Chris Jones joins Torrey Smith Realty with a true passion for helping families and individuals settle into the community where he’s planted his roots. As a native from Somerset, Kentucky, he moved to the region when he and his wife, Carla, came here to study at the University of Louisville more than 25 years ago.
They originally landed in Taylorsville, and Chris began a successful career in manufacturing here in Shelby County, working his way up from the assembly line to production supervisor. Carla and Chris moved to Shelbyville 10 years ago, with their two boys Dylan (now 21) and Logan (now 19). Both Dylan and Logan became Eagle Scouts with the Boy Scouts of America. Chris served as assistant scout master and recalled his sons’ upbringing in Shelby County with pride. “We moved here for the school systems and discovered it was a fantastic place to raise our kids. We fell in love with Shelby County. My wife has worked in Louisville since she graduated, and it’s been a good fit for our family,” he said.
In June of 2017, Chris decided it was time to switch gears and pursue a career in real estate, eager for the challenge of working for himself and motivated to apply the skills he gained in manufacturing to help others build successful futures. Having worked with a variety of people through the years, Chris said communication is a skill he believes will add tremendous value in this new career and assisting clients. “I’ve worked closely with people from all walks of life, ranging from executives who make hundreds of thousands of dollars to assembly line workers making minimum wage. I believe I’m very relatable to people from different backgrounds,” he explained.
Chris enjoys going antique shopping in search for old pieces of furniture that need some tender, loving care and bringing them back to life. His workshop is full of projects in various stages, but Chris sees the potential in each one. He hopes to translate that vision for his clients who can count on him for seeing the potential in the house hunting and selling process. He chose to land with Torrey Smith Realty because of the long-held reputation of the company and the mentorship program offered to new agents.
In addition to rehabbing old furniture, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, including baby granddaughter Elaina, who brings a wide smile to his face. To connect with Chris about buying or selling a home, contact him at email@example.com or 502-817-5475.
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Jennifer Evans joins Torrey Smith Realty Company with a passion for sharing her love and commitment to the Shelby County community. When Jennifer and her husband, Rob, decided to move from Louisville to Shelby County more than 13 years ago, they looked forward to a little more room, fresh air and the benefits of a small town atmosphere so close to the big city. What they experienced, however, was a community that embraced their family in a way that made the Evans feel welcomed, protected and loved. That's one of the reasons that she has chosen to help promote Shelby County as a destination for families who want to settle down here. "This community totally embraced us. It's a place where I know my children are safe because there are a 100 other moms who are keeping their eyes on them. It's simply a family-oriented place," she described.
In addition to selling Thirty-One products for the last nine years, Jennifer has been instrumental in running a foundation, Hanna's Day of Hope, which is named after her oldest daughter who died from cancer at the age of six. The foundation has raised more than a million dollars since her passing in 2006, which the Evans family has donated to Norton Children's Hospital in Hanna's honor. Jennifer said that when her daughter was sick, the Shelby County community came together in a way she never expected. Eleven years later, Jennifer said she still feels the love and support of the community.
With her husband's background in engineering and building, Jennifer has learned a lot about houses. Raising three additional children (Sarah, 14, Grace, 10 and Davis, 7), she understands what makes a house a home. She said she's looking forward to helping people translate their vision into a reality and find a home that's the right fit. "Some people have a hard time seeing the potential of a home and how they can make it their own. I'm looking forward to helping them see past carpet color or other limitations," she added.
Jennifer brings a unique perspective that will help guide her clients through the emotional buying and selling process. Her life experiences, love for the community and enthusiasm for helping others settle in Shelby County are great assets for Torrey Smith Realty Company. To connect with Jennifer about buying or selling a home, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-744-6729.
Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
In competitive housing markets across the country, making an offer that sticks has become increasingly difficult. Ensure your client doesn’t make the process even tougher by succumbing to one of these common mistakes.
“Time kills deals,” says Andrew Sandholm of BOND New York Properties in New York. “Dragging your feet means you could wind up paying more in a bidding war situation or missing out on the property altogether.” Buyers need to be ready with their paperwork, such as bank statements, a preapproval letter, and documents supporting proof of funds, from the day they begin house-hunting mode. That way they can pounce quickly with an offer when they do find a home they like.
Making an offer for their preapproved amount
Smart buyers are getting preapproved to show a seller they’re financially able to purchase a home. However, Chuck Silverston, principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty in Brookline, Mass., warns buyers against using that document to come up with an offer amount.
“Many buyers come in with a preapproval for the exact offer price, but when you’re competing against other offers, including cash offers, you want to show financial strength,” Silverston says. “An exact preapproval could make a listing agent nervous because not only does the buyer not have any wiggle room to negotiate, but they might no longer qualify if interest rates rise.”
Submitting a lowball offer
Lowballing a seller often backfires, particularly in a seller’s market. “A lowball offer that isn't backed up with math or comparable sales data is disrespectful and could turn off the seller and possibly mean you will miss out on the property completely,” Sandholm says.
Waiving inspection contingencies
“I don't care whether it’s new construction or even your mom’s house you’re buying from her – get it inspected,” urges Joshua Jarvis of Jarvis Team Realty in Duluth, Ga. Further, if you waive the inspection contingency in your offer, you may lose the earnest money if you later back out of the deal.
Not presenting yourself well enough
In a seller’s market, buyers need to take steps to make sure they look good in the eyes of the seller. “In today’s highly competitive environment, the listing agent is trying to determine which buyer will be the easiest to deal with,” Silverston says. Buyers may want to avoid pointing out every defect, making nitpicky queries, or questioning the seller’s tastes.
“Basically buyers who act less than enthusiastic will see themselves at a competitive disadvantage when sellers are comparing multiple offers,” he says.
Source: “In It to Win It: Land Your Dream Home By Avoiding These 7 Mistakes on Your Offer,” realtor.com® (May 10, 2017)
When people casually ask me about the real estate market, they're often surprised by what they hear. Nationally, reports are up and down. However, here locally, Shelby County has experienced nothing but up in the last few years and I don't see many signs of it slowing down anytime soon. I've spent nearly two decades in real estate (and another two before that watching my father build a thriving business helping people buy and sell homes) and this current market is unlike any other I've been a part of. And, here's why ...
In recent years, the entry level price range for first time homebuyers was $125,000-$150,000 (see diagram below). In 2016, however, buyers emptied out nearly all the inventory priced at less than $180,000 in Shelby County. As a result, the entry level price range is now between $180,000-$200,000. I can count on both hands how many are currently for sale in that price range (eight, at press time).
The Shelby County housing market is thriving, but it needs more product to meet that demand. That doesn't mean you can simply put a sign in your yard and your house is sold, however. Sellers who want to make a profit need to have a plan, and our agents here at Torrey Smith Realty know how to execute a plan that professionally positions a home to sell at the right price and within a timeframe that matches homeowners' needs.
We go well beyond simply putting the home on the Multiple Listing Service. Our agents use a strategy that includes details and extras that give additional value in the selling experience, including:
• We know what time of the week is best to list and what information makes the listing more attractive to homebuyers.
• We dig deep into our interview process with sellers to determine closing timelines, possession dates and what they are willing to do to meet buyers' needs.
• We use a professional, in-house photographer to get high-resolution photos of each property (Click here for examples).
• We take drone aerial pictures and videos to offer a bird's eye perspective for buyers.
• We develop a pricing structure that helps avoid appraisal issues.
While today's market is the strongest seller's market that I've ever experienced in Shelby County during my 19 years in real estate, it's not a sure thing without a plan. I believe that we have the best plan for getting a home sold, and we're excited to continue promoting our region and building our economy by listing new homes that meet the demands of today's buyers and give home sellers the peace of mind in knowing they are entrusting someone who cares and someone who is equipped to help them make a profit and handle all the details in a timely, professional way. Interested in learning more?
Shelbyville native Melinda Hardin joins Torrey Smith Realty Company with a passion for sharing her love of the community with others and a heart for investing in projects that preserve its heritage and inspire its future. Melinda and her husband, Ben Hardin, are owners of Harvest Coffee & Cafe and they have renovated several downtown buildings, including one that serves as their loft home in the heart of Main Street. As an entrepreneur, she embraces a contagious enthusiasm and vision for bringing people together to create something special. With her Realtor's license hot off the presses, Melinda is eager to better her community by helping others plant roots in Shelby County and connecting home buyers with home sellers. "As Ben began building new homes here in Shelbyville, I became more curious about the people buying them and loved being on the sidelines of that process. Now, I'm thrilled to be on the front line with buyers and sellers. This whole process is very personal and I'm excited about playing an important role in it," she said.
As a proven self-starter, Melinda said her motivation for trying new things comes naturally. Both her dad and grandfather were involved in real estate and her first job out of college was working in property management in Atlanta. Along with operating Harvest Coffee & Cafe, she teaches an early morning fitness boot camp at the Family Activity Center. She holds a degree in English from the University of Kentucky, a Master's Degree in Holistic Wellness and several exercise certifications. She embodies an endless zeal for learning new things. In addition to trying out delicious recipes at Harvest, Melinda enjoys singing, creative writing and spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters, Celia and Annie.
"I believe I bring energy and diligence to anything that I do. Through real estate, I want lock arms with my clients and join them in a partnership. For me, this is an investment in a relationship that's a blend of both business and personal elements," she said. If you want to connect with Melinda, shoot her an email at email@example.com or give her a call at 502-655-3535. Better yet, meet up with her for a cup of coffee, a generous dose of enthusiasm and the peace of mind of knowing your home buying/selling needs are in compassionate and hard-working hands.
Philip Devine joins Torrey Smith Realty Company with a unique background in real estate, theology and the armed forces. Born in Germany and raised in Indiana, the Bagdad, Kentucky resident landed in Shelby County via Dallas, Texas in search of the perfect place for him and wife Loretta to raise their four kids (Josselyn, Annabelle, Oliver and Theodore). Now, Philip is eager to help other families like his find their sense of place in a town that he describes as "much better than Mayberry." Philip spent the last three years in Louisville selling real estate while attending classes at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He recently made the decision to work full-time in real estate in Shelby County, where he believes the combination of excellent schools, a burgeoning downtown, thriving economy, close-knit community and a small town feel make for a great place to settle down and still be part of the excitement of a metropolitan area.
Philip holds dual citizenship in Germany and the United States, and has traveled extensively around the world while serving in the Marine Corps, so he brings a true world view to his role as an agent for Torrey Smith Realty Company. He holds a bachelor's degree in ministry and leadership from Dallas Christian College where he experienced life as a Texan in a large city. Philip credits his travels for giving him a broad perspective and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people. He uses the skills he developed in the Marine Corps to stay extremely organized and help other people make sound decisions. "I literally have a digital checklist of things I do with clients to ensure consistent results and make sure nothing falls through the cracks," he explained. "One of the things I bring to the table is a focused mindset. That's something I perfected as a Marine, but it's useful as I work with people who are making really big decisions," Philip said. Having served in the both the infantry and prepared for a life in ministry, Philip jokes that he's trained to take lives as well as save souls. "I believe that you have to have a holistic view of real estate and be aware of the changes that are going on in the industry. You also need to be a realist and a steady voice with clients as you help them navigate the emotional side of the buying and selling process," he added.
When he's not helping Loretta and the kids with nurturing their fruit trees, chickens, goats and ducks on their property, Philip enjoys exercising and writing songs. To learn more about his passion for helping others in Shelby County, contact him at 502-414-7771 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today's families are celebrating quality time by inviting Mother Nature to be the guest of honor in some of their favorite spaces in and around their homes. As prospective home buyers seek new places to live, you can bet they're envisioning how their lives would function both inside and outside of their new house. If you're considering putting your home on the market, I recommend spending a little extra effort on staging those outdoor areas to turn the heads of those eager buyers this spring.
March is the perfect time to sell a home -- and it’s also a good time to spruce up the landscaping. In today’s market, however, savvy home sellers are reviewing how the outside spaces of their home are attractive to potential buyers not just aesthetically, but functionally. That doesn't mean you have to invest a lot of money on a full-blown outdoor kitchen, pergola and in-ground pool. Something as simple as store-bought fire pit and a couple of chairs can help people imagine how they would enjoy the backyard if it were theirs.
Some popular trends in outdoor living include container vegetable gardens, pondless water features and fire elements, creative outdoor lighting, outdoor kitchens and conversation areas around a fire pit. Again, don't spend a lot if you're just preparing your home for someone else to live in. Simple grill decks, affordable outdoor fountains, colorful cushions, solar lighting and stone pavers can add depth and imagination to your outdoor spaces without breaking the bank. If you already have a screened porch, patio or outdoor seating, make the most of it by pressure washing it to make sure it looks clean and low-maintenance. Add a few colorful planters, side tables or unique extras that make these spaces functional and attractive. The idea is to plant a seed with buyers that they'll be able to enjoy this home both inside and out.
As evidenced with new construction here in Shelby County, many homeowners are exchanging square footage for quality amenities and homes that are built to make the most of every inch, so it makes sense to get a little more breathing room outside of the traditional four walls. The demand for livability and functionality has increased while a typical new home's footprint has reduced in size, and homebuyers today are paying as much attention to spaces that surround the house as they are to areas within.
If you’re looking for fresh ideas to position your home to sell quickly, give one of our agents a call at 502-417-0910. We’ll provide you with a Free Outdoor Assessment of your home.
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Valentine’s Day prompts us all to examine where our hearts lie. Beyond all the chocolate, flowers and sappy cards is a true expression of appreciation and celebration of those we care about. This February, I’m encouraging homeowners who are considering putting their house on the market to celebrate what they love about their current home and to shine a spotlight on it as they prepare it for someone else to enjoy.
Think about what prompted you to buy or build your home in the first place. What was the “love at first sight” quality in your home? Once you rekindle that appreciation for those special places (even if you’re ready to leave it for a more attractive option), spend some time and attention to make sure those spaces shine for a prospective homeowner. Here are a few suggestions....
- If you once fell in love with your covered porch front entry, revisit it from a newcomer’s point of view. Freshen up the front door with a seasonal wreath and a fresh coat of paint or stain. Pressure wash and tidy it up and add a new welcome mat.
- If the kitchen found its place in your heart, demonstrate that with a vase of freshly cut flowers and a glass container filled with goodies on the counter. Take time to de-clutter, but leave out a rolling pin or a vintage mixer to suggest this is a place where new owners can create their own homemade memories.
- If the lot is what captured your attention, invest in some professional landscaping to make sure it’s looking its best. Get that front lawn green and lush and hook them with a head-turning first impression of your home’s exterior landscape.
- Is the hearth your special place? Create a cozy nook next to it to showcase how you have enjoyed it. When our photographer comes, ask him to capture a photo with the fireplace roaring. If it’s a gas fireplace, consider buying an air freshener or candle that smells like the real thing.
- Love your windows? Pull up the blinds and get those windows sparkling for photos and showings. See where the light illuminates your home and decorate with something that reflects the natural light.
The best strategy in preparing a home for a quick sale isn’tjust pricing it right – although that’s always good. In today’s market, sellers who take the time and effort to make their homes “lovable” will be able to attract buyers who are a good match for the price point they want to hit. Just like in any relationship, showing your home a little love can go a long way.
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We're proud to announce that Torrey Smith Realty Co., LLC was #1 in Market Share, Volume Closed, and Units Closed in Shelby County, KY for the year 2016.
Click Here to view a list of all of the Homes Sales that we either Listed and Participated in the Sale of for 2016.
$47,480,598 Volume Sold
264.5 Property Units Sold
14.10% Market Share
Information gathered from FlexMLS and is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed.
It's no secret we live in a visual world -- now, more than ever. Social media has turned us into a world of selfie-takers, Pinterest pinners and Facebook posters all searching for that perfect Instagram-worthy moment. Where we live has become our backdrop for documenting our lives. So, it's only natural that when any of us are seeking something as important as a new home that we already start imagining our family Christmas pictures near the fireplace or the kids photos on the staircase. When you list your home to be sold, you're entrusting that Realtor to market it in a way that appeals to selective audiences who want to see details. We’re not talking just about square footage or number of bedrooms, but how the light streaming in from the kitchen windows illuminates the countertops or how the backyard can be transformed into the perfect kickball field. Your home is special to you. When you're selling it, you have to translate what's special about it visually.
At Torrey Smith Realty Co., we are visual storytellers and we know what it takes to articulate a home's story. Sometimes it's accomplished with a panoramic photo. Other times it's a narrated video that walks you through each room. Perhaps it's a bird's eye view and we need to fly a drone over the property to capture the true beauty. We know that our visual presentation of your home can mean the difference between your home being overlooked and sitting on the market longer than it should or getting phone calls for multiple showings that result in a faster sale. We get it. A picture is worth a thousand words. But, when it comes to selling your home, it could be worth thousands of dollars. When you're choosing a Realtor, consider our abilities at Torrey Smith Realty and imagine your home's story being told through professional photography that captures the attention of buyers, eager to find a new backdrop for their future Facebook posts.
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ALICIA SOLDAT, SALES ASSOCIATE
Alicia Soldat joins Torrey Smith Realty with an enthusiasm to help others embrace the Shelby County community as boldly as she has in the last three years. As a newcomer from North Carolina, she was originally drawn the Shelbyville for its location and its proximity to her husband and his job. However, as she has planted roots, she's realized that it's not just a place that's conveniently located a few miles from the big city, but, rather, it offers a true sense of place and belonging that's unique in today's world. "Not only is Shelbyville a great place to settle because you don't have to deal with traffic or other metropolitan problems, but it offers a diverse menu of resources, industries and quality of life benefits that make it a great place to live and work. That's hard to find. Where I lived in North Carolina, the community was solely supported by the furniture industry, and when that left, it was devastating for the area. I think Shelbyville is well established and offers so many things to enjoy, experience and grow from," she said.
Alicia also values the entrepreneurial synergy brewing within the community. This spring, she's set to earn her bachelor's degree in marketing at the University of Louisville, where she is also minoring in entrepreneurship. She's looking forward to putting those skills to use in her role as an agent at Torrey Smith Realty Company. During her time in Shelbyville, Alicia has gained some valuable insight into the behind-the-scenes aspects of real estate, through experience working at a property management company.
She and her husband, Jacob (and their dogs Larry and Tinkerbell), purchased their first house just shy of two years ago, so the feeling of achieving the American Dream of homeownership is still fresh. "I know how good that felt, and I want to help others experience that by helping them find a home that's perfect for them. Every house is not a home. I want to find the one that's a match for them," she explained. Alicia said she chose Torrey Smith Realty as a place to start that effort because she wanted to work with someone who had a mentorship attitude. "When I first met with Torrey, it was obvious that he was focused on helping others. He and his team of Realtors have a great reputation in the community and I felt like this was a good place to land. Also, he sold my mother-in-law's home in one week, so I knew that he was focused on his clients," she added.
Aside from new home here in Shelby County, Alicia said her heart is at the beach and one day she hopes to start a non-profit organization that would benefit sea life and the waterways. For now, however, her passion is flowing to get her feet wet in the real estate industry and serve the community she's grown to love.
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My father's first advice to me when I started Torrey Smith Realty Co., LLC was to "Surround yourself with good people." I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed with the blessings God has bestowed on me and my real estate company by surrounding me with selfless, loyal, and dedicated real estate agents. My family of agents care more about the "bigger cause" rather than commissions. I'm grateful for my team and I don't take it for granted.
Thank you TSR Agents!
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Doug and I were taking a trip down memory lane this morning and we ran across 150 properties that he has sold since the existence of the MLS. Doug started in 1986, thus he has sold well over 250 properties within his career. if you're curious, here is a list of his properties sold since 1986.
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I am proud to announce that Brock Lisby has joined our team in Shelbyville. Brock is young and energetic Realtor who has already made a name for himself in the real estate business. We're honored to join Brock in his journey to serve home buyers and sellers of Shelby County.
Torrey Smith, Owner