Posted by Judy Craft on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2:38 PMBy Judy Craft / December 27, 2012Comment
As 2012 winds down and we look forward to 2013, we find that there is much to be thankful for in the real estate industry.
The third and fourth quarter of 2012 finally gave us a glimpse of the “light at the end of the tunnel”--or so we hope. In his November statistical report, Mike Wheatley assured us all that we are in full blown recovery and believe me, he studies the numbers like an economist!! If you study the chart for Milestone’s volume of closed sales comparing 2011 to 2012, you will see that the first half of the year was somewhat unstable but the second half was much stronger with higher month-over-month sales each and every time. Analyzing our December closed sales to date and projected sales between today and the end of the year promises that we will finish strong!
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 12:22:30 PMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 21, 2012Comment
Each Friday until Christmas, we’ll be featuring a different area of your Kentucky home to decorate for the holidays. Last week, we showed you step-by-step instructions on how to wrap a present. This week, our last Friday before Christmas, we will focus on setting your dinner table for Christmas dinner.
When decorating for the holiday season, many people remember to decorate the yard, the Christmas tree and the mantle, but what about the dining room table? You want your dinner guests to be transformed into the holiday season mood immediately upon entering the dining room. Decorating the table for the Christmas dinner is a great way to make the day even more memorable....
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:20:49 PMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 20, 2012Comment
Christmas shopping can be a chore. Between navigating the circus that is the mall parking lot and trying to find the perfect gift for the person who has EVERYTHING, let us help make your shopping trip a little easier with some gift ideas for the person who has just moved in to a new Kentucky home this year! Below is our top 10 list of gifts for first time homebuyers.
1. Lawn Equipment. Chances are, the first time homebuyer is moving into their new digs from some sort of rental unit. Most of the time, most (if not all) of the lawn care is provided. Help ease them into yard work and numb the big upfront cost by purchasing basic items. Lawn equipment like shovels,...
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:13 AMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 15, 2012Comment
Tis the season to pull out your favorite Christmas movies to watch for the hundredth time! These movies evoke a certain amount of holly jolly cheer and nostalgic euphoria. It’s become part of many people’s family traditions. Maybe you pop in your favorites while you’re wrapping presents or baking cookies. To get you in the holiday mood, here is a list of our top 20 (in no particular order) favorite holiday movies.
1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947, 1994) When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. There are a few different versions of this beloved movie, but my suggestion would be to go with the original version with Edumund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, and a young Natalie Wood.
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:27 AMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 14, 2012Comment
Each Friday until Christmas, we’ll be featuring a different area of your Kentucky home to decorate for the holidays. Last week, we showed you different examples of how to decorate your mantel. This week, we will focus on gift wrapping.
I think wrapping gifts is probably one of my favorite things to do around the holidays. I’m sure I’m probably part of the minority, but I’ve always liked the fact that you can dress up a present just by using different kinds of wrapping paper or decorations. From ribbons and bows to tinsel and paper, the possibilities for different kinds of wrapping are endless! For those of you who are wrapping-challenged, here are step by step instructions from WikiHow on how to wrap the perfect present.
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:00 AMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 13, 2012Comment
Today’s Real Estate Agent is more than just a home finder. With the constant changes in technology and the way consumers operate, it seems a Realtor must be a tech savvy, marketing and social media guru, with lightning fast turn-around time and constant community involvement, in order to keep clients happy. This is what makes them successful in the industry. More importantly, today’s Real Estate Agent cannot be stationary.
When I use the word stationary, I mean it both literally and figuratively. The agent that avoids technology and constant growth is missing out on potential business - the same way that the agent without frequent interaction...
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 2:59 PMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 10, 2012Comment
Winter can be a challenging time to sell your home. The weather is cold and dreary and you have less time to show it off during daylight hours. However, there is good news.
While the number of homebuyers drops in winter, those left house-hunting are generally a more serious group--ready to make a deal now. Meanwhile, competition drops as other sellers decide to pull their homes off the market and wait for spring. Fewer homes on the market means yours will get more attention from buyers. If you’re willing to put some work into it and play up the cozy factor, you can make your house really stand out, even if the weather outside is frightful.
Clear a path. If potential buyers can’t get in, they won’t buy your house! Stay ahead of the snow and ice by shoveling all driveways and sidewalks. Sprinkle a layer of salt or sand to keep the pathways from freezing. Don’t forget...
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:33:08 PMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 7, 2012Comment
Each Friday until Christmas, we’ll be featuring a different area of your Kentucky home to decorate for the holidays. Last Friday, we talked about different ways to decorate the outside of your home. This week, we will focus on the decorations for your mantel.
Have your stockings been hung by the chimney with care? If not, get your creative juices flowing by taking a look at these examples on how to decorate your mantel for the holidays.
Think about what you can do above and below a mantel. Create depth by using tall glass containers filled with...
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:15 PMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 5, 2012Comment
The Homebuilders Association of Lexington held their annual Salute to the Stars on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Hilton in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. This event honors Builders, Remodelers, Associate Members and Realtors for their achievements during the year. The groups are recognized for their projects, their marketing efforts, and their sales numbers. Milestone Realty Consultants was pleased to have their Ball Homes agents receive beautiful awards based on their level of sales production. We had over 50 attendees representing Milestone and Ball Homes.
Posted by Ashley Whitworth on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 6:29:28 PMBy Ashley Whitworth / December 3, 2012Comment
The holidays can be a busy time for many families. Let us help you ease your scheduling conundrums with a list of holiday events happening around Central Kentucky!
Wave to Santa and other celebrants at the Lexington Christmas Parade, Thursday, December 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The parade begins at Main and Midland, and proceeds along Main Street to Mill Broadway in downtown Lexington.
The Lexington Ballet Company presents their annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Lexington Opera House. The performances will be held December 7th at 7:30pm, December 8 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, December 9th at 2:00pm, December 14th at 7:30pm, December 15th at 2:00pm & 7:30pm, and December 16th at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at through ...