martin presence property management: Recreation in Ruston, LA - 05/25/17 02:06 PM
As Spring is now upon us, everyone is looking for a reason to get out and do something active. Luckily, there are many different parks in Ruston to spend your days out of doors.
 
Ruston is working hard on expanding the amount of recreational activities available for the public. They are currently in the process of building the biggest improvement this town has seen. "Rock Island Greenway" is named after the railroad that used to run North and South through town (one of the largest parts of Ruston's founding). This will be the first recreational path of its kind in Ruston. The … (12 comments)

martin presence property management: Staging your Home - 05/18/17 08:37 AM
You know, I’ve found that people have no VISION. If they walk into a home that needs some TLC, they cannot see what it COULD be.
I know I’ve mentioned that my wife and I have remodeled lots of houses during our marriage, and one thing we had was VISION.  We could walk into the ugliest, dumpiest house on the block and just see the finished product. And these were the days before the Fixer Upper, Pinterest, and HGTV craze. Of course, in her mind, her favorite and number 1 solution was ALWAYS, “let’s knock out that wall. And that wall. And … (14 comments)

martin presence property management: 128 Bunn Road, West Monroe, LA - 05/15/17 09:28 AM
Looking for country living? This secluded 3 bedroom 2 bath home sits in the center of 8 acres of wooded land. The circle driveway adds a quaint touch to the classic white exterior, while the wide front porch allows for novels in the rocking chair and catching a glimpse of nature. The side patio is perfect for those outdoor parties, with plenty of space for grilling and socializing.
This 1475 square foot home was built in 2004 and has many modern amenities despite its rustic charm. Some features include a sprinkler system, walk-in closets, and surround sound. The home also has underground … (4 comments)

martin presence property management: 273 Houston Rd, Ruston, LA - 03/09/17 02:16 PM
273 Houston Rd, Ruston, LA
This beautiful custom built home is a Must See! It stands on 5 acres of land, nestled beside a small pond in the quiet community of Mt Olive in Ruston, LA.
Built in 1980, this 2220 square foot, 3 bedroom home features a split floor plan, with 2 bedrooms upstairs and the Master Bedroom downstairs. Each carpeted upstairs bedroom has its own walk in closet, and they share a full bathroom. The Master Suite has its own bathroom and his/hers walk in closets. The living, dining and kitchen are all open area with hard wood floors. Ladies, … (5 comments)

martin presence property management: Valentine's Day - Free Dinner for Two - 02/09/17 06:50 AM
When most people think of Valentine’s Day, they envision dozens of red roses, love cards with flowery words of affection, heart shaped boxes of delicious chocolates, long walks in the park hand in hand, candlelight romantic dinners……….
Yeah, my wife hates all that. Except maybe the chocolate.  Now before you go thinking unkind thoughts about my seemingly ungrateful bride, let me explain. Some years ago, my wife and I discovered our Love Languages. Hers is Acts of Service, which means DOING things for her makes her feel loved. So you see, Gifts of flowers, while not unappreciated, don’t mean as much to … (6 comments)

martin presence property management: Dream Home - 02/05/17 03:23 PM

When you think of your Dream Home, what do you think of? If money was not a problem, would that change your desires? What elements are your “must haves”? Do you want a wide front porch with rocking chairs? Would you like to have an outdoor kitchen and patio overlooking a pool? Enough room for all of your children and grandchildren to come over and be comfortable? Large master bath and a Jacuzzi tub? Lots of storage space, large closets, big kitchens, and low maintenance landscaping are other things that also top most lists.
Maybe you want a House on the … (6 comments)

martin presence property management: When Enjoying the Fall Colors, Don’t Forget Your Green! - 02/03/17 01:29 PM
“Go green!” is more than an ecologist’s battle cry today; for more and more people, it’s a way of life and an important consideration when choosing their living space. And for good reason: a greener community benefits both the environment and your wallet. Some improvements are expensive investments, but there are some things you can do now that will appeal to earth-friendly tenants as well as actually helping the earth. In the long run, you’ll find that any investment you make to create a more eco-friendly rental property is well worth it. Plus, these types of improvements will likely pay for … (3 comments)

martin presence property management: Tested Property Management Services Passed - 02/03/17 01:26 PM
A client came to us in need of only one property to be managed in the Ruston area. We managed this one particular property for about a year before adding a second property. Little did we know, this client had amassed more than fifty properties over the years! A majority of their properties were set up for Section 8 housing. Since we had offices in both West Monroe and Ruston, and accounts already established with the section 8 offices in North Louisiana, it seemed we were a perfect fit to handle their new additions as well as their existing properties. We … (3 comments)

martin presence property management: MAKING RESIDENT RETENTION A PRIORITY - 02/03/17 01:18 PM
One of our biggest jobs here at Martin Presence is Resident Retention. A high rate of turnover costs you income and is a big red flag of poor property management. A person’s home or office is his castle even if it is a rental, and he expects others to respect that. When a client pays his rent, he expects his home, apartment, or office to be safe and to have everything in working order. He also expects his account to be handled accurately. If the management continually ignores his requests and concerns, there is a very good chance he will be … (3 comments)

martin presence property management: 6 Things to Look for When Buying a Home - 02/02/17 09:41 AM
If you’re buying a home, chances are that you want this to be a long-term spot for you and your family. Sometimes when house hunting we can get caught up in the moment and forget to inspect the most important things!
 
Here’s a quick checklist!
 
1- Know your budget. It is important that you buy a home at a price that you’re comfortable with.
 
2- Determine your deal breakers.  Think about the purpose of your home and your lifestyle. What do you expect from this home? More storage? A big backyard for barbecuing and a pool? Extra bedrooms for guests?
 
3- Check the … (4 comments)

martin presence property management: “You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em; Know When to Fold ‘Em… - 02/02/17 09:28 AM
“You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em; Know When to Fold ‘Em…
…know when to walk away; know when to run.” While singing along with this old Kenny Rogers classic I thought to myself, this pretty much sums up the philosophy behind investing in rental properties. You don’t just jump in the game and hope for the best. Investing requires knowing your properties, knowing the market, and knowing the neighborhoods. This is a poker game you don’t want to lose, and you won’t if you do your homework.
We’ve talked several times about getting into the market, but how do you know it’s … (1 comments)

martin presence property management: Why Do I Need a Property Manager - 02/01/17 01:44 PM
Let’s cut to the chase. You’re getting into real estate investment to make money, so why should you pay someone to manage it? If you are a retired handyman with a business degree and live close to the property, you probably don’t need to. However, if you actually have a life, you will find a property manager might just be your best investment. Here are ten big things a property manager can do for you.
Set the right rental rates: You can spend hours leafing through the classifieds to see what other landlords are charging for similar properties OR you can relax … (1 comments)

 
Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group)

Corey Martin

Real Estate and Management Solutions

Ruston, LA

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Martin Presence Group

Address: 3006 W California , Ruston, Louisisana, 71273

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