Real Estate General Info

March 24, 2022

The Market Value of Home Improvements

During my years in real estate, I've seen cases where homeowners made home improvements assuming they’d recoup their investment when they sold, only to find that the improvements didn’t increase their home's market value, and possibly even decreased it.

 

How could this be? Well, there are many ...

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March 17, 2022

5 Tips for Moving

  1. Don’t pay someone to move a bunch of junk, get rid of it! Before you pack anything, do a merciless purge of your possessions. You’ll be so glad when you have that much less to unpack on the other side!
  2. Book your movers as soon as possible. We are hearing ...
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March 10, 2022

7 Items to Consider When House Hunting

When you go to a scheduled showing with your Realtor, usually the house is very tidy and staged to look its best. The owners furnishings can be a distraction. Here a few things to notice beyond their nice sofa and coffee table!

 

Plumbing leaks: Check for possible signs of ...

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Feb. 10, 2022

Do You Have a Housing Plan?

Most people have some kind of retirement plan, financial plan, business plan, career plan, etc. But have many have a housing plan? By that, I mean, are you maximizing your financial future with your housing plan?

Housing Plan

I met with some of my sellers last week who had been in the ...

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Oct. 8, 2021

Is This the Right Time to Buy?

Gary Keller made an excellent observation in his book "Shift" when he remarked, "The moment the media declares a "real estate shift,", it's as if the Market just got doused in a cold shower.  The result is fearful buyers, pickier buyers, and eventually fewer buyers.  Cautious consumers ...

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July 22, 2021

10 Financial Tips For Homebuyers

Making plans to purchase a new home or even to make a move up requires financial planning. Here are some tips:

1. Make a plan. Create a straightforward budget for the year and monitor it monthly or weekly. Each month, review your progress and revise where necessary. Make a ...

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July 15, 2021

Are Home Owner Associations An Important Criteria In Home Buying?

Recently at an HOA meeting in Baton Rouge, I was asked if having a strong Home Owners Association was a good thing or just one MORE thing to have to deal with. The answer is definitely YES!

 

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A strong home owners association will help to retain home values ...

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July 8, 2021

Make Your House Stand Out!?

Where do you start when it's time to sell your house? At the front, of course! A house with excellent curb appeal will bring in the buyers AND, if you have really beautiful landscaping, it can help bring in a higher offer. "Why?" you may ask.  Think about ...

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May 20, 2021

What to expect: Home Inspection

Once your house has gone under contract, the buyer has the right to schedule a home inspection within the inspection period in the state of Louisiana. Buyers have the right to also have specific inspections during the inspection period, most often they might ask a licensed roofer or licensed HVAC ...

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May 13, 2021

4 Drainage Related Issues

Y’all, we have to talk! Baton Rouge, Louisiana gets 63 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. With all that rain comes the issue of DRAINAGE!

Water

Most homeowners and, unfortunately, many builders do not fully understand proper drainage. The key ...

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