Monthly Archives: November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, wherever you are. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for in my life and today, I am certainly thankful that I don’t have to do much cooking. We will be visiting with my husband’s cousins and family and I’m bringing some desserts.

There are great deals on homes in the Lafayette, LA area these days

Tomorrow will be shopping day for many seeking sales around town and getting Christmas presents for their loved ones . I will be working and would love to help some of you shop for a new home. Indeed, if you found a home this weekend, you could move in just in time for Christmas! Why wait?

Looking for Homes for Rent or Lease around Lafayette, LA?

As a Realtor, I often get calls on my listings from people who are looking for homes to rent or lease (they want to know if my sellers would lease and well, most sellers actually want to sell). Unlike homes for sale which can be found in the MLS, there is no one database for rentals in Acadiana but there are a couple of places where you should look if you are looking to rent or lease a home in our area:

Quick Quarter:Sources for rental properties in Lafayette, LA This is a Classifieds-only publication that comes out once a week. You can find it in convenience stores in the area and other local businesses. You can also browse online in the homes for rent section.

Homefinder: In the Sunday edition of the Daily Advertiser, there is a section called the Homefinder. While it mostly features homes for sale, some of the local property managers also advertise their rentals and you can find them in the last couple of pages of the insert. You can also browse rentals online here.

Key Property Management: This is one of the property management company in town and they features several rentals on their website.

Of course, if you are looking to buy a home in our area, I would love to assist you in finding the perfect property for you.  Contact me today!

 

Flippin’ Over Flips!

With interest rates remaining very low, investors are out looking for properties where they can put their money to work for them and make a profit. One way some are doing this is by flipping properties or the process of finding, fixing, and reselling homes.

The book “Flip” is, in my opinion, the best “how to” manual on the subject (and I’ve read a few). In fact, when I received a call from a friend last week who told me she was looking for her first flip, I told her to get a copy of the book immediately.

As with any money-making venture, there are risks involved in flipping properties. What if it doesn’t sell fast once it’s ready or for the price that was expected? What if the renovations end up costing more (even a lot more) than anticipated?

On the other hand, some investors are very successful with this venture. A friend of mine even quit his job after a couple of years of flippin’ part time because he was making more money with this flips than with his job. He is now a full-time investor/flipper and doing very well.

The best way to approach flips is do to your homework ahead of time and make your money when you buy the property, as oppose to when you sell it. One of the key component of the process is also patience as it often takes time to find the right property at the right price. Again, “Flip” gives you the road map that will help you minimize the risks and maximize your profits.

And so, I am actively looking for properties that offer flip potential for my clients (perhaps even for myself). If you have or know of a property that has flippin’ potential, please contact me today and let’s make a deal!

 

 

As Seen on Okra!

This billboard made me laugh out loud when I saw it. It also made me realize that every day, we drive around and see dozens of billboards while very few will actually stick in our minds (or make us laugh). The message here is funny, memorable and to the point. Simply brilliant!

Zatarain advertisement on the roadThis billboard is located on Vermilion Parkway (Hwy 167) between E. Broussard Road and Maurice. You can see it if you are driving from Maurice to Lafayette on the left hand side of the road.

When is the last time you saw a sign and thought: “I wish I had come up with that idea?”

Monthly Archives: November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, wherever you are. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for in my life and today, I am certainly thankful that I don’t have to do much cooking. We will be visiting with my husband’s cousins and family and I’m bringing some desserts.

There are great deals on homes in the Lafayette, LA area these days

Tomorrow will be shopping day for many seeking sales around town and getting Christmas presents for their loved ones . I will be working and would love to help some of you shop for a new home. Indeed, if you found a home this weekend, you could move in just in time for Christmas! Why wait?

Looking for Homes for Rent or Lease around Lafayette, LA?

As a Realtor, I often get calls on my listings from people who are looking for homes to rent or lease (they want to know if my sellers would lease and well, most sellers actually want to sell). Unlike homes for sale which can be found in the MLS, there is no one database for rentals in Acadiana but there are a couple of places where you should look if you are looking to rent or lease a home in our area:

Quick Quarter:Sources for rental properties in Lafayette, LA This is a Classifieds-only publication that comes out once a week. You can find it in convenience stores in the area and other local businesses. You can also browse online in the homes for rent section.

Homefinder: In the Sunday edition of the Daily Advertiser, there is a section called the Homefinder. While it mostly features homes for sale, some of the local property managers also advertise their rentals and you can find them in the last couple of pages of the insert. You can also browse rentals online here.

Key Property Management: This is one of the property management company in town and they features several rentals on their website.

Of course, if you are looking to buy a home in our area, I would love to assist you in finding the perfect property for you.  Contact me today!

 

Flippin’ Over Flips!

With interest rates remaining very low, investors are out looking for properties where they can put their money to work for them and make a profit. One way some are doing this is by flipping properties or the process of finding, fixing, and reselling homes.

The book “Flip” is, in my opinion, the best “how to” manual on the subject (and I’ve read a few). In fact, when I received a call from a friend last week who told me she was looking for her first flip, I told her to get a copy of the book immediately.

As with any money-making venture, there are risks involved in flipping properties. What if it doesn’t sell fast once it’s ready or for the price that was expected? What if the renovations end up costing more (even a lot more) than anticipated?

On the other hand, some investors are very successful with this venture. A friend of mine even quit his job after a couple of years of flippin’ part time because he was making more money with this flips than with his job. He is now a full-time investor/flipper and doing very well.

The best way to approach flips is do to your homework ahead of time and make your money when you buy the property, as oppose to when you sell it. One of the key component of the process is also patience as it often takes time to find the right property at the right price. Again, “Flip” gives you the road map that will help you minimize the risks and maximize your profits.

And so, I am actively looking for properties that offer flip potential for my clients (perhaps even for myself). If you have or know of a property that has flippin’ potential, please contact me today and let’s make a deal!

 

 

As Seen on Okra!

This billboard made me laugh out loud when I saw it. It also made me realize that every day, we drive around and see dozens of billboards while very few will actually stick in our minds (or make us laugh). The message here is funny, memorable and to the point. Simply brilliant!

Zatarain advertisement on the roadThis billboard is located on Vermilion Parkway (Hwy 167) between E. Broussard Road and Maurice. You can see it if you are driving from Maurice to Lafayette on the left hand side of the road.

When is the last time you saw a sign and thought: “I wish I had come up with that idea?”