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NOW is the time to buy the home you've dreamed about!

by Kim Higgins


Don’t Wait! Move Up To The House You Always Wanted | Keeping Current Matters

The housing market has really stabilized and many homeowners are seriously thinking about up-sizing to the home they have always dreamed about. In most areas of St. Tammany Parish, prices are still below those of a just few years ago and the market remains stable for the most part. Most importantly, the current mortgage interest rates are still near 4% which is the biggest and most influential factor when budgeting for a new home.

However, sellers should consider that waiting to make a move while the mortgage rates are projected to begin increasing this Spring probably doesn’t make sense. As interest rates increase, the price of the home you will be able to afford to buy will decrease. Take a look at the chart  blow that illustrates this point:

Buyers Purchasing Power | Keeping Current Matters



In the mid-19th century, the only way for visitors to reach Mandeville, Louisiana from New Orleans was to take a steamboat across  Lake Pontchartrain – which they did, quite often.  Mandeville is the “first city” that is reached once you cross the lake and is considered the oldest inhabited city in St. Tammany Parish.  It began as a weekend destination for New Orleanians and eventually turned into a diversified small business and bedroom community.  Once the over 24-mile bridge over Lake Pontchartrain (The Causeway) was built, Mandeville began to establish itself as an independent and thriving city.

Today, Mandeville consists of a tightly-filled, 7 square mile city with dozens of retail locations, restaurants, new home subdivisions, and well-established and historical communities and homes.  Mandeville has been name numerous times byRelocate America as one of the Top 100 Places to Live.  Mandeville offers top rated schools in the state of Louisiana with Blue Ribbon and Five Star Schools, and they were named by Money Magazine as One of the Top 100 School Systems in the Nation’s Major Metropolitan Areas.  Mandeville has an extensive medical community with state-of-the-art, upscale health facilities with many smaller specialty clinics from which to choose.

Mandeville has many natural amenities, including a bird sanctuary and offers recreational and historical sites and events as well.  After crossing the bridge from New Orleans to Mandeville, the first thing that visitors will notice is the gorgeous live oaks that line the winding, scenic lakefront on Lakeshore Drive.  The lakefront is a family-friendly amenity with a bike and jogging/walking path as well as a children’s playground complete with a mini-waterpark.  Many warm, sunny days are spent by residents with their kids and pets walking, swimming, or playing music on the lakefront.  There is even a gazebo on the lakefront that is used for local festivals and music events.

Even though it is just 7 square miles of property, Mandeville, Louisiana is the home to two historic attractions – The Dew Drop Dance & Social Hall, which is considered the birthplace of jazz on the Northshore where Louis Armstrong performed and The Seven Sisters, the oldest living live oak in the United States.  As far as lifestyle, health and education, shopping, dining, entertainment, and historic and natural amenities, Mandeville, Louisiana is an ideal place to relocate or move to buy your home!

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A Tribute to the Tchefuncte River

by Kim Higgins

If you live in St. Tammany Parish you should be aware and have a sense of responsibility for the community and environment.  We have such beautiful landscape in this area and it makes you wonder, who is looking out for the best interest of the rivers and lakes that are not privately owned? The Tchefuncte River Foundation and The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum are hosting the 4th annual fundraising event, The TchefuncteTribute- "Lighting the way for the waters we love", to aid in the conservation of the Tchefuncte River and Lake Pontchartrain.   

In 2010, Kyle Catalano, a resident of Madisonville, along with board members, Jay Blossman, and Richard Reynolds created The Tchefuncte River Foundation.  The mission statement of The Tchefuncte River Foundation is to promote the interest and provide leadership in the restoration and maintenance of the quality of the waters of the Tchefuncte River Basin so that future generations can enjoy it's benefits. One of the organization’s project goals is the Tchefuncte River Eco-Park/Reserve.  This project would involve about 150 acres of restoration and remediation of the eastern shoreline of the Tchefuncte River. It will be the first Eco-Wetlands Park/Reserve in St. Tammany Parish with public use, education and natural habitat preservation. There are also plans to create a scenic boardwalk and trailhead that will lead to the Western point of the site creating a pier for photography, recreation and fishing.  You can see the Restoration Project on The Tchefuncte River Foundation’s website

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is dedicated to “Bringing Louisiana’s Maritime History to Life.” The museum provides field trips, camps and outreach programs for students to participate in and hands-on activities related to the Lake Pontchartrain and its history.  You will also find an oral history collection of stories concerning the Lake Pontchartrain basin and history of the Wooden Boat Festival, and a collection of photographs relating to the Jahncke Shipbuilding Corporation in Madisonville. The Louisiana Maritime Museum has also managed the restoration of the Tchefuncte River Light Station which was originally founded and built in 1837.

On Saturday, August 2nd, The Tchefuncte Tribute- “Lighting the way for the waters we love” will benefit both The Tchefuncte River Foundation and The Lake Ponchartrain Basin Maritime Museum at the Pelican Castine Center in Mandeville from 7pm to 11pm.  Some of the local businesses have already contributed by donating their services The Groovy7 Band will be headlining the event and over 20 restaurants will be providing food and drinks including:

Mellow Mushroom

If you are truly passionate about St. Tammany Parish and the conservation of its beautiful lakes and rivers and want to experience a night of great music and food you can purchase tickets at or register here!



Pineapple and Peach Salsa

by Kim Higgins

The other night I was trying to figure out what to have for dinner.  I had pork tenderloins in the fridge and I wanted something healthy to go on top of them. I had some cherry tomatoes that needed to be eaten and I had some snack packs of peaches and pineapples.  I threw it all together with an onion and it turned out delicious!

Pineapple and Peach Salsa

2 tbsp of olive oil 

1 vidalia onion chopped

1 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 snack size container of peaches with juice

1 snack size container of pineapple with juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat oil in large pan.  Add chopped onions and cook on medium heat until translucent (about 10 minutes).  Add cherry tomatoes, peaches and pineapple with juice.  Cook for 15-20 minutes stirring constantly on medium to low heat until fruit and tomatoes are cooked down fairly well. Serve over pork chops or dish of your choice. 

Running with the Bulls in New Orleans!

by Kim Higgins


Running with the Bulls is this weekend, July 12th in New Orleans and the Northshore Roller Derby Team, The Lethal Ladies, will be there representing the Northshore.  If you have never been to this event you are in for an incredible treat!  Hundreds of roller derby girls from all over the country roll in for this special event and thousands of people register to participate in the run.  

The roller derby girls (the Bulls) will decorate their helmets with horns and runners will usually wear a white cloth with a red sash. The object of the game for the runners is to get through the route without getting spanked on the butt by a Bull.  The object for the Bull is to spank as many runners as they can with their plastic bat. 

The runners begin at the starting line and the Bulls are posted throughout the route.  Once the runners approach, the Bulls are released and chase the runners toward the gauntlet.  The gauntlet is lined on each side with the Bulls with bats in tow.  The runners try to dodge the swings of the Bulls as they race through to the finish line.  Some runners like to taunt the Bulls but this is a sure-fire recipe for a good spanking! 

All is well at the end of the race where the Bulls and Runners come together to drink Sangria and party New Orleans style.  Whether you are running through the streets or watching from the sidelines, this event will surely be a good time! For more information on the registration and location please visit

Market Report Update for West St. Tammany Parish

by Kim Higgins

Whether you are a local resident or planning on making a move to our beautiful area, provides up-to-the-minute information to help you find your new home. Discover homes for sale in Mandeville, Madisonville, Covington and much more with our state-of-the-art search features.

We make searching for homes easy!

Enter your search criteria at the top of the page to find a home for sale in the area you wish to live. For a more generic search of the area, visit our Gallery View to see all properties for sale.  Use our Map View to see the homes proximity to each other and to get an idea of the lay of the land. Click on Explore the Area to get information on towns, schools, subdivisions, dining and view community videos.

Sign up for an account! makes it easy to manage your home search.  Set-up e-alerts to have information sent straight to your email. You will have the ability to search by subdivision, area, neighborhood or schools. You can also search foreclosures and short sales by specific subdivisions. Get complete details on each home including price, address, photos and virtual tours. Save your favorite properties and share on Facebook, get instant updates on new listings and price reductions and ask questions directly from each listing.

Selling your home? No problem!

Our marketing plan is designed to capture the maximum exposure for your home in the shortest period of time. Find out how much your home is worth with our free market analysis and get an instant market valuation for your home in the St. Tammany area. We would love the opportunity to earn your business! Give us a call at 985-705-1910 for a free listing presentation.

End of the School Year!

by Jennifer O'Shea

It's that time again! The end of the school year. Students of all ages and in all grades are making their final preparations for the last days of school. Some are simply cleaning out their lockers and desks, some are taking end of the year tests and finals, and some are planning graduation ceremonies and after-parties. They're saying good-bye to their least favorite teachers and tossing out those old notebooks full of papers they won't need anymore. This is undeniably the favorite time of year for every student, no matter what their age is. 

Pool parties, awesome vacations, staying up late, and sleeping until noon will be the new routine for many so make sure your child gets out of the house! They've been cooped up in classrooms and behind desks for 9 months now. It's time to get some fresh air and lay in the grass or sand! Play outside and get dirty too! Encourage your child to stay active and take advantage of the free time that will come to an end all too quickly. Summer is here!! But it won't last long!!!

Looking forward to the 5th Annual Walgreens Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo tomorrow on the Tchefuncte River, Madisonville, Louisiana. 

BENEFITING: Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

EVENT: Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival

THE STORY: A new challenge, and a really fun time, as we paddle together for the first time in support of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. We will be racing a dragon boat (really, 21 of us) down the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville in the Greater New Orleans Dragon Boat Festival. As a family who, among others, knows well the tribulation of dealing with cancer, we hope to assure others that the fight never stops, and that we are working together to help.

We normally celebrate Mother's Day with a family crawfish boil but this year we decided to add some fun and excitement!! Although none of us have ever participated in a Dragon race we are very familiar with boats being raised in Westwego and Houma, Louisiana. I am excited to see all of us on what I think looks like a giant pirogue paddling down the Tchefuncte River! I am praying that we don't tip!  

Check Your Area for Community Blood Drives

by Kim Higgins

Community Blood Drives

The holidays are all about giving back and what a better way to do so than helping save someone’s life.
Donating blood really should only take up about an hour and a half of your time and your donation could be the one someone has been waiting for.

Check out the facts to put it into perspective: Every two seconds, someone in the United States is in need of blood. According to the American Red Cross, more than 44,000 blood donations are needed each day. With just one donation of a pint of blood, up to three lives can be saved.

Nationally, less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood.  What’s more, the only source of blood is a generous volunteer donor. 

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, who weigh at least 110 pounds and who are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors should bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of identification.

For more information, check out or call 800.86.BLOOD.

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Realty Executives SELA Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at


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Kim Higgins
Realty Executives SELA
1502 W. Causeway Approach, Suite D
Mandeville LA 70471
Direct: (985) 705-1910
Office: (985) 778-0657

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