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Immaculate 3 Bedroom Home

in Nicholson Lakes 
3101 Nicholson Lake
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Immaculate 3 Bedroom Close to LSU

Right on the corner, right on the price!
Immaculate three bedroom is situated on a large corner lot with an abundance of green space maintained by the association… And overlooking the lake! Fit for today's open concept lifestyle, all living/dining and cooking areas open to one another…with a wall of windows overlooking the patio and landscaped backyard. Ceramic tile flooring and countertops enhance the spaciousness, accented by stainless appliances. Master suite has wood flooring, rear views, and large bath with separate vanities, garden tub, shower, and walk in closet. Home has front load garage and comes with washer/dryer and fridge. All you need to bring are your clothes and furnishings!
Charming home so close to LSU, downtown, and the Essen/Bluebonnet corridor. Call or text 225-335-5395 for more info.

3101 Nicholson Lake Dr.

Baton Rouge, LA 70810


 

Immaculate 3 Bedroom Close to LSU

Right on the corner, right on the price!
Immaculate three bedroom is situated on a large corner lot with an abundance of green space maintained by the association… And overlooking the lake! Fit for today's open concept lifestyle, all living/dining and cooking areas open to one another…with a wall of windows overlooking the patio and landscaped backyard. Ceramic tile flooring and countertops enhance the spaciousness, accented by stainless appliances. Master suite has wood flooring, rear views, and large bath with separate vanities, garden tub, shower, and walk in closet. Home has front load garage and comes with washer/dryer and fridge. All you need to bring are your clothes and furnishings!
Charming home so close to LSU, downtown, and the Essen/Bluebonnet corridor. Call or text 225-335-5395 for more info.

3101 Nicholson Lake Dr.

Baton Rouge, LA 70810


 

Small business, big opportunities: Tips for women focused on managing their small businesses

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It’s no secret small businesses are essential to the economy. The latest U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners reported women owned 7.8 million businesses and accounted for 28.7 percent of all businesses nationwide. These small business firms generated $1.2 trillion in receipts. Given the challenges facing small businesses, now more than ever women are navigating work-life demands, business management and talent retention issues.

In fact, women are more concerned about virtually every economic factor than men, including the effectiveness of government leaders (76 percent vs. 73 percent), commodities prices (76 percent vs. 70 percent) and healthcare costs (75 percent vs. 66 percent), says the recent Bank of America Small Business Owner Report, a semi-annual study exploring the concerns, aspirations and perspectives of small business owners nationwide.
The report also revealed that running a small business causes owners – both men and women – three times as much stress as raising children and twice as much stress as maintaining a healthy relationship with a spouse or partner. However, women do not give themselves the free time that men do – 62 percent compared to 53 percent.
“Small business owners are constantly making sacrifices and prioritizing the success of their business over other personal priorities in their lives, but there are some simple ways to maintain a better work-life balance,” says Steve Strauss, small business expert and USA TODAY columnist.  
Strauss offers the following tips to managing the daily juggling act of owning a small business: 
* Build a diverse support system: While a vast majority of small business owners need some level of financial guidance, often in the form of occasional or ongoing expert advice, the report finds more women than men engage an accountant/bookkeeper (79 percent vs. 70 percent), a financial advisor (73 percent vs. 65 percent) or banker (52 percent vs. 47 percent) to help them run their businesses. Resources such as these can expand your network, provide essential professional support and keep you current on relevant trends.
* Use tech tools and resources available to you: According to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report women are actually more likely than men to view technology as a useful cash management tool. For example, female small business owners are more likely to view online banking (78 percent vs. 67 percent of their male counterparts) or direct payments (46 percent vs. 35 percent of males) as helpful in managing their small business.  Electronic invoicing, online payroll services and mobile banking are other resources that can help. If you’re not already using these types of tools, be sure to speak with your financial institution about how to better manage your finances and improve efficiency. 
* Boost your competitive edge in the war for talent: The financial benefits you offer current and potential employees can be a deal maker … or deal breaker. The good news is that small businesses now have access to 401(k) and IRA products designed specifically for their needs and budgets. For example, Merrill Edge Small Business 401(k) is designed for small businesses’ unique needs and offers a simplified, easy-to-manage retirement plan with lower costs than many traditional 401(k) plans, enabling owners to provide an important benefit to their employees. Offering these benefits is more important for women particularly when coupled with the cultural and work-life balance perks that often make small businesses attractive to employees, and they can boost your competitive edge.  
With the right expertise and tools, small business owners can be equipped to improve their work-life balance. 

Courtesy of BPT

New resource helps moms overcome dinnertime challenges

As every parent knows, the dinner hour can be fraught with friction and frustration – how can you get your picky eater to abandon his “no green foods” rule or make your chatterbox stop talking long enough to take a bite?

Relax, says mother of three, parenting expert and author of “The Big Book of Parenting Solutions,” Dr. Michele Borba, who notes that all parents want to feed their kids well and enjoy the time together at the table. “Sometimes, the littlest members of the family establish patterns at mealtime that are difficult to break,” Borba says. “Thankfully, there are scores of parents out there who have gone or are going through the same challenges; communities where moms can discuss and, hopefully, provide solutions to the everyday dinner time challenges from picky eaters to table manners.”

Other tips for dealing with picky eaters, provided by Borba and registered dietician, Dr. Felicia Stoler include:

 

  • Don’t make it a big deal. “Research shows that picky eaters can become even pickier depending on how we respond,” Borba says. “It’s best to be neutral and calm and hold off on lectures. In fact, the less said about the food, the better.”
  • Branch out. “The best way to get the pickiest eaters to discover new foods is to send them to a friend or family member’s house,” Stoler says. “I am amazed at what picky kids will eat at my house and what my kids have tried at other people’s homes.”
  • Turn your kid onto cooking shows. “One mom swore her kid was the world’s pickiest eater,” Borba says. “One day she caught her daughter watching a cooking show and it was the ‘moment’ she’d been waiting for. She bought her a small recipe box and showed her daughter how to find recipes on the internet. Each week her daughter found a recipe and encouraged her mom to make it. The best part: she ate it.”
  • Mix favorites with new tastes. “Children will refuse to try new foods without anything familiar on their plate,” Stoler says. “Try filling their plate with their favorite foods and add a small amount of the new food to inch them toward exploring new flavors.  My son loves pasta so I just make sure to mix in different vegetables each week to have him try something different. On top of that,  traditional pasta sauce has two servings of veggies in every half cup so I always feel confident that he’s receiving a wholesome meal.”

Finally, trying a family-friendly recipe like Veggie Pizza Cupcakes that’s fun to make and eat with the kids will get everyone around the table and asking for seconds. 

Veggie Pizza Cupcakes

For meat-lover’s cupcakes, substitute cooked ground beef for the veggies. Simply mix it in with the sauce and continue as in recipe.

Ingredients

1 package (12 oz.) refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1-1/2 cups assorted diced fresh vegetables (red bell pepper, zucchini, summer squash, onion)

1-1/2 cups Traditional Pasta Sauce

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 oz.)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll biscuits and press each into a 3-inch round. Evenly press each biscuit in bottom and up sides of each cup in 12-cup muffin pan; chill until ready to fill.

2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in 10-inch skillet and cook vegetables, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in pasta sauce and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 2 minutes or until slightly reduced.

3. Evenly spoon vegetable mixture into prepared muffin cups. Bake 15 minutes. Evenly sprinkle tops with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and biscuits are golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Gently remove pizza cups from muffin pan and serve.

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 20 Minutes

Yield: 10 pizza cups

Nutrition Information per serving

Calories 140, Calories From Fat 45, Total Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 460mg, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 5g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 6 percent, Vitamin C 25 percent, Calcium 4 percent, Iron 6 percent.

Courtesy of BPT

Financial management for nonprofit organizations


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Your organization’s financial health depends upon sound financial management. Nonprofits have an obligation to act as responsible stewards in managing their financial resources. Nonprofits should use their financial resources to accomplish their missions in an effective and efficient manner. In addition, an organization is accountable to its board, staff and the general public to know how much revenue it is receiving and how that money is being spent. It also needs to ensure that grants and all other income are spent in the manner intended. Establishing clear policies and practices to regularly monitor how funds are used will make managing your organization’s finances simpler and easy to account for.

A great place to start is creating and following an annual budget. Look at your budget as a plan that identifies the financial resources to achieve your objectives. Once constructed, this plan assists staff and board in managing the organization financially throughout the year. Unique accounting standards require that nonprofit organizations report contributed income in one of three categories – unrestricted, temporarily restricted, or permanently restricted. It is a good idea to track the revenues by fund category.

It is important to plan ahead for difficult financial times. The demand for services is increasing at the same time that traditional sources of funding are shrinking and changing. Nonprofit leaders know that it will take creativity, innovation, and focus to weather this period. Adapting to these challenges also demands leadership and an open mind. A wise choice would be to develop a reserve fund as well as an investment policy for your organization.

Auditors have always considered the quality and sufficiency of internal controls as a component of an audit. When weaknesses in internal controls are observed, audit firms are more likely to highlight organizational shortcomings by submitting a management letter to an organization’s board of directors citing weaknesses and recommending action. Establishing appropriate internal controls will help prevent improper use of funds and to ensure that costs are controlled. Establishing these controls will also assist your organization in an audit or financial review

Financial Management will help you understand basic practices and build the basic systems and practices needed in a healthy business. For more information visit the Center for Nonprofit Success website at http://www.cfnps.org

Courtesy of BPT

3 Bedroom Home off Perkins Rd. in Baton Rouge




 

Tucked away in
Homewood Estates, between Essen and Bluebonnet off Perkins, is this quiet retreat. The home is on a quiet street, shaded by lush landscaping and beautiful oak. There is a living room at the front of the home that opens onto the spacious kitchen & keeping/dining area – which overlooks the covered patio and large fenced backyard. The kitchen has granite style laminate, an abundance of freshly painted cabinets including glass front china cabinets, wine rack, and plenty of counterspace, plus pantry, and ceramic tile flooring. Freshly painted and pre-inspected, the home is move-in ready. In addition to the covered patio and extra parking pad in the backyard (perfect for your boat), you will find an attached green house for the happy gardener. A perfectly priced home for the first time homebuyer or investor. Easy to show — and easy to buy!  Call or text 225-335-5395 or
CLICK HERE for more information.

9465 Bermuda

Baton Rouge, LA 70810


 

Great 3 Bedroom Home for Investors looking in Baton Rouge





First time homebuyer? Investor? This home could be the perfect one for you! Situated on a
large corner lot, the home has an open feel with a
large kitchen that includes a walled buffet, open to the dining area, which flows to the large den overlooking the backyard through an expansive wall of windows. There are three bedrooms waiting for your new flooring selection, and 2 baths. The room off the front entry would make a great TV den or office or craft room. Enjoy playing in the large backyard that is fully fenced. Being a corner lot, additional parking is available along the side of the home as well. Great opportunity for you to customize and call home! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
CLICK HERE.

14210 Locust

Baton Rouge, LA 70819

Baton Rouge Real Estate Inventory




What is the Baton Rouge Real Estate Market Inventory of Homes for Sale? 


Our inventory has declined significantly since last September.  We had more than a 6 month supply of homes on the market in 2012. 
TODAY, our inventory is only

4.6 months
!  What does that mean?  It means that it is a Seller's Market — and that we need more available houses to meet today's current demand. 



We are doing our part to meet today's market — see the 6 new properties we are offering below!

Sales and Inventory Report
Category – RESIDENTIAL

Statistics for Entire MLS from 9/1/2012 – 8/31/2013

 
     
Month Year Monthly

Sales
Monthly

Volume
Avg List $ Avg Sale $ Median Sold $ Avg

DOM
Avg CDOM % Sold/List Current

Inventory
Months

Inventory
Sep 2012 710 $139,993,945 $202,577 $197,174 $169,850 104 129 97.33% 4574 6.44
Oct 2012 661 $123,656,972 $193,032 $187,075 $167,000 100 121 96.91% 4453 6.73
Nov 2012 572 $117,855,411 $213,945 $206,040 $175,000 92 115 96.30% 4406 7.70
Dec 2012 547 $106,143,327 $200,230 $194,046 $165,000 85 107 96.91% 4228 7.72
Jan 2013 482 $84,219,444 $180,292 $174,729 $162,312 103 131 96.91% 4080 8.46
Feb 2013 546 $106,870,608 $201,646 $195,733 $172,450 105 126 97.06% 4168 7.63
Mar 2013 774 $151,570,401 $201,841 $195,827 $168,935 92 118 97.02% 4179 5.39
Apr 2013 814 $169,683,778 $215,171 $208,456 $180,000 93 119 96.87% 4196 5.15
May 2013 852 $169,927,894 $205,412 $199,445 $174,900 91 120 97.09% 4257 4.99
June 2013 871 $177,985,086 $209,554 $204,345 $177,500 80 100 97.51% 4211 4.83
July 2013 848 $172,191,924 $211,081 $203,056 $179,000 76 101 96.19% 4244 5.00
Aug 2013 912 $185,361,127 $207,972 $203,246 $176,085 80 99 97.72% 4202 4.60
Annual:   8589 $1,705,459,917 $204,669 $198,563 $172,900 91 114 97.01% 4266 5.96
Annual: 2012 – 2013 8589 $1,705,459,917 $204,669 $198,563 $172,900 91 114 97.01% 4266 5.96



Just Listed:


 

4BR/2.5BA

Situated on two large lots

in Central just off the new thruway
3BR/2BA

Garden style home move-in ready

in Briar Place off Jefferson Hwy.



10816 Durmast

7419 Oakmount
3BR/2BA

Great for Investors or

first time homebuyer

off Old Hammond Hwy




14210 Locust
3BR/2BA

Relax by This Stunning Gunite Pool & Cabana

In Westminster
3BR/2BA

Tucked Away off Perkins

Between Bluebonnet & Essen



4523 Downing
9465 Bermuda



OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY

FROM 2-4PM


3BR/2.5BA

Custom Built Home on Large Lot

in Sherwood Forest

12026 Sherbrook

 



Price Reduction:

 

6 BEDROOMS

New Quality Construction

Tons of Space

Seller Will Pay $3k toward Closing Cost

In Manchac Harbor in Prairieville

NOW $327,900

18773 Lake Harbor
3BR/2BA

Completely updated home in Westminster

NOW $218,000
3BR/2.5BA

On LSU "Little" Lake

Now $1,575,000



4720 Fleet
2601 E. Lakeshore

If you want to add your home to today's limited inventory, let's schedule a pre-listing tour next week! Call 225-335-5395

 

Living large in smaller spaces: The shrinking, changing home


The American home may be shrinking, but not the Great American Dream. Americans are still living large, just doing so in smaller spaces.

To some trend-watchers, the down-scaling of the American home comes as good news. Architects, designers and social observers say our willingness to resize our floor space means Americans are rethinking the way we really live and how we use whatever space we do have. Home, they say, has become less about impressing others and more about making ourselves happy. And since we are mostly baby boomers – that tidal wave of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – who have long been accustomed to getting what we want, happiness is often defined in terms of luxuries and personal amenities.

“Natural materials like American Hardwoods are redefining the word ‘luxury,'” says Linda Jovanovich of the American Hardwood Information Center. “Hardwoods bring richness and warmth to even small rooms, whether it’s used on the floors and walls, or crafted into built-ins. Custom hardwood furnishings like bookcases and cabinets make a home personal, yours alone, and isn’t that the ultimate luxury?”

This new definition of luxury – top-quality, mostly natural materials, careful attention to architectural details like natural wood window frames and mouldings – is one that architect and author Sarah Susanka agrees with. And what Susanka thinks matters.

In 1998, her professional hunch launched what has become the “build-better-not-bigger” movement, when she published the first in her best-selling series of “The Not So Big House” books.

Her mantra is indeed, think smaller, and she also believes that “luxury comes from the materials we surround ourselves with. Beauty comes from natural materials. You can see where they come from – in the grain, the veining. The more natural the materials, like real hardwoods and granite, the more content you are. There’s a quality you can’t name, but you can feel it.”

Gale Steves, author, editor and design industry consultant sums up a similar concept in her book about “Right-Sizing Your Home.” According to Steves, “Right-sizing is about making the best use of the spaces you have for the way you live.” She suggests these ways to best enjoy the shrinking and changing American home.

* “Create a room within a room,” Steves advises. Her ideas begin at floor-level. Install hardwood flooring throughout to unify the spaces and make them look larger, then use area rugs to define separate areas. Lay hardwood on the diagonal to set off special architectural features. Create a “rug” under a dining table with an inset frame of contrasting hardwood. Or outline an entire room with two courses of contrasting hardwood.

* More ideas: Use a sectional sofa to delineate an intimate seating area within an open floor plan. And – of special interest to the many boomers who are eschewing retirement – find a standing wood-panel screen to create privacy or isolate a work space, say, in a bedroom office area.

* And don’t forget to make it sustainable. Living green is a high priority for the anti-McMansion generation. As Susanka sees it, we should think of the 21st-century house as “a well-tailored suit: you use less material, but it fits you perfectly.”

So while the size of the “average” U.S. home may be shrinking, remember that it’s more about space that works and that satisfies the psyche in the process that defines the ultimate in luxury. Think custom kitchens with pro-quality appliances, posh home-spa baths, stone countertops and the beauty and warmth that only come with hardwood flooring, cabinetry and millwork.

For more information on American Hardwoods, visit http://www.HardwoodInfo.com.

IMAGE CAPTIONS:

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Caption 1: Featured in The Decorative Carpet by Alix G. Perrachon (The Monacelli Press), a small contemporary living room by designer Jiun Ho is warmed by its mellow hardwood floors and cooled by steel-gray on the walls and a Tibetan area rug.

Courtesy of BPT