March 2018

Found 8 blog entries for March 2018.

Millennials are looking for smaller cities to live in due to the increasing housing prices and job market competition. New Orleans is one city the millennial generation is fall in in love with and for many good reasons.

Many have moved to the city for work and pleasure over the past 300 years.

The millennial generation is defined by those born between 1982 and 2004. Basically, it's home buyers age 35 and under, which is the next big generation of buyers to take over the real estate market.

Millennials are no different. While homeownership for this generation is much lower than past generations, the numbers in New Orleans don't show the same thing as the national numbers. Here are a few of the reasons millennials love New Orleans.


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First-time homebuyers often face many hurdles. Home prices are still rising, mortgage interest rates are also rising and the market continues to favor sellers. However, it's the right time for you to buy a house, even if you're not sure if you can afford one.

The good new; you can probably afford a home where you want to live. The bad news; it may be a stressful process. Here are some of the issues you may have encountered or heard of and how you can deal with each.

You Won't be able to Put 20% Down

A 20% down payment makes the entire home buying process easier. However, it's a large chunk of change. If you purchase a $200,000 home, you'd need $40,000 down to hit the 20% mark. That's an entire year's pay for some people.

The good news is

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Known as one of the premier events in New Orleans, the Food & Wine Experience will celebrate its' 26th Anniversary this year. It will be better than ever with many connoisseurs and gourmonds on hand, along with lovers of music and art. Plenty of great food, incredible wine and wonderful entertainment will be a part of the event this year.

What to Expect

At the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, you can expect more than 1,000 wines from all over the world, incredible food with special dining evenings and more than two dozen restaurants on hand, along with special tastings, a grand tasting event and so much more. You can enjoy seminar series events and great evenings in the French Quarter.

Rub shoulders with the best chefs in the area, well-known

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New Orleans is known for many types of homes from the 1700s and 1800s. One of the architecture styles you may not be as familiar with as the typical Creole or Shotgun home is called the Raised-Basement Home.

This type of home is just what it sounds like. It's a home with a basement, but the basement isn't completely in the ground. Instead, the basement is raised and consists of a lower ceiling. With the basement built at ground level, the home is better protected from flooding.

Typically, the raised-basement home also features higher ceilings in the living area. These homes are very commonly found in the Broadmoor, Mid-City and Carrollton neighborhoods. They are most easily identified by the large stairs leading to the living space found on the

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Some agents will tell you that your listing pictures are the most important marketing tool for selling your home. While this could be widely debated, no good real estate agent will tell you they aren't important.

With the internet stealing the show these days, many home buyers are going online to find the home of their dreams. In fact, more than 90% of home buyers first find the home they purchase online. If your listing pictures are average, those buyers may skip right over your property.

You need amazing listing pictures to sell your home. Without great pictures, you may see your home stay on the market for months or you may get lower offers than you would like. Here are some of the top things you should and shouldn't do with your listing

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Known as one of the most unique events in New Orleans, the French Quarter Festival features great food, excellent music and plenty of fun. It's an event showing off the best of New Orleans and will be held from April 12th to 15th this year.

The Largest Free Music Festival in Louisiana

The French Quarter Festival is known as the largest free music festival in the state and one of the largest in the country. More than 12 stages will be set up with music ranging from jazz to funk to rock to Cajun and so much more. The three day event will be filled with incredible musical acts taking the stage and putting on a great show.

The Music

With plenty of performances scheduled throughout the event, there's something for just about everybody. Discover

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Are you familiar with the Centerhall homes found throughout New Orleans. This is one of the most unique styles found throughout the area and can be spotted by finding the five openings across the front. These homes often have pillars separating the openings with a door in the center, which leads to a hallway with windows on either side.

The type of architecture is commonly found in the Carrollton, Garden District, Esplanade Ridge and Uptown neighborhoods of New Orleans. These homes are nearly always set back from the sidewalk providing a large front yard, which is usually gated. The front porch is full width, as well.

Some of these Centerhall homes in New Orleans are found in the French Quarter, Treme and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods. These

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Cash is king, but kings don't always win when it comes to multiple offers on a property. It's a seller's market out there and all-cash offers are at an all-time high. Just because you cannot pay cash for your home doesn't mean you will lose out to someone that can.

Knowing you are or may be competing against an all-cash offer may have you scared you're going to lose the home. However, a solid offer with 20% down could be all you really need to compete.

Competing with a Mortgage

Even though you cannot make an all-cash offer, you can still compete. If you have 20% down, you're well employed, you have cash reserves past your down payment, your debt is low and you have good credit, you still have a chance.

When all of these factors or even most

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