Buying Baton Rouge Real Estate, Credit Matters

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Credit matters when it comes to buying Baton Rouge real estate and securing a home loan.  Good credit comes from having a credit card, car loan, student loan, or various other lines of credit that gets paid regularly.  Bad credit comes from late payments, no payments, or maxing out debt and not chipping away at it.  No credit comes from having no outstanding debts, and therefore no payment history.  It is the good credit that will help you secure a loan to buy a Baton Rouge property.

If you have never had a loan of any type, a credit card, or even a utility bill in your name then now is the time to consider signing up for a credit card.  A credit card does not have to have a high limit but it is important to either pay the balance off each month or keep the balance at a reasonable percentage of the allowable debt.  No credit can be as limiting as bad credit when it comes to financing real estate in Baton Rouge.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on financing homes in Baton Rouge.  Our knowledge and experience can help you navigate the local market.  Let our team guide you through the buying process, from completing a successful Baton Rouge real estate search to arriving at the closing table.

Click here to read “Top 4 Reasons Why Even Rich People Can’t Qualify for a Home Loan!” from Realty Times.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate Spotlight: Wonderful Home for Sale in Addis

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

This week’s Baton Rouge real estate spotlight is on a wonderful home for sale in Addis.  Located in the upscale subdivision of Sugar Mill Plantation, 4298 Trial Drive is a beautiful home close to the Addis/Brusly schools and offering easy access to the Interstate.  Terrific curb appeal will lure you inside the custom wood front door.

Highlights of this lovely Addis home for sale include a large living room, a formal dining room, and a fantastic kitchen.  The living room is complete with a fireplace surrounded by granite slab and a custom mantel, as well as a wall of windows offering a view of the nicely landscaped backyard. Beautiful wide plank wood floors are in the foyer, living room, hallway and the master bedroom. The kitchen has granite slab counters and a travertine backsplash, stainless appliances, cypress cabinets, and breakfast bar for extra seating. Attention to detail is evident at every turn.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information or to schedule a private tour of 4298 Trial Drive in Addis.  Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage, helping you complete a successful Baton Rouge real estate search and locating a home that suits your needs and your lifestyle.

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Baton Rouge Home, Locate Extra Storage

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

If you are making changes to your Baton Rouge home this year in an effort to improve it prior to listing it for sale consider creating extra storage.  Homeowners love storage and the more you have the more attractive your home will be when it comes time to sell.  Take a good look around your home and you might just be surprised where you will find extra space.

Did you know you can turn your stairs into storage?  Some people turn each step into a drawer or storage chest.  Likewise you can find valuable storage space underneath a staircase in your Baton Rouge home. Believe it or not you can also create storage space below the floor, even if you do not have a basement.  More visible storage can be shoveling above doorways and cabinets placed in walls.

When potential buyers walk through Baton Rouge homes they want to see how organized they can be in your home.  Consider making changes that will help them with this vision.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about trends in Baton Rouge homes as well as how to prepare your home for sale.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions while providing you with a complimentary listing presentation.  Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage for all of your Baton Rouge real estate needs.

Click here to read “7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You Had” from House Logic.

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Selling Baton Rouge Real Estate, First Offer

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Glenda Daughety & Team, selling Baton Rouge homes

What to do with the first offer is an important part of selling Baton Rouge real estate.  Many sellers wonder whether more offers may follow the first offer, hesitating to respond to a first offer, especially if the offer is low.  A Baton Rouge REALTOR® should offer advice on how to respond to an offer.

When you receive a first offer on your Baton Rouge property you have no way of knowing whether another one will follow or whether this will be it for a while.  It is always good practice to respond to an offer, regardless of how low.  You never know whether a contact is from a buyer who is a bottom feeder or imply trying to start low to see where it may end up.  Take the time to draft a response and consider dates and contingencies as well as price.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on selling homes in Baton Rouge.  We welcome the opportunity to share our marketing plan with you while updating you on current market conditions.  Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage, getting your Baton Rouge home sold in a timely manner while capturing as close to market value as possible.

Click here to read “Home Sellers: The Curse of the First Offer” from Realty Times.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Role of Square Footage

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Understanding the role of sure footage is often tied to a Baton Rouge real estate transaction.  Often the price per square foot is quoted when homes are being built or properties have recently sold.  The question many ponder is how much weight to give reference to the price per square foot.  The price per square foot of Baton Rouge homes is often seen as a guideline and less of an absolute.

There are a few things to know about square footage when it comes to homes in Baton Rouge.  One thing to know is that not all square feet are created equal, which means that not everyone’s measurements are the same.  In this vein it can make it very difficult to determine which calculation is correct.  For example, sometimes home improvements have been made but added square footage has not made it to the assessor’s attention.

Regardless of the quire footage of a Baton Rouge home the reality is that a buyer will determine if a home meets his needs.  If so, it is likely that he will make an offer based on what the market sees as fair.  This may or may not come down to the average price per square foot.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about current market conditions and learn more about square footage.  We welcome the opportunity to talk real estate with you.  Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage for all of your Baton Rouge real estate needs.

Click here to read “How Important Is Square Footage?” from Realty Times.

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Buying Baton Rouge Real Estate, Consider Lifestyle

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Glenda Daughety & Team, answering all of your Baton Rouge real estate questions

Consider your lifestyle when buying Baton Rouge real estate. If you are young and single your needs are different than if raising a family. Your needs in a home include the location and the layout, among other criteria. Buying a home is a big commitment and making the right choice will make your life a lot easier.

A Baton Rouge REALTOR® can help you determine what your needs are, both in a home and a neighborhood. The ability to explain the different developments and neighborhoods that make up the greater Baton Rouge area is important. If you have children knowing where the best schools are is important. Likewise, if you are young you probably want to live where the action is. Making a good decision is key to buying success.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about buying a home in Baton Rouge LA. We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions while helping you get started on your home search at the same time. Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage for all of your Baton Rouge real estate needs.

Click here to read “Don’t Fall in Love With the Wrong House” from Realty Times.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Great Townhome For Sale

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

If you have been looking to buy Baton Rouge real estate we have a great townhome listed for sale at 4163 Jefferson Woods Drive.  The home offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,244 square feet of living space in a great location.  The Jefferson Woods Townhomes are located close to everything, offering easy access to the interstate, the Mall of Louisiana, medical facilities, Perkins Rowe, fabulous restaurants, and so much more.

This particular Baton Rouge home is bright, clean and in great condition.  The townhome has beautiful new laminate wood floors on the lower level, ceramic tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, and a fresh coat of paint.  The living room is large and complete with a great fireplace.  Both bedrooms are large with roomy closets.  A lovely patio is perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to schedule a private showing of 4163 Jefferson Woods Drive.  We welcome the opportunity to serve as your guide to real estate in Baton Rouge.  Let us get you started on your home search and locate a property that suits your needs and your lifestyle.  Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage for all of your Baton Rouge real estate needs.

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Selling Baton Rouge Real Estate, It’s Showtime

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

It’s showtime when you are selling Baton Rouge real estate.  This is daunting to some, as it means a home must always be ready for a prospective buyer to walk in the front door.  The more prepared you can be prior to listing your home the easier it will be to keep your Baton Rouge home in show-ready condition.

If you are still living in your Baton Rouge home while it is on the market it will behoove you to pack up anything you can live without.  While you have no idea how long it will take for your Baton Rouge property to sell take this time to purge things you haven’t touched in a while and pack away things you can part with for a while.  Just remember, you do not know how long your home will take to sell so be prudent while making your choices.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about selling homes in Baton Rouge.  Our knowledge and experience can work to your advantage, updating you on current market conditions while offering a complimentary listing presentation at the same time.  Our goal is to sell your home in a timely manner while capturing as close to asking price as possible.

Click here to read “Seller’s Advice: Your Checklist for An Impressive Showing” from Realty Times.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Low Down Payments Possible

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Low down payments are possible for buying Baton Rouge real estate.  When a buyer doesn’t have to use all of his savings to buy a home it is certainly a more attractive proposition.  Most people want as big a nest egg as possible, something to fall back on when needed, but when the entire nest egg needs to go toward a down payment it can keep potential buyers out of the Baton Rouge real estate market.

2015 is expected to be a good year for real estate around the nation as well as here in Baton Rouge LA.  There are more programs available today for buyers, including the return of low down payments.  Fannie and Freddie both announced down payments early last month that enables buyers who are qualified to secure fixed rate mortgages with 3% down.  These low down payment loans will certainly help buyers in the Baton Rouge area.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about current market conditions.  We welcome the opportunity to serve as your guide to real estate in Baton Rouge.  Let us get you started on a home search and recommend a reputable local lender to help you make a successful home purchase in 2015.

Click here to read “10 Reasons 2015 Will Rock for Real Estate” from Realtor Magazine.

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Baton Rouge LA, Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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

Recycle your Christmas tree in Baton Rouge LA.  Some have already taken the ornaments off of their trees and brought them outside, others wait until after the New Year, either way not everyone knows what to do with the tree once all has been removed.  Luckily the City of Baton Rouge makes getting rid of your Christmas tree easy.

Right now you can drop your tree off at a few Baton Rouge locations:

  • Independence Park
  • Highland Road Park
  • Kathy Drive Park
  • Flannery Road Park
  • Pecue Wood Recycling Facility
  • LSU

Of course, if you prefer to have your tree picked up curbside this service begins on January 5th, occurring through the 16th. Make sure all ornaments, lights and tinsel are off your tree as the trees will be mulched and used in landscaping around the city.  Click here to learn more.

It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone.  Glenda Daughety and Team wishes you and your family a very Happy New Year.  Contact us to learn more about current market conditions and let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage for all of your Baton Rouge real estate needs.

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