August 2017

Found 20 blog entries for August 2017.

If you're considering selling your home this fall, it's time to make sure you're ready. It can be hard to forecast how the housing market may change, but between now and the fall, it should still remain about where it is now. Looking at the pending home sales will show the hotter season of the summer, but with inventories shrinking, the trend may last throughout the fall. This, along with the job growth for New Orleans should lead to a seller's market for the fall.

This is certainly good news, if you're thinking about selling this fall. However, there's no guarantee you will sell for the best price possible, unless you start preparing now. Here are some of the things you should be doing right now to get ready to sell your home this fall.

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Fall is right around the corner and September is nearly here. Football is about to kick off and so many other fun things are in store throughout New Orleans for September. Here's a look at some of the fun things you will get to enjoy throughout the month.

Labor Day Weekend

September 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th will provide you with plenty of fun over Labor Day weekend. Southern Decadence will be happening throughout this time, which is one of the many events you can enjoy. Many other events will be held throughout New Orleans, as well.

Louisiana Philharmonic Season Starts

On September 14th, it will be time to kick off another season of the Louisiana Philharmonic. This season will include the Gershwin's "Bolero" piano concerto at 7:30pm on September

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It's no secret that New Orleans is home to a number of shotgun homes. If you're not familiar with this type of home, you've come to the right place.

A shotgun home is a narrow home designed in a rectangular shape that is 12 feet wide or less with rooms arranged to be one behind the other. Each room has doors at each end to allow those living in the home to get from one room to another.

Where Shotgun Homes Come From?

The style of home was made popular after the American Civil War in the 1860s. It remained as a popular style through the 1920s and mainly became popular in the southern states, such as Louisiana. These homes were not always called shotgun houses, as they were also called shotgun shacks, shotgun cottages and shotgun huts. Some were

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Your bank account my not be in the best of shape, but you still want to buy a new home. A down payment will likely be required, but it could take you years to save 5%, 10% or even 20% of the purchase price of an average home. About 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, according to Go BankingRates. Even worse, about 34% have nothing saved.

While it may seem like it will be impossible to save for your down payment, you may already have the money without realizing it. Often, homebuyers use their retirement accounts for the down payment.

Financial advisers may not always recommend this as the money has been set aside for retirement. However, it's still your money to do with as you please. While it may not be wise if you're only a decade or

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We've defined what a shotgun home is in a different post, but what's the history behind these unique homes? When were they built and why were they used in the south so much?

Shotgun homes became popular in the 1860s after the civil war was over. They were built through about the 1920s and many today have been restored. However, the origination of the term and the architectural style have been debated, especially after Hurricane Katrina with all the redevelopment efforts.

Samuel Wilson, Jr. believed the shotgun home came from the Creole suburbs of New Orleans back in the early 1800s. He believes the term "shotgun" was used because you could open all of the doors on the inside and outside and fire a shotgun through the house without causing any

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Several new developments have been slated for the Bywater area including a smaller development called 32 Hundred Development and a 105-unit project. The newest of the bunch is a 75-unit development from Ward Investments. This $3.2 million project is a residential condo building that is being called The Saxony.

The Saxony is expected to be completed come spring of 2018 and will take over an old abandoned warehouse at 3925 Burgundy Street. This specific development will be found less than one mile from another mixed-used condom project already in the works in Bywater.

Six reservation units have been listed for the property ranging in price from $325,900 to $642,500. The units in the building will be a mixture of one, two and three bedroom choices and

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If you like to get out and walk, there are plenty of great places for a stroll throughout New Orleans. It's an absolutely beautify city with incredible architecture, plenty of history, great natural areas and vibrant colors.

Whether you want to enjoy some of the finest historic buildings or you prefer to be surrounded by nature, there's a place for you to walk in New Orleans. Here are some of the top choices.

Magazine Street

Maybe the best place in New Orleans to walk, if you haven't been here already, is Magazine Street. This spot offers plenty to see, places to shop, incredible options for dining and so much more. You'll discover art markets, clothing shops, pawn shops and other boutiques throughout. The best area is between Felicity Street and

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. Have them on a sandwich or right out of the half shell, either way, you'll enjoy the unique way local restaurants go about preparing incredible oyster dishes. Here's a look at some of the top spots in New Orleans for oysters.

Cafe Giovanni

 

(Photo via Cafe Giovanni on Facebook)

For great fried oysters you cannot skip Cafe Giovanni. This spot offers some great food and the Oysters Giovanni are actually award-winning. They are lightly fried and come with five sauces drizzled on the plate. It gives the dish a look of stained-glass. Not only does it look great, but it also tastes great.

Arnaud's

If you prefer your oysters Bienville style, you want to head to Arnaud's. It's a great spot for plump gulf oysters with diced shrimp, parsley,

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The solar eclipse is going to happen on August 21st and those loving in New Orleans will get to see a portion of it. This phenomenon is expected to take place just before Noon at 11:58am in New Orleans. You can technically see it from any place that gives you a full view of the sky. However, there are some places in New Orleans that are better than others.

It's important to note that NASA officials have recommended (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety) you use protective eyewear and/or filters during viewing. Those seeking the ability to see the full eclipse will need to drive to Nashville, Tennessee (about 530 miles away) as it's the closest sot for the full eclipse.

Watching the solar eclipse in New Orleans can be very interesting and

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New Orleans is a very unique spot with plenty to offer. The cafes and coffee houses found throughout are also very unique. However, not all can compare when it comes to design. Some are simply more one-of-a-kind and just well put together.

While this post isn't about the actual coffee or other items each place serves, they are all well-known for what they do. Here's a look at some of the top cafes and coffee houses in New Orleans when it comes to design.

CC's Coffee House - 2800 Esplanade Avenue

The style of the building isn't known, but it's triangular and covers the entire 2800-block of Esplanade Avenue. It's a unique design and blends in well with the neighborhood. The coffee house fits in with some of the most incredible homes found

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