Shreveport-Bossier Parade of Homes 2013

The time has come once again! It is when some of the most beautiful homes in the Shreveport-Bossier area and the giftings of local builders and remodelers are put on display for any and all. For those who don’t know, the Parade of Homes in Shreveport has become a tradition in the area and it is one of the most convenient ways for home buyers to view the gorgeous possibilities in Shreveport real estate in a pre-mapped route in both Shreveport and Bossier. Parade of homes 2013

By buying a one-time $5 ticket at Brookshires, at any Parade home during Parade hours, or at the entrance to Twelve Oaks during Parade hours, you can see as many of the sixty-three homes in the Parade as you like! Tickets are good for all homes on any day. The Parade of Homes runs on June 1-2 and June 8-9, and the homes open at 1 pm and close at 6 pm.

For easy navigation of the route, you can go to the Parade of Homes website at http://www.nwlahba.org/events.htm and download both the Shreveport and Bossier maps, or for those tech-savvy folks, you can “customize your Parade experience” by using the “My Parade” app online or your iPhone. Simply go to the App Store and download Fusion Lab’s “Parade of Homes” app, or click here for the web version.

But even if you aren’t actively looking for home right now, the Parade of Homes is just fun simply for the touring of these amazing homes. Whether you are wanting to buy a brand spanking new home or just in it for the experience, this Shreveport tradition is a great place to do it!

 

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A Hidden Gem – Acadiana Homes for Sale

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Some cities have neighborhoods that are sequestered enough that they seem like hiddenImage gems, places just waiting to be discovered. Acadiana Place in Shreveport is one such neighborhood. Located off of Ellerbe Road, this lovely neighborhood offers some beautiful homes with square footage averaging around 2,500. These homes typically range anywhere from around $150,000 to $450,000 with the average price of Acadiana homes for sale being a little over $240,000. So the real estate in Acadiana Place is pretty affordable.

But affordability is not the only thing this neighborhood has to offer. The homes only add to the beauty and serenity of Acadiana Place. But the neighborhood is also close to best of Shreveport. Centrally located to 3132, I-49, & I-20, the most popular restaurants, shopping, and entertainment is within close proximity. However, the Ellerbe Road area itself, in which Acadiana Place is located, has great places to eat and shop, so one wouldn’t even need to venture far with eateries like Cush’s Grocery and Market and shopping areas like Provenance close by.

ImageThe only catch with Acadiana real estate is that, because Acadiana Place is such a popular neighborhood, the houses go fairly quickly. The average days a home in this neighborhood stays on the market in only a little over two months, but some are sold soon after they are listed. And right now, the available homes for sale in Acadiana Place are slim pickings. However, if you are one of the many people looking for a house in this gorgeous neighborhood, allow Holloway Home Group to help you out. We can guide you in the right direction and get you in the home you desire! Find your way with Holloway, and go to our website to search for homes in Acadiana Place, a rare gem of Shreveport.

Make Your Shreveport-Bossier Home Sell Faster: Part 1

There always seems to be that one home in the neighborhood that stays on the market forever. The for sale sign becomes a fixture in the yard, almost like a reminder that the endeavor to sell the home has been a failure thus far. Why do some homes sell lightning fast while others take seemingly forever to nab a buyer? Although it could very well be that the price of the home and the actual home value don’t match up, it could also be a number of factors contributing to the non-sale.

But there are some practical steps that homeowners can take to help the process along, and Holloway Home Group would like to give some tips on how to make your home sell faster. This will be a series of blog posts, the first installment being about what you can do throughout the house in general.

Ok, so we know everyone is not a neat freak like some seem predisposed to be; however, if you are trying to sell your home as quickly as possible, you may need to practice your cleaning and organizational skills. People are going to be coming to your home to look at it, and how you keep house can inhibit or help the sale. Although this is by no means exhaustive, here are some tips for you sellers out there:

  1. You are not a vampire, to the chagrin of you Twilight fans who secretly have that wish…open the drapes, pull up the shades, and let some light in! It will make the inside of your home look more open and inviting.
  2. De-clutter. No one will be able to clearly see what the house looks like inside or envision themselves and their stuff in there if all they can see is your junk…er…stuff.
  3. Keep your house dusted and vacuumed at all times. Now, this does not mean that you should kill yourself making sure every spot is spic-and-span 24/7, but be aware of the way everything looks. Whip out the vacuum and duster at least twice a week if possible.
  4. Deodorize! Air out your home about 30 minutes before a showing if you are able; also, lightly (we don’t want the potential buyers to suffocate…please) spray air freshener throughout the home, and get rid of all smoke and pet odors. Fido is cute, but his smell won’t appeal to buyers.
  5. Tap into your inner painter and get out the paintbrush if your walls are brightly or strangely colored. You may be a neon green person, but that doesn’t mean that potential buyers will be. Neutral colors are best for walls and will help your home sell faster than colored walls will.

Now, there are plenty more tips where those came from. And fortunately, we aren’t going to cover them all right now. But these steps to sell your hope were some of the major points you need to have to help draw buyers in. More to come soon!

If you live in the Shreveport area and are wanting to sell your current home, Holloway Home Group can help. With our assistance and your cooperation we can get your home to stand out among the hundreds of other homes for sale in Shreveport! 

One Less Home for Sale in Shreveport…A Valentine’s Day Story

Back in February, Holloway Home Group helped some first time home buyers get into their
dream home. Valentine’s Day found a newlywed couple looking for their first home. Not long into their perusal, 116 Charles Avenue caught their eye, and it was love at first sight; out of all the homes for sale in Broadmoor, they simply could not get past this particular one. So these newlyweds decided to make an offer on the house,priced at $169,900.

Now here comes the blip in the love-story…The offer was rejected at first. It was an estate sale, and the sellers would simply not agree to the terms and the low-ball offer of $155,000. However, the tide turned after the sellers looked the buyers up on Facebook. The social media site proved its usefulness when the sellers decided that the young, first-time home buyers appeared to be great people who deserved a great home of their own. So a week after the disappointing turn-down, the sellers accepted the buyers’ offer. By standing firm, the roadblock had been surmounted and these love-birds obtained their dream home.

But this story would not have been the same without some key players. With the help of Steve Hebeisen over at Assurance Financial, the couple got an FHA loan for the home, which had been on the market for 95 long days. The ease of the transaction was ensured by the proficient and skilled service of Rodney Greening of Greening Home Inspections. And one cannot forget the wonderful people at United Title in Ashley Ridge who enabled all parties involved in 116 Charles’ purchase to make it through the process unstressed. Now the newlyweds are living happily ever after in and with their beloved first home. 

If you are needed some assistance in your home search and are looking for your love-match, allow us, Holloway Home Group, to be your matchmaker and connect you with the home of your dreams! Visit www.findyourwayholloway.com to begin!

Shreveport Real Estate Housing Market Stats

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April housing market statistics are in. Things have been looking up for Shreveport real estate since the beginning of 2013, and last month the story was no different. Early this year the market favored buyers because the amount of homes for sale in Shreveport and Bossier City area was greater than the amount of people looking to buy. But now however the market has leveled out into a neutral zone where buyers and sellers alike are on an even playing field.

And compared to the same month in 2012, Shreveport real estate has seen a 12% increase in the number of homes sold in the area. That may not sound like a lot, but when weighed against the downward spiral of the nation’s housing market a few years ago, a 12% increase is a very good sign. And as interest rates have been decreased recently, buyers can get more bang for their buck.

So if you are currently looking for a home for sale in Shreveport-Bossier, your chances are excellent at getting a great house for a great price. Plus, Holloway Home Group is here to help you find your way in your search to get you the home you desire at a price that agrees with your bank account. Visit www.findyourwayholloway.com for more information! Take advantage of the current housing market and end your search!

South Bossier Home Sold by Holloway Home Group

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On March 14, 2013, Holloway Home Group helped a buyer close on a home in South Bossier, previously one of the many South Bossier homes for sale. This property is an updated, 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home. Originally listed at $99,000, it sold for the same price. The buyer came to the table with no money and no down payment, yet was able to receive a $99,000 VA loan with the help of Mary Hickingbottom from Eustis Mortgage at a rate of $600 per month with the concessions totaling $4,000. With the additional help of home inspector Rodney Greening and United Title, closing took only 30 days. The buyer is now settled in and enjoying her home.

If you need a home inspection or a home loan, get a high quality inspection from Rodney Greening and go to www.greeninghomeinspections.com. For a loan application, go to www.myportal.lendingblocks.com to get approved with Mary Hickingbottom. 

New Broadmoor Home for Sale

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Broadmoor is one of the most popular and up-and-coming neighborhoods in all of Shreveport. It is in the center of some of the best shopping and dining in the city, and with quaint neighborhood streets, Broadmoor real estate seems to have a quiet community feel while at the same time all the convenience that living in the middle of the city offers.

Now, Holloway Home Group has a new home for sale in Broadmoor: 297 Carrollton Avenue. This is one cute home that anyone would enjoy living in whether you are newly married, are just starting a family, or just want to live closer to the action of town. It sits right off of Youree Drive, the mecca for Shreveporters in search of good food, shopping, and entertainment. 297 Carrollton is priced at $159,900 and has been recently updated, with new ceramic tiling and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and new fixtures in the bathrooms. Adding to the unique beauty of this Broadmoor home are the original hardwood floors, a pretty fireplace, and lovely vintage glass doorknobs. 

At 1502 square feet, this energy-efficient home also has a great floorplan with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room with a dining area attached, and a separate breakfast area. It has two covered parking spaces at the back of the house and a lovely backyard for kids and pets alike to play in. Overall, 297 Carrollton is a piece of Shreveport real estate that you don’t want to miss out on if you are currently looking for a home in Broadmoor. 

 For more information, visit http://www.findyourwayholloway.com/listing/mlsid/347/propertyid/N146354/, or give us a call at (318)572-6551 to set up a showing!