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Renovating Your Kitchen - Making It Timeless and Functional

by Melissa Thompson

Have you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen, but you’re not sure where to start?  Kitchens are important to resale value, so if you’re going to invest money in a remodel, you want to be sure that you end up with a kitchen that will stand the test of time.  So, instead of following fads that are currently popular, stick with classic features that will not only bring you joy, but will entice buyers should you ever sell your home.  Here are some tips for creating a kitchen that is timeless and functional:

 - Brighten up your kitchen using white as the dominant color. White is the most marketable color and never goes out of style. It is associated with happiness and new beginnings.  It makes small spaces look bigger.  And best of all, it’s easy on the budget due to its availability.

 - Install hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are popular among buyers of any age; both male and female.  Hardwood adds warmth and coziness to a home.  It’s great for open floor plans because it flows beautifully from one room to another. It’s durable and long-lasting. And if “going green” is important to you, hardwood is echo friendly.  It’s considered a “green” building material when it has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and comes from sustainably managed forests.

 - Choose cabinets that have clean lines, like Shaker Kitchen Cabinets.  The clean lines of these cabinets will be in style forever. Their beauty is in their simplicity.  They help limit the “busyness” of the kitchen, creating a soothing, peaceful vibe.  They also transition easily should the next homeowner want a change of style.  Whether you want a traditional or contemporary look, these cabinets will work for both.

 - Go with marble countertops; specifically, Carrara Marble.  Carrara marble has been used in homes for centuries.  It looks fantastic in a white kitchen, but also with other colors. It’s affordable and readily available and will last for generations.  You will find some critics who will tell you that it stains easily, but that can be avoided with proper sealing. If you want a truly timeless look, Carrara marble is the way to go.

 - Include smart storage.  If you currently store many of your kitchen supplies in other areas of the home due to lack of storage space, now is the time to change that!  Cabinets that are being made today feature a plethora of storage options including shelves and compartments that unfold, extend, slide and turn.  Have fun and be creative when designing kitchen storage.

You will love your new kitchen and future potential buyers will find it irresistible!

If you are considering selling your home, let Melissa Thompson and the Your Key to Memphis Team guide you through the process.  Give them a call at 901-756-8900 today!

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Bartlett Beauty Overlooking the Lake! 6133 Lamb Woods Drive

by Melissa Thompson

6133 LAMB WOODS DR, Bartlett, TN

Just Listed

$ 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. Spectacular Updated 2-Story Bartlett Home in the Ravencrest Subdivision Overlooking the LAKE!Spacious 4BR or 3BR w/Theater Rm w/Awesome Wet Bar. Smooth Ceilings.Gorgeous Wood Flrs.NEW Carpet.Updated Fixtures.Spacious Great Rm w/Romantic Fireplace Framed w/Arched Built-In Bookshelves w/Cabinets.Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen w/Desirable Corian Countertops & Full Complement of Stainless Steel Appl.Formal Dining Rm.Warm & Inviting Living Rm.Master Down w/Luxury BA.2Car Garage w/Storage. Bartlett Schools!



Cordova TN Open House Sunday, April 29!

by Melissa Thompson

7462 WINTERGREEN LN, Cordova, TN

OPEN HOUSE April 29, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$ Click for current price
5 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. AMAZING 2-Story, 5BR, 2.5BA Home in the Cordova Club Subdivision Featuring Freshly Painted Interior & Exterior, New Alaskan Window System in Master, Kitchen & Den, Gracious Entry, Spacuous 2-Story Great Rm w/Loft Overlook, Host Dinner Parties in the Lovely Formal Dining Rm, Updated Eat-In Kitchen w/Full Complement of New Appl Opens to Fabulous Hearth Rm w/Cozy Fireplace, Romantic Downstairs Master Suite w/Luxury BA, Laundry Rm w/Cabinets, Wrought Iron Sec Doors, 2Car Garage, Delightful Deck!


101 Things To Do In Memphis #14: Your Guide to Memphis Farmers Markets

by Melissa Thompson

Looking for a place to grab some local fresh produce, artisan crafts, food, or even live music in Memphis? Lucky for you, Memphis has several farmers markets that you’ll want to check out.

Overton Park Community Farmers Market

Memphis Farmers Market (Downtown)

  • Central Station Market
    • Every Saturday starting April 5. Summer hours are from 7am-1pm. Winter hours are 9am-1pm through December 13th.
  • Court Square Market
  • Every Wednesday (starting June 28th) from 4pm-7pm and running through September 27th.

Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market

  • When: Every Saturday. 9am-1pm.
  • Where: Parking lot of First Congregational Church (1000 Cooper St. Memphis, 38104)
  • What: Check out what/who they’ll have each week here.
  • Runs: Year round.

Germantown Farmers Market

  • June – August, Thursdays, 4pm – 7:30pm at Farm Park Market
  • Interested in volunteering as a farmhand on Thursday nights? Contact Michelle Johns at 901-757-7375 or [email protected]

South Memphis Farmers Market

  • May – November
  • Thursdays 9am-1pm
  • 1400 Mississippi Blvd

Cordova International Farmers Market 

  • 1150 N. Germantown Parkway
  • Monday – Sunday 9am-9pm

Agricenter Farmers Market

Go here to find more resources through the Food Landscape Map of Memphis.

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Beautiful 5BR Collierville Home! 761 Meadow Vale Drive

by Melissa Thompson

761 MEADOW VALE DR, Collierville, TN

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Magnificent 5BR(3Down) Home in Prestigious Collierville! Gleaming Hardwood Flrs, Updated Baths w/Granite & Tile, Lots of Closet Space, Smooth Ceilings, Updated Fixtures, Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Full Complement of NEW Stainless Steel Appl, Lovely Formal Dining Rm, Heated & Cooled Sun Porch, Spacious 2-Story Great Rm w/Vent Free Gas Log Fireplace, Loft Overlook, Office, Romantic Master Suite w/Spa-Inspired BA, Delightful Fenced Backyard w/Patio & Pre-Wired Storage Building!Collierville Schools!


Things to Look for When House Hunting: A Top Ten List

by Melissa Thompson

House hunting can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for first-time home buyers.  Chances are you might get caught up in the process and important details might slip by you. While the number of rooms, condition of the kitchen, and size of the yard are important, there are other things to consider before you make an offer.  This list of things to look for can help get your search off to the right start.

Location, Location, Location

They say that the 3 most important things to look for when buying a home are location, location and location.  While a home might not be perfect, loving your neighborhood and neighbors can make all the difference in living with imperfection.  And face it…you can change almost anything about your house, but you can’t change its location or the people living nearby.  When you go house hunting, make sure to consider the home’s proximity to your work, the appeal of the neighborhood, where in the neighborhood the home is situated, ease of access, noise from neighbors, traffic, pets and access to parks, shopping, schools and public transportation.

Home Placement

Beyond location, look at how the home is situated.  If the home is on a hill does it have a view, a walkout basement, or lots of stairs to climb? Do neighbors' windows look directly into the home? Is the yard suitable for kids, pets, gardening, or other uses? Is their safe access to the home? These are all important questions to ask yourself when determining if it is the right property for you.

Check Out the Neighborhood

While it’s important for your house to meet your expectations, it’s equally important that the neighborhood meets them too. Take a drive around the development you are interested in on week days and weekends, during the day and in the evening.  Are the homes in good repair? Are yards kept clean and tidy?  Is the neighborhood safe enough for people to walk, run or bike?  Are there children playing outdoors?

Consider a Home’s Curb Appeal

You want a home that is going to reflect your lifestyle. Do you live a casual, laid-back life? Then you probably won’t want a formal Victorian or Tudor style home.  A simple, contemporary home might better suit you.  Pay close attention to exterior features.  Think about maintenance.  For example, a brick home is easier to maintain than one with siding.  Do you like working in the yard?  If not, you might not want a house with extensive landscaping.  Is the roof in good condition?  Attention to detail will help you choose the home with the best curb appeal for you.

Size and Floor Plan

You may be thinking about buying your dream home. But is your dream home practical?  Do you need 4 bedrooms and 4 baths when you live alone? A spacious home may provide the extra room you've always wanted for a home office or a theater room, but you'll pay higher heating bills and have higher taxes. Additionally, it will take more furniture to furnish and money to decorate. Think about how the new home space will be used and whether it will fit your lifestyle now and in the future.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms you will need and only look at homes that meet that criteria.  You don’t want to fall in love with what is otherwise a perfect house if it doesn’t provide the space needed for your family.  It’s smart to consider counting an extra bedroom in that number so that you have additional space for a home office or guest room. If you think you might add on to the home later, make sure you consult an architect who can advise you on space planning and regulations.

The Kitchen

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Don’t settle for a home with a kitchen that doesn’t work for you.  Yes, you can remodel later, but at great expense.  If it’s an easy fix like replacing cabinets or countertops, get a price quote before committing the house so that you will know if it is within your budget to take that on.

Closets and Storage

Older homes often have small closets and lack storage space.  As you’re looking at a home ask yourself where you will store your belongings.  Tiny closets don’t have to be a deal breaker.  There are ways to maximize storage without renovations. Newer homes tend to have lots of storage and you may sacrifice living space while having more closet space than you need.

Windows and Lighting

While looking at a home keep in mind your preferences regarding light and privacy.  Do you want a lot of windows to provider bright, sunny rooms?  Pay attention to the locations of electrical outlets and fixtures to make sure they will meet your lighting needs.      

Finishing Touches

Even a simple home can look spectacular with the right moldings, hardware, and a fireplace.  If elements like these are important to you, look for them while house hunting. 

You may not find everything you want in one house, but keep this list handy and you are more likely to find the home that best suits your needs and desires.  Better yet, let Melissa Thompson and her Team at Your Key to Memphis help you find your dream house today!

Happy House Hunting!

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Everything you have ever DREAMED of! 11710 Macedonia Road

by Melissa Thompson

11710 MACEDONIA RD, Arlington, TN

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 6 (4 full, 2 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Everything you have ever DREAMED of in a home! Situated on 4Acres of Pure Peacefulness Featuring a Sparkling In-Ground Pool,Fully Stocked Pond w/Fountain,Gleaming Hardwood Flrs,Home Audio Sys,Smooth Ceilings,Updated Fixtures,Beautiful Molding,Gourmet Kitchen w/Granite & Stainless Steel Appl,Butler's Pantry,Great Rm w/Stone Fireplace,Bonus Rm w/Wet Bar,Romantic Downstairs Master Suite w/Luxury BA,Coffee Bar & 14x13 Workout Rm,Storm Shelter,Backup Generator,3Car Garage,Covered Patios & Balcony!


How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?

by Melissa Thompson

It’s no mystery that cost of living varies drastically depending on where you live, so a new study by GOBankingRates set out to find out what minimum salary you would need to make in order to buy a median-priced home in each of the 50 states, and Washington, D.C.

States in the Midwest came out on top as most affordable, requiring the smallest salaries in order to buy a median-priced home. States with large metropolitan areas saw a bump in the average salary needed to buy with California, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii edging out all others with the highest salaries required.

Below is a map with the full results of the study:

GoBankingRates gave this advice to anyone considering a home purchase,

“Before you buy a home, it’s important to find out if you can afford the monthly mortgage payment. To do this, some financial experts recommend your housing costs — primarily your mortgage payments — shouldn’t consume more than 30 percent of your monthly income.”

As we recently reported, research from Zillow shows that historically, Americans had spent 21% of their income on owning a median-priced home. The latest data from the fourth quarter of 2017 shows that the percentage of income needed today is only 15.7%!

Bottom Line

If you are considering buying a home, whether it’s your first time or your fifth time, let The Melissa Thompson Team help evaluate your ability to do so in today’s market! 901-729-9526

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Be WOWED by this 5BR Germantown Home! 7209 McVay Manor Cove

by Melissa Thompson

7209 MCVAY MANOR CV, Germantown, TN

$ Click for current price
5 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. Be WOWED the Moment you Walk Into this Spectacular 5BR(2Down),4.5BA Home Situated in a Quiet Cove in Prestigious Germantown Featuring Gleaming Hardwood Flrs Throughout,Plantation Shutters,Smooth Ceilings,Open Flr Plan,2Fireplaces,Granite Galore,3Car Garage,Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Appl Opens to Hearth Rm w/Built-In Bookshelves,Formal Dining Rm,Spacious Great Rm w/French Doors Leading to the Covered Patio Overlooking the Gorgeous Fenced Backyard,Huge Bonus Rm! Germantown Schools!


101 Things To Do In Memphis #13: 16th Annual Southern Hot Wing Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Southern Hot Wing Festival® is a celebration of the chicken hot wing, the drummie, the flat, flap, and everything in between. Established in 2003 by a local Memphain who felt that the South had more to offer than just amazingly great BBQ, the Southern Hot Wing festival has become a staple event each April bringing with it the warmth and the fire to usher in the Spring!

Boasting, on average, around 70+ teams a year, the Southern Hot Wing Festival glorifies the almighty chicken (wing) in much the same way that Memphis BBQ has done with the Pig.

As in years past the event will again pack the streets with the sweet smell of hot wings, gregarious participants, terrify music, and entertainment which the whole family can enjoy. So whether you are an aficionado looking to savor some of the best wings around town or you are looking to compete for a shot to show off your best wings… this is the right event for you!

Bring your kids, bring your friends and come PIG out on some great wings from the best teams around!

The festival takes places April 21st at Tiger Lane from 11 am – 7 pm.

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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