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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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                   What happens if your house does not sale during the listing agreement? Your listing then becomes "expired". Unless the listing is renewed, the consumer is then free to 1) re list with the same agent 2) pull the house off the market 3) Try to sell "by owner" or 4) list with anot...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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                             Don't let this pretty face fool you. Make one move for his chew toy (see background) and he becomes claws and teeth. Yes, my cat does play with dog chew toys. Believe it or not we can learn many real estate lessons from Joey the Evil cat. 1) Never Let Work get the bes...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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                                            I almost bought a shirt this weekend. Went to the department store and trolled the Polo section looking for sales. Sure enough, the 79 dollar shirts were marked down, all the way to 68 bucks. Not enough to get the wallet dancing out of my jeans!  Surely...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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                                          One would think that an animal that sleeps 21 hours a day would be of little value. In addition to Lording over the house, real estate lessons can be gleamed from this spoiled member of the family. 1) Don't be afraid to kiss a little butt-- Human, cat, do...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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"I can't see paying full price for a house in this economy". I hear this line from first time buyers pretty often. And on some levels this is correct, the odds of having to pay full price on a clean contract are pretty slim. But Mr. Buyer, do you have an extra six thousand dollars in the bank? If...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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A blog by Barbara Todaro (one of the best contributors on AR) got me wondering about how many Realtors came from the teaching industry. To me it seems the skill set is almost exactly the same.  Think closing attorney's have an inflated ego? Try a college dean! If you came to real estate from educ...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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In Louisiana no deposit is required for a real estate transaction. Folks can agree to terms on a million dollar home and head to closing without one penny due until settlement. For most sellers though, no deposit sends up red flags. In this blog I will address some common concerns/misconceptions ...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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Our Resort was located on the beach. From our balcony marine life could be seen swimming in the emerald green waters of paradise. Having stayed here multiple times in the past, one of the most interesting aspects is the real estate sales office located in the building. This trip I resolved to vis...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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This is the second in a series of lessons from the beach that I picked up while on vacation in Destin, Florida. Today's installment covers the value of watching close your nickles and dimes. On the third day of our trip the herd was looking for a cheap dinner. We had two WONDERFUL seafood meals a...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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The minivan pulled back into the drive late Saturday night. Sunburned, broke, and totally relaxed the Rogers family returned safely from a week in Destin, Florida. Along with some really tacky souvenirs, I brought home a few relevant real estate lessons from paradise. Over the next few days I wil...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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The bulk of my blogs this week deal with taking time off. Why?? Because In 72 hrs the family will be on the way to Destin, Fl.  So how could Realtor ethics come into play during family time?  I know (and have been advised) by other Realtors to look up a local Realtor when I get to Destin. Exchang...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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    T-Minus three days till the beach. After a long spring the family needs some quality time on the powder white sands of Destin, Florida. In their excitement, the kids packed their bags last Sunday. Nothing like wearing dirty clothes to school because all the nice stuff is packed.      And the ...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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    I am still on the fence regarding the agent bonus. There are some ethical issues that come to mind,mainly that as buyer's agents we should be looking out for our CLIENT'S best interest, not our pocketbook.  That being said, I have never felt strongly enough to turn down a bonus at closing.   ...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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     I have had two failed land listing appointments this past week. In each case, the seller had an inflated sense of what their little parcel of heaven is worth. Yes, Mr./MS seller there is land that goes for 30k an acre, but it looks nothing like this. Here are some items that pull down the va...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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Remember the American dream? Buy a house in September and by April have enough equity for that new sail boat. At some point the party had to end. Unfortunately, as folks are having to move reality is starting to set in. And of course sellers have very different responses when they discover more i...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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My 3bedroom 70k dollar listing went under contract a few weeks back. Based on the inspection report, the buyer asked for approximately 500 bucks worth of repairs. Both sides signed and away to the closing table right??  Not so fast...It seems the buyers were getting a loan to purchase the home. E...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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   One of the downsides of this business is the absence of a salary. As such, it is hard for most people to make the leap directly into full time real estate. Being the father of four children, I had to start out part time. The potential costs of failure would have been devastating to the family'...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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Pick up on one and leave the other behind. It's not often easy, not often kind, have you ever had to make up your mind. Seems to me the Lovin Spoonfuls had Realtors in mind when they performed this song. There is a FSBO two houses done from my adobe. Normally, I would go ninety miles an hour to p...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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One of my recent listings was an heir property. After a long life the owner left behind three middle aged children to handle the estate. Due to the unique challenges of such properties, I think we need a designation. Based on my robust experience dealing with these clients (two) here are some thi...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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Life is all about screwing up. When I worked on the railroad we had a saying "If you ain't breaking something you aren't working hard". While this sounds harsh there is some truth in the statement. We learn from our mistakes. Growing up stickers and pizza parties did reward/ encourage positive gr...

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