New Orleans, LA Real Estate News

By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
How to spend 24 hours in NOLAIf there's one thing we know how to do, it's have a good time. But it's probably different than what you think. From a Bloody Mary breakfast to brunch, to kayaking through City Park's sculpture garden. From grabbing a sno-ball, to dinner at one of our world renowned restaurants. From sunset at the Moonwalk, to a house show with live music.  Let us show you how to spend 24 hours in New Orleans like a native.  Hint: You won't find us on Bourbon Street!  Ready to call the Crescent City your home? Give us a call today at 504-327-5303. 
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
"Your home is a living space, not a storage space". That quote jumped out at me while reading the book Soulful Simplicity recently. The beginning of the year is traditionally the time we take stock. Stock of ourselves, our health, our budgets, our homes. But it can happen at any point in your life. Simplify Your HomeI think the reason that the quote resonated so strongly with me is that we hear from people every single day that are looking for more. More space. Bigger and more closets. More storage. More, more, more. But, I would encourage you to think about if more is really what you want and/or need.Do you need more because your family is growing?Totally understandable. We can help you find a bigger home here.Do you need more because you have too much stuff?That's a different conversa...
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
 Lakeview New OrleansLakeview is one of the hottest neighborhoods in New Orleans. The location is fantastic, just minutes from the Lakefront, marina and yacht clubs, close to City Park and with easy access to I-10 and downtown NOLA.Making a huge comeback post-Katrina, Lakeview is filled with both new construction and complete remodels. Take a walk or ride down Harrison Avenue and check out the neighborhood shops and restaurants that line the street, allowing residents to shop, dine and be entertained right in their own community. Lakeview is home to a variety of architectural types, from 1950s cottages and Craftsman inspired homes to the newest of the new, including a surprising number of multi-family homes that allow owners to live in one side and let the rent on the other help pay the...
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
Street Art and Grafitti in New OrleansWhile we can't hold a candle to the amount and scope of street art that I saw when visiting New York City, New Orleans certainly has it's share of artists willing to see anything as a canvas. From the sides of buildings to abandoned warehouses to the fences that surround their property, artists are driven to create. We're the beneficiaries of their talent and vision - after all, what could be better than driving down a street and stumbling upon the results of someone's compulsion to share what their imagination has concocted.Some art is clearly created with stencils (see the Wrdsmth display below), while others are carefully created by hand.  While some of the creations I run across clearly fall into the unauthorized graffiti camp, the art on privat...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
       When I list a condo and put it on my website I always talk about the positive aspects of the Condo Association. New Orleans Warehouse District Condo.                                                 www.nolawarehousedistrictcondos.com                                                                                                                                                   Julia Place Condos                                333 Julia Street, New Orleans,70130                                     I Call It the Main Street of                                   New Orleans Warehouse District     The Julia Place Condos is in a great location. It is several blocks to the Outlet Mall, New Orleans Convention Center, World War II Museum, Harrah's Casino,St. Charles Ave. Streetcar Line. a...
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
Carla Lawson REALTORCarla Lawson is one of the original Crescent City Living agents. She joined forces with us back in 2013 and has been the top negotiator in the office from day one. Even her teammates don't want to go up against her in a transaction, because she's quick, she's smart, and she's a take no nonsense type of agent with an arsenal of out of the box solutions to everything that might come up during your home sale.  A resident of Marrero, Carla has a list of investor clients that wouldn't dream of having someone else handle their real estate portfolio. Make no mistake, though, she'll hold the hands of first time buyers and spend the time to explain the market to sellers.  What does Carla have to say about real estate in New Orleans? Check out the video below and learn more......
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
Mid City New OrleansWhat else would you call the middle of New Orleans but Mid City? Well, in the old days it was referred to as "back of town", but as New Orleans spread from the river all the way to the lake, Mid City came into being in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's a pretty big area of the city, including the City Park and Bayou St. John neighborhoods. Mid City as a whole is home to a number of tourist destinations such as City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. But, overall, it's generally a residential area, filled with restaurants and bars that depend on locals instead of tourists for their business. Jump on the red streetcar line that chugs along Canal Street and you can get to just about anywhere. The majority of Mid City homes have 2 to 3 bedrooms and 2 bath...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
                  The Cotton Mill Condos                920 Poeyfarre Street, 70130             New Orleans Warehouse District     The Cotton Mills Condos were converted from rentals into condos in 2004-2005. The 269 units come in all shapes and sizes. Most of the units are one and two bedroom units ranging from 550 sq.ft. to a 1000 Sq. Ft. of living. There are a few three bedrooms and a few studios in various spots in the building. There are 17 penthouse units that were condos before the major conversion in 2004-2005.      The Penthouses are the only units that come with parking.  Parking is readily available in 3-4 lots aroudn the condos that can be had for contract per month for about $125 per month. You can park on the street but that has gotten harder over the years as the area has...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
Bywater Neighborhood of New Orleans     The Bywater Neighborhood runs along the Mississippi River From the railroad tracks on Press Street to the Industrial Canal. The St. Claude Avenue to the Mississippi River is the other boundary. When I was in high school the area was known as the Upper Ninth Ward. The local telephone exchange was known as Bwater and was changed to the Bywater.        The area has become to be a home for many artistic people. Its an easy bike ride, walk or jog to the French Quarter. The area is an historic district so home have to match the historic neighborhood. The new ones and those that have been remodeled are required to be historic in design to fit the neighborhood.     At one time the area was home to people that worked in industries and wharfs along the Miss...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
                         French Quarter Homes and Condos                     The French Quarter Neighborhood      Most of the real estate for primary and second home will be condos. Most of the condos are used as second homes.  There will be a few home and those will be rather expensive and quickly.        The best way for me to give you the feel of the neighborhood I know as the French Quarter is the through the amount of photos I have taken over the last couple of years. Seeing is worth far more than words. So lets take a peek....   
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
New Orleans Landlord AdviceWe work with a lot of New Orleans residents that are in search of a rental. They're not ready to commit to buying a home of their own, but that doesn't mean that they are willing to accept just any old place. We asked what they are most looking for in a rental property and pulled it all together in this edition of New Orleans landlord advice.Top 5 Tenant Needs Washer and dryer Central air and heat Pet friendly Walkable neighborhood/local amenities TIE Closet space TIE Parking Top 5 Interior Wants and Needs Dishwasher Wood floors (or at least no carpet) Gas range Ceiling fans No shotgun layout (independent bedrooms) Top 3 Exterior Wants and Needs Outdoor space or yard Patio/balcony/porch Pool What else did tenants request?They don't like living next to a rotati...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
                           Mills Row Condos                 450 John Churchill Chase      New Orleans Warehouse District, La. 70130                  Corner of Tchoupitoulas St.        The Mills Row Condos were completed in 2006. They were constructed on a lot behind the Federal Fibre Mills. The five story building is solid concrete. There is one penthouse and one first floor condo. The 31 condos are most two bedroom units with exterior views and balconies. The one bedrooms overlook the courtyard.      The units have open kitchens and living areas with balcony views. All the two bedroom have garage parking and large windows. All high high ceilings and have natural light. Living areas have wood floors. Bedrooms have carpet. The bathrooms are large for this area of town.     Most of the un...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
                      Warehouse District Streets                     Knowing the Neighborhood Historic Townhomes on Julia StreetCatch the Streetcar on St. Charles AvenueFulton Street in New Orleans,Walk Eat and DrinkMusic At Lafayette Square 
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
As agents, we see a lot of houses. Day in and day out. Showing buyers. Meeting sellers. Going on tour to see all of the new listings. Most of the time, we wander in and wander out, mentally noting which clients a house might be good for, but generally forgetting the places we've discarded for our customers. Every once in awhile, however, we see a place that sticks with us. There's something about it that calls to our hearts. Kind of like what a buyer should experience when they find the right one.  I'm not in the market for a new house. We've lived in ours for about 15 years now, making changes along the way. Some big, some small. Some successful, some that make us look back and wonder "what were we thinking". It's ours, and we've been happy there since day 1. I'm not in the market for ...
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
It comes as no surprise to people who grew up in New Orleans, but if you're new here, there are some things you should know. Among them is that the assessed value of a New Orleans home has little to do with the actual market value.Tax assessment and fair market valueWhen you're buying a home, of course you want to get the best deal possible. Part of the research into making an offer on a home includes finding comparable sales in the neighborhood. But there are a few caveats about those comps. They must be recent (ie, within the last 6 months). They must be of similar size and finishes, although an appraiser can certainly make adjustments to compensate for differences. Nowhere in the research will you find us considering the assessed value of a property.Why?It's not a reliable source, un...
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
PCS to New Orleans LAWhen orders come in, you'll probably have a lot of questions about your PCS to New Orleans. We're here to give you an overview of what you need to know about your move to the Crescent City.Where's the base?NAS JRB is located in Belle Chasse, LA. It's a suburb just south of New Orleans, in Plaquemines Parish.What communities are closest to the base? Belle Chasse Terrytown Gretna Algiers and Algiers Point What about schools?The public school system in New Orleans can be, to put it lightly, a challenge. Navigating the "one app" system of applying for schools all over the city makes it tough for new residents to know where their kids will end up. Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish both offer the traditional system of assigning children to their neighborhood school....
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
The majority of home sellers in Louisiana are required to provide a property disclosure form to potential buyers. After all, if there’s something they know about the house or land, it’s important to share that information with purchasers – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most of this information will come out during a good home inspection, but there are definitely other questions that buyers want to know the answers to. That’s why we think that the Louisiana Real Estate Commission dropped the ball with the recent changes to the required disclosures. You see, in the past, sellers had 3 options when answering questions like “are there any defects regarding the roof?” The answers were either Yes, No, or Not Known. As it happens, someone filed a lawsuit against a seller who answered No to ...
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
About Holy CrossYears from now, new residents will wonder how the Holy Cross New Orleans neighborhood got it's name, since the school that gave rise to the moniker has relocated to Gentilly. But this subsection of the Lower 9th Ward, between St. Claude and the river, will always be remembered by natives as Holy Cross.Measuring less than 1 square mile, Holy Cross took a hard hit during Hurricane Katrina. This is evidenced by the number of empty lots and homes still in need of rebuilding, even in 2018. But the neighborhood is definitely experiencing a comeback in popularity, as home buyers find the prices more affordable than in the nearby Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods. Holy Cross LandmarksThe steamboat houses were built by the Doullut family in 1905 and 1913 and can be seen from the ...
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By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
Finding Doubles in New OrleansIf you're not from here, you might know these types of homes as duplexes, but in New Orleans, we're all about doubles. They are an integral part of our local architectural landscape, and while over the years many of them have been converted to single family homes, doubles are still prevelant in many neighborhoods. While occasionally you'll find one side that's been altered and added on to, the units are generally mirror images of each other, with a center wall that divides the two. Separate electric and water meters are the norm, but we still run across some shared water meters that make utility payments...interesting, to say the least. Owners who live in one side and rent the other will generally include water in the rent when there is a shared meter, but ...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
           How to Value Your Condo For Sale                   New Orleans Condo!            Much More than Square Footage        You start of comparing the recent sales in your complex in units that will match your unit. Then also look at comparable complexes that have like condos. You compare units that are about the size and have the pluses that your unit has.        You then compare like units that are currently on the market. You want to be in the top three with the best price for what a buyer would get. This will get you more showings.        You want to clean and shine your condo so it will look nice. I have handi man who can make the unit look and feel much nice. Always good to have your a/c cleaned and serviced within the last year.       If you recently bought a condo in the la...
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