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By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Lighting Everyone, at least almost everyone, enjoys a bright and airy feeling when they tour homes to purchase.  Open drapes, turn on the lights, and increase the wattage of the light bulbs if necessary. Religious ItemsYou can never be assured of the religious affiliation if any of the potential ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 You know what the “wow factor” is for any Metairie home that’s for sale—it’s the extra something that’s highly desirable and unique to the property. It could be a three-story entry hall, or a game room that’s large enough for a pool table and a conversation pit. It might be a home theater with f...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Specific Advantages of working with a Real Estate Agent/Consultant First there is a difference between an agent and a consultant.  In any sales profession, only 20% of the people sell 80% of the property.  Most of these 20% people are consultants meaning that they engage the customer in an in dep...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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SignsYard signs have and will continue to be the number one reason a buyer looks at a home.  Believe it or not the quality of a yard sign has a great subconscious affect on buyers as it speaks about the owners as well as the house for sale.  A great many buyers, being skeptical about sellers, wil...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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The outlook for owners of Metairie rental properties has been buoyant for some time, but last month a widely-publicized report added to the long range outlook. The study presented multiple scenarios in which demand is likely to outpace the supply of rental properties in the U.S., creating a marke...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Direct Response MailersThis is a form of direct mailing but usually includes a call for some form of action by the recipient such as visiting a web site, asking for a report, or a property description.  Very difficult for owners to engage in Direct Response Mailers to the public because of cost a...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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At the beginning of any month, Metairie onlookers can find batches of fresh reports about national real estate market activity. Take October, for instance. We’ve just learned a bunch about what happened across the country. September’s numbers won’t be collected and analyzed for a while, but the f...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Tips for Selling Your HomeTelevisionTelevision is a hit-or-miss advertising opportunity.  There are real estate channels on which a lot of real estate companies market property for sale.  It is expensive and not what you would refer to as target marketing.  The use of television by real estate ag...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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                                                                Whenever an unplanned and unwelcome financial situation develops, a Metairie mortgage-holder can find him or her in the onerous position of being unable to keep up with the monthly home loan payments. If the unhappy situation continu...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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With October newly arrived, it’s a time of year when Metairie homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief; relax and take it easy. With summer behind us, most gardens require less attention. The demands harsh winter weather will make are off in the distant future— or are they?This year it might be pr...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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The Metairie real estate listings consist of the lineup of Metairie homes that are currently “on the market.” They’re for sale. Offered to buyers. Available for purchase. “On the market” is a straightforward real estate term; end of discussion. So, you’d think that “off the market” should be equa...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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If you ask anyone doing serious house hunting in Metairie how they are going about it, there are few who won’t point to the web (nationally, 88% use it) as at least one of the top two most useful tools (their Metairie Realtor® is the other one: 87%). Yes, yard signs are helpful, and its first cou...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Overpriced Properties and Related Problems: Buyer’s and real estate agents use overpriced properties to help sell properly priced properties.  Overpriced properties tend to discourage buyers where they think they will never find what they want at the price they prefer.  Then when a truly comparab...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Back at the beginning of 2012 there came a ‘pinch me, I must be dreaming’ moment. This was back in what seemed to be the Bad Old Days, when Metairie homeowners who dared to check the latest in neighborhood home values were apt to spend a sleepless night as a result. Metairie home values had only ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Know Your Competition The term real estate people use is “absorption rate” which means how many homes are for sale and how many homes have sold in the past 6 or less months.  If you don’t know which homes you are competing with it is difficult to know where to price your home to make it more attr...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Being able to work within a realistic family budget has become an increasingly important part of modern living for many Metairie residents. Metairie’s cost of living may not have been exploding —but most people are keeping an eye on it anyway.The lingering effects of the last decade’s financial d...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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              In New Orleans real estate, there are happy words (“sold!”) and there are troubling words (“default”). Because of the associations they conjure up, some phrases just automatically make us happier. Two of the leaders in the positive category are the magical words, ‘vacation home.’ Al...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Know Your Mortgage TermsMost mortgages do not have pre-payment penalties involved but some do.  Call your mortgage company and ask what is needed to sell your home and what fees may be applicable.  Send your mortgage company an official notification of placing your property on the market and ask ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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ResearchIt is imperative that you know which way the market is flowing.  When there are MORE buyers than sellers, you are in a “Seller’s Market” and sales are brisk.  But when there are MORE sellers than buyers you are in a Buyer’s Market and the limited available and qualified buyers typically “...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Is your home safe for visitors? Remember that showing your home is going to interfere with your day to day life.  You will need to prepare for some inconvenience and intrusion into your privacy.  Consider the safety of your visitors.  There may be seniors as well as small children walking around ...

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