Today, we were proud and honored to deliver a historical cornerstone to the members of the American Legion, Post #9 in Owensboro, Kentucky. The cornerstone was part of the old American Legion Post located at 118 West Veterans Blvd. Built in 1935 the cornerstone was placed in the structure on the northwest exterior corner of the building. When Jagoe Homes purchased the building many members of the American Legion requested that Jagoe recover the cornerstone so that they could have this historical marker of the building. It had been rumoured by many members that the cornerstone encased a time capsule, dating back to 1935. To everyone’s delight the cornerstone in fact did encase a time capsule. Think about it, this amazing piece of history pre-dates World War II.
For many first-time home buyers, saving for a down payment is a critical step on the road to becoming home owners. While people who have previously owned a home often use the proceeds from the sale of their homes to finance to purchase of a new one, they also change the way that they spend money quickly.
Here are six quick tips to help you save more:
Limit spending on luxury or non-essential items. It is difficult to sacrifice the things that we know as luxuries that we love to save for a big purchase. Visualize your brand new home each time that you are tempted to spend money on these luxuries, and put that cash towards a down payment.
A simple article in a newspaper can make a difference in a child’s life in the classroom. At Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School in Bowling Green, our New Home Sales Consultant, Mark Froehlich, recently paid a visit to Ms. Woods’ first grade class. Mark passed out actual currency to the class and played a game with them to teach them how budgeting works and how to save money on larger purchases, such as a home.
Mark received a letter from Ms. Woods, thanking him for his inspiring and educating lesson which reads:
Thank you for sponsoring The Daily News for my classroom. The students are excited to see the newspaper delivered each week. They use it to find sentences, paragraphs, and punctuation marks. They enjoy highlighting words they know and counting to see how many. Kid Scoop, their favorite [column], is an excellent way to practice grammar skills while having fun. Thanks so much for supporting my class by providing the newspaper each week.”
Minimize what you’ll owe and maximize what you’ll get back at tax time by reviewing these often overlooked real estate tax breaks.
Like clockwork, at the beginning of each new year, it seems that folks start making plans to either buy a home, move up or downsize, or simply spruce up and upgrade their current home as part of a New Year’s resolution. And then, of course, there’s tax season. Prep work begins as soon as those big envelopes start arriving in the mail, containing an assortment of tax forms — documenting everything from what we earned last year to what we paid out for mortgage interest.
The first step is to make sure you’re not actually missing any tax deductions and breaks. The tax code is 4 million words and more than 70,000 pages long. But here’s a dirty little secret: most Americans tap into fewer than 15 pages of it.
To ensure you’re not missing out on anything you’re due, consider these three real estate–related tax breaks that are often missed, overlooked, and underused.
As the recession recovery made its way into full swing back in 2013, many renters and current homeowners began embarking down a path of buying homes that are energy efficient for a variety of reasons, including cash savings on utility bills. Many of those improvements are eligible for state, county, and/or city tax credits — or tax breaks. If you’ve installed low-E windows, insulation, low-flow plumbing appliances, tankless water heaters, or solar panels last year, dig up your receipts. Trust us, it’s worth the time.
Jagoe Homes will, once again, be a part of Christ the King’s annual Jingle Mingle Mart! Christ the King & Holy Spirit Church will host this event on Friday, November 13th, 2015, from 5-9PM at 3101 Bayard Park Drive, Evansville, Indiana, 47714. The Jingle Mingle Mart has become the primary fundraising source for their school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), which provides a multitude of resources for the teachers and the students of Christ the King that would not otherwise fit into their annual budget.
Jagoe Homes is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring Project Reveal’s Embrace Your Body photo exhibit gala on October 3rd, 2015, from 7-10 PM at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana! This event will also feature live music, hors d-oeuvres, a cash bar, photo booth, and prizes! Project Reveal is a charitable non-profit organization created to help women celebrate all the things that make each of them special and unique. Their mission is to encourage and inspire women by creating awareness about life issues, to provide resources to help them to celebrate, love, and respect themselves, and encourage them to be the best women for themselves, their family, and their community.
Jagoe Homes is proud to sponsor the 5th Annual East Bridge Art & Music Festival. This art festival has truly developed into something spectacular, growing from 30 artists and 3,000 people in 2011, to 75 artists and 8,000 people in 2013. This year, they expect to bring in over 10,000 people to Smother’s Park in downtown Owensboro for the festival on September 5th!
The East Bridge Art & Music Festival began when sisters Katherine Taylor and Christy Taylor Chaney opened their own “art haven” in Owensboro, which is more formally known as Studio Slant. Their love for handmade accessories inspired them to mesh an art gallery with a sort of handmade boutique, full of fun gifts and made by artists with love. Since they also enjoy attending art festivals, they decided to bring one to Owensboro, where the East Bridge Art & Music Festival was born! They named it “east bridge” because the festival was east of the bridge the first four years, and now, in the fifth year, the bridge is east of the festival.
Jagoe Homes is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring Project Reveal’s Release Your Inhibitions: Sky Lantern Release Event on May 21st, 2015 at the Angel Mounds in Newburgh, Indiana! Project Reveal is a charitable non-profit organization created to help women celebrate all the things that make each of them special and unique. Their mission is to encourage and inspire women by creating awareness about life issues, to provide resources to help them to celebrate, love, and respect themselves, and encourage them to be the best women for themselves, their family, and their community.
***UPDATE as of 04/24/2015: March of Dimes, March for Babies has been moved to the Hines Center in Philpot, Kentucky, tomorrow due to the possibility of severe weather. Registration is still at 9:30 AM and Opening Ceremonies are at 10:30 AM! Lunch, special presentations, award ceremonies, and fun for kids are also still scheduled for tomorrow.
Jagoe Homes is proud to sponsor 2015 March for Babies, supporting programs in our community that helps mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. This walk also funds important research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives; some of these efforts include developing treatments to cure vision defects, screening newborns with a single drop of blood, and giving surfactant and nitric oxide therapies. The March of Dime’s, March for Babies has been around since 1970, and it’s raised over $2.3 billion dollars to benefit all babies.
Jagoe Homes is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 18th, 2015! This event will be held at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center at 201 E Boonville New Harmony Road in Evansville. Last year, this event, which is hosted by Inspiring Autism Spectrum Families (ISAF), reached nearly 700 walkers! This year, they have added a 5k timed run that will be sure to generate even more participants.
The Walk for Autism supports ISAF programs to help local families affected by autism. An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 in every 68 children, so many families are either directly affected, or know someone who is. Some of their programs include a monthly Parent Support Group and a quarterly Family Fun Night which is a free recreation program for children affected by ASD and their families. ISAF also recently launched a Voucher Program which helps families pay for costly treatments. These programs are only possible through the support of the local community!
To learn more about Inspiring Autism Spectrum Families and to register for their 4th Annual Walk for Autism, please visit their website. This event is for all ages. Participation is free for kids ages 4 and under as well as persons on the autistic spectrum. The 5k timed walk for all ages is $20, and the one mile walk is only $10 for kids ages 5-18 and $20 for adults ages 19 and up.