Louisville Real Estate Blog by Bob Kennedy, Realtor

Selling Homes During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Louisville Market Update:

1. Caution is being taken at many levels during this pandemic. Occupied homes are not allowing open houses. The Realtor community is following CDC guidelines. No overlapping appointments are being scheduled for buyers. Only purchasers and their agent are allowed in a home. No Children Please! Sanitizers and gloves are provided at the homes. Please exercise caution during this time frame.

2. Homes are Selling -- 72 new listings hit the market in the past 24 hours. 49 homes went under contract and 40 homes closed in the 24 hour time period.

3. Bill Myers and myself are ready to serve you when you need us! Thanks.



Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.