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New Orleans Magazine September 2020

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People to Watch

People to Watch has been a staple tradition for New Orleans Magazine for more than 40 years, and this year’s class is equally as stellar as years past. We define a Person to Watch as someone that is doing something new, innovating mainstream ideas and contributing in a meaningful way to the fabric of the […]

Raising the Glass

I know a woman who tells the story that when she was a little girl, a long time ago, her family had a ritual of having dinner at Commander’s Palace every Friday night. “Oh no,” she and her siblings complained, “not Commander’s again.” That was long before an element of the Brennan family took over […]

Mixing Things Up at Home

Many have expressed fear. Some have mentioned lack of dexterity. Others note they have no talent. Poppycock. You can do it. You can make superb cocktails at home, and that approach to quality drinking has become more necessary as our bar scene has become rather undependable in the current COVID-19 crisis. But making excellent drinks […]

Beyond Boredom

A complaint I’ve heard throughout our long and wearing home isolation is: “I am so sick of cooking.” Even those of us who love cooking treasure nights out at favorite restaurants. At first, we had the joy of spring’s beautiful weather and the great outdoors of our own backyards. Then came the growing season with […]

A Gumbo of Flavor

New Orleans cuisine is often described as a melting pot where various influences converged to create a unique panoply of flavor. Typical descriptors fork broadly along two tines – Creole and Cajun. More generally, in toss-away phrasing, New Orleans cuisine is often referred to as a “gumbo.” But what is gumbo? One of our most-heralded […]

Top Real Estate 2020

Buying a house is more than just a purchase; it’s about finding the right place that you can call home. Connecting with the right professionals to make your dream a reality is a big step in one of the most important decisions you will make. New Orleans Magazine turned to the Michigan-based firm of Professional […]

Homeward Bound

While quarantined, local realtor Francesca Brennan put her professional expertise into action for a personal matter. She and her husband purchased a new home – one that offers ample outdoor space and a place where the couple’s two kids – ages three and five – can focus on distance learning. “We thought it would be […]

Aging Gracefully

Not long after spouses Scott Chapman and Troy Richard moved into their third residence together, Scott had a revelation. The two had been drawn to the open floor plan and high ceilings of the house built in 2014, but the white box simplicity of the interior didn’t relay the cozy comfort that they favor. “We […]

Getting Schooled

On March 13, while driving home from our last normal day and staving off panic, I told Ruby, “This is all going to be fine; we just need a good, solid schedule.” The next day, while my kids slept in, I made myself a nice strong cup of coffee and set about making this schedule. […]

Keep on Dancing

Remember how you used to go to kids’ recitals? Your family would send an advance group – a couple of cousins, maybe – to get there real early and sit up front and scatter stuff (a coat, a hat, a scarf, an umbrella, whatever) across  all the  adjacent seats in front to reserve them for when […]

People Watching

The theme of this issue of the magazine is an annual feature called “People to Watch.” It’s a fairly common offering in city magazines like this, along the lines of “Best Restaurants” or “Best Doctors,” etc. But I particularly favor people to watch. People watching is my favorite hobby, actually. They’re not as colorful or […]

Traveler Broads

Remember when we could all travel? Before a global pandemic interrupted spring and summer travel – or basically travel for the foreseeable future – Jessica Fender and Kerry Maloney took their love of exploration and turned it into a colorful, vibrant and entertaining look at the world and the Big Easy in the form of […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, My grandmother grew up in the River Parishes and often mentioned riding the old rural ferry boats. She enjoyed the actual ride between Luling and Destrehan, but the wooden boarding ramps were scary to a little country girl growing up in the 1920s. She said the boat was called the “Victor”. Can you […]

Around the House

It’s fair to say we’ve been spending a lot of time around the house these days. For some people, all of this time at home has inspired a desire to improve their living space, whether through a renovation or a move. The challenges of this year have given homeowners the perfect excuse to engage in […]

Shannon Worrel

In 2016, Shannon joined the New Orleans startup WiseMove. In four years the flat-fee brokerage firm has handled over 200 transactions and saved clients over $1M in commissions. For Shannon, “Being a Realtor isn’t about the money; it’s about getting people into their dream home. Our business model and incredible team allow me to focus […]

Tom Bookhardt

Tom is uniquely qualified to provide buyers and sellers assistance with single family homes, bank owned assets, investment properties, multi-unit complexes, and commercial transactions. FAST FACT Fixed mortgages are now between 2-3%, the lowest in almost 50 years. unitedrealestatepartners.com 504-305-4930 3330 Veterans Blvd. Ste. C, Metairie

Matthew Grass

Matthew Grass isn’t just passionate about buying and selling homes, he’s passionate about creating a sustainable future for New Orleans’ real estate market. That’s why he founded The Agency, a brokerage designed to create successes for buyers and sellers by providing agents with the top tools of the trade, the latest in market information, and […]

Terrence Davis

Terrence loves helping clients maximize their property’s image and comfort. In 2018, he ranked in the top five Keller Williams agents nationally for units sold. FAST FACT: A former pro basketball player, Terrence offers a personable nature and competitive edge. terrencedavis.yourkwagent.com 504-450-9003 8601 Leake Ave New Orleans

Team Right Side

Gardner Realtors Sam Poché and Jennifer Saltaformaggio formed Team Right Side, benefitting clients by combining their collective skills & resources. Along with Beth Dunkenberger, Brett Massony, & Jolene Woods, Sam & Jennifer provide clients with well-rounded expertise & integrity that has earned the team citywide respect. Team Right Side offers expert negotiating, problem-solving, & efficiency […]

Lynda DePanicis

With nearly 30 years of experience, Lynda is a top-ranked producer who offers trusted advice, proven results, and a reputation built on integrity and respect. FAST FACT: A former behavioral health executive, Lynda loves helping clients succeed emotionally and financially. lyndadepanicis@gmail.com 504-583-8207 622 1/2 Pirates Alley, New Orleans

Rae Bryan

Whether a historic New Orleans home or the perfect vacation property, Rae has the background and experience to make your real estate dream a reality. FAST FACT: Previous lender and appraisal analyst experience contribute to Rae’s 14-year, top-tier realtor success. reverealtors.com 504-908-9155 1477 Louisiana Ave #101

Gary Lazarus

Gary takes pride in guiding clients throughout the buying and selling process, helping them set expectations that provide for a seamless, surprise-less real estate transaction. FAST FACT: Gary’s construction background informs his ability to guide clients when viewing a property. garylazarus.com 504-382-2603 8001 Maple Street

Patrick Knudsen

From historic properties in the French Quarter, Marigny, and Bywater to development sales in the CBD and Warehouse District, Realtor Patrick Knudsen is well versed in the variety of properties and neighborhoods New Orleans offers. A former business owner, Patrick brings excellent communication and sales experience to every project, complemented by his genuine enthusiasm for […]

Pam McLaurin Lee

With 30+ years of experience helping people purchase homes and rebuild communities, Pam is one of the most passionate, caring loan officers you’ll ever meet. FAST FACT Pam stays up-to-date on available programs and grants, and voluntarily teaches community classes. gulfbank.com 504-561-1307 8216 West Judge Perez Drive

Erika Buxton

With a military family, Erika Buxton knows well the complexities of buying and selling under specific timelines, and she became a realtor to help others—whether military or civilian—navigate the real estate market effectively and efficiently. Erika’s flexibility and understanding of each client’s different needs make her an ideal choice for helping find the perfect home […]

NOLA Lending Group

The Nola Lending Group Southshore Team is led by experienced professionals Joey Piel, Ryan Thomassie, and Mark Boasberg. In addition to their management and Vice President duties, they also hold the top producer spots for Nola Lending, a division of Fidelity Bank. The leaders contribute their success to unwavering commitment to world class client service […]

NOLA Home Realty Group

While many realtors can say they are passionate and enthusiastic, few put in the countless hours that Liz Tardo and Melissa McClendon dedicate to their clients. Owners of NOLA Home Realty Group, Liz and Melissa are known for their tireless work ethic and excellence at getting the job done—whether listing or buying—with ease and efficiency. […]

Michael Lester

An exceptional and smooth client experience is what buyers and sellers in today’s market want, and that’s exactly what Michael Lester of MDL Homes & MDL Luxury is known for delivering. Michael loves helping people begin their next chapter and offers a detailed, comprehensive approach that covers it all—not only does he offer expertise in […]

The Maison Collective

A well-versed team with specialized certifications, Michelle Soliman, Sara Richards, and Corinne Pagano are nationally recognized REALTORS® who can simplify and navigate your real estate transaction with compassion and skill. Licensed in La., A member of the franchise system of BHHS Affiliates, LLC. Each office individually owned and operated. Fast Facts: Backgrounds in marketing, advertising, […]

Glennda Bach

Glennda Bach’s passion for helping clients and her incomparable willingness to go the extra mile is the reason she’s a record-shattering Latter & Blum REALTOR®. FAST FACT Evidence of her client dedication, Glennda sold over $18.4M in February 2020 alone. glenndabach.latter-blum.com 504-583-2792 200 Broadway Street #142 st.

Stephanie Machado Barto

When taking advantage of today’s historically low rates, choose a loan officer with the know-how to help you achieve your financial goals. As Branch Manager and Senior Loan Officer with GMFS Mortgage, Stephanie Machado Barto is well versed in conventional mortgages, refinancing, construction/renovation loans, and other services. A verified Top Producer, Stephanie has been consistently […]

Lara Schultz

Since 2005, Lara Schultz has focused on building dreams and rebuilding local communities. Since Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans native has contributed to the rebuilding efforts across St. Bernard and Orleans Parishes and developed extensive expertise in first-time homebuyers, new construction with an emphasis on rebuilding neighborhoods, and investment property. Fast Facts: Lara’s most recent […]

Jordan Gerard

With 17 years of mortgage experience, Jordan Gerard has served in every capacity, including CEO; however, his passion is helping his community with home finances. FAST FACT: A veteran himself, Jordan takes extra pride in helping other veterans achieve homeownership. jordangerardmortgageteam.com 985-545-6501 19500 Helenburg Suite #D, Covington

Jeannine Relf

Jeannine Relf is known for going the extra mile—on referrals alone, she’s enjoyed a more than 20-year career in helping clients find their perfect New Orleans home or sell the one they’ve outgrown. A New Orleans native, Jeannine knows the city like no other. She is a Multi-Million Dollar Producer that appeared on HGTV’s Property […]

Hillory Hracek

At only 29, Hillory Hracek has developed a reputation as a top loan originator thanks to her reliable, caring, fast, and professional approach to securing loans and making home ownership a reality for people across Southeastern Louisiana. Known for her flexibility and availability, she helps clients understand the process every step of the way. Despite […]

Eustis Mortgage

With 60 years of history, Eustis Mortgage is a time-honored New Orleans area provider of home loans with a specialized, client-focused team of loan officers. The company was founded in 1956, when two determined loan officers decided the best way to provide service was to form a sustainable, long-term team that would benefit clients with […]

Engel & Völkers New Orleans

Engel & Völkers New Orleans provides a real estate experience fit for the Big Easy—combining the company’s core values of competence, exclusivity, and passion with local New Orleans flair, its team of advisors creates an authentic and bespoke experience tailored to each client. Locally owned and globally connected, the brokerage allows for meticulous, white-glove service […]

New Orleans Luxury Living

  Elizabeth McNulty and Jennifer Cohn Nierman want your experience buying or selling to be as luxurious as the property itself. With careful attention to detail, vast market knowledge, and an expansive network, they ensure a streamlined, stress-free transaction. New Orleans Luxury Living is known for assisting clients in every aspect of home ownership, from […]

Stacie Carubba

Stacie understands that buying a home is a life change, not a mere transaction. Skillful and communicative, she gets the home of your dreams on the right terms. Fast Fact: Stacie delivers results, not excuses—her dynamic approach garnered a Top 100 rating. staciecarubba.com 504-434-7653 118 W. Harrison Ave., #301, New Orleans

Brent Edwards

An in-depth knowledge of New Orleans, 20+ years of experience in the mortgage business, and excellent service sets Edwards apart as a trustworthy lender. Fast Fact: Edwards constantly searches for better loan products to help clients obtain their dream. assurancemortgage.com 504-523-5740 2800 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 214, Metairie

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