Monroe, LA Real Estate News

By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
First glance is very deceiving, so stop by to see this lovely home yourself. It features 5BR/3baths in over 3100 sq.ft. of living area! The master BR alone is big enough for a basketball game! And, you're sure to love the huge walk-in closets. Updated in 2008, it has new fixtures, new doors, hardware, ceiling fans, fresh paint and crown molding throughout. Of course those old popcorn ceilings are just a long-ago memory! See for yourself. I'll be there from 2-4:00 pm. You'll have time to wander around, see the pretty yard and take in all the special features.  I'll even offer you a glass of cool lemonade.
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
This Saturday, July 10, 2010. FREE Drop In Children's activity at the Masur. Liquid watercolor painting for children of all ages - bring your child to the Masur Museum Carriage House between noon and 5 pm for a free art activity and also visit the 47th Annual Juried Competition. Address: 1400 S. Grand St., Monroe, LA Phone:    (318) 329-2237  Did I mention--it's FREE!
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
By Greg Hilburn • ghilburn@thenewsstar.com • July 7, 2010 Monroe's Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Ouachita and Union parishes, has been named Southern Business & Development magazine's Small Market of the Year for Economic Development, while Louisiana shared top honors with Tennessee among 16 Southern states. The magazine called Monroe and northeastern Louisiana's economic development victories in 2009 "one of the best small market performances of all time. The point total (60) is the second-best in the 17-year history of the Small Market division," according to the magazine. Points are based on job-creating projects like Foster Farm's resuscitation of the chicken processing plant in Union Parish, the tenuous V-Vehicle Co. auto plant in Ouachita Parish that still ...
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By Eddie Harper
(Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
I tell so many sellers that, I will market their home online, because 90% of homebuyers start searching and looking online for a house. You should see the look I get when I'm on that listing appointment. I can just see the words written all over their face; "Well if that's the case why do I need you I can upload my home online myself and sale it!"  The key words are search and look! Now Mr and Mrs Seller do you know how to convert the home Buyer from looking into buying. Most of all...how can you get a Buyer to buy your home? Do you know how to market online? Do you know how to follow up with an online buyer? Do you know what to say and how to say it? 80% of uploading a home for sale online is the easy part. Upload to a website, Craiglist, Google, Yahoo, Trulia, Zillow, Facebook, Youtub...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Many people don't know what to do with a flag that has seen its better days. Proper etiquette for the flag is to remove it when it looks faded or torn. It must be disposed of properly, too, not just thrown in the trash. When a flag is so tattered that it can no longer serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. The American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA and other organizations regularly conduct flag retirement ceremonies, often on Flag Day. If you live in the Monroe area, including Sterlington, West Monroe, Calhoun, Swartz, you are encouraged to bring tattered flags to be retired to the American Legion, Post 13 TODAY at 5 pm for a flag-retiring ceremony. The address is 401 Forsythe Ave., Monroe, LA....
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
It's already been a busy year with real estate in the Bend! This popular golf course community has grown to approx. 500 households. It is built around a golf course with clubhouse, pool and fitness center. Sterlington Elementary and High Schools serve this area.  Find out about membership in the golf course and homeowners' association at http://www.frenchmansbend.com/ Currently, 23 homes are for sale in the Bend ranging in price from $245,000 to $1,190,000. Quite a range of sizes, amenities, location and curb appeal. This is evidence that Frenchman's Bend has affordable homes as well as some of the most elite in Ouachita Parish. Since the beginning of this year, 17 homes have sold with an average of 175 days on the market, priced from $252,900 to $595,000. As expected, the highest pric...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Do yourself a favor and head to downtown Monroe for Downtown Artfest this Saturday from 2-6 p.m. on Desiard Street! More than 30 artists will be in the street. The downtown galleries will be open, live music by Mason Grenade and 3DP, food, and an awesome children's area! Did I mention that admission is FREE?! 3DP performs from 2-2:40 p.m. and again from 3-3:40 p.m. Grenade's schedule is 4:15-4:55 p.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. The artists will offer original works from paintings and sculpture to handmade scarves and jewelry. Local artists and some from Shreveport, Marksville, New Orleans and Dallas will be there to chat and sell their works.  There is so much talent in the Monroe and West Monroe areas. Come out and see for yourself!***   *** Another important event is the blood drive at LifeShare...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
CenturyLink, formerly known as CenturyTel, is a Fortune 500 company with headquarters in Monroe, LA. This home-grown telephone company has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 20 years, but the company is committed to stay in Monroe.  That's good news for the local economy. I am VERY PROUD of our hard-working and successful neighbors! *** CenturyTel, Qwest in $10.6 billion merger NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- In one of the largest telecommunication mergers in years, CenturyTel Inc. announced Thursday [April 22, 2010] it will acquire Qwest Communications in a $10.6 billion all-stock transaction. The combined companies will have operations in 37 states providing land line, broadband and video services on a 173,000-mile fiber network, the companies said. Under the terms of the deal, Qwest sh...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
First glance is very deceiving, so stop by to see this lovely home yourself. It features 5BR/3baths in over 3100 sq.ft. of living area! The master BR alone is big enough for a basketball game! Updated in 2008, it has new fixtures, new doors, hardware, ceiling fans, fresh paint and crown molding throughout. Of course those old popcorn ceilings are just a long-ago memory! See for yourself. I'll be there from 2-4:00 pm. You'll have time to wander around, see the pretty yard and take in all the special features.
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By Caroline Huising
(Huising)
Price: $86,000 FIZBER.com ID 15545576 Single Family with 3 bed, 1.0 bath, in 315 Pecan Drive Monroe, LA, 71203 http://www.fizber.com/15545576/ 315 Pecan Drive - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Single Family Address: 315 Pecan Drive, Monroe, LA, 71203 Sq footage: 0.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 1.0 Bedrooms: 3 Year built: 0 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Louisiana homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: COMPLETELY UPDATED IN 2006! This 3 bed/1 bath has hardwood in the living room and hall, tile in the kitchen, bath, and laundry rooms, and berber carpet in the bedrooms. New countertops and cabinets in the kitchen with a tile backsplash. Fresh paint inside and some out. There is a covered patio and storage building that will remain. The yard...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
A popular golf course community, Frenchman's Bend is a favorite place to live for many families moving to the Monroe area to work at ULM, CenturyLink, Dow, and many other local employers. The neighborhood has continuted to grow over the past 20 years with over 450 residences now completed. The housing market in the Bend is always busy, but activity has picked up some since the beginning of the new year. 5 homes SOLD Average SOLD price = $312,800 Average days on the market = 130 Average price/sq.ft = $112 4 Homes are under contract or Pending Sale, ranging in price from $255,000 to $379,000. There's still a big inventory, however. As we move into the most active season for selling homes, the time is NOW to be sure your home is in top condition and PRICED RIGHT!  As of March 1, 2010, ther...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Stop by to see me and view this lovely home. I'll be there today, 2-4:00 pm. It's a 3BR/3.5-ba with an enclosed pool area. North Pointe is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Monroe.  I LOVE showing and selling homes there! By the way, I do not represent the seller, so you can be honest with me and tell me what you think :-)
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
TODAY's the DAY!  The "Who Dat Nation" pep rally will be 5 p.m. Thursday at the Monroe Civic Center Arena. Come down to  support of our own New Orleans Saints!   The event is free and open to the public.  The pep rally will feature special guests, entertainment, food and drinks. WHO DAT!
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Quick! Go to your closet, dig out a smock, and get to the Masur Museum's Bottles & Brushes.  Create your own work of art under the instruction of artist Lou Davenport Kavanaugh while enjoying wine with friends! Bring your favorite bottle of wine or other beverage. The Masur provides all the art materials, bottle openers, ...glasses, and instruction. At the end of the evening you will leave with your very own work of art! Think you can't paint? Don't worry! A professional artist instructor will teach you step by step how to paint the featured work of art. Thursday, February 18th 6-8 p.m. Cost is $35 museum members/ $40 non-members. (You must be 21 to drink and 18 to attend.) Call Emily 329-2237 to register.  Space is limited and payment is required in advance. This sounds like so much fu...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
News about northeast LA keeps getting better and better! Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of any big city, the Monroe, LA, area is showing people from other parts of the US that living in a small town is still something folks want in America. Housing in Monroe, West Monroe and other parts of northeast LA continued to be the strongest market in the state and among the strongest in the US during the third quarter of 2009.  In fact, Q3 2009 sales in the Monroe area market were up 21.6% over the second quarter and up a whopping 53.9% over the Q3 2008. "What we continue to see is that the LA real estate market remains very stable despite challenging economic times," said Michael Indest, president of LA Realtors. "The (first-time homebuyer) tax credit program has played a role in boosti...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
This is a lovingly maintained custom home on the bayou in Frenchman's Bend. 4BR/2ba. High ceilings in living room & formal dining room. Breakfast area & hearth room enjoy view of bayou. Large master suite includes double walk-in closets, 2 vanities, jet tub & separate shower. Screened porch across the back. Wrought iron fencing within the large backyard.  Super storage. 3-car garage. Sterlington schools. SOLD for $317,000. This home was For Sale By Owner for several months. I was the BUYERS' AGENT for this sale. That means I was working for the buyers and their best interest.  Sellers who do not have a Realtor representing them are often unfamiliar with the latest market statistics and don't really know what price they should ask for their property. This was the case with this home. If...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
You may not know it, but people are moving to Monroe, LA, all the time! I recently met a new family who will be moving here soon to a new job. They are looking forward to new adventures in Monroe, but their move is a little more complicated because they have baby TWINS, plus an adorable 2-yr. old. This family needs to find a home for their 70 Lb shepherd mix named Piper. She is very affectionate but would be happiest in a home with older children and no other dogs. She has all of her shots and has no health problems. If you can open your heart to sweet Piper, please email spencerlange@hotmail.com or email me and I will get the message to him. Finding homes is my specialty. I guess I'll branch out to 4-legged clientele! Gayle Causey, 318-614-5615Gayle@GayleCausey.comEqual Housing Opportu...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
The University of Louisiana at Monroe is known for several outstanding academic areas: pharmacy, nursing, aviation, etc. But, to be honest, you can find these curricula in many colleges and universities around the country. How many universities, though, are tops in WATERSKIING?      ULM's water ski team won its 22nd national championship title at the National Collegiate Water Ski Association's 31st National Championship Tournament in Bakersfield, Calif., this weekend.  This is the fourth consecutive year ULM won the Division I Team Overall title. ULM skiers won the tournament by more than 1,000 points even though twelve of the nation's top teams competed in Division I. ULM men's team won first in the slalom, tricks and jumping categories, winning first place overall. The women's team wo...
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By Gayle Causey
(formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners)
Those of us who live in the Monroe area are sometimes guilty of going to another city to find "something to do." If you take the time to look, you'll find that there's plenty of good entertainment right here in your own back yard! Gayle Causey, 318-614-5615Relocation SpecialistKeller Williams Realty1390 Hudson Lane, Monroe, LA USA***   ***   *** Options on tapSept. 12, 2009, The News Star  By the time Clay Couturiaux raises his hands at the Monroe Civic Center to start the Monroe Symphony Orchestra's 2009-10 season, the ULM Warhawks will be playing the second quarter against Texas Southern at Malone Stadium, the home opener for the football team. As halftime nears at Malone, country music singer and songwriter Linda Davis will begin presenting "An Evening with Linda Davis" at the Dixie ...
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