The Julie Pogue Properties Louisville KY Real Estate Blog

What's on the Outside Counts!

What's on the Outside Counts!

A home's exterior is the first impression that can beckon buyers to the front door.  Attractiveness aside, the siding materials used also can serve as an important detail in judging upkeep and extra costs down the road.  In the next few weeks I will cover some of the most common home exteriors with the pros and cons associated with each.

Stone and Cultered Stone

Some exteriors, made of actual rocks or stones, are known for being able to withstand extreme weather conditions, but their extra durability can come at an increased cost.  Stone veneers can be one way to cut costs and still achieve the high-end look.  Stones used on homes are often used as an accent and to add depth in highlighting one wall or section of the exterior.

Pros:  Known as the most durable of all building materials, it can withstand severe weather and is considered low maintenance.

Cons:  Very expensive

...

Did you know...

that the date of Thanksgiving was once changed to try and boost the ecomony? President Franklin Roosevelt decided to change the traditional date of Thanksgiving from the last of Thursday November to the second to last Thursday in November 1939, 1940 and 1941.  He did this to extend the Christmas shopping season by a week.  Only half of the states went along with this idea however, with Texas celebrating Thanksgiving on both Thursdays! This became a mess that was settled in congress in 1941.  In true congressional form, the date set was a compromise; Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, which is sometimes the last and sometimes the second to last Thursday in November.  

There is so much doom and gloom in the media, and yet as we draw loved ones near, may we know what the true meaning of Thanksgiving is.  This holiday is unique in that it doesn't requre gifts of a specific nature...just companionship, sharing, love and reciprocity.  Let us be grateful for the simple gifts no matter where we are: food, friends and family.  Most importantly let us not forget those whose bounty may not be as great as ours.  For we all have acquaintances, friends and family who have lost much in the past several years, and, if you can assist them, please lend a hand.  We all know that we can be in that place, too, in a blink of fate's eye.  So for what you have, please be grateful, and for whatever you need, please say a prayer for yourself and whomever may be in worse need that you.  Thank you and happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Julie Pogue Properteis.

Hope you all have a terrific week!

...

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words- or Not!

When it comes time to market your home, pictures will play an integral part in convincing a potential buyer that they want to take the time to view your property.  It's not rocket science, folks.  Lots of people search for homes on the internet.  Depending on whose numbers you choose to believe, 80-94% of home buyers conduct Internet searches for homes.  Cliche as it may be, a picture really is worth a thousand words.  What follows is my advice, for what it's worth...

Have you ever watched or been a home buyer searching for homes? Try it.  Note how they blow past the lisitngs with no photos.  Virtually every buyer I've watched or talked to just ignores listings with no photos.  Watch and notice what happens when they see the primary listing photo and it kindles their interest.  See the disappointment when they click for more pictures and there are none? Or, worse yet, they are of such poor quality, you cannot tell the true assets of the property.  Or, it leaves you wondering if the photos are vague because they are trying to hide something.  Know what happens in those situations? Yep, they move on to the next listing, rarely giving your home a second thought.

It is our goal at Julie Pogue Properties to supply you with sufficient, high quality photos to properly showcase your home.  Work with us prior to having to having those important photos taken to ensure your home is represented as best it can be.  If you anticipate that you are going to put your home on the market-take photos early and often to capture your home in different light and different seasons when the landscaping is at its best.  Curb appeal used to be the big thing.  These days 'web appeal' may be just as, if not more, important in getting your home sold.  Pictures under or over-exposed, out of focus or taken from the wrong angle will not do your property justice.  And, of course, the more photos the better.  A report compiled by a leading real estate Web site provider showed that there is a direct correlation between the number of photos and how often listings are viewed.  

Great pictures and lots of them will improve the odds of getting your home previewed and more buyers through the door.  We have great photographers with decades of experience that help us market your home.  Consult us early and often so when you are ready to put your home on the market you will also be ready to put your best photographs on the MLS.

Hope you all have a terrific week!

...

Go Visit Your Neighbor

Go Visit Your Neighbor

We no longer live in a time when people know all their neighbors and consider them to be friends.  A shocking number of people have never had a conversation with their neighbors and some couldn't pick them out of a lineup.  Introduce yourself or invite your neighbor over for coffee.  Neighbors are not only a great potential source of friendship, they make us feel more comfortable in our homes, which is where most of us spend much of our time.

New houses are being built across the country with an amazing new feature: front porches.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, space that once might have been dedicated to a living room is now more likely to be used for a front porch.

Architects, builders and town planners see the front porch as one remedy to the unhappy and unccomfortable social distance that characterizes many neighborhoods.  Many of us don't know who our nieghbors are, and often we don't know anything about them.  This, despite the fact that we have something tremendously important--our neighborhood, our surroundings, the place we begin each day! Front porches are making a comeback because most of us would like the chance to venture outside our front door and meet the people on our street.

Greater community interactions can increase happiness by almost 30 percent according to a 1997 study done by Sugarman in Psychological Foundations of Happiness.  So get out there and visit your neighbor!

If you'd like a house with a front porch, we would be more than willing to help yo ufind one with just that feature! Give us a call today!

Hope you all have a great week!  

...