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101 Things To Do In Memphis #54: Wine for Wishes

by Melissa Thompson


Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s 9th Annual Wine for Wishes is coming up on February 8th at The Cadre Building.

Wine for Wishes is hosted by Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s Associates Board, a group of local young professionals who support Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s mission through development centric events.  Each year, they host the wine tasting event to engage more young professionals to let them know about the work that Make-A-Wish does in and around Memphis to inspire kids and families. This year’s party at the beautiful Cadre Building includes live music, a wine pull, a silent auction, catering from Chef Kelly English’s Iris Etc. Catering, & a plethora of wines for your enjoyment.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $50 until January 15th. Don’t forget, tickets are only available in advance and won’t be sold at the door. Get tickets here

What You’re Supporting When You Party

You may already know that Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with critical illnesses all over the country — making their dreams to go, to meet, to be, or to have — a reality. The average cost of a wish is $8,392.98. All expenses associated with a wish are covered by Make-A-Wish, and in the Mid-South specifically, Make-A-Wish will grant more than 280 unique wishes this year.

Every wish carries transformative power. Per Make-A-Wish, a recent study has confirmed that wish experiences are more than just a nice gift, they play a key role in a child’s journey back to health. Wishes create positive emotions and hope for their future, equipping children to better fight against their critical illnesses. When you give to wishes, you’re giving to something that’s making a huge difference for kids in our community.

There are multiple ways you can help Make-A-Wish Mid-South deliver for kids:

Referrals

You can refer a child for a wish! If you know a child with a critical illness, referring them for a wish takes just a few minutes. Call the Make-A-Wish Mid-South office at 901.680.9474 or email midsouth.wish.org to start the process.

Volunteering

Make-A-Wish has five kinds of volunteers. Pretty much anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer in any of these capacities:

  1. Event volunteers: Help at various Make-A-Wish events, including the next Wine for Wishes.
  2. Wish granter: These are the volunteers that are actually meeting wish kids, hearing about their wishes and helping to craft special wish reveals for them!
  3. Translator: Help Make-A-Wish in translating materials from English to Spanish.
  4. Airport greeter: Meet wish families at the airport and escort them to their flight to be sure they’re all set. Many wish families have never flown before.
  5. Fundraising volunteer: These are people who host events, and rally groups to fundraise to grant wishes.

Donating Miles

Make-A-Wish Mid-South also needs more than 10 million air miles each year for wishes involving travel. You can donate Delta, United, American or JetBlue miles at midsouth.wish.org.

Keep up with Make-A-Wish Mid-South on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Stunning 5BR Home in the Cross Creek Subdivision! 60 Cross Creek Drive

by Melissa Thompson

60 CROSS CREEK DR, Oakland, TN

For Sale

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

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10044501 to view more pictures of this property. Be impressed the moment you enter into this STUNNING home situated in the Cross Creek Subdivision in Oakland! Plantation shutters,gleaming wood flrs,arched doorways,soaring smooth ceilings,desirable granite counter-tops,stainless steel appl,butler's pantry,mudrm,3car garage,electric screened porch,built-in bookcases & cabinets,4BR(3Down),huge bonus Rm or 5thBR,5walk-in closets,spacious great rm,formal dining rm,gourmet eat-in kitchen & hearth rm are just a few perks!LOW Fayette County Taxes!

 

 

Home Closing 101

by Melissa Thompson


Congratulations!  You’ve found your dream home; the inspection has been completed and all your ducks are in a row.  Now your just one more step to get through before you are officially a homeowner.  The closing.  The name sounds ominous, but you don’t have to worry.  If you have everything in order, your home closing should go smoothly.  Here is what you should expect on your big day:

CHOOSE THE RIGHT DATE FOR YOUR CLOSING

When you are thinking about when to schedule your closing, there is a lot to think about. For example, you want to keep in mind that it might take longer than an hour, so don’t try to schedule it on a lunch break from work. Consider taking half a day off or even just a few hours at the end of the day so that you will have plenty of time and won’t feel rushed.  In addition, you will want to think about what time of month you want to close.  Many people want to close as close to the end of the month as possible to save on up-front cash because the later you close, the less interest is owed to the lender.  However, closing late in the month has its disadvantages too. Because so many people are doing it, everyone is rushed -  from escrow companies, to appraisers, to surveyors, to insurance agents and even lender. They are all pushing to get a lot of work done in a short period of time.  And when people are rushed, mistakes are made.  Also, the later in the month you close, the sooner your first full mortgage payment will be due. So, you will want to keep all that in mind when deciding on your closing date. Closing Early Has Its Advantages

DO A FINAL WALK-THROUGH

Buyers are usually allowed to do a final walk-through before closing.  This isn’t a Home Inspection. Your home inspection should already be complete by now.  But a final walk-through will allow you to be sure that the property is in good condition and that nothing has changed or been damaged since the last time you saw it.  The final walk-through is generally arranged by your Realtor to happen anywhere from one week to 24 hours prior to closing.  Check the property thoroughly and bring a checklist with you to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Buying a House? Here's Your Final Home Walk-Through Checklist

CLOSING DAY PARTICIPANTS

Not sure who will be present at your closing?  There may be several people there in addition to the home buyers:

  • The seller and their Realtor
  • A representative from the title company
  • Attorneys (yours and your lender’s, if you have one)
  • A closing agent who conducts the meeting
  • Sometimes your lender will be there, but not always

DOCUMENTS

There are lots of documents involved in the mortgage process, and sometimes they can be overwhelming.  The bulk of your closing will be reviewing and signing various documents.  You should bring any documents you have received throughout your home buying process, including proof of home owner’s insurance, a copy of your inspection reports and any other documents your lender requested during the approval process.  Also, be sure to bring a photo id and a cashier’s check or certified check for down payment and closing costs. 

You will also receive many documents the day of your closing. The seller will sign documents that transfer the property ownership to you.  You will also get documents that pertain to your mortgage agreement and property ownership. 

Real estate transfer documents include:

  • A deed, which transfers the property from seller to buyer
  • A bill of sale
  • Transfer tax declarations

Mortgage loan documents include:

  • A mortgage note, which is your promise to repay the lender
  • A mortgage agreement that puts the property as collateral in case you can’t repay your loan
  • A loan application to review for accuracy
  • A loan estimate and closing disclosure

It’s vital for you to have an understanding of your closing documents prior to your closing so that you will understand what you are reading and signing.  Review them ahead of time and you will be ready to go on closing day.

Once you have reviewed and signed all the necessary documents, you will receive your keys and officially be a home owner. That’s another reason to take time off work…because now it’s time to celebrate!!

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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Opportunity is Knocking! 3070 Magevney Street

by Melissa Thompson

3070 MAGEVNEY ST, Memphis, TN

Just Listed

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 Baths (2 full ) BATHROOMS |

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10044380 to view more pictures of this property. Opportunity is Knocking! AMAZING Investment Opportunity...Home is Currently Rented. All on One Level Home Featuring Wrought Iron Security Doors, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Carport, Beautiful Wood Floors, Lovely Dining Room, Wonderful Kitchen with Tile Flooring & Charming Breakfast Area, Spacious Great Room with Cozy Fireplace, Fabulous Living Room, Delightful Fenced Backyard with a Storage Shed & Patio, Perfect for Cookouts. Showings and Inspections Can be Done Once Offer Is Accepted.

 

 

Renovated, Move-In Ready Memphis TN Home! 4181 Oak Wind Drive

by Melissa Thompson

4181 OAK WIND DR, Memphis, TN

For Sale

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 Baths (2 full ) BATHROOMS |

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10044189 to view more pictures of this property. Completely Renovated, Move-In Ready Home Featuring New Carpet Throughout, Fresh Neutral Paint, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Wrought Iron Security Doors & More! As You Enter the Front Door You are Welcomed into the Spacious, Warm & Inviting Great Room with a Romantic Brick Fireplace. Cooking will be a Delight in the Wonderful Kitchen Equipped with a Full Complement of Appliances &Tile Floor. The Fenced Backyard Comes Complete with a Patio, Utility Closet to Store Your Lawn Equipment & Deck for Cookouts!

 

 

101 Things To Do In Memphis #53: 2019 International Blues Challenge

by Melissa Thompson


The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affiliated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

The 2019 International Blues Challenge will be held from January 22-26th. The International Showcase will open the event on January 22nd with competition rounds on January 23-26 in venues located along historic Beale Street. The International Blues Challenge will conclude with finalists performing at the Orpheum Theater on January 26th. 

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Building a DIY Fire Pit in Four Easy Steps

by Melissa Thompson

 
Spending time outdoors in the winter months is not much fun if you are cold, but if you have a nice, warm fire to gather around, you can enjoy outdoor time despite the frigid temperatures. It’s fairly easy to build your own fire pit and it can be done in a short amount of time without breaking the bank. So, follow these steps and before you know it you will be toasting marshmallows around your own DIY fire pit!

  1. Go to a home improvement store and purchase your materials. Choose your large pavers first. They are not expensive and work perfectly as the ring for your fire pit. I recommend getting enough to make your fire pit deep and wide.  Depending on the size of the pavers, you will need twelve or thirteen for each level of the pit. So, if you are doing three levels, you will need 36 to 39 pavers.  You will also need smaller pavers for the floor of the fire pit, and paver sand for filling in the gaps and spaces.

    
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  1. When you get your materials home, choose the site for your fire pit and arrange the large pavers in a circle creating the diameter of your pit.  Then arrange two additional levels on top of the base you have created. Be sure the gaps between pavers are as small as possible. You may have to adjust them several times before you get them just right.

       
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  1. With the smaller pavers, build the floor of your fire pit.  Make sure that they fill in the entire space.  You may have to get some that are shaped differently to make them fit.s.com


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  2. Use paver sand to fill in the cracks and spaces in the floor.  Fill in the spaces and then use a broom or your hands to spread it evenly across the floor.

      
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Which Sand is Best for Paver Joints

Now you can build a roaring fire and enjoy your new fire pit!

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!

101 Things To Do In Memphis #52: MLK Days of Service

by Melissa Thompson


During MLK Day weekend, honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy by volunteering for various service projects across the Mid-South.

Volunteer Memphis and Leadership Memphis are partnering with several nonprofit and community organizations to host MLK Days of Service January 18 – 21. For those four days, there will be a range of service projects running simultaneously in all ten Mid-South counties. There are plenty of options both indoors or outdoors, and volunteers can participate in everything from beautification and cleanups to reading to children, letter writing, organizing donations for food drives and other fundraising event support, and more.

Each day has a theme:

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 – YOUTH & EDUCATION

Read to a classroom, host a field day, work in an afterschool program, or contact Volunteer Memphis about a customized experience.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – FAMILY & FRIENDS

Special projects will be available for volunteers of all ages.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20 – SERVICE SUNDAY

Work with your church or local community centers to serve the needs of others on Sunday. Volunteer Memphis is working with faith-based institutions to create volunteer opportunities during the afternoon following worship services.

MONDAY, JAN. 21 – COMMUNITY CLEAN UP 

Volunteer Memphis is partnering with Clean Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful to host a citywide cleanup project.

Make plans to volunteer with your friends, family, or coworkers. Take a look at the projects and sign up for specific opportunities on the Volunteer United partner page. There will be a kickoff party on Thursday, January 17th at 5:00 pm at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library.

MLK Days of Service Donation Drive

The City of Memphis and its AmeriCorps VISTA program are hosting a donation drive to support local homeless shelters and schools. Donate at one of the collection boxes placed around the city, or drop off donations during the Donation Drop Off event on January 18th at the Gaston Community Center. See the flyer below for items needed.

Drop Off Locations:

Urban Strategies, Memphis HOPE, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, City Hall, City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, Memphis & Shelby Police Activities League, Memphis Athletic Ministries, City of Memphis Division of Parks & BLDG Memphis, Leadership Memphis, Memphis Housing & Community Development, City of Memphis (Union Ave. Extended), City of Memphis Internal Services, Benjamin Hooks Central Library, City of Memphis Fire Headquarters, Frayser Library, Memphis Police Department – Tillman.

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Beautiful 4BR Home in Riverwood Farms! 1561 Cedar Farms Cove

by Melissa Thompson

1561 CEDAR FARMS CV, Cordova, TN

For Sale

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10043609 to view more pictures of this property. AMAZING Move-In Ready, 2-Story Home Situated in a Nice Quiet Cove in the Riverwood Farms Subdivision Featuring 4BRs+Large Bonus Rm, Gleaming Hardwood Flrs, Plantation Shutters, Skylight, Huge Attic, Lots of Natural Light, 2Staircases, Crown Molding, Spacious Great Rm w/Cozy Fireplace Framed by Bookshelves, Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Island & Full Complement of Appl, Formal Dining Rm, Romantic Master Suite w/Luxury Bath, 2Car Garage, Fabulous Fenced Backyard Oasis w/Bridge, Fire Pit Area & Deck!

 

Home Inspection Checklist for Home Sellers

by Melissa Thompson


It’s very exciting when you accept an offer on your home and you are ready to sell. But that excitement can go away quickly if the buyer’s home inspection doesn’t go well.  Smart homebuyers will never make a purchase without having a property professionally inspected first, so you can pretty much count on that happening.  So, it’s important for you, as the seller, to be prepared for the home inspection.  By identifying potential problems beforehand, you can make the repairs needed to avoid unpleasant surprises during the inspection. Cheap Home Repairs That Can Save You Thousands

Use this checklist to help you prepare for the home inspection:

  1. Make sure that all lights are working and all switches are covered. The same goes for electrical outlets.  A general home inspection will include a visual review of the electrical system.  If the inspector finds that a light isn’t working, there is a likelihood he will recommend that a licensed contractor to check it out.
  2. Take care of routine maintenance.  Put new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and be sure they are working properly. Also, put fresh air filters on your air conditioning units and furnaces.  If buyers see that small things aren’t being maintained, they will be worried that big things aren’t either. 
  3. Clean out areas around appliances so they can easily be inspected.  It will be difficult for the inspector if your laundry room is full of clothes or the dishwasher is full of dirty dishes.  If you have a gas fireplace, be sure the pilot light is lit so that the inspector can turn it on.  If the inspector is not able to do that, he may suggest to the buyer that you show them the fireplace works before the sale is complete.  That just adds one more thing for you to worry about.
  4. Check out the exterior of your home.  View your house the way you would if you were buying it again. Is there peeling paint or hanging gutters?  If so, you can fix these problems prior to inspection so that they are not issues for the buyers.
  5. Test windows and doors.  Inspectors are going to be looking for windows and doors that open and close easily.  If you have windows that are sticking, you can fix this with very little money. Simply purchase a silicone spray from a home improvement store.  Clean out the tracks of sliding doors and lubricate them as well, if needed.
  6. Paint over old water stains.  Even after you have fixed a leaking pipe or roof, water stains can be left behind.  And even after the inspector has assured them that there any current moisture issues, old stains will scare buyers off just as much as new stains will. 
  7. Look for mold.  Mold will scare a buyer away fast!  So be sure to check basements, attics, bathrooms and garages for any signs of mold.  If you find any, deal with it before the inspection…and before you lose your buyers.
  8. Declutter before inspection.  The inspector isn’t going to care how messy your house it or how it’s staged, but he will appreciate being able to easily access everything he needs to inspect.
  9. Don’t try to hide issues.  Honesty matters. If you find something prior to inspection that is going to need to be fixed, notify the prospective buyer.  You don’t want the buyer to think you are trying to hide something.  If you don’t have the money on hand to make necessary repairs, you may be able to negotiate by offering a credit at closing so the new owners can do the repairs themselves.

Find Out What Home Inspectors Look For

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