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Derby Festival POSTPONED - See new dates

The Kentucky Derby Festival has been postponed until later this year amid the continued coronavirus pandemic that has crippled numerous countries around the world.

The annual festival is made up of 70+ events, including Thunder Over Louisville and the Pegasus Parade, and ushers in the two-week period ahead of the Kentucky Derby, traditionally held the first Saturday in May. 

Thunder Over Louisville will now be held Aug. 15. 

Churchill Downs racetrack also announced Tuesday that the Kentucky Derby would move to Sept. 5. This is the first time since 1945 that the Kentucky Derby will not be held on the first Saturday in May.

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Buying Your First Home? Know These 3 Things

I LOVE working with first-time home buyers. Helping you find your first home, learn the home buying process, and guiding you from house-hunting to move-in day gives me the warm and fuzzies. Here are three things you should know before you start looking.

  1. Work with one real estate agent. It’s best to have one agent who is helping you with your search. Your agent will be dedicated to finding you the right property, and then negotiating on all the terms of your transaction on your behalf. You want that person to get to know you and your family’s needs and preferences, rather than starting over with someone new each time you go look at a house. Keep in mind that the agent who shows you a home is, ethically, the one who should continue the transaction. Also, when you call an agent from a yard sign or advertisement, you are dealing with the seller’s agent. While most real estate professionals are adept at handling both sides of a transaction professionally, it makes more sense to deal with someone you have already taken time to get to know and who has your best interests at heart as the buyer. You aren’t paying your agent; unless otherwise stated, he or she is paid by the seller upon closing. Still, you are hiring someone to work for you, so feel free to interview multiple agents and pick the one that you feel fits you best.
  2. You need to be pre-approved for financing. Unless you are paying cash for your home, you do need to talk to a lender before you start looking at houses. One reason is that it helps you set an accurate price range for house hunting. Looking at homes that you can’t afford to make an offer on just leads to frustration. A mortgage lender will not only tell you what amount you can borrow, but also your projected monthly payment, your...

Check Off These Items Before You List Your Home

Thinking of selling your home this year? Maybe you are ready to upsize or downsize, move to a new neighborhood, or take advantage of a sellers’ market. In any case, there are some smart moves you can make before you list to ease the process of selling your home.

  • Bring in a handyman. Have repairs made to leaky faucets, torn screens, broken door or window locks and handles, faulty electrical outlets, drywall damage, missing grout or caulking, broken sprinkler heads, rotten wood and anything else that would give a buyer reason to wonder, “What else is wrong with this house?”
  • Clean out storage spaces. Closet by closet, cabinet by cabinet, and drawer by drawer, get rid of items you no longer use. Your goal should be to show that the home has plenty of storage space, not spaces bursting with clutter.
  • Put away excess décor. Go for a minimalist look so that buyers can see the bones of the house and not have to move or look around decorative items to see the home.
  • Ditto on the Family Photographs. Humans are naturally drawn to people’s faces. If your home has family photos on every wall and shelf, buyers will be distracted by all the pretty faces.
  • Have the exterior pressure-cleaned. Make sure to include the roof, patios, porches,  driveway and walkways.
  • Spruce up the landscaping. First impressions are everything. You want buyers to want to come inside and not drive on by. Increase your curb appeal by trimming shrubbery and trees, putting down fresh mulch and planting some annuals.
  • Perform a deep cleaning. Consider hiring professional cleaners to tackle everything from...

Questions You Should Ask When Buying New Construction

There’s nothing like moving into a home that is truly new, with no smells, smudges or dust left behind by a previous owner. Even better is when you get to make your own custom selections. But buying from a builder is a different ball game and it’s important you know how to play. Consider these questions if you are considering new construction.

Should you use a real estate agent? I think so! The builder may have sales agents or an assistant that helps buyer’s through the process, but those people work for the builder. It’s always a good idea to have a professional advocating for you, and most builders will pay agents a commission for bringing the buyer. It’s important that your agent accompany you to the first visit to the model center or builders’ office so that representation is established.

Does the builder have a good reputation? We’ve all heard stories of builders who fail to deliver on their promises, using lower grade materials than quoted, or even disappearing before the work was completed. Check out your builder before signing anything. Find out if there are any complaints registered against them and ask for references from other homeowners. Find out if you can tour a model or a recently completed home, and bring someone who can judge the quality of the workmanship.

Should you use the builders’ lender? Many builders work with a preferred lender that offers attractive discounts on closing costs when you finance through them. It’s important to know if the lender is working as a referral or if the mortgage company is owned by the same company that is building your home. If your lender and builder both work for the same company, it’s a good idea to have an attorney review your...

Avoid Emotional Decision Making When Falling in Love with a Home

Every home buyer hopes to find the perfect house. The one that, as soon as you walk through the front door, you know it is the one for you.

It happens, and when it does, I am really happy for my buyers. I always want my buyers to fall in love with the perfect house and live happily ever after.

Just like in relationships, however, emotions often come into play during the home buying journey…Emotions that may result in some not-so-loving feelings.

While I’m not a therapist, I can help you talk through your emotions about the homes we visit and help you identify if you are making decisions with your heart and not your head.

There are six basic emotions; let’s look at how they can affect your decision-making skills.

Fear: We have all learned that fear triggers a “fight or flight” response. In terms of making decisions, fear may cause you to “flee” from making any decision at all, which could make your home buying experience exhausting. If you are afraid you will run out of time, or that if you pass on a house you won’t find another one, you may “fight” by making a rash decision too quickly.

Sadness: Feeling sad can cause you to lower your expectations and settle for less than you truly want. You may decide you don’t need certain features that you previously wanted. Or you may settle for one of the first homes you see instead of persevering with the search.

Disgust: Disgust can cause you to eliminate choices that otherwise might have been in the running. You might find the perfect floorplan, style, or location, but if the home has a bad odor, a filthy floor, or some other off-putting defect, you might not be able to...

Chinese Lanterns at the Louisville Zoo!

March 5th - April 25th the Louisville Zoo will be illuminated with Chinese Lanterns. Hosting 1.4 miles of interactive lanterns right along side your favorite animals.
Come see the Zoo like you've never seen it before.
Click the link below for full details and the opportunity to purchase your tickets.

(source: Louisville Zoo)


Home Trends for 2020!

From colorful Kitchens to pretty powder rooms. Check out these trends sure to hit the home in 2020. Whether you’re settling into your dream home, sprucing up a house to sell, or just looking to make some changes, here are some predictions for hot home décor trends in 2020!

Colorful Kitchens – The classic white kitchen has held its top spot for years, but décor experts predict that 2020 will bring more color into the kitchen, like grays, soft blues, and natural wood elements. Wood Range Hoods – As homeowners seek to bring warmth to their farmhouse-style décor, wood range hoods are a rising way to marry cool color palettes with warmth and whimsy. 

Formal Dining Rooms – More and more homeowners have gone casual with their eating spaces, but it’s looking like formal dining rooms will make a comeback, with new focus given toward the impact and statement a great dining room can create.

Seating in the Bathroom – As bathrooms become more useful as a spa-like retreat in the home, extra seating can be a valuable asset, whether it’s a window seat, a bench, a cute vanity seat, or a catch-all chair by the bathtub, seating in the bathroom is a logical next step in decorating. Tiled Bathtub Aprons – Tiles have long been used as an inexpensive way to create beauty in the bathroom, but the experts are predicting that this year will see an expansion of the idea, with bathtub aprons the next option for a quick spruce-up. Double Floating Vanities – Homeowners have been growing in their use of floating vanities. They open up space and create a clean, minimalist feel. This year, there will likely be a rise in double floating vanities.

Creative and Clever Laundry Rooms – The functional laundry room has been neglected in design for too long, and experts predict that 2020 will see a...

Louisville Fish Fry's

Where are the Fish Fry's in Louisville you ask! Louisville loves fish fry events for Lent. There are many churches and organizations around town that have lunch and dinner fish frys. Check out the link below to find your favorite!


Source: Louisvillefamilyfun.net


Highlands Candy Store a True “Sweet Spot”

The Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe adds that special treat to living in the Highlands!

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

The Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe storefront

What confectionary delights will you find at the Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe in the Highlands?

Life in the Highlands community of Louisville was already pretty great, but with the addition of a new candy store, it’s downright sweet.

Timeless homes, ongoing entertainment, the best restaurants and local stores in the area – what more could you need? Now there’s a delicious candy store right in the heart of the Highlands. The Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe, at 1583 Bardstown Rd., is a great addition to the neighborhood. They have gourmet chocolates, all kinds of hard-to-find candies, specialty sodas, yummy gummies, and a great range of bulk candies for any occasion. Stop in today and grab a treat for every sweet tooth in the family!

This new store is just another reason to love life in the Highlands. If you’re looking to buy your next home in the Highlands area, don’t let the current market scare you! We’d love to help you find your dream home in this fabulous community. Talk to an agent today about how to make the Highlands your next home, sweet home!

 [Source: thesweetspotcandyshoppeky.com]


The Highlands Festival is Fun for the Whole Family

Highlands Festival Another Reason to Love Life in the Neighborhood

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Highlands Festival logo

The Highlands Festival provides fun for the whole family!

When you live in the Highlands, there’s never a shortage of fun ways to engage with the community. Regularly, there are concerts, family events and special festivals popping up around the area, further proving that the Highlands is one of Louisville’s best places to live, work and experience the city.

The September Highlands Festival is one such event that is fun for everyone – and maybe just a short walk from your new Highlands home!

On Saturday, September 8, beginning at 1 p.m., the whole family is invited to experience the Highlands at its best, with lots of great food, a covered beer garden, your favorite local artisans’ goods, a super fun kid area, and live music throughout the day. The activities will take place along the 900 Block of Baxter Avenue in the Highlands, from Highland to Broadway.

And while you’re finding yet another reason to love living in the Highlands, don’t forget the area stores, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, parks, and more that make the Highlands one of the best places to live in Louisville!

 [Source: Highlandsfest.com]


Highlands Sees Progress on Vegan Restaurant and Pub

V-Grits and False Idol Independent Brewers Works Toward Opening in the Highlands

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Vegetarian Bowl

The Highlands: Making all your vegan dreams come true!

Louisville’s Highlands area is celebrating the upcoming opening of a local vegan restaurant and adjoining brewery. V-Grits and False Idol Independent Brewers will be opening this fall at the previous Monkey Wrench location in the Highlands.

While it was previously believed they’d open this summer, extensive renovations and improvements have taken up more time than anticipated, but the wait will be all be worth it when the doors are finally opened.

V-Grits is currently a highly demanded food truck provider, and their brick and mortar location in the Highlands will be able to serve more hungry vegetarians, vegans, and curious omnivores. This won’t be just another great restaurant and brewery, it’ll be a valuable opportunity to help demonstrate the delicious lifestyle vegans can enjoy.

Restaurants like these are just another reason why the Highlands is a great place to live, work, and play. This area of Louisville has it all – from live entertainment to unique dining experience, with plenty of fun for the whole family in between. The Highlands could be the perfect place for you to buy your next home – and then you’ll be able to get yummy, guilt-free foods and beer any time you want!

 [Source: Louisville Courier Journal]


New Highlands Store Embraces the Community Feel

“Vintage Banana” Clothing Store Fits the Neighborhood Feel

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Old TV

In the Highlands there’s a unique vintage clothing store. In with the old.

If any neighborhood knows what it’s like to take something old and unique, clean it up, and display it proudly, it’s the Highlands. That’s why the Vintage Banana clothing store at 1507 Bardstown Road (through the alley) is a perfect fit for the area. It’s one-of-a-kind, clean, and charming, and the store is a great place to help your wardrobe match your uniquely Highlands vibe.

Maybe you’re already dressed to the nines in your vintage threads, and you’re looking to buy a house in a matching neighborhood. The Highlands in Louisville might be just the location for you! Besides fabulous shops like Vintage Banana, there are plenty of specialty restaurants, local coffeehouses, scenic parks, and fun for the whole family, all within easy walking distance. Whether you’re searching for that authentic shotgun-style house or the modern, renovated home of your dreams, you can find it all in the Highlands.

Talk to an agent today about making the Highlands your home. Bell-bottoms not required.

 [Source: Louisville Magazine]


Highlands Among Best Areas for Public Murals

The Rise of Intentional Wall Art is Reflected in Highlands Neighborhoods

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Highlands wall mural

The writing on the wall says it all about the Highlands neighborhood.

You don’t have to drive far to discover one of Louisville’s hottest new trends – street art! Downtown, Portland, NuLu, near UofL, and Old Louisville are boasting more and more examples of these creative expressions on buildings, walls and other areas.

Some art reflects the businesses nearby or embraces the feel of the neighborhood. And some creative murals integrate wires and signs into the artwork. From simple designs to elaborate masterpieces, each piece of art reflects a piece of the city, its diverse population and its free-spirited artists.

In the Highlands, you can find everything from pairs of animals enjoying coffees together to dragons, hamburgers, zoo animals and catchy sayings. It’s just another one of those things that captures the heart, creativity, adventure, and deeply affectional weirdness of Louisville and the Highlands community.

 [Source: Insider Louisville]

[Source: Louisville Courier Journal]



Cherokee Triangle Summer Concert Series Continues in July

A family-friendly musical event at Willow Park in Cherokee Triangle

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner


Nothing is more fun in the summer than parks, family, and neighborhood concerts.

Have you been enjoying the summer concert series at Willow Park in Cherokee Triangle? The June events were great, and the July concerts promise to deliver just as much fun for the family, great music, and evenings of summer memories for years to come.

Come to one – or all – of the July concerts at the park! Remember, to keep these events fun for everyone, there’s no alcohol or pets permitted.

• July 8 – Rick Bartlett Band (Soul & R & B)
• July 15 –The Decades (60’s – 80’s Rock, Rock, Rock)
• July 22 –Wulfe Brothers & Wulfpack (Soul, R & B/Blues)
• July 29 – Will Cary (Nightcrawler Rock)

[Source: CherokeeTriangle.com]


Flavour Restaurant Adds Highlands Variety

A new restaurant offers Creole, Caribbean and Southern Comfort Selections

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner


Visit Flavour Restaurant & Lounge in the Highlands.

The Highlands neighborhoods in Louisville are a special area for unique and creative goods, including an impressive range of fun dining. Where else could you find something like the new Flavour Restaurant & Lounge, which is located at 1767 Bardstown Rd.?

The restaurant specializes in three categories of foods: Creole, Caribbean and Southern Comfort. Just when you thought you could already find everything you could possibly want in Louisville, the Highlands adds another flavorful experience. Whether Louisville residents are craving crawfish, calamari or catfish, Flavour has it all!

Though the restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday, you can check out all that Flavour has to offer during these hours:
• 5-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday
• 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday
• 2-9 p.m. Sunday

This addition is just another reason to love the Highlands. It’s an adventurous area, filled with surprises around every corner. To buy or sell a house in this delightful neighborhood, contact an agent today about how to get started!

[Source: Louisville Courier Journal]


Electric Bike Store Opens in the Highlands

Louisville Has its First Electric Bike Shop
By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Electric Bike

Louisville’s first electric bike store is conveniently located in the Highlands.

Louisville is a great city for cyclists. Between designated bike lanes in some areas to the many parks and trails scattered throughout the city, there are endless options for bicycling enthusiasts. Bike racks are readily available, and the summer’s long days are perfect for evening rides.

Now, there’s another reason to get excited.

Louisville’s first electric bike store has opened in the Highlands. Pedego Electric Bikes is located at 1403 Bardstown Rd., and they sell or lease electric bikes equipped with a throttle and pedal assist. The cyclist sets the controls to best accommodate their specific needs. This feature is for the young and old – for anyone who wants to bike faster, longer!

Whether you’re exploring on a new electric bike or strolling through your neighborhood with you family, the Highlands in Louisville are perfect for enjoying the summer. Talk to an agent today about finding your next home in the Highlands. Electric bike not included.

[Source: WDRB]


Bardstown Road Safety Redesign Proposal

A new plan proposes lane changes for greater driver, pedestrian safety

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

A redesign proposal for Bardstown Road could improve area safety.

Residents and guests to the Highlands have probably all experienced the stressful driving and walking conditions on Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue. Louisville Metro government has proposed a plan for the area that would provide permanent street parking, add more turning lanes, and create a designated sidewalk in a key area. The corridor in question is currently one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Kentucky for both drivers and pedestrians.

This could be great news for those looking to buy a house in the Highlands, as it could improve driving safety and pedestrian protection. It could also come with some slower traffic in some areas during rush hour, and an undetermined length of construction, but the Metro Government is hoping the delays could be minimized and the benefits far outweigh the inconveniences.

The plan is still many steps from approval, but it’s exciting to know that as the Highlands continue to thrive and grow, the City is looking at ways to create a safer space for the Highlands residents, guests and businesses.

[Source: Insider Louisville]


Summer Concert Series Kicks Off

Cherokee Triangle’s Summer Concert Series Begins Memorial Day Weekend

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Summer Concert Series_ guitar player

Summer concerts in Cherokee Triangle are a treat for the community.

Just in case you needed another reason to be at Cherokee Park, the summer concert series is kicking off on Memoria Day weekend. The concerts will begin Memorial Day Monday at Cherokee Triangle from 7-9 p.m., and occur the following Sundays through July.

These concerts are great events for family fun, community, a beautiful Highlands-area park, and some fantastic music. Whether you’ve lived in Louisville for years or you’re visiting the area, this is a can’t-miss night of neighborhood happiness. While you’re there, you can walk through the scenic trails in the park, or journey on down to Bardstown Road for artisan coffee, lively night life, book stores and specialty shops. The Highlands has something for everyone, and it’s a thriving neighborhood that still maintains its charismatic charm.  

Louisville’s many parks, community events, arts and music festivals, friendly gatherings, and social amenities make it a terrific place to live and work. If you’re looking to find your next home in the Highlands area, we’d love to talk with you today about your options.

[Source: TheHighlandsofLouisville.com]


Cat Café Coming to the Highlands This Summer

For Cat-Lovers Who Also Love Coffee

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Does your purrfect day involve cats and coffee?

Does your purrfect day involve cats and coffee?

Louisville has a lot of coffee shops and cafés, but this summer, the Highlands will get Louisville’s first ever cat café! Purrfect Day Café will open its doors this summer at 1741 Bardstown Rd. The café - part coffee shop and part adoption center - will serve a full coffee line-up, plus beer, wine, and snacks.

Patrons can play with and pet the cats, who will live and lounge in the café. Every cat there will be available to adopt through the Kentucky Humane Society. Potential adopters will see the cats relaxed and in their natural environment, so they’ll have a good idea about the nature of any cat they decide to adopt into their home.

So whether you’re a cat-lover who likes to be able to enjoy their company over coffee or you’re hoping to bring home a new feline friend, the Purrfect Day Café will be the place to be! The owners are hoping to open their doors this June.

[Source: Louisville Business Journal]


Former Highlands Church Transformed into Luxury Apartments

When Your Home is Your Sanctuary

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

A former Highlands church receives new beginnings as a multi-family apartment unit.

A former Highlands church receives new beginnings as a multi-family apartment unit.

Luxury apartments from upcycled spaces – you’ve seen it done with abandoned warehouses and industrial buildings. Now a historic church in the Highlands is joining the fun! The Sanctuary on Bardstown is a new, nine-unit apartment complex that used to be Calvary Lutheran Church.

The developers kept some of the unique details of the church, such as the beautiful stained-glass windows now artfully restored, but they converted the three stories into nine apartments and a potential restaurant for the high-end renter who loves a little history.

The Sanctuary on Bardstown has three studios, four one-bedroom units, and a couple two-bedroom apartments. Each unit has hard-wood floors.

[Source: Louisville Business Journal]