value Estimator can give you a good idea of your home’s value so that you can be better informed about moving forward.

 Our FREE home value estimator is based on the latest data available. We draw our information from the most up-to-the-minute database that lists properties around the US. Our search uses information on recently sold homes in your area to estimate your house’s present value.

 Once you have a good idea of the estimated value of your home and have decided to move forward Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty can offer you great advice and help. We are a tight knit dedicated team that has decades of combined real estate experience. 

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Best Houses Available in Super St Matthews Right Now

St Matthews is just beautiful this time of the year! Well honestly it’s beautiful no matter time of the year it is. St Matthews is also perfectly located for real estate Louisville and is home to an array of restaurants and shops. St Matthews has an abundance of delightful neighborhoods too.

 

Architectural styles vary greatly from colonial revival style designed by famous Louisville architect Stratton Hammond to Craftsman Bungalows, Tudors and mid-century ranches. This makes every street unique with its own special charm.

 

If you would like to make St Matthews your new home town we have two great homes listed to make that dream a reality for you. 4050 Ormond Rd is a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom brick home. The open lay out of the kitchen, formal dining, family, and Florida room on the first level is what first catches your attention.

 

The kitchen is loaded with great features and there are gas and wood burning fireplaces in the Florida room and living room respectively. The second floor includes the master bedroom with a deluxe bathroom. Another three bedrooms and two bathrooms complete this floor.

 

The basement, backyard with porch, and 3 car garage are just a few of the other great features of this perfectly located home. The other St Matthews home we have listed is 110 Oxford Pl. This is a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1817 Sq. Ft. multi-story home listed at $275,000.

 

The front living room complete with hardwood floors and fireplace greet you as you walk through the front door. A formal dining room lies between that and the kitchen which leads out to the backyard through a non-conform bonus room/breakfast nook. The first floor is completed with a bedroom, full bath, and den.

 

The second floor includes the large master bedroom with walk-in closet and attached sitting room. Another bedroom and full bath complete the second floor. A waterproofed basement, level backyard and 2-car detached garage are other great features of this home. So if you want to live in St Matthews please call Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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Stunning St Matthews Home - 4050 Ormond Rd - $750,000

It’s a Friday afternoon one week ago. I’m driving to my last real estate Louisville home of the day. The sky is a crisp blue. I turn into Orman Rd to be greeted with flaming yellow trees. The slight and gentle dips in the road which weaves through an adorable neighborhood add to the character of this delightful area.

The air is crisp as I step out my car and admire the arresting charm of 4050 Ormond Rd. This 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom brick home in St. Matthews is remarkably beautiful on the outside, but you just know it’s even more on the inside. Walking through the front door you are stunned by the charm of this home with its many high-end upgrades!

 

The open lay out of this home is amazing. The kitchen, formal dining, family, and Florida rooms flow effortlessly into one another. Natural light fills the rooms, plus hardwood floors and extensive crown moldings flow through most of the main level.

 

The kitchen has custom cabinets, updated stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, an island with breakfast bar, and a wet bar with beverage fridge. The Florida room with gas fireplace opens to the family room with built-in bookcases and a wood burning fireplace.

 

The second floor includes the master bedroom with two amazing walk-in closets, an attached sitting room and deluxe bathroom with two vanities, whirlpool tub, and a walk-in shower. There are another three bedrooms on this floor and two full bathrooms. One of these bathrooms is attached to a bedroom.

 

The finished basement has a large great room which includes a lounging area, another gas fireplace, a bar, a rec area, and large storage area. There is a full bathroom plus another room which is perfect for a guest bedroom, exercise room, or possible theater room.

 

The backyard includes a patio and deck which can be accessed from the Florida room perfect for backyard grilling and chilling. Lots of trees give extra privacy. This home also has a laundry room and a 3 car garage with built-in storage cubbies.

 

This home is perfectly located in St Matthews. It is close to Holy Trinity Catholic School and Church, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. If you would like to schedule your personal showing today please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty. This is a fabulous home!

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Tips for Fencing in Your Canine Companion

Perhaps you’re the proud owner of a young puppy or recently adopted an older dog. Or maybe it’s a move that has taken you and your furry friend to a new neighborhood and home. No matter what the circumstances, one of the first things many dog owners consider is how to provide a safe, secure spot for their canine companions to enjoy the outdoors.

If your property has an existing fence, you might want to investigate it for holes or other weak areas before freeing Fido for the first time. If repairs or reinforcements are needed, it could be worth consulting a contractor to make sure your hairy Houdini can’t pull an escape act. And professional contractors can be even more critical if you need to build a fence from the ground up. Some municipalities require permits for fence installations and regulations can differ depending on the barrier’s height, type, and location. High-quality fencing companies can handle the hassle of obtaining the correct permit for you.

Wood fences are a relatively cost-effective option that provide privacy while protecting your property and pooch. Although they can be more expensive per linear square foot than chain link fences, wood fences cost less, on average, than vinyl, aluminum, or wrought iron fences. And, depending on the type of wood and wood treatment you choose, the cost of a wood fence may even be comparable to a chain link option.

The fence’s height, length, and the type of wood chosen impact the price. Gates and other features can also affect the cost of the project, which leads to a fairly wide range in possible pricing. The average cost to have a wood fencing installed ranges from $1,500 to $3,900 in Louisville and homeowners can expect a project timeline of four to five days, according to HomeAdvisor.

Once the fencing is finished, animal experts offer these additional tips for pet-proofing your yard so both you and your dog can enjoy it:

Avoid vegetation that can be toxic to pets. Azalea, rhododendron, and foxglove are just a few plants that can be dangerous to canines consuming them. Cocoa bean mulch, which smells like chocolate and also contains some of the same chemicals as the sweet stuff, can also be poisonous to dogs, so pet lovers likely want to opt for other types of landscaping material. Cedar chips might be an ideal option since they deter fleas.

To keep your dog from lying in the flowerbeds, drive short stakes in the ground throughout the planting area. Your four-legged friend will find a more comfortable place to lounge on the lawn.

Walk your pet before visits to the yard to make sure he does all his serious “business” elsewhere. And, if you have a doggy digger, make sure he’s adequately occupied and supervised in the yard to deter him from destroying flower beds. You might even want to install a dog-friendly sand pit specifically designated for digging. Add some toys to signal the spot is all his.

Keep your dogs inside at dawn, dusk, and at night. This helps protect them from potentially dangerous wildlife, including raccoons and opossums, which tend to be most active overnight.

If your buddy is barking, pay the pup a visit right away. Experts say dogs that bark constantly are either lonely, bored, or hungry. Providing your pet with the proper care and attention should help keep her happier -- and more quiet -- giving both you and your neighbors a barking break.

Finding the right fencing and following these guidelines will help transform your yard into a pup paradise that both you and your dog will love. We at Family Realty would love to help you buy or sell your home. We will guide through the whole process with helpful hints from beginning to end. Please contact Scott Boehnlein for further information. 

Article by Medina James, DogEtiquette.info

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Huge Opportunity in Forest Springs - 4112 Woods View Pl - Open House Sunday

As the weather cools down a little this weekend real estate Louisville is heating up, especially at Family Realty. We have two Open Houses this Sunday from 2pm-4pm. The first we introduced to you earlier today.

 

However we have a second fantastic home also having an Open House this Sunday from 2pm-4pm, 4112 Woods View Pl. This is a huge real estate opportunity as this home is a great home, in a great neighborhood, going for a great price, $305,000.

 

This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 3,108 Sq Ft home is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in a great location. Near the Gene Snyder it is minutes from downtown, the airport, and other major freeways. It is also located near shopping, medical facilities, restaurants, and entertainment.

 

This multi-story home features hardwood floors, lots of natural light, and a neutral paint scheme. The first floor has a large great room with fire place, a formal dining room, and an eat-in kitchen. The kitchen features new granite counter tops, an island, breakfast nook, and stainless steel appliances. A laundry room and half bath complete the first floor.

 

Moving up to the second level you will be impressed with the size and quality of the four bedrooms and two baths. The large master suite has a great sized ensuit bathroom with his and her vanity, whirlpool sub, and shower. Three bedrooms and a full bath complete this super second floor.

 

The backyard can be accessed from the great room on the first floor, as you step out onto a good sized deck perfect for grilling with guests. The back yard has plenty space but is easy enough to maintain. A wooden fence and a line of trees give the backyard some privacy.

 

The basement of this home is fantastic. It has a living room, full bathroom, storage, and another room which could be either an office or another bedroom. If you are interested in this home or have any further questions please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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New Listing Open House this Sunday - 110 Oxford Pl - $275,000

I pull into Oxford Place on a characteristically brisk Fall mid-morning and am greeted by an avenue of vibrant yellow leafed trees. "This would be a beautiful street to live," on I think as I park my car parallel our latest real estate Louisville listing. 110 Oxford Pl. is a great 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1817 Sq. Ft. multi-story home listed at $275,000.

 

This wonderful St. Matthews home is within a few blocks of Seneca Park as well as St Matthews' fantastic shopping, restaurants and entertainment options. This home welcomes you with a delightful partially covered front porch perfect for mid-afternoon rocking chair life.

 

Beyond that and through the front door you are greeted by a warm and inviting front living room complete with hardwood floors and fireplace. Natural light floods in through the newer windows in both the living room and the formal dining room beyond.

 

The dining room is serviced by a neat kitchen which leads out to the backyard through a nonconform bonus room/breakfast nook. Alongside these rooms on the first floor is a good sized bedroom, full bath, and den from which you can access the second floor.

 

The second floor includes the large master bedroom with large walk-in closet and a comfortably sized attached sitting room. There is also extra storage in the attic space behind the master closet. Another good sized bedroom and full bath complete the second floor.

 

The waterproofed basement is a quite large for this home and has an outside entry to the backyard. The level backyard is fenced and contains a 2-car detached garage. This home you will definitely want to see and you can!

This Sunday from 2pm-4pm we will be hosting an Open House. Please stop by or give Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty a call if you just can’t wait. 

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Thank You Veterans!

"Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?" The last two verses of the national anthem celebrate the freedom and bravery of America and her citizens. Although there are many brave Americans none as brave as those who intentionally put their lives in harms way to secure the freedom of the rest of us. 

Many of us may say we would lay our lives down for another, but the American soldier actually does. They put their lives on the line for Americans they know and for those they will never know. We live in relative peace doing our work, playing with our children, doing what we do, while the American soldier willingly defends us around the world. 

The sacrifice of the soldier is not only his own sacrifice but also the sacrifice of their family. Many months of separation are experienced by military families around this nation. Today* Family Realty honors the Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your willing sacrifice. Thank you for committing your life to our freedom.

*(Veteran's Day is officially November 11th, but because it falls on a Saturday this year many government agencies are observing the holiday today by closing for the day.)

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