Baton Rouge Homes, DIY or PTE?

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Owners of Baton Rouge homes, should you DIY or PTE?  Just to clarify, DIY stands for “do it yourself” and PTE stands for “pay the expert”.  While on the surface the choice appears to be save money or spend more money on a particular project, in reality it all depends on the project and your set of skills.

Your Baton Rouge home is a big investment and it is understandable that you want to make improvements to it.  The question is, which ones can you do on your own and which ones deserve hiring a professional?  Painting is a project which is often taken on by a homeowner.  This is great if you have the time and the patience to do the job right.  If you don’t, however, this could be a big mistake.  Clean, crisp edges are essential for a quality paint job and drips and messy edges can be a real turn off to anyone entering your home.

Having talent and tools is essential to completing projects around your home.  As they say, any job worth doing is worth doing right.  This is never more true than when it involves a project in your home.  Click here to read “Should You DIY or PTE?” from Realty Times, to learn more about the choice of DIY or PTE.

Contact us today to learn more about Baton Rouge real estate and current home trends.  We welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with you.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Borrowing 401K Funds Good Idea?

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

Is borrowing from your 401K funds a good idea to purchase Baton Rouge real estate?  It’s a good question.  Many buyers do not have savings outside of their 401K and subsequently may look there to come up with a down payment but not every plan allows borrowing.  It is a good idea to know the rules of your particular plan and maybe even sit down with a financial adviser prior to looking there for your down payment.

If allowable, here are some things to know about borrowing from your 401K to buy a home in Baton Rouge.

  • Loan.  Borrowing from your 401K is taking out a loan and it will have to be paid back, typically within a five year period.
  • Interest.  Just like any loan, you will have to pay interest on money borrowed from your 401K.  The good news is that you will be paying this interest to yourself.
  • Penalty.  If you fail to pay back the loan on your 401K there will be a 10% penalty.

Borrowing from your 401K can be a great way to come up with a down payment to buy real estate in Baton Rouge, as long as you are fully aware of the stipulations that come with the loan.  Sit down with your lender to understand just what is required of your to secure a home loan, you might be surprised to learn that you don’t need as big a down payment as you think.

Contact us today to learn more about buying Baton Rouge real estate. We welcome the opportunity to recommend reputable lenders in the area as well as the chance to get you started on your Baton Rouge real estate search.  Our knowledge and experience can help make the buying process easier and less stressful.

Click here to read “The Pro’s and Con’s Of Borrowing From Your 401(K) To Finance a Home Purchase” from Realty Times.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Moving Made Easier

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Baton Rouge real estate, whether you are buying or selling, involves moving and when this can be made easier everyone can enjoy a sigh of relief.  Unfortunately moving can be dreaded as well, but if you embrace the process and do your due diligence as far as preparation goes, you will have a smother transition from old home to new home.  Your Baton Rouge REALTOR® can be a great resource for helping your ready for your move.

A few things to consider preparing for your move:

  • Moving company.  Choosing a reputable company is one thing, making sure they are available for your move is another.  The selling and buying process often has a tight window and knowing you have a mover booked for your moving date is essential.
  • Packing.  Start packing well ahead of time to avoid stress during the last few days in your present home.  Begin with items you do not need now.  Clearly mark all boxes to make it easier on the movers as well as more organized for the unpacking process.
  • Changes to mailing address and services.  Change your mailing address with anyone who you receive bills from monthly.  In addition arrange to have services disconnected upon moving day as well as connected at your new home.

These are but a few items for your moving checklist.  For a full list of things to consider click here for the “Moving Checklist” from Real Simple magazine.

Glenda Daughety and Team can help meet all of your buying and selling needs.  We welcome the opportunity to help make your Baton Rouge real estate transaction as easy as possible.  Let us recommend a moving company and share helpful hints on how to make your move as seamless as possible.  We know Baton Rouge and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate Spotlight: 16029 Haynes Bluff Avenue

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

This week’s Baton Rouge real estate spotlight is on 16029 Haynes Bluff Avenue, a lovely home offering 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2,659 square feet of living space.  Shenandoah Estates is a superb location, close to the interstate and major shopping.  The community also has a clubhouse, pool, and tennis courts, fostering a healthy lifestyle and ample opportunities to meet your neighbors.

Highlights of this Baton Rouge home include a large living room with vaulted ceilings and a raised hearth fireplace flanked by built-ins, and a formal dining room, each of which has beautiful wood flooring.  The bedrooms are large and the master bedroom has a wonderful master bath and a large closet.  The sunroom is inviting and can be used for a number of activities and purposes.  The gunite pool is the icing on the cake, certain to be enjoyed by all.  16029 Haynes Bluff Avenue in Baton Rouge is a must-see!

Contact us today to schedule a showing of this lovely home or any other property currently listed for sale.  We welcome the opportunity to help you complete a successful Baton Rouge real estate search and locate a home that suits your needs and lifestyle.  We know Baton Rouge and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

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Selling Baton Rouge Real Estate, Focus on Serious Buyers

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Glenda Daughety & Team, selling Baton Rouge real estate

When selling Baton Rouge real estate it is important to focus on attracting serious buyers.  In any market there are lookie-loos, those who love to look with no intention of buying.  These people simply love to know what’s out there on the market, feeling free to judge because they have nothing to win or lose either way.  What we all want, however, when we are selling a home is to attract people who are qualified buyers walking in the front door.

The biggest question facing sellers of Baton Rouge homes is how to attract buyers and avoid the lookie-loos.  Of course the first step is to have your home is excellent condition.  When your home is ready for showings the best way to succeed is to use your REALTOR® to her fullest.  An experienced Baton Rouge REALTOR® has the ability to network with a list of clients as well as other Baton Rouge realtors.  By networking with other real estate professionals your home can get the attention it deserves from serious buyers.

Contact us today to learn more about selling Baton Rouge real estate.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions as well as offer you a complimentary listing presentation. Our goal is to use our knowledge and experience to get your home sold.

Click here to read “Attract Serious Buyers, Discourage Lookie-Loos” from Realty Times.

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Preparing to Sell Baton Rouge Real Estate, Focus on Entryway

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

When preparing to sell your Baton Rouge real estate do not forget to focus on your entryway.  The entryway, no matter how big or how small, is the segue from your front door into your home.  It is the first interior impression that a potential buyer will have and its appearance matters.

What can you do to improve the entryway of your Baton Rouge home?  Define the space as possible.  This may involve a nice entry table and a rug.  You may have room for only a small runner.  Use your space as wisely as possible.  Make room for seating, whether you can place a chair or bench. People enjoy having a spot to sit to take off their shoes. The entry should be bright, cheery and welcoming, making a statement that says “welcome home!”

Contact us today for more information on selling Baton Rouge homes and current home trends.  We keep our fingers on the pulse of the market in an effort to keep our clients educated and informed.  We know Baton Rouge and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

Click here to read “Entryways Can Create Big Impact On A Buyers” from Realty Times.

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Baton Rouge Real Estate, Preparing to Own

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

Buying Baton Rouge real estate involves preparing to own a home.  Owning a home is  a leap into a whole new world of responsibility, one which involves taking care of one of your biggest assets.  The more prepared you are beforehand the easier your transition will be.

Here are the top 5 things you can focus on prior to buying a Baton Rouge home:

  • Determine what you can afford
  • Determine what you want and what you need in a home.
  • Determine where you want to live.
  • Know your finances, including your credit report.
  • Get pre-approved for a home loan.

Of course these are but a few steps to help you get ready for home ownership prior to your Baton Rouge real estate search.  The more armed your are with knowledge the easier and smoother the process of buying a home will be.

Contact us today for more information on buying Baton Rouge real estate.  An experienced Baton Rouge REALTOR® can make all the difference in your success.

Click here to read “10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership” from Realtor Magazine.

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Baton Rouge LA, Registration Open for Summer Camps

Registration is now open for summer camps in Baton Rouge LA. It’s hard to believe that spring is on our doorstep and summer is right around the corner but now is the ideal time to sign up the kids for summer activities, while there is still room. Whether you have an athlete, an artist, an adventurer, or a combination of all of the aforementioned, there is something fun for your child to do this summer.

Camps offered by the Parks and Recreations Commission of the East Baton Rouge Parish (affectionately known as BREC), include:

  • Athletics Camp
  • Baton Rouge Gallery Aspiring Artists Camp
  • Baton Rouge Zoo Camp
  • Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Camp
  • Camp Sunshine
  • Extreme Sports BMX and Skate Camp
  • Farr Park Horse Lover’s Camp
  • General Recreation Camps
  • Highland Road Park Observatory Stargazers Camp
  • Independence Park Theatre Performance Camp
  • Magnolia Mound Plantation History Camp
  • Outdoor Adventure Camps
  • Tennis Camps

The camps occurring in Baton Rouge this summer allow children to follow their passions and try new experiences. At camp kids can play games, go on field trips, play sports, build friendships and have a great deal of fun. Kids may be out of school during the summer but camp allows some great experiences that keep them learning and growing a variety of skills.

Contact us today to learn more about living in Baton Rouge. Our goal is to help our clients feel right at home in our area by sharing our knowledge of the different neighborhoods that make up Baton Rouge. We know Baton Rouge and we know Baton Rouge real estate.


Click here to learn more about summer camps and how to enroll.

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Low Unemployment Levels Great For Baton Rouge Real Estate

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Glenda Daughety & Team, your source for all things Baton Rouge

Low unemployment levels are great for Baton Rouge real estate. Baton Rouge is continually be noted for its economic strength and recently released figures show the state’s unemployment level dropped to 4.9% in January, setting a record for Louisiana. In addition, unemployment in Baton Rouge came in at 4.8%.

Job growth is being seen in the hospitality sector, as well as transportation, education, and health sectors among others. Low unemployment boosts Baton Rouge home sales, as people with jobs and steady employment are able to qualify for home loans. Baton Rouge real estate has been on the upswing month after month when comparing with data from a year ago, with steady growth in the number of homes being sold.

Contact us today to learn more about our economy and Baton Rouge real estate. Our goal is to help you get to know the greater Baton Rouge area and market conditions while helping you evaluate your real estate needs. We know Baton Rouge and we know Baton Rouge real estate.

Click here to read “Louisiana unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent” from the Bradenton Herald.

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Baton Rouge Condo For Sale, End Unit, Great Location

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Glenda Daughety & Team, Baton Rouge real estate

We have a fantastic Baton Rouge condo for sale, an end unit in a great location. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is located at 5255 Congress Boulevard, offering easy access to LSU, the Mall of Louisiana, Downtown Baton Rouge and some of the best restaurants in the area. If you have been looking for just the right condo this may be the place.

This Baton Rouge condo has an open floor plan, a large living room, beautiful wood floors, and a kitchen with ample cabinet space. The garage offers direct access to your unit and the courtyard is fenced and private.  To top it off this condo has the added windows that an end unit provides.  Close to trails and a park this condo is a must-see.

This is a great condo for anyone, including students, professors, empty nesters or investors. Contact us today to schedule a private showing of this unit or any other Baton Rouge real estate currently listed for sale. Our goal is to help our clients locate a property that suits their needs and their lifestyle.

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