Louisville Area Real Estate Blog

Client Appreciation Event

The Oatley Team and Century Mortgage are hosting their own Client Appreciation Event yet another year at Churchill Downs. The party starts this coming Thursday on Millionaire's Row at 4 PM until 8:30 PM. Food and drink will be provided. The Night races will begin shortly thereafter. We hope to see you there for a great time with friends and lots of fun.

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THE COLOR RUN

June 9th THE COLOR RUN is in town! Starting time is 8 am sharp down on Waterfront Park. Check out thecolorrun.com to see what the fun is all about.

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Creek Sweep

The annual Floyds Fork Creek Sweep is this weekend. Come out for a great time cleaning up our Parklands; all while canoeing down the peaceful and beautiful Floyds Fork. This is a free, all-ages volunteer event and the canoes are provided. Also, enjoy complimentary Sugar and Spice Doughnuts for breakfast and catered lunch after the Sweep. 

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Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is back for the summer! Kicking off is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Come hang out and watch the drama unfold at Story Avenue Park this Saturday at 6:30 pm.

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Getting pre-approved

It’s Derby Week Y'all, and to celebrate the week of the most exciting two minutes in sports, let’s discuss the most exciting moments in buying a house! Nothing beats the rush of placing an offer on the home of your dreams and hearing that your offer got accepted. The best way to make that happen is to make sure you are pre-approved. With a market as hot as we have right now, homes are flying off the market left and right. So, before you even start looking for a home, you should get your pre-approval. It’ll make you a more desirable buyer, and you will know exactly what price range to shop. Contact one of our buyer’s agents today to get your pre-approval started.

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Dress to Impress

Derby is so close and Saturday is opening day for Churchill Downs! The theme is “Dress to Impress”. So, ladies pick out your favorite hat and dress; gentlemen, pull out your favorite suit and get ready to have a great time experiencing one of the Derby City’s premier, race-season events. Must be 18 to enter, and tickets start at $15.

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Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville is finally here this Saturday! For all your Thunder info like where to park and what roads will be closed, click here. If airplanes, food trucks, and fireworks aren’t your thing, Farmington Historic Plantation is having its annual spring festival and plant sale from 8am-2pm also.

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Beargrass Creek Alliance Creek Sweep

Want to help keep the community clean? Beargrass Creek Alliance is doing a creek sweep this Saturday! Come out to help keep our city pretty and maybe even make some friends! For more info, check out: https://kwalliance.org/event/bca-spring-cleanup/
or their facebook event page
https://www.facebook.com/events/1679308245449502/

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Super Run 5K and the Easter Parade

It’s a big weekend here in the ‘Ville. Not only is it the weekend of the Easter Parade on Frankfort Ave, but it is also the day of the Super Run 5k! Dress up as your favorite superhero, and run to support local nonprofits in the community. For more information, check out these links to their facebook event pages.
https://www.facebook.com/events/188867638339257/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1549924465042928/

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Easter in Louisville

It's official; the Easter Bunny has begun his work! This Saturday, there is a multitude of Easter egg hunts and places to meet the big bunny all over Louisville. Grab your loved ones and get some candy. Here are just a few of the sites to get your sugar stash around town. https://www.facebook.com/events/1130888900380191/

https://www.facebook.com/events/767039873490797/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1962323493796947/

https://www.facebook.com/events/541054136276149/

https://www.facebook.com/events/448584238878284/

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Cookie Dough and St. Patrick's Day Parade

Get ready to grab some dough! Louisville is getting its own NoBaked Cookie Dough Shop located on Blankenbaker Pkwy, and its Grand Opening is this Saturday at noon. They will have nine different flavors, including vegan options. So grab your green, and check out the latest new dessert trend before the infamous St. Patty’s Day Parade, which starts at three. It will begin at the corner of Broadway and Baxter and make its way down Bardstown Rd. For more info about the celebration, check out www.louisvilleirish.com.

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Mellwood Art Show

Looking for something fun to do this weekend to get out of the house? Mellwood Art Center is hosting its spring art show this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. Admission and parking are free. There will be food, performances, and of course, lots of local art. Come out and support the Louisville art community and find some new pieces for your home you will love.

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Puppy Bowl

More excited about the Puppy Bowl than the Super Bowl? Come down to Copper and Kings on Sunday, February 4th and help support the Kentucky Humane Society with the Puppy Bowl Watch Party! Doors open at 2 PM, and the Puppy Bowl will stream from 3-5 PM. There will be local pet shop vendors, and food and drink available for purchase from Butchertown Pizza Hall. Please remember no outside dogs will be allowed inside as this is an adoption event, and there will be shelter animals present. Come on down, have some fun, and maybe even find a new furbaby to love!

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Upcoming Openings in Louisville

Here in Louisville, we have some awesome local parks, talented college teams, and last but definitely not least, some fabulous local eateries and breweries. Let’s take a look and see whats going to be new on the scene for 2018! 

  1. Against The Grain - the second location for the company, planning on opening in the Schnitzelburg area. 
  2. Bluegrass Brewing Co. - plans are to reopen in its original Theater Square location. 
  3. Bob’s Steak & Chop House. - one of the two Texas-based restaurants coming to the Omni. 
  4. The Champagnery. - a champagne bar coming to Frankfort Avenue. 
  5. Daddy Rich's - the pop-up restaurant that previously operated out of Chef Space, a kitchen incubator in Russell, will soon have a permanent location in Old Louisville.
  6. Delfino’s - From the hospitality group, CT Restaurant Partners, has plans to open in the Valley Station area. 
  7. El Camino - the beloved Mexican joint is expected make a second go in the Germantown side of Goss Avenue.
  8. El Taco Luchador - after a successful second restaurant opening in 2017, is full steam ahead with a J-town location expected to open in the spring. 
  9. Falls City Brewing Company - moving locations to NuLu
  10. Farm to Fork - a catering company which recently moved to the Portland area and has plans to open a small cafe. 
  11. Feast BBQ - another restaurant opening...

Smart homes equal smart savings on energy

This year help increase the value of your home by bringing it into the 21st century with updated technology. Having a smart home will reduce energy costs and be a major selling point when the time comes to list. Some of the best value for your money will come from a smart thermostat like the Nest. Your thermostat makes up half your energy bill – more than appliances or electronics. So shouldn’t it help you save energy?

According to Business Insider, studies have proven that the Nest Learning Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.  A smart home hub is also a major player in a lot of smart home devices. While not all smart home devices work properly together, smart home hubs can help alleviate compatibility issues and allows versatility in products. The highest rated one going into 2018 is the Samsung SmartThings Hub. Smart security cameras and doorbells are a great way to strengthen the security readiness of your home, but why not make your home more secure right from the door itself? That’s what smart locks are for, and they are the latest trend on the market in 2018. All you need is your phone in your hand, tap it on the lock, and you’re inside. The Kwikset Kevo Gen2 is the best rated and makes it much easier than fumbling for keys in the dark or having an armload of groceries.

The important thing to do when purchasing smart home products is to make sure you have thoroughly researched each option and its reviews. There are several out there so make sure you get the best product that is going to work the most efficiently with what you already have installed in your home. Good luck and contact The Oatley Team for expert advice on how you can add value to your home.

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$10,000 Downpayment assistance available for first-time home buyers

FREE GRANT MONEY AVAILABLE through Kentucky Housing Corporation.  KHC is proud to announce a new round of Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) Downpayment Assistance Program (DAP), a total of $5 million will be available for new reservations beginning today, Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The HHF DAP will be available on a first-come, first served basis, based on the completion of the first mortgage and HHF DAP Reservations.  Please contact The Oatley Team TODAY for more information on eligibility.

HHF DAP Program Guidelines:

  • $10,000, zero-percent interest, a forgivable second mortgage loan with a five-year term.
  • Property must be located in one of the four counties: Christian, Hardin, Jefferson, & Kenton
  • No New-Construction properties allowed. The property has to have been previously occupied.
  • Secondary Market Purchase Price and Income Limits apply.
  • The borrower must be a first-time home buyer (no ownership interest in the last three years).
  • Most recent three-year federal tax returns or tax transcripts required.
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Lights Under Louisville

What: Lights Under Louisville

Where:  Louisville Mega Cavern - 1841 Taylor Ave Louisville, KY 40213

When: November 17 – December 31, Monday-Friday from 6-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 5-10pm 

Going out and seeing lights is one of the most classic traditions of the holidays, and during this holiday season, Louisville is host to the world’s only underground holiday light show. Lights Under Louisville at the Louisville Mega Cavern is a wonderful event where patrons can drive their cars underground through parts of the mega cavern to see a massive display of over 3,000,000 lights and 850 characters from your favorite holiday stories. There are VIP passes for certain dates so you can skip the line, as well as dinner options for a holiday meal served at the Louisville Zoo.  To learn more about the event, and for complete pricing, click here!

Louisville Homes for Sale – The Highlands

The Louisville Mega Cavern is a short drive away from the Louisville Zoo and one of Louisville’s most iconic neighborhoods, the Highlands. With an abundance of culture, art, restaurants, and shops, the Highlands is a great place for anyone to call home. At The Oatley Team, our goal is to help you find your ideal home, so contact us today to get started!

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5 Fun Halloween Events in Louisville!

5 Fun Halloween Events in Louisville!

 

Halloween Events in Louisville

  1. Dracula at Actor’s Theatre. One of the most popular plays in Louisville, the best time to see it is right at Halloween. We wrote a blog on this event here, so be sure to check it out for more detailed information. You can see pricing and other information at the website here: https://actorstheatre.org/shows/fifth-third-banks-dracula-2017-2018/
  2. Louisville Zoo’s Kid’s Largest Halloween Party. With Trick-Or-Treating for kids under 11, the Louisville Zoo is wonderfully decorated with many themes and characters in the Halloween spirit, but not too scary for the little ones. See more information here: https://louisvillezoo.org/halloween/
  3. Jack O’ Lantern Stroll. An event at Bardstown for the whole family, this Halloween walk is growing in popularity. The streets are lit with hundreds of Jack O’ Lanterns with designs from the basic to the intricate. You can visit the website here: http://www.dreamswithwings.org/jack-o-lantern-stroll/
  4. Halloween in Brown Park. A great event for those close to the St. Matthew’s area, this free family oriented event features many Trick-Or-Treating locations, hay rides, and games. For more information, view the website here: http://www.stmatthewschamber.com/1004-2/...

Dracula Returns to Actors Theatre

What: Dracula at Actor’s Theatre

Where:  Actors Theatre, 316 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

When: September 8th – November 2nd

 

Dracula at Actors Theatre

Actors Theatre has been putting on productions of Dracula for several years, and it has grown into one of the most popular annual productions in Louisville. With a cast of many talented actors and actresses, combined with the unique features and viewing style of Bingham Theatre, the show is always amazing.

The production runs for almost two months, and the recommended age is listed as 11 years and up. With multiple seating options and various showings every week at a variety of times, there is an opportunity for everyone to see this fantastic play.

For dates, purchasing options, and more information, you can visit the official website here.

Louisville Homes for Sale – Jeffersontown

Jeffersontown, or J-Town, is one of Louisville’s many wonderful communities. With great schools, shopping centers, and restaurants, Jeffersontown has everything you need to call it home. At The Oatley Team, we are dedicated to find a Louisville residence that is right for you. Jeffersontown is a great place to start, so talk to The Oatley Team today!

Click here to see Louisville homes for sale in the Jeffersontown area! 

Contact the Oatley Team to find your new Louisville home:

Phone: (502) 554-9555      Email: agents@theoatleyteam.com

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