An open house can be a fun and fruitful event, providing the opportunity to meet people and showcase a property, it is also very important to put safety first. Here are 5 tips to help make your next open house a safe open house.
To the average person, or even to a client, a REALTOR’S routine may seem pretty harmless, but in the correct context there is the potential for danger. Here are three common situations that REALTORS may find themselves in, and should avoid.
Louisiana REALTORS® wants REALTORS® to keep safety top of mind on the job by increasing knowledge about the dangers, awareness of surroundings and situations, and empowerment to be cautious and stay safe. REALTOR® Safety not only pertains to physical self, but to your client's properties and most recently identity theft and Internet security.
Selling your home quickly and for your asking price doesn’t happen without a little bit of work before that sign goes in the yard. Ensuring you make the best first impression possible is essential, and with these tips you can have any prospective buyer know that they are looking at a well maintained home.
Arguably the most critical step when it comes to selling your home is setting an accurate and appropriate price. The same goes for buying a house. It is very important that you understand what a fair price is for the property you are considering. This is where REALTORS® offer so much value in helping both buyers and sellers calculate and consider pricing. Here are four things that influence the price of a home.
Selling your home without a REALTOR®? This can create all sorts of different risks that can cause your property to be misperceived and potentially undervalued. Here are three things you’re risking if you decide to sell your home without the knowledge and skills of a trusted REALTOR®?
Investing in real estate can be a great investment. Not only can it grow in value over time, but it can also provide a continuing income source. However, as with any investment, it is important to understand the risks. Unlike the stock market, where you can invest in smaller increments, real estate requires a much more significant investment. Here are few things to make sure that you do, and few to avoid before you buy your first investment property.
There are a lot of specific and complex terms in the real estate world. But few may be more confusing or misused than the titles of the professionals that help you sell and buy. Along your journey of buying or selling your home you’ll meet a lot of different people. The lines of the services they provide can blur, and it’s easy to interchange their roles. So what is the difference between a real estate agent, a REALTOR®, and a broker?
Whether it’s knowing what to NOT order at a restaurant or how to avoid getting stuck in traffic on the way to work, there was likely a time when you, or someone had to learn these the hard way. This is especially true when it comes to selling your home. Of course these mistakes can cost a lot of time and money, so here are a few to make sure avoid.
As our friends and REALTORS® in Texas work to recover from Hurricane Harvey, supplies and relief efforts are underway from a variety of groups and individuals. The Louisiana REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund is one way members can DONATE to the relief of our Texas neighbors.
The following candidates have submitted applications for At Large Board of Director members. Applications for each candidate can be viewed at the links provided below each photo. The election will take place at the next Board of Directors meeting during the Fall Governance Meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
Louisiana law requires residential sellers to complete to the best of their knowledge a "property disclosure document" detailing the condition of the property being sold. Louisiana REALTORS has been following a recent Louisiana case which calls into question how sellers should respond to the PDD questions. A joint meeting of REALTORS® and Louisiana Real Estate Commissioners will take place at the end of the month to discuss whether any changes need to be made.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on September 30th without Congressional action. NAR estimates that past lapses of the NFIP have delayed or cancelled 1,400 transactions a day. The program presently is in debt to the United States treasury by approximately $25 Billion. This certainly creates a concern for the sustainability of the program. During the past month, there has been a lot of activity on Capitol Hill. Here's what information you need to know
Louisiana REALTORS® wants to make REALTORS® aware of the "Obtain and Maintain" Insurance Requirements for homeowners that receive federal financial disaster assistance. The recipient of disaster relief funding who fails to "obtain and maintain" flood insurance may be ineligible for future disaster assistance as well as be required to repay disaster assistance previously received.
The Legislative Session ended last month with no tax increases and without passing a budget. Read a summary of activities or view REALTOR® and homeowner wins. As state issues settle, REALTORS® need to turn their attention to the national stage as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on September 30. It is imperative that we stand ready to respond to Calls for Action and what is happening in Congress
Louisiana REALTORS® sponsored Senate Bill 108 by Senator Bodi White passed the Senate and House of Representatives and has been signed by the Governor. This legislation is an amendment to an existing statute and adds criminal penalties for a violation. The amendment becomes effective August 1, 2017.
Louisiana REALTORS® held its first Designation & Certification Summer Camp from June 12-16 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, LA. The week long event featured top notch national instructors that touched on a variety of topics to help REALTORS® develop their knowledge and concentrate on skills to better serve their clients.
The 2017 Legislative Session was great for REALTORS and for homeowners. LR was successful at preventing new sales tax on services as well as passing legislation that penalizes those that practice without a license. Norman Morris, CEO provides a short recap of those wins in this last legislative session report.
Norman Morris, CEO urges attendance at Louisiana REALTORS' first Designation & Certification Summer Camp event taking place next week in Lake Charles, LA. There is a topic that fits all experience levels and instructors that will deliver top notch education to increase the skills of attendees to better serve their clients.