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How Fast Can You Move to this East Memphis Home? 70 N. Century

by Melissa Thompson

Welcome home to 70 N. Century Street, an incredible East Memphis home you have to see to believe! Featuring smooth ceilings, updated fixtures, granite galore, stainless steel appliances, 2 romantic fireplaces, built-in bookshelves, hardwood floors throughout, workshop, gated driveway plus a 2 car garage and so much more! Greet your guests as they enter into the gracious entry leading to the warm and inviting living room open to the kitchen and dining room enhanced with a cozy fireplace and built-in bookshelves with accent lighting. Style and utility are masterfully fused together in the remodeled kitchen equipped with granite countertops and a full complement of stainless steel appliances. Host the finest dinner parties in the lovely dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier. Snuggle up by the romantic, cozy fireplace in the spacious great room enhanced with an eye-catching vaulted wood beamed ceiling, and built-in bookshelves with cabinets. Come home and lay your head down at days end, in your very own downstairs master suite featuring a huge walk-in closet. The spa-inspired bathroom comes complete with a large soaking tub, divine walk-in shower, and an elongated dual sink granite vanity. Plenty of space for the youngster with 3 additional bedrooms upstairs. The handyman in the family will enjoy doing projects in the awesome workshop! Relax outside in the fenced backyard with a delightful patio, perfect for cookouts and parties! Do not let this amazing East Memphis home pass you by! Call The Melissa Thompson - Your Key to Memphis Real Estate Team with any questions or to schedule a private showing (901) 729-9443.

Selling Your House in Autumn

by Melissa Thompson

With autumn fast approaching, you may think that you should wait until next spring or summer to sell your house.  While it is true that the warmer months are popular for home sales, that doesn’t mean autumn is a bad time to sell.  Some buyers, such as empty nesters and millennials, prefer shopping for a home when there is less competition from people trying to move before the beginning of the school year.  So, if you would like to sell your house before winter, here are some tips for making it attractive to buyers during autumn:

1. Keep the exterior of your home neat and clean.  Curb appeal matters…a lot. It doesn’t matter how pristine the interior is if prospective buyers never walk through the front door.  The first impression is made when they first see the property and if it doesn’t look good on the outside, they may not want to look inside.  There are unique challenges to keeping your yard looking nice when the weather is cooler and the days shorter. If you have a lot of trees dropping leaves, raking will be a full-time job.  You want buyers to see your grass!  Any dead or dying plants and flowers need to be removed or cut back.  Use a fall maintenance checklist to make sure you have your property in the best shape possible.  And if you really want to impress, plant some fall flowers in bold hues to add pops of color to your yard.

2. Stage your house for the season, but don’t go overboard.  There are holidays to look forward to during the autumn season.  Potential buyers will enjoy seeing your home decorated accordingly. It will help them picture celebrating the holidays with their own families there. Keep it simple though, because you don’t want to take the focus away from the home itself.  You risk having your house look cluttered if you have too many decorations.  Embrace autumn and the warmth and coziness it exudes.  The smell of a freshly baked apple pie, the crackle of a fire in the fireplace and tasteful autumn décor might be all it takes to seal the deal on a sale!

3. Make sure lighting is sufficient.  There will be prospective buyers who want to see your house after work and with the days being shorter, it might be dark outside when they get there.  You are not going to want them walking into a dark, unlit home.  Turn on the lights inside and out. Exterior walkways and entertainment areas, such as patios and decks, should be well lit.  If you know your house is going to be shown, leave lights on in every room.

4. Price your house appropriately.  It’s important to know what homes are selling for in your area and to price yours accordingly.  Utilize the current market analysis to determine the value of your home.  A professional Realtor can help you set the right price for your home taking into account the season and market in which you are selling.  You don’t want to scare buyers away by overpricing your house.

Contact Melissa Thompson at Your Key to Memphis and she can help you get your house on the market and sold this autumn!

Happily Ever Homeowner

by Melissa Thompson

Married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics last year at 66% of all buyers, according to the most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable.

Many couples are deciding to use what would otherwise be their wedding fund as a down payment on their first home, as unmarried couples made up 8% of all first-time buyers last year. If you’re single, don’t fret; you can still buy your dream home! Single women made up 17% of first-time buyers in 2016, while single men accounted for 7% of buyers.

According to a survey by the Wedding Report, the average cost of a wedding in the United States at the start of the year was $25,961, which equates to a 10% down payment on a median priced home.

A recent article from the New York Times found that many singles are now asking their parents to allow them to use the money they’ve saved up for their wedding day to instead buy a home.

In the case of Carrie Graham, a Protestant minister from Austin, TX, her parents had saved a ‘five-figure sum’ for her wedding and were more than willing to give her that money as a down payment on her dream home. Graham told The New York Times,

“Buying the home wasn’t me saying, ‘I’m never going to get married’ or I am going to get married.’ My own home had way more than equity benefits. It was a real gift to have a home in an extremely desirable neighborhood in a city that I love. It’s brought me joy.”

Bottom Line

More and more first-time homebuyers are finding a way to purchase their dream homes, even if that means delaying their dream weddings.

Contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team at 901-729-9526 or to find your dream home! 

BY: KCM Crew

Turn of a Key Lifestyle! 1204 Chamberlain Drive, #6

by Melissa Thompson

If you are looking for a turn of a key lifestyle this condo is for you! This fabulous updated condo is located in the gated Chatham Village community in East Memphis on a nice quiet street, but close to shopping and restaurants! Quality features include updated fixtures, fresh neutral paint throughout, and durable tile floors. Enjoy cooking in the wonderful eat-in kitchen equipped with a full complement of appliances, breakfast bar, pristine white cabinetry, charming dining area, and sliding security glass doors leading to the patio. The spacious, warm and inviting great room is perfect for comfortable everyday living. The homeowners association fees includes a termite contract, water, sewer, management fees, trash collection, upkeep of the community clubhouse and pool, grounds and maintenance. Make this move-in ready East Memphis Condo Yours! Call The Melissa Thompson - Your Key to Memphis Real Estate Team with any questions or to schedule a private showing (901) 729-9443.

101 Things To Do In Memphis #83: Road to the Blues Biscuit Festival

by Melissa Thompson

On Thursday, October 5th, King Biscuit Blues Festival meets Beale Street! 13 FREE stages where you will see some of this year's King Biscuit artisits performing with Memphis musicians in the clubs of historic Beale Street. 

The King Biscuit Blues Festival has partnered with Historic Beale Street in Memphis to create a unique Blues event for fans on the ROAD TO THE BISCUIT. This collaborative event on Thursday, October 5, 2017, is a pairing of local Memphis Blues artists with some who will be appearing at the King Biscuit Blues Festival. The goal is to create a unique Blues Festival AND to help showcase Bridging the Blues, which starts with the Mighty Mississippi Blues Fest in Greenville starting September 29th, Road to the Biscuit in Memphis on Beale Street on Thursday October 5th, and the King Biscuit Blues Festival October 4th to October 7th, 2017. 

This year’s lineup:

Blues City Cafe- Libby Rae Watson

Silky O'Sullivans- Kenny Brown with Barbara Blue

Alfreds on Beale- Dan Charette and the Absolutely Blues Band

Beale Street Tap Room- The Eric Hughes Band

Rum Boogie Café- Bob Margolin and the All-Star Band, featuring Bob Corritore, Heather Crosse and Lee Williams. 

Tin Roof- The Sensations Band


For more info contact:
Phone: 901-525-3891
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Popular Flooring Trends

by Melissa Thompson

Have you been thinking about redoing the floors in your home?  There are so many flooring options available that it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to decide what you want.  Floors are a significant part of what defines the style and function for every room, so it’s important to make sure you choose something that you not only like, but that will hold up and look good for years to come.  Here are some current flooring trends you may want to consider:


Bamboo flooring has been around for a couple of decades now, but recently advances in manufacturing have strengthened its durability and diversified its appearance.  The introduction of super-dense “strand-woven” bamboo means that it can be made into boards that are two and a half times as hard as red oak.  Various wood-look styles are available in bamboo as well, meaning there are many options for style.  Being that it is made from a natural plant, bamboo is eco-friendly.  So, if you are environmentally conscious it is a good choice for you.  Learn more about bamboo flooring here.


For a modern style, consider large format tile.  Whether you want a rustic stone look, a minimalist, industrial feel or a sleek, high-gloss finish, you can find what you are looking for in large format tile.  It can make a small space look larger and can give a more streamlined look to a large space.  And with fewer grout lines, it is easier to clean.



When you think of luxury, vinyl is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind.  But luxury vinyl is worth looking in to.  It’s nothing like the peel-and-stick flooring that people used to install in days gone by.  It is a new type of flooring that combines a high-end look with the durability of vinyl. Unlike wood, it stands up well to moisture and is therefore great for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.  Luxury vinyl comes in a variety of looks - from hardwood to stone - and looks so real that people will be surprised to discover it is vinyl!


If you love the comfort of carpet, but want a different look, then cut and loop carpet may provide just what you’re looking for.  Using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops, manufacturers can create a carpet with eye-catching patterns that add depth and style to your floors. And, with new technology, carpeting is being produced with softer fibers than in the past.  Carpet padding has come a long way as well and offers more protection that it used to.


If a sleek, industrial look is what you’re after, concrete is the way to go. This durable flooring comes in a variety of textures, colors and finishes, so it can complement almost any décor.  Concrete floors are long-lasting and easy to clean and maintain.  But they are also hard and cold, so you want to keep that in mind when choosing where to use them.  They are not going to be comfortable to stand or walk on all day long.


For beauty and durability, you cannot go wrong with American hardwood.  It’s also a great choice for the environmentally conscious.  Since it is made here and not shipped from the other side of the world like bamboo, you are reducing your carbon footprint a bit by purchasing wood from trees closer to home.  In addition, the United States takes the issue of deforestation seriously, and replenishes forests as they cut trees down. With choices like oak, hickory, maple or heart pine, you can fill your home with warmth and allure while also being environmentally friendly.

America Needs Your House!!

by Melissa Thompson

The biggest challenge in today’s real estate market is a lack of housing inventory. How big of a challenge is the housing shortage? Here are what four industry economists are saying on the issue (emphases added):

Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist

“The underlying fundamental issue is an overwhelming lack of supply… The supply of newly constructed homes is also sagging, adding to the supply challenges. Over the last eight years, housing demand has increased by 5.9 million, but the net new number of housing units has only increased by 3.5 million.”

Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s Chief Economist

“Everyone has been talking about tight inventory but I think we are OK calling it a straight up inventory crisis at this point. We just don’t have enough homes.”

Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist

“House prices today are higher than they were at the peak in the summer of 2006, near-record-low mortgage rates have boosted housing demand, and sales volume is robust. The spoiler is the lean inventory of houses for sale.”

Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist

“Listings in the affordable price range continue to be scooped up rapidly, but the severe housing shortages inflicting many markets are keeping a large segment of would-be buyers on the sidelines.”

Bottom Line

If you are considering selling your house soon, now may be the time to get it on the market. The lack of competition could lead to a faster sale at a higher price.

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


By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #82: Goner Fest

by Melissa Thompson

Gonerfest is an annual music festival hosted by Goner Records, an independent record label in Memphis. The festival showcases Goner-related bands from around the world across a diverse range of genres in conjunction with an art show featuring works by artists from all over the country. There’s also a delicious assortment of food and beer including crafts from Memphis’ very own Memphis Made Brewery.

The 14th annual Gonerfest will take place September 28-Oct 1, 2017 and include three evening showcases at the Hi-Tone, a Friday afternoon show at the Memphis Made Brewery, a Saturday afternoon ten band blowout at Murphy’s, plus opening and closing shows at the gazebo near the Goner Record Shop.

$75 Golden Pass All official events 
$25 per night Hi Tone shows 
$5 day - Fri Memphis Made show 
$15 day - Sat Murphy's show
Click here to purchase your tickets!
Tickets also available at the door of each event

Shows are for 18+ years olds.

Check out the schedule - It's quite a lineup!

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Serene 5BR Collierville Home Situated on 2 Acres! 2269 Houston Levee Road

by Melissa Thompson


If you are looking for tranquility and serene living in Collierville, this one of a kind home is for you! This stunning home located at 2269 Houston Levee Road is situated on 2 beautiful areas and comes complete with 5 bedrooms (4 down), desirable granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, neutral colors, central vac, intercom system with a hook-up for an I-Pod, heated and cooled workshop for the handyman in the family, irrigation system, tons of storage and closet space, large rooms, incredible sunroom with an indoor hot tub, huge bonus room with a large wet bar with seating, oversized 3 car garage, parklike backyard, lush landscaping, skylights, and so much more! Welcome your guests as they walk through the front door into the gracious foyer. Snuggle up by the eye-catching, floor to ceiling stone fireplace in the spacious, warm and inviting great room. Cooking will be a delight in this incredible eat-in kitchen with counter and cabinet space galore, desirable granite countertops, tile backsplash, wine rack, full complement of stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry, island, breakfast bar, and a built-in desk, which is a great spot for those youngsters to do their homework. Host the finest dinner parties in the lovely formal dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier. Doing laundry will not feel like such of a chore in this large laundry room complete with lots of cabinet space and a convenient sink to get out those pesky stains. Serve drinks, play pool, and entertain your guests in this large bonus room, perfect for parties featuring a huge wet bar with seating! This room makes the perfect mancave! Be WOWED by the spectacular sunroom overlooking the beautiful backyard, enhanced with skylights, and an awesome hot tub. You will thoroughly enjoy this room all year long! You will rest easy in your romantic, private master suite enhanced with a large walk-in closet, and a spa-inspired bathroom complete with a relaxing whirlpool tub, divine walk-in shower, linen closet, and an elongated double sink vanity with a separate make-up area. This home offers three additional bedrooms downstairs and an additional master suite upstairs. Sit back and enjoy the parklike, peaceful backyard out on the delightful patio and roast marshmallows by the fire pit. The handyman in the family will absolutely love the magnificent heated and cooled workshop! This one of a kind home is in the sought after Collierville School District. Don’t miss out on this incredible Collierville home! Call The Melissa Thompson - Your Key to Memphis Real Estate Team with any questions or to schedule a private showing (901) 729-9443.

Becoming a Minimalist: Steps for Beginners

by Melissa Thompson

Simplifying your life isn’t so simple.  It takes effort and time.  It took years to collect all the “stuff” cluttering up your life and it won’t all go away overnight.  Take these baby steps and don’t rush and before you know it, you will wake up one morning and realize that you are living the life of a minimalist. (Click on the links for inspiration!)


  • Make a List

Why is living more simply important to you?  Prioritizing is a first step in determining what you want out of life. Write down the things that make you feel sick and tired…and tired of being sick and tired. 

Ten Ways Happy People Prioritize


  • Declutter

Clutter is not your friend. A tidy, organized space makes life easier.  If you’ve ever spent twenty minutes searching for your keys, that is time you will never get back. Create a clutter-free zone. Enjoy it.  And then expand it a bit each day. Keep doing this and eventually you will have the minimalist home you are seeking.  Taking the time to declutter your life will pay off in big ways!



  • Less is More

Having too many material possessions can complicate life more than you can imagine. Less really is more…more time, more energy, and more financial security. When you start getting rid of items you don’t use or need, you will feel a sense of freedom and relief. 

Goodbye Things, Hello Minimalism


  • Just Say No

Saying no is hard; especially if you are a people pleaser. But saying yes to EVERYTHING saps your energy and makes life hectic and chaotic. Say yes to invites and activities that matter to you…that inspire you.  Say yes to spending time with people you care about.  But if you truly do not want to go to a party or participate in an event, learn to say no.  A polite “no thank you” will save your time and energy for what is meaningful to you.

Why You Should Say No More Often


  • Disconnect

We spend more and more time plugged in.  When you are obsessively checking your email and social media accounts, life is passing you by.  Technology is wonderful, but it shouldn’t replace real-life experiences. So, take time to disconnect from technology and connect with your surroundings and the people you care about.

Reasons to Unplug

These are just a few small steps toward the minimalist life.  Simplifying your life is like a giving yourself a gift that keeps on giving.  Get started 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