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(877) 755-3294
6 DeGaulle Square, Lafayette, LA 70508

Helpful Information

Tips for Buyers

Other Helpful Lafayette Websites

Tips for Sellers

List of Inspectors

Our Marketing Plan

List of Mortgage Lenders

Utility Contact Information


Tips for buyers:

The home-buying process doesn’t need to be scary. You have already taken the first important step, which is to find a Realtor® who will be on your side. We will help you every step of the way, from helping you find that perfect home, explaining every part of the negotiating process, updating you on every stage of the home-buying, to showing up at your closing. Our Passion is you and we see to it that you have nothing to fear.  Here are a few steps to the home-buying process that you should take to make it as seamless as possible.
1. Know what you are looking for.
→ Exactly what kind of house is your dream home.
→ Determine what is the biggest priority for you AND your family in your home as well as what are things you could sacrifice to assure you get the priorities. (Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Square Footage, Neighborhood, Yard, Kitchen, Floor Plan, Schools, Other Amenities).  Knowing beforehand will save you time, energy, and lots of headaches.
→ You can start searching for homes on the MLS to get an idea of what is out there.  Click Here (Property Page on Site)
2. Find out how much you can afford.
→ Talk to a several lenders and/or local banks to find the best deal. Click here for a list of lenders (Directs to lender page on Site)
→ Once you decide on your preferred lender, ask them for a preapproval letter.
3. Shop for a home.
→ Let us know what you are looking for and we will set you up on an automatic email search for a home.
→ We then go house hunting!
4. Make an offer.
→ We will sit down together to sign a purchase agreement, which we will explain in detail.
→ Once an offer is accepted, the sale is still contingent upon your financing, inspections, title, appraisal, and insurance.
5. Get a home inspection.
→ This is the first step in protecting your investment.  
→This is something you will need to pay up front and may also include a termite inspection, AC inspection, and Foundation inspection if necessary.
→ Click here for a list of inspectors. (Direct to inspector list on site)
6. Go to closing.
→ CONGRATS. This is when you will sign the papers at the attorney’s office and it is truly official!!
7. Move in and enjoy your home!!!!!!

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Tips for Sellers:

You have already taken the first important step of selling your home, which is to find a Realtor® who will be on your side.  We will help you every step of the way, from helping you stage your home, pricing it right, giving you feedback from all your showings, marketing your home in all the right ways, explaining every part of the negotiating process, to showing up at your closing. Please view our Marketing plan to see what we will do for you.  Click here (Direct to place on site).  Our Passion is you and we see to it that you have nothing to fear.  Here are a few steps that you can take to help sell your home faster.
1. Declutter.
→ Less is more.  You will be moving out, so pack a few boxes.  If you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably won’t need it. Clutter will make your home look smaller, and give the buyer less room for their imagination.
→ If you don’t use your bulky furniture, think about moving them out.
→ Clean off your refrigerator.  Take off all the magnets.  This will make your kitchen look much cleaner.
→ Organize your closets and kitchen cabinets.  An organized closet will also make it look larger.
2. Make minor repairs.
→ Patch holes in walls and fix doors that do not properly open.
→ Fix leaky faucets and replace cracked tiles.
→ Consider painting walls to a neutral color, especially if you have “unconventional” wall colors.
→ Replaced burned out light bulbs.
3. Make a good first impression.
→ Keep the lawn manicured and trim the bushes.
→ Clean the driveway, sidewalks, and steps.
→ Store outdoor toys, tools, and equipment.
→ Wash the exterior of your house, especially the windows and doors.
→ Replace faded house numbers.
→ Replace worn welcome mats with rough textured doormats.
4. Create a mood.
→ Keep neat always! (You never know when someone will want to see it)
→ Vacuum often
→ Create a “mood”
→ Light candles
→ Bake cookies right before showing
→ Play soft music
→ Open your blinds during the day to make your home feel very airy and sunny.
→ Try to leave your home when there is a showing scheduled.   Buyers will rush through the home if you’re present, when you should want them to really take their time to appreciate and remember your home.

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Our Marketing Plan:

• Why Van Eaton & Romero is the best Real Estate firm to list your home with?
→ We sell more homes!
→ Nationally ranked in top 250 firms.
→ Over 100 agents who will work for you.
→ More Agents—More Expertise.
→ Successful Web Site to advertise your home
→ Agents Available Day or Night…24 Hours a Day.
→ Greater Exposure to Buyers.
• What we do when we list your home?
→ Advice on preparing your home for showing
→ Guidance in determining a fair-market asking price based upon our comprehensive market analysis
→ Implementation of a strong marketing plan to attract buyers
→ Guidance in all aspects of Sales, Finance, and Negotiation
→ Support of the management, staff and technology of Lafayette’s most solid real estate company
→ Installing a lock box
→ Installing our highly recognizable "for sale" signs Producing a property flyer featuring your home
→ Listing your home in the Multiple Listing Service.
→ Have a virtual tour done to enhance the marketing of your home.
→ Open house, if you desire
→ Regular progress reports throughout the selling process and updates on the progress until we accompany you to the closing
• Where we will advertise your home?
→ In the Newspaper
→ My own well-established website—www.GingerDoucet.com
→ Van Eaton Web Site—www.VanEatonRomero.com
→ Realtor.com
→ Flyers outside your home along with the highly recognizable Van Eaton & Romero sign.
→ Through Van Eaton and Romero’s message board for the agents.
→ Social Media

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Utility Contact Info:

Utility Providers
Electricity
Lafayette Utilities System (337) 291-8280
ENTERGY (800) 368-3749
SLEMCO (337) 896-5551
Gas CenterPoint Energy Entex (337) 232-4194
Atmos Energy (888) 852-2424
City of Carencro (337) 896-8481
Water & Sewer Lafayette Utilities System (337) 291-8280
City of Broussard (337) 837-1226
City of Carencro (337) 896-8481
Town of Duson (337) 873-8014
Total Environment Solutions (TESI) (800) 372-9712
Water & Waste Water (337) 354-2800
Waste Disposal
Solid Waste Disposal Allied Waste
BFI
Waste Management
LCG Environmental Quality (city) (337) 291-8529
Local Municipalities See above
Recycling LCG Environmental Quality (city) (337) 291-8529
Recycling Foundation (apt, rural, business) (337) 234-0066
Miscellaneous
DMV Lafayette number for Vehicle Registration (337) 262-1807
Lafayette number for License Renewal (337) 262-1808
Voter Registration (337) 291-7140
Media Services AT&T Telephone  Service (888) 757-6500
Cox Communications (337) 232-6323
Direct TV (888) 663-4611
LUS Fiber (337) 210-4556
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Other Lafayette Websites:

Lafayette School Board University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette Education Foundation UL’s Athletic Website
Lafayette Economic Development Authority Cajunfun.com—Acadiana’s Events Calendar
Downtown Lafayette—DDA/DLU The Daily Advertiser
Lafayette Conventions and Visitor Center Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles
Government Entities Clerk of Courts
Lafayette Consolidated Government Lafayette Parish
City of Broussard Acadia Parish
City of Carencro St. Landry Parish
City of Duson St. Martin Parish
City of Scott
City of Youngsville
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List of Inspectors:

Below is a list of inspectors that we have gotten the most consistently positive feedback from our customers.
Home Inspectors
Raines Home Inspection Will Raines (337) 344-7173
At Your Service Don Carter (337) 255-6311
Aloisio Inspections David Aloisio (337) 988-9976
Termite Inspectors
Eagle Pest Control (337) 406-1133
J & J Exterminating (337) 234-2847
Foundation Inspectors
National Foundation Repair Kevin Bell (337) 233-3258
Air Conditioning Inspectors
Brad’s AC and Heating Brad Lafleur (337) 522-5227
Butcher's Air Conditioning (337) 837-2000
Barry's Air Conditioning (337) 232-4741
Kincel's Air Conditioning (337) 984-6541
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List of Mortgage Lenders:

Below is a list of lenders that we have gotten the most consistently positive feedback from our customers. Traditionally, mortgage lenders will search different avenues to get you the best possible loan. On the flip side, banks will only provide you a loan through themselves, but will usually have a lower lending fee. This is why talking to several mortgage lenders may help you in the long run.
Residential Lenders
Intertrust Mortgage Sarah Blanchard (337) 408-5107 Email
Assurance Financial Group Ben Conque (337) 456-8755
Lauren Tylock (337) 456-8759
Universal Lending Kim Meche (337) 264-9990 Email
Central Mortgage Cory Morgan (337) 989-7377 Email
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Van Eaton & Romero - 2000 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Suite 101 - Lafayette, LA -
(337) 233-9700


Over 25 years of combined experience.