Pineville, LA Real Estate News

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
    Buying a home is the largest investments most families will make. As such, I recommend anyone looking to buy a home in Pineville Louisiana should pay for a professional home inspection. With the joy of home shopping comes the onslaught of bills. Between deposits, loan locking, lease termination fees, etc... it seems everyone wants some of the Pineville home buyer's money.    The natural tendency then is to cut corners. Frankly that 300-350 dollars for the home inspection creates a pretty tempting target. But let's examine why EVERY Pineville home buyer should get a home inspection. 1) Buyers fall in love with houses, home inspectors do not-- It has been my experience that buyers typically fall in love with the home they purchase. This is especially true of first timers. Think back ...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 The economy is on the mind of most Pineville Louisiana home buyers. After all, the home is the largest investment most families will ever make. Let's take a look at the Pineville Louisiana housing market... Number of homes from 75k-150k-- 85 actives Average number of days on the market--95 Number of homes sold from 75k-150k in the last six months--68  So what do these numbers tell us about the Pineville Louisiana housing market? Generally speaking, any fewer than 180 days points toward a sellers market. With an average of 95 days on the market Pineville home buyers need to be ready to act when they find the right home. One should never rush a purchase decision, but the buyer who waits too long runs the risk of missing out.  Ready to find your home in Pineville Louisiana? Give Doug Rog...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
  You can almost feel the panic in their voice. Each year sellers call me wondering what will happen if their home doesn't sell in August.  "Perhaps we will sell it in September" coupled with a reassuring grin, is my usual response. Sellers seem to think that the housing market follows the Watermelon season. Best in July, slower in August, and a memory in September.  Yes, I usually expereince a small reduction in call volume as school starts back. But once the kiddos are settled the volume picks back up. Last year I sold a home every month of the year. I can count the number of days that did not feature some business activity on both hands.  If your home is aggressively priced, the buyers will come, regardless of the season!  Need help finding the perfect home in Central Louisiana? Cal...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Looking for a four bedroom home in Pineville Louisiana? If so, take a moment to see what 513 Holiday Park has to offer. Many buyers in Pineville Louisiana often are forced to compromise when it comes to features in their home. The lucky owner of 513 Holiday Park Circle will be able to check most items off his wish list! 1) Need a gourmet kitchen with granite counters? Check 2) Looking for a large den that even folks for Texas would call huge? Check 3) Would love to have a pool for those hot southern summers? Check 4) Three bedrooms not enough? How about four! Check  513 Holiday Park Circle features new interior and exterior paint, flooring, a new thirty year roof, and countless other upgrades. Searching for a home in Pineville Louisiana? This four bedroom should be on your list.  Ready ...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 Looking for a nice three bedroom home in Pineville, Louisiana? Explore what 180 Woodcliff circle has to offer!  Located just off Susek Drive in Pineville, this home is within minutes of Cleco, Louisiana College, and WalMart. Looking for the best schools for your kids? Never fear! This home is zoned for JI Barron Elementary.  Yes, it does get cold in Pineville Louisiana around January. Good thing 180 Susek features a cozy fireplace.  Tired of lugging kids, strollers, dogs, treats, water, etc... just so your kids can play at the public park? 180 Woodcliff features a MASSIVE backyard with a park like setting. Kiss those long lines at the public swing goodbye.  Ready to take the next step? Call Doug Rogers with Bayou Properties Realty today at (318) 798-6582. Prefer to shop online? Registe...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
  We are hard on our homes. Over time even the most well-built of structures require a little TLC. But with the fast pace of family life most folks delay basic home maintenance. So what does that mean when it comes time to move?  One of the most common phrases I hear out of sellers is "We will fix that when we get a buyer". After all, why fix something now that we might mess up in the next few months? The simple reason is most buyers cannot look past such shortcomings. People are busy. Thanks to my kid's softball game, I strolled into the house just before 10pm last night. Do you think I wanted to"work onthe house" after the late show? Neither will most buyers...  In the above photo the wood is rotton and full of carpenter bee tunnels. Not to mention the wires resemble something out of ...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Looking for a home to rent in Pineville, Louisiana?  Finding a nice home to rent in Pineville, Louisiana can be a challange. With a shortage of inventory and strong local companies, locating a home can be tough. But this property at 1655 Susek Road in Pineville, Louisiana is available now!  This property features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths along with extra living areas. The kitchen features an open floor plan with granite counters. Imagine hosting your first Thanksgiving family dinner in style!       Like outdoor activities? This home is nestled half an acre and borders the woods. Did I mention the wood deck perfect for summer BBQs??  The home is located just down the street from Pineville Junior high school. Got younger children? This property is currently zoned for J I Barron Element...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 With the birth of their first child, Jamie and Amber decided it was time to purchase their first family home. With three bedrooms and almost an acre of land who could blame them? This home is minutes from town, yet retains a certain country charm.   Most first time home buyers are a bit nervous. As you can tell from this glimpse of the closing table Jamie and Amber have a good sense of humor. I couldn't get Amber to stop laughing long enough to take a clean picture, So closing was a blast. Though Jamie will be packing his lunch for the time being, they secured a nice home that should be a sound investment. Here's to many years and happy memories in your new home!  
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Looking for a home near Pineville High School? This charming property features almost 1,000 square feet PLUS an additional 498 Sq feet man cave! Worried about the soaring cost of gas? This home is centrally located in the heart of Pineville, walking distance to Cleco, Louisiana College, and Pineville High School.  Worried about the high cost of rent? Well say goodbye to your landlord. With today's low interest rates your monthly payment will likely be LESS than rent. For only 69,900 dollars you could be a homeowner!  Ready to tour homes in Pineville, Lousiana? Give Doug Rogers with Bayou Properties Realty a call today at (318) 613-1994. Perfer to shop online? Click Louisianahousehunter.com
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
   Am I the only one who likes to attend inspections? It seems I learn something every time I attend one. This week was no exception. My listing is a modest cottage on pier and beam. Due to some soft spots and "leveling issues" we called in a foundation vendor.  It seems installing skirting around the foundation is the WORST thing a homeowner can do. Why you ask? Such skirting blocks the natural air flow. As a result, anything wood (read anything expensive) is going to rot. Home owners attempting to "dress up" their property can be setting themselves up for major repairs down the road. So if you want to protect your home go au natural!
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By David Beckham, Your Louisiana Real Estate Connection
(Realty Executives Bayou Properties)
Legacy Pointe Homes For Sale In Pineville LA Looking for a spectacular home in our local market? The are many Legacy Pointe Homes For Sale currently. This abundant selection offers many choices for buyers to choose from. The neighborhood features top of the line amenities and a variety of architectural designs to suit even the savviest of tastes. The lot sizes for Legacy Pointe Homes For Sale are above average and offer plenty of room for additions or a pool. Whether you are looking for top notch new construction or just a large home with all the bells and whistles Legacy Pointe Subdivision has you covered.   Currently there are 6 Legacy Pointe Subdivision Homes For Sale In Pineville LA List Price Range: $215,000 to $249,900 Average List Price: $234,766 Average HSF (Heated Square Feet):...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 Ready to buy a home in Pineville, Louisiana? Be sure to reserve some money for the home inspection. Clients will often ask if a home inspection is really necessary. After all funds are tight and every dollar counts, wouldn't this be a nice place to save a few bucks? Let's examine how omitting this step can hurt you in the long run. 1) Not all defects are visible-- From the ground that roof looks great, but a closer examination reveals pits from hail storms. Good luck finding an insurance company to cover that dwelling! Missing a defect during the inspection means YOU get to pay for the repair later on. Got an extra 5,000-7,500 bucks for a roof?? 2) An inspection might keep you from buying a money pit-- A few years back one of my clients put an offer on a nice home outside Pineville, L...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Looking for a nice home for sale in Pineville, Louisiana? Located within walking distance to Pineville High School, this would make a great rental or first time home.  This charming home features low maintance siding and a nearly new roof! The living room features large windows that allow plenty of natural light Looking for a "man cave" for all your toys? This home features a large building on a slab with heating and AC.  Ready to tour this nice Pineville home? Call Doug Rogers with Bayou Properties today at (318) 787-6582 or search online at www.Alexandria-Listings.com.
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
Looking for a quick way to give your Home a little more Curb Appeal without breaking the bank? Try dressing up your homes front entry way which is the focal point of your curb appeal. Here are some simple and low cost ways to make this happen: Add a splash of color by painting your front door a contrasting color Clean your front door knob and hinges and give them a little sparkle with some metal polish. This will get all of the dirt and grime off as well as take out some of those scratches as well. Brush off your light fixtures by the door and make sure you have matching and working light bulbs. Always make sure you hang a wreath or swag on your front door to add a little more color and show your personality! Remember, always sweep off your front porch and sidewalk, clip dead buds and l...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
Whether you want to be the envy of the neighborhood or draw those buyers to your front door....Having a balanced and symmetrical front entry can help get you there! So how do you do it? Symmetry is not only eye-catching, it's also the simplest to accomplish. From light fixtures to front-door accents they can create a welcoming entryway. Notice in the picture below how this front door is flanked by two sidelights. The black light fixtures not only provide light for safely guiding visitors to the front door, but they also coordinate with the black door and the pair of planters. Complimentary colors along with a classic black accent will definately catch the eye of those potential buyers! and don't forget the flowers for a splash of color!  
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
The old saying NEVER go grocery shopping on an empty stomach definatly holds true for ME! and you should ALWAYS make a grocery list to stay focused and don't forget any items on your menu list! Well, I came across this FANTASTIC website .... GroceryWiz.com! This site has been seen on Fox, in the Wall Street Journal and Glamour Magazine! This site allows you to CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT and choose from 1000's of items to compile your shopping list! It is so easy and convenient and that's not all. You can also download lots of coupons based on the items on your list! How cool is that. Then just click a button and print it all out! Another cool feature is that when you CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT you can save your list online, then pull it up on your phone at the store....Now that's being GREEN! You...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
I completed the Personality Quiz from Surviving Your Serengeti and discovered I am an Enterprising Crocodile! It seems this is a popular 'animal' for Real Estate agents and with 27% of people who have taken the quiz falling under the same category for a large portion of people taking the quiz! Discovering I am an Enterprising Crocodile didn't really surprise me after reading the characteristics of this 'animal'. The word used - "Enterprising means showing initiative, a willingness to undertake new projects, and a strong desire for success and achievement-all qualities that support the role of the entrepreneur." definitely describes ME! The way I am 'wired' is the total opposite of my Husband, but that's what makes us compatible. I can't imaging that 2 crocs would work well together........
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 After four attempts, this was the best team picture we could take. Luckily, the Mighty Monkeys play soccer with more gusto than they pose for pictures.  With Winter in the rear view mirror, the Might Monkeys took the field Saturday to do battle with the Orange Orangutans (notice how similar 5 year olds are to primates). The flu bug and one nasty leg injury meant that only three monkeys took the field. But when the dust settled the Monkeys were the only primates eating victory bananas!  Though time consuming, coaching these kids has been a blast. Sick of watching Millionaire athletes and Billionaire owners fight over your money? Head to your nearest youth sports complex! If you could see these little monkeys sprint onto the field when their name is called your faith in humanity would b...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
ATTENTION ALL BUYERS GOING FHA...... All loans closing after April 18, 2011 will see a monthly increase on the Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) of around $30 on average. This increase which was detailed in the President's 2010 budget is one of the ways the Government is trying to strengthen the agency's capital reserves. MIP is insurance that the Borrower pays for each month to offset the risk for HUD in case the Borrower defaults on the loan. I found it interesting that a government official had stated that"This marginal increase is affordable for almost all home-buyers who would qualify for a new loan.  Existing and HECM loans insured by FHA are not impacted by the pricing change,"  .. this in response to the $30 per month average increase. Nothing like the Federal Government telling...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to MY ACTIVE RAIN FAMILY!!! While it's true that Valentine's Day is typically associated with chocolate, flowers and red hearts. Some people also envision fine dining and expensive jewelry. One thing for certain it's a day set aside just to celebrate LOVE. But, not everybody looks upon this celebration favorably. "Singles Awareness Day" is a rapidly-growing rival. And some Anti-Valentine's Day people refer to it as a "Hallmark holiday." However, one thing we do know....Valentine's Day wasn't invented by greeting card companies. In fact, it dates back hundreds of years. And the Valentine's Day customs are steeped in tradition.   This all brings me to me Website of the Week! This great site has the full scoop on the BIG DAY! Read about the mystery surrounding the true...
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