Home Buying Walk-Thru Checklist (With Free PDF)

The walk-thru stage of home buying, The final walkthrough isn’t just to check if the sellers have removed all items from the home or check the condition. When a buyer does a walk-thru of the home they are buying, prior to closing, they may see some things they were not expecting, So its good to be prepared. In this video: I will be showing the perfect walkthrough checklist so you don’t forget anything by the time the sellers have handed over the keys and cover those things most people don’t even think about when they walk around one last time. Below the video, I will have a checklist PDF that you can download for free to take with you the day you do your walk-thru.

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For Sale By Owner Fails

I know there are many factors that go through a sellers mind when they chose to sell their home “for sale by owner” or FSBO like some people call it but the statics don’t lie, according to the National Association of Realtors, less than 10% of FSBO’s actually sell. So why are there so many For Sale By Owner Fails?  In this video/blog, I will cover the reasons why this happens and some tips to try to help those that elect to sell for sale by owner.

🏡Preparing The Home Correct To Sell It.

I know most sellers feel like they have seen enough on HGTV that they can stage a home without a stager, and sell a home without a realtor. I mean, they make it look so easy on tv, why can’t they do it themselves?

But the problem is that most people when selling For Sale By Owner list their home before its ready to list. I have had clients take up to a month to get everything in order before I would send out the professional photographer to take photographs.

There are some simple generic tips that should be followed by all FSBOs. I have made a useful playlist of videos to help also https://bit.ly/2xaztYk , Some of the most important pre-listing tasks that FSBOs should do before listing their home for sale include: 

📦Decluttering.

🎨Paint rooms.

👨🏽‍💻Professionally clean carpets and/or floors.

👷🏼‍♂️Complete any neglected repairs.

💡Replace outdated light fixtures.

🏡Add Flowers and de-weed to make the home have curb appeal.

🖥 Pricing and Zillow’s Zestimates

Many For sale by owner sellers do not understand the value of their home. They will rely on sites like Zillow with Zillow’s “Zestimates” to evaluate their home. The “Zestimates” have been known to either price the home too high which prices the home out of the market. Other “Zestimate’s” may price it too low, making some buyers curious to what could be wrong with the home when it’s priced so low. Most buyers won’t take the chance that the home is a good deal they’ll just move onto another property.

☎️ Listing FSBO on Zillow with Only Real Estate Agents Call.

Once a seller lists there home on websites like Zillow, and Trulia, they are inundated with calls from real estate agents working there call sheets but get little traction with actual buyers. The way these sites are actually set up they makes it difficult for the home sellers contact information. To be found by the average buyer searching, they tuck it lower down the page just past where all the real estate agent have paid for placement, even making the color of font and size smaller. Of course, real estate agents trying to work to get the listing they know exactly where to find these numbers, and that’s why the for sale by owner seller gets bombarded by those calls.

Not only does the phone ring from realtors, you get people calling at all hours asking questions about the home, its exciting at first but frustrating after a couple of weeks when the seller has 40 calls and no one actually coming to the home to preview it.

🙋🏻‍♀️Who’s Entering your home?

Eager sellers want to show their home to anyone and everyone. It’s completely understandable, the more people that see it, the more likely you’ll get a buyer, right? An experienced REALTOR® knows how to screen for the right people to look at your home. There is no point of wasting your time shuffling your kids out of the house because someone’s grandma wants to see what wood flooring you put down a few years back with no intention of actually buying the home. REALTORS® know what documents to ask for and which ones are really not worth the paper they are written on. (Here is an example of the difference of pre-approved and pre-qualified, https://youtu.be/GGLvtVLPrFs)

😨 Selling with Pressure.

Many FSBO sellers will stay in there home to show it and rightfully so. The FSBO sellers will show their home pointing out features that either does not interest the buyer or make the buyers completely uncomfortable. After the showing is over they may ask the buyers for feedback which most buyers are uncomfortable in doing so in a face-to-face situation, in turn, the FSBO sellers really don’t get the feedback they really need to get the home sold faster.

🕵🏽‍♂️Negotiations and Home Inspections.

When it comes to negotiations with inspections things can get really heated as I mentioned in my last video, Buying for sale by owner without a realtor https://bit.ly/2MvEKhV .  FSBOs often believe that there is nothing wrong with their home which is why it’s upsetting when the buyer requests items to be corrected or fixed before moving forward with the transaction.  This can often lead to the FSBO refusing to repair any items, which is a great way to scare away potential buyers. Sellers don’t want to give there home away and the requests for repairs seem absolutely ridiculous to them, This is when most sellers realize they should have gone with a professional REALTOR to handle the uncomfortable nature of discussing money and what will and will not be repaired.

Before you decide to sell your home FSBO, remember, the statistics say you have about a 10% chance of making that happen. If you decide you want to take on the challenge. Make sure you are aware of the above common reasons why For Sale By Owners fail.  An FSBOs Seller who understands what the most common pitfalls are will greatly increase the chance that they have a successful sale.

🏡To search for homes in the Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish Area:

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📨If you have any questions about buying and selling your home feel free to reach out to me at any time by email or any respectable time by phone📱. All my contact information is listed below.

Kristina Smallhorn is a realtor in the Greater Baton Rouge Area with EXP Realty LLC
My name is Kristina Smallhorn, Your Real Estate Whisperer and I tell you all this “Because YOU Matter”
Cell 225-246-1812
EXP REALTY, LLC
2900 Westfork Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70827
225-412-9982 ext 149
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Kristina Is a Licensed Realtor® with The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors@ in the State of Louisiana. License #0912122918

Secrets Sellers Need To Keep

I will start off by saying that I would never tell a seller to lie on any document but there are some secrets sellers should keep. These non-disclosed secrets in no way are being deceptive to the person purchasing the home but help the seller stay on even ground with the prospective buyers. Savvy sellers know to never expose these secrets and In this video, I will cover the secrets that sellers should keep, so you don’t sabotage your home sale with these home selling tips and get top dollar for your home.

Many buyers will ask the sellers “Why are you moving?” seems like a harmless question, right? When I represent the buyer I always ask it but If I represent the seller I’m tight-lipped with the response, Why? Because the answer can make the buyers perceive the sellers time frame as being more urgent causing them to make a lower offer. For instance, If the seller has to move because of a job transfer. The buyers know that the seller wants to get rid of the home they have for sale as quickly as possible so their offer will reflect that.

So what other responses would cause the buyer to feel like they have the upper hand in the deal that sellers should stay quiet about?

🤫“We just need to live in a quiet neighborhood”

If I buyer hears that from a seller their imaginations run wild to what that could possibly mean. Not only could you as a seller get lower offers because of it, but you may also lose out on offers altogether.

💸“The Taxes and Insurance are killing us”

I can already see the alarm bells ringing overs buyers head when they hear this. If they do not perceive the cost of insurance and taxes as too high they already know you as a seller are eager to sell quickly to get out from under your mounting financial problems.

😡“We hate our Neighbors”

Not all people are the same and If you dislike your neighbors the new possible buyers may be bosom buddies. Also, you may want to be careful in saying this for another reason. The buyers may also be related to some of your disliked neighbors. I live in a small town and this is not unheard of at all, you never know who you are talking to so be careful.

🏡“We just want a newer house”

When sellers say this a buyer begins to believe there is work that needs to be done to the home you are trying to selling or the home is outdated. They start to run a price tag of all the items they think haven’t been taking care of and make an offer with that in mind.

⚠️“We Just Don’t Feel Safe”

This is a perceived feeling for you as a seller. What you consider “safe” may be a step up for the new possible buyer. Let the buyers and buyers agent do there due diligence when researching the neighborhood. Crime statistics are public record and are posted on many websites, I included a report for my buyers in any home they are researching.

🎉And what is the biggest secret you should keep as a home seller?

“What’s your bottom line?” Never I Mean NEVER tell a buyer what your bottom line is. Not only will they know what you want to make they will also try to go just under that amount to sweeten the deal in their own minds. If you want top dollar for your home or even fair market price NEVER TELL THIS SECRET!!🤫

I hope you found this video about the Secrets Sellers Should Keep useful if you’d like to read more real estate buying and selling tips you can visit my blog at yourrealestatewhisperer.com

👀If you’d like to watch more videos specifically about home selling here is a very useful playlist *** https://bit.ly/2KIwj1L

🏡To watch the video about Sabotaging your Home Sale (https://youtu.be/Mx9r975xRMo)

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📨If you have any questions about buying and selling your home feel free to reach out to me at any time by email or any respectable time by phone📱.

Kristina Smallhorn is a realtor in the Greater Baton Rouge Area with EXP Realty LLC
My name is Kristina Smallhorn, Your Real Estate Whisperer and I tell you all this “Because YOU Matter”
Cell 225-246-1812
EXP REALTY, LLC
2900 Westfork Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70827
225-412-9982 ext 149
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Home Buying Detective

It’s Take A Tip Tuesday! Do you know how to be a home buying detective? I have told you in previous videos that are ways for a home buyer to do their own due diligence when buying a home. But what does that really mean to you as a buyer buying a home in an area that you have had your eye on? In this video, I will be showing you how to be a home buying detective and find out all the things you need to know before you sign a purchase contract when buying a home.

🕵🏽‍♂️Look at the tax records online! This is a great way to know how much the sellers purchased the home for. In Ascension Parish, you can even see how much they financed the house for. How is this helpful to you? If you know that they want $250,000 for there home and they only purchased they home 3 years earlier for $180,000 you know they have wiggle room to negotiate for less than the asking price. Knowledge is POWER!

🕵🏽‍♂️Check the local sheriff’s website: A quick Google search and a few keystrokes away from knowing if there are any predators that live close by to the home you’re researching. Even if this isn’t a personal concern for you for many it is and one day you’ll want to sell the home you are thinking of buying and the next buyers may find this to be a very big issue causing your home to stay on the market for longer than you are expecting.

🕵🏽‍♂️Call your local homeowner’s insurance company and ask for a CLUE report? Whats a CLUE report? This is a report that can tell a potential buyer how many insurance claims were made on the property for the past 5 years, the dates those claims were made, The type of loss, how much was paid to settle the claim or if the claim was denied this information can be extremely helpful in discovering hidden problems, before you sign on the dotted line

🕵🏽‍♂️Ask The Sellers some Great Questions: I know that I have said in a past video what things a seller should keep tight-lipped about but no everyone is going to take my advice so ask them. “Why are you moving?” “What’s your bottom line?” “How quickly are you looking to move?” “How do you like your neighbors?” “Do you have any crimes or break-ins in the neighborhood” “Do you have receipts of all the repairs you have made in the past?”
Loose lips sink ships as one customer told me in the past. The home sellers answers could be a great way for you to feel out how stuck they are in their price and how quickly they are ready to fly the coupe.

🕵🏽‍♂️Go to the home at peak hours: To really investigate a neighborhood and your possible future neighbors go to the house during the times when people are leaving and coming home from work. Is there a bunch of cars parked on the road blocking the streets up? Also, drive around and check the yards, Are they maintained? You’re not buying just this house you are also buying the neighborhood as well.

🕵🏽‍♂️BONUS TIP!!! I have said it before but bears repeating again, Talk with the neighbors!! You will be surprised at the great tidbits of information they will give you about the home you are t

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Baton Rouge, LA 70827
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The Dangers Of Overpricing A Home When Selling.

Why is overpricing your home is a terrible strategy?  I have mentioned in a previous video that there are some key ways that sellers self-sabotage their home sale, (if you haven’t seen that video https://youtu.be/Mx9r975xRMo) But one of the biggest ways home sellers enter dangerous waters is when they use the overpricing strategy when selling their home. Today’s video will explain 5 reasons why overpricing your home will not get you top dollar for it.

Once your home hits the market buyers are always eager to see the fresh new listings if you have overpriced your home, those buyers are not liking to come back to see it again, the buyers already have the perception that (You) the sellers are unreasonable.

All sellers would like to have multiple offers to look at when negotiating contracts. The likelihood of that happening is diminished greatly if your home is overpriced. By setting your price above market value, you will have fewer offers to choose from. This could mean as a seller you would end up settling on an offer, instead of choosing the offer with the strongest offer strength.

If you are fortunate enough to get an offer for that is above market value you could come into some problems once the buyer has an appraisal done. The appraiser uses the most recent home sales to come up with the fair market value of the home. If the appraised value comes under the offer price you’d be hard pressed to find a buyer that is willing to come out of pocket the remaining amount.

car-44144_1280.pngAn overpriced home is much more likely to sit on the market longer than a home that is priced fairly. The longer your home sits the more likely people start to believe the home has other problems creating a stigma.

Sellers that have sat on the market for a long period of time are less likely to get an offer that is truly happy with in the end. A sense of desperation increases as the months sitting on the market roll on by and they end up accepting an offer that was less than expected.

I hope you found this video about the dangers of overpricing your home, useful. If you’d like to watch more videos specifically about home selling here is a very useful playlist *** https://bit.ly/2KIwj1L

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To search for homes in the Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish Area: https://bit.ly/2OdQw1s

If you have any questions about buying and selling your home feel free to reach out to me at any time by email or any respectable time by phone. All my contact information is listed below.

My name is Kristina Smallhorn, Your Real Estate Whisperer and I tell you all this “Because YOU Matter”

Your Real Estate Whisperer Kristina Smallhorn "Because YOU Matter"
Your Real Estate Whisperer For Ascension Parish, Kristina Smallhorn.

Cell 225-246-1812

EXP REALTY, LLC

2900 Westfork Dr.

Baton Rouge, LA 70827

225-412-9982 ext 149

Info@YourRealEstateWhisperer.com

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Kristina Is a Licensed Realtor® with The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors@ in the State of Louisiana. License #0912122918

 

The HOA and Management Companies, Whats The Difference?

Many people are confused by the HOA and the management company that runs the neighborhood’s community. This has been causing a battle with the homeowners association and its residents but many HOA’s are not run by the homeowners themselves but by management companies, even though some residents may hold titles with the HOA. In this video Kristina Smallhorn, Your Real Estate Whisperer will explain what the homeowners association can and can’t do and what your homeowner’s association does to protect your interest when you have a management company as well.

 

I recently got a message from a past client after seeing my video for the American Flag and your HOA https://youtu.be/gYr-SO8gYAw and The HOA and Fireworks https://youtu.be/cpBwWVATY2Y videos. She asked that I make this video since she is on an HOA that is run by a management company. She asked if I could explain to my followers what is the role of the HOA when you have a management company with a true and false style approach. So let play along when you watch and see if you knew the answers before I give the answer. I hope you found this video about The HOA and The Management Company, useful if you’d like to read more real estate buying and selling tips you can visit my blog at yourrealestatewhisperer.com

If you’d like to watch more videos specifically about buying a home here is a very useful playlist. https://bit.ly/2myd6Go

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To get a copy of my FREE buyer e-book you can download it here: https://bit.ly/2LdyEqt To search for homes in the Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish Area: https://bit.ly/2OdQw1s

If you have any questions about buying and selling your home feel free to reach out to me at any time by email or any respectable time by phone. All my contact information is listed below.

Your Real Estate Whisperer Kristina Smallhorn "Because YOU Matter"
Your Real Estate Whisperer For Ascension Parish, Kristina Smallhorn.

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“Because YOU Matter”

Cell 225-246-1812

EXP REALTY, LLC 2900 Westfork Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70827

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Kristina Is a Licensed Realtor® with The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors@ in the State of Louisiana. License #0912122918

The HOA And The American Flag

The battle is on with many homeowners has become all on war with the HOA and the American Flag. With the 4th of July being right around the corner, now is the perfect time to talk about the American Flag and your HOA. I had a client call me to ask can the HOA ban the American flag from being flown on her property? She also wanted to know, can the HOA tell you can not have an American flag? In this blog post, I will tell you what rights you have when displaying your American Flag when it comes to your HOA. I will also tell you your right for various other flags like ones that support sports teams. I know from personal experience that HOA’s can get power hungry and silly about rules but it is important to know the rights you have as an American and not let your HOA’s bully you into submission when it comes to the Amercian Flag.

I have read stories recently and seen in the news how the HOA has been preventing homeowners displaying their own American Flags on their own property. Of course, homeowners are shocked by this and I was too. (WATCH This News Story Of A Woman Told To Remove Her American Flag From Her HOA ) I couldn’t believe that an HOA wouldn’t want the American flag shown year-round proudly in their yard. Some HOA’s believe that the American flag is a season item and need to be taken down after Federal Holidays. Many homeowners, myself included challenge this with the Federal law that was set in place called: The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 (Pub.L. 109–243, 120 Stat. 572, enacted July 24, 2006) is an Act of Congress that prohibits real estate management organizations from restricting homeowners from displaying the flag of the United States on their property.

So you CAN have a flag on your property but with that being said the HOA can still dictate the size of the flag and the location of the flag on your home. As an example, you can not have the flag intruding on walkway or sidewalks. Another example: you can’t have a flagpole taller than 10 feet and must be 15 feet from the property line. (To watch a video about flag poles and location of them from the HOA/City https://youtu.be/BEhCrmEGFU0)

Other flags have rights to be displayed as well but are not covered in the American Flag Act of 2005. Any flag displaying a persons religion, race, heritage, disability or sexual orientation are covered in discriminations laws and the Fair housing act. If you run an HOA you need to know and understand these laws so you do not discriminate against any one person or people. (To watch a new story about how this woman’s rights were violated https://youtu.be/A1nguvEzbCw)

I hope you display your American Flag proudly this 4th of July as you have the right to do so no matter what your HOA states. Be sure to check the restrictions to know where and the size of the flag that falls in line with the bylaws.

God Bless The United States Of America

Kristina Smallhorn (Your Real Estate Whisperer)
Cell 225-246-1812

Your Real Estate Whisperer Kristina Smallhorn "Because YOU Matter"
Your Real Estate Whisperer For Ascension Parish, Kristina Smallhorn.
EXP REALTY, LLC, 2900 Westfork Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70827 – 225-412-9982 ext 149
Info@YourRealEstateWhisperer.com
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Kristina Is a Licensed Realtor® with The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors@ in the State of Louisiana. License #0912122918

5 Tips When To Make A Lowball Offer

Last week I told you about bidding wars (To Read That Article https://bit.ly/2LoaC7X ). This week I will be telling you when is the right time to lowball an offer on a home. This video will provide 5 useful tips to know when the perfect time is to lowball an offer on a house. There is often real estate lowball offer mistakes people make when making an offer and know how to construct your offer in a way not to offend the sellers by providing facts to why you made the lowball offer in the first place can be the reason why you win the deal of the century.

The first tip to consider if you are going to home buying with the idea you are going to lowball every home you make an offer on is not to be picky. DO NOT ask for items that are not important to the structure of the home, like washer, dryer, and refrigerator, Do not ask for lawn maintenance or items to be removed. Basically, you are purchasing the home as in the condition that it’s currently in and not anything more than that.

The second tip that can work in your benefit is knowing if the home you’re considering lowballing is grossly overpriced. Many sellers will have illusions of grandeur when it comes to pricing their home. If you can prove with comps that the home is overpriced to the seller they may see things your way.

Lowball Offer

The third tip that’s important to know when giving a lowball offer is to see how many times the home has been on and off the market within the last couple years. This could be a sign that the seller is in financial trouble and needs to get out. Check with your Realtor to see if the home has been put up on the sheriff’s sale website for delinquent payments or back taxes. This information could help leverage your lowball offer.

the fourth tip is to talk with the neighbors, neighbors love to dish out any secrets the sellers may not have disclosed that wouldn’t be pertinent to the structure of the home like a divorce, loss of a job or financial issues. Sometimes the neighbors can be the sellers biggest nightmare but a lowball buyers dream!

Neighbors helping with a lowball offer

The fifth tip is to take a good look at obviously outdated items in the home to leverage your lowball offer. If the carpet is old and smelly, the kitchen looks like it from the set of the Golden Girls and every room needs a fresh coat of paint add up the cost to have those items that need remodeled and show the seller why your lowball offer was made. This could be the tip that seals the deal.

I hope you found these tips useful if you like to watch more video tips on buying your next home, check out my home buying video playlist here. https://bit.ly/2sw5Pu1

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Your Real Estate Whisperer For Ascension Parish, Kristina Smallhorn.

Kristina Smallhorn,

Your Real Estate Whisperer

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eXp Realty LLC,2900 Westfork Dr. Suite 401,Baton Rouge LA 70817225-246-1812,Office (225) 412-9982 ext# 149

Kristina Smallhorn is a licensed REALTOR® with the state of Louisiana, License #0912122918

How To Not Be A Loser In A Bidding War.

Nobody wants to be a bidding war loser. When making bidding war offers you want to come on top. The best offers during a home bidding war are the ones that don’t ask for extra items like, refrigerator, washer, and dryer. The trick to winning a bidding war on a home isn’t just asking for the “extras”, it’s also what loan you chose, how long will it be until you close and the way you construct your purchase offer in a way that is the strongest to the seller’s eyes but not breaking your budget for a home. This article will show you 5 tips to making your bidding war offer stronger so you won’t end up being a bidding war loser.

Tip 1
Do not ask for extras like refrigerator, washer, dryer and silly items that are cosmetic like asking for the home to be painted. Nothing will make a seller pass over your offer like asking for extras that have nothing to do with the value of the home.laptop-3196481_1920

 

Tip 2
Up the amount of your deposit, normally in the state of Louisiana, the deposit amount is pretty minimal to the amount of the home. The typical amount is as little as 250-2500 depending on the price of the home. If you’re in a bidding war you may want to consider upping that amount to 2500-5000 so the sellers know you are a serious buyer that has skin in the game.

Tip 3
Decrease the number of days for inspection. When you write a purchase offer most ask for a 10 day inspection period. If you reduce the number of days for inspection to 5 days your offer may look stronger to the seller due to the fact it will be fewer days off the market if the buyer will be removing the offer after the inspections are completed. With that said many realtors may suggest a pre-inspection prior to writing an offer if you use this tactic you may lose precious days that someone else can beat you to the punch to make an accepted offer and you will never get a chance to make yours.calendar-3045825_1920

Tip 4
Consider a different loan type. If you are not paying cash and you have not chosen a loan package you will need to discuss with your lender the best option for you to get the loan closed fast but still has your best interests.

Tip 5
Go with your highest and best offer with the first offer you come in with. This is not the time to test the seller on there willingness to come down in price. If you are serious make your strongest offer the first offer you make.document-428338_1920

Bonus Tip
It doesn’t hurt to add a little human emotion to your offer, sometimes we forget that families are involved so if you add a letter stating why this home is so important to you, this may be the deciding factor when it comes to a bidding war.

 

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Your Real Estate Whisperer For Ascension Parish, Kristina Smallhorn.

Kristina Smallhorn, Your Real Estate Whisperer kristina.smallhorn@exprealty.com, info@yourrealestatewhisperer.com
eXp Realty LLC,2900 Westfork Dr. Suite 401, Baton Rouge LA 70817
225-246-1812,Office (225) 412-9982 ext# 149

Kristina Smallhorn is a licensed REALTOR® with the state of Louisiana, License #0912122918

Parade Of Homes 2018 In Greater Baton Rouge.

This past weekend kicked off the Parade of Homes In the Greater Baton Rouge area. Even if you’re not in the market for a brand new home if a great way to get fresh ideas on remodeling your own home. Throughout many Parishes, you will be able to see the latest trends in new home building, like flooring design, colors for walls and the style in kitchen design.

To get more information on the parade of homes, click here. >> Parade Of Homes 2018

For a full list of homes on the Parade Of Homes Tour, Click Here. >>Map Of Homes 

2018 Parade of Homes, May 12-13 and 19-20.  This is your chance to preview up and coming communities, different floor plans, new ideas and innovative products.   The Parade is free to the public with homes open on Saturdays from 11am-5pm and on Sundays from 1pm-5pm.

The 2018 Parade of Homes will show many homes of all sizes, layouts, and architectural styles. The tour has a little bit for everyone with homes ranging from the starter home all the way up to luxury homes in exclusive neighborhoods. This will be a great way to get idea’s for your own home or preview a home to purchase in the near future.

Your Real Estate Whisperer Kristina Smallhorn

Your Real Estate Whisperer For Ascension Parish, Kristina Smallhorn.

 

 

I hope you found this tip useful if you’d like some more tips you can always visit my website at yourrealestatewhisperer.com To View Properties For Sale, Click Here https://goo.gl/Aiwxjm To Get My FREE EBook On Buying Homes In Ascension Parish, Click Here https://goo.gl/ux3mYz To Send Mail: Kristina Smallhorn PO BOX 1271 Prairieville LA 70769 Kristina Smallhorn (Your Real Estate Whisperer) Cell 225-246-1812 EXP REALTY, LLC,2900 Westfork Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70827 225-412-9982 ext 149 Info@YourRealEstateWhisperer.com Kristina Is a Licensed Realtor® with The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors@ in the State of Louisiana. License #0912122918