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101 Things To Do In Memphis #39: RiverArts Fest

by Melissa Thompson

RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities for all ages! More than 180 artists from around the country and right here at home gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts in what’s become the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festival in the Mid-South. 

October 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Location! Riverside Drive, between Jefferson and Union

In 2016, RiverArtsFest was named one of The Best Festivals & Fairs in Tennessee by Travel Magazine.

ADMISSION & WRISTBANDS
$5 admission gets you daily in- and out- access to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Children 10 and under are free. There are north and south entrances. Credit cards are accepted at all entrances, and an ATM will be stationed within the festival grounds. 

SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY EVENING! In celebration of Mighty Lights, the festival will be running extended hours Saturday night with free admission beginning at 5PM. The artists market will close at 8:30P and the festival at 9P. Please visit the Mighty Lights website for more details.

ADMISSION RULES & POLICIES

  • NO PETS
  • NO COOLERS
  • NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
  • NO SKATES/SKATEBOARDS
  • NO SCOOTERS
  • NO BIKES

PARKING
Downtown Memphis offers plenty of parking within walking distance of the festival. For a full listing of garages, check out this handy map provided by the Downtown Memphis Commission.

ARTISTS MARKET
Nearly 200 fine artists from across the nation will line Riverside Drive selling original work. A complete list of artists can be found here. 

MUSIC
See our full line up of local musicians and bands performing each day. The festival grounds will also feature strolling musicians and performing artists.

ACTIVITIES
Our Hands On Art stations will be open Saturday and Sunday for children of all ages to tap into their inner artists by participating in our special art project. Sponsored by the Art Center, activities are creative, simple and make a great keepsake. 

ART DEMONSTRATIONS
Check out the artists lineup and schedule for our Artists At Work area, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft and skills. 

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Affordable Home Staging Hacks

by Melissa Thompson

Chances are, if you are getting ready to sell your home, you are also preparing to purchase a new home. So, the last thing you want to do is spend more money on your current property.  However, you certainly want to get the best price possible when selling it, and per the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400. As you can see, it will pay off in the end to stage your home to entice potential buyers.

Some people will hire a certified staging professional to get the job done. (Home Staging and Hiring a Stager) While it might seem easier than doing it yourself, it is not the only way to get that SOLD sign planted in your front yard.  There are some simple, yet effective home-staging hacks that you can do that won’t break your budget:

  • Roll Out a Welcome Mat - Sounds simple, right?  It is!  First impressions mean everything when selling your home.  Also, prospective buyers tend to linger by the front door before the real estate agent opens the home for viewing, so an inviting entrance is crucial. A new welcome mat can cost as little as $15.  Purchase a modern mat that compliments the style of your home.  To further enhance the entryway, add a little green with some fresh plants.  An enticing entrance will make buyers want to see more!
     
  • Mount Mirrors in Strategic Spots - Every home has spaces like a dim hallway or small space that lacks natural light.  To spruce up these areas, hang a few mirrors.  They add extra light to rooms that look dark, and create an illusion of space. They will pack an extra punch if placed next to or directly across from a window because they will pull in more sun.  For a more decorative look, create a collage of several mini mirrors in different shapes and sizes rather than just slapping one large mirror on the wall. You can find inexpensive mirrors at craft stores and discount home stores. How to Use Mirrors to Create More Space
     
  • Set Tables and Serving Areas for Entertaining - A home filled with friends, food and laughter is a happy one!  Paint a picture of what entertaining in your home will be like for potential buyers.  Keep it simple, but aesthetically pleasing. Lay out cloth napkins, wine glasses and solid plates in the dining room. Use matching mugs and bowls in the kitchen to produce the feel of family meals.
     
  • Replace Personal Photos with Art Work - Over the years, you have turned your house into a home by decorating with family portraits and personal mementos.  But potential buyers are going to want to be able to envision themselves living there and that is hard to do with your family members present in the form of pictures in every room.  So, get a head start on packing up your house by putting your pictures away and replacing them with art work that compliments the style of the home.  You can find inexpensive art at discount stores or you can print beautiful landscape photos to put in frames.
     
  • Make the Bathroom Look Elegant with White Linens - Spruce up your bathroom with crisp, fresh, all-white linens.  White towels, bath mats, and shower curtains give the room an instant update.  They inspire the feeling of a luxury spa without spending a lot of money.  Take it a step further by including some "spa like" displays. Simple additions like an orchid, candles and special soaps will go a long way. 7 Easy Updates to Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a Spa
     
  • Arrange Decorative Scenes - Decorative displays can give a cozy, lived-in ambience to a house.  Assembling classy vignettes of colorful vases, lanterns, books, plants, baskets, and other items atop dressers, counters and bookshelves will make a house feel more like a home. Group items in odd numbers and in varying heights and shapes while keeping them in the same color family. You will be amazed at what you can find to use in your house, but if you need to buy some things, you can mix in inexpensive pieces from craft and discount stores.  Done properly, these displays will have people feeling like they are looking at rooms right out of home décor magazines…and that definitely appeals to prospective buyers.

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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What You Need to Know About Renting Out a Room in Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

Memphis, home of blues, soul & rock ‘n’ roll is a fantastic travel destination. With so many fun attractions such as Graceland, Sun Studio, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and iconic Beale Street, homeowners may be tempted to rent out rooms to earn a little extra income.  Why not?  It sounds easy enough.  Clean up that spare room or basement and you can rake in the big bucks from people looking for alternatives to hotel lodging.  But there are things you should know before taking this on.  It may not be as simple as it seems.

- There are several online peer-to-peer marketplaces for renting out your house or a room in your house. Airbnb is one of the largest and most popular. Some others include HomeAway and FlipKey. Your first step should be to investigate the various options and decide which one will work best for you.

- Educate yourself about the laws involved with renting out a room in your home. When listing your home on a website, they might not indicate whether you’re complying with local laws.  You are responsible for knowing the regulations and following the rule of the law.  Don’t get yourself in a situation like the hosts in New York City who were fined thousands of dollars for renting their apartments through peer-to-peer services.  This type of rental activity is allowed in Memphis, but it is subject to rules set forth by city council.  Make sure you know the rules and regulations before placing your room for rent. Memphis City Council Cuts Red Tape for Airbnb Hosts

- There may be taxes involved.  Depending on how much you earn by renting out all or part of your home, you may receive a tax form from the marketplaces that list your property.  Regardless, you must report the earnings when filing your taxes.  This is something to consider when deciding if it is worth the cost to start renting out space in your home.

- Something else to think about when deciding if your profits will outweigh your costs is the expense of having guests in your home.  You will be providing consumables such as soap, toilet paper, shampoo and cleaning supplies. In addition, your utility bills may increase.  You may also want to hire a cleaning service if you don’t have time to clean between guests.

- To increase your chances of being booked, consider listing on multiple sites.  The more people that see your listing, the better the chance it will be rented.  But remember, each site has its own rules, fee structures and insurance requirements, so you need to know this information for every site you use.

Should you decide to rent out a room in your home, the rental site that you choose will help you get started and before you know it you will be welcoming guests to magnificent Memphis!

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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101 Things To Do In Memphis #37: Beale Street Art Crawl

by Melissa Thompson

There’s a new event in the works that wants to flood “America’s most iconic street,” with local art and art buyers.

The inaugural Beale Street Art Crawl is scheduled for October 20th.

The event is being managed by the nonprofit Dear Music with support from Downtown Memphis Commission. Dear Music’s mission is to “provide positive community events centered on cultural enrichment, performance and visual arts, and community engagement.”

Beale Street Art Crawl welcomes artists of all mediums and various styles and aesthetics from Memphis, Nashville and surrounding areas. Organizers are working to establish this as a quarterly event to help artists reach a new consumer base, increase visibility, and have the opportunity to become a merchant on historic Beale Street for a day.

For updates about the event follow Beale Street Art Crawl on Facebook.

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Investing in Real Estate - What You Need to Know

by Melissa Thompson

Real estate investing can be a great way to make money.  But to be successful at it, you need to do your homework first and make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.  Here are some tips to help you get started:

- Choose an experienced Realtor.  Finding the right agent is critical to successfully capitalize on real estate investments.  You want to find someone who has the knowledge to make the process easier for you.  They should have awareness of location, value, and return on investment.

- Location, location, location!  Research what areas are declining and which ones are on the rise before deciding where to purchase an investment property. If large retailers such as Lowe’s or Home Depot are setting up shop there, it’s probably a good place to invest because big chains do a lot of research before moving in. How to Choose the Best Place to Invest in Real Estate

- If you plan to invest with a partner, make sure you have a partnership agreement drawn up to protect all parties in case something happens.  Relationships can sour and expensive mistakes can happen. Making early decision about how to handle bad situations will help prevent catastrophic results.

- Be prepared to invest for the long term.  When you hold onto a property for a long time, you can manage expenses and income easier and use the money to pay the mortgage.

- Be picky about renters. If you are going to rent to students or rent rooms to different people verses to a family, you may need special permits, depending on where you live. Educate yourself about rules and regulations for renting out your property. How to Choose the Best Tenant for Your Rental

- If you have more than three properties you’re renting out, you would benefit from hiring an experienced property manager. It can be overwhelming when you are trying to take care of multiple homes (including your own!). A property manager will handle repairs and minor problems for tenants. They will help find new tenants as well.  Just keep in mind that property managers usually get around 10% of the monthly rent.

Being a landlord isn’t always easy.  But with the right investment, it can be very rewarding!

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 #36: Bartlett Festival, BBQ and Car Show

by Melissa Thompson

Make plans now to be a part of the 2018 Bartlett Festival on Friday evening, September 28 from 6 - 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at W. J. Freeman Park located at 2629 Bartlett Blvd.

This fun-filled family event will kick-off on Friday evening with a midway carnival, vendors and live musical entertainment starting at 6:00 p.m. 

The Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5k run will kick things off at 8:00am on Saturday morning, followed by some great local music, arts & crafts, a car show, children's activities, the awards for the MBN sanctioned BBQ cooking contest, concessions and much, much more.The perfect place to spend an autumn weekend.

  • Friday evening, September 28, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Live music starts at 6pm
  • Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
  • Saturday, September 29, Judge Freeman Marr 5K starts at 9:00 a.m. 
  • For more information email the office of Community Relations  dgelineau@cityofbartlett.org 

2018 Music Stages 
Friday Night Live Music
 6:00 - 7:00pm-   The Amber McCain Band  The Amber McCain FB page
 7:30-9:30pm -   Almost Famous   Almost Famous Web Site    

Saturday Stage Line-Up 
8:00 - 10:30am - Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5K (race starts at 9am, race results at 10am)  5K Web Site
10:30 -11:15am -  Bartlett High School Marching Band  Bartlett HS Band Web Site
11:30am - 12:15pm -   Jamie Baker   Jamie Baker Bio
12:30 - 1:15pm -   Bartlett Community Concert Band   BCCB Web Site
1:30 - 2:30pm -   The Dantones   The Dantones Web Site 
2:30 - 3:00pm - BBQ Judging Results and Awards 
3:30 - 4:30pm -   Webb Dalton   Webb Dalton FB page

 

The Rockin' Robin DJ's Stage

Featuring various musical entertainment, games and lots of fun! They will be giving away a free party, so make sure to go by and register. Rockin' Robin DJ Web Site

Car Show

Participants can register on-site between 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Fee is $25 per car. Car judging will be held begin at noon. The awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries.

Categories include: production cars from 1900-1989, street rods, modified cars from 1949 to present, mini cars and trucks, motorcycles and vehicles that are currently under construction. There are a total of 37 categories.

All cars must enter the park from the new entrance on Bartlett Blvd across from Ivanhoe, look for the signs.

For updated information join the City of Bartlett Facebook page  

For more information on the Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5K run 5K Web Site/register on line

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Simplifying: Tips for Living a Peaceful Life

by Melissa Thompson

With summer in the rear-view mirror and kids back in school, life has likely gotten a lot more hectic. Chances are you have multiple schedules to juggle and little free time.  Now is a good time to simplify your life and eliminate as much stress as possible. Get started with the following steps:

  1. Let go of extraneous possessions.  Having too many "things" can be detrimental to a peaceful life.  They cause clutter, drain your bank account and use energy and attention that could be elsewhere.  Take the time to remove unnecessary possessions from your life and you will not regret it! 12 Surprising Ways Clutter is Ruining Your Life
  2. Learn to say no.  Too many commitments will not only take up time, but will leave you feeling like you can’t really give 100% to anyone or anything.  Prioritize what is most important to you, whether it’s a book club or a hobby or volunteering.  After working and taking care of your family, you want to make the most out of the free time you have. Filling it with activities you don’t really care about out of some sense of obligation will leave you feeling tired and unfulfilled.
  3. Get organized.  There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something when you need it.  Imagine the time and energy that will be saved if you don’t have to search for your keys or the phone charger or your child’s permission slip that you signed last week.  Having a place for everything and knowing where it is when you need it will make your life much less stressful and free up more time for fun and relaxation. 20 Ways to Organize Your Life Now
  4. Reduce screen time.  How many times have you run late for something because you just had to read one more article on the internet.  It’s easy to get sucked in when so much information is available so easily.  But too much screen time means too little REAL time.  Don’t let the screen dominate your life.  Make a conscious effort to unplug and free up more time for other activities.
  5. Stop multi-tasking.  It may seem unavoidable when life is so busy, but Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity.  Focus on one task at a time, give it 100% of your attention, and when you are done move on to the next task.
  6. Ask for help.  Sometimes life is hard.  Trying to do everything yourself can leave you feeling defeated and deflated.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

These are just a few ideas for ways to simplify your life.  If you are buying or selling a home, you can count on Melissa Thompson and her team at Your Key to Memphis to make the process as simple as possible for you!

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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101 Things To Do In Memphis #35: 1st Annual Memphis Yoga Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Memphis Yoga Festival is an invitation to salute our remarkable city, our amazing yoga community and a partnership with Memphis Rox through yoga practice, music, discussion and celebration.

A portion of the proceeds from the Memphis Yoga Festival will benefit Memphis Rox, a Memphis nonprofit which brings rehabilitation, healing and hope to our community. Located in the Soulsville neighborhood, the Memphis Rox climbing facility is the first climbing gym in Memphis.  It strives to build relationships across different cultural, racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. No one is excluded from using the facility, regardless of ability to pay.

30+ yoga classes | kid’s zone |vendors | food trucks | tea garden | walking meditation | + more!

$35 in advance or $45 at the door

Saturday, September 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Rhodes College
2000 North Parkway, Memphis

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Preparing to Sell Your House - Kid-Friendly Chores

by Melissa Thompson

There is a lot of work involved in Getting Your Home Ready to be Listed for sale. You want it to be in the best condition possible.  It can be overwhelming and stressful, but it must be done to get the best possible price for it when you sell.  If you have children, they can help!  Don’t underestimate their ability and desire to be a part of the process. Here is a list of kid-friendly chores that will allow your children to assist in getting your home ready to sell:

  1. Putting Toys Away - Have your children gather toys from all over the house.  The last thing you want is a potential buyer tripping over a Lego or matchbox car.  Once they have gathered all their toys in one place, have them go through them to decide if there are any they are willing to part with.  This will help with clearing out spaces.
  2. Depersonalizing - Give your children the mission of finding all the family photos in the home and taking them down.  It’s important that potential buyers are able to envision your home as their own and that’s challenging when they are looking at pictures of your family on every wall.
  3. Painting Exterior Fence - Do you have a wood fence surrounding your property?  Has it seen better days?  Giving it a makeover is a great way to spruce up your Curb Appeal. Depending on their age, children can do a great job giving the fence a fresh coat of paint.
  4. Dusting & Vacuuming - When your house needs to be sparkling clean for showings, you are going to want to vacuum and dust daily.  Little ones love to dust…give them a feather duster and let them go nuts!  Assign vacuuming duty to older children.  If they are tall enough to handle the vacuum, they are capable of helping keep the floors clean!
  5. Cleaning Up the Yard - First impressions are important!  Potential buyers may not even want to go in to look at your house if they outside is a mess. Have your kids help by removing debris such as sticks, branches, and leaves from the yard and flower beds.  If there are any toys outside, have them pick them up and store them appropriately.  Older kids can help with mowing and edging to keep your yard looking nice.
  6. Planting Flowers - Little ones love digging in the dirt!  If you’re going to plant some flowers to enhance your curb appeal, allowing your children to help will make it less of a task and more an activity you can enjoy together!

While you might think that you just want your kids to stay out of the way while you are preparing your house for sale, you might be surprised at how much they are capable of if given the opportunity.  A lot children thrive when given the chance to help their parents. You can kill two birds with one stone by not only keeping your children busy, but also getting things done quicker so you can have your house ready to list and show as soon as possible!

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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101 Things To Do In Memphis #34: Potterfest 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Make your way to the Rec Room for a grand celebration of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter just in time for the new Fantastic Beasts movie.

This Fall, apparat, take a portkey, break out your Nimbus 2000, or fly your car to the Rec Room because you’re not going to want to miss their annual PotterFest! Engross yourself in the wonderfully whimsical world of Harry Potter and get sorted, enjoy a costume contest, trivia, dueling, delicious food, and more. Happening just two months before the Crimes of Grindelwald is released, build up your anticipation for the film and revel along with your fellow witches and wizards this September.

Details

  • When: September 22, 12pm to 12am (all ages until 8pm)
  • Where: Rec Room, 3000 Broad Avenue
  • Tickets are $15 and available here.

Activities

  • Live Onstage Sorting
  • Costume Contest
  • Trivia
  • Pong
  • Dueling
  • Transfiguration
  • Divination
  • Potions
  • Wandmaking
  • and more

Join the event page for updates and giveaways.

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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