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What To Consider When Choosing A Home To Retire in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

What to consider when choosing a home to retire in Baton RougeAre you thinking about retiring in Baton Rouge? As more baby boomers enter retirement age, they're starting to think about whether or not buying a home to retire in is a good idea. There's fewer available homes for sale these days, so it's a good idea to analyze if now is the time to buy a home to retire in in Baton Rouge.

According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.

1. Affordability

“It may be easy enough to purchase your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, utilities – all the things that will be due whether or not you have a mortgage on the property.

Which would be more affordable - living in an area with HOA fees, or paying for your own labor for home and lawn work? Will your taxes be lower in Baton Rouge? What is your monthly income or savings going to be like in retirement?

2. Equity

“If you have equity in your current home, you may be able to apply it to the purchase of your next home. Maintaining a healthy amount of home equity gives you a source of emergency funds to tap, via a home equity loan or reverse mortgage.”

You may have enough equity in your current home to purchase your home for retirement in Baton Rouge with little to no mortgage. Homeowners across the nation gained an average of over $14,000 in equity last year.

3. Maintenance

“As we age, our tolerance for cleaning gutters, raking leaves and shoveling snow can go right out the window. A condominium with low-maintenance needs can be a literal lifesaver, if your health or physical abilities decline.”

Again the question is whether you want an HOA to handle maintenance or hire your own people.

4. Security

“Elderly homeowners can be targets for scams or break-ins. Living in a home with security features, such as a manned gate house, resident-only access and a security system can bring peace of mind.”

Is where you're living now offer the security you need as you grow older?

5. Pets

“Renting won’t do if the dog can’t come too! The companionship of pets can provide emotional and physical benefits.”

Don't forget your pets now or in the future. If you rent, do they allow pets or charge fees? Will you need a home with a fenced yard?

6. Mobility

“No one wants to picture themselves in a wheelchair or a walker, but the home layout must be able to accommodate limited mobility.”

You may be healthy now, but that could change as you age (of course we hope not). Will the home you're buying be able to adapt to your needs? Does it have multiple floors that have stairs that will need adapting? Can handrails be installed in the future?

7. Convenience

“Is the new home close to the golf course, or to shopping and dining? Do you have amenities within easy walking distance? This can add to home value!”

Will you be close to your family? How close will you be to the things that you want to do?

When it comes to finding your home to spend the rest of your days in, evaluating your current house for its ability to adapt with you as you age can be the first step to guaranteeing your comfort in retirement. If you do decide to move to Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas, call us at 225-205-2672 to let us help you find the ideal home for your needs. You can also search homes for sale in Baton Rouge with our powerful home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date Baton Rouge real estate news.​

Get Mad About March in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

March is here, and Spring is just around the corner. It's time to celebrate the new season and warmer weather with fun events hosted by BRECSo if you plan on buying a home in Baton Rouge, or moving here soon, get ready to enjoy the Spring events in Baton Rouge that make this a special place to buy a home.

Here's some of the events you can look forward to in March.

Little Picassos: Highland
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Highland Road Community Park
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $10 per week/ $30 for all four weeks

Introduce your young artists in the family to the world of art using paint, oil pastels, watercolor and collage techniques. All materials included.

Rockin' at the Swamp
Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM​
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Children 2-17: $4
Children Under 2: No Fee
Adults: $5 
Pass members: $2

Explore the world of rocks, minerals, gemstones, and fossils. You can purchase rocks and learn to identify different types of rocks and minerals.

Adult Leisure Bunny Hop: Womack
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Milton J. Womack Park
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Anna T. Jordan Community Park
Ages: 55+

Why do the kids get all the fun at Easter? The young at hearts can break free from the traditions and enjoy recreational activities, games and an egg hunt.

Dog Day at the Swamp
Saturday, Mar 17, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Cost: General Admission Applies; free for pass holders

Don't leave your canine friends out of the fun. BSNC will be dropping it's "no pets" policy for the day to let them enjoy the trails with you. All pets are welcome, but must be leashed and vaccinated.

Have fun this March in Baton Rouge as we welcome the Spring season.  Check back each week on our blog for more great information about Baton Rouge and real estate.  And make sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date Baton Rouge real estate news.

11 Steps to Buying Your First Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Are you thinking about buying your first home in Baton Rouge or the surrounding communities? This is an important time in your life for sure.  You're about to commit a major amount of time and money to this endeavor.  Do you know all the steps involved? How do you get to the point where you're holding the keys to your first new home? You need to know the steps along the journey and what tools are available.  You also need to forge relationships with experts who can help you along the way.

Here are the 11 steps to living the dream of owning your first home in Baton Rouge.

11 Spets to Buying a New Home in Baton Rouge

  1. Do Your Homework
    With any major purchase, you need to count the cost, so you can imagine how important that is when buying a home. There are important things to look at like price, housing type, neighborhood, school districts, and more. Here's a worksheet that you can use to decide what you're really looking for. Fill it out with your partner (if you're not single) and your agent.  That way everyone is one the same page - literally.
  2. Start Shopping
    Now that you know what you're looking for, start looking for listings online.  You can search homes for sale in Baton Rouge with our powerful home search tool.
  3. Find a Great Agent
    We're ready to help you find the perfect first home and help you through the process. 
  4. Choose a Lender
    We can help you find the right lender. This is an important step as your lender will be working closely with you throughout the process
  5. Pick a Loan
    Your lender will work with you to determine the right mortgage to fit your financial needs.  You'll need to provide proof of income, employment, and other details.
  6. Look at Homes
    Let the fun begin! Your agent will now help you find homes that fit your budget and the needs you determined in step 1.
  7. Make an Offer
    When you find the ideal home in Baton Rouge, you'll then make an offer.  Your agent will help you decide how much you want to pay, along with contingencies that both parties can agree on.
  8. Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate
    Now comes the time where you work out the deal.  This may be an emotional time, especially if you find a home that really meets your needs. Some sellers may just accepts your offer, but some may make a counter-offer.  Your agent will work with you to decide what to do.
  9. Inspect the Home
    After the offer is accepted, you'll sing a contract that will no doubt include a home inspection contingency.  Then you'll hire a licensed home inspector to look for any major repairs that are needed. If major repairs are needed, then the seller will be asked to make those repairs.
  10. Appraisal
    Your lender needs to determine if the home is worth enough to cover the mortgage.
  11. Close the Deal
    The deal is almost done! You just need to sign the final paperwork to finish it all up.  Then it's time to show off your new home to all your family and friends!

Glenda Daughety and her team have been helping people buy their first home in Baton Rouge for years. They can help you through all of these steps to guide you to owning your first home. You can contact us at 225-205-2672. Your first home is only a few steps away.

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Are You Ready For the Baton Rouge Spring Home Selling Season?

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Baton Rouge Spring Home Selling SeasonAre you planning on selling your home this year in Baton Rouge? If so, now is the time to get ready.  The Spring selling season is typically the best time of year to sell a home.  It never hurts to start getting ready as soon as you can, especially if you are already in the process of selling your home.  There’s a lot of competition on the market, and you need to be ready. One way is to use Spring decor elements to spruce things up.  You can use fresh bursts of colors and patterns to make your home more appealing and take advantage of the Spring fever in the air. Here's a few ideas that will help you stay ahead of the game.


You can tastefully display local flowers, blooming branches, or twigs, preferably from your own garden if you have one.  The natural elements of the South can make for a relaxing atmosphere and add to the flavor of the area. You may want to display them in pots or vases made locally for added appeal.  Just make sure not to overdo it and make the arrangements too fragrant or distracting.  Tasteful placement makes all the difference.

Update Paint Colors

Paint can make any room look new.  Think about using spring colors like soft violet, dusk blue, emerald, or lemon zest on an entire room or an accent wall. You can even add a subtle decal if you don't want to paint.  Also pay attention to the the colors of pillows, and bedding, to make sure that the colors compliment the colors of the room and the rest of the home.

Add a Wreath

Why not create an inviting wreath for the front door? A freshly made Springtime wreath can really add an inviting feel to your entrance. And you don't need to make one yourself as most craft stores sell them.  If you do buy one, maybe add some natural elements or a pastel ribbon.  You can also add subtle fragrance with dried lavender.

Clean Up

Get a head start on Spring cleaning and get your home spruced up now.  Put items you're not using in storage and get rid of as much clutter as you can. Use the 6 month rule. If you haven't used something during the last 6 months to a year and it's not sentimental, donate or sell it. Also pay attention to how the outside of your home looks.  First impressions are everything. Make sure the yard is cleaned and trimmed, and the house exterior is clean, including windows.  Pressure wash the driveways and walkways if needed. And make sure to clean the inside of the house completely, even if you need to hire help.  It will pay off in the end.

Make sure to check back each week on our blog for more real estate tips.  You can search homes for sale in Baton Rouge using our convenient home search tools. You can also get free listing alert emails of new homes as they hit the market. And stay on top of the Baton Rouge real estate scene by following us on Facebook.


Find the Right Schools in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Baton Rouge SchoolsIf you're thinking about buying a home for sale in Baton Rouge LA and your kids are still in school, or you’ll soon have kids in school, you need to find the right home near the best schools in Baton Rouge.  If you don’t you could end up regretting buying your home, and that kind of buyer’s remorse is something most people want to avoid.

But certainly your real estate agent can tell you what schools in Baton Rouge are best, right? No. Doing so is actually not legal.  Fair housing laws have been put in place to prevent agents from giving their opinion on schools.  Why? It’s been found that some agents in recent years have been labeling schools as "bad" to swing the sales of homes toward more affluent neighborhoods, even to the point of segregation. So it comes down to you as a parent to research the best schools in Baton Rouge for your children. Then of course your agent can help you find the right home near the school you personally think is best.

There are at least 3 questions you should ask when finding the right school in Baton Rouge.

What school will you child attend?

You may think this is an obvious question, and it is, that’s why many people forget to ask it. There are hundreds of schools in Baton Rouge, so that means you have a lot of schools to choose from. The EBR Parish Schools System’s website has a feature to help you see where your child will attend based on where you live.

What are the numbers?

Test scores can say a lot about a school, even if they don't tell you everything about a school. An impartial perspective can be found on a school rating website such as They use test scores, reviews, and other factors to rate the best schools in a given area. is another website that rates schools based on similar criteria.

What about reputation?

Ask around. Find out what people are saying about a particular school or schools in an area you want to move to.  If you know people in the area, you can ask them.  You might even meet with the principal of a school to get an even closer look, presuming you can make such an arrangement. See if they can give you a tour of the school with your child present.  Look at class sizes.  Is the library well stocked? What does your child think about the school? These are great indicators to look for.

Finding the right school and the right home for sale in Baton Rouge is worth the effort.  Once you do find a great school for your child, let us help you find the right home near that school.  Our powerful search tool can help you find homes for sale near the schools of your choice in Baton Rouge.  Also make sure to take advantage of our Home Buyer Listing Alerts to get automated alerts of homes as they hit the market.And you can always feel free to call us at 225-205-2672 to speak with an experienced agent.


Enjoy the Great Baton Rouge Outdoors

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge LASpring is inching toward us, so maybe you're tempted to get outside and start having some fun.  If you live in Baton Rouge or planning to buy a home here, you'll soon discover that Baton Rouge is brimming with outdoor fun and excitement. From nature parks, gardens, paths, and a zoo, you'll find more than a few ways to enjoy nature's wonders.  Here's a few of the best parks and natural attractions in Baton Rouge to get you started.

Baton Rouge Zoo

Sure, the zoo may seem like an obvious place to go to enjoy nature, but the Baton Rouge Zoo is an exceptional example of natural exhibits.  Since 1970, the Baton Rouge Zoo has been a place where residents and visitors have connected with animals and nature. And of course it's the ideal place to take the whole family.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

This 103-acre center focuses on conservation, education, and tourism. You can visit the 9500 sq ft building filled with live animals, photographic exhibits, natural artifact and mineral displays, and more. Then you can explore over a mile of gravel paths weaving through various habitats such as the cypress-tupelo swamp, beech-magnolia and hardwood forests.  It's an ideal place for birders and for spotting various creatures in their natural habitats.

University Lake

Located on W Lakeshore Drive, University Lake is a favorite among Baton Rouge residents. A scenic accent to the campus, this lake is a peaceful place to walk, jog, or drive around and enjoy the view.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

The Mission of the Botanic Gardens is to "promote the importance of plants and their environment to the physical, mental and spiritual well being of the citizens of Baton Rouge, the state of Louisiana and the world." And you can certainly see how they accomplish this when you visit their 440 acres of flora and fauna in the heart of Baton Rouge. Visiting the park also helps support their important research related to agronomy and other related studies. It's also the perfect place for amateur photographers.

Baton Rouge is the perfect place to buy a home for anyone who enjoys the wonders of nature.  Check back on our blog every week for more great reasons to live and play in Baton Rouge.

2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

by Glenda Daughety & Team

A report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” released by Urban Institute, revealed that “eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.” Potential home buyers are usually not aware that they don't need as large a down payment as they think, or that their credit score isn't high enough. You could these beliefs myths, as they bear little resemblance to the truth.

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

This is not the case.  Buyers often overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the same report:

“Consumers are often unaware of the option to take out low-down-payment mortgages. Only 19% of consumers believe lenders would make loans with a down payment of 5% or less… While 15% believe lenders require a 20% down payment, and 30% believe lenders expect a 20% down payment.”

In fact, both people who own homes and who don't are in the same range when it comes to believing this. 39% of non-owners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment and 30% of homeowners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment.

While many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream home, what they don't realize is that programs are available that allow them to put down as little as 3%. Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

Myth #2: “I Need a 780 FICO Score or Higher to Buy”

What do you think your FICO score needs to be to qualify for  a home loan? Many buyers either don’t know or are misinformed about what FICO score is necessary to qualify.

Many Americans believe a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher.

To help debunk this myth, let’s take a look at Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans.

2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

As you can see in the chart above, 53.5% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.

What this adds up to is that you may be closer to owning a home than you think.  Know your options before you look into buying a home. Call 225-291-1234 today to see if we can help you realize your dream of owing a home in Baton Rouge!

Don't Get Caught In These Real Estate Scams

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Real Estate Scams​The world of real estate is one where a great deal of money is changing hands. When you consider the value of what’s being sold, this fact should come as no surprise. Criminals are aware of this fact as well. During the buying and selling process, scammers can take advantage of the situation and more easily deceive home buyers or sellers. What kind of scams should you be on the lookout for? Fraud prevention experts and real estate agents shed light on scams going on right now.

Hackers Steal Your Down Payment

This scam is focused on buyers.  Robert Siciliano, who is a fraud prevention expert with exposes this clever scam.

“A hacker could fool you into thinking he’s your agent and trick you into sending him money, which you’ll never get back. It’s so bad the FTC even sent an alert warning consumers that real estate agents email accounts are getting hacked.”, says Siciliano.

“Let’s say your realtor’s, name is Bill Baker. Bill Baker’s e-mail account gets hacked. The hacker observes Baker’s correspondences with his clients—including you. Ahhh, the hacker sees you have an upcoming closing. The hacker, posing as Bill Baker, sends you an e-mail, complete with  instructions on where to wire your closing funds. You follow these instructions. But there’s one last step: kissing your money goodbye, as it will disappear into an untraceable abyss overseas. This scam can also target your escrow agent.”

What are some ways you can protect yourself from this scam? Avoid sending sensitive information by email. If you must use email for sensitive information, use encrypted email. For instructions on sending money, do so over the phone. If you do receive an email regarding sending money, confirm the email by phone, and get verification of the transfer ASAP.

Bait and Switch Scheme

This scam is focused on the seller and happens when a prospective buyer offers more money for the home than the market value.  The seller is taken with the offer and accepts it. The problem is that the buyer never had any intention of paying that high price.

Lucas Machado, President of House Heroes explains: “Once the seller signs the contract, the seller may only sell to that buyer for a specified time (weeks to even months) for the buyer’s purported due diligence. When that time ends, the fraudster asks to extend the contract a few weeks to work out closing details. Sounding reasonable, the seller agrees to the extension blinded by the high offer.”

During that time, the seller not only keeps paying taxes and other home maintenance costs, but they also develop an emotional commitment to sell. Then the so-called buyer comes back with an excuse why they don’t want to pay the higher price. They will then try to get you to sell your home for below the market value, or they’ll cancel.

How can you avoid this scam? Always confirm the buyer has the money when you execute the contract.  Make sure that you set expectations early on and don’t grant unreasonable extensions or reductions.

Don’t let clever scammers take your money.  Make sure you use caution and work with your agent to make sure your home buying or selling experience goes smoothly. Check back on our blog for more real estate advice each week, and follow us on Facebook for more real estate tips and advice.

Plan Your Romantic Valentine Getaway in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Valentine's Day is less than a month away.  Have you made plans for a romantic getaway with your Valentine yet? If not, now is the time to make the perfect plans to get away with the one you love in Baton Rouge.  Baton Rouge has a number of romantic hotels and bed & breakfasts that will be sure to provide you with the perfect romantic getaway.  Here's a few getaways in Baton Rouge to get you started.

Belle of Baton Rouge

For something different, why not spend the night on this docked casino riverboat on the Mississippi? Spend some time at the casino, swimming in the pool, or dining as you look out at the views of the river.

Watermark Baton Rouge

If you really want to wine and dine your partner, then this art deco Greek revival hotel set in a bank from 1927 is just the place. They feature eclectic and stylish rooms and an elegant restaurant, perfect for any romantic getaway.

The Stockade Bed and Breakfast

This romantic retreat is set in the tree-lined neighborhoods of Baton Rouge on 11 acres and named after the Civil War stockades that used to be located here.  This beautiful and historic B&B features 5 large suites, including a two-bedroom unit, all with private baths. You'll also enjoy the peaceful grounds that have been certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. 

Barrow House Inn

Spend a romantic evening at this stylish B&B. They offer elegant suites accented with antiques of the mid-1800’s. But this bed and breakfast also offers modern touches, such as WI-FI and 1000 DVDs to choose from.  You’ll start your mornings off right with your choice of continental breakfast or local egg dishes.

Butler Greenwood

This historic antebellum plantation home provides the perfect romantic backdrop to spend time with your Valentine, just like the old days.  The original family still owns this amazing home and the 8 cottages located on the grounds. You’ll be able to relax in the private baths, hot tubs, and more.

Check back on our blog for more great things to see and do in Baton Rouge!

What are Appraisal Contingencies?

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Let's say that you're buying a home. The seller has accepted your offer, contracts are signed and now you've paid the deposit.  But after having the home appraised, it turns out that the home is appraised for less than what you offered. Then the bank decides not to loan you the money.  This is certainly not a good situation.  What can you do to avoid this? Appraisal contingencies are the solution.

Many buyers may not know what an appraisal contingency is. They are conditions that have to be met on a real estate contract before it becomes legally binding.  Most real estate contract include these conditions:

  1. The appraisal contingency: This states that the home has to be appraised at the sale price or higher.  This will help keep the mortgage from falling through.
  2. The finance contingency: This mandates that the deal is based on the bank granting the loan.
  3. The inspection contingency: The home must pass inspection.

There is a time limit for these conditions to be met.  If not, you can back out of the deal legally and get your deposit back.

Here's how an appraisal contingency works. The bank will hire an appraiser to determine the fair market value of the home based on similar homes in the area. This is called comparative sales, or comps. The bank will usually only loan the amount that the home is appraised for.  So that means that if the appraisal is lower than what the seller is asking, you can walk away from the deal and get your money back if the seller refuses to lower the price.

But isn't this the same thing as a finance contingency?  Not quite. With a finance contingency, if the bank refuses to write a mortgage based on a lower appraisal, then you can leave the deal.  But what happens if the bank agrees to a smaller loan that meets the finance contingency? If that happens, then seller can demand that you make up the difference from your own pocket.  That's where the appraisal contingency protects you, otherwise you have to come up with that extra money, or be in breech of contract and possibly lose your deposit. That's why you should have both the appraisal and finance contingency in a contract.

If the home appraisal is too low and you still want the home, you can ask the bank for another assessment. You can also show evidence that represents what you believe makes the home worth more.

Does this mean you should always have contingencies in a real estate contract? Remember that sellers usually get offers from multiple buyers.  The easier the deal is for the seller (by not having contingencies), the better chance you have of getting the home.  But you run the risk that you won't get the loan you need. In the end, it's up to you, based on the market and what risks you want to take either way.

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