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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)

Adrienne LaBauve attends Dinner with Deb Elam

On the eve of International Women's Day, Adrienne LaBauve attended Dining with Deb at the Hyatt Regency with special guest and New Orleanian Cokie Roberts.  Developed by Deborah Augustine Elam, a retired President of the GE Foundation and now President and CEO of the Corporate Playbook, Dining with Deb is a dining experience that brings together professional women deliberately crossing racial, religious and political barriers, driving meaningful connections and conversations. Each dinner will have content that shares leadership lessons and provides vehicles for connections amongst participants.... (Continue Reading)

Framing Character with Josh Walther & UnCommon Construction

UnCommon Construction recently held an Industry Roundtable session with their apprentices. Josh Walther participated in their roundtable as the Realtor® professional. Professionals from different corners of the the real estate and development industry met in small groups with UCC apprentices on the build site. Josh shared information about his work, how he got started and answered questions from apprentices. To see a recently completed home that UnCommon Construction apprentices built check out, 2529 N. Tonti Street. This property is currently under contract to... (Continue Reading)

March Community Connect-T. Cole Newton

This month for the Community Connect Series, the Witry Collective is honored to introduce T. Cole Newton. We helped Mr. Newton purchase a home in Mid-City where he happily resides with his lovely and accomplished wife, Lelia Gowland (more about Lelia next month). Cole has an entrepreneurial spirit with an affection for community cultivation, which is evident in everything he has accomplished throughout the 12 years he has lived in New Orleans. Cole puts a tremendous amount of thought... (Continue Reading)

Welcome to Our Community Connect Series

Welcome to the Witry Collective’s Community Connect Series. This is the first in a monthly series where we highlight a special client doing outstanding work in our city. At the Witry Collective, we believe that learning about your community and its members offers many essential benefits, including knowledge, networking, inspiration, resources and support. These benefits help us to evolve and thrive within ourselves and also as a whole. We hope the information within this series is enlightening and assists... (Continue Reading)

Historic Aldrich-Genella House on St. Charles Avenue

Historic Aldrich-Genella House on St. Charles Avenue sells above listed price to top weekly sales By: Andrew Valenti, Reporter for New Orleans City Business December 6, 2017 HIGHEST Address: 4801 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans Sales price: $2 million Asking price: $1.8 million Listing agent: Katie Witry, Gardner Realtors Selling agent: Lauren Smith, Keller Williams If someone were seeking a property that embodies the look of a stately Uptown home but also offers something unique to the neighborhood, 4801 St. Charles Ave. might be the way to... (Continue Reading)

New Orleans Gets a Crop of New Condos

The Big Easy may be known for its stately mansions, but a new breed of developers is testing the market for high-end units with posh amenities. New Orleans native Susan Brennan ran up against the gap between inventory and demand. She was looking for a three-bedroom condo with high-end appliances and perks like a pool, dog-walk, doorman and fitness center. Nothing for sale fit the bill, so she decided to build her home herself. She had already developed a couple of... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective Clients Named in Gambit’s “40 under 40”

Aaron Frumin, founder and executive director of unCommon Constructionwas honored this week in Gambit Magazine’s annual 40 under 40 award. We are proud to call Aaron a client, and have been working with unCommon Construction over the two years as they revitalize the local community with helping train local young people with construction skills and real-world, hands-on experience. Aaron founded this amazing non-profit in 2015 and has teamed up with five schools, built six houses and helped more than 70 students... (Continue Reading)

The Great Neighborhood SELLabration!

The Witry Collective is sponsoring the Great Neighborhood SELLabration! Join us today for the Preservation Resource Center’s annual homebuyer fair. Free Workshop Sessions 10:30 – 10:45 | Case Study of a Renovation presented by Margarete Wabnig 11:00 – 11:45 | Homebuying 101 12 Steps to Buying a Home presented by Mirell Gallo Homebuying Basics / First Time Homebuyer Training presented by Giazzlyn Brumfeld, ASII Q&A 12:00 – 12:45 | Financing Your Purchase or Renovation Purchase Incentives presented by Giazzlyn Brumfeld, ASII Renovation Loans presented by Joe Uzee, Gulf Coast Bank &... (Continue Reading)

NAREB to host free event for New Orleans area Black American residents

NAREB to host free event for New Orleans area Black American residents to learn why homeownership builds wealth and how it is still possible. NEW ORLEANS – Homeownership is within reach of Black Americans and continues to be the best way to start building wealth. New Orleans area Black residents are invited to attend Community Wealth Building Day, Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-2 :00 p.m. to learn how. The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) and its local chapter, the New... (Continue Reading)

Josh Walther presents at WCR Top Producer Luncheon

On Thursday June 15 Josh Walther spoke at the Audubon Tea Room during the Women’s Council of Realtors® Top Producers Luncheon as part of their panel of presenters sharing secrets of Super Star Top Producing Agents. Josh was honored to be asked to speak and share his experience. To learn more about the Women’s Council of Realtors or to join the organization visit their website.... (Continue Reading)

Brett Rector Joins the Witry Collective

The Witry Collective is excited to announce that Brett Rector has joined the Collective! Brett is a versatile, seasoned Real Estate professional with over 14 years of experience. You can read Brett’s bio visit here.... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry interviewed on A Round with Steve and Cole

A Place of Our Own April 5, 2017 Welcome back y’all! When first establishing A Round with Steve and Cole, me and my co-host were determined that we didn’t want to produce a podcast that solely focused on bartending and cocktails. There are already great shows out there that addresses that subject matter much better than I think I could. We wanted to do something a little different. Something that would focus on our community and the world around us, but through the... (Continue Reading)

Preservation in Print Editor’s Spotlight

In the April 2017 issue of Preservation in Print Katie Witry is interviewed for the Editor’s Spotlight. You can read the article here.... (Continue Reading)

unCommon Construction Apprenticeship Industry Showcase

Josh Walther participated in unCommon Construction Apprenticeship Industry Showcase last week. Josh loves working with this group and knows that their apprentices will greatly benefit from participating in the program and learning about the various career paths that are available to them. To learn more about unCommon Construction’s Apprenticeship program and the impact you can make on these young people’s lives and futures visit To see the progress of this 2529 N. Tonti Street and learn more about the property once... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective featured in City Business

March 2017 This week in New Orleans City Business Katie Witry is recognized as a Mover & Shaker & Inspirational Woman for her leadership in creating the new business model of the Witry Collective. The Witry Collective places the upmost importance on collaboration and has developed and implemented proven systems for successful real estate models.... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective Takes Home the Domes!

On Thursday, March 23, 2016 the Witry Collective took home four Gardner Dome awards for closed transactions in 2016. Katie Witry-Emerald Dome Award Adrienne LaBauve-Platinum Dome Award Josh Walther-Platinum Dome Award  Darrin Duplissey-Platinum Dome Award Also pictured Brett Rector-Platinum Dome Award and Kasi Champagne-Gold Dome Award... (Continue Reading)

Josh Walther & Katie Witry to present at NOMAR

Josh Walther & Katie Witry will be presenting to the Young Professionals Network of realtors about creating the right team for a renovation project and how to utilize city resources. This panel presentation is perfect for new realtors entering the marketplace. Don’t let your business become obsolete! Join your fellow YPN members on Friday, March 10 from 3 – 5 p.m. at our Metairie Office to learn from local real estate experts on diverse topics that YOU need to be the best you can. These... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry named one of 30 Greater New Orleans business people on the move

February 6, 2017 NEW ORLEANS BUSINESS 30 Greater New Orleans business people on the move... (Continue Reading)

2017-2018 Louisiana Homebuyer list of Certified Homebuyer Training Agencies

For buyers seeking any assistance programs, below are the providers for the Homebuyer Training Program-12 hour class. Enroll today! 2017-2018 List of Certified Agencies A Shared Initiative, Inc. 5508 Citrus Blvd. Harahan, LA 70123 Preservation Resource Center (PRC) 923 Tchoupitoulas Street New Orleans, LA 70130 Giazzlyn Brumfield (504) 733-1733 Faith Life Ministries New Day Homeowner Services 1375 Lindbergh Slidell, LA 70458 Theata Mason (985) 288-5826 Family Resources of New Orleans 817 N Claiborne Ave. New Orleans, LA 70116 Kelita Pete (504) 822- 8519 Jefferson Community Action Program 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd. x# 402 Harahan, LA 70123 Bianka Cornish (504) 736-6900 Neighborhood Development Foundation 1429 S Rampart... (Continue Reading)

Josh Walther & Brett Rector present How to Purchase Your Renovation Project

Josh Walther and Brett Rector were presenters this week during the Preservation Resource Center’s How to Purchase Your Renovation Project. The First Time Renovator Training series continues next week on Tuesday, January 31. The Preservation Resource Center offers several training sessions throughout the year to all interested community members. Last September, Josh presented “Is Renovation Right For You? How to Purchase Your Project” at the First-Time Renovator Training. Additionally, Josh recently purchased a historic home in the Irish Chanel that... (Continue Reading)

2017 Market Glimpse

A Glimpse at Our Local Market This time last year, on average, homes were selling within 30-45 days and this past Spring, days on the market extended to 90-100 days before a contract was received. The longer days on the market have continued through the Fall and Winter. We do see us having a late Spring season as Mardi Gras is at the end of February. While we are in this transition, buyers are not rushing to purchase because the market... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry receives Women’s Council of Realtors Member of the Year Award

I am honored to share the wonderful news that I have received the Women’s Council of Realtors New Orleans Metropolitan Chapter Member of the Year Award for 2016. I was chosen as the recipient of the award for the systems I put in place as Vice President of Membership over the past two years. During my time as a board member, I helped restore professionalism, community focus and value to our local chapter. I was also recognized for my dedication and loyalty to... (Continue Reading)

Patron Party & Holiday Home Tour!

In just two weeks, the annual Preservation Resource Center holiday home tour will be taking place. This event offers a rare chance to walk through the doors of many garden district homes and enjoy the truly amazing architecture that our city preserves. It is one of the Witry Collective’s favorite times of the year! The proceeds from the weekend fund the majority of all the Preservation Resource Center. Katie Witry is serving as a PRC Board Member and is also serving as the... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective supports unCommon Construction

Josh Walther, Realtor participates in a think tank assisting unCommon Construction in strategically planning their next year of building and growing. unCommon Construction uses the build process to enhance learning and empower youth in a real-world, hands-on learning environment. To support unCommon Construction in their youth development mission, please visit (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective Realtors Recognized in New Orleans City Business

Thank you to all of our clients and partners that made this accomplishment possible!... (Continue Reading)

New features added to the HDLC website

The HDLC has added new features to their website. On the HDLC HOME PAGE on the bottom right under MOST REQUESTEDSERVICES you will find two new buttons: REQUEST AN INSPECTION and REPORT A VIOLATION. These buttons send emails directly to the staff. Avoid the pesky phone tree and do it all from your phone! Check it out at Additionally, the HDLC has added digital copies of the DESIGNATIONREPORTS for all of their Designated Landmarks to the zoomable LANDMARKS MAP. Learn more about some of New Orleans’ more interesting and significant structures. Check it out at (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective Welcomes Darrin Duplissey

The Witry Collective is excited to introduce you to our newest member Darrin Duplissey! Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Darrin is the oldest of eight children. Growing up around the real estate industry with both his father and grandfather working as builders and developers in Las Vegas nurtured a desire to follow in his family’s footsteps and to pursue a career in real estate. Beginning his real estate career in New Orleans when his family began buying investment property in 2007,... (Continue Reading)

City of New Orleans to Hold Online Tax Certificate Sale Beginning Today

The City announced that it will hold an online tax certificate sale as part of its continuing efforts to collect delinquent real estate taxes. The online auction will take place beginning today, April 12 and ending Thursday, April 14, 2016. Over 3,900 properties are scheduled to go on sale in the auction, which is open to the general public. Free registration and a list of available properties are available at external link. “As we continue our aggressive tax collection, we... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective takes home three Gardner Golden Domes

The Witry Collective takes home Platinum, Ruby and Emerald awards this evening from the Gardner Golden Domes.... (Continue Reading)

IMOTO Podcast interview with Katie Witry

Katie Witry speaks with Darryl Glade about her career path and journey in the real estate industry and the Witry Collective mentorship program. Listen to Katie’s interview on IMOTO photo’s podcast episode 4.... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry offers “Sell Right” at NOMAR

Chip Gardner and Katie Witry, “Sell Right” NOMAR On Monday, May 4, 2015 Katie taught three continuing education hours at NOMAR during “Sell Right” and received this lovely thank you from Crystal Gardner-Phillips! Stayed tuned on how to enroll for more continuing education classes with Katie. ————— Forwarded message ————— From: Crystal Gardner-Phillips  Date: Mon, May 4, 2015 at 5:03 PM Subject: Thank You! To: Katie Witry <>, Chip Gardner</> Hi Katie, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your thoughts at CE today. I really enjoyed it. I think... (Continue Reading)

New downpayment assistance for homebuyers

The Finance Authority of New Orleans has introduced a new program for home buyers. The program will provide 3% or 4% in Down payment assistance. There is no First Time homebuyer requirement, and no re-payment of the Grant. For Certain Borrowers 100% Financing is available with this program. 3% or 4% of loan amount for down payment assistance Minimum Contribution from Buyer is $1,500 No repayment for assistance received Serving borrowers with incomes up to $82,320 Maximum mortgage loan: $271,050 for FHA, $417,000 Conventional Must qualify... (Continue Reading)

Katie Witry, Realtor is now LREC certified

Katie Witry is now LREC certified to teach three classes for CE credit to Realtors for 10 hours. Buy Right – A Complete Buyer’s Session Geared Towards the N.O. Marketplace Sell Right – A Complete Seller’s Session Geared Towards the N.O. Marketplace Renovate Right – A Beginner’s Guide to Purchasing a Project in New Orleans Stay tuned to for upcoming classes.... (Continue Reading)

New Orleans metro area sees a dip in home sales

Home sales in the New Orleans metro area dropped by nearly 4 percent in August when compared to the same month last year, closely tracking the national housing market, new data shows. The National Association of Realtors reported this week that U.S. home sales were down by 5.3 percent in August as real estate investors stepped back from the market. CONTINUE READING... (Continue Reading)

How Recent Legislative Changes Affect Flood Insurance

Originally posted On August 25th, 2014, posted in: Industry Issues by Matt for Eustis Mortgage Flood damage is a terrifying reality for homeowners in some parts of the country, and realtors have been especially vocal about the need for reform to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Congress first created the NFIP in 1968 to provide property owners a means to protect their investments and financial security by offering flood insurance to homeowners, renters and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. Communities... (Continue Reading)

Witry Collective Wins Gambit’s 2014 Best of New Orleans

Thank you for taking the time to vote for the Witry Collective, we are humbled and honored to be voted 4 years in a row as one of the top 3 Realtors in our great city! I started working as a Realtor in 2004 and went full time in April 2005, I love my profession because I am involved in helping families, individuals and investors make sound financial decisions in a community I love. I have grown my business to date... (Continue Reading)