Baton Rouge Real Estate

April 11, 2017

GlendaDaughety.com Real Estate Tip – Entry Way

entry way baton rouge real estate tips When preparing to sell your Baton Rouge home 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. So setting up the entry way is of utmost importance. It could lead some one into your home or chase them away.

What can you do to improve the entryway of your 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 Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on homes in Baton Rouge.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions, fill you in on home trends in the area, and help you with all of your buying and selling needs.  Let our knowledge and experience serve as your guide to Baton Rouge real estate.

April 6, 2017

6 Tips to Get Your Baton Rouge Home Ready to Sell in 2017

tips to sell your baton rouge homeYou might think that Baton Rouge home buyers can see the potential of a house that just needs a little bit of work, but most are looking for a house that is move-in ready without needing major repairs.  Even a home that only needs minor repairs may still look like a bad deal , turning off potential buyers based on appearance alone. The truth is that if you want top market value for your home, you have to do a little work to get it ready for the market. Most buyers in the Baton Rouge area expect to be able to walk in to a clean, decluttered home – at the very least.  Although it may not be updated, it better at least look like it’s move-in ready. Here a few tips to get you started when preparing you home to sell.

1. Don’t take your own photos. Bad photos mean bad business. Its not worth the savings for this do it yourself project. First impressions are everything and you can’t afford to mess it up, hire a professional.

2. Tidy up the kitchen. You don’t need to rip out the cabinets to make your kitchen look fresh. A little paint and de cluttering goes a long way.

 3. Clean up the yard. Curb appeal is very important when marketing you home. So if you haven’t taken care of the flower bed it can detract from the rest of the house. Once again first impression goes a long way so start with curb appeal.

4. Emphasize the space and function, not the other way around.  Don’t leave things that should be put away out in the open. If your computer is on the kitchen table move it and put it where it belongs. Buyers usually like to see a space that they can use for their purpose so give them a clear indication that the potential space is theirs to decide.

5. Emphasize outdoor space. It goes without saying that showing off your outdoor space is important. A little effort to repaint the unkempt patio would have helped. At the very least, mow the yard, trim the bushes, and remove the ladder. An unkempt backyard will only make a potential buyer wonder what else needs attention, especially if they’ve seen some questionable spaces indoors.

6. Video Tours. Pictures are important but video tours are becoming more mainstream. A video tour done right gives the potential buyer a realist view of the orientation of your home.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on homes in Baton Rouge.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions, fill you in on home trends in the area, and help you with all of your buying and selling needs.  Let our knowledge and experience serve as your guide to Baton Rouge real estate.

April 4, 2017

Nationwide Home Buyer Frenzy Hits Baton Rouge

baton rouge buyers market sold signEntering real estate’s traditionally busiest time of year, the national housing market is being buoyed by a stronger economy and consumer confidence. With job creation high, unemployment low, and strong consumer confidence its the perfect storm for a buyer frenzy.

Many buyers are in more of a hurry this year too. In the last two weeks, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose by nearly a quarter of a point. The Federal Reserve also has given strong indication that it plans to raise short-term rates soon. Many experts are predicting multiple rate increases. This alone can cause buyers to get out and buy before the certain rate increase happens.

The Baton Rouge housing market is right in line with the nationwide run on homes. We are seeing the effects of these trends and buyers are out in force in our market. Spring always starts the buying swarm but this year there is activity above expectations and the result is a strong sellers market.

With lower inventories and higher demand, homes are selling faster. According to Reator.com 27 percent of homes sold in less than 30 days on the market. This trend is likely to continue for the coming months.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on homes in Baton Rouge.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions, fill you in on home trends in the area, and help you with all of your buying and selling needs.  Let our knowledge and experience serve as your guide to Baton Rouge real estate.

March 30, 2017

Baton Rouge Home Owner Advice – Spring Fixes

baton rouge spring fix changing batteries on smoke detectorBaton Rouge homes, spring fixes can help maintain values.  Owning a home involves a great deal of preventative maintenance and many of these tasks are seasonal.  Spring is a great time to examine your air-conditioning system, ventilation, and overall condition of your home.  If you are a Baton Rouge homeowner it is important to take care of your home to ensure that it maintains its value.

Ventilation: check fans in your kitchen and bathrooms and consider dehumidification systems for areas that stay damp.  Mold and mildew can wreak havoc on a home especially in South Louisiana. With our high humidity and frequent rain its a constant battle to keep mold out. This can not only damage the structure of your home but is also a health issue. 

Air-conditioning: preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid unforeseen issues when you need your A/C the most. Now is the time to call a service technician and have your system serviced for the summer. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. 

Plumbing:  Now is the time of year when we turn our outdoor faucets on.  It is a good idea to look at each one, as well as where it comes into your home to make sure there is no leaking and no damage from freezing winter temperatures.

Smoke Detectors: Its always a good idea to test your smoke alarms. Spring just gives you a little reminder that all smoke alarms should be checked. Actually its just a good idea to change out the old batteries and buy fresh new ones. Why take take any chances.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on homes in Baton Rouge.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions, fill you in on home trends in the area, and help you with all of your buying and selling needs.  Let our knowledge and experience serve as your guide to Baton Rouge real estate.

March 27, 2017

Advanced Bathroom Tech For Your Baton Rouge Home

advanced-bathroom-gadgets-bathroom-toiletGetting technology in the bathroom is a great way to increase the value of your Baton Rouge Home and make it attractive when trying to sell. Green technology can also generate substantial annual savings. Below is a list of gadgets that will upgrade your bathroom and make it a delight to use.

1. High-Tech Toilet Fixtures

High-tech toilet fixtures create an efficient and usable bathroom space. k

Lighted toilet seats. Yes this makes perfect sense. Finding the toilet at night can be a daunting task. At last the toilet lights the way.

Temperature-controlled seats. Temperature-controlled seats ensure your toilet is comfortable no matter the temperature inside your home.

2. Chromotherapy Showers. 

These lighted showing experiences are great for unwinding after a hard day of work. If you not familiar with them take a look at the benefits they offer at Noken Bathrooms.

3. Soaking Tubs

Smaller, more efficient soaking tubs are replacing larger Jacuzzi tubs. Soaking tubs come in unique shapes and offer air-based massage jets. You can purchase soaking tubs in stone, copper and even some man-made materials. Some also employ energy-efficient technology that will help you reduce your utility costs. This is particularly helpful if you have a large family.

4. Waterproof Televisions

Having a TV nearby can make bath time a lot more fun. Waterproof televisions are common in many renovation projects and come in a variety of price points. Some waterproof TVs also have internet connectability. This will allow you to check emails, stream your favorite shows or stay up to date with the news while taking a bath.

5. Refrigerated Cabinetsj

From cosmetics to medicine refrigerated cabinets are an added bonus to your bathroom. At first glance it may seem like a waste but when you think about how many bathroom items you keep cook it makes sense. I for one wouldn’t mind a cook drink after a hot shower.

Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on homes in Baton Rouge.  We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions, fill you in on home trends in the area, and help you with all of your buying and selling needs.  Let our knowledge and experience serve as your guide to Baton Rouge real estate.