2009 A year of speed bumps and road blocks Thursday, Dec 31 2009 

2009…it’s almost over.  As I sat down to write this, the first words to hit the keyboard were this. “Thank God this year is over. I am so ready for a New Year!” As I sifted through the past months in my mind, I pulled up the thoughts of seeing friends, family and strangers struggle with hardships, grief, pain and so much more.  Again the thought of “Thank God this year is over. I am so ready for a New Year!” crossed my mind.

As I thought about each of these challenges a little more, I found myself doing some deep searching.  All of these things that my family faced were actually blessings in disguise.  Everything happens for a reason, we all have been told this, we all know this.  I am here to tell you that this is very true.  I think that each of the things we faced this past year were sent as wake up calls.   We get so busy in our everyday lives that we tend to operate well within our comfort zone.  This year, we were forced to function outside of our comfort zone and the results were amazing! After facing each speed bump or road block, we were stronger, wiser and genuinely better.  This is true with both our personal and professional lives.

As I think about my friends and others, their stories are much similar.  They finished the year with stronger families, stronger marriages, better jobs, better health and a renewed faith in God.  As I wrote in Growing Pains, we are experiencing a “growth spurt”.  I now view 2009 as a year of growth. Growth is always a great thing.  I only hope that 2010 will bring the life lessons  that helped us to grow and the new friendships that are truly treasured.  I know that I have changed and I like the change!

I will enter 2010 with the intention of operating outside of my comfort zone, will you?

May 2010 bring you much love, happiness and prosperity.  Happy New Year!

Ascension Parish Market Stats for November 2009 Friday, Dec 11 2009 

Monthly Sales were 86  units. Comparison to last month:  Decreased 4%  from 90 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increase 17% from 71 Units.

Average Sold Price was $187,791.  Comparison to last month:  decreased  10% from $208,335.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 17% from $225,146.

Current Inventory is 6.95 months.  Comparison to last month:  Holding steady from 6.73 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 11.15 months.

Average Days on Market were 76.  Comparison to last month:  decreased from 86 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 98 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  In my opinion, they mean that we are holding steady for this time of the year.  The Average Price Sold being down in nothing to be alarmed about.  The original tax credit was due to expire on November30, 2009 so I would venture to guess that most of these homes were bought by first time home buyers.  The price point in which they buy is lower than $200,000.  In fact, most of the homes sold were in the $170,000 – $179,999 range.  The great news is that home sellers were getting 98.98% of their asking price! Kudos to the homeowners and Realtors (r) who are working together to price the homes correctly!

As I am sure you are aware, the tax credit has been extended to having an accepted contract in place by April 30, 2010 and closing by June 30, 2010.  It has also been expanded to include “long time homeowners”.  These homebuyers will receive $6,500 on a new purchase.  For more information about these credits, click here.

My family and myself wish you a Very Merry Christmas!

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

Santa Visits Local Galvez/Prairieville Neighborhoods Thursday, Dec 10 2009 

It just doesn’t seem like Christmas until Santa Clause makes his annual visit thanks to the local fire departments.  I get so excited when I hear the Christmas music and the Sirens of the fire trucks getting closer.  Santa makes his way around the Prairieville neighborhoods to visit the children.  He takes pictures with the kids (and adults!), passes out candy canes, listens to their wish lists and most importantly, collects non-perishable food items for area food banks.

Click here to see when Santa will be coming to your neighborhood!

Get your canned goods and cameras ready…Santa is coming!  Merry Christmas!


Gonzales Jambalaya Country Christmas Wednesday, Dec 2 2009 

Thursday, December 3, 2009 will be the 18th Annual Christmas Tree lighting party in Gonzales, Louisiana.  The events will take place at the Gonzales Civic Center where the big guy himself, Santa Claus will be handing out gifts to local children and listening to all of their wish lists.  Gonzales Christmas

The lighting of the Christmas tree will be the main attraction at 6:00 pm and you can walk around Jambalaya Park with your family and enjoy the thousands of lights that have been put out for your enjoyment.

I understand that there will be Girl Scouts singing Christmas carols, Center Stage Performing Arts Academy will be providing live entertainment and the Jambalaya Festival Association will serve bowls of jambalaya.  Sounds like there will be a good time had by all!  Best of all….Admission is Free!