Baton Rouge Homes, Basement

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Remodeling Baton Rouge homes often involves the basement.  A finished basement can add great valuable space to a home, often at a far lower cost than adding a room on for example.  There are some things to avoid, however, when it comes to a basement and if you can keep them in mind you stand a better chance at remodeling success for your Baton Rouge home.

One frequent issue with basements is dampness and mold.  it is important to know exactly how the basement in your Baton Rouge home performs during excessive periods of rain.  If leaking occurs there needs to be remediation or you should simply avoid making major improvements.

When examining the basement of your Baton Rouge home consider its assets.  How much space is there, how tall are the ceilings, and what its best use would be while realizing that it is important not to expect miracles from the space.  A basement can make a great home office, family room, recreation room or media room.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information related to Baton Rouge real estate.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions while helping you get to know home trends at the same time.

Click here to read “9 Basement Revamp Mistakes to Avoid” from Realtor Magazine.

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Baton Rouge Home Trends, Multi-Tasking Kitchen

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Baton Rouge home trends come and go but one which appears to be sticking around well into the future is the multi-tasking kitchen. Let’s face it, the kitchen is the most popular room in a home. Think about how many parties you have been to where the kitchen gets as crowded as the living room. If you are redoing the kitchen in your Baton Rouge home consider how you can maximize its usefulness as well as its appeal.

From housing a desk to having comfortable hangout space, a kitchen can be far more than just a place to cook. A common design trend for kitchens involves an open layout, ample storage and prep space, and comfortable seating. A home chef can spend time chopping and cooking while talking with friends or helping with homework. The kitchen has become the ultimate multi-tasking space.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on Baton Rouge homes. We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions while helping you get to know what today’s buyers are looking for in a home. We know Baton Rouge LA and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

Click here to read “6 Design Trends You’ll See More Of” from Realtor Magazine.

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Baton Rouge, Low Taxes

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Low taxes make Baton Rouge a great place to call home.  Louisiana is considered one of the most tax friendly states in the United States.  Favorable tax rates promote relocation for companies, which in turn brings growth and a healthier and more diverse economy, benefiting Baton Rouge real estate as a result.

Kiplinger Magazine recently published a list titled “10 Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S.” and Louisiana was ranked number three (3) on the list.  Most notable is the fact that residents of Louisiana can deduct Federal Income tax from their state taxable income. In addition the state income tax is between 2% and 6% and taxes and fees on gas add up to 20 cents per gallon.  Another added bonus is that property taxes in Louisiana are considered the lowest in the US, great news for buyers of Baton Rouge real estate.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about relocating to Baton Rouge.  We welcome the opportunity to help you get to know our unique area while updating you on current market conditions at the same time.  Our knowledge and experience and help you with all of your Baton Rouge real estate needs.


Click here to read “10 Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S.” from Kiplinger.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate Spotlight: 2007 Ovid Street

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

This week’s Baton Rouge real estate spotlight is on 2007 Ovid Street, a charming home with a great deal to offer.  2007 Ovid Street is located in the Hundred Oaks area, a fantastic location that places you close to the lakes, LSU, Downtown Baton Rouge, and some of the best restaurants in the area.  This charming brick cottage home is situated on a large corner lot, offering two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,419 square feet of living space.  If you have been looking for a well built home in a great area in Baton Rouge this home is a must-see!

This Baton Rouge property has a detached garage, perfect for parking the car or a workshop.  The home features an open floor plan, a large living room, a separate dining room, and wood floors throughout, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom.  The kitchen has recently been remodeled to include a slate floor, concrete counters, new cabinets, and new appliances.  The backyard has a brick patio, new sod and a recently installed irrigation system.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to schedule a private showing of this wonderful Baton Rouge property.  We welcome the opportunity to help you complete a successful Baton Rouge real estate search.  Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Owning Home Raises Bar

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

When it comes to Baton Rouge real estate, owning a home raises the bar.  A recent study has noted that the average net worth of an owner is significantly higher than that of a renter.  The data released suggests homeowners have a much higher rate of success than that of renters.  If you have been on the fence about buying or remaining a renter consider sitting down with your Baton Rouge REALTOR® to weigh your options.

One driving force behind buying a Baton Rouge property is that homeowners have the opportunity to gain equity where renters will never recoup their costs. Today’s market is showing exceptional affordability.  While property values are on the upswing it is important to note that interest rates have remained low.  Today’s low rates can save a buyer hundreds of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a loan.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about buying Baton Rouge real estate.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions while weighing your options.  Our knowledge and experience can work to your advantage to help you make an informed decision, one which could effect your future.

Click here to read “Why It Pays to Be a Home Owner” from Realtor Magazine.

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Baton Rouge LA, Tigers Looking Good

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate & community information

Here in Baton Rouge LA, the Tigers are looking good.  LSU football is big here in the capital city and we are happy to report that our home team is ranked in the top ten for the Associated Press as well as for the Coaches Poll.  This is music to our ears as we all look forward to the fall season, not to mention tailgating with our friends and family.

The Coaches Poll has ranked LSU in the number nine (9) position on its list while the Associated Press has LSU ranked tenth (10th).  The Tigers had a big win over the weekend, beating Sam Houston State 56-0.  Other great news is that the new traffic regulations seem to be reducing congestion for travelers to and from home games.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about living in Baton Rouge.  We take pride in our local teams and our community.  Let our knowledge and experience help you get to know our unique area while serving as your guide to Baton Rouge real estate at the same time.

Click here to read “LSU climbs into the top 10 in both Associated Press and coaches polls” from The Advocate.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Staging & Decorating Different

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

When it comes to preparing Baton Rouge real estate for sale it is important to realize that staging and decorating a home are two different things.  While there are similarities and staging can certainly be seen as decorating, especially in an empty home, staging is more about maximizing the space in a room and allowing a home’s highlights to shine by utilizing a neutral palate that is appealing to the masses.

If you are selling a home in Baton Rouge consider hiring a stager.  Staging your home can make an immediate positive impact on potential buyers and may be a task that you cannot manage on your own.  By taking out personal taste and effects a home can be shown in a fresh light which can draw a higher offer.  The question you must ask is whether you would prefer to spend the money up front to attract this higher offer.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about selling real estate in Baton Rouge.  Our knowledge and experience can help you prepare your home and maximize the number of potential buyers that walk through your front door.  Let us guide you through the process and get your home sold in a timely manner while capturing as close to asking price as possible.

Click here to read “Start the Conversation: Turn Your Sellers on to Staging” from REALTOR Magazine.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Moving Up?

If you own Baton Rouge real estate you may be wondering if it is time to move up.  Moving up means moving to a bigger home, a better location or closer to amenities you need or desire.  Depending on your attachment to your current home this can be a difficult decision.  Sit down and evaluate your reasons for wanting to move and exactly what your needs are in a new home.

Things to consider when considering moving up:

  • Do you have equity in your current Baton Rouge home?
  • Can you afford to move up?
  • Can you secure a home loan?
  • Are you comfortable selling and buying Baton Rouge real estate at the same time?

Sit down with your Baton Rouge REALTOR to discuss moving up.  Many homeowners make a move when their families have outgrown their homes.  Moving up certainly makes a great deal of sense for people, a jumping off point from a “starter home”.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about moving up.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions while helping your understand what your home is worth and evaluating your needs for a new home.  We know Baton Rouge LA and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

Click here to read “Does Moving Up Make Sense?” from Realtor Magazine.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, First Time Buyers

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

When it comes to Baton Rouge real estate and first time buyers, preparation is instrumental in making the process smoother. If you know what to expect and what you need to do to make a transaction happen then everything will fall into place. From securing financing to finding the right house and everything in between, your Baton Rouge REALTOR® can offer a great deal of information to help prepare you for what lays ahead.

A few key pieces of advice for first time buyers include getting pre-approved for a loan, researching the market, and understanding the contract. Knowing what you can afford is an important first step when buying real estate in Baton Rouge. Your REALTOR® should be able to recommend a number of reputable lenders to help you get the ball rolling. After you are pre approved your REALTOR® will have a good idea of how much home you can afford and where the market suits your needs best. Once you have located a Baton Rouge property your REALTOR® will help with negotiations and getting you to the closing table.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to leaner more about being a first time home buyer in Baton Rouge. Our knowledge and experience can help you every step of the way. We know Baton Rouge and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

Click here to read “3 Tips for Preparing Buyers” from Realtor Magazine.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Know Your Inspector

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

When it comes to Baton Rouge real estate it is important to know your inspector, regardless if you are conducting a pre-listing home inspection or the inspection as a buyer. The inspection is huge part of the buying process and conducting one is an essential contingency.  A home inspection informs a buyer of the exact condition a home is in and having experience and knowledge on your side is important.

What should you know about the inspector of your Baton Rouge property?

  • Reputation
  • Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Cost
  • Timing
  • Type of report that will be provided

These are but a few facts to find out prior to your home inspection.  Your Baton Rouge REALTOR® should be able to steer you in the right direction, recommending an inspector that will get the job done well.  It is always a good idea for you to be involved, however.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on buying Baton Rouge real estate.  Our knowledge and experience can help you with every step of the buying process, from a successful Baton Rouge real estate search all the way to arriving at the closing table.

Click here to read “10 Questions to Ask Home Inspectors” from REALTOR Magazine.

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