Only 1 in 8 EBR residents have flood insurance, meaning many will likely bear brunt of losses

Only about one in eight businesses and residences in East Baton Rouge Parish is covered by flood insurance, a reality that is sure to take a financial toll on those living in the vast swaths of neighborhoods that flooded during this weekend’s storms. The figure is higher in Livingston Parish, where 22 percent of structures […]

Keyes Co., Illustrated Properties merger makes firm the largest independently owned real estate brokerage in Florida

The Keyes Co. and Illustrated Properties announced a merger on Wednesday, in a deal that makes the combined firm the largest independently owned real estate brokerage in Florida. “It’s really two families coming together,” said Mike Pappas, CEO of Miami-based Keyes. “We will be maximizing each other’s strengths.” The South Florida firms said they will […]

Mall mania! Hot shopping spots expanding across South Florida

There’s a gold rush on for retail in South Florida.Developers and mall operators want to renovate and expand shopping centers across the region. New retail is popping up, too, especially open-air “high-street” shops with surprisingly gourmet dining — a breezy contrast to the enclosed suburban malls of old. The cost of all that investment runs […]

For seniors, a high-end boom in rental housing

Tucked beside the Maine Turnpike, across from the Maine Mall, is the site where Resort Lifestyle Communities plans to build its version of senior citizen nirvana. The 128-unit housing complex would feature fully equipped luxury apartments, social programs and shuttle service, along with a pharmacy, bank, hairdresser, gift shop, health club, movie theater and two […]