April 2018

Found 11 blog entries for April 2018.

While a showing, when your New Orleans home is for sale, is one of the most disruptive things to your life, it's also one of the most important. Selling your home is a huge interruption to the normal, but it needs to be done. If you have children and/or pets, it becomes even more challenging.

It's a stressful time filled with emotions nobody can truly predict. When you sell your home, life is going to become crazy. Here are five tips to help you nail the showing so this process doesn't last forever.

Light and Bright and Inviting

Before a showing, make sure you open all window coverings and let in as much light as possible. Bright rooms are much more appealing than dark rooms. Make sure you take this even further by using the highest wattage

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When a home is put on the market and you end up at a showing or open house, you may only see what the seller wants you to see. It's up to you, and your agent, to spot what they are trying to hide. While some things are illegal if they are not disclosed, other things don't have to be disclosed.

As you search for the perfect home in New Orleans, make sure you know what to look for; beyond what the seller wants you to see. In addition, make sure you hire a skilled real estate agent with local knowledge. Here are a few things you want to pay attention to during a showing or open house.

No Sofa, but a Loveseat

Staging is used often to make homes look a certain way and to appeal to buyers. When no sofa is present, but there’s a love seat, it could

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For the seventh year in a row, the Birdfoot Festival is back. This festival includes a youthful, rule-bending style with plenty of great live chamber music to offer. It's known as New Orleans' International Chamber Music Festival and offers great music and entertainment throughout the event.

The Events

While the actual festival doesn't begin until May 29th, the Community Chamber Music Reading Party will be held on May 21t from 8pm to 11pm. This event will be at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on Rampart Street. Amateur musicians will come out and enjoy this event as they play in a relaxed atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Events throughout the festival will include:

  •          Birdfoot @ The CAC: Open Rehearsals - May 29th to
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Due Diligence is something we all do before we purchase a home, right? This is not always the case and it could lead to buyer's remorse or even anger after the closing and after moving in.

In some cases, if you don't perform due diligence, you could end up with major issues. In most cases, your mortgage company will require many of the steps you should take when it comes to due diligence.

When do you Start Due Diligence?

After you've seen the home and submitted the offer, it's about time to start checking out what you want to purchase. If the seller accepts your offer, it will likely be based on specific contingencies, such as an appraisal and home inspection.

Due Diligence for the buyer starts the minute the seller accepts the offer and

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The French Quarter is one of the most iconic neighborhoods in New Orleans. It's well-known all across the county and many come to see the amazing 19th century architecture, along with many other attractions.

Whether you're new to the city or you're just visiting, taking a tour of the French Quarter should be on your list. There are several ways to tour this very historic and vibrant area of the city. With about 100 total blocks to see, you may need multiple tours to see it all. Here's a look at some of the fun tours you can take throughout the French Quarter.

American Photo Safari Tours

A tour company offering a photography class on the tour is what the American Photo Safari Tours are known for. This tour will include plenty of fun and

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Memorial Day Weekend is a very big weekend for events in New Orleans. The Bayou Country Superfest will be held on this weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This event will feature plenty of top acts and has become a Memorial Day tradition for the area. It used to be held at Tiger Stadium, but was moved and became even larger.

This year, the Bayou Country Superfest will cover three days and will provide plenty of incredible entertainment. The festival will begin on Friday, My 25th with a new event called "A Salute to America." This event will include a massive firework display over the Mississippi River at night and will provide plenty of fun.

Music Lineup

Plenty of top musical acts will take the stage on Saturday and Sunday. Randy Houser

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If you love hiking, you'll love the top hikes found near New Orleans. There are several great places to go hiking near the city and some are found just outside the main areas. Here's a look at 5 of the top choices for hiking near New Orleans.

Mississippi River Trail

Maybe the closest and the most popular of the hiking options for those living in New Orleans, the Mississippi River Trial has plenty to offer. There are actually two trails; one on each bank. The East Bank trail runs from Audubon Park about 6 miles in total, while the West Bank Trail runs about 5.3 miles.

The Barataria Trail at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

It's found about a half-hour outside the city and provides one of the best hiking trails around.

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When it comes time to apply for a mortgage, you may be dreading the process. This is rather common, as applying for any type of loan is one of the least favorite things a person can do.

It's not fun to figure out where you keep all the necessary paperwork needed. In addition, there are so many hoops to jump through and you'll likely feel a bit violated by the time it's over.

Regardless, it's nearly impossible for most buyers to get a home without a mortgage. This means you should understand how lenders look at your creditworthiness and everything else. Here's a quick guide to help.

Income vs. Expenses

One of the major factors when deciding if you qualify for a mortgage and how much you qualify for is your income vs. your expenses. This is

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It may be hard to find too many similarities between baby boomers and millennials. These are two very different generations, but as the boomers start to downsize and millennials enter the real estate market, they have something in common. Both tend to lean towards the multi-family home found in a vibrant urban location.

Many boomers have decided the larger homes requiring maintenance are not for them. On the other hand, millennials have budget concerns with their first home purchase. Both are seeking a smaller home surrounded by culture including great dining options, plenty of shopping and wonderful entertainment choices.

Both generations are similar on this one thing, but they are also very different. If you're looking to sell a multi-family home

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Shopping in New Orleans provides many unique place to find all kinds of things. It's not all about the common malls or the chain stores. However, when you need a bit of retail therapy, there are still some great malls found throughout New Orleans.

In New Orleans, shopping is more than just heading to the local store, however. Many of the top collections of shops provide incredible riverfront views, amazing art and plenty of relevance to the area's culture. You actually have to go outside of the city a bit to find more traditional malls and department stores.

If you're looking for great shopping options in New Orleans, here are some of the top malls you can frequent.

Oakwood Center

Found in Gretna, this shopping center offers plenty of

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