Madison County Real Estate and Community News

May 8, 2024

Unlocking Home Design Secrets: Trends & Tips with Letitia Maynard!

🎉 Exciting News Alert! 🎉 Today, we're thrilled to chat with Letitia Maynard from Select Design & Construction in Lexington, KY! 🏡 Wondering about the latest trends? Letitia spills the beans! 🌟 Tip #1: Keep it Simple. 🌿 Tip #2: Warm tones are making a comeback, and guess what? Brass is back, but in a whole new shade! 🔥 Adding warmth and style to your home has never been easier. 💫 Tip #3: Who doesn't love a pop of color? 🌈 Letitia recommends wallpaper as one of the hottest trends right now - yes, even on the ceiling! 🌌 Tip #4: Lighter wood flooring is all the rage, offering countless options to suit your taste. 🌟 Need some design inspiration for your next home project? Look no further - we're here to help! 💼 Let's make your dream home a reality! 🏠✨

 

 

Posted in Home Decor
April 30, 2024

Building Dreams: Your New Construction Experts!!!

🏡🚧 Get ready to dive into the exciting world of new construction homes with the MARCUMsold Team! 🚧

Y'all, hold onto your hats because we've got a slew of fabulous new construction properties hitting the market, and we're not just talking about Magnolia Pointe! 👷‍♀️👷‍♂️ Our team is geared up in our hard hats and ready to guide you through the spring market like pros. 🌷 Let us be your go-to new construction experts - we're here to make your home buying journey smooth sailing! 🛠️🏠

April 23, 2024

Setting Us Apart: Redefining Real Estate with Mega Listing Agent Expertise!

🎬 Recently, I talked about the stark contrast between ordinary listing agents and super awesome mega listing agents like my team! If you haven't caught that video yet, make sure to go back and give it a watch. But today, I want to delve deeper into what makes us stand out.

First off, we don't just slap any old sign in your yard - we've got a sleek, eye-catching one that commands attention. 🚀 And to make sure potential buyers find their way to your doorstep, we use pointer signs strategically placed to direct traffic your way.

But it doesn't stop there. We go the extra mile by measuring the inside rooms, meticulously discussing staging ideas for each space. 📏💡 Plus, we've got exclusive coupons to help you store your belongings during the selling process, and we even have a local organizer on hand to whip your home into show-ready shape! 🏠✨

At every step of the journey, we're committed to leaving no stone unturned and no question unanswered. 💬 And when it comes to marketing your home, we spare no expense to ensure it gets the exposure it deserves. 💰✨

With us, it's not just about selling your home; it's about delivering an exceptional experience from start to finish. Contact us today to see how we can make your real estate dreams a reality! 📲 

 

April 17, 2024

In 2024, This ONE Thing Is The Biggest Difference Between Listing Agents

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🏠 Ever wondered what sets listing agents apart? 💭 It's all about the budget! 💰 I invest over six figures annually in marketing my listings because my clients deserve nothing but the best! 💯 I'm not your typical PPP agent. 🚫 I don't just Place it on the MLS, Put a sign in the yard, and Pray another agent sells it. 🙏 My aim is for me or my team to sell your property. 💪 With 16 years of experience, I've mastered the art of marketing listings - and it comes at a cost, but it's worth it for my clients. 💼 I work with top-notch photographers 📸, create stunning videos 🎥, ensure the best editing, ✨ craft compelling MLS descriptions, 📝 and strategically arrange pictures - because every detail matters. 🌟 When choosing an agent to sell your home, the difference is crystal clear! 👀 Ready to experience the difference? Contact me today! 📲
April 11, 2024

Why Richmond? Lake Wilgreen

🌊 Dive into the beauty of Lake Wilgreen! 🛶 Located at the heart of Richmond, Kentucky, this 169-acre reservoir has been a cherished gem since the 1960s. Surrounded by picturesque neighborhoods including Deacon Hills, Old Town Estates, The Woods, and Lake Ridge Estate, it's a haven for our community.

And the best part? Access to this natural wonderland is FREE for all residents of Madison County! 🎉 Recently, Lake Wilgreen underwent a stunning $250,000 makeover, transforming it into a recreational paradise. With upgraded facilities including a parking lot, boat dock, ramp, and a brand-new kayak launch area, there's never been a better time to explore its tranquil waters.

Whether you're into fishing, kayaking, or simply soaking up the serenity, Lake Wilgreen welcomes you with open arms. Feel the stress melt away as you glide across the water, surrounded by lush greenery and the sounds of nature.

Bring your favorite boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise—the lake permits regular engines, but remember, it's strictly no wake idle speed to preserve the peaceful ambiance.

Ready to embark on your next adventure? Come discover the magic of Lake Wilgreen today! 🚣‍♂️  

Posted in Community News
April 1, 2024

MARCUMsold Easter Extravaganza

🌟✨ Thank You for Making Our MARCUMsold Easter Celebration Eggstra Special! 🐰🥚🎉

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us for our Easter Celebration yesterday! 🌷 Your presence made the event truly eggstraordinary and filled our hearts with joy.

From the delightful Easter Egg Hunt to the laughter-filled moments in the Petting Zoo and Bounce House, it was a day to remember. 🐣🏰 We loved seeing all the smiles and excitement on your faces, especially during the photos with the Easter Bunny! 📸🐇

A big shoutout to our amazing clients and their families for being a part of this egg-citing event. Your support and enthusiasm mean the world to us! 🌍💖

Let’s cherish the memories we made together and look forward to more fun-filled gatherings in the future! 🎈

#MARCUMsoldEaster #ThankYou #CommunityLove #RichmondKY 🌟✨

Posted in News, Videos
March 25, 2024

Explore the Sheffield Plan: Your Dream Home Awaits at Magnolia Pointe!

🏡 Take a tour of our Sheffield plan in Magnolia Pointe! This CLASSIC two-story home offers 4 bedrooms, each with walk-in closets. 😍 On the main level: 9’ ceilings, open concept living room, kitchen, & dining spaces, with an 8’ breakfast bar on the kitchen island. 🍽️ Engineered wood flooring, stainless appliances, laundry room, & half bath complete the main level. Upstairs: 2 bathrooms with dual sinks, primary ensuite bathroom with tiled walk-in shower & glass door. 🚿 Flat slab lots available to build on! Move in by Thanksgiving! 🦃 **Schedule your tour today!**

#DreamHome #MagnoliaPointe #PayneHomes #MARCUMsold #BHHSFosterRealtors

March 19, 2024

Custom Build Process with Payne Homes

🎥🏡 Curious about building with Payne Homes from the ground up? The journey starts with selecting the perfect lot! 🌳 Next, we'll explore floor plans 📐, and finally, we'll work on pricing and contracts. Starting from scratch has never been more exciting! 🚀 Are you ready to embark on this adventure? Let's build your dream home together! 💫

 

March 13, 2024

What Mortgage Rate Do You Need To Move?

 

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, mortgage rates are probably top of mind for you. They may even be why you’ve put your plans on hold for now. When rates climbed near 8% last year, some buyers found the numbers just didn’t make sense for their budget anymore. That may be the case for you too.

Data from Bright MLS shows the top reason buyers delayed their plans to move is due to high mortgage rates (see graph below):

David Childers, CEO at Keeping Current Matters, speaks to this statistic in the recent How’s The Market podcast:

“Three quarters of buyers said ‘we’re out’ due to mortgage rates. Here’s what I know going forward. That will change in 2024.”

That’s because mortgage rates have come down off their peak last October. And while there’s still day-to-day volatility in rates, the longer-term projections show rates should continue to drop this year, as long as inflation gets under control. Experts even say we could see rates below 6% by the end of 2024. And that threshold would be a gamechanger for a lot of buyers. As a recent article from Realtor.com says:

Buying a home is still desired and sought after, but many people are looking for mortgage rates to come down in order to achieve it. Four out of 10 Americans looking to buy a home in the next 12 months would consider it possible if rates drop below 6%.”

While mortgage rates are nearly impossible to forecast, the optimism from the experts should give you insight into what’s ahead. If your plans were delayed, there’s light at the end of the tunnel again. That means it may be time to start thinking about your move. The best question you can ask yourself right now, is this:

What number do I want to see rates hit before I’m ready to move?

The exact percentage where you feel comfortable kicking off your search again is personal. Maybe it’s 6.5%. Maybe it’s 6.25%. Or maybe it’s once they drop below 6%.

Once you have that number in mind, here’s what you do. Connect with a local real estate professional. They’ll help you stay informed on what’s happening. And when rates hit your target, they’ll be the first to let you know. 

Bottom Line

If you’ve put your plans to move on hold because of where mortgage rates are, think about the number you want to see rates hit that would make you ready to re-enter the market.

 

Once you have that number in mind, let’s connect so you have someone on your side to let you know when we get there.

March 7, 2024

Why Access Is So Important When Selling Your House

If you’re gearing up to sell your house this spring, one of the early conversations you’ll have with your agent is about how much access you want to give buyers. And you may not realize just how important it is to make your house easy to tour.

Spring is the peak homebuying season, so opening up your house to as many showings as possible can really help you capitalize on all the extra buyer activity we see at this time of year.

Since buyer competition ramps up in the spring, buyers are going to want to move fast to see your house once they find your listing. And, if they see it and fall in love with it at a time they know they’re competing with other buyers, you may be more likely to get the offer you’re looking for on your home.

It’s understandable you want to keep the disruptions to your own schedule to a minimum, and you may be stressed about having to keep it clean, but it’s worth it. As an article from Investopedia explains:

If someone wants to view your house, you need to accommodate them, even if it inconveniences you. Clean and tidy the house before every single visit. A buyer won’t know or care if your house was clean last week. It’s a lot of work, but stay focused on the prize.”

To figure out what’s best for you, your agent will walk you through options like the ones below. This list breaks things down, starting with what’s most convenient for buyers and getting less buyer-focused as the list goes on:

  • Lockbox on the Door – A key is available via a lockbox, which makes it easy for agents to show the home to potential buyers. This gives the most flexibility because the key is on-site and convenient.
  • Providing a Key to the Home – An agent would have to stop by an office to pick up the key with this option. This is still pretty convenient for showings, but not quite as simple.
  • Open Access with a Phone Call – You allow a showing with just a phone call’s notice, which can be great for someone who sees your house while driving by.
  • By Appointment Only – This gives you a more advanced warning so you can get the house tidied up and be sure you have somewhere else you can go in the meantime. But it’s also a bit more restrictive.
  • Limited Access – You might go this route if you only want to have your house available on specific days or at certain times of day. But realize this is the most difficult and least flexible of the choices.

As an article from U.S. News Real Estate says:

“Buyers like to see homes on their schedule, which often means evenings and weekends. Plus, they want to be able to tour a home soon after they find it online, especially if they're competing with other buyers. If your home can be shown with little or no notice, more prospective buyers will see it. If you require 24 hours’ notice, they may choose to skip your home altogether.”

Your agent is going to help you find the right path forward based on your schedule and what’s working for other sellers in your area. And if you’ve got a hardline on granting buyers more access or have interested out of town buyers that just can’t be there in person, your agent will get creative and help you explore other options like video tours, virtual showings, and more.

Bottom Line

When it comes to selling your house, you want to be sure to get as much buyer activity as you can. Let’s connect to talk about which level of access helps make that possible.