February 2018

Found 3 blog entries for February 2018.

Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish is holding strong when comparing January 2018 to January 2017. The volume remained exactly the same, and the median sales price was down less than 1%. Not even enough to really report about. Median days on the market remained steady at only 14 days. Ascension Parish housing is healthy and we expect it to continue to be strong through 2018.

East Baton Rouge Parish

East Baton Rouge Parish had a Median Sales price of $232,900 in January which was up 22% from $180,500 from January of 2017. While that was great, the market showed a 42% decrease in homes sold in January 2017 to January 2018. Unlike, Ascension Parish, January 2017 still saw flooded/gutted properties on the market from the 2016 Flood. As the year closed

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One item that we see buyers and sellers squabble over is window treatments.

Buyers expect the window treatments to be in the house after they close and get very upset when they aren't. Sellers are trying to save some money and take the window treatments to their new home. Yikes!

Who is right?

In the Prairieville / Baton Rouge area, the purchase agreement states "all window coverings, blinds and associated hardware" will remain. This is pretty clear language. Maybe we have agents that aren't reviewing the purchase agreement clearly with the seller. With the age of digital signatures, I think that some of the reviews get lost, and some agents are leaving it up to their clients to read the offer in its entirety.

But they match my comforter!

baby hugging window treatments

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You are pre-approved and ready to write an offer on the house. This is the exciting part and also the most critical part. Here are some tips to help you write a strong offer.

Listen to your Agent

man and woman talking about a business contract

Your agent will run the comps in the area and review them with you before writing the offer. They will advise you on where to start with the price. Everyone wants a deal, but sometimes you just have to settle for paying fair market value. If you are in a seller's market, making an offer that is too low will negatively impact you. Another offer written more strongly may come in and knock you out of contention.

Do you really need all of those closing costs?

Lots of buyers in the Prairieville / Baton Rouge area are asking for all of their closing

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