Tag Archives: buying a home

Military Relocation Professional, New Orleans, LA

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SLIDELL REALTOR®, JOYCE ALBERT, EARNS HER MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION  Joyce Albert is a knowledgeable, masterful Real Estate Agent/Broker at Keller Williams Real Estate Professionals in Slidell, Louisiana. Slidell is situated on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in … Continue reading

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Property Disclosures and ‘Redhibition’

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When you sell residential property in Louisiana, you are required to fill out a full and complete Property Disclosure report that is then made available to all prospective buyers. So what if you know something really bad about your house … Continue reading

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How Much Home Can You Afford?

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As you’ve probably seen by now, there are beautiful homes in every price range. Right? And with so many homes coming on the market every month, how can you possibly choose? Well, the answer is, take it in logical steps. … Continue reading

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USDA-RD Financing for All of Slidell

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USDA Rural Development Expands Eligible Areas In Louisiana For Rural Housing Programs Alexandria, La., April 29, 2014 – Due to the recent passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, Louisiana has proposed that the communities of Sulphur, New Iberia, Houma, and … Continue reading

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Negotiating a Home Sale

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When Negotiating a Home Sale – Should you always start with a really low bid? Well, that depends… How much do you care whether or not you get this particular home? The most successful sales are WIN-Win.   The buyer gets the home … Continue reading

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Who is a Likely Buyer for a ‘Bond for Deed’?


. . . an important question if you are the seller So many people with poor credit want to know if they can do a Bond for Deed. The short answer? NO ….at least not with my sellers. Although I am an advocate for … Continue reading

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Closing Costs

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When planning to buy a home, most people save for their down payment, but give little or no thought to closing costs. . . or if a first time homebuyer, may not know what closing costs are. Closing costs are … Continue reading

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Are There Really Great Bargains in Buying Foreclosures?

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Most people are under the assumption that all foreclosed homes are bargains. Well.  .  .  YES and NO YES  if you are looking for a home priced under market value.               NO  if you are looking for a home in super … Continue reading

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Use Your Own Agent When Buying a Home

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When you see a ‘for sale’ sign, are you tempted to call the agent? …Try to negotiate price and terms with the very person hired by the seller to represent the seller? Come on… You’re smarter than that!! What about … Continue reading

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Free Money for First Time Homebuyers

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Yes!   . . . And it’s called a ‘Soft Second’ A ‘soft second’ is money provided only to first time homebuyers. The program will provide up to 20% for a down payment (limited to $30,000 and a $200,000 home price … Continue reading

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Covington, LA

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Tradition runs deep in Covington, co-existing alongside innovation and progress and a love of the arts. Covington enjoys a community of the arts, from painting to acting, sewing to singing. If you consider yourself an artist, Covington is the place … Continue reading

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Mandeville LA –

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Located in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana is the city of Mandeville, LA. It is on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and across the lake from New Orleans and is part of the New Orleans suburbs. Being a part of the … Continue reading

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Abita Springs, LA –

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Nestled right next door to Covington, Abita Springs is a picturesque town known for its historic district and its refreshing spring water. Abita Springs has that small town atmosphere everyone who lives in the big city craves. Originally, Abita Springs … Continue reading

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A Note to the First Time Homebuyer

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For the first time homebuyer, the transition from tenant to homeowner might feel perfectly natural… like a duck to water. But for others, it’s a bit more of an adjustment… Especially the financial implications. With today’s low interest rates, it’s … Continue reading

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Negotiating a Short Sale

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The main thing to know when negotiating a short sale is that it’s always going to be priced somewhat below market if for no other reason than the fact the seller is looking for a quick sale. I recently had … Continue reading

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Buying a Home. . .

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       Buying a Home  . . .And Why You Should be Working with an ‘ABR’ Whether you are a first time homebuyer, or it’s been quite a few years since you bought your current home, buying a home may seem quite daunting. Well, sit … Continue reading

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What is ‘Agency’?

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The LA Real Estate Commission requires that when a real estate agent meets you for the first time, face to face – and before showing you homes, discussing financing, or anything other than simply answering questions  – that we provide you … Continue reading

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Left Brain, Right Brain

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Could this Really Influence How You will Choose Your New Home? Are you predominately a ‘LEFT Brain’ or a ‘RIGHT Brain’ person? Believe it or not, which one you are, can influence how you choose your next home. The LEFT … Continue reading

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Mortgage Choices: FHA 203k? …or HomePath Loan?

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In this market, agents are quite often asked which is better… An FHA 203k or a Fannie Mae Homepath loan? The following is a reprint from a blog by Justin McHood who works for Academy Mortgage and is based in … Continue reading

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