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Wild Foxes at LSU Lakes

by Leslie Green

I was just telling Pat a couple of days ago how much I enjoy walking around the LSU lakes near my home. I always see some interesting wildlife, mostly birds like ducks, egrets, and herons. Plus there are many beautiful houses along the lake with flower gardens and giant live oak trees. 


Live Oak Tree at LSU Lakes


Today as I was walking past the LSU President’s House on Lakeshore Dr I noticed some creature curled up on the front lawn. And then it stood up and I realized I was looking at a fox! And then another fox came running across the lawn. They seemed unfazed by the presence of a human nearby, though they did keep their distance.


 Wild Fox at LSU Lakes


Researchers at the LSU School of Coast & Environment have posted signs in the area asking the community to take pictures and either tag on Instagram or post to their Facebook page with the location. They have also posted signs with information about foxes and asking that people please NOT leave dog or cat food out for the foxes. 



 

The Right Marketing will Make My House Sell, Won't It?

by Pat Wattam

How many times have I met with a seller whose listing (of their home for sale) has expired with their current REALTOR and  when I ask why they (the seller) think their house did not sell, they typically say that their REALTOR did not do enough marketing.  And, sometimes that is the case.  One of the big things we bring to the table is our ability to Market the house to more people than an average person can, so that more people know about the house and you have the best opportunity to find the right buyer.  But when I also ask the seller how many showings they have had over the past 6 months and their answer is 30 then I know the house has been marketed properly.  Then my question is, 'why didn't any of those people make an offer on the house?  What kind of feedback did you receive?"  And then there is the typical response; "my agent didn't advertise it enough".   I already know at this point that PRICE is the issue.  Location and Price will attract a buyer.  PRICE and CONDITION will sell the house.

People always want to find someone else to blame for things not going their way.  Sometimes you have to ask yourself if you REALLY want to sell and are you ready to do what it takes to make that happen.  I have some clients who don't have the financial means to do the updates or their mortgage balance is too high and they don't have the cash available to pay the shortfall.  I also have other clients in the exact same position and they really want to make the house sell, so they borrow the money so they can move ahead with their life.  Other people don't have that option and just have to wait out the market or save up the money.  Life is short so if selling a house gets you to the next phase in your life, don't let anything stop you.  MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!

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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
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RE/MAX First
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
Main: 225-291-1234

Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission