Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire a real estate agent to sell my home?
Statistics show that a home that is put on the market as ‘buy owner’ is far less likely to sell than homes listed with professional real estate agents. The agents of Jason Lapene Real Estate are experienced with various methods of promoting and selling your home. We carefully research comparable homes in your area so that your home will be priced to get you the most money possible for your property. Our agents are steps ahead of others when it comes to utilizing the internet to sell a home. Not only will your home be listed on MLS sites, but we also have the ability to list your home on our website and several other sites to draw more attention and interested buyers. When your home is listed on the Jason Lapene Real Estate site, you will have the ability to log-in as a client and review all traffic and feedback on your property.
How do I go about getting my home ready to sell? What suggestions do you have?
If you have never heard of “curb appeal”, engrain that phrase in your head. First impressions are very important and you will want to ensure that your home looks its best from the street as potential buyers might drive by the home before coming for a scheduled open house or tour. The real estate agents with Jason Lapene Real Estate are able to meet with you and offer additional suggestions to better showcase your home. In addition, they will be sure to photograph your home to highlight some of the more unique or special design features.
I am having a hard time deciding what area of town is best suited for me and my family. Can you help?
New Orleans offers a large variety of living options. Whether you are looking for a single-family residence in a suburb outside the city limits or a condo in the heart of the city, Jason Lapene Real Estate are able to guide you in the search process. We have the means to search thousands of homes and narrow them down to fit your needs/desires for a new home in the Big Easy.
What services do you offer for someone looking for a home to purchase?
Jason Lapene Real Estate agents are familiar with most neighborhoods in the New Orleans area. We know which areas have the better school systems, which will be closer to your place of employment to minimize your time spent in traffic, and much more. Our agents are available to speak to you about your home search needs. Searching for a home without a professional real estate agent can be a very daunting task. Allow us to narrow the field for you based upon the needs you have for your new home and then count on us to be with you throughout the entire process—working hard to negotiate the price of the home on your behalf. Best of all, our services are free to our buyer clients as the seller pays our commission.
I am relocating to New Orleans. Can you help me start my search remotely?
We are able to assist clients all over the world as they move to New Orleans. Our local knowledgeable agents will help you find the ideal location and style home for you and your family. The internet has revolutionized the home search process—we will be able to send you photos of the home and even set-up a webcam videoconference to walk you through the home with a virtual tour. Our agents are available to your 24 hours a day with our “Agent on Call” service.
I am ready to purchase my first home. Where should I start and what is the general process?
We recommend that you meet face to face with one of our experienced agents. Discuss your needs and desires for your new home—are you looking for a condo, townhome, loft or single family residence? If you aren’t sure, we can work with you to decide what would be the better fit for your lifestyle and what neighborhood would suit you best. Once we have an idea of the type of home you are looking for, we go to work to find properties that will be in line with your search criteria. We are able to go with you to look at each home. When you are ready to make an offer on a property, our knowledgeable agents will begin the contract negotiation process as we work with you to get the best possible price on your new home. We will then guide you through the closing process and help you locate a real estate closing attorney.
What benefits can you offer to me as a home seller?
There are thousands of homes for sale in the New Orleans area. Selling a home in this economy can be tricky. A home can literally sit on the market for months if not priced competitively and marketed strategically. Jason Lapene’s experienced real estate agents have a great understanding for marketing trends and what is needed to move your home up in the internet searches run by other real estate agents working with a buyer or the buyer themselves. Statistics show that homes that are listed with a real estate agent stand a much better chance of selling within the first month they are on the market. In addition to our internet marketing strategies, we also offer our clients a 24-hour a day service called “Agent on Call”. Simply call or email and one of our agents will get back to you right away to assist you with your needs.
How is your real estate firm different from some of the bigger agencies?
As a smaller boutique firm, we are able to offer our clients superb service and attention to detail. Do not be afraid that by working with a smaller real estate agency that you will receive less services or attention—to the contrary, our agents are more informed about growing trends in the real estate market, technical understating of how to best utilize the internet to sell or search for your next home, and customer service attention. We work hard for our clients as our business is built upon our referrals. Our agents find that our clients are quick to refer family and friends to our real estate agency. A referral is the best reference we can give!
I am interested in looking for an investment property in the New Orleans area. Is this something you can help me with?
Absolutely. Jason Lapene Real Estate agents are able to search hundreds of short sale and foreclosure properties that often make wonderful investment homes. Simply meet with one of our agents and discuss what type of investment property you are interested in finding. Our agents are ready to help you find the ideal property and are available to you 24 hours a day, so you won’t miss out on a wonderful purchase opportunity.
Do you recommend getting a home inspection before buying a home?
Our firm definitely recommends hiring a licensed professional to do a home inspection. Purchasing a home “as is” opens you to a series of potential problems—everything from electricity, plumbing, and foundations are checked to ensure that there are no major problems that might cost you financially to fix or be a danger to you in the home. We are happy to refer you to some of the professional inspectors we have worked with for years. Our contacts are thorough and detailed in their analysis of the home.
We will need to get a mortgage in order to purchase a home. Do you have any recommendations?
Our clients have utilized a number of mortgage lenders. We are happy to suggest a mortgage lender. Contact for assistance in acquiring approval on a mortgage.
I have heard from friends that buying a condo or a loft can be a risky investment and I might lose money. Do you recommend purchasing a condo or loft?
Historically, condos have not always appreciated in value as quickly as a single-family residence. However, condos have been known to be a better purchase when looking for homes in the New Orleans area. In addition, most condos and loft communities offer amenities that simply add to their value—consider a private resident only gym, spa, sauna, and outdoor entertainment area. Our knowledgeable real estate agents will discuss the pro’s and con’s of purchasing a condo or loft with you and help you find the home best suited to you. Click here to learn more about condos and lofts for sale in New Orleans.