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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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When you buy a house from us you help orphans and foster kids

Our real estate team has a passion for serving orphans and foster kids. It isn't something we just say and forget. We truly work every day to make the future better for kids that don't have parents to help them in life. When you buy a house with a River Valley Group agent, you help these special kids have a better home too. You help them have a better future.

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OPEN HOUSE - SUNDAY - AUGUST 30 - 2:00PM-4:00PM 10619 Mountain Laurel Way Union

Come and see this home's gorgeous custom built brick ranch, beautifully landscaped with lake views. Hardwood floors, gas fireplace, crown molding, vaulted and tray ceilings. The huge kitchen and great room walkout to deck and all season room. Finished LL includes family room, wet bar, 4th bdrm, full bath, walkout and large storage area. Click the photo below for more details. 

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2015 Kentucky Derby festival schedule

With Kentucky Derby Festival quick approaching, here is a rundown of occasions to ensure that you don't miss a thing.

April 17 Friday

The Fillies Derby Ball. Mixed drinks 6:30 p.m. Entryways Open 7:30 p.m. Ruler's Coronation 7:45 p.m. Supper 8:15 p.m. Galt House Grand Ballroom. Supper music including The Hartstrings. Diversion by Burning Las Vegas. Tickets $175 every, Table of 10 is $1,750, VIP Table of 10 is $2,200, incorporates starters, supper and moving. For tickets call (502) 572-3856. Bit of continues advantages Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

April 18 - Saturday

The authority begin to the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival is Thunder Over Louisville.

The current year's topic will be "Boom with a View." FoodFest and Ford's Thunder On the Ground open at 11 a.m., airshow at 3 p.m., fireworks displays at 9:30 p.m. Downtown Louisville Riverfront, Waterfront Park, River Road and Southern Indiana shoreline.

April 18 Saturday - April 26 Sunday 

Give a Day: Mayor's Week of Service. Citywide week of volunteering to help other people. Help make Louisville the most caring city on the planet. People, organizations and groups can volunteer online at www.mygiveaday.com....

Come by the open house today in Cold Spring

For more information click here. Come by the open house from 2:00-4:00 today!

http://www.rivervalleygroup.com/property-search/detail/16/437078/452-ivy-ridge-dr-cold-spring-ky-41076/

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Disney's the Lion King

Can you feel the love tonight?

Disney's the Lion King is on all day Tuesday at the Whitney Hall in Kentucky Center. Bring your kids and experience the phenomenon of Simba's journey through shame, despair, love and recognition. 

Derived from the movie, "The Lion King", which was released on June 1994 and was the highest grossing release for 1994. The original movie was followed by a 3-D re-release in 2011, with earnings of over $987 Million US Dollars worldwide, as of 2011.

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The City of Prospect

THE CITY OF PROSPECT

The City of Prospect is a 3rd class city in Louisville, KY. It forms part of the Louisville Metro Government and lies partially in Oldham County. The city's Motto is: "Imagine it, Live it!". The City of Prospect is one of the wealthiest communities in Kentucky.

The most well known of Prospect's Parks is Cowley Park. It is the focal point of most of the City's Celebrations. Cowley Park features a traditional Gazebo which can be rentedreserved and used after obtaining a free park usage permit from the City Hall.

Harrods Creek Park is a tucked away part in the City of Prospect. Located deep within the Hunting Creek Subdivision, it is one of Prospect's hidden treasures. The park offers treks for easy to moderate hiking and a taste of the City's diverse wildlife and varied eco-system.

                                                                                                                                             

 

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VALENTINE ROMANCE IN LOUISVILLE, KY - Enjoy 'Louisville's Best' this Love Month!

Valentines in Louisville, Kentucky - Experience Valentine Romance in a city bustling with Southern Charm and Comfort. Enjoy "Louisville's Best" this Love Month! ... and because "The best things in Life are Free", here are 5 of the countless memorable ways to spend this "Day of Hearts" in Louisville, Kentucky.

#1 - Dinner at one of Louisville's most romantic restaurants never goes wrong on Valentine's.

#2 - Hike to the Top of the Iroquois Park Hill for a great view of both the city and the stars at night and in the day, take in a breath-taking view of the entire city of Louisville, Kentucky

#3 - Take a ride on a Hot Air Balloon and have a romantic date "in the air".

#4 - Have a perfect bed and breakfast romance on a mini-vacation for you and your loved one.

#5 - Take a night cruise on the Louisville Belle, hide out on the deck, enjoy some quiet conversation and a romantic night time view of the Ohio River and the Louisville skyline.

Be a part of Louisville's year round Valentine Romance... Take a look at Louisville's Neighborhoods and re-discover "Love in the Air".

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LOUISVILLE'S PERFECT 3s

"3 Perfect Louisville Days"

Amanda Petrusich's article recently landed the RIVER CITY on the COVER of UNITED AIRLINE's "HEMISPHERE" (in-flight) MAGAZINE.  

  • Day one: Exploring the city’s historic racing scene, strolling through the artsy NuLu district, sampling burgoo and other local specialties at Harvest
  • Day two: Going a few rounds with Ali, hiking one of Olmstead’s famous parks, traveling back in time at the Dreamland theater
  • Day three: Taking a crash course in bourbon making, experiencing the splendor of horse country, channeling your inner F. Scott Fitzgerald.

TOP 3 Local Companies raised $610,000 in January 2015

  • FantasyHub, who we’ll talk to later this week, raised $195,000 from local investors for their fantasy sports portal with a charity twist.
  • Sunstrand relocated from Montana and also raised $150,000 in SBIR funds. Sunstrand produces natural fibers for polymer composite reinforcement and filler used in the manufacturing of green plastics, sporting and recreation equipment, and building materials.
  • Gen9 relocated from New York and California and raised $150,000...

2015 Top Lists or Best Rankings for Louisville

It is no secret to those of us who live here that our city has a lot to offer, and the 2014 media outlets across the country helped spread that enthusiasm. Recently Louisville landed on Travel and Leisure's "Best Places to Travel in 2015" and Fodor's "GO List" for 2015.

In the Food category:

  • Thrillist ranked Louisville No. 16 on "40 Biggest Cities, Ranked by Food" and NuLu No. 13 on the "18 Best Food Neighborhoods in America."
  • Louisville was named one of the seven most underrated food cities by Thrillist.

In the places to “Play” category:

  • Huffington Post said Bourbon and Horse Country in Kentucky is one of 10 Iconic Things You Can Only do in America.
  • Louisville was named a Top Guy's Getaway Weekend by Conde Nast Traveler.
  • Forbes Magazine included Louisville in a roundup of Five Picture-Perfect Vacations for photographers. 
  •  Louisville was named a Best American City for Fall Travel by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
  • Louisville was named one of the "Most Underrated Cities for LGBT Travel" by Conde Nast Traveler.
  • Louisville was ranked 6th in USA Today's list of the "10 Best American Riverfronts."
  • Kentucky Derby Festival was named in the Top 10 Southern Cultural Festivals by 10Best/USA Today.
  • Louisville's Jack O' Lantern Spectacular was named one of the Top 15 Halloween Celebrations in America by Country Living Magazine.

In the category of "reasons to visit" and "reasons to stay":

  •  Forbes said Louisville is one of "5 Surprising People, Places and Things to Watch in 2015."
  • The Brown Hotel and 21c Museum Hotel were named to the "Travel and Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels."
  • 21c Louisville was named one of the world's top hotels by Conde Nast Traveler.
  • Louisville was named to the "Top...

How's the Real Estate Market? report for Louisville Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Here is what the market is like today:

How's the Real Estate Market? report for Louisville Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Here is what happened in Louisville real estate last year:

Condos - 6% less on the market right now, and 4% less sold versus same time last year
Houses - 12% less on the market now, 4% less sold this year
Overall sellers are getting 93% of asking price
Homes are selling in 86 days

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY: 

Boone Kenton County
Number of homes for sale down 12%
Solds are up 4% over the same time last year
People selling their homes are getting 96% of asking price
Homes are selling in 83 days

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SOUTHERN INDIANA REAL ESTATE NEWS:

Floyd and Clark County Home Sales - how we ended 2014

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Louisville sold 25 Million-Dollar Homes in 2014

Louisville is known to be the biggest and wealthiest city in Kentucky, along with many of its suburbs. 3 of its Wealthiest Neighborhoods are included in the First 5, ranked from highest to lowest, Kentucky Places per Capita Income by Wikipedia

According to this year's MLS, The TOP 25 Most Expensive Homes Sold in Louisville, with prices ranging from $1 up to $3 Million Dollars each, and The TOP 10 Wealthiest Neighborhoods of 2014 are all in the Jefferson County area, making Jefferson County, KY The Wealthiest County in Louisville...

LOUISVILLE's 13 MOST EXPENSIVE, MILLION DOLLAR HOMES and TOP 10 WEALTHIEST NEIGHBORHOODS of 2014

The Most Expensive Home Sold in Louisville, KY for this year had a Selling Price of $3 Million Dollars and for this year alone, 3 out of the Top 5 Most Expensive, Million Dollar Homes in Louisville, Kentucky were sold in the same Glenview Neighborhood. Based on this year's MLS Market Statistics, Glenview is The Most Expensive Neighborhood, in the Wealthiest County of Louisville, KY for the 2014 Real Estate Market.

Here are numbers 6 to 10 in Louisville's List of its TOP 10 WEALTHIEST NEIGHBORHOODS OF 2014 and THE MOST EXPENSIVE, MILLION - DOLLAR HOMES SOLD in their respective areas this year.

6. BONNIEWOOD - Bonniewood sold the 8th Most Expensive Home in Louisville, this year, at $1,534,000.

7. INDIAN HILLS - The 9th Most Expensive Home sold in Louisville this year is in Indian Hills, priced at $1,361,100. Indian Hills sold 2 more homes, priced over $1 Million Dollars in 2014.

8. BECKLEY CROSSING EST - Priced at $1,300,000, the 10th Most Expensive Home sold in Louisville for the year 2014 is in Beckley Crossing Est.

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GETTING TO KNOW THE NEIGHBORHOOD (LOUISVILLE, KY)

The road to Home Ownership isn’t a smooth one. It's filled with bumps that slow you down and cracks you can fall through... 

Looking into comparable areas may come in handy, especially when properties that fit your search criteria do not fall within your Price Range. A Neighborhood Search can help find other ideal neighborhoods, narrowing the search down for your new home.

Neighborhoods, much like people, are entirely dependent on relationships and compatibility. The more compatible you are, the more time you spend with each other... the longer you have been together, the more stable you become.

Moving into the "Perfect Home" in a Neighborhood, you will surely love and enjoy for a long time, is the best way to make sure you get the best Home, with the greatest value... After all, there’s just no place like Home.

Click the map below and get to know the different Neighborhoods in Louisville, KY.

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Don't miss the 2014 Fall Harvest Feast Wine Dinner on Tuesday!

Imagine enjoying a six course dinner with wine with snow (most likely) falling right outside your window. This could be your reality this Tuesday evening! If you enjoy delicious food, tasty wine, and excellent networking opportunities you will not want to be anywhere else besides Varanese this Tuesday evening!

Food, wine, and networking!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday November 18th from 7pm to 9pm as Varanese Restaurant will be hosting a Fall Harvest Feast Wine Dinner. Todd Vice, District Manager for the Republic National Distributing Company, will be in attendance to share his expertise on the wines that will be served with your six-course meal! If you have never been to Varanese Tuesday night is when you need to attend...it's an opportunity you will be happy you didn't pass on!

The menu has been prepared by restaurant owner and chef John Varanese. The menu is as follows:

Reception cocktail: Starlight "Farm to Table" Vodka

First Course: Borealis, White Blend - Oregon | Baked Stuff Oyster on the Half Shell topped with Bacon Marmalade

Second Course: Foley, Chardonnay - Napa, California | Radicchio topped with Kenny's Bleu Cheese, Honey Walnut Granola, Plump Chardonnay golden Raisins and Drizzled with an Apple Viniagrette

Third Course: Van Duzer, Dijon Blocks, Pinot Noir - Oregon | Pumpkin Risotto topped with a Wild Mushroom Fricassee and Pomegranate-Balsamic Reduction

Fourth Course: Ridge, Zinfandel - Sonoma, California | Turducken with Butternut Squash Hash, Haricot Verts, Cranberry Chutney and Turducken Gravy

Fifth Course: NXNW, Bordeaux Blend - Washington State | Coco and Coffee Rubbed Bison Brisket served with Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes and Fried Brussels Sprouts finished with a Brambleberry-Black Pepper Reduction

Sixth Course: Port - Starlight, Indiana | Sweet Potato Custard...

Start your holiday shopping at the NuLu Holiday Open House!

It's early November now! Do you know what this means? The early holiday shopping can finally begin! Although we are still a few weeks out from Thanksgiving you will be hard pressed to find a store that doesn't have Christmas decorations and trees set up for display. Now there is an exciting Louisville event taking place this weekend where you can go ahead and get your decorations at great prices!

Search for great offers at the NuLu Holiday Open House

The NuLu Holiday Open House will take place this Saturday November 8th from 11am to 7pm in the NuLu district of downtown Louisville, which is the East Market Street area. This is a great opportunity to experience the NuLu area in the crisp fall-winter weather. There will be much holiday shopping, discounts, and fun to be had on Saturday!

Here are some great deals you can look forward to:

  • 20% off Regular Priced Merchandise at Scout!
  • 15% off Regular Priced Merchandise at Rellek, Bays Boutique and Peace of the Peace of the Earth
  • $10 OFF Blow Your Own Ornament at Hyland Glass

You will really get in the Christmas spriit on Saturday as carolers will be going door to door singing classic Christmas tunes!

Downtown condos for sale in NuLu

NuLu is emerging as one of the living destinations of not just Louisville but the entire state of Kentucky due to it's hip neighborhoods, convenient access to many nearby attractions, great restaurants, and much more! Use our website, RiverValleyGroup.com, to search for ...

River Valley Weekend Report - 10/31/14

Events for the weekend of 10/31/2014:

*Asterisk denotes FREE events!

Halloween Party | Friday October 31st | Garage Bar*

Maker's Mark Halloween Hop | Friday October 31st | Frankfort Avenue Trolley*

Literally, a Haunted House | Friday October 31st - Saturday November 1st | Culbertson Mansion (New Albany)

A Veery Skeery HalloVVween | Friday October 31st | Art Sanctuary

2014 M.S. Pumpkin Derby | Saturday November 1st | Louisville Slugger Field

Riverside Halloween Fest | Saturday November 1st | Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounger (Jeffersonville)*

BBC 21st Anniversary | Saturday November 1st | BBC in St. Matthews*

Afternoon Tea | Sunday November 2nd | Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft*

For more things to do in Louisville and to search Louisville homes search the Louisville communities page.

 

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