Elisa Cool is moving in from Brooklyn, New York to become New Orleans’ newest homeowner.  The details of the real estate transaction can be found at this link:

It was a pleasure working with Elisa.  Congratulations!

Michael Styles interviews his very first clients, Ethan and Eric McDonald, about New Orleans life in the West End neighborhood.  The guys discuss the benefits and pitfalls (read: potholes) of the neighborhood as well as advice for other First Time Home Buyers.

Congratulations to my friends and clients Alegra and Harrison Grieon their purchase of a gorgeous property in the Freret Neighborhood of Uptown today! It was such a pleasure working for you. Expect frequent drop-in visits, you two.

More information on this property can be found at this link.

This article will focus on residential and multi family homes. Attached is a blank contract for you to use as a reference, as we’ll go line-by-line down the contract, with each line being numbered. Before we begin, if you’re not working with an agent, get one. It’s free for buyers and they will be able to walk your through the process and help negotiate on your behalf.

New Orleans locals Ethan and Eric McDonald, a married couple and a straight duo of extraordinary gentleman, bought their first home today in Lakeview today. They were formerly at 1201 Canal Place and are now homeowners. Ethan and Eric were a pleasure to work with and I wish them many happy memories in their wonderful new home.

New Orleans Flood Insurance Costs and Requirements fluctuate depending on where your property is located and how far above (or below) the Flood Zone you lie. New Orleans elevation levels transcend neighborhoods and can even be different for two of the exact same style properties located on the same block. There are two major Flood Zones- A and X.

If you’re looking to buy a house, the cost of hiring a Realtor is free and at no point in the transaction will you need to pay the Realtor any money for services rendered, whether you end up making a purchase or not. First Time Home Buyers are often confused by the nature of this business relationship and aren’t sure whether they were going to use a Realtor or not because they didn’t think they could afford it. When they finally understand that an Agent’s services for helping them find a home will cost them no money at any point they light up and accept their good fortune before sometimes asking how the agent will get paid. Here’s how it works:

A Real Estate transaction is complicated.  Agents and even Brokers often learn something new every time they list or sell a property, so if this is your first time buying or selling a house you’re in for a whirlwind of activity.  Even trying to write a bullet-by-bullet blog entry as a “how-to” for those folks was difficult as there are so many moving pieces and parts.

I saved myself- and you- the frustration and consulted Google only to find this excellently laid out Flow Chart of what steps occur in a Real Estate Transaction for whom and when.  Enjoy!

 

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I just want to send a huge thank you to my friends and family over at New Orleans Local Online Marketing and PR company, Story Block Media, for taking the time to design my website. They are a truly fantastic company that I am proud to be a part of; it will be so exciting to see what great things y’all accomplish these next few years.

Special thanks to my Boyfriend Reed for somehow managing to do it all. I love you!