Jambalaya Park ~ Gonzales, LA Friday, May 28 2010 

2010 Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Thursday, May 27 2010 

It’s that time of year again folks!  Time for the Jambalaya Festival here in beautiful Gonzales, Louisiana!

For 43 years, we have celebrated the wonderful food that put us on the map, Jambalaya!  What is Jambalaya you ask?  OK, I know I have readers not from here so here ya go.  Jambalaya is a wonderful blend of pork, chicken, sausage and/or andoullie cooked down to tender perfection, married with the flavors of onion, bell pepper, garlic and other seasonings then cooked all together with rice.  Melt in your mouth goodness!  Jambalaya is probably one of my most favorite foods. 

Picture courtesy of Lisa Heindel at www.WestBankLiving.com

This Memorial Day weekend, the Jambalaya Festival runs again in Gonzales, Louisiana.  The Festival starts on Thursday May 27, 2010 and will run through Sunday May 30, 2010.  As always, there will be a Jambalaya cooking contest.  They even have a “mini-pot” contest for the younger Jambalaya cooks.  There will be amusement park rides with discounted bracelet prices for day or weekend access.  I can’t wait to see the World Record Jambalaya Pot Cooking 700 lbs of rice!  That’s Crazy! 

There will also be a great line up of bands over the four days.  Chee-Weez, Bits and Pieces, Bag of Donuts, and Na Na Sha, just to name a few.  The band I am most excited about is Chris LeBlanc and Luther Kent. I went to school with Chris and know that a lot of school mates follow to see him play.  I am hoping to hear him play and catch up with some school mates from the past.  Notice I didn’t say old school mates 🙂

If you have some time this weekend, come out to our beautiful city and partake in the festivities!

Check out more here:  Gonzales Jambalaya Festival

Ascension Parish Real Estate Market Stats for April 2010 Wednesday, May 26 2010 

Monthly Sales were 126 units. Comparison to last month:  Decreased 5% from 133 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased 13% from 110 Units.

Average Sold Price was $215,954.  Comparison to last month:  Increased 4% from $206,398.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased 4% from $206,370.

Current Inventory is 5.13 months.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 4.86 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 5.91 months.

Average Days on Market were 81.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 92 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 91 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  Average sales prices are up and average days on the market are down… Looks like real estate in Ascension Parish is still holding its own!

Remember, the tax credit expired on April 30, 2010.  Knowing that, I wondered what the pending activity was for April.  185 properties in Ascension Parish went under contract compared to 146 in March.  I think we will see the average sales prices fall in May because of the number of First Time Home Buyers that took last minute advantage of the tax credite.  Interesting times ahead!

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words… Friday, May 7 2010 

 

Wishing Everyone A  Happy Mother’s Day!