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Latter and Blum vaults into top 40 with merger

Van Eaton & Romero, a 250-agent Lafayette brokerage, will retain its name

New Orleans-based Latter & Blum Inc. has finalized a partnership with Van Eaton & Romero, a 250-agent brokerage based in Lafayette, La., boosting Latter & Blum's size by 28 percent and making it one of the nation's top 40 brokerages, the companies said.Latter & Blum, which owns the C.J. Brown Realtors brand in Baton Rouge, La. and the Noles-Frye brand in central Louisiana, is now a 1,300-agent company spanning Louisiana and southern Mississippi, set to finish the year with $1.8 billion in total sales and 8,400 transaction sides."This newest alliance will lead to unprecedented financial strength, growth and breadth of service offerings," said Bob Merrick, chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum, in a statement. Van Eaton & Romero will retain its name."The technological, managerial, and strategic support coupled with the regional, national, and worldwide connections that we are gaining by becoming one of the Latter & Blum Family of Companies heigh...