Wade Ragas

Jim Hanzo
March 14, 2019 - 9:26 am
As mortgage rates rise, more homeowners are choosing to remodel rather than move. Residential remodelers spent more than $300 billion nationwide in 2018. That trend should continue. "A move is hard and a move is not cheap in terms of transaction expense," said real estate analyst Wade Ragas. "You...
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Chris Miller
January 25, 2019 - 8:56 am
The LSU Board of Supervisors today is set to vote on preliminary approval for the long-awaited redevelopment of a massive downtown building -- the old Charity Hospital. A search committee formed by the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation chose a developer last fall: 1532 Tulane Partners plans...
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Chris Miller
December 03, 2018 - 8:43 am
With real estate the way it is in New Orleans, is it better to rent or own? A recent survey suggests one thing, a local expert says the other. The real estate website HomeArea.com says home prices in the Crescent City have grown faster than rents, so renting may be cheaper. New Orleans real estate...
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Chris Miller
November 05, 2018 - 10:33 am
Today marks seven weeks until Christmas Eve! It's shaping up to be a big season for retailers, even as some one-time bulwarks of the industry have fallen on hard times. Sears/K-Mart is in bankruptcy, Toys-R-Us is no more, but other than that, retail analyst Wade Ragas says things are looking up for...
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Jim Hanzo
October 24, 2018 - 9:05 am
Online grocery sales have more than tripled since 2013 and it's only going to grow. In the next 5 years shopping for groceries online expected to quadruple, according to a Packaged Facts forecast. Marketing analyst Wade Ragas says it's turned out to work out well for those doing online purchases...
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Chris Miller
October 15, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Millennials are finally moving out! The National Association of Realtors says the Millennial generation is now the biggest segment of the homebuying market. At the same time, their Baby Boomer parents may be looking at buying new property, too. Real estate analyst Wade Ragas says the economy is...
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David Blake
October 10, 2018 - 5:57 pm
At one time the largest retailer in America now appears to be going down in bankruptcy. Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and K-Mart, faces an October 15 deadline to pay $134 million on its debt. The signs point to the fact that the end is near. New Orleans Real Estate analyst Wade Ragas...
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David Blake
September 18, 2018 - 12:20 pm
Will the soaring job market and employment boom lead to rising property values in the New Orleans area? Can you afford to buy a house in New Orleans? The latest numbers are looking good, according to real estate analyst Wade Ragas. He was a guest on the Newell Normand show on WWL. ''An annual...
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Jim Hanzo
August 22, 2018 - 9:16 am
Impulse buyers tend to shop more in physical stores rather than on-line, according to a study from GMDC, General Merchandise Distributors Council. It's a big advantage for the brick and mortar stores. On-line shoppers seem to know what they want by researching more than those walking in the store...
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Chris Miller
July 27, 2018 - 6:59 am
Some analysts fear the retirement of the baby boomers could cause a glut in the housing market, but a local expert says he's not as concerned. The mortgage association Fannie Mae warns there could be a looming mass exodus of boomers from their homes, leaving a massive supply of empty houses. But...
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