Are You Thinking of a Career Change?

Have you been thinking about a career change and owning your own business? Do you enjoy working with people, would love to help others achieve their real estate dreams, and want a flexible schedule? Have you ever considered a career in real estate?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, join us tonight at 5:30 (July 2nd) or Wednesday, July 16th at noon for a free real estate career seminar at our Keller Williams office in Lafayette. There, you’ll learn about the requirements for starting a business in real estate and what we offer to our associates at Keller Williams Realty.

real estate seminar in Lafayette, la

Starting a business in real estate, as a Realtor, is fairly simple, quick, and inexpensive compared to the costs of starting other types of businesses. Truth is, real estate is probably one of the lowest cost start up there is. Obtaining your license and paying the initial fees for the first year will run you about $1500. Maintaining your license afterwards with all the mandated fees will costs you around $1500 per year. What other kind of business can you start and run for this kind of money? And when it comes to income, the sky is the limit; you can build it as small or as large as you envision it. Really.

Keller Williams is looking to hire and train a select group of motivated Realtors. If you are looking to build a career in real estate, or looking to take your existing career to the next level, there is no better place to do so than the #1 Real Estate Brokerage in North America. At Keller Williams, our mission is to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living. We can teach you the ins and outs of building a successful real estate business, and we offer the tools of the trade that will get you there. No experience necessary; We will train you!

For more information, visit my redcareers website here on contact me via email with your questions.

Lafayette Real Estate Market Report: March 2014

The numbers are in for the first quarter of 2014. Home sales and pending home sales are on the rise in Lafayette and Acadiana, as is usually the case in the spring.

Lafayette and Acadiana home sales first quarter 2014

Home sales pending in Lafayette and Acadiana

Meanwhile, our inventory of homes available is still having a hard time keeping up with the demand. This seems to have been the story these past few months as our market shifted into a seller’s market.

Homes for sale in Lafayette and Acadiana

If you have been thinking about selling your home, now is a great time to do so. If you are in the market to buy a home or an investment property, be prepared to have some competition as we are seeing multiple offer situations, especially in the city of Lafayette.

Whether you are in the market to buy or sell a home, or invest in real estate, contact us today. You’ll be glad you did!

Parade of Homes Edition 2014

This year’s Parade of Homes in Lafayette and Acadiana is right around the corner. Mark your calendars: April 5, 6, 12 & 13, 2014.

I love the Parade of Homes as it is a wonderful opportunity to view the trends in new home constructions: architectures, floor plans, the colors, the materials, the features, and everything else that makes it fun to look at new homes!

Parade of Homes in Lafayette, LA

215 Quiet Oaks in Copper Meadows (Youngsville, LA) will be in the 2014 edition of the Parade of Homes.

This year’s edition of the Parade of Homes features 33 new homes located in 21 subdivisions across Acadiana. A total of  27 state-licensed AHBA builder members are involved. If you are thinking about building a new home, this is the perfect opportunity to view what they do and perhaps even meet a few of them.

Tickets cost $7 and are currently on sale at Doug Ashy on Johnston St. and on Verot School Rd and at the Acadian Home Builders Association on N. Domingue Rd in Lafayette. During parade hours, tickets will be available at Village Café on Degaulle Square in River Ranch.

Below is the list of the subdivisions that will have homes in this year’s Parade. Specific addresses, maps, and photos are only available  in the Official Parade of Homes Guidebook that you receive with your ticket purchase.

Note that the links below take you to available homes in each of the subdivisions featured in this year’s Parade. Not all homes in the Parade are/will be listed in the MLS.  These links are updated nightly in sink with the Acadiana Multiple Listing Service and always up to date.

LAFAYETTE
Acacia Oaks
Anastasia Acres
Audubon Plantation
Brookshire Gardens
Charleston Village
Crystal Cove
Ella Trace
Island Oaks Plantation
La Cheniere
Olde Towne at Millcreek
River Ranch
Tolson Oaks
Walker’s Village

DUSON
Arrowwood

CARENCRO
Oak Cove

YOUNGSVILLE
Copper Meadows
Meadow Bend
Oak Shadows

BROUSSARD
Cypress Meadows
Mon Jardin
Village at Broussard

For more information, contact me today or visit the official Parade of Homes page of the Acadian Home Builder Association.

This Month in Real Estate: March 2014

Every month, Keller Williams Realty produces a video to keep us informed about the national trends and numbers in real estate. This month, Jay Papasan (US video) talks about the shift in the market and what it means for buyers while John Furber (Canada) gives buyers and investors tips on finding a great deal.

Our market is most definitely shifting in the Lafayette area. In the city of Lafayette (areas G1, G2. & G3), our MLS shows 4.03 months of inventory as the average for the past 12 months, which clearly denotes that we are in a seller’s market. In Lafayette parish as a whole, the average is 4.55 months.

If you are thinking about selling your home, now is a great time to do so! And if you are in the market to buy, you better be ready!

And for Canada