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Baton Rouge! THE Happenin' Place Memorial Weekend

by Pat Wattam


Who would have thought that Baton Rouge, LA would be a destination for Memorial Day weekend!  With Country Fest it has become just that - THE place to be this weekend.  With top country acts such as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts there is something for everyone!  The fun starts Saturday at 11:30 at LSU's Tiger Stadium with Keith Urban starting his show at 10 pm.  And then Sunday kicks off again at 11:30 and Rascal Flatts closes down with their set starting at 10pm.
If country music isn't your thing, check out the Baton Rouge Concert Band's annual Memorial day concert at 7 pm Monday at the steps of the State Capitol.  It's FREE!!
And, today don't miss the LIVE after FIVE from 5-8 on North Blvd
 Featuring Brandin Giles.  FREE
Need to entertain the little ones?  Saturday is Safari night at the Baton Rouge zoo.  From 6:30-9:30 you can experience waling tours, animal encounters, and hands-on activities.   Designed for groups of 15 minimum.  Call 225-775-3877.
Have a happy and safe Memorial weekend in Baton Rouge as we remember our service men and women.


Flood Map changes article provided by Andy Redpath of Baton Rouge Insurance Agency


Andy Redpath and I were chatting the other day, me grumbling about so many homes in Baton Rouge that are suddenly in a flood zone - homes that were NEVER in a flood zone before and how much it is costing my clients.  He gave me an example of two home owners, not in a flood zone, who thankfully had flood insurance, whose homes received 8 inches of water in the flash rain storm we had last week.  Here is the info he provided me on the floor map revisions:


"With the recent flood map revisions by FEMA, there are a lot of questions being asked by homeowners and new home buyers as how this might affect them. The first question is, are these revisions necessary and why are they being imposed on local parishes. The simple answer can be found with the fact that almost one in four flood claims every year are submitted by property owners that were not in a hazardous flood zone. In other words, they were not required by their mortgage company to purchase flood insurance, but they still flooded and were insured under a preferred flood policy. The good news is that anybody who has recently been determined to be in a hazardous zone can purchase a low cost preferred flood policy for two years before being subjected to the more costly standard rates. At that time they may wish to provide anelevation certificate, if favorable, to reduce their rates. For people who were not remapped to a hazardous zone, they still might wish to consider buying a preferred flood policy. $250,000 of dwelling coverage with $100,000 coverage on contents is only $365 annually.   It only takes an inch of water in your house to ruin your day."


For more information on homeowners insurance and flood policies contact the Baton Rouge Insurance Agency at 293-7350 or at

Springtime Fun in Baton Rouge

by Pat Wattam

Spring to me is always enhanced with FestForAll held in Downtown Baton Rouge this weekend (May 5th and 6th).  Food vendors and arts and crafts line North Boulevard plus music stages for a variety of performers are scattered around.  If you have never been, you are in for a treat!!!

Pull the Vines Off!

by Pat Wattam

This is a great video from Kevin Dinkel of Advantage Services.  Kevin explains why, particularly in the greater Baton Rouge area, it is so important to keep vines off your house. Lots of people who have homes in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas love the look of vines growing up their house - especially our older homes with lots of brick.   I know vines are a haven for bugs, but Kevin also explains that it help keeps the termites find a way into your house.  

Another tip I learned recently.  If you have a termite contract that has the station things all around the house, that coverage is NOT sufficient.  You must also have the perimeter treatment.  We found this out the hard way when termites were found in our door frame.  The termite company told us they had switched a few years ago and found that you need both systems to have the best barrier.  Wish they had told me that sooner!  Check and make sure you have the best coverage offered by your termite company!

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Pat Wattam
RE/MAX First, Independently Owned and Operated
4750 Sherwood Common
Baton Rouge LA 70816
Office Direct: 225-298-6900
Office Main: 225-291-1234
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RE/MAX First
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Main: 225-291-1234

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