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Congratulations on your promotion, Rob and Kathryn!

Congratulations on your promotions, Kathryn and Rob!

Please join us in celebrating Kathryn Klein as the Vice President of Sales for the greater Louisville area. Congratulations to Rob St. John for his promotion to Regional Vice President. Raise a glass to toast their success this Wednesday, August 2, at O'Shea's on Baxter Avenue!

Launch party!

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Heidi Fore's Fall Festival Guide!

Louisville 2016 fall festivals and events!

The St. James Court Art Show is a juried fine arts and fine crafts show that hosts an impressive 725 artists from North America. Held in the heart of historic Old Louisville!
September 30, October 1, and October 2
Friday & Saturday from 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

What's going on in Louisville

Here's our report about the real estate market, and a "free gift with purchase" offer. When you buy a house with us, we give you a free place to stay in Costa Rica. When you sell a house with us, we advertise your house on other countries' real estate sites to find international buyers for your house. Working with a world wide team has world wide benefits. 
http://rivervalleyrealtygroup.kwrealty.com/media/id/2910389/

Keller Williams Realty Louisville East
River Valley Group

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What is an assessment and how does it affect what I can sell my house for?

If you want to skip to the bottom line of this blog post, here it is: you cannot look at the tax assessed value of a property to determine what you could buy it for or sell it for. 
There are about a 1,000 reasons for this. Here are a few:
(1) Assessments change for many reasons. A wife could sell the house to the husband in a divorce. A person could sell the house to their grandkids at a low price.
(2) If there was a short sale, the assessed value would change to the lower value when the new owner buys it.
(3) Property owners can appeal their assessments after purchase to get the assessment lowered so that they can pay lower taxes.
(4) Seller motivation has nothing to do with the tax assessed value. Someone could own a house for 50 years, have a lifetime of memories in that house. It could be in a great location. The tax assessments could have gone up minimally during that time and so that seller could sell their house for much more than what the PVA office says the house is worth. It is all up to the buyers who are buying in that area.
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Kentucky Derby 2016 events in Louisville festival parade boat race balloon chow wagon and How to throw a Derby party

Kentucky Derby 2016 events in Louisville

  • Saturday 4/23 Thunder Over Louisville
  • Thursday 4/28 Kroger Fest-A-Ville and Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park
  • Sat 4/30 & Sun 5/1 Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
  • Mon 5/2 Great Balloon Race 
  • Tues through Thursday – Dawn At The Downs
  • Wednesday 5/4 – Great Steamboat Race, Bed Races, Happy Tail Hour
  • Thursday 5/5 Pegasus Parade
  • Friday 5/6 – Oaks Day at Churchill Downs
  • Saturday 5/7 – Derby Day at Churchill Downs

How to throw a Derby party.

  • Serve Hot Browns, fried chicken and benetictine spread, bacon and spinich salad, cucumber-tomato pasta salad, strawberries, Mint Juleps and sweet tea
  • There are fun ways to bet on the races without actually betting, like drawing the winner from a hat, everyone draws a horse and you pay $1 per draw. Winner takes all.  For even more fun, add a separate hat to guess the horse that comes in last!
  • Check out Liquor Barn and Party City for cute plates and napkins with a Derby theme.
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Restaurant Reviews - Where to go this weekend in Louisville !

THIS MONTH'S FAVORITE FEATURED RESTAURANTS!

THESE ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN LOUISVILLE IN 2016.
Le Moo - 2300 Lexington Road 458-8888 - This is the new place everyone is talking about. Yes, the one with the Louis Vuitton suitcase booth.
Mesh - 3608 Brownsboro Road 632-4421 - Also the new, trendy place right now and one of the only new places in this neighborhood.
Corbetts - 5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd 327-5058 - The service is amazing. The food is fun and non-traditional and different. The drinks are off the chart amazing. This is near the Summit and Norton Commons.
Harvest - 624 East Market 384-9090 - This is my favorite burger in all of Louisville Kentucky.
Decca - 812 East Market 749-8128 - You must start your night in the cellar bar for the most fun.
Feast - 909 East Market 749-9900 - Try to barbeque tofu, I'm not kidding.
8Up - 350 West Chestnut 631-4180 - The best roof top bar in all of Louisville... wait... it may be the only one.
Down One - 321 West Main 566-3259 - I love the secret room behind the phone booth, it's so 30s gangster style.
Hammerheads - 921 Swan Street 365-1112 - The best thing here are the french fries, and they are out of this world.
Side Bar at Whiskey Row - 129 South 2nd 384-1600 - Go here for lunch downtown, or cocktails at 5. Fantastic everything.

AND HERE ARE 30 OTHER OF MY FAVORITES, THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN LOUISVILLE KY

Asiatique - 1767 Bardstown Rd, 451-2749
Avalon - 1314 Bardstown Rd, 454-5336 - awesome atmosphere

Bucks - this might be the most old school romantic place ever in the history of ever. It is old and charming and in Old Louisville which adds to the mystique.
Cafe Lou Lou's (LOUisiana and LOUisville mix) on Shelbyville Road in St Matthews
Captain's Quarters - 5702 Captain's Quarter's Rd, 228-5447 - right on the river!
CheeseCake Factory--Connected to Mall St. Matthews, over fifty types of cheesecakes, and...

Things to do in Louisville and Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana and Cincinnati Ohio in December 2015 and January 2016

25 Fun Things To Do On a Date Or With The Whole Family In December 2015 And January 2016 In Louisville Kentucky, Cincinnati Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana

  • Now through January 3 see the MegaCavern Lights Under Louisville
  • Now through Jan 2 see the Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights and Winter Wonderland. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dec 21 Free Holiday Lights Show at Jim Beam American Stillhouse at 526 Happy Hollow Road Clermont, Ky. 40110
  • Dec 22 The Tenors at Brown Theatre 315 W Broadway Louisville 7:30pm (502) 584-7777.
  • Dec 26 West Louisville Boys Choir 25th Anniversary. Big Band Orchestra, Jerry Tolson director; West Louisville Boys & Girls Choirs and West Louisville Alumni Boys Choir will perform. 6 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Galt House, 140 N. Fourth St. $100,...

OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 14 - 3:00PM-5:00PM 12407 Kirkham Rd Louisville, KY 40299

Visit this gorgeous 4 BR 2.5 bath home in Douglass Hills Estates! Hardwood flooring in the Foyer, Living room, Great room & Formal Dining room, pocket doors between the Living/Great room, abundant windows throughout for natural lighting, gas FP in the Great room, Eat In Kitchen w/ custom cabinets, granite counter tops, tile flooring, kitchen appliances & access to the painted rear deck & laundry room w/ cabinets & tile floors. Upstairs has a Large MSTR suite w/ a private bath (granite vanity) & walk-in closet. BR directly off MSTR BR, 2 additional BR & a full BA w/ granite counter tops. Finished basement w/ family room & large storage area complete the home. Rear entry 2 car garage, Black four board fencing. Flat backyard & great curb appeal. Call today to schedule your private showing!

Call Michelle Kurland at 502-641-9477 for more information.

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OPEN HOUSE - SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 15 - 1:00PM-3:00PM 1803 Winsford Pl, Louisville, KY 40222

This home is truly a must see. Check out a rare opportunity to join the wonderful Crossgate neighborhood. Located on a family friendly quiet culdesac this 3 bedroom ranch is one of a kind. Walk through the front door and you are greeted by a spacious formal sitting room that leads into the formal dining room. In the back of the home, the kitchen and family room are connected and open for a truly cozy feeling. The kitchen features updated cabinetry and a breakfast nook that has space for both family meals and homework time. Move down the hall and you will find a full bathroom, two bedrooms, both containing hardwood floors and the master. The spacious master has its own bathroom suite featuring a full bathroom with updated countertops and his and hers sinks.

In the partially finished basement you will find ample space for a game room, mancave, office space, or second living room. The laundry is also located in the storage portion of the basement. 

Open the back door and you will find a massive backyard containing both yard space and shade from the gorgeous trees. Cookouts or play areas, this backyard is ideal for outdoor entertaining. This home will not last long. Schedule your showing today.

Call Michelle Kurland at 502-641-9477 for more information.

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uh oh! Is Louisville's housing market cooling down? A gloomy September for house sales in one of Louisville's biggest neighborhoods, Lake Forest.

Is Louisville's real estate market cooling down? It was a gloomy September for house sales in one of Louisville's largest neighborhoods, Lake Forest.

During the "hot" months, April through August, Lake Forest had between 9 and 12 houses selling every month. September saw a dramatic drop in home sales. Only 4 houses sold in September in Lake Forest. As of today there are 42 houses for sale. At this rate, it will take 10 months for all of the active houses to sell.
In September, the average Lake Forest home sold for 95% of the asking price. During the "hot" months, homes in Lake Forest sold for around 97% of the asking price.
The more expensive homes were selling earlier in the year. In April, $792,555 was the average sales price in Lake Forest, by September 2015 the average had dropped to $356,250.
One year ago, the average price in September 2014 was $599,800
The lesson of this? You need a realtor that knows the market if you want your house sold.
You need a realtor with negotiation experience to get the best price you can get right now.
Houses aren't selling themselves anymore.
More stats about Lake Forest can be found online at lakeforest.rivervalleygroup.com
If you want to know what these statistic numbers are for your neighborhood, email heidi@rivervalleygroup.com or call 502-265-5818
*source: flexmls data of sold properties

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Pick pumpkins with us this Sunday at Gallrein Farm in Shelbyville Kentucky

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If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend, meet us at Gallrein Farm to pick pumpkins. Heidi Fore and her kids and other team members from the River Valley Group will be there on Sunday. The farm is open 1-5pm with great activities for kids to do. We hope to see you there! 

The farm is located at 1029 Vigo Rd Shelbyville, KY 40065

And if you've "PICKED" us as your realtors, then YOU PICK your pumpkin for free, and WE PICK up the tab. Bring your coupon from Heidi to get your free pumpkin this Sunday.

Taking kids to local farms has many benefits. Children need to appreciate that food doesn't grow at the grocery store. Families in our community grow the food that goes to the grocery store. It' is good to see vegetables and fruit growing from the ground so that they learn to appreciate the importance of clean air and clean water. They see that it goes into the food we eat. They also see at the farmer's store a variety of items that can be made with fruits and vegetables, such as apple pie, apple butter, apple cider, dried apples, apple juice. It helps them think creatively of how to cook other foods. It teaches children to support our local farmer by buying local produce. It helps our local economy.

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