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Friday, March 6, 2020   /   by Betsy Birdsong

The Difference an Hour Makes

It's time to Spring Ahead! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, set your clocks forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour).
 
Daylight savings: What does this mean for real estate?




Our friends at KCM (KeepingCurrentMatters.com) have provided us with a wonderful information about the difference only an hour can make when talking about the housing market.
 
According to the graph, about 568 homes sell, the median home values go up $1.92 every hour in the United States. This only goes to show that every hour makes a huge difference when buying or selling a home!  
 
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 AM EST in observance of Daylight Saving Time, unless you’re a resident of Arizona or Hawaii!
 
As we “spring forward” this year, be sure to reach out to a local real estate professional to see how you can take advantage of every ...

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Monday, February 10, 2020   /   by Betsy Birdsong

Great News for Renters in New Orleans Who Want to Buy a Home

Rents in the United States have been skyrocketing since 2012. This has caused many renters to face a tremendous burden when juggling their housing expenses and the desire to save for a down payment at the same time. The recent stabilization of rental prices provides a great opportunity for renters to save more of their current income to put toward the purchase of a home.
 
As of January 2020, the average rent for an apartment in New Orleans, LA is $1309 which is a 22.77% decrease from last year when the average rent was $1607 , and a 3.82% increase from last month when the average rent was $1259.
 
One-bedroom apartments in New Orleans rent for $1071 a month on average (a 28.29% decrease from last year) and two-bedroom apartment rents average $1405 (a 36.09% decrease from last year).
 



 
New Orleans Rent Trends
 
The average apartment rent over the prior 6 months in New Orleans has decreased by $332 (-20.2%).
 
One bedroom units have decre ...

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Monday, January 6, 2020   /   by Betsy Birdsong

Top 4 Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thinking of selling your house in 2020 and thinking about doing some renovations to increase its value before you put in on the market? These are the top renovations that will give you the highest Return on your Investment.





Regardless of how long you’re planning on staying in your current home, it’s smart to be aware of which home renovations add the most value.


The exterior of a house is the first thing buyers see when searching for a home. Upgrading your roof or siding will ensure your home leaves a great first impression!



Before you spend a chunk of money on a major renovation, discuss your situation with someone who understands the current real estate market in your city, such as a Realtor or a home appraiser.
Now that you know which renovations might help improve your home and ultimately give you the best return on your investment, you can start the planning process!

Give us a call at 504-376-7650 to see what your home's worth  ...

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Monday, December 16, 2019   /   by Betsy Birdsong

Get Your House Ready to Sell this Winter

Summer is traditionally the best time of the year to sell a house, as sunshine and long daylight hours make even the coldest house appear more inviting. This is also the time a garden looks at its best, making it even more enticing to buyers.


But that doesn’t mean the winter should be avoided - sellers just need to know how to present their home in the best way.


Winter is a great time to list your house so it truly shines in a season when there is less competition on the market.

According to realtor.com, "there are a few small repairs that will make your home sell faster and for money."

Love the hardwood
 “One of the biggest turnoffs for buyers is a dirty old carpet.”


Refinishing your hardwoods when they need it can totally change how a buyer views your property.
There is nothing like entering a home where the hardwood looks spectacular. The great thing about refinishing hardwood floors is the return on investment which is very high.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019   /   by Betsy Birdsong

Keeping Your Home Safe While on Thanksgiving Vacation

This Thanksgiving holiday, more than 13 million Americans will travel to spend the holiday with friends and family, leaving their homes empty for opportunistic burglars.
 
Experts in home security say that the key to keeping your home secure while on vacation is simply to make your home the least appealing target on your block.
 
Protecting your home while on vacation is just as important as protecting the items you bring with you. This must-read guide will keep your home safe!
 
Don’t Post Your Travel Plans Online
 
While using social media may be a convenient way to keep in touch with friends, sharing your itinerary can cause problems while you are away from home. At the very least, make your accounts private, so only your friends and family can see what you’re up to. 
 
Lock Up Everything
 
Before you leave for vacation, be sure you physically secure and check all windows and doors. Lock every point of entry including window ...

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