top real estate agent in alexandria la: Realtor Safety Horror Stories--Please Help Me Educate My New Agents - 02/05/14 10:25 PM
Realtor Safety Horror Stories--Please Help Me Educate My New Agents

Bayou Properties Realty is about to welcome two new agents to the fold. As they are straight out of real estate school, my focus early on will be training them on how to actually make a living selling real estate.
Naturally my first concern is for their safety. No commission check is worth your life. What I request are real life experiences of when you felt your safety was compromised in the business. Please feel free to share your story in the comment section. If you are uncomfortable doing so, send … (3 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: How Many Showers Did YOU Have Today - 08/15/13 01:01 PM
How Many Showers Did YOU Have Today?

Chestnuts are not the only thing roasting on an open fire this month. Ever had your IPhone die because it was too hot? Happened to me twice this month! And let's just say the glamour of showing property is a bit reduced this time of year. Consider my shower schedule today...
Shower in the morning--You know it's hot when you don't fool with the warm water in the morning. Not sure who dreaded the day more, me or our Central AC system.
 Off to the races, showed a buyer and placed a directional … (3 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: Selling A Home in Alexandria LA - 08/09/13 04:25 AM
Selling A Home in Alexandria LA
 Have a home to sell in Alexandria, La? If so, the first step is getting an idea of what your home may be worth. Though home values are on the rise in Alexandria, La, every property is unique. Fill out the information below to find out what YOUR home may sell for in today's market. Want to learn more about the home selling process in general? Learn more at Alexandria Pineville Real Estate

Tips For Selling your home in Alexandria La
Fix what is broken, replace what is missing--Popular loan programs (FHA, VA, Rural … (3 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: It's a Home Tour, Not A Family Reunion - 07/22/13 12:21 AM
It's a Home Tour, Not A Family Reunion

 
 I swear aunt Bertha brought a pound cake. As the cars continued to pull into  the drive, I knew how the farmer must have felt the first morning of Woodstock. There were parents, cousins, friends, and oh were there children...
 Was this a client appreciation party? Nope. A house warming for a recent buyer? Negative. T'was a second showing on a SMALL starter home. It seemed everyone brought both a friend and an opinion. Let's examine why such extended gatherings are a bad idea...
Too many chefs spoil the soup-- Aunt … (5 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: Alexandria La Real Estate-The Purpose Of Property Disclosure Forms - 07/18/13 01:22 AM
Alexandria La Real Estate-The Purpose Of Property Disclosure Forms

Ready to put your Alexandria La home on the market? Well, get your favorite pen ready, we have some paperwork to do! Owners are often shocked at how much paperwork is required to list a home for sale. Thanks to our litigious society, don't expect this pile to shrink anytime soon. Let's examine the logic behind the property condition disclosure form
1) To aid the owner's memory-- After living in a home for 5 plus years, it's easy to forget some of the quirks. The form guides the owner through each … (0 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: Real Estate Lessons From The Car Lot - 05/12/13 10:57 AM
Real Estate Lessons From The Car Lot

After eight years of loyal service, it became time to retire the beloved Liberty. She served with distinction (got me through the bulk of the Great Recession with no car note), but facing a busy summer I decided to go with something new.
 The Honda Pilot had caught my eye, so with pricing research in hand I headed to the local dealer. Thankfully the dealer matched an out of town price so I was able to buy local. In addition to four years of debt, I was able to pick up some real … (11 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: Do You Think The Great Recession Is Finally Over? - 04/30/13 11:40 AM
Do You Think The Great Recession Is Finally Over?

I started in the real estate industry in 2008, just as things we tanking. So admittedly, all I have know in my real estate career are "interesting times". Short sales, REO, low appraisals. strict lending. Heck, it was not considered a "real" deal until 2-3 MAJOR problems were solved.
 But this year things seem to be different. In my market 2012 was a productive year. But 2013 seems to have more optimism in the air. Houses are making appraisal, Fewer financing issues creep up at the last minute (perhaps due … (2 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: Responding To A Low-Ball Offer - 04/25/13 11:29 PM
Responding To A Low-Ball Offer

The euphoria of a new offer is quickly crushed by the writing on the paper. Dreams of a quick closing and moving on with your life are soon dashed by terms that would make even a rascal blush. So what now? Reject the offer and hope for something better? Perhaps take the home of the market and wish for better days? Before you sign that termination agreement, let's examine how to properly respond to a low ball offer...
Remove emotion from the transaction-- Don't get caught up in buyer request for update allowances, closing costs, … (21 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: Is Your "Great Home For Active Family" A Fair Housing Violation? - 04/17/13 04:13 AM
Is Your "Great Home For Active Family" A Fair Housing Violation?

I'm not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV. I did represent myself once while pleading a speeding ticket. By the time the proceeding was done I was facing the death penalty. So I am slooow to give legal advice but...
I cringe while reading agent descriptions on the MLS. A new listing today proudly stated, "Great home for the active family". I guess slothful singles need to keep looking. Once one ad mentioned the home being in a "safe" neighborhood. Good thing it was in one … (3 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: How Far Can ActiveRain Take you? All the way to the Chicago Tribune! - 04/15/13 03:31 AM
How Far Can ActiveRain Take you? All the way to the Chicago Tribune

You never know where love or ActiveRain will take you. Consider the similarities...1) both cost money (but less as the relationship matures), 2) With love and blogging it pays to keep harsh words to yourself, and 3) both require consistent effort over time.
But enough about romance, why the Chicago Tribune snip? Apparently one of my blog posts was picked up by the Chicago Tribune! Along with a couple of other ActiveRain members, my thoughts were included in an article on home upgrades.
 My sphere may forget … (18 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: 4 Bedroom Home For Sale Near Alexandria La-- 104 Magnolia Rd - 04/05/13 12:43 AM
4 Bedroom Home For Sale Near Alexandria La-- 104 Magnolia Rd
Call Doug Rogers (318) 613-1994), your Alexandria La real estate expert. Click Alexandria Real Estate to explore homes for sale in greater Central Louisiana. Located at 104 Magnolia Ridge, this home has recently been reduced to 276,000 dollars.
Why 104 Magnolia Ridge
4 large bedrooms Great location near Kincaid Lake Multiple living areas including a LARGE bonus room Three full bathrooms Open kitchen with extra storage and updated appliances Seller to provide a one year home owner's warranty through Old Republic Large Home Near Kincaid Lake



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top real estate agent in alexandria la: For Me, March Was an ActiveRain Bust - 04/01/13 12:57 AM
For Me, March was an ActiveRain Bust--

 Numbers do many things, but lie they do not. One of the benefits I have received from coaching is becoming more aware of the numbers in my life. Let's take a look at my ActiveRain numbers for March...
Total posts-- 25, that's the lowest post count since February of 2012. What do I consider a decent month? Add 10 to my March count. To excel, I need at least 40 posts per month.
Why the numbers matter
AR posts keep me on the first page of Google-- for a brief period of time. … (18 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: 4 Bedroom Home For Sale in Marksville La-- Price Reduced - 03/28/13 08:00 AM
4 Bedroom Home For Sale in Marksville La-- Price Reduced
Searching for 4 bedroom homes for sale in Marksville LA ? If so, click Homes For Sale in Avoyelles Parish to view the current inventory.
Why 562 Gum Ridge?
 
Large living areas Great location Modern kitchen 4 bedrooms Low purchase price (76,900 dollars) Multiple parking areas (room for all your toys) 4 Bedroom 3 Bath Home




 
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top real estate agent in alexandria la: 3 Bedroom Homes For Sale in Pineville La 71360 - 03/21/13 04:27 AM
3 Bedroom Homes For Sale in Pineville La 71360--
    Searching for a 3 bedroom home for sale in Pineville La ? Call Doug Rogers (318) 613-1994, your Pineville Louisiana real estate specialist! Click Pineville Homes to explore properties for sale in Greater Alexandria La.
Why 1022 Tranquility Drive?
large living areas nice master bedroom 2 full bathrooms 400 square foot shop with power Nice Home With Shop



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top real estate agent in alexandria la: Geez, I Didn't Realize ActiveRain Was THAT Local - 03/17/13 04:45 AM
Geez, I Didn't Realize ActiveRain Was THAT Local

 While cruising Facebook today I notice this picture posted by AR member Bill Cobb. The purpose of his picture was to share with the rest of the world how bad the pollen is in the town he was visiting. But something else caught my eye...
The home in the background seemed familiar. Yep, that would be my neighbor's house! After interacting with Bill on AR for 3.5 years he was literally less than a football field away. After a brief delay to put on pants (hey, it is Sunday after all) I … (8 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: The Four Worst "Upgrades" Homeowners Make - 03/13/13 01:25 AM
The Four Worst  "Upgrades" Homeowners Make

 This post has nothing to do with personal space, taste, or comfort. One of the benefits of home ownership is NOT having to get permission to make changes to your space. Instead, let's examine five upgrades that typically return little to no investment at the act of sale.
1) The Swimming Pool-- Recently I went on a listing in a subdivision of 200k dollar homes. The owners could not wait to show me their sparkling new cement pond. How much did you "invest" in this project I inquired? Only 45,000 dollars! And wouldn't you … (175 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: We Countered Our Way Out Of A Deal - 03/06/13 06:04 AM
We Countered Our Way Out Of A Deal

A while back I was blessed with a "hot" listing. Great location, popular schools zones, and smart updates. All this while priced smack in the middle of Alexandria's hottest price range. What could possibly go wrong?
Sure enough, an offer came in within days of the listing. The offer was strong (in fact, better than the owner's desired net) and so I was confident when presenting the deal. Good thing I didn't spend that commission check on the way over...
It seems my clients had discussed the deal with their friend in … (18 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: Land For Sale near Pineville La-- Crooms Road - 03/06/13 03:39 AM
Land For Sale near Pineville La-- Crooms Road
Searching for land around Pineville, La? If so, check out Pineville La Real Estate to explore local properties on the market. Currently we have everything from small subdivision lots up to GIANT estates.
Why 0 Crooms Road
Searching for a great price per acre in Central Louisiana? How does 2322 dollars per acre sound?For only 104,500 dollars, YOU could own this property! Located at the end of Crooms Road, this property resides just outside the city limits. What would you do with 45 acres of land near Pineville Louisiana?
Land For Sale in … (0 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: Places To Worship In Pineville Louisiana--Pineville Park Baptist Church - 03/05/13 06:35 AM
Places To Worship In Pineville Louisiana
Located in the heart of Louisiana, Pineville is a great place to live! With a mild climate, great job opportunities, and not to mention crawish, it's no wonder people flock to the area. Let's examine one local church, Pineville Park Baptist Church.

With a church history dating back to the 1950's, PPBC plays an active role in community life. Living Last Supper, VBS, Fall Festival, and Christmas Dessert are but a few of the many activities.
Where is Pineville Park Baptist Church
We are located at 2455 Highway 28 East, Across from Kees Park. … (4 comments)

top real estate agent in alexandria la: A Home Inspection Is Like A Candy Store, You Can't Have Everything - 02/28/13 06:34 AM
A Home Inspection Is Like A Candy Store, You Can't Have Everything--

You can't blame the first time buyer for trying. After paying 300-400 bucks for a home inspection, they want to get their money back by way of repairs. But in hot real estate market, buyers need to be careful when it comes to repair demands. Here some things to consider when completing an inspection response.
Did I know about the defect before the inspection-- The purpose of an inspection is to uncover hidden defects. That 30 year old carpet? Take it into consideration when submitting your offer. Can … (8 comments)

 
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