Monroe, LA Real Estate News

By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
We are proud to announce our partnership with Community Trust Bank!  Michelle Taylor, Vicki Sills, and Gina Qualls are available to help you determine your financial standing in the home-buying process, and can help you apply for a home loan in Monroe, LA! When you begin the home-buying process, our partnership with Community Trust Bank will ease some of the issues you could encounter when you go to apply for a home loan in Monroe, LA.  Most sellers typically avoid accepting an offer without having a pre-approval letter.  Our partnership with Community Trust Bank allows you the opportunity to avoid having to seek separate real estate and financial counsel when it is time for you to apply for a home loan in Monroe, LA. This partnership gives you the opportunity to have a dry run of the p...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
As reported in the News-Star this week, home prices in the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area grew about 3 percent in 2010. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, this was the second best average change in the nation.  Other housing market research sites like Local Market Monitor and Housing Predictor listed Monroe as one of the Top 10 markets in the U.S. In fact, Housing Predictor had this to say about the Monroe market: "As national trends disintegrated into rising foreclosures and a more troubled economy, in the northern reaches of Louisiana, Monroe has held its own as a huge exception in America's real estate crash. One of the most stable economies in the U.S. is aided by growing employment, consistent home sales and the likelihood of more new home building in the region...
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Saving Money When Buying a Home in Ruston, LA – 6 Costly Mistakes to Avoid Before Buying a Home: Critical information regarding the 6 most common and expensive mistakes that are made by new homebuyers has been released. Over the last few years several significant changes have been made to mortgage regulations, many of which will widen your options in Ruston, LA the home-buying process. Slight changes in the way you shop for your mortgage, or even little differences in the structure of your mortgage could save or cost you thousands of dollars. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer in Ruston, LA, or are moving into a home that better suits your needs at this time of your life, it is very important that you learn about all of the factors involved before you purchase your home. To help yo...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
According to a Kiplinger article, Louisiana is in the 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees!  It's pretty good for those of us still working, too!  You can read the full article at http://portal.kiplinger.com/tools/retiree_map/index.html?map=14#anchor Here are the 5 states with lowest state real estate taxes:
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
  West Monroe, LA – No matter how you look at it, purchasing a home is a major (and costly!) investment.  But many buyers are swindled into a more pricey process than is necessary.  Because they fall victim to some of the common mistakes, they are trapped paying too much for a home they want, losing their dream home to another buyer, or, even worse, buying a home that doesn’t suit their needs or lifestyle. Taking a systematic approach to purchasing a home can steer you away from these pitfalls, and will help you to cut out costs and buy the best possible home for you. If you would like to learn more about avoiding buyer traps in West Monroe, LA, we have valuable information that will be of interest to you. An industry report was recently released that discusses the 9 common mistakes tha...
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
  Saving Money When Buying a Home in West Monroe, LA – 6 Costly Mistakes to Avoid Before Buying a Home: Critical information regarding the 6 most common and expensive mistakes that are made by new homebuyers has been released. Over the last few years several significant changes have been made to mortgage regulations, many of which will widen your options in West Monroe, LA the home-buying process. Slight changes in the way you shop for your mortgage, or even little differences in the structure of your mortgage could save or cost you thousands of dollars. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer in West Monroe, LA, or are moving into a home that better suits your needs at this time of your life, it is very important that you learn about all of the factors involved before you purchase your ...
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Low Down Payment on Home Loans in Monroe, LA – A 3-Point Plan to help obtain better financing rates Monroe, LA – New information has been released helping home-buyers identify a 3-point plan to help secure the best possible financing rate when purchasing their home. Typically, the first thing home-buyers do when it comes time to buy a home is to begin house-hunting.  However, that is one of the last steps one should take when it comes to buying a home for the least amount of money possible.  Instead of shopping for your home, it is best to begin shopping for your financing first!  If you want to secure a low down payment on home loans in Monroe, LA, the following will be very valuable information to you: Thousands of home-buyers’ experience has been compiled into a summarized report ti...
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
  Ways to Save Money When Buying a Home in Monroe, LA – 10 Tips to Save You Time and Money Monroe, LA – Although a lot of homes on the market are re-sales, one out of four homebuyers purchases a brand new home.  Which of the two is better?  The answer is a matter of preference.  There are advantages to either a re-sale, or a newly constructed home.  Typically, re-sales are less expensive and offer the comfort of a well-established neighborhood and a mature landscape.  Newly constructed homes typically offer greater energy efficiency, up-to-date fixtures, and sometimes you are able to select your upgrades.  Most people weigh their options regarding either before making a decision on which they would like to buy.  A new insider report entitled “New Homes – 10 Tips to Save You Time and Mon...
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Costly Errors to Avoid When Moving in Monroe, LA – Save Thousands When Moving to a Larger Home   Monroe, LA – A new report has been released to help buyers identify the 6 most costly errors for buyers to avoid when moving to a larger home. Unlike the unfamiliar experience of purchasing your first home, there are certain factors that complicate the purchase of other another home. When you are moving to a larger home and already own one, there are important issues you need to be aware of before you list your home for sale. When you upgrade to a larger home, you not only need to be aware of financing options, but you also have to sell your current home in order to avoid juggling two mortgages, or the problem of not having a place to live in between the gaps of closing either home. To help ...
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Saving Money When Buying a Home in Monroe, LA – 6 Costly Mistakes to Avoid Before Buying a Home: Critical information regarding the 6 most common and expensive mistakes that are made by new homebuyers has been released. Over the last few years several significant changes have been made to mortgage regulations, many of which will widen your options in Monroe, LA the home-buying process. Slight changes in the way you shop for your mortgage, or even little differences in the structure of your mortgage could save or cost you thousands of dollars. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer in Monroe, LA, or are moving into a home that better suits your needs at this time of your life, it is very important that you learn about all of the factors involved before you purchase your home. To help you...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
What a nice surprise on my friend's patio this week! Have a wonderful Easter weekend.
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Artist George Rodrigue is featured in the exhibit, Blue Dogs and Cajuns: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art, which opened Friday at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe.  The exhibits run through April 23. George and Wendy Rodrigue will be in Monroe Tuesday, April 4, for several museum events which are free and open to the public. Tuesday afternoon, Rodrigue will be at the Emily P. Robinson Community Center for the Children's Drop-In Activity from 3:30-4:30 p.m. to make a sidewalk chalk mural with them. The event will be held rain or shine. A gallery talk and book signing will be held Tuesday evening at the museum. A reception will be from 6-7 p.m. with the gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. It is so exciting to have a visit by George Rodrig...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
A merger between CenturyLink Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. was completed Friday, creating a communications company with a geographic coverage of 681,000 square miles, second only to AT&T.   Friday's merger will more than double the size of CenturyLink. It will now have local operations in 37 states and enterprise and long-distance business in all 50 states. Through the merger, CEO Glen Post said the company gained access to opportunities with large businesses and Fortune 500 companies and created a "national footprint." The company's headquarters will remain in Monroe with Post as its CEO, and its economic impact on the area will likely increase. "There is an opportunity to add jobs here," he said. "Additionally, there will be an influx of suppliers and people who wor...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Georgia Tucker Elementary School is the oldest existing elementary school in Monroe.  The school was built in 1920 on land donated by Colonel Frank P. Stubbs in honor of his mother, Georgia Tucker Stubbs.  The school is one of the last remaining examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in northern Louisiana.  The architecture style came into prominence in the 1920s and 1930s evolving from rekindled interest in Italian Renaissance palaces and seaside villas dating from the sixteenth century.  This style is primarily found in California and Florida, typically multi-story and based on a rectangular floor plan, and features massive, symmetrical primary facades.  Tile roofs, arches and keystones are also characteristics of this style.  All the features can be seen in the architecture o...
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By Ryan Roark, CCIM, Commercial Real Estate Monroe LA
(Tri State Properties)
Commercial Real Estate Update - March 2011 The commercial building sales market in Ouachita Parish is heating up and looks to be a much better 2011 than 2010. Year to date, we have seen a roughly 40% increase in commercial building sales in 2011 over 2010. In addition, the Average Days on Market (DOM) has dropped dramatically from well over 300 to approximately 100 days. Final Sales Price as a percentage of Asking Price is also on the rise. These three factors strongly indicate the market for commercial building sales in Ouachtia Parish is shaping up to be much stronger in 2011.                       Total Volume     %Change     Ask Price %     Avg. DOMFeb 2010:     $1,406,000                            79.17                 380Feb 2011:     $2,165,000       +53.98          84.26       ...
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By Ryan Roark, CCIM, Commercial Real Estate Monroe LA
(Tri State Properties)
SOLD: $1,500,000 Office Building on Lamy Lane 1600 Lamy Lane in Monroe, Louisiana - Theus, Grisham, Davis, & Leigh Attorneys 18,065 Square Feet of Office Space Constructed in 1985 Lot Dimensions: 250'x400' $83.03 per Square Foot CLICK TO FIND CURRENT OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE IN MONROE LOUISIANA.
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Homes for Sale in Monroe La.  To view a complete list of homes for sale in Monroe La. as well as homes for sale in Calhoun, Sterlington, & West Monroe Click Below.  You will have access to answers about the buying process, expertise about neighborhood features, an ability to target home searches, school information, and more.
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By Alivia Roberts, The Roberts Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Monroe La. homes for sale (edit/delete) Monroe La. homes for sale For a complete list of Monroe La. homes for sale visit http://www.yourteamrealtyllc.com/community/area/Monroe/.  Welcome to the Monroe homes and real estate portal: your single stop for finding a home in Monroe. Here you can search every available home for sale in Monroe, La. As of today there are many homes and properties for sale that are available to search. The number of homes changes daily, so be sure to keep coming back to http://www.yourteamrealtyllc.com/community/area/Monroe/ for an updated list of Monroe La. homes for sale. Today's Market Trends for Monroe * Average Listing Price: $177,425 82475% Average Listing Price/Sq Ft: $88.50 0% Average Price by Bedroom: 3 Bedrooms 4 Bedrooms   $164,950 $189,900   0% 0% Tot...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
The 2nd Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be October 2 from 9-1 at Brown/Malone Stadium on ULM's Campus. Accepted items include: paints, automobile batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, household cleaners and chemicals, pesticides, flammables, corrosives, medications, old appliances, refrigerators, stoves, water heaters, and old electronics. What a great way to clean up around your home!
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
CenturyLink deal may benefit Monroe Regional Airport The News Star, By Stephen Largen • slargen@monroe.gannett.com • August 18, 2010 Monroe Regional Airport could have direct commercial flights to and from Denver if the Monroe Chamber of Commerce gets its wish. The chamber is interested in service to Denver because of anticipated increased demand resulting from Monroe-based CenturyLink's acquisition of Denver-based Qwest Communications. CenturyLink, Monroe's signature company and one of Fortune 500's largest U.S. companies, announced it would acquire Qwest earlier this year. The companies anticipate closing the transaction in the first half of 2011. Monroe Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Nicholson said the chamber will talk to the airport's current carriers about the possibili...
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