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Wonderful Winter X-Games: How do they Relate to the Winter Olympics

It’s cold outside, snow has been common this winter, and so you might be thinking Louisville could be an appropriate host city for the Winter X-games. Unlikely. This year’s winter X Games will be hosted on Aspen Colorado's Buttermilk Mountain from Jan. 25-28.


With the winter Olympics just a few weeks away all eyes will be watching the Olympic performers to see who is performing at their peak! No doubt eyes will be on Shaun White who just completed a perfect 100 score to win the U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe event and clinch a US Olympic team spot for Pyeongchang, South Korea.


The winter X Games is not always a 100% predictor of who will medal at the winter Olympics, but it certainly gives you a good indication of where the athletes are at, who to watch in South Korea, and yes who might medal at the winter Olympics.


The winter X-Games is hosted, produced, and televised by ESPN as a companion event to the Summer X-Games which usually runs in August. All the events at the winter X-Games are free. Only if you want to enter the live music concerts every night do you need to purchase tickets. So if you are anywhere near Aspen you might want to enjoy some awesome free winter sports!


If you’re not near Aspen you could open your living room window, let in some cold air, and watch it live from the comfort of your own living room. During commercial breaks you could research real estate Louisville and give Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty a call. 


Cute Cozy Condo - $145,000

Are you considering a cute condo in real estate Louisville? We have just the condo for you, 6503 Matalin Pl 309. This 2 bedroom 2 full bathroom 1,148 Sq. Ft condo is comfortable, cozy, and priced competitively at $145,000.

The open plan living room, dining area and kitchen welcomes you as you walk through the front door. The kitchen has new Samsung stainless steel appliances. The breakfast bar opens into the dining area. Off the living room a balcony is accessed through French doors.

With a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom the master bedroom is a big plus. The second bedroom and bathroom are a good size. This condo also features an oversized, single car garage. A clubhouse and a pool are included in the monthly maintenance.

With new paint and carpet throughout, this condo is ready for you to move in. Please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty for more info. You also might want take a look at our free buyer’s program to see how we can help you buy the condo/house you want.


Luxury Living Overlooking Cherokee Park - 1626 Cherokee Rd Hitting Market Soon

One of the most attractive lures in real estate Louisville is Cherokee Park. It’s one of the biggest pluses about life in Louisville and one of the biggest value providing assets the city offers to houses within reach of it. So imagine if Cherokee Park was the view to your home which included front porch living at it's best!


If there was such a home you’d want us to let you know about it ASAP! Well we have such a home coming soon to real estate Louisville. 1626 Cherokee Rd is a luxurious home overlooking Cherokee Park and it’s about to hit the market. It will be listed at $975,000.

This 4855 Sq. Ft. 2.5 story home boasts 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 half baths. This home’s interior displays character and charm, while featuring several updates, high-end finishes, and lots of natural light. An open floor plan is one of the most sought after features for homes today and this home has just that.

Not only does it have a spectacular location and view but it features amazing front porch living! With such a view and location at hand it would be a shame not to enjoy it. This home takes full advantage of its location and view, including a first-hand view of the Barnstable Brown house. 

Don't miss the opportunity before it hits the market next week. Contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty if you are interested or have any queries. He would be happy to help you with you with this home or any of your real estate needs.


Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Academy Awards - What's The Difference?

With awards season well under way some of you might be wondering, “What is the difference between the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Academy Awards?” There are two basic differences. Who decides the winners and what is awarded?

Who Decides the Winners?

The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 93 members choose who will receive the prestigious golden globe.

The Screen Actors Guild awards are presented by (take a deep breath) the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a union for actors, journalists, radio personalities and other media professionals. Nominations are made by a randomly selected 2500 people group from the union and winners are voted on by the entire union.

The Academy Awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winners are chosen by the Academy’s voting membership. Membership into the Academy can only be obtained by an invite from the current Academy membership.

What is Awarded?

The Golden Globes recognize excellence in both Film and Television, domestic and International. The golden globes generally award more singular awards such as best actor or actress, or best original score or television drama series.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards present awards for both Film and Prime Time Television. While these awards also award many singular awards they also award ensemble awards such as the Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

The Academy Awards are quite different from the other two awards ceremonies in that they only award prizes specifically for Film. The Academy Awards have their television equivalent in The Emmy’s and their musical equivalent in The Grammy’s.

As such these awards not only include awards for the “big name” type roles such as best actor or actress but also include awards for lesser known industry related categories such as best editing and best makeup and hair styling.

We hope this blog helps you understand the dazzle of the awards ceremonies, specifically the Screen Actors Guild Awards this Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM on TNT, TBS, and TruTV. But if you’d prefer to be dazzled by real estate Louisville you will want to call Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty or any of our other dedicated agents


Snow Safe Driver Tips

The snow continued to fall overnight making Louisville whiter and more magical in every way. Neighborhoods in real estate Louisville, which our team knows so well, look completely different. The bows of trees hold snow in a contrast of white on brown.


Front yards wear a blanket of white and many stairways are only visible by their rail sticking out of the snow. Deer prints can be seen alongside human tracks giving us insight into their nocturnal movements.


The roads however are cleared and wet forming pathways of shiny black cutting through the snowy landscape. It is these roads that cause so much anxiety during peak snowfall seasons. The snow and ice take familiar roads and transform them into surfaces we no longer understand.


So we thought it would be helpful to our customers, family, and friends to do some research and put together some snow safe driving tips.

Slow Everything Down

Like rain on the roadway, snow makes everything you do on the road slower. Stopping and turning take longer, so does your ability to see road obstacles. In fact, “hit the gas” should be completely removed from your vocabulary once snow hits the ground. Pushing the pedal down slowly avoids skidding and increases tire traction on road surfaces.

Open Everything Up

If stopping takes longer it follows that the distance required to bring your car to a stop will increase dramatically. This means you’ll need to start breaking much earlier than usual when you see a red stop sign, stop light, or break lights ahead. You should also more than double your following distance from other vehicles.

Don’t Stop When Going Up

Hills are undoubtedly trickier in the snow. It takes a lot more to get your car moving from a stop than it does if you’re just barely rolling forward. Add gravity pulling you down on a hill and you’re asking for trouble.

Ordinarily we step on our pedal in the middle of a hill. This won’t work in snowy conditions. Hitting the gas on a hill will cause your wheels to spin on a snow covered/icy road. You’ll want to instead increase your speed slightly before you get to the hill rather than on it.

The other safety option of course is just don’t leave the house! You could maybe work from home, watch a movie, or use our online helps such as our mortgage calculator and home value calculator or review our seller’s program or buyers program.

We also have several  helpful  blogs for those looking at the real estate Louisville market. Of course a lot of us have to go out in the cold and as such Scott Boehnlein and all at Family Realty hope these driving tips help. Keep safe in this winter weather. 


Sledding Spots Louisville

It’s snowing in Louisville! Not sure if you noticed? As I type this blog I am watching fresh snow fall from the sky and cover Louisville in an ever deepening carpet of snow. The icy sky cotton has coated neighborhoods in real estate Louisville transforming them into winter wonderlands.


With the magical snow fall coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day many families in Louisville are taking advantage of the day off school and celebrating by snow sledding. If you are wondering where you want to sled with your friends and family we did research for you. has announced six sites for public sledding*:

1. Cherokee Park (Baringer Hill, intersection of Alexander Rd and Scenic Loop)

Cherokee Park is situated in the Highlands but several other neighborhoods have entrances to the park: Cherokee Triangle, Bonnycastle, Highlands-Douglass, Crescent Hill and Seneca Gardens.

2. George Rogers Clark Park (1024 Thruston Ave, behind playground, near McKinley Ave)

George Rogers Clark Park is in the Audubon neighborhood and is bordered by Poplar Level Rd to the east.

3. Joe Creason Park (1297 Trevilian Way, behind Metro Parks administration building)

This park is right next door the Audubon and Camp Taylor neighborhoods in the Poplar Level neighborhood which is also home to Louisville Zoo.

4. McNeely Lake Park (6900 Cooper Chapel Road, near Korean War Memorial)

5. Tyler Park (1501 Castlewood Ave, on Tyler Park Dr side of park)

Tyler Park is situated in the Tyler Park neighborhood which is part of the Highlands and lies next to Deer Park and Germantown.

6. Charlie Vettiner Park (5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Rd, near Easum Rd entrance)

This park is situated on the south of Jeffersontown one of the more popular neighborhoods around Louisville.

I hope you have fun out in the snow today. Please make sure to be safe while your sledding, dress appropriately with layers, and be sure to have fun! If we see you out sledding the slopes please say hi. If not be sure to give Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty a call if you think we can be of assistance to you.  

*Please only sled these hills when the “Open” sign has been posted!


Astonishing Ash Avenue

“Magnificent,” is the first word that pops into your head when you see 101 Ash Avenue. Real estate Louisville often features great homes but this home is iconic. You will be impressed from the curb with this 6,316 square foot house.


Pewee Valley is a fitting backdrop for this home which boasts a stunning 1.4 acre lot. This home is fantastically priced at $649,900.

With 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 kitchens, and wraparound porch this home has all you need.

The bedrooms are large, some feature ensuite bathrooms, skylights, and vaulted ceilings.


Originally constructed for a multifamily purpose, this home is truly unique and can easily be repurposed as a single family home. The two kitchens both have stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a kitchen breakfast bar.


With frosty conditions outside, fireplaces have likely moved up on your “wish list”. This multi-story home has several fire places throughout. The wraparound porch is impressive. One could easily imagine yourself on it entertaining guests or just winding down on a weekend afternoon.

The basement is partially finished and includes a game room, family room, and a four car garage.


There are also two lower level attached garages and a 2500 square foot detached, climate controlled, structure. You have to see this home.

Please contact Christopher Dayton or Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty if you have any questions or would like a private showing.


Incredible Condo Competitively Priced

People often mistakenly think condos don’t have much space. We have a condo in real estate Louisville which proves that is most certainly not the case. 3319 Ridge Brook Cir is a beautiful 3,812 Sq. Ft. condo priced to sell at $ 449,500.


This 4 bedroom 3 bath condo is the largest unit in the neighborhood and is simply stunning. Walking through the front door you are welcomed into a large open plan living area. A formal dining area sits alongside the living room and kitchen separated only by an island.  


There are built in shelves in the living room as well as one bedroom, upgraded cabinets in the kitchen, crown molding and ceiling fans throughout, vaulted/high ceilings, and lots of light. The large master suit has an en-suite bathroom and large walk-in closet. Another two bedrooms and a full bathroom complete this level.


The lower level contains a large open plan living room and game room, as well as a bedroom, full bathroom and storage area. Off the back of the first level is a large deck perfect for hosting family and friends.

Please contact Frank Durso or Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty to schedule a viewing or to obtain more information. 


Monday Morning Real Estate Charm - 7035 Royal Links Dr - $129,000

Let’s start Monday out right for real estate Louisville with updated and cute. Yes 7035 Royal Links Dr is cute and it’s updated. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,306 Sq Ft home is in the charming Village at Wildwood subdivision.


The new and updated features include new flooring in the living room and kitchen, new carpet in bedrooms, new tile in the ensuite master bath, and upgraded interior doors updated just a couple years ago.


This one story home has large walk in closets in both bedrooms and the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. The open floor plan of the kitchen and living area and the extended outside patio in the backyard make it easy to entertain.


This home also features a great two car garage. If you are interested in this property or would like any more info please contact Jamie Klein of Family Realty.


Professional Football League's Baseball Beginnings

With less than a month to go until Super Bowl 2018 means that this weekend is wildcard weekend all weekend. Shut down your schedules, fire up your TV’s, order your chips, dips, wings, and pizza, call some friends, and hit the couch for four action packed games.

The NFL Super Bowl playoff games are a National News story every January, but the first NFL league (not the same as today’s league) was a much smaller affair. It is reported  that the first league started when several baseball clubs formed football teams to play in the first ever (there were only two) World Series of Football.

The birth place of this idea was the mind of an Irish New Yorker Tom O’Rourke. Being the manager of Madison Square garden his brain always needed to brew good ideas to bring traffic into his giant arena. This time his brain brewed a 5 team indoor football tournament.

This tournament was not only the first football league it was also the first ever professional indoor football game. I’d say the only problem, but there were many, but one of the biggest problems of this indoor arena was the field was only about 70 yard by 35 yards.

Not only that but the arena walls are reported  to have been right on the sidelines which led to several players getting some pretty interesting injuries. But the tournament went on and 3000 or so fans were able to enjoy watching the game from much closer than ever before.


With stadiums today able to house tens of thousands of fans professional football has come a long way. We hope you have fun watching the games this weekend and hope you’ve already left your prediction on our Facebook page.


If you need to take a break from football and you have your eye on real estate Louisville. We are hosting an open house this Sunday from 2pm-4pm before the start of the Panthers Saints game. Take a look at the info for 101 Ash Ave. This 5,500 Sq. Ft. 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom is amazing. If you need more info call Chris Dayton of Family Realty.


Use Winter Well to get a Head Start on Spring

Just because it’s freezing outside doesn’t mean your real estate Louisville plans need to freeze. Winter is the perfect time to get ready for the spring and summer real estate Louisville rush. Although things tend to be a little slower in the winter months this does not mean you should be.

In fact the winter months are the perfect months to get your home ready so you are good to go when the frost begins to thaw and the market begins to roar. We’ve put together a list of a six things you can do now to get you and your house ready for the market.


1. Declutter

When selling a home you want it to look as unlived in as possible. For pretty much everyone our houses looked lived in because, well we live in them. As we go about life we collect magazines, books, bills, toys, trinkets, gadgets, and a litany of stuff which fill our lives.

These things are obviously loved and needed by us, but they clutter a buyer’s view and detract from your home and it’s potential. You want to create as much open space as possible so the buyer can imagine their dreams in your house.

Kitchen counter tops are often cluttered with magazines, bills, mixers, toasters, and a variety of coffee makers. Remove all these items from the counters and place them neatly out of sight. But try not overstock kitchen cupboards as buyers often open these when viewing your home.

2. Depersonalize

Again potential buyers need to be able to imagine themselves in your home. This can be hard to do with photos of you and your family or with personal trophies everywhere. Remove very personal items from your home so the buyer can more easily imagine your home as their home. This will also help declutter your home and create more open space.

3. Dust-Bust

Yup make your spring clean a winter clean! Get stains out of carpets, off walls, cabinets, and curtains. Deep clean the whole house. Consider shampooing or steam cleaning your carpets and tiled flooring. Pressure washing the outside won’t be possible just yet, but that’s the first thing you’ll want to do once temperatures move into the 50’s and 60’s.

Fill in those holes you’ve been meaning to for a while, ensure grout is mold free, and consider giving some of the walls a fresh coat of paint if they really need it. But if you do pain a room make sure to use a neutral color.  

4. Downsize

By downsize I mean reduce the size and amount of furniture, clothing, and linen in your home. When showing a home extra furniture in rooms, and extra clothing, linen, and stored stuff makes rooms look small. By moving some unneeded furniture, clothing, linen etc. into storage you will not only make your house feel roomier, but you’ll get a head start on moving out.

5. Delve Deep

Do some research using our website. We have several great tools to help you. We have a great Seller’s Program and a Property Value Calculator as well as many blogs. If you’re selling you’re probably going to be buying too, so check out our Buyers Program and Mortgage Calculator.

6. Dial Us

Finally give us a call. We have years of combined real estate experience in Louisville, with most of our team born and raised in this city. We know the market and can give you great personalized advice to help meet your unique needs.

Call Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty whether you are serious about selling or even if you are just toying with the idea. We would love to help you and give you the relevant information you need to move forward wherever you are in the selling process. When spring hits soon, you’ll be happy you got busy on your home this winter. 


Cute Crestwood Condo - $149,000 - 6503 Matalin Pl 309

Condo living is perfect for many people considering real estate Louisville. We have a wonderful condo that recently went on the market. We think you will want to take a look at 6503 Matalin Pl 309. This 2 bedroom 2 full bathroom condo is a comfortable 1,148 Sq. Ft.


Walking in the front door you are met by a good sized open plan living room, dining area and kitchen. The kitchen features brand new Samsung Stainless Steel appliances and a breakfast bar opening into the dining area. A great balcony is accessed through French doors of the living room.


The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and its own master bathroom. The second bedroom and bathroom are also a good size. Another great feature of this condo is the attached, oversized, single car garage. The condo complex has a clubhouse and a pool included in the monthly maintenance.


With fresh paint and new carpet throughout, this condo is move in ready. If you would like to see this great condo today please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty. Please also take a look at our free buyer’s program to see how we can help you buy the condo/house you want.


Resolve to Set Great Goals for 2018!

What?!?! 2018 is today? How did that happen? Wasn’t it 2016 just 2 minutes ago? It is pretty amazing how time disappears like grains of sand falling through our finger tips. This only highlights the importance of planning our time effectively. At the start of the New Year many will sit down to try and write out some New Year’s Resolutions.

While there is nothing wrong with New Year’s Resolutions, I prefer to talk of Goals. New Year’s Resolutions carry with them the connotations of starting something new from scratch yet again. One sets them with no long term plan or with little hope of completing them.

Goals on the other hand are more like stepping stones or rungs on a step ladder to somewhere. In reality a resolution should be a long term objective, while a goal is a shorter term objective on your way to your life’s resolutions.


5 Year Resolutions

If you’ve never thought of goals or resolutions before you need to not just look at the year ahead, but a little longer. A good question to ask yourself when setting resolutions is, “Where do I see myself in 5 years’ time?”

“Where do I see myself…” could include where you want to be, who you want to be, or what you would like to do. But more importantly think of "you" in 5 years’ time.

5 years seems like a long time away, but it will fly by. However when thinking of your 5 year resolutions, dream big. There is more you can achieve in 5 years than you might think. So let’s say you just realized you’ve spent the last 10 years on the couch and you now want to get fit. Don’t be scared to resolve to run a marathon in 5 years’ time. You probably can!

The mistake we make is to resolve to run a marathon in 1 years’ time. While there is more we can do in 5 years than we think there is often less that we can do in 1 year than we think. So once you have decided on some 5 year resolutions write them down leaving space between each one.

1 Year Goals

Now you make the move to plan out some goals for 2018. The goals you make for 2018 need to be the first big step toward your 5 year resolutions you just wrote down. So if your 5 year resolution was “Run a full marathon”, your goal for 2018 might be, “Run a 5km by Christmas.”

 Meet SAM 

When setting these goals you need to become best buds with SAM! In other words the goals you set must be Specific, Attainable, and Measurable.

 Specific – goals must not be vague. A bad goal would be “I want to run this year.” If you haven’t run in 2017 one run in 2018 will do it. You’ll find excuses not to run and you’ll lose motivation because you’re not really aiming at anything specific.

 Attainable – from couch to full marathon in 1 year is not likely an attainable goal. Neither is “make a million dollars” when you have $2, or “start a tech empire” when you can’t operate a DVD player. Your 5 year resolutions are your big audacious resolutions. Your 1 year goals should stretch you out of your comfort zone, but they should be realistically attainable in a year.

If your 1 year goals are too big you will soon realize you won’t reach them and you’ll lose motivation and give up. “From the couch to 5km in 1 year” is a stretching but attainable goal. It is more than you have done last year, but it’s something achievable in a year.

 Measurable – goals must have some sort of measurability to them. Don’t just plan to run more this year plan to run a 5K. Don’t just plan to read more, plan to read X-number of books this year. Don’t just plan to eat healthy, list what you will and won’t eat.

Monthly Baby Steps

Once you have set your goals for the year you’ll need to go back and set up some baby steps of how you will reach that goal every week for the next month. So let’s say you’re doing the 5K by Christmas 2018.

So for January 2018 you might write, “Wake up 30 minutes early and walk for 15 minutes Monday through Saturday morning.” Or for the reader among us, “This month read one chapter a night in bed Monday through Thursday.”

In this phase of goal setting you must set two calendar dates. The first date needs to be for two weeks’ time. This will just be a quick review where you read over your goals to make sure you’re keeping up to speed. You may even mentally make some adjustments.

The second calendar date will be for the last weekend of the month. This will be more formal. Here you write out your baby steps for February 2018. For example, “Wake up 30 minutes early. Walk for 20 minutes every other day, run for 10 minutes every second day Monday through Saturday.”

Every month continue this same routine reviewing every two weeks and planning the next month’s baby steps the weekend before that month begins.

Some Final Tips

Post ‘em - Once you have your 5 Year Resolutions, 2018 Goals, and January 2018 Baby Steps written out post them somewhere visible. For example on the fridge, in your Bible, on your mirror, or on your PC screen. Seeing them every day will keep them fresh in your mind.

Tell ‘em – to keep yourself accountable and encouraged tell someone your goals. Ask them to ask you how you are doing, encourage you, and even give you a kick in the pants if you need it. We need others to help us and we can help others with their goals too.

Track ‘em – It helps to log your progress. This could be as simple as opening a note in your smartphone and simply typing, “Monday 1st – walked for 15 minutes” or “Monday 1st – Read chapter 1”. This will show you if you fall behind but also encourage you that you’re making progress.

Point ‘em – By this I mean aim them to something. For example find a 5km race in November 2018, enter it, pay the entry fee, and put the registration on the fridge. Again tell someone or “somemany” that you’ve entered a 5K. This will give you something concrete to work towards.

Review ‘em – here I am not talking about the systematic review every month. Here I mean review your goals at the end of 2018. See what you have achieved and see where you have fallen short. Make some changes and set...

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