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Baton Rouge Home Ownership Center Helps Prepare New Buyers

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Some lessons can only be learned the hard way: through emotionally, and often financially, painful trial and error. Thankfully, you don't have to rake yourself over those coals when it comes to buying your first home. There are a number of helpful resources available to you via the internet and your local library, for those do-it-yourselfers who can allow themselves to admit they need at least a little help.

However, if you're lucky enough to live in, or are planning to move to, the Baton Rouge area, you can take advantage of the wide range of offerings provided for free by the Home Ownership Center. A community resource, staffed by professionals, and primarily set up to aid low-to-moderate-income families, the Home Ownership Center, and its comprehensive educational workshops and counseling sessions, are part of the myriad programs offered by the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance of Baton Rouge. The Alliance's mission is to encourage and expand new developments and renewal projects in the Mid-City region of Baton Rouge, through the attraction of new businesses and residents, as well as the retention of current ones.

Working in well-oiled synchronicity with its parent organization, the Home Ownership Center endeavors to bring the self-esteem and sense of pride that home ownership provides, to many who would otherwise likely not have access to this experience.

Home Ownership Center's 5 Tracks of Service

Track 1: Homebuyer Readiness

Working together with applicants to create a budget and set aside funds for purchasing a home.

Track 2: Homebuyer Training

A comprehensive 15-hour compendium of classes and learning sessions, designed to educate future homebuyers on the basics of the process, including courses covering fair housing laws, consumer credit,  the mortgage and closing processes, and many others.

Track 3: Home Purchasing

The Mid City Real Estate Agency exists to sell affordable, rehabilitated, and newly constructed homes, offered through the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance. Additionally, it helps connect first-time homebuyers with available homes by way of a special referral partnership with five real estate firms.

Track 4: Financial Education

Contacting creditors and establishing a plan to clear delinquent or disputed accounts.

Track 5: Foreclosure Prevention

Assist prospective home buyers to develop prudent money management strategies in order to properly manage their mortgage payments and avoid foreclosure. The Home Ownership Center provides one-on-one delinquent mortgage counseling services free of charge.

Applications are available at the Home Ownership Center's website and the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance offices, located at 419 North 19th Street.

Staging Can Help Sell Your Baton Rouge Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If, perhaps, you are thinking that home staging is not very important, or not worth the effort, you would miss out on one of the easiest and quickest ways to showcase your home in its very best light.

Home staging is just that – it shares a number of qualities with setting the stage for individual scenes in a theater production. Imagine going to a play, and when the opening curtain is drawn, there is either an empty stage, or one cluttered with the director’s belongings and personal effects.   You would no doubt form an instant opinion based on your first impression. Likewise, a home buyer will form a very quick first impression of your house – so make it count!

In order to ensure buyers see your home sparkle and shine in the spotlight, check out some of these home staging tips:

Search and Research

This step is especially important if it has been a couple of years or more since your home was on the market. Real estate is kind of like clothing – there are fashion trends to consider. Thankfully, using magazines and the internet can make research incredibly easy. Talk with your real estate agent, examine photos, watch some YouTube videos, and then try to attend a few open houses in your area. All of these measures will serve to stimulate your imagination and creative impulses, which you can then unleash upon your own home.

Depersonalize

One of the most difficult steps in the home staging process - but one of the most vital - is to remove as much of yourself from your home as possible, or at the very least, from the primary living spaces.

This can be difficult for sellers to accomplish because we all tend to fall into habits at home, and we might not easily see our clutter, even though an outside can. Start by removing all of the obvious personal items, such as family photos, seasonal décor, knick-knacks or souvenirs. Then, get the opinion of your real estate agent or another outside party, in order to highlight areas you may have missed - you will probably be surprised at what they notice.

Use Priority Staging Techniques

You do not need to stage your entire house. Most buyers who come to look at your home will primarily focus their attention on the largest and most commonly used rooms, such as the kitchen, living room and master suite.

Home staging gives you the power to control, or at least influence, potential buyers' first impressions of your home. And we all know that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Dishcrawl lets Food Lovers Explore Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

You are invited to join in on some delicious fun Wednesday, March 20, when the first-ever Dishcrawl Baton Rouge sets its sights and taste buds on an array of incredible local food delicacies and specialities offered in downtown Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge is Louisiana's capital city, and its eclectic Downtown Arts and Entertainment District is arguably the state's food, drink and fun capital as well. Celebrate and enjoy this wonderful area's myriad restaurants and eateries, as the good folks involved with Dishcrawl bring their distinctive, one-of-a-kind dining experience to Baton Rouge. This collaboration with neighborhood chefs, regional food producers and fellow "foodies", ensures you and your friends will find plenty of morsels to savor. You may even discover some new eateries to add to your personal favorites.

Your gastronomic adventure begins even before you purchase your tickets - Dishcrawl adds the spice of surprise into this premier culinary social experience at no extra charge! You will not know the names of the four Downtown restaurants at which you will be enjoying your evening; Dishcrawl is holding those close to their collective vest...for now. Oh, they will drop you hints from time to time, leading up to the magical evening, which just adds to the magnificent anticipation. Be sure to follow Dishcrawl on Twitter (@DishcrawlBTR) in order to find out before everyone else.

Dishcrawl Details

When is this event again?

Wednesday, March 20 (Times will be announced in the days leading up to the event)

Where should I go to meet and greet everyone?

Every ticket holder can expect to receive an email 48 hours prior to the evening of the event that will contain details on the location where everyone participating will meet.

What should I do in the unfortunate event that I have to cancel?

Dishcrawl allows you to cancel if you give them notification at least 48 hours in advance of the event. All scheduled Dishcrawl events will take place regardless of the weather conditions on that evening.

Does Dishcrawl accommodate vegetarians?

The short answer to this question is yes, there will be options and alternatives available to vegetarians. The longer answer, however, is that while vegetarian alternatives will be readily accessible, Dishcrawl might not have the capability to accommodate various other dietary restrictions.

Questions?

If you have any specific dietary or other concerns, questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact Caroline, your Baton Rouge Dishcrawl Ambassador. Her email address is Carolineh@dishcrawl.com.

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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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