Thursday, June 27, 2013
Mark your calendars! The 2013 Grand Tour of Homes is set for Saturday and Sunday July 13-14, and 20-21. This year's tour will include fourteen of our model homes--please join us for this special event. In total, the Tour features 38 homes, located in Lexington, Scott and Woodford, and Jessamine Counties. Homes are open 1 to 5pm both weekends, and admission is free!
This annual Central Kentucky event is presented by the Lexington Home Builder's Association and offers a great chance to see the latest in new homes. Read more about the Tour on their website.
Tour and Parade of Homes events will also be on our calendar for Scott County in mid August, and for Knoxville this fall.
Making their debut on the Tour this year are our new model homes in Masterson Place, The Jackson II, Brooklyn, and Preston. These homes represent some of our newest plans.
Our brand new Hartford II model in our upcoming new neighborhood, The Enclave, will be featured as well.
Also new is our Arlington II Expanded model, which will be on the Tour in The Reserve at Bryant Oak.
The Florence II and Milan II models in The Walnut Hill Club at Chilesburg, our luxury townhome community, will also be on the Tour.
Other featured homes in Lexington include our Hudson and Monroe models in Chilesburg Landing, and our Rockwood II model in Glasford . Our Ramsay model in Huntertown Glen in Versailles, and our Manhattan II, Cavanaugh II, and Baldwin models in Pleasant Valley in Georgetown will also be on the Tour.
To view these and other model homes by appointment, please contact a Ball Homes Specialist at Milestone Realty Consultants.
Monday, June 24, 2013
We're pleased to announce that Ball Homes has acquired more than thirty homesites in Primrose Meadows, a south Louisville location that will feature homes from the $160's to the $240's. You may choose from twenty-six floor plans, which range in size from 1550 to 3262 square feet. These homes offer two car garages and up to five bedrooms, with many plan options available to customize the plan to your needs.
A dozen ranch plans are offered, and as many two-story homes. New plans offered include the Livingston, a 3176 square foot home with a three car tandem garage and a traditional, family oriented two story layout that includes a drop zone, a loft, and plenty of closet space.
Homesites range from 50 to 60 feet wide. This south end community is located near the Gene Snyder and has good access to I-65 and to Bardstown Road.
A model home of the Baldwin Expanded, one of our newer ranch plans, will be constructed. Several homes for sale will also be started on selected homesites.
For more information about Primrose Meadows, please contact a Ball Homes Specialist at Prudential Parks and Weisberg.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Since our founding over 50 years ago, Ball Homes has made it a priority for our company to support various charitable causes. We actively and enthusiastically partner with organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.
We would like to share information about some of the non-profit organizations that have impressed us with their commitment to serve, their success rates, and their overall willingness to take on difficult tasks and provide services to those who desperately need them. Watch this space for short features on some of the organizations that we admire!
This month, we would like to highlight a newer nonprofit agency in the area; Jubilee Jobs of Lexington. Opened in 2009, Jubilee Jobs of Lexington is a job placement agency for the unemployed and under-employed in the Lexington area. They are a place of hope in a time of despair for many residents living in the Central Kentucky area. Their goal is to provide job preparation, placement, retention and career advancement for those who want to move beyond poverty and towards self-sefficiency.
Applicants complete a 7-step program, which includes everything from appointments with a job counselor, to small group workshops and one-on-one resume development meetings. Their process focuses on compassion, accountability and various assessments of an applicant’s interests and abilities so that they are placed in the most appropriate job possible.
Not only do they strive to help people find a job, but Jubilee Jobs continues to provide structured support even after people start working. Job counselors and volunteers maintain contact with each employer and applicant, providing ongoing counsel and encouragement. Program meetings throughout the month also provide a time for working applicants and their families to gather together and share the challenges and successes of their new situation.
For more information on the work of Jubilee Jobs of Lexington, visit their website.
Monday, June 17, 2013
We make the move to a brand new Ball Home as easy as possibly by taking your current home in trade for a new construction home. Trading a home eliminates the hassles and expense of showings, advertising, and contract negotiations, as well as the uncertainty of finding a buyer at the right price.
To initiate a trade, a Milestone Realty Consultants agent will assess your current property’s market value condition and check the eligibility standards. If your home is determined to be eligible for a trade, Ball Homes will make an offer for the property. If you agree with the offer, a trade contract will be completed. What’s great about this offer is that it functions as a back-up offer, which leaves you free to consider other offers for a period of time, so long as that does not delay the closing on your new Ball home.
Homes in Fayette County must have an estimated market value of $180,000 or less to be eligible for trade consideration. We also consider trades of properties in Georgetown, Nicholasville, and Versailles, with an estimated market value of $150,000 or less. Your new Ball home being purchased must also meet certain price criteria, assuring that the price of your new home is a minimum of $50,000 more than the traded property. Contact a Ball Homes Specialist for more information on eligibility requirements.
Moving is stressful enough without adding a hurried timeline into the mix! We make the moving process as easy a transition as possible! The closing on your traded home and your new home take place at the same time, which will allow you to stay in your current home until your new home is ready to move in. You won’t have to worry about moving twice or trying to negotiate occupancy with the purchasers of your current home.
At Ball Homes, we strive to make every part of the home buying process as easy and as stress-free as we can. To see if your current home is eligible for trade for a new Ball home, contact a Ball Homes specialist today!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
With the summer temperatures rising, so does the need for more energy for your home. Make sure your home is running at the highest efficiency possible by following these simple tips. They can help lower your energy bills and leave you cool and comfortable all summer long!
1. Keep the blinds closed during the day. By keeping your blinds closed during the hottest part of the day, you’ll block heat from seeping into your home. For added insulation from the heat, use heavy drapes or curtains to block out the sun’s rays.
2. Adjust your thermostat to run at least two degrees warmer than you normally would. Consider using a programmable thermostat so that your air conditioner isn’t working hard to cool your home while no one is there to enjoy it. According to Kentucky Utilities, a programmable thermostat can save up to 12% on your home energy costs. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
3. Use ceiling fans to cool your home. Even when your air conditioner is running, turn your ceiling fans on so you can spread the cooled air more effectively throughout your home without having to adjust the thermostat. According to energy.gov, if you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort level.
4. Consider planting shade trees or shrubs in areas of your yard that receive full sun during the day. Not only will you save on energy costs, but you’ll give your home more curb appeal! An air conditioning unit that operates in the shade uses less energy than one operating in the sun, however when planting, make sure to keep limbs far enough away from the unit so that they don’t block airflow.
5. On really warm days, avoid using your oven. Stick to using a crockpot, the microwave, or grilling out. Heating your oven up daily adds more heat to your interiors and therefore requires your air conditioning cooling system to work harder and longer. If you need to do laundry, wait until the sun has gone down so that you aren’t heating your home more than necessary.