New Orleans is famously identified with the Mississippi River, but that's not the only notable body of water found around the Big Easy. Our real estate agents love making convenient getaways to enjoy these incredible lakes near NOLA.
When buyers approach us looking for Lafayette homes for sale, we always get a little excited for them. Lafayette is such a great place to live. Not only does the city have a rich history, but it's full of fun things to do and places to explore. Whether you're already a local, or getting ready to make Lafayette your new home, make sure to check out these Lafayette destinations in 2022.
These are just six of the many amazing things to do in and around Lafayette. Venture out there, and discover the best the region has to offer. If you're still looking for a home in the area, don't hesitate to contact us or stop by one of our Lafayette open houses. We'll tell you how our real estate agents can help.
There's no one way to make gumbo. Cooked with a dark roux, thickened with okra or filé, packed with sausage or shrimp, flavored with the Creole "holy trinity" of celery, bell pepper, and onion, there are endless possibilities.
Despite its many variations—or perhaps because of them—gumbo is a dish that our real estate agents will never grow tired of. It's the official state dish of Louisiana, and if you want to savor some of the finest gumbo our state has to offer, we recommend these amazing stops.
Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Great food and unique culture are just part of what makes Louisiana a truly unique and special place to call home.
If your home's decor feels a little generic or looks too sparse for your tastes, consider painting an accent wall. An accent wall lends a pop of color to your space and helps you customize the style of your home. Our real estate agents know that an accent wall is often beneficial for staging your home when you put it on the market. Follow these do's and don'ts when adding an accent wall.
Interested in a home with more space? Contact us today to start your search!
Louisiana's wild natural beauty is no secret, but you miss a lot when you travel by car. To really get a sense of what Lafayette and the surrounding areas are all about, the best way to explore is by bicycle.
Fortunately, there are a lot of great bike trails in the Lafayette area. Our real estate agents are delighted to share some of their favorites, from smooth cycling paths to rugged mountain biking trails.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Our team is here to help you find your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas.
With all of the streaming options these days, people are making trips to the movie theater less often. Instead, it's common to have a media room or home theater and enjoy the big screen experience with all the comforts of home. Home theaters are a nice feature that we sometimes see in Baton Rouge homes for sale. Here are six tips for improving your home theater system.
Of course, the best reason to install a home theater is so that you can enjoy it yourself, but if you're handy with DIY projects and have the time to invest in it, a well-planned home theater can generate interest with buyers who love the features but wouldn't want to put one in themselves. For more information about the draw of a well-executed home theater system or other home improvement projects, contact us today.
Spring, being the time of fresh starts and renewal, just seems like the right time to clean up the home and grounds and get ready for a bright new beginning.
Plus, if you are getting ready for a new beginning and listing your home for sale, spring is a great time to do so!
Here are some tips to help you spring forward as you get ready to list your home among the Lake Charles homes for sale.
No matter if you plan to dine in or carry out, our real estate agents know Lafayette restaurants will delight with memorable dishes.
Through a rough 2020, the community has banded together to support the restaurants that give Lafayette and the surrounding area so much character. Many of the most iconic restaurants are making their dining rooms available for limited guest parties.
Let's look at some of the most popular Valentine's date spots all around beautiful Lafayette:
This is just a sample of the many amazing restaurants that await in Lafayette. To find out more or get started with your home search, contact us at Latter & Blum.
If you're thinking about buying one of the beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale, a VA loan is a great option! These loans come with excellent benefits. They offer flexible credit underwriting and low-interest rates. In addition, buyers using a VA loan won't have to come up with a down payment or carry mortgage insurance (PMI).
A portion of these loans is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). However, the loans are issued by mortgage lenders and banks. Our real estate agents regularly meet with lenders to learn more about any updates to loan programs and how they could impact their clients.
There have been some changes to VA loans that go into effect in 2021. Here's what you need to know.
Benefits for National Guard Members
The biggest change affects National Guard members. Previously, VA loans were not available to members who did not have at least 90 days of active service.
Beginning in 2021, all Guard and Reserve members who have at least 90 days of service are eligible for a VA home loan, even if the service wasn't active. However, there is one caveat. At least 30 of the days of the service must be consecutive.
Increased Loan Limits
As of 2020, service members with "full entitlement" are not subject to a VA loan limit. You'll have full entitlement if you've never used a VA loan benefit, have paid off a VA loan and then sold the property, or had a foreclosure or short sale and repaid the VA in full.
However, if you have "remaining entitlement," you are subject to a limit. This can occur for several different reasons. The most common is that you have an active VA loan, they're still paying back.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that the upper limit for their loans was increasing in 2021. VA loans follow these guidelines, so all VA loans closing after January 1st, 2021 also have increased loan limits. The new limit for a single-family home located in the lower 48 states is $548,250. This is an increase of 7.4% compared to 2020.
In Alaska or Hawaii, the upper limit is now $822,375. If you're buying a home in a high-cost county, you might also have some extra wiggle room. These areas will have their own limits, which are set on a local basis. This limit may be anywhere from $548,250 and $822,375.
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Whether you're planning on using a VA loan or another type of financing, now is a great time to buy a new home. There are many beautiful options on the market, and we would love to help you find the perfect one. Contact us today to get started!
Whether you've just purchased one of the beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've lived in your current home for years, decorating with houseplants can go a long way towards making your space feel homey. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can still keep beautiful plants in your home!
The key is selecting plants that are hardy and easy to care for. Here are a few of the best starter plants.
Did you know that the crawfish capital of the world is located just a stone's throw from Lafayette? That's right, Breaux Bridge was named by the Louisiana legislature as the world's crawfish capital in 1959, and has been defending that title with pride ever since. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is a perfect opportunity to experience the crawfish capital first-hand while enjoying some great food, music, dancing, competition, and so much more. This year's Crawfish Festival is right around the corner, and our real estate agents have all the delicious details on what to expect from one of the biggest events of the year in Breaux Bridge.
The Event: The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Dates: May 3-5, 2019
Location: 1290 Rees St., Breaux Bridge 70517
The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is billed as one of the biggest parties in Cajun Country and certainly lives up to that reputation. It's also an event for all ages, with live music, dance lessons/competitions, a wide variety of local vendors, cooking contests, cooking lessons, and of course the legendary crawfish eating contest. The fun starts on Friday evening and continues throughout the weekend.
Interested in making the crawfish capital of the world your next hometown? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Breaux Bridge, LA area.
Are you looking to move away from the fast-paced, stressful big-city life and into a real community? If so, you may want to consider looking into Breaux Bridge homes for sale. A small city, rich in history and tradition, Breaux Bridge is the sort of place where neighbors know your name and people put down roots. So what is so special about Breaux Bridge? Spending a little time in the heart of Breaux Bridge – it's beautiful and historic downtown – is a great way to find out, and here is a taste of what you can expect to find there.
World Famous Cuisine
Breaux Bridge is the Crawfish Capital of the World, so no discussion of its cuisine would be complete without a hearty nod to this local treat. Restaurants in this lovely little city were the first in the country to offer crawfish proudly on their menus, and Breaux Bridge is the place where the now world-famous dish, crawfish etouffee was created. It is famous for its crawfish farming and cooking, and for its famous for its annual crawfish festival, which is recognized as one of Louisiana's finest festivals. While crawfish is certainly a staple in Breaux Bridge Cuisine, its local eateries have lots more to offer. The city's large collection of restaurants that serve up authentic Southern Louisiana Cajun and Creole fare make it a destination for foodies from all over the country and the world.
Breaux Bridge is also known as the gateway to Southern Louisiana culture, and Zydeco music – and Zydeco dancing – is very much a part of that culture. With its roots deep in Bayou country, Zydeco music is a unique blend of Blues, R&B, Native and Creole sounds. No Zydeco band would be complete without the region's unique instrumentals, including the accordion and scrub board, backed by electric guitar, bass, and drums. Whether lyrics are sung in English, Cajun French or a combination of both, there is no mistaking the sound of Zydeco music, sounds that are unique to this very special part of the world. Breaux Bridge has a wealth of clubs and venues that provide hours of Zydeco music and dancing for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike.
Beautiful, walkable streets
Breaux Bridge has been deemed the prettiest town in Louisiana, a well-earned distinction. From the famous bridge for which the city was named, to its lovely, beautifully preserved downtown streets, lined with quaint antiques shops and boutiques, taking a stroll through Breaux Bridge is rather like stepping back in time to a more peaceful, community-focused era. Then, just steps away from downtown, the stunning views and abundant wildlife of Bayou Teche, spanned by the famous Breaux Bridge, are on display, rounding out the experience that this warm and welcoming little city has to offer to both residents and visitors.