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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.

The Best Pizza in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

The Best Pizza in Baton RougeBaton Rouge is home to many great things, especially amazing food.  And spectacular pizza is no exception to the rule.  So if you’re planning an epic pizza night or just want to experience some of the best pizza in Baton Rouge, there’s something for everyone.  Here’s 4 of the top places to get pizza in Baton Rouge to get you started on your flavorful pizza journey.

Red Zeppelin

Featuring a large menu with a great selection of pizza, salads, and sandwiches. It’s the perfect place to go for pizza on a nice day in Baton Rouge with plenty of outdoor seating. Top is al off with oven roasted po-boys, calzones, appetizers, desserts, and brews and you have one of the best pizza experiences in Baton Rouge.

Lit Pizza

You create the pizza, and they blast fire your creation.  You choose from a ton of fresh ingredients to create a truly customized pizza. The service is fast and friendly, so don’t let the long lines deter you as you’ll still get your pizza served up hot and fast. The college crowd comes here frequently, so you know it’s got to be good pizza.

Schlitz and Giggles

Usually you drink your beer with your pizza.  At Schlitz and Giggles, the beer is actually in the pizza! They mix a can of beer in every batch of dough to make an even tastier pizza as the crust comes out nice and crunchy. As their motto says, “silly name, serious pizza.”

Mellow Mushroom

Part sports bar and part restaurant, you’ll find a fun atmosphere and some of the best pizza and calzone in Baton Rouge. Start off with yummy appetizers such as Pretzel Bites, Bruschetta, Garlic Cheese Bread, Magic Mushroom Soup, and Oven Roasted Wings. They also let you build your own salads and offer a wide selection of hoagies.

This just scratches the surface of all the great pizza to be found in Baton Rouge. 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.

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
Admission:
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.

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.

Flowers

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 www.greatschools.org. They use test scores, reviews, and other factors to rate the best schools in a given area. Niche.com 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.

 

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!

You Get More Bang For Your Buck in Baton Rouge!

by Glenda Daughety & Team

There are plenty of great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge.  But when it boils down to it, making your dollar stretch the farthest is what most people aim for.  And the good news is that your dollar stretches farther in Louisiana than almost any other state in the nation! According to data used from the Tax Foundation, when you compare how far $100 goes throughout the country, it turns out that in Louisiana, your $100 gets you $110 worth of goods in comparison! That’s makes Louisiana one of the most affordable states to buy a home.

Review this map to see how affordable your state is (if you currently don’t live in Louisiana). It’s just one more great reason to buy a home in Baton Rouge!


Find Your Perfect Home in Shenandoah

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Looking for a great subdivision in Baton Rouge to call home? Shenandoah is the place!  It's home to some 18,000 residents who enjoy this beautiful tight-knit community.  You'll find several desirable subdivisions contained in Shenandoah, including Shenandoah Estates, Shenandoah Park, White Oak Landing, White Oak Estates, The Woods and The Lake at White Oak.

You don't have to go far to find great places to eat in Shenadoah. China Kitchen is a classic Chinese eatery serving Hunan, Sichuan & Cantonese dishes. For great Cajun seafood, burgers and pasta, there's Jasmines On the Bayou. Mason's Grill​ offers up the best Southern-style American cuisine. City Cafe​, Pocorello's Casa D'Italia, Hunan Restaurant​, and Waka House​ are other great choices.

There are also great choices for education in Shenandoah in the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools. 

Visit our Baton Rouge Area 43 Shenandoah page today to search for your next home!

Our Top Featured Listings

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If you're looking for a luxury home with all the bells and whistles, then these two top featured homes will certainly not disappoint.  Both of these homes have their own unique features that make them stand out from the crowd. Take a look at what's in store with these outstanding properties.

516 Myrtle Hill Dr, Baton Rouge

Set in the desirable Highland Road subdivision, this custom home has everything you could want.  This stunning home is an entertainer's delight with its large formal living area with 24ft ceiling, raised hearth fireplace, and amazing backyard pool with waterfall!  

There's so much to see! Take a look at all the features and photos!

 

 

8595 Beechwood Dr, Denham Springs

You'll get all the space you want with this amazing home.  Set on an acre of beautifully maintained property, this huge 3400 sq ft home gives you 5 beds and 3.5 baths to accommodate the whole family in comfort and style.  You can't beat all the features for the price.

Check out all the details and photos of this lovely property!

We have more amazing featured properties, so make sure you check our Featured Property page to see our lastest homes for sale.

Living in Downtown Baton Rouge Has Never Been Better!

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Is downtown living more your scene? There’s no better downtown living experience than Downtown Baton Rouge! With its amazing homes, dozens of great restaurants, entertainment, and many other outstanding amenities, it’s no wonder people are moving here.

One of the great amenities of the Downtown Baton Rouge area is all the great shopping and dining options, all within walking distance. Residents have the convenience of 6 grocery stores, such as Downtown Grocery and Spanish Town Market.  Feel like getting pampered?  No problem! There’s a number of fine salons and spas to choose from.  And if you want to stay in shape, then you can go to local gyms such as Anytime Fitness or the YMCA.  If its great food you’re looking for, then there are over 60 restaurants to keep your pallet busy, with outstanding cuisine from restaurants like Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant or Tsunami.

Of course the entertainment in Downtown Baton Rouge must be mentioned.  The world-class museums such as the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Capitol Park Museum, and the LSU Museum of Art will satisfy anyone who appreciates art and culture. And there’s plenty of festivals throughout the year to keep you entertained.

For more information about living in Downtown Baton Rouge, visit our Downtown Baton Rouge page where you can find the perfect home in this bustling community.

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4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge LA 70816
225-205-2672
225-291-1234
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Glenda Daughety & Team
RE/MAX First
Office: 225-291-1234
Cell: 225-205-2672
4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
Licensed Realtor in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission


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