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The Voice Moves Beyond St. Matthews

The Voice-Tribune isn’t a strictly St. Matthews paper anymore, a fact that’s made ever clear by the paper’s recent move to new offices on East Main Street.   Since being purchased by Blue Equity in 2007, the paper has made plenty of changes — more color and expanded sections, new publications and the sponsorship of events, including what’s become a huge annual Best Dressed event and monthly parties at local restaurants. The paper, which seemed to resist technology before being purchased by the Blue Equity, now has a significant web presence, including several online-only blogs. Managing editor Angie Fenton, who came…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Morris’ Deli for Cold Cuts and Hot Soups

It’s almost been a year since I started posting lunch suggestions via Facebook. How it happened was an accident.  Our newly-elected mayor had a very active Facebook page that quickly became an open forum for praise or problems. Visitors to the page could also find  suggestions, nostalgia and local event promotion. One Friday morning, I was feeling good about the approaching weekend and looking forward to purchasing a to-go lunch from my favorite place, Morris’ Liquor & Deli in the lower Highlands on Taylorsville at Bardstown. During my morning online ritual, I had moved from my Facebook page over to…


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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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Is There A Drumanard Conspiracy to Stop the Bridge?

What if. . . there has been a vast conspiracy afoot, going back 20 years, and involving high-powered government entities, with the purpose being to thwart the East End Bridge by driving up costs to make the whole thing impossible? What if the 55-acre Drumanard Estate, which bridge planners have believed is worthy of protection because it’s on the National Register of Historic Places,  isn’t so historic and that the Olmsted plan that made it so was never implemented? Is it feasible that wealthy bridge opponents, like River Fields, orchestrated a long-running lie to keep a bridge from coming? Wouldn’t…


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WHAS-TV and Clear Channel Sign Up for Arena Signs

If you’ve ever been to the Yum! Center, you know the bombardment of advertising messages is ever-present. Somebody at the Louisville Arena sure has a way of convincing sponsors to ante up, even those you wouldn’t expect to spend money on arena signage. Jim Host, head of the arena authority, is one heck of a salesman. Among the six new sponsors announced this morning is WHAS-TV, which would seem to already have plenty of visibility as the official station for U of L broadcasts. T’he station is sure taking advantage of that, if you’ve noticed the barrage of news promos…


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Just Another Magic Media Monday

The renovation of Whiskey Row Lofts, including Squirrelly’s Magic Tea Room, is pretty spectacular. I went to the grand opening Saturday night, right above the Bearno’s, and got to speak with Valle Jones, who is responsible for the project along her brother Stephen. Architect Bill Weyland showed me an amazing 5th floor apartment, with the Yum! Center right outside the window, that was the only vacant spot among 35 units. If you’re apartment hunting, this one rents for $2,500. There are five restaurants and four unique special event spaces, including the renovated 100-seat theater and a penthouse suite with terrace…


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Good news for Louisville Home Buyers and Sellers…Sales continue to gain momentum!

Call it an early holiday present for some Louisville Home Sellers. The number of homes going under contract in November 2011 compared to one year ago was up a whopping 24.47 percent.  Similarly the number of homes actually closed and sold was up 12.69 percent from November 2010. The home sale numbers are a good sign that the Louisville housing recovery may be here to stay. There was a disturbing trend in the numbers, the average selling price of a home was down from $173,766 last year to $156,903 in November 2011. Homes are also on the market on average…


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What’s wrong with this Louisville Real Estate picture?

It’s happening all around the country and someone, somewhere needs to step in and stop it! Lending institutions and appraisers are out of control and our government is only making the problem worse! As a realtor in Louisville Kentucky I see the problem every day but it’s just got worse. We have buyers coming in from out-of-town and need to buy a home. In fact we were out with them this weekend and looked at least 10 homes. Their pick was a foreclosure that had a number of small problems but nothing that couldn’t be fixed. Naturally the realtor handling…


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Own a Louisville home? Wonder if you’re under water?

New Louisville Home Sales Numbers for October 2011 show an encouraging trend. The number of homes that closed last month increased 10.7 percent over the year before. Additionally the number of Louisville homes going under contract last month increased by 11.7 percent (see raw data below). On the negative side of this month’s report, the number of days a Louisville Home sat on the market in Louisville increased 6.6 % from  90 days on average in October 2010 to 96 days in 2011. Most importantly for Louisville home owners the average price of a Louisville home slipped almost 4% between…