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101 Things To Do In Memphis #76: The Bar-B-Q Shop

by Melissa Thompson

The Bar-B-Q Shop, voted #1 ribs in America by the Food Network’s “Top Five Restaurants”, located in the heart of Midtown, less than a mile from the Overton Square Entertainment District, is a local Memphis barbecue eatery that opened in November of 1987. It is a place known for real-pit barbecue with old fashioned barbecue sauces and cole slaw that are made from scratch.

The unique taste of The Bar-B-Q Shop’s gourmet award winning sauces has always been something that has set The Bar-B-Q Shop off from other barbeque restaurants. The recipes for our gourmet sauces have been around for over fifty years.

The Original (mild) Sauce provides a thickness that can be used to baste, marinade, or provide flavoring for your meat of choice.

Our Hot Sauce also provides the same level of thickness but with a little warmth behind it. Our Hot Sauce does an excellent job of providing your meat with a hot flavor without taking away from the barbeque, smokey flavor itself.

The Bar-B-Q Shop’s Dry Seasoning was created later by Frank Vernon in the mid eighties. Our Dry Seasoning is an extraordinary seasoning because it can be used to season anything from chicken breasts, hamburger steaks, salmon or fillet catfish, to even a beef roast. The seasoning can be used with a marinade while prepping your food item, or it can be applied when your food comes out of the oven.

1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Restaurant: 901.272.1277

Sauce Order: 888.372.8237

 

By and photo credit: http://thebar-b-qshop.com/

Be WOWED as you walk through the door! 120 S. Mendenhall Road

by Melissa Thompson

This home has it all...over 2600 square feet all on one level with hardwood floors throughout, updated fixtures, security system, large rooms with ample living areas, lovely dining room with built-in china cabinet, spacious great room with built-in bookshelves, large living room, spectacular sun room, updated eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, fenced backyard, and is situated on .63 acres in East Memphis! As you walk into the front door you are welcomed into the gracious entry hall leading to the spacious, warm and inviting great room enhanced with built-in bookshelves and a decorative fireplace. Host the finest dinner parties in the dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier and a built-in china cabinet. Enjoy cooking in the updated eat-in kitchen equipped with durable tile floors, built-in breakfast bar, pantry and a full complement of appliances including a dishwasher, stainless steel microwave, oven and range. Come home after a hard day and relax in the large living room enhanced with a decorative fireplace. The awesome sun room has a nice view of the backyard. The romantic master suite comes complete with 3 closets and a private bathroom. Sit back and enjoy the fresh air in the delightful fenced backyard features a nice patio, perfect for cookouts and parties!

Luxurious Laundry Rooms

by Melissa Thompson

The laundry room is probably not the first space you think of when you hear the word luxurious.  But it is a room you spend a lot of time in.  Doing laundry is a necessary part of life, so why not make it more appealing by creating a comfortable, practical and pretty environment that will make it feel less like a chore and more like a pleasant task. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your laundry room a calm and soothing work space.  There are opulent touches you can add that will improve your disposition while performing the essential duties of washing, drying, folding and ironing.

 
  • Paint the room in a soft, neutral color - choose from greens, blues or yellow.
  • Hang some art on the walls.  Pick pieces that you love or are meaningful to you. You don’t have to spend a lot of money…just choose paintings or pictures that bring 
  • you joy.
  • If you lack storage in your laundry room, add some simple shelves with clean lines.  Get some clear containers for your detergent, fabric softener sheets, clothes pins etc. so you can dispose of the unsightly bags and boxes they come in. 
  • Use baskets or bins to pre-sort clothes into whites, colors, sheets, towels etc.
  • If your laundry room is spacious, create a folding area.  You can have a table or if you are using front loading machines, design a counter to go on top of them.  Add a small, wall-mounted television and a comfy chair, and folding clothes won’t seem so boring anymore.
  • Add a small vase with fresh flowers.  Being amidst the beauty of nature will make you feel better about being stuck indoors doing laundry!
  • Remember, guests are not likely to see your laundry room, so make it all about YOU.  Be funky and unique with your décor and have fun with it!  Before you know it, you will look forward to doing all that washing, drying and folding.  Ok…maybe you won’t look forward to it, but at least you won’t dread it! 

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

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Top-Home-Renovations-for-Maximum-ROI

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Clearing-the-Clutter

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First

by Melissa Thompson

Some Highlights:

  • According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the share of recent homebuyers who were single at the time of purchase held steady at 24% last year.
  • The percentage of first-time buyers who were single females rose to 17% (up from 16%), as the share of single men dropped from 11% to 8%.
  • The primary reason for buying a home amongst singles was the desire to own a home of their own (38% for women and 37% for men).

​​Contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 to find out if you qualify to buy your dream home! 

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #75: 29th Annual WEVL Blues on the Bluff

by Melissa Thompson

Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate 29 years of fun on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in a beautiful park-like setting on the grounds of The Metal Museum.
Giant shady oaks, cool river breezes, the smell of BBQ, fantastic music, and absolutely the best view of the Mississippi in the entire mid-South!

Details:
Schlafly Beer is the beer sponsor.
Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks being sold
Award-winning BBQ and more from Central BBQ Food Truck being sold
No pets or outside food or beverage permitted
Kids welcome when accompanied by watchful parents
Silent auction
WEVL Merchandise and Blues on the Bluff posters for sale
Free guarded parking

The line-up:
The MD’s
6:30 p.m.

The Ghost Town Blues Band
8 p.m.

Marcella & Her Lovers
9:35 p.m.

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate
Kids 11 and under are $12 at the gate

Saturday, July 22nd
Gates open at 6 p.m.

 

By and photo credit: http://wevl.org/bob

5 Important Things to Fix Before Putting Your House on the Market

by Melissa Thompson

If you want the best price for your house, you may have to do some repairs before selling it. Potential buyers will be willing to spend more for a home that doesn’t need a lot of work.  Here are 5 important things to fix before selling:

  1. Exterior - When was the last time the exterior of your house was painted?  Is the paint faded and chipping?  Is wood rotting around the windows?  Is your front door dingy?  First impressions matter when it comes to selling your home and buyers will get their first impression when they see the outside of your house whether in pictures or in person.  Don’t forget the landscaping.  A well-kept lawn and simple, but clean flower beds will go a long way toward creating an enticing aesthetic for your property.
  2. Interior Paint - If the walls are looking a bit shabby and the trim a bit grimy, painting is a quick and easy fix.  The same applies if you went through a crazy color phase a few years back and decorated with hues that might not appeal to everyone.  Choose neutral colors that will allow buyers to focus on the spaces without being distracted.
  3. Kitchen - The kitchen is one of the most important rooms that buyers focus on when looking at a house.  So, if yours is looking run-down you will want to update it.  It will be worth the investment to replace appliances that are on their last legs or putting in a new granite counter.  Or it might be as simple as repainting cabinets and adding shiny, new handles.
  4. Bathroom - Nothing turns buyers off faster than an unsightly bathroom.  Sparkling, clean fixtures and a fresh coat of paint will go a long way toward impressing someone searching for their dream home.  Inexpensive touches like a decorative mirror or a lovely picture on the wall will add to the ambiance without breaking the bank.
  5. Flooring - If your carpets are stained or thread bare, it is worth your while to replace them.  Otherwise, buyers may ask for a carpet allowance when they make an offer on your house.  The same applies if your vinyl floors are in bad shape.  Hardwoods are always popular, but you may want to consider getting them refinished if they are looking old and scruffy.

It may seem counter intuitive to spend money on repairing or fixing up a house you are getting ready to sell, but at the end of the day, it will not only help you sell your house faster, but you will get a better price for it too.

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/75-of-Homeowners-Think-Now-is-a-Good-Time-to-Sell

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

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Tips-for-Showing-Your-Home-to-Potential-Buyers

The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership

by Melissa Thompson

Recently, Freddie Mac reported on the benefits of homeownership. According to their report, here are the five benefits that “should be at the top of everyone’s list.”

  1. Homeownership can help you build equity over time.
  2. Your monthly payments will remain stable.
  3. You may have some tax benefits.
  4. You can take pride in ownership.
  5. Homeownership improves your community.

Let’s expand on each of Freddie Mac’s points:

Homeownership can help you build equity over time.

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400).

In a Forbes article, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun reported that now the net worth gap is 45 times greater.

Your monthly payments will remain stable.

When you purchase a home with a fixed rate mortgage, the majority of the payment (principle and interest) remain constant. On the other hand, rents continue to skyrocket. Your housing expense is much more stable if you own instead of rent.

You may have some tax benefits.

According to the Tax Policy Center’s Briefing Book -“A citizen’s guide to the fascinating (though often complex) elements of the federal Tax System” – there are several tax advantages to homeownership.

Here are four items from the Briefing Book:

  • Mortgage Interest Deduction
  • Property Tax Deduction
  • Imputed Rent
  • Profits from Home Sale

You can take pride in ownership.

Most surveys show that a major factor in purchasing a home is the freedom you have to design the home the way you want. From paint colors to yard accessories, you don’t need a landlord’s permission to make the house feel like a home.

Homeownership improves your community.

The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled ‘Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study explained:

“Homeownership does create social capital and provide residents with a platform from which to connect and interact with neighbors…Owning a home means owning part of a neighborhood, and a homeowner’s feelings of commitment to the home can arouse feelings of commitment to the neighborhood, which, in turn, can produce interactions with neighbors.”

Bottom Line

There are many benefits to homeownership. That is why it is still a critical piece of the American Dream.

Contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 for all your home buying needs. 

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #74: Twilight Sky Terrace

by Melissa Thompson

With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Twilight Sky Terrace is the premiere nightlife destination in Memphis. After work, sip hand-crafted cocktails in cushy fireside seating, or share delectable bites with friends around the communal table with the dramatic Memphis sunset as your backdrop.

Their version of Memphis nightlife - when the sun goes down, the beat goes on. Soak in the contemporary vibe under the Memphis night sky, sway to custom soundtracks, and enjoy the pop, stir, and pour of the extensive bar offerings from their Memphis rooftop bar.

Twilight Sky Terrace was created to offer Memphians, and guests alike, an entertainment venue alternative that captures a contemporary urban vibe and highlights the innate beauty of the city.

The combination of “Twilight,” the time between daylight and darkness when the sun sets just below the horizon, and “Sky Terrace,” is a fitting description of our Memphis rooftop bar and was inspired by the astounding view seen at twilight from our Memphis rooftop space.

Some of the unique design features of Twilight Sky Terrace include custom sun shades to alleviate the seasonal heat, custom modern furnishings, dancing fire pit, communal table, 70” TV screen, High Spy Binoculars for star gazing, custom crafted cocktail and a delectable menu of small bites.

www.twilightskyterrace.com

79 Madison Avenue | Memphis, TN 38103 | 901.333.1243 
Sunday-Thursday 4pm-12am, Friday-Saturday 4pm-1am (Weather Permitting)

 

By and photo credit: twilightskyterrace.com

Get Pre-Approved and Stand Out from the Crowd!

by Melissa Thompson

Across the country right now, the number of buyers seeking homes far outnumbers the number of homes available.  Because of this, the housing market is super competitive and buyers often need to do something to stand out.  One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even in a less competitive market, knowing your budget will give you security of knowing if a home is within your reach.

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process.  Once you have chosen a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with vital information regarding your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.

There are 4 Cs that aid in determining the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  • Capacity: Your current and future ability to make payments.
  • Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash.
  • Collateral: The home or type of home that you want to purchase.
  • Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time.

Getting pre-approved not only shows sellers you are serious, but also speeds up the process of completing the purchase once your offer has been accepted.

Many people overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage.  If you are ready to buy, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised at what you can afford!

Thinking about buying your own Memphis TN home, Call your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526.

Epic Housing Shortage Being Reported

by Melissa Thompson
Epic Housing Shortage Being Reported | MyKCM

The Joint Center of Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University recently released their 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Study, and a recent blog from JCHS revealed some of the more surprising aspects of the study.

The first two revelations centered around the shortage of housing inventory currently available in both existing homes and new construction.

Regarding Existing Home Inventory:

“For the fourth year in a row, the inventory of homes for sale across the US not only failed to recover, but dropped yet again. At the end of 2016 there were historically low 1.65 million homes for sale nationwide, which at the current sales rate was just 3.6 months of supply - almost half of the 6.0 months level that is considered a balanced market.”

Regarding New Home Inventory:

“Markets nationwide are still feeling the effects of the deep and extended decline in housing construction. Over the past 10 years, just 9 million new housing units were completed and added to the housing stock. This was the lowest 10-year period on records dating back to the 1970s, and far below the 14 and 15 million units averaged over the 1980s and 1990s.”

Bottom Line

The biggest challenge in today’s market is getting current homeowners and builders to realize the opportunity they have to maximize profit by selling and/or building NOW!!

Call your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 for all your Real Estate needs!

By: KCM Crew

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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