Monthly Archives: July 2011

Playing with Photography River Ranch, Lafayette, LA

I always loved photography. I am no professional but I believe that photography is like anything else, it takes practice to become good and more practice to become great.

I also have to admit that I am a fan of Teresa Boardman’s blog and I love her photography. So lately, I’ve been praticing and playing with apps on my iPad to see what I could do with some of my own pictures.

The pictures below were taken in the Village of River Ranch in Lafayette. It’s probably one of the best places to take pictures in Lafayette because it is so colorful, stores and homes alike.

Stores in River Ranch, Lafayette, LA

Row of retail stores in the village of River Ranch.

Homes in River Ranch, Lafayette, LA

I love the colorful, cottage style homes in River Ranch. I think they also make great photos. The effects on these pictures were achieved using an app called Dynalight (thank you Teresa for the tip) and it is available for $0.99!

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in River Ranch, contact me.

To view available homes in River Ranch, click here.

 

 

Mr. Seller, is Your Home Looking Out of Season?

Mr. Seller, when is the last time you googled your property to see what it looks like online? More than 90% of buyers are searching for properties online nowadays so the way your home looks on the Internet is very, very important.

I am currently prospecting as a buyer for property in New Brunswick, Canada. This listing was sent to me this month (July) by my Realtor. Now, I know Canada is cold and there is snow in the winter time (I grew up there), but that part of Canada does not stay frozen year round. What the heck?

home in New Brunswick Canada with snow in front yard

I certainly was relieved when my Realtor told me it wasn’t his listing. This, in my book, is totally unacceptable and shows a Realtor not doing his job and a seller not paying attention.

Beach in New Brunswick Canada with snow

If I were you, Mr. Seller, I would have fired my Realtor months ago, shortly after the snow melted and the grass turned green. I have to admit that your house is standing out of the crowd online with the snow in the front yard in July. Somehow, though, I don’t believe it is helping. Your home is still for sale, is it not?

Mr. Seller, when you list your property with me, I will not let this happen. Yes, I know, we don’t have these extremes in Lafayette, Louisiana. Yet, I often see homes with yellow grass and leafless trees in the summer time in our MLS. Your Realtor’s job is to help you sell your home and make it look at its best, especially on the Internet.

So, Mr. Seller, is your Realtor really working to help you sell your home? I mean, really?

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Lafayette Parish Home Sales: 10 years in Review

Below is a graph showing home sales in Lafayette Parish since 2000. This is only for Detached Single Family homes and does not include attached dwellings (condos, townhomes) or mobile homes.

 Lafayette Parish Home Sales 2000-2011

Home sales in Lafayette Parish reached their highest peak between 2005 and 2007 following hurricane Katrina and the housing boom it created in Acadiana. Since 2008, homes sales have fallen to levels slightly above what they were in 2004. Home sales are on pace this year to be near what they were in 2010.

Lafayette Parish Average Home Price 2000-2011

The average price for homes in Lafayette parish increased at a faster paste between 2005 and 2008 following Katrina. The increased demand after the hurricane and the limited supply at the time cause this increased in prices. Since 2008, prices have fallen, but not below what they were pre-Katrina. So far this year, the average price for homes is higher than it was last year. Could this signal that we have hit bottom for our area? Only time will tell.

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Village of River Ranch, Lafayette, LA – Home Sales 2006-2011

Because people often ask me how home sales are doing in the Village of River Ranch, I’ve decided to pull the numbers for the past 5 years. The graphs represent home sales and prices in River Ranch between January 1st and July 25th each year and do not include sales of condos.

River Ranch Home Sales 2006-2011

The number of home sales is less than half of what it was 5 years ago for the same period.

River Ranch Average Price 2006-2011

The average sales price for homes in River Ranch is down from it high of $713,846 in 2008 and is now $588,866.

River Ranch Average Price per sqft 2006-2011

In 2008, at its highest, the average price per square foot for a home in River Ranch was $215.25. This year, it is $196.20/sqft, down from $197.18 in 2010.

Inventory remains high in River Ranch with 28 homes available. The average price for active listings is $593,994 and $205.91/sqft. The average days on the market for active properties is currently 234 days.

The average days on the market for the homes that have sold so far this year is 288 days, which is more than twice the average for all home sales in our area.

Click here to view all available properties in the Village of River Ranch.

If you would like more information about River Ranch or any other neighborhood in Acadiana, contact me.

Monthly Archives: July 2011

Playing with Photography River Ranch, Lafayette, LA

I always loved photography. I am no professional but I believe that photography is like anything else, it takes practice to become good and more practice to become great.

I also have to admit that I am a fan of Teresa Boardman’s blog and I love her photography. So lately, I’ve been praticing and playing with apps on my iPad to see what I could do with some of my own pictures.

The pictures below were taken in the Village of River Ranch in Lafayette. It’s probably one of the best places to take pictures in Lafayette because it is so colorful, stores and homes alike.

Stores in River Ranch, Lafayette, LA

Row of retail stores in the village of River Ranch.

Homes in River Ranch, Lafayette, LA

I love the colorful, cottage style homes in River Ranch. I think they also make great photos. The effects on these pictures were achieved using an app called Dynalight (thank you Teresa for the tip) and it is available for $0.99!

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in River Ranch, contact me.

To view available homes in River Ranch, click here.

 

 

Mr. Seller, is Your Home Looking Out of Season?

Mr. Seller, when is the last time you googled your property to see what it looks like online? More than 90% of buyers are searching for properties online nowadays so the way your home looks on the Internet is very, very important.

I am currently prospecting as a buyer for property in New Brunswick, Canada. This listing was sent to me this month (July) by my Realtor. Now, I know Canada is cold and there is snow in the winter time (I grew up there), but that part of Canada does not stay frozen year round. What the heck?

home in New Brunswick Canada with snow in front yard

I certainly was relieved when my Realtor told me it wasn’t his listing. This, in my book, is totally unacceptable and shows a Realtor not doing his job and a seller not paying attention.

Beach in New Brunswick Canada with snow

If I were you, Mr. Seller, I would have fired my Realtor months ago, shortly after the snow melted and the grass turned green. I have to admit that your house is standing out of the crowd online with the snow in the front yard in July. Somehow, though, I don’t believe it is helping. Your home is still for sale, is it not?

Mr. Seller, when you list your property with me, I will not let this happen. Yes, I know, we don’t have these extremes in Lafayette, Louisiana. Yet, I often see homes with yellow grass and leafless trees in the summer time in our MLS. Your Realtor’s job is to help you sell your home and make it look at its best, especially on the Internet.

So, Mr. Seller, is your Realtor really working to help you sell your home? I mean, really?

logo La Real Estate Doctor.com

Lafayette Parish Home Sales: 10 years in Review

Below is a graph showing home sales in Lafayette Parish since 2000. This is only for Detached Single Family homes and does not include attached dwellings (condos, townhomes) or mobile homes.

 Lafayette Parish Home Sales 2000-2011

Home sales in Lafayette Parish reached their highest peak between 2005 and 2007 following hurricane Katrina and the housing boom it created in Acadiana. Since 2008, homes sales have fallen to levels slightly above what they were in 2004. Home sales are on pace this year to be near what they were in 2010.

Lafayette Parish Average Home Price 2000-2011

The average price for homes in Lafayette parish increased at a faster paste between 2005 and 2008 following Katrina. The increased demand after the hurricane and the limited supply at the time cause this increased in prices. Since 2008, prices have fallen, but not below what they were pre-Katrina. So far this year, the average price for homes is higher than it was last year. Could this signal that we have hit bottom for our area? Only time will tell.

logo La Real Estate Doctor.com

Village of River Ranch, Lafayette, LA – Home Sales 2006-2011

Because people often ask me how home sales are doing in the Village of River Ranch, I’ve decided to pull the numbers for the past 5 years. The graphs represent home sales and prices in River Ranch between January 1st and July 25th each year and do not include sales of condos.

River Ranch Home Sales 2006-2011

The number of home sales is less than half of what it was 5 years ago for the same period.

River Ranch Average Price 2006-2011

The average sales price for homes in River Ranch is down from it high of $713,846 in 2008 and is now $588,866.

River Ranch Average Price per sqft 2006-2011

In 2008, at its highest, the average price per square foot for a home in River Ranch was $215.25. This year, it is $196.20/sqft, down from $197.18 in 2010.

Inventory remains high in River Ranch with 28 homes available. The average price for active listings is $593,994 and $205.91/sqft. The average days on the market for active properties is currently 234 days.

The average days on the market for the homes that have sold so far this year is 288 days, which is more than twice the average for all home sales in our area.

Click here to view all available properties in the Village of River Ranch.

If you would like more information about River Ranch or any other neighborhood in Acadiana, contact me.