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Ascension Parish Breaks Ground on New Primary School

9/6/2018
Ascension Parish School Board broke ground on it's newest school, Bullion Primary, on August 14, 2018. This two story, 82,000+ sq. ft school will sit on 12 acres off of Airline Highway near the Bullion Crossing Subdivision in Prairieville. This future home of the "Bear Cubs" is expected to open in the Fall of 2019. Ascension Parish School Board also has a middle school and two additional primary schools in the works. 

About Me

8/16/2018

  Home grown Louisiana mom, wife, and Realtor. I have worked for RE/MAX for nearly 20 years, and have been licensed since 2004. I was blessed to spend 12 years with one of the top teams in the state of Louisiana, the Sandy Ogburn Team at RE/MAX Excellent Properties located in Prairieville. I started working for Sandy as the weekend receptionist and was quickly welcomed aboard full time. During my 12 years there, I worked as the sales and marketing admin, the listing coordinator, Vice President of sales and marketing, and then became a full time Realtor. My experience and time with RE/MAX Excellent Properties allowed me to learn the ins and outs of real estate including marketing, the listing and selling process, teamwork, and the importance of exceptional quality care. During this time, Sandy represented several builders which gave me the opportunity to experience marketing a community from a simple concept – and seeing it through to sold out neighborhoods. 

  In 2012, RE/MAX Excellent Properties was sold to Pat Anderson and became RE/MAX PLUS. I stayed with the company and Pat and I formed The Anderson Team. From 2012-2015, we remained one of the top 10 teams in the state.

  Recently, I moved to RE/MAX First in Baton Rouge and have remained a top producing agent. My love for real estate and teaching inspired me to start “The Helms Team” in January of 2018. We are off to a great start and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

  I service the Greater Baton Rouge area including Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parishes. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, relocate, or build.....I can help. I network with a great group of lenders, insurance companies, and title companies and promise to make your move as easy as possible.   I consider myself lucky to have a job that I love. I constantly get to meet new people and watch their dreams become reality.

 On a personal note, I am happily married with three sons. My hobbies include cooking, spending time on the beach, and anything and everything that has to do with music.

 

  If you are considering making a move, I would love the opportunity to speak with you.

 

 Team & personal accomplishments:

2004 – Sandy’s team was the #1 team by commission, #2 by transactions

2005 – Sandy’s team was the #1 team by commission, #1 by transactions

2006 - Sandy’s team was the #1 team by commission, #1 by transactions

2007 - Sandy’s team was the #1 team by commission, #1 by transactions

2008 - Sandy’s team was the #1 team by commission, #1 by transactions

2009 - Sandy’s team was the #1 team by commission, #1 by transactions

2010 - Sandy’s team was the #1 team by commission, #1 by transactions

2011 - Sandy’s team was the #3 team by commission as well as the ofc was the #3 by avg trans/agt

2012 – The Anderson Team was the #4 team by commission

2013 – The Anderson Team was the #4 team by commission, #5 by transactions

2014 – The Anderson Team was the #10 team by commission and #5 by team transactions

2015 – The Anderson Team was the #9 team by commission and tied for #4 by team transactions

 

I received the Cooperative Spirit award in 2004, 2010, and 2014.

I achieved the 100% Club in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

In 2018 I was welcomed to the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.

 

 

Forget Mission Impossible.....check out Mission 6!!

8/16/2018

 

Mission 6 is a locally operated non-profit organization that honors and supports our veterans and law enforcement agencies. The organization began after founders Shawn Babin and Matthew Roberts sat next to a wounded combat veteran on a flight home and felt the need to take action and honor our heroes. Mission Six hosts fishing events at least once a month, which usually includes kayak fishing, good food, and good company. All room, board, meals, gear, tackle, kayaks, and safety equipment are provided & donated. What a way to honor those who serve and have served! This “mission” gives men and women who visibly carry stress and strain throughout their daily lives time to relax and enjoy the company of those who understand their struggle.

Kuddos to Shawn and Matthew for their thoughtfulness and for giving back to our community.

For more information or to donate please visit:

https://mission6.org/ or

https://www.facebook.com/MissionSixKayak/

 

 

 

It's here! Waguespack Homes has put the final touches on their model in Conway!

6/27/2018

 

Waguespack Homes has put the final touches on their model in Conway. If you think the pictures look good, wait 'til you see it in person! This four bedroom, three bath home has just over 2300 square feet of living area and amenities galore. Gorgeous interior brick and beam, touches of shiplap throughout, and a patio to die for. Conway is located in Gonzales off of Highway 44, minutes from the interstate. The community itself will consist of restaurants, shopping, a fitness center, parks, lakes, walking trails, clubhouse & private pool, and even an ampitheater for concerts and other entertainment. 

For more information or to schedule a private tour, call or message Brandy Helms, Realtor. 

 

Here we grow again!

6/14/2018

Here we grow again! 
The Helms Team at RE/MAX First would like to announce the newest member of our team!

Charlotte Elizabeth Takewell is a Louisiana native and has a degree in English from Longwood University. Her first home purchase was a fixer-upper in the historic downtown area of Fredericksburg, VA and the experience sparked her interest in real estate. Charlotte has been working in real estate now for 2 years and we are looking forward to many more successful years together. Whether you are a first time home buyer, new to the area, or looking to custom build your dream home, Charlotte will guide you through the process with excellent customer service, consistency, and attention to detail.

Congratulations, Charlotte! Welcome to The Helms Team!

?? Brandy Helms, Kristen Siekmann,  & Melissa Garrison Maulden

OAKBOURNE IN DUTCHTOWN - UPSCALE CUSTOM HOME COMMUNITY

6/14/2018

Oakbourne Subdivision, located in Dutchtown, is now taking lot reservations! Custom build your dream home with Bart Waguespack of Waguespack Homes, voted Ascension's #1 builder in 2017. This 60 lot community is conveniently located off of Highway 74 just before Bluff Road. Waguespack Homes has plans to choose from, or we can start from scratch and help design/customize your dream home. Prices start in the 370's and will include unbelievable standard amenities such as 3-centimeter granite counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms, under-mount sinks, custom tiled shower in master bath, interior brick and/or cypress beams, and large covered patios. Work with our decorators and vendors to select your interior colors, lighting, plumbing fixtures, flooring, & granite. Custom design your cabinets & closets too! Minutes from Baton Rouge and the interstate. Grocery store and pharmacy within a mile. Spanish Lake Primary, Dutchtown Middle, Dutchtown High per Ascension Parish school board's website.

  Construction in Oakbourne is set to begin in July of 2018. Multiple lots have already been reserved and floorplans are in the works! For more information or to tour a complete home built by Waguespack Homes, contact Brandy Helms at RE/MAX First or visit www.brandysellslahomes.com. Brandy Helms, Realtor 225-445-5190.

USDA announced new, increased income limits for Rural Development Program

6/14/2018

Considering buying a new home? I have good news!

USDA announced new, increased income limits for those who qualify for the Rural Development program. Rural Development allows buyers to buy with NO DOWN PAYMENT, and the interest rate is still excellent! For a family of 1-4, the income limit has been increased from $78,000 to $86,050. Families of 5 or more is set at $113,600. This increase certainly opens the door for more families. If you have any questions about the Rural Development program, call Brandy Helms at 225-445-5190. To see if you qualify or to get approved, text or call Lynn Sharer at Assurance Financial 225-717-7144.

 

 

 


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Ascension Parish Hazardous Materials Collection Day

5/17/2018

 

Ascension Parish Hazardous Materials Collection Day


If you are considering selling your home, decluttering can be a huge part of the preparation. Ascension Parish is hosting a household hazardous materials collection day on Saturday, June 2nd from 9am-1 pm. The event will be held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center located at 9039 St. Landry Road in Gonzales (Barn 6). This is an excellent opportunity to clean the garage and get rid of old tires, gasoline, oil, antifreeze, paints, varnishes, and other household chemicals. Buyers want to see the space your home offers which is hard to do if you have wall to wall stuff. Use this event to get rid of old electronics that are stuffed in closets and attics collecting dust. Electronic equipment being accepted includes batteries, cell phones, ink and toner cartridges, televisions, telephones, video cameras, DVD and VHS players (hopefully the VHS system is long gone), computers, fax machines, video gaming devices, monitors, and printers.

According to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, items that will not be accepted include explosives, radioactive materials, medical waste, asbestos, high school lab waste, commercial and governmental facility waste, paper, magazines, newspaper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic and glass, hurricane debris or woody waste.

Marketing your Ascension Parish Home will be much easier and usually faster once your home is clean and clutter free! This is a great opportunity to help your community, the environment, and yourself!

This event is for Ascension Parish residents only and will require a valid ID.

 

For more information about selling your home, or for more home preparation tips, call Brandy Helms at RE/MAX First (225) 445-5190 or visit www.brandyhelms.com

It IS possible to buy a house with no money down!

4/6/2016

Buy a house with NO MONEY DOWN!???

 

Yes, it’s true!

The Rural Development program was put in place to help low to moderate income families’ dreams of home ownership become a reality. Also known as “RD”, this loan has been a blessing for many and allows buyers to buy with no down payment. Many areas of Louisiana are still considered “rural” and qualify for this program including Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish, and parts of East Baton Rouge Parish. If you are considering buying a home, call me today! I have had many clients buy real estate through the Rural Development program. A lot of them now have house payments that are cheaper than what their rent was!  New construction, existing homes, homes with land…..it’s possible!  There are income and credit requirements. To find out if you are eligible, contact me, Brandy Helms, at  225-445-5190 or apply here: https://lynnsharer.mortgage-application.net/

Let’s start the process of buying your home!

RD

Considering selling your home? This may help!! Ascension Parish Hazardous Materials Collection Day

4/1/2016

If you are considering selling your home, decluttering can be a huge part of the preparation. Ascension Parish is hosting a household hazardous materials collection day on May 14th from 9-1:00 pm. The event will be held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center located at 9039 St. Landry Road in Gonzales. This is an excellent opportunity to clean the garage and get rid of old tires, gasoline, oil, antifreeze, paints, varnishes, and other household chemicals. Buyers want to see the space your home offers which is hard to do if you have wall to wall stuff. Use this event to get rid of old electronics that are stuffed in closets and attics collecting dust. Electronic equipment being accepted includes batteries, cell phones, ink and toner cartridges, televisions, telephones, video cameras, DVD and VHS players (hopefully the VHS system is long gone), computers, fax machines, video gaming devices, monitors, and printers.

According to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, items that will not be accepted include explosives, radioactive materials, medical waste, asbestos, high school lab waste, commercial and governmental facility waste, paper, magazines, newspaper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic and glass, hurricane debris or woody waste.

Marketing your Ascension Parish Home will be much easier and usually faster once your home is clean and clutter free! This is a great opportunity to help your community, the environment, and yourself!

This event is for Ascension Parish residents only and will require a valid ID.

For more information about this event, you can call Allene Burris or Tommy Marchand at (225) 450-1308

For more information about selling your home, or for more home preparation tips, call Brandy Helms at RE/MAX Plus (225) 445-5190 or visit www.brandyhelms.com

 

 

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