Housed: A New Orleans Real Estate Bulletin

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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The Words and Music Festival is coming to New Orleans from December 6th to 10th this year. It's the place for established and new authors to share their work. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. is sponsoring the event this year.

The festival is a unique choice and helped every fall in New Orleans. It gives writers the opportunity to showcase their work in a city that has been responsible for inspiring some of the greats, such as:

  •          Ernest Hemingway
  •          Tennessee Williams
  •          William Faulkner
  •          O. Henry
  •          John Kennedy Toole
  •          And More!

Many well-known bestselling authors have attended the festival in recent years, along with established publishing companies, literary agents and

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The French Quarter is so full of great places to dine; it's hard to find the right spot. The main roads are packed with restaurants. Here are some of the top choices found off the main streets.

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse - 716 Iberville Street

A steakhouse serving lunch and dinner, Dickie Brennan's offers a twist on the prime steaks on the menu. They have been named as One of the Top Steakhouses in the entire country by Travel & Leisure and by USA Today. You can enjoy their incredible happy house or dine in the subterranean main dining room, which is the only one in the city.

Croissant D'or Patisserie - 617 Ursulines Avenue

A French bakery, sandwich shop and pastry shop, Croissant D'or Patisserie is a top spot for all kinds of savory and

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When you first relocate to New Orleans, you'll want to get to know your new city. New Orleans has plenty to offer and there's a ton of history throughout the city. Whether you want to visit some landmarks on your own or you prefer a guided tour, you have plenty to see.

Some of the best history tours in New Orleans offer a look at the deep culture and heritage of this area of the country. They will take you back to the earliest settlers including Native American tribes, the French and even the Spanish. Discover Jackson Square, the Cabildo and so much more. Here's a look at some of the best choices if you want to take a history tour of New Orleans.

Beyond the Bayou Tours

Offering a number of unique tours, Beyond the Bayou Tours is one of the

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The French Quarter houses some of the best New Orleans restaurants. Since there are so many of them, it requires more than just one post. Here's a look at the top French Quarter restaurants found on Royal Street.

Brennan's - 417 Royal Street

A more formal type of restaurant, Brennan's serves Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. They are known for the Creole, Seafood and Local cuisine. They also offer gluten-free options.

Brennan's offers an old-world charm throughout the dining rooms, along with plenty of history. It's an experience every local should have at least once and visitors should have high on their list.

Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal Street

Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch, Mr. B's offers Contemporary and Cajun

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New Orleans is known as a magical city with unique history, art, culture, food, entertainment and shopping. For some, it's known as a party city with Mardi Gras taking center stage. However, there's more to New Orleans than just Mardi Gras.

Those looking to enjoy the many great events, while living a normal lifestyle outside of those times of year, may enjoy living in one of the suburbs of New Orleans. The top suburbs offer peace and quiet away from the main districts of the city. However, they are still located close enough to enjoy the events and the party scene when you want. Here's a look at the top suburbs found in New Orleans.


Those living in Boutte enjoy a short average commute time of just 22 minutes. It's a small town found

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