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    Hurricane Preparation: Brace Yourselves!

    By Clayton Fields | June 22, 2022

    Hurricane Preparation: Brace Yourselves! Hurricane season is here and it is time to prepare! According to LSU AgCenter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 6 to 10 hurricanes and 3 to 6 major hurricanes. First off, if you are advised to evacuate, we highly recommend you follow those orders for your safety. If... Read More

    ? What is a 1031 Tax Exchange & What You Need to Know? ?

    By Clayton Fields | March 7, 2022

    A 1031 exchange may be the ideal real estate transaction for you if you own one investment property and want to acquire another while selling your current one. A 1031 exchange is a tax-deferred transaction in which you buy another “like-kind” property to delay capital gains taxes. This trading mechanism, which may be effective in... Read More

    ? Why Converse Are The Greatest Shoes Ever ?

    By Forrest Cardwell | February 28, 2022

    Converse has been one of the most popular shoe brands for over 113 years, having been founded in 1908. The brand constantly releases limited edition collaborations and collections, making it difficult to collect these iconic shoes, which are, surprisingly, less expensive than other brands on the secondary market. Word on the street is they make... Read More

    ? Most important Renovations That Can Add Value to Your Home ?

    By Clayton Fields | February 14, 2022

    ? Do you want to improve your home but don’t know where to start? In order to boost the value of their property, homeowners undertake remodeling projects at some time. It’s easy to get caught up in the procedure. Whether it’s a new coat of paint or a large overhaul, every dollar you spend must... Read More

    ? 2022 Reading List of the Year: Must Read Books ?

    By Forrest Cardwell | February 7, 2022

    In 2021, books took on a whole new significance for many of us as we sought distraction and delight in the middle of the years of ups and downs. If you’re searching for new reading material, go no further than 2022, which has produced some terrific page-turners for me. All of these books were my... Read More

    ? Shoes in the House…Yes or No ?

    By Forrest Cardwell | January 17, 2022

    Having visitors is a source of honor and pride in almost every culture on the planet. In our culture, hospitality etiquette entails making guests feel at ease and welcomed. This may cause a few home regulations to clash with the needs of hospitality, and the one we’d like to discuss today is whether or not... Read More

    ?Healthy Holiday Eating…Said No One Ever!!!?

    By Clayton Fields | December 6, 2021

    How about making a New Year’s resolution before New Year’s? Make a commitment to yourself to maintain your weight during the holiday season, since the average American gains five to ten pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. So how can you maintain your weight surrounded by your favorite high-calorie goodies and holiday drinks? The answer... Read More

    ? Debt-To-Income Ratios When Buying a Home ?

    By Forrest Cardwell | November 22, 2021

    ? When you’re ready to buy a house, a lot of jargon is thrown around. One term you’ll hear a lot is debt-to-income ratios. If you’re not a math wizard, such lingo can sound intimidating, but it doesn’t need to. Debt-to-income ratios are simple to figure and use to your advantage, even giving you the... Read More

    ? It’s Getting Hot in Here ?

    By Clayton Fields | November 15, 2021

    ? Servicing Your Furnace When it’s cold, it’s easy to remember that the furnace is your friend. On winter nights, the convenience of pushing a button or dialing a knob to produce a comfortable climate is worth its weight in gold. But you can’t afford to consider your furnace only when you need it. For... Read More

    ? Understanding Hurricane Deductibles & Homeowners Insurance ?

    By Forrest Cardwell | November 1, 2021

    A deductible on your homeowners insurance is the amount you must pay out of pocket before your insurer will pay out on a claim. The claim payment you receive from your insurance carrier is the damage or loss amount minus your deductible after you pay your deductible.  That means if a fire causes $50,000 in... Read More

    ? How the Federal Reserve Controls & Changes Home Interest Rates ?

    By Clayton Fields | October 25, 2021

    When we borrow and then pay back with interest, it’s how banks make money. The cost of borrowing, known as the interest rate, can make a big difference in which credit card you choose or whether you decide to get one at all. But if your bank wants to make it more expensive or cheaper... Read More

    Croc’s Yes? or No?‍?

    By Forrest Cardwell | October 18, 2021

    Crocs had their day in the sun. No one can forget those blisters. The sun set on those days, but it has risen again. A mostly irrelevant stock since before the financial recession of the late 2000s, Crocs popped 13% after Justin Bieber posted this photo on Instagram at the beginning of October — sending... Read More

    ? The Proof is in the Roof ?

    By Clayton Fields | October 11, 2021

    Trying to figure out the different roofing types, roof designs and styles, and which roofing materials work best for your home can be overwhelming. There are many varieties to pick from depending on your roof type, the look you want, and your budget. Below, we take a look at the different types of roofing materials,... Read More

    ? Why Should You Get a Home Inspection Done

    By Forrest Cardwell | October 5, 2021

    As many real estate markets across the region are experiencing low inventory, customers are rethinking the value of the home inspection. In tight situations, sales contracts will say that “no repairs will be made.” Even under these circumstances, it is crucial that you still have the home inspected before purchasing it. Even newly built houses... Read More

    ? The Importance of Getting Pre-Approved ?

    By Clayton Fields | September 27, 2021

    Applying for a mortgage pre-approval is a totally free procedure that can save you a lot of your precious time, stress & frustration down the road. Before you find your dream house, make sure to consult with an experienced lender so you know what you can afford & what you should be looking for with... Read More

    ? Pricing Your Home Correctly ?

    By Forrest Cardwell | September 20, 2021

    Why is it Important to Price Your Home Competitively When it First Hits the Market? Getting the best possible deal when selling a home is all about making your house stand out – while spending as little additional time & money as possible.  In a housing market still adjusting to some of the economic effects... Read More

    ? Should You Get a Pipe Inspection on an Older Home ?

    By Clayton Fields | September 13, 2021

    When you buy a new home, it’s standard to get a house inspection. Who wouldn’t want to know as much as possible about something you are about to spend thousands of dollars on? And, if you buy a home with a septic system, it is also fairly standard practice to have that system inspected by... Read More

    Getting your home prepared for the freezing temperatures

    By Clayton Fields | January 13, 2024

    As the vibrant colors of fall fade away, and winter begins to cast its chilly spell, residents of Louisiana find themselves facing a unique set of challenges. While the Bayou State is not known for harsh winters, the occasional cold snap can catch us off guard. One essential aspect of winter preparation that often goes... Read More

    Thanksgiving Sides & Recipes

    By Clayton Fields | November 21, 2022

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, some of us may need some inspiration on what dish to bring the family or in-laws. Below we’ve created a list of our favorite Thanksgiving sides with the recipes. Take a look, try it out, and gobble it up! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Corn Souffle Green Bean Casserole... Read More

    Best Baton Rouge Neighborhoods for a College Student: Home Advice from a Senior

    By Clayton Fields | July 19, 2022

    The three most important things in college: 1. Having Fun. 2. Where you live. 3. Your education. To the parents reading this…just kidding! Education always comes first. ? Yet, it is crucial to have a safe, stable, and comfortable environment to live in. If you’re reading this you’re most likely a current or future college... Read More