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Selling During the Holidays

by Pat Wattam

One of the most frequent questions I get this time of year from potential sellers and current sellers is:  "Is it a good time to sell my home with all the holidays coming up?"  I tell them, just ask my team!  We put 6 homes under contract this week alone as people scurry to get into a home for the holidays - OR if they are building a home, they want to be in it by next spring/early summer.  It takes about 6 months to build a home so you need to start soon, which means you need to sell your house and get into a rental pretty quickly!!  The only buyers actually in the Market looking at homes this time of year are serious buyers.  The inventory of homes for sale may be less, but only truely motivated buyers and sellers are in the market right now.  Personally, I tend to always buy in the fall.

If you are thinking of making a move as a buyer and want to be in a home to enjoy the holidays, you need to be shopping now and have a house under contract before the 1st of December.  We know lenders who can close you in 3 weeks if you are a strong buyer and able to quickly give the lender everything they need. 

For our sellers, even if the house doesn't sell by Christmas, many buyers ask their family for money for a new house instead of gifts so they will be in the market the first of the year.  

Don't delay!  Let's get your home on the market for those buyers who are ready to go!

August 2015 Stats for Baton Rouge Real Estate

by Pat Wattam

Everyone always wants to know what is happening in the Greater Baton Rouge Real Estate Market and average sales price is one of the stats people like to hear about most of all!  

You will note that there is a 7% increase in the average sales price for the entire Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors Inventory over the past twelve months.

Our MLS covers a 9 parish area but this is a good indicator that shows what a healthy real estate market we are experiencing.  If you are thinking of selling, now is the time!

Email me for a general market analysis for your area! 

Fun Things to Do in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

by Pat Wattam

Baton Rouge offers an abundance of activities for all ages.  Here is a sampling of things coming soon:

Friday, Oct 16  Toulouse-Lautrec Satellite Show Opening Reception from 6-8 at the Firehouse Galery  427 Laurel Street.  Free.  Refreshments

Friday-Saturday through out this month, The 13th Gate at 832 St Phillip St.  This gets you ready for Halloween with the haunts and frights at one of the scariest haunted house attractions i the country!! Opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Want something a little less scary?  Check out Boo at the Zoo!  BREC Baton Rouge Zoo at 3501 Thomas Road has a trick-or-treating extravaganza at the zoo.  Wear your costume, wanter throught the Hay Maze or make a memory at the Safari Snapshot photo both.  Regular admission.  9:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 17.  Red Stick Farmers Market - always a hit!  8 am.  501 Main Street.  Lots of fall vegetables along with Maggie Heyn Richardso will be cooking up seasonal recipes and discussing her book "Hungry for Louisiana"

The Pat Wattam Team likes to help the newcomers to our city, as well as our long time residents, find fun things to do.  If you ever wonder "What's Happening this weekend" just give us a call!


Thursday, October 15, 2015
7:30 PM River Center Theatre
Join Maestro Muffitt and BRSO in exploring two monumental post-romantic composers and their work: Elgar and his Cello Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s breathtaking Symphony number 2. World-renowned cellist Gary Hoffman performs the Elgar Concerto in his Baton Rouge debut.

MOZART                   Overture to The Impressario, K. 486
ELGAR                      Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
RACHMANINOFF   Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Capital Heights

by Bill Arey

When developed by lumberman and real estate developer Charles Roseman, Capital Heights sudivision was considered "out in the country". In one of the city's oldest subdivisions, an influx of young families give life to old homes. Through a proactive, strong civic association formed in 1992, the turnabout has brought an increase in property values and a decrease in crime.    Excerpted from "Historic Neighborhoods of Baton Rouge" by Annabelle M. Armstrong  Published by The History Press

Bill Arey   REALTOR

The Pat Wattam Team

ReMax First


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

Inspection COMPANIES

 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


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


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


Halloween Safety Tips in Baton Rouge

by Debbie Hanna

Halloween is such a fun time for kids! Parents can do several things to ensure it's not only fun, but SAFE. Here are some tips for making it a SPOOKTACULUR night. 


  • Brightly colored costumes for good visibility in the dark​
  • "Flame resistant" or "flame retardant" labels on costumes and any accessories
  • Masks that don't restrict your child's vision
  • Nothing that is a tripping hazard, such as robes or capes that are too long
  • Make sure to watch the weather and dress kids appropriately

Trick or Treating Rules

  • Younger kids should be accompanied by an adult
  • Routes should be restricted to your neighborhood or one you know well
  • Curfew time for older kids
  • Should go in groups of three or more
  • Use sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Bring flashlight, and if they have one – a cell phone
  • Stay on well-lit streets & don’t cut through parks or yards
  • Don’t run, walk.
  • Trick-or-treat only at well–lit homes, & the front door is as far as you go
  • Don't eat any candy until you can inspect it

Inside Your Home

  • Don't let younger children carve the pumpkin, but let them draw the face instead
  • Use battery-powered candles for pumpkins instead of real candles
  • Check out all the candy your kids bring home & throw out candy with wrappers that have been opened
  • Throw away candies that may be a choking hazard to children 3 yrs. old and younger

Outside Your Home

  • Remove tripping hazards from your yard
  • Put lighted pumpkins on a level surface & out of reach of small trick-or-treaters
  • Turn on your porch light!!!

Debbie Hanna
The Pat Wattam Team
RE/MAX First

The Art of Negotiation in Baton Rouge Real Estate

by Pat Wattam

The Art of Negotation can change from area to area but when it comes to negotations in the Baton Rouge Real Estate Market there are a few things you need to be aware of.

1.  You need to understand the market at the current moment.  What worked two years ago may no longer be appropriate today.  One of my favorite stories is at the height of our market, we had a buyer referred to us who was relocating to Baton Rouge.  In the market where they were coming from there were lots of short sales and foreclosures.  When getting ready to write an offer on a home new to the market, their advisor with the relocation company suggested that they make an offer $40K off list price!  Their offer should have been very close to list price.  It took them several offers on differet houses to understand that we KNOW our market.  Let your agent guide you on the market for the home you are interested in.

2.  If the house is new to the market, you will need to pay close to full price and, many times, over list price, if it is a HOT house - meaning, you will more than likely end up in a multiple offer situation.  The problem is, when writing your initial offer, you know don't if you are competing against someone else and the listing agent does NOT have to notify you - especially if you shoot a low ball offer and the other offer they have is more realistic.  Many times you will not even have the opportunity to up your offer!

3.  Meet in the Middle?  I think not!  If you make an offer $40K off list price, don't expect the seller to meet you in the middle.  That has nothing to do with anything.  Final price is just the number a willing buyer and seller will agree to.

We have lots more tips on negotiations here!  Be sure to sign in so that you can look at all the report we have available for you!

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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

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