Being Chased By Katrina and Gustav In Louisiana!

Real Estate Agent with Latter & Blum Realtors, Inc

Hello Everyone,

First time blogging at active/rain.  I have been a Realtor for 12 years. 4 years in Oregon, remaining years in Louisiana.  I lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and yes it was and still is as devastating as it was reported to be.  It effected all people, regardless of incomes and types of homes.  My home was one of the many thousands flooded.  The landscape where I practiced real estate changed overnight.  Until you have worn rubber gloves, boots and a mask to show's difficult to describe the conditions Realtors faced in showing homes.

I made the heart rendering decision to relocate to Baton Rouge, La. the first of this year. Baton Rouge is more inland, and perceived to be safe.  After all, it isn't a bowl surrounded by faulty levees.  I Placed my license in a new office, surrounded by new faces..and not to mention, learning a new market.  When Gustav came knocking at the doors, many of my New Orleans friends sought shelter with me as they evacuated.  As we all held our breath for New Orleans, my new city was astonished at the aftermath Gustav left in it's wake.  No flooding, however the entire city lost power.  Not to mention the fallen trees, many which landed on homes.  Anyone who is familiar with Louisiana this time of year, knows the heat and humidity can be volatile.  Some are still without electricity to this day.  Standing in lines for ice hours at a time, became the norm for many days after Gustav.

Why do I remain in a place near coastal disturbances one may ask?  It's Louisiana, the entire state is saturated in culture.  The people are warm, friendly, hugs and kisses on the cheeks are a daily event.  Yes, indeed resilient people reside here.  Louisiana can be traced back in history as enduring extreme hardships...and yet it, we prevail. 

My West Coast experience certainly propelled my career in the South.  The technology, work ethic and being efficient are all key notes to my thriving business.  In time I learned to blend the west coast mentality with a Louisiana attitude.  Eating heartily, drinking merrily, laughing often and dancing plenty.  Taking the time to enjoy Mardi Gras parades, in exuberance catching plastic beads to adorn my neck.  This is a place that bond and unite in hard times as well as good times.  The laid back ease, and don't be too uptight outlook are attributes of many here.  We take the time to live fully.  Today is a good day, tomorrow may be a bit lets hug, eat, drink and dance.  During the hardships...arm in arm, we know the good days are just right after the tomorrows.  It's not a coincidence the saying here is:  "Laissez Les  Bon Temps Rouler!"  "Let The Good Times Roll!" There is no place like home.

Give a hug, share a is truly good.

Tracie Hebert-pronounced "A-Bear" for the ones not familiar with the dialect.

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Respectfully yours,

Tracie H. Myers

Latter & Blum Realtors, Inc.

"Licensed in the USA in the State of Louisiana"


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Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Tracie - Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here.  It is a great education and lots of fun.  Looks like you're off to a great start...keep it up!

Sep 17, 2008 06:19 AM #1
Jean Terry
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg, SC

Hi and welcome to Active Rain, a great site to network, share, learn and have fun.

Good Luck...

Sep 17, 2008 08:07 AM #2
Lorena Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC

Hello, welcome to Active Rain! This seems like a wonderful environment to network as well as learn from others. I hope you enjoy yourself and participate often in the Active Rain environment!

Sep 17, 2008 09:45 AM #3
Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hello and welcome to Active Rain! I encourage you to learn from others, share your knowledge and experiences with all of us, enjoy yourself, and try to log in and join us in the Active Rain community as frequently as possible. I look forward to your future blogs and comments! Take care, --Kirk.

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