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101 Things To Do In Memphis #30: Memphis Book Clubs

by Melissa Thompson

Joining a book club is one of the best ways to meet likeminded individuals, get exposure to new ideas, share your thoughts, and make friends. Check out our list of local book clubs in Memphis that vary depending on topics, members, and more.

On top of bringing in multiple authors to speak in store, Laurelwood also hosts a monthly bookclub called “In Case You Missed It” featuring books of all genres. In their words, if you’re looking for a sharp, offbeat, open-minded book club, ICYMI may be your thing.

14 of the Library’s locations have active book clubs that each have different meeting times, topics, and audiences. Go here for a full list of dates, times, and contacts who can give you more information about joining and the books that are currently being read.

The Wolfchase Barnes & Noble location hosts Book Lovers’ Book Club, Morning Coffee Readers, and Whodunit Mystery Book Club with various meeting dates and times. For more information on upcoming events, go here.

The WKNO Book Club chooses a new book each month to read, meet about, and discuss. For more information on joining, as well as current and upcoming selections, email radio@wkno.org or visit their website here.

Follow Muddy’s on Facebook to keep up with the monthly book club events. Each month a new book is chosen, and if you buy from Laurelwood Booksellers and mention it’s for Muddy’s book club, you’ll receive 10% off. Their selections are typically based on books that open our minds, enlighten us, and teach us new things.

OUTMemphis hosts a monthly Meristem Women’s Book Club where membership is open to women (LBT and straight-identified) in the Memphis area who want to read and discuss books by women and LGBT authors. For more information on the books chosen or to join, email meristem@outmemphis.org.

Memphis Freethought Alliance hosts several bookclubs each month, with some based in East Memphis and some in Cordova. Their selection process is detailed here, and they welcome book suggestions. The group is composed of atheists, agnostics, skeptics, non-theistic naturalists, secular humanists and others who share their vision.

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region hosts a Feminist Book Club that meets monthly at various locations around the city and discusses the book of the month. Members are encouraged to buy each book from AmazonSmile in order to benefit Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region with each purchase.

A collaboration between Christian Brothers University, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, Rhodes College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Facing History and Ourselves, the City of Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College, and the University of Memphis, Memphis Reads chooses one book annually for the entire community to read and analyze. The culminating events brings the author in to present and answer questions.

Head to Memphis Reads for even more book clubs in Memphis.

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Home Buyer “To Do” List

by Melissa Thompson

If you are thinking about purchasing a home, there are several things you should do before you even start your home search.  While it’s exciting to look at properties and imagine what your life will be like in a new house, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment and heartbreak if you aren’t prepared for all the steps involved in the home-buying process.  So, do your homework and make sure you are truly ready to find the home of your dreams!

  1. Determine What You Can Afford - You don’t want to find the perfect property and then find out it’s out of reach for you.   Determine how much you can afford for a mortgage payment and create a maximum budget for what you are willing to pay for a house. Your mortgage payment should take up no more than 28% of your income.  If you are currently paying rent or a mortgage payment that is less than what you anticipate for your future home, start saving the difference each month to make sure you are willing and able to live on that.  You don’t want to be house poor.  Home Affordability Calculator
     
  2. Check Your Credit - You can request free credit reports from Annual Credit Report .com.  Check the reports thoroughly for any errors or negative information.  Take the steps needed to improve your credit score.  A higher credit score will possibly qualify you for lower interest rates, which will make your purchase more affordable.
     
  3. Meet with a Lender - Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is vital to the home-buying process, especially in a seller’s market where there might be bidding wars.  Sellers are more likely to choose a potential buyer who has already been pre-approved over one who hasn’t.  It will also help you identify the documents you will need for the final loan application. 
     
  4. Save For a Down Payment- Your meeting with the loan officer will also help you determine how much cash you will need for a down payment.
     
  5. Get Organized - Gather documents you will need for your final loan application and start a house-hunting binder.  As you start looking at homes, you can add any materials you collect along the way.
     
  6. Start Considering Where You Want to Live - If you don’t already have a specific neighborhood in mind, start investigating different areas within your price range.  Visit neighborhoods at different times to get a feel for what it might be like to live there.  Consider things like what your work commute will be and what amenities you want.
     
  7. Take a Home Buyer Education Course - If you are a first-time home buyer, these classes can help you prepare for the responsibilities of being a home owner.
     
  8. Find a Realtor - Choose an experienced real estate professional like Melissa Thompson to represent your interests.

Taking these steps before you start your home-search will make the whole home-buying process easier!  Call Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526 and let her guide you through the home buying process today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #29: Germantown International Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The annual Germantown International Festival will host tasty foods, exciting live performances, and more from cultures around the world. Over 35 different countries are expected to participate this year. Each participating country will have a booth showcasing arts, crafts, authentic food and more. There will be a stage for music, dance and cultural programs from some of the countries.

FREE Admission!

Saturday, August 18

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN

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Amazing Germantown TN Home! 1595 Kimbrook Cove

by Melissa Thompson

1595 KIMBROOK CV, Germantown, TN

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10033226 to view more pictures of this property. STOP DREAMING!Make this Fabulous 4BR Home Situated in the Desirable Kimbrough Estates Subd in Prestigious Germantown YOURS! Gleaming Wood Flrs, Updated Baths, 2Car Garage, Snuggle Up Beside the Cozy Fireplace in the Spacious Great Rm. Gracious Entry. Large Bonus Rm Perfect for Recreational Fun. Relax in the Living Rm. Entertain in the Dining Rm. Enjoy Cooking in the Kitchen w/Full Complement of Appl w/SS Oven & Microwave. Delightful Fenced Backyard w/Nice Deck & Storage Shed. Germantown Schools!

 


Back to School - Kitchen Organization Tips!

by Melissa Thompson

It’s that time of year again.  Back to school.  Curb chaotic mornings by organizing your kitchen in a way that makes lunch prep a breeze!  The following tips will help:

  1. MAKE A LIST

Don’t just wing it.By creating a menu of items that you will use for your kids’ lunches, you will not only save time in the mornings (because you won’t spend time trying to decide what to pack in their lunch bag), you will also have a handy, dandy shopping list for when you go grocery shopping.Here are some to get you started.

  1. MAKE YOUR FRIDGE LUNCH BOX FRIENDLY

Organize the space in your refrigerator to make lunch prep quick and easy.Clear plastic bins with labels can be used to divide things up by type of food/drink or by day of the week.Experiment with these ideas and find the one that works best for you:

  1. CREATE A STAGING CENTER

Have a designated spot in the kitchen for lunch prep.A basket or bin for lunch bags/boxes will mean that you will never be frantically searching for them in the morning.Have your kids empty them of containers/trash when they get home from school and place them in the designated area.Keep containers handy and make sure you have enough counter space to accommodate everything you will need.

  1. HAVE A SUPPLY STATION

Clean out a drawer or cabinet near your staging center and keep all your lunch prep supplies in one spot.Stock up on baggies, containers, napkins, straws, plastic utensils, foil, saran wrap etc.

  1. STOCK PANTRY WITH “SCHOOL LUNCH ONLY” ITEMS

Avoid the frustration of going to grab something for your child’s lunch only to discover there is none left.Create an area in your pantry that is only for school lunches.An over the door hanging shoe organizer is a great space-saver and can be used to store school snacks.

Whether you prepare your children’s lunches, or you have them do it themselves, being organized will make the process easier and quicker. 

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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Memphis Real Estate Market Stats

by Melissa Thompson

Amazing Home in Colonial Acres! 4449 Helene Road

by Melissa Thompson

4449 HELENE RD, Memphis, TN

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 1 (1 full ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10032820 to view more pictures of this property. AMAZING, All on One Level, Move-In Ready, 3BR Home Nestled in the Colonial Acres Subdivision Convenient to Shopping & Dining! Gleaming Hardwood Floors Thru-Out, Fresh Paint, Smooth Ceilings, Updated Fixtures, Wonderful Kitchen w/Granite Countertops, Durable Tile Floors & Full Complement of Stainless Steel Appliances, Spacious Great Rm Opens to the Lovely Dining Rm, Laundry Rm w/Cabinets, Full BA w/Linen Closet, Wrought Iron Doors, Carport, Large Fenced Backyard w/Storage Shed & Delightful Patio!

 


Wings, tenders, and thighs. IPA’s, lagers, and stouts. Finally a festival dedicated to all things above, and even better, it benefits a good cause.

If you’re wanting a unique experience to end your summer, look no further than the Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival, benefiting the Dorothy Day House, an organization dedicated to creating a safe haven and community for homeless families.

The festival will feature a variety of beers and a ton of local vendors. For $40, each guest will be granted admission as well as a souvenir glass and access to sample all of the beers. Food will be available in meal sizes at regular menu price, or snack sizes for $2-$3. Live music will also be playing throughout the event so it’s guaranteed to be a good time! Check out the details and get your tickets below.

Details

  • When: August 11th, 4PM to 8PM
  • Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Tickets: $40 and are available here.

Vendors

  • Mister P’s Buffalo Wings
  • The Grille
  • Cupcake Cutie Etc.
  • The Dirty Crow Inn
  • Oshi Asian Kitchen
  • Smackers
  • All Star Wings
  • Laura’s Kitchen
  • Grecian Gourmet
  • Wing Stop
  • Look At That Butt BBQ
  • Southern Hands
  • Hooters
  • More TBA

Beer List

  • Clubtails
  • Lagunitas
  • Goldcrest
  • Sam Adams
  • Truly Hard Seltzer
  • Twisted Tea
  • Meddlesome
  • Lazy Magnolia
  • Einstok Icelandic
  • Shinerbock
  • Seagrams
  • Smirnoff SMASHED
  • Smirnoff Sparkling Seltzer
  • White Claw
  • Leinekugel
  • Pabst
  • Angry Orchard
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Stiegl
  • Dos Equis
  • Heineken
  • Jackalope
  • Cayman Jack
  • Southern Prohibition
  • Terrapin
  • More TBA

Learn more about the festival by visiting their website and by following them on their Facebook page.

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It’s Time to Sell Your Home - Here is Why

by Melissa Thompson

Selling your home is a huge decision and one that should not be made impulsively.  If you are thinking about selling, but you’re not sure if you should, here are some signs to look for that will indicate that now is a good time to sell:

- Space is an issue.  Has your family grown since you bought your current home?  Do you have multiple people sharing bedrooms and bathrooms?  If your house is bursting at the seams, it might be time to let it go and find something a little bigger.  Alternatively, perhaps you have too much space.  If you bought the home when your family was large and now you are an empty nester, you may be ready to downsize.

- Neighbors are selling homes successfully.  If houses are selling like hotcakes in your neighborhood and your neighbors are making tidy profits on their sales, then that’s a cue that you should contact a Realtor to find out what your home is worth on the current market.

- Interest rates are low. When interest rates are low it is an advantage to sellers because a larger pool of eligible buyers can be expected.  Add to that the fact that the current inventory of homes for sale is low, and you have a seller’s market that will make your home even more desirable to prospective buyers.

- Remodeling won’t be worth it.  Maybe you want to stay in your current home and you think that remodeling is the answer.  But will the expense of remodeling to fulfill your wants and needs be worth it in the long run?  Will it add value to your home?  While you might have to do some updates to prepare your home for sale, if the market favors sellers, you might be better of selling and finding a new home to suit your needs.

- You’re confident the market is strong.  It’s important to educate yourself about what’s going on in the real estate market before you decide to put your house on the market.  An experienced Realtor like Melissa Thompson can help you understand the market and determine if now is the time to sell your house.

All signs are currently pointing at this being a good time to sell.  Contact the professionals at Your Key to Memphis and they can help you get your house on the market and sold for the best possible price! Call them today at 901-756-8900.

Germantown TN Open House! 9341 Grove Park Cove

by Melissa Thompson

9341 GROVE PARK CV, Germantown, TN

OPEN HOUSE July 29, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 4 (3 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10032721 to view more pictures of this property. Because You Deserve It! Spectacular Home Situated on .43 Acres in a Quiet Cove in Prestigious Germantown Featuring 4BR+Huge Bonus Rm,Open Flr Plan,Gleaming Hardwood Flrs,NEW Carpet,Tons of Built-In Bookshelves,2Fireplaces,High Smooth Ceilings,Neutral Colors,2"Wood Blinds Thru-out,Arched Doorways,3Car Garage,2Story Foyer,Spacious Great Rm,Formal Dining Rm,Kitchen w/Full Complement of Appl Opens to Hearth Rm,3Attics,Large Fenced Backyard w/Patio! Neighborhood Pool & Clubhouse! Germantown Schools!

 


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Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
Fax: (901) 435-0620