Tons of Space in This Home in Broadmoor Forest

Spacious home for the extended family or for great entertaining! Through the courtyard entry, enter the foyer with arched doorway to the large den. Off the foyer is an office/sitting room with French doors, that also opens on to the formal dining room. The kitchen is sleek and contemporary with black countertops, island, and stainless appliances. A pass-through from the kitchen opens onto the gameroom — just 26×20 — that is ready for a party! Off the gameroom is another area that could be a mother-in-law suite with kitchenette and private bath. The den is anchored by a black granite framed fireplace & hearth for a dramatic touch. Behind the den is a perfect kid's playroom or studio. Three large bedrooms complete the bedroom wing with two full baths. Freshly painted, new 5 ton HVAC, new roof, ceramic tile flooring throughout, large patio and fenced yard. PLUS there is enough covered parking for 4 cars behind the iron gate. Immaculate condition. Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE!

1572 N. Bellrose Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

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Informatio‚Äčn Versus Real Estate Expert Experience

Information Overload?
 

In today's information age, it has become increasingly apparent that real estate professionals  are needed to assist buyers and sellers with proper pricing and negotiating the best possible outcome for their home sale or purchase.  


 

   In a recent article,

Unlocking the Secrets of Real Estate's New Market Reality
, it was written:  


 


"It's actually quite simple: Information being readily available (without context or understanding) causes confusion. That's when people seek out professionals (whether it be a doctor, lawyer, or real estate professional) for an analysis of the information and their situation. Because of the wealth of information available, people are yearning for expert advice."

Of course we agree.  For example, you can go to WEB MD to diagnose an illness, but your next step is to call the professional, your Doctor!
  
For real estate, you can go to Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, etc., and do all the research you want, but the next step is to call the professional, your Realtor who knows how to analyze and interpret the data and provide solutions.   
  
Experts are always in demand. Otherwise, we would all self diagnose our health issues and buy homes online.  
  
Perhaps  a little risky to our physical and financial health, wouldn't you say?



JUST LISTED by The
Professional

KeyFinders:

Tons of Space for $200,000
including large game room, new roof and A/C
In Broadmoor Forest

1572 N. Bellrose



PRICE CORRECTION:



New Construction
In Green Trails

NOW: $675,000



15831 Woodland Trails

Thinking of buying or selling?  Let us educate you on the market NOW!

Tips to help kids stay dry and confident through overnight occasions



(BPT) – For the estimated 6 million-plus American children who experience bedwetting, sleepovers, sleep-away camp and vacation can trigger embarrassment, not to mention stress and worry for parents. Compounding the problem, many parents don’t understand that bedwetting is a developmental phase that occurs as a child grows, and few consult their pediatricians about their concerns. In fact, a survey conducted by Strategy One found that 43 percent of parents incorrectly believe they can train their kids out of bedwetting.

“Many parents are unaware that bedwetting is a developmental condition, and not something a child can be trained out of,” says pediatrician Dr. Wolffe Nadoolman. “Most children will stop wetting the bed on their own as they physically mature – until that happens, learning to manage bedwetting can cause stress between a parent and child, and ultimately impact the child’s self-esteem and confidence.”

It’s important for parents to find coping strategies, and consistently comfort and reassure their children. Dr. Nadoolman and mom blogger and author Meagan Francis offer guidance on how parents can handle bedwetting during common overnight occasions.

1. Slumber party success

If your child agrees, talk to the host parents. Make sure they understand your child’s bedwetting is a medical condition that he or she can’t control. Arrange a private place to store GoodNites Underwear and a private spot for your child to change into them. Stash a dark plastic bag in his backpack to make disposal easy and discreet. Avoid bed-sharing with family or friends. Instead, have your child bring a sleeping bag.

2. Camp confidence

Bedwetting is so common, there’s a good chance other kids at camp will also be managing the problem. Since camp is often the first time a child is away from home alone, talk to camp counselors and administrators ahead of time – with your child’s agreement, of course. Discuss what accommodations you can make to ensure your child’s GoodNites Underwear are stored and discarded privately and discreetly, and that your child has a secure place to change into them.

3. Family vacation fun

Compassion from the rest of the family will go a long way toward easing a child’s bedwetting stress on vacation. Remind siblings to treat each other with love and respect. Since vacation disrupts routines, plan itineraries that allow children plenty of time to settle in at night and stick as closely as possible to their regular sleep schedule.

4. Spending time with grandparents

Trust the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, and explain the situation to Grandma and Grandpa. Answer any questions they may have, and emphasize the need to be sensitive to your child’s feelings. Pack Bed Mats to ensure sheets stay dry, and consider leaving a package at Grandma’s house for future overnight visits.

5. Adventures in overnight babysitting

Overnight babysitters need to be especially responsible and compassionate when caring for children as they cope with bedwetting. If your child is comfortable with it, discuss his or her situation with the sitter ahead of time. Make sure the sitter understands that bedwetting is a common developmental condition, and not sign of your child acting out. If your child isn’t OK with the sitter knowing about his situation, make sure he understands how to change his own protective garments and PJs.

6. Less stress from out-of-town guests

Before guests arrive, make sure to prepare a sleeping place for them that is separate from your child’s. Keep your child’s nighttime routine and don’t let visitors hinder the process. Remind siblings to respect your child’s privacy and not discuss nighttime wetting in front of guests.

Though many parents fear their child will never outgrow bedwetting, the experts affirm that worrying is not the answer. It’s best to comfort and reassure kids after every incident and know that bedwetting is a developmental phase that most children will outgrow on their own.

“Your role as parent is simply to help your child manage the condition and let them know it is just a bump in the road,” Nadoolman says.

For more advice on bedwetting, visit http://www.GoodNites.com.

Courtesy of BPT

Baton Rouge Real Estate Rebounds

The Baton Rouge Area Market
is Catching UP!

 

After a slow start, the real estate market is catching up from a slow, wintry January!  Our market is now even with last year's activity.  Take a look at the price points that are moving ahead of last year … $300,000 to $350,000 for one!     A perfect example is below:   

JUST LISTED/UNDER CONTRACT:            

Under Contract In 19 Days!
4BR Updated Home
In Pine Park
$350,000

3816 Pine Park
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Adorable 3BR Home
In Sherwood Forest

12470 Parnell
 
NEW CONSTRUCTION
4BR/2BA Home in Prairieville
By Level Homes
 
18137 River Birch Dr.

PRICE CHANGE:

Large Corner Lot In Centurion Place
NOW: $395,000

1010 Pompey

Thinking of buying or selling?  Let us educate you on the market NOW!

Preparation and technology can help you weather the storm

(BPT) – The last few years have brought record destruction from natural disasters. While disasters such as Hurricane Isaac, Superstorm Sandy or the Oklahoma tornadoes are tragic and unavoidable, there is value in being prepared for the challenges Mother Nature throws our way.

Technology can help you prepare for the unknown and get back on your feet more quickly. Whether it’s building an emergency plan or securing your important documents, a little planning can make it easier to recover from a disaster. And fortunately, today, abundant technology tools are available to help you do just that.

According to Tony Surma, the chief technology officer for Microsoft’s Disaster Response Program: “The best way to help you and your family after a disaster is to build an emergency plan today.- As part of your plan, technology can help you connect with loved ones, access critical information and preserve cherished memories after a disaster strikes.”

Follow these steps to prepare for recovery:

* Create an emergency plan. The first step is to create a plan for you and your family. A good plan will include emergency contacts, planned meeting locations and personal health details, such as allergies and medications, for all your family members. Microsoft Excel offers a template that walks you through the process of creating a comprehensive plan. You can find it on Office.com.

* Make your plan accessible. Just as important as creating the plan is accessing it during a disaster. Save your plan to a cloud drive, like SkyDrive (skydrive.com), that will sync your files, so you can get to your plan on any computer or smartphone, even when Internet connectivity fails.

* Keep important documents safe. Scan your important documents – insurance information, birth certificates, passports, medical records and other essential documents – and organize them in a digital notebook, like OneNote (onenote.com), so they can be quickly searched to find information you need. -If you save them to the same cloud drive as your plan, they’ll be accessible anytime, from anywhere.

* Build a communication plan. The ability to connect with friends and family during a natural disaster is critical to ensuring everyone is safe, or knowing when someone needs help. While your plan will have mobile phone numbers and a meeting place outlined, many natural disasters disable communications and make transportation difficult. Mobile applications like HelpBridge (microsoft.com/helpbridge) and Skype (skype.com) can help you quickly communicate when networks get overloaded. It is also important to share your family emergency plan with trusted friends, relatives and coworkers and keep contacts up to date on your computer or smartphone to provide as many points of contact as possible when cellphone and Internet access is inconsistent.

* Construct a disaster preparedness kit. While technology can help you get through and recover from a disaster, you can’t forget the basics. Experts recommend having enough food and water to last 72 hours, as well as other essential supplies such as a first aid kit, flashlight and battery-operated radio. Check with your state’s emergency preparedness office for a checklist to ensure you have all the right items and keep track of when items need to be replaced.

While no one can anticipate the next tornado, earthquake or super storm, a little planning and a little technology can make a big difference.

Courtesy of BPT

Surprising ways hot tubs heat up relationships



(BPT) – On average, working adults spend less than an hour per day socializing and relaxing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s American Time Use Survey. Yet a host of research – and common sense – tells us that spending time together in a social, relaxing way is essential to building and maintaining healthy relationships.

Recreating that spark or special connection with your spouse or significant other, free from the distractions of everyday life, isn’t as difficult as you may think. The answer can actually be found in your own backyard when you add a hot tub to your outdoor living space.

The therapeutic benefits of hot tubs are well documented – 79 percent of owners say they value the therapeutic health benefits their hot tubs present, according to a survey by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) – but many owners point to another significant benefit: the ability to spend more time with their partners.

Seventy-seven percent of owners say their hot tub is one of the few things that can truly take them away from the day-to-day stresses of life and allow them to reconnect with their partner.

Here are three surprising ways hot tubs can add some spice to your relationship:

* No distractions

The relaxed atmosphere of a hot tub promotes meaningful interaction, owners reveal. Hot tub owners typically say they use their hot tubs as a way to connect, and 82 percent say they are extremely satisfied with the level of relaxation it provides. Relaxing together outdoors, enjoying nature and each other’s company without the distraction of ever-present digital devices, is a great way for couples to rediscover the things that drew them together in the first place.

* Stress soothing

Life can be pretty stressful. Countless studies tell us that too much stress is harmful on a number of levels – physically, mentally and socially. Common stressors such as money are leading causes of strife in marriages and even lead to divorce. The warm water and effervescence of hot tubs relieve stress and soothe sore muscles, allowing couples to refocus on what’s most important in their lives: each other.

* The vacation effect

Something about vacation spells romance for couples; more than one getaway has led to a new addition to the family nine months later. While taking a trip more than once or twice a year isn’t always practical – the average American family spends about $1,180 per person on vacation travel according to an American Express survey – a hot tub can create the vacation effect in your own backyard, and allow you to experience that special feeling of romance every day.

Spicing up your relationship begins with the right tub, and finding the right hot tub starts with a professional you can trust. APSP Certified Professionals adhere to the highest standards of service, performance and ethical conduct. Visit the APSP website to find a professional near you.

Courtesy of BPT

Three Bedroom Townhome in Gate Community

Stunning home just past the Ascension/Baton Rouge parish line! Gated community offers delightful neighborhood with pond. Located just steps away from the guest parking is this one owner home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths! Clerestory windows bring an abundance of natural light to the living area which includes corner gas fireplace, wood flooring, kitchen and bar area open to the living room, beautiful staircase to railed loft area upstairs. Such charm and style! Downstairs is also a half bath, laundry, dining area, and large master bedroom with quality master bath that includes furniture-style vanity with double sinks, jetted tub, separate shower and large walk-in closet. Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms and bath, along with the loft area that makes a great kid's den, office, work-out room — whatever your desire! Enjoy outdoor cooking on your private patio too! Just minutes from Dutchtown and Highland Road! Call or text 225-335-5395 or CLICK HERE for more info.

18639 Perkins Rd. #9
Prairieville, LA 70769

Revive your bathroom quickly, easily and affordably


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Remodeling projects have increased in popularity over the past few years as homeowners have decided to improve on what they have, rather than take a risk in the real estate market. Whether you’re hoping to sell your home or create a more enjoyable living space, tackle home improvement projects that make a big impact and add value.

 
One of the top return-on-investment remodeling projects is updating a bathroom. Bathroom updates even outweigh kitchen projects in terms of getting back what you spend, according to CNN Money. And, if you take a cost-conscious approach and do the project yourself, your investment return will be even better. Renting tools is a key way you can cut costs and bring new life into your bathroom.
There are plenty of remodeling tasks that are easily accomplished by renting tools, versus the cost of buying expensive tools or hiring someone else to do the work. Visit http://www.rentalhq.com to find an American Rental Association member rental store in your area.
Bring new life to your bath with these tips: 

 
* Replace old tile. Outdated tile is a common problem that makes bathrooms look old. Replacing it with fresh new tile that is in style will instantly give the room a modern look. Tiling is a DIY project that anyone can tackle, with the right tools. Rent the necessary items like a tile stripper, a tile saw and a mortar mixer to keep your project costs down.

 

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* Refresh the ceiling. Ceilings can become dingy over time, and you might not suspect them as the culprit that’s making your room feel dull. You’ll notice a dramatic change if you liven it up with fresh new texture and paint. Texture sprayers are an unusual tool for most DIY warriors to own, but you can easily rent one to make the job quick and inexpensive.

 
* Add personality with paint. Another simple fix that can be done is adding a new paint color. It’s an easy, quick and cheap project and can totally change the look and feel of the room. Opt for one of your favorite colors or scour interior design websites and magazines to find a trendy color that gets your attention.

 
* Change hardware. Some faucets and cabinet hardware clearly show their decade of origin. Switching out old hardware is relatively simple and a great way to make a dramatic change in the look of your room.

 
These projects set the stage for creating a new feel for your bathroom. Make the revived space a reality by choosing a decorating theme and accessories that complement it. Items like window treatments, throw rugs and wall art make the room feel more complete and stylish. To get your project started, visit http://www.rentalhq.com.

Courtesy of BPT