Louisville Kentucky Real Estate Blog

Red Flags to Watch For When Choosing a Realtor®

The right professional can help you buy your dream home or sell your existing home quickly. Believe it or not, there is a difference between a Real Estate Agent and a Realtor®. Both are licensed to sell real estate but a Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and is bound by the Realtor® Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics is strictly enforced and is much more restrictive and confining as to conduct.

As one of the most important purchases made in our lives, we give little thought to choosing a Realtor® who specializes in what we need or what we are looking for.

Here are some red flags to take into consideration when looking for an agent:

  • The agent says they can sell your house for the highest price - When selling your house, have at least three agents give listing presentations and show you what comparable homes have sold for and how long it took them to sell. Pricing a home too high in the beginning means it will take longer to sell and ultimately for less.
  • The agent doesnt know your neighborhood - Finding an agent who knows your neighborhood is important in areas where moving a block can raise or lower the value of a home by quite a bit. 
  • The agent charges a lower commission - In most areas, commissions can range from 5 to 7 percent and is split between the listing agent and the selling agent. If the commission on your house is too...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Flourescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your  thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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Louisville Market Stats

Total Properties Listed: 5699
Month-Over-Month Change: -0.30%
Average Days On Market: 174
Total New Properties Today: 90
Median List Price: $159,000
Month-Over-Month Change: 11.90%
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