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New Orleans West Bank Christmas and Holiday Events - 11/29/07 11:58 AM
Hubbell Library Annual Christmas Tree Sale Christmas trees and holiday gifts for saleSanta will be on hand for the kidsLocal author Cecilia Dartez (Jenny Giraffe) will be signing booksPartial proceeds to benefit the library.Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd, 9 am - 6 pm. 725 Pelican Avenue in Algiers Point.
Gretna Christmas Tree Lighting GEDA event, Sunday, December 2nd 6:00 pm at Gretna City Hall Visit with SantaJoin in the carolingRefreshments will be served
Gretna Home Decorating Contest There is not much more time to finish up your outdoor decorations and keep your lights on! Judging will take place on December 14th and December 15th
Hey West Bankers...does your yard look like this ? >>>>>>>>> A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a small brown patch in my front yard. Hmmm. Wonder what that is? As the days went on, the patches began popping up all over the place. YIKES! So, I patiently waited for my yard guy, Tim, to come. I have the greatest yard guy on the West Bank...he shows up on time, he does a great job, he doesn't charge me a fortune and best of all, he always gives me great advice when I get yucky brown patches in my front yard. Sorry, but (12 comments)
Snowing at the Teddy Bear Circus - A New Orleans Holiday House Tour - 11/28/07 01:44 PM
One of the great things about being a part of a Mardi Gras krewe is the fact that many of the krewes have members in common. Some belong to multiple organizations and attend functions and fundraisers for all. One of the board members of the Krewe of Choctaw also belongs to the Krewe of Armeinius and today he gave me a (sshhhh!) sneak preview of their upcoming event Snowing at the Teddy Bear Circus, a holiday house tour with a teddy bear theme. Recapturing of the beauty of the old department store windows on Canal Street, home owner Ricky Lenart and krewe (7 comments)
In an email from the Captain of the Krewe of Choctaw this morning, it was announced that the annual River Parade may be in jeopardy...another victim in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to the 2006 Mardi Gras season, the River Parade was held on one of the ferry boats that usually travels between Algiers and Canal Street on the Mississippi River. A unique event, the ferry boat would cruise up and down the river, followed by the fire boats, Coast Guard and tug boats. Post Katrina, with no ferry boat available to use, the River Parade was moved onboard the (9 comments)
Jumping into the real estate market, you have basically become a business owner, trying to sell a product - in this case, your home. Like all small business owners, you need to know about supply and demand, what the current market conditions are, who your target customers are, what the competition is doing and how to properly advertise your product. Without taking a crash course in economics, here are a few tips to help you move your "product" during a slowing market.
Target Your Customers Who is your target customer? This all depends on the product (house) that you are selling and your (11 comments)
SOLD - 3939 Sullen Place, New Orleans LA 70131 - 11/25/07 11:05 AM
SOLD 3/14/2008 $147,500 Are you looking for a home with loads of flexible space? This one has it all... The original owner has lovingly maintained this house for over 40 years, customizing it along the way. Take advantage of the dual dens plus formal areas, along with the sun room and beautiful back yard. 3 bedrooms2 full baths2,187 square feet living areaFormal living roomFormal dining roomLarge, eat-in kitchen2 (yes 2!) dens...use one for a home office, a media room, a gym, a playroom...endless possibilities!Covered and screened sun room Detached single car garage plus over 500 square foot carportStorage shed plus attic space2 year old roofTermite (8 comments)
As we come to the end of the year, many sellers on the West Bank are trying to determine if and when they should adjust the price on their homes for sale. Your REALTOR®, I'm sure, has provided you with an updated market analysis of the sales prices in your particular neighborhood. However, have they provided you with an absorption report? An absorption report is a tool used to determine trends in your market. How many homes are for sale in the area? Note: Homes listed with an agent only - For Sale by Owners are not included in these reports.How long (12 comments)
Dinner and A Movie in Algiers - 11/20/07 03:32 PM
Winter, such as it is in New Orleans, is creeping up on us. Daylight savings time has ended and the days are so much shorter. When it's dark by 6:00 pm, I feel like the day is over and I just don't want to do much of anything. Sometimes you just want to curl up on the sofa with a loved one and watch a movie. Either the latest Hollywood hits on DVD or those old faithfuls...you know, the movies that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye. In Algiers, the only movie rental place to see and (6 comments)
As a little girl, I loved putting on my Christmas dress, pulling up my tights, strapping on my shiny new patent leather Mary Janes and standing in the line to visit Santa Claus. While my younger sister was terrified (and cried every year) I couldn't wait to jump up on his lap and whisper in his ear all of the things I was longing to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Oh, please...I want a Barbie...and some roller skates...and a new bike...the list went on and on. It brings back so many memories to look at those old photographs that Mom (6 comments)
Our friends with the Sunshine Club of Algiers will be having their annual Turkey Bingo Tuesday Night, November 20, 2007. What the heck is Turkey Bingo, you ask? It's the same as a regular bingo game, but when that lucky winner yells "BINGO", instead of cold, hard cash.....they win a turkey! Disclaimer: the turkey is NOT cooked...we can't do everything for you! Turkey Bingo will start at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary School at 502 Olivier Street in Algiers Point. Bingo cards are only $1.50 each Children are welcome to join in the fun Food, sweets and drinks (4 comments)
Come Home to Algiers for Christmas - 11/19/07 04:46 PM
There is still time to find the perfect new home to celebrate the Christmas holidays in! If you are a pre-approved buyer looking for that perfect home for sale in Algiers or Algiers Point, take a look at these fabulous places to hang your stocking...could one of them be on your Christmas list?
139 Alix Street New Orleans, LA 70114 $299,000 For sale in historic Algiers Point, this beautiful new construction is only 2 blocks from the Algiers Ferry. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths 1,866 square feet living area Off street parking
3700 Rue Mignon (4 comments)
Top 5 Tips for Creating a Home Office - 11/18/07 06:44 PM
With the holidays fast approaching, the electronics stores will be hustling and bustling, churning out TVs, DVDs, digital cameras and laptops. Personal electronics are on the wish list for everyone from kids to grandparents. Once you have all of those shiny, new toys where do you put them and how will you use them? I have a home office that I used to spend most of my time in. Computer, printer, scanner, fax...all of the tools of the West Bank real estate trade. I painted it a warm, chocolate brown color and installed French doors, a new fan and window blinds. It (11 comments)
The spotlight this week is on the Tall Timbers subdivision in Algiers. Bounded by General de Gaulle, Woodland Drive and the Intracoastal Waterway, the Tall Timbers neighborhood has much to offer home owners. Located only 3 miles from the Crescent City Connection, 6 miles from downtown New Orleans and less than one mile from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, living in Tall Timbers comes with multiple benefits. An active Garden Club An active Homeowners Association, with affordable dues of only $80 every 6 months ($160 per year) Home of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School, located near the center (3 comments)
I had a wonderful travel opportunity this month and made a short, whirlwind visit to London, England. What a beautiful city! Museums, historic churches, the Thames, the Tower of London, Big Ben and more. While there, we took a coach (bus) tour of Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the town of Bath, which I would highly recommend to anyone visiting.
Stonehenge is an incredible sight to see. Surrounded by the English countryside, the stones rise up against a backdrop of pasture and sky. There are many theories about the origination of the monument. Was it a place of worship? A temple? A guide (5 comments)
My father always told me, "I don't care who you vote for, as long as you vote". Wise words, indeed. Runoff elections in Louisiana are notorious for low voter turn out. Don't let that happen this week...let your voice be heard and cast your ballots on Saturday. Statewide election: Attorney General Jefferson Parish elections: Sheriff24th Judicial District Court, Division LState SenateState Representative Orleans Parish elections: City Council, At LargeJudge, Criminal District Court, Section AState SenateState Representative We all have a responsibility to our parishes, cities and state to get out and VOTE! Many voting locations have changed in the last 2 years. If you don't know where (0 comments)
Welcome to Woodlake Estates A prestigious community in Kenner, Louisiana
Are you looking for a home with loads of space? Look no further... This beautiful, 16 year young Acadian style home has 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 4,000 square feet of living area. Featuring formal living and dining rooms, kitchen, breakfast area, den, sun room and screened patio. There are 2 master suites, one upstairs and one downstairs, with attached private baths.
At this time of year, when we are all counting our blessings, I think it is important that we should also take the time to remember those less fortunate. What if your blessings did not include a roof over your head or a place free of violence? What if the smallest, necessary items were unavailable to you? What would you do? Where would you turn?
The Latter & Blum Algiers office, in support of a local battered women's shelter, is collecting small toiletries to donate. These items are always needed by the shelter...many women come to them with little more than the (3 comments)
What's on tap for this week in Gretna? Gretna City Council Meeting 11/14/2007 beginning at 5:30 pm Gretna City Hall The public is always welcomed at the monthly City Council meetings.
Visit the Gretna Farmer's Market Saturday, 11/17/2007 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Gretna Market Huey P. Long between 3rd and 4th Street Here is your last chance to pick up your fresh veggies for Thanksgiving!
Gretna Fall Concert Series on the Riverfront - FINAL PERFORMANCE! 11/16/2007 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm This week's performance by Irma Thomas marks the end of the concert series. It has been a great way to spend Friday evenings, surrounded by friends, food and great (2 comments)
Algiers Applebee's Reopened! After being absent from the Algiers restaurant scene since 2005, Applebee's on General de Gaulle had their grand reopening on November 12, 2007 at 11 am. Staff hiring and training has been going on for the last few weeks and I personally know a few neighborhood teens who have gained their first entry into the working world with the reopening of this restaurant. I'm thrilled to see another dining option in Algiers.
Speaking of dining...I had the pleasure of utilizing one of our locally owned businesses to cater an open house for me recently. Rusty Camus, the owner at The (0 comments)
Westwego Homes for Sale - Market Update, October 2007 - 11/04/07 05:33 PM
West Bank market update for Westwego October sales volume (number of single family homes sold) has declined from the 2006 level of 10 homes sold to 6 homes sold in October of 2007, a 40% decline in the total number of homes sold during the month. The number of homes sales remained steady at 6 homes sold per month in September 2007 and October 2007.
FHA loans became the preferred method of financing a home purchase in Westwego, accounting for 50% of the home purchases in 2007, up from 30% in 2006.Average sale prices in Westwego have decreased from $137,500 in October 2006 to $98,750 (0 comments)
Harvey and Marrero Homes for Sale - Market Update, October 2007 - 11/04/07 05:12 PM
West Bank market update for Harvey and Marrero October sales volume (number of single family homes sold) has declined from the 2006 level of 118 homes sold to 62 homes sold in October of 2007, a 47% decline in the total number of homes sold during the month. The number of homes sales decreased from 66 homes sold in September 2007 to 62 sold in October 2007, a very small decrease contradicting the national media reports of continuing massive drops in home sale activity.
Conventional loans remain the preferred method of financing a home purchase, accounting for 60% of the home purchases in 2007, down (0 comments)
Belle Chasse Homes for Sale - Market Update, October 2007 - 11/04/07 11:43 AM
West Bank market update for Belle Chasse October sales volume (number of single family homes sold) has declined from the 2006 level of 8 homes sold to 7 homes sold in October of 2007, a 12% decline in the total number of homes sold during the month. This is statistically insignificant, with a difference of only one sale. It should be noted, however, that homes sales increased from 5 homes sold in September to 7 sold in October 2007, contradicting the national media reports of continuing drops in home sale activity.
Conventional loans remain the preferred method of financing a home purchase, accounting for 75% (2 comments)
Gretna and Terrytown Homes for Sale - Market Update, October 2007 - 11/04/07 10:33 AM
West Bank market update for Gretna and Terrytown October sales volume (number of single family homes sold) has declined from the 2006 level of 36 homes sold to 24 homes sold in October of 2007, a 33% decline in the total number of homes sold during the month. It should be noted, however, that homes sales remained stable from September to October 2007, contradicting the national media reports of continuing drops in home sale activity.
Conventional loans remain the preferred method of financing a home purchase, accounting for 58% of the home purchases in 2007, down from 69% in 2006.Average sale prices in (0 comments)
Algiers and Algiers Point Market Update - October 2007 - 11/03/07 04:55 PM
West Bank market update for Algiers and Algiers Point October sales volume (number of single family homes sold) has declined from the 2006 level of 52 homes sold to 38 homes sold in October of 2007, a 27% decline in the total number of homes sold during the month. It should be noted, however, that this is a 27% INCREASE over the number of homes sold in September 2007, indicating an upswing in market activity.
Conventional loans remain the preferred method of financing a home purchase, accounting for 71% of the home purchases in 2007, up from 67% in 2006.Average sale prices in Algiers (0 comments)
Rouse's Supermarket Debuts in Algiers Louisiana owned Rouse's Supermarket has taken over the Sav A Center location on General de Gaulle in Algiers which quietly closed on 10/29/07. The reopening was on October 31, 2007 and the store layout is the same as before, but without the self check out lines. I saw tons of fresh goodies in the bakery department when I visited to order a cake, and plenty of cashiers were on duty. While it's not Breaux Mart, it is encouraging to see another locally owned business in Algiers, as I continue my quest to Stay Local!
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