Kentucky REALTOR® News
- Kentucky REALTOR selected as a finalist for NAR's 30 Under 30
- March 18, 2016
One of the 50 finalists named to the list of 30 Under 30 with NAR was a Kentucky REALTOR®. Rusty Underwood, with the Lexington Bluegrass Association, is eligible for the 30 Under 30 award, and is up for the Web Choice Award. Now through noon (CST) on March 25, REALTORS®, friends, family members and acquaintances can place daily online votes for Rusty in REALTOR® Magazine’s 2016 “30 Under 30” Web Choice Award.
According to NAR, anyone can vote daily for their choice. The finalist with the most votes after one week will get a spot in 30 Under 30. Once online voting ends, the remaining 29 honorees for this year will be selected by a panel of judges and announced on March 28. For more information on Rusty and all the other finalists from other states, read the REALTOR® Mag story.
- 5 things a home owner should do when moving into a home
- March 11, 2016
Before a home owner gets settled in, there are 5 things to do immediately to the home, according to Bankrate.
1. Change the locks. Who knows how many people have keys to the home. But it’s recommended you don't just re-key the locks. Go ahead and replace the hardware, too. You get a nice update and peace of mind. Read More
- Special election results for Kentucky
- March 9, 2016
Democrats won three of four House seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s special election, increasing their majority status in the House chamber by one for the rest of the 2016 General Assembly, including the all-important process of writing the next state budget.
The House will have 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans through the fall elections. It is the final state legislative chamber in the South to remain in Democratic control, and it is the last bastion of Democratic Party power in Kentucky, which otherwise has been trending Republican in state and federal elections.
Democrats won elections in Western Kentucky’s 8th District (Jeffrey R. Taylor of Hopkinsville), Central Kentucky’s 62nd District (Chuck Tackett of Georgetown) and northeastern Kentucky’s 98th District (Lew Nicholls of Greenup). The sole Republican won race in Central Kentucky’s 54th District (Daniel B. Elliott of Danville). Read More
- Kentucky's annual unemployment rate was lowest since 2007
- March 8, 2016
Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in 2015 from 6.5 percent in 2014, while nonfarm employment gained 27,700 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2007 when it was also 5.4 percent.
“At 5.4 percent, Kentucky’s unemployment rate has reached the pre-recession low last seen in 2007,” said economist Manoj Shanker of OET. “The job market hit a historical high in 2015 with nonfarm employment rising to almost 1.9 million.
“In spite of these gains, there is undoubtedly room for improvement,” he added. “Kentucky has a low labor force participation rate, which at 53.7 percent, ranks us at 47th in the nation.” Read More
- Fake real estate agent in Kentucky gets into homes to steal
- March 7, 2016
A former Louisville real estate agent is under investigation after she allegedly posed as an active agent to gain access into homes, according to Shelbyville police.
According to one victim, the fake agent is using her past experience in showing houses to steal.
The investigation started with a surprising phone call to Linda Gibson Cecil, the CEO of Keller Williams Louisville East. Cecil said of the caller, "She's the daughter of an elderly woman who's a homeowner and who currently has her house on the market." Read More
- Top 10 home trends that buyers want in 2016
- March 4, 2016
Gone but not forgotten are the avocado kitchens, the carpeted bathrooms and the sponge-painted walls. I’ll bet that some of you are still rocking one of those beloved trends in your home. You know who you are. But 2016 home trends are more on the clean living side.
There are many new trends that we’ll see this year including new pastel Pantone colors and smart appliances. Some will stay, and some will hopefully go — quickly. Read More