Uptown Lexington is experiencing an exciting rejuvenation! New independent restaurants, wine bars and microbreweries are opening up – many in restored furniture factories. Lexington has long been known for its famous barbecue – and that's still here too – but new culinary experiences are available all through the uptown area.
The centerpiece of this renewal is the opening of the new Depot Amphitheater which will bring performances of all types to the heart of Davidson County. The amphitheater is in the heart of uptown Lexington and accommodates national touring acts and audiences of up to 6,000 people and hosts around 60 events a year.
In addition, Uptown Lexington hosts the annual Barbecue Festival which is the longest running festival of its kind in the US. The barbecue restaurants that Lexington is famous for join forces to serve pork barbecue to up to 200,000 people. Besides the great barbecue, the festival features over 400 vendors selling homemade items and food. There are several stages with live music and a juried art exhibit as well as a car show. One of the most unique aspects is the 50 ton pig-themed sand sculpture which has become an annual event. The sculpture begins being built a week before the festival and is completed while the festival is going on. In addition to all this there are carnival rides, kids activities and pig races. The Lexington Barbecue Festival is held the last Saturday in October and more information can be found at barbecuefestival.com
DO I STILL NEED A REAL ESTATE AGENT?
There have been a lot of recent services that have popped up claiming to help you buy or sell your home on your own, so are real estate agents becoming a thing of the past? Doing the work yourself might save you a little bit of money – but forr many people it could end up being more expensive to go at it alone. Buying or selling a home is a big deal, and it can be hard going at it alone. Here's why you should still consider going with an experienced agent.
We know you're busy, that's why it's our job to connect with buyers and sellers, which means we can easily access any homes listed by other agents. We know what all needs to be done to complete a real estate transaction and can easily search out all homes that meet your needs. We essentially do all the leg work of searching homes, setting up showings, and speaking to other agents so you don't have to.
If you're selling your home, we can field all the calls from interested parties immediately as well as handle showing your home. That way you don't have to take time out of your busy schedule to address these time-critical tasks.
Real estate agents will handle the sometimes ugly task of negotiating your transaction. We act as a buffer, so you can express your true feelings and objectives going into a negotiation without the risk of “tipping off” the other party. This allows us to leverage your position to get you the best outcome.
The home buying and selling process can often get emotional, especially involving sellers who have sentimental attachment and value-conscious buyers. Real estate agents work with one another to help find common ground and avoid the potential emotional entanglements.
Sorting through the sea of contracts that accompany real estate transactions can be confusing and exhausting. We deal with these on a daily basis and can easily help you navigate through them and even help you decide which conditions should be used and which should be avoided.
We are licensed professionals and as such, are bound to standards that private buyers or sellers are not. We are bound by our licensing laws to represent your best interests in all situations. Beyond that, we rely on our reputation and repeat business to survive in our industry. We know that doing what's best for you is what's best for us.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Sure, there are some people who will be able to handle buying or selling their home on their own, but any search of the FAQ's on sale by owner websites will show you that it's not a simple task. Partnering with a professional real estate agent – like us at Mantle – will make your transaction much simpler and will likely save you a lot of time and money.