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Enjoy This Memorial Day Weekend in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Anyone who’s lived in Baton Rouge for any length of time knows that the Memorial Day weekend is always a time of celebration and remembrance.  In fact, Baton Rouge is ranked as one of the best inexpensive places to spend the Memorial Day weekend in the US.  You’ll find local festivals, live shows, attractions and patriotic events to make sure this weekend is one you won’t soon forget. Here’s a few events to plan for in Baton Rouge this weekend.

Gymfit Fest | Galvez Plaza/Repentance Park

This Cirque and Movement Festival in Downtown Baton Rouge features a wide range of amazing things to do and see. You’ll marvel at performances by pros in fire spinning, acroyoga, aerial silks and more.  Then you get to try your hand at these tricks with workshops for you to try.  There’s also going to be parkour competitions, live music, games, and much more.

Jambalaya Fest | Gonzales Civic Center

Come to the 50th annual Jambalaya Festival from May 25-28.  Enjoy all the flavors and sounds of the South as you feast on the best Jambalaya to be found anywhere. Enjoy live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, and tons of amazing food.

Memorial Day Garden of Flags Planting

Come to the Louisiana State Capitol Gardens on Saturday to observe more than 11,000 flags that represent Louisiana’s fallen heroes be carried by current and former members of the United States Armed Forces on a 6-mile ruck march called the “Hero Hump.”

The Baton Rouge Concert Band Annual Memorial Day Concert

Classic patriotic music will be performed by this band made of volunteers in North Boulevard Town Square on Monday. The concert starts at 7pm, so make sure to bring your chairs and blankets to make yourself comfortable.

Join us every week on our blog for more 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.

Have a Safe and Fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Add Life to Your Home with an Indoor Garden

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Have you always wanted to have indoor plants to give your home more life? Maybe you’ve been a bit hesitant because it seems like too much work? But there’s no mistaking the indoor garden as one of the mainstays of home design for the past several centuries. There’s’ no hard rules when it comes to planting an indoor garden.  You can make them as simple or elaborate as you like.  Indoor gardens provide a number of benefits besides looks. Having an indoor garden can be a great way to deal with stress, along with improving the air quality. So there’s no denying the benefits. What do you need to do to have success with starting your own indoor garden?

Maybe you’re thinking back to the gardens your parents or grandparents planted and thinking they had more a green thumb than you do. Here’s what Better Homes and Gardens said in 1939 about “green thumbs”: “Mother's and grandmother's plants grew, not because of green thumbs, but because they were treated as living, feeling beings that required the same common-sense care as the canary or any other house pet."

Basically, you just need to use your head when it comes to planting a thriving garden. Just make sure you cover the basics, and work from there.  Factors such as sunlight and water are certainly needed basics, along with nutrients, cleansing and care to deal with the dry environment of your home. Once you have these basics down, you’re well on your way.

Let There Be Light

Is there enough light in your home for the plants you want to care for? It’s important to make sure there’s enough light to make your plants thrive. Basic research can give insight on the best type of plants for your home’s lighting situation. Plants vary significantly in how much light each one needs, so you can be sure to find the right type of plants for home design. What kind of home do you have? Older homes, such as Victorian styles, were designed to let in more natural light, making them ideal for indoor gardens. But many homes, especially those built in the mid 20th century, don’t let as much light in. These home and apartments present a bit of a challenge because there aren’t as many windows to choose from. But don’t let a little challenge stop you.

South facing windows are the best. You’ll have more light for your plants to soak up what they need for photosynthesis. What if you only have windows that face north? Plants that require minimal light, such as a fern, spider plant, or African violets will work best. Pothos don’t need any light to thrive, in case you have very little to no natural light available.

Get With the Program

Make sure you have a regular care schedule.  You can also do research on how much water and nutrients your plants need. Make sure to schedule to water and feed your plants with plant food or fertilizer.  Cleaning the leaves of larger plants with a damp cloth periodically will help them stay healthy. Also check for mold or pests as this will indicate if your routine is effective. Periodically trim or thin out your plants on occasion.  You may also have to repot large plants in larger pots as they grow.

Don’t have enough time for all this? Then perhaps you can start with plants that don’t require as much attention. Succulents are a popular choice as they are easy to care for and offer unique textures and colors. Cactus, succulents, or bamboo plants are ideal choices.

Of course there’s more to consider when it comes to having a thriving indoor garden. But with planning and patience, you can succeed. Join us every week for more ideas for the home, local real estate news, and Baton Rouge community articles.

How to Have a Successful Home Inspection

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Buying or selling a home in Baton Rouge is a big decision. Making educated choices during this time is important. A good home inspection if an important part of that process. A home inspection will determine the condition of the home and help you decide if buying the home is a good investment, or if the seller needs to make repairs before you purchase it.  A good home inspection will let you know what problems need to be addressed right now before the home is sold, and what potential issues that may need to be dealt with later.

What are some important things to consider when getting a home inspection?

Research the Inspector

Many people hire whoever is recommended to inspect your home and neglect to check the inspector’s background and references.  But doing this can lead to costly oversights in the inspection. Remember that a home inspection can only be as good as the inspector.

Here are some important questions to ask a potential inspector:

  • How long have you been inspecting homes professionally?
  • How many home inspections have you performed in your career?
  • What are your qualifications, certifications and training?
  • What did you do for work before you were a home inspector? (Preferably, you want someone who was a contractor or builder.)

Also is the home inspector you’re considering receiving ongoing education and keeping current? A qualified inspector should be skilled enough to clearly explain the home’s good and bad points so that you can make the best decisions possible.

Be There During the Inspection

You aren’t required to be at the inspection, but if you are there you can see the issues first hand and have them explained more clearly.  Any good inspector will welcome your presence. Reading the report doesn’t always reveal all that needs repairing.  When you see the issues in person and have the home inspector explain them, it will be far more helpful.  Even though an inspection may take a few hours, it’s well worth your time as it could save you a great deal of money.

Get a Presale Inspection

If you’re selling a home in Baton Rouge, you may be tempted to just let the buyer have the home inspected. But as the home seller it’s better for you to have an inspection before you put your home on the market.  This way if repairs are needed, you’ll have more time to make them before you put the home on the market.

Get Photos

Any good inspector will have a camera, perhaps even an infrared or thermal camera. This way they can provide proof of the repair and show you areas of the home you don’t want to follow them in, such as crawlways and attics. Thermal cameras will also reveal hidden issues behind walls.

A good home inspection is crucial to buying a home, so make sure you find the best inspector you can. Make sure to check back on our blog every week for more real estate advice and Baton Rouge attractions. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Say Thanks to Mom in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Mother's Day is just around the corner on Sunday, and Baton Rouge is the perfect place to show your mom how much you appreciate her.  There's a whole variety of ways to have fun with mom this weekend for all interests and price ranges.  So get ready to show your mom how much you care with these upcoming Mother's Day events in baton Rouge.

Lazz Ripp Brass Band's Pre-Mother's Day Event

May 12 / $7

Come have a great time with the Lazz Ripp Brass Band at The Time Out Lounge on Bennington Avenue! Complementary wine for the ladies starting at 9:00 pm along with a raffle.


Mother's Day Recognition Gala & Fashion Show

MAY 12 / $25 – $250

This gala and fashion show is a great way to show your mom or any great woman in your life the recognition she deserves. An elegant evening for all mothers. Join us dressed in your best and walk on the Runaway! Lots of fun, entertainment, music, prizes, and dinner will be served.


GOSPEL in the Park | Music Festival: Celebrating the Arts & Mother's Day

MAY 12 / $0 – $25​

Join special guests from all over the world will​ be present for this event to "celebrate the growth & diversity of our cultures and unite the nations of the world." 


Hot Art, Cool Nights 2018

MAY 11 / Free

Celebrate the Annual Hot Art Cool Nights Art Hop with Create Studios. You'll enjoy wine, music, art and great Mother's Day gift options. Several artists will be set up outside and parking available.

Have a Fantastic Mother's Day in Baton Rouge!

Common First Time Home Buying Misconceptions

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Are you a first time buyer and plan to buy a home in Baton Rouge? Buying your first home can be both a time of excitement and uncertainty. No doubt you’ve talked to friends and family, or perhaps have done research on the internet. But the fact is that not all the things people say about buying a home are accurate. The real estate industry is always changing, so you need to make sure your information about the home buying process is current. What are some of the home buying misconceptions that first time buyers might encounter?

  1. You need a 20% down payment to get a mortgage.

This was accurate a few decades ago. Back in the old days, you had to pay 20% - 50% down for a mortgage and needed almost immaculate credit.  Unfortunately this limited the ability of many hard working people to own their own home. In order to make it possible for more people to own a home, the government created the Federal Housing Administration and began offering “FHA Loans”. The FHA currently will back a loan from a home buyer with a credit score of as little as 500 and a 10% down payment. If your credit score is above 580, you only need 3.5% for a down payment! Today it’s more possible for people with less than perfect credit to buy a home.

  1. If you pre-qualify for a mortgage, you can automatically get a loan.

Pre-qualification and pre-approval are not the same thing.  Pre-qualification involves only letting the lender know what your financial situation is so that they can let you know what mortgage you can qualify for. But it’s not a thorough examination of your credit, so you still need to apply and get approved for the actual mortgage.

  1. The price you see is what you pay.

Let’s say you put in an offer for $200,00with a down payment of 20%.  You won’t be just paying $4000.  You need to consider closing costs, taxes, attorney fees, and other fees you’ll need to pay to third parties.

  1. It’s cheaper to buy a home that needs a lot of renovating.

Maybe you’ve been watching those home renovation shows that turn a dump into a gorgeous home. Yes, that’s something you can do if you really have the money and the time. But for most first time buyers, it’s more than they bargain for. After all of the time and money you put into the renovation, you may end up spending much more than if you bought a home that’s move-in ready. Save yourself the pain and chose the home in Austin that meets your needs without all the mess of renovation.

Make sure you get your facts straight before buying a home in Baton Rouge.  If you have any questions, give us a call.  We’ll be glad to make sure you have the most current information about the home buying process. 

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.

Remodeling Done Right

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Remodeling your home in Baton Rouge​If you plan on selling your home in Baton Rouge and are remodeling it first, no doubt you want to make sure the project goes smoothly.  The people you hire to help you certainly have most of the affect on how fast a project goes.  But you can also affect the timeline as well, either speeding it up or slowing it down.  If you follow these tips, you can have a big impact on how fast the project gets completed. And contractors will go out of their way to please you.

Be Realistic

No doubt you've been watching TV shows or browsing the internet for great ideas to transform your home. But not every idea is going to work for your home. It's easy to get the wrong impression about aspects of the construction and remodeling process just based on what you see on the screen. You really need to consult with an expert to get a realistic view of what can be done. 

Know What You Want

Make sure you make solid decisions before construction starts.  Changing your mind mid-construction  can delay the project and cost you more.  Make sure you plan and budget as much as you can beforehand.  Your home is a complicated structure.  You can't just easily undo or change project. Sure, changes happen during remodeling.  But you can keep those changes to a minimum by knowing what you want.

Set Up a Staging Area

If you have a space for your pro to keep tools and materials handy, that will also speed up the process. It takes time to set up and remove tools every day. The less time it takes to set up, the more time they can spend on your project. And make sure the area is secure from theft.  Tools and materials are costly and can be hot items for thieves.

Be Timely

Don't delay important decisions with hard deadlines.  This not only affects the scheduling for your remodeling, but for the contractor's other clients. It can also cause delays for acquiring materials. In the end, both you and your contractor are responsible for keeping on schedule.

Get Out of the Way

Sometimes eager homeowners can get in the way. Being involved is fine.  But hovering over the workers can be distracting, even annoying, and delay the project.  You hired professionals, so let them get the job done.  Perhaps you can do a weekly or twice weekly walkthrough with them.  This way the project will be done sooner.

Remodeling your home can be a rewarding experience, especially if you help your contractor with the tips above. And if you're remodeling your home to sell in Baton Rouge, let us help you decide which projects will get the best return on your investment and sell your home faster. Join us on our blog every week for more real estate advice and follow us on Facebook for the latest Baton Rouge real estate news.

Should You FSBO?

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If you’re planning on selling your Baton Rouge home, perhaps you’ve considered selling it without an agent. Some people are under the impression that selling their home on their own will yield more money. Is that really the case? Now of course you would expect a real estate agent to tell you to not FSBO a home, otherwise known as For Sale by Owner. Yes, a real estate agent will make money, but not just for them, but for you as well. In fact, you’ll likely get more money from the sale. Why? Because an agent will know the Baton Rouge real estate market and you’re home’s true value.  They have the connections and the experience to get the most from the sale.

Consider the humbling truth that selling a home is the largest transaction that most people will ever make. Selling a home takes experience and knowledge of the industry.  And it’s not just about the money. There’s the legal considerations, mortgages, tons of paperwork, and a wide variety of people to negotiate with.

Ask yourself this question: Do I have the same experience in selling a home as an agent? Just consider the paint we made about who you have to negotiate with. Here’s just a sample of some of those people:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The termite company if there are challenges
  • The buyer’s lender if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value
  • The title company if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits
  • The town or municipality if you need to get the CO permits mentioned above
  • The buyer’s buyer in case there are challenges with the house your buyer is selling
  • Your bank in the case of a short sale

The amount of sellers who have hired an agent has risen over the past 20 years.  They have in general made more money from the sale of their home with and agent and found the process to be much easier. Glenda Daughety and her team can help you get the most from selling your home in Baton Rouge.  Call today at 225-291-1234 to see how we can help you sell your home and get the most from the Spring selling season.

Moving WIth Pets

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Moving With Pets

Moving is typically stressful, both for people and for their pets. Pets just have no way to understand why their environment has changed so completely. As such, moving with pets can add more challenge to your move. There may not be a way to completely remove all of that stress, but you can definitely make the experience less stressful.  How? Here’s a few tips that can help.

Moving With Dogs & Cats

Keep Them Out of the Action

Keeping your dogs and cats with a friend or in a kennel during the move is an ideal situation.  But that may not always be an option. So try to find a quiet space for them to adjust.  Try to find an empty room that you can keep clear.  Check on them regularly and try to stick with feeding and walking routines.

Keep Them Inside

Wait until you get top your new home to let your dogs and cats out, as they can get lost if they get away from you. And keep them inside for a few days to let them have time to adjust to their new neighborhood. Do this even if your dog is normally well behaved and trained.

Move the House Before You Move Your Pets

Try to move your pets last if you have that option.  The more of the house you have moved before they arrive, the better. You can set up one room first to move them into and keep them there to let them adjust.  Give them plenty of attention and toys to make them feel at home.

Moving With Fish

Fish are easily traumatized and can die easily from a move. To help, if you’re moving short distances, move them in plastic bags filled with their old tank water.  If you’re traveling a long distance, you may consider finding your fish a new home with a friend.

Moving With Birds

Just because your bird hasn’t flown off your shoulder before doesn’t mean it won’t after the stress of a move. It happens quite often. So make sure you keep your bird caged during the move and even a few days after.

Moving is never easy, but if you prepare, you can make it easier for your furry family. Check back on our blog twice a week for more great real estate tips and advice. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook!

More Great Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell

by Glenda Daughety & Team

More Great Ways to Stage Your Home to SellLast week we talked about some simple home staging ideas to get you on the way to selling your home faster in Baton Rouge. That’s only the beginning of all the ways you can stage your home to sell faster.  What are some further ways you can get the edge on the Baton Rouge home selling competition? Here's some advanced tips that can help.

Open the Closets

Closets are important, so get ready for buyers to look inside them.  Make sure you do with your closets the same as you did the rest of your home.  Put items you don’t need right away in outside storage or get rid of it altogether. Have at least 20-30% open space to give the impression of them having more room.

Add Style to the Dining Room

When decorating a home, the dining room can often get overlooked. Empty tables can look unwelcoming, so add some style with a series of small vessels down the center of the table.  Try to stay away from one large item in the center as this can look too stiff and formal.

Bring Balance

Last week we discussed the importance of cleaning and de-cluttering. It’s now time to take that clean slate and selectively bring back some items that will add class to your home. You can use tasteful decor such as a vase of cut flowers, a bowl of lemons by the sink, or perhaps some fresh produce on the kitchen counter, preferably from a local farmers market in the Baton Rouge area.

Look at the Floors

Clean floors are another huge factor in making your home appealing. At least, all the carpets should be professionally cleaned. If your hardwood floors are showing their age, you should get them refinished. And if you can't afford to refinish them, try adding some carefully placed area rugs.

Symmetrical Furniture

A symmetrical placement of furniture works best, especially in an arrangement that creates a conversation area.

The best time to start staging your home and getting it ready to sell in Baton Rouge is now.  Glenda Daughety and her team can help you get the most from selling your home in Baton Rouge.  Call today at 225-291-1234 to see how we can help you sell your home and get the most from the Spring selling season.

Do You Know About Private Mortgage Insurance?

by Glenda Daughety & Team

What is Private Mortgage Insurance?Are you looking to get a low down payment loan to buy a home in Baton Rouge?  If so, are you familiar with a type of insurance called Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? If not, you should familiarize yourself with this type of insurance.  If you plan on getting a low down payment loan, it’s a good idea to look into and educate yourself about Private Mortgage Insurance, as it plays an important part of the loan. How can Private Mortgage Insurance help you buy a home in the Baton Rouge area?

What is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? Here’s how Freddie Mac defines it:

“An insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage. It’s a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that is required for all conforming, conventional loans that have down payments less than 20%.

Once you’ve built equity of 20% in your home, you can cancel your PMI and remove that expense from your mortgage payment.”

Simply put, the buyer pays the monthly premiums for the PMI insurance policy, and the lender is the beneficiary. As Freddie Mac explains:

“The cost of PMI varies based on your loan-to-value ratio – the amount you owe on your mortgage compared to its value – and credit score, but you can expect to pay between $30 and $70 per month for every $100,000 borrowed.”

The average down payment last year for all home buyers across the nation was 10% and 5% for first time buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). They also reported that the average down payment for repeat buyers was 14%. In other words, PMI didn’t stop these buyers from getting loans.

Here’s an example of the cost of a mortgage on a $200,000 home with a 5% down payment & PMI, compared to a 20% down payment without PMI:


The larger the down payment, the lower your monthly housing cost will be, but as Freddie Mac says:

“It’s no doubt an added cost, but it’s enabling you to buy now and begin building equity versus waiting 5 to 10 years to build enough savings for a 20% down payment.”

If you plan on buying a home in Baton Rouge and have questions about low down payment loans and PMI, please contact us today for more information. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. You can also get new listings by email as soon as they hit the market with our free listing alerts. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for the latest Baton Rouge real estate news and listings.

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