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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.

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.

 

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!

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Glenda Daughety
RE/MAX First
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


Glenda Daughety, Team Leader

Michelle Copeland, Buyer Specialist

Ashley Daughety, Buyer Specialist / Stager Decorator

 

 

 

 

 

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