Lafayette, LA Real Estate News

By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
If you've been thinking about buying a home, mark you calendar and join us Saturday morning, December 10, at 11am at the library in Maurice. We'll be talking about the loan process, the types of loans available to buyers, the home buying process, even investing in real estate. This is a free event for all! If you've been thinking about a career in real estate, you'll want to attend our career night in the Keller Williams' office at 900 South College, suite 100, in Lafayette. This event is tonight (December 7th) and starts at 5:30. You will learn about the real estate business and what it takes to be successful as a Realtor. You'll also learn about the Keller Williams' model. Keller Williams is now the 2nd largest real estate company in the U.S. and it will not be long before we are numb...
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By Charlotte Ducote, Lafayette Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
We have so much to choose from in our area to celebrate the Christmas season.  Here is a sampling of the activities being offered: Safari of Lights Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-30; Daily 5-9 p.m. Zoo of Acadiana, Broussard $5 in advance, $6 at the door (337) 837-4325, www.ZooOfAcadiana.org Stroll the pathways of the Zoo as it is aglow with thousands of twinkling lights. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while taking a ride on the Northpole Express Train as Christmas music fills the air. Idlewild Plantation Christmas Lighting Nov. 25-Dec. 31; 6-9 p.m. Kemper Williams Park, Patterson $2 per car (985) 395-2298 Driving tour along a path filled with elaborate displays of Christmas lights. Christmas music enhances the drive through the park. Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gard...
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
This billboard made me laugh out loud when I saw it. It also made me realize that every day, we drive around and see dozens of billboards while very few will actually stick in our minds (or make us laugh). The message here is funny, memorable and to the point. Simply brilliant! This billboard is located on Vermilion Parkway (Hwy 167) between E. Broussard Road and Maurice. You can see it if you are driving from Maurice to Lafayette on the left hand side of the road. When is the last time you saw a sign and thought: "I wish I had come up with that idea?" Originally Posted at: Lafayette Real Estate News
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
If you've been thinking about buying a home, mark you calendar and join us tonight (November 2nd) at 5:30 at the library in Maurice. We'll be talking about the loan process, the types of loans available to buyers, the home buying process, even investing in real estate. This is a free event for all! If you've been thinking about a career in real estate, you'll want to attend our career night in the Keller Williams' office at 900 South College, suite 100, in Lafayette. That, too, is tonight and starts at 5:30. You will learn about the real estate business and what it takes to be successful as a Realtor. You'll also learn about the Keller Williams' model. Keller Williams is now the 2nd largest real estate company in the U.S. and it will not be long before we are number 1. Come find out why...
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Wow, the cool weather that moved in a couple of days ago is just in time for our annual Gumbo Cook-off in Lafayette. Join us tonight from 4:30 to 7:30 in Parc International downtown Lafayette for some great gumbo, great music (Geno Delafose is playing), and lots of fun. This is our Keller Williams crew last year doing the 101 dalmatians! It was a blast! This year, we'll be... well you'll just have to come check us out. I will give you a hint: Once you walk into the park, look to your right and we'll be wearing yellow and red. Tickets are $5 for all you can eat gumbo and they will be available at the door (over 40 teams will be competing for best gumbo). There will also be a costume contest for children 12 and under at 6:30. Proceeds will benefit the Faith House, Rebuilding Together, and...
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
It is that time of year again: Festivals Acadiens & Creoles starts today in Lafayette, LA and it looks like the weather will be perfect! So head on down to Girard Park tonight. Music starts at 5:15 with Geno Delafosse and Christine Balfa, followed by Hert LeBlanc with Bruce Daigrepont and closing with Joel Sonnier with Michael Doucet. There will be music, food, crafts all weekend in the park. For a full schedule visit the official website of Festivals Acadiens & Créoles here. For information en français, click here. Originally Posted at: Lafayette Real Estate News
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Home sales in River Ranch got a little boost in September as 6 homes were sold. This is the most sales in any given month so far this year. While sales were higher in Lafayette parish in August than they were in July and September (see my post from yesterday), home sales in River Ranch did the opposite. Sales price for the homes that sold were between $302,000 and $470,000 for an average price of $375,000 and $201.47 per square foot. This is the lower end in River Ranch. There are currently 27 homes available in River Ranch priced between $343,000 and $959,000 with an average price per square feet of $205. As for condos and townhomes, sales remain stagnant with only 2 sales so far this year while there are 34 active listings for those units. Click here to view available properties (home...
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
If you have been thinking about a career in real estate, you owe it to yourself to attend one of our informative sessions at Keller Williams. Not only will you learn about what it takes to be successful in real estate, but you will also learn about what our company has to offer to new and seasoned agents alike. If you can't attend but would like information, always feel free to contact me directly. I would love to chat with you! Originally Posted at: Lafayette Real Estate News
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Lafayette's Cochon Restaurant is open for business as of today (september 15th) in Lafayette, LA. Cochon (pork in French) is located in River Ranch on the banks of the Vermilion River right by the Camellia Blvd bridge.   The restaurant features a terrace here with views of the Vermilion River. My husband and I plan on going for our anniversary in a couple of weeks. If you've been, let me know what you thoughts are! You can follow Lafayette's Cochon Restaurant on Facebook. Just click on this logo:  Originally Posted at: Lafayette Real Estate News
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
I was not going to write anything about 9-11 today, mostly because every one is, and like me, many of you are probably feeling in 9-11 information overload. That said, I received an email from a friend this afternoon who reminded me about the memorial we have here in downtown Lafayette. It just so happen that I wasn't far from it so I decided to go and take a picture. These are beams that were salvaged from the World Trade Center standing tall and oriented like the original towers were in New York. The base is pentagonal in shape and includes limestone masonry salvaged from the Pentagon (it is also oriented like the actual Pentagon). On each tower are plaques with the times there were struck and the times they fell. In the base is also the time the Pentagon was struck. The beams are 13 ...
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Downtown Alive! (DTA!) is back in Lafayette with its fall series of free concert! And again this season, there is a wonderful line-up of artists every one can enjoy in a family-friendly environment. And did I mention that it is free? DTA! begins at 5:30 p.m. and the music starts at 6:00 p.m. There are food and beverage concessions so please, leave your ice chests at home (and your pets) as concession sales help keep Downtown Alive! free for all. For more information, visit www.downtownlafayette.org. Originally Posted at: Lafayette Real Estate News
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By Mike Mayer
(Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC)
  You find that news shocking? What? You don't think this male real estate agent can have PMS? Of course he can (and DOES)! In fact, how could I NOT have PMS as a successful Listing Agent? PMS (PROFESSIONAL MARKETING SERVICES) are essential for my clients to achieve a successful sales transaction and enjoy complete satisfaction. When you're considering the sale of your home in Lafayette, Louisiana or greater Acadiana, contact i List For Less Realty. Our Agents have PMS!  
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
I always loved photography. I am no professional but I believe that photography is like anyting else, it takes practice to become good and more practice to become great. I also have to admit that I am a fan of Teresa Boardman's blog and I love her photography. So lately, I've been practicing and playing with apps on my iPad and iPhone to see what I could do with some of my own pictures. The pictures below were taken in the Village of River Ranch in Lafayette. It's probably one of the best places to take pictures in Lafayette because it is such a colorful place, stores and homes alike. Row of retail stores in the village of River Ranch. I love the colorful, cottage style homes in River Ranch. I think they also make great photos. The effects on these pictures were achieved using an app ca...
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Below is a graph showing home sales in Lafayette Parish since 2000. This is only for Detached Single Family homes and does not include attached dwellings (condos, townhomes) or mobile homes.   Home sales in Lafayette Parish reached their highest peak between 2005 and 2007 following hurricane Katrina and the housing boom it created in Acadiana. Since 2008, homes sales have fallen to levels slightly above what they were in 2004. Home sales are on pace this year to be near what they were in 2010. The average price for homes in Lafayette parish increased at a faster paste between 2005 and 2008 following Katrina. The increased demand after the hurricane and the limited supply at the time cause this increased in prices. Since 2008, prices have fallen, but not below what they were pre-Katrina....
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Because people often ask me how home sales are doing in the Village of River Ranch, I've decided to pull the numbers for the past 5 years. The graphs represent home sales and prices in River Ranch between January 1st and July 25th each year and do not include sales of condos. The number of home sales is less than half of what it was 5 years ago for the same period. The average sales price for homes in River Ranch is down from it high of $713,846 in 2008 and is now $588,866. In 2008, at its highest, the average price per square foot for a home in River Ranch was $215.25. This year, it is $196.20/sqft, down from $197.18 in 2010. Inventory remains high in River Ranch with 28 homes available. The average price for active listings is $593,994 and $205.91/sqft. The average days on the market ...
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
If you love beer, this is the event for you! Gulf Brew 2011 will be held tonight (July 23rd) at Parc International in downtown Lafayette from 6:00 9:00 p.m. Tasting tickets are $25. If you don't drink beer but would like to join the fun, non-taster tickets are available for $15 (no one under the age of 21 will be allowed in the park). There is a special pre-taster event from 5:00 to 6:00 where you get to talk to brewers one on one and you can avoid the lines. Pre-taster tickets are $50 and there are only 300 available. Gulf Brew is presented by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and it is a great opportunity for you to taste lots a brews for one price. How about a Tabasco Pepper Ale or an Imperial Bourbon Vanilla Porter? There will be food available for purchase and of course, music to en...
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By Mike Mayer
(Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC)
This 4th of July holiday I've decided to change things up a bit. No burgers, hot dogs or ribs. Anyone can offer those. Instead, my guests are going to be served something a bit more exotic... Bald Eagles! Send your family's taste buds soaring with a nest of these bald eagle treats. To make half a dozen, follow the recipe below.  Edible Bald Eagles Ingredients 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips 6 large marshmallows Finely shredded coconut Chocolate sandwich cookie (we used a chocolate-covered Oreo) 6 Cashews Black decorators' gel  Instructions: Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips according to the package directions. For each bird, drop a large marshmallow into the melted chocolate chips, using a spatula to coat it well. Remove the marshmallow from the white chocolate and roll it in finel...
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By Mike Mayer
(Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC)
I often share a simple fact with Buyer prospects, "There are some things your neighbors just won't tell you." Throughout the home search process, Buyers are encouraged to select neighborhoods and choose their neighbors BEFORE they finalize their purchase. Prospective Buyers should take the time to become familiar with a subdivision or property of interest. Investigate and take note of the activity that takes place on both weekdays and weekends, at dawn and at dusk. Another essential task includes arranging time to actually meet and talk with any neighbors of a property you intend to purchase. Once Closing takes place, it's too late. Don't heed this advice and you may learn that the people living next door may not be who you think they are. "There are some things your neighbors just won...
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By Trumps Elite, Realtors/Career Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
Come join us next Wednesday for an informative session about careers in real estate. The event will take place at our office at 900 South College Road in Lafayette, LA. Contact me if you would like more information.
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By Mike Mayer
(Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC)
Make no mistake about it, this photo COULD save your life! If you're visiting south central Louisiana, don't try to beat the heat by taking a dip in the lagoon at the Tourist Information Center in Vinton, Louisiana. You could become a snack for one of our native residents, the Alligator mississippiensis. Yes, it's that special day known as 'Speechless Sunday' - the day of the week on ActiveRain that is often categorized (and perhaps best known for) a day in which blogs with limited scope (and typically with no inherent value other than to enlighten or entertain viewers) are posted and shared with the community. I confess I've succumbed to posting my very own 'Cajun Version' although in my defense, this photo is being offered due to its unusual nature and as a public service message. Af...
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