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Property Highlight at edge of Bywater!

Opportunity to live in Bywater comes complete with your own garden,  incredible dining, entertainment and more close by! ... (Continue Reading)

Short Term Rental updates by Ali Cherenek

Short Term Rental Guidelines are changing as of Sunday, December 1st and we have organized helpful information from the City of New Orleans website below to guide you through the process. In addition, to some great updates there are several valuable cheat sheets worth downloading relating to terminology, parking, and zoning. As of yesterday, the new applications are available for your review online and we are eagerly awaiting the release of the new STR handbook which should be any... (Continue Reading)

Property Highlight in the heart of Bywater!

A unique and sprawling corner lot stunner. 4000-4008 Royal Street has an abundance of exciting features from integrated SMART technology, to a variety of imported palm trees spread throughout the courtyard.  ... (Continue Reading)

Property Highlight in Bakery Village!

 Exclusive Private Listing in Bakery Village, a small community within the Irish Channel. Don't miss the opportunity to see this gorgeous home before it hits the market! ... (Continue Reading)

Property Highlight in the Seventh Ward!

 Introducing 1725 Frenchmen Street, a beautiful Victorian Camelback located in the Seventh Ward. This neighborhood is beaming with true New Orleanian character and talent, now you have the chance to be a part of it. Quote from "If beige is your favorite hue, this may not be the neighborhood for you. Plenty of homeowners here have chosen some of the most vibrant and Caribbean influenced house colors around."   ... (Continue Reading)

Community Connect with Kevin Ferguson

Introducing our November Community Connect, client and friend, Kevin Ferguson. Kevin is the Senior Manager of Premium Accounts for the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans!  Born in Huntsville Alabama, his family spent a few years in New Jersey before making their way back to Louisiana where he started kindergarten in Belle Chasse. Kevin’s father was in the United States Navy and when the time came for him to retire, the family moved to Algiers Point. Kevin attended Benjamin Franklin High... (Continue Reading)

Property Highlight in Algiers Point

"Where neighbors become friends" is the motto of 316 Seguin Street, a recently renovated Victorian style home in Algiers Point. ... (Continue Reading)

Property Highlight in the Irish Channel!

Location, history and opportunity? ~ 729 Louisiana Avenue has it all ~     You can see the owners' businesses at the links below: (Continue Reading)

Property highlight in the Filmore neighborhood!

 Are you searching for a new home? 5378 Pratt Drive might be the one for you..  Visit: to learn more about the Filmore Neighborhood.  Happy house hunting!   ... (Continue Reading)

Talking Refinance with Joe Uzee

         Joe Uzee, Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company, gives his insight into refinancing. Read on to learn more straight from the source!   Is a Refinance Right for Me? There are many events headlining news today. One headline is the low mortgage rates! It is true that mortgage rates have been decreasing throughout this year. We started the year with 30 year fixed rates around 4.625% and now 30 year fixed rates are below 4%.... (Continue Reading)

August Community Connect-Blake Haney of Dirty Coast

    Our August Community Connect introduces Blake Haney, owner of local retailer Dirty Coast and close friend of Witry Collective co-owner Katie Witry. At first glance, Dirty Coast seems like simply a witty t-shirt company that incorporates the quirky elements and common phrases unique to New Orleans culture. However, Blake elaborates, “Our designs aspire to a higher standard than mere recognition, tribalism, or kitsch. At their best, our shirts stoke nostalgia, spark conversation, and make people laugh. They... (Continue Reading)

How to apply for your Homestead Exemption

Orleans Parish      A “domicile” is one’s permanent, owned residence. A person can have only one domicile. Every homeowner in Orleans Parish is able to claim an exemption from property taxes for the first $75,000 of value of their “domicile” or the home they occupy as their primary residence, guaranteed by the State Constitution. The Homestead Exemption is permanent for as long as the individual owns and resides at that property in Orleans Parish. Once you successfully apply for... (Continue Reading)

July Community Connect-Alison Todd and Justin Nix

Welcome to Magic Box Toys!    There is no shortage of things to do, places to see, and activities for the whole family in New Orleans. As the city has grown, there has been a shift in focus to bring more education and engagement to the city’s children and youth. Magic Box Toys offers a fun place for both child and parent alike. For July’s Community Connect, we are highlighting owners Alison Todd and Justin Nix for the magic and... (Continue Reading)

A Word from Our Realtors

           Katie Witry has an impeccable list of accolades to write home about. As a board member of the Preservation Resource Center, a Historic House Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) and co-owner of Witry Collective, these are just a few highlights showcasing the talent and dedication Katie has put into her career. Whether you’re buying, selling or interested in staying up to date on the market- we asked Katie to... (Continue Reading)

June Community Connect- Annie Irvin

As a historic-based real estate firm with active members in the New Orleans historic preservation community, Witry Collective understands how important it is to maintain the incredible history we have within our city. This is not easy, however. In order to do so, it takes daily dedication and the utmost passion to keep history alive. For June’s Community Connect, we are highlighting a fellow member of the community who shares a passion for historic preservation: Annie Irvin, Executive Director... (Continue Reading)

May Community Connect-Jack Carey and Lucy Scholz

Summer is around the corner and many of us are ready to head outside and enjoy some long-anticipated fun in the sun. For Jack Carey and Lucy Scholz, however, outdoor activities are everlasting. Witry Collective’s May Community Connect highlights Jack Carey, the founder of Live Oak Wilderness Camp, and Founding Program Director, Lucy Scholz. Jack has spent most of his life hiking, camping, backpacking, and adventuring. His passion for the environment and outdoors reflects in his academic career, completing coursework... (Continue Reading)

April Community Connect-Bivian “Sonny” Lee III

Happy Spring from Witry Collective! We are extremely honored to introduce our April Community Connect feature, Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, President and Executive Director of Son of a Saint. Witry Collective connected with Sonny and Son of a Saint through our co-working space, The Shop at the CAC. Sonny has dedicated himself to enhancing the lives of fatherless boys. His story is inspiring, his organization is comprehensive and momentous, and his boys defy every stereotype that is bestowed upon... (Continue Reading)

March Community Connect-Yanti Turang

Happy Mardi Gras from Witry Collective! We hope everyone is enjoying this special time in our city. For the March feature of our Community Connect Series, we are highlighting someone just as exceptional as our city. We introduce to you Yanti Turang, Founder and Executive Director of LearnToLive. Yanti has a diverse background, being half Indonesian and half Australian, with a wide array of hobbies and careers including anthropology, music, nursing, and achieving her MBA. We are excited to... (Continue Reading)

February Community Connect-Al Sidhom

Witry Collective is incredibly excited to introduce our newest member, Al Sidhom. Al has over 20 years experience in real estate and his knowledge will be a huge asset to the firm. We encourage you to look out for Al and his listings, as he can guide you skillfully through the buying or selling process. Al is originally from Dallas, Texas. He attended Loyola University New Orleans and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in... (Continue Reading)

Brett Rector & Josh Walther honored as Kingfish

We are excited to announce that Brett Rector and Josh Walther have been selected by New Orleans Magazine as two of the 2019 Kingfish. "Generous, durable and unflinching in character" is how New Orleans Magazine describes those who are selected as a Kingfish. Read more about Kingfish and the others that were honored. ... (Continue Reading)

January Community Connect- The WC

Happy New Year from the Witry Collective! We begin 2019 by reflecting on our first year in business. 2018 has brought us many successes and united us closer as colleagues, friends, and family. Knowing that our vision of creating a firm built on trust, collaboration, and a commitment to our clients has come to fruition is surreal for all of us at the Witry Collective. We have grown together as a company and have learned to rely on each... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry Named Entrepreneur of the Year

On Friday, December 14, 2018 Katie Witry was honored by New Orleans Metropolitan Women's Council of Realtors® as Entrepreneur of the Year. Additional 2018 honorees included: Gizelda Toomer-Spirit Award Shenique Renee Harris-President's Choice Michael Allen Sell-President's Choice Brittney Speed-President's Choice Jennifer Cook-National Affiliate of the Year Judith Dubea-Member of the Year Crista Breaux-Volunteer of the Year         Katie Witry co-founded the Witry Collective in 2018 with the inherent understanding that collaboration is the key to being stronger, wiser and more efficient. She believes that building business relationships across industries... (Continue Reading)


The holiday season is a time to give thanks and celebrate traditions with one another! In New Orleans, this may include holiday parties, concerts, snapping a memorable photo in the Roosevelt’s beautifully lit lobby, candy cane martinis at The Sazerac Bar, a train ride through City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, Christmas Eve bonfires lighting the way for Papa Noel, or maybe a Saint’s playoff game (just saying)! This December, we are excited to introduce you to a very... (Continue Reading)

Year End Buyer’s Incentive

It's never been a better time to buy a home in New Orleans. Don't miss out on this special Witry Collective year end event! You've heard before that it is better to give than receive. Our clients are giving big! The sellers of these five listings have agreed to pay the buyer's 2019 tax bill if the property is sold by December 31, 2018! Click on the properties below to see more details. (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective Sponsors Community Build Day

On Saturday, November 3, the Witry Collective proudly sponsored and participated in the unCommon Construction Community Build Day on Music Street. "We strongly believe in unCommon Construction's mission to empower youth," Witry Collective owner and Realtor® Josh Walther says. "It always amazes me when I walk through one of the unfinished homes, all the affirmations written by the students on the framing that will soon become covered by drywall and how those affirmations will always be a part of that... (Continue Reading)

Congratulations to Witry Collective Client Mia Kacmarcik-Sanders!

Each year Gambit celebrates 40 unique women and men under 40 years old impacting New Orleans. The Witry Collective would like to congratulate each and every honoree for their contribution to our community! A very special congratulations goes out to our client Mia Kacmarcik-Sanders! Thank you Mia for your contribution and your vision as founder of the opioid addiction rehabilitation program at St. Cecilia. We honor your commitment.  Mia Kacmarcik-Sanders, 38 Licensed clinical social worker, substance abuse care manager, Daughters of Charity's... (Continue Reading)


Perhaps you have heard the famous Tennessee Williams quote, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” New Orleans, like New York and San Francisco, is truly a unique place, known to stir the souls of those who visit it. Tennessee Williams was not a native of our great city, but he often referred to it as his “spiritual home.” His life here served as inspiration for several of his famous works.... (Continue Reading)

The Witry Collective participates in the Loyola Executive Mentorship Program

The Witry Collective and Jeffrey Doussan of Keller Williams are co-mentoring seven Loyola Business Students over the next four years.  The first mentoring session was held at The Shop at the CAC on Tuesday, October 16. Each guest speaker presented why they chose their career, what their work entails and how they have become successful.  Guest Speaker List Pam Meyer The Shop at the CAC Community Director Domain Companies Click here for bio Adam Shipley Hep Cat Entertainment Click here for bio Adrienne LaBauve Witry Collective Broker Owner/Agent Click here... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry Honored as a Steel Magnolia

We are excited to announce Katie Witry has been selected by New Orleans Magazine as a 2018 Steel Magnolia. New Orleans Magazine’s Steel Magnolias are selected based upon their accomplishments as businesswomen and their philanthropy throughout the community.  The Southern woman has earned her fitting nickname: Steel Magnolia. A Southern woman has infamous mystique. She is feminine, but not afraid to speak her mind; gracious, but in no way a pushover; and with the strength and force of hurricane winds whipping across the Gulf Coast.  The New Orleans... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry is an Honoree chosen for 2018 ‘Excellence in Construction and Real Estate’ class

Katie Witry WITRY COLLECTIVE LLC OWNER/REALTOR® Katie Witry learned at a young age that when running a business, a customer’s experience should be a core value of the company. Both of her parents were small business owners and operators of their companies. Joe Witry was a printer, and the first to place artwork and holograms on NFL football tickets. Sharon Witry, her mother, was known as one the best interior designers in south Florida. Witry grew up working in Chicago-area warehouses folding season tickets... (Continue Reading)


According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors essential to the health and wellbeing of both.” Research shows that having a pet offers numerous health benefits, including decreased stress, fewer allergies, lower blood pressure, and increased serotonin levels. Caring for a pet also encourages exercise and socialization, therefore combating isolation and loneliness. There is no denying the important role animals play in... (Continue Reading)

Progressive Broker Tour Tuesday, September 18

Join us for a Progressive Broker tour in Bywater, New Marigny/St. Roch & Algiers Point! NINE OPEN HOUSES TODAY, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 from 11AM-1PM!   3431 Chartres Street-Salad/appetizer 816 Bartholomew Street-Sandwiches  1002 Mazant Street-Cupcakes from Bywater Bakery  2415 Urquhart Street-Cheese Platter    Visit all these open houses and you'll be entered to win a $100 gift card from Whole Foods!   825 Belleville Street-Lunch from Tavolino Pizza & Lounge Add this lovely cottage in Algiers Point to your tour and you'll be entered to win an additional $50 gift card... (Continue Reading)

Homestead Exemption Reminder

If you bought a property during the last year, you NOW need to apply for your homestead exemption. We usually send this email out once a quarter as a gentle reminder.   If you sold a home, you can ignore the rest of this post- thank you.   Now that you have purchased your home, you need to apply for your homestead exemption. Which means you do not pay taxes on the first $75,000 your home is valued at. Your property will get reassessed every 3 years... (Continue Reading)

Soft second mortgage funds available on a first come, first serve basis for first-time homebuyers!

Jefferson Parish has been designated as a Participating Jurisdiction for the HOME Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Soft second mortgage funds are available on a first come, first serve basis from the Louisiana Housing Corporation and Jefferson Parish Department of Community Development.   Details for the Louisiana Housing Corporation’s soft second mortgage program: 1.)    First time homebuyers only 2.)    HQS Inspection will be required 3.)    Duplication of benefits will be checked 4.)    Available in 53 parishes that were impacted by Isaac, Gustav and... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry honored in 2018 ‘Excellence in Construction and Real Estate’ class

On the evening of Monday, September 10 at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Katie Witry was honored by City Business New Orleans with an Excellence in Residential Real Estate Award. Katie's Witry Collective colleagues, friends and family joined her as she accepted this award for notable real estate projects such as 4801 St. Charles Avenue and 1824 Sophie Wright Place.  Katie's work and recognition will be featured in the September 28, 2018 issue of City Business New Orleans.    [ngg_images... (Continue Reading)


September’s Community Connect article is dedicated to The Very Rev. William “Bill” Terry and his transformational work as Dean of the Downtown Deanery and Rector of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in the Historic Treme Neighborhood of New Orleans. This year, New Orleans celebrates its 300th Anniversary! Founded in 1718, New Orleans boasts some of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States, including Faubourg Treme. The area received its name from Claude Tremé, a French immigrant who settled in New... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective Wins Best Real Estate Agent in Gambit Weekly

Thank you for voting the Witry Collective as the #1 Best Real Estate Agent in the Metro Area in Gambit Weekly! We are truly honored to have your support! " order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] ... (Continue Reading)

August Community Connect-Matt Vaughan

Matt Vaughan might be the world’s most interesting locksmith, which is why we are delighted to highlight him as our Community Connect Client for the month of August. Matt was raised on the Northshore of New Orleans, but has lived downtown since 1992. He began his career in the service industry, working his way up from bartender to manager and, eventually, owner. He helped establish some of New Orleans’ most provocative haunts, including the Whirling Dervish, Shim Sham, Erin... (Continue Reading)

WC team at Inman Connect-Day 1

Emma Schluntz, Alison Cherenek and Katie Witry are in San Francisco at the Inman Connect Conference. Here are there takeaways from Day One.    Inman Conference Day One #1 takeaways   Indie Brokerage/10 trends in real estate    1. Economy 2. Relationship - our super power 3. Vanilla is out - clear culture 4. Fear based demands -  low inventory 5. Commission Compression- pressure to cut fees- slightly lower. Scalability- how to benefit the consumer. More thoughtful agents and more refined 6. No inventory- fighting for feasibility 7. The ibuyer- so... (Continue Reading)

July Community Connect – Aaron Frumin

For many of us, high school was a time of struggling with questions regarding identity and self-worth. Some kids would rather escape than face the pressures of growing up and navigating what feels like an overwhelming terrain of emotions and expectations. In this competitive and ever-changing world, how do we teach our kids the value of hard work, problem solving, and teamwork, while simultaneously preparing them for college or life after high school? How do we give them the... (Continue Reading)

Moveable Feast Along St. Charles Avenue

On Wednesday, June 20  join the Witry Collective for a Moveable Feast from 4-7PM. During this 4 course feast you'll be touring fantastic luxury homes along St. Charles Avenue.    Wine and cheese at 7526 St. Charles Avenue   Toups Meatery and Royal Brewery Craft Beer at 4827 St. Charles Avenue   Sushi and wine at 2228 St. Charles Avenue   Dessert and cheese at 7905 St. Charles ... (Continue Reading)

Events with the Witry Collective

In June, the Witry Collective hosted two events in our new space The Shop at the CAC. On Wednesday, June 6 we introduced ourselves to our Shop Community at Meet the Collective and had three guest speakers in attendance to speak with the start up businesses in the building. Ryan Scafidel of Audubon Tile Insurance gave a presentation on tax sales, Gabrielle Begue of Clio Associates offered an overview of tax credit design projects her firm has recently completed and... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry chosen for 2018 ‘Excellence in Construction and Real Estate’ class

New Orleans CityBusiness has chosen its 2018 Excellence in Construction and Real Estate class, recognizing professionals that have created a positive impact in the areas of investment, jobs created and potential impact in the New Orleans area. New Orleans CityBusiness Honorees         We would also like to congratulate Joe Uzee at Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company, one of our Resource Partners who was also selected!      ... (Continue Reading)

Community Connect – June: Witry Collective Industry Partners

It is no secret that competition has its benefits; it pushes us to work harder and faster, testing our skills and helping us achieve our goals. However, competition can also have a dark side; people are less likely to trust each other and share information, and it therefore becomes difficult to communicate ideas for the greater good. Generally, when we work and/or live in a collaborative environment, we are more engaged and productive because we feel valued and supported,... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective client, recipient of $1,000 gift from NOMAR

Non-profit and client unCommon Construction was the recipient of $1,000 by the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors for their mission of helping young people gain skills and experience while they are pursuing high school and college careers. “After looking over their website and spending an afternoon with the staff and apprentices and other sponsors like Gibbs Construction and The Witry Collective, NOMAR was sold on the work of the organization and were proud to present them with a check... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective sponsors PRC’s Shotgun House Tour

The Witry Collective was proud to celebrate the Preservation Resource Center’s Shotgun House Tour in Algiers Point on May 12th, an event showcasing historic and architecturally significant homes in the city’s second oldest neighborhood. We were honored to be Sidehall Shotgun Sponsors and we hosted our client’s home at 818 Evelina Street. We are grateful to both Benjamin Davis and Monica Yoo, who purchased their unique home in 2017, for participating in such a fun and educational event. There... (Continue Reading)

May Community Connect-Gabrielle Begue

“We shape our buildings; and thereafter, our buildings shape us.” - Winston Churchill Among many things, New Orleans is a city with rich history, an abundance of culture, and rare architecture. Walking through parts of the French Quarter can feel as if you’ve been transported back in time. The architecture of our great city is the foundation of our story as a community. It is the glue that connects us with our past, present, and future. Therefore, by preserving our... (Continue Reading)

Moveable Feast

On Tuesday, May 1  join the Witry Collective for a Moveable Feast from 4-7PM. During this 4 course feast you'll be touring fantastic new luxury construction in historic Faubourg Marigny and Bywater.  Aaron Dare of Tommy Crane Group will provide Appetizers from Horn's Restaurant. Aaron Ross with Ryan Wentworth of Keller Williams will provide the Salad Course from Silk Road. Brett Rector of Witry Collective & George Jeansonne of French Quarter Realty will provide the Entree Course from Elizabeth's Restaurant and the... (Continue Reading)

April Community Connect-Lelia Gowland

As promised, we are excited to introduce the remarkable Lelia Gowland for this month’s Community Connect. With modern advances in technology, we are constantly consuming and exchanging knowledge without giving it much thought. It is now more important than ever to know where our information is coming from and to have trusted, well-educated sources. This is where Lelia Gowland comes in; a New Orleans native, a passionate activist for women’s professional issues, an accomplished writer, speaker, and teacher, her... (Continue Reading)