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Despite the doom and gloom about gas prices and the economy in general, it's a good time to buy a home.
That's the message to visitors of Shelbyville's first Home Expo planned for Saturday, July 12 in Floral Hall at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The expo is free and participants will be eligible for giveaways, including a big screen TV and free closing costs.
Realtors, insurance companies, landscapers, financial firms, builders, home furnishings and home repair businesses are among the 28 companies (see box) expected to set up booths at the expo.
Citizens Union Bank is hosting the event. Nathan Poole, the bank's assistant vice president of mortgage lending, said the home expo will have a local flavor.
"We're going to show off the good companies involved in the housing market in Shelbyville," Poole said. "Whether people are building or buying or remodeling a house, they don't have to leave Shelby County to get great service. The general public may not realize that some of these businesses exist."
Besides CUB, platinum sponsors of the expo are Kentucky Housing Corporation and HJW Career and Financial Literacy Institute.
Poole said the "time is right" for a home expo in Shelby County.
"The market's a little slow, but no matter what the media says, it's a great time to buy a house now," Poole said.
Participants in the first Shelbyville Home Expo:
Citizens Union Bank
Kentucky Housing Corporation
Coldwell Banker Larry K. Rogers Realty
Bluegrass Farm and Lawn
Graybeal Air Systems
Tracy's Home Furnishings
Kentucky Farm Bureau
Able Plumbing and Electric
Torrey Smith Realty
W. J. Andriots
Thompson and Nash
H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers
Re/Max Performance Realty
Shield Security Systems
Ferrell's Air Conditioning-Heating-Plumbing
Saddlebred Capital Construction