Monday, December 31, 2012
Tonight, everyone will be celebrating the end of 2012 and look forward to 2013. For many people, the new year means a fresh start and a new outlook. For a majority of people, a new year means new resolutions: pledges to make a change in the upcoming year for a better life. We’ve narrowed down a list of the three most common New Year’s resolutions and included some tips on how to help you stay focused in 2013.
1. Get In Shape
There’s no doubt that Get In Shape/Get Fit/Lose Weight/Get Healthy is one of the top New Year’s resolution on many people’s list. Why not let your home help you keep your resolution? Losing weight starts with being more active! Use the bonus room in your new Ball Home
to put a treadmill or weight machine. Take advantage of the many walking trails and parks around your subdivision, like Chilesburg
or Notting Hill
. Getting out and getting active around your community is a step in the right direction to leading a healthier life!
From all of us at Ball Homes, we wish you a very happy New Year and we look forward to what 2013 has in store!
2. Get Organized
Many of our popular floor plans
offer sizable closet spaces, attic areas, and storage options; make the most of them! Install space saving shelving in your garage so that everything has a place. Use large plastic bins to store holiday decorations, sports equipment, and out of season clothing items. Reorganize your bedroom closet to make sure you aren’t keeping clothing you never wear. If you haven’t worn an item in the last 6 months, chances are you probably don’t need it. For tips on how to organize your kitchen, read our previous blog post
3. Save More/Get out of Debt
Saving more money throughout the year starts with changing small habits, and the best place to start is by cutting energy use in your home. To save on your utility bills, lower your thermostat before you leave for work. Install compact florescent bulbs in your lamps. Switch off your electronics and lights when they aren’t in use. Utilize your fireplace instead of turning up the heat a few degrees. If you really want to take a big chunk out of your debt this year, why not look into refinancing your home? With mortgage rates at historic lows, now is the time to refinance and save money on your mortgage payment. Contact a loan officer at Walden Mortgage
for more information on your refinancing options.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Ball Homes is proud to have a group of Realtors who specialize in making the Ball Homes experience one that is smooth and worry-free. Each month, we will be highlighting one of our top real estate agents in the Lexington, Louisville, or Knoxville areas; recognizing the hard work they do for our company and the people we serve.
Realtor Greg Back was the top producing real estate agent for the Lexington area for November 2012. Greg is a Ball Homes Specialist for the Lexington area and has extensive experience with new construction and existing residential properties. We were able to talk to Greg about his successes in his real estate career as well as other areas in his life.
Having a 26 year track record, Greg attributes much of his success to listening to his client’s needs and wants, then formulating a plan to help them achieve their goals. He feels that the more you know, the better connection you have with your client and the trust grows from there. It is a nuts-and-bolts formula that has served him well. He has grown his network from this basic concept and has become known locally as “the Hard Working Nice Guy”. Helping his clients achieve their goals is paramount to Greg. “Their success is my success.” He also says that he continually strives to improve and stay on top of the cutting edge with trending issues and topics through training classes offered by LBAR (Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors)
Goals are something that Greg uses, not only for his clients, but also himself. “I start each year with a road map and results plan. I review them every two weeks to make sure I’m on-course. If I need to make changes or revisions, I can do that easily because I know what I’m working toward.” He also gives credit for his successes to his wife, Deborah. She is also a local Realtor with Milestone Realty Consultants. “My wife and I talk a lot about how we can better serve our clients by working smarter and using time management. We collaborate on many issues to better serve our clients, but as with most married couples, we also edit each other. Deborah is a little more creative with her ‘why not?’ mindset and I have a little more ‘if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it’ mentality. I think other married couples can relate, especially our clients!”
Motivation is something that is hard to maintain in the real estate business, but Greg has a secret for keeping his sights high while the market is still recovering. “I’ve always played sports, so I definitely like to win, but I’ve come to realize that it’s okay to be #2 every once in a while. I try to find people that are very good at what they do and I try to shadow them. I want to be the best I can be, so I try to ‘chase the rabbits’ and emulate the skills and procedures that work best.”
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Chilesburg neighborhood of Lexington, Kentucky features tree-lined boulevards, signature plank and stone entrances, walking trail access, open spaces and preserved mature trees, pocket parks, and a planned neighborhood association. Chilesburg is a well-located neighborhood with good access to nearby Jacobson Park, Interstate 75, and a very short distance from shopping, dining, and entertainment at Andover Place or Hamburg Place.
Split into different sections, Chilesburg offers everything from Cottages to Villas to Luxury Townhomes. Floor plans available include the Coventry II plan all the way up to the popular McCormick II floor plan. With many homesites and floor plans to choose from, Chilesburg is a popular location for whatever meets your needs.
For more information on this subdivision, visit our East Lexington Information Center Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-5pm.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Ball Homes has been proudly building homes for Kentucky families since 1959. Founded by Don and Mira Ball and now operated by the second generation of the Ball family, we are proud to be recognized as a consistent leader among builders in our area. Ball Homes has been honored to have been voted Lexington's Favorite Builder by Lexington Herald-Leader's Reader's Choice Awards every year since 2008. BUILDER'S magazine has ranked Ball Homes as one of the nation's top 100 builders annually since 1998 and among the top 50 in 2007.
As a family owned and operated business, we are proud to offer quality homes at an attainable price. We understand that building a home is a major step in people’s lives. We want to make that transition as easy and stress-free as possible. We stand by our quality workmanship, great customer care, and a solid reputation. We offer many different styles of floor plans to meet the needs and lifestyles of today's homebuyers.
From starter homes to townhomes, Ball Homes provides personalized options and superior quality to a diverse group of people. With over 30 subdivisions across Central and Western Kentucky and Knoxville, homebuyers can have the confidence and security of knowing that when they build with Ball Homes, they will be getting superior service and a quality home.
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