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September 2020

Financing a Renovation


Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar Renovations can be a great investment, but often require specialized financing tools. Learn about a wide variety of financing options, including single close loans for purchase and renovation, and how to utilize a home equity line of credit. Unable to tune in live? See recordings of previous online programs here. Register today!

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How to Evaluate a Historic Property for Pre-Purchase


Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar Making an informed decision about purchasing a historic property requires a deep understanding of building materials and systems. This primer taught by real estate agent Josh Walther, co-founder of the Witry Collective, and Gabrielle LeBlanc, a licensed home inspector with Axelrad & Associates Home Inspections, explains how to view a property with the eyes of an investor. Topics covered include foundations, roofs, siding, windows and more. Unable to tune in…

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Exploring Louisiana’s Threatened Coastal Forts


Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar Join historic preservationist Lindsey Walsworth and photojournalist G. Andrew Boyd to discover the surprising history of Louisiana's Third System Forts. Walsworth profiled five of these mid-19th century fortifications in Preservation in Print. Boyd's drone videos and photo essays featuring these forts have appeared on Nola.com and in print. Why were these forts designed and located the way they are? Who lived and worked in them? And why were they abandoned?…

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Historic Tax Credits and Tax Abatement


Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar Learn how to utilize federal and state historic tax credits to receive back 40 percent of qualifying costs on historic renovation projects. This class, taught by Jason Riggs and Nathan Marx of Historic Pro Nola, LLC, will provide an overview of how the program works, what projects qualify, and how to successfully complete a project to earn back the maximum amount. Also learn how to utilize the Restoration Tax Abatement…

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October 2020

How to create a pro forma and budget for your project

Click here to register for this free Zoom webinar When buying or renovating a historic house, it’s important to ensure that the project will be financially feasible before you make a commitment. Tune into this free online class to learn how real estate professionals plan budgets and estimate expenses so you can maximize the return on investment on your next project. Unable to tune in live? See recordings of previous online programs here. Register today!

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Homeowners and flood insurance basics

Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar The cost of insurance is a major factor in the monthly expenses of owning a home. A clear understanding of how homeowners insurance works is key to determining the level of coverage you will need. Also, flood insurance in Orleans Parish can vary substantially from one property to the next. Taught by Alyssa Bourgeois of Eustis Insurance & Benefits, this class will explain the basics of homeowners insurance and how…

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Working with a general contractor and developing a scope of work

Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar Building a successful working relationship with a contractor begins long before construction commences on a renovation project. This class, taught by developer Craig Brouillette, will cover construction timelines; estimating costs; developing a scope of work to minimize expenses and avoid costly change orders; the questions to ask before, during and in closing a project; and tips for effectively working with a contractor to select a property. Unable to tune in…

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Working with an architect and floor plan basics

Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar Understanding the difference between a scope of work and a floor plan is critical to executing an efficient and cost-effective renovation. Taught by architect Chris Johnson, this class will provide a practical understanding of how to read a floor plan, best practices in designing a space, and how to avoid common pitfalls. While it will primarily focus on working with an architect on a renovation project, the class provides useful…

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Navigating the HDLC (POSTPONED)


This class has been postponed until further notice due to the impacts of Hurricane Zeta. Stay tuned to PRC's social media or email newsletters for an announcement about a future date. Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar. The Preservation Resource Center partners with the Historic District Landmarks Commission to offer this free course designed to help property owners understand the HDLC application process and to avoid common pitfalls experienced by some applicants. This course is great…

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November 2020

Optimism and Anxiety on Magazine Street: A panel discussion about the pandemic’s impact on this historic commercial corridor

Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar The financial pain caused by the COVID 19 pandemic is spread across the city; no neighborhood has escaped it. But there are few places in New Orleans where the financial fallout is more visibly evident than along Magazine Street. Longtime Magazine Street merchants say the business climate hasn’t been this challenging since the harrowing days after Hurricane Katrina, and the ongoing financial strain has stoked an acutely New Orleans fear:…

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