Sunday, May 13, 2007

Fill in the Blank

1. I've noticed a lot of homes for sale in the Uptown sliver by the river. Does anybody have any hard numbers? Is there an unusually high proportion of homes for sale now?

2. Check the T-P's Jobs section each Sunday. There seems to be an unusually high number of cool job openings in the "Professional" section, as well as in the other sections too.

3. Okay, now read this intro to an article in this Sunday's New York Times magazine:
An exodus deprives _________ of the people who might have rebuilt.

#1 and #2 above are based on simple observation, which can be deceptive. Maybe there aren't a lot of homes for sale; maybe there isn't an unusually high number of jobs available in NOLA.

But #3, which is really about Iraq, made me think of #1 and #2.


Leigh C. said...

In the Gambit's job section, they have listed an ad for staff for John Besh's new "brassiere" for the past month or so. They finally corrected it this past week.

Ray said...

Some numbers:

Yes, there have been lots of homes for sale, but there have also been lots of buyers.

I've been househunting and my sense is there have been lots of homes for sale in the sliver for the past year.

There has been lots turnover, as well as a few notable homes that seem to have been for sale forever. Right around March, a whole lot of homes I had my eye on that had sat on the market since early fall all sold in a big rush.

March - May is also typically a busy time when lots of houses are put up for sale.

Kathryn Usher said...

True. Folks move most during summer so they don't disrupt their kids lives so much.

ashley said...

May is the prime real estate selling time.

Also...many people who told me they would bail decided to wait until the end of the school year. Huzzah.

The 'professional' section? We're gonna hire Jean Reno? Good. Maybe he'll knock some smarts into Blakely.

LatinTeacher said...

Clio, email me if you can. I have quit my job and the wife has mentioned that we can move to NOLA if I can find a job that helps the rebuilding process. Got any leads?

oyster said...

In general, Houses below 250k are moving like hotcakes. In the 250- 500k range it's moving alright. And it's slow in the above 500k range, where inventory in that range has definitely increased in Uptown.

bayoustjohndavid said...

I think there's been a bigger professional exodus from metro N.O., other than St. Tammany, than most bloggers like to admit. I think that a lot of couples with kids spent a year or even half-year away and decided that it was ridiculous to pay the tuitions that they had been paying here and they didn't want to take their chances with magnet schools. This might even be a bigger problem in Jefferson where the magnet schools are less established. Even though the other schools are "safe," they still have lousy reps. But I know families in both Orleans and Jefferson that could have come back, but stayed where they relocated in part because of schools.

I kept my mouth shut (or fingers still) a few months back when a lot of bloggers took great exception to a Times article about professionals leaving. Yeah, they gave examples, including some bloggers, of professionals moving back but even with all the hospital closings, there's still a major shortage of doctors and nurses.

If I'm right about a middle-class and professional exodus, and if I'm right about that reason, that's not a problem that can be solved quickly.

Leigh C. said...

No, it isn't. That's why I stood up and told a Jewish Federation group a while back that they can talk recovery until they are blue in the face and give monetary incentives to people who live here, but it means nothing without those good, professional jobs.

LatinTeacher said...

and without a positive, forward- thinking, established educational system.