Regina Allemand ‘returns home’ with opening of Luling office

Published 5:00 am Saturday, November 5, 2022

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LULING — Long-time realtor Regina H. Allemand feels like she’s home again following the recent grand opening of her new office at 116-B Oak Lane, conveniently located off of Highway 90 in Luling.

For more than 30 years, Allemand has been known throughout the River Parishes by her slogan: “Regina – A realtor who cares.” Forming a connection with each of her clients is important to her, and she was determined to maintain that personal touch after Hurricane Ida damaged the Latter & Blum office in Luling.

“All of the agents were moved over to the Destrehan office, so there was no office space representation on the West Bank of St. Charles Parish,” Allemand said. “I was born in the Luling Hospital; that’s where I’m from, and that’s been my home base. A lot of my clients missed me being readily available in a place that was convenient for them to meet with me. Latter & Blum was not going to renew the lease, but they do allow agents to have their own personal offices, so here we are today.”

Allemand was joined by her family, St. Charles Parish officials and representatives of the River Region Chamber of Commerce when she cut the ribbon on her new home. While celebrating a new chapter, she was able to reflect on how real estate has changed her life.

Before becoming a realtor, Allemand worked in the bridal industry. She joked that it seemed like the next step forward – get married, then buy a house. A positive experience with the realtor who helped her purchase her home encouraged her to explore a new career. The timing was also right; she was just starting her family, and real estate offered the flexibility she needed to provide for her children while also being present for all of the milestones in their lives.

Allemand started her career with Gardner Realtors and has stuck with the company ever since, through several corporate name changes and a merge with Latter & Blum in December 2019.

“Something I truly enjoy is watching people realizing their dreams, be it getting their own rental, business location, home, or land for whatever their dreams are,” Allemand said.

According to Allemand, real estate is an ever-changing industry, constantly shifting between changes in laws, ordinances, interest rates, insurance rates, flood concerns and hurricanes. Allemand has remained active at the local and state level to stay abreast of changes in the field. She got involved early on in the local Board of Realtors, originally known as the “Saints” Board of Realtors representing St. John the Baptist, St. James and St. Charles parishes. She was president of the board for three years and named Realtor of the Year twice.

At the state level, Allemand has served on the Louisiana Realtors Association Board of Directors for many years.

“By staying involved in knowing what’s coming up in the legislative world, we’re able to keep on top of things that will affect home and property ownership in the region,” Allemand said.

This has included keeping an eye on ordinances and banding together with local, state and national realtors associations to work with FEMA representatives on finding better solutions to flood insurance hikes.

Other organizations Allemand has been involved with include the River Region Chamber of Commerce, the St. Charles Women’s Club and the New Orleans Metropolitan Political Action team. The areas she serves today include the River and Bayou Parishes, as well as Jefferson Parish extending into Orleans.

Allemand can be reached at 504-495-2452.