Running out of ideas for meaningful gifts? Our real estate agents are always inspired by the many independent small businesses in our community. Take a break from viewing Lafayette homes for sale for some holiday shopping at these delightful shops.
Gift yourself and your family with a beautiful home in Lafayette. Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started on your search.
When you're listing your home for sale, you'll have your choice of many real estate agents to do business with. Before signing a contract, take the time to interview a few, so you understand exactly what they'll be doing to sell your home and to ensure you have a good rapport with them.
Our real estate agents suggest asking the following questions when you're interviewing agents:
Contact us today to put your home on the market with other Lafayette homes for sale or to visit homes for sale in the area. Our agents pride themselves on knowing the local market and making your real estate transaction experience an easy and pleasant one.
Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale.
Ready to buy or sell a home around Lafayette? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.
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.
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.
Moving is a very stressful event as you struggle to get everything done in time, make sure nothing falls through the cracks, and manage the physical demands of the task. Good thing all it takes is a bit of planning to make the process go smoothly.
Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to help you maintain your sanity during a move:
Louisiana is a paradise for those who love nature! One of the best outdoor activities to do in the area is bird watching. With so many trails and parks within a few miles of the city center, Lafayette provides bird watchers with plenty of opportunities to spot some of the most beautiful birds in the state. If you're interested in bird watching around Lafayette, our real estate agents are here to answer your questions.
Where can I go bird watching around Lafayette?
Just one visit to Lafayette is enough to inspire you to venture into our many wonderful green spaces. Many of these protected spaces are home to a variety of plants and animals, particularly birds. Start your bird watching adventure at these four sites:
For a more extensive bird-watching trek, we suggest making a weekend of one of two Louisiana Birding Trails: The Vermilion Loop and The Atchafalaya Loop. The Atchafalaya Loop is a 100-mile trail running from Baton Rouge through Lafayette then down towards Iberia. The Vermilion Loop runs south from Lafayette through Abbeville, then nearly to the Vermilion Bay.
What kind of birds and waterfowl can be found around Lafayette?
Grab your camera and get ready to snap photos in all directions. There are dozens of native species that call the Lafayette area home, including:
What do I need to go bird watching around Lafayette?
Whether you're an avid bird watcher or have just taken up the activity while exploring new hobbies this year, you'll want to be prepared for your excursions. Here are a few recommend items that all bird watchers should have on them as to not run afowl of the best practices:
Bird watching is a wonderful activity that you can do alone or with others. If you're also on the lookout for a new home, let us be your eyes. Contact us today to tour our best Lafayette homes for sale.
It's hard to believe, but not everyone is going to love your precious Fido or Fluffy as much as you and our real estate agents do. Don't take a chance on their presence, affecting the marketability of your house. If you're a pet owner, follow these steps to prep before showing New Orleans homes for sale.
Does your family include both two- and four-legged members? Whether you're buying or selling a home, we can accommodate all your needs. Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.
The average household does 8 to 10 loads of laundry every single week. Since your laundry room is such a high traffic area, it makes sense to upgrade the space to be more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Our real estate agents know that a charming laundry room is even attractive to potential homebuyers. Here are a few easy ways to upgrade your laundry room and make this space more appealing.
Ready to purchase a home with a large laundry room? Contact us today to get started!
The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.
Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.
Room staging is one of the most important parts of the home selling process. With digital marketplaces playing such a large role in the real estate market these days, good pictures of properly staged rooms can make all the difference for your listing. Studies have actually shown that room staging can also lead to an increased offer value from prospective buyers.
The process of properly staging a room is both an art and a science, and it's important to do it right. For many sellers, it can be difficult to know where to start. Luckily, our real estate agents are experts at room staging and can provide tips. Below are some of the most important rooms to stage when listing your home for sale.
The Living Room
The living room is arguably the most important room to stage. Not only is it where many families spend most of their time, but it's also often one of the first rooms potential homebuyers see when viewing a home. Make sure to have the carpet professionally cleaned and remove personalized items like souvenirs and photographs. Add a few minimal decorations such as flowers or neutral artwork. If your living room is small, consider opening shades or blinds in order to maximize light exposure, as this will help the room appear larger.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so make it as attractive as possible to potential homebuyers. The key is to make your kitchen appear bright, sparkly, and clean. Consider having the room professionally cleaned before listing your home for sale. If you're looking to create a cozier look, consider adding an eat-in table with chairs or a kitchen rug. Be sure to remove all clutter except for a few decorative items (think flowers or a tea kettle). If you have the budget, consider updating your appliances as well.
The Master Bedroom
It's no surprise that the master bedroom is one of the most important rooms to stage when listing your home for sale. One of the keys to staging it is to keep things as neutral as possible. You want to allow prospective buyers to be able to envision themselves living in the space. Avoid any themes, as these can ultimately be distracting. Make sure to clean out closets and go out of your way to show off organization and storage. Also, be sure to keep most personal items out of sight. When it comes to the bed, decorative pillows and throw blankets can go a long way -- just be sure to use softer colors. Try to optimize the room's light exposure by keeping blinds and curtains open. Mirrors can also give off the appearance of depth.
A well-organized bathroom can really help the staging process. Prospective buyers will be opening closets, so make sure to use stylish drawers, organizers, and hanging shelves to organize toiletries. Remove any personal items like toothbrushes or bath towels. Most importantly, make sure sinks, counters, floors, tubs, shower curtains, and mirrors are sparkling clean. Spring for a decorative, fluffy bath mat or a small rug for the middle of the room.
Since the kitchen is known as the heart of the home, making sure it's organized is extra important. A cluttered kitchen not only makes preparing meals a hassle, but it can also turn away potential buyers.
Get rid of kitchen clutter by better organizing your space. Our real estate agents encourage you to use these tips to organize your kitchen.
Whether you're moving for a great new job, picking the perfect place for your family, or simply making a long-distance move to a city you've always dreamed of calling home, there are many good reasons to move to a different state. There are also some challenges with long-distance home shopping, but technology, research, and the right real estate agent can help you overcome those obstacles. Our real estate agents know what it takes to find the perfect home from a distance, and we've got some tips to help you get started.
Take Advantage of Technology to Tour Homes from Afar
So you're shopping for Lafayette homes for sale, but your current location is nowhere near the city... no problem! Virtual tours and virtual open houses are now available in nearly every market where you might be shopping. Take advantage of these technological tools to get a detailed impression of any home that catches your eye, no matter where you're currently located.
Invest Time in Researching Neighborhoods
Loving your new home for the long haul is much easier when you also love the neighborhood where the home is located. Invest some research time in learning everything you can about neighborhoods in your target markets, focusing on the factors that matter most to you.
Choose a Real Estate Agent Who Understands Long-Distance Purchases
The right buyer's agent can take so much of the guesswork out of shopping for a home in a different state and help you handle the logistical details of a long-distance purchase. Look for a real estate agent who has experience with out of state purchases.
Learn the Real Estate Rules in Your Target Markets
Different states and communities have different regulations for real estate purchases, so make sure you understand the rules in the places where you're shopping. There may be different requirements for earnest money deposits, closing time-frames, home inspections, and more, so it helps to be prepared.
Research Real Estate Markets to See How Much Home You Can Purchase
Every real estate market is different, so you might find that your real estate budget stretches much farther in some communities than others. The right real estate agent can give you a detailed impression of your target markets, so you know exactly how much home you'll be able to afford and how the asking prices for homes that catch your eye fit within the local market.
Consider the Cost of Living When Choosing a Community
While the cost of the home is a key factor, the cost of living in your target markets will also have a major impact on your budget. Researching the cost of living will help you decide whether a neighborhood is the right fit for your budget.
Try to Attend the Home Inspection If Possible
If you can only attend one thing in person, the home inspection is a great choice. The home inspector can answer questions, tell you about smaller issues that won't affect the sale, and give you a deeper impression of the home's condition.
Can't Close in Person? No Problem
Attending the closing in person is a good thing if you can manage it, but it's certainly not a requirement. Remote closings are more popular than ever, and technology makes it possible to close on a home no matter where you're currently located.
Whether you're shopping from across the city or across the country, our team is here to help you find your next home. Contact us today.
Brigitte Fredy has made a name for herself in the New Orleans residential market over the last 30+ years, and it's clear to see why. With her passion and dedication to her career, she has built an expansive network of happy clients and earned herself Top of the Latter for decades – Latter & Blum's most prestigious award presented annually to the top-producing real estate agents across all markets.
Born in Paris, France – Brigitte has always had an eye for beautiful architecture, which naturally led her to specialize in historic properties in downtown, uptown and the French Quarter of New Orleans. Licensed in 1983, Brigitte started off her real estate career with Latter & Blum and is still with the company to this day as one of the top-producing agents. From helping clients buy their first home, second home and even third home, more of Brigitte's wide-ranging specialties include home staging, luxury condos and investment properties. Trilingual in English, French and Spanish, Brigitte's background and decades of expertise in historical properties allows her to help prospective home buyers and sellers from all walks of life.
With all of her success, Brigitte didn't get where she is today on accident. She credits her hard work, patience and flexibility as the key to her success and what helped shape her into the top-producing real estate agent she is today. Offering advice to new real estate agents, Brigitte says it's important to start as early as you can, being a successful Realtor requires a lot of time, energy and work. Her favorite part of the job? Having the flexibility to create her own work schedule, which in turn creates a good balance in her life.
When Brigitte isn't basking in the thrill of navigating a successful real estate transaction, you can probably find her cooking some delicious cuisine in her downtown condo, exercising or entertaining clients and friends. She also owns an apartment in Paris, perks of all her hard work and dedication.
In the market for a home in New Orleans? Contact Brigitte for all your real estate needs.
If you've been in the area looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably noticed that there's no shortage of great dining options here! In addition to the huge variety of upscale and casual restaurants, Baton Rouge is also known for its outstanding bakeries.
Our real estate agents often enjoy stopping by their favorite local shops for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Here are a few that you'll want to check out.
Are you looking for a sweet deal on a new home? There are a lot of great options on the market right now. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Cajun Country is scenic no matter how you choose to explore it, and riding the trails is a great way to see the area from a different perspective. Whether you're an experienced rider looking for a challenging trail or you're searching for a scenic, leisurely trail to ride on a Sunday afternoon, Cajun Country offers a little bit of everything. Of course, the best trails also feature plenty of places to stop for food and fun along the way. Our real estate agents know Cajun Country, and we've got 6 biking routes that you won't want to miss.
Houma to Cocodrie – Winn Dixie Shopping Center at Hwy 24 and Prospect Blvd., Houma, LA 70517
Beginning in Houma, the Houma to Cocodrie route lasts for 31 miles, with a variety of entry/exit points throughout the route. See Houma homes for sale from a whole new perspective! The scenery really picks up around the 5-mile mark of the route, if you start from the Winn Dixie Shopping Center. You'll travel along the waterfront, where you'll see fishing boats in action, then make a trip through quiet, peaceful marshes before ending your ride in Cocodrie.
Lafayette to Opelousas – North University Ave., Lafayette, LA 70506
The Lafayette to Opelousas route actually consists of three separate routes, with varying distances, scenery, and terrain. For a shorter ride, try the 20-mile red route, which travels along North University Ave. through Lafayette, before heading north to Opelousas. The blue route is a bit longer at 30 miles, while the green route checks in at a healthy 50 miles.
Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail – 1050 Henderson Levee Rd., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
With more than 50 miles of trails to ride along the top of the levee, the Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail features outstanding scenery and plenty of room to stretch your legs. The first half of the trail is paved, and the rest is gravel. There are no cars or trucks allowed on this trail, so it's a great place for a long, relaxing ride.
Houma to Thibodaux Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
Looking to explore nature while you ride? The 50-plus mile Houma to Thibodaux Loop will take you past a historic cypress swamp, and passes a variety of local museums where you can learn more about Cajun Country. Wildlife Gardens is an especially popular stop for nature lovers.
Chicot State Park – 3469 Chicot Park Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586
Open year-round with more than 6,000 acres to explore, the Chicot State Park trail is one of the best spots on our list for natural scenery. The trail travels around Lake Chicot, where you can stop to fish or simply enjoy the view. The terrain is easier to navigate in dry conditions but requires the right equipment when the weather is wet.
Bayou Black Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
Beginning at the same point as the Houma to Thibodaux Loop, the Bayou Black Loop is another favorite for Houma residents. If you're riding this loop, be sure to bring your appetite. There are many great places to stop for a meal along the way, whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood or classic Cajun cooking.
Still searching for your next home in Cajun Country? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.
Want to spend some time outdoors to relax after comparing the best Lafayette homes for sale?
Our real estate agents enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to rock climbing. We know that sometimes you just want to stop and smell the roses – or other flowers. Luckily, the natural beauty of Lafayette will never let you down. There are plenty of places to see brilliant flowers in bloom. One of them could be your own backyard!
If you need other ideas, we have them. Lafayette and the surrounding cities are filled with a variety of botanical gardens, arboretums, parks, and many more. Let's drop in for a quick visit to some of the best gardens in Lafayette and the neighboring communities.
Here are just a few of your options for local gardens and nature centers:
Lafayette is in bloom, and there's never been a better time to see it for yourself. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about the local or for help with your real estate questions.
When it comes to New Orleans homes for sale, there are plenty of reasons to choose the "Big Easy" for your next home. New Orleans culture is truly unique, from the cuisine to the music to the unbeatable annual festivals like Mardi Gras. Education soars, too, thanks to terrific museums!
Our real estate agents are confident that no matter what your interests are, you'll have a chance to find something great here in New Orleans.
In fact, New Orleans even has its own thriving museum district. You'll find many of the most notable local museums centered within a short distance of each other in the inimitable City Park.
Let's take a closer look at some of the area's top museums:
Amazing museums are one more reason to make New Orleans your home. Contact us to learn more or get started.
Are you looking for a way to get your kids off the couch? Gathering up the entire family and heading out to some of the area's beautiful nature trails is a great way to get everybody's heart pumping and get some fresh air.
Many of our real estate agents have started spending their weekends visiting local hiking trails with their families. Here are a few of their favorite kid-friendly options you'll want to explore.
Beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor adventures are just a few of the reasons why so many people love living here! If you're looking for your dream home in the Baton Rouge area, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Thinking about a move to Lafayette? Get ready to enjoy some great Cajun and Creole cuisine, southern hospitality, and a variety of live entertainment. In addition to a unique culture, The Hub City also has a good local economy and low housing costs, which make it a great place to settle down and start a family. Our real estate agents compiled the top 7 things that love about living in Lafayette.
Lafayette is a unique, beautiful place to live, but the best way to experience it is to see for yourself. While you're visiting the area, be sure to check out some of these beautiful Lafayette homes for sale. For more information on what it's like to live in the Hub City, contact us today!
Are you focusing more on healthy eating these days? Start with quality ingredients for meals that are good for your body and taste buds. Find fresh fruit, vegetables, and more at these great farmers markets, just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Our REALTORS® are excited to announce that Lafayette has been named one of the best cities for indoor/outdoor living. Ranked #7 on a top-ten list including other desirable U.S. cities like Naples, Phoenix, and Medford, Lafayette contains a high percentage of home listings with features that conveniently accommodate indoor/outdoor living.
Lafayette: One of the Best Cities for Indoor/Outdoor Living
Anyone who's set foot in Lafayette has certainly been captivated by the culture, cuisine, and community created by the city's location in Cajun and Creole Country. Lafayette's frequently mentioned as a wonderful place to live, with it being named one of the Happiest Cities in America and one of the top growing cities where millennials are purchasing a property. We're hardly surprised to discover how well-suited Lafayette is for indoor/outdoor living:
Living in Lafayette means backyard barbeques and boils, suntanning and stargazing, poolside dining, and parties on the patio. Each year, Lafayette is greeted with an average of 217 sunny days, above the U.S. average of 205. Although the city does see higher-than-average rainfall, 62 inches per year compared to the national average of 38 inches per year, Lafayette's warm annual weather prevents snow from falling.
Throughout the year, residents of Lafayette are treated to temperates in the 90s and 70s during the summer and winter temperatures hovering between the mid-40s and mid-60s. These annual temperatures are ideal for homes featuring indoor/outdoor living amenities.
Outdoor fireplaces or fire pits and four-seasons rooms with a furnace make even the chilliest winters enjoyable cozy outdoors. During the peak of summer, outdoor kitchens, covered patios with ceiling fans, and refreshing pools make it effortless to enjoy the sunshine and shade comfortably no matter how high the temperatures climb.
If you're searching for a new home in the Hub City, we recommend that you tour a home with indoor/outdoor amenities and discover how well a transitional space suits you.
Benefits of Indoor/Outdoor Living
There are many benefits of owning a home that offers indoor/outdoor living space. Although this trend has been gaining popularity over the last two decades, indoor/outdoor living spaces can be found in civilizations dating back thousands of years. If you've ever visited a home with such transitional spaces, then you're already familiar with the many benefits indoor/outdoor spaces provide, including:
With such wonderful weather throughout the year, owning a home in Lafayette with exceptional indoor/outdoor spaces is a wise investment. If you'd like to discover the many Lafayette homes for sale featuring pools, sunrooms, outdoor fireplaces or kitchens, and patios perfect enough to create your own luxurious staycation, contact us today to begin your search!
One of the few downsides of warm summer temperatures is that they create a prime environment for insects. While most Alexandria homes for sale have to deal with some type of summer bug, you don't have to agree to share your home with creepy crawlies. Keep summer pests from crashing your fun with these natural remedies.
Keeping your home and garden pest-free will help you make the most of the summer months! Was a new home part of your summer plans? Contact us today to learn more about other properties for sale.
There are whimsical stories of people randomly choosing vacation spots by throwing a dart at a map. While that might make for some interesting trips, this method is not recommended for finding a top neighborhood with Lake Charles homes for sale.
Picking a new neighborhood for your family requires a bit more planning than just throwing a dart at a map!
So how do you go about deciding on a neighborhood to settle in? Our real estate agents share five features to consider when planning a move to a new neighborhood.
As the largest independently-owned residential real estate company in Louisiana, Latter & Blum offers an elite level of knowledge and experience. Whether you're buying or selling a home around Lake Charles, contact us for cheerful and dedicated assistance with your needs.
As the nation begins to open up, it's clear that social distancing and other basic precautions are going to be the "new norm," at least for a while. If you've been craving a sit-down meal at a restaurant but are worried about safety, you may want to consider visiting one of the many local restaurants with outdoor patio seating.
Our real estate agents have been gathering a list of their favorites, and now we're ready to share it with you. We guarantee you'll have trouble deciding which of these local hot spots to visit first.
The great dining options are just one of the many things to love about living in the Baton Rouge area. Want to explore some of the local neighborhoods? Contact us today! We would love to show you around and help you find your dream home.
Who's ready for a quick road trip close to home? Our real estate agents sure are! We're ready to stretch our legs, load up the car full of snacks, and explore everything that Louisiana has to offer. If you're looking for a few days out of the house, consider spending a weekend getaway without venturing too far from Lafayette.
Louisiana has a wonderful climate, but temperatures can soar over the summer. Fortunately, residents of our area have learned some tips and tricks that can help make you more comfortable. Our real estate agents suggest the following seven ways to beat the Louisiana heat this summer:
Contact us if you're looking to sell your home or would like to find out about Baton Rouge homes for sale in the area. Our real estate agents have a great deal of experience buying and selling homes in Louisiana and can help you sell your existing home and find the right one for you!
If you are looking for an excuse to check out some of the local ice cream shops in the Lafayette area, look no further! National Ice Cream Day is coming up on July 19th and is the perfect time to celebrate with a cone or cup of your favorite flavor of ice cream.
Lafayette is home to many wonderful local businesses serving up tasty, homemade ice cream. Our real estate agents suggest you pull into these local favorites on National Ice Cream Day or any hot summer day.
It is our pleasure to help you discover the many businesses that make our city one of the sweetest in the south. Looking for a home near your favorite local businesses in Lafayette? Contact us to learn more about Lafayette homes for sale.
Summer's here and you're probably hearing the call of the great outdoors. Fishing is a relaxing way to enjoy nature while maintaining social distancing. Plus, our area is home to many wonderful fishing spots and fishing charters. Get ready to catch "the big one" with these popular fishing charters not far from Houma homes for sale.
In many places throughout the United States, the coronavirus slowed the real estate market for more than a month. Now, people are back to looking for Alexandria homes for sale.
The difference: Precisely what they are looking for has changed almost overnight. Needs that simply did not exist before are now reflected in buyer preferences around the region.
Our real estate agents are always eager to find new ways to help our sellers succeed. You don't always have to plan a major renovation to get ahead of these new trends. Sometimes, you can improve your odds of a fast, successful sale just by staging your home correctly.
To really wow your prospective buyers, focus on these emerging trends:
No one can see the future – and the average buyer or seller couldn't have imagined all these changes. But even if your home doesn't match the latest trends, there are still steps you can take.
Adding shelving in your dining room or kitchen can help you meet the need for more storage space. Updating your bathroom fixtures is always a good idea, so make brass your first choice.
What about home office space? Many homeowners have been converting their side storage closets into small bonus rooms. This can be done in as little as one weekend. Just make sure to decorate the space when you're done and include the photos in your online listing!
Contact us at Latter & Blum today to find out more.
Get ready to strike a pose – a yoga pose that is! Sunday, June 21st, is International Yoga Day, and our real estate agents are looking forward to finding zen in a peaceful, uplifting yoga session. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and has gained popularity around the globe. If you're looking for a place where you can strengthen your mind, body, and soul, check out these yoga studios around Baton Rouge.
June is National Homeownership Month – and there's never been a better time to find out more about the home-buying process!
Our real estate agents know that getting started on your very first home search can seem like a tall order. Luckily, we have the resources to make the whole process easier and enjoyable!
Latter & Blum employs the best real estate agents in the business. Our experienced team is with you every step of the way. Our residential real estate services have been helping clients just like you since 1916 with unbeatable expertise and customer care as our hallmarks.
Our 25 branch offices make us the largest independently owned real estate company in Louisiana and the 29th largest nationwide. No matter what kind of home you're looking for, our network of more than 1,200 dedicated agents offers the help you need.
Our Family of Companies Provides Everything You Need for to Buy a Home
Navigating the home-buying process can seem very complex. There are many complex steps when purchasing a home, from choosing the right mortgage to obtaining homeowner's insurance. Fortunately, Latter & Blum gives you the opportunity to have all your needs met within the same network of companies! Even your mortgage loan can be handled within our business family. From beginning to end, you'll work only with people who care about you.
Our partner organizations include:
You May Be Entitled to Assistance Under the CARES Act
This year, National Homeownership Month is being recognized under the most extraordinary circumstances in decades. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, adopted into law on March 27, 2020, authorizes direct cash relief to many Americans. It also provides a wide range of other benefits including mortgage payment relief. Remember, if you or someone you know is having difficulty with mortgage payments as a result of coronavirus, help is available.
Read more from the U.S. Treasury: The CARES Act.
Reach Out to Latter & Blum this National Homeownership Month!
We want to help you achieve your real estate goals. You can find the right home for you in Lafayette, Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Central Louisiana, Bayou Region, or Lake Charles!
For expert assistance, contact us today. We look forward to helping you!
Of the many volunteers who generously donate their kindness to society, blood donors are a group of heroes that save lives with each precious drop of blood that they give. Believe it or not, a single hour spent donating blood can save up to three lives. Not only do these blood donations preserve the wellbeing of those in our own Baton Rouge community, but they also safeguard the health of men, women, and children around the world.
To honor these individuals and continue raising awareness for the dramatic need for blood, the World Health Organization created World Blood Donor Day. This event is celebrated around the globe and applauds the selfless service of donors while highlighting the importance of consistent blood donations. Now in its 16th year, World Blood Donor Day continues to remind us that, although all of us have blood, more than half of us are actually unable to donate. In fact, only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate. This becomes more concerning when you realize that every two seconds, someone in the United States is in desperate need of a blood donation.
Blood is not a resource that can be artificially manufactured or taken without permission. Blood donations rely on the kindness and consent of donors to keep blood banks stocked around the world. Donor blood is used for more than blood transfusions. It is also used to treat a number of diseases and is used for research to combat other life-threatening health conditions. Nearly 80 countries around the globe use voluntary blood donations to stock 90 to 100 percent of their blood supply. By donating even just once, you're immediately improving the lives of individuals around the world.
World Blood Donor Day is on June 14th and we can't think of a better way to celebrate these volunteers than by doing our part to help those who need it most in our world. If you are interested and able to donate blood, our real estate agents encourage you to please consider visiting these blood donation centers around Baton Rouge.
Of course, these are not the only locations where you can donate blood around Baton Rouge. There are many facilities and mobile blood donation drives occurring throughout the year. We encourage you to reach out to these additional resource to learn more about upcoming opportunities to donate blood around the Baton Rouge area:
Now that the state is starting to open back up, we're all excited to get out of the house and get some fresh air! While things may not be quite back to "normal" yet, there are plenty of ways for you to start enjoying yourself once again.
Not sure where to go? Take a look at these ideas!
If you're looking to buy or sell property in Houma, we're here to help! Whether you're ready to start going out or you're more comfortable doing things virtually, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Finding it hard to occupy your time these days? Our real estate agents have some ways to stay active nourishing the soul and brightening someone else's day. Keep busy with these simple but powerful random acts of kindness that enrich the community around Baton Rouge homes for sale.
In good times and bad, Latter & Blum is proud to support the vibrant Baton Rouge community. Contact us for help with all your real estate questions.
Following established guidelines, Louisiana will begin Phase 1 of the opening plan on Friday, May 15th. Although this reopening is a bright beacon of hope, we must not forget that we are not fully free of the shadow of COVID-19. As we revive our sense of normalcy, our real estate agents want to assure you that we are collectively doing our part to safely serve our community as responsibly as possible.
FAQ About Louisiana Phase 1 Coronavirus Reopening
When will Louisiana reopen?
The state will enter Phase 1 of a three-phase reopening plan, as suggested by the federal government, on May 15th.
What businesses and services will be reopened in Phase 1?
Phase 1 of the reopening plan includes the opening of many services and businesses, such as barbershops/hair salons, bars that serve food, churches, funeral services, gyms and fitness centers, malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and many other non-essential businesses. However, many of these locations are only allowed to open if they follow strict guidelines dictating the number of individuals permitted to occupy the space and how employees, visitors, and customers must interact while following social distancing/PPE guidelines.
How long will Phase 1 last?
Currently, Louisiana is scheduled to operate under Phase 1 guidelines for 21 days, and into Phase 2 on June 15th. However, as we've seen over the last few months, the coronavirus situation can change quickly. While these dates are hopeful, they are not guaranteed and may be adjusted at any time.
How does this impact real estate services?
We want all of our associates and clients to know that Latter & Blum considers the safety and health of our community a number one priority. As essential personnel, our agents can continue to serve our community as safe, securely, and responsibly as possible. To do so, we have asked that all Latter & Blum agents follow these guidelines:
Although these guidelines are not forced upon the agents or buyers, many of our agents are voluntarily taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 out of respect to our friends, family members, and neighbors throughout the community.
If you are ready to purchase or sell property, we're ready to help. Contact us today to get started!
As COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to sweep through our nation many of our daily activities have been put on hold.
If you have a necessary reason to leave your homes — such as an important doctor's visit or a trip to the grocery store — the World Health Organization has suggested that all individuals practice social distancing and wear masks that cover their noses and mouths.
Our REALTORS® want you to be as informed as possible. Here are a few answers to questions frequently asked about the coronavirus, including why masks are helpful, how you can make your own, and where you can donate handmade masks.
Why do masks help protect against the spread of the coronavirus?
The molecules of the virus itself are microscopic, and unfortunately, can pass through even the smallest of pores in a mask. However, the coronavirus molecules often attach themselves to water molecules in the nose and mouth. By wearing adequate covering around the nose and mouth, these water droplets are less likely to be spread.
How can I make a homemade mask?
Making an adequate homemade mask is surprisingly simple. You don't even need to make a mask if you have a bandana or other clothing item that will fully cover your face. For those with sewing talents, you can print out a mask template and follow the directions. For those who are unable to sew, you can follow alternate directions to make a mask out of fabric, t-shirts, or other pieces of cloth. Ideally, you'll need a thicker fabric like cotton. It's recommended that you create a mask with two layers protecting the face, being sure that the mask fits snuggly without preventing you from breathing or speaking properly.
Where can I donate homemade masks in New Orleans?
We admire the generosity of anyone who has the time and supplies to make masks for others in the community. The following organizations are in need of masks and other medical supplies:
If there's one city that comes together as a community to overcome adversity, it's the Crescent City. We encourage anyone who can to make masks and donate them to our family members, friends, neighbors, and front-line service personnel in need. If you would like to schedule a virtual tour or private showing of New Orleans homes for sale, please contact us today.
If you've been visiting some of the Lake Charles homes for sale, you know just how many great options there are on the market right now. Buying a home is a big commitment, so how do you know when you've found the perfect one?
Sometimes, your heart will skip a beat, and you'll feel a little flutter. Our REALTORS® love it when this happens! Other times, the decision will be a bit more challenging. You may be torn between several homes, or you might just feel unsure. In this case, you'll be looking for a sign that the home you're considering is the right one for you.
Don't worry! We've created the following list of the top nine signs that you've found your dream home.
If you haven't found your dream home yet, don't give up! Instead, contact us. We'll show you some of the best houses on the market and keep working until you're sure you've found the right one. Reach out to us today!
There's history on every corner in Louisiana. Much of that history converges on the magnificent corners of the Louisiana State Capitol Building. When the building was first envisioned in 1928, it was the physical manifestation of the state's spirit. Today, it remains one of the most beautiful and storied buildings in the country, and there are seven facts about the structure that our REALTORS® think you just might be interested in knowing.
Dine-in table service at Lafayette restaurants has been restricted since March 17. That's the day shelter-in-place directives were issued by the governor here in Louisiana.
Staying at home as much as possible is vital to weathering the coronavirus threat. However, the Lafayette dining community is working hard to make meals available. It is permitted to visit local restaurants for carryout service, and many are offering delivery.
Just remember, parking in front of many Lafayette dining locations is limited to 20 minutes. If you decide to order carryout, be sure to order and pay in advance online or by phone.
Here's where to chow down around Lafayette:
The New Orleans dining scene is legendary, which remains true even as residents, restaurant owners, and our REALTORS® adjust to life in the city while COVID-19 precautions are in effect. Many restaurants that were only dine-in in the past are now adapting to offer takeout and delivery options, while others are offering gift cards that can be used when restaurants reopen. Remember that restaurant staff have also been forced to adapt, and any tip you can leave with your order goes a long way toward providing support for those workers. While the communal, social aspect of meeting your favorite people at local restaurants may be on hold, there are still many ways to support your favorite restaurants during these unusual times.
Every neighborhood where you can shop for New Orleans homes for sale offers its own set of excellent restaurants, and Mid City is no exception. Blue Oak BBQ is still serving up all of your favorites for curbside pickup during lunch and dinner, with happy hour deals available every day. Fresh seafood is on the menu every day at Zasu, where the whole menu is available for takeout orders. Katie's has you covered for seafood and BBQ favorites, along with new family meals available for pickup and delivery.
While the French Quarter may look a little different without the usual crowds, restaurants from this corner of the city are cooking up all of the favorites that you know and love. Doris Metropolitan is still offering its full menu for pickup and delivery, along with butcher service, fresh bread, and spirits. The Italian Barrel is also offering its full menu and has added some delicious sandwiches to the list for takeout service. If you're in the mood for bar bites or some of the best-frozen cocktails that you'll find anywhere, Manolito is still serving all of your favorites for takeout every evening.
The team at Boucherie has whipped up a special pickup/delivery menu while dine-in service is closed, featuring all of your steak and seafood staples. If you're craving your brunch fix, Live Oak Cafe has you covered with a brunch/lunch menu in the afternoon and dinner in the evening. Saffron Nola has added a curbside pickup to its many charms, with a full menu of delicious Indian cuisine and a special, family-oriented menu.
Lower Garden District
Hankering for some authentic Creole goodness? The Munch Factory is still serving all of your favorites. Call ahead to order. Popular new spot Blue Giant is offering all of its high-end spins on classic Chinese dishes for pickup, so if you haven't tried it yet, now is the time. When you're in the mood for plant-based food, Seed has you covered with pickup and free delivery within a five-mile radius of the restaurant.
Bayou St. John
Get your Mediterranean fix from 1000 Figs, which is offering a modified menu for curbside pickup and delivery every day from Wednesday through Sunday. Popular French bistro Cafe Degas, which has been serving the neighborhood for more than 30 years, is also offering takeout and delivery, including special wine deals when you order for curbside pickup.
New Orleans is a city that knows how to support its own, and grabbing a meal from your favorite restaurants is a great way to show your support for the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
At Latter & Blum, our REALTORS® have worked hard to protect the safety of our clients and co-workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are following all social distancing and safety guidelines issued throughout Louisiana.
The measures affect all Lafayette homes for sale and New Orleans homes for sale as well as properties elsewhere in the state. In addition to state and federal guidelines, real estate associations have issued industry-specific guidance for protecting clients.
In light of all the available information, Latter and Blum is doing our part to flatten the curve with the following measures:
What to Know About All-New Virtual Tours
A virtual tour is the next best thing to being there! It's safe, convenient, and even fun.
During a virtual tour, you will have the opportunity to walk through a property with the help of your real estate agent. You can ask questions and get them answered in real-time. Our smart mobile technology gives you a clear view of every area of the home.
For your convenience, we are leading appointment-only virtual tours with the most popular telepresence software. Our agents are experienced in FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. All you need to do is set an appointment time and then wait for our call. Tours last less than an hour.
Here's how to get set up on these convenient platforms:
You can use the above software on your favorite smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even on a desktop computer. For questions about how to best enjoy your virtual tour, contact your agent directly.
Latter & Blum is Here for You in This Difficult Time
If you decide not to buy or sell right now, that's okay! Latter & Blum will be here when you need us, and so will the right Louisiana home for you. We care about you and your family's health and safety.
Remember, we are all in this together. If you have any questions for our team, don't hesitate to contact us.
When listing your home for sale, you might be fortunate to receive multiple offers for your property. If you find yourself in this situation, it's important to know what steps to take to ensure you choose the best offer for your specific situation. Know how to weigh your options with these tips below.
Stick with the Facts
Many sellers have an emotional attachment to their home, and buyers may try to take advantage of this to encourage a seller to accept their offer. You might receive offers that include personal photographs or letters that suggest the buyer will take great care of your home. However, it's essential to stick with the facts.
A touching family narrative doesn't put one buyer in a better financial position to purchase your home. Instead, focus only on the facts of the offer to decide which option is best for you.
Consider Details Other Than Price
It's tempting to go with the offer with the highest price. After all, it seems reasonable to end the sale with as much money as possible in your bank account. However, it's vital to consider details other than price when comparing the offers. Some other elements to keep in mind include:
Decide what other elements will sweeten the deal for you. Do you need to close the deal as soon as possible to move into another home? If so, you may prefer a deal with a quick closing date.
Or, do you want a little time to check out other Lafayette homes for sale? You might decide to go with an offer that allows you to remain in the home for a specified period after the closing date.
Acknowledge the Power of Cash
When comparing your buyers' financing, you should acknowledge the power of a cash offer (or an offer that includes a significant cash portion). There's always a chance that financing can fall through if the buyer is using a mortgage to cover the majority of the home's price. The buyer might have credit, financial, or employment changes that lead the lender to decide they're too risky.
A buyer who plans to pay cash doesn't have to wait around for a lender. They don't have to worry about a low appraisal possibly souring the deal. If the buyer wants your home and has the cash to pay for it, they can pay whatever amount they feel the home is worth. Not only does a cash offer make selling your home a little more convenient, but it can help reduce the length of time it takes to close the deal.
Take Your Time
Our REALTORS® encourage homeowners with multiple offers to take their time when deciding what offer to accept. You may worry that one or all of the buyers will get impatient and withdraw their offer. It's important to relax; you own an attractive property that multiple people want to buy.
Instead, take time to thoroughly review the ins and outs of each offer and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of your options.
Need a little more insight into selling your Lafayette home? Contact us today to speak with an agent.
While being stuck at home, gardening is the perfect activity for enjoying the Louisiana sunshine. Our REALTORS® always keep up on the latest trends in outdoor living and landscaping. Whether you're an experienced gardener, or you're looking for a new hobby, these landscaping trends are perfect for sprucing up your yard!
Ready to find the New Orleans home of your dreams? Our experienced team of real estate professionals can help. Contact us today to get started.
Sunday, March 29th is the perfect time to support and celebrate local Lafayette shops, restaurants, and other mom and pop shops—after all, it is National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day! Our REALTORS® love shopping local and share some of their fave spots to check out.
Our experienced real estate professionals can help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us to get started.
National Take a Walk in the Park Day is observed every year on March 30. What better time to take a stroll through one of Baton Rouge's many beautiful parks? You'll find each park to be unique with amenities such as sand beaches, fishing ponds, rock climbing walls, and more!
Our REALTORS® suggest going for a stroll in the following 6 Baton Rouge parks:
Contact us to learn about the many advantages of living in the Baton Rouge area. Whether you're buying a home, selling a home, or both, we can help. Want to view properties in the Baton Rouge market? Check out Baton Rouge homes for sale.
National Puppy Day is Monday, March 23rd, and it is the perfect time to find a furry roommate! Rather than running to the pet store or calling up a local breeder, consider adopting one! There are thousands of pups living in animal shelters who are waiting for their forever home! Below are animal shelters in the New Orleans area:
While you might not be able to adopt right now, you might want to consider helping these shelters by fostering a pet. Fostering helps prevent shelters from getting over-crowded, plus helps the dogs get acclimated to family life. Talk to these shelters about their fostering requirements. Not only will you be helping a shelter dog, but you'll also get some company while social distancing!
Adopting a pet is a big decision. It comes with unique challenges, and sometimes requires a little extra TLC. Don't worry about what you don't know, because each of these fabulous shelters is staffed with remarkable people who will help guide you through the ins and outs of how to help your new friend settle in and feel right at home.
Contact us for more information about pet-friendly communities in New Orleans. Our REALTORS® will help you find a home near parks, lakes, and other attractions that your family and furry friends will love to visit.
Searching for a home? Check out New Orleans homes for sale
The official first day of Spring is March 19th, and we can't wait! Our REALTORS® love the warm weather and all of the opportunities it brings.
Are you ready to take advantage of the spring season and refresh your home's landscaping? If so, you'll want to head over to some of the area's best greenhouses to pick up supplies and maybe even get some inspiration. Below are a few of our favorites around the New Orleans area.
If you're thinking about buying or selling a home in the New Orleans area, you're in luck! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. Search for New Orleans homes for sale on our website!
St. Patrick's Day is the second most popular party in Lafayette! This year, there are plenty of ways that you can get out and join in the fun with your family and friends. So put on something green and get ready to make some memories that will last a lifetime.
We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the many festivals and celebrations that happen in the area each year. Our REALTORS® are happy to tell you about the fun you and your family can have when you move into Lafayette or Maurice. From parks to parties, there is never a dull moment when you are ready to find a good time.
Whether it's an attic, basement, or extra room in your home, you don't need to spend big bucks on a full renovation to make it a warm, welcoming space. Lots of people searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale look for additional space like an attic room or finished basement. Below, Our REALTORS® share some helpful tips on how to make unfinished spaces livable and lovable.
Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home in Baton Rouge, our knowledgeable real estate professionals can help. Contact us to learn more and get started on finding your new Louisiana home.
Time to turn off the basketball games on TV and hit the basketball courts! In addition to improving agility, endurance, and other physical skills, basketball helps develop hand-eye coordination, confidence, and social skills. Perfect your layup or three-point shot at these six basketball courts near Lafayette homes for sale.
While some areas mark the arrival of spring by robin sightings or flowers blooming, people in Baton Rouge eagerly await the beginning of crawfish season. March is prime time to enjoy Louisiana's iconic treat at these popular seafood restaurants and markets that are favorites with our REALTORS®.
Jambalaya, crawfish pie, filé gumbo, you'll have big fun on the bayou living in Baton Rouge. Contact us for experienced help with all your real estate needs.
Remodeling key areas of your home can improve quality of life while you're there plus help maximize value when you sell. Our REALTORS® know that choosing the right project is crucial to getting the best financial outcome, which is why we're sharing a closer look at the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report for Lafayette homes.
Remodeling Cost vs. Value 2020 – For Lafayette Homes
The Right Projects to Maximize Your Investment
Remodeling Projects with Solid Return on Investment
Think Twice Before Undertaking These Remodeling Projects
When you're searching for the best ways to maximize the value of your home, you want a real estate team that you can trust. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Lafayette.
Even with all the home improvement shows out there, getting started on your own home improvement project for the first time can be intimidating.
Our REALTORS® know home improvement can be especially frightening for new homeowners! Make sure to follow these six tips if you are working on your first-ever home improvement project.
Start with a Plan
You should take the time to go around your new house to make a note of any potential improvements you wish to complete. Consider what order these items should be completed in and a potential timeline. For example, you may decide you want to replace windows before you paint a room to make sure you like that color with your new style of windows.
Also, make sure you are realistic with your timeline. It's always best to assume a project will run over on time or money.
Consider a Budget
Speaking of money, a budget will help you visualize your finances so you don't overspend. Once you have a plan for improving your home, a budget will help you account for the specific items and supplies you'll need to complete your tasks. Keep in mind what projects you want to allocate more of your budget for. Maybe you'd like to save money on painting your rooms by DIYing but would like to splurge on smart appliances. It's completely up to you and your budget!
Do One Part of the Home at a Time
Simple, right? Pick one part of your home that is on your plan and work on it to your satisfaction. If you are planning on a bathroom and kitchen remodel, wait until the one is completed to start the other project. You don't want to overwhelm yourself and bite off more than you can chew physically and financially.
Always Look for Inspiration
Remember those home improvement shows we mentioned? Watching them can serve as great inspiration for your bathroom or kitchen remodel. Seeing how nice dark cabinets look after a remodel of someone's home on TV might be one of the reasons you opt for a darker hue for your new cabinets.
Plus there are many ideas you can find online on sites such as Pinterest. Most of them will even provide tips for completing the project.
Another good source of inspiration could be your family and friend's homes. If you've had a friend recently complete a remodel in their home ask them for tips, what they DIYed, and if they used a contractor for certain aspects of their project.
Improve to Increase Value
If you just moved in, you might not be thinking of your resale value at the moment. But, if you work on home improvement projects that are known to increase value, you'll thank yourself later if you end up listing it among the other Baton Rouge homes for sale. Projects that are known for increasing value are energy-efficient updates, new windows, or adding a bathroom.
Looking for more home improvement tips or help finding your first home in the Baton Rouge area? Contact us today!
Carnival season is upon us! Whether you're attending Mardi Gras for the first time or looking forward to repeat performances from your favorite krewes, there's no doubt this is one of the best examples of why New Orleans is such a special place to call home. Our REALTORS® are ready for the celebrations, and we've put together a guide for what to expect from Mardi Gras 2020.
Get in Touch with Mardi Gras History
History is never far from your front door with New Orleans homes for sale, and Mardi Gras is certainly no exception. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," which marks the final day of the weeks-long Carnival season and takes place on February 25, 2020. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. It's a tradition that dates back centuries featuring the world's best parades, music, dancing, parties, costumes, and performances. Parades take place all around the city, but many roll Uptown or in the French Quarter. For some people, it's a yearly occasion, while it's a way of life for others!
Learn the Lingo
Throughout Carnival season, the parades and events you see are planned by local organizations called "krewes," who put together the costumes, themes, music, and of course, the elaborate floats that you see on parade. Each krewe has unique "throws," or small items that they toss to parade watchers. Throws can be anything from a simple set of plastic beads to an ornate trinket representing the krewe's theme. Learning about local krewes is a great way to plan for which parades you want to see most.
Get to Know the Krewes
Many krewes organize parades throughout New Orleans and in other nearby cities. Typically the most established krewes hold their parades on Mardi Gras itself, but there are amazing parades to see every day of Carnival season. The irreverent, sci-fi Krewe of Chewbacchus is always a hit, while the Krewe of Cork is dedicated to wine and revelry. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is one of the largest all-female krewes, while the Krewe of Elks-Orleans is the oldest truck float krewe. There are krewes of every shape and size, so everyone has their own favorites. It's wise to plan ahead to see your favorites because parade routes fill up fast.
There's So Much to See and Do at Mardi Gras 2020
Mardi Grasis like a big party, but the Carnival season is also about history, culture, music, and celebrating the unique sense of community in New Orleans. Krewes often raise money for charity throughout the year and host elaborate balls during the Carnival season.
There are also kid-friendly parades and plenty of events throughout the season for families to enjoy. You'll even find parades dedicated to dogs, so your four-legged friend can get in on the fun! Mardi Gras is never just one thing. It means something special to everyone who attends because you get to create your own experience each year.
The unique blend of music, dance, performance, history, and revelry that characterize Mardi Gras are on display all year long when you call New Orleans home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans area!
Living in Lafayette is a truly unique experience, with a mix of history, culture, entertainment, and community that you won't find anywhere else. It's a city where songs always fill the air, and life moves at its own pace. Wondering what it's like to call Lafayette home? Our REALTORS® have you covered, with ten fun facts about life in Lafayette.
Mardi Gras Is Outside Your Door
You won't have to travel far to enjoy a traditional Mardi Gras celebration when you shop for Lafayette homes for sale. Lafayette has its parades, parties, and performances for Mardi Gras that rival anything in New Orleans.
Cajun Culture Has Deep Roots in Lafayette
Cajun culture began in Lafayette when thousands of French Canadians were forced to find a new home in 1755 and were offered refuge in the area. The Acadians, as they were known, embraced their new home and established a culture that still stands strong today.
Warm Weather All Year
The swamps, bayous, forests, and parks around Lafayette are a magnet for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. With warm weather all year long, you'll soon see why Lafayette is an outdoor paradise.
Yes, You Can Buy a Daquiri at a Drive-Thru...
While you can't take a sip until you get home, there are drive-thru daiquiri shops located around the city, serving cold, delicious drinks when you want to unwind.
Practice Your French
While you certainly don't have to know French to enjoy all that Lafayette has to offer, the city is a great place to practice if you're a French-speaker. You'll even have the chance to pick up unique regional dialects.
Bring Your Dancing Shoes
Live music can be found around every corner in Lafayette, and that means dancing is never far behind. If you love to break out your dancing shoes, then this is the city for you.
Root for the Ragin' Cajuns
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a huge part of the culture in the city, and everybody roots for the Ragin' Cajuns athletic teams all year long. One trip to the Swamp, the stadium where college football games are played, will have you cheering for the Ragin' Cajuns, too!
Lafayette's History Is Truly Alive and Well
This is a city that loves its history, and you'll find examples of that history around every corner. If you want to get in touch with the past, plan a trip to Vermilionville, a living history museum where you can experience what life was like here in the 1700s and 1800s.
The Best Music Festival in Louisiana Is Free to Attend
Lafayette is home to the Festival Internationale de Louisiane, a free four-day festival that attracts some of the world's best musicians, and features Lafayette's best cajun food.
A Diverse Cultural Mix
In many ways, Lafayette got its start as a city of transplants from far-flung locations, who created their beautiful community around the bayous. That pioneering spirit is still on full display today, and newcomers who embrace the city are welcomed with open arms.
We could keep going with dozens of more facts about why Lafayette is such a unique place to call home, but nothing beats experiencing the city first-hand! Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
Any move - even if it's just down the street - requires a great deal of time and organization. But when you're moving to a new state, your list of things to do becomes longer and more complicated.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following seven tips to help you make your move to another state as smooth as possible:
Contact us if you're moving to Louisiana and are looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale. Our knowledge and experience can help make your move go as smoothly as possible as you become a Louisiana resident.
If you want to own your space, but don't want the upkeep associated with a single-family home, a condo is a terrific alternative. A condo is a single unit property that shares walls and structural aspects with other units. Condos have minimal exterior upkeep, and you often have access to a slew of convenient amenities. Here are a few things you need to look for when buying a condo to make sure it's a great fit for your needs:
Check That the Condo is Right for Your Lifestyle
An advantage of buying a condo is that there's a slew of different options that fit some various lifestyles. Before you contact one of our agents, take a few moments to contemplate the lifestyle that you live or want to live.
Perhaps you like to live an active lifestyle and want a unit in a complex with walking trails, a dog park, and a fitness center. You should look for a unit that fits your preferred lifestyle. Conversely, maybe you don't value a lot of extra amenities or don't need them. In this situation, you don't want to pay for amenities that you're unlikely to use.
Research the Effectiveness of the Condo Association
The condo association is responsible for maintaining the condo complex. This includes the complex's exterior, shared areas, and on-site amenities. You want a proactive condo association that promptly deals with resident complaints and potential issues in the complex.
Ask for minutes from the condo association meetings so you can see how the association responds to resident complaints. If the same resident complaints regularly appear at multiple association meetings, this is a potential sign that the association is lax at handling the residents' concerns.
Get a Full Breakdown of Costs
When you purchase a condo, in addition to the monthly principal and interest on your mortgage, you'll pay a monthly condo association fee. This fee covers the costs required to maintain the condominium complex's exterior and shared areas as well as expenses necessary to operate the complex's amenities. Make sure that you ask for the unit's monthly condo dues before making an offer so that you can ensure it's not too expensive for your monthly budget. Note that condo association fees aren't tax-deductible.
Learn More About the Condo Association Fee
Though a lower condo association fee sounds attractive, the amount of the fee shouldn't be excessively low. If the fee is too low, it won't cover the actual costs associated with maintaining and caring for the complex. Should this happen, there will eventually be a readjustment of the fee, and it will go up to account for this shortfall.
Instead of facing a future shortfall, look for a unit with a fee that's sufficient to cover the complex's expenses. Ask for more info about the condo complex's financials. The complex should have a repair fund that's being funded adequately based on the age of the complex and any anticipated repairs. This will prevent the residents from being hit with a huge increase in their monthly association fees.
What's the most wonderful time of the year? Some may say Christmas, or perhaps Thanksgiving. Louisianians, however, will agree that the most wonderful time of the year is Mardi Gras! If you've never experienced Mardi Gras in Lafayette, 2020 is the perfect time to immerse yourself in this festive culture that's unlike any other. Our REALTORS® insist that you plan your visit to Lafayette during Mardi Gras this year so you can enjoy every minute of fun!
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Will you be relying on a VA loan to purchase a home this year?
Many individuals are eligible to finance their homes using the VA loan program. This immensely helpful assistance program helps our veterans secure a home that meets their lifestyle and financial needs. Our team has experience helping our active and retired military members, which is why we've created this quick guide informing all veterans of the changes to VA loans occurring in 2020.
These programs will enable you to secure financing without requiring a down payment or mortgage insurance. It's common for VA loan program rules to be adjusted slightly due to new legislation or modifications to the program based on industry changes.
On January 1st, 2020, a new law will go into effect that expands VA disability benefits and impacts home loan limits.
The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 became law in June and will go into effect immediately in 2020. This law was created to provide relief to veterans who served in the Vietnam War, specifically those who suffered medical complications that were presumably caused via exposure to herbicides or "Agent Orange." These individuals can provide financial compensation from the VA to treat their conditions.
The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 addresses many other issues, along with Agent Orange medical compensation. This law affects a variety of factors that those serving during the Vietnam-era, Korean-era, and Gulf War-eras can benefit from, including removing restrictions on VA loan limits.
Currently, if you wanted to purchase a home using a VA loan that costs more than the FHA limit, you would have to contribute a down payment that covers roughly 25 percent of the difference. Luckily, this new law removes the loan limit veterans are eligible for, allowing them to purchase homes of higher value without requiring a down payment.
Also, there are loan fee changes associated with this new law. When receiving a VA loan, many veterans are subject to a "funding fee" unless they are receiving disability benefits from the VA. As the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 goes into effect, it will eliminate this fee for Purple Heart recipients as well. However, all other veterans will see a funding fee increase from 2.15 percent of the loan amount to 2.30 percent. Fees for those who are not first-time homebuyers with the VA loan will see fee increases from 3.3 percent to 3.6 percent.
The removal of loan caps and the small increase in funding fees is believed to make homeownership more accessible for veterans while funding the medical coverage for those who were injured during the Vietnam, Korean, and Gulf Wars.
The idea of smart home technology is no longer limited to the technologically-inclined or the uber-wealthy. Homeowners have embraced technology and up to 81% of homes are considered "smart." If you're interested in selling your home in 2020, here are the top smart home features that our real estate agents think you should install in order to appeal to buyers.
With the added protection, ease of use, and convenience, you will not be disappointed when you add these smart home features before you put your house on the market. Contact us to learn more about our New Orleans homes for sale.
Like most people, you probably have stuff piled up around the house that you didn't even know you owned. Moving an overstuffed junk drawer or duplicate items you don't have use for doesn't make sense.
Decluttering helps decrease the weight of the items you're moving, makes the process less stressful, and saves on moving costs. Our REALTORS® have six useful tips to keep moving day as stress-free and inexpensive as possible.
Home is where the heart is, and there's a lot to love about Baton Rouge. In honor of Valentine's Day, our REALTORS® share the top features that make Baton Rouge such a lovable place to live.
Contact us and let us help you find the home you'll love in the Baton Rouge area.
Our sense of smell is a powerful force! Smells can evoke many feelings and emotions either positive or negative. If you're thinking of adding your property to the local market of Lafayette homes for sale, it's important to ensure your home smells good as a critical component of staging it to sell. Our REALTORS® share some tips for making your home smell fresh, clean, and appealing to buyers.
Want to learn more about how to prepare your home for sale? Whether you're in the market for a new home or selling the one you own, our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to get started.
Home inspections are yet another expense for many potential buyers. Those with a little handyman knowledge might be tempted to skip these professional reviews, but that can have potential repercussions. Our REALTORS® share five important reasons to have a home inspection when buying New Orleans homes for sale.
Contact us for more advice on buying and selling homes in the New Orleans area.
Figuring out which steps to take before putting your home on the market can be daunting. If you're unsure about how to prepare, our real estate agents can provide the guidance you need to get your home ready for listing.
Are you ready to buy or sell your home in the New Orleans area? Contact us to get started.
When Our REALTORS® bring potential homebuyers out to explore Baton Rouge homes for sale, there are always a few details that can make or break the buying decision. The design and layout of the kitchen is one of them.
Whether you're thinking about putting your home on the market soon or you're planning to stay for years, a kitchen remodel is almost always a great investment. However, if you're not well-prepared, this is the type of project that can take on a life of its own.
The following tips will help you make sure that creating your dream kitchen doesn't turn into a real nightmare.
Have you decided that it's time to make a change? Whether you're thinking about buying or selling a home, we can help make it a smooth and pleasant experience. Contact us today.
If you're selling your home, you want to price it reasonably, so it doesn't languish on the market, but you don't want to price it for less than you could sell it for. Our REALTORS® use research, knowledge, and experience to determine your home's value. The following are some ways we can determine this value:
It's no secret that packing all your belongings and moving them to a new home is always a little bit stressful. While most humans take this in stride, a move can wreak havoc on our furry friends. Luckily, there are ways you can help keep everyone calm and comfortable throughout the process.
Parents know that clean and kids can mix like oil and water. While it adds an extra hurdle to adding your house among the New Orleans homes for sale, it's entirely possible to sell and stage a home with kids -- and our REALTORS® are here to help.
Try these four kid-friendly tips for staging your home and getting your whole family on board for selling your home.
Need more tips for staging and selling? Our real estate agents are ready to guide you on the next steps. Contact us today!
If you've been to NOLA, you know that birthday cakes and wedding cakes don't hold a candle to our celebrated King Cakes. Each year, the King Cake Festival takes over Champions Square and offers up samples of the finest King Cakes from around the city. If you're looking for a local bakery where you can grab your own to take home, our REALTORS® got you covered.
The New Year has arrived, and our REALTORS® want you to kick off the decade with a bang! As we move into the 2020s, make a resolution to learn a new skill. From dancing and cooking to art classes and more, here are a few of our favorite places around Baton Rouge, where you can fall in love with a new hobby!
Hosting an open house is a tried and trusted method for selling your home. However, you need to do more than put a sign out front. Before you host an open house, the following are seven steps our REALTORS® recommend to prepare your home for prospective buyers.
When it comes to celebrating New Year's Eve, people in Lafayette know how to party!
New Year's Eve marks one of the biggest parties of the year, so why not celebrate in style? Go out on the town and party all night at these local venues.
Let's visit some of the top places for Lafayette nightlife where you can kick-off 2020 in the best way possible!
New Year's Eve or any time of the year, Lafayette has plenty to offer.
If 2020 is the year you plan on looking at real estate in the area, we can help you search among the Lafayette homes for sale. Maybe next year, you'll be hosting your own New Year's Eve party!
2020 is nearly here, and there's no time like the present to start planning for your first home. Amazing Lafayette homes for sale are waiting!
There are lots of reasons people put off buying their first home. Our REALTORS® have the advice to give you a leg up in the new year.
These seven tips will clear the path to a home in 2020:
We've supported hundreds of first-time buyers throughout Lafayette, Acadiana, and the Gulf South. To get started, contact us.
It's easy to nest inside during the winter, so while you're at it, take some steps to improve your home! Whether you have a small budget or a plethora of money to spend on a project, here are some ways you can improve your home this winter:
You only get one chance to make a first impression! Today's homebuyers do most of their decision making before they see the property in person. Photos of a home for sale, in most cases, will be the first impression buyers will get of your property. So staging for these photos is crucial!
Our real estate agents have gathered these tips to help you stage your home like a pro:
If you're thinking about listing your home, don't go it alone! Contact us today to get started.
Lace-up your favorite running shoes — the Cajun Country Run is racing back into Lafayette to go the distance for another year. Acadian's oldest half-marathon is the second race in the Le Courir des Cadiens race series and one exciting morning that you do not want to miss! If you're planning a visit to browse Lafayette homes for sale, our REALTORS® encourage you to pay a visit to Acadian Park to watch — or even run — in this annual holiday event.
The Cajun Country Run was founded in 2002 and 2010, became a substantial supporter of Transportation Recreation Alternatives In Louisiana. TRAIL helps the running community of Louisiana blaze new trails by enhancing opportunities for outdoor recreation. A 10K race was added in 2012, and the 5K was added a year later. The race has evolved over the years and now offers runners five individual options for competing on both paved roads and dirt trails. Certified by the USA Track & Field, the 5K, 10K, and half-marathon of the Cajun Country Run are part of the Courir des Cadiens series of racing events.
The Courir des Cadiens Race Series includes three annual races that increase in distance at each subsequent event. The first race of the year is the Tour des Atakapas, which occurs during the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles. The Tour des Atakapas hosts distances of 3, 5, and 7 miles and also includes a run-paddle-run duathlon. Festivities follow this October event.
The Cajun Country Run follows the Tour des Atakapas. The third and final race in the Courir des Cadiens Race Series is the Zydeco Marathon. This event challenges racers to endure a half marathon or marathon run to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
This year's event will bring tidings of great joy to winners of the race. One of the hallmarks of this event is the Special Gator Head trophy awarded to the winning male and female in each category. The fastest winners dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, as well as the best dressed Claus couple, will receive special prizes. All winners will walk away with a Santa's sack full of goodies from local sponsors.
For nearly 20 years, the Cajun Country Run has been a beloved holiday race for Lafayette runners. Warm food and cold beer will be served after the race, so gather up some friends and get to know the community.
For more information on the Lafayette community and buying homes in the area, contact us today!
It's no secret that fewer people are looking at New Orleans homes for sale once the seasons change. After all, most buyers aren't excited about home shopping or moving taking up time in their holiday schedule.
However, if you're thinking about selling your home soon, not all hope is lost! Our REALTORS® sell homes all year long and know exactly what you need to do to make your home more appealing during the winter months. If you follow these tips, you have a great chance of selling your home well before the spring thaw.
Don't let the holidays hold you back from looking into selling your home. If you're thinking about listing your home, there's no time like the present. Contact us today to learn how we can help!
With the holidays around the corner, it's a good time to start making a list and checking it twice. Our REALTORS® know all about Baton Rouge homes for sale and gift ideas for those who recently purchased them! Get gift inspiration for the first-time homebuyer in your life with our list of top holiday gifts below.
Thinking about becoming a homeowner this holiday season? Contact us to learn more, and talk to one of our REALTORS® about finding your dream home.
Our REALTORS® handle all types of real estate transactions and are experienced in helping those who have inherited a home wade through any potential issues. Our team recommends following these steps in order to ensure a smooth process.
Updating the homeowners insurance policy right away is vital. Making sure your coverage is current, and all necessary changes are taken care of ensures your property is protected. If there's a mortgage on the home, contact the lender and stay current with payments. This goes for property taxes as well.
Contact all utilities to update account and contact information. You can cancel unnecessary ones but make sure the bills for other utilities are paid on time every month. If you're not around to take care of cutting the grass or yard work, you may want to hire someone to do upkeep until the house is sold or occupied.
When someone passes away, some of the toughest tasks include going through their things, deciding who gets what and getting rid of the things no one wants. If you and your siblings have inherited a home, gather everyone there, and take turns choosing the items you'd like to keep. Let the grandchildren have a turn and include any other relatives that you think are appropriate. Once everyone has had a chance to take what they want, the rest can be sold at an estate sale or donated. Try to take care of it as soon as you can. Although this process can be painful, putting it off can be costly, both financially and emotionally.
It's also important to make a decision about whether you want to move into the house, sell it, or keep it as a rental property. There are a few important points to consider when weighing your options. Before you take action, get a home inspection to make sure you're aware of any repairs or needed maintenance. It's also important to find out if local municipalities will reassess the home's value. If so, the property taxes may be much higher, which is an important factor to keep in mind.
When siblings inherit a home as joint owners, things can get tricky. You'll all need to agree on what to do, or the issue could end up in court. If you want to live there, you can buy your siblings out by mortgaging or refinancing the property. You may also come up with another arrangement, like paying them in monthly installments until they are paid for their share in full. Another way to resolve the issue is to make the house part of your share of the total estate. It's also important to talk to a professional about the income tax implications of each option.
Whether you decide to occupy the home, rent it out, or listing it among the Lafayette homes for sale, each option has its advantages and drawbacks. Seeking the advice of an experienced real estate agent is an excellent way to find out which choice meets your needs and lifestyle.
Still, have questions about what to do when inheriting a home? We can help. Contact us to learn more.
The holiday season is bound for the bayou, and our REALTORS® want to tell you about all of the uniquely NOLA festivities happening around town. Here are few family-friendly Cajun holiday events to put on your schedule.
2019 was a fantastic year around Baton Rouge. Whether you are celebrating a new job, new family member, or still searching for the best of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale to settle into, there are plenty of reasons to party.
Our REALTORS® encourage you to contact us for more information about the many sights, attractions, and events you can enjoy around Baton Rouge. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you discover the many reasons residents celebrate living in this jewel of the South.
We make it our duty to support and educate our clients. Our real estate agents are true experts helping people buy and sell homes!
One area that raises a lot of questions for buyers is closing costs. Closing costs consist of a variety of administrative fees involved in turning legal ownership of a home over from one person to another. Most of the professionals whose work supports the transaction, such as attorneys and tax experts, are paid from this amount.
Other matters are settled by your closing costs, too: For example, insurance payments.
Closing costs can add anywhere from 2% to 5% to the total cost of your transaction. Many buyers seek to shift the costs to the seller or add them to the mortgage package. That requires savvy negotiating and clarity on your goals. No matter how you approach them, some closing costs are unavoidable.
Below are the categories of closing costs you'll find in all transactions:
In general, the more cash you can bring to a transaction, the less you'll ultimately pay in closing costs. In addition to discount points, it's possible to get exemptions from some prepaid costs if you make a down payment, usually 20%.
You should discuss your financing and negotiation options with your real estate agent. Your agent can maximize your leverage in reducing certain costs or shifting them to the other party in the transaction. By comparing several different lenders, you're more likely to get the best deal.
Contact us today to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Freshly baked bread, sweet pastries, and delicious treats of all shapes and sizes can be found at bakeries throughout Lafayette. With the holidays right around the corner, you can skip the baking for your holiday meals, and count on these Lafayette bakeries for a variety of treats!
Our real estate agents invite you to contact us to learn more about the many bakeries, delis, and shops in the area for the perfect Thanksgiving feast. We will even help you find the perfect new home for you to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends this year, next year, and for many years to come.
An open house is a perfect opportunity to showcase your home and make a good impression on potential buyers. Our real estate agents have hosted hundreds of open houses with clients and understand the pitfalls that can arise when preparing for the big event. This checklist can help you avoid common mistakes and allow you to stay competitive with others who are offering their Lafayette homes for sale.
Getting rid of clutter and depersonalizing your home is a must for any open house. This process allows potential buyers to envision themselves in your home. Remove items like family photos, collectibles, and any pet beds or toys.
It's a good idea to leave pets with friends or family during an open house. Clean and organize closets and other storage spaces so potential buyers can get a good look.
Also, consider putting excess furniture in storage. It will make rooms appear bigger and give them a more refined look. Your real estate agent should be able to offer some staging tips before your open house.
Whether you're a DIY type or prefer to hire a service, deep cleaning your home before an open house is vital. Make sure all carpets are cleaned, and hardwood and other surfaces shine. Baseboards, trim, ceiling fans and other hard-to-reach places should be free of dirt and dust. Wash the windows inside and out, and don't forget to tidy up the garage, yard, deck, and front entrance.
A good power washing and a fresh coat of paint on the front door can work wonders for curb appeal.
For the finishing touch after you clean, a little scent goes a long way. So avoid overdoing candles and air fresheners. Your home should smell naturally fresh.
Painting the inside of your home in neutral colors such as beige or gray is one of the most affordable ways to make your house more attractive. Patch and sand any holes in the walls or ceilings before painting. Another inexpensive way to make your home look updated is by replacing plate switches, drawer and cabinet pulls, and light fixtures. If any major work like roof repairs needs to be done, take care of it before putting your home on the market.
If you want your open house to be successful, it's essential to get the word out. There are several ways to do this, including old-school and online methods. Have your real estate agent create brochures highlighting the features of your home listing vital info like property taxes, school district, and acreage.
Your agent should also add the open house to your MLS listing, so it shows up on multiple real estate sites. Don't forget to post the listing on social media a day or two before the open house. Also, put an open house sign in the yard and at the end of your road to help people find your open house more easily. For eye-catching flair, tie some balloons on the signs the day of the open house.
Do you need help organizing the perfect open house? Our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to get started.
Fall is a wonderful time of the year in Louisiana. With the cooler weather moving in, there are many spectacular opportunities to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Our real estate agents love to lace up a pair of comfortable walking shoes and venture off into the green spaces of Lafayette for a brisk stroll. We've picked out a few of our favorite fall hiking trails around Lafayette that you'll want to go on!
Through your eyes, your home may be priceless and perfect! However, buyers and appraisers view your home a little differently. Data from the National Association of Realtors indicates 25 percent of delays on real estate closings are due to appraisal issues.
There is no magic formula to predict appraisal results, but these useful tips will help you avoid appraisal problems.
We have extensive experience smoothing out any bump in the road to your real estate goals. Contact us to learn more!
For New Orleans, Thanksgiving weekend means one thing — the Bayou Classic! This annual college football game is a New Orleans tradition dating back to 1974. This is much more than a yearly football game — it is an event celebrating community and culture within Crescent City.
The Bayou Classic originally started in 1974, but the rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University goes back to the 1930s. As these two schools went head to head each year, their competition was elevated to the field of Tulane Stadium for the first annual Bayou Classic.
Having these two college teams featured on this platform was a significant achievement for the players, whose rivalry was routinely overshadowed by LSU and Tulane. To celebrate this first game, the city organized a week filled with festivities leading up to the game. Today, the Jaguars versus Tigers game is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Our real estate agents invite you to attend the week full of activities leading up to 2019's Bayou Classic!
New Orleans may be a large city, but it also shares many similarities with small communities. Residents love giving back to local causes, by volunteering, providing funds, and donating needed items to non-profits. Giving Tuesday is the perfect chance to get involved with local charities by donating money, time, or both. There are so many local causes to choose from, and our real estate agents have the details on New Orleans non-profits that you can support on Giving Tuesday.
Animal Rescue New Orleans – 271 Plauche St., New Orleans, LA 70123
Animal Rescue New Orleans is a local organization is focused on rescuing abandoned and homeless pets in the city, then finding them a new, happy home. Animal Rescue New Orleans is always in need of financial donations to support the cause, and you can also volunteer your time at the shelter.
Green Light New Orleans – 8203 Jeannette St., New Orleans, LA 70118
Dedicated to green living and helping households become more energy-efficient, Green Light New Orleans is a great place to give back to the community. Green Light creates a healthier New Orleans by providing homeowners with efficient solutions for lighting, irrigation, gardening, and home energy use. You can donate your time, provide needed items to help with energy efficiency, or donate funds.
Community Visions Unlimited – P.O. Box 24821, New Orleans, LA 70184
Do you believe in the power that art has to help rebuild communities? Then consider contributing to Community Visions Unlimited on Giving Tuesday this year. Community Visions Unlimited partners with local communities to revitalize neighborhoods with unique public art. Your donation helps carry on the rich tradition of public art in New Orleans.
Rebuilding Together – 923 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
With a focus on revitalizing communities by improving the quality of life for low-income homeowners, Rebuilding Together does excellent work throughout New Orleans. Rebuilding Together is all about helping homeowners with tough maintenance tasks, from scraping and applying paint to drywall work, cleaning, tiling, landscaping, and even installing appliances. This organization is always seeking financial donations and volunteers for projects around the city.
Healthy Gulf – P.O. Box 2245, New Orleans, LA 70176
Love spending time on the waterfront, or exploring local wetlands? Healthy Gulf is dedicated to keeping those spaces healthy and beautiful for future generations to enjoy. This organization works on a wide range of tasks, including defending wetlands, protecting local water sources, conserving marine life, resisting dirty energy sources, and sustaining coastal communities.
High Voltage Youth Camp – P.O. Box 4224, New Orleans, LA 70178
High Voltage Youth Camp is a local non-profit serving the New Orleans area for more than 25 years by providing educational and recreational programs for kids in need. These camps offer a safe, empowering environment where kids can learn, play, and connect with their community. Even a small donation makes a big difference.
Giving back to the community is a priority for so many residents, which is one more reason why New Orleans is such a fantastic place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout New Orleans.
Whether you're looking to sell your home, update existing features, or browsing New Orleans homes for sale, you can be your own interior designer. It may be as simple as adding or removing a piece of furniture or artwork, or as complex as transforming the entire color scheme of your home. The following tips are sure to improve your home's appearance aesthetically and, more importantly, your comfort level.
Decluttering is a great place to start when improving the interior of your home, but you may not have a lot of extra storage space to do so. Consider investing in some wall-hanging cabinets to add storage shelves and your possessions out of eyesight, while still keeping them close by for convenience purposes.
Decorative mirrors can give added depth perception to a room while making it feel like more of an open space. Painting one or more rooms will make your home more pleasing to the eye, or perhaps wood paneling may accommodate your flooring.
A few other ideas to consider are:
Significantly alter the landscape of your home by removing a wall to open up more space. You could do this to make use of an unused room or combine your kitchen and dining room into one generously-sized space without having a barrier.
You might also consider eliminating kitchen cabinet space by installing open shelving that hangs from your ceiling. You could store pots and other cooking utensils this way, and it will give the room a more rustic look.
Remodeling to add a study or a game room will give your home a more sophisticated look and will be more welcoming to your family and their guests. Other ideas for you to consider may include:
These options may be more time-consuming and costly, but they still won't drain your bank account to achieve the results you're seeking.
Your home is where you should feel most comfortable. Improving upon it with your personal touch will only add to that comfort level. If you're house hunting and looking for something you can customize, our real estate agents can you assist you every step of the way. Contact us, and we will work with you to get you into the perfect home for you and your family.
Living in Baton Rouge means you're never far from some excellent shopping. Local small businesses are a big part of what makes the city such a popular place to call home. With Shop Small Saturday around the corner, this is the perfect time to get out and explore all the Baton Rouge small businesses in the area. We've got the details on some great Baton Rouge businesses to visit on Shop Small Saturday!
Bella Bella – 3064 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Baton Rouge homes for sale allow you to visit so many unique local businesses, like the Bella Bella women's clothing shop. Bella Bella stocks all of the latest styles, allowing you to keep up with the latest trends and find the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves fashion. There's a huge selection of shoes, along with excellent looks for both formal occasions and everyday wear.
The Market at Circa 1857 – 1857 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Searching for one-of-a-kind art and amazing antiques? Visit The Market at Circa 1857 to shop for home décor and so much more. Part art gallery, part antique shop, this unique local destination is a fantastic place to grab items for your own home or someone else.
Little Cajun Village – 6490 Hwy 22, Sorrento, LA 70778
Interested in exploring history and culture as you shop for unique items? The Little Cajun Village will take you back to another era, with great shopping and plenty of fun surprises. This little village features restored Acadian homes, each with a shop inside. You can pick up crafts, spices, artwork, hand-made decorations, and so much more. There's also a delicious little dining spot located on-site.
Mid City Craft Wine and Brew – 711 Jefferson Hwy, Suite 1C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Whether you're stocking up for holiday parties or shopping for the perfect gift, Mid City Craft Wine and Brew has precisely what you need. This local bottle shop stocks a massive selection of craft beer, both local and national, as well as craft wine. Stop by for a weekly tasting, and experience what Mid City has to offer. If you're looking for flavors you won't find anywhere else, this is the place to be.
Red Stick Spice Co. – 660 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Preparing to cook your own holiday meals, or looking for the perfect gift for the amateur chef on your list? Red Stick Spice Co. has you covered. This shop stocks nearly every spice under the sun, along with a selection of teas from around the world.
Cottonwood Books – 3054 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
If you love books both new and old, then Cottonwood Books is more than worth a visit on Small Business Saturday. Cottonwood Books may be a small business, but it has an unmatched selection of books from across eras. There are more than 40,000 books in stock, including many rare finds. The team is also happy to help you order any books.
Shop Small Saturday is a great chance to visit the many local small businesses that make Baton Rouge such a unique place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
We count our blessings every day, and one of them is to get to call Baton Rouge home! From its vibrant culture and rich history to fun-filled summers and blissfully warm winters, Baton Rouge a fantastic place. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now seems like a good time to consider some of the things we're most thankful for here in Baton Rouge.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge. We've helped countless families find their dream homes in the Baton Rouge area, and we're committed to helping you find yours.
First-time home-buying can be stressful and confusing if you aren't prepared ahead of time. However, just because you're looking for a starter home doesn't mean you should sacrifice all of what you hope to gain in return. Baton Rouge homes for sale offer a wide variety of possible options to get you into your first home without needing to compromise your expectations. When you're ready to get the ball rolling, there are a few things you should look for in a starter home.
You may have a vision of what your first home will look like, but that vision may not align with financial and other considerations. You don't necessarily have to lower your expectations and settle for something less., but you should be aware of what your confined limits are in terms of lot size, mortgage payments, and what you are financially and physically able to keep up with. Buying a home is a huge commitment. While you may not be able to get everything you want right away, you can always upgrade or remodel. That's the beauty of owning your own home – it's yours to do with as you please! Knowing your limits also includes:
The home-buying process has to make sense for your specific needs and wants, but you don't need to compromise what you are willing to accept. You must be realistic in terms of what is best for you in the short and long term.
Starter homes are widely available and, in most cases, they cost less due to the size and limitations of the home itself. This is not to say you can't find something to your liking, but these homes are for people looking to establish themselves as homeowners. Along with affordability and other financial obligations, some things to consider include:
When considering an exit strategy, you may not necessarily need to resell your home, but instead, you could rent it out and keep it as an investment property.
Buying a starter home is a great way to get you and your family into a place you can call your own. Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect location for you while keeping you within the limitations of what you're looking for and able to afford. When you're ready to take that first step, contact us and we'll get you started on the right path to finding your new starter home.
Saving up for a down payment can seem like a daunting challenge at first. However, with a little planning and some adjustments in your spending patterns, you can save up for a down payment using these tips from our REALTORS®.
With the fall weather comes delicious fall flavors! Lafayette has many local coffee shops for getting not only your caffeine fix but your fix of flavors you can only get in the fall. The following are some coffee shops our REALTORS® are sure you will want to check out.
We invite you to contact us to learn more about the fantastic coffee shops and amenities these communities have to offer. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you find the perfect property for your future.
There comes a time in most people's lives when they consider trading a lease for a mortgage. As the deadline for signing your next rental contract approaches, you may be wondering if now is the right time to buy a home.
Our REALTORS® know this is not a decision you can make overnight. However, most people who choose to invest in a home often have spotted the signs it's the right time. If any of the following signs have popped up in, it may be your golden opportunity for homeownership.
Your offer on a house just got accepted! Before you know it, you will be moving in! As a first-time homebuyer, you are probably anxious to start making changes and decorating your new home! Customizing your home is great, but it is easy to let your excitement and eagerness get the best of you and could leave you potentially underprepared. That's why our REALTORS® are here to help!
Let's talk about tools. Specifically, which tools you're going to need after purchasing your first home. All of the "to-do's" on your list, whether they involve maintenance, repairs, installations, or decorating, can only be completed with the help of certain essential resources. Here are eight tools we believe every first-time homebuyer needs:
Ready to pick out a fixer-upper and transform a Lafayette house into your dream home? Contact us today!
Why are Lafayette homes for sale so desirable? In 2014, the Wall Street Journal's "MarketWatch" named Lafayette the happiest city in America. Here are 10 main reasons why living in Lafayette puts a smile on everyone's face.
If you want to find the best value for your home, then you need to understand how buyers think.
The psychological side of selling your home plays an important role in attracting a buyer. Understanding that part of the process can help you find the right buyer quickly. Our REALTORS® understand the psychology of selling your home, and we've put together a guide to help you navigate the process with confidence.
Hit the Sweet Spot on Home Pricing
Let's say a shopper is looking for New Orleans homes for sale in the neighborhood where you're selling your home. Your real estate agent can give you an idea of what comparable homes in the neighborhood have sold for. Unless your home is exceptional, you don't want to have the highest price on the block. If other sellers nearby are asking for the moon, then your home will look all the more attractive to buyers if you pick a middle ground for pricing.
Buyers Form Opinions on Homes in a Matter of Seconds
While it's different for every person, most buyers form a strong opinion of a home very quickly once they visit. Some buyers know in seconds whether they're truly interested in a home. As a seller, this means you need to make your first impression count. Curb appeal, in addition to a clean, inviting, attractively staged home, are huge keys to making sure the buyer's first impression is positive.
Buyers Want to Picture Their Life in the Home
While staging the home and embracing curb appeal are great for attracting buyers, there's more you can do to make them feel like your home is the right choice. Depersonalizing is a great way to allow buyers to envision themselves in your home. The more the buyer dreams about their life in the home, the better chance you have a closing the deal.
Be Careful with Scents When Selling Your Home
You certainly want your home to smell pleasant when buyers come to visit, but overwhelming scents can be a big psychological turn-off. If a buyer thinks you're hiding something unpleasant, they may become less interested in the home.
Small Maintenance Issues Matter
Some buyers will look for a reason to fall in love with a home. While others will scour for any tiny issue indicating the home isn't worth their investment. Be sure to fix minor maintenance issues, in addition to tackling the big stuff.
Are you ready to work with a real estate agent who understands what buyers want, and how to take advantage of the psychology of selling your home? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.
You've moved out and moved on, now you just need to sell your old place. Selling a vacant home doesn't have to be a challenge. With some planning and preparation, the following tips from our REALTORS® can make it a straightforward procedure.
1. Set Your Thermostat to Between 60-70 Degrees.
While you don't have to worry too much about pipes freezing in New Orleans, you do have to worry about the damage excessive heat can cause. Moreover, if the home is too hot, prospective buyers won't want to spend too much time looking around.
2. Keep the Utilities on.
Keep paying the electric, water, and gas bill. This will help protect the home from damage and will make it easier for prospective buyers in New Orleans to test fixtures, faucets, and appliances when they inspect the home. Of course, you can unplug appliances and only keep critical systems, including the air conditioner, furnace, and lights connected.
3. Weatherize the Home.
Make sure to fix any air leaks in the insulation, around doors/windows, around siding, etc. You should use the appropriate weather stripping, caulk, etc. to conduct any required repairs. Performing this chore will save you a little money on your utility bills, deter pest intrusions, and make the home more appealing to prospective buyers.
4. Secure the Home.
A vacant home is a beacon to squatters and thieves eager to steal everything from the light fixtures to the copper pipes in the bathrooms. To keep intruders away, make sure you properly secure all doors, windows, and entry points. If your home has a home security system, you will want to keep this connection until the property is sold and the keys have changed hands. Finally, notify your neighbors that the home will be vacant. Astute neighbors can let you know if they see something amiss.
5. Schedule a Virtual Staging.
A vacant home is a blank slate. While this can be advantageous, the reality is not everyone can imagine the way a room will appear when it is filled with furnishings. Virtual staging makes it possible to create a digital reference without the need to rent furniture or leave your furniture behind when you move out. Conversely, you can choose to stage the home and take professional photographs before moving out.
6. Clean the Home and Maintain the Landscape.
Thoroughly clean the home and repair any minor damage you come across. Carpets, tiles, wood floors, etc. should look as close to new as possible. Similarly, make sure the trees, grass, flowerbeds, etc. are properly trimmed and maintained until the house is sold. This will help deter pests and ensure the home looks its best during showings. If you live nearby, you can take care of the cleaning and landscaping. If you are moving out of the area, consider investing in professional services to take care of these chores once per month.
Our REALTORS® know there are many ways to increase the value of a home. One of the most valuable ways for New Orleans residences to increase the value of their home is by improving energy efficiency.
Energy-efficient home improvements benefit you, the environment, and future homeowners. "Green" renovations can also help you financially with lower bills and in some cases, get you a tax rebate.
However, you don't have to buy an entire set of solar panels to move forward on your energy goals. Some of the most effective changes you can make are small, costing a few hundred dollars.
Let's take a look at some of the best ways to increase your energy efficiency:
Instead of renovating your kitchen or bathroom, make a lasting impression on buyers and update your home with energy-efficient improvements that will help buyers and the environment.
Our team at Latter & Blum can help you come up with even more smart ways to create value in your home. Contact us to find out more!
Even if you've never visited the city before, you've likely heard a thing or two about why New Orleans is such an amazing place to call home. Thanks to its strong sense of community and storied history, New Orleans has developed a ton of traditions and characteristics. Our REALTORS® love helping you get to know New Orleans, and we've put together 10 traditions only NOLA locals understand.
Life Here Moves at Its Own Pace
Calling New Orleans home means taking time to stop and smell the roses, and locals wouldn't have it any other way. The pace of life here may be a bit different from what you're used to, but locals know New Orleans moves at its own speed.
You Don't Always Need a Car to Explore the City
NOLA is a city of neighborhoods, with few steep inclines and plenty of room to maneuver on a bicycle. You don't need a car to see the city, and traveling by bike is often the perfect way to explore your neighborhood.
Festival Season Never Ends
Did you miss the last big festival in New Orleans? Don't worry! Festival season never ends in the city, and there's always another big event coming up.
Some of the Best Performances Happen on the Street
New Orleans is home to legendary bars and performance venues, but they're not the only place you'll see live performances. Street performers are all around in New Orleans, and you never know what you'll see.
A Sno-ball Is the Perfect Treat on a Summer Day
Looking for the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day? Head to a local stand to try a New Orleans sno-ball, a sweet, icy treat to keep you cool when the weather turns toasty.
Every Home and Building Tells a Story
When you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale, you're sure to have plenty of interesting options to choose from in the city. New Orleans is filled with unique, historic homes loaded with character and inspired architecture.
You Can Spend a Lifetime Exploring the Local Dining Scene
New Orleans has always been a cultural melting pot, and that diverse cultural mix has created one of the world's best culinary scenes. There's no end to the local Creole, Cajun, and soul food spots you can explore.
Everyone's a Saints Fan During Football Season
You don't have to love football to live here, but you may find yourself cheering for the Saints on fall Sundays all the same. The city loves its NFL team, and every Sunday is a party.
A Compass Isn't Very Useful in New Orleans
New Orleans is a large city, with curved, winding streets and a layout that doesn't lend itself to giving typical directions. You'll rely less on the cardinal directions, and more on local landmarks to navigate.
Parades Aren't Just for Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras is, of course, a fantastic time to live in New Orleans, but you don't have to wait for Mardi Gras season to enjoy a parade. From Second Line parades to weddings, there's always a fun, festive parade happening.
While there are many different local traditions to enjoy in New Orleans, there's one thing everyone agrees on – this is a great place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.
There's nothing quite like the beauty of a Victorian-style home! Many people fall in love with these homes for their one-of-a-kind details and charm.
Do you have your eye on a stunning Victorian-style house among the Baton Rouge homes for sale? Here are some helpful remodeling and decorating tips to update a Victorian home incorporating your taste while maintaining its original beauty and charm.
When browsing homes in Baton Rouge, it's easy to focus your attention on the aesthetic of the home, the amenities of the neighborhood, and other important features. However, there's one important factor some hopeful buyers don't consider soon enough — the commute time to work.
Our REALTORS® believe your commute time should be one of the most important factors you weigh in your home buying decision. Your commute time to work will impact your life almost every day, which is why it should always be factored into the home-buying process.
Consider Your Current Commute Time
Think about your current commute time to work. How many miles do you travel roundtrip? Does the commute time fluctuate if you're traveling at different times of the day? Are you a parent who needs to drop a child off at school or an employee who needs to make frequent stops before arriving at the office? Consider all of these factors:
Your time is an important factor to consider. Even if your drive doesn't stress you out, does it cut into the time you need after-hours to live your life fully? If being stuck in daily rush hour traffic forces you to miss out on important moments in your life, you should reconsider a long commute. Remember, you aren't getting paid extra for a longer commute, and you won't be able to regain that time spent.
You should consider the monetary investment your commute requires. This includes gas, tolls, transportation passes, car maintenance, and other costs that will only subtract from your gross take-home pay. If you find that you're spending thousands of dollars each year commuting, you're effectively lowering your salary.
Depending on your role or employer, commuting long distances may put you in a pickle. If you need to be at work on the dot, a long commute with heavy traffic could cause you to be late. Similarly, if you're an employee that's on-call or may have to travel around town at a moment's notice, living far from this area could be a huge inconvenience.
Before you consider all other factors, remember your health is always your number one priority. Some studies have shown that extended commuting times can contribute to several physical and psychological health issues, which increases if you have a career with high levels of stress. If you believe a shorter commute would positively impact your health, you should look for homes for sale closer to your office.
A long commute is not always an inconvenience or a stressful occurrence. Many people choose to live in the suburbs and commute into a city regardless of time commitment. If you believe that your health, career, family, or finances will be negatively impacted by an extensive commute to work, we suggest looking closer to your office.
A home on the lake is the perfect place to spend quiet evenings with family and fun weekends with friends. Some of the finest Baton Rouge homes are no more than a stone's throw from the most beautiful lakes in Louisiana. However, a waterfront home requires routine maintenance. The following are some maintenance tasks you will have to tend to on your waterfront property.
Take Care of the Dehumidifier
Every waterfront home in Louisiana should have a reliable dehumidifier. This will help protect wood and other elements in the home from the buildup of moisture. You should plan to clean the dehumidifier every couple of weeks to ensure effectiveness and extend the unit's operational lifespan.
Secure the Dock & Boat Lift
Most waterfront homes in Louisiana have a dock or a boat lift. Be sure that any floating debris is removed from around the structure. If you have a floating dock, be sure that it is properly tied down. When cold spells are brewing, it is a good idea to remove the dock from the water.
If you have a boat lift, you will want to inspect the electrical components and wiring at least once per month. During your inspection, be sure to check all gears, pulleys, and cables for proper lubrication.
Tend to the Sewage System
If the home has an aerated treatment system or septic system, you will need to clean it properly, pump it out (every 3-5 years) and chlorinate the system. You will also want to prepare it for when the temperature starts to drop. In the fall, make sure it is properly insulated and be sure to run warm water into the system if you see signs that it is starting to freeze.
Look out for Radon
Radon is more prevalent around waterfront properties. You should make sure your home is properly monitored and should take any abatement steps required if radon exposure rises above safe levels.
Shore up the Seawall
You should rigorously remove plant growth from seawalls and regularly spray them with herbicides to keep roots from causing damage. It is also vital to make sure weep holes don't clog up. At a minimum, you should inspect your seawall at least once per month and promptly repair any cracks or damage you discover.
Guard Against Pests
Louisiana is home to termites, alligators, snakes, and bugs of all shapes and sizes. If you are not careful, these pests will move into your home. Keeping landscaping properly trimmed, repairing damaged foundations and siding, caulking holes in woodwork, and removing debris from around the property will help keep these pests at bay. It is also vital to remove any pools of standing water or they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Multiple layers of legislation protect wetlands in Louisiana. You will want to make sure you have the appropriate permits and adhere to all coastal use guidelines. Failure to comply with all applicable regulations can result in significant fines.
Contact us for more information about waterfront living in Louisiana. Our REALTORS® can answer your questions and help you find the waterfront property where you can fish, swim, and boat to your heart's content.
As your lifestyle needs change over time, so too will your housing needs. Many older adults discover their larger family homes are a little too big to maintain after children move out. If you're enjoying retirement or looking to retire soon, you may consider moving into a smaller, more manageable home. Our REALTORS® understand downsizing to a new space is easier said than done, which is why we've gathered a list of moving tips for retirees and older adults.
Buying a home is a huge decision. Selling a home is an equally important endeavor. Buying a home and selling a home at the same time? Now that's an impressive feat! It may sound overwhelming, but believe our REALTORS® when they say you can buy a new home while selling your current home. We've gathered our years of knowledge and experience with Lafayette homes for sale to help you buy a house while selling your existing home.
Are you interested in selling your current home and purchasing one of the fabulous Lafayette homes for sale at the same time? Contact us today, and we'll help you accomplish all of your real estate goals!
Fall is on its way and 'tis the season for scary screams and fearful frights! Louisiana is shrouded in centuries of spooky tales ranging from voodoo and vampires. Our REALTORS® love a good ghost story — especially Acadiana area tales. We triple dog dare you to check out a few of the most haunted places in Acadiana and see if you'll live to tell your own scary story.
Buying a home in another state comes with its share of unique challenges, but it's possible to find the right home from a distance if you have a plan in place. The biggest obstacle, of course, is that you won't easily be able to scout local homes and neighborhoods like you would when shopping for a home nearby. Fortunately, with a combination of technology, research, and the right real estate agent, you can find a home you'll love. Our REALTORS® know what it takes to make a long-distance move, and we've got proven tips to simplify the process of buying a home in another state.
Identify the Right Buyer's Agent
If you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale, then finding a real estate agent who knows the area should be your first step. With a little digging, you can find a qualified agent who specializes in helping people move across state lines. The right agent will have an in-depth knowledge of the market where you're shopping, from local real estate trends to potential target homes that match your needs.
Use Online Research to Scout Neighborhoods and Shop for Homes
Online research will be a key source of information on your new community, and the more research you can do when buying out of state, the better. Use online research to learn about the most appealing neighborhoods in your target community, local attractions, important services, and of course, homes. When looking at online listings, remember that listing photos don't always tell the whole story. A virtual tour can give you a better impression of a property, but ideally, you'll see homes first-hand.
Plan a Scouting Trip to Your New City
While there's plenty you can learn from a distance thanks to technology, there's still no substitute for seeing your new community first-hand. An in-person visit can confirm what you learned online, and reveal things that you'd never be able to see from a distance. Scouting homes is likely to be a priority, but be sure to take time to look at neighborhoods, too. Finding the right neighborhood is a big key in being happy with your new home.
Research Local Services, Utilities, and Property Restrictions
When you move to your new home, you want to be able to hit the ground running. Prepare in advance by researching the local services you'll need, as well as the utilities that you'll need in your new home. Take time to learn about local property restrictions, too, so that you'll know what you can do with your new home.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions about the Sales Process
The rules and regulations for buying a home in a new state may be different from the rules in your current location. Don't be shy about asking questions about the real estate sales process in your new state. Your real estate agent should be an excellent resource for these questions, and anything else you need to know about your new market.
No matter where you're moving from, our local real estate team can help you find the perfect New Orleans home to call your own. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.
New Orleans celebrated Oktoberfest a bit early this year. NOLA on Tap, the largest beer fest in Louisiana, returned to the city for its 10th year of hop-filled fun, September parties. The festival featured a stacked lineup of music, more than 400 craft beers from around the country, great food, carnival games, prizes, and so much more. It's a great place to learn about the craft brewing scene in New Orleans, and sample unique flavors brewed from coast to coast. Our REALTORS® love local events, and we've recapped NOLA on Tap in 2019 and what you can expect for next year.
Date/Time: September 21, 2019
Location: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds – 4 Friedrichs Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
Fun festivals and delicious drinks are simply part of life in New Orleans, and now is the perfect time to shop for a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.
We also provide clients with strategies to get to closing day faster and easier.
Buying a home can seem complicated, and it's an exceptionally tall order for those who've never done it before. Luckily, we have some steps to improve your odds of buying your dream home.
Here are seven habits of highly successful home buyers:
No Matter What Stage of Buying You're In, Expert Advice is Essential
For first-time buyers, navigating real estate can be like wandering a hall of mirrors.
Even if you're months away from being ready to make an offer on a home, don't hesitate to reach out to your friendly local real estate agents. Expert advice can get you on track, dispel worrisome real estate myths, and save you time in the long run.
Contact us to find out more.
Welcome fall in Baton Rouge with your friends and family at one of these annual Halloween events. Our REALTORS® love perusing pumpkin patches, hanging out on hayrides, meandering through corn mazes and savoring the splendor that autumn brings. Cooler months in Baton Rouge are a wonderful time of the year to enjoy outdoor fun and festivities. If you'd like to celebrate the harvest season with us, we invite you to attend one of these Halloween events around Baton Rouge.
Congratulations on your new house! Our REALTORS® love welcoming new neighbors to Lafayette and want you to feel at home as quickly as possible. Whether you've moved from across the street or state lines, we understand any change of residence is a significant milestone in your life. As you settle into your new life, we've gathered together a few tips you can use to make this new town feel like home.
Autumn is around the corner, and our REALTORS® are excited for the return of the fall festival season! Throughout the Lafayette area, our towns come alive with festive food and fun to celebrate the harvest season. We invite you to come and join us at one of our fall festivals around the community.
Catching the attention of potential buyers starts at the curb, and you don't want to miss your chance to make a positive first impression. Curb appeal is an important factor in selling your home no matter the season, and fall is no exception. As the weather turns cooler and the leaves change colors, there's plenty you can do to make sure your home looks its best. Our REALTORS® are here to assist, with ten fall curb appeal tips that will help get your home sold.
Keep Your Lawn Cut and Maintained
If you want your home to stand out from other New Orleans homes for sale, it pays to start with the basics. Make sure your lawn is cut, edged, and healthy throughout the fall season so your home will always be ready when buyers arrive.
Clear Out Leaves and Debris
Fall foliage is beautiful and can add to the look of any property... but only when it's still hanging on the trees. Keep your property looking clean by regularly clearing out fallen leaves and other debris.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
Autumn provides the perfect opportunity to trim trees and shrubs, which is an easy way to boost curb appeal. Make sure nothing is looking overgrown, and all plant life is tastefully trimmed.
Fall Flowers Add a Splash of Color
With your yard looking clean and well-maintained, now is the perfect time to add a splash of color. Consider adding some fall flowers, like mums, pansies, aster, or chrysanthemums for a fresh look.
Clean the Exterior of Your Home
With trees trimmed and leaves falling, the exterior of your home will be taking center stage in the fall. Make sure it's looking great by cleaning windows, and pressure washing the outside of your home. If the paint on the exterior of your home has seen better days, a fresh coat can work wonders for the property's curb appeal.
Make Sure Your Front Door Is Looking Its Best
While you're reviewing the outside of your home, pay special attention to the front door. Check that the entrance to your home is clean, the paint is looking great, and all fixtures are at their best.
Clean Out Gutters
No buyer wants to see a home with overflowing gutters, so take time to clean out the gutters around the home. If you don't like spending time on a ladder, a pro can handle this task for you.
Keep Holiday Decorations Simple
While there's nothing wrong with decorating for the holidays when selling your home, it's best to keep your decorating simple. You want buyers to be able to imagine their own lives in the home, and too much outdoor clutter makes that process more difficult.
Add Exterior Lighting
Curb appeal doesn't stop when the sun goes down! Exterior lighting can add a ton to outdoor spaces around your home, and solar lighting is easy to install. Use exterior lighting to highlight walkways and shed light on all the things that make the home special.
Porch and Patio Decor
While you don't want to overdo outdoor furnishings, you also don't want to present buyers with an empty porch or patio. Clean, attractive outdoor furniture and small, tasteful decorations can add plenty of life to any porch or patio.
Searching for a real estate team that will help get your home sold fast, no matter the season? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans and Gulf South area.
Do you dream of going to college in one of the best cities in the world? In addition to its many other charms, New Orleans happens to be an excellent place to go to school. The city's history, attractions, cultural diversity, weather, and frequent festivities make it a popular place to attend college, drawing students from around the world. Whether you're looking for a large, public university or a small, specialized private school, you'll find a college close to home in New Orleans. Our REALTORS® have all the details on five top colleges and universities around New Orleans.
Tulane University – 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
Tulane University is a great place to start if you're looking for an excellent college close to New Orleans homes for sale. The school was established in 1834 as a medical college and has since grown to become one of the country's best research institutions. Today, students at Tulane enjoy a diverse selection of learning and research opportunities, from science to local history and culture. The student population typically numbers less than 9,000, which makes for small class sizes and plenty of opportunities to connect with the faculty.
Southern University at New Orleans – 6400 Press Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
Looking for a smaller school close to all that New Orleans has to offer? Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has seen extensive growth in recent decades, with new buildings for social work, arts, humanities, and social sciences. SUNO is part of the Southern University network and has a student population of around 2,300 which allows everyone to get the individual attention they need to succeed.
The University of New Orleans – 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148
With a scenic campus, affordable tuition, and a wide selection of subjects to study, it's no surprise The University of New Orleans draws a diverse student base from New Orleans and beyond. The University of New Orleans is known for its forward-looking class offerings, on topics like robotics, urban planning, hospitality, film, finance, and everything in between. It's all located on a vibrant, local campus with easy access to all of the attractions, culture, and history that New Orleans has to offer.
Loyola University New Orleans – 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
Loyola University New Orleans was established in 1904 as a Jesuit university and has since grown into one of the city's most respected learning institutions. Loyola focuses on providing each student with the resources they need to succeed, with a 10:1 student to faculty ratio and a diverse group of students from a wide range of backgrounds. Educators at Loyola focus on shaping students as people while providing all of the tools that they need to succeed academically.
Xavier University of Louisiana – 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans, LA 70125
Xavier University of Louisiana holds a unique position as the country's only Historically Black and Catholic university and has a reputation for providing excellent education in STEM fields. The historic Xavier campus is home to a student population of around 3,300 and offers a wide range of majors. The College of Pharmacy is an especially popular choice and graduates many new pharmacists every year.
Ready to start shopping for a home close to all of the educational and cultural attractions of New Orleans? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
Grab your favorite mug and get ready to fill it to the brim with caffeinated goodness. National Coffee Day is September 29th and our REALTORS® are excited to head out around Baton Rouge to spend a little time at our favorite cafés. Whether you're grabbing a quick cup before work or if you have the time to relax and sip in serenity, we invite you to celebrate National Coffee Day at one of these great cafés in and around Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Would you like to find your dream house near the best Baton Rouge coffee shops? Contact us today and we'll show you plenty of great homes in and around the Baton Rouge area!
National Drink Beer Day is on September 28th and our REALTORS® want to raise a glass to the Baton Rouge breweries that set the bar high for Louisiana brews! The Bayou State has plenty of delicious homebrewed beer selections, and Baton Rouge isn't without its own acclaimed brewhouses. See what's on tap at one of these five awesome breweries where you can have rounds of fun on National Drink Beer Day!
Looking for a great Baton Rouge home near one of these fantastic breweries? Contact us today and we will show you everything the Baton Rouge real estate market has on tap!
Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. And if you're one of the 44 million Americans still trying to pay off their student loans, you've probably wondered how it will affect your ability to own your own home.
Buying a house – especially if it's your first house – is stressful enough without having to worry about whether your student loan debt will squash your dreams of homeownership. Our REALTORS® are here to help, and to let you know that yes, it is still possible to become a homeowner if you have outstanding student loans.
If you're trying to buy a home with student loan debt, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about your options. We've helped countless families find Lafayette homes for sale that match their needs and budget. We can get you on the right track on your road to homeownership.
Buying a home seems like a process with an endless number of steps. But if you've made it far enough for your final walk-through, then congratulations are in order. You're really in the home stretch now, and our REALTORS® are here to make sure that your final walk-through is a success. Here's what you need to know:
Have Your REALTOR® With You
The main purpose of a final walk-through is to make sure that the house is in the condition you agreed to buy it in, and it's always best to have your REALTOR® with you. Doing your final walk-through alongside a professional will make this crucial step much easier, bringing an added understanding of the home buying process and a seasoned eye for detail.
Bring the Essentials
Don't arrive at your final walk-through empty-handed! Make sure you have all these essential items so you can ensure that your future home is in good shape:
You have a lot of items to check as you perform your final walk-through, so leave no stone unturned. This is one of the reasons it's great to have your REALTOR® with you – they can help keep you on track and make sure everything gets checked. Be sure to include these important items on your final walk-through checklist:
Contact us today to learn more about the final steps you need to take before your dream home becomes your own! From finding the perfect Lafayette home for sale to your final walk-through, our team is with you every step of the way.
While the Lafayette area is well-known for outstanding Creole and Cajun cuisine, the humble but satisfying plate lunch is an equally popular staple of the local restaurant scene. Our REALTORS® take you on a tour of some of our Lafayette locals' favorite places for plate lunch specials.
Whether it's dining, culture or entertainment you seek, Lafayette has something for everyone. Contact us for help buying or selling your Lafayette area home.
Lafayette has a uniquely vibrant culture and nowhere is it more evident than in the profusion of artistic creativity in the area. Whether you're looking to decorate Lafayette homes for sale or you just want to admire expressions of talent, pay a visit to these great galleries in and around Lafayette.
Yakamein, also known as "Old Sober" or simply "Yock," is a distinctly New Orleans dish featuring a mash-up of Asian and African-American flavors. While it originated as a street food served in a styrofoam cup, yakamein has found its way onto the menus of several local restaurants.
Discover the joys of yakamein at one of these locations near New Orleans homes for sale.
Every year on Labor Day weekend, New Orleans shows its pride with one of the biggest parties on the planet. The Southern Decadence Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ event in the city, with a fantastic weekend of events for all to enjoy. There will be dancing, drinks, live music, and great times all weekend long, with tons of parties at popular LGBTQ spots throughout the city. The Southern Decadence Parade, which takes place on Sunday afternoon, is the keystone event, and it's one party you definitely won't want to miss. Our REALTORS® have all the details on what to expect from the Southern Decadence Festival in 2019.
Location: The French Quarter, New Orleans
Date/Time: Thursday, August 29 through Sunday, September 2, 2019
Admission: Free Events on the Street – Weekend Passes Available for Nightly Parties Indoors
The History of the Southern Decadence Festival
The Southern Decadence Festival has become one of the city's biggest, best-known events, and it started from humble beginnings. In 1972, a group of friends living just outside the French Quarter organized a costumed going-away party for a member of their group. There were 40 or 50 people at the first event, and it was a huge hit. Over time, the festival became more organized and attracted a larger audience. Today, it's the biggest gay party in New Orleans and an event that's known around the world.
Free Events on the Street
Put on your most decadent costume and head for the streets to enjoy a weekend of fun with friends new and old. Most of the festival takes place on the streets of the French Quarter and is free to attend. There will be food, drink, live music, dancing, and much more all weekend long. Saturday evening features a free outdoor concert on Bourbon Street, with Deborah Cox, Jennifer Holliday, and Jeanie Tracy all taking the stage.
Nightlife at Southern Decadence
This is NOLA, so you won't be surprised to learn that Southern Decadence is an around-the-clock party. Head from the streets to the most popular nightlife spots in the French Quarter for a weekend of unforgettable events. Dance the night away, enjoy your favorite drinks, participate in truly unique contests, listen to sets from the best local DJs, and enjoy special guest DJs from around the world.
The Southern Decadence Parade
While the whole weekend is one big party, there's no doubt that the Southern Decadence Parade is one of the biggest highlights of the festival. Don your decadent gear and head to the starting point at the Golden Lantern. The parade is lead by Grand Marshalls, who may follow the planned route but have been known to take a few detours. This decadent, fun-filled parade is a fantastic event, whether you're watching from the streets or participating in the parade yourself.
A Full Weekend of Fun
New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy every minute of the festival. The fun at Southern Decadence starts on Thursday at midnight with the Welcome Party and continues throughout the weekend. While most of the festivities are free, there are some paid events at local nightlife spots during the evenings. You can pick up tickets to individual events, or grab a Weekend Pass to ensure that you won't miss a thing.
The Southern Decadence Festival is one of the biggest parties in New Orleans every year, and a fantastic example of the inclusivity and community that all residents of the city enjoy. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
Multigenerational homes have become increasingly popular in the last decade, and the trend doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon. The configurations vary, with grandparents coming to live with their children, or parents shopping for a home with their adult children. While there are several advantages to a multigenerational home, it's important to know what to shop for to find a home that can accommodate everyone under one roof. Our REALTORS® love helping you find the right home, and we've got some home-buying tips for all the members of your family.
Searching for a real estate team that can help you find a home that will make every generation happy? We can help. Contact us at Latter & Blum REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
When our REALTORS® show clients Baton Rouge homes for sale, they're often asked about the area's social scene. We could spend all day talking about the great dining and entertainment options in Baton Rouge, but one of our favorites is the Live After 5 Concert Series.
This free, family-friendly event is guaranteed fun plus a great way to get to know your new neighbors. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of it.
Live After 5 is a community event sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. It's held for six weeks every spring and fall and is the largest free concert series in the city. The event attracts over 5,000 people every weekend. The crowd always enjoys unwinding after a long week, and you can expect to see lots of singing, dancing, and smiles.
In addition to great music, you'll also find local food, adult beverages, art vendors, and a kid's area complete with an obstacle course. Bring a blanket or chairs so you can relax and enjoy the evening, but leave your pets, coolers, and tents at home.
Live After 5 is held at North Boulevard Town Square on Friday nights from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. There's plenty of free street parking in the area.
The fall season will begin on September 20th and continues each Friday through November 1st. If the last season is any indication, we're in for a treat! It featured popular performers including Chase Tyler Band, Werewolf, Rebirth Brass Band, and River City Hit Squad.
The Downtown Business Association of Baton Rouge is a nonprofit organization funded by members. It's the only organization that represents all downtown businesses. Their mission is to encourage economic growth and cultivate downtown's community culture. The Live After 5 Concert Series supports this goal by attracting thousands of visitors both from the city of Baton Rouge and nearby areas.
The DBA also provides members with support in a variety of ways, including sponsoring business networking events throughout the year.
We know that the community you live in is just as important as the home itself. While we're helping you find your dream home, we'll also introduce you to some of the best things to do nearby. Contact us to get started touring some of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale in our area.
If you're planning on becoming a homeowner, you're probably well aware of the challenges that lie ahead. Countless factors can either open the door to homeownership or close it. For better or worse, your credit score is one of those factors, and our REALTORS® are here to help make sure that little number doesn't hold you back. Here's what you need to know about how to improve your credit score to buy a house.
Why does a credit score matter when you're buying a house?
A credit score is certainly not the only consideration that will determine your ability to get a mortgage, but it's a big one. Lenders look at credit scores as a measure of financial trustworthiness – a reflection of how reliably you pay off your debts. If your credit score is low, a lender might worry about your ability to pay back a home loan.
Buying a house with bad credit isn't impossible, but it can be a whole lot harder. Even if you are able to get a loan, it probably won't have the terms and conditions you'd prefer. Buyers with low credit typically only qualify for subprime loans, which come with much higher interest rates, so it pays to work on your credit before you start shopping around for a lender.
What is good credit?
So, what makes a good credit score, and what makes a bad credit score? There isn't always an easy answer to that question. Each lender will have her own idea of what score is acceptable, so if your score is somewhere in the middle of the range between good and not-so-good, your results will likely vary depending on where you seek out a loan. But in general, credit scores break down as follows:
How can you improve your credit score?
If your credit score is in the mid 700s or higher, you probably don't have to worry too much about whether or not you can get a mortgage. But if you're anywhere south of that range, it's worthwhile to try to boost your credit score before trying to get a loan. Luckily, there are several ways you can accomplish that goal:
If you're in the market for Baton Rouge homes for sale, our team is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about how you can improve your credit score to make your dreams of homeownership a reality.
Once you move into one of the wonderful Baton Rouge homes for sale, meeting your neighbors is the next step in putting down your roots. Mister Rogers greeted his "neighbors" with a musical invitation, but in real life, the singing ability is not required.
Use these simple but effective tips to meet your new neighbors and begin establishing a positive presence.
Buying a home for the first time is definitely a learning experience. There are a lot of details, new terminology and plenty of decision making. Many first-time buyers find the whole thing can be overwhelming at times. But it doesn't have to be. Remember you have control and can take actions that will greatly increase your chances of successfully purchasing one of the Lafayette homes for sale you've been dreaming of.
Start incorporating these seven home-buying habits today, and you'll be on your way to changing your house hunt from aggravating into awesome.
Buying a home is a big decision and it takes some effort to get there. But there is a lot you can do to help ensure your success. Contact us today to get started your home-buying journey.
No matter where you see it or who's wearing it, a red dress always has a way of catching the eye. So surely you might notice when thousands of people hit the French Quarter for a day of running, music, and drinks wearing red dresses. And the event would stand out even more if half of the people wearing those dresses were men! Well, that's the idea behind the annual Red Dress Run in New Orleans, hosted by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers. The Red Dress Run is one big party that supports great causes, and our REALTORS® have the details on how you can get involved in this unique NOLA event this year.
The Event: Red Dress Run
Date: August 10, 2019
Location: Crescent Park – Crescent Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70117
Hit the Streets in Your Finest Red Dress
Or any red dress, really. The Red Dress Run is a full day of outdoor fun, with drinking, dancing, and even a bit of running, so it's good to wear something comfortable. That goes for the men, too! Running is optional, but a red dress is not. Everyone participating in the Red Dress Run will be rocking a red dress, so don't be surprised when you see guys shopping in the dress section. Veteran runners suggest skipping sequins, and anything else that would make a dress uncomfortable on a hot summer day.
The Fun Starts at Crescent Park
New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy the run, which starts at Crescent Park and continues through the French Quarter in a sea of red. While the run includes thousands of participants, you won't find too many people actually running at full speed. Most people keep a comfortable pace in the general direction of the finish line, with a focus on not spilling the drink in their hand. You'll find plenty of fantastic, local beer along the route, and the party continues long after you cross the finish line. Best of all, your registration entitles you to unlimited food, beer, and music all day long.
Raise Money for Charities at the Red Dress Run
The Red Dress Run is the perfect opportunity to have some fun in the city and to raise money for charitable causes. The run has raised more than $1 million over the years for local causes, and you can choose to make a tax-deductible donation when you sign up. All proceeds from the run also go to charity.
Excitement for Participants and Spectators Alike
The Red Dress Run is a fun event for spectators, too! Even if you're not participating, you can stake out a prime spot along the route, grab a cold drink, and watch the action. Cheer on the runners, and enjoy a party that lasts all day long.
Learn More about the New Orleans Hash House Harriers
Participant in the Red Dress Run can run, walk, or dance their way to the finish line, with the organizers encouraging participants to enjoy the festivities on their own terms. That fits the outlook of the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, who bill themselves as a "drinking club with a running problem." You're welcome to try for a personal best or wander your way to the finish line with a cold drink in hand.
The Red Dress Run is a fantastically fun event, and it's just one taste of the unique experiences awaiting you in New Orleans all year long. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart." ~ Eleanor Rosevelt
August 1st is National Girlfriends' Day, and it's the perfect time to celebrate that special relationship you share with your best friends. Our girlfriends are always there for us through thick and thin, and there's no better way to show them how much you care than by planning a day filled with fun adventures in Baton Rouge.
Whether you're in the area searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've made your way here for a weekend getaway, there's no shortage of great things for you and your friends to do together. From the moment you wake up until it's time for bed, our REALTORS® have planned out the perfect day for you!
Once you've spent some time exploring Baton Rouge with your besties, you'll quickly see why so many people love living here. Are you ready to start looking for your dream home in Baton Rouge? Contact us today to get started.
Our REALTORS® spend much of their time showing prospective buyers new home developments around Lafayette. One of the first decisions many buyers make is whether to pursue new construction or move-in ready Lafayette homes for sale.
There are pros and cons to each approach, but no wrong way to go. Your decision will depend in large part on your goals and the lifestyle you plan to lead here in Louisiana. Either way, a local real estate expert is an essential ally in finding the right home with the best price and timeline.
Here are the four significant differences between new construction and move-in ready:
When you get started buying a home, the options can seem limitless. Narrowing them down is the first step in deciding on an approach that will satisfy your needs best. A real estate agent with deep insight into the local market can get you started on the right foot.
Contact us today to learn more.
In a city with more than its share of local legends, there's no doubt that Louis Daniel Armstrong – aka Satchmo – owns a special place in New Orleans history. Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential people in the history of jazz, as a trumpeter, composer, and dynamic live performer. That's why every year in the heart of summer New Orleans honors Armstrong's many cultural contributions with Satchmo SummerFest, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate Satchmo, and we've got all the info you need to enjoy Satchmo SummerFest this year.
The Event: Satchmo SummerFest
Dates: August 2 – 4, 2019
Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint – 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the unique history, culture, and music of New Orleans? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area. Our team is here to help.
Buyers often wonder: Is it challenging to get to closing on such valuable property?
Typically, waterfront properties command a premium. A home by the water provides amenities others don't, from a beautiful view to a cool breeze that can take the edge off hot summers. Listings for waterfront property can be competitive.
Here's what you need to know to be successful buying waterfront property in Baton Rouge:
Contact us to find out more about waterfront property near Baton Rouge. We're here to help.
In early 2019, Marie Kondo's Netflix series about "tidying up" went viral and sparked a nationwide decluttering trend. In the spirit of KonMari, celebrate National Give Something Away Day on July 15 by finding a new home for unwanted items at one of these donation centers around Lafayette suggested by our REALTORS®.
Whether you're buying or selling a home, our friendly and professional REALTORS® can help streamline the process. Contact us to learn more.
But you won't find these famous eateries in a shopping center or tucked away in a fancy hotel. No, the best-kept secret in the New Orleans culinary world is our food trucks.
Over the last decade or so, food trucks have taken New Orleans by storm – and we're not the only ones. A thriving food truck scene is popping up in America's top cities from coast to coast.
The story of the food truck industry began overseas, where they can be glimpsed offering hot food 24 hours a day in many of Europe's bustling university cities. The last few years have seen a huge surge in quirky, creative food truck concepts by entrepreneurs right here in America.
Let's visit with seven of the top New Orleans food trucks you won't want to miss:
Fantastic street food is just one of many pleasant surprises waiting for you here in the Big Easy. Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS® will help you find the perfect home so you can enjoy everything New Orleans has in store. Contact us to learn more.
The media, financial advisors, and even real estate experts are calling the current $1.5 trillion national student loan debt anything from a "crisis" to an outright national emergency. While there's certainly cause for concern, living a normal life, having a family, and even owning a home isn't out of the picture even if you have student loans.
Our REALTORS® are plenty familiar with the challenges that student loan borrowers face as they enter into the workforce including homeownership. The bottom line is, you can buy a home with student loan debt, and here's how.
Monitor Your Credit and Improve It
If you're a first-time homebuyer, chances are you haven't looked too deeply into your credit and perhaps have never had to. This is a great place to start if you're looking to buy a home with student debt on the books.
It's estimated that on average, student loan borrowers owe somewhere in the neighborhood of $35,000 each. This sort of debt obligation can hurt your credit, but it can also show that you're worthy of credit if you make timely, regular payments on your loan note. Additionally, if there are places you can improve your credit such as reducing or eliminating credit card debt, then you can improve your credit score relatively easily.
Your Debt May Be An Asset
Depending on your view of your student loan debt, it may actually be one of your greatest assets. Assuming you put that debt to good use and earned a college degree, chances are that your earnings are higher at your age than they were when your parents joined the workforce.
What this means is that the return on your investment may very well be worth the extra debt and additional payments you have each month. You're likely to be in a better financial situation with your income than the Baby Boomer generation which means you can likely afford to buy a home sooner. All of that to say, leverage the added income you have and put it towards homeownership.
Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage
Provided you've done your homework thus far by monitoring and improving your credit and paying down any debts that are holding you back, then you should seriously consider applying for a mortgage and getting pre-approved. Pre-approval simply means that based on the snapshot of your personal finances, a lender is willing to give you a certain amount of money for a mortgage.
This may not seem like a big deal, but it can be a major boost to your home search because you have a better idea of how much you can spend on a home and allow you to understand what payments you can make. Additionally, pre-approval will likely lock you into a favorable interest rate that will be protected from rising in the future.
Getting approved for a mortgage along with mapping out your future student loan payment options can give you a very firm grasp on exactly what you can expect from likely your two biggest monthly expenses. From there, you can shop for a home within a fixed price window.