Tricia Johnston’s Real Estate Tips of the Week Volume 1

Local Leaders: The Podcast Presents – Tricia Johnston’s Real Estate Tips of the Week Volume 1

When it comes to Real Estate you would be hard pressed to find someone with more knowledge then Tricia Johnston of Latter & Blum Realty.

This Denham Springs resident and Top area realtor is featured every week on Local Leaders: The Podcast with her Real Estate Tip of the Week!.

At Local Leaders the Podcast we give strive to give viewers what they want out of our podcast with every episode, and after MANY requests to have an episode featuring only Tricia’s tips we present you with Tricia Johnston’s Real Estate Tips of the Week Volume 1.

In this first volume we feature Tricia Johnston’s real Estate tips from the first 12 episodes and weather you are buying home, selling a home, are a Real Estate professional or just enjoy watching Local Leaders: The Podcast you will find these tips to be invaluable.

A must watch episode of Local Leaders:The Podcast.

Visit Tricia Johnston on the web at:
https://triciajohnston.latter-blum.com

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hi i’m tricia johnston residential realtor with ladder and bloom with your real estate tip of the week today i’m answering a popular question what things should a buyer avoid doing i have a list that i provide to my buyer clients but a few of those things are don’t make any major new purchases such as a vehicle furniture or appliances don’t change jobs or banks don’t co-sign on a loan for anyone don’t make any late bill payments and don’t take out any new credits such as a personal loan a payday loan or opening a new credit card these things can negatively affect your credit score or your debt to income ratio and prevent you from being able to buy a new home if you have questions about this or anything else please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and i’ll be happy to help i’m trisha johnston with ladder and bloom and i’ll be back here again next week with another real estate tip of the week for you

hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with ladder and bloom with your real estate tip of the week today i’d like to talk about things that buyers are looking for as they’re searching for their new home it’s important for sellers to be able to look at their home through a buyer’s eyes so that you can highlight those things that could make a difference to a buyer more than ever people are working learning cooking staycationing entertaining and watching football games at home so buyers are looking for an office or a bonus room a spacious kitchen with lots of counter space a nice patio with a tv a larger yard an outdoor kitchen or even a swimming pool of course what each buyer is looking for will vary so as the seller it’s important for you to stage your home in a way that shows the versatility of your home’s spaces that’ll help you find the right buyer sooner rather than later if you have any questions at all or you would like my help i’ll be happy to help you i’m trisha johnston with ladder and bloom and i’ll be back here next week with another real estate tip for you

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hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with ladder and bloom with your real estate tip of the week buying a house can be overwhelming but there are some things you can do to make the process less stressful first get pre-approved this makes sure that you’re looking in the right price range and you’re ready to submit an offer when you find the right house second make a list of must-haves these are the things that are most important to you such as location property size school district third make a list of ones these are the things that you would like to have but if everything else is right with the property you can make those changes after you move in for instance if you’d like to have no carpet or you’d like to have a fence lastly don’t get discouraged if the right house for you isn’t for sale yet more houses are listed for sale every day so your house is coming buying a house is so exciting and something you’ve probably worked really hard for so do these things and you’ll enjoy the process a whole lot more if you need any help please don’t hesitate to reach out to me i’m trisha johnston with ladder and bloom and i’ll be back here again next week with your next tip

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podcast hi i’m tricia johnston residential realtor with ladder and bloom with your real estate tip of the week i’m often asked what the most important thing is to do when getting a house ready to list for sale i believe curb appeal is a top priority do things like spruce up the yard weed the garden and add some fresh pine straw clean out the gutters add a fresh coat of paint and do any repairs that need to be done curb appeal not only impacts the photos it also can affect the impression that buyers will get when they’re driving by to check out the house or the neighborhood it could make a difference between them scheduling an appointment to see the house or not if you have any questions about this or anything else please don’t hesitate to reach out to me i’ll be happy to help i’m trisha johnston with ladder and bloom and i’ll be back here again next week with another real estate tip for you b.j pawn and gunn and denham springs wants to buy your own wanted gold jewelry gold coins and gold bullion with 30 years of experience operating in the livingston parish area b.j palm wants to be your source when selling your gold so stop by bj pawn today for a no obligation offer b.j pawn a proud sponsor of local leaders the podcast

hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with ladder and bloom with your real estate tip of the week if you’re renting and wondering what the advantages would be to buy here are just a few first as a homeowner part of your monthly payment goes towards principal that means you’re building equity and as you make improvements to the property that’ll build even more equity second is the tax advantages if you itemize on your federal tax return property taxes and mortgage interest are both deductible third is the freedom to make changes to the property if you want to paint or add a patio or fence you can do that because you own it and finally when you’re ready to move you can keep it as a rental property or sell it and use the equity to buy your new home if you’d like more information about the advantages of becoming a homeowner or if you have any questions at all about buying or selling please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and i’ll be happy to help i’m trisha johnston with ladder and bloom and i’ll be here next week again with another real estate tip for you jim we’re swamp with these podcasts and i’m in the mood for some local barbecue for lunch barbecue casey the problem with barbecue is the speed that would take forever not at buddy’s barbecue with the drive-through line they can get us fed fast in that sauce yum it is right in the heart of denim springs do they have specials yes they have plate lunch specials every day jim and i bet you didn’t know they offer some of the best catfish plates you’ve ever tasted on fridays and on saturdays they have smoked rib eyes they are as flavorful as you can find anywhere okay i’m hungry what’s the number i’ll call it in no just go online and place your order by the time you’re finished i can head that way that is convenient and really smart yep just like me a local business and you know what i always say oh yes jim chapman loves local correct and that makes me smart oh please if you’re in the mood for barbecue go see buddies barbecue at 105 florida avenue southeast right in the heart of denham springs they’re a proud sponsor of local leaders the podcast

hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with lotter and bloom with your real estate tip of the week i get a lot of calls from homeowners asking should we questions should we refinance should we put in a pool should we add a bonus from above the garage the answer is never just as easy as yes or no it always turns into a conversation that starts with my question how long are you planning to live in the house if they’re planning to sell in the next year or so then it may not be a smart financial decision for them to refinance or add a pool or bonus wrong but if they’re planning to live in the house another five seven or ten years it might be the right decision for their family we weigh the pros and cons together to help them figure out if it’s the right decision for them if i can help answer any questions that you have about real estate please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and i’ll be happy to help i’m trisha johnston with later in bloom and i’ll be back here again next week with another real estate tip for you

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hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with later in bloom with your real estate tip of the week sometimes sellers get stressed out about the buyers home inspection here are a few things you can do to make that process go smoother first make sure all the utilities are on electricity gas water be sure that all areas are accessible for the inspector there’s nothing blocking the water heater the electric panel the hvac system make sure they can get into the garage the attic storage room there are any burned out light bulbs replace those and replace your air filter clean the air return vent and if there are any light switches that are difficult to find or something that’s only operated with a remote leave a note for the inspector if you do these things the home inspection process will be much less stressful for everyone if you have any real estate questions that i can help you with please don’t hesitate to reach out to me i’m trisha johnston with ladder and bloom and i’ll be back here again next week with another real estate tip for you

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podcast hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with lottery bloom with your real estate tip of the week most buyers wonder what upfront expenses are involved when buying a house if the contract requires a deposit that’s typically about 500 to a thousand dollars and would be refunded or credited to you at your closing inspections need to be paid for when they’re done and depending on the size of the house would be about three to six hundred dollars the appraisal is typically paid for in advance as well and that’s about five hundred dollars and lastly if you don’t already have accounts established with the utility companies you may need to pay some utility deposits most of your other expenses will be included in your closing costs and prepaid items paid at closing if you have any real estate questions at all please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and i’ll be happy to help i’m trisha johnston residential realtor with ladder and bloom and i’ll be back here next week with another real estate tip for you dane arnold with i trade exchange has been enabling small business in the livingston parish area to save cash through his network of over 300 participating livingston parish businesses saving cash by trading services with other exchange members is what i trade exchange is all about for more information contact dane arnold at 225 205 36 40 or visit itradeexchange.biz hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with later and bloom with your real estate tip of the week sometimes sellers are inclined to want to stay home for showings but it’s really not a good idea the reality is that staying home doesn’t create a relaxing environment for potential buyers to view your home and it could affect their ability to view the house objectively if there’s some important information that you’d like to share with potential buyers discuss with your realtor what the best way is to handle that it can be uploaded to the mls displayed at the house or both potential buyers and their agents will appreciate having as much information as possible at their fingertips it’s also a good idea to remove any extra vehicles from the driveway and if at all possible remove pets showings can be very stressful for your pets and they can be a distraction for potential buyers you really want buyers to be able to focus only on the house if you do these things it’ll help create stress-free showings and make it a better experience for everyone i’m trisha johnston with ladder and bloom if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and i’ll be back here next week with another real estate tip for you

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hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with ladder and bloom with your real estate tip of the week sometimes buyers ask me why they should speak with a lender before we start looking at houses besides getting pre-approved you’ll want to discuss how much you want your monthly payment to be that’ll make sure you’re only looking at houses that’ll give you a monthly payment that you feel comfortable with you’ll also want to discuss the various loan programs available it’ll depend on how much of a down payment you have or you may want to take advantage of a hundred percent financing there are several loan programs that offer that you can also discuss whether or not you qualify for bond money the type of loan program you decide on can affect what area and price range you should be looking in buying a home is not only exciting it’s also a big financial investment your lender and realtor should serve as your partners helping guide you with their knowledge experience and expertise so you can make the right decisions every step of the way i’m trisha johnston with later in bloom if i can help you with anything please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and i’ll be back here next week with another real estate tip for you

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hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with later in bloom with your real estate tip of the week the question i get asked more than any other is how’s the real estate market news reports are generally referring to national or regional sales trends most people want to know what the market’s like in a more specific area let’s take a look at one of the tools i use for my clients this report shows sales trends for single family homes in livingston parish the light green bar shows the number of active listings each month the dark green shows the number of sold listings and the red line shows how many listings went under contract each month you can see that there were substantially fewer houses for sale in october 2020 as compared to the same month in 2019 the same trend holds true for east baton rouge parish and for ascension parish i can run this report for a specific zip code or subdivision to help buyers and sellers know what the sales trends are for the area they’re most interested in if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me i’m trisha johnston with bladder and bloom and i’ll be back here next week with another real estate tip for you

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hi it’s tricia johnston residential realtor with bladder and bloom with your real estate tip of the week if you’re selling your home during the holidays you may be wondering if it’s okay to decorate as usual i think it’s fine to decorate but there are some do’s and don’ts that you’ll want to keep in mind make sure you wait until after the professional photos are taken before you put out your decorations keep decorating to a minimum you’ll want them to enhance your house and make it feel warm and welcoming use decorations that’ll highlight some of the architectural features of your home like a beautiful staircase or fireplace mantel and if you have any holiday music playing in the background make sure it’s playing softly as for the things you’ll want to avoid don’t go overboard too many decorations will make your home feel cluttered and will serve as a distraction don’t put out a large christmas tree or any oversized decorations unless you have the space for it those can make a room feel a lot smaller than it actually is and don’t put out too many presents during showings or an open house i’m trisha johnston with ladder and bloom wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season

so say you come to my house and i’m and i’m saying you know i want to sell it and then i’m like hmm i may just try to sell this house myself you know i sell paint i’m pretty good at that maybe i could sell my house and thinking that i could really do that and then so why why would you um caution homeowners from the for sale by owner type of process what is it that a realtor can bring to to the to the table that maybe a homeowner may struggle with yeah i think the biggest thing is just having somebody that knows how to dod the eyes and cross the t’s they really set themselves up um for legal situations to follow this sale i personally know of two people who did for sale by owner who got sued right after the closing for something that i think if they would have had a realtor it would not have happened and so they ended up i don’t know how the first one ended up but the second one they ended up spending 28 000 to settle a lawsuit all because they wanted to save a couple of thousand dollars listing their house for sale and the sad thing is is you know they’ll call and say look we’re going to try for sale by owner if we don’t sell it we’ll call you and then after they have the lawsuit they call me and i say i’m not an attorney you don’t need a realtor now you need an attorney and it’s sad but you know they didn’t know also it ends up i think costing even if they don’t have a lawsuit it can end up costing a for sale by owner more money selling it on their own i represented the buyers um at last fall who purchased a for sale by owner and what he did was he priced his house so high his mindset he told me is oh i know it’s overpriced but if somebody likes it they’re going to submit an offer well it sat on the market for nine months and my clients my buyer clients wanted to purchase the house the seller agreed to pay the real the representation fee so my clients didn’t have to pay a realtor fee they ended up getting a 330 000 house for 300 000 so the seller never did know what it appraised for but it appraised for 330 000 and my clients purchased it for 300 000 because he had it so overpriced he was ready to sell it had been there for nine months vacant and so if he had priced it right to begin with met with a realtor saw what the comps were saw with a realistic price he could have sold it for what it was worth so um it can really end up costing some money and then the other thing i would say is exposure you know if you have some a realtor with an aggressive marketing plan they’re really throwing every net out there to make sure that every buyer looking in that price range and every realtor showing in that price range knows that house is for sale and that’s not the case with a for sale by owner

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