Bass + Bringardner: The Power Trio of Real Estate

A discussion with Terri Bass and Shelly & Bradley Bringardner, the realtor team at Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty


By Sarah Carter Levitch
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson


As one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the Louisville area, Bass + Bringardner provides top-of-the-line service whether you’re a buyer or seller. With over 25 years of marketing experience and 15 years in real estate, this power trio works with passion and expertise that is unparalleled in the luxury real estate market. We spoke with the team, Terri Bass and Shelly & Bradley Bringardner, to learn what distinguishes them in the market and how they are involved in the community.

What separates you in the real estate market when working as a team?

Shelly: “I think what separates us as a team is always being available. In this hot market, you have to be ready to show a property at any time. They come on the market, and offers are due in a day or two. Having the flexibility with three people allows us the opportunity to show a home at any point in time. The availability is number one.”

Bradley: “Absolutely. It can get tricky if you’re a one-man show having to show your own listing for sale and help other buyers looking to see additional properties that arise. Having a team of three allows us to have the maximum flexibility to be a full-service team for our sellers and buyers. It makes us dynamic, flexible and always on our toes.”

You mentioned the term ‘hot market.’ As someone unfamiliar with real estate terms, what does this mean?

Terri: “This market is unprecedented. I’ve been in the business for 15 years, but even if you look back 20 or 30 years, we haven’t seen this low inventory and demand for housing like we have. There’s a shortage of houses being built and a shortage of houses on the market being turned over. Therefore, it’s challenging for people who have to move or want to move. We have to go out and seek homes that might be a fit.”

Bradley: “Our team really hits the pavement hard for our buyers because, there is a lack of inventory. We are constantly sending letters and mailers to desirable homes that our buyers have identified might be a fit for them. We try to make things happen. It’s like a game of chess. We are constantly working on behalf of our buyers and sellers. With a team of three, we can navigate these tricky waters with more ease than most.”

What makes your team unique?

Shelly: “When working with sellers, we will professionally show your home. We’ll have the lights on and maybe put the fireplace on to set the ambiance for when the buyer walks in. We take clients through the home, showing them different features to create a welcoming atmosphere. It’s an important part of showing a house that many people don’t understand. When you hire an agent, you really need someone to show your home.”

Terri: “A majority of the agents out there just put a lockbox on the front door and let other agents bring somebody in. It’s a real value to have someone there who knows the home.”

Bradley: “We also work hard to maintain relationships with other agents in the community. Agents in Lenihan Sotheby’s office and the other larger and smaller boutique agencies within greater Louisville. Having solid relationships amongst realtors can help make a difference in competitive situations.”

Will you tell me about the off-market exclusive service your team provides?

Shelly: “For someone who doesn’t want to list their house on the market, they can have it in-house. We can still show and sell their home, but it’s not in the public sphere. The benefit of that is you’re in more of a leader seat. You can determine your pricing and get the terms you want. Some professionals don’t want to alert their employees that they may be moving or getting transferred. There’s an element of privacy and confidentiality beneficial to some clients.”

Terri: “And some people will say that they don’t want to sell, but since the market is so hot, if someone brings them this offer, they’d be interested, but they don’t want to go on the open market.”
What advice can you give to buyers in the market?

Bradley: “Patience is a virtue. We’re big believers that everything happens for a reason, and you can win deals in this market; it’s competitive, but the right one will come. It all works out in the end. If you have a trusted advisor to work alongside you in this journey, good things will happen, and you will find the place you’re meant to be.”

How are you involved in the community?

Terri: “My involvement has primarily been in areas of social service. I am still involved with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). I was one of the founders when we first brought it to Kentucky. I’m also involved with Family Scholar House. I’ve served on several of their committees that do their biggest fundraiser. The third thing is that I’m on the board of Kentucky to the World. That is an organization that elevates the reputation and knowledge of Kentuckians to the world.”

Bradley: “Volunteer work is a big part of what I like to do with my free time. I’ve been very involved with Gilda’s Club of Kentuckiana over the past five years serving on their associate board. Also, the Cabbage Patch Settlement House is an organization that helps underserved children in greater Louisville have a safe space after school to do their homework, play with friends, do extracurricular activities, etc. Previously I was very involved with the Louisville Zoo on the Friends of the Louisville Zoo board.”

Shelly: “I’m involved with Gilda’s Club of Kentuckiana, the Family Scholar House and Sacred Heart, my alma mater. I think all three of us are on the same page about giving back and being involved in the community.”

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

Shelly: “I would say going to restaurants. We love trying new restaurants. There’s always something new coming up, especially in NuLu. Our favorites are Volare and Porcini.”

Bradley: “You can find Shelly and me at a high-top table or the bar at Volare eating some great Italian food and drinking some wine on a Saturday night. Louisville has a lot to offer for all different age groups. We’re a gem of a city with a small-town feel with big-city amenities. There are all sorts of fun to get into.”

Terri: “Steve and I do a lot of dining and drinking of wine, similar to Bradley and Shelly. Another favorite is getting away to our place in South Carolina and taking a few days’ break.

When we’re not busy with work, and there’s time to do it, I love hosting dinner parties and cooking for people. In the Spring, I like to do Coq Au Vin, and in the Fall or Winter, it’s some yummy Beef Bourguignon. Julia’s recipe, adapted a little bit.”

Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty
Terri Bass + Shelly & Bradley Bringardner
3803 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40222