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Welcome To Timeless Real Estate Services!

I am very excited to let you know that I am the principal broker for Timeless Real Estate Services and I am licensed in the state of Kentucky. We provide a range of services for our clients including lising your property for sale and helping you buy the house that meets your needs. We also provide services for investors that include various levels of property management.

I am confident in my company’s resources and my own abilities to use the latest strategies to achieve results during this unique time in real estate.

Thank you for you continued support,

P.S. If have any questions, please feel free to contact our company!

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Historical Decorative Architecture Elements Of Louisville KY

POLICE: “Landlord” leased foreclosed homes -Louisville Kentucky

POLICE: “Landlord” leased foreclosed homes – FOX41.com Louisville News Kentucky Indiana News Weather Sports.

Man accused of leasing houses he didn’t own

Man accused of leasing houses he didn’t own.

Light Up Louisville 2010 Run Run Rudolph



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Amityville Horror House Up For Sale

In December 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz and their three children moved into 112 Ocean Avenue, a large Dutch Colonialhouse in Amityville, a suburban neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Thirteen months before the Lutzes moved in,Ronald DeFeo, Jr had shot and killed six members of his family at the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there.

Top Ten Weird Homes

Project Turns Into A Nightmare

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Building For The Future

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Louisville, Kentucky is a city full of historic architecture and neighborhoods dating from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. The Oracle Single Family Homes Revitalization 2009 is breathing life back into many of these homes that have fallen into disrepair. Some of the homes require extensive work while saving as much of the decorative architecture elements as possible.

With a little imagination you can see how these homes once were full of life and how proud the people who built them must have been.

What would they say today?

We have created a pictorial walk through the process of restoring these few homes. As the process continues there will be updated photos so make sure to check back often.

Credit Repair FACTS and FALLACIES

Mortgage Calculators

Renovation of Houses In the Portland Neighborhood

Sometimes selling or buying a house has a lot of “red tape” attached to it,
BUT what about
the red tape that is appearing on Portland Avenue?
Work has finally begun on a few houses in the Portland neighborhood that were purchased at the beginning of this year for total renovation. Oracle Design Group Inc. purchased the two properties at 24th Street and Portland Avenue. This group has begun work to transform them into quality homes. The houses will be made available for rental units for the first fifteen years and at the end of that set amount of time, the properties will be available for purchase.

The work that Oracle Design Group Inc. is looking to accomplish will provide Portland with a safer environment. Oracle Design Group Inc. realizes that many of the older homes in the neighborhood have lead based paint issues. This will not be the case for the properties they are looking to renovate as proper removal guidelines are being followed to remove the lead. These attributes of Oracle’s renovation plan will encourage a higher design standard for any future construction in Portland.

The president of Oracle Design Group Inc. is Dr. Mark T. Wright who received his Doctorate in Urban and Public Affairs, Planning and Development from the University of Louisville. He is married to Caryn A. Winter and together they own and operate Oracle Design Group. Among other honors, Dr. Wright received the President’s Award from the University of Louisville, as well as The Cornerstone 2020 Award for Excellence in Design in a Traditional Workplace. For his work establishing a mentoring program for at risk children in Louisville’s Middle Schools, he was awarded The Apple from the Teachers Award from the Jefferson County School Systems. In 2001, he was presented The First Annual Architect’s Award for Excellence in Community Design.

Chris Byrd is also a valued member of the Oracle team. He holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Byrd is currently the Project Manager for Oracle Single Family Homes Revitalization 2009. He is also certified in Lead Safe Work Practices, Lead Worker and Renovator.

The purchase of these few houses should be viewed as successful for our Portland neighbors. Many of the homes were owned by Portland residents that had been on the market for some time without a prospect of a buyer. The homes being renovated will provide quality housing for other Portland residents. Oracle has experience with a variety of housing programs and has developed affordable housing in Louisville and the surrounding areas.

Many in the real estate industry feel that for improvement to happen there must be a mixture of rental and homeowners in our area. We need to consider quality housing for our neighbors who may not qualify to become a homeowner. There are many residents who may not be able to buy due to situations and circumstances outside their control that deserve quality housing.
The Oracle Design Group Inc. looks to provide this quality as they move forward in the renovations in the Portland neighborhood.

Historic Corydon IN

Looking for an REO specialist?

We have listed and closed over 70 REO Properties in 2009 with an average DOM of 23 Days!  If you are selling or buying REO property you need someone who understands the process and can provide expertise in this area. Give me a call to see how I can help you (502) 876-7518 or email: shebarrett@msn.com

Please click on the link below to see our report for 2009.

Compass-REO-Stats-2009[1]

The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR CURRENT HOMEOWNERS?

Special Rule for Current Homeowners
Taxpayers who are considered “long-time residents” of the same principal residence are now eligible to claim a credit that is equal to the lesser of a) 10% of the purchase price, or b) $6,500 ($3,250 MFS) of a subsequent principal residence. A long-time resident is one who has owned a home and used it as a principal residence for any 5 consecutive years during the 8-year period preceding the purchase of the subsequent principal residence.

This provision is effective with homes purchased after November 6, 2009. All other new rules (new phase-out range, purchase price cap, last date available for the credit) apply as well. There is no requirement that the taxpayer sell the first residence-it can be sold, converted to rental property, given as a gift, etc. as long as the taxpayer occupies the subsequent home as a principal residence.

Light Up Corydon 2009

Frazier Museum Fontaine Ferry Exhibition

On May 16, the Frazier International History Museum opens Fontaine Ferry, a 3,800 square foot exhibition that explores this integral part of Louisville’s history, just in time for the 40th anniversary of the park’s closing. The exhibition will explore the park’s beginnings as a boat landing in 1814, through the Great Depression and the Great Flood of 1937 to the 64-acre attraction’s demise amid the effects of urban flight and racial tensions of the civil rights movement.

Frazier Museum

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Kentucky Dialect

  • Bub- what you screw into a light fixture
  • Error- you shoot this from a bow
  • Flow- carpet is layed on this
  • Goggles- she goggles her throat wash every morning
  • Grind- plants grow out of this
  • Hair- where you are
  • Lion- what you are doing if you aren’t telling the truth
  • Lord- used for frying and baking
  • Pears- she pears to be sickly
  • Poach- a place to sit and relax
  • Skull- what some kids drop out from
  • Spell- come sit a spell
  • Ward- umpires have the last one
  • Badder- worse
  • Dogging- to tell a lie
  • Eating Table- dinner table
  • Everwhich- take everywhich you want
  • Everwhat- everwhat you say is fair
  • Hurt- I ain’t hurting for food
  • Pay No Mind- to pay no attention
  • Sop- gravy
  • Take down with- become sick
  • Unalike- unlike
  • Wash-off- bath

Doctor C.V. Heistand was a real country doctor. At age 78, he was still traveling 30,000 miles a year to treat patients in six Kentucky counties and delivered 5,400 babies since 1898. Below are excerpts from a newspaper article by the Courier Journal Frankfort Bureau about his experiences- I believe to be from 1949.

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Refundable First-Time Homebuyer Credit

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Refundable First-Time Homebuyer Credit
Taxpayers who purchased a principal residence April 9, 2008 through June 30, 2009 who have not owned a principal residence in the previous three years may claim a refundable credit equal to 10% of the purchase price. The maximum credit is $7,500.
Contact:

Sheila Barrett- Cell (502)876-7518
Voice Mail (502)420-5043
Fax (502)471-5802

Waverly Hills Sanitarium, Louisville KY

Waverly Hills was built in the early 1900s and was a tuberculosis hospital. During this time the hospital was one of the most modern in the United States. Many people were cured but more than 63,000 people died there.

There was a body chute that was a tunnel that ran from the hospital down the hill. During the time of when so many people were dying each day from tuberculosis- the bodies were taken out through the tunnel as not to upset the remaining patients.

After closing in the 1960s rumors of ghost and strange sightings began to surface.

Plans for Waverly Hills Sanitarium

(from the Courier Journal)

The rooms may be standard, and the location is a bit out-of-the-way, but Charlie Mattingly thinks his planned hotel in southwest Jefferson County will have a unique draw:

It’s a creepy, old, five-story building with a morgue, a “body chute” and guest rooms where people once lay dying of tuberculosis.

Mattingly and his architect, Kevin Milburn of Urban Designz, are dead serious about turning the old Waverly Hills Sanatorium into a 78-room boutique hotel with a spa, fitness center and meeting space for business groups.

The former hospital off Dixie Highway already is a mecca for ghost hunters, who come by the thousands each year to search for paranormal activity. A film crew from the Travel Channel was there last month, and talk-show host Maury Povich sent a crew this week.

Its haunted history was the focus of a six-hour special on the Sci Fi Channel last fall, and the property regularly turns up on lists of the nation’s most haunted places. Web sites dedicated to the property feature photos of people who mysteriously appear in windows, and audio files of unexplained noises.

Mattingly, who bought the 30-acre property for $225,000 in 2001 with his wife, Tina, said preserving the site’s haunted character will be a key part of what he estimates will be an $18 million renovation. Project details were to be announced to local officials and the media at 4:30 p.m. today.

“My intent is for this to be first class all the way,” Mattingly said of the hotel, which he said could open in early 2010 — assuming financing is arranged.

Mattingly, who grew up in Shively and until recently worked at Ford Motor Co., said that banks “more or less laughed at me” when he first began applying for loans to renovate the property.

But after seven years of upgrades, historical research and architectural studies, he said conversations about financing now are under way with Porter Bancorp, StockYards Bank & Trust, Republic Bancorp and JP Morgan Chase, and he’s confident he’ll be able to start construction late this year.

Milburn said the project should qualify for federal tax credits because of its historical significance. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, though it remains heavily damaged by years of vandalism and decay. Already, Mattingly has had dozens of windows replaced, rooftops and mortar repaired and ceilings insulated. And Milburn said they soon will select contractors to oversee further construction.

Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson, called the project “exciting for south Louisville and for the entire city.”

He’s a believer

Mattingly, 49, said he wasn’t a believer in Waverly Hills’ haunted reputation until he bought the place and began recording video inside. He said his films show streaks of light and glowing orbs at times when footage of the surrounding neighborhood was perfectly normal.

For the last year, the Mattinglys have lived on the property, where Tina Mattingly runs the nonprofit Waverly Hills Historical Society. The couple has relatives on both sides of the family who were treated for tuberculosis at the sanatorium.

The main hospital building, with 160,000 square feet, was built in 1926. It sits on a ridge just a few hundred yards from the bustling auto dealers, apartments and restaurants of Dixie Highway, but is shrouded in trees and dense undergrowth.

Signs posted at the entrances warn trespassers, and cameras mounted on the hospital’s exterior are there to catch would-be vandals.

The hotel plans call for a solar-powered electric system, floors made of sustainable materials such as cork or recycled rubber, and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

A parking structure would be built in front of the hospital, with a rooftop garden visible from the long concrete sun porches where patients once spent their days lying in bed. The infamous body chute is an underground steam tunnel that hospital officials used to remove bodies on gurneys, out of sight of the surviving patients.

About 3,000 people tour Waverly Hills annually, with most of them paying a $20 donation. Ghost hunters also can pay $100 each to roam the hallways all night in search of spooky noises and paranormal activity.

Jim Wood, president of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, said ghost tours are a growing tourism draw, and he called Waverly Hills “an architectural wonder.”

But since haunted hotels cater to a niche market, Wood said Waverly Hills may need to attract a wider audience to be a viable business.

That’s the approach at The Lemp Mansion, a bed and breakfast in St. Louis in a home where three members of the Lemp family committed suicide between 1902 and 1949. About two-thirds of the mansion’s guests today come for the haunted history, but spokeswoman Mary Wolff said the property also holds wedding receptions, private parties and other events.

Read more about the ghost investigations at Waverly Hills

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Baxter Avenue Morgue AKA Vanderdark Morgue

Flood Pictures of Louisville KY & the Ohio River

I thought I would share these photos with you. I found them in a photo album while going through some of my father’s belongings. I think some of the pictures were taken on River Road but not sure of the year or which flood this might have been. The boat in the second picture does look very old.

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