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Welcome to Baton Rouge!!

July 12th, 2017 by homeafterhome

The Linda Fredericks Team has been busy this summer! We want to welcome our newest buyers to Baton Rouge and their furry family!
Mike and Erin our from the West and have moved to Baton Rouge in lovely Green Trails at Shenandoah!

We have new homes coming on the market soon! Contact us for more details!

Linda Fredericks Team

lfteam@hahmail.com

225-341-2752

Welcome Mike & Erin

Welcome Mike & Erin

Updated Acadian Home on 1 Acre-Flood X

April 3rd, 2017 by homeafterhome

006_1600x1067_mls019_1600x1067_mls003_1600x1067_mls 007_1600x1067_mlsThis house has it all! It feels like your in the country, and your minutes from everything! Located in Walker, just off Hwy 447, Florida and Corbin.

Lovely home has hardwood floors through out. Bonus room , Den,Eat in Kitchen with Granite Counter tops-5 Burner Stainless GE Cafe Series gas stove, Stainless Double sided Refrigerator Ge Series, to Remain, New upright LG W/D to remain. Master Suite Bath renovation with 10′ ceilings, over sized walk in shower, double marble vanities. New paint, beautifully maintained property. All bedrooms nice size, hardwood floors in all bedrooms. Lots of storage

 

  • Manicured every inch landscaped mostly fenced
  • 16 X 24 Outdoor Workshop fully equipped electricity/water
  • Installed 2015 Tankless Hot water heater
  • Installed 2015 GENERAC 20kw Whole House backup generator
  • Solar Panels in back October 2015 low low utility bills.
  • 2016 new Security System
  • 20 X 30 Covered shed can store large equipment, also has electricity and water.
  • Huge fenced area for pool, garden or pets.

Realtor Consultation -Saves you time and money!

February 15th, 2017 by homeafterhome

We all watch HGTV right? It’s a great way to learn about fixer uppers, and touring homes! BUT-there is much more to the process!! Thanks to HGTV, the public is more aware of the home buying process! It’s great entertainment, BUT, when it’s time to get down to the nitty grtty as they say! It’s time to consult a Realtor!

You’ve heard the quote “Knowledge is Power”. It’s true, the more you know about a topic, the more confident you feel, and the less anxiety you will have when taking the big step!

Most people are experts in their chosen fields, but purchasing a home is not something we do every day, month, year or decade in some cases!

Realtors do this every day or week .(It’s not our first Rodeo!)  WE must stay educated on the current State laws, and are required to complete hours of continuing education to keep our licenses.

The VALUE of a Realtor consultation, will save you money and time. An hour of your time, is NOT wasted we guarantee!!
Buyers and Sellers always feel a sense of relief and empowerment after meeting with a Realtor.

Here are 5 basics we consult with a client-

1. Lender approval First and foremost-How do you know what area or home to look for, if you don’t know what you can qualify to purchase!

2. Choose a Property-After a Lender has given the green light, it’s time to look! The fun part!! Choosing properties! Consultation-

3. Inspections of the chosen home!! May look great at the walk through, but a licensed inspector, may find a defect we were unaware of-can you walk away? Consultation-

4. Financing-Once a Lender has you approved-that’s the beginning of the process. Consultation-

5. Insurance-What type, how much, where to go? Consultation-

Lastly-The closing! How much is a closing who pays? Consultation-

The VALUE of a Realtor Consultation, will save you time and money!

Home After Home  The Linda Fredericks Team

225-341-2752  lfteam@hahmail.com

Call us today for your consultation! Who do you know who wants to buy, sell or invest?

Equity Stacked: Homeowner Wealth on the Rise

December 7th, 2016 by homeafterhome

Article by: Suzanne De Vita-RISMedia’s online Editor

Homes in markets across the nation have regained value since the recession, affording homeowners the ability, once again, to accumulate wealth through equity-or become, as I like to call it, “equity stacked”!

Two recent reports confirm the trend: one, from S&P/Corelogic: the other by ATTOM Data Solutions, owner of RealtyTrac.

Homeowner wealth, according to S&P, has more than doubled since 2011, expanding on a national scale to $12.7 trillion from $6.1 trillion, in tandem with the 40 percent boost in the value of single-family housing. For the Average Joe next door, $12.7 trillion, breaks down to an average $11,000-or $30,000 if they live in California, Oregon or Washington State. The upward momentum in equity, S&P cites, has a positive economic implications, as well: more than $100 billion in consumer spending, which includes dropping stacks (see what I did here?) on home improvements.

Close to one in every five U. S. homeowners with a mortgage is now equity rich thanks to a combination of rising home prices and lengthening homeownership tenures, states Darren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM. “Median home prices increased on a year-over-year basis for the 18th consecutive quarter in Q3 2016, and homeowners who sold in the third quarter had owned their home an average of 7.94 years- a new high in our data and substantially higher than the average homeownership tenure of 4.26 years pre-recession.

Dual forces, as indicated in both the S&P and ATTOM reports, are at work here. The ongoing trend toward recovering prices, and activity in the market to match, is turning more homeowners into equity stackers, flush with wealth for the future.

Stack On!!

Article by Suzanne De Vita -RISMedia’s online news editor.

Email us your real estate needs to: lfteam@hahmail.com

South Louisiana historic floods, but Louisiana strong will build back!

September 27th, 2016 by homeafterhome

On August 12th, 2016 our area was hit with the worst flood in history. The entire southern part of our state received one years supply of rain in a span of 2-3 days. It was a slow unnamed storm that stalled above us.
The people of Louisiana stood up with heroic acts to rescue each other at this time of need. Thirteen lives were lost. Hundreds of lives were saved by the men and women of Louisiana, who took it upon themselves to take their boats out to the worst areas, knowing their neighbors would need help. They did it in a BIG WAY. Some residents literally went out on patrol not knowing what they would find. As we all witnessed on national television, a young man pulled a woman and her dog out of a sinking car, seconds before they drowned. So many stories of our people who risked their own lives to save and help others!
Louisiana Strong!
On the good news front:
Louisiana has 2 of nation’s fastest growing metro economies according to the Associated Press article in the Baton Rogue Advocate Newspaper. Louisiana’s eight metropolitan areas included two of the nation’s fastest-growing economies.
Lake Charles’ economy grew by 8.3 percent, third-fastest in the nation according to numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. That growth was boosted by an increase in non-durable goods manufacturing, tied to oil and chemical refining.
Baton Rouge grew by 5.4 percent, 17th fastest nationwide, also boosted by non-durable goods, but even more by finance, insurance, real estate and leasing.
We will rebound from the floods, and true to our history of Katrina and other storms, we will be back better and stronger than ever!!

New Listing for Lease!

May 3rd, 2016 by homeafterhome

10770 Hillrose Ave. Baton Rouge, La. 70810 2100 + square feet living!

 

This beautiful corner lot home, has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths with split floor plan! Features hardwood floors, fireplace, built-in shelves, 10+ ft. ceilings, dining, eat in kitchen with master suite. Fenced yard, Double Garage, only 11 years old looks new.

In Fairhill at Bluebonnet Subdivision amenties are HOA olympic sized pool, tennis court, soccer field, new basket ball court, gated access!

Leasing now for $2000 per month!

 

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New Listings!

May 3rd, 2016 by homeafterhome

006_1600x1067_mlsHome After Home has added new listings!
Check them out! We have an upscale townhome at Jamestowne Court in Baton Rouge.
59 Jamestown Court, 2775 living square ft. 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths. Beautifully updated with granite in kitchen and all baths. 12′ Ceilings, triple crown molding, sky lights, neutral colors through out the home! Perfect floor plan for entertaining, each bedroom has a full bath! Courtyard features arbor, fountain and copper planters, double garage listed for $400,000 best price in the subdivision! 24 X 7 Guard Gate Entrance! Must See!

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What is the Appraiser Appraising?

February 23rd, 2016 by homeafterhome

A visit from an appraiser is an inevitable   part of selling your home. Even if the buyer is happy to pay what you ask for your home, the lender will still require that an objective third party, in the from of a professional appraiser, come through the home to determine its value. Because the appraiser operates independently, his or her opinion will be based purely on the market and the state of your property. But, while you may not be able to sway the final verdict, it’s certainly worthwhile to know what an appraiser looks for in determining the value of a home.

Your Homes Exterior-The foundation, walls and roof.

All three play a major role in the functionality and the reliability of the construction. He/she will be looking for any damage to these components.
Size of the Property
The size of your lot and the size of your home are both important. The more bedrooms and bathrooms you have, the more value. The square footage of the home will make up a large portion of what goes into figuring out the appraised value of the home.
CONDITION OF THE INTERIOR

Even if the Roof, Siding, Foundation are all in excellent shape-
Things like windows and doors, flooring, walls, plumbing, electrical, kitchens and bathrooms are all important. Even down to the appliances your home .

Extras and Additions

In hot climates a swimming pool if in good shape and in an area where people are willing to pay, this could add value.

Even things you may consider basic like insulated windows, fireplaces, a garage or a security system can add value.

HOW TO CHALLENGE A LOW REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL

There are steps you can take in order for your sale to proceed to closing. If you get stuck with a low appraisal the first thing is get a copy to go over with a fine tooth comb.

There are cases where a home comes in at a value lower than it should because the appraiser made a mistake, clerical or square footage is off. Or not giving the value to a superior location your home resides.

If there are no errors in the report, you should also look at the comparable properties that are used. Are they truly comparable?

As a last resort ask the buyer to have another appraisal done. There will be a cost associated with getting a second appraisal, so be prepared to pay for this.

Other helpful Real Estate Appraisal Resources:

What appraisers and assessors do to determine value via The United States Department of Labor.

Facts about real estate appraisals by About.com

This article was found on Realtor.org AND the author of What Appraisers look at during a real estate appraisal was provided by Bill Gassett, a nationally recognized leader in his field. Lakeshore Front photo

 

 

 

 

Home Features on Millennial’s Wish Lists

May 29th, 2015 by homeafterhome

Whether they’re seeking a turnkey ready home or are willing to invest a little sweat equity, millennial buyers have many of the same home features on their wish lists, according to a recent Bankrate article on selling to GEN Y buyers.

GEN Y/millennials, born between 1980 and 2000, now makes up the largest percentage of today’s buyers at 31%, in the country according to NAR’s 2014 NAR Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, followed by Gen X buyers at 30% and younger at 16%.

Real Estate practitioners should understand what millennials want in a home in order to help this group of clients find the right property. These “Must Have” elements are also important to remember when prepping a new listing for the market.

Here are four of the home features (in no particular order) highlighted by Bankrate:

 

1. Updated kitchen and bathrooms: With limited cash to make immediate updates, a home that already has an updated kitchen and bathrooms will catch the eye of prospective Gen Y buyers.

2. Minimal Upkeep: Millenial  buyers are requesting low maintenance features, such as wood floors over carpet.

3. Energy Efficiency: More young buyers are asking for energy efficient features, including insulation, and they are often willing to make upgrades after the sale in order to cut energy costs.

4. Home Office: More and more millennials are are working partially from home or telecommuting full time. A dedicated home office space is a winning feature for many in this group of buyers. Even those who don’t work from home want a workstation or flex space for their computer and mobile devices.

For information on Homes for Gen Y, Millennials, Baby Boomers or any group, please contact us at Home After Home!

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Nifty Do It yourself Project for Sellers

May 21st, 2015 by homeafterhome

Help home owners enhance curb appeal and the chance of a quick sale with affordable do-it-yourself upgrades. Check out 5 easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300, a free article from NAR’s Realtor Content Resource. That’s just one of five free articles to help clients from the Stretch Home Repair/Remodel Dollars.
House Logic is a comprehensive consumer website from the National Association of Realtors.

The 7 Most Needed Repair Tips

How to Kill and Prevent Bathroom mold

Budget Kitchen Remodeling: 5 Money -Saving Ideas

www.houselogic.com

This article printed from National Association of Realtors website.

For best results schedule a consultation with with The Linda Fredericks Team at Home After Home Real Estate. We consult with buyers and sellers to assist in selling and buying strategies.

Contact Us: lfteam@hahmail.com

Linda Fredericks, Realtor ABR, CRS, GRI – 225-603-9040 or

Susan Rains, Realtor ABR, ePRO, 225-772-2072

 

 

 


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