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What's Happening This Weekend

by Blake Hanna

What's Happening This Weekend in Baton Rouge

Friday February 27th- Sunday February 29th

 

Baton Rouge Food Tour

Friday, February 27, 2015

6:00 pm - Downtown Baton Rouge


Princeton Tigers at LSU Tigers Baseball

Friday, February 27, 2015

7:00 pm - Alex Box Stadium



Billy Joe Shaver Band with Steve Judice

Friday February 27, 2015

7:30Pm - Manship Theatre



Ray Boudreaux

Friday, February 27, 2015

8:00 pm -Varsity Theatre

 

 

Red Stick Farmers Market! Downtown Baton Rouge

Saturday, February 28, 2015

8:00 am - Downtown Baton Rouge

 

 

Family Carival at Capitol Park

Saturday, February 28, 2015

11:00 am - Capitol Park

 

 

Ole Miss Rebels at LSU Tigers Basketball

Saturday, February 28, 2015

1:00 pm - Pete Maravich Assemble Center

 

 

LSU Women's Basketball vs. Texas A&M

Sunday, March 01, 2015

1:00pm - Pete Maravich Assemble Center


The Settlement at Willow Grove

by Pat Wattam

When thinking about where you want to live next, one of the first things you have to consider is your lifestyle.  Are you too busy now to take care of a large yard?  Do you want to live within walking distance of restaurants and shopping?  Is a playground important?  How about a neighborhood pool?  Do you like to take walks or ride your bike?  Do you want upscale amenities in your home?  If you answered 'yes' to these questions, The Settlement at Willow Grove is just waiting for you.  The rooftops tell the story of these low maintence yards and beautifully designed homes. The planned community includes lots of green space, tree lined walkways, landscaped gardens, fountains and benches. 

The homes in the Settlement at Willow Grove include ones built by local home builder, Gayle Carmouche, owner of LaFosse Home Builders - A Premier Builder of Custom Residential Homes.  Gayle Carmouches extensive experience in building in River Ranch in Lafayette, as well as the Settlement at Willow Grove sets her apart from the others.  She understands that the lot you select dictates a lot about what you can build and makes sure you utilitze the lot to it's fullest. She has several homes under construction, two more to be completed by spring of 2015.

 

Make an appointment today with the Pat Wattam Team to find out more about The Settlement at Willow Grove and LaFosse Home Builders!  

 

 

 

Latest "Must Have" Amenities of Home Buyers

by Pat Wattam

Wondering what the latest "must have" amenities are for people looking for a home?  Besides an upscale kitchen, and lots of space, new home buyers' are looking for these 5 in-demand amenities.

Walk-in Closets

One of the top priorities is large closets, especially in the master bedroom.

Luxurious Laundry Rooms

Buyers want more than just a place for their washer and dryer.  They are looking for built-in ironing boards, space for folding/hanging clothes, and extra storage.

Energy Efficiency

Home buyers are looking to cut utility costs and energy efficiency applicances and products can be one way to do that.     

Great Rooms

Open space floor plans which merge the kitchen, dining room and living room are stil in high demand for home buyers.

Taller First-Floor Ceilings

More home buyers want the first floor ceilings to be higher than the traditional eight foot ceiling.  They are looking for nine foot and higher ceiling heights.

Romantic Restaurants for Valentine's Day

by Pat Wattam

Wondering where to take your valentine to dinner Saturday night?  Click here to find out 11 of the most romantic restaurants in Baton Rouge from 225.  Happy Valentine's Day!

How to Get an Offer on Your Home

by Blake Hanna

When writing an offer, especially in a market that is changing from a buyer's market to a seller's market, there are a few essential items you need to beat out your competition - or get the seller to want you to buy their house!  Here are tip from the Pat Wattam Team:

1.  No Contingency on the sale of Real Estate.  It is safe to have a contingency upon the closing of real estate, but if you haven't even gotten an offer on your house, then you aren't even in the game.  In fact, if your house is under contract and you have passed the Inspection period, even better!  It's scary for a seller to even take this contingency unless you have asked YOUR buyer to have their lender provide you with proof that their credit score, debt to income ratio, and cash available for closing are all acceptable for the loan they have applied for.  Think in terms of how the seller will look at what you are offering and try to take away their fears.

2.  Have a Pre-Approval - not a Pre-Qualfication.  Meet with the lender, have them pull your credit score and run you through desk top under writing.  Bring in you filed tax returns, bank accounts, etc. so the lender can verify your qualifications.  If you have any issues, work with the lender to get all of that settled BEFORE you write the offer.  Makes you a stronger buyer.

3.  Put up a substantial deposit - not just $500.  Although the deposit is just that, a deposit, it shows the seller that you have cash.

4.  Be flexible on the move in date after closing.  Give the seller the time they need to move out after you close so that they can confidently move forward.  With lender rules continually changing, a seller doesn't really know until he receives his proceeds from the sale the the house is truly sold!

5.  If you love the house and it's really HOT, add an escalation clause in your contract.  We can help you with that.

The first step in writing an offer is finding the right house - and if you want to be even more knowledgeable, make an appointment to meet with one of members of the Pat Wattam Team for a Buyer counseling interview.  We will go over the criteria you are looking for in your new home, get you started with your pre-approval, and give you a Home Buyer's Handbook.  Give us a call today!  225-298-6900

 

Blake Hanna, Realtor

225-298-6903

Blake@patwattam.com

 


Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

by Pat Wattam

Are you thinking about putting your home on the market?  Every seller wants their home to sell fast and get top dollar.  Careful planning and knowing how to spruce up your home, will bring buyers in to see it!  Here are a few suggestions to prep your home before trying to sell it.

Disassociate Yourself from Your Home

Make the mental decision to "let go" your emotions and focus on the fact that the house will no longer be yours.  Don't look back - look toward the future.

De-Personalize

Pack up all of your personal photographs and family heirlooms.  Buyers can't get past looking at these items which can easily distract them.  You want the buyers to imagine their own items displayed.

De-Clutter

It's amazing how much junk people collect over the years!  Remove books from bookcases, pack up those knickknacks, clean off everything on kitchen counters.  If you haven't used it in a year, you probably don't need it.

Rearrange Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

Buyers always "snoop" when they are viewing the home.  If things are organized, they will think you really take care of the rest of the house as well.

Remove/Replace Favorite Items

If there are things that you want to take with you when you move, go ahead and move those items now.  For example, if your grandmother gave you the chandelier in the dining room, go ahead and take it down.  The same goes for window treatments, built in appliances, and fixtures.  If the buyer doesn't see it, they won't want it.

Make Minor Repairs

Take the time to patch holes in walls, replace light bulbs, fix leaky faucets, consider painting the walls a neutral color.  

Doing these things will help put you ahead of your competition!

 


Join us for the Krewe Mystique Mardi Gras Parade Today

by Pat Wattam

One of the best Mardi Gras Parades in Baton Rouge is the Krewe Mystique -known for lots of beads and stuff animal throws, marching bands, and today - great weather to enjoy the parade! 38 years of parading in our city, the krewe is the oldest parading Mardi Gras Krewe in Baton Rouge.  The theme for 2014 is "Diamonds are a Gril's Best Friend".  The grand Marshall is Whitney Vann. A family oriented parade and lots of fun for the whole family.  

Mystique parade rolls onto the Baton Rouge streets at 2 p.m. - beginning and ending at the corner of Government and St. Philip Streets.  Don't miss out on the fun today!  Join us at the parade!! Enjoy some photos from our 2013 Parade!

 

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Think You Can't Afford To Buy a Home???

by Blake Hanna

Think you can't afford to buy a home?

Do you have good credit but only a little cash?

Don't Give Up!!!!!!!

 

Are you familiar with the Rural Development loans with 100% financing?  Did you know they have expanded the areas they cover and it now includes much of Baton Rouge? 

I'd like to tell you all about it. Call me for a free buyer consulation to learn more. It's free!

Blake Hanna, Realtor

225-298-6903

Blake@patwattam.com


Baton Rouge Food Tour

by Blake Hanna

         Baton Rouge Food Tour

             February - March

(Click on the picture above for additional info and dates)

A downtown walking, guided tour which includes delicious tastings at local

 restaurants infused with fascinating historical and cultural stories.

For details or reservations call 1-800-622-3241

or visit www.batonrougefoodtours.com\/tours

 

   Blake Hanna, Realtor

   225-298-6903

   Blake@patwattam.com

Will Mortgage Rates Rise in 2015?

by Blake Hanna

Every year one concern for home buyers is what their interest rate will be.  Mortgage rates for 2015 are predicted to rise, but when and how much?  For most of 2014, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has fluctuated between just above 4% and 4.5%. 

Here are four trends to watch for in 2015:

The demographic wave of Millennials will help boost prices.  

Baby Boomers made up the largest population for the past decade.  However, as of late last year, the now 23 year olds make up the largest population, followed by 24 and 22 year olds, respectively.  As this generation ages another year, they will begin to settle down, start families and begin to look for homes.

Young people will continue to demand housing where it's tough to build.  

Single-family home construction has been so subdued in part because the Millennial generation as a whoe prefers to live where housing is expensive and where building in difficult.

Mortgage rates will rise.  

The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, or Freddie Mac, predicts rates will rise to 5% in late 2015.

Home price increases will decelerate, but affordability will decline.  

It is predicted that home values will rise, but even slower than last year.  A survey of homeowners suggested that more of them will look to sell their home next year, putting more downward pressure on prices.

If you're thinking of buying a home, now may be the time since even a modest increase can increase monthly mortgage costs, depending on the size of the loan.

Blake Hanna, Realtor

225-298-6903

Blake@patwattam.com

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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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Main: 225-291-1234

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