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Alexandria, Pineville, and all of Rapides Parish, Grant Parish, Avoyelles Parish, and central Louisiana area, REALTOR® - comments, listings, central Louisiana market statistics
RECENT BLOG POSTS
For quite some time, our company's founders have predicted a market shift to a seller's market.  We are currently comparing our local market stats in terms of available listings to that of this time last year.  We have 18% fewer listings; quite a reduction.  In speaking with other agents in other...
06/12/2017
Real estate agents are not employees of the firm with which they are affiliated for the most part.  That means they do not receive a salary, but are dependent upon sales commissions to pay their bills.You might think that would mean your agent is more interested in what he/she is going to be paid...
12/12/2016
I am seeing an increasing number of calls, emails, and social media posts from people seeking rent to own situations.  I understand that home ownership is the desired goal,  and these situations sound promising for people with credit challenges.  Let's take a closer look at what this actually mea...
09/08/2016
Should I try for sale by owner, or as someone asked me, "Don't you think that is best?" More than 60% of lawsuits involving real estate transactions involve for sale by owners. Why would you think that would be? There are several reasons I can think of. 1) No property condition disclosures; 2) No...
07/30/2016
TRID-RESPA takes effect October 3. In a class yesterday, we learned that if a buyer is not full-document conditionally pre-approved before entering into contract, then expect delays. This means that the buyer has furnished all required financial documentation to the lender AND it has been verifie...
10/02/2015
Why, you may ask, are you going to fire your REALTOR?  "We looked and looked for a house because, you know, we are picky.  We finally found one, put in an offer, and didn't get it.  We just know it was our REALTOR's fault for not trying hard enough to get us that house!" Whoa!  Hold it! Stop!  Wa...
07/26/2015
Have you ever called a REALTOR and asked to see a house only to be told you need to get pre-approved with a lender first?  Did it make you angry, or did it make you wonder why?  Were you told you needed to come into the office before seeing the house?  Here are a few things for you to think about...
07/04/2015
Here's your chance!  New construction underway by Barnes Bldrs. at 210 Taylor Road, Dry Prong, LA,  in the Prospect Community.  It, as well as the new construction being built simultaneously next door, will feature 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large master walk-in closet, granite countertops, and stainle...
11/17/2014
Home site (.299 ac.) in Colina Heights Subdivision with gorgeous view of Kincaid Lake.  Underground utilities.  Min. house size - 1800 htd.  Sellers moved out of state & are taking a loss on lot at $29,900.  Call 318-715-0807 for a plat.   http://mhickman.centrallahomes.com/listing/syndicated/1/m...
11/16/2014
Situated about 6 miles from Alexandria, LA,  on 2.68 acres near the end of a dead-end street, this lovely 3 bedroom/2 bath house with a large deck across the back offers quiet relaxation and comfort.  Large master bedroom.  Convenient for commuters to Ft. Polk.  Don't miss your chance to see this...
11/16/2014
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