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For Sellers

Follow these seven tips to help the environment and save money on your water bill:

  1. Install low-flow fixtures — Install shower-heads with a flow rate of no more than two and a half gallons per minute. Adding aerators to your faucets will slow water use to one gallon per minute, helping you achieve tangible water savings.
  2. Limit shower time — Decrease your shower time to five minutes with a low-flow shower head. You’ll use twelve and a half gallons of water or less, compared to thirty-seven and a half gallons used for an average 15-minute shower.
  3. Brush wisely — Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth to save three gallons of water each time you brush.
  4. Save when you flush — Add a displacement device to your toilet cistern to reduce the amount of water used per flush.
  5. Wait for a full load — Use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher to make you more water efficient.
  6. Plant drought-tolerant plants — Native plants, succulents, sages and mallows make an attractive lawn and require much less water than grass. Water in the morning to help cut back on evaporation. Consider adding mulch to your plant beds to help your landscaping retain water.
  7. Sweep, don’t spray — Save 80 gallons a year by sweeping walkways instead of hosing them down.

Looking for a new home that is water-bill friendly? Give me a call 504-336-4179!


For Investors

Many investors are self employed.  Here are a few tips for mortgages of self employed person.  Low prices and low interest rates make conditions for expanding your business by investing in rental property the best we’ve had in 15 years.

Fundamental benefits of owning income property include:

  • monthly cash-flow of spendable income;
  • equity growth by loan principal reduction;
  • price-value increase as an inflation hedge; and
  • tax benefits of passive income and profits.

And remember to consider:

  • Financing – Guidelines for financing income property are different from guidelines for financing a primary residence. How much do you qualify for and what down payment is required?
  • Property size – Bite off only what you can chew. Will you be managing it yourself or do you intend to hire a property manager?
  • Location – Look for property in familiar areas. Knowing the neighborhood or city you buy in makes it easier to rent and maintain the property for maximum benefit.

The window of opportunity is open! It’ll be too late to act after the public gets wise and drives prices up.

For a review on how to invest in income producing property today, please call me 504-336-4179!


For Buyers

Need help organizing under your kitchen sink? Here are some tips to help you get that space organized in an hour or less.

It’s important to keep the area under the sink clean in case of leaky pipes. A lot of homeowners don’t even know what’s under the sink until it’s been ruined by water damage.

Start by pulling out everything under the sink, wiping down the cabinet and (while you’re under there) checking for leaks. Throw away the trash that’s likely accumulated and group similar items together, like cleaning bottles, rags, sponges, etc.

To make the most of your clean space, invest in:

  • containers to organize your items, which will be helpful for pulling out so you won’t need to reach all the way to the back of the cabinet;
  • wire racks that can be installed and pulled out like drawers;
  • hooks to be installed on the inside of the cabinet doors, useful for hanging dishrags and rubber gloves; and
  • cabinet liners to really spruce up the space.

Are you hoping to buy soon? Give me a call for a free consultation! 504-336-4179

For Sale by Owner