Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for August 2010 Saturday, Oct 16 2010 

Monthly Sales were 75 units. Comparison to last month:  Increased 5% from 71 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 32% from 110 Units.

Average Sold Price was $216,581.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased 2% from $221,460.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 2% from $221,891.

Current Inventory is 9.53 months.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 10.26 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 5.68 months.

Average Days on Market were 88.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 113 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 93 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?   

Our activity and sales prices in Ascension Parish are leveling out. September numbers will be interesting to view. Most buyers were trying to close before school started in August.

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.

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Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for July 2010 Friday, Aug 27 2010 

Monthly Sales were 71 units. Comparison to last month:  Decreased 51% from 145 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 32% from 105 Units.

Average Sold Price was $221,460.  Comparison to last month:  Increased 14% from $194,341.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased 2% from $217,878.

Current Inventory is 10.11 months.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 4.9 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 5.80 months.

Average Days on Market were 113.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 61 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 109 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?   Remember, the tax credit expired.  Most closings happened by the June 30 deadline. (A few stragglers were able to take advantage of the extended deadline.) What I do see as encouraging is that the average sales price was up.  If you are a seller, you have a lot of competition out there.  Make sure that your home is is top notch condition and price it well.  An overpriced home will only help to sell the competition.

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.

Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for May 2010 Wednesday, Jun 30 2010 

Monthly Sales were 153 units. Comparison to last month:  Increased 16% from 128 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased 25% from 115 Units.

Average Sold Price was $188,863.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased 13% from $216,252.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 9% from $206,806.

Current Inventory is 4.45 months.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 5.14 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 5.46months.

Average Days on Market were 73.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 81 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 102 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  Many first time homebuyers were taking advantage of the tax credit.  We will see lots of homes closing in the next month as well. 

Remember, the tax credit expired on April 30, 2010 and those buyers have until June 30, 2010 to close on those homes.  Knowing that, I wondered what the pending activity was for May.  93 properties in Ascension Parish went under contract compared to 120 in May of 2009.  To show you how the tax credit helped stimulate sales, there were 177 homes to go under contract in the month of April 2010.  That was a 47% drop in sales… Ouch! The medicated market will now take a few months to level out.  Watch closely for the interesting times ahead.

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.

Growing Pains Thursday, Jun 4 2009 

Disclaimer:  This is a long post. I had a lot to say and just couldn’t edit 🙂

On April 29, 2009 my husband made what has been the worst call of his life to me.  If you aren’t familiar with this, see “Can You Say Punched In The Gut”.

I am happy to report today that he reports for his new job on

Tuesday, June 9, 2009!

I may actually be able to breathe and hopefully sleep all night tonight!

Through this, my family has endured.  We have come out the other side in tact and stronger than before.

What we have learned is that we had become complacent with our life.  We took things for granted that we really needed to be grateful for.  Our faith has been tested.  Thankfully, we were alert enough to see the changes God was trying to make in our lives. I feel blessed today to know that we were chosen to go through this.  I only hope that we are able to help someone the way so many have helped us.

I can stand here today and tell you that there were days I would be so excited about the future.  I would tell people “There is something so wonderful that God has waiting for us on the other side of this hill.  I can’t wait to see what it is!” And I would believe it with all of my heart and soul.  There were days that would put on a smile and say it, but doubt every word that came out of my mouth.  I would feel so guilty for that.  Then there were days that I felt that I couldn’t get out of bed.  I didn’t want to face the world.  Those were the days that I felt especially guilty and would pray for God to take back the control of my life and forgive me for trying to run it myself.

I am telling you this because I am hopeful that telling my story, good and bad, will help someone. Either someone that is living this nightmare or someone who knows of someone that is.

Friends of my husband that had been though this were very supportive and told him that he would come out of this better off.  That is easy to hear but hard to comprehend when you are in the middle of uncertainty.  They would also offer assistance in little ways that meant the world to us.  Passing the resume to contacts they had, reviewing his resume (he hadn’t written a resume in over 15 years!).  They would call to check on us and always offer kind words, and more importantly, lend an ear. 

The one thing that they didn’t do was call every day and ask if he had found a job.  I found that to be the most offensive thing to deal with.  We knew we were without a job. We knew we were sending hundreds of emails with our resume attached. We knew we were not getting responses.  We did not need to be reminded that we did not have a job. One day, someone very close to me,  whom I was in contact with almost daily sat down at the desk next to me and said this. “I hate to ask this, but how is the job search going?”  It was the first time she had asked me that question since I told her my news.  I was more than happy to share with her how our progress, or lack thereof , was.  It was all in the way it was presented to me.  I knew that she was genuinely concerned for us. 

I want to talk a minute about Social Media and “virtual friends”. I am here to tell you that those on-line friends are VERY real!  I received so many messages with my friend’s cell phone numbers (most of which I had already!) offering to help, to talk, to listen.  They would all celebrate with me for my victories and let me be down when I really wasn’t feeling up to par.  I made some very good friends through this rough period on FaceBook and Twitter.  To all of you and especially the #twitterqueens.  THANK YOU!  I LOVE YOU ALL DEARLY!

Let me  also say that I probably haven’t been a good friend the past few weeks.  I would like to apologize to anyone that I snapped at or “hid” from.  Some days I just couldn’t bear to face the world.  It was all I could muster some days to work professionally with my clients.  There was nothing left. 

I think the hardest thing in this has been to “Be Still”  I am a take charge kinda girl.  Having to sit back and “Be Still” was very hard for me.  I overheard my husband say to someone one day.  “I can’t get her to understand that Corporate America doesn’t work on Real Estate time.  If the offer isn’t signed at 6:00 the offer isn’t dead.”  On Wednesday, I posted on Facebook “Be Still and know that He is God. – I am still learning the Be Still part of this!”  10 minutes later FedEx knocked on my door and left the Corporate “package” we had been waiting for!  It was the formal written offer for Brian’s new job!

Brian and I always knew that our children were exceptional.  This “growth spurt” has only proven that to us.  My youngest daughter had a birthday on May 1 and turned 9.  One night she opened a birthday card and there was money.  She closed the card and handed the money to us, “to help”.  WOW!  After her birthday party, she told me that we could have her birthday money if we needed it.  As parents, this broke our hearts.  Looking back now, I am filled with pride that my sweet little 9 year old has enough love in her heart to want to take care of someone else before herself.  Our oldest daughter is 16.  She has a job and makes enough to keep her “going out” habits funded.  She has only been out with her friends to the movies once.  The told me that she wanted to save her money in case we needed it.  Again…WOW!  One thing we know for sure.  We have raised some pretty amazing girls.  I have always responded to people when they tell me how beautiful our girls are that they also have beautiful hearts.  Our efforts in teaching them to pay it forward have paid off!

I referred to this as our “growth spurt”.  That is what I am officially calling this period in our life!  I used that term with my youngest.  She has terrible leg cramps when she goes through a growth spurt.  I likened our situation to this as something she could identify with.  We have endured the pain of growing.  We have grown and we are all stronger for it.  I am glad that we were chosen to grow.  Do I want to go through this particular growth spurt again?  HELL NO!  I do however, hope that we will be a  comforting source for someone who is going through this or knows someone that is.

To shamelessly quote from Shinedown’s song Second Chance.  “My eyes are wide open. By the way, I made it through the day. Sometimes goodbye is a Second Chance. ” 

Can you say “Punched in the Gut?” Friday, May 1 2009 

As my first post, I decided to give you a little peek into my family life.

Wednesday started out like every other day. Life was good! My wonderful husband made my coffee before he left for work. (Yes, I am spoiled!) The girls had already left for school and I was on the phone with my BFF planning a short girls trip.
The house phone rang. Hmmm…the house phone never rings. It was my husband. Not typical of him to call this early but not alarmed. Long story short… He informs me that he has just been laid off. I felt like someone had punched me in the gut. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t make a sound.

My mind was swimming. (although I felt like it was drowning) I knew I had to remain calm for him. This was the worst phone call he would ever have to make to me. But, how would we survive, how would we pay our house note (big deal to me since I am in the Real Estate business), how would we take care of the girls…oh, the girls…How would we tell these precious little creatures that there was a problem?
As the day progressed, I then became very angry. What about the 14 years of his life he had given this company? There was no warning. Why wasn’t he offered a different postition? You know…all the why questions that he doesn’t have the answers to.

Our world had been turned upside down.

We have all seen the National News.  We have all heard about the masses of people being laid-off.  Unfortunately, I think I had been de-sensitized.  Don’t get me wrong.  I feel deeply for the people we hear about.  But, I didn’t know them.  There wasn’t a personal connection.  Living in Louisiana, we have been very lucky.  Our housing market has not bottomed out.  We don’t see the foreclosure signs on every other street.  And, from all I was reading, our unemployement levels were holding steady.  Our economy as a state was good.  Baton Rouge was listed as “One of the Top 10 Cities to Ride out the Recession!”  We weren’t having the lay-offs that a lot of the nation is seeing.  I always knew that it was a possibility, nothing is permanant any more.  But…I never imagined it would happen to us.

Skipping forward….As the days progressed my husband and I realized just how much people care for us.  On the day that this happened, we were flooded with phone calls from caring people offering to help.  Offers of help with things that most would not even begin to imagine.  There was one phone call that I received that made things so much better.  I will tell about that phone call in another post.  But to this person now…you know who you are…Thank you and I love you.  She let me cry, she let me vent, she listened.

It has only been three days but our minds have become a little more clear.  We have our health.  We have each other. We have lots of wonderful friends. We are strong.  We will survive.  There is a lesson to be learned here, and we are now open to learning.  What seemed like the worst day of my life has opened my eyes to see things that I was taking for granted. 

Oh!  I almost forgot!  The night of this news, my oldest daughter fell and broke her foot!  Can I tell you how I have been on the edge of loosing it!  That is called..Sucker punched in the gut!  She is now in a cast for six weeks and will not be driving in the near future.  (I think that is hurting her more now than the actual broken bone. LOL) See, I am able to muster up a laugh here and there!

We have a bumpy road ahead of us. We will be tested more than we care to be.  But, we have taken the bull by the horns and have lots of “feelers” out.  There are lots of people rooting for us. 

What I want you to take away from this is…You never know what kind of battle someone is fighting.  Be kind.  Sometimes the smallest kind gesture you make will turn someones day completely around.

Today is my youngest daughter’s 9th birthday.  We have something to celebrate!