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Real Estate Agent - Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners
What's going on in Monroe and the surrounding areas? Find info about the local market in Ouachita Parish, LA, including Monroe, West Monroe, Swartz, Sterlington, and Calhoun. Tips on buying and selling. Homes for sale. Local events and happenings.



If you were under contract on a home purchase by April 30, Congress has just granted an additional three months to close the deal and claim the homebuyer tax credit of$6500 to $8000.  Lenders have reported they need more time to clear a backlog of 180,000 homebuyers nationwide, said Sen. Harry Re...
Top 3 Myths About Foreclosures With all the talk about foreclosed homes and short sales on the market, it is tempting to believe all the pros and cons you hear about buying a bank-owned property. 1.  Foreclosures sell at massive discounts, compared to other homes.Reality check: while foreclosures...
The home market is always busy in Indian Lakes! This popular community was built around 3 lakes, and now has more than 530 households. Drew Elementary, Westridge Middle and West Monroe High Schools serve this area. Currently, only 9 homes are for sale ranging in price from $157,000 to $649,500--q...
From Forbes:  More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. Here's a map that helps you see where people are moving to/from Ouachita Parish: You may be surprised t...
Many people don't know what to do with a flag that has seen its better days. Proper etiquette for the flag is to remove it when it looks faded or torn. It must be disposed of properly, too, not just thrown in the trash. When a flag is so tattered that it can no longer serve as a symbol of the Uni...
All kinds of good things are going on in Monroe and West Monroe this weekend. For starters, Farmers' Markets are open on BOTH sides of the river, and I hear that TOMATOES are IN! Saturday, June 12, at the Biedenharn: Crown your dad "King of the Grill" with a grilling apron decorated especially fo...
It's already been a busy year with real estate in the Bend! This popular golf course community has grown to approx. 500 households. It is built around a golf course with clubhouse, pool and fitness center. Sterlington Elementary and High Schools serve this area.  Find out about membership in the...
Calvert Crossing is one of the nicest golf courses around, and one of the best places to live in Ouachita  Parish. So, what's going on with the housing market there?  I wish I could say that it's booming, but since the beginning of 2010, ZERO houses have sold in Calvert. As of June 7, there are 7...
Citizens from around the country are justifiably concerned about the environmental impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I'm afraid the Gulf may never recover from this devastating assault.  During my days as a scuba diver many years ago, I saw the fragile ecosystem in the gulf up close ...
Do yourself a favor and head to downtown Monroe for Downtown Artfest this Saturday from 2-6 p.m. on Desiard Street! More than 30 artists will be in the street. The downtown galleries will be open, live music by Mason Grenade and 3DP, food, and an awesome children's area! Did I mention that admiss...

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