Monthly Archives: January 2012

Military Personnel Can Obtain $5,000 First-Time Home Buyer Credit

Good news for Military Home Buyers!

The PenFed Foundation (Pentagon Foundation through the US Govt) is providing $5,000 Grants for First Time Military Home Buyers. The grants are available to Military Personnel,  (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard or Veteran), to Department of Defense employees and to Department of Homeland Security employees.

Not grant available to military family buying first homeexactly a first time home buyer? Well, there might be a loophole for you, too. The grant is open to you if you’re a first-time home buyer, OR you have not owned a home for the last three years, OR you have lost your home through divorce or disaster.

You have to contribute at least $500 to your down payment and Dream Makers will match your contribution three-to-one, up to $5,000.  In order to qualify, your gross household income, including allowances, that you use to qualify for your mortgage loan also has to be less than $55,000 per year, OR, A maximum of 80% of your community’s median income based on your family size.

You can fill out your Dream Makers application online by visiting the Pentagon Foundation here. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call or send me an email and I will put you in touch with the right lender and then we can go find your dream home!

Real Estate Sells Year Round!

Almost all the sellers I meet these days want to know if they should wait until the spring to list their home. I tell them all the same thing: our inventory is low right now therefore there is less competition, and we have 473 homes pending in the area, including 305 in Lafayette parish alone. Your home could be one of those. Not to mention that buyers are out looking; I’ve shown properties to 4 different buyers this past week.

We usually think of the spring as the season for real estate, much like we think of the spring as the season for baby animals. On our farm however, babies are born whenever they’re ready and that is usually not in the spring. Two nights ago was one one of the coldest night we’ve had so far this year and that’s when this baby calf decided it was time. Same is true for buyers. When they find the right home, they don’t care what season we’re in.

Calf born in the middle of winter

It is true that more real estate is bought/sold in the spring and summer but buyers buy year round, much like baby animals are born year round. If you’re ready to sell, there’s really no time like now to put your home on the market!

The Car in the Tree in Abbeville, LA

Yes, it is a real car up in the tree. This car has been there for as long as I can remember (15+years). My husband says that there used to be another car in that tree when he was a child. Why they keep putting cars in the tree, I’m not sure. To make people talk, perhaps?

Car in a tree in Abbeville, LA

I was tempted to say “only in Louisiana” but I’m sure there are other cars in trees somewhere. If you want to see the car in the tree for yourself, it is on Hwy 82, just north of Abbeville.

Gorgeous Lots for Sale in Abbeville, LA

If you are looking for property in Vermilion parish to build a nice home, you need to consider Bayou Marron Subdivision just south of Abbeville and about 5 minutes from downtown. Located off of S. Henry, Bayou Marron is a small oasis filled with mature trees along Coulee Kinney and just a few feet away from the Vermilion River.

One of the lots I just listed (above) has water frontage and is .65 acre. It is available for $30,000. The lot next to it is also available. It is .81 acre and listed for $14,000. These two lots are on Rue de Bayou, near the cul-de-sac.

I also listed 3 lots on Avenue des Chenes, the other street in Bayou Marron. These lots are about 1/2 acre each and are available for $18,000. If you are a builder, the seller is willing to negotiate a great deal on all five lots.

The minimum square footage in the subdivision is 2000, and 2880 for a two-story home. There are currently two beautiful homes in the subdivision.

Click here for more information about these lots in Bayou Marron Subdivision or contact me.

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Military Personnel Can Obtain $5,000 First-Time Home Buyer Credit

Good news for Military Home Buyers!

The PenFed Foundation (Pentagon Foundation through the US Govt) is providing $5,000 Grants for First Time Military Home Buyers. The grants are available to Military Personnel,  (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard or Veteran), to Department of Defense employees and to Department of Homeland Security employees.

Not grant available to military family buying first homeexactly a first time home buyer? Well, there might be a loophole for you, too. The grant is open to you if you’re a first-time home buyer, OR you have not owned a home for the last three years, OR you have lost your home through divorce or disaster.

You have to contribute at least $500 to your down payment and Dream Makers will match your contribution three-to-one, up to $5,000.  In order to qualify, your gross household income, including allowances, that you use to qualify for your mortgage loan also has to be less than $55,000 per year, OR, A maximum of 80% of your community’s median income based on your family size.

You can fill out your Dream Makers application online by visiting the Pentagon Foundation here. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call or send me an email and I will put you in touch with the right lender and then we can go find your dream home!

Real Estate Sells Year Round!

Almost all the sellers I meet these days want to know if they should wait until the spring to list their home. I tell them all the same thing: our inventory is low right now therefore there is less competition, and we have 473 homes pending in the area, including 305 in Lafayette parish alone. Your home could be one of those. Not to mention that buyers are out looking; I’ve shown properties to 4 different buyers this past week.

We usually think of the spring as the season for real estate, much like we think of the spring as the season for baby animals. On our farm however, babies are born whenever they’re ready and that is usually not in the spring. Two nights ago was one one of the coldest night we’ve had so far this year and that’s when this baby calf decided it was time. Same is true for buyers. When they find the right home, they don’t care what season we’re in.

Calf born in the middle of winter

It is true that more real estate is bought/sold in the spring and summer but buyers buy year round, much like baby animals are born year round. If you’re ready to sell, there’s really no time like now to put your home on the market!

The Car in the Tree in Abbeville, LA

Yes, it is a real car up in the tree. This car has been there for as long as I can remember (15+years). My husband says that there used to be another car in that tree when he was a child. Why they keep putting cars in the tree, I’m not sure. To make people talk, perhaps?

Car in a tree in Abbeville, LA

I was tempted to say “only in Louisiana” but I’m sure there are other cars in trees somewhere. If you want to see the car in the tree for yourself, it is on Hwy 82, just north of Abbeville.

Gorgeous Lots for Sale in Abbeville, LA

If you are looking for property in Vermilion parish to build a nice home, you need to consider Bayou Marron Subdivision just south of Abbeville and about 5 minutes from downtown. Located off of S. Henry, Bayou Marron is a small oasis filled with mature trees along Coulee Kinney and just a few feet away from the Vermilion River.

One of the lots I just listed (above) has water frontage and is .65 acre. It is available for $30,000. The lot next to it is also available. It is .81 acre and listed for $14,000. These two lots are on Rue de Bayou, near the cul-de-sac.

I also listed 3 lots on Avenue des Chenes, the other street in Bayou Marron. These lots are about 1/2 acre each and are available for $18,000. If you are a builder, the seller is willing to negotiate a great deal on all five lots.

The minimum square footage in the subdivision is 2000, and 2880 for a two-story home. There are currently two beautiful homes in the subdivision.

Click here for more information about these lots in Bayou Marron Subdivision or contact me.