Latter & Blum has moved up 10 spots in this year’s rankings of the nation’s largest residential real estate firms, going from 43rd to 33rd.

The REAL Trends 500 report is based on the number of transactions handled by a firm. According to Latter & Blum, the firm had a 15 percent increase in the number of properties sold during 2014.

Over the past few years, Latter & Blum has grown by acquiring established real estate firms that have a dominant position in regional markets. The company purchased C.J. Brown Realtors in Baton Rouge in 1995 and Noles-Frye Realty in Alexandria in 2009, joined with Van Eaton & Romero of Lafayette in 2012 and acquired ERA Moffett Realty Inc. of Lake Charles in 2014.

“The new firms that have joined our company within the past few years … have allowed us to expand our residential operations, while also maintaining a high level of service for our clients,” said Richard Haase, president of Latter & Blum. “With a service footprint that extends from New Orleans across the entire southern half of Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, our scale and resources are benefiting our clients and agents.”

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