Reflections of 2021: Real Estate + Life

What a year! Another year of COVID and the challenges that it brought with it into our lives, our families’ and friends’ lives, and strains on our businesses. The Bible says in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose”. Most times when we are walking thru a trial we don’t realize the good God has in the end of the trial waiting for us on the other side of that valley.

Looking back I think of the things I learned in 2021 in the midst of trials. I am sure you have a list also. I learned that with  God all things are possible. As an example, when I thought my business would die because of Covid, I learned to adapt my business to the times and my business flourished and was actually better and bigger than any previous year in my 15 + years of real estate. More importantly than any business I have, I was reminded of what I already knew, the time I spend with my family is the most valuable thing I have in my life.

Thank you to my family for your support.

As a cancer survivor of 16 years I am reminded often of our mortality and the value of every day. I am sure with the losses we have seen in the past 2 years we all are being reminded of that. I have intentionally sought after our Saviour to know Him more and be pleasing to Him, to be a better Mother, better wife, better friend, and better employer.  I have been reminded again of what I already know, people and their stories and lives are more important than any sale or transaction in real estate.

Cindy Bailey Homes is here to assist you with your 2022 real estate goals.

Real estate is not really about a house, it is about people and their personal lives! People that let you in and trust you with their hopes, dreams, successes, and sometimes losses and failures. I have been so blessed and honored to everyone who trusted me and let me in their lives and continue to be my friends.  So when we as realtors quote numbers and production I am reminded that is a representation of you and your personal lives and not just a number. It is a reminder of you who trusted me and had confidence in me. 

So… what does the numbers I quote below represent?

60 Transactions and 18,316,000.00 + in Production

Over ½ of my business were repeat friends and clients who have bought and sold many homes with me over the past 15 years. Thank you for your confidence.

The other ½ of my business were referrals from past clients. Thank you to those past clients who likewise trust me enough to send me their friends and family. What an honor!  

It represents you who have moved to Acadiana from other states, either coming back home where you are from or moving here to start a better life, perhaps retire, maybe start a new business.

Thank You Acadiana! Looking at the average sales price it looks as though I was meant to sell real estate in the 337!

It represents those who are just starting a new family with bright hopes for the future.

Those of you whose family is growing and you just need more space.

You who are retiring and need less space and want to travel more with less upkeep on a home.

You who have sadly lost a loved one and need to sell that property.

Those who are investors and buying more investment properties.

Those who are land owners and trusting me to help you sell that land.

Builders who trust me to sell their new construction which is their livelihood.

THANK YOU for keeping me MOVING!

Thank you, to everyone of you for what counts most, calling me your friend. I cherish every one of you and every relationship. Then 2nd to that I thank you for your business. I never take that for granted. Thank you for being a part of Healing House this year. Using me as your realtor, you played a big part in supporting Healing House grief support services at no cost to children and their families who have suffered a death in their family.    

You played a big part in supporting the grieving children in Acadiana.

I would be amiss if I did not thank my staff for which I could not do the amount of business I do and be successful at it without them.      

I look forward to 2022 with excitement and anticipation to the best year yet for you and me! I pray 2022 brings you great health, happiness, success, and prosperity. Let us always be mindful of where our blessings come from, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights”. I look forward to seeing you and hearing from you in the New Year! May God Bless you in 2022!!

Your friend,

Cindy Bailey

Only a phone call away.

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Tips On Buying A Vacation Home

1-Choose the Location Carefully

Before you start shopping you need to be able to specify why exactly you want this second home and who will be using it. Buyers who plan to rent the home to others may want to choose a location with numerous seasons of rental. If the main purpose is for your family to gather together, you’ll need it to be in an area that is easily accessible.

 

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Welcome to 3 Mile Lake.

2-Rent First

You need to make sure you actually enjoy the area. Try to visit and rent in different seasons to understand weather and crowd patterns.

 

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241 Wilson Ln. has plenty of room for the whole family.

3-Buy only what you can afford.

Don’t set your sights too high! Try even buying under budget.

 

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Whether relaxing outside or using the second living area and game room, 241 Wilson Lane is a great way to spend the weekend.

4-Know How Often You Will Really Visit

Are you trying to get away once a month or every weekend? Be honest with yourself how many times you will actually use your vacation home.

 

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241 Wilson Ln. is currently for sale. Couldn’t you envision your family and friends enjoying this living area!

5-Factor in extra costs.

Take another look at total costs for running the house which can be different than your primary residence. For instance – rentals have income taxes and there is property tax, insurance, utilities and maintenance.

Louisiana has many in demand vacation home areas. One of them being 3-Mile Lake which is just an hour drive from almost anywhere in Acadiana. People enjoy fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and many other water sports there. It’s a close get away and even has gated subdivisions such as Kimbleton Lake Estates, and North Wilderness.

This featured vacation home is located in Kimbleton Lake Estates at 241 Wilson Ln. in Port Barre, Louisiana. If you would like to learn more about it please visit https://241wilsonlane.latter-blum.com/

Let us know if you have any questions regarding purchasing your vacation home.

Your Friend in Real Estate,

Cindy Bailey

Are you ready to sell your house?

115 Queensberry-9115 Queensberry, Lafayette

Here are a few signs you are ready!

  1. You’re FINANCIALLY ready.
  2. You want a CHANGE.
  3. You’ve OUTGROWN your home.
  4. The neighborhood no longer suits your needs.
  5. You have too much SPACE.
  6. Remodeling won’t offer a return on your investment.
  7. You’re emotionally READY to sell.
  8. You have a Real Estate Agent.
  9. You have a PLAN.

 

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Being 100% committed to the sale of your home is important before you undergo the process. Spring is usually the best time to get your home listed. When hiring a Realtor be sure to understand how they will market your home and how they generate buyer leads for your home.

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All of these will allow you to sleep a little easier at night. If you are concerned about any of the above listed, be sure to talk to your Realtor as we are here to help you through the entire process of selling your home.

If you have any additional questions Cindy would love to help guide you home. Give her a call at 337-281-2909.

New Construction or Existing Home?

Which one do I purchase?

So many decisions are made when purchasing a home for your family.  One of the main decisions is whether or not you are going to buy a new construction home or an existing home. Cindy Bailey Homes wants to help guide you home in 2020. Read more to see which one you will decide on. 

NEW CONSTRUCTION 

201 Dunmore Lafayette, Louisiana

New. Clean. Everything is perfectly clean and pristine. Every detail from the appliances to the paint color on the walls and the molding along the baseboards are NEW. You get to choose. 

You get to choose. If you buy in early enough in the process buying new construction means that you can choose the color of your siding, brick, and trim. 

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Energy Efficient. New construction homes are taking advantage of innovations in energy efficiency. If you purchase new construction, chances are you will get a home that is built to use less energy.

Style. New homes come with some of the design elements that today’s lifestyle demands: open floor plans, eat-in kitchens, walk-in closets, and large master baths to name a few.

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Warranty! Most builders include a range of warranties with their homes, whether it’s a short term full structure warranty or a longer term exterior warranty it surely helps when deciding on this huge purchase!

EXISTING HOME 

115 Queensberry Lafayette, Louisiana

Character. Existing homes tend to have a lot of character due to their design, whether it’s a Craftsman-style home or a Acadian-style home. You may even be able to get a home with a swimming pool!

Location. Existing homes are in established neighborhoods where amenities have popped up throughout the years.  School districts and drive time are usually big factors for people that choose to purchase an existing home.

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Landscape. Landscaping  and mature trees are more than likely well established and well cared for. You won’t have to spend time and money establishing it from scratch. With an existing home you might even get a bigger lot with your home.

Price.  New construction homes tend to be more expensive than existing homes of the same size. On an existing home you may even be able to negotiate a better price.

103 Raymond Lafayette, Louisiana

Hope this helps you decide which way you would like to go in 2020! If you have additional questions Cindy would love to help guide you home this year. Give her a call at 337-281-2909.

Cheers to 13 years!

Where has the time gone? I can’t believe it’s been 13 years already…..As a stay at home mom all my kids’ school years and coming right out of cancer and chemo…I never dreamed I would be here today! Only with God’s favor, lots and lots of hard work and an incredible supporting husband could I be in this position today. I knew one person when I became a realtor, another realtor and I am not from Laffayette or the Acadiana area. She, of course, did not give me business. It was one client at a time that built my incredible business! It was a stubborn drive in my soul for success and an amazing teacher/mentor, Linda P Myers, and again my amazing husband that continued to encourage me. Never, Never give up on your dreams! Never take No for an answer if you want something! It is a hard business to be in and be successful, so… I want to thank every one who has ever done business with me as a seller or a buyer and please know you made Cindy Bailey Homes what it is today. I will always be grateful and cherish every friend I have made in you all.

Kind of like a birthday month, I am using this work anniversary month to explore stats and thoughts on what has brought me to completing 13 years! Number one is personal to me and the rest are fun facts for you to enjoy! 

1. In 13 years I have learned that as important as my business is to me the more important thing are my family and my health! I have learned that all people looking for homes look for the same things: safe neighborhoods, good schools, and no flooding.

2.Tropical Storm Barry appeared 13 hours “TOO LATE”. 

3. The fear of the number 13 is called triksideskaphobia. 

4. Many famous athletes have found great luck wearing the number 13 on their uniform.

5. There is are two Friday the 13ths this year, one in September and one in December. 

6. There are 13 baked goods in a baker’s dozen. 

7. 13 is a prime number.

8. In a standard 52-card deck of cards there are four suits of 13.

9. There were 13 original colonies of the United States. 

10. Because of the 13 original colonies, the first US flag had 13 stripes and 13 white stars.

11. There are 13 stars on the Great Seal of the United States.

12. To have a Friday the 13th occur, the month in which it occurs must begin on a Sunday.

13. The number 13 is the square root of 169.

CHEERS to 13 years,

Cindy

Best Places to Live in Louisiana

Here is one thing you can believe that we found on the internet!

We did a search to find the Best Places to Live in Louisiana and below is what we found in no particular order:

  1. Harahan
  2. Mandeville
  3. Broussard
  4. Scott
  5. Lafayette
  6. Covington
  7. Youngsville
  8. Kenner
  9. Sulphur
  10. Zachary

It’s no surprise to me that with Lafayette, Youngsville, Broussard and Scott on the list that Acadiana is the best place to live. Check out more info on these cities here…https://www.homesnacks.net/these-are-the-10-best-places-in-louisiana-121647/

Hope you enjoy – Cindy

Tips a Sellers should know going into Closing Day

You have been waiting for someone to make an offer on your property and someone has made the perfect offer! The offer has been accepted and a closing date has been set! Here are a few tips for Closing Day:

  1. Bring a valid and up to date drivers license.
  2. If you are required to bring funds to closing it must be certified funds.
  3. All utilities must remain on until closing day to enable buyer to do final walk-thru. However, make the call to have all utilities taken out of your name as of day of closing.
  4. Cancel your home owners’ insurance and any flood policy you may have. This is not cancelled automatically, but do not cancel before you actually sign the papers to sell. If you cancel before you close and you don’t close on the home for any reason, you would be without coverage.

Hope you find this helpful. – Cindy

Tips a Buyer should know going into Closing Day

You have found your new home or investment property and closing day is scheduled! Here are a few tips to successfully conquer Closing Day:

  1. Do not change jobs or make any large purchases prior to closing on your new home. Both of these things could prevent you from closing.
  2. Bring a valid and up to date driver’s license to closing.
  3. Bring certified funds to closing.
  4. Have all utilities transferred to your name prior to closing date to prevent anything being turned off.

Love of History & Romance in Broussard

Originally Nash’s restaurant was home to the Edmund Comeaux family. This historical home was built in Broussard in 1908. The person responsible for converting it to a restaurant was Lee Bobcox in the 1970s. During that time the only changes that were made were the wrap around porch being transformed into a  beautiful glass porch and a commercial grade kitchen was added.

A lot of what you see is in its original state…the wooden floors, the porch shutters, the iron and tile work. The current owners, New Orleans natives Jenny and Nash Barreca, acquired the restaurant in 1999 and are now settled in, making it a part of their everyday lives, loving it’s unique character and rich heritage, and sharing all this with their patrons.   

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While  sitting down with Jenny I was able to learn about all of her favorite Love stories. The majority of all engagements that have happened at Nash’s include their must have chocolate cake with the ring placed right on top of the cake. 

Can you guess what the most popular Valentine candy is? No surprise here- Hershey’s Kisses is number one! Year after year people make it a tradition to revisit this historical place, even asking to sit at the same table they sat at when they got engaged which makes it even more memorable. Even today this restaurant is making history in people’s lives that will be passed down from generation to generation.  

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Where do you plan on spending your Valentines night? I know where I will be! And I can only wonder what couple will begin their lifelong love story in this special place on this special night, Valentine’s night!

True love stories never have endings. -Unknown

Hope to see you soon,

Cindy

Hi, I’m Cindy

Allow me to introduce myself…I am Cindy Bailey from the small town of Morgan City.  I am a wife, a mother of three and a grandmother to Luke who has stole my heart and is a huge joy in my life. I have lived in the Lafayette area for 13 years now and started my real estate career 13 years ago when I moved to Lafayette.

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Most of my life I was a stay at home mom who loved cooking, cleaning and taking care of my family. I enjoyed playing tennis occasionally and worked part time with my husband. After my children were grown it was time to focus on a new beginning with new challenges.  We were moving to Lafayette and I spoke with a realtor about buying a home here and thought “I want to be a realtor”. I wanted to own my own business, to be out and about meeting new people and every day  to be different. I was moving to Lafayette and that was a new beginning in itself, so why not start a new career! In Morgan City I played a key role in shutting down a hazardous waste incinerator and was elected City Councilman before I moved away. Check those boxes DONE and now on to New Challenges!

My journey to becoming a realtor involved tons and tons of education, day upon day of studying and lots of money for classes, tests and dues to become a realtor. The very first year I was awarded “Rookie of the Year” in my brokerage. Being driven by that success, I was determined to become a Top Producer in Lafayette. I credit my success to God’s favor as I knew no one when I moved here, my awesome husband who was always my encourager and cheerleader, and lots of hard work and long hours. The highest compliment I can ever receive is my clients coming back years later to buy or sell from me again or referring me to their family and friends. That is a humbling experience and I take it seriously. In challenging myself, I sometimes view each day as “never good enough”. I sometimes think what could have I done different, always pushing the envelope forward to get to the closing table and making my clients happier along the way. 

The biggest challenge in my career is micromanaging the many pieces of a successful journey to the closing table while keeping my clients as stress free as possible, this being one of the largest investments of their lives and one of the most stressful times in their lives. When all the moving parts come together it is always the highlight of my week, well, that and when I get to play tennis! There is such personal satisfaction in helping someone‘s dreams come true!  After many struggles and challenges, hard work and dedication, I am humbled and at the same time take pride in knowing that I have met my goal and have developed into a Top Producer and professional realtor in the Acadiana area. I continue to work hard every day to maintain that goal.

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I will leave you with this quote…

If you wake up every morning, loving what you do, help and inspire others around you to be better than they were yesterday; then you know you must be doing something right in business and in life.   -Ashely Bodi

Hope to see you soon, 

Cindy Bailey