January 2018

Found 13 blog entries for January 2018.

You cannot simply expect selling a luxury home in New Orleans to be the same as selling a common, lower-priced home. Just as a historic property isn't the same as a new construction home, a luxury home isn't the same as an affordable home.

When you step into the luxury market, you'll end up finding that the buyers are different, the process is longer and the right agent isn't always the same. Here are a few qualities you want to find in a real estate agent when you want to sell a luxury property in New Orleans.

Local Expertise

You need an agent with the local knowledge necessary to get your home sold. Without good local knowledge, you'll struggle to sell the home, as every market is different.

The luxury market requires a listing agent with

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Recently, two new developments were announced in New Orleans. One is found in Algiers on the bank of the Mississippi River, while the other is found at The Esplanade Mall in Kenner. Both developments will add more residential units to the city.

Algiers Riverfront Development

This development is a 345-unit mixed-use development. It will stand four stories tall and the ground floor will provide the retail and shopping space. The project will cover about 3.4 acres in total with a public park, parking garages, a pedestrian plaza and 35 low-income units.

This development comes from Philip Spiegelman and he's currently seeking a waiver from the city to create this large mixed-use development. The city caps riverfront developments at 167 units. The City

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Trends come and go, especially with homes. New construction is no different and many will fall for the trap of trends, which make their homes harder to sell five or ten years down the road.

The ability to see trends coming sooner, rather than later, can help buyers of new construction avoid disaster. You want to keep up with the trends, but not every single trend matters. Here's a look at some of the top new construction trends to pay attention to for 2018.

Energy Efficient Everything

Green homes are hugely in and don't expect them to go out anytime soon. Millennials prefer these types of homes and the next generation of home buyers will likely follow suit. Adding green features to your new construction home can go a long way to getting it sold

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Whether you look to the east bank, west bank, downtown or uptown area, you'll find major construction projects. Even lakeside and riverside have some construction happening. New Orleans is growing and the face of many neighborhoods has been and will continue to change.

For many years, most of the construction projects were geared towards recovering from Hurricane Katrina. However, that time has come to an end and many new developments are starting to pop up all throughout the city. Here's a breakdown of some of the construction projects by neighborhood in New Orleans.

7th Ward

The 7th Ward area runs from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain. It's found between Bayou St. John and Esplanade Avenue. This area includes the New Orleans Fair

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With Mardi Gras around the corner and festivities already starting, it's important to understand the fundamentals of this massive event. Whether you're brand new to the New Orleans area or you've been around for years, a reminder is always a good idea. Here's how the fundamentals of Mardi Gras break down.

When is Mardi Gras?

Unlike some holidays, Mardi Gras doesn't have a set date. It can happen anywhere from February 3rd to March 9th. This year (2018) it happens to be on February 13th.

Mardi Gras is the day before Ash Wednesday and fluctuates depending on the Catholic Lenten calendar It’s always 47 days before Easter Sunday, which includes 40 days of Lent and 7 Sundays.

Why Purple, Green and Gold?

The colors of Mardi Gras are Purple,

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Mardi Gras actually dates all the way back to an event called Lupercalia. This event was a circus-like orgy held in Rome every February.

However, when the early Church fasters realized they couldn't just give up their pagan customs, they changed the event into what was known as Carnival. It became a period of merriment marking the beginning of the season of Lent.

How it Got to North America

In 1699, Iberville, a French explore was exploring the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico. About 60 miles to the south of where New Orleans is located today, Iberville and his men set up camp on the western bank of the river. It was March 3rd, which was a major holiday in France, so they decided to christen the site Point du Mardi Gras.

The late

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If you have plans to attend Mardi Gras as a family, it's important to know what you're getting into. There are several parades and events scheduled throughout the season of Mardi Gras. You want to make sure you check the parade schedule and the event details to ensure it's a good family-friendly option. Not all parades and events cater to families or are safe for children. Here are a few tips to ensure a great family Mardi Gras trip.

Safety Comes First

Your safety and the safety of your family come first. Make sure you arrive early to allow children to get used to the crowds. In addition, make sure your children have your last name and phone number written on their arm, clothing or other items in case they get lost.

Choose a meeting place for

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New Orleans is growing and plenty of developments are going to be started or completed throughout 2018. Here's a quick look at some of the top developments expected in 2018 for New Orleans.

Robert Fresh Market - Marigny

The Robert Fresh Market broke ground in early 2017 and is expected to be delivered in early 2018. This development includes a 26,000 square foot grocery store found next to a 15,000 square foot retail parcel. It's a $9.5 million development and will provide a major fresh-food grocery store for those living in the Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods.

Louisiana Children's Museum - City Park

The Louisiana Children's Museum is expected to open in 2018. This is a huge $45.5 million development found near the City Park lagoon. It

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Mardi Gras is just around the corner and parades have already begun. It's one of the most popular times for visitors to flood into New Orleans and for locals to be out and about enjoying the city.

So many great parades are on the schedule for this year. Some will feature celebrities, while others will feature royalty and there will be no shortage of maskers, marching bands, flambeaux carriers and others throughout the parades.

Beads will be tossed; doubloons will be given outs and plenty of trinkets will take over the city. It's known as "the greatest show on Earth" and it all officially starts on January 6th with the Phunny Phorty Phellows Streetcar Ride in Uptown at 7pm.

The Mardi Gras Parades for 2018

This year, the parades will run

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After a year of growth, it's important to look back and realize all that was accomplished in New Orleans. Several great developments were completed to improve this great city. Here's a look at just a few of the many developments from 2017 in New Orleans.

Bourbon Street Development

Some of the construction projects were delayed on Bourbon Street, but it did get freshly paved. The construction from blocks 100 to 800 was completed, which included movable bollards for traffic control during events and new pavement.

Oretha Castle Haley Corridor Streetscape Project

A huge streetscape project in the historic corridor of Central City was just completed in 2017. This project included adding a new bike lane, replacing sidewalks and replacing worn out

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