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Easter Wishes!

by Melissa Thompson

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Stunning Spring Creek Ranch Home with Amenities Galore!

by Melissa Thompson

441 SHAMBALA DR, Collierville, TN

Just Listed

$ 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. Live Up to Your EXPECTATIONS!Step into this Stunning 4BR+Home Office, 4.5BA Home in the Collierville Reserve(No City Taxes) & be WOWED!Soaring Smooth Ceilings,Designer Lighting,Granite Galore,Irrigation Sys,Gleaming Hardwood Flrs,Plantation Shutters,Oversized 3Car Garage,Open Flr Plan,Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Appl,Large Pantry & Scullery,Great Rm w/Romantic Fireplace,Dining Rm,All BRs w/Attached BAs,Huge Bonus Rm w/14x12Bunk Rm,Delightful Fenced Backyard w/Covered Patio w/Outdoor Surround Sound



101 Things To Do In Memphis #10 Easter Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Spring time is upon us. That means Easter is almost here and Memphis has plenty of events to keep us hopping! However, it’s happening on April Fool’s so be sure keep your ears up for any shenanigans.

Visit Carriage Crossing’s Spring Garden for a keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny and your little one! It will be located in Suite 547 between Talbots and Dillard’s.

  • Friday, March 30 – Bunny Hop 2018 – Collierville – 10:30am – 12pm

Join JA of Collierville, Main Street Collierville and Town of Collierville for dancing, games, the Easter Bunny and more. Please bring canned food to donate to those in need within the Collierville community.

Head to the Garden to enjoy a 96-acre hunt with prizes for the adults as well! Everyone will enjoy kids crafts, lawn games, and outdoor activities throughout the day. You’ll also be able to take photos with the Easter Bunny and purchase concessions at an additional cost.

SRVS Kids & Families will be hosting their 22nd Bunny 5K at The Grove @ Oak Court Mall! Runners begin at 9:00 am and walkers start immediately after, followed by the 1 mile Family fun run/walk. They will also have children’s games, face painting, Easter egg hunt, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Be sure to sign up by the 29th.

Saturday of Easter Weekend, spend your time at the Yard for Smoke House specialties and spring cocktails, as well as a series of specialty events like an Easter Bunny dog costume contest and an adult Easter Egg hunt at 8 pm!

Join Pumping Station for their annual Roulette! Here are the rules: Two people face each other. They pick an egg and hope it’s not raw. At the same time, they slam the egg on their forehead. The loser get’s egg on their face, the winner goes to the next round. It’s simple and great fun!

Enjoy a fantastic brunch after your Easter service this April 1st! They offer a wide variety of food spanning multiple categories, and of course have plenty of delectable desserts for you to enjoy. Be sure to reserve your spot soon.

Enjoy crab cake Benedict, Cajun omelette, french toast, chicken tenders, and more at Tug’s this coming Easter morning! View their complete menu here.

Join Owen Brennan’s for their annual Easter Brunch. This honored event will sell out, so make your reservations as soon as possible. They will also hold a few seats and make them available for walk-ins.

Enjoy filet mignon, crab cakes, pork belly & eggs, and more at the Terrace at the River Inn this Easter! Reservations are now open and filling up fast so be sure to reserve your seats by calling 901-260-3333.

Join Paulette’s in Harbor Town for their annual Easter brunch. Reserve your seat now by calling 901-260-3300.

Brunch includes an endless buffet of traditional and not-so-traditional Easter brunch menu items. Price is $55 per adult, $25 per child, plus tax and gratuity.

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Down Payment - What You Need to Know About Using a Monetary Gift

by Melissa Thompson

Coming up with the money needed for a down payment on a house is not easy for many people.  Some are lucky enough to have someone (or several people) give them cash as a gift to go towards purchasing a home.  No doubt, that is a wonderful thing!  But there are guidelines that must be followed when using financial gifts for your down payment.

Using gifted funds to buy a home is not as simple as it sounds.  First, the money can’t come from just anyone.  Lenders want the money to come from a family member, such as a parent, grandparent or sibling.  You can also receive gifts from your spouse, domestic partner or significant other if you’re engaged to be married.

You may or may not be able to use gifted money for your entire down payment. It depends on the type of loan you are seeking.  If you are taking out a Conventional Loan, all your down payment can come from a gift if you are putting down 20 percent or more.  If you are putting down less than 20 percent, you must include some money of your own.  With FHA and VA loans, the entire amount can be gifted unless your credit score is less than 620, in which case you will have to come up with 3.5 percent of the down payment yourself. No matter what type of loan you apply for, you can only use gifted funds to purchase a primary residence or a second home.

In addition to there being restrictions about who can give you money, you will also have to prove that the money is a gift.  You will need to provide a gift letter that includes the name of the donor, their relationship to you, the date and amount of the gift and a statement that says the money is given with no expectation of repayment.  Both you and the donor must sign the letter. 

While it’s not necessary, it is a good idea to have the gift in your bank account prior to applying for a loan. That way when your lender looks through your bank statements for the previous few months, they will already see documentation of the gift.

If someone has given you money to go toward a down payment, Melissa Thompson can help you find your dream house.  Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!


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

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 4 (3 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Live Large in this 4BR,3.1BA Home Situated on 1Acre Featuring New Gleaming Hardwood Flrs,New Carpet,2-Story Foyer,Skylights,Romantic Fireplace in the Spacious Great Rm w/Coffee Station/Wet Bar,Lovely Formal Dining Rm,Wonderful Living Rm,Remodeled Eat-In Kitchen w/New Durable Tile Flrs,Island,Built-In Desk & Full Complement of New Stainless Steel Appliances(Double Oven),Downstairs Master w/Luxury BA,Updated Half BA,Laundry Rm w/Cabinets & New Countertop & Sink,2Car Garage,Central Vac,Zip-Line,Nice Covered Breezeway & Deck!Bartlett Schools!


101 Things To Do In Memphis #9: Ag Day Celebration

by Melissa Thompson

Join Agricenter on March 29th for its Ag Day Celebration!

11am - 1pm   Lunch and Ceremony

1pm - 3pm   Exhibition drop-in

What: To celebrate the impact of agriculture in our daily lives, Agricenter will host a luncheon honoring winners of the Student Art Contest who submitted artwork with the theme of "Farm of the Future." There will be over $1,000 in prize money given away to these student artists! Attendees will hear from a panel of ag industry experts and spend time at the Exhibition viewing displays from over 20 ag businesses.

When: March 29.  Luncheon, awards ceremony with Student Art Contest winners, and a panel presentation will be from 11am-1pm.  Exhibition in a drop-in format is from 1pm-3pm. 

Where: Agricenter Farmer's Market, red barn near Germantown Parkway and Timberlake Drive

Who: Jim Jaggers, News Channel 3 meteorologist, will be the emcee for this event.

Welcome Remarks: Agricenter President John Butler
Jai Templeton, Commissioner, TN Department of Agriculture will discuss the economic impact of agriculture.

Panel discussion on innovation in Ag will feature:
Mark Pryor, CEO, The Seam.
Pete Nelson, CEO, AgLaunch.
Brad Godwin, Indigo Ag.

7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN

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Live Up to YOUR Expectations! 55 Buckingham Court

by Melissa Thompson


$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 5 (3 full, 2 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Live Up to YOUR Expectations!Custom Designed Luxury 4BR, 3.2BA Home Situated on 1.88 Acres Featuring Granite Galore,Updated Fixtures,Smooth Ceilings,Gleaming Hardwood Flrs,Tons of Built-Ins,Irrigation Sys,Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen w/Full Complement of Stainless Steel Appliances,2Story Foyer,3Car Garage,Spacious Great Rm,Formal Dining Rm,Inviting Hearth Rm,Study,Romantic Master Suite w/Spa-Inspired BA,Huge Bonus Rm,Incredible Media Rm w/Surround Sound,Mud Rm,Laundry Rm,Energy Efficient HVAC,Sec Sys!


Amazing Arlington Home! 6019 Garrett Valley Lane

by Melissa Thompson

6019 GARRETT VALLEY LN, Arlington, TN

Just Listed

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


For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Look No Further! This Amazing Arlington Home Has it All...4BR(2Down),3BA,Gleaming Hardwood Flrs Throughout Downstairs,Soaring Smooth Ceilings,Neutral Colors,Updated Fixtures,Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Granite & Stainless Steel Appl Opens to Spacious Great Rm w/Fireplace,Lovely Dining Rm,Romantic Vaulted Master Suite w/Luxury BA w/Double Sink Vanity, Whirlpool Tub & Shower,Huge Bonus Rm,Delightful Fenced Backyard w/Patio,2Car Garage!Enjoy the Neighborhood Pool & Clubhouse!Great Arlington Schools!



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 [email protected] 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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