Jeffrey Welsh and Carol Poche' - the KeyFinder's Team Keller Williams Realty 225-335-5395

Price it Right to Win!

Win when you Price It Right!
The housing market is recovering nicely. Prices have increased nationally by double digits over the last twelve months.  The one suggestion we would definitely offer:
DON’T OVERPRICE IT!!

Your home is rarely worth more than it is the FIRST day!  Time on market erodes value is our mantra — which is why we trend the market and strive to price ahead of it. 

Now may be the perfect time to sell your home and move to the dream house or beautiful location your family has always talked about. Naturally, we would be delighted to show you how we strategically price homes — it is guaranteed to excite you!

 
NEW LISTINGS! 
Great Home on 1.66 Acres 
In St. Francisville

10162 Cottonfield Ct.

Now Pre Selling New Units at the Cottages at Southfork



-Gated Community
-Slab Granite
-Wood Floors & Ceramic Tile Floors 
-Stainless Appliances
-Custom Stained Cabinets
-One Story
-Whirlpool Tub in Master Bath
Click Here for Listing Info



PRICE ADJUSTMENT  
3/2 on a Large Lot in Jefferson Terrace
A great place to build your dream home even!
NOW $160,000

5340 Houston 

Happy Easter to you and yours! 

Baton Rouge Real Estate Happy Happy

         Jeffrey and Carol attended the TRENDS in Real Estate Seminar today and especially enjoyed the presentation of keynote speaker Dr. Elliot Eisenberg who outlined a mostly optimistic outlook for the state and Capital Region, celebrating the area’s low unemployment rate, labor force growth — which is above the national average — and 5% increase in home prices since last year.

"You’re a happy city and a happy state, you really are," said Dr. Eisenberg, a nationally acclaimed economist based in Washington, D.C.  By contrast, he noted, the national economy is improving, but at a slower pace than has been seen locally.     

We coulda told him all of that!!   
          If you would like to know more about the local TRENDS in real estate, we would love to share the information with you!  Just give us a call or hit reply!
 
NEW LISTINGS!

Beautiful Custom Georgian Home
Off Moss Side Lane
On Krista Lane

*Open Sunday from 2-4pm*
6121 Krista Lane


4BR Home With A Grand Open Floor Plan
In Denham Springs

26475 Parkwood Dr.

PRICE ADJUSTMENT

Cute Updated 3BR
In Sherwood Forest
NOW: $140,000

12470 Parnell Dr.

 
Be Happy — Buy a New Home NOW!

Baton Rouge Real Estate Happy Happy

         Jeffrey and Carol attended the TRENDS in Real Estate Seminar today and especially enjoyed the presentation of keynote speaker Dr. Elliot Eisenberg who outlined a mostly optimistic outlook for the state and Capital Region, celebrating the area’s low unemployment rate, labor force growth — which is above the national average — and 5% increase in home prices since last year.

"You’re a happy city and a happy state, you really are," said Dr. Eisenberg, a nationally acclaimed economist based in Washington, D.C.  By contrast, he noted, the national economy is improving, but at a slower pace than has been seen locally.     

We coulda told him all of that!!   
          If you would like to know more about the local TRENDS in real estate, we would love to share the information with you!  Just give us a call or hit reply!
 
NEW LISTINGS!

Beautiful Custom Georgian Home
Off Moss Side Lane
On Krista Lane

*Open Sunday from 2-4pm*
6121 Krista Lane


4BR Home With A Grand Open Floor Plan
In Denham Springs

26475 Parkwood Dr.

PRICE ADJUSTMENT

Cute Updated 3BR
In Sherwood Forest
NOW: $140,000

12470 Parnell Dr.

 
Be Happy — Buy a New Home NOW!

Beautiful Custom Built Home In Baton Rouge

Custom Georgian on quiet Krista Lane just off scenic Moss Side Lane! Rising from the beds of lush azaleas is this classic home - inside and out! Rich hardwood flooring and open staircase welcome you to the dog trot style foyer. To the right is either a downstairs bedroom or gentleman’s study as it is being used today. To the left is the gracious living area with three walls of windows providing natural light and warmth. One wall is anchored by a marble encased fireplace, while opposite are custom bookcases and entertainment center. The formal dining room is at the end of the hall and provides storage for your china and linens. Through the swinging door is the open kitchen and breakfast area - with windows overlooking the back porches and backyard - including views of 100+ year old gracious oaks adjacent to the property. What a view! Upstairs you will find the master which opens onto the upstairs balcony that includes a spacious master bath with vaulted ceilings, jetted tub and shower, dual vanities, and large walk-in closet. Off bedroom 3 is a kid’s playroom for creative play or additional storage. Enjoy this classic custom home that brings Southern charm to everyday life. Quiet dead-end street convenient to Pennington, medical centers, LSU and more. A rare opportunity. Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE !
6121 Krista Ln.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

How to be the buyer every seller wants to deal with

(BPT) - For years, the real estate market has been a buyer’s world, with ample inventory, fewer qualified buyers, and highly motivated (read: desperate) sellers. This spring, some signs are pointing to a shift back toward a seller’s market. If you’re shopping for a home this spring and summer, chances are you’ll face increased competition from other buyers.

So how do you ensure you not only land the home of your dreams, but get the best possible price from the seller and the best possible mortgage deal from your lender? By becoming the buyer every homeowner wants to sell to a financially stable, credit-worthy, pre-approved purchaser.

“Just as lenders consider many factors beyond your credit score, when deciding whether to finance your home loan, sellers consider more than just the offering price when evaluating potential buyers,” says Barrett Burns, president and CEO of credit score model developer VantageScore Solutions. “Buyers who can move quickly and decisively, who walk through the door with their financing lined up and their credit in good shape, are best positioned to stand above the competition this year.”

Steps toward being a better buyer

You can be a better buyer - one that will appear attractive to both lenders and sellers - with some simple steps.

First, understand your credit score and the role it plays in the home buying process. While a good credit score can ease the borrowing process for home buyers, it’s not the only factor lenders will use to gauge whether to approve you for a loan, Burns says.

“A credit score predicts the likelihood of whether a borrower might default in the first 24 months of a loan,” he notes. “But lenders will also consider how much of a down payment you bring to the table as a percentage of the purchase price, your income and your debt-to-income ratio when considering a mortgage application.”

Remember that lenders will pull your score from all three major credit bureaus, so it pays to check your credit report and score with all three. Reviewing your report and score allows you to catch and correct errors, and have a better idea of how potential lenders might view your credit worthiness, and rest assured that obtaining this information does not impact your credit score.

Understanding your credit score is a more complex process than you might expect. You can test your knowledge about credit scores at www.CreditScoreQuiz.org, a website created by VantageScore Solutions and its partner, Consumer Federation of America.

When you have a handle on your credit, consider other factors that can make you a better buyer, including how much you have to put down on a house.

The days of no-money down mortgages are virtually over, industry experts say. Today, even FHA borrowers will likely need to make a down payment. How much you need will depend on many factors, including the loan program you apply for and the price of the house you’re buying. Generally, it’s a good rule of thumb to save 20 percent of the purchase cost for a down payment.

Keep in mind, the more you put down, the more instant equity you’ll have, the lower your monthly payment, and the better your chances of not needing private mortgage insurance (PMI), which can add hundreds of dollars to your monthly payment. If you’re able to put down more than a lender requires, a mortgage company may be willing to give you a pass on other issues on your application, such as a less-than-stellar credit score.

“Lenders and sellers are all looking for buyers who are ‘the complete package,’” Burns says. “While you should take care of your credit score, you shouldn’t obsess over it. Instead, look at it as an important part of the overall package of assets that can make you the kind of buyer everyone wants to work with.”

Courtesy of BPT

Tons of Space in This Home in Broadmoor Forest

Spacious home for the extended family or for great entertaining! Through the courtyard entry, enter the foyer with arched doorway to the large den. Off the foyer is an office/sitting room with French doors, that also opens on to the formal dining room. The kitchen is sleek and contemporary with black countertops, island, and stainless appliances. A pass-through from the kitchen opens onto the gameroom — just 26x20 — that is ready for a party! Off the gameroom is another area that could be a mother-in-law suite with kitchenette and private bath. The den is anchored by a black granite framed fireplace & hearth for a dramatic touch. Behind the den is a perfect kid’s playroom or studio. Three large bedrooms complete the bedroom wing with two full baths. Freshly painted, new 5 ton HVAC, new roof, ceramic tile flooring throughout, large patio and fenced yard. PLUS there is enough covered parking for 4 cars behind the iron gate. Immaculate condition. Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE!

1572 N. Bellrose Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Informatio​n Versus Real Estate Expert Experience

Information Overload?
 
In today’s information age, it has become increasingly apparent that real estate professionals  are needed to assist buyers and sellers with proper pricing and negotiating the best possible outcome for their home sale or purchase.  
 
   In a recent article, Unlocking the Secrets of Real Estate's New Market Reality , it was written:  
 

"It's actually quite simple: Information being readily available (without context or understanding) causes confusion. That's when people seek out professionals (whether it be a doctor, lawyer, or real estate professional) for an analysis of the information and their situation. Because of the wealth of information available, people are yearning for expert advice.

Of course we agree.  For example, you can go to WEB MD to diagnose an illness, but your next step is to call the professional, your Doctor!
  
For real estate, you can go to Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, etc., and do all the research you want, but the next step is to call the professional, your Realtor who knows how to analyze and interpret the data and provide solutions.   
  
Experts are always in demand. Otherwise, we would all self diagnose our health issues and buy homes online.  
  
Perhaps  a little risky to our physical and financial health, wouldn’t you say?


JUST LISTED by The Professional KeyFinders:

Tons of Space for $200,000
including large game room, new roof and A/C
In Broadmoor Forest

1572 N. Bellrose

PRICE CORRECTION:
New Construction
In Green Trails
NOW: $675,000

15831 Woodland Trails

Thinking of buying or selling?  Let us educate you on the market NOW!

Tips to help kids stay dry and confident through overnight occasions

(BPT) - For the estimated 6 million-plus American children who experience bedwetting, sleepovers, sleep-away camp and vacation can trigger embarrassment, not to mention stress and worry for parents. Compounding the problem, many parents don’t understand that bedwetting is a developmental phase that occurs as a child grows, and few consult their pediatricians about their concerns. In fact, a survey conducted by Strategy One found that 43 percent of parents incorrectly believe they can train their kids out of bedwetting.

“Many parents are unaware that bedwetting is a developmental condition, and not something a child can be trained out of,” says pediatrician Dr. Wolffe Nadoolman. “Most children will stop wetting the bed on their own as they physically mature - until that happens, learning to manage bedwetting can cause stress between a parent and child, and ultimately impact the child’s self-esteem and confidence.”

It’s important for parents to find coping strategies, and consistently comfort and reassure their children. Dr. Nadoolman and mom blogger and author Meagan Francis offer guidance on how parents can handle bedwetting during common overnight occasions.

1. Slumber party success

If your child agrees, talk to the host parents. Make sure they understand your child’s bedwetting is a medical condition that he or she can’t control. Arrange a private place to store GoodNites Underwear and a private spot for your child to change into them. Stash a dark plastic bag in his backpack to make disposal easy and discreet. Avoid bed-sharing with family or friends. Instead, have your child bring a sleeping bag.

2. Camp confidence

Bedwetting is so common, there’s a good chance other kids at camp will also be managing the problem. Since camp is often the first time a child is away from home alone, talk to camp counselors and administrators ahead of time - with your child’s agreement, of course. Discuss what accommodations you can make to ensure your child’s GoodNites Underwear are stored and discarded privately and discreetly, and that your child has a secure place to change into them.

3. Family vacation fun

Compassion from the rest of the family will go a long way toward easing a child’s bedwetting stress on vacation. Remind siblings to treat each other with love and respect. Since vacation disrupts routines, plan itineraries that allow children plenty of time to settle in at night and stick as closely as possible to their regular sleep schedule.

4. Spending time with grandparents

Trust the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, and explain the situation to Grandma and Grandpa. Answer any questions they may have, and emphasize the need to be sensitive to your child’s feelings. Pack Bed Mats to ensure sheets stay dry, and consider leaving a package at Grandma’s house for future overnight visits.

5. Adventures in overnight babysitting

Overnight babysitters need to be especially responsible and compassionate when caring for children as they cope with bedwetting. If your child is comfortable with it, discuss his or her situation with the sitter ahead of time. Make sure the sitter understands that bedwetting is a common developmental condition, and not sign of your child acting out. If your child isn’t OK with the sitter knowing about his situation, make sure he understands how to change his own protective garments and PJs.

6. Less stress from out-of-town guests

Before guests arrive, make sure to prepare a sleeping place for them that is separate from your child’s. Keep your child’s nighttime routine and don’t let visitors hinder the process. Remind siblings to respect your child’s privacy and not discuss nighttime wetting in front of guests.

Though many parents fear their child will never outgrow bedwetting, the experts affirm that worrying is not the answer. It’s best to comfort and reassure kids after every incident and know that bedwetting is a developmental phase that most children will outgrow on their own.

“Your role as parent is simply to help your child manage the condition and let them know it is just a bump in the road,” Nadoolman says.

For more advice on bedwetting, visit www.GoodNites.com.

Courtesy of BPT

Baton Rouge Real Estate Rebounds

The Baton Rouge Area Market
is Catching UP!

 

After a slow start, the real estate market is catching up from a slow, wintry January!  Our market is now even with last year’s activity.  Take a look at the price points that are moving ahead of last year … $300,000 to $350,000 for one!     A perfect example is below:   

JUST LISTED/UNDER CONTRACT:            

Under Contract In 19 Days!
4BR Updated Home
In Pine Park
$350,000

3816 Pine Park
_________________________________________________

Adorable 3BR Home
In Sherwood Forest

12470 Parnell
 
NEW CONSTRUCTION
4BR/2BA Home in Prairieville
By Level Homes
 
18137 River Birch Dr.



PRICE CHANGE:

Large Corner Lot In Centurion Place
NOW: $395,000

1010 Pompey


Thinking of buying or selling?  Let us educate you on the market NOW!

Preparation and technology can help you weather the storm

(BPT) - The last few years have brought record destruction from natural disasters. While disasters such as Hurricane Isaac, Superstorm Sandy or the Oklahoma tornadoes are tragic and unavoidable, there is value in being prepared for the challenges Mother Nature throws our way.

Technology can help you prepare for the unknown and get back on your feet more quickly. Whether it’s building an emergency plan or securing your important documents, a little planning can make it easier to recover from a disaster. And fortunately, today, abundant technology tools are available to help you do just that.

According to Tony Surma, the chief technology officer for Microsoft’s Disaster Response Program: “The best way to help you and your family after a disaster is to build an emergency plan today.- As part of your plan, technology can help you connect with loved ones, access critical information and preserve cherished memories after a disaster strikes.”

Follow these steps to prepare for recovery:

* Create an emergency plan. The first step is to create a plan for you and your family. A good plan will include emergency contacts, planned meeting locations and personal health details, such as allergies and medications, for all your family members. Microsoft Excel offers a template that walks you through the process of creating a comprehensive plan. You can find it on Office.com.

* Make your plan accessible. Just as important as creating the plan is accessing it during a disaster. Save your plan to a cloud drive, like SkyDrive (skydrive.com), that will sync your files, so you can get to your plan on any computer or smartphone, even when Internet connectivity fails.

* Keep important documents safe. Scan your important documents - insurance information, birth certificates, passports, medical records and other essential documents - and organize them in a digital notebook, like OneNote (onenote.com), so they can be quickly searched to find information you need. -If you save them to the same cloud drive as your plan, they’ll be accessible anytime, from anywhere.

* Build a communication plan. The ability to connect with friends and family during a natural disaster is critical to ensuring everyone is safe, or knowing when someone needs help. While your plan will have mobile phone numbers and a meeting place outlined, many natural disasters disable communications and make transportation difficult. Mobile applications like HelpBridge (microsoft.com/helpbridge) and Skype (skype.com) can help you quickly communicate when networks get overloaded. It is also important to share your family emergency plan with trusted friends, relatives and coworkers and keep contacts up to date on your computer or smartphone to provide as many points of contact as possible when cellphone and Internet access is inconsistent.

* Construct a disaster preparedness kit. While technology can help you get through and recover from a disaster, you can’t forget the basics. Experts recommend having enough food and water to last 72 hours, as well as other essential supplies such as a first aid kit, flashlight and battery-operated radio. Check with your state’s emergency preparedness office for a checklist to ensure you have all the right items and keep track of when items need to be replaced.

While no one can anticipate the next tornado, earthquake or super storm, a little planning and a little technology can make a big difference.

Courtesy of BPT


Jeffrey Welsh and Carol Poche' The KeyFinders Team
Keller Williams Realty, Redstick Partners
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

225.335.5395

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