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June 15, 2018

Real Estate Weekly Roundup - June 15

Homes are flying off of the market and new subdivision developments are making progress as prime real estate season has made its arrival. Below is an aggregation of real estate news, new real estate listings, and market statistics for the Greater Baton Rouge Area and nationally. 

We are hosting these Open Houses this weekend:

The below homes for sale will be open to tour from 1-4pm on Saturday and 2-6pm on Sunday in The Hollows of Dutchtown subdivision in Prairieville.

New Listings from Property First Realty Group

Baton Rouge - 1727 W Fairview Dr - $185,000 | Contact Stefanie Mars for more info
Baton Rouge - 5120 River Meadow - $430,000 | Contact Sheila Payton for more info
Denham Springs - 13987 Arbor Walk - $185,000 | Contact Jeff Folger for more info
Plaquemine - 58155 Labauve - $399,500 | Contact R.J. Louviere for more info
Prairieville - 37120 Murphy Webb Ave - $262,000 | Contact Sheila Payton or CaBrena Roberts

Other newly listed homes and land for sale:

Addis | Baton RougeCentral | Denham Springs | Geismar | Gonzales | Port Allen | Prairieville | Walker

Complete list of homes for sale: Newest Listings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area

Local and National Real Estate News

   •   Atwater subdivision on River Rd in permitting process [Business Report]
   •   Presales for new Arbors at the Bluffs neighborhood in St. Francisville have begun [Business Report]
   •   Novelist Anne Rice's $4.5M New Orleans mansion is for sale [The Advertiser]
   •   Restaurants, fitness center, and shopping now open in new Highland Park Marketplace [Business Report]
   •   New Orleans ranks high in markets with highest share of investment homes [Realtor Mag]
   •   Homeowner equity growth streak continues [Realtor Mag]
   •   U.S. home values are rising at fastest pace in 12 years [Bloomberg]
   •   National Forecast: home sales and prices to rise [National Association of Realtors]

Current mortgage interest rates: Bank Rate

Market Statistics for Greater Baton Rouge Home Sales

Last week, we looked at how Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, and West Baton Rouge Parishes compared to each other and the entire Greater Baton Rouge Area in the average days on the market of homes sold. This week, we compare May of 2018 with the previous four years in average days on the market. The scatter plot below shows how many days it took homes to sell on average within a given price range for May 2014 - May 2018 in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. While the scatter plot gives us a good idea of how quickly homes are flying off of the market compared to previous years, it is important to note that some numbers could be skewed by one or two homes that sat on the market for 500+ days that finally sold in May. Likewise, a few homes that sold quickly could drive the average days on the market down. With that being said, homes have sold quicker this May and last May across most of the price ranges.    


 


We can build your custom dream home

Our sister company, Pro One Corp, can build your custom dream home in Prairieville and the Greater Baton Rouge Area with outstanding quality and service. Pro One Corp has won multiple awards in the annual Capital Region Builders Association Parade of Homes, but the smiling faces of our satisfied customers are the most rewarding of all. Check out our photo gallery of our homes and get more information at ProOneCorp.com

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June 8, 2018

Real Estate Weekly Roundup - June 8

A lot is happening in the local real estate market including new home and land listings, developments in new subdivisions, and changes in the market. Below is an aggregation of real estate news, real estate listings, and market statistics for the Greater Baton Rouge Area and nationally. 

New Listings from Property First Realty Group

Baton Rouge - 5120 River Meadow - $430,000 | Contact Sheila Payton for more info
Denham Springs - 11427 Rossow Ct - $159,900 | Contact Donna Cyprowski for more info
Plaquemine - 58155 Labauve - $399,500 | Contact R.J. Louviere for more info
Prairieville - 42446 Wynstone Dr - $250,000 | Contact Johnny Mondello for more info
Prairieville - 37120 Murphy Webb Ave - $262,000 | Contact Sheila Payton or CaBrena Roberts
Prairieville - 39414 Lakeland Ave - $297,500 | Contact Donna Cyprowski for more info

Other newly listed homes and land for sale:

Addis | Baton RougeCentral | Denham Springs | Geismar | Gonzales | Port Allen | Prairieville | Walker

Complete list of homes for sale: Newest Listings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area

Local and National Real Estate News

   •   East Baton Rouge cited in correlation between birth rates and home values [Business Report]
   •   Homeowner equity growth streak continues [Realtor Mag]
   •   Construction to begin in June on Vintage Place neighborhood off Jones Creek Rd at Tiger Bend [Business Report]
   •   Planning Commission to vote this month on the Materra development at Woman's Hospital [Business Report]
   •   Homebuilding to begin by summer 2019 at The Sanctuary development at Babin Rd and Tiger Bend [Business Report]
   •   Rouzan development adding restaurant, retail, and Sprouts Farmers Market [Business Report]
   •   U.S. home values are rising at fastest pace in 12 years [Bloomberg]
   •   National Forecast: home sales and prices to rise [National Association of Realtors]

Current mortgage interest rates: Bank Rate

Market Statistics for Greater Baton Rouge Home Sales

In the graph below, you can see how Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, and West Baton Rouge compare to each other and the entire Greater Baton Rouge Area in the average days on the market of homes sold. You can send the trend of the days on the market for each quarter of 2017 as well as the first quarter of this year. The average amount of days for a home to sell in the region decreased in the third quarter of 2017 (July-September). We will keep an eye on the trend over the next few months to see how it compares to 2017, so keep an eye out for our future weekly roundups! 


 


Who is L'Auberge's new neighbor?

Have you driven around L'Auberge Casino lately and noticed the expansive development being built next door? In case you missed it, we detailed L'Auberge's new neighbor -- Pointe Marie subdivision. Loaded with amenities and convenience, the Pointe Marie subdivision has homes and lots available for sale. Check out last month's blog for more information.

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June 1, 2018

Real Estate Weekly Roundup - June 1

A lot is happening in the local real estate market including new home and land listings, developments in new subdivisions, and changes in the market. Below is an aggregation of real estate news, real estate listings, and market statistics for the Greater Baton Rouge Area.

New Listings from Property First Realty Group

Baton Rouge - 15760 Riverdale Ave - 99,500 | Contact Jessie Palacios for more info
Baton Rouge - 5120 River Meadow - $430,000 | Contact Sheila Payton for more info
Denham Springs - 11427 Rossow Ct - $159,900 | Contact Donna Cyprowski for more info
Denham Springs - 10232 Sims Rd - $193,000 | Contact Johnny Mondello for more info
Prairieville - 15255 Palmetto Ln - $174,900 | Contact Sheila Payton for more info
Prairieville - 42446 Wynstone Dr - $250,000 | Contact Johnny Mondello for more info
Prairieville - 39414 Lakeland Ave - $297,500 | Contact Donna Cyprowski for more info
Prairieville - 36172 Beverly Hills Dr - $469,000 | Contact Iré Gaines for more info

Other newly listed homes and land for sale:

Addis | Baton RougeCentral | Denham Springs | Geismar | Gonzales | Port Allen | Prairieville | Walker

Complete list of homes for sale: Newest Listings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area

Local and National Real Estate News

   •   Existing home sales down nationally in April [National Association of Realtors]
   •   Native plants, outdoor yoga spaces, charging states highlight top landscaping trends for 2018 [Realtor Mag]
   •   Construction to begin in June on Vintage Place neighborhood off Jones Creek Rd at Tiger Bend [Business Report]
   •   Planning Commission to vote in June on the Materra development at Woman's Hospital [Business Report]
   •   Homebuilding to begin by summer 2019 at The Sanctuary development at Babin Rd and Tiger Bend [Business Report]
   •   Rouzan development adding restaurant, retail, and Sprouts Farmers Market [Business Report]
   •   U.S. home values are rising at fastest pace in 12 years [Bloomberg]
   •   National Forecast: home sales and prices to rise [National Association of Realtors]

Current mortgage interest rates: Bank Rate

Market Statistics for Greater Baton Rouge Home Sales

With the month of May coming to a close, let's look at some of the area's sales prices and list prices. The chart below displays the average sales price in the month of May by parish in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. The average sales price is listed above the bar and the total number of homes sold in the month is listed in parenthesis next to the given parish.


The chart below depicts the average price of homes for sale in the indicated parishes. The average list price is listed above the bar and the total number of active listings are listed in parenthesis next to the parish.



 


Summertime in Louisiana - Entertainment Ideas

Summertime has arrived! Are you looking for family entertainment ideas? We have some great suggestions in our Top 10 Things to do in Louisiana blog. 

May 25, 2018

Real Estate Weekly Roundup - May 25

Memorial Day weekend is here and we remember those who sacrificed their lives serving in our military. A lot is happening in the local real estate market including new home and land listings, developments in new subdivisions, and changes in the market. On top of that, the first named storm of the hurricane season could be headed our way here in Louisiana. Below is an aggregation of real estate news, storm preparation tips, and fun ideas to kick start the summer with your family.  

New Listings from Property First Realty Group

Baton Rouge - 15760 Riverdale Ave - 99,500 | Contact Jessie Palacios for more info
Denham Springs - 10232 Sims Rd - $193,000 | Contact Johnny Mondello for more info
Prairieville - 15255 Palmetto Ln - $174,900 | Contact Sheila Payton for more info
Prairieville - 42446 Wynstone Dr - $250,000 | Contact Johnny Mondello for more info
Prairieville - 36172 Beverly Hills Dr - $469,000 | Contact Iré Gaines for more info

Other newly listed homes and land for sale:

Addis | Baton RougeCentral | Denham Springs | Geismar | Gonzales | Port Allen | Prairieville | Walker

Complete list of homes for sale: Newest Listings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area

Local and National Real Estate News

   •   Construction to begin in June on Vintage Place neighborhood off Jones Creek Rd at Tiger Bend [Business Report]
   •   Planning Commission to vote in June on the Materra development at Woman's Hospital [Business Report]
   •   Homebuilding to begin by summer 2019 at The Sanctuary development at Babin Rd and Tiger Bend [Business Report]
   •   Rouzan development adding restaurant, retail, and Sprouts Farmers Market [Business Report]
   •   U.S. home values are rising at fastest pace in 12 years [Bloomberg]
   •   National Forecast: home sales and prices to rise [National Association of Realtors]

Current mortgage interest rates: Bank Rate

Market Statistics for Greater Baton Rouge Home Sales

The below chart compares the volume sold, average sale price, and median sale price of homes in the Greater Baton Rouge area from April 2017 to April 2018.




 


Sales Tax Holiday this Weekend in Louisiana & Hurricane Prep Tips

This weekend, May 26-27, is a sales tax holiday for hurricane preparation related items. For a list of eligible items and other information, click here. As hurricane season nears, refresh your mind with our helpful hurricane preparation tips.

Summertime in Louisiana - Entertainment Ideas

Summertime has arrived! Are you looking for family entertainment ideas? We have some great suggestions in our Top 10 Things to do in Louisiana blog. Don't forget, the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival is this weekend, May 25-27.

May 23, 2018

New Subdivision: Pointe Marie in Baton Rouge

Pointe Marie -- Baton Rouge's New Destination Subdivision


  • Walkable destination development
  • Residential homes and lots are available here
  • Near L'Auberge Casino on River Road
  • Large quantity of amenities
  • Countless number of shopping, dining, and entertainment options
  • Short drive from medical facilities, LSU, and Mall of Louisiana

Pointe Marie, modeled similarly to Seaside Beach in Florida, is a sizable development being constructed on 120 acres between River Road and Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge, LA. The development will include single family residential lots, spec homes, commercial establishments, apartments, and RV pads that can be purchased or leased. Once complete, its residents will be only a short walk away from countless amenities, entertainment, and dining. Pointe Marie will have anything and everything you can think of.

Location

Pointe Marie subdivision is situated about a quarter mile from L'Auberge Casino off of River Road. From Gardere Lane, turn right onto River Road. You will pass L'Auberge and the Pointe Marie development will be on your right.

Pointe Marie map location

Amenities

The Pointe Marie development boasts an incredible list of planned amenities including community gardens, gathering centers, pool areas equipped with pavilions and cabanas, multiple green areas, restaurants, shops, and an ampitheatre. Within the development, you will find the Village Center which will host an artist colony, film district, park and pool, and hotels. Community events will be encouraged with built-in pads available for food trucks and vendor kiosks. The 40 acre RV resort will have a pool and clubhouse area. A 5K trail for walking, running, and biking will surround the Pointe Marie development in its entirety. 

Convenience

Homeowners will be in close proximity to L'Auberge Casino which offers plenty of dining and entertainment options. Pointe Marie is only a 10-20 minute drive from the LSU campus and the number of hospitals, medical facilities, shopping, dining, entertainment, and Mall of Louisiana located off of the I-10 corridor. Downtown Baton Rouge is approximately 25 minutes of driving distance away.

Homes and Lots for Sale in Pointe Marie

There are homes and lots for sale in Pointe Marie subdivision. Find the complete list of available real estate here.


Posted in New Subdivisions
May 17, 2018

2018 Parade of Homes and Open Houses May 19-20

This Weekend's Parade of Homes and Open Houses Provide Excellent Opportunity for Home Buyers

The Capital Region Builders Association's Parade of Homes is an annual event that allows the public to tour homes for free throughout several communities in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. There are 49 homes on this year's tour split across Baton Rouge, Central, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Plaquemine, Prairieville, Pride, St. Gabriel, and Zachary. The Parade of Homes continues this weekend from 11am - 5pm on Saturday, May 19th, and 1pm - 5pm on Sunday, May 20th. The Parade of Homes is an excellent opportunity to learn about new communities and view new trends in residential construction.

Outside of the many homes included in the Parade of Homes, our Realtors are hosting Open Houses of homes available for sale. See a list of our homes included in the Parade of Homes and Open Houses below:

Parade of Homes - 37397 Cypress Hollow

Our sister company, Pro One Corp, will showcase their stunning newly constructed house in the Parade of Homes. The home is located in the Hollows of Dutchtown subdivision in Prairieville and can be toured from 11am - 5pm on Saturday, May 19th, and 1pm - 5pm on Sunday, May 20th. Some of the home's highlights and features include:

  • Interior brick arch and exposed beams
  • office with built-in desk
  • common area upstairs
  • lake lot
  • community clubhouse and swimming pool


Open Houses

The below homes are for sale and will be available to tour this weekend from 11am - 5pm on Saturday, May 19th, and 1pm - 5pm on Sunday, May 20th. They are all located in the new Hollows of Dutchtown subdivision in Prairieville, LA.


For a complete list of the houses and builders on this year's Parade of Homes, visit the Capital Region Builders Association's website.

Jan. 17, 2018

2018 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule for Baton Rouge and New Orleans

Mardi Gras 2018Mardi Gras season is upon us and soon streets throughout the state of Louisiana will be flowing with bands, floats, beads, celebrities, royalty, and everything the creative mind can imagine. Below is a schedule of many of the parades in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Schedule


Krewe of Mutts - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Sunday, January 28th, 10:30 AM

Krewe of Artemis - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Friday, February 2nd, 7 PM

Krewe of Mystique - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Saturday, February 3rd, 2 PM

Krewe of Orion - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Saturday, February 3rd, 6:30 PM

Krewe of Southdowns - Southdowns Neighborhood - Friday, February 9th, 7 PM

Krewe of Spanish Town - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Saturday, February 10th, 12 PM 

New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Krewe of Excalibur - Metairie - Friday, February 2nd, 7 PM

Krewe of Barkus - French Quarter - Sunday, February 4th, 2 PM

Babylon - Uptown - Thursday, February 8th, 5:30 PM

Chaos - Uptown - Thursday, February 8th, 6:15 PM

Muses - Uptown - Thursday, February 8th, 6:30 PM

Hermes - Uptown - Friday, February 9th, 6 PM

d'Etat - Uptown - Friday, February 9th, 6:30 PM

Krewe of Morpheus - Uptown - Friday, February 9th, 7 PM

Krewe of Endymion - Mid City - Saturday, February 10th, 4:15 PM

Krewe of Bacchus - Uptown - Sunday, February 11th, 5:15 PM

Krewe of Orpheus - Uptown - Monday, February 12th, 6 PM

Krewe of Zulu - Uptown - Tuesday, February 13th, 8 AM

Rex - Uptown - Tuesday, February 13th, 10 AM

Elks Orleanians - Uptown - Tuesday, February 13th, following Rex

Crescent City - Uptown - Tuesday, February 13th, following Elks Orleanians

Jan. 12, 2018

How to Winterize your Louisiana Home

Preparing Your Louisiana Home for Freezing Temperatures

When weather reaches sustained freezing temperatures, it is important to adequately prepare your home to avoid potential damage. Since these temperatures occur seldom in a given Louisiana year, it is easy to forget everything that needs to be taken care of. Below are a few items that you should note: 

  • Wrap all exposed pipes
  • Run a small trickle of cold water at night
  • Remove/drain your hoses and sprinklers and store away (sometimes if water still resides in the hose, the entire hose will freeze up)
  • Be sure to keep your home heated, even if you are out of town
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is
  • Drain and cover your swimming pool
  • Cover your water Well if you have one
  • Bring your pets inside your home
  • Help your energy costs by reversing your ceiling fans to swing clockwise to circulate warm air through the room
  • Check your insulation and your furnace filter
  • Check the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers handy

FireplaceKeep in mind that more house fires occur in the fall and winter than any other time of year as homeowners increase the usage of their heaters. As mentioned, it is imperative that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Avoid overloading electrical circuits and be aware of the candles you light.

Additionally, be careful where you store firewood as it may attract unwanted pests around your house. 

Oct. 4, 2017

Real Estate Market Report -- August 2017

The real estate market reports for the month of August for East Baton Rouge Parish, Ascension Parish, and Livingston Parish have been released. These reports provide a quick glimpse into the numbers of new listings, sales prices, inventory of homes for sale, and days on the market throughout the region. Have questions about what these numbers mean and how they translate to your situation? Contact one of our agents here!

Some key real estate stats for the month of August in the Greater Baton Rouge area include:

  • There was a 22.8% increase in new listings in the area
  • There was a 2.2% decrease in inventory of homes for sale
  • The median sales price was $191,200
  • Days on Market was down 30.4% with the average listing being 48 days

Check out the detailed reports below for the Greater Baton Rouge area as well as each individual parish. 


Ascension Parish August Report:


East Baton Rouge Parish August Report:


Livingston Parish August Report:


The above reports are published monthly by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors.

Sept. 19, 2017

New Real Estate Listings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area

Market Update: New Real Estate Listings and Price Changes

Below is a compilation of our newest listings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. Feel free to contact the Listing Agent identified below each home to receive more information on the property or to view the home!

5004 Shenandoah Lane Place • Baton Rouge, LA

• List Price: $425,000

• 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath

• Shenandoah Lane subdivision

• For more information or to view the home, contact the Listing Agent, Kai Smith, here.


16192 N Galvez Ave • Prairieville, LA

• List Price: $210,000

• 3 Bed, 2 Bath

• Villa Galvez subdivision

• For more information or to view the home, contact the Listing Agent, Kai Smith, here.


213 Lucky St • Plattenville, LA

• List Price: $160,000

• 3 Bed, 2 Bath

• Lucky Hit subdivision

• For more information to to view the home, contact the Listing Agent, Shari Jacobson, here.


45335 Penny Duplessis Rd • St Amant, LA

• List Price: $119,500

• 3 Bed, 2 Bath

• Penny Place subdivision

• For more information to to view the home, contact the Listing Agent, Cathy Chifici, here.


*LAND • Moody Dixon Rd • Prairieville, LA

• List Price: $59,900

• Multiple lots available

• 1/2 Acre each lot

• Rural Tract (no subdivision)

• For more information, contact the Listing Agent, CaBrena Roberts, here.


Real Estate Price Reductions in the Greater Baton Rouge Area

Prices have recently been reduced in these listings in Ascension and Livingston Parishes. Click the addresses below to view more information on these properties!


View all of the most recent HOUSE and CONDO listings by clicking the links below.

View all of the most recent listings for LAND in the Greater Baton Rouge Area by clicking the links below! 


Have questions about the home buying process? Check out our Home Buying Frequently Asked Questions or contact one of our real estate agents!