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How Much Can I Spend on a New Home?????

by Mike Parker

Submitted by Jill Kuchle:

You might have an idea of the loan payment and mortgage you can afford. But how will the bank feel?   It's always best to get pre-qualifed for a mortgage so you know exactly how much a bank or other financial institution would be willing to lend you.   And it will let you look at homes that are definately within your price range!!  This way, there will be no disapointments!!!

In the pre-qualification process, you will find out: 

- Exactly how much home or land you can afford. 

- How much cash you will need for the down payment. 

- The minimum down payment, and advantages of higher down payments. 

- What the bank feels you can afford for a monthly payment. 

We have a terrific lender who can help you will all your residential mortage needs.  Just contact our office today for more information.  859-647-0700.


After almost four years our free moving van has been a HUGE hit with far more interest than we ever imagined.  More and more of our clients are using the van in their HOA (home owners association) events, or moving chairs for a school PTA event or even for church raffles.  Did you know we make it available FREE for these purposes?  If you have a charitable non-profit event coming up and need to move stuff, moving yourself, or give use of the van away in a raffle, contact us today and book the van out.  It's all a part of supporting the community that has been so good to us.

Please don't forget it's also yours to use when you need to pick up that new antique chest of drawers you found at the neighborhood estate sale, or maybe helping the lady next door move into her new condo!!

Call us to schedule the van, it is of course always subject to prior reservation, and please note you must be 21 years old with a valid license and insurance, and the truck cannot go more than 50 miles from Florence.  Other terms and conditions apply to satisfy our insurance agent, but please it's there to be used! 


How Do I Get My House Ready To Sell?????

by Mike Parker

Submitted by Jill Kuchle:

You just found out your company is re-locating you or you have decided up downsize or maybe your family has outgrown your current home, whatever your situation, it's time to put your house on the market - now the main question that is on your mind is, "How do I get my house ready to sell???"

Look no further....these few steps will help you get your house in tip top shape AND get you the offer you want!!

  • Open the curatins and let the sun in - nothing makes a house look better than good ol natural light!!
  • Install high wattage light bulbs.
  • Remove ALL clutter from each room - including many personal items such as photos!
  • If you have a fireplace, highlight it.
  • Keep your home dusted and vacuummed at ALL times.
  • Ktichens and bathrooms should always be kept SPOTLESS.  If you don't hardly use it - pack it away!!
  • Expand your counter space by removing small appliances.
  • If your carpet doesn't clean up well, REPLACE IT!!!
  • Put away family photos until your home is under contract.
  • Make sure the Front Door Bell works.
  • Invest in a new door mats.
  • Make sure the front door works effortlessly!
  • Regardless of the season, tackle spring cleaning.
  • CLEAN EVERYTHING in your home from top to bottom!!
  • Wash ALL windows INSIDE and OUT.
  • Repair any holes resulting from nails or other mishaps.
  • Freshly paing all inside walls.
  • Repair or replace broken tiles on walls, floors or in showers/tubs.
  • Repair or replace loose wall paper.
  • If the basement shows any signs of water or structural damange it may be necessary to obtain a structural engineer's report.
  • Water and prune ALL plants (both inside and out!!)
  • Remove any excess extension cords and exposed wires.

If you have any other questions concerning getting your home ready to sell.  Feel free to contact us and we can get you ready to sell quick!!!


Selling Your Home When You Own Pets!!!

by Mike Parker

Submitted by Jill Kuchle:

Many real estate agents are animal lovers and have pets of their own, but we have all shared stories of having our fingers or ankles nipped by furry creatures during a showing. We have opened the front door to the home we are showing only to have a purebred Persian kitten or Golden Retriever dart out the door toward the nearest busy street.   (And trust me, that is not fun...)

If you have pets and are going to put your house on the market, be sure to work out the showing arrangements carefully. It is important for Real Estate agents  to be able to communicate to our colleagues what to expect when they pass through your front door. It is rare for pets to pose significant problems, but big dogs can be menacing. Buyers or agents may be allergic or even a little phobic (or a lot phobic) about dogs or cats! 

It is difficult to get a buyer excited about your home if he or she is sneezing continuously or unwilling to cross the threshold because your dog is barking away intruders.  (Trust us on this one!!)  If your agent knows there might be a problem, they can arrange ahead of time for you to walk the dog, vacuum the cat dander or do whatever is necessary to make sure that the showing goes smoothly.  Not only will it make you feel better but it will also let the potential buyer know you take great pride in your home! 

I am a complete animal lover and have a dog and cat of my own but I know first hand the trouble alergies and smells can pose.  If you have any questions about how to sell your house with pets inside, just ask The Team for some friendly advice!!! 

The Boone County Fair is Set to Begin!!!

by Mike Parker

Submitted by Jill Kuchle:

It's August, it's hot and it's time again for the Boone County Fair!!!  If you are like me, there is nothing like a nice juicy ear of corn, some good ol fashioned country ham, and the demolition derby to make for a fun evening out with the family!!  The Boone County Fair is ready to start and includes LOADS for everyone to check out.

Located at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Idlewild Road, in Burlington, the fair runs from August 6 - 11 this year.  (However there is a tractor pull on Aug. 4th in the evening!!)  If you live in Boone County, enter your kids in the baby show or Little Mr. and Miss Boone County, or other various pagents for the older kids.  The fun doesn't stop there though - this year everything from the 4-H animal shows, horse pulling, tractor pulls, hot dog eating contests, bubble gum blowing contests, frog jumping, rides, food, demolition derbies and much, much more will excite just about everyone in the entire family.  I know my neices and nephews work hard all spring to get their sheep and cows ready for the fair.  It is a great place to take the younger kids too and show them all the animals - especially if they don't live on a farm.  4-H is also a wonderful program to get the kids invloved in.  It teaches them how to care for their animals, pride of ownership, responsibility and can even earn them a little cold hard cash!!!  (and everyone loves that!!)

This year we plan on going to watch the tractor pulls, the demolition derby, the animal shows and maybe enter my son in the 2 Year Old Baby Contest (we'll see though......).

Admission to the fair is $7 per person for ages 3 and older and includes parking and most of the rides

We hope to see ya'll there!!!  For more information on the Boone County Fair visit their website at!!!


Submitted by Jill Kuchle:

Real estate is a complicated business.  There are a bazillion little details that must be handled on a timely basis in order to provide the quality of Service that YOU deserve!!!  The Team's professional input will help prepare your home for sale or they will "search th world over" for your dream home!!!  The Mike Parker Team has developed their own marketing and servicing team to insure that you, their client receives memorable real estate service!!   NOT just satisfactory but TRULY MEMORABLE!!!

Buying a home is certainly one of the most reward-able experiences most of us can ever have; it is also very hectic and can be very challenging.  If you're buying for the first time, the process may seem very overwhelming  And even if you've been through it several times, you know, every move is different, and each present it's own set of new challenges.  SO, one clear advantage of calling on the Mike Parker Team for help is simply that you don't have to "go it alone!!"  Mike and his staff have the training, the know how, and the experience (over 50 years!!) to help you and your family through each step of the buying process, and make the process of finding, buying, and moving into your new home as smooth, quick, and enjoyable as it can be.  Another advantage is that The Mike Parker Team represents a valuable source if information about market trends, communities and neighborhoods, and especially, homes for sale throughout the area. 

In addition, The Mike Parker Team employs the team approach with a competent team of professionals to ensure a smooth process every step of the way....all the way to your new home!!

The Future of Union, KY is about to arrive!!!

by Mike Parker

Submitted by Jill Kuchle:

A community of nearly 800 homes and apartments featuring planning concepts and residential designs new to Northern Kentucky will be built in the heart of Union. 

Harmony will be a community unlike an other.  It will be a place to live and a place to gather and play.   The streets will be lined with trees, porches made for interaction, and the neighborhoods are unique and have a style all their own.  Harmony has been designed with nostalgia in mind, drawing upon the history found in early neighborhoods.  Abundant parks, nature areas, a lake, a community center, walking paths, bike paths, three pools, an exercise facility and an amphitheater for community concerts will dot the landscape offering a small-town setting that will be reminiscent of yesteryear.

Drees Homes, building the community will feature patio homes, starter homes, more expensive homes, and apartments.  Homes will sell for $108,000 to $250,000.  The plan has 160 freestanding single-family homes and 340 single-family attached homes along with 272 apartments.


Outdoor Movie Night: Saturday, August 11 (7-10pm)

An old-fashioned family night, with a family film under the stars in Harmony's large activity park - Harmony Green.  The movie begins at dusk.  Bring your lawn chairs, your blankets, and enjoy!!  Beverages and snacks will be provided!!  Everyone is welcome to attend!!

A Taste of Union: Saturday, September 22 (3-7pm)

At 3 p.m. Harmony will come alive as Drees and Marquis Homes kicks off it's first "Taste of Union!"  The festival will feature local and regional restaurants, live music, games and fun for the whole family.  Try out the rock climbing wall, or just jive to the live music.

Fall Fest: Saturday, October 27 (3-7om)

For an afternoon of autumn treats.....bring your whole family down!!  Enjoy pumpkin painting, hayrides, hot chocolate and apple cider, story tellers and MORE!!! 

Directions:  I-75/71 to Florence/Union exit.  Go west on US 42. Continue 3.5 miles to the entrance



Submitted by Jill Kuchle:

Wondering what to do this weekend?  Well get ready for barrels of fun.  This weekend is packed with paddlefests, baseball games, arena football, movies, music and more.  Check out the list below to pack your weekend full of fun!!!

The 6th Annual is going on this weekend.  Celebrate and promote the beauty of the Ohio River by participating.  Check out for loads of information.

The Kentucky Sympony Orchestra kicks off is summer season at Devou Park with "Country vs. Disco".  Admission is free but a donation would be welcomed!!  The concert begins at 7:30 on Saturday night.  Check out for more information.

It's a roar by the shore....the Ohio River shore that is, when the Jungle Kats take on Manchester at US Bank arena on the 7th at 7:30 pm.  For ticket information contact

It will be music to your ears when the presents : Music from Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holiday and Bootsy Collins on Saturday night at 8 pm at Riverbend Music Center.  For ticket information contact

Check out America's favorite pastime when the and Florence Freedom take the field this weekend.  The Reds are hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks and thier schedule is as follows:

July 6 vs Arizona -- 7:10pm ET.
July 7 vs Arizona -- 7:10pm ET.
July 8 vs Arizona -- 1:15pm ET.

Check out for more information.

The Florence Freedem ( take on two regional teams and thier schedule is as follows:

7/6:vs Evansville, at 7:05pm
7/7:vs Southern IL, at 6:05pm
7/8:vs Southern IL, at 6:05pm

Don't forget to bring your gloves!!!

Get outside and see all the world animals at the Cincinnati Zoo!!  Cincinnati Zoo's new Cheetah Encounter features a 100-yard run which allows visitors to witness four of the world's fastest land animals running at top speed (Friday-Tuesday 11:30am & 12:30pm)!

Other special summer additions include a new Great American Wings of Wonder Bird Show (Wed-Sun 1pm & 3pm) and expanded Meet-A-Zookeeper, behind-the-scenes opportunities for visitors to meet and talk with the keepers of the elephants, penguins, manatee, wolves and more (daily throughout the Zoo from 10am-3pm).  Check out for more details.

Strap on your hiking boots and get ready to climb the Alps.....A new OMNIMAX film.

Follow one man’s triumphant journey and personal quest to make peace with a mountain that took the life of his father 40 years earlier.  John Harlin III takes on the world’s most difficult rock climb, the North Face of the Eiger, located in the Alps of Switzerland. The Alps film captures incredible images and film shots from the side of the mountain, giving us a sense of what it’s like to climb side by side with mountaineers. This film also reveals the lifestyle and culture of the Alpine locale and how the mountains and slopes have helped to shape their way of living.

Tickets are $7.25 adults, $5.25 children and $6.25 seniors. Group discounts are available. contact for more information.....

The July 4th 2007 Real Estate Market!

by Mike Parker
The market in Northern Kentucky has picked up since Memorial Day. Buyer s are buying and sellers are selling, the key is to have it priced right. If you need info on Northern Kentucky Real Estate Market, call Mike Parker at 859-647-0700 or email Mike at

It's Time For Summer Fun in Northern Kentucky!!!

by Mike Parker
Submitted by Jill Kuchle:

It's time to pack up the kids, the dogs, the flip flops and the picnic baskets and discover all that Northern Kentucky has to offer in the summer!!!

When your kids look up at you and tell you their bored for what seems like the hundredth time you can load them up in the car and head out to one of the many local pools in the area.  I for one, am a water baby and enjoy spending as much time soaking up the summer sun next to the swimming pool and recently I visited the Florence Aquatic Center.  WOW!!!  What a NICE place!!  Perfect for kids of ALL ages, it offers a lazy river, slides, and a pool that mimics a beach with a zero-depth-entry lagoon!!  (Just to name a few!!)  It's cheap and you don't have to drive to Kings Island or The Beach Waterpark for a day of water fun!! 

Northern Kentucky also offers fabulous city parks great for walking, biking, rollerblading, tennis, basketball and jungle gym climbing!!  Bring your picnic basket, a cooler and let the good times roll!! (Literally!!) 

And last but not least, my favorite, The Aquarium!!  Complete with just about every aquatic animal you can imagine the Newport Aquarium is loaded with everything from blind fish to SHARKS!!  Enjoy the early morning Penguin Parade and Sharkfest going on this summer.   Check your local Reach Magazine for special morning admission coupons to get the whole family in on a budget...

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