Pineville, LA Real Estate News

By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
What is the Number One Complaint that Sellers have about their Real Estate Agent? They NEVER hear from their AGENT!! You know that the Public already believes that Real Estate Agents put a sign in the yard and that's it! It seems that once some agents get the listing they reinforce that notion by never calling their Seller and letting them know what is going on and what they have been doing. So why is that? I understand that it can be like your married once the inks dried and just don't want to go home because of all the nagging. Sellers are human beings, they are all different, some can try and be very controlling and want you to speak with them everyday. Some are calling for feed-back before the showing agents car gets out of the drive-way. But, think about it....wouldn't YOU want to ...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
I am proud to announce that I have once again earned the prestigous CENTURION AWARD from CENTURY 21 Real Estate Corporation. The CENTURION PRODUCER award honors CENTURY 21 System sales associates that earn $190,000 in sales production or 60 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.  Since our average sales price in Central Louisiana is $156,000, I earned this award the old fashioned way.... helping one family at a time! Selling 60 properties in 2010. This is not the first time I have qualified for this award, nor will it be the last! I love what I do, helping families to realize the American Dream of Home ownership is just part of the satisfaction of selling real estate. If you have a real estate need in Central Louisiana, give me a call at 318-308-2121. I want to be your Real E...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 Arriving early, I had plenty of time to preview the foreclosure ahead of my showing. Making my way among the scattered artifacts (including pictures of their school age children) I pondered the fate of the displaced family.  Regardless of the circumstances, a home loss has to be hard on the family. Where were they living, I wondered? With family, or perhaps a rental if they could get beyond the credit check. But would they dare seek home ownership in the future?  My guess is that most folks will. We already get office calls from people who have lost a home 1-2 years back. Sadly, they are still a ways away from a return to ownership status.  Perhaps it was the sweltering heat inside the foreclosure, but my mind drifted to the Phoenix. You know, the mythical bird that rose from the ashe...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
These are some GREAT properties I have for SALE in the Pineville Louisiana market:     111 NORTH BEND - FANTASTIC 4BR home with lots of extra's! Kitchen has solid granite counter tops, pull out shelving in cabinets, gas cook-top, island with sink & dishwasher and a Keeping Room/Breakfast area, Great Room with ventless gas log fireplace, large windows and ceramic flooring. Formal Dining w/beautiful lighting and wood floors. Great MBA with double lavatories boasting sold granite counter tops, walk-in shower, corner whirlpool, walk-in closet with built-ins & more. You will find 4 bedrooms and three full bathrooms. Lots of closets, walk-in utility room, and two hot water heaters. Outside in the privacy fenced backyard you will see the extra concrete patio, a great 16x12 workshop with electr...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
_____________________________________________________________________   In Central Louisiana, the Rural Development progam is still going STRONG. Since we are a smaller community, you have ALOT of options in the outlying area for homes that would qualify for RD financing. Because of this and advertising by Lenders, we do get this question quiet often.... How do we know if a home qualifies for Rural Development financing??? Having been in the area for so long, I pretty much know if a property is inside or outside the city limits. However, to double and triple check this is what I do: First, I go to the Rapides Parish Assessors website to verify that there are no city property taxes being collected on the property of interest. This let's me know that the home is located OUTSIDE the city ...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
  In real estate there are GREAT questions that we hear over and over, this is one of those questions. HOW MUCH ARE MY CLOSING COSTS GOING TO BE?? This is an important question when buying a home. You need to be very aware of the cost that you are going to incur during the process and Closing Costs along with Down Payment are your largest numbers. Ideally, when you sit down with your lender and discuss the different financing options, they will give you what is called a Good Faith Estimate. This document will outline your closing cost, down payment and pre-paids that you will need on the day of closing. They will also advise you what the Seller is allowed to contribute to your closing based on the type of loan you decide on. In the Central Louisiana market, closing costs can greatly var...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
I received this email recently from a client asking some great questions about a property. Since I have had similar questions asked of me before, I thought I would post some of the responses on my blog for others to view as well! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Average Utility bill questions is asked quiet frequently. I'm always a little skiddish to get this information for a client because of one main concern. The amount of electricity, water and gas used is really determined by lifestyles. If currently there is a single person living in a home who happens to work alot of hours outside of the home, their utility bills will probably be pretty low OR on the flop side of that if there is a family o...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
  When corresponding with potential buyers via email I often get the question, "How do I find out what the property taxes would be on this property?" My response is usually that I would be happy to get that information for you! So...How do I track down the estimated tax information? If you just wanted to see what the property taxes were in certain subdivisions or areas, how would you find it? Well, I go to the Rapides Parish Assessor's Office website. This is a great FREE website that you can have access to with a couple of clicks of your mouse. Once you set up your login there are a couple of ways to find properties. I usually use the address option. You will be able to get the current tax amount for Parish as well as City (if it's inside the city limits), the assessed amount of the p...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
"What can I do to get more credit score up?", I just had a customer ask me this question in an email the other day. Her score is not terrible, but if it was a little stronger she would have more options! If your wondering the same thing....I put together my top 3 suggestions to help you keep and raise your CREDIT SCORE in 2011! 1. Don't refinance until you KNOW your credit is clean! - Make sure you clean up any small blemishes on your credit report before you start the refinance process. Even those small outstanding bills can cost you money at closing. Even a $20 bill to Blockbusters that's been turned over to collections can damage your credit score. So do a little damage control and get your credit report beforehand. Get those items taken care of and wait a month or two (depending on...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 145 Spring Creek did not last long on the market! Within one week of listing this home was already under contract. With one week to closing the current owners are hosting a moving sale this Saturday (January 22) from 7am-2pm. There will be plenty of knick knacks and children's clothes to choose from. Like LSU merchandise? Then you better not miss this sale!!  Need some furniture for your home? Come early to select from a dresser, chairs, and assorted office furniture. 145 Spring Creek is located in Huntington Ridge subdivision just off Susek in Pineville, Louisiana.  Need to sell your house? Give Doug Rogers with Century 21 Millennium a call at (318) 640-2121. See you at the Garage Sale!
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 Donald Trump had a father in the construction business. The ladies from Selling New York have a mom and dad who are power brokers. As for myself, I often call upon the lessons learned growing up in the backwoods of East Texas. For some strange reason, those values learned roaming the pine forest stick with me to this day. Here are a few things I learned from the pines. 1) The early bird gets the worm-- As such, early morning was the best time to shoot him. Much to my parents horror, Saturday morning started before 6am. Remind me to send them a fruit basket! To this day, I am normally the first one at the office. And it is amazing how many leads I get before most agents are awake! 2) Plan for your day-- Back before four-wheelers roamed the woods, BMX bikes were the pride of any 8 year ...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 Buyers today need to be VERY careful sitting on the fence. If now is the time to buy for your family, go ahead and pull the trigger. Why should we? Won't sellers reduce their price the longer a home sits on the market? For those buyers paying cash, this might be a decent strategy. For the 90% of buyers who need a loan, let's examine why such a plan might actually cost you money.  In order to loan money, lenders require that borrowers pay interest. So over a 30 year loan buyers have to pay not only the purchase price, but interest on the loan. Small fluctuations in rate can cost bowers 1,000 of bucks over the life of a loan. Let's examine a typical purchase price in our market... Sales price---175,000                                     Sales Price---175,000 Interest rate--4.75%       ...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
I live in the South, the Deep South (Channeling my best Adam Sandler voice). My section of the country was the center stage of the Civil Rights Movement. And while change was slow to come, you need only peer out my kitchen window to view the progress we have made.  My subdivision is one of modest homes (roughly 1800-2300 square feet) on the outskirts of Pineville,La. As a parent what drew me to the subdivision were the children. The excellent school zones and proximity to town makes Woodlake subdivision a mecca for folks like myself.  And then something wonderful happened...Without any government regulation(busing, housing vouchers, etc) our neighbor began to mirror the population as a whole. Observe a scene from my backyard this Saturday.  My middle child received a tent for Christmas...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 After a rather "interesting week in real estate world" the wife and I were in desperate need of a treat. Thanks to my teenage daughter needing prom dress money, we had an eager babysitter for the rest of the tribe.   In my small town entertainment options involve either killing animals or eating them. Not wanting to get my nice shoes dirty, we opted for the nice restaurant. Bambi gets to live another day...   What do a lunar eclipe and great customer service have in common? Both are pretty rare in my market. Until smoking was FINALLY banned a few years back, it was not uncommon to wait for service until the waitstaff finished off the last of the Camel Filters...   Today was the exception. I have never experienced this level of service outside of a Disney theme park. So what lessons ca...
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By David Beckham, Your Louisiana Real Estate Connection
(Realty Executives Bayou Properties)
4 Bedroom 2 Bath Foreclosure For Sale In Pineville, Louisiana There are always great foreclosure deals available in our Central Louisiana real estate market. When you secure the correct type of financing you can acquire these lucrative deals. If you need a large home currently there is a 4 Bedroom 2 Bath Foreclosure For Sale In Pineville, Louisiana.   This 4 Bedroom 2 Bath Foreclosure For Sale features: 1484 Heated Square Feet 1680 Total Square Feet 1 Acre of Land Large Bedrooms An Outside Workshop Carpet and Vinyl Flooring Carport Parking for Two Vehicles PRICED AT ONLY $64,500     Foreclosure and Short Sale properties sell quickly! They almost always sell above list price because there will be multiple parties offering to purchase the home. You need an experienced negotiator to get th...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
   Recently a person contacted me to list their home. After a home tour and market analysis, we quickly came to a fair asking price. Literally I was getting ready to plant the sign in the front yard and begin the marketing campaign.   But as is often the case there was one hitch. The owner wanted to wait until the "Spring buying season" to list his property. After all, what's the use in listing the home in the dead of winter? Nothing sir, unless you want to sell it!   Yes, the market does accelerate in the Spring. But the fact remains that the market never grinds to a halt. After yesterday's closing, I now have five homes scheduled to close in the next thirty days. That means that six clients not only toured homes in the cold weather, but actual wrote acceptable contracts! You think th...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Let's start with two facts. 1) This is not 2006 2) Homes not longer sell themselves. While this may sound basic, sellers who purchased during the boom (1999-2007) often are unaware of what it takes to successfully sell a home in this market. Sadly, some sellers still market their home like it is still 2005. As someone who works with buyers on a daily basis, here are a few turn-offs. 1) The yard resembles a rain forest--Curb appeal (or lack thereo)f is the first thing buyers notice.Why would the buyer bid on this dump when there are 5-10 other properties with manicured lawns? 2) Fido is in the utility room--Why do people still do this? Dogs are very territorial. When strange humans enter their space canines go crazy. Imagine the stress such intrusion puts on your pooch? Buyers will typi...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 I recently listed a nice single family home in Pineville. 1) The property was priced right from the start 2) We had showings and in no time a competitive offer 3) After a minor counter we were under contract 4) Inspections came back under 500 bucks. Yawn. 5) Apprsial was a non-event. This is boring! 6) Title work was done in two days. Pass the pillow! 7) Closing took all of twenty minutes. Doubt anyone is still reading this! Boring closings are nice but they sure make for some crappy blogs! Enjoy the picture of my dogs...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Searching for a nice mobile home in Pineville, Louisiana? With low rates and abundant inventory buyers in this market are getting great deals on mobile homes. Let's examine why the mobile home should be on your house hunting list! 1) Mobile homes in this area typically come on large lots-- Tired of apartment living? Imagine what you could do with 1-5 acres of land? Say goodbye to noisy neighbors and hello to peaceful nights! 2) Building standards for mobile homes have greatly improved--This ain't your paw paw's trailer! Imagine modern kitchens with island workspace, huge bathrooms, and amazing workshops!      3) There are great loan programs available-- Many consumers (and sadly some agents) believe that buyers need a large down payment (think 20-30%) to purchase a mobile home. Bet you ...
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