Baton Rouge Real Estate, First Time Homebuyer Mistakes

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

When it comes to Baton Rouge real estate there are a number of first time homebuyer mistakes.  If these mistakes can be avoided it will help alleviate stress and help make better choices when it comes to selecting a home.  Take the time to educate yourself on the buying process and everything is certain to run more smoothly.

Frequent first time homebuyer mistakes include:

  • Not shopping around for the best home loan.
  • Not acting quickly enough when you see a home you want to buy.
  • Not submitting a strong enough offer.

While these are a few mistakes, there are others.  First and foremost you, as a first time homebuyer, should select a Baton Rouge REALTOR® with whom you feel comfortable.  The knowledge and experience your REALTOR® provides should help you in the educational process and help avoid mistakes along the way.  Nonetheless, you should continue to educate yourself on market conditions and financing prior to starting your home search.

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

Click here to read “5 Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes” from REALTOR Magazine.

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Baton Rouge Homes, Bathroom Updates Don’t Have to be Expensive

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Owners of Baton Rouge homes take note, bathroom updates don’t have to be expensive.  While many homeowners would like to rip out the tile, cabinetry and fixtures in their bathrooms to make brand new sleekly designed bathrooms not everyone wants to spend the money.  Luckily there are some easy fixes that won’t break the bank that can help you feeling like you have made a big change.

Easy and inexpensive changes for the bathrooms in your Baton Rouge home include:

Paint.  From painting the walls to painting the cabinetry, fresh paint offers and easy and  inexpensive update.

Drawer pulls, hooks, and holders.  New drawer pulls, hooks and holders can change the look of a bathroom without breaking the bank.

New fixtures.  A new shower head or faucet can modernize your bathroom cost effectively.

These are but a few inexpensive fixes that can make an impact on the bathrooms in your home.  Updating your home is an important part of selling real estate in Baton RougeClick here to read “11 Things You Can Do This Weekend for Under $100 to Upgrade Your Bathroom ” from Realty Times for more ideas on inexpensive updates.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information related to Baton Rouge real estate.  We welcome the opportunity to update you in current market conditions while filling you in on what buyers are looking for today.  We know Baton Rouge LA and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate Spotlight: 5653 Tullahama Drive

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Glenda Daughety and Team, Baton Rouge real estate

This week’s Baton Rouge real estate spotlight is on 5653 Tullahama Drive, a fabulous home in Shenandoah Estates.  Shenandoah Estates is a marvelous community complete with a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and easy accessibility to major shopping as well as the interstate.  This lovely Baton Rouge property has been well maintained and offers you a wonderful place to call home for you and your family.

5653 Tullahama Drive in Baton Rouge has a split floor plan that includes a large living room with wood floors, a fireplace and built-ins and a formal dining room.  The wonderful kitchen is complete with an island and a breakfast room that overlooks the fabulous backyard. The master suite has a walk-in closet, double vanities in the bath, as well as a separate tub and shower.  The park like setting in the backyard offers a goldfish pond with waterfall, swing set, sandbox, log cabin and a storage shed.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to schedule a private showing of 5653 Tullahama Drive.  We welcome the opportunity to serve as your guide to real estate, helping you complete a successful Baton Rouge real estate search, locating a home that suits your needs and your lifestyle.

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Selling Baton Rouge Real Estate, Make Repairs?

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

If you are selling Baton Rouge real estate you may be wondering if you should make repairs to your home prior to putting it on the market.  It is a good question and one that many sellers ponder.  Often the answer comes down to money and whether or not you can afford to fix things that are broken in your home.

Aesthetic fixes should be made whenever possible prior to listing your Baton Rouge property.  Attracting as many people through your front door is an essential part of home selling.  If your home appears to be in ill repair you will undoubtedly turn buyers off.  It is important to remember, however, that if things that are not visible, like wiring, your HVAC system, plumbing, or something else, are in need of attention you will need to disclose this to your Baton Rouge REALTOR®.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on selling real estate in Baton Rouge.  Our knowledge and experience can work to your advantage to get your home sold.  Let us update you on current market conditions and fill you in on what today’s buyers are looking for in Baton Rouge homes.

Click here to read “Do Little Fixes Boost Home Sales?“ from The Wall Street Journal.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Landscaping Adds Value

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Landscaping adds value to Baton Rouge real estate.  Think about it, as a buyer would you be more attracted to a lush lawn or a patchy one with many brown spots?  Go a step further than a nice lawn, however, and you have added greatly to a property’s curb appeal, one of the most important aspects of selling real estate in Baton Rouge.

A recent article from REALTOR Magazine demonstrates that landscaping, on average, can boost the value of your home roughly 12%.  This fact offers great incentive to take  a look at your Baton Rouge property and consider its landscaping and improvements you would like to see made.  If you simply do not have an eye for landscaping, never mind a green thumb, contact a local landscape design firm and find out what is involved with coming up with a plan.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about Baton Rouge home trends and what adds value to a home.  We keep our fingers on the pulse of the market on an effort to keep our clients educated and informed.  We know Baton Rouge and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

Click here to read “Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%” from REALTOR Magazine.

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Baton Rouge Home Trends, Jacuzzi “Out” Shower “In”

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate
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When it comes to Baton Rouge home trends the Jacuzzi is “out” and the shower is “in”. If you are renovating bathrooms in your home, especially the master bath, consider what today’s homeowner is looking for. Large walk-in custom showers are highly sought after and when it comes to designing them you have many options.

If you are remodeling a bathroom in your Baton Rouge home consider a custom shower. From water jets on all sides to a large rain shower head mounted above, water can come from all directions. Other custom shower additions include a steam feature, seating, and more. When it comes to designing a shower there are many options. Owners of Baton Rouge real estate typically remodel with an eye on resale value.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on current home trends in our area. We keep our fingers on the pulse of the market in an effort to keep our clients educated and informed. Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage for all of your Baton Rouge real estate needs.

Click here to read “Homeowners Jettison Whirlpool Tubs” from the Wall Street Journal.

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Baton Rouge Home For Sale, 1232 Ashbourne Drive

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

We have a wonderful Baton Rouge home listed for sale located at 1232 Ashbourne Drive.  This lovely home is located in Sherwood Forest, an established neighborhood with tree lined streets, large homes and large lots that offers easy access to the interstate, medical facilities, great schools, and so much more.  This particular Baton Rouge home has many great features, making it a must-see.

Highlights of 1232 Ashbourne Drive include a large living room, formal dining room, two master suites, lots of closet space, beautiful wood floors, and ceramic tile in the kitchen and baths.  The kitchen in this custom home has granite counter tops and newer appliances.  Th yard offers a park-like setting, a wonderful deck, and plenty of room for a swimming pool.  If you have been looking for a great home in a great location consider this fantastic Baton Rouge property.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about 1232 Ashbourne  Drive.  We welcome the opportunity to set up a private showing of this home and serve as your guide to real estate in the area.  Let us help you complete a successful Baton Rouge real estate search and locate a home that suits your needs and your lifestyle.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Selling Before Two Years of Ownership

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

When it comes to Baton Rouge real estate is there anything you should know about selling your home prior to two full years of ownership? It is a good question. If you own your home for two years you are entitled, as a single homeowner, $250,000 of tax-free profit. The limit for married couples filing jointly is $500,000. But, what if you sell only a year after you purchase your home?

If you purchased a home in Baton Rouge and need to sell within the two year time frame you can do so and keep your tax-free income if you meet a couple of qualifications. If you need to move because of employment, health, or approved unforeseen circumstances you may be in the clear. Take the time to speak with your accountant to discover if you can take the tax-free profit on the sale of your Baton Rouge property.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about selling homes in Baton Rouge. Our knowledge and experience can help answer all of your questions, preparing you for the selling process. We know Baton Rouge LA and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

Click here to read “What If You Don’t Own Your House For Two Years?” from Realty Times.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Bonus Rooms Sell

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

When it comes to Baton Rouge real estate, bonus rooms sell. In fact, there are a number of additional rooms that can be in a home that add to its appeal. If you are planning to sell your Baton Rouge home, take a look around and discover if you can show of that extra space, or perhaps even add a room to your home.

Popular bonus rooms for homes in Baton Rouge include the mudroom, outdoor living room, home office, in-law suite, or media room. Can you re-purpose a room in your home? Or, maybe you can turn a large room in your home into two functional spaces. Another great place to look is the attic, basement or space in your garage.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today to learn more about selling real estate in Baton Rouge. We welcome the opportunity to give you a complimentary listing presentation, filling you in on the selling process while updating you on current market conditions at the same time. Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage.

Click here to read “That ‘Special Function Room’ Is Back in Demand” from REALTOR Magazine.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Owner Financing

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Glenda Daughety & Team, selling Baton Rouge homes

Owner financing is one way to get a Baton Rouge real estate transaction completed.  Whether a buyer is having a hard time securing a loan or a seller is exploring an additional income stream, in the right scenario owner financing can make a great deal of sense.  If you are considering owner financing as a way to buy or sell real estate in Baton Rouge it is important to know what you are getting into.

If you are considering seller financing as a way to buy or sell Baton Rouge property it is important to educate yourself and weigh the pros and cons.  For sellers financing can add interest income until a buyer can secure a mortgage or pay off the home.  However, financing does come with risk, which usually boils down to headaches.  Buyers benefit form seller financing until the opportunity arises to secure a loan on their own but they should have a professional examine the loan documents thoroughly prior to signing.

Contact your Baton Rouge REALTOR® today for more information on buying and selling homes.  We welcome the opportunity to update you in current market conditions.  Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage for all of your Baton Rouge real estate needs.

Click here to read “Should You Consider Owner Financing?” from Realty Times.

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