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Get Your Home Pre-Inspected Before Selling

by Blake Hanna

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.

Blake Hanna, Realtor

225-298-6903

Blake@patwattam.com

Some Brief Mortgage Loan Info

by Blake Hanna

Conventional Fixed Rate Mortgage

Requires a 5%-20% down payment

 

FHA Fixed Rate Mortgage

Federally Insured Mortgages

Requires a down payment of 3.5%

 

VA Fixed and Jumbo Fixed Mortgage

Loans guaranteed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs

No down payment required

 

USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Program (RD)

Loan for rural properties in eligible locations

No down payment required

Limits on income

 

MORE BUYER INFO HERE

 

Blake Hanna, Realtor

225-298-6903

Blake@patwattam.com

Mexican Restaurants You May Want to Try

by Blake Hanna

La Tiendita/ El Sol de Guerrero

6031 Siegen Ln Baton Rouge, LA 70809

 

Taco Chops

13214 Coursey Blvd Baton Rouge, LA 70816

 

La Carreta

4065 Government St Baton Rouge, LA 70806

 

Blake Hanna, Realtor

225-298-6900

Blake@patwattam.com

Going to Open Houses

by Pat Wattam

Why do so many people spend their Sunday afternoon going to open houses?  Some people just like to look at homes for a hobby, others like to get decorating ideas, and then there are the rest - people who are thinking about buying a house and are just trying to get the lay of the land or, honestly, don't know where to start!

When we bought out first house it was something we set out to do, but was something we really had thought about and figured we would check out some open houses in the areas we were interested in.  At our first open house we fell in love with the house and met a Realtor.  The house was sold but he assured me he could find one that would be right for us.  We made an appointment to meet with him later that week. And what do you know, the first house he showed us I knew would be our new home!!  Of course, we had to see the rest on his list to make sure!!!  He became a great friend of ours and we used him when we sold it later plus he sold homes for about 4 more friends.  That's what a GREAT REALTOR does.

At the Pat Wattam Team we hold open houses to showcase our listings and to meet new clients.  Our experise can save the buyer a lot of time driving around or surfing on the internet.   Tell us what you want and we will help you find the perfect home. 

So, before you just go driving around and looking at open houses, call us.  We'll make your day!  225-298-6900!

Getting Your House Ready to Sell(Exterior)

by Blake Hanna

Have you thought about how to make your house stand out from the rest? A house with great curb appeal catches the eye of buyers. Having excellent landscaping can get a buyer to  bring you a higher offer. Having colorful plants or flowers, flower beds with fresh mulch, pruned trees, and edged grass around the walkways and sidewalks will really the front of your house look great.

Just becasue your front yard looks great doesn't mean you can neglect the backyard. The back should be landscaped to the same caliber. 

Blake Hanna, Realtor

The Pat Wattam Team 

RE/MAX First

Direct - (225) 298-6903

Determining an Offering Price

by Pat Wattam

One of the biggest questions buyers ask us is "How do I determine the amount of offer on a home I am buying?"  As your Realtors there are several factors in real estate that help us help YOU determine the amount to offer on a purchase agreement.  The first thing we look for is the history of the house - how long has it been on the market, when was the last price change?  Then we do a market analysis on the subdivision to see what the homes in the area are selling for - as in, how much did the seller negotiate down from the list price and did they pay any closings costs.  This information gives us a starting point.  The longer a house has been on the market is usually reflected in the offering price.  If a house has just come on the market, and is priced well and requires no updating or repairs, then you might find yourself in a bidding war with other buyers - in which case you may have to pay full price or even over full price in order to buy the house.  We guide you on all this, based on our years of experience and market knowledge.  One important fact to remember is that the bank has the last say on the value of the house. It must appraise for the price you paid for it so the odds of overpaying are slim.  However, several times I have seen appraisals come in low but the house was the only house in the area the buyer wanted to buy, and they paid the difference between the appraisal and the purchase agreement offer in cash.  

The Pat Wattam Team is here to make your home buying experience an exciting time!  Let us help you determine that offering price and help you buy the home of your dreams!

Sea Shell Show in Baton Rouge

by Pat Wattam

The Louisiana Malacological Society's annual Shell Show will be held this weekend March 6 and 7th, at teh Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence blvd.  Open to the general public from 9 am - 5 p.m.  This is a FREE event.  Many of the shell specimens o display were collected by members  during club sponsored trips around the world including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Australia, Thailand, Costa Rica and more!!  Sounds like a fun outing for all!

What's Happening This Weekend 3/5-3/7

by Blake Hanna

What's Happening This Weekend

Thursday March 5th

Pennington: Red Stick Farmers Market 

8am - Behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Baton Rouge Food Tour

11am - Downtown Baton Rouge

Recycled Art Auction

5pm - 7pm  - Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

A Dinner Theater Mystery

6pm - Boudreaux's in Baton Rouge

Carrie the Musical

7:30pm - LSU

Friday March 6th

Prospect Baton Rouge

8am - EBR Parish Main Library

Baton Rouge Food Tour 

6pm - Downtown Baton Rouge

LSU Softball vs. Arkansas

6pm - Alex Box Stadium - LSU

Carrie the Musical

730pm - LSU

Naughty Professor(band)

10pm - Chelsea's Cafe

Saturday March 7th

Redstick Famer's Market

8am - Downtown Baton Rouge - Convention St

Baton Rouge Arts Market

8am- Baton Rouge at 5th St, between Laurel St and Main St

LSU Softball vs Arkansas

4pm - Alex Box Stadium - LSU

National History Day Regional Competition and Career Fair

West Baton Rouge Museum

Sunday March 8th

LSU Softball vs. Arkansas

230pm - Alex Box Stadium - LSU

Carrie the Musical

730pm - LSU


 


 

Other costs when purchasing a home

by Debbie Hanna

Once you’ve received a pre-approval letter from a lender, you are on your way to purchasing your new home!  You’ll know what type of loan best suits you and the down payment needed for that particular loan.  Your lender will also review the approximate amount of closing costs (lender fees, title co. fees) associated with your loan.

Did you also know that there are some “upfront” fees you will encounter before you get to the closing table?  These include payments for:

  1. Deposit
  2. Appraisal
  3. Inspection
  4. Prepaid year of homeowner’s insurance

These are just a few of the things we cover with buyers when we first meet with them in our initial Home Buyer consultation.  If you want more information, or would like to set up a meeting with a member of the Pat Wattam Team, please call us at 225-298-6900. We are here to help educate you about the process as you purchase your new home!

 

 

Debbie Hanna, REALTOR

225-298-6899

debbie@patwattam.com

You Won't Believe the Uses for WD-40!!

by Pat Wattam

One of my clients, who was getting her house ready to sell, showed me how beautiful her stainless steel appliances were looking.  I asked her what her trick was and she told me WD-40.  Seriously!  When I researched it, I have found that it is supposed to be great on all kinds of things as its basic ingredient is Fish Oil!  

Here is what I found on Snopes.com:

Water Displacement #40. The product began from a search for a rust Preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a "water displacement" compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. 

1. Then try it on your stovetop.. Voila! It’s now shinier than it is ever been. You will be amazed. 

2. Shower door - cleans the spotty shower door.  If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass.  it is a miracle! 

3. Protects silver from tarnishing. 

4. Removes road tar and grime from cars. 

5. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings. 

6. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery. 

7. Keeps flies off cows. 

8. Restores and cleans chalkboards. 

9. Removes lipstick stains. 

10. Loosens stubborn zippers. 

11. Untangles jewelry chains (this one I need to try!)

12. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks. Cleans the fronts of Stainless steel appliances (have personally seen the employees of Lowes use it on their appliances in the store to keep them new looking) 13. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill. 

14. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing. 

15. Removes tomato stains from clothing 

16. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots. 

17. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors. 

18. Keeps scissors working smoothly. 

19. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes. 

20. Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide. 

21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.

22. Rids kid’s rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises. 

23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open. 

24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close. 

25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers. 

26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles. 

27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans. 

28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling. 

29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly. 

30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools. 

31. Removes splattered grease on stove. 

32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging. 

33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs. 

34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell). 

35. Removes all traces of duct tape. 

36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve Arthritis pain. 

37. Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers." 

38. The favorite use in the state of New York — WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements. 

39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it is a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using Some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states. 

40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch. 

41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag. 

42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots withWD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone! 

43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start. 

44. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks. 

45. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! UseWD-40! 

So, if you have found a use for WD-40 in your household, or if you try any of these, let us know how it turns out.  Just seems amazing that it can do all of that!!!

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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