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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 72
 In his defense, the new car was sweet. A Car and Driver 10Best, the BMW 3 series was worth a second glance. The exterior was a work of art, and the interior had enough leather to make a cow nervous. So why did this pretty car cause my stomach to turn? Because my pre-approved buyers just pulled ...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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 I had a buddy in high school who was the real deal. Smart, outgoing, and considered by the ladies to be good looking. In retrospect I think he hung out with me out of pity, but that's another blog post.  He would come to school most mornings complaining about all the phone calls. "Why, no soone...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 6
 Most folks thought we were crazy for opening up a real estate company during the Great Recession. After all, in times like these isn't it better to work for a large company? In realty, there were a few days along the way when I thought "they" might have been correct. But as I sit here drinking ...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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 Bayou Properties Realty would like to extend a hardy congratulations to Ms. Erika Lauderdale. Before most people were at working this morning, she was getting the keys to her first home!  After touring homes in West Alexandria for a few weeks we came across a nice three bedroom home near Brashe...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 38
 A recent listing appointment turned awkward when it came time for the sellers to complete the home condition disclosure. In Louisiana sellers must complete a property condition statement at the time of listing. This form simple asks the sellers to disclose any defects they are aware of.  Appare...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 3
 I am still reaping benefits from the Raincamp I attended in 2010. Over my professional life I have attended dozens of conventions. Sadly, most were forgotten not long after my plane landed at Alexandria International Airport. There was always a nagging sense of regret for spending so much money...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 3
 Even though real estate can be challenging at times, I am blessed with the best clients in the world. A seller called yesterday needing to talk "face to face" right away. For those in the industry, you know such calls are rarely a good thing!  Imagine my surprise when the client handed me 6 qua...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 8
 Can you believe that in some cultures they use these treasures as bait? Down in Alexandria, Louisiana we understand that these little critters make a handsome meal. Here are some common questions outsiders have when faced with a tray of pleasure. 1) How Are They cooked-- Though you can get them...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 2
 I met Brent in line at the dorm cafeteria waaay back in the day. "Hello, my name is Brent and I'm from Vernon,Texas. Where you from"? How could I not became friends with someone like that? We became fast friends and had more fun in those few years than most folks have in a lifetime.  Sadly, our...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 8
 At the end of the year we all sit back and plan our course for the new year. Like runners waiting for the starting gun, we await January with much eagerness. After all, the new year is a great time to start fresh.  As February winds down, we are 1/6th way through 2012. The new year's excitement...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 3
 Making the decision to sell your home is a big step. Once you are committed to moving it is time to get the house in show condition. Here are some areas of concern that need to be addressed when prepping your home. 1)Your Language-- This property is no longer "your home", the place where so man...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 7
 A big-wig broker gave me some business advice a while back. "Doug, what Bayou Properties Realty needs is some office eye candy." I acted promptly, because advice that comes with a chuckle and pat on the back is usually spot on.  After a nation-wide search we found this Blue-Fronted Amazon in Ta...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 6
 I was running a bit late for closing yesterday. One of the few times I will not answer the phone is when I am with a client. Prior to closing, the cell phone is turned completely off.  Imagine my surprise when my IPhone started proclaiming, "Who Let The Dogs Out?" Thankfully nobody was paying a...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 9
 We are all frustrated with the recent service interruptions. Just this morning I was sipping some Community Coffee (awesome coffee for those not in the South) and complaining about "the lack of rain".  Sensing a foul mood rolling in, the wife made me go outside and play. Why not give the old Je...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 3
 A buyer recently posted on Facebook, "wish me luck, I just bought a house!" Had we just returned from the settlement table? Nope, we were one of FOUR people that wrote an offer on a foreclosure. Sadly we did not get the home. In football terms writing a contract would be the equivalent of the e...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 6
 I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. "Buying this house is a great choice, and you can lock in this low rate for the next 30 years!" What was the rate you ask? Try 6.75%!  Last Summer I was telling anyone who would listen that rates "under 5% could not last long." For once I was r...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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Home For Sale in Good Earth Subdivision, Alexandria Louisiana  Searching homes for sale in Good Earth Subdivision? This 3 bedroom 2  bath home on Demeter street is a bargain at only 139,900 dollars!  Good Earth Subdivision is located just off Jackson Street extension in West Alexandria. The kitch...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 12
 The deals are out there, but boy this market is tough. And like all performance based industries, the pain is not equally shared amongst the members. In speaking with other agents you can almost feel the pain in their voice.  "I sure hope this deal closes", "if I can only close this deal everyt...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 10
  Lessons in the real estate business are anything but cheap. Some can even be career ending. The purpose of this series is to help the rookie agent benefit from some of my mistakes.   Without clients real estate agents are nothing more than cheerful people with expensive MLS keys. Even prior to...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 3
 With the Neighbor's rap music blaring in the background, the young apartment renters dream of their first home. After months of saving and building credit, they are finally in a position to purchase a home. So what's the holdup?  Many buyers will wait until spring to search for their home. Why ...

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