4.3 Acres on Greenwell Spring Road in Central

Ranch home on
4.3 acres that has been completely renovated. Generated kitchen, dining and living room with fireplace. Enjoy your coffee in the screened porch on lazy mornings. The rear of the property borders the Amite River. Call or text 225.335.5395 or
CLICK HERE for a showing!

22830 Greenwell Springs Rd.

Greenwell Springs, LA 70739

 

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Great Lot, Great Opportunity in Westdale Heights

This is your opportunity to build your new home on a dead-end street just off 
Westdale and Webb Park! Home was damaged during Gustav and owner has decided not to rebuild. Value is in the land of this home in such a high demand area. And a bonus comes with this lot: The lot is 100×150 BUT there is a 60 foot "right of way" in the front that comes with the house making it 100×210! Historically,
Rosemont was going to be a boulevard and land was left to make the street wider – which never happened! So now the homeowners get the added benefit of this additional land, making for a great setting for a new home. Grab your builder and come take a look today! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
CLICK HERE for more info.

1613 Rosemont Dr.

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

The do’s and don’ts to selling your products online

(BPT) – Many small business owners are hopeful that offering their products online will increase their bottom line. But the digital marketplace is increasingly crowded and it can be hard to stand out from the pack. The good news is that being a small business can actually give you an edge over bigger brands – if you know how to use your size to your advantage. Here are the do’s and don’ts you need to take your business to the next level:

Don’t build your own online shopping platform. While you may believe that having your own website will attract new shoppers, website development and maintenance is expensive and time consuming. Unless your brand already has the visibility needed to attract consumers without advertising or marketing, traffic to the site will be hard to generate.

Don’t expect your products to sell on a large online marketplace. While big online marketplaces, like Amazon or eBay, attract a high volume of online shoppers, unless customers are searching specifically for your brand or chance across your products via search, they will likely never see your products.

Do partner with a retail platform that can help you engage with your customers. OpenSky.com is a new and free social shopping marketplace dedicated to building the businesses of small merchants. OpenSky.com will provide you with your own customized online store, a new business toolkit including tips and support, and a built-in community of more than 2.5 million engaged social shoppers, enabling you to foster one-on-one connections and market your goods directly to them. Because they’re already pre-disposed to shop, a follower of your brand on OpenSky is 27 times more likely to buy than a Facebook fan. These engaged followers lead to more sales with less cost to you. Best of all? It’s incredibly easy. To begin, visit http://www.OpenSky.com/marketplace to learn more and join this fast-growing network of brands and customers.

Do market your products in a one-of-a-kind way. Create eye-catching content, making sure all your photos are high quality and shot in their best light.

Do establish yourself as an authority. Consider creating tips, recipes or behind-the-scene snippets. If your products are naturally-sourced, why not share photos from the beautiful hike that provided your inspiration for it? Sharing relevant and relatable content will keep your customers coming back.

Do use your size to your advantage. While big retailers are busy playing the price-cutting game, you can work smartly to connect with a community of loyal followers who really appreciate what you do. Harness the personal relationships you’ve made with customers through social platforms where you can strengthen connections by sharing product news, relevant content and personal reminders about new items you think they’ll enjoy. Remember that what makes your small business special is your customers’ opportunity to feel a personal connection with you, the entrepreneur and your passion – your product.

Do start now. While selling online may seem overwhelming, following these easy steps will help you make others fall in love with your brand.

Courtesy of BPT

Eight easy ways to organize – and maximize – a small bath

(BPT) – The bath serves a variety of uses, from a functional room to a serene sanctuary, a storage facility to a salon. And, whether you enjoy it yourself or share with the family, every bathroom is in need of one major thing – organization. To help keep your bath feeling more serene and less insane, follow these eight ideas to help improve your organization, maximize space and even add a bit of style.

1.Supersize your shower. You don’t need to remodel – or even use a tool – to increase the size of your shower space. Simply swap your straight shower rod with a curved version. Moen offers a variety of curved shower rod options, including a new Tension Curved Shower Rod that adds up to 5 1/2 inches of elbow room without using any elbow grease for installation. The no-tool, no-drill feature makes it ideal for showers featuring ceramic tile. For more space and functionality, Moen’s Double Curved Shower Rod adds up to 7 inches of elbow room, with two rods to hang multiple shower curtains or towels.

2.Take back the tub. From shampoo and shower gel, duckies and boats, the bathtub often needs to store a variety of items. While shower caddies or shelves are great solutions, you can also make your own. Reuse your straight shower rod – but install it across the back wall of the tub. Next, use shower rod hooks to hang a variety of plastic baskets, creating instant storage for each member of the family.

3. Maximize with dual-function. Dual-function products are perfect for smaller baths, since they offer added benefits without taking up more space. Update your current toilet paper holder, towel bars and in-shower shelves with newer versions that integrate grab bars. Moen offers stylish grab bars that feature paper holders, towel bars and two shelf designs – all in a variety of finishes to help you update these bathroom basics while adding storage, safety and style.

4. Clean closets. If you have a closet in your bathroom, fully utilize its storage potential. Use labeled – and preferably see-through – bins on the floor and for higher-up shelves to keep smaller items neat, organized and easily accessible. Designate the middle shelves for frequently used linens. Finally, the inside of the closet door can be a potential location for added storage space. Hang a shoe rack and you’ll instantly have a dozen pouches to hold smaller items.

5. Hidden helpers. While space underneath the vanity offers room for storage, this area is a glutton for disorganization. Remove everything and toss any items you don’t need. Next, use baskets or bins to create places for everything. Don’t forget that the back of the doors can also be added locations to install hooks or shelves

6. Shelves for storage. Don’t limit the vertical surfaces of your bathroom for mirrors and decor (especially if you don’t have a closet) – try installing wall shelves. Choose from a variety of options – from smaller, decorative shelves that can hold perfume and toiletries – to larger hotel shelves that provide the perfect storage location for towels.-

7. Get hooked. It’s one of the major pet peeves in the bathroom: towels and clothes on the floor. Solve this problem by installing robe hooks. They are inexpensive, easy to install and come in a variety of styles and finishes to match your bathroom. If you share your bath with children, be sure to install a few lower on the wall, within reach of little hands.

8. Hotel inspiration. The next time you’re staying in a hotel, take note of the amenities offered – and incorporate them into your bathroom for added functionality and organization. Did you love using the wall-mounted, magnifying mirror? Enjoy the convenience of storing the hair dryer on the wall? These same bath accessories are available for your home – so install and enjoy.

With a few simple projects, your bathroom can achieve maximum organization, use of space and style. For more information on Moen bathroom accessories, visit http://www.moen.com.

Courtesy of BPT

California Modern Style in Bocage Lake

Featured Home

By Steve Wheeler

January 26, 2014

Classically contemporary and balanced, the home at 2928 Bocage Lake Court is a private retreat behind stucco walls. The California modern design has soaring 24-foot ceilings and a wide open floor plan with marble covering the home’s expansive first floor.

The home is as private as it is posh, with a tall stucco wall surrounding the residence in Bocage Lake, an upscale gated community off Corporate Boulevard. Entry to the home is gained through a heavy wood door and past a rock courtyard and waterfall feature up to the glass front doors. When you step inside prepare to catch your breath. The main entry foyer/gallery is a mere 47 x 17 feet, with a 24-foot ceiling at the top of a custom steel and ash staircase.

The Baton Rouge architect of the home was Dwayne Carruth, but the residence looks like it could have been lifted from Los Angeles and dropped on its large Bocage Lake lot. The home has 6,342 square feet of living space, and much of it is either open or accessed by glass doors. Somehow you get the feeling that you can see everything in the home at once; the floor plan allows views all across the first floor, from the soaring foyer to the raised wood lounge, to the kitchen, dining room and living room at the end of the grand foyer. The master suite is very private, separated from the rest of the home by an interior courtyard with a glass fire pit. The living room also has a wide fireplace with glass rocks.

The house has clean symmetrical lines, and the first floor is floored almost entirely in marble tile. A raised wood dining area overlooks a private courtyard with a saltwater gunite pool, where five fountains create soothing sounds near the Bull outdoor kitchen. In this home, you’re never more than a few steps from refreshment: There’s a wine cooler in the outdoor kitchen and a second one in the main kitchen. With its open floor plan and flowing layout, this home has proven itself ideal for entertaining; the current owner reports successful parties for as many as 150 guests.

The kitchen displays a large island topped by Caesar stone, a stainless GE appliance package including double ovens and a warming drawer, a five-burner Thermador cook top and a Miele coffee bar. The upscale kitchen cabinetry is in a green hue by the Brazilian company Florense. A formal dining area separates the kitchen from the living room and has a nice view of the interior courtyard.

Off the foyer are two guest bedroom suites, each with its own full bath. All of the baths in this five-bedroom home are top-drawer courtesy of Kohler and Amalfi. The master bath has a long Caesar stone vanity leading to an elegant slipper tub and a Kohler shower with multiple programmable water sources. A second vanity is near the shower and tub. The master closet has its own laundry room – how convenient is that – and a second laundry room is located near the guest suites.

Up the custom staircase is an upstairs living room, a game room and a big home theater with an Epson HD projector. There’s also a balcony overlooking the pool and courtyard. Finally, this is also a “smart” home with controls regulating lights, security cameras and all three garage doors.

The listing agents, Jeffrey Welsh and Carol Poche’ of Keller Williams Red Stick Partners, have decided to keep the home open today from 2-4 p.m., so don’t miss this opportunity to take a look behind the stucco walls of this luxurious private retreat.

About this Home

Address: 2928 Bocage Lake Court

Lot size: 99 x 61 x 88 x 192 feet

Living area: 6,342 square feet

Bedrooms: Five

Baths: Five full, one partial

Price: $1,795,000

Marketing agents: Jeffrey Welsh and Carol Poche’

Keller Williams Red Stick Partners

Contact phone: 225-337-1861

3 Reasons to Buy

If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate.

There are three questions you should ask before purchasing in today’s market:

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with finances. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University reveals that the four major reasons people buy a home have nothing to do with money:

• A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education

• A place where you and your family feel safe

• More space for you and your family

• Control of the space

What non-financial benefits will you and your family derive from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.

2. Where are home values headed?

When looking at future housing values, we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.

Here is what the experts projected in the latest survey:

• Home values will appreciate by 4.3% in 2014.

• The cumulative appreciation will be 28% by 2018.

• Even the experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey still are projecting a cumulative appreciation of over 16.8% by 2018.

3. Where are mortgage interest rates headed?

A buyer must be concerned about more than just prices. The ‘long term cost’ of a home can be dramatically impacted by an increase in mortgage rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase by approximately one full percentage over the next twelve months.

Bottom Line

Only you and your family can know for certain the right time to purchase a home. Answering these questions can help you make that decision.   And knowing the current market can as well.  Give us a call and we will happily sit down with you to discuss your options and whether buying today is the right decision for YOU!

 




JUST LISTED:   

 

Huge Lot In Westdale Heights

Off College Dr.
4.3 Acres of Land

In Central
1613 Rosemont 22830 Greenwell Springs


OPEN HOUSE



This Sunday from 2-4pm
 


 

California Contemporary

In Bocage Lakes
One Block Away from the LSU Lakes

In Lake Crest
2928 Bocage Lakes 2407 July


 

Bring your house up to date


It’s amazing how quickly our homes can start to look dated. Even if they were once the height of fashion, they can easily start to feel stuck in the past, and for many people it is enough to make them consider moving, unaware that it is simply the fact that things feel stale that is giving them such wanderlust.

There is plenty that can be done, easily and cheaply, to make a house feel more modern though. A change of paint is always a great way to start. Finding out the colors that are currently in vogue is a great way to instantly transform a room. On top that, interesting and modern artwork and contemporary knick knacks will also instantly bring a room up to date.

Home lighting is also a surprisingly date-specific kind of thing. Older light fittings will instantly date any room, and changing glaring halogens to more subtle accent lighting can instantly change the feel of a room without anything else being needed. Altering home lighting is also easy to research and cheap to achieve, making one of the perfect places to start if a house is starting to feel jaded. The more you can spend on lighting, the better.

Wooden floors are also a great way to stay modern. On top of this, utilizing a wooden floor gives you great scope to include under-floor heating, an investment that will almost certainly pay for itself in terms of how much money can be saved on energy bills. Under-floor heating also helps you remove what are usually unsightly radiators and give rooms more space – another way to make any room feel more modern.

If you can, make as much space as possible, knocking down walls to create more space if it is appropriate. Space and lighting combined will make even the dullest room feel fresh and new.

By: Allision Kraft

http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_7221.shtml

3 Bedroom Townhome in Gated Community in Baton Rouge

3 BEDROOMS AND 3 BATHS! Great
gated community off Bluebonnet and Burbank. Terrific location close to Mall of LA., Perkins Rowe, LSU, and the new Wal-Mart! Ceramic tile in living room, dining room, and kitchen which is all open. One bedroom downstairs, two bedrooms upstairs. Each bedroom has their own private bathroom. Wood fenced rear patio with wooden decks which leads to the 2 car garage. Freshly painted and ready for you to move in! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
CLICK HERE for more info.

10600 Lakes Blvd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70810

 

Real Estate Wrap-Up

What an honor!

           Jeffrey and Carol were sworn in as newly elected Directors for the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors. For our peers to have chosen us again is a special honor and privilege we take seriously.  The Association will be introducing some new tools this year that will benefit not only agents but the public.  We will keep you posted!    

         

Another privilege we take seriously is that of representing our Clients.  We helped our clients close on more than 150 new homes in 2013.  We were able to serve 79 families in finding a new home last year and that means the world to us.  We also so much appreciate the trust and confidence our listing clients have in us, allowing us to work with them on selling 75 homes last year.

 

We work hard to come up with the best recommendations concerning both price and condition for our selling and buying clients, having been able to outpace the strong Greater Baton Rouge real estate market with a 25% increase in getting homes SOLD (the overall market increased 14% in 2013).

          

           Thank you all for your trust and we look forward to serving you, your friends and families in the days to come!

 



Just Listed:

 

4BR/2BR Home Located

In the Heart Old Goodwood
3BR/3BA Townhome

On Bluebonnet & Burbank
8305 Old Hammond Hwy. 10600 Lakes Blvd. #1407
INVESTOR PACKAGE

4 Townhomes in one building

Off Sharp & Florida
10213 Ballina Ave.


Price Reduction:


 

5BR Home on Large Corner Lot

In Centurion Place

NOW $409,000
Precious 3BR Home

Off Jefferson Hwy.

NOW $140,000
1010 Pompey Dr. 8626 Barnett Rd.


 

Job searching skills to help boost confidence

(BPT) – Finding employment can be a full-time job these days, and while there is good news that the jobless rate has dropped 8 percent in the last year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in August stayed relatively flat. This can make it a challenge for those looking for long-term jobs and careers.

Before your confidence begins to wane, it can help to remember that the skills applied to a search for employment can strengthen performance on the job. “With a thoughtful and determined approach to finding employment, you can not only help yourself stand out from the crowd but you’ll also hone skills that will help you succeed on the job,” says Gizelle Ortiz-Velazquez, director of Career Services at Brown Mackie College – Miami.

Persistence is key

Rarely does anyone secure a position on the first attempt. “Looking for a job takes determination, patience and persistence. Candidates must look at job opportunities every day and use multiple resources, such as networking, online job boards, professional organizations and social media sites,” Ortiz-Velazquez says. Your persistence will apply to success on the job as well.

“In life, we don’t always get the results we want the first time we try to solve a problem. We have to try again, look at the problem in a different way and look for the answer in different places,” Ortiz-Velazquez continues. “Just like using multiple resources for a job search, employees must learn to use multiple resources to solve problems on the job.”

Clear, focused communication is a must

When interviewing, effective oral and written communication skills are a must. “Different companies recruit and interview in different ways. The process often varies from company to company, and can include phone screening, Internet screening, email communications and face-to-face interaction,” says Ortiz-Velazquez. The successful candidate must be prepared for all of them.

She advises candidates to speak or write clearly and stay focused on the topic. At every step in the process, prospective employers evaluate each candidate’s ability to communicate. Once employed, effective communication skills can prove invaluable.

“On the job, different employees prefer different forms of communication,” Ortiz-Velazquez says. “It is important to communicate effectively and convey necessary information well whether communicating face to face, over the phone or in writing.”

There is no substitute for professionalism

Whether an employee or a prospect, it is important to remember that the way people conduct themselves outside of the workplace is a personal reflection on them.

“During a job search, most candidates take great care to ensure that they are dressing, communicating and representing themselves professionally,” Ortiz-Velazquez says. “On the job, however, employees sometimes get comfortable in the work environment and become less professional over time. This can lead to a less than professional reputation and hinder future opportunities.”

Social media websites present a forum to be considered with an eye toward professionalism. Ortiz-Velazquez advises job candidates and employees alike to remove personal information and never post questionable images or negative information about a coworker, boss or the company.

“We’ve all heard the story about the employee that called in sick and then later the same day posted a smiling photo of himself while sitting at a sporting event,” Ortiz-Velazquez says.

Those out there looking for employment can take heart in the skills they apply to the search. Those same strengths can help them succeed when they accept a position. And once employed, Ortiz-Velazquez reminds everyone to “remember that every day on the job is an interview and screening process for an employee’s future.”

Courtesy of BPT