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Shoe-Booties
Why buyers hate shoe booties
Decades of experience have taught us that buyers unconsciously shy away from properties with certain characteristics. Allow our expertise to help prevent these common seller pitfalls. These features suggest to buyers that a seller might be challenging during negotiation or due diligence. Requiring shoe booties at the door during a showing is […]
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January 19, 2024
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Our best real estate advice for 2024 sellers & buyers
After analyzing thousands of real estate sales across Central Kentucky, noting trends & patterns, we have some advice for the Bluegrass buyers & sellers of 2024 Even as interest rates fall, sellers can capitalize on market conditions in 2024 by attracting qualified cash buyers. How? First, by seeking an experienced local brokerage […]
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January 5, 2024
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Premium $1M+ Home Sales in Lexington, KY 2023
While the United States luxury real estate market at large floundered in 2023, Lexington, Kentucky’s premium market did not. 90 residential properties over $1M closed in Fayette County in 2023. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 43% of these transactions were cash, making them less effected by current interest rate conditions. Also remarkable? 56% sold […]
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January 4, 2024
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Robert McMeekin | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Born on his family’s farm near Armstrong Mill, Robert Ward McMeekin’s forebears had received a land grant from the Virginia Commonwealth before Kentucky’s establishment in 1792. His pride in his homeland is imbued in his work. “I’ve always been preoccupied with the beauty and gracious lifestyle” of the Bluegrass, McMeekin […]
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December 7, 2023
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Who built the ancient mounds in Fayette County?
Meet the remarkable Adena People Drive down the beautiful Mt. Horeb area of Fayette County and you’re sure to see uniquely undulating hills across the rural landscape. These manmade mounds reflect a rich ancient culture once centered in the Bluegrass. The mounds have long fascinated visitors, with early theories suggesting the builders […]
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November 30, 2023
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Vertner Woodson Tandy | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Vertner Woodson Tandy 1887-1949 Perhaps the most famous Black architect hailing from Kentucky never practiced here, yet his family’s legacy bears a lasting mark on Lexington. Vertner Woodson Tandy was born in Lexington to Henry and Emma Tandy in 1887. Henry Tandy, formerly enslaved in Estill County, was a skillful mason who […]
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October 31, 2023
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Frankel & Curtis | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Some of Lexington, Kentucky’s most beloved streets are dotted with homes by the renowned architects of Frankel & Curtis. The Firm Frankel & Curtis was formed before 1920 by Leon K. Frankel and John J. Curtis, two trained architect/engineers. Frankel had been a professor, teaching engineering at the University of Kentucky […]
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October 4, 2023
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Our Secrets for Expert Digital Curb Appeal
The majority of buyers will first explore your home online, making “digital curb appeal” essential. How do we craft the perfect presentation for our clients? Curated Imagery Carefully-selected professional photos direct potential buyers’ attention to your home’s most desirable features. We often tell clients that our approach is editorial (like a magazine spread) rather […]
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September 28, 2023
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Richard B. Isenhour | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Isenhour brought mid-century style to Lexington “beginning with a standard midcentury template—post-and beam construction, open floorplans, lots of exposed wooden beams and Kentucky limestone.” His later work “morphed from these contemporary ranch styles to bolder, block-style homes with rooms stacked in a more minimalist, streamlined fashion.” A native of North Carolina, […]
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September 20, 2023
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