Louisville Area Real Estate Blog

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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