lake charles: 2360 Lake Street, Home on the water in Lake Charles, $148,900 - 12/20/11 02:57 PM
Home on the water in Lake Charles! To see what a difference 2 years can make, those looking for a home on the water in Lake Charles need to check out this home at 2360 Lake Street.  The owner has remodeled most of the main level and improved the top and lower levels of this 1048 square foot home. A structural report for proof of soundness from time of purchase is available.
Ideas for future plans will be shared to show property's tremendous potential. The list of improvements is extensive and illustrate why this home on the water could be your next retreat! 

Learn … (2 comments)

lake charles: $174,500. 1527 E LEICHTY ST, Lake Charles, LA, YOU HAVE A SECOND CHANCE ON THIS ONE! - 01/04/11 05:39 PM
Beautiful customized home located in Indian Ridge Estates.  3 bedrooms and 2 bath home includes an open/split floor plan and ceramic tile throughout except bedrooms.

Home features 1746 square feet of living area, platinum finish range oven with ceramic cooktop, an upgrade in all appliances which remain, storage plus 2 walk-in closets in master suite. 
This beautiful home is in move-in condition sitting on a 129 x 221 lot.  Outdoor features include a super extended patio with brick built-in smoker grill center, storage area in garage and a huge yard waiting for backyard cookouts!  There is also a security system … (4 comments)

lake charles: New Price: $399,900 4875 Kingspoint Drive, Lake Charles - 10/07/10 11:12 AM

This beautiful home is in Kingspoint Subdivision.
It offers 3900 square feet total including 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.
There are 3300+ square feet of living area. 
The stairs in the storage area lead to an attic with potential for expanding to a bonus room. 
Additional features include ceramic tile floors, beautiful built-ins, flank majestic fireplace, large master suite with 2 walk-in closets and a large bath.  Security system in place, all Appliances & invisible pet fence remains.  Home is perfect for entertaining or simply escaping the hectic life to recharge personally.
The ceilings are 10' and 12'.
A wet bar and study contribute … (0 comments)

lake charles: Market snapshot of homes on the water in Lake Charles - 08/15/10 09:03 AM
"Is it possible to purchase homes on the water in Lake Charles?" "Please send me information about homes on the water in Lake Charles."
Given that the Lake Charles area is blessed with numerous lakes and beautiful bayous, this type of question and/or request is typical for real estate agents in Lake Charles.
The following is a statistical snapshot of active listings of homes currently available and on the water throughout the Lake Charles area, including Moss Bluff, Sulphur, Westlake, etc.
Number of Active Listings: 59Average number of Bedrooms: 3 Average Square footage: 2763Average list price: $490,287Lowest list price:   $34,900Highest list price:  $2,350,000
While … (0 comments)

lake charles: Market Snapshot of 4 bedroom homes for sale in Lake Charles - 08/15/10 08:47 AM
Do your real estate needs include 4 bedroom homes for sale in South Lake Charles?
The following is a snapshot of 4 bedroom homes in South Lake Charles * currently available in MLS areas 30 and 40.
Number of Active Listings:  68Average Square footage:  3290Average list price:  $483,388Lowest list price:    $99,900Highest list price:  $3,500,000
This reflects a reduction by 3 homes in the number of active listings from my last report.  The average list price for 4 bedroom homes for sale in South Lake Charles went down slightly from $488,990 to $483,388.
Once again, the $3,500,000 listing "skews" the statistics. The snapshot that … (0 comments)

lake charles: 15 yr vs 30 yr mortgage - 07/25/10 09:31 AM
From mortgage professional Karen Cooper, this concise article discusses the considerations that need to be addressed relative to a 15 VS 30 year mortgage. 
I'm reblogging this for the benefit of Lake Charles area readers.
 

 
With all the focus on declining equity we are seeing in many housing markets, it brings up the focus on considering a shorter term mortgage than homeowners typically choose. In my 27 years, a LOT of my clients have chosen the 15 year mortgage, often times through refinancing. They may have needed the lower payments in order to be able to afford/qualify for … (7 comments)

lake charles: Market Snapshot of available homes on the water in Lake Charles, LA - 07/16/10 03:44 PM
"Is it possible to purchase a home on the water in Lake Charles?" "Please send me information about homes on the water in Lake Charles."
This type of question and/or request is typical for me and many other real estate agents in Lake Charles. After all, it is a natural question given that the Lake Charles area is blessed with numerous lakes and beautiful bayous.
The following is a statistical snapshot of active listings of homes currently available and on the water throughout the Lake Charles area, including Moss Bluff, Sulphur, Westlake, etc.
Number of Active Listings: 58 Average number of Bedrooms: 3Average … (0 comments)

lake charles: Don't fall prey to rental scams! - 07/14/10 11:38 AM
The following is "old news" for most on Active Rain, but for those in the Lake Charles area not aware of rental scams, please read.
Someone I know responded to a Craig's list scam ad, just to see the scammer in action. Nothing else needs to be said other than th fact that I've left the e-mail address of the scammer for all to see.
My favorite line....
"The house is available for as long as you want and if you drive by the house you may see a sign there, you have nothing to worry about it belongs to my previous agent so … (7 comments)

lake charles: Real Estate Statistics for Available New Home Construction in South Lake Charles, LA - 07/03/10 11:48 AM
Trying to find new home construction in South Lake Charles?
Interested in real estate statistics for what's available? Below is a snapshot of new home construction in South Lake Charles currently available in MLS areas 30 and 40 as of today.
Number of Active Listings: 19*  (note, this is an increase by 6 homes over last month's report) Average Square footage: 2,221Average list price: $295,887Median: $262,459    $136.13/Square FootLowest list price:$79,900   $62.42/Sq.Ft.   (2 bedrom 1 bath)Highest list price: $699,000  $167.10/ Sq.Ft (5 bedroom, 4 bath home with 4,183 Sq.Ft)
*Excludes an MLS entry with "$0" for the price. The reason for the "$0" is … (3 comments)

lake charles: $319,000 Home with an outdoor kitchen, 1140 Rue Brooklyn, Lake Charles, 70611 - 06/28/10 08:23 AM
The 4th of July is almost here. Have you decided HOW you plan to celebrate this year?  You know, if you were to own this BEAUTIFUL Home located at 1140 Rue Brooklyn in Lake Charles (Moss Bluff), it would not be a difficult decision. 
This $319,000 Lake Charles (Moss Bluff) home with an outdoor kitchen offers a DREAM Back Yard, and patio/deck for entertaining and celebration is a great place to light up the coals, ice down the drinks and invite friends, neighbors, and family over to YOUR NEW HOME.
The creativity that has gone into the design and construction of this home is evident from the moment … (4 comments)

lake charles: Caclasieu Parish, Louisiana and Imperial Calcasieu - 06/25/10 10:02 AM
Yesterday, I provided a brief historical insight into "What is meant by Imperial Calcasieu" and "Why does Louisina have Parishes instead of Counties."
Here, I want to present Calcasieu Parish. Calcasieu Parish consists of the following cities and towns:
Lake Charles (The Parish Seat) Sulphur Westlake DeQuincy Vintion Iowa The name "Calcasieu" is derived from the Atakapan word, "quelqueshue" which translates to "crying eagle" (some say "screaming eagle"). Legend has it that this was the name of an Attakapas Indian chief who emitted a cry similar to an eagle as he approached a battle.
Regardless, Quelqueshue was originally the name of an Atakapa … (2 comments)

lake charles: What is meant by "Imperial Calcasieu?" - 06/24/10 01:34 PM
As this blog-to explain what is meant by Imperial Calcasieu - was started, it became apparent that for the sake of those relocating to Southwest Louisiana, it would be best to explain "Why Louisiana has parishes instead of counties."
CalcasieuParish (Lake Charles is the "Parish Seat" of Calcasieu Parish) was first created in 1840 from one of the original 19 civil parishes established by the Louisiana legislature in 1807. That area was called "St. Landry Parish."
By 1840, the area had grown such that what had been Calcasieu Parish was separated into 5 smaller parishes.
The original, larger area is referred to now … (2 comments)

lake charles: Louisiana Drivers! Why wait until August to stop texting while driving? - 06/20/10 01:51 PM
Governor Jindal recently signed a bill that gives police the authority to stop a driver for texting while driving. The new law goes into effect on August 15th. Until that time, law enforcement officials can only cite a driver for texting while driving if they are pulled over for another alleged violation.Why wait until August 15th?  In the split second that you attempt to read, or create a text message, the accident you cause can result in a collision with horrible consequences.Hopefully, the $175.00 fine for the first offense and $500.00 fine for subsequent offenses will help to stop this practice, … (6 comments)

lake charles: Lake Charles Unveils Latest Lakefront-Downtown Development Plans - 06/18/10 08:04 AM
The Lake Charles Downtown Development Authority (DDA) unveiled the renderings of the new Lake Front and Downtown Development Future Plans at a pre-advertisement conference today in the Contraband room at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  The DDA and Architect, Randy Goodlow provided animations of projected visions of downtown and lake front upon completion.  Numerous drawings and renderings are also available to assist all in picturing the completed project.
There was a little more serious reason than to tease the public with anticipation of what is to come for our future Lake Front and Downtown enjoyment. We enjoyed the view of what will come … (0 comments)

lake charles: Larger photos and Real Estate Shows at SWLAShowcase.com - 06/12/10 11:51 AM
Recently, within a blog entitled Buying a home in Lake Charles, I reminded those relocating to the Lake Charles area as to the benefits of visiting the buyers section on Derenda.com. As my primary website, it contains a great deal of information about the Lake Charles area. Today, I also want to remind buyers about SWLAShowcase.com, a more customized site that is used to market my listings. Why do I have multiple websites to market my Southwest Louisiana listings? There are a variety of reasons, but one of the main ones is to provide larger photos in a more customized format, … (2 comments)

lake charles: Buying a home in Lake Charles, LA - 06/08/10 06:33 PM
My primary website is easily found! The URL is simple enough, my first name, Derenda.com.  Or, simply Google, "Lake Charles Real Estate" and you'll find me prominently.
Newcomers and even locals buying a home in Lake Charles will find Derenda.com user friendly.  In fact, an entire section of my site is dedicated to those buying a home or land in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana.
All of this and more within the "Buying" menu on Derenda.com. A recap of what you can find in my buying section:
Property search Extensive Quality of Life section Education overview Pages dedicated to areas like Lake Charles, Moss Bluff, … (4 comments)

lake charles: 4 bedroom homes in South Lake Charles - 06/01/10 02:55 PM
Are you looking for 4 bedroom homes in South Lake Charles?
The following is a snapshot of 4 bedroom homes in South Lake Charles (and 5 and 6 bedrooms) that are currently availalbe in MLS areas 30 and 40.
Number of Active Listings: 68Average Square footage: 3277Average list price: $460,205Lowest list price: $129,000Highest list price: $3,500,000
Obviously, the $3,500,000 listing "skews" the statistics so I repeated the search, minus the $3,500,500 listing and achieved the following:
Number of Active Listings: 67Average Square footage: 3177Average list price: $414,835Lowest list price: $129,000Highest list price: $1,375,000
See the geographical boundaries of MLS areas 30 and 40 on … (0 comments)

lake charles: Market Snapshot of available homes on the water in Lake Charles, LA - 06/01/10 07:51 AM
"What about homes on the water in Lake Charles?" "Send me information about homes on the water in Lake Charles."
This type of question and/or request is typical for me and many other real estate agents in Lake Charles. One reason is that the Lake Charles area is blessed with numerous lakes and beautiful bayous.
The following is a statistical snapshot of active listings of homes currently available and on the water throughout the Lake Charles area, including Moss Bluff, Sulphur, Westlake, etc.
Number of Active Listings: 49Average number of Bedrooms: 3Average Square footage: 2886Average list price: $574,171Lowest list price: $82,000Highest … (0 comments)

lake charles: Fighting the “Bad Guys” - 05/30/10 03:38 PM
The Internet has become the most widely used media, without which a REALTOR® could not effectively compete in today’s market. How could we promote our client’s properties effectively without the many tools provided for today’s technically savvy individuals? These techniques and tools increase astronomically on a daily basis.
We are approaching 90% of all Buyers initiating their property search on the Internet prior to contacting a REALTOR®. I received a call last week by Grandparents. Their 12 year old Grand Daughter regularly searches Realtor.com for them and calls to tell them the potential Commercial properties they should go see. They did … (7 comments)

lake charles: Kudos and Thanks to McNeese Football Coach Matt Viator and English Teacher Schantel Viator - 05/29/10 06:53 PM
I grew up in a Family as the "Baby Girl" with three older brothers. Football was everything and I developed a deep love and appreciation for not only the game, but also the skills and intelligence needed to play the game well. Perhaps this is why, as I strolled through the rain this morning, that a blog by Gary Woltal, caught my interest.
Great coaches, coach the entire BODY, SOUL, and MIND of their athletes. They develop Winners in LIFE, not just in a Friday or Saturday night game. These young people, if they are truly smart, will apply these skills in … (0 comments)

 
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