Joan of Arc Parade 2022, January 6, 2022

Come see Krewe of Joan of Arc in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Krewe of Joan of Arc Parade

French Quarter
Corner of Toulouse and Decatur
New Orleans, LA 70116

January 6, 2022

Free Event.


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New Orlean Saints vs. Carolina Panthers, January 2, 2022

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

Caesars Superdome
1500 Sugar Bowl Dr
New Orleans, LA 70112

January 1, 2022

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2022 Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2022

This will be the 88th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

Caesars Superdome
1500 Sugar Bowl
New Orleans, LA 70112

January 1, 2022
8:30 pm 

 Tickets $150.00 and Up.

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Home Sale Both Existing and Pending Are Strong the Month of October

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) pending home and existing home sales rose in the month of October 2021. This is surprisingly good news considering the low inventory and rising home prices.

As of October 2021, the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose from 116.5 to 125.2 which is an increase of 7.5%. Existing home sales were the highest level since January 2021 at an adjusted annual rate of 6.34 million which was an 0.8% increase.

It is still a concern that first-time and young home buyers will be priced out of the market. The first-time buyer share fell to 29% in October, up from 28% in September and down from 32% a year ago. The October inventory level declined from 1.26 to 1.25 million units and is still down from 1.42 million units a year ago.

There is good news for new home construction. The supply of resales is very low. October 2021 reported that unsold inventory was sitting at a 2.4-month supply. This is down from the 2.5-month supply reported in October 2020.

Although the supply was down from October 2020, the average days on market were down in October 2021 to 18 days. It was reported that 82% of homes sold in October 2021 were on the market for just one month. Out of these transactions, 24% were all-cash which was also up from 19% reported last year in October.

The low inventory does continue to bump up home prices. The median home price reported for October 2021 was up 13.1% at 353,900 from a year ago. This is the 116th consecutive month of year-over-year increases making it the longest-running streak recorded.

If you are in the market for a new or existing home, now is still a good time to buy. Contact a local professional Realtor to help you with your search and purchase of a new home.

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Will Supply-Chain Problems Affect Housing Affordability?

Although the hot market and buyer demand have pushed up home prices, the market still shows steady housing affordability. Even though home prices have risen, they are offset by the record low mortgage rates. According to reports, the housing market is not all smooth sailing. The ongoing supply-chain problems around the world have disrupted new construction and renovations.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) reported that 56.6% of both new and existing homes that were sold between July 2021 and September 2021 were affordable for U.S. families earning a median income of $79,900. This is the lowest affordability level since the first quarter of 2012!

The HOI also revealed that the U.S. national median home price rose to a record $355,000 in the third quarter. This is a rise of $5,000 from the second quarter of 2021 and a $35,000 increase from the first quarter of 2021. Buyers did not feel the rise because the average mortgage rates dropped by 14 basis points to 2.95% at the same time.

This is good news but there are some setbacks to the market. It has been hard to get materials and product is increasing in price at a fast pace.

“Persistent building material supply chain bottlenecks and tariffs on Canadian lumber and Chinese steel and aluminum continue to place upward pressure on construction costs and home prices,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke. “Policymakers must fix supply chain vulnerabilities that are disrupting and delaying construction projects and hurting housing affordability.”

“Interest rates are anticipated to gradually rise in the coming months as the Fed begins to taper its monthly bond and mortgage-backed securities purchases,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “To keep affordability problems from worsening in the future, policymakers need to tackle supply-chain challenges that are hindering new home production. Helping builders boost output will also slow the rapid rise in home prices that has occurred over the past year.”

The five most affordable housing markets around the country currently are Lansing-East Lansing, MI, Pittsburgh, PA, Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Scranton-Wilkers-Barre-Hazleton, PA and Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA. The five least affordable major housing markets are Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA, Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA/San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA tied for second, San Diego-Carlsbad, CA and Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA.

For the small housing markets, the five most affordable are Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-ILL, Monroe, MI, Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ, Fairbanks, AL and Wheeling, WV-OH. The least affordable small housing are Corvallis, OR, Salinas, CA, Napa, CA, Santa-Cruz-Watsonville, CA and San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA.

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