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Walk-On’s moving into Slidell’s Fremaux Town Center


Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar is adding a second location on the North Shore.

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New Social Spot Wrong Iron Beer Garden Now Open

Wrong Iron, a bike friendly beer and wine garden now open!

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Gentilly Among the Hottest Real Estate Markets in New Orleans

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5 Smart Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays



1. Less competition from home buyers

Most buyers take the month off to celebrate the holidays, attend parties, host out-of-town guests and, quite frankly, avoid trudging around in inclement weather to look at houses. Or, maybe they’ve heard that this is a lousy time to buy a house. Whatever the reason, shopping for real estate at a time when fewer buyers are in the market can pay off big.


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New Orleans: Silicon Valley of the South?

NEW ORLEANS — WHEN DXC Technology, the Virginia-based global information technology giant, announced plans last year to build its latest "Digital Transformation Center," more than 30 cities threw their hats into the ring to host the facility. The lure: the project would create 2,000 high-paying tech jobs – averaging about $63,000 annually – over the next five years. The winner? A city more known for gumbo than gigabytes: New Orleans.

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$935,000 Airport Road / Northshore Blvd Project Begins in Slidell


Work was set to begin Tuesday evening (Nov. 6) on a $935,000 improvement project on Airport Road in Slidell.

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What the New Congress Means for Real Estate

When it comes to real estate, don’t expect any sea changes coming from last night’s midterm election in which Democrats seized a majority in the House and Republicans tightened their control of the Senate. For one the housing market, unlike the stock market, does not make sudden moves based on events like elections.

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Local Housing Market is in Transition

The single-family housing market is moving from a trend of record-setting prices of homes a few years ago to one where prices are decreasing at certain ranges.

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Check Out The Complete Charity Hospital Redevelopment Proposals

After years of abandonment since Hurricane Katrina and several attempts to redevelop Charity Hospital, LSU and the LSU Foundation decided to move forward again to redevelop the Charity Hospital building in downtown New Orleans.


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Tangipahoa Parish Halts Subdivision Development Amid Concerns About Rapid Growth

AMITE CITY — Spooked by the speed of home development in the Bedico area east of Ponchatoula, the Tangipahoa Parish Council put a temporary halt Monday on approving more large subdivisions.

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What is Title Insurance and the Basics

Title insurance is substantially different than other types of insurance coverage, which can often lead to a misunderstanding of the product

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Building Permits Surge in St.Tammany Parish

Single-family and commercial construction continues to show growth in St. Tammany Parish, figures from the first half of 2018 showed.A new home under construction in St. Tammany Parish in 2017. The parish on Tuesday (July 3) said single-family and commercial construction permits rose in 2017 and have continued climbing this year.

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Future of Lee Circle

Check Out Landrieu’s Designs For The Future of Lee Circle

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MAKING AN OFFER – IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES

Tips for Making an Offer on a House for Sale

Making an Offer on a House for Sale

With inventory diminishing daily and multiple offers becoming common, it is of great importance that you position yourself to have the “Best Chance” to get your offer accepted.  Follow these key tips when making an offer on a house for sale.


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Tangipahoa Voters to Decide on Parish’s First Casino

ROBERT, La. — Voters in Tangipahoa Parish will decide in November whether to allow construction of a $100 million casino and events center near the Tangipahoa River.

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Golf Shack's New $29 Million Golf Entertainment Complex in New Orleans

Drive Shack will spend $29 million to turn the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue into a golf entertainment complex. The complex will employ 300 people.

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Rents on Single Family Homes are Growing Faster Then Apartment Rents

At the national level, it’s less expensive to rent a single-family home than a more traditional apartment in a larger, more multifamily building. That could change, because single-family rents are growing at a noticeably faster annual pace.

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New Construction Home Warranty By Law

In 1986, the Louisiana Legislature addressed a perceived lack of protection for new home purchasers against builders for the purchase of homes with certain defects. 

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Harrah's Building a New Hotel Tower

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St.Tammany Named Top Retirement

St. Tammany Parish has been designated as a premier retirement destination in an upcoming issue of Where to Retire magazine.

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The Lafitte Greenway's Growth Continues

The Lafitte Greenway is continuing to grow and attract investment

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The Real Reason Home Prices Are Increasing

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase.

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How to Tell Whether Your Aging Parents Can Live on Their Own

It is difficult assuming the parental role with your parents and making decisions about "what is right" for the people who raised you.

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Home Buyers Are Confident in Today's Real Estate Market

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) today released the results of the Realtors Confidence Index (see report below), which measures NAR members’ expectations for the housing market over the next six months on a scale of 1-100.

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WWII Museum To Hold Groundbreaking For New $66 Million Higgins Hotel

The National WWII Museum will officially break ground on The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center on Friday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at the corner of Andrew Higgins Drive and Magazine Street.

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Historic Wax Museum to Reopen as Luxury Condos

The former historic Wax Museum in the French Quarter is being converted into 16 luxury condos by developer Earl Weber & Associates, the team behind the Jax Brewery Condos and 604 Esplanade Avenue.

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Rent or Buying... Either Way You're Paying A Mortgage

Renting Or Buying… Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage

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27 Stats That Sum Up the American Housing Market

Today’s housing market is fast-paced and often pricier than it’s been in decades. Both renters and buyers are facing challenges in finding a place to call home. Both sellers and homeowners also face their own set of challenges — tied to the line they walk between seeing their home as a personal extension of themselves as well as one of their biggest financial investments.

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Good Time to Sell, Housing Inventory Hits a New Low


U.S. Housing Inventory Hits A New Low… List Your House TODAY!

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall!

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9 Easy Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill by up to $750!

With just a few simple adjustments, you can plug into big savings on your annual utility spending.

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More Americans say NOW is a good time to Sell!

Recently released data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey revealed that rising home prices were the catalyst behind an eight-point jump in the net percentage of respondents who say now is a good time to sell. The index is now 21 points higher than it was this time last year.

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New Orleans Development Projects That Are Happening Now (Mapped Out)

Our friends at Curbed have put together a nifty map showing a ton of the bigger construction projects happening across New Orleans as we speak.

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You don't have to be buying for the first time to qualify as a first-time homebuyer.

Get ready, we have a HUGE mortgage-related “did you know”: 

If you’ve owned a home before and think you’re hereby and forever more excluded from the first-time homebuyer perks associated with some mortgage home loans, we have great news. You may still fit the description of first-time homebuyer.

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Buying is Now 33.1% Cheaper than Renting in the US & 50.1% Cheaper in Baton Rouge & New Orleans

Hey everyone Javier Santana here with some more real estate news and tips. A lot of first time home buyers ask me if buying is cheaper than renting. I always say of course buying is way less expensive, a bit more upfront costs, but in the long run (2-3 years really) buying is less expensive. And at the end of it all, you pay down your mortgage and can build equity in the property, so when you are ready to sell, you are getting back a good chunk of change instead of wasting it all away with rent. Mandeville, Covington, and Madisonville area is a safe bet in the real estate market which has had some good appreciation in the last 10 years.

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Some Quick Essential Tips for First Time Home Buyers in West St.Tammany

Here in West St.Tammany Parish ( Mandeville, Madisonville, Covington, Abita Springs, Folsom, Lacombe) there has been a huge influx of First Time Home Buyers. With all the new construction around, affordable house, great school district, and safe location, St.Tammany Parish has been a very popular area to buy your first home. This can be a very stressful and confusing time if you are not prepped on some simple real estate knowledge. Here are some quick and easy bullet tips to give you some insight and get you ahead of the curve!

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Learn about special loan programs, that require little to no down payment, to purchase your first home.

There are several great loan programs that many people, especially first time home buyers are not taking advantage of in this new age of real estate! LITTLE TO NO DOWN PAYMENTS!

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