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People To Know In Real Estate: Judy Watson Gordon (Business First, November 2018)

What makes Louisville an attractive area for people/companies looking to relocate here? Everyone says Louisville is such a friendly town and it’s true. The people are what make Louisville a great town. It doesn’t hurt to have the best restaurants, arts and entertainment, beautiful parks, bourbon and Churchill Downs either. Read more.

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Short-term rentals prevalent in Old Louisville, The Highlands; city considers stronger regulations (Insider Louisville, November 2018)

The conversation around what type of regulations short-term rentals should face is ripe for debate. Some say city leaders have gotten it all wrong with their proposed changes to short-term rental rules, meanwhile scoffing at Louisville’s lack of enforcement of its existing ordinance. One short-term rental manager, who is in favor of some regulation, questioned how much dialogue is happening around the ordinance. Read more

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Magnificent Hilltop Space Swaps Red Herring For Real Estate Offices (Courier-Journal, August 2018)

Clifton's former Hilltop Theater, most recently the home of cocktail bar and restaurant Red Herring, is set to become headquarters for a Louisville real estate company by early 2019. Kentucky Select Properties announced this week its plans to move into the 113-year-old building shortly after the Red Herring, which opened less than a year and a half ago, shared on social media that its last day in the location would be Sept. 16. Read more.

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Real Estate Firm Replacing Red Herring (Insider Louisville, August 2018)

Less than 24 hours after the operators of Red Herring Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen announced plans to close and search for a new, smaller location, the bar and restaurant’s replacement has already been named — and it’s not another restaurant. The renovated Hilltop Theater will become a real estate hub of sorts, as residential real estate firm Kentucky Select Properties is slated to move in sometime in early 2019. Commercial real estate firm PRG, which represented both Kentucky Select and building owner Mo Deljoo in the transaction, already has offices in the back of Hilltop Theater. Read more.

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Feeding The Soul (The Voice-Tribune, August 2018)

It all fell into place. “Carole sent you to me,” said Judy Watson Gordon to Robert Holmes sitting next to her. That was the beginning of putting the pieces together. The story begins when Carole Crawford died in 2009 at age 45 in a horrific car wreck after being hit by a lifelong drug addict who was high at the time. Carole and Judy were sisters and best friends. They talked on the phone every night. Carole, the third of seven siblings, lived in Huntington, West Virginia, and Judy, the oldest, lived in their hometown in Louisville. Read more.

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Dip In Home Sales This Summer Blamed On Tight Inventory, Price Pressures (Courier-Journal, August 2018)

House hunters in the Louisville area are already battling a real-estate market where prices are climbing and affordable homes are getting snatched up quickly. But the latest data illustrated just how tight the market has become. The number of home sales dropped in June over the same month in 2017 both across Kentucky and the local market, according to realtor groups. Read more.

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$850,000 Homes in Kentucky, New York and Michigan (NYTimes.com, May 2018)

SETTING This neoclassical brick home is in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood across from Central Park. Ionic columns support the covered front porch, and three-story bay windows lend character inside and out.

INDOORS Marble fireplaces, decorative glass and oak floors with inlaid patterns characterize the foyer, parlor and formal dining room. The kitchen was recently updated with custom cabinetry and honed black granite surfaces. An adjacent breakfast room is also used as a home office, and there is a downstairs powder room with a marble sink. Read more.

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How Do You Derby? 5 Locals Share Their Kentucky Derby Traditions (Style Blueprint, April 2018)

Do you buy a big hat? A new bowtie? Do you only bet on horses that have funny names? The Kentucky Derby is all about tradition. Every season the Louisville community can expect excellent food at the Chow Wagon and the fastest two minutes in sports. But how do Louisvillians “do” the Kentucky Derby? We’ve rounded up a few notable Louisville residents to share their traditions, new and old, with us. Here’s how five locals derby! Read more.

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Real Love (The Voice-Tribune, March 2018)

It should come as no surprise that real estate professionals are among the biggest contributors to charitable causes. After all, they make their living helping people achieve their dreams. Unsurprisingly, many of them are passionate about nonprofits of all manner, including ones that advocate for animals. Read more.

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The Best Rooms For Staging When You List Your House (Business First, March 2018)

In a 2017 report from the National Association of Realtors, 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a house made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as their future home. Thirty-nine percent of sellers’ agents said that staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a home is on the market. Read more  about what Kentucky Select agent Julie Beam has to say.

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Deep in Bluegrass Country Is the Most Magical Historic Farmhouse (Country Living, November 2017)

If this whimsical farmhouse just outside of Pleasureville, Kentucky seems to have taken design cues from an old-fashioned steamboat, it's no coincidence. In fact, if you were to look at the house from the top down, it's shaped much like a ship, says the current owner, whose family has owned the property for almost 200 years. The spectacular home was fashioned in the "why-don't-they-still-build-'em-like-this" Steamboat Gothic style by its first owner, a steamboat operator on the Mississippi who chose the location because it resembled a picturesque riverfront scene. Read more.

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Take A Look At Kentucky's Most Beautiful Historic Homes - All For Sale! (StyleBlueprint, October 2017)

Louisville is a city full of history, tracing our roots to the earliest settlers in the late 1700s. Most traveled down the Ohio River to settle here, but others made their way from the east. The first settlers in Louisville were primarily French and English, and later German, Irish and Italian. With these cultural influences came styles of popular architecture that traveled with them on their journeys. Read more.

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Survival Skills: Laura Rice's Six Suggestions For Changing Careers (Today's Woman Now, September 2017)

Laura Rice describes herself as an idealist. After graduating from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in 2004, she worked for the next nine years as a successful attorney in Louisville. “I loved being an advocate for people in dire circumstances, helping to empower my clients to stand up for themselves. I loved the courtroom and being a voice for disadvantaged people,” Laura says. Read more.

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Group Seeks To Add Green Features to MLS (Insider Louisville, August 2017)

A group of local real estate agents, home builders, appraisers and other real estate professionals are taking action to add more information about a property’s sustainability features to “for sale” listings. The goal of the initiative called Greening the MLS is to educate homebuyers on energy efficiency in real estate and help homeowners get full value for their houses by adding categories of information to the MLS. The MLS, or multiple listing service, is a system in which real estate agents and others list houses for sale, providing details such as the number of bedrooms, the year it was built and how it’s heated. Read more.

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Take A Look Inside The Pink Palace (StyleBlueprint, July 2017)

If you are new to town and don’t know what The Pink Palace is, it’s a turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion located in a most coveted location: at the top of St. James Court in Old Louisville. It stands there, resplendent in its pink glory, for all neighbors to see and for all St. James Art Fair patrons to ogle in envy. When my girls were young, they thought a princess lived there in her pink castle. Read more.

The Pink Palace

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Louisville's Landmark Pink Palace Is Back On The Market (Courier-Journal, July 2017)

From Courier-Journal.com: One of Louisville's most historic, recognized and sometimes controversial homes is for sale. The Pink Palace, at 1473 St. James Court in Old Louisville, is on the market for $735,000. That will get you a total of six bedrooms, four bathrooms, two kitchens, 5,231 square feet and one very pink exterior. Read more.

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Historic Edgewood, Bellarmine President's Estate For Sale (WAVE-3, May 2017)

It's a gorgeous historic mansion on 6.5 acres in Glenview. Since it was donated 20 years ago it has served as the home of the Bellarmine University president and as a university event site. Now, it's for sale. Bellarmine University is putting the gift on the market. We're told the incoming president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan, is buying her own home and this deal will benefit what matters most, the students. The property is listed by John Stough and Logan Ormerod of Kentucky Select Properties. Read more.

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Kentucky Select Recognized for Marketplace Ethics by Better Business Bureau (Insider Louisville, November 2016)

Better Business Bureau of Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky announced its 2016 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics at a ceremony at the Olmsted. Kentucky Select Properties was recognized as a finalist in the very small business category. The awards honor businesses whose leaders have made a concerted commitment to conducting their business practices in an ethical manner. Businesses are nominated by the community and then must submit to a thorough examination process and are judged by business leaders. A company need not be accredited by the BBB to win a Torch Award. Read more

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Jack O 'Lantern Spectacular Returns to Iroquois Park (October 2016)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In what has become the must-see event of the Halloween season, the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular is returning for the fourth consecutive year to south Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where 5,000 artistically carved pumpkins will greet visitors from Oct. 13 through Nov. 6. The pumpkins will illuminate a 1/4-mile trail adjacent to the Iroquois Amphitheater, and Metro Parks officials estimate up to 90,000 people will visit. Kentucky Select Properties is again a sponsor of the event. Read more.

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Think Pink: Kentucky Select Open Houses Fly New Balloons In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness (October 2016)

Pink Open House Balloons

Kentucky Select Properties Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WHO

In honor of breast cancer survivor and real estate agent, Abby Thonen, local brokerage Kentucky Select Properties will be proudly flying their pink colors in October for breast cancer awareness month.

WHAT

In addition to flying pink balloons at all Kentucky Select Properties open houses throughout the month in support of agent Abby Thonen and all breast cancer survivors in our community, KSP is also proud to support the following local events:

Team Abby:  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

- Sunday, October 30th

- Registration 11am, Walk 1pm

- Waterfront Park, 231 E. Witherspoon Street

- A celebration of survivorship, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is an occasion to express hope and a shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century. Kentucky Select’s own agent, Abby Thonen, is a two year cancer survivor whose goal is to give inspiration and hope to all those struggling with this diagnosis. Help raise funds for breast cancer research, life-saving education and critical patient services by joining Team Abby as a walker in this non-competitive 5K (3.1 miles), or by making a donation to Team Abby at http://tinyurl.com/z7jgvzu. For more information about the walk, please visit http://tinyurl.com/h5czuqv.

Motorcycle Ride with Brunch at Harvest Restaurant...

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