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Fall Is a Great Time to Buy a Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If you're thinking about buying a home soon in Baton Rouge, here's 4 reasons why you should think about buying now.

1. Rising Prices

Over the last 12 months, home prices have increased by 6.2%, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights report. Prices are expected to increase further over the next year by another 5.1%.

With prices expected to continue to rise, it makes sense to not wait.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Will Increase

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates have already increased by 0.5% this year for a 30-year mortgage. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors agree that rates will continue to rise to around 5.1% by next year.

When interest rates rise, it affects your monthly payments. That means in a year, your mortgage payments could be higher, if these projections hold true.

3. You're Paying a Mortgage Either Way

Would you rather pay your landlord's mortgage or your own? If you rent, you're paying a mortgage, unless you live with your parents. Given the choice, of course you want to pay your own mortgage.

When you own a home, you're putting equity in it that you can use later in life.  It's a kind of forced savings account.  But when you rent, the equity goes to your landlord.

4. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

Both home prices and mortgage rates are on the rise, and this together makes the overall 'cost' of a home.

Would you still wait to buy a home if this cost wan't rising?

Analyze what your actual reasons are for buying a home. Is it worth it to wait?

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

What to Do and Not to Do on Property Tours

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Searching for homes and touring them can be an exiting time. Buying a new home is a new phase in your life and there's a great many things to consider.

Yet there's more to touring a home than just walking through it. There are factors to keep in mind to avoid making mistakes that could cost you. These are mistakes that could upset the seller and negatively affect the sale.  Here's a few ways you can stay on the seller's good side, while keeping focused on getting the most from your tour.

1. The fewer the better.

It's not a good idea to bring friends and relatives who are not involved in the actual purchase of the home to a showing. It will probably be more distracting than helpful to your decisions. They could also say or do things that will upset the seller. And you would also not want to bring small children, as they can also be distracting.

If you absolutely need to bring other people with you on a showing, ask your agent beforehand.

2. You're on candid camera.

You should always assume you're being watched during a showing, even when they've left the house. Many homes have surveillance cameras that can be easily monitored from a phone. You should expect that the seller wants to protect their home, as you would yours.

Sellers may also be able to hear what you say, so be careful about what you say, as it could affect your negotiations if you decide to buy the home. The seller may not even be using a camera to watch you.  Some will go next door and watch, or have neighbors watch for them.

3. No photography

It may be tempting to snap photos of a home you're looking at. But you need to remember that it's not your property. The listing agent has already taken photos that are approved by the seller. Those photos are carefully staged so as not to invade the seller's privacy. But as a buyer, you do not have that arrangement with the seller. Taking photos without permission on private property is not only bad form, but could be against state laws.

If the seller allows you to take photos, don't post on social media. You could hurt your negotiations and invade the seller's privacy. Wait until the house is yours and post all the photos your heart desires.

4. Use your imagination.

People have different tastes, so most homes you tour won't quite match your style.  That's why it's a good practice to imagine how things would look if you buy the home. Envision inexpensive ways to make the home yours.

Augmented reality (AR) apps on your phone are a great way to view walls in different colors, or view virtual furniture in a room. These tools are powerful ways to picture how the home would look if you buy it.

5. Don’t use the bathroom.

Would you want a bunch of strangers using your bathroom? It's fine to test fixtures and cabinets, but don't use the bathroom unless the seller says it's OK in advance.

Touring homes can be a fun and beneficial experience, as long as you mind your manners and show respect for the seller.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Moving Your Pets Safely

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Moving can be stressful enough without losing your beloved companion. Moving to a new home is a time when pets can become lost, as many of the 10 million pets that go missing are lost during moves.

How can you make sure that your move goes smoothly for you and your furry friends?  Here's a few tips.

Selling your home

During the home showing process, you need to make sure to minimize distractions during showings. If at all possible, make sure your pets are not in the home during the showing. Try to leave them with a friend or take your dogs for a walk. It will get you both out of the way during the showing.

Not having your pets in the home will reduce stress for your animals, as a variety of strangers will be coming through the house. Also try to remove any pets stains and odors that you can.

ID is key

Making sure your dog has proper ID is crucial to finding them if they're lost during the move. Tagging them is the most reliable way to make sure they're found. They can easily be identified if they get lost. If your dog already has a chip, make sure you get it updated with your new address. Also make sure to update any dog tags they have. Make sure people have no doubt who your beloved pet belongs to.

Get them used to the car

If you're planning a long distance move, make sure your dog can handle the ride. Start with short trips, such as to the local dog park.  Then work your way up to longer trips, rewarding them along the way for good behavior.

Purchasing a vehicle restraint system is a great way to make sure they're safe and comfortable during the trip. It will reduce dangerous distractions. In fact, in some parts of the country it's illegal to drive with a dog in your lap, so it could save you money on an expensive ticket.

Board not bored

As we noted earlier, it's important to keep your dogs clear of the home during showings. A dog walker is a great way to keep them entertained and out of the way.  Not only does this keep them from underfoot, but keeps them happy and safe. It will also keep the buyers from walking away from a sale because they don't feel safe.

Dogs can get nervous during a showing, and perhaps can even show aggression. With so many people coming and going, your poor dog won't know what's going on, resulting in frustration for them. Most agents will tell you that their number one recommendation for showings is to keep your dogs out of the house during a showing.

The new home

You may be aware of the move and where you're going, but your pets have no clue. It will be a big shock to see a new home. When you get to your new home, you need to let them explore their new environment. Maybe leave a few toys and some treats in the rooms in advance.  Give them time and space to explore on their own. And make sure you smother your pets with love, as they'll really need the attention at this time.

Moving with pets can be a challenge.  But if you take the time to plan, you can make your move with your beloved pets turn out to be a great experience for all.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Enjoy the Beauty of Baton Rouge in These Top Parks

by Glenda Daughety & Team

What better way to enjoy life in Baton Rouge than to explore the amazing parks in the area? Baton Rouge parks have something for everyone, whether you want to see wildlife in it's natural habitat, enjoy a relaxing walk, or just sit back and take in the beautiful scenery.

Here's a few of the top parks in Baton Rouge just waiting for your discovery.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

This 101-acre facility features wildlife and ecology exhibits, dedicated to conservation, education and recreation. You can walk along the boardwalk to explore the 65-acre cypress-tupelo swamp filled with wildlife such as birds, bobcats, foxes, turtles and alligators.

Baton Rouge Zoo

Discover more than 944 animals and birds in their natural outdoor habitats. The whole family can also enjoy attractions such as a children's area, tram and train rides.

University Lake
W Lakeshore Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

If you're looking for a perfect setting for a relaxing walk or vigorous run, University Lake is the ideal setting. There's plenty of parking near the dog park and tennis courts. You can also drive around the lake and stop for a walk on the paved roads that circle the lake.

Riverfront Plaza

The prefect place to enjoy the views of the mighty Mississippi River, Riverfront Plaza is Baton Rouge's premier riverfront park. You can sit and watch the steamboat that docks here, or tour the USS Kidd. Walk along the river and view the statues along the way. Or you can visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum​ and learn something new.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

If you want to explore the flora and fauna of Baton Rouge, you'll have plenty to see in this 440 acre park. You can learn about Louisiana's lush landscapes and agricultural heritage through historic, natural and educational experiences. Burden Museum & Gardens includes the LSU Rural Life Museum, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Windrush Gardens.

Arsenal Park

A must for any walking tour of Baton Rouge, you can see the lake and lake houses, state capital and more.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Adorn Your Home in Fall Glory With These Simple Ideas

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Fall is here, and it's time to reflect the colors of the season in our homes. And you can let the natural beauty of the season do most of the work. Here's a few simple ideas that will add just the right touch of fall glory to your home.

Mix Colors

There's more to fall colors than just orange. When you mix yellow and orange pumpkins with bright green, it really makes them stand out.

Rustic Fall Mantel

  1. Wrap votive candle holders with twine several times, inserting a fall leaf in the twine.
  2. Place small white pumpkins on top of the votives. Use different amounts of pumpkins to make them different heights.
  3. Use a rope and attach an assortment of fall leaves to it with wire the create a garland, then attach it to the mantel with temporary hooks.

Floral Pumpkins

Use a soft skinned pumpkin and poke holes in it with an awl. Then insert a mum stem. Do this until the entire pumpkin is with flowers.

Fall Centerpiece

  1. Fill a round container with potting soil.
  2. Plant a mix of succulents in the middle of the bowl. Leave plenty of room around the edges.
  3. Place small pumpkins in the soil.
  4. Add seasonal vegetables and fill in the gaps with herbs.
  5. Surround the container with pumpkins and votives.

White Pumpkin Wreath

  1. Buy a grapevine wreath from a craft store.
  2. Using an odd number of white pumpkins, attach them to the wreath using florist picks. Make sure they're spaced evenly.
  3. Fill in the spaces between the pumpkins with seasonal greenery such as smilax or bittersweet. Use more florist picks to attach them.
  4. Finish it off with a fall leaf assortment, attaching them with picks and wire.

Mumkins

Create a "mumkin" by carving out a pumpkin and insert mums.  Then fill smaller gourds with containers of pansies and place by the mumkin.

A Pumpkin Pile

You can make your own arrangement of tiny pumpkins by placing them on a side table. Just use your imagination to make an easy and casual display.

Pumpkin Candle Holders

Cut a 1-inch circle into mini pumpkins and scoop out the center to hold votive candles.

Give Your Pumpkins Spots

Gold metallic paint can really make your pumpkins stand out.

  1. Stick round labels on a pumpkin and trace the shape with a pencil.
  2. Remove the labels and paint inside the circles with gold paint.

With just these few ideas, you can make your home pop with fall brilliance this year.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Don't Be Fooled By This New Email Scam

by Glenda Daughety & Team

It's one of the worst ways to be scammed. You've been working so hard to buy your dream home. The day has arrived to close the deal. But at the last minute, you lose all the money for your down payment, along with the deal on the home. And worse yet, the ones who stole the money get away with it.

It's a new email scam that's getting more common. It's based on a common scam often called the "business email compromise" scam. But the target in this case is home buyers.

This scam is especially destructive. It makes you sick just thinking about it. Some who have been victims of this scam have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, their dream home, and even their life savings.

These email compromise schemes are on the increase, according to the FBI.  A company known as Proofpoint has been tracking email cybercrimes, and they report that this type of crime has reached a level 14 times higher than last year. Don't count on this scam going away soon.

How does it work?

A version of this scam has been going on for some time. Malware is used to infiltrate the email account of a real estate professional. Once the scammer gains control of the email account, they can watch for upcoming transactions. And the owner of the email account has no idea they are being watched.

Then when it's time to close the deal on the home, the scammer will send an email from that hacked account to the buyer.  They claim that the plans have changed and that they need to wire money to a specified account. The email looks real, as it comes from the right address and is formatted in the same style.

Then the buyer wires the money. Now it's gone. There's no way to get it back, as the money is now out of the reach of U.S. law enforcement and banks.

Scammers are even following up with a phone call to the buyer to further convince them.  They claim that they represent the title company or seller's law office to further convince them the wire transfer is legitimate. And it pays off, as the payout is immediate and far higher than other types of scams.

Long Gone

Why can't a victim of this scheme do anything about it? Because money is wired to another bank, you are the one who authorized it, even if you were deceived into sending it. This is different than when someone takes money from your account directly without your knowledge. And since the funds are sent overseas, there's basically nothing U.S. law agencies can do about it.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

There's no need to panic. As with any type of threat, all you need to do is apply some basic common sense and caution.

Be vigilant: Make sure that you verify any suspicious emails regarding your transaction. Always feel free to call your real estate agent to verify emails.

Voice verify: You must follow up emails with a phone call to the sender, especially if the email asks you to sign a document, log into a new website, send money, or give them any financial information. 

Talk to your bank: Check with your bank to see if they will place restrictions on wire transfers from your account in the form of a voice verification or other checkpoint.

Don't immediately respond to email: If you get an email that requests some kind of action, regard it with suspicion and follow up with a phone call to the individual sending the email.

You can protect yourself from theft by applying some caution and common sense. It may take more time and effort, but it is certainly worth it.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Making Your Old Home Smarter Before You Sell

by Glenda Daughety & Team

How smart is your old home? That's a good question, especially if you plan to sell your home. Modern buyers want conveniences and to know they home they're buying is up-to-date. 

Smart devices aren't just cool toys. Smart devices add both convenience and security to your home. No matter if you're selling your home or plan to stay, upgrading to smart technology makes sense. And if you do plan on selling, it will add value. Just like cosmetic upgrades can raise the value of a home, technological upgrades can do the same, if done properly. And the good news is that these upgrades are easy and inexpensive.

Here are 3 upgrades that will make your old home smarter.

Smart Thermostats

Your thermostats say a lot about your home. They are easily visible, and easily dated. When you add a smart thermostat, it shows that you care about the functionality of your home and how much you care about it. Those old dated thermostats scream "old" and are usually an eyesore. Plus it's hard to maintain precise control over the environment with them.

A smart thermostat indicates that the HVAC is up to date as well, which can make a difference in the sale. Smart thermostats also include energy saving features that can save on energy bills, which is attractive to buyers. You can also control them with a smart phone, which is increasingly becoming a desired feature. And for those concerned about the environment, smart thermostats help HVAC efficiency.

Another great reason to add smart thermostats is that they are easily seen on the walls.  Potential buyers will notice that you've taught this old house a new trick and that it's not stuck in the past.

Smart Lighting

You don't have to be smart to screw in a light bulb, and that's all it takes to install smart lighting. Just adding a few smart light bulbs in select areas can make a huge difference to the feel of a room. They give you endless options for selecting colors and brightness, along with a variety of fixtures. Each room can have it's own unique atmosphere.

For showings, you can create smart programs for the lights to change scenes instantly with the push of a button.  And you can use mart lighting in porch lights that are set to turn on at specific times.  The possibilities are plentiful.

Security Systems

Home security systems have come a long way. Gone are the days of yearly contracts and tons of wiring. With WI-Fi cameras and batter powered products, adding security to a home is much easier and affordable.

If you don't feel like installing your own sensors or cameras, some cable companies such as Comcast offer smart security packages along with professional installation. These systems offer the option of multiple cameras and 24/7 recording, all controlled from your smart device or on their website. Adding cameras, either with a service or simply tied to your smart device, can add convenience as well as security, as you can monitor areas of your home, including the front door.

You don't have to break the bank to make your home a smart home. If you do plan to sell your home, it can be worth the investment.  If you don't plan to sell your home, it can make your life more convenient and safe.  Either way, smarter is better.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Don't Have Enough For Your Down Payment? Crowdfund It!

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Having trouble saving for your down payment to buy a home? There's a creative new way that first-time buyers are coming up with when it comes to saving enough for their down payment.

Instead of asking for traditional gifts for their wedding, many newlyweds are asking wedding guests to contribute to their “Down Payment Fund.” The fact is that many couples already live together, so that have what they need for a new home.  All they need now is the house.

The math works out in most cases. If you consider that the average wedding has 120 guests who give wedding gifts, and those gifts average $186, that would give the new couple over $22,000 to use for a down payment! This is just an average, so the figure could be even higher.

And of course there are already services to facilitate this new trend, such as HomeFundMe which lets just about anyone contribute toward the down payment. The contributors can even determine, at the time of their donation, if their gifts are ‘conditional’ or ‘non-conditional’ on the beneficiary buying a home.

A recent Wall Street Journal article reports, “about 400 borrowers have used HomeFundMe to help buy homes since the program launched in October and on average, they raise about $2,500.” According to the article, most borrowers use these funds along with personal savings to help reduce the time it takes to reach the down payment goal.

To help out, there are increasingly more programs coming into play that lets you put down as little as 3%, such as with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan programs. Also, FHA programs require as little as 3.5%, and VA Loans are often approved with 0% down!

The days of paying 20% down for a new home are a thing of the past. So it's time to get creative if you need help saving for your down payment.

We invite you to check back on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

 

Getting Your Garden Ready For Winter

by Glenda Daughety & Team

As summer comes to a close, it's time for those of us with a garden to get ready for winter. Even though it doesn't get too cold in Austin, it's still a good idea to get your garden prepared for the winter months. Here's a few items that help your garden thrive this winter.

Give Your Lawn Attention

Thicken up your lawn now to reduce weeds this coming spring.  You can do this by putting down a high potassium winter fertilizer now to help your lawn crowd out the weeds.

If you plant cool season grasses such as rye grass, make sure you plant them soon enough for the seed to sprout and take root before winter weather sets in.

Instead of raking leaves this fall, mow them instead.  This will feed to worms and they can then take the leaf matter down in the lawn and tree roots. After the leaves get thick, then you can rake them into a compost or leaf pile for use later.

Composting

Make sure that if you get grass clippings from neighbors that they don;t use weed killers. This could create issues with your compost pile.

A way to keep tree roots from growing into your compost pile is to lay a plastic sheet under it before you start the pile.

If you throw old compost on top of new, it will give the fresh leaves and grass the beneficial bacteria to speed up the process of composting.

Take Care of Tools and Equipment

Tools can corrode if you don't clean them before storing them. Cleaning your tools before you store them for the winter will help them last longer and give them a fresh start next spring.

Wash off the dirt and coat metal parts to prevent them from rusting. You can coat wood handles with linseed oil to keep them from drying and cracking.

Make sure power equipment is drained of gas to prevent them from getting gummed up. Add a drop of oil to the firing end of the spark plug.  Check air filters and replace if needed.

General Fall Tasks

Get your potted plants ready to be brought inside. Ants and other insects tend to like the moist soil of potted tropical plants, so flush the soil with several waterings a few minutes apart to get them out.

Clean up dead leaves and spray the undersides of the foliage with clean water to get rid of spider mites or other critters.Organize your garden shed and tidy it up before winter.

Safely discard and insecticides and fungicides that you used during the season that you aren't planning to use next year.

Make sure to visit local farmer's markets in Austin for late season bargains on all sorts of items, such as vegetables, herbs, fruits, jams, jellies and other farm products.

Join us every week on our blog for more real estate advice and great reasons to call Baton Rouge home.  You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Top Real Estate Myths

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Many people think that since they once bought or sold a home that they know everything about real estate. True, you do learn a lot about the process when you buy or sell a home. But not everything. Plus, times change, and the rules of real estate change with them.  This can lead to inaccurate information being spread about how the real estate industry works.

What are some common real estate myths?

Real Estate Agents are Paid a Salary

Most real estate agents are well dressed, have nice vehicles, and do things that give the appearance that they have a steady stream of cash flowing in.  They don't. Most real estate agents are not paid a salary, unless they work for a brokerage that does so. Most or all of their income comes from actually selling a home and closing the deal.

Real estate agents usually pay for all of their marketing and materials out of their own pocket. The more money they spend, the more homes they are likely to sell, provided they spend it wisely on the right marketing. They also spend their time going through hundreds of messages and emails, doing research and giving advice, making many trips to the property for showings, and so on.

This isn't meant to make you feel sorry for real estate agents. It's all part of the job. The more time and effort an agent puts into helping clients, the more chance they have of selling a home.  But they only make that money IF the home sells.

A Home Can Pass or Fail Inspection

The purpose of a home inspection is to find any problems or potential future problems with a home. The home neither passes or fails an inspection. The inspection reveals if there are problems that need to be addressed when the home is purchased, along with a summary of the age of key systems.

Zillow and Trulia Know Everything

Zillow and Trulia are certainly powerful tools when looking to buy a home, and useful for getting a good idea of the lay of the home and neighborhood. But they do have their limits. That's why working with a local real estate agent is important.

It's Better to Overprice

Overpricing a home is never a good strategy. Some sellers think that if they price the home higher than the intended asking price, then they'll be more likely to get the price they want.

That's not the way it usually turns out. What really happens is that the home takes too long to sell and you end up chasing away prospective buyers.  In fact some may not even want to look at the house at all because you priced it out of their search range. Remember that many people look for homes using a maximum price range on the internet, so your home may not show up in their search at all if you price it too high.

We invite you to check back on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

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