The MikeFogle.com Louisville Real Estate Blog

Louisville East End Affordable condo

I just listed this awesome home in Louisville's eastend that is only $85,000 and cute as a button.  The home has solid flooring that may be really hardwood but to be honest I'm not sure that it is, if it's a fake its a real good fake.  The entire condo has been updatedd included the lights, flooring throughout, cabinets, bathrooms and fixtures.  The place shows like a model home and is absolutly move in ready.  You will be hard pressed to find another home as nice as this one.  

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Getting Your Home Ready For The Market

In this Real Estate market making sure your home is ready for potential buyers is more important than ever. These days buyers can be really picky and often have the mind set if I'm going to buy a home that has to have work done to it, "I might as well buy a foreclosure or a short sale". What savvy sellers must do is walk the fine line of improving their home without over improving. The reality of today's market is your not going to get a positive return from updating investment. In this link from American Society of Appraisers you will find an appraiser's list of improvements and the rate of return you can expect to get return you can get from your investments. Surprisingly replacing your front door with a new steel door tops the list. In my opinion the most important thing you can do is remodel or update your kitchen although your only going to see about 73% of your money back on this investment, it's the most appealing portion of the home to buyers and can really help move your home.

Some suggestions I have to potential sellers is to not totally gut and redo any portion of your home, but rather enhance the existing aspects of your home in a cost efficient manner. For instance instead of tearing out your existing cabinets, paint them or put a new counter top on top of them, maybe replace the faucet. This way you get a new fresh look on a fraction of the budget of a total kitchen remodel. Another easy thing to do is replace your brass hardware throughout the home with a nice brush nickel or an antique finish. Here is another great link from ask.com who suggest that the first step to selling a home is letting go of your home...

Napa Valley Grill Review

I have a new favorite restaurant!  Megan had a birthday on Tuesday so I took her to Napa Valley Grill in Westport Village, the place was a bit pricey but absolutely worth every penny.  For starters I had the pork chili its the best chili I've ever eaten, hands down, no competition.  Put it in any chili cook off and it wins every time by a land slide, I don't care how good you think your mama's recipe is this is ten times better... amazing! The used pulled pork instead of ground meat, it all the other traditional ingredients of your standard chili except the sauce was a redish orange instead of the traditional deep tomato sauce.  We were lucky enough to be there on a day where it was the soup of the day. 
 
As an entree I got the Menage a Trois which is the chef’s choice of fresh fish and the price and selections vary from day to day.  The day we were there it was; salmon, sea bass and Ahi Tuna…  lucky me!  The Tuna was probably the highlight of the plate followed closely by the salmon.  The Tuna was sushi grade and was encrusted with grains and spices and then seared.  I haven't had that good of sea food since our honeymoon in Hawaii, it was that good.  Each cut of fish had a different topping and was prepared differently but they all were fantastic in their own right.  They came served on a bed of fresh veggies that...

Swan Pointe Open House

This Sunday 1/18/2015 from 2-4 I'm going to be holding open my new condo listing in Swan Pointe subdivision.  The current owner has made some improvements to make this a top notch unit.  She has added new ceramic tile in the bathrooms, kitchen and dinnng area which is something you rarely see in condos at this price point.  The floor plan is entirely open, the main living area is basically one giant room which is great for entertaining.  Tis one is a must see come stop in and pay me a visit.  

Swan Pointe Condo For Sale                      

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Napa Valley Grill

I have a new favorite restaurant!  Megan had a birthday on Tuesday so I took her to Napa Valley Grill in Westport Village, the place was a bit pricey but absolutely worth every penny.  For starters I had the pork chili its the best chili I've ever eaten, hands down, no competition.  Put it in any chili cook off and it wins every time by a land slide, I don't care how good you think your mama's recipe is this is ten times better... amazing!  The used pulled pork instead of ground meat, it all the other traditional ingredients of your standard chili except the sauce was a redish orange instead of the traditional deep tomato sauce.  We were lucky enough to be there on a day where it was the soup of the day. 
 
As an entree I got the Menage a Trois which is the chef’s choice of fresh fish and the price and selections vary from day to day.  The day we were there it was; salmon, sea bass and Ahi Tuna…  lucky me!  The Tuna was probably the highlight of the plate followed closely by the salmon.  The Tuna was sushi grade and was encrusted with grains and spices and then seared.  I haven't had that good of sea food since our honeymoon in Hawaii, it was that good.  Each cut of fish had a different topping and was prepared differently but they all were fantastic in their own right.  They came served on a bed of fresh veggies that was really heavy in the cabbage department and kind of reminded me of a really fancy coleslaw. ...

Springhurst Neighborhood Dues

I just got my HOA bill from the Springhurst Community Association the $905 will be due Febuary 1st you can pay in two installments if you want.  The first installment would be $453 and the second installment due on April 1st would be $452.  Some people think this is expensive but I think it is an absolute deal considering what all you get.  It seems like we have a landscaping crew of at least six guys in the neighborhood working on something every single day and the pool is awesome.  The median on Hurstborne lane always look fantastic as well as all the common space throughout the neighborhood.  It really gives you a great pride in ownership just pulling into your neighborhood.  If any of you would like to live in Springhurst you can check out all the houses for sale by clicking this link.  

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