How Many Houses Are For Sale In Baton Rouge?
Look what happened to our Baton Rouge Real Estate Market’s home sales inventory in April … inventory is DOWN 14.2%. What does this mean to you as a seller — it means that you have a great opportunity to sell your home quickly IF you properly price, prepare and promote your home (which is what WE do for you)! As a Buyer, it means that you can’t wait after you find your perfect home — you must make your offer strong and act quickly or the house you fell in love with will be gone! We have a 5.7 month supply of homes; anything below 6 months translates creates a Seller’s Market —-
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Easy-to-change seasonal decorating ideas
When spring arrives with its bright sunshine, fresh air, vibrant colors and light, do you find yourself regretting the decorating decisions you made last fall or winter? It’s natural to incorporate the season into your home decor, and the best way to do that is with design touches that can change as easily - and quickly - as the seasons themselves.
While you may love the bright reds and greens of the holiday season or the lush lilacs and blues of spring and summer, making them the foundation of a room’s design can leave the decor feeling out-of-step when the seasons change. By starting out with a foundation of neutral colors in walls, flooring and furnishings, you can add colorful and seasonally appropriate accents.
Updating your decor to complement the season is as simple as focusing on a few key areas.
It’s easy to overlook, but lighting is a key element in room design, and one that needs to change with the season.
In spring and summer, when sunshine is abundant and the days are longer, you can rely more on natural light. During warm months, you may only need artificial light late in the evening, when the advanced hour makes soft, muted light appropriate. Winter’s shorter days and weaker sunlight lead to greater dependence on artificial light throughout the day, so your lighting design should include options that can be used throughout the day.
Most rooms will benefit from a mixture of overhead lighting, floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps.
While neutral-hued walls make a versatile background for virtually any design, don’t be afraid to spice things up with seasonal touches. Repositionable wall covering options make it possible to create a seasonal look with a wall mural - and then remove it and replace it with something different when the season changes.
A patented adhesive allows you to easily place the removable wallpaper on virtually any smooth, flat surface, from windows to walls. You can pull it down, reposition it elsewhere, even fold it up and store it in a drawer for use next year. A wide variety of designs mean you can find something to fit your seasonal decor, and if you don’t see anything you like, you can customize by submitting your own original photo through the website.
If your floor is wood or you have a newer home with builder-installed carpet, you probably already have a neutral palette to work with. Adding seasonal flair to floors is as simple as adding or removing area rugs.
Area rugs in rich tones can warm up a room during winter months - especially when wood floors can feel cold underfoot. You can even add an accent rug in evergreen or crimson to underscore your holiday decor.
In warm months, when your family spends more time outdoors, a more durable area rug, positioned near entryways can help keep soil, grass clippings and other debris off your carpet or floor.
From window treatments to wall art, accessories are an easy, great way to create a seasonal look in any room.
In winter, when you want to keep out the chill, choose heavier drapes in colors that inspire warmth and comfort. For autumn or spring, when you want to welcome in sunlight, lighter, sheerer options can be appropriate. And in summer, when you’ll rely on blinds to block out hot midday sun, pastels and lighter fabrics can be a soothing foil to the utilitarian appearance of blinds.
Just as you change your own wardrobe to stay in step with the seasons, updating your home decor seasonally can help make your home feel welcoming and comfortable. Fortunately, it’s easy to keep your home decor in tune with the seasons when you make a few updates that are easy to change with the season.
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2 Bedroom Condo in Baton Rouge
Located in one of the
best communities off Jefferson Highway resides this fresh 2 bedroom/2 bath first floor condo with covered parking!! Just the first of the features to check off your list.
Two large bedrooms offer private baths and large walk-in closets. The living room opens to the dining, with a custom built entertainment center and windows to the outdoor patio area. Convenience abounds along this popular corridor between Bluebonnet and Airline, just a short walk from Woman’s Wellness, and a short drive to Towne Centre, Mall of LA or Perkins Rowe. After all that hustle and bustle, come home to this
peaceful community. The grounds are well maintained, and include a club house, pool with decking: all a great place to entertain and relax. Call or text 225.335.5395.
9851 Jefferson Hwy. Apt. H-1
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
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3 Bedroom Home in Baton Rouge
Tucked away off Perkins between Bluebonnet and Siegen is the hidden garden home community of
Greenbriar Hollow. This special home has great curb appeal, with landscaping, columned porch entry, and foyer opening to the living areas of the home. Life flows from the large living room with fireplace and new carpet, to the open kitchen that offers a large bar to hold as many as 4 bar stools for your casual dining and to the dining area. With an abundance of cabinets and open soffit, the kitchen provides lots of storage. The master bedroom has tray ceiling, windows overlooking backyard, and a master bath with garden tub, two vanities, separate shower and walk-in closet. The other two bedrooms are located at the front of the home, one with large walk-in closet. There is ample storage in this home, not commonly found, including a walk-in hall closet and linen closet. The garden yard is decked and fenced - backing up to treed green space belonging to a church. Easily access this green space down the street for your pleasure - and no maintenance.
Convenience is a key, being walking distance to Perkins Rowe, Fresh Market, even Starbucks! Call or text 225.335.5395.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Custom 4 Bedroom Home on Golf Course
Custom home in Denham Springs’ premier golf community! On
Greystone Avenue, this elegant Country French style home overlooks the first tee, lake, creek and trees for a special view every day! Twelve foot ceilings welcome you to the open living and dining area through stunning beveled glass entry doors. A wall of windows overlooks the covered patio and views beyond. The kitchen features stainless double ovens, microwave, gas cooktop, island, window with a view, and opens into the combination dining/keeping room area. There is room for your breakfast table, and then the keeping/sitting area provides room for sofa and chairs, TV, you name, again encompassing the view of the golf course. Many custom features are found: walkin pantry, large cleaning supply closet, boatport, travertine flooring, granite countertops, large master overlooking the greens, master bath with separate shower & jetted tub, two large vanities separated by a cabinet tower for convenient storage, and another walk-in closet. With a triple split floorplan, there is room for everyone to have privacy. The fourth bedroom off the kitchen is currently used as an office, and the closet has been configured as a wonderful supply closet. Never be without power as this home comes with a full house GENERATOR for your convenience and comfort. Enjoy the
golf community lifestyle in this tasteful 5 year young home. Call or text 225.335.5395
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Too many good ideas, not enough resources
One of the biggest challenges facing business leaders today is sifting through all the potential projects that cross their desks and deciding which initiatives are worth pursuing and which aren’t.
Recently, I got a wild hair and decided I wanted to build a boat. I’ve searched the Internet for the last several weeks looking for the right “project.” I found a builder in Maine who’s website convinced me that I wanted to buy the plans to build one of his boats. I measured my garage to see how much space I had to work with and narrowed my choice down to two styles.
Late last night I wrote him, explained my level of experience, and asked him if he had any advice. His reply came early this morning. He described the characteristics of each boat, including building and sailing, and asked me questions about what I wanted to accomplish with my boat. What was I looking for in the building process as well as what I wanted in sailing the boat later?
Basically, he presented the business case for each boat including:
1. My goal for building and sailing
2. The unique characteristics of each boat
3. The costs associated with building each boat
Business leaders today often face the challenge of too many good ideas and not enough resources to act on them all. Sometimes difficult choices need to be made by organizations doing project based work. Work management tools should facilitate the evaluation of potential projects to help make those decisions based upon something more than whether or not a project is a good project. In today’s economy the decision must be based upon whether or not the project is the best project, or will provide the most value. And doing that requires decisions based upon predetermined metrics that include:
1. Alignment to strategy and vision
2. An understanding of the potential risks along with any risk mitigation plans
3. The rewards of the potential project
4. The costs, including the opportunity cost of not doing a project
5. The resource requirements
How does your organization evaluate potential projects for execution? Does your project management software help facilitate those decisions?
By: Ty Kiisel
Can internet marketing be a long term business?
Here is the honest truth: most people get into Internet Marketing because they are convinced it is an easy way to earn quick money. Their approach is to make a fast website, put up some advertising and a few affiliate links, then sit back and watch while they earn real cash. There are a large amount of individuals who do this and also earn lots of money on the internet. But what if you want more than some extra or even quick cash? Can Internet Marketing really be leveraged to produce a worthwhile and long term career?
The quick and dirty answer is that yes, you are able to make Internet Marketing your long term and sustainable career. You only need to take on the project properly. The procedures and programs you use to build something to earn fast money are not all that different than the methods and systems you will use to build long term profits. So what would you do if you need to develop a sustainable career on the internet?
It is very important that the first thing you do, in order to earn long term money online, is accept the fact that you are going to have to do real work. You will have to do actual and real work on a daily basis. You will have days when you feel fantastic about what you do and days when you wish you could find something else to take on. This means it’s just about like every other occupation out there. If you want to produce lasting cash flow by working a lot right now and not at all later on then you are going to be in for a rude awakening. So be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
There are a few ventures that lend themselves much better to a long term career than others. Affiliate marketing, to use one example, is a great job for someone who wants to earn money on a part time basis or to supplement your already existent income. Is it truly possible to earn a full time income in this manner? You could if you pick out only the right products and then work like crazy to promote them. A far better approach, nevertheless, is to create your own products or websites and then promote those. This gives you full control over the projects you take on and how you accomplish them. And you will end up more likely to stick with it in the long run. If you want to give a service on the web, this works much the same way. Writers, for example, need to create websites for themselves and create portfolios that they can point to as examples of their work.
Finally, perhaps the most significant thing that you need to recognize is that, when you want to build a long term and reliable income on the internet, you need to truly dedicate yourself to your task. You might have fun and feel rewarded by your efforts, but first you should tell yourself “yes, I really want to do this.” Making a half-hearted effort is not about to get you anywhere.
by: Tanaka Ara
What you need to know about composite decking
Have you ever considered composite decking but disregarded the idea because you felt like you didn’t know enough about it? Maybe you’ve wondered how composite decking is made? Or what kinds of materials make up composite decking?
Although composite decking is not new, lack of familiarity with the product may lead you to be confused when making a decision about what you should choose for your deck. To make this decision-making process easier, it often helps to go back to the basics.
So what is composite decking anyway? By definition, composite decking is a wood-like product that is created by the mixture of wood fibers, or sawdust, and virgin and recycled plastics. The combination of these elements along with color pigments and other protective additives, form a traditional wood-like decking profile that requires less maintenance than traditional wood decks.
Many composite decking products are manufactured through a process called extrusion. This is defined as a forming process in which melted plastic and wood materials are forced through an opening to produce a product that maintains a relatively consistent size and shape. Think of it like putty that is being pushed through a mold. The opening gives the board the shape and texture.
Another manufacturing method is compression molding. Combined molten materials for the composite wood are placed on to wood grain molds which are then compressed under tremendous heat and pressure to create a physical bond. The force applied helps to squeeze out air pockets and create a compressed board.
For outdoor living, composite decking provides many added benefits including weather resistance, complementary colors, durability and reduced maintenance.
* Weather resistance: The density of a composite decking board helps protect the board from rot and decay caused by prolonged exposure to moisture. By keeping moisture out, this helps reduce mildew, insects and bacteria.
* Complementary colors: The composite boards are also manufactured in a range of colors to perfectly complement any home. Instead of needing stain or paint, the colors are already added to the boards.
* Durability: Composite decking boards are manufactured to be stain resistant against certain common food and beverage stains, including mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce, canola oil, fruit punch, wines and coffee. This stain resistance will preserve the life and beauty of the deck.
* Maintenance: Composite decking does not require paint, stain or a sealer reducing the overall maintenance of the deck. The best way to maintain a composite deck is to keep it swept, hose it off at least twice a year and attend to stains promptly with household cleaners or commercially available composite deck cleaners.
Overall, composite decking is a low maintenance product that has become a desirable alternative for outdoor living. Some composite deck products, like TAMKO’s Envision, even add an extra layer of protection against weather, staining and scratching to preserve the natural beauty of the composite decking board.
TAMKO’s Envision is uniquely designed with an added outer layer that is physically bonded to the core board under a compression process. This bonded outer layer adds durability to the core materials that provide the strength and consistency of the board. Envision also comes in four true, multi-shaded color options, designed with color highlights that emulate the textures and natural color variations of real wood to further enhance the natural beauty of the deck. To learn more about TAMKO’s Envision, visit www.tamko.com.
Knowing more about the choices available helps you make a more informed decision about the product that is best for you. Composite decking shouldn’t be something you avoid because you don’t know anything about it. Composite decking has come a long way since it was first introduced and can provide you with the beauty and satisfaction you look for in a deck for years to come. You don’t want to miss out.
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Affordable decorating tips to take your home from ho-hum to high style
Feeling uninspired in your space? Updating the decor in your home is an easy way to add more color, style and personality to rejuvenate your residence. Whether you’re making a few updates, like new artwork or wall colors, or renovating an entire room with a completely new look, decorating should be fun, not stressful. With a few simple tips, you can up the design ante in your home without breaking the bank.
Decorative painting for design
Painting can consist of much more than simple strokes of one color. Take things to the next level with decorative painting. Create different patterns on your walls with textured rollers to achieve an artistic design. Sponge and fabric paint rollers provide unique patterns to give your walls a one-of-a-kind look. Low in price and high in design, using textured rollers is a great option for redecorating on a budget.
Painting stripes in your room is a refreshing way to update your current color scheme. A sequence of wide and narrow stripes in complementing colors is a stylish option. To achieve crisp, clean lines between each stripe, painter’s tape will get the job done. It will also help to prevent paint bleed, leaving precise lines and keeping the transition between your colors looking sharp.
A plethora of plates
Artwork is a great way to change things up and give any room a boost. Expensive traditional framed pieces of artwork aren’t your only option anymore. Instead, create an eclectic art piece with plates you already own, or find them at garage sales and antique stores. Opt for various sizes and shapes and attach each one to your wall with plate hooks. You can cover an entire wall, or focus on a smaller area - but before you get started, be sure to lay out your design on the floor first. This way, you’ll achieve your desired look, without extra nail holes on the wall from hanging as you go.
Perk-up hallways with runners; rooms with rugs
While re-energizing your home, the hallways may seem a little drab. Add a pick-me-up to your walkway by hanging portraits with funky frames along the walls. Add a runner along the length of the floor for a touch of pizzazz. Runners come in a multitude of lengths, patterns and colors - not to mention price ranges. Updating the flooring will keep your feet cozy and help to diminish the sound of footsteps during the night.
If you have a space you want to update, but a full room makeover isn’t in your budget, consider an area rug to spruce things up. If the color in your room is dull, the rug can add visual interest and a pop of color, serving as an aesthetically pleasing addition. Area rugs also help to break up the space of a larger room and can add grandeur to a small space. A new rug will also protect your pre-existing carpet, vinyl and hardwood floors, keeping them looking newer, longer.
Opt for accents as design elements
No home redecorating project is complete without a few perfectly placed accents. These interesting items stand out from your primary colors and furniture pieces, offering a fresh look to any space. Accent pieces - like chairs, frames or vases - will spice up a monotonous color scheme, while harmonizing with everything else you may already have in a room. Consider a bright beanbag chair for your child’s bedroom, a bold lawn chair on your patio to enthrall while entertaining or a lamp base in a complementary color on your console. Keep in mind accents are meant to speak for themselves; so there’s no need to have another elaborate piece in the room to pair with an accent piece. Just one affordable piece is all it takes.
When the redecorating bug bites, embrace the opportunity to freshen up your home inexpensively. With a pinch of creativity and a dash of design inspiration, you can easily make over any space into one that’s perfect for you.
Caption 1: Create different patterns on your walls with textured rollers to achieve an artistic design.
Caption 2: Painting stripes in your room is a refreshing way to update your current color scheme.
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