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Budget Friendly Curb Appeal

by Melissa Thompson

Looking to spruce up your curb appeal, but don’t want to spend a fortune?  There are lots of ways to improve the look of your home’s exterior without breaking the bank.  You might be surprised by how much difference small projects can make.

  • Paint the front door, trim or shutters.  With Exterior Paint costing about $30 a gallon, painting is an economical way to brighten up your house.  Choose a color that pops, yet compliments the overall color of the home.  Make sure to properly prep all surfaces before you paint so you’ll get great results that will last for years to come. 
  • Upgrade your mailbox. If your current mailbox is looking shabby and old, you can fix it up or replace it at minimal cost.  You can find new mailboxes for as little as $20.  When installing a new mailbox, make sure to follow guidelines set forth by the city you live in. 
  • Plant a tree.  This is a common and easy way to beautify your yard.  When choosing the tree, be sure to consider how big it will get to make sure it is a good fit for your space.
  • Replace exterior lighting.  This is an easy way to upgrade the style of your home.  Exterior light fixtures can be found anywhere from $20 and up.  You may also be able to find unique, Vintage Lighting at second hand stores and salvage shops.  Make sure that whatever you choose, they adequately illuminate your entryway and make it safer.
  • Install flower boxes.  If you want to add color to your exterior, but don’t to paint, this is the way to do it!  They can be installed on front porch railings or below the windows. Window boxes are relatively inexpensive or can be built and installed in no time.  Choose flowers and plants that are easy to maintain and that will keep away pesky insects so that you can enjoy spending time outdoors.

These small, simple improvements can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. Also, if you’re thinking about putting your house on the market, you will make a great first impression on potential buyers! Let Melissa Thompson and her team of professionals help you get your house listed and sold.  Call them today at 901-756-8900.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #8: St. Patrick’s Day Events

by Melissa Thompson

Saint Paddy’s Day is just around the corner and Memphis has plenty of ways to celebrate.

Join the staff of Elmwood Cemetery in the Chapel for a unique recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. The evening will begin with homemade Irish boiled dinner, beer, wine, and water. Next, they will offer a 45-minute seated presentation on the Irish and the Scots who rest at Elmwood and their lives. Seats must be reserved in advance. Tickets are $25 and the event is 21 and up.

Head to Brass Door for a night filled with food and drink specials after Fr. Auggie, Pastor of St. Peter’s Church, blesses the kegs on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day!

Head to Doc’s Wine, Spirits, & More to enjoy tasting Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey, Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, and Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition.

The 45th Annual Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Memphis’ historic Beale Street! Wear your green and bring the family for the city’s largest parade with bands, cars, dancers, floats and more.

Enjoy green beer, drink and food specials, and live music all day long! Some of their options include Guinness on draft, corned beef brisket and cabbage, crispy fish and chips, Irish Reubens, and more.

Decorate cupcakes, cookies, and make St. Patrick’s day themed crafts like magnets, ornaments, and more at the Trolley Stop Market this St. Paddy’s day. There will be prizes, a family friendly film showing, and beer and pizza available for the parents! Admission is $5. Call 901-526-1361 or email to make your reservation.

Join Celtic Crossing for their 13th festival in Cooper-Young. The day will be filled with live music, food and drink specials, and much more! So, be sure not to miss out.

  • Schedule of Events
    • Inside the Main Bar
      • 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. Six Nations Rugby & Premier League Soccer/Burnley vs Chelsea & Leicester City vs Arsenal
      • 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. DJ Tree Riehl and DJ Taz
    • Patio Music Schedule
    • 11 a.m. Dancing Jimmy’s
    • 1:30 pm. The Reel McCoy
    • 5 p.m. Bluff City Backsliders
    • 8 p.m. The Candy Company
    • 10:30 a.m. Jim & Larkin
    • 2 p.m. Big Betsy
    • 5 p.m. Dancing Jimmy’s
    • 7:30 p.m. Adam & Ben Calicott
    • 9:30 p.m. Cornfed Mafia
    • Party Tent Music Schedule
  • Saturday, March 17 – Murphy’s 42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – 1pm until

Blessing o’ the kegs @ Noon with Irish Eyes of Memphis
@1p The River City Cadillacs
@3p Earl the Pearl & The People of the Blues
@5p Big Betsy!
@8p Whatever Dude
@10p The Fast Mothers

Join Tin Roof on Beale Street for an all day celebration! Live music and DJ’s will be featured throughout the day to go along with food and drink deals. And don’t forget, Green Beer will be available as well!

  • Party Itinerary
    • Tin Roof Side
      • 11 am – 2:30 pm: Casee Allan
      • 3 pm – St. Paddy’s Day Parade Outside
      • 4:30 pm – Rodelle
      • 7 pm – Secret Band!
      • 10:30 pm – Goosett Band
    • Green Room Side
    • 11 am: DJ Ron
    • 1 pm: DJ Kaos
    • 3 pm: DJ lex
    • 5 pm – DJ Tubbs
    • 7 pm – DJ Stringbean
    • 11 pm- 5am – DJ Epic

Green Jello’s St. Patrick’s Day festival is happening at Hi-Tone! Enjoy an evening of comedy, music, food, and drinks. Tickets are $10-13.

Enjoy Green beer and jello shots, food specials, and a live DJ as you party the night away at Perignons Restaurant & Banquet!

Join Railgarten for green Jello-shots, Irish spirits, and DJ Li’l Leprechaun (aka Eggroll), Graham O’Winchester and Big Betsy.

Enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day original interactive mystery by Memphis mystery writer Phyllis Appleby, a 3 course pasta dinner, and support Compassion Neighborhood Clinic. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes dinner and show. The event will also have a silent auction, wine and beer for purchase, and prizes.

Enjoy green beer all day long, house-made corned beef and hash, and other food and drink specials from the Safe House. There will also be tournament games including cornhole and mini golf!

Join Harpo’s to enjoy the perfect event to let loose and hang with friends in a safe and controlled environment.  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, themed specials such as Shamrock Jell-O shot shooters, Evergreen party punch, and more will be available all night!

Local Memphis band Bean will be playing at Mid-South Crossing to add to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

This St. Patrick’s Day, crawl between Ghost River Brewing Co, Loflin Yard, Carolina Watershed, and The Dirty Crow Inn for beer and food specials, live music, and more.

Join Brass Door for an all day celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The morning will begin with a breakfast, followed by Ireland vs. England competing in Rugby. Later, they will have soccer and rugby skills contests for charity, bagpipers, Irish dancers, DJs, raffles, and an official ‘Blessing of the Kegs by Fr. Auggie of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. After 12 pm, there will be a $10 cover charge, and kids will not be allowed in after 6 pm. Be sure to make it for an authentic Irish party!

Join Growlers for a night of drink specials and live music all night! Line-Up features the Walking On Landmines, Cassowaries, The Gloryholes, and Hardaway. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Join Memphis Irish Society/Cooper-Young for their St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Featuring bands, dancers, horses, vehicles, marching units, celebrities, and much more, it’s sure to be a good time for the whole family.

Support Shelby Farms by attending their green-tie/green shoe fundraiser! Dinner will be provided and the Brennan Villines Band will provide live music. Tickets are $200 .

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Surprising Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

by Melissa Thompson

It is estimated by The National Fire Protection Association that over 47,000 home fires reported to fire departments are caused by some kind of electrical failure as a trigger to ignition.  But there are some other unusual ways that fires can start that we should all be aware of.


While you may be aware that overheating dryers or ovens can cause fires, you might think dishwashers are safe because they have water. And water puts out fires…right? Wrong!  Dishwasher fires can be caused by liquids coming into contact with the machine’s wires.  Serious damage can occur when fires are ignited in dishwashers.  According to a 25-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, any appliance that powers a motor, heating element, or both always has a higher risk for fire - and dishwashers are a common example.  He advises that they never be turned on when going to sleep or leaving the home.

Jars and other glass objects

Per survivalists, one of the best ways to start a fire is to use a piece of glass to refract sunlight onto dry wood.  Without proper care, that same scientific process can happen on your own kitchen table.  In 2015 a fire broke out in a southwest London home because of sun rays reflecting through an empty Nutella jar, the Associated Press reported.  While it may seem to be a freakish way for a fire to start, the fire brigade’s investigative unit confirmed that the glass jar was to blame.  The chances of this happening in your home are slim, but it is important to remember to never store flammable liquids like gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint thinners and even cooking oils in glass jars that you intend to leave out in the sunlight.  Metal cans for commercial-use flammable liquids and plastic containers for things such as cooking oils are safer options.


Small rodents like squirrels and rats like to burrow into your attic insulation in cold weather and chew anything they can get their teeth on, including rubber covered electrical lines.  Unfortunately, if electrical wires become exposed dud to their protective insulation being compromised, there is a likelihood of igniting a flame.  The key to preventing this from happening is to keep the critters out to begin with.  Before winter season, make sure all vents are covered, holes are patched and cracks are sealed.


If you have ever had your laptop computer in your, well, lap for an extended period of time, you know that they get hot.  Because of this, it is a bad idea to leave one sitting on a flammable surface such as bedding, furniture or carpet.  But the real culprit behind laptop fires is the lithium in the batteries.  A poorly made battery can overheat and burst into flames.  Last year the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were recalled because they were catching on fire and it was the lithium batteries that were the problem.  Any device powered by lithium ion batteries should be shut off when not in use and stored away from any flammable items.

If you are in the market to purchase a home,  make sure you don't skip the home inspection so that you will know about any potential problems, including fire hazards, prior to making a commitment to buy.  Melissa Thompson and her team of professionals are ready to help you find your perfect home. Give them a call at 901-756-8900 today!

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1532 EXMOOR LN, Collierville, TN

OPEN HOUSE March 11, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Amazing Brand New 5 Bedroom(2Down), 4.5Bath, Celtic Manor Built Home in The Stables Subdivision in the Sought After Wolf River Corridor of Collierville! All Bedrooms w/Attached Baths, Granite Galore, Incredible Covered Porch w/Fireplace, Gleaming White Oak Hardwood Floors, GE Profile Stainless Steel Appliances, Soaring Smooth Ceilings, Soft Close Drawers & Doors, Incognito Custom Closets, Spacious Great Rm w/Gas Log Fireplace, Media Rm, 3 Car Garage, Architectural 30Year Asphalt Roof!


101 Things To Do In Memphis #6: Red Carpet Party to Benefit Indie Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

On March 4th Indie Memphis and the Commercial Appeal will present the Red Carpet Party, an Academy Awards watch party at Rec Room. Make your predictions and see if you can beat the CA’s John Beifuss and your fellow party-goers to win prizes and raise funds for Indie Memphis!


  • Rec Room 3000 Broad Ave, 38112
  • March 4th at 6pm
  • Tickets are $25 and you can purchase them here
  • $600 – Living Room for 12 attendees: Purchase your own private Rec Room “Living Room,” complete with a bottle of champagne & Old Dominick’s Gift Bag for you and your friends. Limited number available.

What’s included?

  • Admission to Viewing Party
  • Complimentary food
  • Award’s Pick Sheet to compete for prizes
  • Your photo on the Red Carpet
  • All proceeds benefit Indie Memphis
  • Cash bar
Will you outsmart Commercial Appeal film journalist John Beifuss? Everyone who “Beats Beifuss” will win 5 Indie Memphis Nights film tickets ($50 value).
Enter the “Beat Beifuss” contest in-advance here.

What are the award categories?

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Director
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Animated Feature
Grand Prizes include:
Bicycle from Victory Bicycle Studio/Pedaltown Bicycle Company
Memphis Grizzlies - Team Autographed Basketball
Old Dominick Distillery Bottles
Old Dominick Distillery 4 Person Tour & Tasting
Old Dominick Distillery Tin Sign, Leather Coasters, Mule Mugs
Dinner for 2 at Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant
Dinner for 2 at Rizzos Diner
Dinner Gift Card for Bari Ristorante E Enoteca
A Piece from Murphy Maude Interiors
1 Piece of Brave Design Jewelry 
4 Class Pass to Delta Groove Yoga
Railgarten Gift Certificate
Nail and Skin Bar Mani-Pedi
Old Dominick Distillery Swag
Memphis Made Brewing Swag
Ride901 Swag

Join the event page for updates.

Learn more about Indie Memphis here.

See Indie Memphis’ upcoming film nights here.

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Fresh New Look! 3492 Josee Lane, Bartlett

by Melissa Thompson

3492 JOSEE LN, Bartlett, TN

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Fresh New Look! Move-In Ready 3BR, 2BA Bartlett Home Featuring New Carpet, Fresh Neutral Paint, Resurfaced Tubs, Delightful SunRm Overlooking the Fenced Backyard, Spacious Great Rm w/Loft Overlook, Lovely Dining Rm w/Wood Flrs, Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Durable Tile Flrs & Pristine White Cabinetry, Romantic Downstairs Master Suite w/Luxury BA w/Whirlpool Tub & Sep Shower, Bonus Rm w/Bay Windows, Porches & Balconies Galore, Oversized Garage! Great for Family & Entertaining! Bartlett Schools!


2 Ways to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home

by Melissa Thompson

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house?

Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW 

This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price but will instead have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house. gives this advice:

“Aim to price your property at or just slightly below the going rate. Today’s buyers are highly informed, so if they sense they’re getting a deal, they’re likely to bid up a property that’s slightly under priced, especially in areas with low inventory.”

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This, too, may seem counterintuitive. The seller may think they would make more money if they didn’t have to pay a real estate commission. With this being said, studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

study by Collateral Analytics, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save any money, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent.

In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets in 2016 and the first half of 2017. The data showed that:

“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.”

The results of the study showed that the differential in selling prices for FSBOs when compared to MLS sales of similar properties is about 5.5%. Sales in 2017 suggest the average price was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of similar properties.

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. This will guarantee that you maximize the price you get for your house.

Let’s get together and find out how much your house is worth!  901-729-9526 or

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Collierville TN Open House!

by Melissa Thompson

1532 EXMOOR LN, Collierville, TN

OPEN HOUSE February 25, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Amazing Brand New 5 Bedroom(2Down), 4.5Bath, Celtic Manor Built Home in The Stables Subdivision in the Sought After Wolf River Corridor of Collierville! All Bedrooms w/Attached Baths, Granite Galore, Incredible Covered Porch w/Fireplace, Gleaming White Oak Hardwood Floors, GE Profile Stainless Steel Appliances, Soaring Smooth Ceilings, Soft Close Drawers & Doors, Incognito Custom Closets, Spacious Great Rm w/Gas Log Fireplace, Media Rm, 3 Car Garage, Architectural 30Year Asphalt Roof!


Fantastic All On One Level Cordova Home! 1070 Dove Hollow Cove

by Melissa Thompson

1070 DOVE HOLLOW CV, Cordova, TN

Just Listed

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Wonderful All on One Level, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Brick Home Situated in the Hunters Hollow Subdivision in Cordova Featuring Neutral Colors, 2 Car Garage, Laundry Room w/Cabinets, Snuggle Up Beside the Romantic Fireplace in the Spacious Great Room w/Soaring Ceiling, Host Dinner Parties in the Lovely Dining Room, Kitchen w/Full Complement of Appl, Master Suite w/Luxury Bath w/Dual Sink Vanity, Separate Shower & Whirlpool Tub, Large Fenced Backyard w/Delightful Patio Great for Cookouts & Parties!


How to Handle a Bidding War

by Melissa Thompson

It is a seller's market in real estate this year and with spring around the corner, the competition for homes is likely to get even more fierce.  If you are looking to purchase a home right now, chances are you may find yourself in a bidding war. Be prepared!  Here are six ways to come out on top in a bidding war:

Get your finances in order and get as much cash as you can.  It is never too soon to get pre-approved for a loan. In fact, the sooner the better.  Sellers will have lots of options and will be leery of those who do not have loans set in stone.  If possible, bring cash to the table.  Sellers will fear appraisals coming in low and loans falling through, so be prepared to cover the difference with cash.

- Don’t hesitate!  Be the first to make an offer, and make it a good one.  An insulting offer will put you at the bottom of the seller’s list, so it is not a good time to low ball.  Come in at or slightly below asking price so that they know you are serious about purchasing their home.

- Have an escalation clause in your offer. This is the amount of money the buyer agrees to increase the offer if there are other bids. If you offer the asking price of $400,000 on a house, but it might sell for $450,000, put in an escalation clause stating that you are willing to go as high as $460,000.  But know your limit.  Don’t offer more than you can handle.  Also, make sure the clause states that the seller can only take the winning bid up to a level just above the competing offers.  For example, if an offer comes in for $430,000, your bid would be upped to $431,000.

- Get a pre-inspection.  It will cost you a few hundred dollars, but it can help you in a super-tight market.  If you can make a bid that is not contingent upon inspection, sellers will look favorably on your offer versus the same offer from someone who has a contingency in their contract.

Show the love!  If you have found the perfect house and know you love it, don’t be afraid to let the sellers know, either directly or through your Realtor.  You can write a letter, send pictures of your family or even make a video describing why you love the house so much.  Be specific in your praise.  Sellers may appreciation the connection you feel with the house and choose you over other bidders.​

Think with your head, not your heart. Be smart! Purchasing a home is an emotional decision, but emotions can get in the way of making wise decisions.   Make sure you have done thorough research of the market: look at the most recent comparable sales, compare prices from a year ago, visit local school, have coffee at the closest café and speak to potential neighbors.  Look at listings nearby.  Whatever you do, don’t overpay because you get caught up in the heat of the competition.  While the house may seem perfect for you, it is not the only house that will be perfect for you. So, keep a level head and make intelligent decisions.

Melissa Thompson is an experienced, professional Realtor who can help you through the negotiations involved in a bidding war.  Give her a call at 901-756--8900 and start your home search 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