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January
13

Where to Play Pickleball Around Lafayette

Pickleball Lafayette

Our Realtors® are passionate about showing off Lafayette homes for sale and holding the best Lafayette open houses. But even a dedicated team like ours needs some interests outside work. Pickleball is one of them – and it's taking the Lafayette area by storm.

Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and even ping-pong. It can be enjoyed either indoors or outdoors on a court 44 feet long. The width of the court can vary based on the type of competition. A paddle sport with a plastic ball, pickleball is versatile: It can be played as singles or doubles, and it has very simple rules.

Experts consider pickleball to be the fastest-growing sport in America. It is easily picked up by players of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, including children and seniors. Over the last few years, it's popped up all over Lafayette, too. There are so many opportunities to try it out you might wonder where to start.

Let's get the inside scoop on pickleball in Lafayette.

  • Thomas Park Recreation Center – 301 Geraldine Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503
    One of two local recreational facilities used by the "Agin' Cajuns" senior pickleball committee, Thomas Park Recreation Center is the centerpiece of Lafayette's municipal Thomas Park. It is open from Monday through Friday, starting at 8 a.m., with a two-hour break at noon. The exterior tennis courts can be used for pickleball games on Mondays and Fridays from 3 p.m. through to the park's closure at 9 o'clock.

  • Comeaux Recreation Center – 411 West Bluebird Street, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Comeaux Recreation Center is a popular place for both youth and adult sports and practice. Monday to Friday, it opens from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, it welcomes visitors from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pickleball is available in season – from May through August – on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The pickleball courts have attracted so many players that plans are in the works to light them soon.

  • George Dupuis Recreational Center at Brown Park – 1212 East Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette, LA 70507
    With four indoor courts to choose from, George Dupuis Recreational Center at Brown Park is a terrific place to try out pickleball when other local options are full or unavailable. The lighted tennis courts are great for pickleball. There's also a weight room, indoor gym, and a unique "Timber Challenge" workout station. You can hit the 1-mile jogging trail to warm up or cool down after your exciting pickleball game!

  • AA Comeaux Park – 300 Comeaux Memorial Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510
    AA Comeaux Park is the centerpiece park of the community of Abbeville, founded in 1850. It has a wide range of sports fields and courts to choose from. You can participate in baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and walking on the track. Pickleball is a more recent addition to the slate of activities that's gotten more popular with each passing season. The park isn't far from Abbeville homes for sale.

  • Youngsville Sports Complex – 801 Savoy Road, Youngsville, LA 70592
    When you need a reliable place for pickleball just a short journey from Youngsville homes for sale, you need look no further than the Youngsville Sports Complex. Billing itself as "Louisiana's Premier Sports and Recreation Facility," it provides convenient court reservations for tennis, pickleball, and even beach volleyball. Competitive adult pickleball is held at the indoor Recreation Center.

Contact us to find out more about Lafayette real estate.

May
20

7 Tips for Updating Your Smart Home Tech

Smart Home Tech

Smart home technology has made everyday life so much simpler. A decade or two ago, you probably could not have imagined asking your digital assistant to dim the lights or checking your security camera remotely while on vacation. But smart home technology is continually evolving, and it's important to ensure your home is up-to-date. Our real estate agents are excited to share 7 tips for updating your smart home tech.

  1. Start with the Thermostat
    If you don't already have a smart thermostat, this is the first smart appliance to invest in. A smart thermostat will allow you to adjust your home's temperature while you're away. It will also help you more closely monitor your energy consumption. This one upgrade can yield significant savings on your energy bill and pay for itself in no time.

  2. Add a Second Smart Camera
    If you don't already have a smart camera or video doorbell at your main door, then this is an important upgrade to make. Video doorbells give you so much security. You'll never have to guess who's on the other side of the door. 

    If you do already have a video doorbell at your front door, consider adding a second one at your side or back door. This will help you make sure nobody tampers with these entrances while you're away.

  3. Install a Smart Toilet
    Smart toilets keep themselves clean. They also have heated seats, deodorizer sprayers, and low-flush technology. 

  4. Keep Cool With Smart Shades
    In Louisiana, summers get hot. But you can keep your home cooler with smart shades. These automated shades roll up when it's dark out and down when it's sunny. They keep the heat outside where it belongs. You can control the shades remotely with your smartphone and set unique opening and closing schedules for each day of the week.

  5. Add WiFi-Compatible Lights
    WiFi-compatible lights are awesome because they're energy-efficient, but they're also a lot of fun. You can set these lights to flicker like a strobe light when you're having a party. Dim them down for a romantic evening, or turn them up when you're reading. You can even turn the lights on remotely to make it look like someone's home while you're away. 

  6. Install Smart Locks
    How many times have you pulled into the parking lot at work, then realized you forgot to lock your house? If you have smart locks, this won't be a concern. You can just pull out your phone and lock your home remotely. Smart locks are an incredible investment for busy parents. They also make it easy to unlock your home to let a guest inside. You won't have to hand out spare keys anymore.

  7. Invest in Smart Irrigation Systems
    There are several types of smart irrigation systems that make watering your plants so much easier. Self-watering pots are nice for potted herbs and flowers. If you have a larger flower bed, you may want to have a landscaper install smart sprinklers. You can even install smart sprinklers throughout your lawn, so your grass stays nice and green with less effort. We've seen these at some Lafayette open houses, and they're very convenient.

With the tips above, you can easily raise your smart home's IQ! If you're still looking for the perfect house to make your home, contact us. Our experienced real estate agents will happily guide you through the buying process and help you search Lafayette homes for sale

January
10

Louisiana: Where to Set up Camp This Winter

Winter Camping Louisiana

Do you love camping so much that you hate to put away your gear when winter arrives? You don't have to! Louisiana's warm climate keeps temperatures high enough to allow you to camp comfortably throughout the winter season. 

Many of our real estate agents are nature enthusiasts who don't let chillier temperatures keep them from enjoying the great outdoors. Here are some of their favorite spots to spend a winter night under the stars across Lousiana.

  • Fontainebleau State Park - 62883 Highway 1089, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Surrounded by two bayous and a lake near our Mandeville homes for sale, the Fontainebleau State Park offers guests plenty to see on both water and land. 

    The park is also crossed by part of the Tammany Trace, an old railway that was converted into a path perfect for a long walk or bike ride. There are even more than 400 species of wildlife to observe on an excursion down the 4.8-mile hiking trail or the 1.25-mile nature trail. With 12 deluxe cabins and 126 campsites with water and electrical hookups available, you're sure to enjoy your time in this wilderness retreat.  

  • Midway RV Park and Marina - 3185 Highway 477, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Midway RV Park and Marina is a pleasantly quiet park located on the banks of the Red River, just a few miles away from many of our Natchitoches homes for sale. This is a great spot to go fishing or kayaking, even in winter, and the tranquil atmosphere of the area invites you to kick back and relax.

    The park's many campsites offer a range of modern conveniences, such as 30 amp and 50 amp hookups, water and sewer hookups, free WiFi, and even an on-site shop for you to stock up on camping necessities like snacks and firewood. 

  • Grand Ecore RV Park - 1071 Tauzin Island Road, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Grand Ecore RV Park is a smaller camping location that is especially well-suited for families and older campers. Nestled in the Bayou Pierre with access to the Red River and a floating dock, this is the perfect spot to enjoy some boating, fishing, and picnicking.

    Aside from dozens of RV camping spaces, you'll also find an activity center, an outdoor playground, and even a laundry station in the shared area of this park. 

  • Palmetto Island State Park - 19501 Pleasant Road, Abbeville, LA 70510
    Palmetto Island State Park was in development for nearly 30 years before it finally opened in 2010. Now, this park has become a popular camping spot near our Abbeville homes for sale. Winter guests often choose to stay at one of the 6 vacation cabins located inside the park, each with a full kitchen, a bathroom, a screened-in porch, and a fireplace. If you prefer simpler arrangements, there are also 96 RV campsites available for guest use.

    During your time here, you can take a walk down the short Cypress Trail and enjoy scoping out some of the local wildlife or rent a canoe to spend some time on the water. If you're planning on camping with a group, you can even rent an outdoor pavilion equipped with a grill and fire pit to enhance your experience.  

  • Lake Fausse Pointe State Park - 5400 Levee Road, St. Martinville, LA 70582
    Campers located near St. Martinville homes for sale can visit Lake Fausse Pointe State Park for unforgettable wintertime outings. This 6,000-acre park near the Atchafalaya Basin offers incredible views of Louisiana's swampland from its raised cabins and catwalks. 

    Visitors can book choose between a range of different types of accommodations, including 8 deluxe cabins, 46 premium and improved campsites with water and electrical access, and a multitude of basic campsites. 

Want to experience all that this only state has to offer? Let us help you find a Louisiana home to call your own. Contact us today to take the first step toward settling down in this rich bastion of culture, history, and natural splendor.

September
8

Orchards & Farms to Explore Throughout Louisiana This Fall

NOLA Orchards

New Orleans homes for sale stand out in part thanks to the thrilling outdoor experiences you can have right in your own backyard. But that isn't limited to the historic bayou. Our real estate agents want to remind you about the fun and fresh treats that come from visiting a Louisiana farm near you!

More than 60 different types of produce are grown all throughout Louisiana, including native fruits such as the fig, blueberry, pawpaw, pomegranate, and persimmon. Of these, the fig stands out as the undisputed king of Louisiana fruits. You will find them in all kinds of dishes, from sweet to savory.

Let's look at some of the farms you might visit when you buy a home here in The Pelican State:

  • Brookshire Farms – 8916 Brookshire Road, Abbeville, LA 70510
    Brookshire Farms is famous for chemical-free, pasture-based ways of raising animals. They call it an "artisanal" approach and the results shine through in everything Brookshire has to offer. For those who can't make it to the farm, pickup locations for its various delights are also available all across Louisiana. But when you explore Abbeville homes for sale, you could be within just minutes of the freshest farm products!

  • Windy Hills Farm – 8380 Highway 963, Ethel, LA 70730
    Ethel homes for sale are within a short journey of Windy Hills Farm. Best known in the area for its Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands, it hosts visitors all throughout November and December, typically each Thursday through Sunday. Guests can choose and cut their own tree from throughout the property. They will also have the opportunity to visit with a wide variety of farm animals, fowl, and pets.

  • The Party Farm – 6001 North Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71107
    The Party Farm offers family-friendly events not far from Shreveport homes for sale. Kids love the petting zoo as well as the friendly riding ponies. Birthday parties and other bookings also include two hours of rental for the barn. Cows, goats, sheep, pigs, and many more are residents of The Party Farm always eager to greet guests and make new human friends. It's the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Kemp Farms – 38511 Weiss Road, Denham Springs, LA 70706
    Nothing says "fun at the farm" like a good old-fashioned hayride, and that's the centerpiece of a visit to Kemp Farms. Kids and teens love Kemp for its wide range of activities suitable for all age groups, including group tours, birthday parties, animal visits and petting, horseback riding, and all kinds of games. It is the ideal family farm experience for any new resident settling into their choice of Denham Springs homes for sale.

  • Eddie Romero's Orchard – 5119 Freetown Road, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Eddie Romero's Orchard is the place to go when you want some of the best fresh heirloom tomatoes anywhere in Louisiana. A quick jaunt from some wonderful New Iberia homes for sale, Eddie Romero's is an experience well worth repeating every season of the year. Blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and figs are just a few of the treats grown here, along with all kinds of local citrus varieties.

Life is good in Louisiana in any season. Contact us to learn more about the best in Louisiana real estate.

August
13

Build or Buy a Home?

Build or Buy a Home

If you're purchasing your first home or ready to upgrade your existing residence, you're likely wondering if it's better to buy or build a home. Our real estate agents know that there is no "correct" answer to this quandary; the final answer depends on your specific needs and situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you make your decision. 

  1. Your Moving Timeline
    While it takes an average of 7.7 months to build a new home, it isn't uncommon for the process to take more than a year. When you buy a home, once you locate a property that fits your needs and the seller accepts your offer, it takes an average of 56 days to officially close the deal. If your goal is to complete your move as quickly as possible, buying a home is definitely the quicker alternative. However, if you're not on a strict schedule and are more interested in having a home that's created specifically for your preferences, building a home may be the better option. 
  1. Your Budget for the Home and Overall Financial Situation
    In general, it's cheaper to purchase an existing home than it is to build a comparable property. It's often difficult to precisely estimate the exact cost of building a home, as the prices for labor and building materials can quickly change. Running utilities to land without the infrastructure in place is often expensive. The financing process for building a home is a little different than when you buy a home. First, you have to procure approval for a land loan to purchase the land for the home. Securing approval for a land loan requires excellent credit and available funds for a down payment. Then, you need to take out a construction loan to build your property. Once the property is complete, you'll consolidate both the land loan and construction loan into a traditional mortgage. If you don't have a ton of extra cash or stellar credit, you may have trouble securing the required financing to build a house.
  1. Your List of Must-Haves
    When you purchase a home, it's tricky finding everything that you like in a single property. A lot of Lafayette homes for sale will have most of the characteristics you want, and you can always renovate your home so that it's a better fit for your wants. However, if you have a specific floorplan in mind or want your home to have your ideal aesthetic from the day you move in, building a home lets, you accomplish these goals. When you build a home, you can customize every single detail about the property. Some homebuyers find the number of decisions overwhelming, while others value the opportunity to make a home completely their own. You even have the ability to personalize the setup and details of your home's landscaping and yard structures. 
  1. Your Tolerance for Stress
    Due to the longer timeline and many decisions to make and tasks to complete, building a home is typically viewed as more stressful than purchasing a home. There's a lot of time, effort, and money involved with building a home. You'll also have to manage the details to make sure everything is completed according to your wishes.

Ready to start the homebuying process? Contact us to begin your search!

August
2

What to Pay Attention to When Your Neighbors Sell Their Home

Selling Your Home

With the current rise in real estate prices, many homeowners are putting their homes on the market to take advantage of big profits. If you're considering the same thing, our real estate agents at Latter & Blum have professional expertise that can help you get a great return on your investment.

If you're noticing a lot of New Orleans homes for sale in your area, you may be wondering if it's time to sell while sales prices are up, inventory is down, and interest rates are at an all-time low. Before following your neighbors' actions, it's important to do some research.

Pay Attention to the Local Market

Before you list your home for sale, you should research local market trends that may impact your listing price. Neighborhoods often take on personalities of their own by attracting more singles, young families, or retirees. Although listing prices may play a role in demographic trends, neighborhood attractions like transportation services, shopping malls, movie theaters, schools, and parks also play a role in attracting certain types of buyers.

If for-sale signs are popping up in your neighborhood, take a closer look at the listings through online real estates sites or talk to a real estate agent for more information. By researching available properties online, you can investigate important information about the property:

  1. Scroll through the interior and exterior photos

  2. Compare the home's total square footage

  3. Check for home upgrades and amenities

  4. Check the age of the home

  5. Find out how long the home has been on the market

Go to Open Houses

If your neighbor is hosting an open house, take the time to stop by. As you tour the home, make mental notes of valuable upgrades such as new flooring; new plumbing and fixtures; new kitchen cabinets and appliances; bathroom whirlpools and soaking tubs; interior and exterior lighting; property landscaping; and home security systems. If your home doesn't have all of these amenities, you likely won't get the same price as your neighbor.

If you still want to list your home, you may need to drop your price or work out discounts for the buyer, rather than sinking money into home upgrades and repairs. Buyers who like the home and the area are more likely to work out some type of agreement with discount incentives so they don't lose the home, especially when other neighborhood listings are priced much higher or over the buyer's budget.

Investigate the Time on the Market

In today's real estate market, properties can sell overnight or sit on the market for months before they sell. If your neighbor's house recently sold, investigate how long it was listed on the market prior to the sale. Most online real estate listings tell you the number of days a house has been on the market. If you notice that your neighbor's house was on the market for 6 months or longer when other homes in the area sold right away, there's likely a good reason. Common reasons include:

  • Roofing with signs of damage, leaks, or mold

  • Showers, tubs, and sinks with leaks and low water pressure

  • Heating and AC systems that don't heat or cool property

  • Lack of interior upgrades or repairs

  • Lack of outdoor maintenance and sprinklers

  • No home security system

Before you decide to list your home, contact us for professional guidance on ways to quickly sell your home for maximum profits in a seller's market.

July
26

Boating Safety Tips for the Summer in Lake Charles

Boating Safety

One of the best things about living in Lake Charles is being able to head out on your boat whenever you like. You can kick back with your friends, sip your favorite beverage, and just watch the waves roll by. As you spend time out on your boat, though, it is really important to be safe. Our real estate agents have some boating safety tips to remember as you enjoy Lake Charles this summer.

  • Keep an emergency kit on hand.
    Make sure your boat is well-stocked with everything you might need in an emergency. Create a kit with a flashlight, duct tape, some rope, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit. Also include some flares and a whistle so you can signal for help if needed.

    When you have guests on your boat, show them where the emergency kit is. Keep it easily accessible at all times.

  • Wear a life jacket.
    Today's life jackets are more comfortable than ever, so there's no excuse not to wear one. Even if you're a strong swimmer, wearing a life jacket is essential since it will ensure you don't sink and drown if you happen to lose consciousness in the water.

    Try on life jackets before you buy them so you can be confident they fit. Consider keeping a few extras on-hand for passengers.

  • Drive safely.
    You might be on a lake rather than a road, but you still need to be alert and aware as you're navigating on the water. Don't drink alcohol and drive your boat. If a passenger has been drinking, do not allow them to drive.

    When you're out on the water, keep your speed under control, and slow down when approaching another boat. Especially if you're less experienced, taking your time will help keep you safe.

  • Respect the weather.
    So many boating accidents are weather-related. Always check the weather forecast before you head out on the water. If a storm is expected, reschedule your boating excursion. If you're already out on the water and you spot signs of an oncoming storm, turn back to shore sooner rather than later.

    Also, keep the weather in mind when you approach the dock. The windier it is, the more careful you will need to be. In high winds, it's often helpful to get within a few feet of the dock and then let the wind blow your boat the rest of the way.

  • Take a boating safety course.
    There are many different organizations that offer boater safety courses, but the U.S. Coast Guard is a top choice. You can take a class on basic boat operation or a class on emergency preparedness. There are even boating safety courses designed specifically for kids.

    If you took a boating safety course a few years ago, consider taking another course as a refresher.

  • Don't overload your boat.
    Check your boat's capacity, and make sure you do not overload it. You may be tempted to invite just one more person along or to bring just one more table on the boat. However, if this puts your boat over its maximum weight, you'll be at an increased risk for accidents and breakdowns.

Boating is a part of life when you live in Lake Charles, so it's important to boat safely. If you love being out on the water, consider looking for Lake Charles homes for sale near the lake. Contact us if you need a real estate agent to guide your shopping.

July
9

5 Places to Take Your Kids This Summer in Lafayette

Lafayette Kids Activities

There comes a point in every summer when the fun starts to wind down, and the return to school is just around the corner. Fortunately, we're not quite there yet! There's still a lot of adventure waiting in the Lafayette area.

If you're looking for fun ways to spend time with your kids in Louisiana this summer, our real estate agents have more than a few ideas. These are our favorite places for family fun and excitement in Lafayette!

  • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E Congress St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Offering hands-on exhibits and entertaining educational programs for kids of all ages, the Children's Museum of Acadiana is a great resource for parents in the Lafayette area. A real highlight of the museum's summertime schedule is their weekly Camp STEAMOLOGY events. These immersive summer camps are held on Sundays throughout the summer and give kids an opportunity to explore STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) through firsthand experience. The museum is located just minutes from many Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Kart Ranch - 508 Youngsville Hwy, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Kart Ranch Family Fun Center is the place to go for a good time in Lafayette. They offer a full range of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, from go-karts and laser tag to miniature golf and arcade games. They also have a kiddie train ride and inside playground for younger kids, and a water war zone for cooling off on hot summer days. Kart Ranch also hosts birthday parties and other events. 

  • Clayfish Bisque: A Pottery Painting Place - 5520 Johnston St F, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Kids of all ages can express their artistic side at Clayfish Bisque: A Pottery Painting Place. This local pottery painting studio embraces creativity, and hosts groups as well as individuals. It's also a great place to schedule a birthday party or play date. Walk-ins are welcome at this locally owned studio, but you can also reserve a table at Clayfish Boutique online. 

  • Kid's World Indoor Play Arena -110 Production Dr, Lafayette, LA 70508
    For younger kids, it doesn't get much more fun than Kid's World Indoor Play Area. With a two-story indoor playground structure spanning 1,700 square feet, Kid's World is a great place to let kids (and their imaginations) run wild. With classic features like obstacle courses, slides, swings, and ball pits, the play area is built big enough for parents to play along. There's a separate play area for toddlers as well. Kid's World also has a great selection of kid-approved snacks, like popcorn, pizza, and ice cream. 

  • Acadiana Park Nature Station - 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Outdoor adventure in Lafayette begins at the Acadiana Park Nature Center! Spanning 150 acres of rich wetlands and forests, the park offers abundant opportunities for kids and grown-ups alike to reconnect with the natural world. Activities include camping, kayaking, and hiking, with more than 6 miles of trails and boardwalks to explore. Acadiana Park also offers guided hikes and hosts annual Young Naturalist Club programs every summer for kids of various age groups. 

Lafayette and the surrounding communities offer limitless potential for summer fun and adventure. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Lafayette area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your Louisiana dream home!

June
28

Pools and Splash Pads Near Lake Charles

 Lake Charles Pools

As temperatures rise, you and your kids may find yourself in need of a way to cool off. Pools and splash pads can be the perfect solution. Here are the top choices our real estate agents recommend around the Lake Charles area. 

  1. Prien Lake Park: 3700 West Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Prien Lake Park 
    is a 29-acre park overlooking Indian Bay. In addition to picnic pavilions and playgrounds, the park offers a SprayGround water park, which is great for kids. They can splash around in the spraying water, which tends to be safer for little kids than swimming in a pool.

    WiFi is available throughout Prien Lake Park, so if you need to send an email or check in with work during your visit, you can. There are also walking paths with distance markers, making it easy to squeeze a workout in between splashing sessions.

  2. Sulphur Parks & Recreation: 933 W. Parish Rd., Sulphur, LA 70663
    Sulphur Parks & Recreation 
    has a beautiful aquatic center that opened in 2005. Inside, there is an Olympic size pool with a zero-depth ramp entrance. The facility is open Monday - Friday from 5:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday from 8 am - 2 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm.

    Swimming lessons are also available in the aquatic center. There are classes for adults and for kids of all ages. 

  3. Lake Charles Ward Aquatic Center: 1100 2nd Ave., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    This aquatic center is a good place to stop for a swim when you're looking at Lake Charles homes for sale. The Lake Charles Ward Aquatic Center offers open swimming between 1 pm and 6 pm Monday - Saturday, and the fee is only $1 per person.

    Water aerobics classes are also available Monday - Friday at 6:30, again for a fee of only $1. Or, if you prefer, you can take a swimming lesson. There are options for adults and kids of all ages, and the specific schedule is listed on the website. 

  4. River Bluff Park: 747 Theriot Rd., Moss Bluff, LA 70611
    River Bluff Park
    is a lovely park with a lot of amenities for kids. There's a large splash area with lots of fun, colorful features that spray and dump water. The rubber footing helps prevent scrapes and other injuries.

    This park sits on the bank of a river, and there is a boat launch, exercise area, family restrooms, and a quarter-mile walking path you can enjoy during your visit. When your kids are done splashing, let them play on the playground, which has separate areas for 2 -5-year-olds and 5 - 12-year-olds.

  5. Adventure Cove Park: 3210 Power Center Pkwy., Lake Charles, LA 70615
    Adventure Cove Park is another great choice for kids. In fact, it is specifically designed to meet the meets of kids with varied abilities. The spray grounds are open all summer long and have plenty of fountains for kids to cool off in.

    Adventure Cove Park also has rubber footing for safe running and jumping. The paths are wide and wheelchair-accessible, and the play areas are created for various age groups' needs.

When you're feeling a bit warm this summer, head to one of these pools or splash parks, and let the water cool you off. Contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide your house hunting process.

April
23

Why Lafayette is Known as the Happiest City in America

Lafayette Happiest City

When folks call Lafayette the happiest city in America, it's not just a marketing slogan meant to drum up tourism. It's the real deal. 

Our real estate agents don't need statistics and data to tell you that Lafayette is a happy city filled with happy people (although it is nice to get some national recognition). Here's how we can tell that living in Lafayette makes people happy:

It's a Foodie Dream

If you're looking for a rich culinary scene, you'll definitely find it in Lafayette. We happen to be home to some of Louisiana's most legendary Cajun and Creole restaurants, like T-Coon's, Poor Boy's Riverside, and Cafe Vermilionville. And contrary to what you may have heard, it's not all crawfish and barbecue. We have cuisine from all over the world, along with great options for anyone looking for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine. And for everyday fare, check out the Hub City Diner, one of the best retro '50s diners in America.

Lafayette is Affordable

One thing that surely cheers people up in Lafayette is that we have a very low cost of living. Based on a national average of 100, the cost of living in Lafayette comes in at 87.7, according to Best Places. Everything from groceries and utilities to Lafayette homes for sale cost less here than in most places around the country. The median cost of a home in Lafayette is just $159,100, compared to the $231,200 national average.

Your Dog Will Love It

It's a proven fact that dogs make people happy, and we have it on good authority that dogs are happy in Lafayette. For starters, we have two great dog off-leash dog parks at Brown Memorial Park and Beaullieu Park, plus awesome on-leash trail adventures at the Acadiana Park Nature Station. Many of our local restaurants—Taco Sisters, Central Pizza, and Borden's Ice Cream in particular—also go out of their way to accommodate pooches (and their humans). 

Some Like it Hot

If you like warm weather, we have good news for you. In Lafayette, the average day in January has a high of 61°F and a low of 43°F. Granted, the summers get pretty toasty (July has an average high of 91°F and an average low of 74°F). But for those of us who thrive in warm climates, we find plenty of ways to beat the heat. For example, Lafayette has some pretty awesome pools and splash pads

Big City Amenities, Small Town Charm

Lafayette has everything you would expect in a major city. It has a vibrant nightlife and a rich music scene, along with endless shopping and dining options. But Lafayette also has small-town charm and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. It's easy to make connections and get to know each other here. Plus, Lafayette is a stone's throw from some of America's most wild and beautiful landscapes, including incredible opportunities for fishing, camping, paddling, hiking, and bird watching.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Our team can't wait to help you find your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas. 

April
16

8 Interview Questions to Ask Before Hiring Contractors

Contractor Questions

Whether you're tackling a home renovation or building a new home from the ground up, working with a good contractor is essential for a good outcome. At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents understand what it takes to create beautiful Lafayette homes for sale with features that attract buyers. Before you hire a contractor, it's important to ask questions that separate the pros from the rest of the pack.

  1. Are you a licensed contractor?
    Most states require licensed general contractors to register with the state where they do business. A license shows that the contractor has passed certain tests that examine state laws and building requirements. In Louisiana, you can search online for licensed contractors on the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors website.

  2. How long have you been in business?
    The number of years in business equates to professional experience and a good track record with clients. Contractors who lack work skills, experience, and satisfied clients don't stay in business very long. A long list of clients and a successful track record indicates a contractor who listens to clients, gets jobs finished on time and stays within the budget.

  3. Are you insured?
    Generally, a professional licensed contractor carries liability insurance, as well as workers' compensation insurance for workers. During an interview, ask for proof of insurance to verify coverage and liability limits. If a contractor isn't properly insured, you could be liable for accidents and injuries that occur on your property, as well damage if something goes wrong on your project.

  4. How much will my project cost?
    Prior to starting your home project, you should have a discussion with your contractor to clarify project tasks, details, and costs. A professional contractor should give you a written proposal that outlines work to be done, material costs, and labor costs. Read the proposal carefully before signing it, because it will serve as a legal agreement between you and the contractor.

  5. How long will my project take?
    The timeline of a home project from start to finish is important, because you may not be able to access certain areas while construction in underway. It's especially important if you have a busy household with children and pets or work from home on a regular basis. To ensure the timeline is met, ask your contractor to note a start date and completion date in your proposal agreement.

  6. What is your payment schedule?
    To properly budget for your project, talk to your contractor about payment terms and schedules before construction begins. The Better Business Bureau advises against paying in full upfront, and reputable contractors should not ask. Typically, an upfront payment is 30% to 50% of the project costs with additional payments in bi-weekly or monthly amounts until completion.

  7. How will you handle clean-up?
    A professional contractor will make sure that his/her crew takes care of daily clean-up duties such as removing trash and debris, putting away tools, and leaving areas in the house clean and clutter-free. If tools or equipment need to be stored on your property, a designated area should be discussed.

  8. What's the best way to reach you?
    At the beginning of your project, make sure you get your contractor's contact information including a business address, business or cell phone number, and normal work hours. If a contractor is hesitant to give you contact information, look elsewhere for someone who's more professional.

If you're interested in buying or selling in the area, contact us for more information. We can help you with your real estate needs and make sure your results are successful.

April
9

Best Paint Color Options for Your Home Office

Home Office

Choosing paint colors for your home office is about more than just aesthetics and interior decor. The colors you choose can actually have an impact on your work habits. Whether you spend just a few hours a week in your home office or work from home regularly, set yourself up for success with the right decor. Here are a few common home office colors we see in Lafayette homes for sale and how they can benefit your work habits.

  1. Blue 
    Blue is famous for being a soothing color, so if you struggle with anxiety during your workday, try combating that with lots of blue. The shade of blue you choose can range from a low-distraction blue-gray to an intensely introspective dark blue. Choose a shade that works well with your goals when you work from home.

  2. Pinks and Reds
    You may have heard that red is an energizing color, but the truth goes somewhat deeper than that. They may seem like an unlikely choice for your office walls, but shades of pink, coral, peach, and red can boost creativity. If you work at a creative job from your home office, painting your walls in one of these shades may lend energy and inspiration to your day.

  3. Yellow 
    Another color that seems unlikely due to how bright it is, yellow can actually help you work by energizing you. Yellow is a cheerful color that may help to brighten a difficult workday or invigorate your work mood. Yellow also comes in various shades, from colors so pale that they're almost cream to bright, bold tones.

  4. Gray
    If staying focused is your struggle, opt for a soft neutral such as gray. Grays can lean toward bluish tones, which will also help to soothe, or brighter grays for energy, depending on the mood you want to strike in your home office. Gray is also a great neutral color, which our real estate agents recommend if you are planning on selling the house soon.

  5. White
    While it might seem overly sterile in the rest of the house, white can actually create a better workspace by minimizing distractions around you while you work. It also mimics the feel of a corporate office, helping you stay focused and providing a place to put whiteboards and other tools to aid you in your work. This is also a good neutral tone to use if you're planning to sell the house soon.

The color you paint your home office walls can impact how you work, but it can also affect how your house sells, so it's important to know your goals before picking up a paintbrush. Buyers tend to gravitate toward neutral tones because they can more easily imagine themselves living in a home that isn't decorated with someone else's favorite colors. For painting tips and other easy ideas for making your house stand out, contact us today.

March
24

The Do's and Don'ts of Making an Accent Wall

Accent Wall Tips

If your home's decor feels a little generic or looks too sparse for your tastes, consider painting an accent wall. An accent wall lends a pop of color to your space and helps you customize the style of your home. Our real estate agents know that an accent wall is often beneficial for staging your home when you put it on the market. Follow these do's and don'ts when adding an accent wall. 

  1. Do Embrace Bold Colors
    Since an accent wall is meant to stand out, it's best to utilize a bold color. Even if you prefer neutrals or are trying to stick with colors that will appeal to homebuyers looking for Alexandria homes for sale, it's fine to embrace a darker hue. Just make sure that the color you select will complement the decor and furnishings in the room. 
  1. Do Pick the Right Wall
    Before you buy your paint, make sure you pick out the best wall for your project. In general, you'll want to avoid areas with a lot of windows, a door, or a large fireplace. These items tend to "cut" your accent wall, making it look choppy and disjointed. The wall needs to be large enough to stand out so that it appears like a purposeful addition to the room. 
  1. Do Choose a Shade That Compliments Your Other Walls
    As you peruse potential shades for your accent wall, check that your hue suits your other paint colors. Otherwise, you risk picking a shade that's too "warm" or "cool" for your other walls. An accent wall often compliments walls painted in light or medium hues the best. 
  1. Don't Limit Your Options
    Don't feel like your only option is to paint an accent wall. There are multiple gorgeous alternatives for your space, including wallpaper, tile, stone, or painted shiplap. Just make sure that whichever material you select looks cohesive with the rest of the room. 
  1. Don't Be Afraid to Get Creative
    Can't pick out the right wall for your accent wall? Make your ceiling your accent wall! Painting your ceiling an eye-catching color is a trendy way to incorporate an accent wall into areas with minimal wall space. Should you opt to paint your ceiling, consider adding crown molding to the room. This will help break up the ceiling from the walls and even make the room appear larger. 
  1. Don't Pick a Room That's Already "Busy"
    If a potential room already has a lot going on, you may want to forgo an accent wall. The addition of an accent wall can make the space look busy and cluttered. For this reason, it's tricky and incorporating an accent wall into a kitchen, just because this space already has a lot of things in it.

Interested in a home with more space? Contact us today to start your search!

March
3

6 Ways to Improve Your Home Theater System

Home Theater System

With all of the streaming options these days, people are making trips to the movie theater less often. Instead, it's common to have a media room or home theater and enjoy the big screen experience with all the comforts of home. Home theaters are a nice feature that we sometimes see in Baton Rouge homes for sale. Here are six tips for improving your home theater system.

  1. Arrange for a dedicated space.
    Many homes have a family room or media room that might be set up with a big-screen TV and surround sound, but the best home theaters our real estate agents see are the ones that are located in a dedicated space for minimal distractions. This might be a finished basement or even a spare room, as long as all the other requirements are met. 
  2. Install comfortable seating.
    Trying to recreate the movie theater experience is a lofty goal, but with seating, you actually have the ability to go above and beyond what you'd get at the theater. Sofas and reclining seats can be much more comfortable than at a true theater. If you plan to have two or more rows of seating, be sure to choose something with low backs or even consider building risers for the back rows.
  3. Minimize distractions.
    Everything about your home theater should be designed around limiting distractions, from the location to the design of the actual room. For instance, your home theater will be best located away from all the foot traffic and noise of the home. A finished basement is excellent for this reason, plus it'll block some of the noise and sound from the outside. Insulated curtains will also help. Also, consider little touches like dark paint colors and avoiding shiny fixtures.
  4. Non-intrusive lighting.
    Lighting is very important in your home theater. Dimmer switches will allow you to set the lights at whatever level you want them. Recessed lighting and soffits are a couple of options that are ideal for a home theater since they won't shine directly in the viewers' faces.
  5. Invest in superior sound.
    Now consider the sound. It's not enough just to get a big-screen TV or projector. A big picture needs a big sound to go with it, and a soundbar just isn't going to cut it if you're going for the full experience. A high-quality surround sound system will do the best job of mimicking the immersive movie theater experience.
  6. Hide cords.
    Finally, remember to make the most of the "magic" of your home theater by hiding the cords that make it all possible. You can get pretty creative about how you hide cords. There are easy DIY kits you can use to hide your cords in the wall, for instance, so that a wall-mounted big-screen TV doesn't have a bunch of ugly cords dangling from it. Hiding cords will give your home theater a finished, professional look.

Of course, the best reason to install a home theater is so that you can enjoy it yourself, but if you're handy with DIY projects and have the time to invest in it, a well-planned home theater can generate interest with buyers who love the features but wouldn't want to put one in themselves. For more information about the draw of a well-executed home theater system or other home improvement projects, contact us today.

February
22

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Spring

List Your Home This Spring

Spring, being the time of fresh starts and renewal, just seems like the right time to clean up the home and grounds and get ready for a bright new beginning.

Plus, if you are getting ready for a new beginning and listing your home for sale, spring is a great time to do so! 

Here are some tips to help you spring forward as you get ready to list your home among the Lake Charles homes for sale.

  1. Clean your rain gutters.
    Rain gutters on Lake Charles homes get plenty of use with our heavy annual precipitation, so homeowners should make sure those gutters are free and clear of leaves and other debris. If you don't have guards on your gutters, you definitely need to see about a spring cleaning. Even with guards, animals can make nests, and other debris may clog them up as the fall and winter pass. If you clean gutters yourself, you'll need a tall ladder and someone to hand things to as you clear them out.

  2. Clean the yard to prepare for spring gardening.
    Curb appeal is extra important in the spring, so don't slack on your post-winter clean-up. Clean up around your air conditioner compressor, clearing weeds, leaves, and other debris, in preparation for turning it on as the humidity and temperature rise. Clear flower beds of dried plant stalks, then add compost and mulch in preparation for planting. Prune summer-blooming flowering shrubs. Inspect trees and shrubs for any winter or wind damage and trim it back.

  3. Check the HVAC system, as well as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
    Spring is a good time to change your HVAC filters. Dirty filters can slow down your HVAC and make it run inefficiently, leading to higher bills and HVAC breakdowns. Make sure vents are free and clear of obstructions such as furniture and rugs. Schedule a preventative maintenance visit for your air conditioner. Also, test your smoke and CO alarms to make sure they are in good working order. Check wires or change batteries if needed.

  4. Check for dampness and mold.
    In our climate, mold and excess humidity are problems every season, but more so during spring rains. Always check your house for signs of moisture from roof or plumbing leaks, window condensation, plugged air conditioner condensate drain, or moisture from the ground seeping into the home. Check fixtures such as toilets and faucets for leaks and repair them or replace them as needed. If you don't fix problems as soon as you find them, moisture and mold may damage drywall, wood, and flooring, so that you need to replace them.

  5. Inspect and clean windows.
    Moisture, high winds, and UV rays can be hard on your window treatments. Inspect your windows, and if need be, repair crumbling caulk and worn-out weatherstripping to keep conditioned air inside and unconditioned air out. Clean your windows inside and outside with a solution of vinegar and water to get them bright and shiny for spring.

Our real estate agents have many more spring tips to get your home ready to list. Contact us today.

February
24

How to Keep Your Pet Safe During Renovations

Renovation Tips with PetsChange is frustrating for everyone, and our pets are no exception. The turmoil of construction can be terrifying to them when they just can't understand what's happening! Since our real estate agents may recommend some renovations that will increase the value of your home, we want to provide you with some tips to make your animals more comfortable with the process. 

  1. Make Introductions
    While cats may be warier of strangers than dogs, both will benefit from brief interactions with workers who will be in and out of the house. Allow them to experience the scents and sounds of new people to help put them at ease. Your pet will see that you are not concerned by the visitors, which will help alleviate their stress. 

  2. Secure Your Pets
    Pets who are used to the comforts of a crate are rarely concerned when they are locked in briefly for their safety. This keeps them out of harm's way and still lets them see what's going on around them. If this isn't an option, consider putting them in a room with the door closed so that they are not underfoot of the workers. Cats tend to search for the safety of a confined space. A large cardboard box in the room might be just the sanctuary they are seeking. Be sure you leave them with plenty of water and food and check on them as often as possible.

  3. Keep Them Occupied
    Providing your pets with toys and treats will provide welcome distractions from unusual sights and sounds. Soothing music diminishes the intensity of loud noises they find upsetting. Treats help communicate the affection you hold for them, reassuring them that you have not abandoned them. Whether it be a large bone for your dog to gnaw or a catnip mouse for your feline friend, a treat can help them pass the time more comfortably.

  4. Take Them Outdoors
    They may be most comfortable in their own backyard. If this is an option, spend as much time as you can playing with them outside. Long walks or trips to the dog park are pleasant diversions that will remove them from the property for a time. 

  5. Hire a Pet Sitter
    Local pet sitters offer various services, from walking and drop-in visits to caring for your pet in your home and boarding them overnight. Many people avoid such options, assuming the cost is prohibitive, but with a little research, you will be pleasantly surprised. If your renovations are extensive and will last several days, this option may mean the best care for your pet with the least trauma. 

  6. Inform Everyone Concerned of the Plan
    Whatever you decide to do to keep your pet safe, share the information with everyone in the home. Take particular care to make sure that younger members of the family understand what you are doing and why. Otherwise, they may make decisions that can endanger their furry friends. If the animal is to be kept on the property, be sure to warn workers so that they do not inadvertently release your pets or leave dangerous items in their reach. 

If you are preparing your home for the market or buying a new one, contact us at Latter & Blum for expert assistance with Alexandria homes for sale

February
3

Using a VA Loan this Year? 2021 Changes to Know About

VA Loan Louisiana

If you're thinking about buying one of the beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale, a VA loan is a great option! These loans come with excellent benefits. They offer flexible credit underwriting and low-interest rates. In addition, buyers using a VA loan won't have to come up with a down payment or carry mortgage insurance (PMI).

A portion of these loans is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). However, the loans are issued by mortgage lenders and banks. Our real estate agents regularly meet with lenders to learn more about any updates to loan programs and how they could impact their clients. 

There have been some changes to VA loans that go into effect in 2021. Here's what you need to know. 

Benefits for National Guard Members

The biggest change affects National Guard members. Previously, VA loans were not available to members who did not have at least 90 days of active service.

Beginning in 2021, all Guard and Reserve members who have at least 90 days of service are eligible for a VA home loan, even if the service wasn't active. However, there is one caveat. At least 30 of the days of the service must be consecutive. 

Increased Loan Limits

As of 2020, service members with "full entitlement" are not subject to a VA loan limit. You'll have full entitlement if you've never used a VA loan benefit, have paid off a VA loan and then sold the property, or had a foreclosure or short sale and repaid the VA in full.

However, if you have "remaining entitlement," you are subject to a limit. This can occur for several different reasons. The most common is that you have an active VA loan, they're still paying back.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that the upper limit for their loans was increasing in 2021. VA loans follow these guidelines, so all VA loans closing after January 1st, 2021 also have increased loan limits. The new limit for a single-family home located in the lower 48 states is $548,250. This is an increase of 7.4% compared to 2020. 

In Alaska or Hawaii, the upper limit is now $822,375. If you're buying a home in a high-cost county, you might also have some extra wiggle room. These areas will have their own limits, which are set on a local basis. This limit may be anywhere from $548,250 and $822,375. 

Explore Baton Rouge Homes Today! 

Whether you're planning on using a VA loan or another type of financing, now is a great time to buy a new home. There are many beautiful options on the market, and we would love to help you find the perfect one. Contact us today to get started! 

January
25

Your Guide to Louisiana's State Parks

Louisiana State Parks

Our real estate agents love Louisiana in the winter. With mild days and a hint of chill in the night air, it's the perfect time to head into the great outdoors in search of adventure. 

And with 38 state parks, historic sites, and preservation areas across the state, there's plenty of adventure waiting to be found. These are some of our favorites, and we hope to see you out there living life to the fullest in these Louisiana State Parks this season!

  1. Fontainebleau State Park - 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Overlooking the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau State Park is a great destination for outdoor activities. The 2,800-acre park offers hiking and biking trails, a beach and campground, wildlife-rich wetland areas, and the crumbling ruins of a 19th-century sugar plantation. Fontainebleau is the closest Louisiana State Park to New Orleans and is minutes from these Mandeville homes for sale.

  2. Grand Isle State Park - 108 Admiral Craik Dr, Grand Isle, LA 70358
    Nestled on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle State Park is great for anyone seeking relaxed beachy vibes. Offering a fishing pier, swimming area, and picturesque beachfront campground, this is the perfect park to drift away to the sound of the waves rolling in off the Gulf. Nearby wetlands harbor a diverse marine bird population, and the park's hiking trail is perfect for bird watching.

  3. South Toledo Bend State Park - 120 Bald Eagle, Anacoco, LA 71403
    Toledo Bend Reservoir is a massive man-made lake that straddles the border between Louisiana and Texas. One of the best fishing destinations in either state, countless anglers flock to South Toledo Bend State Park every year to wet a line for bass, catfish, and bream. The park also offers camping, boat launch facilities, and bike paths. 

  4. Palmetto Island State Park - 19501 Pleasant Dr, Abbeville, LA 70510
    One of Louisiana's newest state parks, Palmetto Island State Park offers a genuine, wild South Louisiana experience. The park overlooks the Vermillion River and is known for fishing, kayaking, and pristine palmetto forest habitat. In addition to a campground, the park also has six vacation cabins, each with a screened porch and fireplace, making them perfect for winter stays. Palmetto Island State Park is also close to these beautiful Abbeville homes for sale.

  5. Lake D'Arbonne State Park - 3628 Evergreen Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241
    Nestled among the rolling hills of Northern Louisiana, Lake D'Arbonne State Park offers a great balance between primitive landscapes and modern amenities. With woodsy hiking trails and beautiful lakeside vistas, the park is also home to a disc golf course, swimming pool, and tennis courts. The park's centerpiece is 15,250-acre Lake D'Arbonne, a prime destination for boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

  6. St. Bernard State Park - 501 Saint Bernard Parkway, Braithwaite, LA 70040
    St. Bernard State Park is only a few miles from New Orleans but represents a tranquil respite from city life. Overlooking the Mississippi River, and a short drive from many New Orleans homes for sale, the park provides a glimpse into Louisiana's natural beauty, with nature trails, picnic areas, and lagoons. Campsites are also available, and the park is close to many nearby historic sites, including Chalmette National Historic Park and Jackson Barracks.

From the Bayou to the Big Easy, there's always something to explore and experience in Louisiana. Contact us to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today. 

January
20

Not a Green Thumb? These Indoor Plants Are For You!

Indoor Plant Tips

Whether you've just purchased one of the beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've lived in your current home for years, decorating with houseplants can go a long way towards making your space feel homey. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can still keep beautiful plants in your home! 

The key is selecting plants that are hardy and easy to care for. Here are a few of the best starter plants. 

  1. Pathos 
    If you're looking for a virtually indestructible plant, the Pathos is it! While this plant will do best in front of a large window, it can also do just fine in lower-light environments. The Pathos will quickly grow long vines that reach outward, so it does well in a hanging pot. 
  2. Snake Plant
    The Snake Plant, also known as Mother-In-Law's Tongue, is another highly tolerant houseplant. This is a true low-light plant that doesn't require much water. Not only are these plants beautiful, but they're also known to purify the air, removing potentially dangerous toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.  
  3. Monstera
    If you want a plant that promises to make a real impression, you can't go wrong with a Monstera Deliciosa, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant. It can grow anywhere from 6.5 to almost 10 feet tall and produces leaves that can be up to 3 feet long. These hardy plants do best in medium to bright indirect light and only need to be watered when the soil is dry. 
  4. Cacti 
    A cactus is easy to care for by design. They're great at holding water, which means you rarely have to do anything with it. If you happen to notice the soil is dry, give it a drink. Other than that, there really isn't anything else to do. There are many different cacti varieties, which makes it easy to create interesting displays or place different kinds around your home. 
  5. Spider Plant 
    A beautiful and interesting hanging plant, the Spider plant is super easy to care for. All you need to do is keep it out of direct sunlight, water it when the soil is partially dry, and occasionally cut off any parts that turn brown or yellow. If you're lucky, your plant will reward you with babies, also called spiderettes, that hang from the mother plant. 
  6. ZZ Plant
    A very low-maintenance plant that does great in low-light conditions, the ZZ plant has become extremely popular in recent years. Traditional ZZ plants have green, wax-like leaves, while the new Raven ZZ darkens to a stunning black color when it matures. These plants don't like humidity and only need to be watered when the soil is completely dry, making the ZZ a perfect set-it-and-forget-it plant.
  7. Succulents
    Are you too busy to deal with plants? If so, a succulent is perfect for you! These plants are generally happiest when left alone, and some would even say they thrive on neglect. The easiest way to kill a succulent is to over-water it, so you're best off giving it a little drink once a month and then forgetting you have it. There are endless varieties of succulents to choose from. Just be careful — collecting these beautiful plants can become a bit addictive. 

Are you still looking for the perfect place to call home? Our real estate agents are here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and schedule an appointment. 

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