Baton Rouge Home Sales Remain Steady in First Half of 2019

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Donald Auzine

Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Donald Auzine focuses on marketing activities with SA Consulting and is also a Burns & Company realtor. Client focused, Donald Auzine maintains a close watch on the local industry trends.

As reported in the Advocate, home sales have been steady and consistent throughout the first half of 2019, with the 5,372 homes sold through June more than the home sales registered in the same period last year.

Among the nine parishes within the Baton Rouge area, Ascension Parish witnessed the most sustained increase in year-to-date units sold, which rose from 1,002 to 1,010 homes. This was offset by a decline in closings in East Baton Rouge Parish, which accounts for the region’s largest source of home sales.

While the market is treading water when it comes to quantity, this belies a healthy 4.1 percent increase in terms of the price achieved, with the average sale price rising from $222,976 to $233,922. This may be due to the increased cost of building associated with new construction driving resale market demand.


Presenting Both Sides When Persuading in Public Speaking

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Donald Auzine

Based in Baton Rouge, Donald Auzine is an accomplished entrepreneur with experience in the realty and marketing industries. Interfacing with clients and potential customers daily, Donald Auzine has an interest in public speaking techniques that generate practical results.

When speaking before an unfamiliar audience, the presenter has a limited time to capture their attention. Beyond this, a presenter must foster a sense of receptivity and credibility who understands the various sides of any given topic.

Rather than simply extolling the virtues of a concept, it is more effective to accurately present the arguments associated with more than one side. Take time to acknowledge the validity of the opposing view and cite sources that are recent and credible. This assures the audience that you have done extensive research on the topic. Doing so also provides you with a window of time in which to deliver your perspective and not have it dismissed out of hand. It also sets the stage for the next hurdle in public speaking which resonating emotionally and logically.

NAR Welcomes New Vietnam Veterans Act

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Army in Deployment

Donald Auzine is a Prairieville, Louisiana, real estate agent with several years of experience in the field. He has served with several companies during this time, most recently SA Consulting and the Baton Rouge-based Burns & Company. Since entering the industry, Donald Auzine has maintained active membership in a variety of professional organizations, such as the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the largest association of its type in the United States.

Throughout its history, the NAR has aimed to improve the level of access to houses for potential homeowners across the country by helping to inform and enhance legislation. In that capacity, the organization has applauded the recent Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which provides greater access to home loans issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The bill does so by eliminating the cap on loans for veterans and limiting fee increases, which NAR president John Smaby notes encourages private lenders to offer loans that are more favorable to veterans. Since initially being introduced, the VA home loan guarantee has increased veteran homeownership rates, which are much higher than the average among other groups, with 75 percent of qualified individuals owning their own houses.