Friday, October 24, 2014

New Lower Price! Adorable Marrero Home For Sale!

2741 Collette Dr. Marrero, LA 70072
FOR SALE $109,900
NEW LOWER PRICE!!
Precious home that has everything updated. Open floor plan with vaulted ceiling in the great room. Kitchen is very open with granite counter tops.  All double insulated windows, beautiful fans, bathroom fixtures, electrical  panel replaced, a/c & heat. Home was totally renovated from top to bottom  in 2011. Beautiful tile floors throughout. Large backyard. Home offers two driveways w/ one that has access to backyard.
Come see & compare for yourself!

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Terez B. Harris   Terez Harris NOLA Real Estate Group   504-297-2619   www.TerezHarris.com
Keller Williams Realty New Orleans 8601 Leake Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-0100
Each office independently owned and operated. All brokers and agents licensed in the state of Louisiana.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Metairie and New Orleans Home Listing No-No’s: Pets Lead the Way


Your Metairie or New Orleans home listing is, hands-down, the most likely place prospective buyers will get their first glimpse of the home you are selling. Most serious prospects will go online as an early step in the process of winnowing candidate properties by area, asking price, number of bedrooms, etc.—so the photos in your home listing will be your offering’s face to the world.
You probably already know that—and that not all pictures are created equal. What’s important to realize is that some home listing photos actually scare away buyers! Whether you are preparing for a professional photographer’s shooting day or just helping your Realtor® choose the shots that will be included in your area home listing, here are some red flag/don’t go there/bad idea/just-say-no off-kilter ideas for real estate photos. If you steer clear of these approaches, you home listing will benefit:
Adorable Pets in the Shot
Resist the temptation to make your home more appealing and homier by include the cuddliest member of the family—your pet. “But,” (your may be thinking) “half the commercials on TV have a dog or a cat in them! Apparently, animals sell!” Madison Avenue might be able to use four-legged actors to promote some products, but the sight of Fluffy or Fido in a home listing will turn off most buyers. Although no one can smell your pet through an online photo (at least not yet), many people can imagine what smells might be associated with that pooch or feline. “One of the biggest reasons people will or won’t buy a house is odor,” says Don Aslett on the MSN Real Estate website—and few Realtors would argue the point. So be on the safe side—leave pets on the cutting room floor.

Odd Camera Angles

It can be tempting to shoot photos from a low angle, pointing the camera toward the ceiling. The idea might be to make rooms look as if they have higher ceilings—or to fit everything into the shot—and sometimes the result does look fine. But equally likely is a photo that ends up looking, well, odd. Off-balance shots can make viewers feel uncomfortable, as if something’s just not right. You want your photos to look as realistic as possible, as if it’s what everybody sees on a home tour. IOW, if a photo is in any way jarring, opt for one taken from a normal point of view.

Focus Misdirection

Most Metairie or New Orleans home listings show everything in acceptably sharp focus: in photographer jargon, they exhibit wide Depth-of-Field. But where lighting or lens dictate shallow depth, only part of the shot will be in sharp focus…and that’s the area that will attract the viewer’s eye. Use this to your advantage. For instance, it’s good to show pictures of the master bathroom—especially if it resembles a spa retreat—but it’s bad to focus on the commode instead of the Carrera marble vanity.

Putting together a killer Metairie or New Orleans home listing is an important part of the comprehensive service my clients receive. Give me a call if you are preparing to list your Metairie or New Orleans home!



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Terez B. Harris   Terez Harris NOLA Real Estate Group   504-297-2619   www.TerezHarris.com
Keller Williams Realty New Orleans 8601 Leake Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-0100
Each office independently owned and operated. All brokers and agents licensed in the state of Louisiana.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Living in New Orleans - 10 Places to Eat in Mid City

1. Ralf's on the Park
900 City Park Ave. (504)488-1000
Rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and wedding receptions can be staged here, with a professional staff helping couples create customized menus and a personalized party plan. All party rooms have access to a wrought-iron balcony overlooking City Park, there's elevator access to the second floor, and complimentary valet parking.
(photo from gonola.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)







2. Katie's Restaurant & Bar 
3701 Iberville St. (504)488-6582
The bar at this Mid-City eatery offers original creations including the Mid-City punch, in addition to offering nightly specials on wine and beer. Stop in for brunch and enjoy Cajun takes on egg dishes. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
(photo from restaurantneworleans.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)




3. Angeletto's Pizzeria & Pub 
220 S. Robertson St. (504)581-3500 
Artichoke and spinach dip is served with garlic bread. Angeletto’s special pizza is topped with house-made garlic sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, spinach, feta and roasted red peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri.
(photo from plus.google.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)







4. Avery's Po-boys 
2510 Tulane Ave. (504)821-4110 
Avery's is the biggest surprise of 2012-13. For my money, this family operated po-boy shop/restaurant is the best overall po-boy shop in greater New Orleans. Their oyster rockefeller po-boy is worth a trip across town for a taste. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat
(photo from averysontulane.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)




5. Chickie Wah Wah 
2828 Canal St. (504)304-4714
This spacious music club plays host to an array of local bands, especially roots music and singer/songwriters, as well as touring Americana musicians. The club's small kitchen is run by Blue Oak Barbecue, which serves barbecue, burgers and smoked chicken wings. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. daily
(photo from bourbontobeale.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)




6. Felipe's Taqueria 
411-1 N. Carrollton Ave. (504)288-8226 
Latin-inspired craft cocktails as well as a range of fresh margarita options are always within arm's reach of a basket of salty tortilla chips. Drink specials change daily but there's one every night, from $2 off specialty cocktails to $4 margaritas. Open daily. Smoking on patio.
(photo from tripadvisor.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)




7. Parkway Bakery & Tavern 
538 Hagan Ave. (504)482-3047
This Mid-City landmark is known for its roast beef po-boy, but such a sandwich never stands alone without proper libation. The Parkway Pimm's Cup and the Mid-City Streetcar are popular mixed drinks, while buckets of beer are as little as $9 during NFL games. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
(photo from tablehopper.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)






8. Angelo Brocato 
214 N. Carrollton Ave. (504)486-1465
House-made cannolis feature fried cinnamon pastry shells and sweet ricotta cheese filling. House-made stracciatella gelato is made with a vanilla cream base and imported Italian chocolate chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun
(photo from neworleansonline.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)






9. Cafe Degas 
3127 Esplanade Ave. (504)945-5635
For brunch, butternut squash and corned beef hash is topped with two poached eggs and bearnaise sauce. Braised veal stew with carrots and pearl onions fill a puff pastry topped with wild mushroom and white wine bechamel. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun.
(photo from nolafrancaise.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)





10. Doson Noodle House
135 N. Carrollton Ave. (504)309-7283
Lemon grass tofu features stir-fried tofu and vegetables served over vermicelli. Grilled chicken salad is grilled chicken over shredded carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, mint and house sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat
(photo from foursquare.com, description from bestofneworleans.com)



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Terez B. Harris   Terez Harris NOLA Real Estate Group   504-297-2619   www.TerezHarris.com
Keller Williams Realty New Orleans 8601 Leake Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-0100
Each office independently owned and operated. All brokers and agents licensed in the state of Louisiana.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Metairie and New Orleans Comparables: Close to a Science Fiction Adventure!


Establishing the asking price for a Metairie or New Orleans home may not quite qualify as science fiction, but it can be a bit of an adventure in time and space—at least when it comes to establishing the Metairie and New Orleans comparables.

The logic behind valuing a property by looking at recent Metairie and New Orleans comparable sales—the Metairie and New Orleans “comps”—is immediately clear. You don’t have to study economics to realize that the value of something (including a Metairie or New Orleans house or condo) will ultimately be the amount that someone is actually willing to shell out for it. So recent sales of comparable Metairie and New Orleans homes should be the best benchmark.  

But like so many things that are wonderfully simple in theory, when it comes to establishing Metairie and New Orleans comparables for the purpose of setting a fair asking price or mortgage amount, practical matters can complicate things. So for anyone looking to buy or sell a Metairie or New Orleans home, demystifying the factors that come into play as appraisers and bank loan officers identify valid comparables is good background information.

Among the most important factors are size of the dwelling and (this never gets old) location, location, location! So comparables are same-size homes or condos that have sold recently, close by. What could be simpler, right?
Not so fast—it’s much more of an adventure.

First, the space part. The fact is, there are different ways to look at the size of a property. Square feet may be a number you can measure, which might be total square feet…but there is also taxable living area, which could be more important. The difference is that anything below grade (for instance, a half-finished basement or tricked-out man cave garage) may not be counted—or may be partially counted (an “adjustment”). For condos, one of those half-height storage areas may be another “adjustment,” as could be a balcony or parking space—valuable to some buyers, but not part of the “taxable living area.”

There’s another aspect to the space part of the adventure. Even within a single neighborhood, some streets have homes that are more upscale (and pricey) than others. Or there can be nearly rural parts of a suburban (or even an urban) community—so using the distance from one point to another may not be an accurate way to determine if nearby neighborhood comparables are really, well, comparable. In other words, although within a short distance, to be truly comparable a nearby sale could call for yet another ‘adjustment.’ Furthermore, even though one dwelling might be only a block away from another, they might fall into different school districts. Even if you don’t have kids, school quality can be an important factor for prospective buyers…and another adjustment…

Then there’s the time part of the adventure, which comes when we try to figure out what qualifies as a ‘recent’ comp. Within 90 days definitely qualifies as an ideal. But what if there aren’t enough of those? Some lenders will go back 6-12 months—a warping of the time-space continuum (and where would science fiction writers be without those?)


If you will be buying or selling anytime soon, the Metairie and New Orleans comparables will come into play. Call me to explore what they look like in your own immediate real estate future!



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Terez B. Harris   Terez Harris NOLA Real Estate Group   504-297-2619   www.TerezHarris.com
Keller Williams Realty New Orleans 8601 Leake Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-0100
Each office independently owned and operated. All brokers and agents licensed in the state of Louisiana.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Decorating Ideas Liven Metairie and New Orleans Homes for Sale


Having a Metairie or New Orleans home for sale as autumn swings into full bloom has more than one advantage. First off, this is definitely not looky-loo season—the majority of home shoppers this time of year tend to be serious-minded (perhaps because many are hoping to be comfortably moved in by the holidays). Whatever the reason, because many other owners will wait until spring to put up their own Metairie or New Orleans home for sale, if you are listing now, you can usually count on a narrower amount of competition.
A subtler reason why fall is an exciting season to put up a home for sale has to do with what can be a presentation advantage—the same reason home décor professionals like this time of year. It’s the Autumn Advantage: a time of year loaded with eye-catching decorating ideas. When the leaves start to change, it’s time to take advantage of the autumnal decorations that can make any Metairie or New Orleans home for sale extra inviting.
·         Pumpkins aren’t Just for Jack-o’-Lanterns
Modern Man may have cracked the atom and devised telescopes that can see to the very edge of the Universe, but it has still failed to come up with a way to spruce up a home for fall without adding a pumpkin or two. Why fight it? There are a thousand ways to use the ubiquitous squash in arresting placements. One example is to cut a generous hole in the top, then drop a fall-appropriately planted pot (think gold, red, orange and brown) through it, flowers and all. This “pumpkin plant pot” can work to add color both inside and outside any home for sale in Metairie or New Orleans.

·         Re-purpose an old Window

Where a rustic touch is appropriate, another autumnal planter idea is to find a discarded wooden window (the more thoroughly weathered, the better: decorators call it ‘up-cycling’), secure a potted plant to it, then hang it on the wall in place of a family picture (remember: when you have a home for sale, it’s recommended to remove as many of the personal mementos as possible). This “outside inside” décor trick creates a seasonal feel you can add to by embellishing further with dried leaves and berries.

·         Scents of Autumn

Using scents can be central to fall decorating. These seasonal aromas can be counted upon to trigger positive memories for the visitors to your home. Scented candles are an appropriate way to add ambiance to your house. You can go further by tying cinnamon sticks around your candles, or adding a few drops of clove and cinnamon oil to your potpourri or fall arrangements (just don’t overdo it)!

·         Fall: a Season for Comfort

If you’re thinking warm fires, plump cushions and plush throws to emphasize the coziness of the season, you’ll make it happen. A comfortable home highlighted with fall colors sets a scene that boosts the beauty of a home for sale unlike any other time of the year.  

Whether you have already listed your Metairie or New Orleans home for sale, or are just now setting the stage, give me a call to put together a marketing blitz that will use the season to make that sale happen!




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Terez Harris NOLA Real Estate Group
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Terez B. Harris   Terez Harris NOLA Real Estate Group   504-297-2619   www.TerezHarris.com
Keller Williams Realty New Orleans 8601 Leake Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-0100
Each office independently owned and operated. All brokers and agents licensed in the state of Louisiana.