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.