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Art Exhibit Along Side Olde Towne Slidells White Linen & Lagniappe Night

White Linen & Lagniappe Night has been a tradition for three years in Slidell. Patrons enjoy dressing up and celebrating the local art community. In fact, before the pandemic, the event attracted around 4,000 people. The event's goal is not only to encourage celebrating the art community but also Olde Towne itself. Local Olde Towne Slidell restaurants, bars, galleries and shops participate. Along...

The U.S. Economy Is Still Recovering From The Pandemic

According to the U.S. Federal Reserve, the country's economy still has a long way to go. As of the last week in July 2021, the Federal Reserve did not change the interest rates or monetary policy. “The path of the economy continues to depend on the course of the virus,” the central bank said in a statement. The virus is still causing uncertainty in the economy and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell believes...

What Buyers Look For in A House

Covid-19 has given everyone a different perspective on almost everything. The pandemic has reshaped the housing market. Buyers are looking more in the suburbs away from urban areas. There are many things though that have not changed in what a buyer wants. According to a Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 86% of buyers desire a safe neighborhood, 60% want a walkable neighborhood, 53% want proximity...

Almost Half of Today’s Home Buyers Desire an Exercise Room

The National Association of Home Builders just released their latest edition of What Home Buyers Really Want and the results are no surprise since the Pandemic. Forty-seven percent of buyer's say an exercise room is a must-have. The COVID-19 stay-at-home orders were the catalyst to the rising popularity. As far as generations, 61% of Millennials desire an exercise room and 62% of...

Here’s What’s Happening With the Proposed Slidell Casino So Far…

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment P2E, a Los Angeles-based company, hopes to open a $250 million casino resort off Exit 261 in Slidell on Lake Pontchartrain. The proposed casino will use the license for DiamondJacks, located in Bossier City, which closed last year. Louisiana will only allow 15 riverboat casinos to operate in the state and there are already 14 casinos opened in Louisiana. For this reason,...

Kelly Waltemath Named a New Orleans Biz Magazine Woman to Watch

  Kelly Waltemath Named a New Orleans Biz Magazine Woman to Watch   Kelly Waltemath REALTOR • TEAM LEADER MANAGING MEMBER/OWNER THE KELLY WALTEMATH GROUP LLC Kelly Waltemath still views every workday as different and special after a childhood tied to real estate and a seven-year career in the industry that began immediately after college. The young girl that grew up walking and...

Buyers Are Hastily Trying To Find Properties As Home Sales Hit Record Speeds

The housing market is hot and with low mortgage rates and low home inventory, buyers are feeling the crunch. Inventory of homes for sale remained at a record low 1.03 million homes in February, the same as January, and dropped a record 30% from a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. In February 2021 homes stayed on the market for just 20 days which was a record low. Homes...

A Loan That Requires No Down Payment

Being a first-time homebuyer or just a home buyer in the current market is tasking. There are many obstacles to overcome in a seller's market. Qualifying for a mortgage is the first step but with that, you will also need cash out of pocket. For those who can obtain a mortgage but do not have money for out-of-pocket closing expenses, a micromortgage might be the answer. A micromortgage is a home loan...

2021 Is Not the Year To Sell Your Home By Owner

The COVID-19 pandemic is still challenging the world in many ways. The housing market is still going strong and is predicted to keep doing so. Home prices are on the rise and it has definitely become a seller's market. Even though this is an easy time to sell your home for a great price it doesn't mean you need to try and take on the task yourself. For Sale By Owner (FSBO) might look enticing right now but...

2020 Ended With Homes Sales off the Charts

COVID-19 brought a global pandemic and high unemployment in the year 2020 but that has not stopped Americans from purchasing homes. In fact, people are still buying homes at the fastest rate in years. According to the National Association of Realtors, homes sale were at their highest pace in 14 years in October 2020. Homes sold at a swift pace in October, with more than 7 in 10 homes sold on the market...

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