Articles by BobSokoler

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Louisville Home Sales – Better than you might expect!

  In a month typically reserved for shoveling show and chipping at ice, Louisville home sellers are seeing their own small landslide of Home Sales. Bolstered by low interest rates and a lower than normal Louisville Housing Inventory (7578 as of this post), homes priced to sell are doing just that, Selling! Homes going under contract are up more than 16 percent over February 2011. The number of homes that actually closed was up over 10 percent over the same period. The numbers continue to point to a recovering housing market. Other good news for home sellers is the average…


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Louisville Real Estate Recovery!

Yea, Yea, Yea you may say it’s too early to tell if the housing market has really recovered. I’ll put my neck on the line out right now and tell you the worst of the home sale slump is behind us. Unless there’s a major shift in consumer interest in homes because of some future unknown event Louisville home sales in 2012 are back on track for much of our area. Here’s why: Louisville Home sales for January 2012 are up 12.5% over a year ago. The number of homes going under contract are up 14.2% over January of last…


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Does Hollywood have any sense of what America wants to see at the Movies?

Some of you may remember my brother Corey who’s an Attorney in the Bronx. Corey should have been a Movie Critic. He loves watching and reviewing movies. I used to get a thrill having him on my morning show on 84 WHAS in the early 2000’s. Well Corey is still reviewing movies. In preparation for the upcoming Academy Awards,( and the hoopla surrounding a movie that has already exceeded the Peter Principle), Corey has outdone himself with this review of “THE ARTIST”. Take it away Corey! Years ago I wrote a story about the day I almost drowned in the…


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Surviving Your Serengeti – How to improve your relationships!

I’m at my 1st international Cyberstars MasterMind and thrilled to be a member, While here I met Stefan Swanepoel who is the author of “Surviving Your Serengeti”  or as I call it “Surviving The Serengeti”. It’s a great concept, identify who you are as an animal and learn what your wife, husband friends and business associates are so you can interact with them and understand them on their level.  The concept is not new, what is new is the comparison to animals in the Serengeti. It’s a process that allows you to easily identify personality traits. Watch the interview and…


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Our Consumer Electronics wish list!

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show has wrapped up in Las Vegas and has left a lot of people wanting more including myself! There are a lot of electronics items to look forward to in 2012 and beyond, here are just a couple that could go on your wish list: 1) Flat screen TVs are becoming larger, thinner, brighter and clearer.  One of the big catchphrases for 2012 will be OLED screens (OLED stands for organic light emitting diodes). Up until now OLED screens were only found in smart phones . But both Samsung and LG were showing off new 55…


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2012 Consumer Electronics Show. I wish I was there!.

I love technology, even more than that I love you technology. When I was a reporter for TV, I used to make a yearly pilgrimage to the consumer electronics show. Nowadays (as a Louisville realtor )I can only read about it or watch video feeds from it. This year there are more than 3100 companies showing off 20,000 new products. There is no way to come up a list of the top 10 products being introduced this year, at least not yet (check back next week). But here are some items worth talking about. Toshiba is showing off a new…


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Louisville Home Sales up as 2011 comes to an end!

Despite a very slight increase in interest rates, the number of homes going under contract in December 2011 was up some 15 percent when compared to December 2010. The number of homes sold was up about 1.5 percent. December is notoriously slow for home sales so even a small increase is a positive sign as we head into 2012. The outlook for this New Year seams very positive. Interest rates look as if they will stay in the high 3 or low 4 %. The price of homes continues at a 4 plus year low. The median sales price of…


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Spend the winter Fixing up your Louisville Home. Step by Step Guide!

Starting just days from now and continuing thru early March Louisville Home Sellers will be thinking about selling their Kentuckiana homes. If you’re one of them don’t spend the winter months thinking about it. Spend the time preparing your home. Even if you don’t want to sell you’ll be thank full you spent the time fixing and cleaning it up. The peak buying time in Louisville starts in March and continues through late July and into August. So waiting for March to start preparing your house is already too late! So well before you put up the ‘For Sale’ sign…


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COMPLAINT REPORT FRAUD! Be on the lookout!

Thousands of people around the country are receiving phony e-mails from a company claiming to be the Better Business Bureau with notice of a written complaint (see a copy of the e-mail below with the link removed). Charlie Mattingly of the Louisville Better Business Bureau tells me “This is a malicious message that has been widely distributed in recent weeks. We’ve been doing our best to get the word out”! The slime ball(s) behind this latest attack on our computers must think its funny. The letter claims a complaint has been filed from a customer of yours. When you click…


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Here’s a unique Christmas Tradition.. The Pooping Log!

I’ve traveled the world as a reporter for a number of TV stations in various cities over 20 years.  I had not heard about “The Pooping Long” until I watched a recent broadcast of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”! What you say… “The Pooping Log”? Yes I tell you I’m not kidding ( you couldn’t make this up if you tried!. Apparently, in Catalonia spain,  beginning with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception  on December 8th your supposed to give “Tió de Nadal” Spanish for Christmas Log (see picture) a little bit to “eat” every night. Oh and don’t forget to…