About CJ Brown
Behind every CJ Brown sign you'll find a well-established, professional real estate firm that offers a wide range of residential and commercial services. You'll also find knowledgeable people who take pride in their company and careers. They genuinely care about the communities in which they live and work.
It's this unmatched range of services combined with the people behind the signs that make the difference at CJ Brown.
The History of Latter & Blum Inc.
Latter & Blum Inc. was founded in 1916 by two young entrepreneurs, Harry Latter and Joseph E. Blum, in the flourishing port city of New Orleans. In its early days, the company specialized in commercial real estate, but later branched out into residential sales.
Latter & Blum remained in the Latter family for 70 years, sustaining a strong foothold in the real estate industry. This family tradition helped lay the groundwork that allowed Latter & Blum to flourish into the largest and most successful real estate company in New Orleans.
Robert W. Merrick purchased Latter & Blum in 1986. A visionary and nationally respected appraiser and broker, Merrick restructured the organization, and in ten short years had lead Latter & Blum in an incredible growth cycle.
In 1993, Latter & Blum expanded into the Mississippi Gulf Coast market and then, in January 1995 merged with the largest residential real estate company in Baton Rouge, LA, C.J. Brown REALTORS and together created Louisiana's first and only $1 billion real estate Company.
In December 2009 Noles-Frye Realty the largest independent real estate company in the Central Louisiana area merged with Latter & Blum Inc.
In December 2012, Van Eaton & Romero, the residential real estate market leader in Lafayette LA merged with Latter & Blum increasing the size of the residential Real Estate companies of Latter & Blum Inc. by approximately 28 percent, ranking it the 34th largest brokerage in the United States by unit sales.
In August 2014 Lake Charles-based ERA Moffett Realty was acquired, giving Latter & Blum Inc a strong presence in the Lake Charles area and increasing the size of LATTER & BLUM’s residential operations to 29 offices with more than 1,400 Agents across the Gulf South region.
Today Latter & Blum, Inc., operates the largest full-service Real Estate brokerage in the Gulf South, and includes, Latter & Blum, Inc./REALTORS®, C.J. Brown REALTORS®, Van Eaton & Romero REALTORS®, Noles-Frye Realty, NAI Latter & Blum Commercial Real Estate, Latter & Blum Property Management, Latter & Blum Insurance Services, Essential Mortgage Corp. and has Franchise Operations in LA & MS. The company has grown to include operations in Greater New Orleans, Lake Charles, Greater Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria and Southern Mississippi and handles all phases of residential, commercial, leasing, property management, appraisals, insurance, title and mortgage services. And so vital to the success of the company, Latter & Blum, CJ Brown, Noles-Frye and Van Eaton & Romero has been able to attract more than 1,400 agents with its extensive training program, large client base, and high-end technology support.