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It's too darn hot for yard work. Tired of back breaking labor only to have the August sun vaporize the lawn? Consider the benefits of owning a Condo in Alexandria Louisiana. 1. Let someone else take care of the grounds-- Most condos in our area have owner associations that contract out lawn work and grounds keeping. Take that mower over to Cajun Pawn Stars and let the good times roll! 2. Small space means less house to clean-- Tired of spending Fridays cleaning house only to have it messy by Sunday? Alexandria condo (3 comments)
Located off Jackson Street Extension, these townhomes are close to the action in Alexandria. Shopping, work, and entertainment venues are minutes from your private garage. Yes that's right, the Village at Versailles features private garages!
While your car is snug in the private garage, whip up a dazzling meal in this gourmet kitchen! Who says townhome living must involve sacrifice? The development features both 2 and 3 bedroom units, giving buyers a certain (2 comments)
Smart buyers realize the inherent value in purchasing an Alexandria Foreclosure. With distressed pricing, such property can turn into a great long term rental. Some investors even purchase these homes, rehab, and then flip for potential profit. Like anything else in life, opportunity does not come without risk. Here are some potential red flags when searching for Alexandria foreclosures... 1) No Property condition history-- In a traditional purchase the seller has to disclose any past issues with the home (structural, electrical, plumbing,etc...). With Alexandria foreclosures such vital history is missing. 2) The (1 comments)
Making the transition from renter to Alexandria Louisiana homeowner can be confusing. Should I buy in this market? Is owning a home in Alexandria Louisiana a good idea? Making the decision to become a homeowner is not something to be taken lightly. Let's examine the entry level housing market in Alexandria, Louisiana. Number of homes currently for sale-- 108 Average days on the market-- 87 Average transaction price-- 100k Number of sold homes in the past six months--56 In general terms, any fewer than 180 days on the market points to a seller's market. With an average of 87 days (1 comments)
Looking for land in Woodworth, Louisiana? Ready to start building your dream home? Country Club Place Subdivision is an exclusive community located minutes from Alexandria, Louisiana. Let's take a peek beyond the gates...
This subdivision features quality homes from 1750 sq feet to 2,500 sq feet and beyond. Tired of being right on top of your neighbors? Lots in Country Club Place Subdivision are almost an acre in order to ensure ample space between homes.
Hesitant to take on the work required to make the land "house ready"? Relax, the work on 3015 Wesley Circle has been done! (0 comments)
There I stood at the proverbial fork in the road. Unlike Mr. Frost, It took me one whole month to commit to a path. In the end, the chance to start a new business from the ground up was too hard to pass up. With the help of my business partner, David Beckham, Bayou Properties Realty is up and running! Soooo, why the alligator? After all, why not something cuddly like a bunny rabbit? Like the rest of the nation, real estate transactions in my market have gotten complicated. More often than not, the agent plays the role of protecting the (11 comments)
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 (4 comments)
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 (2 comments)
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, (0 comments)
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 (1 comments)
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 (12 comments)
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 (2 comments)
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 (5 comments)
Monday was a tough day for my fair city. Startek, a local customer service call center, sent a mass email to its employees and the media letting them know that they were being laid off. Fear not for the company though as they are putting finishing touches on a new call center in Costa Rica! Apparently Costa Rica has become the new India for customer service centers. Once complete the center will employ over 500 workers at a fraction of the cost of the Alexandria center. And let's just say the benefits package for workers in Central America is far cheaper (7 comments)
alexandria louisiana real estate: Monday I Helped 11,310 Kids Get Christmas Presents! - 11/23/10 04:20 PM
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! (5 comments)
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 (9 comments)
This lot features many wonderful home sites amongst rolling hills. Like the thought of building your own place but fear clearing the lot? Most of the land has been cleared on Palmer Chapel! Finding Land this nice in Pineville, Louisiana is tough.
Not ready to take on 24 acres?The owner will consider subdividing! There are lots starting at one acre ready for your new home. (2 comments)
Looking for a nice starter home in Pineville, Louisiana? This two bedroom one bath home is located in the heart of Pineville, minutes away from work or play!
The interior features amazing hardwood floors and a wide open floor plan great for entertaining. Good luck finding another home in Pineville, Louisiana that is this updated, yet able to retain such historic charm.
The lovely kitchen features new flooring and freshly painted cabinets. The windows overlook a large, fenced backyard. Prepare evening meals while the kiddos play safely outback. You will NEVER miss apartment living!!
Thanks to my Broker, Paige Walker, the old Visa card gets to rest easy tonight. Out of her own purse she is sending myself and David Beckham to NAR! Ever slept at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel?? Me either! But thanks to my broker David and I get to stay in a hotel that doesn't take your finger prints upon arrival. I hear New Orleans has so great food. Once again, the broker stepped up to the plate so to speak. We will be dining in style courtesy of Paige Walker. The quickest way to any agents heart is through the belly. As (6 comments)
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 (8 comments)
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