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Stone Finishing Work, New Orleans Style - 10/30/06 09:44 PM
Sometimes a camera can catch things we rarely see. When building these turn of the century building these works of stone art were not a great return on ROI so why did they do so much of it. Did they not have accounts on their staffs. Like the Lion head on this 1910 building,it almost too high to see. Could he be guarding the building to save on security. Since one was put every 10 feet someone was serious. The scroll type of work in the second photo is on the tenth floor and there was no roof top viewing areas. You (1 comments)
Real Estate as a team! Fade or Future? - 10/30/06 06:37 PM
I was reading one of Ken Smiths blogs on working with sellers and buyers. I think working with everybody works great if you are working as a real estate team. I see more of these teams forming. We are beginning to see it in this market. Is it a fade or a future model. I know you need it for larger projects. It works better when you do work with a lot of buyers. Its not easy to form a good team but I sure some of the bloggers have had success and have built a vaible business model. Is this going (4 comments)
Realtors do run low on energy! - 10/28/06 11:16 PM
As a group we work hard and many hours. I do a lot of business because I do work hard. I dont know if its Katrina fatigue or getting near the end of the real estate year but I am running low on energy and looking for ways to recaputue that spark. I started exercising again which I had stopped doing after the Hurricane which was a year ago. I got back into one of my volleyball leagues again this past month. I got my LSU season tickets for the upcoming basketball season today. Gives me a chance to go to the games (4 comments)
The Saint Charles Garden Condos located at 3915 St Charles Ave were converted from apartments into condos in 2004. The location on the tree lined St. Charles Ave half-way between the University-Uptown areas and the central business district made it a great location for Tulane and Loyola University students as well as those working downtown. It is an easy streetcar ride which ever way you go. The 93 units are mainly 2 bedroom units with several one bedrooms per floor spread over the 7 floors. Amenities include gated parking, security, elevators, swimming pool, exercise room, balconies, courtyard and some great views from the upper floors. The (0 comments)
Destrehan Real Estate, New Orleans Suburb with history - 10/23/06 07:11 PM
The Destrehan-St. Rose area is a great place to live. You are close to a major city with all the things New Orleans has to offer. Its a place for the families who like the outdoors. You can be salt water fishing in 30 minutes, you can be fishing for Bass in 20 minutes. There are golf cources, well respected schools, playgrounds for all ages, and of course real estate that is very affordable. You have access to I-310 to the west bank which means you can be in Houma in 40 minutes and Iin Baton Rouge in 45 minutes. (3 comments)
Elmwood Oaks Condos, 832 S. Clearview Harahan, La. - 10/21/06 11:31 PM
The Elmwood Oaks Condos are moderately priced condo association of 101 units consisting of mostly two bedroom units mixed in with a couple of one bedroom units. The one bedroom units are about 800 sq. ft. while the two bedrooms are 1000sq. ft. There is plenty of easy parking. Each of the units will have a balcony or a patio. There are elevators and gated entry to the various floors, the units all open into a closed hallway. Each of the units has a full size washer and dryer. All the units are flats meaning they are on one floor. This is a (2 comments)
New Orleans Fountains, Big and Small - 10/20/06 08:21 PM
Fountains are always a pleasant site where ever you may find them. Its an artistic expression that is meant to enjoy in an urban setting. I enjoy them wether large or small, the sound of the water, the light reflecting off, and the fact some developer decided to add a quality of life item that in the end may help the real estate value of the condo or courtyard. It has been common place in New Orleans to do this for years. We have no hills or rocks here. I actually wish we had more. I always get a photo so I can end (4 comments)
Close to work Trend Continues in New Orleans - 10/20/06 07:46 PM
I continue to see the trend that Krystal wrote about in an earlier blog, about that a certain segment does not want to drive long distances. They enjoy having all their needs close to work and home. Not everyone wants to get in a car every and drive an hour to work. Ride a street car which does not have a/c so you can enjoy the breeze and the sounds on your way to work. New Orleans is surrounded by water so things had to be built close togeather. No one wanted large yards because thing grow big and fast here with (1 comments)
Wild Animals couldn't sell this house, lots of creatures in game room - 10/18/06 10:15 PM
Wild things would be mild for this house I sold 4-5 years ago. You are seeing less than 50% of the collection in what the seller called his "game room". this was his families hobby over the last 50 years. the family was in the shipping business. i was not the listing agent but the selling agent several months later. The listing agent knwe she had the get the seller to pack the gang up as the focus of the house, you guessed it!!!! The room was 40x30 with this giant bathroom and sauna at one end. Talk about hobbies to overcome when (6 comments)
New Orleans Condos, Featured Listings On your website - 10/17/06 10:30 PM
When I get a new condo listing I make a page for each unit. I still like still photos to so people can focus on what they want to see and they can do it quickly. Keeping it simple just makes it easier to view. I try to get a feel for the complex and what sets it apart from the competition. I have been putting more info about the complex common areas as I usually have a page for the complex. The info is already there as are the photos. it gives me a chance to rewrite description and upgrade its (2 comments)
One of New Orlean's premier addresses overlooking the Mississippi River adjacent to the Hilton Hotel in the New Orleans Warehouse District. The 14 storie building offers fantastic views up and down the river. Features include valet garage parking and a 24 hour security. Security service at the front desk along with gated entry 3 stories below. The 80 units starting with the garden units features a full size swimming pool overlooking the Mississippi River. The more expensive units have terraces overlooking the river. The smaller units start at 1700 sq. ft. There is a reception are downstairs overlooking the river and pool area. (3 comments)
New Orleans Saints win over Philly and go 5-1 - 10/15/06 07:55 PM
New Orleans is a big football town so it makes everyoones mood so much better on Mondays when we win. The Saints and only two other teams have not gone to a championship game. But they have only been here 40 years. LSU also won beating Kentucky 49-0 to get back on the winning track. The SEC is so competitive we will end up beating each other before the end of the season. Its a tough and fast league. (6 comments)
Windows in your photos, reflections and light - 10/14/06 09:39 PM
You can get a little creative when you put your listings on your website. Give your listings a lifestyle feel, take advantage of the yard and windows. The sellers love it and people when look at yoour listings they remember it. 8913 Belle Grove, River Ridge, 200 Betz Old Metairie, 544 Posey Ave. Harahan Windows give you a chance to do that from inside or out. You may want to put something personnel in the shots for the seller. Once you have done a few listings on line you can have your potential seller to look at your website. It may make (2 comments)
Two New Clients today, We all went togeather! - 10/14/06 05:01 PM
I had a new cleint flying in from Las Vegas to view a second home in the New Orleans Warehouse District. I had set most of the appointmenst for Saturday morning. My cleint was a professional poker player from Las Vegas and seemed very peppie. I got a call from Elizabeth who has been trying to break away from work in the hsopitality industry booking private dinners for the Brennans who own some great places in New Orleans. I told her I had an booked most of the smae things she was interested in to see with Leia. I asked her if she would (1 comments)
What view is out your window? Cotton Mills Condos - 10/12/06 11:52 PM
What is the view out of your window. This is a recent sale with its view onto a courtyard. They left some of the old machinery in the courtyard as an artisy look. You can see things like to grow here. There are some unusaul views in some of the condo units that I have sold. I am sure many of us have seen some cool things. Views do certainly have values? of (9 comments)
Is this a gay friendly neighborhood? - 10/11/06 10:22 PM
I had a new client moving to New Olreans from upstate New York. We had talked on several occasions about the housing market here. We decided to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon to get a view of the neighborhoods. i took him to a nice historic condo on Magazine Street. After looking at the first place he asked me if this was a gay friendly neighborhood? This was a first for me. I told him that I didn't think anyone here cared about that here, this is New Orleans. I left it at that. What else would you say? I am (14 comments)
Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana and Mississippi - 10/11/06 08:41 PM
Hurricane http://www.katrinafilm.com/ This is a great blog about Katrina. It still brings tears to my eyes, click on Hurricane. This was over a year ago and we still deal with this everyday. I showed houses today to flooded out clients and the got this in an email to share. (1 comments)
New Orleans Statue Quiz II - 10/11/06 08:07 PM
Many times statues from prior eras will give you a historical glimse of the past. its great that we leave them in place so we can do this. We use to study them in school and we would be assigned landmarks around town. I had a great high school history teacher who got off the subject in class about how New Orleans history was quite different and then again much the same as the rest of the United States.Who is this? (3 comments)
Bathrooms are generally the smallest room that you are going to shoot a photo of. Most times you cant get a decent shot then dont use it. This condo had a nice bathroom so I tried to get an angle to show the new countertops and garden tub. Sometimes you can use the mirrors to make the room seem larger. Kristal do you have any ideas? I did get the picture to come out in the mirror by chance!! (14 comments)
Last year I took on a partner to help me in real estate. I had too much on my plate and Jack an ex-Delta pilot was getting back into the business after getting his Delta pension slashed. He is a great guy except he is a die hard democrat but has some republican ideas. He is like a bull dog when I give him a new cleint to work with. Our goal is to meet the client on an intro showing to make a connection as to what they really want. We can both be good listeners so after our meeting (1 comments)
Street sign in the sidewalk were the norm for a period of time. Why was that? They could not get blown down by Hurricanes is not the answer. (6 comments)
Real Estate goals, Is your career blooming. - 10/09/06 07:46 PM
Do you write down your goals as your real estate year comes to a close. I take a few minutes as we get to Nov.-Dec timeframe to think about what I want next year. Nothing fancy but things like 4 sales per month, Learn a new area, sell an 800k condo, get the website neighborhoods updated, and such things. It is rare that I think about the money angle but more about what new I want to try next year. If your career is not blooming yet, then spend some time planning and thinking what your goals are small and large. Get some (1 comments)
Do you do many nite time showings as it will be getting dark earlier? People will still want to see homes or condos as it gets dark. Are you doing anything special to deal with this. They will want to see the units or homes after work. I do cut down on the number of homes or condos that I show at nite. I try to get the client to look during their luch hour. At least half of my sales now come from condos in areas I have been to many,many times. I know females worry more about such things. Do (7 comments)
New Orleans is surrounded by water. One of the bodies of water is Lake Ponchatrain which connects Jefferson Parish with St. Tammany Parish. We have no counties here. The dual deck brige spans 24 miles over water. The decks are 80' apart and was constructed with 9000 pilings. The towns of Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, and Abita Springs lie on the north shore. The Lake was named after Count de Pontchatrain who was finace minister for Louis XIV the King of France when Louisiana was a colony. It is one of the longest bridges in the United States. Its really an easy commute, (5 comments)
Can you name this guy without hints? (10 comments)
Homes decorate with Flags in New Orleans - 10/08/06 09:02 PM
I was looking at Mr. Smiths blog of his mid-west home and noticed the flag flying. Its really done a lot here with the american flag being the number one flag flown, but people do change with the seasons, Mardi Gras, teams, and moods. It always a nice touch of color. There are shops here that just sell flags, maybe its the French influence for the maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc.
River Garden New Developement in Uptown New Orleans - 10/08/06 08:26 PM
Believe it or not but this is the only new developemnet of single family homes in New Orleans in the last 20 years. They are doing extremely well as they had sold 14 out of 16 on this street. Its great that they KB homes coould build local looking homes. Its a great idea that is being built on a plot of ground that was a public housing project that was a breeding ground for crime. Once torn down the whole area is in a rebuilding phase. You can actually walk to the Convetion Center where NAR convention will held next month. (3 comments)
US Dept. of Housing and Sec 8 Housing, An Opinion - 10/07/06 09:05 PM
The government sponsored housing projests have been an failure by anyone's standards. However they never seem to die. The did get flooded out by Katrina and are in a state of political flux. Our tax dollars were building some new townhomes in a bad area of town. They were costing HUD about 250k to build townhomes that could be had on the private market for 125k. They were building on land that they already owned and it was worthless from a real estate point of view. High crime area of town. They flooded so now they may or may not put (13 comments)
1750 St. Charles Ave. Condos, New Orleans, International Sale!!! - 10/07/06 08:24 PM
1750 St. Charles Ave. Condos was a conversion from apartments into condos in 2005. I just concluded a deal with a client that hasn't seen the unit because he live in London, England. I had to e-mail him the views of the units. He lived here in 1982 so he knew something about the units. The unit was very nice. The problem for me was communicating with him on a timely fashion. It was hard with his job and the time difference in times. I e-mailed him the contract and didn't know he couldn't open it but figured it out when he (2 comments)
Internet Leads? Some are very detailed!! - 10/07/06 07:41 PM
Hello My name is Jason xxxxxxxx, my girl friend and I will be starting work at the Marriott in January and we are interested in buying a condo. we really like the Garden District, Warehouse District and Audubon Park. however, I don't know where to start the process, as we are in school in NY and it would be difficult to come down to New Orleans. Any info that you can provide, including getting a home loan, finding a condo ect, would be a great help. We have a few months to get everything situated and I hope that you will be (6 comments)
Army Brat, Moving helps real estate career!!!! - 10/06/06 09:04 PM
Being an Army Brat growing up has helped me in my real estate career. We moved a lot and lived in a lot of places. There were people from all over the country and the world you would meet. You were all in the same boat as you knew you were only there for a couple of years. My dad had to go before we arrived with my moter and the kids to get there in round about ways by boat, plane or train. We lived in some interesting places, Japan, Iran, Panama, San Francisco, Charleston, New Mexico, New Orleans, Los (1 comments)
This was a listing I had a couple of years ago. It had a lot of stuff in it. Short of getting an Ipod what do you do. They had just inherited another household of items which made the den look slim. I was extremely lucky in this case as I sold them another home and they moved making it possible for me to sell it. I actually sold it over the internet as it was handicapped accessible which made it the best possible deal for him. The Clutter does matter and no matter how good a sales person you thing (7 comments)
Last year I arrived early to pick up a client at their hotel and decide to go across the street to look at this church that was built in 1857. I was lucky to have my camera to take a couple of shots. You could have been in Italy walking around the church. I have lived here 40 plus years and had never been in this church. It was like a 15 minute real estate side trip. Took my clients to also see several days later. They bought a 420k condo not far from this spot. An ironic twist was That (11 comments)
New Orleans Half Full or Half Empty? Post Katrina!!! - 10/05/06 08:27 PM
The city of New Orleans has lost half its population and more than half its homes. Many people have moved on to other locations and vocations. You wonder how we will come out? This is the challenge for all of us locally. You will not hear much in the media about people living in trailers now for almost 10 months if you are lucky. The cost of Insurance has soared for few good reasons. To insure a 185k home most are looking at $4,000 per year unless they know the best way to go which most don't. The bright side is (3 comments)
Its a big game for LSU fans. Both schools have very good teams and both could easily handle a team like Notre Dame. Pictured above is a big quarterback 6'5" AND 250# Jamarcus Russell form Mobile. I think we will be the underdog but hope we carry the day. GO TIGERS!!!!!! (6 comments)
The Federal Fibre Mills Condos at 1107 S. Peters Street has the nicest courtyard on any of the Warehouse District Condos. This complex was a rope factory at the turn of the century. It was the first downtown developement having been planned for the 1984 Worlds Fair in New Orleans. The area did not get much traction for the next 10 years but is currently a booming area. The courtyard is always a garden in the city. You have enough room to bar-b-que. relax, swim, and work out in the gym. There is a great party room to go along with a knock (0 comments)
Come to the NAR in New Orleans and all these things are within walking distance to the Convention Center and your Hotel. We need to choose a spot where the active rainers can meet so I need a co-chairman to help me. Amber are you coming down? How do I get these photos to be verticle, Help? Put a space between them..... (5 comments)
Le Petite Soldier Store, get one before its history - 10/02/06 07:51 PM
"My best customers," says Dave Dugas, "are the guys who probably didn't have enough toy solders when they were kids. They come in and say 'I had one like that. Or more often, 'The guy around the corner had one like that. I couldn't afford it.' I don't have to sell these guys. They reminisce themselves into a sale." Gambit Article Located on Royal Street in New Orleans, 73 year old Dave Dugas has been running his toy soldier store for the last 30 plus years. He was a pharmacist before going into the toy soldier business. I remember looking at this store (4 comments)
If your town or city has been around for more than a couple of years, then your town or city has a erected a statue of someone to dedicate something. I take notice because they are a part of your towns history. You wonder who did it and for what reason. After I took the photo, I wanted to know more about the statue and was suprised to find that it was a gift from the people of France to New Orleans in 1958. Joan of Arc 1412-1431 was theMaid of Orleans. Its an exact copy of an 1880 equestrian statue (3 comments)
I am doing a website page on New Orleans Historic Homes historic homes so I can give people a taste of this old area of town. Even though the prices may be high for most of these homes there is a small one around the corner. Just wanted to share my latest shots. Neighborhood pages add content to your site along with helping clients choose an area. (8 comments)
One of New Orleans own inventions is the snow-ball which is enjoyed by young and old. New Orleans has several really hot months so a taste of snow in the summer really hits the spot. it is not really snow but shaved block ice put into a paper cone. You have a choice of about 100 flavors buttersctch, watermellon, cherry, tutti fruiti or any combination of flavoring you would like. In the last 15 years cream has been added so you can combine that with any flavor. There are no snow-ball chains that I know of, as it is a neighborhood thing. There will (7 comments)
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