monroe real estate: Are you a savvy home buyer? - 10/28/11 05:18 AM
2011 Buyer IQ QuizMortgage Rates on Zillow … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: Single Women a Rising Force in the Housing Market - 07/13/11 10:58 PM
Single women now make up 20% of all buyers while single men account for only 12%. 
The Joint Center for Housing Studies says the three main reasons single women are purchasing homes are: ▪ They have a strong desire to nest (the top-ranked reason). ▪ They want to relocate closer to a job or family.▪ They need more space.In capturing this growing segment of female buyers, builders are reflecting more female tastes in the design of homes. For example, in new houses, builders are adding security features, gourmet kitchens, and maintenance-free yards to appeal more to the single woman buyer. Housing experts … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: Monroe Housing Market Continues to Appreciate - 07/12/11 03:45 AM
As reported in the News-Star this week, home prices in the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area grew about 3 percent in 2010. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, this was the second best average change in the nation. 
Other housing market research sites like Local Market Monitor and Housing Predictor listed Monroe as one of the Top 10 markets in the U.S. In fact, Housing Predictor had this to say about the Monroe market:
"As national trends disintegrated into rising foreclosures and a more troubled economy, in the northern reaches of Louisiana, Monroe has held its own as a huge … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: On the Bayou! 1559 Frenchman's Bend, Monroe, LA 71203 - 06/25/11 06:57 AM
Curb appeal galore and quality throughout. 5BR/3.5-ba homefeatures over 4290 sq.ft. of luxury in a prime location! TWO Master suites, one upstairs and one downstairs--you choose!

 
Lovely landscaping & lighting in the trees enhance the bayou setting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Open living area features a double-sided fireplace leading to the sunroom with windows to the bayou.

A dream kitchen! Granite countertops, 6-burner gas stove, generous cabinets & pantry. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Full details at  http://www.mlsfinder.com/kwls/kw/index.cfm?action=listing_detail&property_id=4416149381&searchkey=c7eca7e1-9016-c093-0269-ca42619ba25d&npp=8&sr=1#
Call 318-812-7653 for a private tour of this exquisite home.
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monroe real estate: LA is One of 5 States with LOWEST Real Estate Taxes! - 06/22/11 05:37 AM
According to a Kiplinger article, Louisiana is in the 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees!  It's pretty good for those of us still working, too!  You can read the full article at http://portal.kiplinger.com/tools/retiree_map/index.html?map=14#anchor
Here are the 5 states with lowest state real estate taxes:

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monroe real estate: Bargain Estate on 10-Acres! (Monroe, LA) - 06/04/11 04:07 AM
Peace and quiet, yet close to town. You can go deer hunting in your own back yard! A grand entry brings you into this lovely 4BR/3.5-bath home with room to spare. Formal living & dining rooms, 2 offices, exercise room. 3 fireplaces. The private master suite is HUGE & features wood floors, fireplace, and a large bath with jet tub & sep. shower. Two more bedrooms are in their own private section & share a generous jack & jill bath. So much to see. Don't miss it! Call 318-812-7653 to make an appointment today!
 
You can see more here: 
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3031-Martin-Luther-King-Dr_Monroe_LA_71202_M72011-11273?cpPreview=true

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monroe real estate: 2 Hidden Gems--Pretty Homes in Monroe! - 05/13/11 04:06 AM
Tucked away on quiet streets with very little traffic, these lovely homes are ready and waiting for new families! Make an appointment today to see them. I'll bet one of them is just the right home for you!
3BR/2bath home at 119 Cambridge, $178,500:
http://singleentrylisting.com/virtualtour/3036/119_cambridge_dr

3BR/2bath home at 164 Turtledove, $169,000:
http://singleentrylisting.com/virtualtour/3036/164_turtledove_dr

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monroe real estate: Bayou Home--New Price! - 04/06/11 04:10 AM
Fabulous home on the bayou in Frenchman's Bend!  Click on the link below to see details.
http://singleentrylisting.com/virtualtour/3036/1559_frenchman_s_bend_rd

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monroe real estate: Monroe's CENTURYLINK Doubles in Size - 04/01/11 08:58 PM
A merger between CenturyLink Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. was completed Friday, creating a communications company with a geographic coverage of 681,000 square miles, second only to AT&T.  
Friday's merger will more than double the size of CenturyLink. It will now have local operations in 37 states and enterprise and long-distance business in all 50 states.
Through the merger, CEO Glen Post said the company gained access to opportunities with large businesses and Fortune 500 companies and created a "national footprint."
The company's headquarters will remain in Monroe with Post as its CEO, and its economic impact on the area … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: Plans to Save Georgia Tucker School Property! - 03/22/11 05:50 PM
Georgia Tucker Elementary School is the oldest existing elementary school in Monroe.  The school was built in 1920 on land donated by Colonel Frank P. Stubbs in honor of his mother, Georgia Tucker Stubbs. 
The school is one of the last remaining examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in northern Louisiana.  The architecture style came into prominence in the 1920s and 1930s evolving from rekindled interest in Italian Renaissance palaces and seaside villas dating from the sixteenth century.  This style is primarily found in California and Florida, typically multi-story and based on a rectangular floor plan, and features massive, symmetrical primary facades.  Tile roofs, … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: OPEN HOUSE 7/18-- 3003 Cuba Blvd., Monroe, LA - 07/17/10 04:41 AM
First glance is very deceiving, so stop by to see this lovely home yourself. It features 5BR/3baths in over 3100 sq.ft. of living area! The master BR alone is big enough for a basketball game! And, you're sure to love the huge walk-in closets.
Updated in 2008, it has new fixtures, new doors, hardware, ceiling fans, fresh paint and crown molding throughout. Of course those old popcorn ceilings are just a long-ago memory!
See for yourself. I'll be there from 2-4:00 pm. You'll have time to wander around, see the pretty yard and take in all the special features.  I'll even offer … (2 comments)

monroe real estate: East or West, you decide! Open Houses this weekend. - 05/11/10 05:18 AM

           EAST3003 Cuba Blvd., in River Oaks, Monroe, LA
This home is much larger than it appears from the street--over 3150 sq.ft.!  Sunday's open house is a perfect time for you to come inside and see for yourself.
5-bedrooms, 3-baths, remodeled in 2008 with fresh paint, new fixtures, new doors, and smooth ceilings. The master suite is H-U-G-E!!
Stop by on Sunday to see for yourself.
$329,500 
 
 
           WEST607 Island Drive, West Monroe, LA Near Trenton St. golf & N. 7th St.  
4-bedroom, 2.5-baths with 2300+ sq.ft.Kiroli school zone!Updated with fresh paint on all the walls and ceilings. New carpet … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: OPEN HOUSE 4/18-- 3003 Cuba Blvd., Monroe, LA - 04/17/10 12:46 PM
First glance is very deceiving, so stop by to see this lovely home yourself. It features 5BR/3baths in over 3100 sq.ft. of living area! The master BR alone is big enough for a basketball game!
Updated in 2008, it has new fixtures, new doors, hardware, ceiling fans, fresh paint and crown molding throughout. Of course those old popcorn ceilings are just a long-ago memory!
See for yourself. I'll be there from 2-4:00 pm. You'll have time to wander around, see the pretty yard and take in all the special features.

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monroe real estate: Do you need 5-Bedrooms? - 04/15/10 05:24 AM
Here it is! A superbly remodeled home in popular River Oaks, Monroe, LA!
You must see inside! This home is much larger than it appears from the street. Beautifully updated in 2008 with fresh paint, new fixtures, all new doors. Old popcorn ceilings are now smooth! HUGE master suite (26 x 18) that you must see to appreciate includes 2 B-I-G walk-in closets. Formal dining; warm wood floors. Good storage thru-out. Nice back yard, pretty landscaping. This is one you don't want to miss. Call me today to take a look!  Gayle Causey-318-614-5615
Details:5BR, 3-baths3150 sq. ft. of living areaDouble garageSecurity systemSecurely fenced back yard  Price: … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: OPEN HOUSE! 1 Angelina Lane, Monroe, LA - 02/28/10 04:14 AM

Stop by to see me and view this lovely home. I'll be there today, 2-4:00 pm. It's a 3BR/3.5-ba with an enclosed pool area. North Pointe is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Monroe.  I LOVE showing and selling homes there!
By the way, I do not represent the seller, so you can be honest with me and tell me what you think :-)
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monroe real estate: Monroe's Stable Housing Market UP Dramatically! - 01/04/10 12:38 AM
News about northeast LA keeps getting better and better! Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of any big city, the Monroe, LA, area is showing people from other parts of the US that living in a small town is still something folks want in America.
Housing in Monroe, West Monroe and other parts of northeast LA continued to be the strongest market in the state and among the strongest in the US during the third quarter of 2009.  In fact, Q3 2009 sales in the Monroe area market were up 21.6% over the second quarter and up a whopping 53.9% over the … (2 comments)

monroe real estate: SOLD! 1485 Frenchman's Bend Rd., Monroe, LA - 12/10/09 12:38 AM

This is a lovingly maintained custom home on the bayou in Frenchman's Bend. 4BR/2ba. High ceilings in living room & formal dining room. Breakfast area & hearth room enjoy view of bayou. Large master suite includes double walk-in closets, 2 vanities, jet tub & separate shower. Screened porch across the back. Wrought iron fencing within the large backyard.  Super storage. 3-car garage. Sterlington schools. SOLD for $317,000.
This home was For Sale By Owner for several months. I was the BUYERS' AGENT for this sale. That means I was working for the buyers and their best interest. 
Sellers who do not have … (1 comments)

monroe real estate: What's happening in the Monroe/West Monroe market? - 11/16/09 06:44 AM
To keep you posted so you can make good decisions about buying and/or selling, here are the statistics for sales of homes in Ouachita Parish for the period of Jan--October. I have included the past 2 years so you can see how the market has moved during this "housing crisis".  It has pretty much been a non-event here in Ouachita Parish.
I will admit that homes are staying on the market longer, but I don't consider 7 days to be catastrophic. Local Realtors sold 22 more homes in 2008 than the same period of 2009. However, the number of homes sold compared to … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: Find out about homes on the iPhone - 06/18/09 02:15 AM
If your Saturdays and Sundays consist of driving around neighborhoods looking for homes for sale, then you know the drill. See house, call number on the sign, leave message, expect a call back the next day when you have already forgotten which house you called about.If you have an iPhone, you can save all that time and effort. In fact, you can get details on that home ON THE SPOT!      Zillow.com released a free iPhone app recently, enabling consumers to get the low-down on more than 88 million homes. Keller Williams listings are included as well as those of many other companies in town. It's really … (0 comments)

monroe real estate: Spring is in the air in Monroe, LA! - 03/21/09 02:31 AM
OK. There's no doubt now. We were taken aback last week when the temps went down into the 30s again, but I believe that spring is here to stay in north Louisiana!
Before the last cold snap, the Japanese magnolias were very showy this year. Here's a picture of one of the area's finest on Trenton St. in West Monroe. The lawn has 2 matching trees that never fail to impress every year with their wonderful blossoms. This was taken about 2 weeks ago, so the trees are now without blooms, but already leafed out completely.
The dogwoods are spectacular this … (0 comments)