An amazing custom built home close to New Orleans.

Despite the increase in mortgage interest rates, home prices have remained stubbornly high for those real estate buyers who can still afford to purchase a new home for sale. The reason for this is that the market hasn’t recovered from the exceptional interest rates before and during the pandemic. Housing inventory remains low, which prompts bidding wars for available homes for sale. These bidding wars almost artificially inflate home prices, and the result has been a 1.4% increase in home value from April to May, which is the highest it’s been since June of 2022.

Even though this spring’s home buying season has been muted compared to the last two years, home buyers are still in the market to buy new and previously-owned homes in the Greater New Orleans area. Nationally, the average home value was at $346,856, almost 1% higher than a year ago and 3.4% more than the beginning of 2023.

During a normal real estate market, pricing tends to trend downward beginning in August, but experts are waiting to see what this year’s market brings. The Midwest had the highest monthly price increases, and New Orleans, considered one of the smallest markets, increased by .6%. The trend of abnormally low home inventory continues in 2023 with May showing a 23% drop in listings compared to May, 2022, and this percentage aligns with the same drop of inventory in March of this year of 22%.

In addition to the pandemic surge and buyout of existing land and houses, another factor in the abnormally low inventory has been the high mortgage interest rates. Homeowners don’t want to sell their home, which probably had a fantastic interest rate and buy a home at a significantly higher rate. Also, once they put their home on the market, and it sells, they may not be able to find a new home to move into. Overall, in a 4-year comparison of home inventory, May 2023, inventory is 3.1% less than May of 2022, and 45.7% less than May of 2019.

If you are looking to buy a new home or build a new home, Ron Lee Homes has available lots for sale and ready to build your new home. Consider getting started with your home building process and Contact Us Today!

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Proceeds from the Fest Support East St. Tammany Rainbow Child Care Center!


10th Annual Olde Town Pumpkin Fest

433 Erlanger Avenue
Slidell, LA 70458

October 7, 2023
11:00am – 4:00pm


Fun for the Whole Family – ponies, hay rides, food, entertainment, arts and crafts, inflatables, sticky wall, face painting and more!

Admission is free! There are ticketed activities that range from $1-$5. Food and drinks range from $1-$10.


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St. Tammany Parish shall soon be the recipients of a Costco location in Covington in the Nord du Lac shopping center off of Pinnacle Parkway. The location will be in “good company,” surrounded by such stores as Koh’s Department Store and Academy Sports + Outdoors, as well as the restaurants of Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, and Saltgrass Steak House.

This well-know area and location will be convenient to residents of Covington and Madisonville in the expansive shopping area off of Highway 21. The investment of approximately $48.5 million for the 159,000 square-foot store will add to many other profitable developments that have sprung up in the area in the last few years. Land clearing has begun for the project, which could take up to 16 months to finish construction.

According to a press release from St. Tammany Corporation, 75 new, full-time jobs with average salaries of $59,000 will be available once the store has opened, and there will also be 75 part-time jobs. The traffic to this new, big-box store in St. Tammany Parish is expected to produce approximately $60 million in sales and property taxes over the next 10 years.

Additional lanes on Interstate 12 have been completed, and construction on the “loop” that crosses over I-12 (Pinnacle Parkway) shall help with the new traffic that this new shopping area will produce.

“We are incredibly excited to see that construction is beginning on the new Costco on Pinnacle Parkway in Covington. We look forward to this great family-first company opening their doors, which will bring dozens of jobs and sales tax revenue to St. Tammany Parish,” St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper said.

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Spend the day with the Northshore Home Builders Association for Fishing & Fun!


2023 NHBA Annual Fishing Tournament

Rigolets Bait & Seafood
52250 US-90
Slidell, LA 70461

October 13, 2023

Cash Prizes:

Redfish $1,000
Speckled Trout $1,000

Additional Prize Categories

Nothing over 27 inches

Black Drum
Ladies Division
Redfish with Most Spots

Pre-Registration Required – No On-Sight Registration

All anglers must be registered and paid for by 5:00PM, Friday, October 6, 2023.


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Visit the Market for Your Fall and Holiday Shopping!


Northshore Autumn Acres Vendor Market

Castine Center in Pelican Park
63350 Pelican Drive
Mandeville, LA 70448

September 9, 2023

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LIVE Broadway performances, musical numbers, live auction, and MORE!


A Night of Broadway Benefiting New Heights

Southern Hotel
428 E Boston Street
Covington, LA 70433

July 21, 2023

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Visit the brewery to enjoy cuisine from many different food trucks!


July Food Truck Roundup

Abita Brewing Company
21084 Hwy 36.
Covington, LA 70433

July 7, 2023
5:30pm – 8:30pm

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A 5 course wine dinner with wine pairings from Riboli Family Wines


Nonna’s After Hours, June Wine Dinner

Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery
2033 N Hwy. 190, Suite #5
Covington, LA 70433

June 22, 2023
6:30am – 7:30pm

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Tropic It Like It’s Hot Party in the Park event at the Abita Springs Trailhead!


Party in the Park

Abita Springs Trailhead
22044 Main Street
Abita Springs, LA 70420

June 30, 2023
5:00pm – 9:00pm

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Celebrate the 4th of July in St. Tammany Parish!


4th of July Weekend Celebration

The Anchor
407 St Tammany Street
Madisonville, LA 70447

June 30, 2023
11:00am – 8:30pm

Live Music From 5PM – 8PM by Buzzy Beano & The Splinters

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