November 2017

Found 20 blog entries for November 2017.


HotSpot Rentals has started to rank the best neighborhoods across the country for 2017. While the year may not be over, they have already introduced their list of the 25 Hottest Neighborhoods in America.

They looked at the budget, entertainment, climate, transit, walkability, lifestyle and entertainment to rank their neighborhoods. The goal was to find the best 25 neighborhoods when it came to day-to-day living.

Lower Garden District Comes in at #21

While it may not be up towards the beginning of the list, the Lower Garden District in New Orleans did make it into the top 25. It came in at #21 with a walkability score of 91, weather score of 75 and budget core of 82.

The overall score for the neighborhood was a 73, which was lowered by the

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When Christmas rolls around every year, the Bonfires on the Levee becomes a tradition to light the way for Papa Noel. They look like huge Jenga sets during the day, but when night comes; the wooden logs will be blazing with fire. It's a rather unique sight and something every New Orleans resident should experience at least once.

Not only will there be bonfires on the levee, but also plenty of fireworks and other things going on, too. It's a bit of a big festival with plenty coming out to enjoy this unique time of year.

The people in attendance seem rather small as the huge stacks of logs tower over them, along with the massive Christmas decorations. It's not uncommon to spot inflatable Santa’s, fishing boats with reindeer pulling them, plastic

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Selling your home isn't easy and takes more than hiring a good real estate agent. You also have to follow certain rules or you could be wondering why your home doesn't sell.

Of course, one of the top rules is to hire an agent and listen to what they have to say. A good New Orleans real estate agent will be an expert negotiator capable of getting you the best possible price for your home.

Along with hiring an agent, make sure you follow these rules when selling your home in New Orleans.

When Listing Your Home

Getting your home sold is the first part of the process. You want to make sure you listen to your agent, but also follow these rules:

  1.        Keep the home spotless for open houses and showings
  2.        Neutralize as much as possible
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Losing your job isn't fun, but it could happen. It's important to be prepared and to know what to do with your mortgage if you happen to lose your job.

Even though the unemployment rate is very low across the nation, in some states, it has gone up. Whether you're a teacher facing a layoff or your company has decided to downsize, you may be out looking for a job without any idea of how to handle your mortgage. Here are a few tips to help you during this difficult time.

Check the Monthly Budget

Before you do anything else, a budget meeting with your spouse is in order. You need to sit down and comb through all your expenses. It's important to know how much you have saved and any income that could be coming in from a spouse's job or another

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Even though Halloween is over for this year, you can still enjoy plenty of haunted fun throughout New Orleans. The city is known as one of the most haunted in the entire country and it doesn't matter if you believe in ghosts or you don't.

Taking a ghost tour in New Orleans is necessary, especially if you're new to the city. Not only will you enjoy a bit of a fright, but also learn about the history of the city and some of the oldest buildings. Here's a look at a few of the best ghost tours you will find in New Orleans.

Spirit Tours New Orleans

While Spirit Tours offers a number of tours, the one they are most known for is the ghost tour. This one draws huge crowds and leave at 8:15pm from 601 Royal Street. You'll enjoy stopping at the St. Louis

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Known as the "Big Easy" New Orleans is full of great neighborhoods. It's a very historic city with southern charm and some incredible neighborhoods. Listing the top five isn't easy as there are so many to choose from. However, here's a quick look at five of the absolute best neighborhoods to call home if you're moving to New Orleans.


Also known as the Uptown/Carrollton area, this neighborhood is found to the west of the very popular French Quarter. It's a very walkable area with plenty to offer. Grocery stores, schools, restaurants and local shops are found throughout. The schools are above average and the neighborhood has become a popular spot for families and other home buyers moving to New Orleans.

Central Business District

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Real estate comes in cycles and one of those cycles is the cycle of life. When you first start shopping for a home, you may pick a fixer-upper or something small because of your budget. However, as your family grows, your home may grow.

Then, your children grow, they move out and you're stuck with a five bedroom, three bathroom home for two people. When this happens, it might be time to downsize your home. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of downsizing.

Downsizing Advantages

Downsizing comes with many advantages. Of course, the first and most important is the amount of money you will save. If you currently live in a $400K home with tons of living space, you may be able to sell it, move into something half the price and save

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It has now been three years in a row. FSBO transactions, also known as For Sale By Owner, have dropped again. Only 8% of home sales were FSBO homes, which is the lowest it has ever been. This is according to the National Association of Realtor , which started publishing the annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report in 1981. 

From 2001 to 2008, FSBO sales were between 12% and 14%. Last year, the percentage of homes sold with a real estate agent was at a record high of 89%. This number has only gotten higher as it hit 92% this year.

Jessica Lautz, the NAR Managing Director of Survey Research, believes this is due to the current market conditions. Sellers are in need of an edge as the market is very competitive. Real estate agents are able

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Did you know there are more than 350,000 homeowner associations or HOAs in the United States? About 50% of the owner-occupied homes in the country are a part of an HOA, according to a report from HOA-USA.

It's certainly not uncommon to find a home within an HOA, even in New Orleans. While these associations may not be as bad as the media makes them to be, they do add something to think about when buying a home.

While you know you have to go through the scrutiny of a lender, an HOA is another entity to deal with. When considering a home purchase in a neighborhood with an HOA, you have to understand the possibilities. The HOA could kill your entire deal, but you can be prepared.

Defining an HOA

HOA stands for homeowner association and it's

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Recently, Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and DXC Technology made a huge announcement for the city of New Orleans. They announced that the company will be creating about 2,000 new jobs at a new Digital Transformation Center found right in the heart of New Orleans.

This new location will create more permanent jobs at one site in New Orleans than any other economic development deal in the entire state.

About DXC Technology

DXC Technology was formed last April when CSC and Enterprise Service Division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise merged. This project follows other projects in New Orleans from companies, such as GE Digital, EA, IBM, CGI, CSRA and CenturyLink. Over the past decade, New Orleans has quickly become one of the top

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