Pineville, LA Real Estate News

By David Beckham, Your Louisiana Real Estate Connection
(Realty Executives Bayou Properties)
Investment Properties In Pineville Louisiana At any given time there can be many lucrative Investment Properties in Pineville Louisiana available for purchase. Investors can find a variety of options regarding price and area. As the local real estate expert for Pineville, LA I stay current on the CenLa investor market. Currently there are 20 plus Investment Properties ready for renovations. One of the top reasons investors choose Investment Properties In Pineville Louisiana is because the area offers No Money Down Financing for a new buyer after the property has been renovated. This option is available through the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Rural Development Loan Guarantee Program. There is a large percentage of local buyers that choose a 100% Loan as their best opti...
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By David Beckham, Your Louisiana Real Estate Connection
(Realty Executives Bayou Properties)
As one of Pineville's most sought after neighborhoods Village Green Subdivision in Pineville, Louisiana offers wonderful community amenities to buyers and a variety of architectural designs to suit all tastes. Whether you are looking for a newer property or a large older home with plenty of character... this family friendly neighborhood is sure to not disappoint. The lot sizes in Village Green Subdivision are above average and offer plenty of room for additions or a pool.   Village Green is very well managed by the neighborhood HOA (home owners association). Currently monthly association dues cost $180.00 per month. This minimal HOA fee covers  common grounds maintenance, a community pool and the beautiful neighborhood lakes that all residents may indulge in. Another extremely popular f...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
           Monday I decided to give back to the community that has blessed me so much this year. The crown jewel of our local Christmas charity is Operation Christmas Child. People from all walks of life pool their resources and purchase small gifts for children in need. For under twenty dollars, A child somewhere will have a Christmas Present to unwrap!       After months of collecting, the time came to load all those boxes into an 18 wheeler. Approximately 12-16 shoes boxes fit into each container. As a result those containers push 60-75 lbs each. Time to pay the piper! This is what needed to be loaded in order for the children to have Christmas.  Yep, that's 53 feet of good ole American trailor! Thanks to the good folks at Kingsville Baptist Church the boxes were all on board by the ...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 About Three years back my wife returned from the neighbor's house with this handsome piece of exercise equipment. For the bargain price of 150 bucks my family was well on the way to physical Nirvana. Three years and approximately ten minutes of use later the wife was ready to seek another path to physical bliss.   Naturally my offer of dropping it off at Goodwill was shunned like a cable man in Amish country. Such a "valuable" piece of equipment would find a new home fast! Let's examine some of the real estate lessons I learned watching the wife market the glider... 1) What you paid for the machine matters not-- Yep, we paid 150 bucks for the machine. Guess how much current buyers care about that fact?? 2) Always Price high, people like to negotiate--I asked the wife, how much do you ...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Could you do this? The picture was taken at a property that had been recently foreclosed on. The family moved on, but left the three dogs behind to fend for themselves. To make matters worse, they left them locked in this small pen. The buckets above collected rain water, but we are in a major drought. All three dogs seemed malnourished and in a state of shock.  The purpose of this blog is not to shake a finger at the family. We are treading water through the toughest economic times since the Great Depression. Families are doing what they have to do just to survive. Foreclosure impacts all members of the family, including the furry four legged kind. Here are some tips to help your pet through the foreclosure process. 1) Ask for help-- Folks who cannot pay their house note probably don'...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
                              This blog is dedicated to the poor men and women who were in the office for 8am this morning. Take a look at my "workspace"!                     While the dawn ride across the lake was a bit on the cold side, the day was gorgeous. Gotta love fall in Central Louisiana.  The target for the day was, well whatever would bite! Thanks to some jigs and stink bait (as I write this from the office the smell lingers) several catfish and some crappie (white perch or sac-a-lait) depending on your region) were landed. While small, these crappie are good to eat!  As the sun rose so did the tempurature. By lunchtime  we were at 90 degrees, a 45 degree change in five hours! Sadly, this was only a half day trip. There was real estate business on the agenda for the afternoon...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
                                                     Whether in a road race or real estate sales, nobody wants to be at the back of the pack. But what happens when the other runners (or agents) start passing you up? Sadly, most rookie agents get discouraged and quit within the first two years. Before their career has even begun these individuals head back to whatever they were doing prior to real estate.   We all go through rough patches. Heck, I think we need the lean months to help us appreciate the months when we flourish! Based on my brief time active in the field, here are some reasons that folks stop running. 1) Not enough savings-- An individual may quit their 8-5 in June expecting a real estate commission in July. In the real world (especially this market) it is not uncommon for...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
                           This little gem was my first home. One look at the pretty brick and fancy fireplace was enough to make the wife and I write an offer on the spot! Like most first timers we bought on emotional attachment instead of measurable criteria. Luckily our agent (Jerry Seagle with Remax in Baton Rouge) had done his homework on this one. Here are some criteria that EVERY buyer or their Realtor should consider before writing an offer. 1) School Zoning-- Many times a young couple will purchase without considering the school zone. Why? Because they do not have any children! The time to consider the resale value of your home is when you purchase it! You would be surprised at the number of people who call my office and ask to see homes zoned for "ABC Elementary". If your home...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
  Buying a home is a stressful event for most people. The mere thought of being bound to a mortgage for 30 years should be enough to terrify even the most hearty of souls. Buyers should be aware of four key turning points in any real estate transaction.   I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. REVELATIONS 6:2  Buyers Remorse--The white horse in the transaction is that nagging feeling that you have made the wrong decision. Communication research in this area reveals that buyer's remorse is common in most large transactions. The trick here is to separate real concerns from baseless fear. Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the e...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
     As September comes to an end so does summer. For our Northern friends a change in seasons means a change in weather. As a lifetime resident of the deep south (channel Adam Sandler in Little Nicky), I often wonder what work life is like up north? Do you drive to the office in conditions such as above? Does the snow, freezing rain, wind chill deter the public from attending an open house?   In Louisiana even the slightest bit of freezing rain kills business, snow shuts the entire city down. Part of me would like to experience the change of seasons, but then I look out my window...  The only way to measure the season is the color of the grass. Forget fall, winter, spring, summer, think green grass, really green grass, brownish green grass.   So help me out. Share with the group your b...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
                             The last five minutes of a real estate closing are fun. The buyers finish signing papers and keys are exchanged. After a couple of well wishes and a hearty handshake the young couple become homeowners!   But what happens when things don't work out? Loss of job, divorce, medical bills, or perhaps credit card debt causes the family to miss payments. If arrangements cannot be made with the lender, this family is headed toward foreclosure. There are MANY programs to help people avoid foreclosure, but the focus here will be the aftermath of losing the home. Even though months pass before the eviction (the national average is 15), getting kicked out of a home is a major stessor. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind. 1) Your family is not alone--According to Real...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
What happened this past week in the Pineville LA area? Well lets see: On September 14th at 6 PM there was a Council Meeting held. To view the minutes just click HERE! The City Council Meets the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month. It is Open to the Public! Stop by sometime and hear what is going on in your City of Pineville! Tonight our Pineville High School Rebels will be competing against one of their Biggest Rivals - ASH Trojans at home. Game starts at 7PM at PHS stadium. Last Friday the Rebels beat Tioga Indians 42-7. Also tonight September 17th from 6 - 8 PM there is a Hunter Safety Class being held at the Main Street Community Center. This event is FREE to the public. If you can't make it tonight there will also be one held tomorrow Saturday September 18 from 8 am-2pm with a snack & lunch...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 The once social neighbors start keeping to themselves. As time goes on the carpet like lawn becomes neglected. Then sheriffs deputies start showing up from time to time.  Odds are your neighbors are losing their home to foreclosure. Sadly, this is a common occurrence all across the country. While tiny in comparison to the tragedy the family is facing, neighbors also are put into a bind. With asset managers being spread all over the country, there is typically no one caring for the property. The neighbors are then faced with a hulking, vacant property literally rotting before their eyes. Broken windows, intrusions by Vandals, and grass growth measured in feet all happen literally steps from other homeowners. So what's a neighbor to do? The first step should be to call the asset company...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 So why start a real estate blog with a picture of kitty poop? Have I been into the catnip again? As a Realtor I have the opportunity to view many of the homes on the market. And sadly, sometimes the pets seem to be ruling the roost!   People spend months, if not years, getting into position to purchase a home. When the deal is done one of the first things on most buyers' list is adopting a pet. While one dog may be man's best friend, multiple dogs may be your home's worst enemy. Before committing to a pet (or pets) read on! 1) People should outnumber the animals--Can't decide between that basset hound or the cute pug? Get both! And what makes a better anniversary gift than a new four legged friend? 2) Does you home smell like dollar store perfume--Kitty pee stinks. I know this from pe...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
I am so proud of my city..Pineville, Louisiana! It is so much more than just a plaque! It is the pride of the residents and the passion of the city employees! For the 5th year we have Won the States Cleanest City Award. We were competing with other cities in the State with a population between 9500 - 14,999 which is classified as District 'G'. The contest is held by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation. We were competing with the Cities of Morgan City, Eunice, Denham Springs and Bastrop. Our Mayor Clarence Fields said that the victory is a team effort. "This award is a victory for all city employees and our citizens. I really want to commend our Public Works Department, the Pineville Beautification Committee and the Alexandria Garden Club.  It is obvious that our citizens and employees ...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
 The labor day weekend provide for some much needed R&R. For almost 48hrs my family survived without text messages, the internet, or television.  The camp is located on an old bend of the Mississippi River south of Natchez. That little tike headed back up the pier is my youngest. Looks like we packed everything in the boat but the toilet!    After a successful potty break Haley took to fishing. While we were preoccupied, she reeled in this monster all by herself!     Sadly, Mayberry laid-back fishing could not compete with tubing behind a 225hp boat motor! The girls had a blast on the water. Even the prissy one (guess which) held on like a pro.  Before long it was time to head back to civilization. About thirty miles from home my cell phone caught a decent signal. There are messages to ...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
Faith is a beautiful word! Sometimes when life throws us a curve ball it is difficult to keep the faith. Even Peter who walked with Jesus, 'took his eye off the ball'! Notice in the scripture that Peter did not begin to 'sink' UNTIL he took his eyes off of Jesus and began to look around at the circumstances he was in! That is a lesson we need to all Learn!! During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came...
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By Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA
(Paige Walker)
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
                        Yesterday was one of those crazy all out days. At 10pm I was discussing my client's offer on a property. 1030pm Had me lending a hand with some other clients who are flipping a house. This put me at home circa 1130 mapping out my plan for today.  Needless to say there was not much gap between my last real estate chore and pillow time. Then the sandman came...                             In real life I am still learning to use my iphone. And at times I must admit getting a tad bit frustrated. So guess what the subject of my dream was? Time was short (as it always seems to be) and I REALLY needed to call a certain buyer. For some reason the iphone kept screwing up (sound like real life). How did the dream end? Who knows? All of the sudden "Dr. Feelgood" starts to b...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
                       Never trust a Realtor with a small.......SIGN. When listing a home I head for the large signs. Shiny, six foot creatures capped with a large name rider for me! Yes, they are a pain to transport (and try getting on to stick in dry ground), but to me such signs reflect the strength of the brand.  Then a few years back things began to change.  Agents started to favor little fellows such as this. And who wouldn't? Today's Realtor can fit 3-5 of these in the back of a Toyota Prius without spilling his Mocha-latte! Such agents will quickly point out that size don't matter! Such small creatures help reduce our carbon footprint over those big yellow monsters.  Who knows which side is right? I for one side with the big boys! Whenever I see one of these umpa lumpa inspired ...
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