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3 Staging Tips - Baton Rouge Real Estate

by Blake Hanna

3 Staging Tips


  1. It's a good idea to de-clutter your house. We recommend using plastic bins to put items away. Go through your house and pack away things you don't need, don't use and clean areas that are messy. Clean off counters and tables throughout the house so that only the necessities remain.

  2. It's also a good idea to de-personalize the house. It's okay to have a few family items but the majority should be put away. A few pictures is all you need. You want to give the person viewing your house the idea that it could be their house.

  3. Curb Appeal and First Impressions are important. And the very first impression they receive is when they pull into your driveway.If you have children, clean up their toys. If you have shrubs, prune them. Lay fresh mulch. Put some grass seed on the bare spots in your yard. Paint your foundation. Plant some flowers. After all, you pull into your driveway almost everyday of your life.

Tips for First Time Home Buyers - Baton Rouge Real Estate

by Blake Hanna

Tips for the First Time Home Buyer


1. Know What You Want

You are about to make one of the most important decisions and one of the biggest commitments in your life, so you had better be clear on what you want. The home buying process can be difficult, so don't add stress by not being prepared. Make sure you've thought through what you are looking for and what you are willing to compromise on so that the transaction will go as smooth as possible.


2. Finances- Talk to a Lender

Browsing homes on the internet and making lists of all things you would love in your first house is a great first step, but unless you are paying cash or qualify for a loan you are just window shopping. Having a lender assess your finances will let you know if you can afford to buy a house and for how much. You may have to work on your finances, but you also may qualify for more than you think. It's great to do this first so that you don't end up wasting your time. The lender will also be able to let you know what you need to do to get qualified.


3. Find a Great REALTOR®

Finding a good Realtor can save you time, money and help to make the transaction as smooth and stress-free as possible. A good Realtor® is an effective negotiator and will probably get you more house for your money than if you went at it alone. They will also listen to your wants and needs, help you narrow down the areas and houses to look at, and help you to find what your are really looking for.

Buy Instead of Renting - The Pat Wattam Team

by Blake Hanna

Buy Instead of Rent


1. Savings and Equity

When you are renting a home, you pay your monthly rent check and that money is gone forever. When buying a home, every mortgage payment you make builds equity in your home and gets you closer to full ownership.


2. Interest Rates

With interest rates still low, now is a great time to buy and take advantage of the rates before they rise.

3. Tax Breaks

Everyone dreads tax season. The homeowner can deduct the real estate property tax, some or all of the interest on the mortgage, and the cost of insurance for the property.


4. Stability

A homeowner pays the same every month/year when they have a fixed rate mortgage, giving the owner a sense of stability. A renter may be faced with rent increases with the cost of living. Owning a home gives you stability in that your payment will not change regardless of the increase of cost of living.


5. Freedom

Unlike renters, homeowners have the right to make structural and aesthetic changes to their home and yard as they want.

Interest Rates on the Rise

by Blake Hanna

You probably have read or noticed that mortgage rates are on the rise. This isn't the time to shy away from buying a house, this is the time to take advantage of the rates while they are still low. If you are unsure, have questions, or need help, that's what we are here for!

We offer a free consultation for anyone wanting to learn about the home buying process and all that it entails. It's free! It's a chance for you to meet with someone one on one to discuss your needs and wants and to understand what it taked to buy a house! Did I mention it's free? It's FREE!

Contact us today!

Blake Hanna, Realtor

The Pat Wattam Team - Re/Max First


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Need a Vendor? We have Recommendations! Baton Rouge Real Estate

by Blake Hanna

Need someone for your A/C, electrical systems, painting, roof or something else?

We have plenty of reccomendations when  it comes to vendors. Here are few to start. If you need something else, contact us!


Able Air Conditioning and Heating 
Locally owned and operated, DeAnn Clementson have provided my customers as well as myself with great service over the years. They provide 24 hours service. For more information on sales, service and Installation of all makes and models, both residential and commercial please contact them at 225-261-2121.


McMakin Financial For full service brokerage including asset management, financial planning, estate planning, retirement planning call Wally McMakin at 225-926-9585


Todd Millett Home Remodeling  Just about any repair you need call Todd at 225-413-3565


 Advantage Services, Inc. For home inspections and verification service, call Kevin Dinkel, owner. With over 9000 inspections completed, Kevin is one of the top inspectors in Baton Rouge. Whether structural, mechanical, environmental, synthetic stucco, eifs, or drivit, call Kevin today to set up your inspection. 225-753-8114

 Michael LeBas & Associates  Structural reports from an engineer's perspective!  


Blake Hanna, Realtor

The Pat Wattam - RE/MAX First


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Mortgage Calculators

If you have been looking for some good calculators for home financing, debt, etc, below are a few tools you can use. If you need any further information or are confused as to what financial assistance you may be eligible for, please feel free to contact us!

There are a ton of other mortgage/tax/insurance calculators at

Blake Hanna, Realtor

The Pat Wattam - RE/MAX First


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Don't Give Up On Buying A Home - Baton Rouge Real Estate

by Blake Hanna

If you've put off buying a home because you don't think you credit is good enough or you don't think you have enough cash, don't give up! Ask for help!

One of the mistakes buyers make is not even checking to see if they qualify for a loan. Your credit may not be as bad as you think. Call a lender to see where you stand financially. Even if you don't qualify, the lender can help you or refer you to someone who can help get you to where you need to be.

If your credit is fine but you don't have a lot of cash on hand, you may qualify for 100% financing. 

If you'd like to find out more information or would like to begin the process, call me today! I offer a free buyer consultation.

Blake Hanna, Realtor

The Pat WattamTeam - RE/MAX First


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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
Fax: 225-295-1234

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

Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission