real estate: Basketball and Selling Real Estate - Similarites - 02/27/10 12:02 PM
This is the first of a series of blogs I hope to write before "March Madness."  Living in Lexington Kentucky, the home of the storied University of Kentucky and working as a Realtor has caused me to ponder the similarities in the sport of basketball and the real estate industry. Historical kinship:   The idea of basketball was born from James Naismith's school days in the area where he played a simple child's game known as duck-on-a-rock outside his one-room schoolhouse. The game involved attempting to knock a "duck" off the top of a large rock by tossing another rock at … (1 comments)

real estate: The Real Estate and Food Connection - 01/21/10 04:49 AM
"We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else.  But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else.  The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition.  One reason to eat responsibly is to live free."  Wendell Berry, "Bringing it to the Table, On Farming and Food" , page 229
What does this quote have to do with real estate?  I am going to write about that question.  My goal is to help … (2 comments)

real estate: No Adventure Please when Visiting the Dentist - 01/20/10 02:56 AM
Finding a home close to essential services was of utmost importance to Kathy and I when we move here 15 months ago.
Monday I went to my sixth month dental appointment.  I went without trepidation because of previous experiences.
I have been having some problems with a crown and  Dr. Lopp assured me he would replace the crown free of charge the last time I had my teethe cleaned.
I put off the crown replacement six months because of my schedule and truthfully just because I have a lifetime habit of putting off sitting in a dental chair.
So when … (3 comments)

real estate: Top Ten Reasons NOT to buy a home Right Now! - 01/05/10 03:07 AM
10)  There are just too many homes to choose from in the higher price ranges.       It is just too difficult to decide on which home to buy when there are so many choices.  I can really identify with Brett Favre.  I mean how can I ever decide to buy when so many people want me to buy their homes.  It is so much easier when I don't have to worry about dissappointing so many home owners trying to sell their homes. 9)  There are so few homes in my price range.  Our  best friends just found a home they wanted … (7 comments)

real estate: Rector Hayden Realtors, A Huge On Line Presence - 12/11/09 11:43 AM
Latest on line statistics for Rector Hayden Realtors, Central Kentucky's leader in selling and buying homes.  It is amazing how these stats grow from month to month.  I recently  had an "old timer"  in real estate say to me, "The internet has ruined my business, when we had the listing books my clients came to me."  My last two listings came from the internet and I just made another appointment from an internet contact. 
 
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real estate: Leaves, Nature's Wonderfu Gift to the Gardener - 10/30/09 10:30 PM
Leaves, Nature's Gold for our SoilYesterday I began raking my yard and moving the leaves to the garden.  I will let the leaves absorb moisture and begin to decompose for a few weeks or days depending on the weather.  If it looks like we will be getting an extended time of very cold weather I will use a shovel to turn a large portion of the leaves into the soil.  I have two large pin oak trees, a yellow poplar, a locust and various shrubs that will drop their treasures. This will be enough leaves to cover my 1000 square foot … (3 comments)

real estate: Blonde, Cute And Bad to the Bone - 09/22/09 06:53 AM
When You’re Blonde Enough Nothing Else Matters

            Eight years ago my wife adopted a three year old blonde cocker spaniel.   Kathy was won over by Abby’s big brown eyes and Jennifer Aniston haircut.  Abby was, essentially, already full grown and set in her ways, but I have a hunch that Kathy wouldn’t have been much of a taskmaster.  Kathy considers that having raised three pretty good kids, she’s entitled to a dog with challenging behavior.  I keep telling her that Marley pioneered the acceptability of bad dogs.  Kathy will only grudgingly agree that Abby isn’t exactly Lassie material. 
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real estate: Another Tantalizing Recipe - 09/16/09 09:57 AM
Civilization and gardens
 
            During World War II Americans turned their yards (and sometimes roof gardens) into vegetable gardens so that they could ease the strain on the food supply. These were called Victory Gardens.   In 1944 about 40% of all the vegetables being consumed in the US were grown in Victory Gardens.  The food certainly aided the war effort, but it also boosted the morale of the people who didn’t themselves actively go to war.  The gardens promoted civilization, if you will.
            Last month I dragged Kathy to the Arboretum for the monthly meeting of gardeners.  It was … (6 comments)

real estate: Flippers Beware - 09/13/09 07:39 AM
I have been in the proceess of getting a home ready to sell the past three weeks.  When I bought it  I was hoping to have it on the market next week.  Things just take longer than I usually plan and of course it costs more to make the necessary upgrades than I had planned. I do some of the demolition work and help out a bit.  However, I am not a finish carpenter and don't pretend or try to be.  I contract out the work that I know I cannot do professionally.  .I recently had a friend say to me, … (128 comments)

real estate: Buyers: How to Get a Great Price in Lexington - 08/10/09 11:42 AM
To Buyers:

Yes, there are ways to get a terrific price on a home without suffering through the purchase of a bank owned home or a short sale.

In fact,  in my opinion you will get a better buy in most cases and your experience will be much more pleasant.

Here are some true statements that I have discovered recently as I have researched home sales in Lexington.
I will eagerly  share the detailed research with those buyers who are willing to come to my office for a free consultation.

This research was done in three zip … (0 comments)

real estate: Gardening and Friendships - 07/18/09 01:48 AM

Gardens Open Doors to Friendship Growing a garden gives one so many opportunities to begin building relationships.  One of my neighbor and I for a myriad of reasons were just not connecting. He  is diligent about keeping his yard very neat.  So while he was outside the other night I went over and immediately asked him if he liked tomatoes.  I had just given all my tomatoes away to another neighbor so I hesitated just asking him but the time was opportune.  

The next day I saw him in the yard greeting his wife as she came home … (0 comments)

real estate: Forming Relationships with my Neighbors. - 11/13/08 10:06 PM
To those neighbors who are reading this blog for the first time thanks so much for stopping by. If you would like to know when I post a new blog entry send me your email address and you will be automatically notified. I promise to never share your email.
 
Sunday afternoon I began introducing myself to my neighbors? I have spent almost six hours so far and have talked to a total of 23 people. My goal was to meet 300 of my Gainesway neighbors. Kathy and I are hoping that ten percent of them will then come to our … (10 comments)

real estate: A Great Place to Call Home, Gainesway Subdivision in Lexington Kentucky - 11/01/08 11:06 AM

Gainesway neighborhood profile:
I hope to regularly profile a particular subdivison in Lexington.  Since I live in Gainesway I will make this my first neighborhood profile.
Houses:  Most were built in the mid 1960s.  Our home was built in 1964.  All of the homes are brick or stone and the builders must have been good masons.  I haven't seen a home that looks as if the mortor is beginning to loosen.  One story ramblers, ramblers with basement and split levels are the most common styles.  There are a few saltbox styles and a few other homes in Gainesway that are more … (0 comments)

 
Helping seller and buyers understand the value of the land they buy or sell is my passion. My work as a real estate agent is fulfilling because I am passionate about negotiating value. Sellers, let me help you maximize the value of your land even if it is just a small front yard. Buyers I will help you find a place even in the middle of Lexington that can help your family build a wonderful home. Give me a chance to look at your home, your land, your garden and I will give you some great ideas on how you can enhance the presentation of your home with a very small budget.


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