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What should you know before entering the housing market?

As a resident in Louisiana who is looking to move elsewhere, you're going to need to enter the housing market again. Since this can be complex, Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP, are here to help guide you through what you need to know as you prepare to buy or sell a house.

What can I do about a bad tenant?

Nearly every landlord in Louisiana has a horror story: the elderly couple with six cats who never used a litterbox; the college frat boys who threw loud, drunken parties seemingly every other night; the family who let their children run amok and break every appliance in the apartment. You might, so far, have been lucky enough to avoid renting to the worst types of tenants, but that doesn't mean your renters are ideal. In fact, some might be causing enough of an inconvenience that you wonder if you can evict them.

What to know before renting

When Louisiana residents decide to rent a house, they may sometimes be so excited about moving into a new home that they may not always consider the fine details. There are a few things people should usually make sure they do when they rent a property.

Do you want to rent your house to vacationers?

In Louisiana, home rental services are becoming more and more popular. With these services, people like you are able to rent out property that you own to other tenants for a limited amount of time, usually for vacationing purposes. But do you know what the regulating laws are regarding these services?

Important details provided by a title report

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a veteran of the real estate market, you should know the importance of reviewing a title report carefully before you proceed with a purchase. The legal verbiage often included in a title report may be a bit daunting but it can be learned and the details provided in this report may help you feel more confident about buying the property or it may make you realize this particular property is not right for you.

What do you need to know about disclosure in a home sale?

Whether you are the one buying or selling a home, you understand that most homes are not in pristine condition when the title changes hands. You may have gone to a great deal of effort getting the house as ready as possible for the sale, but it is not uncommon for some flaws to be present. In fact, this is to be expected. It may help you and other Louisiana residents to understand the requirements regarding the disclosure of known defects in a home before the sale.

What can a homeowners association regulate?

If you are considering the purchase of a Louisiana condominium, townhouse or home, check to see if it is located in a common interest development with a homeowners association. If so, make sure you understand the HOA’s governing structure, its rules and regulations regarding the community’s homes or units, and the annual dues and monthly fees it charges individual homeowners before making your buying decision.

What are some red flags when buying a home?

Buying a home is one of the biggest events in your life and possibly the biggest investment you and your family will make. Whether you are considering the purchase of a Louisiana home as your primary residence or a vacation home, you can save yourself a lot of heartache, not to mention costly repairs, by thoroughly inspecting any home before you commit to buying it.

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