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4 Tips to Buy Your Dream Home in Kentuckiana

It is the dream of every young man and woman to buy a home in his/her own name. Buying a home in one of the best real estate markets in the U.S. i.e. Southern Indiana, Louisville helps to generate wealth and also proves to be the best investment for the future. By buying a home, you not only arrange a great place for the family to live but also create a hard asset. Buying your dream home is a major financial decision. Here are 4 important tips to help make buying your dream home easier.

1. Know your needs and what you can make do without

This is the golden tip for all first time home buyers when they have saved money in their bank accounts for a down payment. No need to rush to buy the first home you see. Buy a home that you can afford rather than buying a house with features that are redundant.

2.  Obtain a pre-approval letter from a mortgage company

Many individuals conduct a search for their dream home without even getting the...

Is a $45,000 Thanksgiving Dinner Worth It?

It’s that time of year again when friends and family plan a massive feast they enjoy over laughter, memories and the occasional burp that disrupts the silence. Some people prefer to have Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of their own homes while others opt for going out and eating dinner at a nice restaurant.

If you’re in New York, you and eight of your friends can head over to the Old Homestead Steakhouse in the Meatpacking District and shell out $45,000 for the most expensive Thanksgiving Day dinner in history.

And what does a $45,000 Thanksgiving Dinner look like?

It looks pretty much like you would expect. It’s got a turkey, stuffing and sourdough bread. Seems pretty simple right? Well, unlike the feast you prepare with your family, this one has some pretty outrageous features and is intended as an “engagement dinner” to propose to a loved one. The feast that costs more than the median annual salary in the U.S. includes two 20-pound turkeys, champagne (your choice of Cristal or Dom Perignon), Royal Ostera Beluga caviar and stuffing made with imported Wagyu beef. Oh, and each meal comes with a two-karat emerald cut diamond engagement ring –hidden in the stuffing.

And then just go over the top with it all.

The $45,000 price tag includes not only dinner, but a slew of over-the-top gifts. The package also includes two grandstand tickets to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, dancing lessons and “homemade pumpkin ice cream with a $4,200 bottle private reserve rum-infused eggnog sauce, finished with edible 24-carat gold flakes.”

But is a $45,000 Thanksgiving Dinner ever worth it?

To us, we believe it’s about...

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and there is lots to do in Kentuckiana to celebrate!  What’s the best part? These events are inexpensive and family-friendly! 

 On Memorial Day, we remember all those who fought and died for our country. There will be a Flags4Vets 2015 National Memorial Day Vigil held May 23-25 on the Great Lawn at the Waterfront Park where Floyd Street meets the Ohio River.  Volunteers will form the letters “USA” using 15,000 flags from veterans’ graves in honor of all America’s fallen heroes representing the military, law enforcement, and fire fighters.  Everyone will begin placing the flags on May 23rd...

A New Pad for the Holidays!

Schuler Bauer would like to CONGRATULATE  & ASHLEY & ROBERT ANKER, winners of our Open House iPad drawing!  The Ankers visited an open house at Lakeside Forest, hosted by Bernice Brown, on November 20.

Congrats to Ashley, Robert and Bernice!  Many thanks to all who visited an open house, and registered for our drawing.

 

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5 Home Improvement Projects that Will Get You Top Dollar For Your Home

It’s a highly competitive market for home sellers right now. More homes to compete with means that the impression your homes makes - from the curb, and on the inside - matter now more than ever. You can increase your chances of selling faster - and at today’s top dollar - by investing in a select few home improvement projects that have been shown to make a big impact on buyers.

Bad news alert: it might cost you a little time, effort and cash. The good news, though, is that the best projects for quickly increasing your home’s resale value tend to be cosmetic and fairly simple and inexpensive to do. Here are five projects with big-time return on investment for home sellers-to-be, in terms of their power to attract buyers, and to attract dollars from those buyers.

1. Painting: Adding a fresh coat of paint to ceilings and walls is a tried and true way to increase your home’s appeal to buyers. Go for white or neutral tones that help lighten your rooms. (Now is not the time to show off your fascination with fuschia and lime green.) Buyers will have an easier time envisioning how they will infuse their own personalities into your home if they’re looking at a relatively blank slate.

Painting lightens and brightens rooms, instantly removes scuffs and dings and gives every room a fresh, polished feel.

Fresh exterior paint - even if your time or cash budget limits your efforts to accents like eaves, shutters, doors and trims - is also a quick, inexpensive way to polish the look of your home from the curb.

2. Landscaping: Everything you’ve heard about curb appeal is true. First impressions matter - especially if your house is one of eight or nine a buyer has seen in one day. Buyers will be more excited to look at the inside your home if the outside looks clean, charming and inviting. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges,...

4 Don'ts When Selling A Home

4 Don’ts When Selling a Home

August 22, 2011 by Melissa Tracey · 9 Comments
Filed under: Staging Tips 

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine

Kelly O’Ryan, an office manager for Coldwell Banker in Lexington, Mass., recently highlighted several tips of what home owners shouldn’t do when trying to sell their home in an article at RISMedia. Here are a few don’ts that made it on their list, see if you agree!

1. Don’t slack off on home maintenance. Houses in need of TLC often attract investors or property flippers, which are known for submitting low-ball offers. To attract offers and the highest bids, sellers should attend to any upkeep and maintenance issues before putting the house for sale.

2. Make sure the home isn’t being overshadowed outside. Nothing kills curb appeal more than a home you’re selling that you can’t even see. Be sure to trim trees or bushes to ensure they aren’t blocking any windows or the exterior of the home.

3. Remove wallpaper. Wallpaper and borders can be a nuisance to remove so you might want to take these personal decor touches down before you list the home. Neutralize the homes in subtle colors that will appeal to the most buyers...

What Not To Do When Your Home Is On The Market

What Not to Do When Your Home Is on the Market

By Kelly O'Ryan  Print Article

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2011—There is a lot of advice available for those looking to sell their home these days. Instead of telling you want to do to sell your home in today’s market, let’s focus on what not to do.

1.) Do not defer on basic home maintenance. Slacking on basic home care can be extremely risky and is likely to attract the wrong kind of buyer. Best case scenario, houses that need a lot of work will attract a property flipper, known for their low offers. A house that is run down almost always makes a negative first impression and tends to seem like a headache to buyers.

2.) Do not leave up wallpaper and borders. These personal décor elements, along with murals and specialized painting applications, only work to narrow the seller’s buyer pool. Sellers need to remember the importance of neutralizing their home with modern paint hues that appeal to a broader audience.

3.) Do not block the front of the house with shrubbery. Prospective buyers often drive by homes for an initial viewing, before they decide whether or not they want to make an appointment for a showing. If the house is blocked by trees and bushes,...

Top 5 Things You Should Know To Help Sell Your Home Fast

Top 5 Things You Should Know to Help Sell Your Home Fast

By Sharon Snyder  Print Article

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2011—While many markets around the country continue to experience challenges as the market makes its slow turnaround, Ann Arbor real estate is selling fast, and it’s because we follow some simple rules.

1. Curb appeal is key to selling your home

If it looks rundown from the outside, then it probably is on the inside too. Curb appeal is all about first impressions. Buyers want to feel like they could live in a home from the moment they pull up in front of it. Basic improvements such as exterior painting, cutting the grass and planting some flowers improve the look of a home from the outside tremendously.

2. Deodorize

Every home has a unique odor, especially if pets are present. Be sure to professionally clean the carpet and the furniture and replace carpets if necessary. Keep pets clean and the home free from dander. Consider taking pets and pet cages if present in the home with you when you leave for showings.

3. Really want to sell your home?...

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