Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Brief History of the Acadians

When we think of Cajun culture, what immediately comes to mind is the traditional music, food, dance, and generally simple lifestyle of our ancestors.  We have kept this culture alive to this day, and we try to instill a sense of Cajun pride in our children in order for the Cajun legacy to live on.  But while we celebrate our Cajun heritage, we seldom think of the turmoil our ancestors endured in order to make Cajun culture what it is today.

During the Seven Years’ War, thousands of Acadians were deported from their homes in various parts of present-day Canada.  Most were shipped back to France, only to be sent to Louisiana later; others were sent to British colonies in North America, from New England to Georgia.  Families were split up, their belongings confiscated, their homes burned.Acadians

Lafayette, also called “the Hub City” is known as the center of Acadiana, the region of Southern Louisiana where most Acadians settled.  The city was first founded under the name Vermilionville in 1821.  Here, Acadians adjusted to their new homes, and Cajun culture developed.

Cajun FrenchIn the early 20th century, Cajuns became victims of oppression, and their culture was put in jeopardy.  Cajun children were punished and often beaten in schoolhouses for speaking Cajun French instead of English, which most of them had never been exposed to before.  Prejudice against the Cajuns was all to prevalent.  “Cajun” became an insulting term.

It wasn’t until the late 60s that the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana was founded, preserving French language in Louisiana and protecting those who spoke it.  Descendants of the rural Acadians became part of the working class, resulting in a higher socioeconomic status.  The Cajuns finally embraced their heritage and were no longer insulted because of it.

While Cajun culture has been well preserved, our lifestyles have vastly changed since our ancestors first settled here. However, a piece of original Acadian culture still exists, under its original name: Vermilionville.  Vermilionville is a popular Lafayette attraction dedicated to teaching children and young adults the plight of the Acadians and the birth of Cajun culture.  The attraction features various art exhibits, as well as original homes and buildings from the time of the Acadians, restored to their original states.  Acadians

Vermilionville is the perfect place to bring your child to show them where their roots originate.  Both fun and educational, Vermilionville will surely be enjoyable to the whole family.

School will be starting up again soon, so set aside a day to visit this little piece of local history before summer ends. On Sunday, August 9, from 10 AM to 5 PM, Vermilionville will celebrate its annual Acadian Culture Day.  The event is free to attend and will include several activities and exhibits, such as live music, boat tours and canoeing, a parade, film showings, visual art, kids crafts and games, and various demonstrations.  Come out and have lots of fun while celebrating your Cajun heritage!

 

If I’d Known…

ifWe’ve probably all said or at least thought “if I knew then what
I know now, I would have done things differently.” We should have stayed in school longer. We should have listened to our parents. We should have bought Apple stock in 2002 for $8.50 that sells for $400 today. Or we could have bought gold in 2000 for under $300 for a four-fold profit today.

Years from now, if we look back at 2012, we may say that it was the best buyer’s market ever. Even now, it’s apparent that both housing and mortgage prices are going up and they may never return to the record low levels.

The housing affordability index, which is considered to be good at 100, had increased to over 200 this past December, January and February. Shrinking inventories and rising prices in most markets have caused the index to fall to 172.7 for May 2013.

This market applies equally to acquiring a home to live in or a home to use as a rental. It is estimated that about 30% of the property purchased last year was done by investors. It is understandable because the positive cash flows far exceed most other investment alternatives.housing affordability

Homeowners moving up in a rising market may sell their home for more by waiting but it will also cost them more for a new house. Typically, a person buys a 50% larger home when they move up. If they wait for prices to go up 10% on the $150,000 home they’re selling, they’ll realize $15,000 more but will pay $22,500 more for the new home purchase. They’ll actually net $7,500 less by waiting for prices to go up and may have to pay a higher mortgage rate too.

The question home buyers and investors alike are faced with today is whether they will be saying years from now that they seized or missed an opportunity of a lifetime.

Wine Down Wednesday – Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

wine down wednesdayPerfect for a busy weeknight, this recipe has only four ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to make!  Serve with rice and vegetables, such as steamed broccoli.  Try it with a Chardonnay.

INGREDIENTSsalmon

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 4 (6 ounce) boneless salmon fillets

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack at about 6 inches from the heat source; prepare the rack of a broiler pan with cooking spray.
  2. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and arrange onto the prepared broiler pan. Whisk together the brown sugar and Dijon mustard in a small bowl; spoon mixture evenly onto top of salmon fillets.
  3. Cook under the preheated broiler until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes.

Tech Tuesday – 3 Mobile Apps You Should be Using

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3 Mobile Apps You Should be Using

Millions of mobile applications have been created to date, and hundreds of thousands are downloaded per day. With the overwhelming amount of apps available, it may sometimes be difficult to find the ones that are actually useful and effective for real estate. Luckily, we found some of them for you.

 1.  Genius Scangenius scan app

This app turns your phone into a portable scanner!  Genius Scan scans documents and saves them directly to your phone as JPEG or multi-page PDF files.  For agents or brokers who need to send time-sensitive contracts, sales agreements or even handwritten notes, this is the perfect app.  Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

 

cloze app 2.  Cloze

Don’t miss the opportunity to strengthen your relationships with your contacts!  Cloze organizes your contacts from social networks and email according to who matters most to you.  Your contacts are tracked by message, tweet, social post, or even job change so you always know when and how to connect with them.  Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

mailtracker app 3.  Mailtracker

This app monitors your email analytics, allowing you to see if and when your email messages are read.  Mailtracker also monitors how many times the email was viewed, and for how long it was viewed; it even shows what device the email was opened with.  Convenient “call” and “reply” buttons are included in the app so you can take immediate action.  Compatible with iPhone and iPad.

 

Have you ever used any of these apps?  If so, what was your experience?  Do you have any other great app suggestions?  Let us know!

Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Brief History of the Acadians

When we think of Cajun culture, what immediately comes to mind is the traditional music, food, dance, and generally simple lifestyle of our ancestors.  We have kept this culture alive to this day, and we try to instill a sense of Cajun pride in our children in order for the Cajun legacy to live on.  But while we celebrate our Cajun heritage, we seldom think of the turmoil our ancestors endured in order to make Cajun culture what it is today.

During the Seven Years’ War, thousands of Acadians were deported from their homes in various parts of present-day Canada.  Most were shipped back to France, only to be sent to Louisiana later; others were sent to British colonies in North America, from New England to Georgia.  Families were split up, their belongings confiscated, their homes burned.Acadians

Lafayette, also called “the Hub City” is known as the center of Acadiana, the region of Southern Louisiana where most Acadians settled.  The city was first founded under the name Vermilionville in 1821.  Here, Acadians adjusted to their new homes, and Cajun culture developed.

Cajun FrenchIn the early 20th century, Cajuns became victims of oppression, and their culture was put in jeopardy.  Cajun children were punished and often beaten in schoolhouses for speaking Cajun French instead of English, which most of them had never been exposed to before.  Prejudice against the Cajuns was all to prevalent.  “Cajun” became an insulting term.

It wasn’t until the late 60s that the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana was founded, preserving French language in Louisiana and protecting those who spoke it.  Descendants of the rural Acadians became part of the working class, resulting in a higher socioeconomic status.  The Cajuns finally embraced their heritage and were no longer insulted because of it.

While Cajun culture has been well preserved, our lifestyles have vastly changed since our ancestors first settled here. However, a piece of original Acadian culture still exists, under its original name: Vermilionville.  Vermilionville is a popular Lafayette attraction dedicated to teaching children and young adults the plight of the Acadians and the birth of Cajun culture.  The attraction features various art exhibits, as well as original homes and buildings from the time of the Acadians, restored to their original states.  Acadians

Vermilionville is the perfect place to bring your child to show them where their roots originate.  Both fun and educational, Vermilionville will surely be enjoyable to the whole family.

School will be starting up again soon, so set aside a day to visit this little piece of local history before summer ends. On Sunday, August 9, from 10 AM to 5 PM, Vermilionville will celebrate its annual Acadian Culture Day.  The event is free to attend and will include several activities and exhibits, such as live music, boat tours and canoeing, a parade, film showings, visual art, kids crafts and games, and various demonstrations.  Come out and have lots of fun while celebrating your Cajun heritage!

 

If I’d Known…

ifWe’ve probably all said or at least thought “if I knew then what
I know now, I would have done things differently.” We should have stayed in school longer. We should have listened to our parents. We should have bought Apple stock in 2002 for $8.50 that sells for $400 today. Or we could have bought gold in 2000 for under $300 for a four-fold profit today.

Years from now, if we look back at 2012, we may say that it was the best buyer’s market ever. Even now, it’s apparent that both housing and mortgage prices are going up and they may never return to the record low levels.

The housing affordability index, which is considered to be good at 100, had increased to over 200 this past December, January and February. Shrinking inventories and rising prices in most markets have caused the index to fall to 172.7 for May 2013.

This market applies equally to acquiring a home to live in or a home to use as a rental. It is estimated that about 30% of the property purchased last year was done by investors. It is understandable because the positive cash flows far exceed most other investment alternatives.housing affordability

Homeowners moving up in a rising market may sell their home for more by waiting but it will also cost them more for a new house. Typically, a person buys a 50% larger home when they move up. If they wait for prices to go up 10% on the $150,000 home they’re selling, they’ll realize $15,000 more but will pay $22,500 more for the new home purchase. They’ll actually net $7,500 less by waiting for prices to go up and may have to pay a higher mortgage rate too.

The question home buyers and investors alike are faced with today is whether they will be saying years from now that they seized or missed an opportunity of a lifetime.

Wine Down Wednesday – Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

wine down wednesdayPerfect for a busy weeknight, this recipe has only four ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to make!  Serve with rice and vegetables, such as steamed broccoli.  Try it with a Chardonnay.

INGREDIENTSsalmon

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 4 (6 ounce) boneless salmon fillets

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack at about 6 inches from the heat source; prepare the rack of a broiler pan with cooking spray.
  2. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and arrange onto the prepared broiler pan. Whisk together the brown sugar and Dijon mustard in a small bowl; spoon mixture evenly onto top of salmon fillets.
  3. Cook under the preheated broiler until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes.

Tech Tuesday – 3 Mobile Apps You Should be Using

Tech Tuesday Logo

3 Mobile Apps You Should be Using

Millions of mobile applications have been created to date, and hundreds of thousands are downloaded per day. With the overwhelming amount of apps available, it may sometimes be difficult to find the ones that are actually useful and effective for real estate. Luckily, we found some of them for you.

 1.  Genius Scangenius scan app

This app turns your phone into a portable scanner!  Genius Scan scans documents and saves them directly to your phone as JPEG or multi-page PDF files.  For agents or brokers who need to send time-sensitive contracts, sales agreements or even handwritten notes, this is the perfect app.  Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

 

cloze app 2.  Cloze

Don’t miss the opportunity to strengthen your relationships with your contacts!  Cloze organizes your contacts from social networks and email according to who matters most to you.  Your contacts are tracked by message, tweet, social post, or even job change so you always know when and how to connect with them.  Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

mailtracker app 3.  Mailtracker

This app monitors your email analytics, allowing you to see if and when your email messages are read.  Mailtracker also monitors how many times the email was viewed, and for how long it was viewed; it even shows what device the email was opened with.  Convenient “call” and “reply” buttons are included in the app so you can take immediate action.  Compatible with iPhone and iPad.

 

Have you ever used any of these apps?  If so, what was your experience?  Do you have any other great app suggestions?  Let us know!