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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
It has been 1 month since the Grand Opening of American Dream Real Estate. I did not want to let the day go by without trying to express how I feel. I still have trouble getting my words out. I am just so thankful.        
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
    Have you ever been so excited about something, that you could not put your feelings into words? Well that is where I am today. My raw expression is to ball up my hands, push them toward the ground, bend my knees, and just let out a primal scream of pure joy. Beyond, that I will attempt to open up and express myself today. Perhaps sharing "the story before the story" will help me to get my words out. I was born the 5th child of 6. I am still sometimes referred to as, "the one next to the baby". I am the product of the "Dream" that my parents had, not for themselves, but for their children. They were born and raised in the segregated city of Columbia, South Carolina. They experienced the "separate but equal education" of the South. When they were barely out of their teens and in the ...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
Happy New Year from   Tracey R Wrisper~RealtorTraceyW       New Year's Eve is fast approaching. This holiday is one of the most anticipated holidays each year. For so many it represents a new beginning and a fresh start. We resolve to do more, do better, or just do. Whatever your resolution is, I pray that you have a blessed and prosperous 2013. Happy New Year!  
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
BLOG 2012 RealtorTraceyW Home Warranties Help U Save $   Can you afford not to have a Home Warranty?  Take a look at the following information to see if a Home Warranty is a good choice for your home.     Average Replacement Costs Plumbing  $726 - $990 Heating  $1,751 - $4075 Water Heater  $456 - $520 Range  $531 - $915 Air Conditioning  $2,461 - $4,400 Refrigerator  $691 - $975   A Home Warranty can help you keep your home in tip-top shape without the tip-top price tag. Repair and Replacement costs can be expensive and often come as a surprise to home owners.  Home Warranties are available to Buyers and Sellers. They cover most major repair or replacement costs within the home for up to a year or more after the closing date. Sellers who list their homes with a Home Warranty typically s...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
RealtorTraceyW BLOG 2012 Dump the Junk   We are all guilty of this at least once our lives. We are all guilty of holding on to stuff we that don't use, don't need, or can't fit. When it comes to our worldly possessions we all have a hard time letting go. It is probably because of the hard-earned money we spent to buy them in the first place. Unfortunately, our collections do not go over well with potential home buyers. Here are some suggestions to help you Dump the Junk before putting your home on the market.     Make it a team project. Don't try to tackle it all by yourself. Enlist the help of friends and family. Get your neighbors to pitch in. What the heck! Make it a community event. Have a garage sale for your town. Make it big! Super Size it. Do whatever it takes to Dump the Junk....
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
  BLOG 2012 RealtorTraceyW Advantages of Home Ownership   I have worked with countless First Time Buyers over the years. I am often asked about the advantages of owning a home versus renting. Paying a mortgage and other expenses associated with buying, does not always appear to be a good deal to someone who has never owned a home. Renting usually gives the impression that it is a low stress and carefree lifestyle. There are a lot of misconceptions about home ownership. There are actually many advantages.   When you pay rent, the only thing you get in return is a place to live. Every dollar that you pay is an investment for your landlord. When you move out, you may get your security deposit returned to you, as a thank you for not damaging the property.   As a homeowner, a portion of ever...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
BLOG 2012 RealtorTraceyW Take A Closer Look   When I first saw this photo it made me laugh, but then I thought about the Home Buying Process.   Many Buyers know exactly what they are looking for. Watching them probe through homes is similar to watching an episode of CSI. On the other hand, there are Buyers who have no idea where to begin. Here are a few helpful tips to consider while searching for your dream home. Evaluate the home's space inside and out to determine if there is enough room for daily living, storage, and bathroom usage. If you have to travel for your job, make a "test-drive" during different times of day, to see how it will impact your commute. Obtain information about the homes average monthly utility bills and other regular payments. Review the Property Discloser to s...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
We have all heard the saying “Buyer Beware”, but what about “Seller Beware”.  Sellers should be aware of one of the most common reasons that a sales contract falls apart. Home Repairs are a leading cause of contract "fall through".   In the State of Louisiana, buyers have a right to a Home Inspection. During the Home Inspection deficiencies may be discovered. At that point, the buyer has a right to "back out" of the contract or request repairs.     Sellers should not take home repairs lightly. The condition of your home plays a critical role in you getting to the closing table. When a contract falls through it can be quite a devastating blow.      I strongly recommend that sellers make all repairs to their home prior to listing it for sale. This may help keep you from having a contract ...
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By Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender)
June is PTSD Awareness month:  How Can YOU Serve? One of my mortgage offices is located in Leesville, Louisiana, the home of the Army base of Fort Polk, Louisiana.  Almost daily, I have a soldier in my office, and many of those soldiers are just home from war.  PTSD is common among our clients as you might well imagine. The Department of Veterans Affairs defines PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as"... a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster".  June has been designated as PTSD Awareness month, and June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day.  This day was first established by Congress in 2010 after Senator Kent Conrad, (D-N.D.), proposed honoring North Dakota Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Joe Biel, who took his own life f...
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By Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender)
It is BOOT Friday with Team Thaxton in Leesville, Louisiana, home of Fort Polk Army Base and the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), and we've got our boots on!  These boots were purchased from www.BootCampaign.com and a portion of the proceeds go to various wounded warrior projects.  We show our patriotism and support for our men and women in the military every Friday by getting OUR boots on:       The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by five women from Texas known as the Boot Girls. The campaign provides an easy and tangible way for Americans to show appreciation for active duty military and veterans, cultivate awareness of the challenges they face upon return and raise funds which are granted to military programs meeting these physical and emotional needs.   What ...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
  RealtorTraceyW   BLOG 2012   Oh Yes I Did! What an amazing year! It is hard believe that we are half way through 2012. I am so thankful to everyone who has supported me in my Real Estate Business. I am so grateful for the success that I am having so far this year. I could not have done it without the support of my family, friends, clients, and fellow agents. Here are a few highlights that I would like to share with all of you.   Tracey R Wrisper achieved the prestigious Beyond Excellence Award for ranking in the top 5% of ERA agents in closed sales production in the nation.          Beyond Excellence Award from ERA Franchise                                                                                                                                                     Recognized by ...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!  
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
  RealtorTraceyW   BLOG 2012   The Little Things   Preparing your home for sale can seem like a big task, but truly, it is the little things that make the difference.     Here is a list of little things that buyers are sure to notice or maybe they won’t (think about it). If you take care of the little things, you are very likely to get your home sold.    Door Bell – Ensure that the door bell is present and operational.   Door Knobs – If you have a loose knob or the key sticks, it is time for an upgrade.   Odors – Air out your home daily. Try not to overdo it with sprays and candles. Pay special attention to pet and tobacco odors.   Caulk – New caulk shows that you are detailed with your home maintenance. Fresh caulk around tubs, sinks, and showers brightens your bathroom. Don’t forget t...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
RealtorTraceyW   BLOG 2012   What is a VA Loan?   In 1944 Congress created the VA Loan Guaranty Program to help returning service members achieve the American Dream of homeownership. Since then, the Department of Veterans Affairs has helped more than 18 million service members purchase homes.   Myths   The VA will loan me the money to buy a house.   Anyone in the military can get a VA Loan.     Facts   Active Military and Veterans have to meet certain requirements to qualify for a VA Loan. Those who qualify will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility. A Certificate of Eligibility certifies that the potential borrower has a VA entitlement and is eligible to participate in the program. An entitlement is the amount of money the VA will guarantee on a loan. http://www.benefits.va.gov/homelo...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
RealtorTraceyW   BLOG 2012   The Overpriced Blues!   Is the frustration of selling your home making you cry like a two year old? You could be suffering from a case of “The Overpriced Blues”. Tacking on a thousand dollars here and a thousand dollars there can add up to a listing that is priced for much more than it is worth. Take a look at these signs and symptoms of an overpriced listing and see if you can come up with a diagnosis.   No Showing Appointments Buyers spend many hours online comparing one home to another. Price is one of the quickest ways to narrow a search. You could miss out on potential qualified buyers by not appearing in the appropriate search results. Further down the line is the decision to “keep as a favorite”. This is only a mouse click away. If your listing is ove...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
  RealtorTraceyW   BLOG 2012   REAL ESTATE DICTIONARY     Agency - Agency means a relationship in which a real estate broker or a licensee represents a client by the client’s consent, whether expressed or implied, in an immovable property transaction. An agency relationship is formed when a real estate licensee works for you in your best interest and represents you. Agency relationships can be formed with buyers/sellers and lessors/lessees.   Agent - One who acts or has the power to act for another.   APR - Annual Percentage Rate is the relationship of the total finance charges associated with a loan. This must be disclosed to borrowers by lenders under the Truth-in-Lending Act.   Appraisal – An estimate of the quantity, quality, or value of something. The process through which conclusi...
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By Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA
(American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA)
  RealtorTraceyW   BLOG 2012   WHAT HAPPENS AT CLOSING       Closing is the final step in the Home Buying Process. Up to this point the home still belongs to the Seller. The purpose of the Closing is to transfer ownership from the Seller to you.   Who Attends Closing   Closing is normally attended by the Buyer, Seller, Agents, Attorney, or Title Company. In some cases there may be a Power of Attorney representing the Buyer or Seller.   Documents Signed At Closing   HUD-1 Settlement Statement – The Settlement Statement is a breakdown of all costs associated with the sale of the property. It details the fees that are paid by the Buyer and Seller.               Buyer Fees: Appraisal, Taxes, Insurance, Credit Report, Title Search, Title Insurance, Processing Fees, etc.               Seller ...
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