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NSIDE OU I T REAL ESTATE

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For more information, see Realtors’ office ads for open house times.

SATURDAY, FEB. 26 DOWNTOWN L. Steve Castlen, Realtors 909 West 1st Street Denise Pace CENTRAL L. Steve Castlen, Realtors 2606 South Cherokee Drive Denise Pace EAST L. Steve Castlen, Realtors 4312 Brookhill Drive Steve Castlen L. Steve Castlen, Realtors 617 Eastwood Drive Ken Plas L. Steve Castlen, Realtors 2710 Higway 140 East Steve Castlen

Real Estate Transfers The following real estate transfers were recorded between Jan. 11 to Feb. 7: 7800 Hwy 144, Bill and Andi Saalwaechter to Bryce and Sydni Garrett, $450,000 1620 Dean Ave., David Phelps Realty LLC to Nicholas McFadden, $172,000 4925 Graham Ln., Danny and Cynthia Saunders to Dalton & Amber Whitaker, $147,000 521 St. Ann St., Matthew T. and Martha T. Brink to Benjamin & Robin L. Early, $285,000 6861 Valley Brook Trace, Deer Valley Subdivision to Jagoe Homes Inc., $43,825 6861 Valley Brook Trace, Jagoe Homes Inc. to Justin Aaron Richardson and Lacy Marchele Richardson, $339,010 3330 Grist Ct., Eric W. Schmidt and Avery Schmidt to Jason and Angela Anderson, $176,000 4013 Pinta Dr., Donald Ray Richardson to Robert Scott Crawford, $230,000

644 Carter Rd., John Michael Frantz and David Wayne Frantz to Michael Tyler Matthews and Whitney Matthews, $103,000 3642 Saddle Bend, Thompson Homes to Zachary O’Bryan, $221,920 4141 Settlers Pointe, MAAS Group LLC to Stephan Staack and Megan Staack, $171,500 3901 Fogle Dr., Robert L. Strobel to Terry Hendrix, $179,900 431 Breckenridge St., Edward A. Ray Jr. and Amy H. Ray to 431 Breck LLC, $220,000 4635 Kings Mill Dr., Peri Jaci Butler to Logan Tyler Cheek and Holly-Ann Carter, $149,999 2464 Russell Rd., James Carlin Gregory to Joseph Ross Stephen and Lawrence Barryman Stephen, $30,000 9254 Sauer Lane, Christopher A. Krampe and Ashley R. Krampe to Jacob Elroy Raley, $125,000 1300 Woodbridge Trail, Krystal Nicole Lucas and Brandon Clark Lucas to Avery Schmidt and Eric Schmidt, $359,900

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8105 Haynes Station Rd., Arthur J. Abbeduto to Fulcrum Holdings LLC, $120,000 805 Delray St., First Quality Rentals LLC to Frogtown Investments LLC, $100,000 933 Rogers Ct., Karen Ann Higdon and Stephen Don Higdon to Matthew C. Coleman and Megan L. Coleman, $255,000 5999 Alma Ct., Matthew Coleman and Megan Coleman to Brian D. Jones and Tonya L. Jones, $136,000 1739 Foors Lane, Eddie J. Jackson and Sally C. Jackson to Nathan Thomas Jackson, $174,175 4006 Fogle Dr., John David Tinnell Jr. and Tabitha Lynn Tinnell to Miranda Mahoney, $125,000 Property on Sunrise Dr., Vincent A. Cecil and others to James Donald Cecil and Vicki Cecil, $8,000 5450 Gerald Dr., Brandon L. Ellis and Patricia A. Ellis to Hadli Shain, $128,000 CONTINUED ON PAGE 3


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1811 Lexington Ave., Andrew D. Pierce and Anna J. Pierce to Timothy W. Trogden, $585,000 906 McLean St., Jody & Shannon Young to Kelevra Capital LLC, $92,000 Property on Jack Hinton Rd., Timothy R. Aull and Lisa Aull to Grant J. and Emily A. Haire, $55,000 2311 Twenty Grand Ave., Gregory Olson and Mariah Olson to Gilber A. Tanner and others, $87,000 1624 Cary Ct., Frederic May and Rebecca J. May to Emily J. May, $144,200 2205 Skaggs Ct., Deer Valley Subdivision LLC to Jagoe Homes Inc., $32,000 2205 Skaggs Ct., Jagoe Homes Inc. to Miguel A. Morales, $210,340 9510 Hwy 951, Elizabeth Ann Moore to Ernestina Ronning and others, $420,000, 1/2 interest 1615 Copper Creek Dr., Robin M. Dunivan and Grant R. Dunivan to Brandon and Krystal Lucas, $459,000 624 Wing Ave., Leigh Ann Statts and Edward E. Statts Jr. to Connor T. Rowell, $132,900 7749 Hayden Ln., Eddie Mack White Jr. and Suzanne White to Trevor Joseph Thompson and Tori Thompson, $479,000 2226 Summer Walk, Sharon Hudson and Henry Hudson to Yang Ming Lin and Shu Xiang Jiang, $193,000 3636 Trafalgar Ct., Ruth Y. Payne to Wendell P. Wood IV and Ashton Wood, $175,000 9045 Hwy 60 W., Jeffrey F. Anderson to Ted Martin Carwile and Deborah June Carwile, $58,500 — two parcels 1741 Navajo Dr., Gail and David Turner to Craig Potts and Rita Potts, $40,000, 3/4 interest 730 Rand Rd., Roscoe Robinson to Jared D. Payne, $122,600 605 Daniels Ln., Edwin L. Ramsey and Marilyn C. Ramsey to Whiskey Decisions LLC, $70,000 2512 Krauss Ct., Deer Valley Subdivision LLC to Jagoe Homes Inc., $39,900 2512 Krauss Ct., Jagoe Homes Inc. to Dim Sian Ciin and Kap Z. Thang, $287,720 703 Live Oak Pl., Patricia K. Bernard to Mary Ann Leucht, $200,000

10 Quail Ridge Ct. C, Kim Pavlik to Julianne Posante, $149,900 2697 Wisteria Gardens, John E. Embry to Jordan T. Hutchinson & Elizabeth A. Hutchinson, $132,500 2423 Bolivar St., Cresentia A. Wyatt to Christy Sumner Investments LLC, $37,000 4818 W. 5th St. Rd., The Estate of Edward Shivers to Roscoe Robinson, $207,900 1513 Maple Ave., Jeremy D. Baughn and Corey L. Baughn to Amanda Elizabeth Gossett, $175,000 2215 Hwy 144, Jason Roberts to Stephen D. Head and Amy Head, $190,900 3510 Hummingbird Loop S., Scott Norris and Tamara K. Norris to Per Reh and Mary Meh, $199,900 108 Poplar St., 112 Poplar St., 122 Poplar St., CWD Properties LLC to Carmel Ford Investments LLC, $169,000 11161 Hwy. 1389, Max Waldon Emmick to K & A Farms LLC, $750,000 13 River Rd., Mitzi Autry to Revor Christian Tong, $156,000 84 Colonial Ct., Michael Poole to Ryan Matthew Crisp and Stacy Renae Crisp, $82,000 5423 Red Mile Lp., M2 Realty LLC to Tera Lenae Hendrix and Timothy Allen Hendrix, $36,500 2568 South Hampton Rd., Robert D. Karp and Hazel C. Karp to Jeffrey Scheffler and Allison Marie Scheffler, $455,000 4315 Spring Bank Dr., Hector J. Sevillano and Alejandra Sevillano to Alma Randolph and Bruce Crump, $425,000 6408 Thorn Ridge Crossing, Woodland Ridge Development Inc. to John Hayden and Deborah Heady, $38,900 2413 Triple Crown Way, James T. Vanbussum and Amanda B. Vanbussum, $224,900 1620 Fogle Dr., Emil Gacki and Mitzi C. Gacki to Richard T. Stanley and Carli Stanley, $255,000 3936 Brookfield Dr., Jagoe Homes Inc. to Andrew Blake Dill and Amanda Jo Dill, $306,960 2520 Krauss Ct., Deer Valley Subdivision LLC to Jagoe Homes Inc., $39,900 2520 Krauss Ct., Jagoe Homes Inc.

to Mi Too and Ram San, $278,275 4614 Barrington Pl., Belinda Blair to Sydney N. Blair, $158,000 3537 Cannonade Lp. N., Sar K Htoo and others to James Birkett and Isabelle Birkett, $247,500 1942 Meadow Grass Creek, Danette R. Mattingly and Jason Mattingly to Ryon Nishimori, $234,900 1420 Benton Ave., Francis Johnson and Janet Johnson to Destiny Mills, $95,000 2819 W. 4th St., TWLO Properties LLC to Gilbert Lindsey and Jennifer Lindsey, $505,000 511 Omega St., Lance Thomas Mattingly and Kimberly Mattingly to Kim Peak and Gary A. Peak, $19,900 511 Omega St., Kim Peak and Gary A. Peak to M & M Properties and Brandon Collishaw, $10,500 4100 Liberty Pt., Anthony G. Fortner and Jessica R. Fortner to Nicholas W. Tierney and Krystal M. Ray, $198,000 2951 Cheyenne Dr., Carolyn Bowlds to Sharon Atherton, $143,900 8111 Boteler Rd., Paul Morsey to James E. Turner, $122,000 4215 Eagle Ridge Ct., Kelly Brent Sadler and Sharon Sadler to Cary Scott Norris and Tamara Norris, $312,000 1424 Wing Ave., Brad Kinney to Chris Haney and Robin R. Haney, $80,000 714 Parkway Dr., Gayle McElwain to Thomas Frizzell and Mary Frizzell, $207,900 1077 Hill Ave., Mayfair Square Development Group LLC to Chris Ryan Toler, $609,900 711 Chuck Gray Ct., Blonde Flamingo LLC to LT & LK Holdings LLC, $69,000 Property on Hayden Bridge Rd., Bernard G. Krampe Jr. and Cynthia M. Krampe to Andrew J. Grant and Patricia Horlander, $5,000 100 W. 2nd St., JTW Executives Inc. to Sun Windows Inc., $585,000 3305 Hummingbird Lp. S., Michael S. Sturgeon and others to Michael J. Sydenstricker, $155,000 1704 W. 4th St., Lanny Gayle Chambers to Blonde Flamingo LLC, $74,900 1836 Cherokee Dr., Jossie D. Childers to Jack Jones Jr. and Darla

Jones, $175,000 2524 Krauss Ct., Deer Valley Subdivision LLC to Jagoe Homes, Inc., $39,900 2524 Krauss Ct., Jagoe Homes, Inc. to Eric Joseph Thomas and Alyssa Breanne Thomas, $346,695 6424 Valley Brook Trace, William E. Barrow and Kelly L. Barrow to Daniel Ryan Miller, $235,000 3410 Proud Clarion Dr., Anna Ruth Woolridge to Fulcrum Holdings LLC, $173,000 2207 Crescent Hill Dr., Katherine Embry Kolonich and David A. Kolonich to John E. Embry, $215,000 1600 Lock Ave., Jonathan P. England and Summer A. England to Keith Mosby and Patricia Mosby, $280,000 2529 Krauss Ct., Christopher Gilreath to Travis J. Williams and Elizabeth M. Williams, $289,900 1508 Center St., Herman Beliles and Joy Beliles to Three A’s Properties LLC, $67,500 1921 Oak Ave., Katherine Payne and Kirsten Swisher to Beau Ashley and Autumn Ashley, $140,000 5309 Pleasant Valley Rd., JNT Rentals LLC to James Parker Driskill and Susan Woodward Driskill, $180,000 3301 Bobwhite Ave., Treychip Enterprises LLC to Veteran’s Properties LLC, $125,000 6400 Thorn Ridge Crossing, Woodland Ridge Development LLC to Ferman Burnette LLC, $38,900 981 W. 1st St., James K. Barr and Barbara D. Barr to Jonathan England and Summer England, $220,000 2266 Monroe Ave., Deer Valley Subdivision LLC to Jagoe Homes Inc., $36,500 2266 Monroe Ave., Jagoe Homes Inc. to Michael Throgmorton and Audrey Throgmorton, $266,255 108 E. 7th St., DAM Good Property Co. LLC to TEC Investments LLC, $31,500 2004 W. 1st St., Gary L. Shelton and Charlene F. Shelton to Katherine Lester, $75,000 3030 Avenue of the Parks, Charlotte Galloway to Audie Moyers and Stacie Moyers, $168,000 Three parcels on E. 16th St., Mary Gilbert and others to IMI Real Estate LLC, $62,500


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Bon Harbor - 4210 Nina Dr Brick beauty! Well Maintained 3 BR. 2 BA. Sunroom. Updated Kitchen. Heat & Air. All Appliances. $279,900 Steve Marksberry (270) 570-0990

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Legion Park Area. 2 BR cottage has new laminate floors & carpet. Washer & Dryer i ncluded. $96,750 Tom Clark (270) 929-3265

3996 Hwy 56, Beech Grove 2 acres. 2316 sq ft one-level offers 4 BR, 2 full BA. Additional 5th bedroom used for office (no closet). Incredible deck with pool. Detached garage/shop. $285,000 Rita Ward (270) 925-5505

10351 Toler Bridge Rd 20.87 acres in peaceful East Daviess County Kentucky, this spacious home and farm awaits. With over 4000 sqft, home boasts cathedral ceilings, stunning hardwood floors, and gourmet kitchen with heated floors. Pampering 1st floor owner’s suite features surround sound speakers, custom walk in closet, & spa like bath w/ steam shower. A multi level deck with impressive bluegrass state views. Waterfall provides the perfect ambiance for the secluded hot tub off of the walk out basement. Designed as a functional horse farm, with stalls, equestrian riding area, pens, and arenas. Additional buildings include 22x16’ building, 18x50’ pavilion, and 100 year old, 40x90’ tobacco barn. Angela Clark (270) 929-4022 cell

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f a home that is ideal for family living and group gatherings meets your needs, then 4312 Brookhill Dr. could be the perfect fit. Owned by Mar y and Philip Rullman, the 3,290 square-foot brick and rock tri-level house on a .7-acre corner lot features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and other

wonderful amenities that promote comfort and tranquility. The openness of the home is evident the moment you come through the front door and enter the white-tiled foyer, which is adjacent to a hardwood-floored dining room — a great area to accommodate dinner guests or celebrate family occasions. The foyer leads to a comfortablesized breakfast nook and spacious CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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kitchen that features an island stove top with side burners, microwave/convection oven unit, a variety of cabinetr y — with the lower cabinets having pull-out shelving — and stainless-steel appliances. Mar y Rullman said the kitchen is large enough for multiple people to cook at the same time without issue. A set of double doors off the breakfast nook lead to the delightful sunroom, which offers to the perfect atmosphere to decompress and appreciate the scener y through the multiple windows in a calm and collective setting. It also offers the flexibility to be turned into a lounge or party space for celebrations and weekend gatherings. The sunroom leads outside to a large wooden deck, the perfect location to appreciate the peaceful and quiet neighborhood, surrounded by the bountiful shaded trees. Completing the main level is a laundr y room with sink and dr ying rack, along with a half-bath that has a large storage closet. Peer over the breakfast nook balcony and make your way down to the lower level, which has an open, hardwood-floored den with a remote-controlled ventless gas log fireplace for cozy winter nights. The space can be customized and laid out however the homeowner desires. There is a patio area off the den,

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which is a perfect spot for a gas grill and another area for lounging outdoors. The secluded lower level has a private hallway with two comfortable-sized, carpeted bedrooms with ample closet space and one full-bath with a long, single vanity. The top level offers another spacious guest bedroom and full bathroom. A “nice-sized” master bedroom boasts a wealth of windows to let in natural light, with a master bathroom that really stands out, with it having a small chandelier, a soaking tub surrounded by decorative backsplash and tile work with its own dual-lighting unit, separate toilet room and an expansive walk-in-closet. “We use, really, ever y room in the house,” Mar y Rullman said. “There’s not a lot of area that you don’t want to be in.” The house has an attached, oversized garage that can accommodate two cars, motorcycles and workbench, with additional storage. Mar y Rullman said that the home is surrounded by “wonderful neighbors.” “It makes a great family home,” she said. “It’s been a pleasure and a blessing to even raise our children here. It was such a great house for the kids. This house is definitely made for a family.” For more information about this house, contact Steve Castlen of L. Steve Castlen Realtors at 270-929-0088.


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HOW TO DETERMINE IF IT’S TIME TO DOWNSIZE

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ndividuals work hard to save enough money to purchase their homes. And the hard work doesn’t end there. Once homeowners settle into a new home, they may set their sights on renovations that suit their individual needs. And even when buyers find a home that needs no such work, maintenance requires homeowners’ utmost attention. All that hard work is perhaps one reason why seniors may be a little reluctant to downsize as they advance through their golden years. In addition to the sweat equity homeowners put into their homes, all the memories they’ve made within their walls can make it harder to put a home on the market. Downsizing is a difficult decision that’s unique to each homeowner. Seniors who aren’t quite certain if downsizing is right for them can consider three key factors to make a decision that’s in their best interests.

COST

Perhaps no variable affects senior homeowners’ decisions to downsize their homes as much as cost. No one wants to outlive their money, and downsizing to a smaller home can help seniors reduce their monthly expenses by a significant margin. Even homeowners who have long since paid off their mortgages can save substantial amounts of money by downsizing to a smaller home or even an apartment or condominium. Lower property taxes, reduced insurance premiums and the need to pay for fewer repairs are just some of the ways downsizing can save seniors money.

SPACE

Many people love the extra space that single-family homes provide. But seniors can take a walk through their homes and see how many rooms they still use on a consistent basis. If much of the home is unused, seniors can probably downsize

without adversely affecting their daily lives.

MARKET

The real estate market is another factor to consider when deciding if the time is right to downsize. A seller’s market can help seniors get the biggest return on their real estate investment, potentially helping them make up for meager retirement savings. For example, home prices skyrocketed across the countr y during the COVID-19 pandemic, making that a great time for sellers to put their homes on the market. Seniors selling to downsize may capitalize on such spikes since they won’t be looking to turn around and buy larger, equally expensive homes once they sell their current place. If the market is down and seniors can withstand the work and cost a little longer, it may be best to wait until things bounce back in sellers’ favor.

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PROS AND CONS

OPEN-CONCEPT HOMES

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pen-concept homes have become increasingly popular in recent years. An open-concept home is one in which the rooms flow into one another with limited obstruction from walls or other barriers. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 84 percent of new single-family homes have fully or partially open layouts. While they may seem like a new trend, open floor plans are anything but. Early American homes featured open, often one- or two-room units built around the central kitchen/hearth. This maximized warmth and functionality. Homes evolved as incomes grew, and soon homes had several smaller rooms with specialized functions. What’s old has become new again. However, before diving head first into a new home purchase or a big renovation to realize an open-concept dream, consider the pros and cons of this type of setup to determine if it’s really right for you.

ADVANTAGES OF OPEN FLOOR PLANS

Open floor plans facilitate the flow of natural light throughout a space and can promote air flow, helping to reduce warm or

cool pockets of air in other wise DISADVANTAGES OF closed-off rooms. OPEN FLOOR PLANS Open homes make socializing Open layouts are not for everyone. The easier, even when people are doing same sense of space that occurs when different things. While someone walls are taken down may make rooms is cooking dinner in the feel cavernous and less kitchen, he or she can still cozy, particularly in homes interact with someone else with ample square footage. Open-concept playing video games in In addition, privacy can homes are popular, be hard to come by when the family room or paying bills in the home office. all rooms feed into one but homeowners Entertaining also is easier, another. should weigh the as mingling with guests When the kitchen is pluses and minuses not separate from the is much more convenient to see if this trend when walls are not getting family room space, that in the way. makes it easy for noise is truly right A smaller home can to compromise the area’s for them. feel much larger if it comfort levels. There is no employs an open concept. hiding from noise in an open The square footage is floor plan, as sounds from not divided into smaller quarters, voices, television shows and appliances which sometimes are rooms (such tend to echo and blend together. And if the as formal dining rooms) that are home is a single-story layout, those noises only used a few times per year. This from the main living areas also may carry eliminates underused spaces and to adjacent bedrooms. opens up sight lines in the layout. Smoke and smells are another thing to The value of real estate has consider. When something on the stove risen dramatically since the onset spills over, a small range hood will not be of the COVID-19 pandemic, and practical for clearing smoke from a large prospective buyers may prefer an space. Though the aroma of freshly cooked open-concept plan because it can food is enticing, it can make it hard for help them minimize building costs. cooks to keep guests out of the kitchen.


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before replacing windows

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he decision to replace windows often comes down to aesthetics and necessity. Drafty windows can reduce energy efficiency in a home, requiring HVAC systems to work harder to keep interiors comfortable. The harder the HVAC must work, the more homeowners will pay in energy costs. Old windows also may be points of entry for water and insects. Despite the importance of windows, Money magazine advises that new windows make up only a fraction of the home’s total exterior “envelope,” resulting in only about 5 to 15 percent of total energy savings. But there are still plenty of reasons to invest in new windows. 1. Vinyl or aluminum may be best. Lumber is farmed rather quickly today and solid wood products may not stand up to elements as well as wood used a half-century ago. To avoid rot, vinyl windows often are an affordable and durable choice. Homeowners also have the option of wood windows with aluminum cladding, which are long-lasting. 2. Moisture problems indicate windows need to be replaced. Condensation that shows up as fogging between double-pane windows or on the inside of windows indicates that the windows are starting to fail. If installing a vapor barrier in the basement or crawl space, ventilating properly when showering or cooking, or using a

dehumidifier indoors does not remedy the situation, it might be time to replace windows. 3. Windows add curb appeal. Beyond functionality, replacement windows immediately update the look of the home and can improve curb appeal since they are one of the most prominent features on the exterior of a home. If a house needs an update, replacing windows and can be a quick and affordable update. 4. Consider other energyefficient upgrades. Sometimes older windows can be salvaged, especially if they are not damaged and only moderately drafty. Replacing panes, sash cords, weather stripping, and even glazing may be less expensive than replacing a window. Plus, older homes with attractive windows complement one another. To keep energy bills down, think about adding insulation to the attic and basement — which is a good idea even if you are replacing windows. 5. The wrong windows can adversely affect home value. The National Association of Realtors says homeowners get about 73 percent of their replacement window investment back when they resell a home. But choosing the wrong windows might lower the value of the home. It’s important to match the look of the original windows, including window material and the divided light pattern (the number of panes in each window) with the original windows.


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FROM METRO CREATIVE

sphalt driveways do not last forever. Over time, weather and general usage can degrade the driveway surface, resulting in cracks, pitting and more. Ultraviolet rays, salt and automotive fluids also can affect the appearance and functionality of a driveway. An unsightly driveway can adversely affect curb appeal and resale potential. Homeowners have to consider various factors when it comes to repairing driveways. They may have the option of getting the driveway resurfaced, resealed or repaved, and each project is unique.

RESURFACING

According to the home improvement price comparison site Kompare It, resurfacing is simpler and faster than installing a new asphalt driveway. With resurfacing, any cracks are filled in to create an even base. Then a new layer of asphalt is applied over the existing one.

That new layer can range in thickness rest of the driveway can be sealed using from 1.5 to 3 inches. A heavy rolling a squeegee or broom. This project can be machine will then smooth and flatten the completed within two or three days if no layers together. If the driveway has minor precipitation is forecast. pitting or cracking, then resurfacing can be a cost-effective strategy, REPAVING as it may be a $3,000 to A project best left to Assessing the $6,000 job as opposed to professionals, repaving $5,000 to $10,000 with typically involves the condition of repaving. removal of an existing driveway can give driveway and the installation homeowners a RESEALING of a new one. The sub-grade better idea about Resealing a driveway, layer is essential in the also called sealcoating, is which type of repair process for a smooth look. another repair strategy. Contractors also will assess project best suits HGTV says resealing can soil and grading when doing their property. be a do-it-yourself project. work. The construction blog Resealing helps the Main Infrastructure says driveway last longer. the new asphalt driveway The driveway needs to be clean and can vary in thickness between two and six dry, with holes and cracks filled prior to inches, depending on budget and need. sealcoating. Start at the far edge of the The contractor also can advise if full-depth driveway and seal that area by “cutting-in” asphalt application or an aggregate base is by hand for a neat edge. Afterward the practical.


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ON A BUDGET

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ome improvement projects require substantial financial investment. But just because a homeowner wants to bring a fresh look indoors doesn’t mean he or she has to break the bank along the way. Living rooms are some of the most frequently used spaces in a home, and they can use an update from time to time to stay on trend or to make the area more functional for a changing family dynamic. Here are some budget-friendly ideas for breathing new life into living room designs. • ESTABLISH THE BUDGET. Homeowners should figure out how many dollars they can designate to a living room makeover before purchasing supplies or hiring out the work. Figure out the scope of the remodel, visit stores or suppliers to price out materials, get estimates from contractors, and then plan for some unforseen circumstances along the way to determine if this type of renovation is affordable. If not, scale things back until the project more closely aligns with your budget. • Change the paint color. Lighter and brighter colors are on trend. A can or two of paint can do wonders for updating a space without a large financial commitment. Pair that new paint color with new window coverings and complementary throw pillows to pull the theme together with minimal expense. • UPDATE THE FLOORING. Tired, outdated carpeting or other flooring can use an overhaul. While solid hardwood flooring may be preferable, there are many

types of laminate flooring that mimic the looks of popular wood colors and styles for a fraction of the cost. Plus, many are sold at home improvement retailers and even at warehouse clubs or online for reasonable prices. Laminate flooring also may be a potential DIY job for a skilled homeowner, saving even more money. • INTRODUCE A FIREPLACE. Fireplaces were once hot commodities, but that popularity waned in the 1970s and 1980s. Homeowners with chimneys may discover a fireplace was boarded over and the bare bones still exist that can be renovated to bring back character. There also are ventless freestanding units that are quite affordable that can mimic the look of a built-in fireplace. • REUPHOLSTER INSTEAD OF REPLACE FURNITURE. There’s no need to throw away quality furniture if the fabric is the only thing impeding design. New upholstery or even a slipcover can update designs. • CONQUER CLUTTER. Rather than adding something to the living room, remove clutter to give the room a more airy feel. This can instantly change the look of the room. Use cord covers to tame plugs for electronics and remove unnecessary furniture from the room. • IMPROVE LIGHTING. Another easy and often inexpensive fix is to change lighting fixtures, including using brighter, more energy efficient LED bulbs, and to assess lighting needs to eliminate dark corners of rooms that can make the space seem drab.


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RISNER & ASSOCIATES REALTY, INC.

270-9261400

JoAnn Risner Stephanie Miller Heather Howard Hope Margelot Broker/Owner Realtor®/Broker Realtor® Realtor®

Joetta O'Brien Realtor®

270-570-3939 270-929-3140 270-929-1037 270-316-5476

$1,350,000

Pat O'Brien Realtor®

Carolyn Niehaus Jim Yeckering Realtor® Realtor®

270-313-3032 270-929-0838 270-702-1315 270-836-4440

121 E. 2nd Street

$1,450,000

$4,000,000

Former McAtee Dept. Store bldg. Each floor is unique & building is well suited for multiple users & easily modified to accommodate retail, boutique hotel and/ or restaurant uses. 30,600 sq. ft. Adjacent to the Riverpark Center & downtown businesses. Call JoAnn Risner 270-5703939. MLS#76897

35 Stone Creek Park

Exclusive updated Prestigious home in Stone Creek Park. 8,160sq. ft. sitting on 2.6 acres with lighted trees, pond w/fountain. This 5BR/4.5 bath home features spacious living areas, including your own library, Billiard's Room, Music Room, and Pub/Entertainment Room. Also, Master Bed and Bath all on 1st floor. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths plus second family room on second floor. The in ground pool & surrounding grounds are perfect for relaxing and entertaining. 3 car oversized garage and 2 storage buildings. These are just a few of the amenities you will find. Don't miss an opportunity to own a piece of Owensboro's history. Call JoAnn Risner 270-570-3939 MLS#82428

5109 US Hwy. 60 W

EXCEPTIONAL home situated on 27.441 acres nestled in a private wooded setting. Only 1 mile from light at Bypass. This 6 bedrooms, 4-1/2 baths has 6,270 sq. ft. of living space. Master Bed and Bath all on 1st floor. Enjoy outdoor activities in your own 44 x 32 L shaped in-ground pool perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Also, a 1-1/4 acre lake with depth of 30 feet fully stocked with Bass, Bluegill, Carp, Crappie, and Catfish a fisherman's dream. A large 6080 sq. ft. shop. Included with this property is a 2nd home built in 2014 (5115 Hwy. 60 W) with 2,710 sq. ft., and 2 car attached garage. Call for your personal tour of this unique property that is truly a rare find. Call JoAnn Risner 270-570-3939 or Stephanie Miller (270) 929-3140. MLS#82590

$825,000

808 Frederica ST

Beautiful townhouse near downtown. 3BR/3BA newly remodeled and ready to move in. Hardwood floors, Granite counter tops, crown moldings, open concept. All in a very private setting centrally located within walking distance of downtown shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. 2 car oversized attached garage. HOA $125.00 annually. Call JoAnn Risner 270-570-3939. MLS#83020

$154,900

$274,900

PENDING 630 Belmar

1328 W. 4th Street

Completely remodeled commercial building being used as Maglinger Arts & Frame Shop. 4 lots included with the property. Call JoAnn Risner 270570-3939. MLS#79761

104 E 4th Street

Fantastic opportunity & a great location right in the heart of Downtown Owensboro across from City Hall & the Post office. Sale includes (104 East 4th St.-7,292 Sq Ft office building, 112 East 4th St.-3,888 Sq Ft Victorian house & a 5 unit apartment building-2,743 Sq Ft, which totals approximately .982 acres with a large parking lot area for tenants & employees. Gross income potential of over $100,000 annually. Call Hope Margelot 270-316-5476 or JoAnn Risner 270-570-3939. MLS#80141

NEW!

2D Quail Ridge

$129,900

Conveniently located near Legion Park and the Greenbelt. This Condo is perfect if you want low maintenance and easy living lifestyle. The kitchen is updated with newer appliances, countertops and modern luxury vinyl plank floors in living area, dining and hallway. New deck with private views from the second floor makes relaxing easy. Extra's include a walk-in finished storage area, 1 car garage and pantry in the kitchen. Call Hope Margelot 270-316-5476 or Heather Howard 270-929-1037. MLS#83469

PENDING

NEW!

Nice 3 bedroom 1 bath brick home. Original hardwood floors, laundry room. Carport, fenced in backyard and storage building. In quiet neighborhood. Perfect for a starter home or downsizing. Don't miss out on this one! Call JoAnn Risner (270) 570-3939. MLS#83490

$264,900

$134,900

PENDING

PENDING 2521 Needles Court

Great home for a family in a well established neighborhood. Home features a separate formal living room and dining room along with an eat-in kitchen and family room. Spacious 4bd 2.5ba on a large lot, located on a cu-del-sac. Call Hope Margelot 270-316-5476 or Heather Howard 270-929-1037. MLS#83480

$210,000

SOLD

5823 St. Rte. 351 E. Henderson MLS#82152

Completely remodeled. 3BR/2BA -1720 sq.ft. Call Hope Margelot 270-316-5476 or Heather Howard 270-929-1037.

2228 Berkshire

Nice brick home in a great location. Improvements include - new flooring throughout, new paint, new countertops, and all new blinds. Perfect for first time homebuyer or downshizing. Call today! JoAnn Risner 270-570-3939. MLS#83491

$229,500

SOLD 5757 Alvey Bridge Road MLS#81681 Call JoAnn Risner 270-570-3939.

$549,900

SOLD

991 W. 1st Street MLS#79797 Call JoAnn Risner 270-570-3939

1010 Frederica St., Owensboro, KY. 42301 • (270) 926-1400 • joannrisner@email.com • RISNERREALTORS.COM