Real wood panel is used for the ship lap ceiling found in the foyer of this custom home.

The U.S. housing market is still going strong. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date nationwide reached 276,110 in March, up 25.3% over the March 2020 level of 220,416 and total number of multifamily permits issued year-to-date nationwide reached 131,227 in March, up 20.4% over the March 2020 level of 108,977.

Single-family permits were high in all four regions. The Midwest reported a 40% increase, next the Northeast with a 27.3% increase, followed by the West with a 23.9% increase and the South saw a 23.1% increase. There was also an increase in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

The highest growth rate was 300% from 20 to 80 in the District of Columbia between March 2020 YTD and March 2021 YTD. The top 10 states on the list accounted for a total of 62.8% of the total single-family permits issued. The top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest number of single-family home permits were Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (13,094), Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland (12,745) and Austin-Round Rock (6,189), and two were in Florida; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (5,219) and Jacksonville (3,391).

All four regions also saw a gain in multifamily permits in March 2021. The South reported the highest at 22.1%, the Northeast 21.3%, the West 20.3% and the Midwest 13.5% increase. During the time between March 2020 YTD and March 2021 YTD 36 states saw an increase in multifamily permits.

The highest was seen in New Mexico with an increase of 1,267.7%. The top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest number of multifamily home permits were New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (9,222), Austin-Round Rock, TX (7,359), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (6,661), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington,TX (5.594), Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (5,555), Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (5,183), Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-ME (3,881), Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (3,095) and Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN (2,888).

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A three-day celebration in Covington with fireworks.

July 4th Weekend Celebration

When: July 2 – 4, 2021
Daily

Where: Land-O-Pines Family Campground
17145 Million Dollar Rd
Covington, LA 70435

What: Live music by Shot Time and D.J. Danny Renojo.
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Get ready for Christmas early this year in Covington.


Christmas in July 

When: July 10 & 11, 2021

Where:Coquille Park and Recreational Center
13505 LA-1085
Covington, LA 70433

What: $5 Admission fee/children under 13 are free
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You can enjoy a picnic at this event in Mandeville.

Annual Light Up the Lake

When: July 4, 2021

Where: Mandeville Lakefront
Music Stage at Coffee & Carroll Streets
Mandeville, LA 70448

What: Free Event!
Live music by Boogie Man.

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There is live music and food on-site at the event in Mandeville.

Food Truck

Where: Creole Tomateaux
1851 Florida St.
Mandeville, LA 70448

When: July 30, 2021

What: Free Admission!

 

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This event is live in Slidell this summer.

Hannah Belle

When: July 29, 2021
7pm – 9:30pm

Where: The Lobby Lounge at Northshore Harbor Center
100 Harbor Center Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70461

What:
Admission: $17-$100

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See thousands of reptiles, amphibians, inverts, feeders, supplies and more in Slidell.


HERPS Exotic Reptile & Pet Show

When: January 24 & 25, 2021
10 AM-5 PM Sat, 10 AM-4PM Sun

Where:Northshore Harbor Center
100 Harbor Center Blvd.,
Slidell, LA 70460

What: 1-Day Pass: Adult $10, Kids 5-12 $5; 2-Days: $Adult $15, Kids 5-12 $8. Kids 4 and under FREE!
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This tasting will give an overall idea of what is served at events in Mandeville.

Tasting for the Lakehouse Maison Lafitte

When: July 22, 2021
6pm – 8pm

Where: Maison Lafitte
402 Lafitte St.
Mandeville, LA 70448

What: Advance Only; 2 Free Tickets if Event Booked, $30 for Guests

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Come enjoy this free concert outdoors in Covington.

Sunset at the Landing

When: July 16, 2021
6pm – 9pm

Where: Columbia Street Landing on the Bogue Falaya River
100 N. Columbia St.
Covington, LA 70433

What: Free

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This year’s camp will focus on the natural resources of Louisiana.


LPB Maritime Mueseum’s STEAM Camp

When: July 12 – 16, 2021
9am – 3pm

Where: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
133 Mabel Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447

What: Price: $195 per camp.
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