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Buying or Selling in 2018? 5 Reasons to Resolve to Hire a Pro

by Melissa Thompson

Some Highlights:

 - As we usher in the new year, one thing is for certain… if you plan to buy or sell a house this year, you need a real estate professional on your team!

 - There are many benefits to using a local professional!

 - Pick a professional who knows your local market and can help you achieve your dreams!

Contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 or [email protected] for all your Real Estate needs!

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #98: Old Dominick Distillery

by Melissa Thompson

Locally owned and operated, Old Dominick Distillery is a distillery with tours, tastings, retail shop and event space. It makes a full line of fine whiskeys and vodkas.

They have waited almost 100 years to revitalize the making of Old Dominick Spirits, and now they are ready to share them with you. Born of an immigrant’s passion in booming pre-prohibition Memphis, Old Dominick’s fine Memphis spirits and stories are once again made to be shared. 

And, consumers all over the world have spoken. In Spring 2017 they took home 2 SIP Awards: 
Old Dominick Memphis Toddy - Gold, Flavored/Infused
Old Dominick Memphis Vodka - Silver, Vodka

Come share a sip of Pure Memphis.

You can find the spirits in selected Memphis stores and venues, and soon across the state of Tennessee.

They are open the following times for tours, tastings, and retail: 
Thursdays: 12-7PM (last tour at 6)
Fridays: 12-8PM (last tour at 7)
Saturdays: 12-8PM (last tour at )
Sundays: 11-5PM (last tour at 4)

And, they are now open for cocktails in the upstairs tasting room and rooftop patio: 
Thursdays: 2-7PM
Fridays: 2-8PM
Saturdays: 2-8PM
Sundays: 11-5PM

These hours are subject to change based on private event rentals. 

305 S Front St., Memphis, TN  38103 – [email protected] – 901.260.1250

By and photo credit: olddominick.com

Collierville TN Open House, Saturday December 30 from 12-4!

by Melissa Thompson

1532 EXMOOR LN, Collierville, TN

OPEN HOUSE December 30, Saturday 12:00 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 http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/9998916 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!

 

Christmas Cheer!

by Melissa Thompson

 

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Housing Prices are NOT Heading for Another Crash

by Melissa Thompson

As home values continue to increase at levels greater than historic norms, some are concerned that we are heading for another crash like the one we experienced ten years ago. We recently explained that the lenient lending standards of the previous decade (which created false demand) no longer exist. But what about prices?

Are prices appreciating at the same rate that they were prior to the crash of 2006-2008? Let’s look at the numbers as reported by Freddie Mac:

The levels of appreciation we have experienced over the last four years aren’t anywhere near the levels that were reached in the four years prior to last decade’s crash.

We must also realize that, to a degree, the current run-up in prices is the market trying to catch up after a crash that dramatically dropped prices for five years.

Bottom Line

Prices are appreciating at levels greater than historic norms. However, we are not at the levels that led to the housing bubble and bust.

Contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 or [email protected] for all your Real Estate needs!

 

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #97: New Years Eve on Beale

by Melissa Thompson

Ring in the New Year at one of the many events taking place on exciting Beale Street!

New Year's Eve on Beale Street Featuring B.B. King's Blues Band & Tito Jackson 
Corner of Fourth St. & Beale St.
FREE Concert Starting at 8:45 pm - December 31, 2017

It's the biggest party of the year!  Say good-bye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks and thousands of your closest friends!  Beale Street’s big New Year’s Eve Celebration will be even more spectacular this year due to the addition of some serious star-power with headliner B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring pop music icon Tito Jackson. Together, superstar Tito Jackson and the B.B. King’s Blues Band will continue the mighty legacies of B.B. King and the Jackson 5 in an NYE set that will have music-lovers from around the planet vying for a spot on historic Beale Street this December 31.

For over half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King’s Blues Band defined a genre, averaging over 250 sold-out shows per year. Combine that heritage with the inspired genius of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson and you get a powerful must-see musical act that will be shared with Memphis audiences first.

The NYE concert, which is free and open to all 21 years old and older, is part of a night-long celebration of Memphis music, including sets from multiple Memphis performers and a big fireworks finale. All bands will play at the corner of Fourth Street and Beale, and the event will be broadcast live via the street’s social media channels.

Learn more at BealeStreet.com

December 31, 2017, Lineup details:
Beale Street will be open from 11:00 am.
8:45 pm – The Fabulous Exclusive Soul Review Band
10:35 pm - Karma
11:00 pm – B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson
11:59 pm – Countdown to 2018
12:00 am - Fireworks

Beale Street is 21+ after dark and individual establishments may enforce a 21+ entry at their discretion during other times.


10th Annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop
Starting at 5pm - December 31, 2017 
General Admission: $35, VIP tickets start at $150

The Hard Rock Cafe Memphis, home of the 10th Annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop for NYE is one of best parties in Memphis and rocks all of Beale Street!

This event is 10 years strong, bringing all of Beale together to celebrate the New Year with hours of live music all culminating at the stroke of Midnight when a 10 ft. tall D'Angelico Guitar is dropped from the Sky to Ring in the New Year!

 A variety of ticket opportunities are available with live music inside and outside of the cafe. Click here to purchase tickets.

NYE at B.B. King's Blues Club
143 Beale Street
Seating begins at 7pm. Dinner will be served between 7 pm – 10 pm.

Ring in the New Year at BB King’s Blues Club on the world-famous Beale Street! Enjoy dinner, live music, and dancing all night long!

$80 per person + tax & gratuity
Includes reserved seating in the mezzanine, three-Course prix-fixe dinner, party favors, champagne toast and live music! Seating begins at 7pm. Dinner will be served between 7 pm – 10 pm.

$20 General Admission (In advance)
$25 General Admission (Day of at the door)

Tickets on sale now at the BB King’s Blues Club Retail Store. For more information call 901.524.5464.

2018 NYE Party at the Tin Roof
315 Beale Street
Dec 31, 2017 9:00 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM)

Live music by the Mad Hatters and DJ String Bean spinning in the Green Room. Champagne toast, party favors & more! Entry will be $30 at the door based on space & availability and includes full venue access to the live music side and the DJ in the Green Room.

Hate standing in line and want to get in ASAP? Purchase onE of the limited Fast Passes for $50 which includes entry and the ability to skip the line from 9 PM-Midnight! 

Daisyland presents NYE BLACKOUT 2018 feat. BT
New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale
Dec. 31, 2017 - Doors at 9pm til 5am. Lights out at midnight. 

Featuring music by BT 
plus Tree, Defcon Engaged, Scotty B, FreeWill, Brian Hamilton and N8 as special guests!
18 and up only

Tickets: $20 – $100. VIP Packages available from $50 to $100.

Click here to purchase tickets

By and photo credit: http://www.downtownmemphis.com/new-years-eve-downtown-memphis-2018/

Keeping Little Ones Safe at Home

by Melissa Thompson

The statistics for household childhood injuries are staggering.  Over 3.4 million children experience some kind of accidental injury in the home each year.  While there is no way to guarantee child safety at home, there are certainly many things you can do to help prevent accidents and injuries.  Here are some tips for childproofing your home:

 - Use safety latches and locks for cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas to help prevent poisonings and other injuries.  Keep dangerous items such as medicines, household cleaners, lighters, knives etc. locked up. Even things with “child resistant” packaging should be kept in areas that children cannot access.  Child resistant does not mean child proof.

 - Safety gates can be used to prevent falls down stairs and to keep children out of areas with possible dangers.  When installing a gate at the top of stairs, make sure that it is bolted to the wall.  Make sure you purchase gates that meet safety standards.

 - To avoid burns, install anti-scald devices on your showers and faucet heads. 

 - Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home.  It’s important to check them frequently to be sure they are working properly.  Change the batteries at least once a year.  Many people change the batteries twice a year when the time changes in the fall and spring.  Carbon monoxide alarms should be used in your home as well.

 - Corner and edge bumpers on tables and fireplace hearths will help prevent injuries if a child falls against them.

 - Children are very curious and it would be no surprise to find them trying to stick things into plug outlets.  Prevent electrical shock by placing outlet covers in outlets that you use. Make sure they fit snugly and are not easy for a child to remove. They should also be large enough that they won’t be a choking hazard should a child get one out.  If there is an outlet that you know you won’t be using, covert it with an outlet plate. 

 - Make sure that your window coverings are safe for your children.  Cordless window coverings are best, but you can also follow these tips for safety if you have window coverings with cords.

 - Large pieces of furniture and appliances can tip over and crush a child.  Make them secure by anchoring them to the floor and/or attaching them to the wall.

 - If you have a pool or spa, it is vital that you have it surrounded by a fence that is at least 4 feet tall and includes a self-closing, self-latching gate. Doors that lead out to the pool or spa should have alarms on them to indicate if someone has opened them.  A pool alarm adds another layer of protection. 

Again, while childproofing your home will not guarantee safety, it will go a long way toward protecting your children from injuries or worse.  The peace of mind you will have knowing you have done everything you can to protect your children will be well worth the effort and time put into making sure your home is as safe as possible.

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Dont-Let-the-Holidays-Stress-You-Out

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Maximizing-Small-Spaces

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Tips-for-Preventing-Electrical-Safety-Hazards

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?

by Melissa Thompson

We recently shared that over the course of the last 12 months, home prices have appreciated by 7.0%. Over the same amount of time, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.

As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.7% over the next 12 months.

What Does This Mean as a Buyer?

If home prices appreciate by 4.7% over the next twelve months as predicted by CoreLogic, here is a simple demonstration of the impact that an increase in interest rate would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today:

Bottom Line

If buying a home is in your plan for 2018, doing it sooner rather than later could save you thousands of dollars over the terms of your loan.

Call at 901-756-8900 or visit my website to discover your new home!

By: KCM Crew

Open House in Cordova TN!

by Melissa Thompson

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Join us for an Open House at 9308 CLOVERWOOD LN in Cordova, TN on Sunday from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM!

 

 

You can get more information, price, all photos and more by going to:



 



When this home is sold, it will affect YOUR home's value!

 

 

I would like to invite you to find out the new value of your home using today's technology at a website I created that will provide you with this information at:



 

http://Yourkeytomemphis.FreeHomeValues.net

 





I hope you find this helpful and, as always, I appreciate your consideration in referring any friends, family, or colleagues my way. Again, thank you for supporting me and my business endeavors and do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about anything related to real estate or your home!

 

 

Best Wishes,

 

 

 
 
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101 Things To Do In Memphis #96: New Years Eve Gala at Graceland

by Melissa Thompson

Celebrate the ringing in of another year at The Guest House at Graceland this December. The resort has a special package available for those wishing to say farewell to 2017 and to welcome 2018 in grand style along with other Graceland family and friends. The Guest House at Graceland will have plenty of live entertainment and activities going on for your enjoyment.  In addition, the resort will have its holiday décor on display to help celebrate the holiday festivities.

The Guest Room Package includes a bottle of champagne delivered to your choice of King or Queen Room, along with a Grand Buffet dinner in the Grand Ballroom on New Year’s Eve – starting at $299 per night.  Or you can just spend the evening with us and enjoy the Grand Buffet dinner and other festivities starting at $95 per person.

Reserve your tickets here.

By and photo credit: https://guesthousegraceland.com/new-years-eve-offers/

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