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The Art of Vinyl

by Debbie Hanna

I am from the age of the LP, the giant 12" platter that was surrounded by a tight-fitting plastic sleeve, inside cardboard ART that was often as mesmerizing as the music inside.  This is a MUST see exhibit!!

"The Art of Vinyl"

May 28-August 2, 2015  


Manship Theatre  


100 Lafayette Street, Shaw Center for the Arts

Baton Rouge, LA 

Roof Damage After Storms?

by Debbie Hanna

Baton Rouge & surrounding areas have been inundated with significant storm events over the last few weeks. Those storms have produced heavy rains, winds & hail, all of which can create issues for your roof, now or in the not too distant future. If you notice missing shingles or see shingles in your yard, it's a no-brainer - call a roofer! Hail damage can also compromise a roof, but is harder to see from ground level. Hail can cause soft spots on asphalt shingles. It may cause the granules on the top layer of the shingle to loosen and crumble away (you may see evidence of this in your gutters, around downspouts, or just on the ground). Other evidence of hail damage may be on the metal parts of the roof, such as flashing & vent pipes, where you will see dents.

Many roofing companies will inspect your roof at no charge. If you think you may have storm-related damage, get a professional roofer out to your home as soon as possible to assess the damage & prevent any leaks from happening. If the roofer sees significant hail damage, which may warrant an insurance claim, make sure he meets the insurance adjuster when he/she comes out to inspect your home. Together they can do a thorough & accurate Inspection to make sure no damage goes unnoticed.  

If you have questions about anything in this post, please call Debbie Hanna at 225-772-3662.  


Home - What Does it Mean

by Bill Arey

The Definition of Home

Be it ever so humble, it's more than just a place. It’s also an idea—one where the heart is.

What do you think of when you think of your home? To most, a home is so much more than "sticks and bricks". The home is where the most meaningful aspects of our lives occur. Love, Family, Dreams, Security....... like "Home", all hard to clearly define, but they are the foundation of what makes a house a Home.

Bill Arey - Realtor

The Pat Wattam Team

ReMax First

Why Is My Closing Delayed?

by Pat Wattam

Big question I get from buyers and sellers - Why Is My Closing DELAYED?!!!!  For a buyer, it is very frustrating as they have given the lender everything that was required at the beginning.  Now, it's time to get ready to move and they are asking for even more documentation!  And the buyer has to get an extension from the seller. What if the seller will not give them one?  What if the seller received an acceptable back up offer for more money or from a cash buyer?  Doesn't the seller have to extend since it's just a few more days?

First, the seller does NOT HAVE to extend.  I have seen it happen.  The seller is just waiting for the buyer to mis-step, ask for repairs, ask for extensions, etc so they can cancel that purchase agreement and go with a better one that they have received.  Buyer asks, doesn't the seller HAVE to let us know they have another offer.  That answer again is NO.  

As a buyer, what can you do to prevent delays?  I can't guarentee that you can prevent a delay to your closing but you can certainly hedge your bets by doing these items:

1.  Make sure your taxes have been property filed timely.  If you filed late, let your lender know up front BEFORE you write the offer, and see if that will pose any problems.  This is probably the number one reason a strong buyer has their closing delayed.

2.  If you have any issues that your lender sees up front BEFORE you write the offer, get those issues cleared up.  If you need a vendor to make corrections to your credit report, you are at their mercy.  They will get to it when they get to it.  They have no vested interest in doing it timely for you.  Get this done before before writing the offer on the house.

3.  When you do your pre-approval, see if the lender sees any potential issues that needs to be addressed up front.  

4.  Ask you lender how long they need to close the loan (another big issue - you need to know how much time your lender needs - don't assume they can get it done in 30 days).

5.  If getting a Rural Development loand know that they are always seeming to run behind.  Your lender can tell you how much extra time you need to add to make sure you don't have to ask for an extension later on.

6.  And perhaps, one of the best things you can do to make sure you close on time is selecting the right Realtor and have them recommend several lenders that they have had success with.

Call us today to help you purchase your home and close timely!

Realtor and Friend for Life

by Blake Hanna

I've always enjoyed making new friends anywhere, anytime. Whether it was through my musical endeavors, school, or in random places, I've always liked meeting new people and learning about them. Being in the Real Estate business has given me the unique opportunity of meeting new people all the time as well as helping them with one of the most important decisions of their lives. Throughout the process you get to know your clients and learn all about them and they get to learn about you. No client I work with is just another "deal." The look they have when they get the keys to their home is a great reward. Through staying in touch, I've hung out with, attended events, played on sports teams and even been invited to weddings of my past clients. Not only do I strive to be their Realtor for life, but also their friend.

A Winning Team

by Debbie Hanna

I have been an avid sports fan all my life, not only watching, but participating. These days, I play tennis & just joined a softball team. I LOVE the competition and of course, WINNING! There's also a great feeling at the end of a match or game when you share that moment with your teammate(s). All of the hardwork & persistence has paid off and everyone has had a great experience! 

It's the same experience when I work with Buyers in the purchase of their home. Together, we form a Team, and at the end of that long match -  from the home search to the contract to the closing, and everything inbetween - we WIN!  Such a great feeling & now they are in the home of their dreams!

If you want to be on my Winning Team, give me a call & lets get started! 225-772-3662

-Practicing for Broadmoor Methodist Softball

Take Time to Smell the Roses

by Pat Wattam

A fellow REALTOR passed away last week while on vacation with his family.  He was only 44.  It was a massive heart attack.  I know everyone works hard in order to provide for our families and ourselves.  But sometimes it's better to let someone else do the heavy lifting and you take time to smell the roses.  Life passes by quickly - especially, it seems, the older we get.  When I was younger, my husband and I would do all the work on our house - sweating in the heat painting the exterior, building decks, etc. My husband is very handy and can do a lot of work just as well as many contractors.  However, at our age, do we really want to spend our time doing repairs instead of enjoing life.  The question is, even if you have the time, and if money isn't the issue,  why wouldn't you hire a professional to do the work so that you can enjoy the day - and face it, they will get the work done faster which means I can get the home sold quicker and you get your money faster!!!!  I remember Roger was rebuilding our deck at one of our former homes.  Two years later it wasn't finished (and it will be standing long after that home is gone!) and we sold the house.  I had to remind him the buyer would like that deck finished before closing.  A contractor would have had it done in days!!  

As your REALTOR, one of the benefits to you  is what all we do for our clients.   The Pat Wattam Team's standard procedure is basically: you get the house ready for us to sell, then you are done.  Enjoy yourself.  Take a vacation (the house will probably sell while you are away!) and let us handle all the details.  Call The Pat Wattam Team today to go to work for you - and you go smell the roses!

Things to Consider for Real Estate Investors

by Bill Arey

Investing in real estate can be very profitable over the long run. Here are a few things to consider:


1. Have adequate insurance and liability protection in case of a lawsuit. Consider getting an umbrella policy in at least a dollar figure that completely covers assets. Umbrella policies are relatively inexpensive.  

2. Pass along costs. Most landlords typically pay real estate taxes, maintenance when equipment or housing parts break, and building insurance. Long-term renters may cover utilities, daily/weekly maintenance such as mowing and trash pick up, and insurance protection for their possessions.

3. Specify rules and regulations in writing.  Whether you say yes or no to pets is a personal decision, but know that such restrictions will limit the pool of renters. When it comes to the number of people permitted, you can limit that too, but many communities have guidelines that state no more than two people per bedroom, so know the local laws.


4. Plan for the worst case scenario. There is strong demand for affordable rental real estate in our market, but economic/business conditions can change quickly. Typical challenges that can arise are unit vacancies, unpaid or delinquent rent, and unexpected repair costs. A realistic operating budget will factor in expense line items to have such contingencies covered. 


Bill Arey

The Pat Wattam Team

ReMax First

Quick Tips for the 1st Time Home Buyers

by Blake Hanna

3 Quick 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


Assessing Storm Damage

by Pat Wattam

Tips on Assessing Storm Damage


Storms are no stranger to us in Louisiana. Kevin Dinkel, from Advantage Services,  gives a quick guide on what to do in case of bad thunderstorms during the summer and how to survey for storm damage.

 1- Clean Up Your Debris 

2- Check for Roof Damage or Holes in the Roof 

3- Check Flashings Around Wind Turbines 

4- Check Your Chimney - Check the Rain Covers 

6- View External Electrical Wires Watch the video for the detailed demonstration. 

At the Pat Wattam Team we have called on Kevin many times after a hurricane to help us quickly assess what condition our vacant homes are in so that we can report back to our sellers.  These are great tips for all of us to pay attention to, since we seem to be having more thunder/hail/wind storms!  

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

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