Buyers becoming more successful finding homes through the internet

RIS media is reporting the rates on which buyers are finding their home online.  Typically, the buyer finds the home and then contacts a real estate agent.  This is interesting on 2 fronts.  One is that realtors need to actively market their properties not just on the local listing service. They need to be online in as MANY places as possible.  Secondly, that homeowners need to have the home IMMACULATE before putting it on the market.  The realtor, or even if it is FSBO, will be putting pictures online.  This is the FIRST image that buyers will see in most cases these days.  They should be clean, clutter free, and make the home look like it just came out of a home improvement magazine!  Read more on the article at www.beautifulbatonrougehomes.com

Tim Houk

Social networks for entrepreneurs in Baton Rouge

Good Morning all!  I have been doing quite a bit of research and spending time on social networking sites such as active rain, twitter, and so on.  I wanted to step out of the box a little and find some new ones that you may build a niche in before they got TOO big.  Here is a list of 10 that are making waves:

1. Entrepreneur Connect – Started by Entrepreneur magazine this one is specifically for entrepreneurs and small business owners.   You can use this to connect to vendors and service providers.

2. Partner up – This is a social network for entrepreneurs who are searching for people with business opportunities. There is a lean towards commercial real estate  on this one, but it is much more.

3. Start up nation – really creative and a bit more user friendly. Lots of forums, blogs, and podcasts.

4. LinkedIn – Can’t leave this one off any list. Large following and can be used to find a job, build a network, or brand yourself.

5. Biznik – Brands itself as the “social network that doesn’t suck” ahha.  Good place to share ideas

And to finish out the list

6. Perfect Business – This one will be one to watch

7. Go Big Network

8. Cofoundr

9. TheFunded

10. Young Entrepreneur

I look forward to seeing you in one of these soon!

Tim Houk

Baton Rouge Realtor

Monday Monthly Market Update

Statistics Summaries Report

Category – RESIDENTIAL
Statistics for Entire MLS from
3/23/2009 – 3/30/2009

Category:1
Counties:ASC,EBR,LIV



 

Total

Total List/Total Sold

Avg List

Avg Sold

Avg DOM

Median Price

%SP/LP



Active Today

3744

$1,014,522,701/ N/A

$270,973

 N/A

158

$199,900

 N/A



Pending

160

$30,930,126/ N/A

$193,313

 N/A

80

$158,450

 N/A

Sold

99

$20,531,472/$19,795,706

$207,389

$199,957

93

$174,900

96%

New

193

$45,780,467/ N/A

$237,204

 N/A

5

$183,900

 N/A

Monday Monthly Marketing Update

Statistics Summaries Report

Category – RESIDENTIAL
Statistics for Entire MLS from
3/16/2009 – 3/23/2009

Category:1
Counties:ASC,EBR,LIV



 

Total

Total List/Total Sold

Avg List

Avg Sold

Avg DOM

Median Price

%SP/LP



Active Today

3729

$1,005,678,997/ N/A

$269,691

 N/A

157

$199,840

 N/A



Pending

179

$33,618,225/ N/A

$187,811

 N/A

82

$169,900

 N/A

Sold

85

$17,047,128/$16,643,377

$200,554

$195,804

109

$181,000

97%

New

232

$57,800,274/ N/A

$249,139

 N/A

5

$189,000

 N/A

13662 joseph st, walker, la 70785

I am at. Home inspection at 13662 Joseph st in walker, la. Sales price of this home is 126,900. Here is the great thing about it…100 percent loan financing! If you are outside of baton rouge city limits, homes qualify for rural development loans. How incredible is this for first time buyers?! Three bedroom, two bath home…1200 sq ft. Fenced back yard, split floor plan, new laminate flooring, workshop, and a landscaped yard. Talk about a lot for your money! Right off ball park road and Florida blvd.

Call me 225.301.7467 to discuss your options on a home of this type, or to view homes in baton rouge

Tim Houk
Www.timhouk.com
Www.beautifulbatonrougehomes.com

Monday Monthly Market Update

Statistics Summaries Report

Category – RESIDENTIAL
Statistics for Entire MLS from
3/9/2009 – 3/16/2009

Category:1
Counties:ASC,EBR,LIV



 

Total

Total List/Total Sold

Avg List

Avg Sold

Avg DOM

Median Price

%SP/LP



Active Today

3637

$972,692,289/ N/A

$267,444

 N/A

158

$198,500

 N/A



Pending

43

$8,684,850/ N/A

$201,973

 N/A

117

$155,000

 N/A

Sold

4

$944,000/$934,500

$236,000

$233,625

31

$336,000

98%

New

49

$11,890,600/ N/A

$242,665

 N/A

1

$199,900

 N/A

Open House this sunday in Lexington Estates! 3284 Grand Way, Baton Rouge

Custom designed by Mark Mathews, AIA, Architect.
Enter this New Orleans style home to brick arches and
antique pine beams, antique pine floors, and custom
McArthur fireplace. Granite in all baths and kitchen,
even in utility room! Kitchen has gourmet stainless
appliances including Thermador range, pot filler, and
cypress cabinets. Large keeping room has a fireplace
and the entire area has slate floors. There is a home
office center just off of kitchen. Very functional triple
split floorplan. Master bedroom has antique pine floors
with adjoining luxurious bathroom with multi-head
custom shower and Jacuzzi tub. There is a huge “bonus
room” above the garage large enough for a pool table
or media room. There is a “mud’ area by back door,
with storage for everyone’s daily baggage. Home is
pre-piped for central vacuum system and has Control4
Smart Home System with audio zones, lighting and air
conditioning controls through remote or touch pad.

Website class at the office

Attending a Michael Tritthart class at the Keller Williams Baton Rouge office.  FANTASTIC!  Any Keller williams agents that are following this article that are interested in updating and maximizing their Keller Williams website feel free to contact me and I will give you the rundown.

Tim Houk

New price on commercial land in Prairieville

Great opportunity to buy 1.449 acres of prime commercial land on busy La Hwy 42.  Priced reduced to $225,000. 235 FOOT OF FRONTAGE! Great potential for a small business or office. Also has 90 ft of frontage that could be used from an adjoining property. MOTIVATED SELLER! Will consider all offers. Call for more details.

Prime commercial

Prime commercial

Rates are super low this week!

Good morning everyone! I am in a meeting this morning with a bunch of realtors and NOLA lending. They announced the rates for this week. Are you ready???? Rates for conventional are as low as 4.625! FHA rates are below 5.0. This is HUGE. FHA rates have been about 5.5 for the past few months. Coupled with the first time buyer tax credit of 8000.00, this is THE time to buy. Call me today for a consultation! 225.301.7467
Www.timhouk.com