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Louisville Home Sales Kick into High Gear

from The Medley-Sokoler Team Snow, freezing temperatures and ice on the roads did little to stop Louisville home buyers last month.  New Louisville home sales numbers for February 2015 are more than encouraging, they are downright exciting! The number of homes going under contract last month was up an impressive 16.9% (last month the number was 26.3%) from the same period a year before.  The new Greater Louisville Association of Realtor numbers indicate five things: 1) Interest rates are low. 2) There is fear those rates could increase. 3) FHA financing costs have come down. 4) Credit score requirements have…


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Could a bigger phone really be better?

I just received my Galaxy Note II loaner from Verizon for review. I have two weeks to play with this behemoth and I’m afraid I may never go back to my iPhone 5 again. I have to tell you I never thought I’d be writing these words but after several hours of playing with this galaxy note II, I think I’m hooked. Bigger, brighter may be even faster than my iPhone and it still fits very nicely in a shirt pocket. My iPhone 5 looks like a little baby next to this phone. Let’s start with SAMOLED display screen. Naturally…


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Netflix Crashes at the Height of the Holiday Season!

Want to watch a movie? Paying for a Netflix Subscription? Tried tuning in tonight? Forget it! Netflix has crashed and there’s no indication when they will be back up. Granted, in the big picture it’s a small problem, but if you’re paying for something you expect to have it available when you want it! Netflix … we want our money back!


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Louisville Kentucky – the third best place in the United States to retire!

We knew the city of Louisville Kentucky was spectacular, but now much of the rest of the world knows it as well. According to a new Money magazine report that points to the best 25 places in the United States to retire, Louisville Kentucky ranks number Three! Coming in just behind Portland Oregon and Albuquerque New Mexico the new 2012 Money magazine report points to Louisville’s love of horseracing, bluegrass music,  Downtown District, waterfront Park, Broadway shows and the Kentucky Center for the performing arts. Money Magazine’s Sarah Max writes “The first Saturday in May, all eyes are on Louisville,…


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Louisiville Home Sales up…Inventory down!

The dust has settled and  Louisville Home Sale numbers for July 2012 are official! Spurred on by record low interest rates and even lower home sale prices Louisville Homes going under contract last month outpaced July 2011 by almost 29 percent. The number of homes closing was up by 19.44 percent. As of August 22, 2012 the number of homes on the market were down to 7646. That’s more then 2000 fewer homes on the market compared to the last few years. Average home selling prices were down $2000 from a year before to $177,871 helped assure buyers they were…


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The Louisville Home Market Recovers!

The Louisville Housing Market strengthened again during the month of June! The number of homes going under contract last month increased 21.4 % over June 2011. The number of Louisville homes actually closing in June of 2012 compared to June 2011 was up 6.5%. But there was an unusual trend in this just released data from the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors.  Examine the number of Louisville homes actually closing in June 2012 and compare it to the number of Louisville homes going under contract the month before and you notice 28% have not closed. That means more than a…


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Louisville Home Sales are back! Louisville Buyers Jump off Fences!

You could feel it n the air! Spring came early and so did the increase in Louisville Home sales! Let’s get right to the numbers because they are impressive! Louisville Homes going under contract in May 2912 up 17.5% when compared to May 2011. The number of Louisville homes closed up 17.7 % over a year ago. Surprising? No! Interest rates are at an all time low. So are home prices! The media has finally picked up on what we first reported last month, multiple offers on some homes.  Now all we need to do is forget the dismal employment…


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Blackout or Knockout for Louisville’s WDRB and WMYO or Insight Communications?

It’s all about MONEY! Round one of the battle for bucks is over and the loser, at least right now is US, the viewing public. But the story is much bigger than just WDRB TV not being on Insight Communications Cable TV station channel 9. It could spell the start of a financial war between local TV, Time Warner and US, the viewers! First the background: If you tried tuning in to channel 9 on insight today, you were greeted with the screen “The ownership of WDRB and WMYO has forced us to stop carting this channel. Visit www.LetsKeepItOn.com for…


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Howard Stern outperforms some expectations!

Self-proclaimed King of all media Howard Stern should be smiling year-to-year right now! The new ratings just out for his America’s got talent show were more than respectable, they were downright incredible! According to the website TV by the Numbers, America’s Got Talent earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, compared to a 3.8 in the time period for the finale of The Voice last week and a 4.3 for last year’s season premiere on June 2, 2011. The web site Zap2it says ABC won the night in total viewers with 11.9 million and a 7.7 rating/12 share in households. CBS…


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Frascelli’s makes a move!

Frascelli’s has added the word Pub to its name and changed locations but it is the same good food we’ve come to love in Oldham County. The restaurant moved  to 4113 Murphy Lane (near the intersection of Murphy Lane and Westport Rd) and opened it’s door last night.  The restaurant needed a more populated area to keep them busy. Well they got it, just seconds from the Ford Plant, just a minute from the Snyder Freeway, near shopping centers and other pizza restaurants. If you haven’t tried their cheese pizza you’re missing a real treat! Bob Sokoler is a former…