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Rod's Notes For Wednesday 10/26/11

Wednesday 10/26/11


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Attachments, Announcements, and Travels:


Thanks to Marsha McGraw for handling the show while I was in Phoenix one week and at rare Wednesday Real estate commission the other week.


Thursday two important events in 28 West areas:

(1) 9:00 am dedication of Jim Meyer terminal (historic and appropriate)

(2) Grand Opening of Walker BMW and Mercedes-Benz from 5 to 7 pm.


Last week the Grand Opening of D’Argent’s properties office which is formerly the Cotton Gin restaurant


Old news but positive enough it should be repeated. Home Builders publication recognized Alexandria as one of top 12 recovering new home markets.


November 7th New Orleans CCIM 101 course (see discount flyer) two great instructors incoming 2014 international president Karl Landreneau and 2011 “Peoples Choice” Rod Noles. 


Two subdivision studies attached one for Martin Park and another for College Park


Realtor announcements:


October 29th this Saturday Cook-Off proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity contact Rhonda @ 445-2500 or Sonya 473-8324


October 31st “Blood Drive” on Halloween Donor Bus and Vampires in Mac’s parking lot


November 1st Real Estate and Economic Forum 1 to 5 pm.


People not properties:


Winston Roberts local Realtor and long time friend was elected to the Police Jury in Grant Parish.


John Maginnis will be calling in this morning to discuss elections and interesting run offs.


Aubrey Mansour (Mary Jo Mansour’s grandson worked for her as an assistant some time back) invited me to his wedding in New Orleans and boy am I glad we made the effort to attend.


Brent McCormick writing “Neighborhood Profile on Charles Park” and


Every Deal has a tale / tail.


A Few Dozen Enterprises, LLC (5778 Hwy. 544, Simsboro, LA 71275) to One Life Church, Inc. (P O Box 14507, Alex., LA) - 2.851 acres in Sec 76 & 77, T4NR2W, $1,500,000.00. Gary McKay at Noles-Frye listing agent and Lynette Giallonardo with Matt Ritchie was selling agents. Reminder Lynette is first female CCIM from this area and this is her second $1,000,000 transaction this year. Gary McKay stayed with conversion of Power Sports center into a church with option to purchase and when that deal did not work after 3 years he co-brokered deal with Lynette.


Closing for Business


Stine Lumber showroom next to Fads and Frames is closing. Please do not want you to hear me saying that Stine Lumber is closing.


TCBY on Jackson street closing, I feared with two new yogurt places opening up may not be enough business to spread around. Good economic indicator to see how long it takes to lease this prime space.


Mentioned last week when I phoned in from Baton Rouge that Kohls department store is not coming to our market, at this time.


Burger King under construction on Highway 28 East at Garden District shopping center. 


Southern Heritage Bank (5211 Jackson St., Alex., LA 71303) to Rapides Fair Association, Inc. (300 Grady Britt Dr., Alex., LA 71302) - 12.9 acres in Sec 52, T2NR1E (8197 Hwy. 71 South, Alex., LA 71346), $450,000.00. Described in deed as 400 feet on highway 71 with depth of 1,717 feet not sure exactly where this is but I think it is near LSUA. Fair Board also owns 200 plus acres near Cowboy Town wonder if they would sell it back to us at the same price since they might not need it?


Tuck Bolton is taking title to 14 to 15 brick units in lower third area not sure if they closed the deal but he said I could mention. When smart, ambitious, young investors are activity in the market place makes me think we are not at the bottom of market cycle.


Gap announces plans to “slash its store count” plan to close 20% of existing stores in next 2 years. Gap owns and operates Old Navy and Banana Republic has 889 stores nationwide and plans to whittle that down to 700 within next 24 months. Announced they will let existing leases expire rather than terminate them. Old Navy just renewed Old Navy lease hear and spent $1,000,000 in tenant improvements you would think this store will remain open.


Immigration solution, if you need residence visas for foreigners buy a $500,000 house and you are in. Bill is pending and not law but is part of larger package by Senator Charles Schumer and Mike Lee to spur more foreign investments in America. Chinese and Canadian buyers are among other are taking advantage decline in prices but also favorable exchange rates. Very big part of the market in California, Florida, Arizona and we have seen larger share of our home sales to the immigration community.


(1.5) Rod’s economic indicator perfect score is 5. When top rating of 5 appears week after week I will share with our audience, that “Green Shots” is here and recovery is in full swing. Only the measurement of lot sale ranked positive score and random sales one scored positive the other negative.

Legal recorder data for five business day October 17th through 21st


(1)Total of 40 closed deals for the week has positive score

(2) At least one new home sale for the week has positive score

(3) At least one subdivision lot sale for the week garners positive score

(4) Number of lender sales in market place is less than 5% of the total market sales for the week.

(5) Two random residential sales compared to average prices for 2008, 2009 and 2010 that demonstrate increase prices.


(-1) Total sales looking for 40 closed deals from previous week market provided volume of $2,642,370 with only 26 sales. Next week’s report should be much better considering it is the end of the month where buyers push the loan closing for appearance of saving daily interest.


                 Question how is the market my answer is “It depends”


(.50) Random sales comparison: We track average sales price in certain subdivision for 2008 through 2010 and compare it to a sale this.


Chris W Jackson (333 Edgewood Dr., Apt. A, Pineville, LA 71360) to Johnathan L Hammond (1708 Sunburst Lane, Pineville, LA 71360) - Lot 1, Blk 2, College Park Addn., et al (815 Lakeshore Dr., Pineville, LA 71360), $149,000.00. Much better than average of few sales in last 46 months for positive score.


Remona D Williams (112 Sheperd Dr., Pineville, LA 71360) to Roqueland & Mia Sylvia (3828 Spencer St., Alex., LA 71302) - Lot 14, Blk O Martin Park Subd. (3828 Spencer St., Alex., LA 71302), $120,000.00. Average price for this year $132,787 and last year average of $145,380 so sale we are tracking rates a negative score.


National home sales slipped in September as consumers were hit by economic uncertainty, high unemployment, and tight lending. August to September saw 3% drop to seasonally adjusted 4.91 million at peak in 2006 we witness 6.5 million. Do not hear much about sales being up 11.3% compared to same time period last year. Rare when you see sales volume up and median price down for same time period comparison but it happen in September volume up 11.3% and median price down 3.5% to $165,400.Nationally we have 8.5 months supply of housing inventory compared to our September MLS of 7.89 round to 8


(-1) New Home sales: Looking for a single sale this week for positive score the market gave us zero


(+1) Lot Sales or home site acreage: Only need one sale for positive score and this week the market gave us 8 sales


Derek L & Emily E Weatherford (2191 Hwy. 121, Hineston, LA 71438) to James L & Pamela S Weatherford (1022 East Village Court, Pasadena, TX 77506) - 1.47 acres in Sec 18, T1NR3W, et al, $13,920.00


Latanier Tree Farm, LLC (113 Hwy. 457, Lecompte, LA 71346) to Javier & Jamie R Molinary (97 Cain Road, Lecompte, LA 71346) - 2.05 acres in Sec 10, T2NR1E, $16,000.00


Shane J & Karen D Ducote (269 Links Dr., Alex., LA 71303) to Enrico & Vicki Cannella (229 Links Dr., Alex., LA 71303) - Lot 43, St. Andrews Links Estates, Phase Two (229 Links Dr., Alex., LA 71303), $40,000.00


Ballina Farms, Inc. (P O Box 12487, Alex., LA 71315) to Tracy Nguyen (6009 West Alexandra Dr., Alex., LA 71303) - Lot 206, Tennyson Oaks Subd., Phase 7C, $60,000.00


CitiFinancial, Inc. to Mark T & Tracie M Parker (511 Heyman Lane, Alex., LA 71303) - Part of Lot 29, Ashton Acres, Phase 1, $43,000.00


Ricky D & Dana M Elliott (P O Box 434, Forest Hill, LA 71430) to Meliton G & Mariana N Cazares (P O Box 55, Forest Hill, LA 71430) - 4.18 acres in Sec 10, T1SR2W, $30,000.00


Frankie C & Sharon B Foster (4715 Whispering Pines Loop, Pineville, LA 71360) to Theresa M Brossett (P O Box 4052, Pineville, LA 71361) - 3.404 acres in Sec 4, T4NR2E, $38,000.00


(-1) Lender total Sales rates positive score if lender sales are below 5% of total sales, two sales this week total volume of  $493,000 / $2,642,370 = 19%


CitiFinancial, Inc. to Mark T & Tracie M Parker (511 Heyman Lane, Alex., LA 71303) - Part of Lot 29, Ashton Acres, Phase 1, $43,000.00


Southern Heritage Bank (5211 Jackson St., Alex., LA 71303) to Rapides Fair Association, Inc. (300 Grady Britt Dr., Alex., LA 71302) - 12.9 acres in Sec 52, T2NR1E (8197 Hwy. 71 South, Alex., LA 71346), $450,000.00. Described in deed as 400 feet on highway 71 with depth of 1,717 feet not sure exactly where this is but I think it is near LSUA


Interest Rates: 30 year fixed is 4.20% was 4.19% the 15 year rate is 3.47% was 3.46%. 5/1 ARM is 3.02% was 3.04%.


Home Lending Plan : I liked what Phd. Ted Jones recommended in testimony before congress make every Freddie and Fannie loan re-cast at 5% with same term. President’s plan does not actually pick winners and losers but it does favor parts of the country that experienced hyper inflation in home prices and relaxed underwriting like Nevada, California, Florida, and Nevada. Program will allow refinancing if borrower is current on last six months, reduced appraisal requirements and underwriting fees. Negative loan to value so long as loan is not more than 125% of current value.




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