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Industry Observer - formerly with Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners
What's going on in Monroe and the surrounding areas? Find info about the local market in Ouachita Parish, LA, including Monroe, West Monroe, Swartz, Sterlington, and Calhoun. Tips on buying and selling. Homes for sale. Local events and happenings.
  Weekend rains were devastating for most of the tulips in the area, so enjoy these while you wait for their replacements.  And, take heart!  Dogwoods and wisteria are starting to show up all over town!
TULIPS at KIROLI PARK It's been a little gloomy for the past couple of days, but the spring flowers don't seem to mind!  I guess the 80+degree temps are encouraging them to start showing up. These lovely tulips are at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. The azaleas are just starting to open, too, so the...
The annual Jonquil Jubilee Historic Home & Garden Tour will be held in Gibsland, LA, on March 3, 2012.  This year, the tour will include a visit to Sally's Field, a display featuring over 6000 daffodils, Lorris and Elaine’s Garden, a L&NW Vintage Train Engine, and many many more attractions.    T...
Thanks to The News Star for the following excellent article written by Greg Hilburn: 2012 gets down to BUSINESS Ouachita Parish has been bleeding jobs for almost a decade, but at least two economists believe the regional hub of northeastern Louisiana could enjoy net job growth in 2012, thanks to ...
The dead of winter, as home gardeners and landscape professionals know, is the perfect time to plant a tree. From February 27 through March 4, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry hosts its annual Shade Tree Sale at its offices throughout the state. More than a million superior ge...
2011 Buyer IQ QuizMortgage Rates on Zillow
Thanks so much to Lottie Kendall, Realtor, at Today | Sotheby's International Realty, San Carlos, California, 94070  for this insightful post about Zillow.  She hit the nail right on the head! Zillow is a fun way to "spy on your neighbors" as far as pricing, but be sure to read the Zillow disclai...
  "On September 8, the Senate Banking Committee unanimously approved the "Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act," sending it to the full Senate for consideration. This is the Committee's response to the NFIP reform bill H.R. 1309 passed by the House earlier this year. Similar to the House...
School started here on Monday. I'm too old to have a student at the elementary school only a block away, but I consider myself to be very lucky living so close to this wonderful school. Why? Every morning I hear the principal's voice on the loudspeaker say, "Good morning, boys and girls! Please s...

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