Posts Categorized: Videos

Portfolio of Recent Listings

Published: January 13, 2014

Filed Under: Just Listed, Videos

One of the things prospective clients frequently ask is, “How do I know that you’ll do a good job?” I am happy to provide a list of former clients whose homes I’ve sold that are similar to yours with similar circumstances or similar price ranges. And then, of course, there is the work itself. I take a lot of pride in the work that I do and in the relationships I have with the people I serve.

This is a portfolio of some of the homes I’ve recently listed and sold in the Baton Rouge area. Each one is special to me as are their owners.

Recent Listings from Helene Kurtz

How your home is presented to the public is a critical part of getting it sold. No matter the size or price of your home, it’s all about professionalism in every aspect of the job. If you like what you see and want your home included on the list, give me a call at (225) 772-8709.

Changes to our flood insurance program

Published: November 7, 2013

Filed Under: Market Trends, Videos

You’ve likely seen a lot of information in the news about increases to flood insurance premiums. Homeowners are reasonably concerned about the impact these changes will have on the cost of coverage and the value of their homes. I’ve also seen and heard a lot of misinformation. The information in this post is from FEMA.  Their website is excellent and while their videos are not the most entertaining, they are informative.

Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act

Here are some things you should know as well as key provisions of the plan.

Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) came about through legislation called the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

The law requires changes to all major components of the program, not just flood insurance premiums.  Additionally included is flood hazard mapping, grants, and the management of floodplains.  Primary and secondary residences are affected as well as businesses.

The reason for the change was that the premium structure didn’t reflect the true risks and costs of flooding.  Some homeowners and businesses were receiving insurance at “subsidized” rates.

In Louisiana 83% of NFIP policy holders have policies that are already “acturarially rated” meaning that the premiums on these policies reflect current risk.

10% of all Louisiana NFIP policies cover subsidized primary residences, which will remain subsidized unless or until the property is sold (new rates will be charged to the next owner) or the policy lapses.

4% of Louisiana’s NFIP policies will see increases up to 25% each year until premiums reflect full risk rates.  These include non-primary residences, businesses, and severe repetitive loss properties.

Currently House and Senate leaders are involved in bi-partisan discussions and have proposed delays to increases in premiums for primary, non-repetitive loss residences that are currently grandfathered, all properties sold after July 6, 2012, and all properties that purchase a new policy after July 6, 2012.  These suggested revisions are in the proposal stage.  A vote has not been taken.

The best source of information on flood insurance premiums is your insurance agent.  Carter Fourrier, with the Fourrier Agency, was recently at our office to explain the law and it’s provisions.  You might want to give them a call as we all found the discussion very help and Carter and his team are highly knowledgeable.  Go to: or call Carter at (225) 383-0682.

The FEMA website has lots of information and videos.  I will post the ones I find most interesting.  You should also visit the FEMA site,

LSU has a handy website that can show you were you home is located.  Go to:  Please note, however, that these floodmaps may not be 100% accurate.  You may need to get a flood elevation certificate or there may be map adjustments that are not currentlly reflected by the mapping tools.

Good news for home sellers

Published: August 14, 2013

Filed Under: Market Trends, Videos

The Skinny from The Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors

Here’s the latest from the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors.  Home prices are returning to pre-recession levels and inventory is at a 5 year low. 

Home with acreage and a gunite pool near LSU

Published: March 4, 2012

Filed Under: Just Listed, Videos

702 Halfway Tree Road, Baton Rouge, LA

I just listed this home in Area 5 off of Staring Road.  Two appointments scheduled this morning.  It’s really a gem and at a great price.  $315,000, 3BR/2.5BA, 2,432 sq.ft. of living space.  It’s so hard to find a home with Baton Rouge with acreage.  This one has over an acre, a gunite pool, beautiful Brazilian hardwood floors, and a gourmet kitchen.  So much attention to detail in this home.  A beaded board ceiling in the keeping room, waistcoting in the guest bath, dual shower head in the master bath plus a jetted tub.  It doesn’t stop there … the boat port/storage area has built in cabinets, and the attic is floored for extra storage.  Come by and see it.  It’s a great value and a great home.