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List It: Dog Etiquette for Selling a Home

 There’s dog etiquette for the dog park, on and off-leash walking, and public places, but who knew there was dog etiquette when it comes to selling your home? Luckily now you do, so you can use this guide to take the proper steps to ensure your home makes the first impression you need to get you one step closer to Louisville.

 

Besides, the sooner you get there the sooner you can leash up and explore the city. First, fuel up at one of the many dog-friendly restaurants nearby. While your food settles, take the tram through the Mega Cavern that goes under the city of Louisville or enjoy a glass of wine at Vines & Canines. Once you’re ready to up the activity, go for a casual stroll in Iroquois Park or let your pooch have some off-leash fun at Vettiner Dog Run.

   

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Waterfront Wednesday

                                 

This summer has been all about getting out of the house and finding

activities around Louisville that are either free, or cost only a few dollars. In theupcoming weeks we will be blogging about all of the events that we have found, but we wanted to start with one that is free and fun of everyone of all ages. If you haven't checked out a Waterfront Wednesday concert, you need to add it to your list of things to-do. Not only are these concerts are absolutely free foreveryone in the family, but the music is great and you also get a great view of the city. Waterfront Wednesday's usually fall on the last Wednesday of the month, so make sure to look up their events to make sure they are hosting a concert on the Wednesday that you are interested in going. They begin the concerts in April and then the last one will fallaround September. If you've been downtown then you will know exactly where the high lawn is. That's where the concerts are located but youcan also watch the concert from the bridge. Our family has not done that yet, but I hear that it's a spectacular view and you can still hear the music as if you were right on the lawn. Usually the concerts begin around 5 and will last until 10 or 10:30. It's great if you've got kids but it's also great for couples who don't have kids. It's a different kind of date night, and hey, it's free! One thing that we have learned about the concerts is that you are free to bring in our own food as long as it is in the appropriate and approved containers, but beer and other alcohol has to be purchased inside of the park/concert. So if you're like us and have been looking for free and different things to do around town, check out Waterfront Wednesdays! They make...

High Five Donuts

                                

Our family loves doughnuts. We have a tradition that we eat doughnuts on Friday mornings to celebrate the end of the week. Mostly it has been the end of a school week, but since it's summer, it's become the end of a work week instead. And you all know how we feel about local businesses around town! We can't get enough of them, so we set out to find a local doughnut shop and the girls of High Five Doughnuts did not disappoint! Located on E. Main Street in downtown Louisville, the girls of High Five Doughnuts transformed their once food truck operation into our new favorite doughnut shop in town. One of the things that sets them apart from the other bakeries around town is that you have the option to build your own doughnut by choosing the toppings that you would like to put on top. They also have some pretty amazing staples that they've become known for such as a bacon and maple syrup doughnut and a Kentucky Fried Chicken doughnut. Is your mouth watering yet? Our family tried our the maple syrup and bacon combination as well as a doughnut that had fruity pebbles onto. They were both delicious and were still warm. Yum! Those are the best kind! So if you're out and about in Louisville and are searching for a different kind of doughnut, hit up High Five Doughnuts. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

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Beechmont

It's always fun getting out to explore the city, especially since there are so many up and coming areas with great local restaurants and coffee shops. Beechmont is one of those areas in town that I feel is going to take off very soon. We recently went to the area to look at some of the homes that are for sale and we really enjoyed all that the area had to offer. One of the things that really stood out was the amount of parks that are located throughout the area. Most all of them had walking trails and playgrounds for kids to play at. It was a perfect area for families with young children to relocate in. Beechmont also has a very hip coffee shop called Sungeros that we stopped in and ordered a cup of coffee and a pastry. Their coffee was amazing, but we really enjoyed the low key setting of the shop. We also visited a popsicle shop that was much like Steel City Pops on Bardstown Road. All of the ingredients were purchased from local farmers in order to make the popsicles. In fact, you could sit out in the lobby and look through a glass window to watch all of the popsicles being made on site. Not only is the area up and coming, but it is located right down the road from Iroquois Park which is a gem to the city of Louisville. They offer certain events throughout the seasons such as movies in the amphitheater during the summer months and The Pumpkin Spectacular during Halloween. They have amazing bike trails, hiking trails, playgrounds, basketball courts, and great views of the city. If you're out and about, head over to this part of town and check it out. We promise, you'll be very impressed!

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Muth's Candies

                                    moth's candies modjeskas family owned business downtown nulu 500 block

NuLu is full is new restaurants, shops, bars and coffee shops. Among all of those new businesses is one of Louisville's oldest family owned businesses, Muth's Candies. Established in 1921, Muth's Candies has always been located downtown on the 500 block, but they relocated in the 60's when their original shop was replaced by the expressway. When you walk into the candy store it's like taking a step back in time. There are antiques that line one entire part of the store that are so fun to look at. While talking to one of the family members I learned that these pieces were mostly antiques from other family members who had passed away. This included engraved beer mugs and roses folded out of paper. The other side of the shop features all of the candies that are made daily in the store. What I found fascinating is that the cases that store the candy were bought second-hand in 1921 when the shop first opened, so they are now over 100 years old. As you browse the cases of candy you will see every kind of candy you could ever imagine. There are chocolate covered raisins and peanuts, caramels, fudge, bourbon balls and their signatures candies, modjeskas, which are named after one of the family's favorite Polish actresses. The modjeskas are mashmallows that are covered in caramel. Not only was I impressed with the delicious candies, but the family who owns the store could have have been more friendly. They were so excited to tell the history of the store and get to know me while I was shopping. One of the uncle's who works in the store told us as we were leaving, "Don't keep us a secret! Tell all your friends,...

Bald Eagle Sighting at The Parklands Of Floyds Fork

Bald Eagle at The Parklands at Floyds Fork

I recently heard that bald eagles had been spotted at The Parklands of Floyds Fork so I decided to go out on a bike ride to relieve some stress before my afternoon showings to see if I could find him.  Usually when I bike The Parklands I park my car at the very first parking lot at the top of the hill, but this time I decided to park at the egg lawn to cut out the big hill on the way back.  I knew I would be cutting it close on getting to my afternoons showings and I didn't want to fight that tremendous switchback climb on the last leg of my ride.  So I took off from the egg lawn just mildly uncomfortable from the cold looking to the tree tops in hopes to see my very first bald eagle in its natural environment.  I was only about five or ten minutes into my ride when i noticed a silhouette of a large bird perched high in a tree right at the Sara and W.L. Lyons bridge opposite the valley of the giants trail head.    I jumped off my bike to get a closer look as I was doing so I reached for my iPhone to take pictures and videos.


As soon as I got beneath this incredible raptor he flew from his branch into the creek below.  I was within twenty yards of him and just as I turned the video off to try and do Facebook live he pounced in the creek and flew off with what seemed to be a fairly large trout.  I was absolutely amazed and thankful at the same time.  What an incredible creature and what incredible blessing The Parklands are to our city.  It's my family's favorite park and a place where I already have...

Favorite Christmas Activities In Louisville KY

Christmas, my favorite holiday. I have to admit, my four year old daughter was so excited about Christmas this year that she begged me to put up our tree and decorations early. Usually I'm a stickler for waiting to decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but she somehow talked me into it. I wonder if it was her excitement, her sweet little voice, or the way she folded her hands while she begged me to decorate early. Maybe it was a combination of all three, but I'm so glad I did, and now I'm in the Christmas spirit as much as she is! This year Christmas for our family is going to be so fun! Addison is at such a fun age where she's enjoying all the fun activities around town and Evelyn is just enamored with all the lights. Of course I started thinking about all the fun things to do around Louisville at Christmas and a long list was not hard to compile! Louisville always has such fun activities for kids around the holidays and so I thought I would share a few of them with you incase you're looking for something fun to do with your family and loved ones.

-One of my favorite things to do around Louisville this time of year is to visit the Galt House for their annual Kalightoscope experience. I first learned about this event when I took my class on a field trip to it a few years back. It's an amazing display of lights that include everything from Santa and the reindeer to penguins. This event has really grown over the years and it now includes a walk through elf town, a meeting with an ice princess, a meeting with Santa where you get a free digital download of the picture that's taken and even a train ride. Another good thing about this event is that it doesn't end until January, so if you can't make it before Christmas, there's time to visit afterward! It's a must do in my opinion!

-The Kentucky Center for the Arts always offers The Nutcracker in December but my oldest daughter could not sit for that long. In my longing to start...

Gallrein Farms Visit

Our Visit To Gallrein Farms for Pumpkin Picking and a Visit to The Petting Zoo.

Want to know what I love about fall? Everything! There's the crisp, cool weather, football games, the turniGallrein Farms Shelby Countyng of leaves, trick-or-treating, bonfires, boots and scarves, and my favorite; the pumpkin patch. What's not to love about spending the day with your family picking pumpkins and apples? One of my favorite orchards in the Louisville/Shelby County/Frankfort area is Gallrein farms. Some of the other orchards in the area get so crowded around this time of year that it's hard to enjoy all that they have to offer. Gallrein is sort of a hidden gem. Many people know about it, and there are definitely a lot of people on the property when you go to visit, but it never seems overcrowded. I took my two daughters to Gallrein Farms late last week as were in search of tiny pumpkins for my daughter to take to a get together with some of the kids in her preschool class. We had so much fun wandering around the main building looking at all of the pumpkins! What I love about Gallrein's is that you have the option to take a hayride into to a 

Gallrein Farms Pumpkinsfield and pick the pumpkin of your choice, but if you'd rather browse the ones that have already been picked, there is a great variety to choose from. One thing I discovered this year is that there is such thing as a gray pumpkin. I fell in love! After our daughter picked the six most perfect pumpkins, we visited Gallrein's deli and candy shop. It is such a quaint little county spot with...

Picnic

Picnic, Anchorage KY

My husband and I are always on the hunt for local restaurants to try out whenever we have a date. We enjoy finding new hidden treasures around town that are not part of a chain. Don't get me wrong, we also enjoy visiting some chain restaurants as well, but there is something about trying sometime totally new that you know is only offered where you live. Recently we had the chance to have a date 

Picnic Anchorage KYearly in the morning around brunch. We decided to meet at a local restaurant in Anchorage called Picnic, which is only a few miles from our house. I arrived a few minutes earlier than Mike and decided to sit outside at one of the tables and wait. Anchorage is my absolute favorite part of Louisville. I often tell my husband that I feel like I've stepped into Mayberry when we go there. It so quiet and quaint, people are always smiling, a train runs through the middle of town and I absolutely love the way you automatically are able to relax and slow down from the hustle and bustle of life whenever you're there. The atmosphere of The Picnic was no different. There were a few couples enjoying their morning coffee on the patio while Jack Johnson played in the background, and a nice morning breeze swept over the patio that was shaded by lots of beautiful trees.I was enjoying the relaxation right off the bat! When Mike joined me a few minutes later we went inside the restaurant to order. As we stepped in, there was a quiet hustle among the staff as they were preparing the salad bar for lunch. We were promptly greeted 

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New Listing: 2620 Landor Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205!

Cape Cod off Landor Ave

If you are looking for a charming home in a quiet neighborhood with easy access to shops, restaurants and recreation then look no further! Our new listing at 2620 Landor Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205 (MLS #1445270) is a tranquil oasis amidst thriving urban life. The home is a character filled Cape Cod CONVENIENTLY located in the Seneca Vista neighborhood off Taylorsville Road and Peewee Reese Road, near Seneca Park, Cherokee Park, the Highlands of Louisville, the Louisville Zoo, Watterson Expressway and I-64. You couldn’t ask for a better location!

Built in 1938, this home has a lot of charm with some modern updates. It has hard wood floors throughout the entire house with an abundance of natural light, including beautiful bay windows in the living and dining areas! The first floor has a quaint eat-in kitchen with great potential and a spacious master suite with private access to the back deck. Enjoy the gas-burning fireplace in the cozy living area or entertain several guests in the formal dining room.  The two bedrooms upstairs have ample space with a full bath and linen closet in between them. The unfinished basement...

Open House in Crestwood April 17

Clarke Pointe

Clarke Pointe

Join Fogle Realty Group of Keller Williams Louisville East this Sunday April 17th, 2016 for an open house at 3913 Clarke Pointe Court in Crestwood, KY! This open house is part of Oldham County’s Largest Open House Event. Spend the afternoon in the rolling hills of the immaculate Clarke Pointe subdivision!  You will fall in love with this fantastic community! Tour this stunning home with breathtaking views, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 2 1/2 car garage and an in-ground pool! Call 502-551-9396 for more information about this Open House in Oldham County!

3913 Clarke Pointe Court, Crestewood, KY MLS#1440746

Saturday April 17th 1-6 PM

Directions: I-71 North to Exit 22. Head south on Hwy 53. Subdivision on right.

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What to do with your tax refund: 3 Ideas that will practically double your money!

If this year is anything like the last, almost 7.2 million Americans will get a tax refund this spring averaging around $3,000. If you're a homeowner getting this refund, you're fortunate because you've got more creative ways to invest it for a profit. Doesn't matter if you're selling, staying put, or stuck in the middle. Here are three homeowner-only options to grow that refund:

1. If You're Early Into Your Mortgage

It may not be as instantly gratifying as a treehouse vacation in Costa Rica, but spending your tax refund to pay down your mortgage principal could save you enough funds to take a splurge-loaded vacation a bit later.

Let's assume you have a 30-year-loan at the average loan amount of $292,000, a 4.5% interest rate, and you're getting that average refund of about $3,000. If you apply that "found" money to your principal each year, CPA Micah Fraim of Roanoke, Va., says you can shave years off your mortgage -- in this case, nearly four. That's about 95 mortgage payments you won't need to make! Even better is the more than $70,000 that you'll save in interest payments over the life of the loan.

If you don't want to make an annual commitment, think about this: Make that payment just once and you'll cut seven months off your payments and save more than $8,000 in interest. And when you decide to sell, you'll have more equity.

2. If You're Planning to Sell

Invest it in staging, and you may be surprised by how quickly your home gets plucked from the market.

"Staging lets prospective buyers see the space as their own, instead of as belonging to the people who currently live there," said Ashley Lewkowicz, owner of Ashley Kay Design in Bucks County, Pa.

"A home that's not staged can sit on the market for six months or more," she added. "A home I recently staged sold in less than two."

Not only is a faster sale better for your bank account in terms of saved mortgage payments and utility bills, but a drawn-out...

Featured Home in Clarke Pointe Subdivision in Crestwood, KY!

Our featured property this week is 3913 Clarke Pointe Court in Crestwood, KY! Located in a quiet subdivision in Clarke Pointe Estates in award-winning Oldham County School District. The views from the back of the house are breathtaking! I don’t feel like I am right on top of the other houses.

Clarke Pointe Crestwood KY

The in-ground pool is gorgeous with plenty of space to entertain!

Clarke Pointe Crestwood KY

The inside of the house doesn’t disappoint either. With two master suites, 5 spacious bedrooms, a beautiful kitchen and a finished walkout basement, this house has a plethora of space for family and friends!  One of my favorite features is the laundry room because there is enough space to sort and fold. I also enjoy the utility garage in the basement to easily access the lawn mower and other tools.  Additionally, the basement walks right out to the pool. So if you are having a pool party and want to take a breather from the crowd, you can easily transition into the basement and still be involved in the party. 

This house is spectacular! Click here to see a virtual tour of this home! To request a showing, please contact Mike Fogle. If this house isn’t your ideal house, set up a search on our ...

Build Your Own Stir Fry at Genghis Grill in Springhurst!

I ventured over to Genghis Grill in Springhurst last week for lunch. Even though the restaurant was packed, I was pleasantly surprised that the atmosphere was relaxing and not hectic. First and foremost, I was greeted by the host and he asked if I had been there before. Since it was my first time, I was glad that he willingly walked me through the process. After being seated, my waitress came by quickly and also gave a brief synopsis of the process.

And then the fun began—creating my own stir fry! I selected my bowl size and then added my ingredients from there. The small size, even though it doesn’t look like much, was actually enough for me.  I started with selecting my protein. From chicken to steak and from crab to bacon, there are several options for protein and I could pile on as many as I wanted! Then I chose my seasoning, veggies and sauce. Let me tell you about the veggie selection! There were potatoes, water chestnuts, eggs, zucchini, spinach—really any veggie that you could every want.  All of that was in my bowl at the beginning and then once I arrived at the grill, I had the option to add one of these sides—steamed rice, brown rice, fried rice, Udon noodles, spiral pasta, tortillas, cabbage.

I have been to restaurants similar to Genghis Grill and I usually have to wait in line at the grill while they cook my food. Sometimes the line can get long and I end up waiting for awhile in-between hungry restaurant goers. Genghis Grill is different! I dropped off my bowl at the grill, the cooks took down my name and any preferences, I sat down at my table and then the cooks brought out my dish right to me! This takes the long line waiting period out and I was able to relax and...

The Best Streets in the Highlands for Christmas Lights!

It's that time of the year, folks! Everyone gathers around to light up their houses and businesses and Louisville, Kentucky is no exception to this tradition. Everywhere you look, you're bound to find lights in every part of town. That was my experience when I sought after the best-lit parts of one area of town: The Highlands! This area in particular is known for its edgy, unique, thriving personality. The Highlands tends to be its own little town within the big city of Louisville. The community loves to come together to make the area one-of-a-kind and the holiday season definitely inspires the creativity for which this part of town is known.

I took a big journey throughout the Highlands to seek out the best streets and houses that outdid themselves and truly wowed me. The Highlands is one of my favorite parts of this town so this wasn't just a project to me. If I tried to tell you the route I took, you'd be turned around every which way. So let's take a tour through the Highlands with the pictures I took to appreciate the work these people put into their houses to show the best holiday spirit.

First, I took a trip down Eastern Parkway, going toward the park. From Bardstown Road to the end of the Parkway, there are too many houses to look at without slowing your car down. This is definitely one of my favorite streets because of the big, historical houses and it's fun to see them decorated with their owners' unique styles. This is one of the three streets I've voted the best to drive down if you want to feel as though you're driving through a winter wonderland.

I eventually made my way to the western side of Bardstown Road, which I found to be more decorated than the eastern side. I ventured down Hepburn Avenue, a street I'm familiar with as a relative lives there. I was impressed by the different styles, especially...

Papalinos Pizza in Louisville, Kentucky

When you are not in the mood to cook, in need of a nice warm meal, and are working on a budget, what do you turn to? For me, pizza is the answer. It is no secret that just about every human indulges in a slice of pizza every now and then and they would be crazy not to do so. Pizza is quick, cheap, and full of flavor. While I don’t eat pizza as much as my taste buds would want me to, I do enjoy splurging my calorie intake here and there, and wanted to find a pizza place that made it worth me doing so. Even though I am not discrediting Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, or Dominos, (because trust me, I will take a slice of pizza from them as well), I am saying that some pizza places just get it right. So, I decided to hang up the phone with my order in pizzas and make a trip to Papalionos to see if a hidden “slice” of treasure could be found.

 Papalinos is located in Louisville, Kentucky in the Springhurst area. Papalinos is right across the street from Tinsletown. The location of Paplinos in Springhurst is great for an afternoon lunch break since shopping centers and movies are within walking distance. The atmosphere of Papalinos is also a great place to escape for a lunch break since the inside has free wifi and outlets. Though the location of Papalinos is nice, Papalinos has even more to offer. First, let me say that Papalinos is a great company that works with the community in Louisville, Kentucky in order to help those in need. Each month, Papalinos works on a new project in order to help those in need. This month, Papalinos is working with animal shelters in the Louisville area in order to supply the shelters with...

Top 5 Local Louisville Coffee Shops

Best Local Coffee Shops in Louisville

Wake up, coffee. At work, coffee. Mid-day boost, coffee. Pairing our pallets with coffee has become a daily routine, and why not? Coffee gets us through the yawns of a tired morning, the demands of our paperwork, and allows us to get the extra energy we need in order to make it to our after work- hour events. Seeing as how coffee has become a favorite companion to most, I decided to switch up my same old song and brew and try out some local coffee shops in the Louisville area. If you are looking to leave behind your Starbucks favorite and change up your coffee-grind, these 5 local coffee shop gems are the place to go!

 

Heine Brothers’ Coffee:

Heine Brothers’ Coffee is native to the Louisville area and offers more than just your average cup o’ Joe. When Heine Brothers’ Coffee became the world’s first coffee shop to offer organic, fair trade coffee, they allowed their coffee to be inspired by both their local community, and the world. One of my favorite drinks at Heine Brothers shows the collaboration of their community and their fair trade organization: The Vint Julep. The Vint Julep is inspired by the Kentucky Derby favorite Mint Julep (a bourbon and mint drink). The Heine Brothers’ Vint Julep uses bourbon and mint sugars, as well as their fair trade beans, in order to create a cup of coffee that pays tribute to a Kentucky favorite. The Vint Julep can be served hot or cold, (or...

Kentucky Hot Brown, The Brown Hotel, Louisville Resturaunts

The Brown Hotel's World Famous Hot Brown

For the past few years, my wife and I have made it a birthday tradition to venture to downtown louisville in order to ripen our tastebuds with a good ole' Kentucky hot brown from the Brown hotel. Let's be honest, nothing says birthday like getting your favorite foods placed in front of you all together! You have the turkey, the bread, the mornay sauce, the extra cheese, a juicy tomato, and let's not forget my favorite part, the crispy bacon. Some of you may say, "why go downtown for a hot brown when you can get it virtually anywhere?" The Brown Hotel is why.

The Brown Hotel's Hot Brown History:

Besides the fact that I have always received great customer service while eating at the Brown Hotel, The Brown Hotel and the hot brown go hand in hand. The Brown Hotel was the first place in Kentucky to concoct the delicious flavors of the hot brown. In 1926, the brown hotel put together what I consider to be one of the best meals in kentucky. The Brown Hotel has been a long standing resturaunt and a nice spot to lay your head down at night. The hotel is placed perfectly in downtown Louisville giving the customer a taste of Louisville and a taste of history. With the pride of Kentucky that accompanies each bite, it isn't hard to see why The Brown Hotel is the spot to choose when looking for a good Kentucky meal. 

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Building Your Credit

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: How to build from the ground up

I remember six years ago when Megan and I had just got married. Megan had a credit score of zero. This isn't a good thing, nor is it a bad thing, she was just starting a new chapter in her life.  We were in a furniture store trying to get her a credit card to buy a couch even though we had plenty of money to pay cash for it, we wanted the card just to help her build up her credit.  She got denied for the card!  It was so frustrating, I had just sold a few houses and we could have paid cash for several of those couches but they wouldn't give us a credit card for it.  

Getting Started With your Credit:

Coming up here in a few months is College graduation and many students are going to be hitting the work force for the first time in their actual careers.  A couple of years after that, hopefully, they will be calling me to buy their first house!  Typically they will rent a place for six to eighteen months then start looking for a home to call their own, which is normal. It isn't as easy for young people to obtain a loan as it was just a eight years ago. Creditors are getting tighter with what they are requiring, which is making it harder and harder to obtain a loan.

Here are a few good ways to get your credit rolling. 

    1. Start a savings account. Most people already have a checking account but not a savings account. You really don't need all that much money in it you just need to have it. Creditors will like the fact that you have money set aside.
    2. If you're like me,...

Breckenridge Estates New Listing

I'm really proud of this new listing I just got, it hit the market yesterday and I have already received three phone calls on it.  The owners put a new roof on it right before it hit the market and it has had upgrades to the windows and a new HVAC system installed in it also.  The house looks great and should sell quick.  I'm holding it open this Saturday just to make sure that it does.  Come Check it out! 

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