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The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling

June 11, 2015

Do you ever get tired of the constant sky is falling, the sky is falling mentality of the press. They alone seem to be able to percolate a seemingly extreme fear in the hearts of all of us. I don’t say bury your head in the sand, but sometimes just unplug from Glen Beck. Unplug from O’Reilly and realize that you have it as good as anyone else living in this world. We all have 365 days a years, 12 months a year, 52 weeks a year, 24 hours in a day, and 60 minutes in an hour, and sixty seconds in each minute. Don’t think it is important to value them all? Ask the guy on death row, ask the guy who shoots the last second shot to win the game, ask the new cancer patient whom was just told they have six months to live. This life is won and lost by inches, yes it seems the small guy has a few more things stacked against him now than in the past, but here, in this Country, better than anywhere else you can achieve if you work hard.
I say all of this to ask what is the greatest thing as a child you can remember. For me it was the safety and security I felt with my family. Gathering at our house during rough storm clouds and pounding thunder or the love I felt at my Grandmother’s during Christmas, Thanksgiving and really every day. I can remember walking into my Grandmother’s back door and the smell of something cooking was always there. There seemed to be an endless supply of Pound Cake, her speciality, on the table. Even when she wasn’t home, kids from the neighborhood would come in her back door take a piece of cake and leave. She loved us so much. The smell of her Kitchen, the comfortableness of her living room. The stories she could tell. The Huge picture window that I use to sit at, that faced East, looking and waiting for Jesus to return. So you ask why all the emotion why all the stories because it all happened at Maw Maws house. The security that house brought to this young child was beyond the mere wood framing and nails, it was a blanket of warmth that surrounded me. I felt safe. In a world when I grew up with constant fear of nuclear war and the boogie men of the world, I felt truly safe. That’s what a house is. It is not the bones, the nails, the concrete. Yea all of those things are important, but a house is where memories are made, where tragedies are dealt with with love and support, where you can retreat from the hussle and bussle of life. Where you can put a hedge around your property that evil cannot penetrate. So when you think about buying your new home look at it as not an investment, which it will be, but ask yourself is this somewhere my kids can feel safe, where when I have grandchildren can they feel that special feeling of ultimate security and warmth. Some may say it is not the house it is the people and I agree. But what I wouldn’t give to one more time smell Maw Maws cooking in that kitchen, listen to the dishes rattle in her dining room as she walked into the living room, listen to the squeaky door she closed when she went to bed, smell the cooking of her Chicken and Dumplins, or simply sit next to a warm fire that my grandfather always had going. A house is the center of the family and with that it becomes your home. So surround yourself with the love of your family. Invite them over whenever you get a chance. Have those great parties because you never know. Long after you are gone it may just be the memory that keeps your kid going, your grandkid.

If you want to start your own place to build dreams, to build your family give me a call or email, or just follow one of the links below to get started.

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Jefferson Cort Properties:
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Belle Foret
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Three or More Bedrooms in Hammond, Ponchatoula, Robert, Loranger:
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Contact me: http://www.tangiproperties.com

Call: 985-507-9359

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The Move

June 8, 2015

I’ve been on a journey for the last two years or so since I began my own business.  I realized how expensive it is to serve the great people of southeast Louisiana and to make sure their property gets out to as many folks as possible.  I finally come to realize it’s easier to let a big corporate company do this so I can focus on great customer service.  Customer Service as you all know is truly what separates real estate agents one from another.  As most if a property is priced right will sell fairly quickly.  So with all this being said I am back at the place where I started my career.   I’m a little older, hopefully wiser, and look forward to working to make this place the best it can be.  I feel I’m back with friends, back to the people whom i love, and back close to my family.  Three things that make any transition a lot more satisfying.  That being said Im back in business.  Please don’t hesitate to call or email.

Craig Martin

Latter and Blum Classic Homes and Properties

Cell:  985-507-9359

Email:  craig4924@gmail.com

9855427601

Licensed in LA and MS

Each office is Independently owned and operated.

Hammond, LA

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Mother’s Day Video!! I hope she likes it!

May 6, 2012

My Animoto Video.

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Markets Seem to be Rebounding

April 27, 2012

As Paul Revere once said: The buyer’s are coming, The buyer’s are coming. Wait ok that was in a dream of mine mid last week. It seems the markets are beginning to improve and sales have picked up slightly. Unlike other real estate agents in the area whom say the market is wonderful I am here to give you the truth. I believe we are at rock bottom. I see interest rates inching upward and I simply do not see a doomsday scenario on the horizon. When looking at numbers for Tangipahoa Parish we are running roughly 12% above last years totals to date. Foreclosures are still rampant, but the ghost inventory most were speaking of seems to have all but fallin away. For me and my team it is now full speed ahead and yes damn the torpedoes. Let us just hope our politicians get on with the business of governing and quit messing with the Real Estate Markets. Let them balance themselves. They will quickly.  Come and see for yourself at www.tangiproperties.com

 

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3 strategies to move an overpriced listing

July 5, 2011

Give sellers a wake-up call

BY BERNICE ROSS, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011.

Inman News™

You have worked as hard as you can to get this property sold. Your marketing efforts have generated 50 showings but no offers. What can you do?

Recently, one of our private coaching clients posed this question to her coach. She had done everything within her power to place the property under contract. However, the sellers weren’t willing to lower the price any further. They had a great reason. If they dropped the price any further, they would have to bring money that they didn’t have to the closing table.

The challenge for the agent was that the sellers were blaming the failure to sell the property on her and they were angry. How would you have handled this situation?

One of the most powerful ways to address this situation is to do an update on your market statistics. For example, if there are currently 60 properties listed in their area and price range and 10 of them sell each month, this means that in order to sell their property, the sellers must be in the top 17 percent of the properties on the market each month in terms of the price, condition and the location. With this many showings and no offers, they’re continuing to fall in the bottom 83 percent that are still listed each month rather than in the 17 percent that sell.

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The next step is to explain the seller’s choices. Here’s what to say:

“Mr. and Mrs. Seller, as you can see from the current market statistics, only 17 percent of all the listings will sell this month, while 83 percent will continue to be listed next month. Furthermore, most of the properties that are selling are in like-new condition. Given these circumstances, you have the following options:

“First, you can adjust your price.

“Second, you can update the paint and the fixtures to make the house more appealing.

“Third, if you absolutely must get this price, you can take the property off the market and wait for the market to improve.

“It’s your house and it is your decision. What would you like to do?”

Furthermore, it’s often useful to either take the sellers out to look at the competition or to pull together a slide show of the interiors of the properties that went under contract or that are currently on the market. Sometimes the reason a property is not selling is that buyers can afford to be choosy. The agent who sold our last house told me that the only things that are selling where she is working right now are in like-new condition. Everything else, unless it’s way below market value, is languishing on the market.

A third way is to do a price-per-square-foot comparison. Remember to choose comparable sales where the lot size and the improvement size are within 10 percent of the seller’s property. Failure to do this will yield inaccurate results.

The next step is to make three pricing lines: one for sold listings, one for current listings, and one for expired listings. In most cases, what you will observe is that the sellers’ current price falls in the price range where most of the listings are expiring. Here’s what to say:

“Mr. and Mrs. Seller, as you can see from these three pricing lines, the properties that have gone under contract in the last 90 days have all been priced between $135 to $145 per square foot. The properties that failed to sell and currently are showing on the multiple listing service as expired listings were all priced at $153 to $160 per square foot. Your property is currently priced at $154 per square foot.

“Consequently, you have an important decision to make. You can leave your property at $154 per square foot and it will probably still be on the market, or you can reduce your price to $145 per square foot and increase the odds that it will sell. It’s your choice; what would you like to do?”

Now if the sellers are being unrealistic and you’re no longer willing to work on an overpriced listing, here’s a different approach:

“Mr. and Mrs. Seller, you have an important decision to make. You can continue to keep your property on the market at the price where it is currently listed or you can lower the price to the point where the property will sell. Clearly, since we have had 50 showings and no offers, the property is not priced where buyers today are willing to purchase it.

“It’s your choice; what would you like to do? Continue with your current price? Or reduce the price, end the two-hour commute each day, and get on with your life?”

If the sellers say they want to keep the same price, the next choice is really yours. Are you going to choose to continue to work on an overpriced listing or are you going to walk away? In many cases, your willingness to walk away can be a huge wake-up call. Here’s what to say:

“Thanks so much for the opportunity to market your home. Given the current market conditions, I would be doing you a disservice to continue to represent you on the sale of your property when the market data says that you won’t sell in this market unless you drop your price. I have cleared this with my broker and we are releasing you from the listing. I wish you the best in getting the price you want.”

If you have an overpriced listing that is not selling and the sellers aren’t willing to be realistic, walking away is probably the smartest thing that you can do. If the sellers realize you’re serious and reduce their price, it’s a win for you both. If they are unwilling to reduce their price, you have just eliminated a huge energy and money drain from your business.

Bernice Ross, CEO of RealEstateCoach.com, is a national speaker, trainer and author of the National Association of Realtors’ No. 1 best-seller, “Real Estate Dough: Your Recipe for Real Estate Success.” Hear Bernice’s five-minute daily real estate show, just named “new and notable” by iTunes, atwww.RealEstateCoachRadio.com. You can contact her atBernice@RealEstateCoach.com or @BRoss on Twitter.


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2011 seen as ‘turning point’ for home prices

July 5, 2011

MacroMarkets panelists expect little growth through 2015

BY INMAN NEWS, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011.

Inman News™

More than half of economists, real estate experts and investment strategists polled by MacroMarkets LLC in Junesaid they now expect national home prices to hit a bottom sometime in 2011 and remain stable through 2015.

MacroMarkets polls more than 100 housing experts with a wide range of views, including FusionIQ CEO Barry Ritholtz, Moody’s Analytics economists Mark Zandi and Celia Chen, National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft, and Rosen Consulting Group’s Kenneth Rosen.

Panelists are asked to project the path of the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index over the coming five years. Robert Shiller is MacroMarkets’ chief economist and co-founder.

“A significant majority of our panelists believe that the bottom for home prices arrived in the first quarter or will arrive sometime before year-end. Despite persistent macroeconomic uncertainty and unprecedented housing market dysfunction, almost two-thirds of the panelists see the U.S. residential real estate market as at an historic turning point,” Shiller said in a statement.

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The 69 panelists forecasting a 2011 bottom predict less than 2 percent average annual growth in prices through December 2015, he said.

“A 2 percent a year home-price increase will not inspire a lot of consumer confidence. Given prevailing inflation expectations, this forecast implies virtually no change in real home values going forward,” Shiller added.

The most optimistic quartile of panelists projected, on average, a 15.3 percent price increase from year-end 2010 through 2015, while the most pessimistic quartile of panelists projected, on average, a 6 percent price drop.

“This spread is huge, representing almost $4 trillion in housing market value,” Terry Loebs, MacroMarkets managing director, said in a statement.

“This is a gut-wrenching time for market stakeholders and policymakers, because each of these scenarios is plausible.”

On average, panelists predicted a 3.52 percent drop in fourth-quarter 2011 compared to fourth-quarter 2010, followed by small increases every year through fourth-quarter 2015 when prices are expected to rise 3.47 percent on an annual basis.

Speakers at last month’s Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) predicted ahousing recovery would remain elusive until 2013 or beyond.

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Is the Market Turning Around!!

February 12, 2011

We have noticed a tremendous up tick in the amount of calls we have been receiving on our listing inventory.  It seems that a lot of home buyers are now understanding that interest rates are rising and if they would like to get in on the historically low rates they will have to act now.  We have recently, in the last week, put two of our homes under contract that have sat for a while.  We look forward to helping as many home buyers or sellers as we can.  Remember affordability has never been better.  This will be a time when we look back and say wow and if you don’t act now you will be saying I wish I would have.  Take a few minutes to familiarize yourselves with the market by searching our website at:  www.tangiproperties.com.  For home buyers or sellers take a look at our Market Snapshot at either:  www.tangihomevalues.com or www.sttammanyhomevalues.com

I look forward to hearing from you!!!