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Military Personnel Can Obtain $5,000 First-Time Home Buyer Credit - 01/28/12 06:28 PM
Good news for Military Home Buyers! The PenFed Foundation (Pentagon Foundation through the US Govt) is providing $5,000 Grants for First Time Military Home Buyers. The grants are available to Military Personnel, (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard or Veteran), to Department of Defense employees and to Department of Homeland Security employees. Not exactly a first time home buyer? Well, there might be a loophole for you, too. The grant is open to you if you're a first-time home buyer, OR you have not owned a home for the last three years, OR you have lost your home through divorce or disaster. (0 comments)
Real Estate Sells Year Round! - 01/14/12 08:41 AM
Almost all the sellers I meet these days want to know if they should wait until the spring to list their home. I tell them all the same thing: our inventory is low right now therefore there is less competition, and we have 473 homes pending in the area, including 305 in Lafayette parish alone. Your home could be one of those. Not to mention that buyers are out looking; I've shown properties to 4 different buyers this past week. We usually think of the spring as the season for real estate, much like we think of the spring as the (3 comments)
Car in a tree in Abbeville, LA - 01/11/12 08:00 PM
Yes, it is a real car up in the tree. This car has been there for as long as I can remember (15+years). My husband says that there used to be another car in that tree when he was a child. Why they keep putting cars in the tree, I'm not sure. To make people talk, perhaps?
I was tempted to say "only in Louisiana" but I'm sure there are other cars in trees somewhere. If you want to see the car in the tree for yourself, it is on Hwy 82, just north of Abbeville. Originally Posted at: Lafayette (3 comments)
Gorgeous Lots For Sale in Abbeville, LA - 01/09/12 09:34 AM
If you are looking for property in Vermilion parish to build a nice home, you need to consider Bayou Marron Subdivision just south of Abbeville and about 5 minutes from downtown. Located off of S. Henry, Bayou Marron is a small oasis filled with mature trees along Coulee Kinney and just a few feet away from the Vermilion River.
One of the lots I just listed (above) has water frontage and is .65 acre. It is available for $30,000. The lot next to it is also available. It is .81 acre and listed for $14,000. These two lots are on (2 comments)
Sugarcane Still Burning in Vermilion Parish - 01/07/12 07:40 PM
There is still quite a bit of sugarcane burning going on in Vermilion parish these days. I'm thinking it's probably close to the end but every day this week, I've seen the dark smoke clouds in the skies around our home in Maurice.
Some of you may wonder why farmers burn the sugarcane in the first place. According to LSU Ag Center, there are several reasons: lower cost of production and more efficient harvesting of the cane, it reduces the amount of cane being transported and thereby reduces the number of hauling trucks on public roads (less wear and tear (3 comments)
Lafayette is leading for the South's Tastiest Town Award! - 01/05/12 06:58 PM
Southern Living is taking your votes right now and until January 31st for the South's Tastiest Town Award. As I write this, Lafayette is leading by roughly 5,000 votes. There is no doubt in my mind that we live in food heaven here in Lafayette and Acadiana. As a friend of mine commented, "You can get better food (plate lunches, boudin, meat pies...) at gas stations in the Lafayette area than most restaurants in most US cities....really. Enough said." Vote early and vote often! Every one can vote daily on this one. Visit Southern Living tastiest town award page to cast (0 comments)
Real Estate Market Report for Lafayette, LA and Acadiana - 2011 in Review - 01/04/12 01:28 PM
December was a great month for home sales in Acadiana and in Lafayette parish. In the parish, more homes sold in December than in November or October. This may be a sign of great things to come for this beginning of 2012. If we look at home sales in Lafayette parish for 2011 when compared to 2010, we see the same trend up towards the end of the year. There were fewer home sales in Lafayette parish in 2011 (2134 vs 2265 in 2010), however, the average sale's price was up from $192,794 to $199,849. In Acadiana as a whole, there (2 comments)
Where Home Buyers are Coming From: 2011 Survey - 01/03/12 08:11 PM
Every year, the National Association of Realtors conducts a survey to determine where home buyers found the home they eventually purchased. The numbers for 2011 are in. The Internet is the big winner again (40%) while print advertising keeps losing ground (2%).
If you are a seller, you need to make sure that your agent is properly marketing your home on the Internet and to other agents. This also means that your home needs to look good online. Buyers will decide to tour your home in person based on the pictures they see on the internet. The more showings your (6 comments)
Ready to Sell Your Home? Don't Let Winter Stop You! - 01/02/12 09:01 AM
In the past few weeks, I've talked to several sellers who said that they are waiting to put their home on the market because more homes sell in the spring than in the winter. That is true. However, what most do not consider is that there are also more homes hitting the market in the spring, which means more competition. There are buyers looking to buy year round. In fact, in Lafayette parish, more homes sold in December 2011 than in November or October. Yours could have sold, too, if it had been on the market. If you are ready (3 comments)
Happy New Year to All of You! - 01/01/12 03:59 PM
The year 2011 is history and today begins 2012. The weather is beautiful here although a bit windy. Like most, I've been thinking about personal goals and professional ones today and what I would like to achieve this year. Today, I'm also grateful for this past year and want to extend my thanks once again to all those who trusted me with their real estate needs. I hope to be able to help many more of you in 2012. From Maurice in Louisiana, I wish all of you a wonderful new year filled with health, love, success, money, and all it (2 comments)
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