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Are You a FRIENDS FAN?

by Pat Wattam

Come to the Hartley Vey Theater at the Manship December 3, 2014 to enjoy episodes of FRIENDS, play foosball, sing Smelly Cat and play FRIENDS Trivia!!!  Sounds like a fun evening in Baton Rouge!!! And when you are ready to our of your 'loft with friends' call the Pat Wattam Team to find your new home!!!

What's Happening This Weekend?

by Debbie Morvant

The annual White Light Night Mid City takes place this Friday from 6p to 10p featuring more than 50 merchants participating along Government Street.  Some of the business will offer, live music, food and art.  

Saturday, Nov. 22nd, will be the annual Born to Run 5k Run/Walk held downtown.  The event starts at North Boulevard's Town Square with registration beginning at 8am and the run/walk beginning at 9am.  All proceeds will go to the Women's New Life Center.

The weather should be great so get out and enjoy!

3 Quick and Helpful Tips for the First Time Home Buyer

by Blake Hanna

3 Quick and Helpful 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.

     

Blake Hanna, Realtor®

       225-298-6903

Blake@Patwattam.com

Make the Most Out of Open House

by Pat Wattam

Top 5 Ways to Maximize Your Open House

If your home is currently on the market, you may be considering whether or not to work with your real estate agent to host an open house. You may have heard that open houses are ineffective or "old-fashioned" in today's world of online marketing.  Open houses do not work on every house, in fact, we know statistically that very few homes actually sell from having an open house. BUT, an open house can create some buzz for your house - if you do it right!

As most REALTORS know first-hand, it takes a combination of different marketing strategies to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price. While online marketing and mobile technology are certainly critical parts of the equation, an open house can have a tremendous impact on a successful sale -- when done correctly, that is. Here are our Top 5 tactics for a successful open house. Make sure your agent is incorporating all — or at least some — of these strategies for your home's open house:

  1. Staging well in advance - Don't bother having an open house if your home is not properly staged both inside and outside. Now is the time to work with a professional landscaper because curb appeal will never be more important -- prospective buyers won't bother coming in if they don't like what they see from the outside.
  2. Proper advertising - These days, people are so inundated by life and media that unless your open house is promoted far and wide — and frequently — they will never even know about. Your agent should be: advertising in newspapers; using social media to promote your open house; networking with other agents in the area to make them aware; circulating direct mail to neighbors and nearby communities; and personally inviting key prospects.
  3. Enlist the neighbors - Start polling your neighbors on what they like best about your neighborhood: the schools, the convenience, the community services, the people, etc. Compile this into a handout for your agent to distribute at your open house. After all, what better testimonial could you ask for than the next-door neighbor?
  4. Consider a theme - Some of our fellow members in the Top 5 Network have hosted some unbelievably creative open houses. Consider inviting local restaurants to set up food stations so visitors can experience a "taste" of the community; ask a local antiques shop to stage the home with their showcase items; invite a local gallery to create an art exhibit throughout the home; or highlight something of interest about your home. One Top 5 member, for example, listed the home of an antique car collector and put all the owner’s cars on display and invited car enthusiasts.
  5. Have the right materials on hand - Your open house will be for naught if you don't have the proper materials on hand, such as: a guest directory that asks for names and e-mails (find a creative incentive for guests to leave their e-mail addresses, such as entry into a drawing for a local restaurant gift certificate); professionally done photo brochures of your home or even a DVD of a video tour; payment and financing information.

Be sure to ask your agent how he or she intends to follow up with open house visitors -- this is the most important factor of all. Without a quick and effective follow-up system in place, you could very well pass over a potential buyer.

Selling Your Home? Get it Pre-Inspected

by Pat Wattam

In todays housing market, it may become a necessity to have the home pre-inspected before listing it.  Getting a professional inspector to prepare a report will provide an accurate snapshot as to the true condition of the home.  This will alert the seller to any situations that need to be addressed that they might have overlooked just because they became accustomed to their presence.  It is up to the seller whether they make the repairs but if they do, receipts can be maintained and made a part of the pre-Inspection report.  This will ease the mind of the potential buyer in that what they see is what they get!  Another advantage in getting the pre-inspection report is it eliminates last-minute price negotiating and also eliminates the buyer-beware attitude speeding up the negotiating process.  By showing the buyers that the home is well-maintained would be a distinct benefit.  It could also save the buyer some money if they were to accept the pre-inspection report as sufficient for their needs.  Before putting your home up for sale, consider the many advantages to home buyers and home sellers that a professional home inspection offers as part of the sale process.

If you need more information, please call me!

Planting Trees

by Pat Wattam

Did you know that trees are investments in your property?  Mature trees and landscaping can also increase property value anywhere from 5-15%.  Here are six things you should know when planting a tree:  1) Call before you dig to find out where all underground utilities are located; 2) Handle with care - you should always lift the tree by the root ball; 3) Dig a proper hole which is usually 2 to 5 times wider than the diameter of the root ball; 4) Planting depth - the trunk flare should be slightly above ground level and the topmost roots should be buried one to two inches; 5) Filling the hole - you should fill with a native soil and press in soil to fill air spaces; 6) Mulch - Allow one to two inches between the trunk and the mulch.  

And remember to water and fertilize your new tree!

If you would like further information, please call me, Debbie Morvant, Buyer's Specialist, 225-298-6901.

Weekend Festivities

by Pat Wattam

Looking for things to do this weekend?  Here are a couple of events going on that might interest you!  Tonight at 6pm is the fourth annual Highland Nights Friday that includes live music with wine and food.  Participating businesses are from the Kenilworth Shopping Center to Staring Lane.  Tomorrow, Nov. 15th, kicks off the 14th annual Mistletoe Market at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium featuring hundreds of booths with gifts from various businesses. This event takes place tomorrow from 9-5p and again Sunday, 10-5p.  Both of these events will help get you started with your Christmas shopping!  

Is Your Yard Ready for Winter?

by Pat Wattam

Getting your yard ready for the winter will make a huge difference when spring gets here.  Here are a few tips:  1) keep watering and mowing your lawn; 2)  fill in bare patches, control weeds, and fertilize; 3) prune, mulch, and transplant your perennials; 4)  clean up any annuals; 5)  rake up all leaves; 6) keep composting; 7)  protect potted plants; 8)  get all gardening tools stored away.  If you would like more information, just contact me!

 

Is Your Home Ready for the Fall/Winter Weather?

by Pat Wattam

It's that time of year to get your home ready for the cold months!  Here are some things you can do that's well within the average person's budget that can save you money and perhaps even your life!  1) Clean those gutters and downspouts.  Gutters that are clogged can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and are more prone to rust and corrosion.  2) Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this can account for 10% savings of your heating bills.  3) Check your roof for damaged or curled shingles that can cause a leaky roof.  These problems can be fixed before any disasters arise.  4) Take steps to make sure outside faucets and inground irrigation systems don't freeze and burst.  5) Have your heating system inspected by a professional.  This should be done once a year and now is a good time to schedule an appointment before the cold season begins.  6) Schedule an appointment with a reputable chimney sweep to check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up.  This also should be done annually.  7)  Keep your family safe at home by testing smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and get rid of old newspapers and other fire hazards.

Taking time to do these things will ensure that you will prepare your home for a SAFE winter season! 

Give me a call, Debbie Morvant, Buyer's Specialist, 225-298-6901, if you have any questions!

What are Common Mistakes for First Time Home Buyers?

by Pat Wattam

Are you aware of some common mistakes that first time home buyers make?

1.  Miss out on the best deals because they didn't ask their lender enough questions.

2.  The offer they make is not appealing to the seller.

3.  The agent they are working with does not help them through the homebuying process.

4.  The average first time buyer only stays in a home for about four years so they don't think about the resale value.

5.  Someone else buys the home because the buyer took too long to make a decision.

If you have any questions, call me, Debbie Morvant, Buyer's Specialist, 225-298-6901.

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

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