As a homeowner that is always a laundry list of things to do. Browse through our librabry of popular articles to learn easy-to-do tips that can help you as a homeowner. 

Good news! The value of your home has gone up. The bad news is your property taxes likely have too.

However, if you believe your taxes have been unjustly increased, you have the option to appeal your Jefferson County property taxes.

How does the PVA Determine Property Values?

Each time there is a sale in your neighborhood the local PVA office will enter the data into their system to record the transaction. The sale price will then represent the value of the property for approximately the next two years.

Jefferson County PVA uses a computer-assisted mass appraisal system (CAMA) to determine the property values for more than 250,000 homes

However, even with careful monitoring, inaccuracies can occur. Potentially leading to higher tax…

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Louisville Real Estate Market Update

Below is a quick overview of the current Louisville real estate market. Numbers and statistics are gathered from the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (GLAR) for February 2024.


Home Prices

Are Home Prices Dropping in Louisville? Statistically, we see home prices decrease during the fall and winter months. We saw home prices peak in June 2023 at $275,000. Currently, for February, the median sale price is $258,500.

Housing Inventory

What is Happening in the Market?  Looking at the statistics further from the Greater Louisville MLS, the data shows that homes sell on average around 54 days on market. This is slightly down compared to last year when the average DOM was 49.…

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Homeownership is a goal for many Americans. However, following a good home maintenance checklist may be overwhelming. Especially if there are years of deferred maintenance. Below is an easy-to-follow checklist to help you tackle these small tasks each month throughout the year.


home maintenance checklist - Infographic.


Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Sprint time is usually when the real estate market starts to pick up. It is also a good time to do some maintenance around the house. Below are home maintenance tips to perform during this time of year. Some of the most important activities this time of year, are the ones that will help keep your house protected from the heavy rain that we typically see this time of year.

March Items

  • Some arborists recommend that late…

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Being a homeowner can be rewarding, but unfortunately, sometimes it can also be expensive. If you have recently bought a new house, you likely remember the importance of the age of certain items when looking at homes for sale. From the furnace to the water heater, the roof, and so on. Factoring in the cost to repair these items or even replace them is costly. 

As a new homebuyer, it can be helpful to have a buyer checklist to help keep track of the important things to look out for when buying a home. 


infographic of 48 different appliance and household item life spans




Life Expectancy of Household Items

Replacing items around the home can be frustrating. Not only can the unexpected expense put a strain on finances but it is also time-consuming when having to shop…

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As a homeowner, the fall season is a great time to winterize your home. Preparing your home before the colder temperatures get here will help when going through your winter home maintenance checklist. To help, we created a Gifographic highlighting the tips that can help you this winter.


Winter tips for your home

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Not all firewood is created equally! Find what firewood is best for your home.

Cold weather is officially here and it looks like it will be sticking around for a while! This is the time of year when people enjoy staying inside and relaxing next to a warm fire. Before stocking up on firewood and lighting that fire - let's look at some of the best firewood for your home!

best types of firewood - Infographic.

Choosing the Best Firewood

The drier the firewood the better! Fresh cut wood, also known as “green wood” is not ideal. Unseasoned firewood smokes a lot more and is also a leading cause to creosote buildup - which can lead to chimney fires.

Different types of Firewood

Not all firewood is created equally. Understand what you are…

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Group of homeowners on vacation

Summertime is one of the most popular times of the year for travels. Many families pack it up and head south for their annual summer vacation.

However, this could be a great time for Murphy's Law to pay you a visit.

Murphy's Law: “If something can go wrong, chances are, it will... and usually at the worst time.”

Below are some of the proper steps to take as a homeowner so your house is in better hands while you are away.



Checklist: How to Prepare Your House for Vacation

1. Put lamps on timers

Leaving the house dark all week may not be a good idea. If you haven't already, consider buying a couple timers for the lights in your house and have them set to automatically turn on at different…

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How to pay off your home mortgage early.


Seven Ways to Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

Owning your home 'free and clear' is a homeowner's American dream. Some may argue that eliminating this debt, at a faster pace, may not exactly be the best use of your money. Depending on your stand, there are still a lot of homeowners that would love to be cut loose from this monthly debt. 

Slow and steady will get the job done but if you just bought your home, thirty years is a long time to wait! A lot of new homebuyers looking for Oldham County real estate love the idea of owning a home free and clear. Below we will cover seven tips on how to pay off a mortgage early.


1. Round Up Your Monthly Payment

There are a handful of creative ways that homeowners…

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Have you just recently bought a new home? It is important as a new homeowner to keep up with the maintenance throughout the year. To make it easier, try breaking it up over the year to help.


The Best Tips for Homeowners: Maintenance

1. Keep up with the Landscaping

A great tip for homeowners that want to easily enhance the curb appeal for their Louisville KY home is by freshening up or even redoing the landscaping around the outside of their home. This will help increase the curb appeal of your home and also the value of your property. Experts even report that professional landscape designs can increase the value of your home by 5 to 10 percent. Some other quick tips to get you started...pruning the bushes and trimming the trees, put out fresh mulch and new landscape edging. Be…

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Space Saving Tips for Your Kitchen

Cramped Kitchen? Start creating more space from small DIY improvements to large Kitchen Hacks.

To make the most out of your kitchen you need to be creative with the space. Without doing a major renovation and utilizing these ideas, you can make your small Kitchen feel Large again!

Single Bowl Sink...

Choosing the right kitchen sink. Your sink is one of the most used features in your household. It is important to make sure you choose the right one, but also important to choose the one that is right for the space available. If you are in the market for a new construction home or just trying to create a little more counter space for your existing home. Getting rid of your old standard size double bowl sink and upgrading to a new and more…

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