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Industry Observer - formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners
What's going on in Monroe and the surrounding areas? Find info about the local market in Ouachita Parish, LA, including Monroe, West Monroe, Swartz, Sterlington, and Calhoun. Tips on buying and selling. Homes for sale. Local events and happenings.
By Louis Jones, Kiplinger's Personal Finance May 2009 TEN CITIES WITH RISING HOME VALUES Think that no real estate market is safe? Believe it or not, there are cities where home values have held their own. Their economies are well diversified, and their population growth has been slow, keeping un...
OK, I know this seems like OLD NEWS, but LA Realtors just passed this info on to me. By parish, the foreclosure rate for April, 2009, shows how few foreclosures there are in Ouachita Parish.  So, before you  rush out determined to buy a home in foreclosure, consider the low number. Your search wi...
If your Saturdays and Sundays consist of driving around neighborhoods looking for homes for sale, then you know the drill. See house, call number on the sign, leave message, expect a call back the next day when you have already forgotten which house you called about.If you have an iPhone, you can...
People are always asking me to tell them about foreclosures in the area. Yes, there are a FEW on the market in Monroe and West Monroe, but no more than any other time in the past several years. From today's news:Louisiana moved down to #41 on the May foreclosure ranking list (down 16.36% from Apr...
I'm smiling so big right now that I can't talk! This is wonderful news for our little part of the world! From The News Star,  June 13, 2009By Greg Hilburn Ouachita Lands 1,400 Jobs in Old Guide Plant A deal has been signed that will bring about 1,400 jobs to the former Guide Corp. plant in Ouachi...
People ask me that all the time. When you watch TV, you're sure to think that the housing market sucks, and that is true for some areas of the US. But, not all parts of the country are experiencing plunging real estate values. Certainly not here in Ouachita Parish. Home sales in Ouachita Parish f...
GREAT NEWS! If you were skeptical about how the new tax credit works, see the post below from a Realtor in New Jersey. Call me today and let's go house-hunting! Gayle      This is an actual check from one of my First Time Buyers who bought a home last month, and immediately filed his 2008 tax ret...
The following is a press release from the National Assoc. of REALTORS: FHA To Allow Monetization of Tax Credit Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow homeowners to use t...
The long tradition of Open Houses on Sunday afternoon is about to be shaken up a bit. This past weekend (May 9) was just the beginning of a new era in open houses in Monroe/West Monroe, LA. Keller Williams Realty hosted 30 open houses all over Ouachita Parish on Saturday afternoon! It was decided...
If you aren't swimming through your yard right now, you're doing well!  We've had so much rain over the past week that it's almost time to get out the boats. Now is a good time, before the stifling heat that's on its way, to check the drainage around your home. If water pools in the yard or near ...

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