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Buyer’s Representative–For Houma, LA Homes

If you’re like most people, buying a home is going to be the biggest investment you’ll every make. This is the time you really want to buy with knowledge and confidence. The real estate and mortgage markets have been so shaky in the last year or so. It’s no wonder people are cautious. And, rightly so!


Think about this…


Here are just a few of the things you have to consider before you can be sure you are making the right decision about your next home. Is the home reasonably priced? Where is the market heading? Is it in the right neighborhood? Is it safe? How far is the home from schools? How are the schools? Why is there such a big difference in closing cost? Which mortgage company is offering the best financing?


As you can see, there are many questions to answer before you can feel comfortable about your purchase.


Here is another question many buyers also have. “How can I be sure that my real estate agent has my family’s best interest at heart?”


The truth is…the best way to quickly know all of these answers, is by having what’s called a “Buyer’s Representative.” Someone that is actually under contract to work for your best interest.


Here is the video I’ve put together that explains what a “Buyer’s Representative” does. And even more importantly, what does it mean to you, as a buyer! There will probably be some information in this video you have never considered. Those are the things that cause you the greatest stress. Even in what seems like the best of deals.

Should You Stage Your Houma LA Home For Sale?

Just how important is staging to marketing and selling your Houma LA home? Many people, including real estate agents, really don’t understand the full impact of proper staging. It can be a deal breaker if not given priority status in the marketing of the home.


For instance. In 2008 84% of people looked online for their next home. Given the continued use of online services, and now mobile marketing, that number has probably taken a big jump upward since that time. As a matter of fact, in that same time period 32% of those who actually purchased a home, began that process by viewing homes online. Again, it’s a safe assumption that number has increased dramatically over the years.


So what do these figures mean? And what does it have to do with staging a home?


First, let’s define staging in simple terms. It means getting your home ready to sell. Doing the washing, cleaning, painting, repairs and reasonable updating to present your home in its best light and make it attractive to a perspective buyer.


But the information age has put a new twist on that. People are viewing your home online first, way before they even see it in person (if they ever do). The camera or video catches everything. And the perspective buyer can replay sections of your home over and over again.


So how do you get your home to look its best on camera? Here are some simple suggestions to put your home’s best foot forward.


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Buying A Home In Houma, LA? Consider These Three Things.

In today’s market, the whole experience of buying a home in Houma, LA   can be overwhelming. There are a lot of things to consider…from qualifying, affordability, to location, value, and securing the right mortgage.


It’s easy to see how anyone can become overwhelmed with everything you need to consider. But if you take things, one at a time, you’ll find it much easier to focus on your real desire…to live the American dream and own your own home.


In today’s market, the first thing you want to consider is the volatility of price. Homes in the Houma, LA area have recently been in a state of price flux. And the purchase price of some homes, but not all, have actually gone down.


Which means for those house hunting, this could be great news. However it’s still a time for caution and to become aware of all of the factors involved in purchasing a home.


So here are three things you want to consider. Continue reading

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Tiffany Rabalais-Owner/Broker

Premiere Properties of The South
204 Mystic Blvd - Houma, LA 70360
Office (985) 223-1777
Licensed in the State of Louisiana