Your Lake Charles  Dream Home is Out There, Marilyn Boudreaux Can Help You Find the HOME You Desire

Most people think finding the home of their dreams just sort of happens…

Like they’ll “know it when they see it,” or it’ll be love at first site. Sometimes that happens. But a lot of times, homebuyers miss out on great homes because they make some really common mistakes.

Finding and actually getting the best house for your wants and needs (let alone at the best possible price!) isn’t as simple as just being in the market, finding it, putting it in a shopping cart, and heading to the checkout.

There’s quite a bit to the process.  My buyer’s guide will demystify the process and give you a no-fluff, in-between-the-lines look at things most buyers either simply ignore, or don’t realize.



Things to Consider When Searching for a Home in Southwest Louisiana

How Much Can You Afford?

Talk to a local lender to get pre-approved for a home loan. The link below will take you directly to a lending application you can easily fill out!

Pre-approval helps to know how much money the bank will lend you and what different loan options will cost. This will give you an educated idea of how much you can spend, and what your monthly payment will be.  Understanding your loan maximum  makes the negotiation process easier when you are ready to  move forward and make an offer on a  Lake Charles home. Know Your Non-Negotiables

Know What is Right for YOU

Before you start your Lake Charles home search, it is important to pinpoint your needs and wants.  For instance, if you have children and/or pets, you will probably want a fenced yard with room for them to play.   Need at least three bedrooms? Can’t live without a shop? Will you lose your mind if you have to spend more than 15 minutes in your car on your daily commute to work?    Making a list of what is important to you is helpful because when you start looking at houses, certain home features will catch your eye, leading you to want to compromise on your original goals. That Pool might be attractive, but if the home doesn’t meet your other needs, in the end, it’s not a good fit. Your list of priorities will keep you focused and help you narrow down the many choices on the market.

It’s also  important to consider how long you may live in your Lake Charles home. If you’re newly married, you might not be concerned with a Lake Charles school district right now, but you could be in a few years. It’s important to think about your new home’s location just as carefully as you do about a house’s features.  In addition to considering the distance to work, you may also want to evaluate the convenience of shopping, schools and day-care.

When you have an idea of what you are looking for in in a home  and establish a  budget, you can finally begin to actually view Lake Charles homes for sale,  this is the fun part!  When viewing   Lake Charles Real Estate and Homes for Sale   you have searchable MLS listings at your fingertips.  Enter  all of your specific criteria and find a list of relevant properties, complete with images of each property.


Marilyn Boudreaux

Lake Charles Realtor

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What Clients Say

I have dealt with Marilyn before and she is AMAZING. She truly cares for her customers and gives empathy throughout all the ups and downs of the emotional house buying/selling process.
-Erin Ruppert