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Top 4 Home Renovations for Maximum ROI

by Melissa Thompson

Some Highlights:

  • Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most “Return On Investment” (ROI).
     
  • While big projects like adding a bathroom or a complete remodel of a kitchen are popular ways to increase a home’s value, something as simple as updating landscaping and curb appeal can have a quick impact on a home’s value.

Contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 or Melissa@YourKeyTomemphis.com for all your Real Estate needs!

By: KCM Crew 

Visit Memphis’ newest Holiday attraction! With multiple magical venues – all in the fresh air and outdoors…. featuring interactive activities, interesting lighting, music, food, drinks, families and friends….this is what the Holidays are meant to be.  

Staged in the northwest corner of the beautiful, centrally-located Memphis Botanic Garden in East Memphis, Holiday Wonders at the Garden has something for all ages.  We offer:

  • Ample, free parking
  • Easy access and egress
  • No waiting with reserved / timed entry tickets (advance purchase through Ticketmaster strongly recommended!)
  • Economical, family-friendly ticket pricing

Click here for tickets.

Runs select evenings November 24th thru December 30th!
5:30 – 8:30 pm

Click the photos below to learn more about each event

       

By and photo credit: www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/Wonders

Collierville TN Open Houses, Saturday and Sunday November 18 and 19!

by Melissa Thompson
 
 
511 BRANGUS CV, Collierville, TN | $649900

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
 
12588 BRAVO RD, Collierville, TN | $659900

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
 
1532 EXMOOR LN, Collierville, TN | $650000

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
 
12295 CASCABEL LN, Collierville, TN | $450000

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
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Staying Active When You Hate Exercising!

by Melissa Thompson

Do you hate exercising?  Do you want to be healthier and more fit, but the thought of going to a gym fills you with anxiety?  Well, I am here to tell you that there are numerous ways to “exercise” that you will enjoy so much, you won’t even realize you’re exercising!

Ten Fun Ways to Stay Active:

  1. Hiking.  Whether you like the solitude of hiking alone or you would rather go with family and friends, you will be surrounded by the beauty of nature and wildlife and you will walk miles before you know it.  There is no shortage of beautiful places to hike in and around Memphis!
     
  2. Walking.  If you don’t have time for a hike, go for a walk instead.  Even a fifteen-minute walk can get your heart pumping.  Walk in your neighborhood, or during your lunch break at work.  One way or another, get those steps in!
     
  3. Larping.  Live action role playing.  Ok…that sounds a little silly, I know.  But for those who enjoy doing it, it’s an adventure that not only gets your imagination going, but gets you up and moving and interacting with other people as well. Check out this LARPING GROUP in Memphis.
     
  4. Rock Climbing.  It’s one of the best back & arm workouts you can do and when you reach the top of the wall, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that will set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Bridges USA,  located in Memphis offers climbing walls for individuals and groups…a great place for team bonding and for learning and practicing the sport of rock climbing.
     
  5. Geocaching. For the adventure nerd in all of us…geocaching allows us to be real-life treasure hunters and get a great work out at the same time! Check out this website  for information on geocaching events taking place in Tennessee.
     
  6. Dancing.  So many types of dance, so little time!  You can try swing dancing, Latin dancing, tap!  The options are limitless!  Try some ballroom dancing lessons at the Blue Suede Ballroom in Memphis.
     
  7. Climbing on stuff.  Sounds basic.  But you can improve your balance and coordination by climbing on things such as tree stumps, fallen trees and rocks.
     
  8. Martial Arts. Just like with dancing, there are loads of different types of martial arts.  Not only will you learn to defend yourself, but the practice of martial arts can be a stress reliever. Try karate at Wright's ATA Martial Arts or judo & jiu-jitsu at Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu.
     
  9. Clean.  I’m shaking my head as I type this, because really?  Who likes cleaning.  But by thinking of it as a great way to get fit, you can kill two birds with one stone (so to speak).  Blast your favorite music at max volume and see how much you can get done during one song. Make it a challenging game and before you know it you will not only have a clean house…but you will have worked up a good sweat too!
     
  10. Play outdoor childhood games with your kids and their friends. Hide and seek, tag, red rover, kick the can.  These games will keep you moving…and probably laughing, while you enjoy quality time with your kids!

So, if “exercise” is a bad word in your book, remove it from your vocabulary and replace it with one of these fun and exciting ways to stay fit!

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Dont-Let-the-Holidays-Stress-You-Out

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Becoming-a-Minimalist-Steps-for-Beginners

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Quick-Fix-Tricks-to-Make-Your-House-Sparkling-Clean

Home Of The Free, Because Of The Brave!

by Melissa Thompson

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"--President Woodrow Wilson

So began President Wilson in November 1919, when he dedicated Armistice Day, November 11, to the cause of world peace and to honor the sacrifice of the US military after World War I. Nineteen years later, a legal holiday was officially signed into being, and in 1954, the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all veterans. Veterans Day differs from Memorial Day in that it celebrates living and dead US Veterans, and pays tribute to their sacrifices for the freedoms in this country.

Ceremonies, parades, and special events dedicated to honoring our veterans happen all over the country, and what better way to pay tribute than to attend an event in our local area?  See the links for more information!

All National Parks admission is free on Veterans Day Weekend

Military Appreciation Event with the Grizzlies
The U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club
Veteran’s Day Picnic

 
 
511 BRANGUS CV, Collierville, TN | $649900

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
 
12588 BRAVO RD, Collierville, TN | $659900

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
 
581 ROCKY JOE DR, Collierville, TN | $529900

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
 
1532 EXMOOR LN, Collierville, TN | $650000

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
 
12295 CASCABEL LN, Collierville, TN | $450000

Open House:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit...

 
 

 
Search All Homes For Sale
Free Home Values
Homes Close to Where You Work
Avoid Foreclosure
 
 
MY REVIEWS
 
 
 
Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
901-729-9526
Licensed In: TN
License #: 231600
Contact Me

         
 

A Housing Bubble? Industry Experts Say NO!

by Melissa Thompson

With residential home prices continuing to appreciate at levels above historic norms, some are questioning if we are heading toward another housing bubble (and subsequent burst) like the one we experienced in 2006-2008.

Recently, five housing experts weighed in on the question.

Rick Sharga, Executive VP at Ten-X:

“We’re definitely not in a bubble.”

“We have a handful of markets that are frothy and probably have hit an affordability wall of sorts but…while prices nominally have surpassed the 2006 peak, we’re not talking about 2006 dollars.”

Christopher Thornberg, Partner at Beacon Economics:

“There is no direct or indirect sign of any kind of bubble.”

“Steady as she goes. Prices continue to rise. Sales roughly flat.…Overall this market is in an almost boring place.”

Bill McBride, Calculated Risk:

“I wouldn't call house prices a bubble.”

“So prices may be a little overvalued, but there is little speculation and I don't expect house prices to decline nationally like during the bust.”

David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices:

“Housing is not repeating the bubble period of 2000-2006.”

“…price increases vary unlike the earlier period when rising prices were almost universal; the number of homes sold annually is 20% less today than in the earlier period and the months’ supply is declining, not surging.”

Bing Bai & Edward Golding, Urban Institute:

“We are not in a bubble and nowhere near the situation preceding the 2008 housing crisis.”

“Despite recent increases, house prices remain affordable by historical standards, suggesting that home prices are tracking a broader economic expansion.”

Let’s get together to discuss your home buying and home selling needs. 901-729-9526 or Melissa@YourKeyTomemphis.com

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #91: Merry Marketplace

by Melissa Thompson

Merry Marketplace is Memphis’ premier holiday shopping event. Presented by the Junior League of Memphis, Merry Marketplace invites you to delight in the holiday season with fabulous special events and one-of-a-kind shopping at the Racquet Club of Memphis.


The shopping begins Thursday, November 9th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Join us Friday, November 10th from 10:00am – 8:00pm and Saturday, November 11th from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Check out the Events page for more details on all the FUN they have planned!

5111 Sanderlin Avenue 
Memphis, 38117

(901) 452-2151

By and photo credit: merrymarketplace.com

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Don’t Let the Holidays Stress You Out!

by Melissa Thompson

How to Have a Stress-less Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner and chances are you are already stressing about preparing meals and decorating your home in addition to all the chores you do regularly.  One way to make things less overwhelming is to start early and take your time.  Consider following these tips for a stress-less holiday season:

  1. Don’t Strive for Perfection – Put down the Martha Stewart magazine and focus on what is important.  What is the point of having perfect decorations, meals and gifts if you are not enjoying yourself? Martha has a full staff to help her decorate, bake and shop.  Stop killing yourself trying to create an image of a perfect holiday and let yourself EXPERIENCE the season. Pick and choose what you want to do.  Baking with your kids, enjoying fall foliage on an afternoon walk, decorating the tree…whatever makes you happy.  You don’t enjoy entertaining guests? Then don’t do it. Keep it simple and enjoy!

Quick and Easy Holiday Decorations

  1. Shop Online – Avoid traffic, parking garages and crowded malls by doing your shopping online.  If a trip to the mall during the holiday season is something you look forward to, then by all means, go for it! But if fighting the crowds is not your thing, then put on some comfy pjs, fix yourself a cup of hot cocoa and shop until you drop…only you won’t actually drop because you won’t be so tired!  Shopping online will also save you a lot of time which you can use for RELAXING. Check out this site for unique gifts: World Market
     
  2. Delegate Responsibilities – Who said you must do it all yourself?  If you have older children, have them set the table and/or decorate the tree. If you have guests coming over, make it a pot luck…you provide the main course and have them bring side dishes and desserts. Have your spouse pick up what you need from the grocery store on the way home from work. With everyone chipping in, chores and events won’t feel so overwhelming.
     
  3. Find Ways to Save Time – Here are some ideas for saving time during the holiday season:
  • Don't be afraid to say NO. Stop wasting time on activities you don’t want to do.
  • Purchase pre-printed holiday cards and envelopes.
  • Keep your decorations simple.
  • Make a list of what you need at the store so that you can complete your shopping in one trip.
  • Better yet…order your groceries online and pick them up or have them delivered!
  1. Be Compassionate – The joy that comes from doing something kind for others may be all you need to relieve the stress that accompanies the holiday season. 

Take care of yourself and stress LESS!

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/12-Days-of-Tips-for-Buying-or-Selling-a-Home-During-the-Holiday-Season

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Tips-for-How-to-Make-Your-Home-Feel-Secure

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Tips-for-Preventing-Electrical-Safety-Hazards

Live Large! 3424 Valley Chase Lane

by Melissa Thompson

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Live large in this beautiful Bartlett home that you will have to see to believe! Built for entertaining, this spacious home offers an open floor plan with impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. You will be impressed the moment you walk in the door and enter into the gracious two-story foyer leading to the spacious, warm and inviting great room, which is the perfect spot to relax at the end of the day. Style and utility are masterfully fused together in the wonderful eat-in kitchen equipped with a full complement of appliances including double ovens. Snuggle up next to the cozy fireplace in the awesome hearth room open to the kitchen. Host the finest dinner parties in the lovely dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier. You will rest easy in your romantic downstairs master retreat complete with a spa-inspire luxury bathroom featuring an elongated double sink vanity, relaxing whirlpool tub, and a divine walk-in shower. The built-in desk, shelves, and drawers in the large bonus room make this space great for an office or homework area for the kids. The covered patio is perfect for cookouts and parties! Enjoy romantic evenings in the sparkling hot tub under the nice gazebo. The handyman in the family will love the workshop complete with power and a wall AC unit. Call The Melissa Thompson - Your Key to Memphis Real Estate Team with any questions or to schedule a private showing (901) 729-9443.

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