Posts Tagged ‘tangipahoa parish real estate’


Real Estate Trends Report for Hammond Ponchatoula, Louisiana

June 30, 2015




I have included in today’s blog a link that will bring you to a trends report for the Ponchatoula/Hammond Area.  I tried to make a picture out of it so you would not have to click, but the image just kept coming up very blurred.  So either it’s blurred or you click, sorry I choose click.  Seems Hammond and Ponchatoula Markets have rebounded dramatically.  The Markets are actually thriving at this point.  Sales are getting a little more difficult to bring to fruition, but that is not the fault of the buyer or seller, just the Industry in general is getting a little more difficult.  So if you are in the Market to Sell – Now is the time!!!!  If you are in the market to buy call me so I can get you to properties quickly to eliminate competition.  We look forward to helping you all.  As we always say.  The Martin Team is Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!




The Martin Team - Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!

The Martin Team – Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!


















So ask yourself??  What does this trends repot show you.



The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling

June 11, 2015

Do you ever get tired of the constant sky is falling, the sky is falling mentality of the press. They alone seem to be able to percolate a seemingly extreme fear in the hearts of all of us. I don’t say bury your head in the sand, but sometimes just unplug from Glen Beck. Unplug from O’Reilly and realize that you have it as good as anyone else living in this world. We all have 365 days a years, 12 months a year, 52 weeks a year, 24 hours in a day, and 60 minutes in an hour, and sixty seconds in each minute. Don’t think it is important to value them all? Ask the guy on death row, ask the guy who shoots the last second shot to win the game, ask the new cancer patient whom was just told they have six months to live. This life is won and lost by inches, yes it seems the small guy has a few more things stacked against him now than in the past, but here, in this Country, better than anywhere else you can achieve if you work hard.
I say all of this to ask what is the greatest thing as a child you can remember. For me it was the safety and security I felt with my family. Gathering at our house during rough storm clouds and pounding thunder or the love I felt at my Grandmother’s during Christmas, Thanksgiving and really every day. I can remember walking into my Grandmother’s back door and the smell of something cooking was always there. There seemed to be an endless supply of Pound Cake, her speciality, on the table. Even when she wasn’t home, kids from the neighborhood would come in her back door take a piece of cake and leave. She loved us so much. The smell of her Kitchen, the comfortableness of her living room. The stories she could tell. The Huge picture window that I use to sit at, that faced East, looking and waiting for Jesus to return. So you ask why all the emotion why all the stories because it all happened at Maw Maws house. The security that house brought to this young child was beyond the mere wood framing and nails, it was a blanket of warmth that surrounded me. I felt safe. In a world when I grew up with constant fear of nuclear war and the boogie men of the world, I felt truly safe. That’s what a house is. It is not the bones, the nails, the concrete. Yea all of those things are important, but a house is where memories are made, where tragedies are dealt with with love and support, where you can retreat from the hussle and bussle of life. Where you can put a hedge around your property that evil cannot penetrate. So when you think about buying your new home look at it as not an investment, which it will be, but ask yourself is this somewhere my kids can feel safe, where when I have grandchildren can they feel that special feeling of ultimate security and warmth. Some may say it is not the house it is the people and I agree. But what I wouldn’t give to one more time smell Maw Maws cooking in that kitchen, listen to the dishes rattle in her dining room as she walked into the living room, listen to the squeaky door she closed when she went to bed, smell the cooking of her Chicken and Dumplins, or simply sit next to a warm fire that my grandfather always had going. A house is the center of the family and with that it becomes your home. So surround yourself with the love of your family. Invite them over whenever you get a chance. Have those great parties because you never know. Long after you are gone it may just be the memory that keeps your kid going, your grandkid.

If you want to start your own place to build dreams, to build your family give me a call or email, or just follow one of the links below to get started.

Four Bedrooms and Above in Hammond and Ponchatoula:

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Call: 985-507-9359


The Move

June 8, 2015

I’ve been on a journey for the last two years or so since I began my own business.  I realized how expensive it is to serve the great people of southeast Louisiana and to make sure their property gets out to as many folks as possible.  I finally come to realize it’s easier to let a big corporate company do this so I can focus on great customer service.  Customer Service as you all know is truly what separates real estate agents one from another.  As most if a property is priced right will sell fairly quickly.  So with all this being said I am back at the place where I started my career.   I’m a little older, hopefully wiser, and look forward to working to make this place the best it can be.  I feel I’m back with friends, back to the people whom i love, and back close to my family.  Three things that make any transition a lot more satisfying.  That being said Im back in business.  Please don’t hesitate to call or email.

Craig Martin

Latter and Blum Classic Homes and Properties

Cell:  985-507-9359



Licensed in LA and MS

Each office is Independently owned and operated.

Hammond, LA


Low Interest Rates + $8000 Tax Credit = Lots of Tangipahoa Mortgage Apps

October 9, 2009

Low interest rates combined with the $8000 tax credit equal an increase in mortgage applications.Here’s an equation to be happy about:

Low Interest Rates + $8000 Tax Credit = Lots of Tangipahoa Mortgage Applications

With interest rates dipping below the 5% mark recently and the deadline for the $8000 First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit looming (must close by November 30, 2009 to qualify), many local Tangipahoa Parish banks and lending companies are experiencing a flood of calls inquiring about refinancing their current mortgages or applying for new ones.  The tax credit has been a major incentive for buyers to purchase properties, helping to lift the slow sales over the last year.  In fact, approximately half of all purchases lately have been first time homebuyers wanting to cash in on the tax incentives for their first Tangipahoa home.

Another benefit of the lower interest rates in the Tangipahoa real estate market seem to be propelling homeowners to start considering refinancing their current mortgages as well.  This has created another refi boom and kept mortgage and loan companies very busy.  Even if your credit scores are below the 720 required for the best mortgage rates, you can still get a good deal if you pay even part of a point.  As of Thursday, October 8, interest rates were at 4.875 with no points for a 30-year loan while 15-year loans were at 4.375 with no points. 

It looks like the last quarter of the year is going to be one of the biggest ones.  Let me know how I can help you get the best deal on your Tangipahoa home purchase today!

Yvonne Martin, Let my family bring your family home to Hammond real estate