June 29th, 2016

Budgeting for a Home: What You Need to Know About Actual Expenses


calculator and buget sheet

Buying a new home is an exciting prospect for anyone. While most people are eager to start thinking about paint colors and furniture arrangements, the most important plan to make for your new home is a budget. After all, buying a home is not only exciting but expensive as well. Here are some helpful guidelines when financially planning for your new home.

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June 22nd, 2016

5 Home Tips to Help You Save Money in Summer


summer home

The onset of hot weather often brings higher energy and utility usage, especially for homes located in southern states. If you’re not careful, allowing these escalating costs to go unchecked can drastically affect your monthly budget. Fortunately, there is no need to sweat the energy price tag this summer with these helpful home tips:

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May 31st, 2016

Coldwell Banker Strategy for Agents for April 2016



1.  Owning Your Online “Real Estate”

Link to Your Employer’s Page – If you have personal accounts on social media, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, be sure that your employer sections are linking to your employer’s business page. This gives your page an authoritative tone and helps potential buyers find your online resources.

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May 25th, 2016

How a Real Estate Agent Can Optimize Your Open House


country style house

When approached professionally, hosting an open house for your home can be a vital tool for securing a sell. Open houses provide potential buyers with a detailed tour of the home, giving them a sense of the space and the surrounding neighborhood. However, missteps taken during the event could possibly deter buyers from pursuing your listing altogether. In order to avoid any costly mistakes, having a real estate agent on hand can optimize the effectiveness of your open house and increase the chances of finding a buyer.

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April 27th, 2016

4 Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Home Clean All Year



After being cooped up all winter, many people like to freshen up their homes with a bit of spring cleaning. This is not just about clearing out the cobwebs, but it is also about making sure everything is in its place. While cleaning will make your house look better, organization will also make it more functional all year. Here are some spring cleaning organizational tips to try this year. 

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April 25th, 2016

How to Know if a Neighborhood is Right for You



Moving is a daunting task, but it is even more difficult to uncover the perfect neighborhood. It is essential to identify some of the most important characteristics that will suit your individual needs. Uncovering a real estate development that works well for you and your family will make life much more enjoyable.

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March 16th, 2016

Foreclosures: What You Need To Know



After the housing market crashed in 2008, homeowners around the country were faced with mortgages they could no longer afford. Many local housing markets experienced slipping prices with no one looking to buy. At the heart of this problem was foreclosure. Although the housing market has somewhat rebounded nationwide, the oil industry’s recent decline has made foreclosure an important issue for many homeowners in and around Acadiana.

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March 9th, 2016

Home Renovations that will Add Value to Your Home



Home renovation can be an expensive pastime, which is why homeowners should view it as an investment. Not all home renovations will add the same value to the home, so before you begin any real estate development project, consider these four home renovation projects that will give you the most bang for your buck.

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February 24th, 2016

Your Dream Home: Building vs. Buying



Everyone wants to live in their dream house. Maybe it is a traditional Acadian with a formal dining room and a breakfast bar. It could be a ranch home with a sprawling walkout basement. Maybe you want granite countertops or a soaker tub in the master bathroom. When thinking about your dream home, you have two options: You can build your home or you can buy it. To make the choice, you have to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

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February 10th, 2016

Making the Transition to a New Location



When moving and having to select a new location, there are many issues to consider that affect which community and neighborhood best suits your needs. The size and price of the house, convenience to major roads, quality of nearby schools and proximity to shopping areas or parks are several important factors to consider. Do you prefer a relaxed suburban lifestyle or living in the center of a lively city? Knowing your needs will help pinpoint the neighborhoods you explore for your new home.

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