Home Buying Tips 7 habits to adopt to get ready to buy a home We recently devoured the book Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg, Ph.D., who writes, “Take a behavior you want, make it tiny, find where it fits naturally in your life, and nurture its growth.”  Simple enough. Fogg’s book is a grounded guide to building new habits, sustaining them and making positive changes […]
Home Maintenance Tips Late summer means it’s time for our cold-weather outdoor prep checklist Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is going to be winding down soon. Although summer is officially here until  Thursday, September 22, summer temps will linger on for much longer in vast parts of the country. But those of us who live up north a bit are starting to think about […]
Home Buying Tips How much of your salary should go towards a home loan? There are two ways to go about planning to buy your dream house. You can look at your salary and estimate how much house you can afford based on what you earn every month. You can take a look at the type of house you’re dreaming of and estimate how much income you’ll need to […]
Market Update Recession, inflation and normalization It looks like the mortgage industry might finally be on a path to normalization. The latest Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage average came in at 5.3%—that’s a half percent lower over the last two weeks. That drop did little to spur more mortgage activity, which might actually be a good thing. Mortgage demand has slowed […]
Home Buying Tips Managing Moving Costs: Tips for First-Time Homebuyers Many first-time homebuyers are so focused on saving up for a down payment of closing costs that they forget that there are also costs (which can be pretty hefty, by the way) that come with getting your stuff from your old home to your new home. Whether you’re moving down the block, from the city […]
Home Buying Tips Yes, you can buy a home if you have student loans! It costs more to get a college education than any other time in American history. Unfortunately, that’s forcing students to take out multiple loans to cover their expenses. Bigger loans — and more of them — means it takes the average graduate much longer to pay off their student debt. And that, sadly, is causing […]
Home Buying Tips Buying a home? Avoid these 3 home loan hiccups For many people — especially first-time homebuyers — the process of buying a home can seem a little off-putting. To the unaware, it can look as if a huge financial fire-pit will swallow up unsuspecting newbies, especially if they don’t have a guiding hand. While it’s not that dramatic in real life, there is a […]
Godwyn Realty Updates ERA® REAL ESTATE BOLSTERS SOUTHERN LOUISIANA PRESENCE WITH AFFILIATION OF GODWYN REALTY ERA POWERED ERA® REAL ESTATE BOLSTERS SOUTHERN LOUISIANA PRESENCE WITH AFFILIATION OF GODWYN REALTY | ERA POWERED   Popular Television Personality Brittany Picolo-Ramos Joins the ERA Network  MADISON, N.J., March 23, 2022 — ERA® Real Estate, a global franchising leader within the Realogy family of brands, announced today that Godwyn Realty, based in New Orleans, La., has affiliated with the ERA® brand. […]
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Home Buying Tips 7 Homebuyer Tips for Coping with Low Inventory in a Seller’s Market Many families have found their savings accounts a little fatter over the last two years, thanks to remote working, less commuting and more cooking at home versus dining out. If that sounds like you, and you’re in the market to buy a new home, you might find that new construction fits — maybe for the […]
Client Success Stories A Match Made in Heaven – First-Time Home Buyers Story!   Moving to New Orleans from out of town, Murray & Whitney were ready to make the jump and buy their first home!  After interviewing two other agents, they found Joel Picolo through Zillow and met up for a Buyer’s Consultation!  Joel asked what their home goals were and what exactly they were looking for […]
Home Buying Tips How rising interest rates affect potential homebuyers Mortgage interest rates are grabbing headlines and rightfully so. There was a significant jump in rates recently with Freddie Mac’s latest 30-year fixed-rate mortgage average hitting 3.45%. As Freddie Mac’s economists note, this was due in large part to actions taken by the Federal Reserve. In a statement, Freddie Mac economists note, “Mortgage rates rose […]
Home Maintenance Tips 10 Christmas Safety Tips To Help Protect Your Family Have a disaster-free holiday by practicing these simple (but essential!) Christmas safety tips. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care…and the Christmas tree is safely placed three feet away from the fireplace. OK, that might not be how the old Christmas poem goes. But it’s a good tip to keep in mind! Read […]
Home Maintenance Tips 10 spring cleaning tips for your allergy-free home Spring cleaning is traditionally thought of as an annual opportunity to scrub the entire house or condo from top to bottom — but it’s also a great time to turn your home into an allergy-free zone. While it may feel a bit overwhelming to take on such a big project, it doesn’t have to be […]
Client Success Stories Christiana’s Story: First-Time Home Buyer! After living in Austin, Texas, Christiana was looking to make New Orleans her new home. She was tired of renting, and wanted make an investment by buying her very first home in the Big Easy.  Christiana was very specific about her wants and needs for her future home: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, move-in ready, and a short commute time […]
Godwyn Realty Updates Grand Opening: Godwyn Realty New Orleans Office   Godwyn Realty Unveils New Office Headquarters in Historic Uptown New Orleans Building New office location and team of experts remind clients that real estate should be personal NEW ORLEANS, LA, (August 5, 2021) – Today, New Orleans based real estate company, Godwyn Realty, is announcing the opening of its brand new office headquarters located at […]
Client Success Stories Kimberly’s Story: First-Time Home Buyer! Kimberly made a goal two years ago that she wanted to buy her first home.  She wanted to make sure she would make a good investment, as well as find the home that best fit her lifestyle.  A modern home in a safe neighborhood was very important to Kimberly as she began her search. The […]
Godwyn Realty Updates Introducing Godwyn Realty! We are excited to announce that, due to our remarkable growth over the last 2 years, we are expanding our brand to include Godwyn Realty! Godwyn Realty is real estate for everyone. We know how important your home is to you. It’s your castle, your home base, your family’s center, an investment into the future, where […]