Could Saturday Open Houses be More Successful than Sunday Open Houses?

Could Saturday Open Houses be More Successful than Sunday Open Houses?

Two years ago I was getting burned out from working 24/7. I read Matthew Sleeth’s book 24/6: A prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life and decided to make some changes.  One of those was to work with a team and the other was to intentionally take a whole day off.

I chose Sunday to be my day off since that is the day I choose to go to church with my wife.  This meant changing all of my open houses to Saturday.  I have found that attendance at Saturday Open Houses is at least as good as Sunday.  How can that be when traditionally open houses have been held on Sundays?

There are at least five reasons I think that Open Houses on Saturdays are better than Sundays.

1.  Sundays, fifty years ago, were mostly days set aside for worship, drives through the countryside, picnics and for a few watching professional football games on television (punctuated by naps).  Most families had a good block of flexible time on Sunday afternoons and driving to open houses was often a chosen activity.  Shopping on a Sunday was not even possible in most communities fifty years ago.

2.  The typical Sunday list of activities did not include attending a youth sporting event.  There were no youth sporting leagues.  No Sunday afternoon soccer, no Sunday afternoon youth basketball, football, lacrosse or any other youth sports.

3.  Professional football’s popularity has skyrocketed the past 50 years.  Yes, there are a lot of people who also follow college football but the viewership of the NFL is astounding.  Read this article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22/nfl-tv-ratings-10-most-watched-2013_n_3634774.html  Professioanal games are held on Sundays mostly.  Since professional football has increased in popularity, many people devote their Sunday afternoons to watching professional football (though I suspect there is just as much napping as in the past!)

4.  Though some communities like Lexington have a large following of  college sporting events  (GO CATS!)   on Saturdays,  an  astute real estate agent can capitalize on the Saturdays there is a home game.  If the game is in the afternoon the agent can have the open house either before or after the game.  Many games are now at night and this provides the perfect opportunity to have an open house in the early afternoon.

5.  There is always the “allure of the unknown” with a Saturday open house.  Using directional signs and balloons seems to lure in a number of people who may not be thinking of buying or selling a home but will visit out of curiosity.  Of course this is possible any day of the week, but I will argue that people have more flexible time on a Saturday than a Sunday.

To summarize, I believe people who are committed to worship on a Sunday are far more likely to have flexible time on a Saturdays to visit a home for an open house and quite often even people who are not regular church attenders still have more time on Saturdays than on Sundays.

Oh, by the way, a few weeks ago I held a Saturday open house in Jessamine County and had 7 different families represented.  One of my team held an open house the same weekend on a Sunday in Jessamine County and had one person attend.

 

Price drop in Georgetown. Seven year old new home is less than $69 a square foot. Move in now!

Price drop in Georgetown.  Seven year old new home is less than $69 a square foot.   Move in now!

Beautriful home on a cul-de-sac in Georgetown

Less than $69.00 a square foot and ready to move into now!

 

Open House SUNDAY March 24th 2-4pm; Come for a chance to win $300!

 

The popular Anderson floor plan features four large bedrooms, walk-in closet, separate utility room, vaulted master, a garden tub, spacious kitchen, formal living room & dining room, and more. The family room offers an open floor plan to the breakfast area & kitchen, yet comes with a slight separation for the discriminating buyer.

The first floor also comes with more than your average storage capacity by offering a pantry as well as a utility closet, in addition to the hall closet in the grand foyer.

The breakfast area leads to a backyard patio with a nice sized, fenced yard.

Large eat in kitchen with large bedrooms and priced at less than 70 dollars a square foot. Hurry and look at this one. Open house March 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Price drop in Georgetown.  Seven year old new home is less than $69 a square foot.   Move in now!

This house boasts a flat driveway suitable for a variety of recreational activities with the advantage of being at the end of a cul-de-sac. Less than 1 mile away you’ll find shopping, dining, park, post office, and more. Home is move in ready & seller is offering a 1-yr HMS Honme Warranty for buyer’s peace of mind.


Old Kentucky Churches on State Highway 141 between Big Hill and Possum Trot Road

Another small church with impressive sign on state highway 141 in Kentucky

This cement sign is just another evidence that Birch Lick Missionary Church in Kentucky is serious about stewardship.

Old Kentucky Churches on State Highway 141 between Big Hill and Possum Trot Road

This is the first of at least two photo blogs.  I cannot do these churches justice on one short blog.

Driving down to show the Jubilee Team Possum Trot listing property a couple of weeks ago I took pictures of old churches on Highway 421.  These churches are on about at 40 mile stretch of State Highway 421 between Big Hill and Possum Trot Road.  These are all small churches and most are quite old but it was evident by their condition that the stewards of these church buildings took good care of them.  This is a photo blog but I hope to interview at least one of the ministers of these small churches and write about

Deer Stable Missionary Baptist Church sing.

Deer Stable Missionary Bapist Church

 

New Sign for Deer Stable Church of God?

This appears to be a newer church at Deer Stable. There is a much older Church of God nearby that looks as if it may not be in use.

The Ten Commandments sign on an older church on highway 421.
This church has a very interesting stature.  I wonder if it has been a miracle for this church to continue to exist with this unusual construction?
Miracles do exist.

I could not find a name of a church on this building. It may be abandoned.

their ministry in the near future. 

One of many churches  well kept in Kentucky

Clover Bottom Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 421 in Kentucky

 

The Steeple on Birch Lick Missionary Baptist Church.

The Trinity Church of God Sign is near the road and the building sits off the road.
A very well kept church building shows the people care about stewardship.
Big Hill is on State Highway 141 just southeast of Berea Kentucky

One of the many churches on State Highway 141 on the way to The Jubilee Team listing at Possum Trot Road

101 Emerson Trail, Georgetown, Ky, 40324 – $184,900 2624 square feet – ready now!

 

101 Emerson Trai, Georgetown, Ky - A street view!

Great Location, Great Price, Great Neighborhood!

101 Emerson Trail, Georgetown, Ky, 40324 – $184,900 2624 square feet – ready now!

This popular Anderson floor plan features four large bedrooms, walk-in closet, separate utility room, vaulted master, a garden tub, spacious kitchen, formal living room & dining room, and more.  The family room offers an open floor plan to the breakfast area & kitchen, yet comes with a slight separation for the discriminating buyer.  The first floor also comes with more than your average storage capacity by offering a pantry as well as a utility closet, in addition to the hall closet in the grand foyer.  The breakfast area leads to a backyard patio with a nice sized fenced yard.  This house boasts a flat driveway suitable for a variety of recreational activities with the advantage of being at the end of a cul-de-sac.  Less than 1 mile away you’ll find shopping, dining, park, post office, and more.  Home is move in ready.  Don’t miss your chance; schedule a showing today!

101 Emerson Trail, Georgetown, Ky, 40324 – $189,900 2624 square feet – ready now! 

100 Emerson Trail, Georgetown KY 40324    A Great Buy!

Ready to move in large home in Georgetown with easy, quick access to all destinations in Central Kentucky

LOCATION – This lovely home is a very easy 20 minute commute from Lexington and less than ten minutes to the Toyota plant.  Quick access to I 75 means you can be in Louisville or Cincinnatti in just over an hour or the famous Kentucky Horse Park in 10 minutes and The Keeneland Race Track in less than 15 minutes.

 

For Sale – $114,900 Updated 3 bedrooms with a full unfinished basement in popular Lexington neighborhood!2

 

Finsh the basement and have almost 2,000 square feet of living space.

Remodeled home ready to move in coveted Lexington neighborhood. Full unfinished basement waiting to finish for the savvy buyer who wants a lot of home for the money.

For Sale – $114,900 Updated 3 bedrooms with a full unfinished basement in popular Lexington neighborhood!

Wonderfully updated & remodeled ranch on a full basement.  This home features hardwood floors, open floorplan between kitchen & family room, pantry, raised vanities in bathroom, nice sized bedrooms, full basement, rear entry garage, large fenced yard, and more.  Recent updates include new water heater, refinished hardwood, shower doors, carpets, and garage door.  In addition, sellers are offering a 1yr Home Warranty to buyers as an extra peace of mind. Located on a cul-de-sac street in a popular school district and just minutes from UK, downtown Lexington, shopping, dining, entertainment and more.  Don’t miss your chance; call for your private showing today!

For Sale – $114,900 Updated 3 bedrooms with a full unfinished basement in popular Lexington neighborhood!

What a joy to live in this Lexington 3 bedroom home.

For Sale – $114,900 updated 3 bedroom home in a great Lexington neighborhoodl.

 

Finish the full basement and have a 2,000 square foot home in a coveted Lexington neighborhood.  You will love this location.  Walk to shopping, drive a short distance to The University of Kentucky and downtown Lexington.

The owners have opened up the kitchen to the living room to make this home have very spacious feel.  The home is located on a cul-de-sac which is another bonus!

Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky 40503

Southland Subdivision, Lexington, Kentucky 40503

Southland Subdivision in Lexington Ky

Southland Subdivision, Lexington KY, 40503

 

Good Foods in Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky.  This is Lexington's public owned cooperative food store.

Good Foods in Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky, 40503

 

The Southland Subdivison, Lexington, Kentucky is about a mile south of the University of Kentucky campus, two miles from downtown and very near Central Baptist General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital.  It is inside the New Circle and within a short walking distance to many very popular restaurants and small businesses.

Find homes for sale in Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky 40503

 

Why do people live in Southland Subdivision?
Location – Arguably the best location for a family to live in all of Lexington
  • Every type of service business necessary for the family is super close.  Some of the best walk scores in all of Lexington.  Within a short drive or walking distance to grocery stores, parks,  medical clinics, the veterinarian, banks, boutique shops and restaurants.
  • A short walk to Good Foods, Lexington’s cooperative market.
  • Inside New Circle Road but quickly connects to the interstate highways.
  • Less than a mile from The University of Kentucky and two miles from downtown.
  • Some of the best walk scores in all of Lexington

Quality  and size of homes. 

An all brick home in Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky, 40503

An all brick home in Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky, 40503

Most of the homes in Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky 40503 are more than 40 years old.  That means many of them have all brick construction and most have hardwood floors.

Do you want a garden? Southland subdivision has some of the best soil in all of Lexington.  The soil is not as clay filled as most Central Kentucky soils.  These older subdivisions, like Gainesway,  tend to have been constructed without dozing off the good topsoil.

Do you want trees?  Almost all the homes have large oak or maple trees in the front and the back yards.

These homes tend to be between a thousand square feet and 1800 square feet.  The large homes almost always have additions that have been added to the original construction.

Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky 40503 – Usual construction features.

Brick veneer construction with hardwood floors.

First floor master bedrooms with an additional bedroom on the first floor and two bedrooms upstairs in the larger homes.  The smaller homes of less than twelve hundred square feet usually have only one bathroom.  Most of the larger homes will have at least a bath and a half and many have two bathrooms.

The kitchens will usually have a formal dining room adjacent but unless there has been a remodel none of these older homes will have the kitchen open to the dining or living rooms.

Recreational opportunities in Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky 40503.

Hill-n- Dale Park is within easy walking distance for most of this popular neighborhood.

Southland Aquatic Center, 625 Hill-n-Dale Road
This facility’s features include a double looped slide, extensive water play apparatuses, state of the art playground and sand play area. My grandchildren could play here all day.

Schools near Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky 40503

Clays Mill Elementary, Picadome Elementary, Jessie Clark Middle School, Layfayette High School, Lexington Catholic High School

Churches near Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky 40503

Rosemont Baptist Church,  Southland Subdivision Lexington Kentucky 40503

Rosemont Baptist Church is within walking distance of most of the Southland Subdivision in Lexington Kentucky 40503

 

Rosemont Baptist Church, Broadway Baptist Church, First Assembly, Fayette Church of Christ, First Alliance Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Southside Church of Christ

Businesses in Southland Subdivision, Lexington Kentucky 40503

Here are just a few of the many businesses and restaurants –  to learn about the businesses and restaurants in detail please click on the links below.

Businesses and Restuarants

Good Foods  is my favorite place for groceries – literally “good food!”- in all of Lexington.  It is owned  by the public and has a great selection of locally grown produce, a bulk food section unlike any other store in Lexington and a great selection of gluten free items.  Good Foods also has a great restaurant, service is buffet style,  with a selection of dishes to delight any healthy eaters palate.

Habitat for Humanity RESTORE–  This is located right next to Good Foods on Southland Avenue.  It is  a terrific place to get recycled building materials and furniture.  I recently bought two large book cases and a recliner at The Restore.

 

 

 

 

 

Row Covers, Using them to extend the growing season.

Row covers, Using them to extend the growing season.

Fall lettuce is easy to grow in Lexington Kentucky with row cover.

Row Covers, Using it to extend the growing season.

I find so many gardeners that assume that vegetable gardening is mostly for the summer.  About 30 years ago, I discovered row covers.  Am I really that old?

In the Pacific Northwest Coastal region I first used them to help my hot weather plants get a jump on the growing season.  I planted tomatoes and peppers under row covers and it protected them from the cool nights.  A good row covering will protect usually at least three degrees.  If you double the thickness then it will often protect at least seven or eight degrees.

Experience has taught me that doubling the row cover actually more than doubles the protection.

Since moving to Lexington Kentucky I have used row cover to mostly extend the growing season on my lettuce.  I find that the very best lettuce flavor is in the early spring or the fall here in the Southeast.  Fall lettuce here in Lexington is sweeter and crisper than even the spring lettuce.

Growing lettuce in the fall is also easier because after a few cooler nights most of the bugs and many of the slugs have died or disappeared.

Row Covers, Using them to extend the growing season is not a difficult task.

I have reused row covers for more than 10 years.  It will last longer if you are able to keep it clean and as dry as possible.  We get many sunny days in Lexington during the fall so it endures well in the fall.  Our springs are wetter so the fabric does not dry out as well.

Stabalizing the Row Cover

Row cover, using it to extend the growing seasonl; anchored by landscape stones

Row cover, using it to extend the growing season.

I use landscape stones to  secure the edges of the row cover so that it does not blow off.  The fabric is very light so even doubled in thickness the plants are not squished.  Securing the row cover also will keep it from getting tossed about by the wind which will prefent tears in the fabric.

Where do buy row cover and what should you purchase?

The following links give you a bunch of different choices. I am going to list these according to size and the types that I have used with great success.  The larger chunk you purchase the cheaper per squre foot will be the price.

The Reemay brand is lighter weight than the AG 19 but is much cheaper.  AG 19 should be used in windier climates and harsher weather.

 

Reemay Garden Blanket – 67 Inches x 20 Feet
Reemay Garden Blanket – 67″ x 100′
Row Cover AG-19 10 Feet Wide by 50 Feet Long by David’s Garden Seeds (vob)
Summerweight Garden Fabric 6′ x 50′

I have not tried the TunLcovers listed below but generally they are a heavier fabric and provide  more protection.  You will need to buy the wire or find another way to support the fabic because the fabric gets too heavy with the evening dew and can damage the plants.

JWALT TunLcover Superior Plant Protector, 2-Pack 18 Foot Size
JWALT TunLcover Superior Plant Protector, 2-Pack 18 Foot Size
Dalen Gardeneer 5-Foot x 50-Foot Harvest-Guard Plant Protection HG-50
Breathable Protective Fleece Plant Tunnels Set of 2, in Green
Row Cover AG-19 83 Inches Wide by 50 Feet Long by David’s Garden Seeds

Leaf collection schedule and details for 2012 in Lexington Ky

Leaf collection schedule and details for 2012 in Lexington, Ky:

If you want to let the city collect your leaves in Lexington this year then now is the time to get prepared.  The collection starts today and will be finished before Christmas. The map below shows how the city is divided into areas for collection.  Collection begins today in area A which is basically between Nicholasville Road and Richmond road.

The details on when these areas will receive the leaf collection for Lexington are listed below in this blog.

The basic facts about the leaf collection are listed below.  This is taken from LexingtonGov.com.

My understanding is that these leaves are composted.  So if you do not have your own compost bin you can let the City collect your leaves, compost them and then buy them back from the city next spring when you need compost for your garden.  This of course helps provide jobs for city workers and provides extra money to the oil companies who provide petroleum to power the trucks, leaf blowers and recycling equipment.

But for a better and greener way — you could collect your own leaves and compost them!  It could be an adventure!  (Keep telling yourself that.)   You can get the details on how to do your own composting from this blog I wrote a few months ago.  Of course this method provides healthy exercise, does not pad the pockets of the big oil companies and saves taxes.  What’s not to like?

2012 Leaf Collection facts

  1. This program is for those residents of Fayette County who are in the Urban Services
    Area. Those who receive trash collection through the Lexington-Fayette Urban County
    Government Division of Waste Management qualify for this service. Residents who
    have private collection or other services for trash collection do not get leaf collection.
  2. Residential service will begin on Monday, November 26, 2012, for one collection only.
  3. The Division of Streets and Roads will administer the leaf collection program.
  4. Crews use eleven truck/vacuum units.
  5. The service area is divided into four areas or zones. Each zone will be serviced one
    time in 2012. Visit the LFUCG website (www.Lexingtonky.gov/leaves) to determine the
    day your zone will begin leaf collection.
  6. Leaves will be collected in Zone A which is in the southern part of the city beginning
    Monday, November 26.
  7. Leaves will be collected in Zone B which is in the western part of the city beginning
    Monday, December 10.
  8. Leaves will be collected in Zone C which is in the northern part of the city beginning
    Monday, December 17.
  9. Leaves will be collected in Zone D which is in the eastern part of the city beginning
    Monday, December 3.
  10. Every street in the Urban Service area will be covered only one time in 2012.
  11. Leaves will not be picked up when cars and other vehicles are parked on the street in
    front of leaves. By preventing access to picking up leaves, you will not have your
    leaves picked up.
  12.  Do not rake leaves into the street. This is hazardous and unsightly and could bring a
    citation and/or fine.
  13. The target date for completion is the end of the year. Inclement weather will be a factor
    for determining the completion date of leaf season.
I hope all of you have a wonderful (and leaf-y)  week.

 

 

Squirrel Problems? What should you do in Lexington Kentucky?

A huge squirrel nest in one of the oak trees in my Lexington Ky front yard.

How big is this squirrel nest? Too big! These tomato snatchers are getting ready for the winter but they will be ready to rob me come tomato time.

Many of you know that I have had a continuous battle with the Eastern Gray squirrel here in Lexington.

I have two huge Pin Oak trees in my front yard and various other trees in my back yard.  Most of my neighbors have trees.  The Eastern Gray Squirrel loves our neighborhood.   Now I am not about to get rid of my trees.  However I think I may have the biggest squirrel nests in Fayette County.  Some of these nests must be nearly 6 feet deep and 5 feet wide.

These photos are of nests in my neighborhood.  The three nest in my trees are gigantic compared to the rest of the neighborhood.  Of course I think I have the largest trees also.  These cute little critters are a great source of frustration for the gardeners in Lexington.

I have not resorted to

The Eastern Gray Squirrel can cause one to want to contemplate irrational behaviours.

 

They especially like my garden tomatoes and have even been caught eating the ripe winter squash.

Squirrels do not have an appetite for lettuce or  the cole crops and they grow best during the fall months so right now I am enjoying the produce from the garden without worrying about harvesting before the garden is raided by furry robbers.

Since moving to Lexingotn I have been working on finding ways to keep the squirrels from the garden.  This is what I know does not work.

  • Commercials sprays that are suppose to repel squirrels. Their odors keep me from wanting to be in the garden but they have not effect on the squirrels.
  • Pepper sprays.  I think this just stimulates their appetite.
  • Sprinkler systems.  They just waste water and keep your plants too wet.  Squirrels are not afraid of getting wet.  At least not the ones in my neighborhood.
  • Tying plastic bags around each of the tomatoes.  I am not making this up.  My dear wife Kathy “bagged all the tomatoes that were on the verge of ripening.”  The squirrels just chuckled as they scurried up the trees with with dripping heirloom tomato juice trailing behind them leaving bags littering my garden.
  • Mr McGregor’s Fence – I found this on line and the testimonials were so great I was sure it would work.  Not at my place.  I think my squirrels could care less if they got a little electric shock.  If anything the shock just stimulated their appetites.

So, I am wondering if there are any Lexington residents who have found pool proof ways of keeping the squirrels from decimating their tomatoes and other tasty vegetables?

This gigantic nest is also in one of my pin oak trees in my front yard.

My mother in law sent me “Outwitting Squirrels” by Bill Adler, Jr.  This book is really dedicated to trying to keep squirrels from eating the bird seed out of feeders.  Some of the strategies that I find humerous but I doubt will do much for my tomatoes are still worth sharing to bring some levity to this subject.

1.  Import squirrel eating hawks.

2.  Feed birth control pills to squirrels.  (The city of Venice uses birth control pills for pigeons so why not try it for squirrels.)

3. Enclose your yard with a twenty food tall plexiglass fence.

4. Run outside yelling and waving your arms every time a squirrel appears in the yard.  A great way to stay in shape and scare the squirrels away.

There is a chapter in “Outwitting Squirrels” that is very short on the topic of protecting the garden from squirrels.  Basically it confesses that short of building a fortress around the garden you probably will not have great success in this endeavor.

 Click on this link to read about other solutions to controlling squirrels.

Lansdowne Merrick Subdivision 5 Year Market Report, Lexington Ky 40502

Lansdowne Merrick Subdivision 5 Year Market Report, Lexington Ky 40502

Lansdowne Merrick Subdivision, Lexington Ky A saltbox style home at the end of a street.

 

These first two graphs show homes sold and the average price.  Be sure to scroll down to view the graphs that show the number of days on the market and the square footage of the homes sold.

Lansdowne Merrick Subdivision is a neighborhood that is a short commute from downtown Lexington and the University of Kentucky.  It is inside New Circle Road and an easy walk to Chinoe Center and Lansdowne Shoppes.  It is also a short walk to Julius Marks Elementry.  For more details on this coveted neighborhood click on this link.

This is neighborhood that just does not have a large turnover so our numbers of home sold is not very large.  There are still some interesting things that can be learned from looking at these first two graphs below carefully.

Lansdown Merrick Subdivision 5 year market report, Lexington Ky 40502

There is a dramatic reverse corelation between the number of homes sold and price for the first four years and only a slight difference in 2012.  The more homes that were on the market the lower the price sold.  This is to be expected in most markets. So the interesting question is why 2012 prices took almost a 10 percent rise when the number of homes on the market stayed high?  Could it be that buyers have recognized these homes are really a very good value?Take a careful look at the cost per square foot bar graph below.  Even though prices went up almost 10 percent in 2012 the prices per square foot of homes sold in Lansdowne Merrick went down over over 10 percent.  Read below the detailed explanation.  

 

Sellers,  this may be a very good time to put your home on the market if you live in Lansdowne Merrick.  Buyers, with the interested rates still historically low you can still buy on of these homes with a very low monthly payment.

To get a free market analysis on your home or set up an appointment to see one of these homes on the market give Paul a call at 859.684.5890 or send him an email at pcampbell@rhr.com  Click on the link below to see the homes currently for sale in Lansdowne Merrick Subdivision.

The homes for sale in Lansdown Merrick currently range in price from $148,000 to $272,950.

 

Lansdowne Merrick Subdivision 5 Year Market Report, Lexington Ky 40502

These two graphs show the Days on the Market and the Square Footage of the homes that sold over the past five years.

Two things that stand out on these two graphs.

  • The days on the market for 2012 have dropped significantly.
  • The size of the homes is significantly larger for 2012.

So what does this mean? 

It means that buyers were eager to snap up these larger homes because they recognized real value.  In 2011 homes in Lansdowne Merrick subdivision sold for $93.41 a square foot.  In 2012 they sold for $84.19 a square foot.  Prices of homes sold increased per unit but they were a great value because of the size of the homes that sold.

Emerson Woods Subdivision, Days on the Market and square footage of homes sold for five years, 20008-2012

Lansdowne Merrick Subdivision 5 Year Market Report, Lexington Ky 40502 Days on the Market and square footage of homes sold for five years, 20008-2012