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By Bill Cobb Appraiser, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser
(Accurate Valuations Group, LLC)
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Originally published here on BatonRougeHousingReports.com Greater Baton Rouge Home Sales January 2016 Update by Bill Cobb AppraiserIt used to be in Baton Rouge Real Estate January and February were slower months for home sales.  However, January 2016 was a very busy start to our new year. A couple of local REALTORS said they sold more homes in January 2016 than they did in their busiest months in 2015.  Here is this month's look at Greater Baton Rouge home sales for detached and attached homes: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston. I'm comparing January 2015 vs January 2016 statistics. DO KNOW we're looking at a 1 month comparison and not a full year.Overall, Greater Baton Rouge Parish January 2016 Home Sales Summary: In Greater Baton Rouge, the median sales pric...
Real Estate Tips | Saving up for down paymentIf you are thinking about purchasing a home in Baton Rouge but don’t know where to start, contact local real estate agent Sabrina Didier at 225-773-2352 for a FREE consultation! Buying a house is most people's biggest purchase ever. Many find that the hardest part is building up a down payment as most monthly mortgage payments are cheaper than monthly rent payments on comparable homes. Down payments can be as low as 3% of the total cost of the house, which is around $6,000 for the average home for sale in Baton Rouge or the surrounding area. Saving up approximately $6,000 or more if you want to have lower monthly payments can seem like an impossible goal. As with most goals, breaking things down into do-able tasks will make achieving what you...
By Sabrina Didier
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4758 Tigerland Ave, Units 1,2,3,4, Baton Rouge 70820This 4 plex for sale in Baton Rouge, LA was listed in the first days of 2016. This is a great investment opportunity as this 4 plex is close to LSU and would give student renters quick access to the bus route and the LSU campus. This 4 plex has a total of 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The total square footage for this 4 plex is 2,000 square feet. The listing price is $200,000 making the price per square foot $100. The 4 plex is a beautiful brick building with no back neighbors.If you are thinking about purchasing a home in Baton Rouge but don’t know where to start, contact local real estate agent Sabrina Didier at 225-773-2352 for a FREE consultation! Search homes for sale in Baton Rouge by clicking here.Become a resident of Baton Rouge ...
By Carol Poche, Jeffrey Welsh & Carol Poche'
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Jefferson Hills Condo off Jefferson Hwy near Bluebonnet & Airline! Enjoy a quiet lifestyle along the active Jefferson Hwy Corridor in this 2 bedroom each with its our balcony, 2 bath upstairs condo near the community pool. Summer is coming, and you can enjoy maintenance free weekends poolside! Completely updated with wood floors, fresh paint and appliances, this open floorplan brings charm and space. Each bedroom has it's own private bath and LARGE walk-in closet! Windows along the living/dining combination bring refreshing natural light. A stable community, Jefferson Hills is near I-10, I-12, Airline, Bluebonnet and Essen. And all the entertaining, dining and shopping nearby. Park at your front door too! Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE for more info. 9853 Jefferson Hwy. F20 Ba...
Home for sale in Pride, LA - 14646 Denham RoadIf you are a Baton Rouge resident and want to know how much your Baton Rouge home is worth, contact Sabrina Didier at 225-773-2352.This home on Denham Road has 2 living rooms and is very spacious. There are 2 fireplaces in this home, and each of the 3 rooms are very spacious and have their own walk in closets. This home features a split bedroom floor plan, meaning that there is a bedroom on the other side of the house from the others. This home for sale in Pride is located on almost 10 acres of land. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this home is priced at $205,000. This home is measured at 2,176 square feet and is a single story home. This home is zoned for Central High School. This home's acreage includes a large green lawn, mature trees, a...
By Carol Poche, Jeffrey Welsh & Carol Poche'
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Soaring ceilings expand this condo in the Lee Drive/Southdowns area! Situated at the end of the street, this condo affords privacy and ample parking. Completely updated with ceramic flooring, fresh paint, new appliances, fridge and stackable washer/dryer to remain! Master bedroom opens onto a private courtyard for your morning coffee. Up the spiral staircase is a loft that can serve as an office or guest accommodations. Park at your front door too! Low HOA. Great opportunity for students, young professionals and retirees. Along the Lee Drive corridor close to shopping and restaurants. Ready for you to move in today! Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE for more info. 402 Lee Drive #10F Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Things to do for Valentines Day in Baton RougeAre you looking to make this valentines day special but don't know what to do other than dinner and a movie? Here is a list of things to do for Valentines Day that will make an impression! Be sure to choose something that you can imagine your Valentine enjoying with you!Get more information about buying a home in Baton Rouge! Contact Sabrina Didier, your local Baton Rouge real estate agent, at 225-773-2352.Search homes for sale in Baton Rouge by clicking here. Casino RougeSpend this Valentines Day on a boat! This casino is reminiscent of the historic paddle wheelers of Baton Rouge. Casino Rouge offers a all you can eat buffet, gambling, drinks, and an amazing time! To learn more go to www.crapshero.com or call 800-44ROUGE.Find out more abou...
By Michelle Knobloch, Unlocking Dreams One Door At A Time
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Mardi Gras Season, Letthe Good times Roll...What is Mardi Gras?  Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Christian holiday and popular cultural phenomenon, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. Also known as Carnival, it is celebrated in many countries around the world–mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations–on the day before thereligious season of Lent begins.Brazil, Venice and New Orleans play hostto some of theholiday’s most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of tourists and revelers every year.1699-  Jean Baptiste arrived approximately 60 mil...
By Bill Cobb Appraiser, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser
(Accurate Valuations Group, LLC)
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Greater Baton Rouge 2015 Home Sales $475,000 Plus List by Subdivision Since 01/01/2015, there’s been 428 luxury home sales $475,000 to $6,000,000. Low sales price per sq. ft. was $45/sf to a high of $455/sf, averaging $182/sf. Luxury home sold from 1 to 1,180 days on the market, averaging 152 days. Executive homes sold from 50% of listing price to 120%, averaging 96%. It appears Bocage market is showing some weakness selling at 88% to 89% of listing prices. Average size luxury home sold was 3,853 sq. ft..The most sales took place NOT in subdivisions but rather on Rural Tracts, 43 sales. University Club Plantation experienced the second most sales at 40 sales. Country Club of Louisiana was third with 26 sales. The Settlement At Willow Grove was fourth with 22 sales and Santa Maria and Le...
Local Baton Rouge Real Estate Agent puts two homes in escrowSabrina Didier, local Baton Rouge real estate agent has just put two of her listings into escrow. These two Baton Rouge real estate listings were listed on the Baton Rouge MLS in late 2015 and are now pending two buyer's offers. If you are interested in the escrow process, read more here. Sabrina is able to get her listings quickly sold as she has a great marketing method and as a Baton Rouge local and experienced real estate agent, Sabrina knows how to price and list homes to sell.Search homes for sale in Baton Rouge by clicking here.One of the two listings to go into escrow is located in the Pride community of Baton Rouge. This home in Pride WAS UNDER CONTRACT IN 30 DAYS and is located on almost 10 acres of land. With 3 bedro...
By Michelle Knobloch, Unlocking Dreams One Door At A Time
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Tomorrow as we honor Martin Luther King Day Jan 18, 2016, there are some events going on around town and throughout Louisiana to enjoy.City/TownAlexandria Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Alexandria https://louisiana.kitchenandculture.com/event/martin-luther-king-jr-parade-alexandria Baton RougeMartin Luther King, Jr. Parade Baton Rouge Hammond Pet Parade & Family Fun FestLafayette Martin Luther King Jr. Day LafayetteLake Charles Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival Lake CharlesOpelousas ZydefestMartin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Born: January 15, 1929, Atlanta, GAAssassinated: April 4, 1968, Memphis, TNSpouse: Coretta Scott King (m. 1953–1968)Children: Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott ...
By Sabrina Didier
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Garden District | Baton Rouge Real EstateThe Garden District is a area located in the middle of Baton Rouge that is very rich in history. The Garden District is made up of three parts: Roseland Terrace, Kleinert Place and Drehr Place. This area centers around the intersection of Park Boulevard and Government Street and includes many historic, iconic Baton Rouge homes. It's one of the most distinct areas of Baton Rouge dating back to the early 1900s. Shaded with tons of live Oak Trees this area gives charm unlike any other neighborhood in Baton Rouge. This area makes up over 1.7 square miles of mid city Baton Rouge.Want to learn more on the state of the real estate market and community information? Contact Sabrina to find out more!Roseland Terrace was the first district in Baton Rouge an...
By Bill Cobb Appraiser, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser
(Accurate Valuations Group, LLC)
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Pre-Purchase Home Appraisals For Cash Sale In Baton Rouge ExplainedThis involves the homebuyer paying cash and obtaining a pre purchase home appraisal, pre-purchase home appraisal or cash sale home appraisal to determine if they're paying a fair price and if the physical information presented by REALTOR is correct or not. Physical information can be the actual verified living area size, such as is this home really 2,800 sq. ft. of legal heated and cooled sq. ft. or is it really 2,400sf sq. ft. If the average sales price in a market is $110/sf, then that's a big deal.Also, both Appraisers and REALTORS are not Home Inspectors. Just to be fair, when a REALTOR lists a home, they don't know what possible problems there could be inside the walls or with a central heat/air system. Home Inspect...
By Sabrina Didier
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  Mardi Gras 2016 | Baton Rouge EventsMardi Gras 2016 will be one of the best years yet. With more than 5 different parades spread across the two weekends leading up to Mardi Gras (February 9th) and many more events happening in the surrounding area, residents and visitors will not be disappointed with the festivities of Mardi Gras 2016 in Baton Rouge, LA. Below is a list of parades and other options for those looking to have a great time celebrating Mardi Gras.Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival - Come to the 2016 Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival! Starting at 10AM on February 6th, the party will continue till 6PM. This celebration will be located at North Boulevard Town Square. With live music, exhibits, food, krewes, and other festivities, you will not be disappointed with this year's Bato...
By Bill Cobb Appraiser, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser
(Accurate Valuations Group, LLC)
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QUESTION: Is there a one-mile rule when it comes to finding Comparables for home appraisals.ANSWER: I would strongly recommend watching Fannie Mae's CU video on comp selection.  I've attempted to provide actual Fannie Mae references to help answer this concern. Not really, it really depends on the individual underwriter on that particular day, and it depends on which location box the Appraiser checks: Urban, Suburban or Rural.  AND, most underwriters want to see at least two comps sold within 90 days. When Urban is checked, then comps should be as very close as possible. Suburban generally provides more tolerance of say 1 to 3 miles, perhaps 5 miles if challenging. Rural here in GBR could mean 5 to 25 miles but in Idaho could be up to 100 miles.Naturally, you want to choose comparable s...
By Carol Poche, Jeffrey Welsh & Carol Poche'
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Southern charmer on 2.1 acres in the heart of the city! Custom built New Orleans style home! Spacious living areas with quality features, triple plus split floorplan with 6 bedrooms plus office off the master wing. Just a few of the quality features include: gunite pool, brick patio, stucco walls, gas lanterns, exposed antique beams, antique ironwork (every piece has a story to tell), reclaimed doors, heart of pine flooring, exposed brick arches, 10+ foot ceilings, massive granite topped island in kitchen that overlooks large keeping area with fireplace. Two dishwashers, triple sink, professional gas range, pantry, and even two laundry rooms. Master suite provides a sitting area overlooking the tree laden ravine, split master bath with double sided walk-in shower, enormous closet with b...
First Time Home Buyers | Baton Rouge real estateThe home buying process consists of many different parts, people, and variables that a first time home buyer has every right to be confused. First time home buyers have to understand that purchasing Baton Rouge real estate takes careful planning, financial responsibility, a decent credit score, and more. Below are a few simple steps to get you going in the right direction to purchase your first home.Get more information about buying a home in Baton Rouge! Contact Sabrina Didier, your local Baton Rouge real estate agent, at 225-773-2352.Search homes for sale in Baton Rouge by clicking here.Hire a real estate agentYou, being the buyer, will not have to pay for hiring a real estate agent as their commission comes from the individual selling t...
By Carol Poche, Jeffrey Welsh & Carol Poche'
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Not your expected Lakeshore Gardens "garden home"! Here is a family home in this exclusive neighborhood, located on a quiet cul-de-sac with on one of the largest lots in the neighborhood! Enter through the true New Orleans styled courtyard to a galley foye'r, with the master suite off to the right. Exposed brick and cypress beams meet gleaming heart of pine flooring throughout all of the living areas. The kitchen is open with a large island, gas cooktop, window overlooking the courtyard, that opens to the spacious living area on one side and the more formal dining area on the other. Such a wonderful floorplan! A wall of French doors open from the den to the large covered patio that overlooks the large yard. Another wall of windows flows from the dining to the outdoors as well for more a...
By Carol Poche, Jeffrey Welsh & Carol Poche'
(Keller Williams Realty)
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This home offers so much -- quiet neighborhood off of Coursey/Sherwood corridors with neighborhood pool, quiet cul-de-sac lot, and an abundance of space for expanded living! With four bedrooms along one wing -- one currently used as an outstanding sitting/TV room -- with a spacious master bedroom overlooking the large covered patio and outdoor living areas. Formal areas include a formal dining and living area, opening onto the large kitchen with a unique floorplan and breakfast room, flowing to a large laundry and pantry area. There is such an abundance of work space in this kitchen! Off the kitchen area is the perfect guest suite with full bath. The den includes vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, masonry fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the covered patio and open flagstone pati...
By Sabrina Didier
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Pride | Baton Rouge CommunitiesLocated in the Baton Rouge zip code of 70770, Pride is an unincorporated community. Pride is not the only unincorporated communities in Baton Rouge but there is also Port Hudson, Plains, Fred, Greenwell Springs, Burtville, Baywood and Alsen which are also Baton Rouge communities. The town of Pride was started in the late 1800's and has plenty of history.  The town is zoned for the Central Community School District.Get more information about buying a home in Baton Rouge! Contact Sabrina Didier, your local Baton Rouge real estate agent, at 225-773-2352.Search homes for sale in Baton Rouge by clicking here.Some of the benefits to living in Pride, Louisiana is the expected job growth. The unemployment rate is over 2% lower than the state and jobs have recently...

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