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Writing the Perfect Post!!!!! - 06/29/10 09:56 AM
HEADS UP, Fellow Southwest Louisiana REALTORS! Read what this Illinois Mortgage rep has to say about blogging.... (Told Ya So!) Via Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage: I've been coaching my friends to get Active in Active Rain. My success has been well documented. To date, since joining I'm now well over 65 referrals that I've received either through other members or via people planing in the rain. Very stoked about my results, and, as a proponent, I push this often and hard. I tell my people that Active Rain is one of the most valuable methods for getting exposure. Since I lead a (4 comments)
Bring on the Rain AND B.J. Thomas! - 06/29/10 09:11 AM
Lake Charles could use some rain. Maybe this song from the 70's (or was it the 60's?), made famous in that wonderful bicycle scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, will help to "bring it on." I love the gentle lyrics in "Raindrops keeping falling on my head." Some years ago, B.J. Thomas performed in Lake Charles and I was lucky enough to have front row seats! "I'm never going to stop the rain by complaining..." (4 comments)
Lake Charles Farmer's Market - 06/29/10 08:50 AM
The new Farmer's Market opens TODAY from 5-7:00 under the beautifully renovated Cash and Carry at Enterprise and Broad. The address is 801 Enterprise Boulevard and is conveniently located South of Interstate 10. This is one of two Farmer's Markets in Lake Charles. The other is open on Saturday mornings and is located behind the 1910 City Hall. The 1930's building has been restored and in use as a multipurpose building. The Cash & Carry was recognized earlier this year by the Calcasieu Preservation Society when the owners, Donna and Rick Richard, were awarded the society’s Landmark Award. (3 comments)
Dear Seller - I Know Your Home is Family Friendly But I Just Can't Say That - 06/28/10 10:06 AM
From one of my favorite bloggers, this letter to sellers with my PS to agents to read as a reminder as well. Via Leesa L. Finley, REALTOR®/RE Strategist Wake Forest NC Real Estate and Area Info (Circa Properties - Your Wake Forest NC Homes Specialist): Dear Seller - I Know Your Home is Family Friendly But I Just Can't Say That While your home may be prefect for a large family, in a quiet, family neighborhood and right across the street from the Catholic church I just can't say that. Your home may be right in the middle of the financial district, near (2 comments)
Proper Pooches, Lake Charles Dog Trainer Sally Stride - 06/28/10 01:26 AM
I guess the following comments about a Lake Charles dog trainer can be considered a PAWSITIVE review of a local business and its owner. The business.... Proper Pooches. The owner .... Lake Charles dog trainer Sally Stride. To my knowledge, Sally is the only certified dog trainer in Lake Charles. Her certification comes from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Her commitment to her clientele and to the dogs comes from her heart and a long-time love of dogs. Her services include obedience and house training, proper household manners, and more, including the correction of destructive behavior such (12 comments)
My personal home with a pool in Lake Charles is now available for sale. Because a friend is currently using my home to recover from surgery, showings will be limited. It will only be on the market until August 31st and the sale will be subject to a 12-18 month lease that begins on or near September 1st. The lease will be assigned to the new buyer. Obviously, details of the lease will be shared with interested prospects. About my modified bungalow and apartment The home with a pool and apartment is on piers and has approximately 1500 square feet (7 comments)
MKH's review of Chapter 1, Soci@l - 06/26/10 02:40 PM
The 127 page book, Soci@l: attract friends, followers, and connections to your business, was written by Ben Kinney with Jay Papasan. It can be easily downloaded and read directly off your PC screen or printed. Before my formal "review" of Chapter 1, a few comments: When I noticed a "tap into the movement" at facebook.com/socialthebook AND an invitation to join #socialthebook on Twitter it was comforting to note that the authors are practicing what they preach! I could not help but notice that at the time the book was published, AR had 170,000 members. As of today, 185,041 members. The (7 comments)
Notice to Lake Charles Real Estate Agents....Margaret Place listing coming soon! - 06/25/10 12:58 PM
I'm quite fortunate to own 5 properties in Margaret Place. While I know that I'll never achieve minimalist status, I would like to achieve less "baggage." Currently, I have a window of opportunity to sell my Grove Street home, SUBJECT TO A ONE YEAR LEASE which is in process. At today's rates, the lease should cover the house note. This post is designed as a test to see how many local readers may have interest in my home, pool, and apartment. I am also contemplating the sale of 112 Dr. Michael DeBake Drive. (NOT my office). My price, which will be (5 comments)
Kudos to the Lake Charles Transport System - 06/25/10 11:08 AM
I do not know Cathy Miller, but if today's front page article in the American Press is an indication of her will, she is on my want-to-meet list. She is the chairperson of the transportation committee of the Mayor's Commission on Disability. And, from what I understand, she has been a champion for those with disabilities for some time. As reported in today's American Press, here are some recent examples of improvements to the City of Lake Charles Public Transport system: Four new, handicapped accessible, buses are scheduled to be delivered to the city in the near future. New covered (0 comments)
Cat Lovers! Read, Relate, and Smile - 06/23/10 01:03 PM
Only Anne Drake can make someone want to adopt a cat or dog, kitten or puppy based solely on her well crafted dissertations about life with one of her foster animals. The following is her inital e-mail to a rather extensive list of fellow animal advocates followed by her response to my request for permission to post on AR: "Hi - I have a kitten that needs a home. Her name is Penelope Pussycat (named for the love interest of Pepe LePew because she has a thin white stripe down her back) and I acquired her in the parking lot of (10 comments)
Loving Southwest Louisiana....Crabs and Redfish! - 06/22/10 03:06 PM
I've always found that the social aspect of getting together to enjoy a meal of fresh and personally caught Louisana crabs is as good as the crabs themselves. Last night was such an example during an impromptu, eat-em-over-the-sink-cause-we-can moment. My friend George prepared 5 dozen crabs and cleaned some beautiful redfish, all fresh from a catch earlier in the day by a mutual friend. Like life in Southwest Louisina, the fishing and crabbing is fine and no, we do not have oil on our beaches. (That Pesky Proxy Error has surfaced for the 2nd time this week! ") Anyone else getting (11 comments)
Louisiana Drivers! Why wait until August to stop texting while driving? - 06/20/10 04:33 PM
No disagreement from me. The picture tells the story. Via Derenda Grubb (CENTURY 21 Bessette Realty, Inc.): Governor Jindal recently signed a bill that gives police the authority to stop a driver for texting while driving. The new law goes into effect on August 15th. Until that time, law enforcement officials can only cite a driver for texting while driving if they are pulled over for another alleged violation.Why wait until August 15th? In the split second that you attempt to read, or create a text message, the accident you cause can result in a collision with horrible consequences.Hopefully, the $175.00 fine (2 comments)
'Under All...is the Land" ~ A Call to Remembrance - 06/19/10 09:27 PM
No commentary needed. Via Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate: Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization. REALTORS® should recognize that the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership. They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment. opening excerpt: The Preamble of the Code of Ethics of the National Association of (4 comments)
Tribute to Myrtle Chambers - 06/19/10 09:16 PM
Sadly, I was unable to attend the funeral for Myrtle Chambers today, but wanted to post a tribute to an awesome and memorable lady. I first met Myrtle over 30 years ago through friends who have since moved away. Myrtle was an integral member of their household in that she baby sat, cleaned, shopped, and cooked for my friends as well as others. They, like most others lucky enough to employ Myrtle, treated her with the respect and love she was due. Fortunately, one of the major "others" is my next-door neighbor who retained Myrtle's services for even longer than my (2 comments)
Thanks, Lake Charles Air Conditioning company, AIR CONDUIT! - 06/19/10 08:12 PM
For the 2nd Friday in a row, I've had air conditioner issues. Fortunately, there are several reliable Lake Charles air conditioning company options. Air Conduit is one. Last week it was one of my office units with a problem at 5:05 PM.Yesterday, around noon, I receive a call from a residential tenant that the AC was blowing hot air. This would be tough for anyone, but in this case, the tenant has an infant. And, my second office unit didn't seem to be doing it's job. Worried about the Friday afternoon timing, I called Lake Charles Air conditioning company Air Conduit (0 comments)
In keeping with this week's food theme...Happy Hippie Pizza... - 06/18/10 03:09 PM
I'm normally a planner, but cannot take credit for the "food theme" of my blogs this weeks. Between Chili's in Sulphur is Going to the Dogs and Strawberry with Cream, Please there is ample evidence that I should decline an invitation to DeAngelos tonight But, hey, this is Southwest Louisiana where cuisine is king! Anyway, last week, I determined to use my blog to promote local businesses that provide exceptional service. It happens that the first one is a restaurant. Be advised that my quest for excellence has no business boundaries. The subject of this blog, Happy Hippie Pizza on Broad (11 comments)
One of the pure pleasures of summer is a good snow-cone. When I'm out and about during the day, it is not uncommon to visit one of my favorite snow-cone stands. They are all over the area so it is not hard to take a break from the heat by enjoying an old fashioned snow-cone.
As I stare at the various offerings on the sign at the drive through, I am always tempted to go for something other than my standard strawberry or blueberry with cream. I truly do consider going out on a limb and ordering something (12 comments)
Chili's in Sulphur, LA is "Going to the Dogs!" - 06/17/10 09:14 AM
Now, here's an easy way to support the 4 Paws Cause! Chili's in Sulphur, LA has come up with an innovative way to support the 4 Paws Society Inc., a local non-profit organization that rescues and find new homes for dogs. Already, this year the 4 Paws Society has rescued, on average over 1.5 dogs per day! But, it is an expensive proposition to house, feed, and pay for the associated vet bills to spay and neuter as well as other medical expenses. Thanks to Chili's you can help! Simply drop by Chili’s in Sulphur between 4pm and 11:pm (2 comments)
Developers, Take Note! Land in Lake Charles offers major potential. - 06/16/10 08:56 AM
I've been monitoring the progress of the proposed port access road and bridge over Contraband Bayou for some time. Both have been in the planning stages for over 30 years. I became especially sensitive to the progress when I became the listing broker of Old Barbe Woods and the property on the corner of Lake and Sallier. A savvy real estate developer looking for land in Lake Charles could strike a bases-loaded home run with this location! Sunday's front page story by Jim Beam in the American Press indicated that the plan for the port access road (northward extension of Nelson (1 comments)
Study in contrast - 06/15/10 04:02 PM
In what may be an unhealthy emotional decision, I pulled my autographed (Lockwood) Marsh Mission book by C.C. Lockwood and Rhea Gary off the coffee table and have kept it close for the last couple of weeks. There is a particular photo by Lockwood, a true Louisiana Legend, that is entitled, "Embrace the Last Beach". It was taken in Terrebonne Parish and is a stark contrast to the images such as these katu.com news photo or those in this AP story of the tragedy in the Gulf.
Proxy server error when trying to post a Fotolia photo of the Brown (5 comments)
Please Help Find Missing 7 yr. Old – FEATURE THIS BLOG!!!! - 06/15/10 03:11 PM
Realtors from the Portland, Oregon area confirm the story of this 7 year old missing boy. We have been asked to circulate via Facebook, etc. Via Dean and Sonia Carver (United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team): We know this blog isn't about real estate related per se, but who has a better network than Realtors to get the word out about something? Seven year old Kyron Horman, the son of a former co-worker of Sonia’s, disappeared without a trace from Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon 11 days ago. Authorities find it very unlikely that he wandered off by himself. Somebody, somewhere, knows something. (0 comments)
When You Can't Find News Here- Go Where You Will Find The News. - 06/15/10 05:48 AM
Read and weep. Via Nestor & Katerina Gasset Realtors® Wellington Florida Luxury Homes (International Properties and Investments, Inc.): Open Letter to the Netherlands and the Dutch Consul, We want to thank you so much for your offer to help with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Most of us Americans are grateful that your country offered to help. I know that many Europeans read our blogs here in America and we hope you find this one also. Most of us Americans respect your country's level of experience. After all, the Netherlands and Norway are very involved with oil drilling and production. You (2 comments)
I love Margaret Place and Tom T Hall - 06/14/10 03:24 PM
The photos of the landscape are my across-the-street neighbor's yards in Margaret Place. The photos of the ducks are just 2 blocks away on Griffith Coulee, also in the Margaret Place Historical District.
Margaret Place is generally considered the oldest recorded subdivision in Calcasieu Parish. We have our own website and Facebook page. I LOVE Margaret Place!
Help me get free drinks at DeAngelos! - 06/14/10 02:39 PM
I want to echo Derenda Grubb's introduction and give my own welcome to Tony Cornner to Active Rain, I assist Derenda and Tony on various projects. One of Derenda's and my "projects" was to convince Tony that he could enhance his digital footprint by joining Active Rain. In the next few weeks, I'm betting Tony will be convinced it was the right decision and invites us both out for drinks at my favorite hang out to say thanks! So, help me out in my pursuit of a trip to DeAngelos by welcoming Tony Cornner!
HorizonRelief.com and Bottles of Hope - 06/12/10 05:41 PM
For those across the country wanting to help the plight of those affected by the disaster in the Gulf, check out this creative idea (and website.) Via Derenda Grubb (CENTURY 21 Bessette Realty, Inc.): Leave it to the Souteastern Louisiana fishing community! At a meeting designed to figure out what the out-of-work oyster shuckers, boat deck hands, and others could do to support their families due to the BP oil spil, someone yelled out as a joke, "We got a lot of oil!." Within a week or so, an inspired group led by by Kevin Voisin (in the video on the home page of (2 comments)
Via Leesa L. Finley, REALTOR®/RE Strategist Wake Forest NC Real Estate and Area Info (Circa Properties - Your Wake Forest NC Homes Specialist): I was out this week previewing homes for some clients I have coming in next week. I am a firm believer in previewing homes BEFORE you actually take your clients through. Why don't more agents do that I wonder? Anyhow, all of the homes were similar in size, price, private back yards and in close proximity to each other. All of the homes would fit my clients needs nicely. What surprised me with each (4 comments)
Young Artist Olivia Bouler's response to the Gulf Oil Spill....Making a Difference - 06/11/10 06:15 PM
In today's e-mail Oil Spill Update from the Audubon Volunteer Center, came this story of inspiration and support from young conservationist, Oliva.Bouler. Olivia is lending her artistic talent to create original watercolor images for those willing to donate money to organizations such as Audubon that provide wildlife disaster relief. Due to an AOL promotion and appearances on national TV, her efforts are yielding even greater support.
Should the AKC accept my Cajun Terrier in this weekend's dog show? - 06/11/10 12:32 AM
This weekend, I have a chance to change the fact that I've never been to a dog show. That is because The Calcasieu and Acadiana Kennel Club (Lafayette) are having a combined AKC sanctioned confirmation dog show this weekend at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles June 10th-11th - The Acadiana Show June 12th-13th - Calcasieu Show There are approximately 900 entries and I'm wondering if they would accept Jackson, my Cajun Terrier. If so, lots of questions: Should I get his hair cut? Does he have to behave? Will the competition change him? (8 comments)
Seller's - How many homes does your neighborhood absorb each month? - 06/11/10 12:04 AM
This re-blog is an excellent presentation as to the purpose and value of absorption rates as well as how to calculate. Via Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX~Real Estate 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net): Calculating the absorption rate for an area will help you track trends and determine how you want to position your home to get it sold. The information changes periodically as it is determined by number of homes sold as well as number of homes currently listed. So, what is the absorption rate? The number shows the rate at which the inventory of homes for sale are being sold in a particular (0 comments)
A simple idea for Old Barbe Woods with major potential - 06/08/10 04:25 AM
As evidenced by previous blogs, I am captivated by the historical significance and future potential of Old Barbe Woods. Acquired by a land grant, this property has never been sold! Permit me elaborate on my simple idea for Old Barbe Woods. With St. Patrick's Hospital and the downtown area/legal community so close, I see the middle section of the 53.5 acres dedicated to 1.5-3 acre residential lots for physicians, attorney's, and other professionals wanting to be near the hospital, downtown, and I-10 (and I-210). Physicians with a desire to enhance their quality of life by spending more time with family could (9 comments)
Favorite Louisiana Websites - 06/08/10 03:07 AM
The following are some of my favorite Louisiana websites. These are sites I respect and/or visit often and/or recognize have value to those new to Louisiana. The list is in no particular order. Because some have been forgotten or not discovered yet, more sites will be added periodically. Louisiana.gov Louisiana Secretary of State Corporation Database The River Road NOLA.com CajunCoast.com Louisiana Legislature Louisiana Office of Tourism Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Council for a Better Louisiana New Orleans Saints (3 comments)
Favorite Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana Websites - 06/08/10 02:39 AM
The following Southwest Louisiana websites represent sites that I respect and/or frequent often and/or recognize have value to those new to the Lake Area. They are in no particular order. Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitor's Bureau KPLCTV.com McNeese State University CPPJ.net Calcasieu Parish School Baord LakeCharles.com Calcasieu Parish Library Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society McNeese Banners Program Lake Charles Symphony 4 Paws Society Creole Nature Trail (0 comments)
My private awards program! - 06/08/10 02:07 AM
Before I get to the purpose of this blog, a couple of insights: 1) I've never been a fan of "contests" wherein a company or organization is named "Number One" based on some sort of "reader poll." One reason for my disdain is due to information provided by a former employee. This employee had previously worked at a much larger company (not real estate). She provided details as to how she fulfilled the part of her job description which was to make sure xyx company "won" the coveted "Best _____________!".
2) I'm hyper-sensitive to customer service. Maybe it is (0 comments)
Lakefront Development in Lake Charles - 06/08/10 01:08 AM
The local news tonight on KPLC TV discussed the latest consideration by the Downtown Development Authority insofar as the first phase for Lakefront Development in Lake Charles. Specifically Tract 1A, which is the parking lot area just south of the Civic Center was considered. In short, A 55 year lease with an option for an additional 10 year lease is proposed at a cost of $50,000 per month. The developer has 120 days from the time the lease is secured to submit and application to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Learn more at KPLCTV.com.
I'm re-blogging this urban renewal post as it is beneficial for practically any city. I'm not pro/con the company mentioned, but will check them out. Be sure to check out the photos at the bottom!
Via Pacita Dimacali - e-PRO, CDPE, MBA East Bay, North CA real estate (Gallagher & Lindsey): Recent stories about the city mayor's radical idea of bulldozing Detroit's areas that are most afflicted with urban decay may have created a renewed interest in urban renewal. Urban decay is the process whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair and decrepitude. It (0 comments)
Preventing Family Violence Workshop Review, Starting a Dialogue - 06/07/10 01:39 AM
Those who attended last Saturday's Preventing Family Violence Workshop heard from some highly respected and gifted speakers. One of Beth Zilbert's goals of the workshop was to "start a dialog that fosters solutions.” Zilbert is co-founder of The People’s Advocate, a Lake Charles-based agency that provides legal and social services for underrepresented families. She is also President of the SWLA Humane Society. The SWLA Humane Society joined other animal coalition members in co-sponsoring the workshop. "What's the connection?" you might ask. Turns out there is a tremendous connection, a "link" as one of the speakers calls it, between domestic (2 comments)
Yesterday, while spending a few hours volunteering at a beach cleanup in Cameron, the parish to the immediate South of Calcasieu Parish, I was quite impressed with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. (CRCL) In fact, I was so impressed that today I visited their website, officially joined, and registered to receive their e-newsletter. This is not the first time CRCL has spent time in Cameron Parish. In July, 2009, CRCL coordinated the efforts of 80 volunteers in a 3 day Beach Restoration effort that will help to stabilize and capture sand to help control erosion, create wildlife habitat, (15 comments)
Facing the Challenge of Pricing Your Home in Today's Market - 06/05/10 10:22 PM
Some times, the differences in the various real estate markets are major. This Wisconsin REALTOR provides a summary of a talk by Steve Harney that is applicable for most areas regarding pricing your home in today's market. Via Peggy Wester Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County Real Estate (Shorewest Realtors): Recently my broker, Shorewest Realtors(R), has invited Steve Harney to speak to us about current and expected market conditions. While some of what he has to say is difficult to hear, I think he's helping us to provide the information our buyers and sellers need to make the decisions that are best for (2 comments)
How To Cut Summer Energy Costs - 06/04/10 09:20 AM
A blogger in New York's tips to cut summer energy costs have merit in South Louisiana. Via Phyllis Lerner (Legends Realty Group LLC): Easy Ways to Cut Summer Energy CostsWith summer officially upon us, many homeowners will be confronted with rising electric bills as fans and air conditioners kick into high gear in an effort to keep cool. Demand for electricity can also increase if you have house guests or children home for the summer. The following tips are from the experts at Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G): Use ceiling fans in the counter-clockwise direction to create a wind-chill effect, making (6 comments)
Please welcome Corporate Housing, Inc's Margaret Taylor to the Rain - 06/02/10 07:40 AM
It is with pride and pleasure that I officially introduce Margaret Taylor of Corporate Housing, Inc. as a Rain Maker to the AR community. Margaret has extensive experience in corporate America, having worked for Bell South for over 30 years. She joined Corporate Housing, Inc. in 2007 and recently joined with 3 other employees to purchase the company. I've blogged before about the merits of Corporate Housing. While my real estate brokerage model seldom requires their services, I continue to sing their praises because I know how committed they are to providing customer satisfaction to those in need of temporary furnished (2 comments)
Local Volunteer Efforts for BP Oil Spill - 06/01/10 06:44 PM
Thousands signed up via the internet for the various volunteer opportunities related to the BP Oil Spill. Early on, I was most impressed with the combined organizations of:
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation The Nature Conservancy Their Acronym is GRIT (Gulf Response Involvement Team)
My schedule did not allow me to take part in the first volunteer opportunity (another story), but in today's e-mail inbox, I received another chance to help.
"In anticipation of oil moving westward, we are planning a Beach Clean-Up project in Cameron (8 comments)
Linda LeKinff Lithograph to benefit two Lake Charles groups - 06/01/10 01:40 PM
Is this not an awesome lithograph? I will be purchasing raffle tickets for this Linda LeKinff Lithograph because I'd love to have it AND becasue proceeds benefit two of my favorite organizations: The 4 Paws Society SWLA Humane Society This is not the first, nor will it be the last collaborative effort by these two groups. This past weekend, they joined with several other co-sponsors to deliver the Preventing Family Violence Workshop to the Lake Charles area. Their involvement was due to the link between animal abuse, domestic violence and violence in general. You can learn more about the raffle and (2 comments)
How Secure is your Mobile Phone? - 06/01/10 01:27 PM
Somewhere I missed the memo on the security of the latest phones. Thanks to Robert for making this re-blog capable. Via Robert Siciliano (Identity Theft Speaker): I love my iPhone. The fact that I have a full web browser and can access all my data anytime from anywhere is fantastic. Plus my iPhone allows me to peek in on my home security system with an application that’s connected to my home security cameras. If I’m on the road I can log in and see the family doing whatever activities in our outside the home. If you don’t have a phone that you can (0 comments)
3.67 acres m/l of prime real estate just off I-10 for sale in Lake Charles, 600 Ryan Street - 06/01/10 09:44 AM
Often referred to by locals as "The Sears Property" or "The Old Sears location", this prime real estate just off I-10 for sale in Lake Charles is worthy of a broader audience. With that in mind, I verified that it is OK to blog about the availability of the property. For quite a while, the city was in negotiations with a major motel chain to build on the site. Seemed like a very good use of the property, given that anything of stature would be seen from I-10 and, of course, easily accessed. When that sale failed to materialize, the property (0 comments)
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