OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
You don’t have to spend much time driving around Baton Rouge to notice that the local real estate economy is booming. New construction is going up in the residential, commercial, multifamily and office markets.
Todd Waguespack has been in the industry for nearly two decades and is the managing partner for Level Homes, a residential construction company that is developing homes in more than two dozen subdivisions in Louisiana and North Carolina. Level has been recognized by trade publications as one of the fastest growing builders in the nation. Todd started the company in 2000, after beginning his career in commercial real estate, and comes from a long line of real estate developers in Baton Rouge.
Ben Graham is on the commercial side of the real estate business, as partner with SVN/Graham Langlois and Legendre. It’s been just a little more than two years since Ben and two partners joined together to form Sperry Van Ness Graham, Langlois & Legendre, and in that time the firm has quadrupled in size. In 2016, it moved from 8th to 3rd on the list of largest commercial real estate firms in Baton Rouge. That’s no small thing -there’s a lot of competition and many well-established commercial brokers in the market.
Listen on this lunch conversation to learn everything you always wanted to know about Baton Rouge real estate, including insider prognostications about where we're going from here.