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To Stage...or Not to Stage? That Is the Question!

by Melissa Thompson

Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging.
  • 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers.
  • 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
  • The top rooms to stage to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.

If you are debating listing your home for sale, contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 or Melissa@YourKeyTomemphis.com

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #79: Southern Heritage Classic

by Melissa Thompson

Are you ready for some football! The Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is the annual college football game between the Tigers of Jackson State University and the Tigers of Tennessee State University since 1994. However, The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than the annual football game. It's also a weekend long celebration that includes golf tournaments, music, fashion shows, marching bands, comedians and tons of tailgating.

Thursday, September 7


Classic Tailgate 10 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic VIP Party 5 p.m., Halloran Centre. Hosted by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
Music by Trio Plus. Invitation only.

Classic Concert 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Enjoy LIVE at THE ORPHEUM with an evening of Classic soul starring Jeffrey Osborne and Stephanie Mills with Jammin Jay Lamont. Tickets: $98, $78, $68 and $58 plus service charges. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets, Orpheum Theatre Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

 

Friday, September 8


The Tom Joyner Morning Show 5 a.m. Tiger Lane at the Fairgrounds. Live broadcast on V101 of the TJMS with
Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes Stormy, Mike Evans and Stan Bell.

Classic Tailgate 8 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic College & Career Fair 9 a.m., Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane/Fairgrounds. Presented by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services. Regional college and university representatives will be available to provide information about attending college. For information and a list of participating schools, call (901) 636-6264 or (901) 417-4919 or online at www.cityofmemphisyouth.org.
Free admission.

Classic Coaches Luncheon Noon., Sheraton Memphis Downtown/Heritage Ballroom.
A Classic salute to TSU head football coach Rod Reed and JSU head football coach Tony Hughes.
Special guest speaker: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. Invitation only.

Classic Music Festival 8 p.m., Landers Center. Enjoy Classic performances by Fantasia and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with Jammin Jay Lamont. Tickets: $125, $95, $85, and $55. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets, Landers Center Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

 

Saturday, September 9


Classic Tailgate 8 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic/NIKE Kids 3K 9 a.m., National Civil Rights Museum. Run/Walk for ages 6-14. For registration CLICK HERE.

Classic Parade 9 a.m., Presented by the Orange Mound Parade Committee as a salute to the Southern Heritage Classic. The parade route is along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways featuring area high school marching bands.
For information, contact Claudette Boyd at (901) 413-7109 or online at www.orangemound.vze.com.

Classic Fashions & Brunch 11 a.m., Guest House at Graceland, 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
“Rockin’ & Rollin’ On The Runway” presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Memphis Chapter. 
Tickets: $50. For tickets and information, contact Tammie Miller at (901) 413-8515.

Southern Heritage Classic Football Game 6 p.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. A great football rivalry featuring TENNESSEE STATE and JACKSON STATE. Tickets: $53, $38 and $23. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

AutoZone Halftime Show
featuring
TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands
and JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South

Classic 5th Quarter
A grand finale for the Southern Heritage Classic football game featuring a battle of the bands.

Classic After Party 11:30 p.m., Minglewood Hall. Rapper and actor T.I. with DJ Envy. Tickets: $50-$20. On sale now online at www.ticketfly.com. Must be 21 and over. Presented by Coors Light.

 

Visit www.southernheritageclassic.com for additional information, tickets, merchandise, and so much more!

By and photo credit:  southernheritageclassic.com

Home Maintenance - Projects You Should Start Now

by Melissa Thompson

Summer is winding down and the kids are back in school. Before you know it, crisp Fall weather will be here.   Don’t wait to start preparing your home for the colder seasons.  Take advantage of warm weather and longer days to get the jobs done now.  Here are five home projects you can do now to prepare for Fall and Winter:

  • Get your heating system serviced.  Now is the time to have a technician come out to inspect your heating system and make sure it is clean and in good repair.  You will be glad you did this when that first cold night arrives.  Try to find a heating/air conditioning contractor that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and employs certified technicians.
  • Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors.  Caulking is an inexpensive and simple way to save energy and improve comfort in your home. Be sure to seal any areas where water and air can slip into your home.  The prime places where this can happen are gaps between the foundation and siding, cutouts for electrical conduits and pipes and all around windows and door frames. Replace any damaged weather stripping at the base of doors and windows to make sure they are effectively sealed. 
  • Make sure your roof is in good shape. Trust me, you are not going to want to go up on the roof in cold weather.  Take the time now to inspect it and make any repairs necessary.  It will serve you well to deal with roof issues now so that you’re not scrambling to get things fixed before the first big winter storm.
  • Make sure your fireplace is in good working order.  There’s nothing better on that first, cold Fall day than curling up in front of a warm fire.  And there would be nothing worse than trying to light that fire and discover that something is not right.  Make sure your fireplace is safe and ready to go.
  • Seal your driveway.  Check it for cracks and use driveway filler to repair any damage. Then coat it with a commercial sealer.  Sealing your driveway will protect it from the elements of cold-weather and extend the life of the asphalt.

Getting these projects done before the weather changes and the days get shorter will allow you to enjoy all the fun that Fall brings with it rather than spending every weekend doing chores!

 

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/5-Important-Things-to-Fix-Before-Putting-Your-House-on-the-Market

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

Be the FIRST to Sleep Here! 195 New Ballard Road

by Melissa Thompson

Be the FIRST to Sleep Here! Welcome home to 195 New Ballard Road, a spectacular, brand NEW home built by East Construction situated in the sought after Twin Lakes Subdivision! Built for entertaining this home offers an open floor plan with impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. Quality features include 5 bedrooms with 3 down, 4.5 baths, large game room upstairs, office, granite galore, gleaming hardwood floors, incredible covered porch with a fireplace, high end stainless steel appliances, laundry room with a sink and cabinets, tons of built-ins, soaring smooth ceilings, 3 car garage, designer lighting, crown molding, spacious great room with a cozy gas log stone fireplace and wood beamed ceiling, awesome media room, gourmet kitchen, mud room, gracious entry with a stone accent wall, lovely dining room, and so much more!

This Collierville Home will WOW You! 1862 Hartwell Manor N

by Melissa Thompson

 

Welcome home to 1862 Hartwell Manor N, an amazing Collierville 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. Be WOWED from the moment you walk into the gracious atrium foyer with a waterfall and arched doorways open to the kitchen and great room. Quality features include a romantic fireplace, crown molding, 4 bedrooms plus a bonus room, smooth ceilings, built-in bookshelves, 2 car garage, circle driveway, new carpet downstairs, lush landscaping, and so much more! Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room flaunting built-in bookshelves with cabinets, and a cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Cooking will be a delight in the incredible eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, breakfast bar, pantry, and a full complement of appliances. In addition, this kitchen offers a sunny breakfast area, which is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee. Host the finest dinner parties in the lovely dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier. You will rest easy in your downstairs master retreat enhanced with a walk-in closet, and a spa-inspired luxury bathroom boasting an elongated dual sink vanity with make-up area, durable tile floor, relaxing whirlpool tub and a divine walk-in shower. This home offers two additional bedrooms downstairs and one more bedroom upstairs. Upstairs you will find this fabulous bonus room offering a great space for recreational fun. Relax outside in the gorgeous backyard with a soothing waterfall, lush landscaping, and a nice patio, perfect for cookouts and parties! This amazing home is in the sought after Collierville Municipal School District! Call The Melissa Thompson - Your Key to Memphis Real Estate Team with any questions or to schedule a private showing (901) 729-9443.

Bartlett Beauty! 6502 Maplehill Farms Cove

by Melissa Thompson

Inside will help you decide! This amazing all on one level Bartlett beauty has it all… gleaming wood floors, new light fixtures, new hardware, skylights, neutral colors, high ceilings, new HVAC, 2 car garage with an insulated door, laundry closet with shelving, gracious entry hall, attic, and so much more! Welcome home to 6502 Maple Hill Farms Cove, an amazing Bartlett home that you will have to see to believe! Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room flaunting skylights, and a cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Cooking will be a delight in this incredible eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, tile backsplash, breakfast bar, pantry, and a full complement of stainless steel appliances. In addition, this kitchen offers a sunny breakfast area, which is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee. You will rest easy in your romantic master retreat complete with a walk-in closet, and a private master bathroom boasting an elongated dual sink vanity, and a divine tub/shower combination. Relax outside in the fenced backyard featuring a nice patio with a pergola, perfect for cookouts and parties! This home is in the great Bartlett Municipal School District! Do not let this Bartlett Beauty get away! Call The Melissa Thompson - Your Key to Memphis Real Estate Team with any questions or to schedule a private showing (901) 729-9443.

Hey, Millennial Homeowners!! It May Be Time to Sell

by Melissa Thompson

Contrary to what many believe, Millennials are not the ‘renter’ generation. Millennials purchased a larger percentage (34%) of homes in the U.S. than any other age group in 2017 and the most recent Census Bureau report shows that the homeownership rate among Millennials is finally on the rise.

Many Millennials took advantage of post housing crash prices and the First-Time Homebuyers’ Tax Creditand jumped into homeownership in 2010. If you are one of these buyers, now may be the time to sell for many reasons. Here are a few:

1. Equity Build-Up

Home prices have been on the rise since the beginning of 2012 and your house may have appreciated by more than you think. ATTOM Data Solutions, in their Q2 2017 U.S. Home Sales Report revealed that:

“…homeowners who sold in the second quarter realized an average price gain of $51,000 since purchase — the highest average price gain for home sellers since Q2 2007, when it was $57,000.

The average home seller price gain of $51,000 in Q2 2017 represented an average return of 26 percent on the previous purchase price of the home, the highest average home seller return since Q3 2007, when it was 27 percent.”

2. Projected Home Price Increases

If you just got married or just found out you are about to become a parent, you may have plans to move up a bigger home or perhaps move to a different area. Waiting to buy a more expensive home in this market probably doesn’t make sense. The experts contacted for the Home Price Expectation Survey are projecting home prices to increase by nearly 5% over the next year. Yes, your house’s price will increase but not as much as a home currently valued higher than yours.

3. Projected Interest Rate Increases

The Mortgage Bankers’ AssociationFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the National Association of Realtors are each projecting mortgage rates to increase over the next year.

Higher PRICES + Higher INTEREST RATES = LARGER MORTGAGE PAYMENTS.

Bottom Line

If you are lucky enough to be one of those Millennials who purchased a house in 2010 (or even later), now might be the perfect time to move up to the home of your dreams! 

Contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 to find out how much your current home is worth! 

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #78: Delta Fair & Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Delta Fair is a classic. It's a week, September 1st10th, of midway games, rides, livestock and homemaking competitions, exhibits, and more.

The Delta Fair & Music Festival brings the communities of Memphis together to celebrate the area’s rich art, music and culture. In addition to the lineup of homegrown musicians performing across a diverse range of genres, the festival offers a wide variety of entertaining attractions like a motorcycle stunt show, live chainsaw sculpting, a Mexican rodeo, a mini tractor pull, laser tag, magic shows, a demolition derby and more. The 4-H and FFA Children’s Barnyard features kid-friendly exhibits and an opportunity to feed live farm animals, and one of the festival’s highlights is the Banana Derby, where Capuchin monkeys are the jockeys in an adorable dog race.

Did you know that the Delta Fair & Music Festival has more LIVE music than any other event in Memphis?  Over 150 acts on 3 stages!  From regional legends to local super talent, Memphis means music. The event will showcase world-class talent with roots in the Delta. Some of this year’s entertainers include:

  • Cat Beach Band
  • 90 Proof Twang
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Soundscape
  • Filter
  • Hannah Belle Band
  • Johnathan East Band
  • Van Wild
  • High Valley
  • Jake Clayton Band
  • Crossroad Station
  • Hillbilly Vegas
  • Click here for the full line up.

 

If the rides, concerts, and games aren't enough for you, check out these other attractions…

  • Livestock
  • Children's Barnyard
  • Monkey Show
  • Ostrich Racing
  • The Delta Fair Beauty Pageant
  • Petting Zoo
  • Fireworks
  • Classic Car Displays
  • Magic Show
  • Demolition Derby
  • Rodeos
     

What would a visit to the fair be without filling up on the good old-fashioned fair food! You’ll find everything from Pronto Pups to Funnel Cakes and everything in between! Whatever you decide, we can all agree that state fair foods are the best!


Located at 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120. Call (901) 213-7469 or visit www.deltafest.com for additional information.

 

By and photo credit: deltafest.com

Live Large in Chickasaw Gardens! 2989 Tishomingo Lane

by Melissa Thompson

Welcome home to 2989 Tishomingo Lane, an amazing East Memphis home in the sought after Chickasaw Gardens subdivision that you will have to see to believe! Built for entertaining, this spacious home offers impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. Quality features include gleaming hardwood floors, romantic fireplace, crown molding, 4 bedrooms plus a bonus room, 3.5 bathrooms, smooth ceilings, updated fixtures, laundry room with a LG washer and dryer, lush landscaping, 2 car garage, cedar closets, security system, enormous yard, and so much more! Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the light filled great room flaunting a romantic, cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Cooking will be a delight in this incredible eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, durable tile floors, breakfast bar, pantry, pristine white cabinetry, freezers, full complement of new Jenn Air stainless steel appliances including double ovens, microwave, cook-top, and a Kitchen Aid dishwasher. Family and friends will enjoy gathering in the splendid family room located off the kitchen illuminated with tons of natural light beaming in through the windows, and gorgeous stone flooring. Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier. You will rest easy in your downstairs master retreat featuring a spa-inspired luxury bathroom boasting an elongated dual sink marble vanity, relaxing whirlpool tub and a divine walk-in shower. This home offers two large additional bedrooms downstairs complete with hardwood floors, cedar closets and a shared bathroom. Upstairs you will find one additional bedroom featuring a skylight, huge closet, and new plush carpeting. Play, party, or entertain in the large bonus room upstairs complete with skylights, new soft carpeting, and built-in bookshelves. Relax outside in the fenced backyard with lush landscaping, and two nice patios, perfect for cookouts and parties! Do not miss out on this one of kind home in Chickasaw Gardens!

Back to School Drop Zone

by Melissa Thompson

August. How did it get here so fast?  Seems like just yesterday we were buying end of school year teacher gifts and cleaning out book bags.  But the new school year has started and it’s time to get organized so that the transition from summer to school will go as smoothly as possible.  Creating a drop zone for the items your kids need for school will prevent the chaos and craziness that ensues when you’re rushing out the door and book bags/raincoats/lunch boxes are nowhere to be found.  Check out the following tips for creating a back to school drop zone:

KEEP IT SIMPLE

The whole idea is to create a space that can be maintained by your children.  So, keep it simple.  It’s ok if you want to make it cute, but too much “stuff” defeats the purpose of keeping things organized.

DESIGNATE A SPOT THAT IS CONVENIENT

Your kids will be ready to drop their bags the minute they walk through the door, so the drop zone should be easily accessible. Picking the perfect spot will go a long way toward making this system work for your family.

USE HOOKS FOR HANGING BAGS

You can experiment with different ideas to see what works best for you and your family.  Keep book bags off the floor and counter tops by providing hooks for hanging.  Use labels of some sort to designate spots for each child.  

MAKE ROOM FOR IMPORTANT PAPERS 

There is nothing worse than discovering that you have no idea where the permission slip is for your child’s field trip is on the day of the field trip!  It’s probably not the end of the world, but if you have to get to work, chances are you don’t have time to run by the school and sign another slip.  Make sure that never happens by having a special place for important school related papers.

BE CREATIVE

There are so many good ideas for drop zones available on the internet.  Whether you are utilizing a small space or you have a whole mud room to work with, be creative and make it a space that fits in with the décor of your home.

 

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