Ascension Parish Market Stats for December 2009 Thursday, Jan 21 2010 

Monthly Sales were 91 units. Comparison to last month:  Increased 3%  from 88 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increase 11% from 81 Units.

Average Sold Price was $186,413.  Comparison to last month:  decreased  2% from $191,023.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 10% from $207,090.

Current Inventory is 6.48 months.  Comparison to last month:  Holding steady from 7.05 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 8.92 months.

Average Days on Market was 67.  Comparison to last month:  decreased from 78 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 87 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  The Average Sold Price being down is again indicative of the type of buyers we are seeing.  First time homebuyers are still fueling the market. The inventory is slowly being eaten up and homes are not sitting on the market as long.  This is all great news in the recovery of the housing market.  I feel as if we have hit the bottom and are on our way up.  FHA has announced some changes that will not make the climb easy. But as the old fable goes…SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.

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.

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.

1970 Lombard :: Baton Rouge LA 70810 Tuesday, Jan 19 2010 

SOLD in 18 Days!

A little bit of love will make this house a home

  • 3 bedrooms/ 1 bath
  • Ceramic tile flooring throughout
  • Refrigerator remains
  • Large corner lot
  • Fenced backyard
  • Exclusively offered at $85,000

For more information or to view more pictures:  Click here

There’s A Heart Behind the “Big Brown Truck” Monday, Jan 4 2010 

Forgive me for the plug I am about to give UPS.  After you read this, you will understand why this has been on my heart to shout above the rooftops what a great company this is. 

It was 9:00 am on Christmas Eve.  I received a call from UPS.  They were inquiring about a forwarding address for the owners of a home I had sold back in September.  The nice lady on the other end of the line was calling from the local Gonzales, LA office of UPS.  She asked me if I had a forwarding address for the former owners of the property.  She said that she Googled their name and found that I had been the listing agent of the property!  The package looked like a Christmas gift and they were trying desperately to get it delivered before the close of business.

 computer search

Unfortunately, the owners were not close.  They had moved out of town.  I gave her the information I had and she said that she would take care of the rest. 

I was so impressed.  Someone took the time to track these people down.  Instead of just sending the package back to the sender, someone used technology to make sure this package was delivered. I hung up the phone and vowed to use UPS whenever possible from this point forward. 

(This is especially impressive to me now that my nine year old daughter has still not received the Christmas card from her grandparents in Maryland.  It was sent USPS a week before Christmas.)

Props to the UPS employee that took the time to do some research on this lonely package.  She gave me the best Christmas present of all!