Posted by Brad Long on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:03 AMBy Brad Long / June 25, 2013Comment
After a very long multiple year wait, the groundbreaking took place on the bridge that will connect downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville. The governor, community leaders and many residents were on hand to witness the beginning of the construction of the bridge. The downtown crossing is half of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project.
The other half is an East End bridge that will connect Prospect Kentucky with Utica, Indiana. Both bridges are scheduled to be completed in 2016. The new downtown bridge will carry six lanes of northbound Interstate 65 traffic, working in tandem with a revamped Kennedy Bridge, which will be converted to six lanes of southbound traffic. The downtown bridge project is expected to employ about 500 people.
Posted by Brad Long on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 1:25 PMBy Brad Long / June 7, 2013Comment
As responsible homeowners, we all know that there are certain things that must be done routinely with regards to the proper maintenance of our most prized possession, our home.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the time or the monetary resources to do the job correctly or even address some of the types of preventative maintenance that's required. Most of us don’t know the most important items that need to be checked routinely, so we wait until something goes out, or doesn’t work anymore, then we do something about it. Sometimes, that isn’t even an incentive to act, or react. This is not a good way to maintain your most expensive possession, and it is a good way to get your...
Posted by Brad Long on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 12:27 PMBy Brad Long / June 6, 2013Comment
More and more seniors are opting for the reverse mortgage to help offset retirement expenses and healthcare costs. I hope to answer some questions regarding reverse mortgages as best I can but advise those who may be interested in a reverse mortgage to seek the counseling of an attorney before making any decision on taking out a reverse mortgage.
A good family meeting to talk about the subject is also advised.
What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is basically a loan that is available to people who are generally over the age of 62 that enables a borrower to be able to convert...
Posted by Brad Long on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 12:52 PMBy Brad Long / June 4, 2013Comment
Meet Louisville's finest Realtors from the Brad Long Group of Keller Williams Realty Louisville East. Our Realtors know and believe strongly in our fiduciary responsibilities to our clients and we treat their decisions, assets and time as if it were our own.
Posted by Brad Long on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8:16 AMBy Brad Long / March 7, 2012Comment
As goes the Louisville housing market, so goes household finances. At least, that's the way it is for homeowners. For most homeowners, their house is a primary component and the single greatest ticket item in their financial portfolio. As such, their level of wealth fluctuates with the ever-changing price of housing.
When housing costs are stable and trending upward, the equity in houses increases, as was the case during the housing boom from 1995 through 2006. When this happens, homeowners gain wealth, are able to borrow against the increased value (through an equity withdrawal), and experience greater freedom to spend and invest.
When housing costs recede, however, the equity decreases as wealth disappears. If home values plummet dramatically—as occurred when the housing bubble burst in October of 2007—it is possible for a homeowner to find himself or herself in a negative equity position with a mortgage that exceeds the value of the home. In such a case, the homeowner...
Posted by Brad Long on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:00 PMBy Brad Long / March 31, 2011Comment
Ah we did it; we survived another Ohio Valley winter. Now that we made it to the light at the end of the tunnel, let’s get outside, enjoy the sunshine and have some fun. So, what is there do to around here. A lot actually, let’s look at some options.
It’s Derby Time! - Derby season brings so much excitement and energy to Louisville you can practically feel it in the air. The Kentucky Derby Festival brings an amazing lineup of outdoor events that is unlike anything else in the world. Thunder Over Louisville kicks off the festival on April 16th with one of the best firework shows in the nation. There is also live music, airshow and the famous Chow Wagon.Thursday, April 28th begins the spectacular lineup of events called Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront which carries on all the way to the big race on May 7th. Some...
Posted by Brad Long on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6:49 PMBy Brad Long / March 29, 2011Comment
Cycling has always been a part of Louisville’s culture. In 1890, Louisville formed a cycling club called the Louisville Wheelman which led structured rides around the city. Today this club, currently called the Louisville Bicycle Club, is one of the most dynamic and advanced cycling clubs in the country. Their website is very informative and has any and everything you would need to know about cycling in Louisville.
Louisville has developed many cycling organizations over the years to promote and develop this sport in the city. Bike Louisville is a community program to progressively make Louisville even more bike friendly. In 2005, Mayor...
Posted by Brad Long on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3:16 PMBy Brad Long / January 12, 2011Comment
Less is more— right?
People today are quickly realizing they don't need as much space in their home or on their property. More space equals more to take care of, more to dust and more to move from A to B. It means more to store, more to label and more to give away or sell eventually. Having more may also mean a commute from the suburbs or a surrounding county far from urban life. So far everything we've talked about takes more time for sure. It takes time away from the truly meaningful things you'd like to do with your life. For each of us this is different. For you, maybe it's more time with your friends and neighbors. For others, it could be more time for leisure or hobbies. To some, it's more time to relax and enjoy a good meal or some entertainment. It could be more time to exercise or more time outdoors. Well a home in St Matthews may not promise you all these things, but it's a good start.
If this 'less is more' mantra or life philosophy characterizes...
Posted by Brad Long on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 4:17 AMBy Brad Long / August 8, 2010Comment
Since you live in St. Matthews you know our area is quickly turning into the new “hot spot” in Louisville. On any given summer evening it’s a safe bet that the outdoor patio of Molly Malone’s and Bluegrass Brewing Company is a buzz with locals having fun in the sun. Molly Malone’s opened in January of 2010 smack in the heart of town, the corner of Breckenridge Lane and Shelbyville Road, and has been the spot where everyone is meeting for happy hour or enjoying a delicious dinner al fresco.
The Vogue Theater has always been a Louisville landmark. More recently the Vogue has turned into the fashion district of St. Matthews. Most of the boutiques in the Vogue are on the higher end, but no matter the prices the atmosphere and eclectic goodies you see make window shopping a pleasure. Check out Clodhoppers and House of Denim for items you would see on the cover of In Style.