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This event will take place at Cobb Parr Memorial Park in Covington, Tennessee, May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2018.

We would like to invite you to bring your entire family and enjoy live music lots of barbeque cooking and much more. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Friday night, June 1, at 7pm.   
There will be lots of things to do for everyone, so come to Covington and spend your weekend with us.

Live Entertainment
Family Fun Zone
Cornhole Tournament
Aircraft Flyover

Cobb Parr Park, Covington, Tennessee 38019

May 31 at 5:00 PM to Jun 2 at 8:00 PM CDT

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Updated East Memphis Home! 282 N. Highland Street

by Melissa Thompson
Memphis, TN Home for Sale!
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282 N HIGHLAND ST Memphis, TN 38111

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half | List Price: $ Get Current Price

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. AMAZING, Renovated, Move-In Ready 3 Bedroom Home Close to Greenline Featuring Gleaming Hardwood Fls Thru-out, Updated Light Fixtures, Fresh Neutral Colors, Security System, New Wood Blinds, Wonderful Eat-Kitchen w/Full Complement of Stainless Steel Appliances & Wine Cooler, Granite Countertops & Pantry, Lovely Formal Dining Rm w/French Doors Leading Outside, Spacious Great Rm, Delightful Sun Rm, Updated BA w/Tile, Huge Walk-In Floored Attic, Fenced Backyard w/Large Deck for Cookouts & Parties!
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Selling this Summer? Tips for Success

by Melissa Thompson

Spring is flying by and soon summer will be upon us.  Summer is not the most popular time to sell a house for several reasons: people are going on vacation, kids are out of school, and activities keep you busy.  But sometimes the timing cannot be helped.  Life happens and circumstances may require that you move during the hottest season.  If that is the case, here are some tips for attracting buyers during the summer months:


Make a great first impression with curb appeal.Mow your lawn twice a week. Grass grows faster this time of year and needs mowing more often.Try mowing diagonally every other time to add dimension to your lawn.Make sure bushes are trimmed and plant flowers.Keep your porch, sidewalk and driveway swept and create a warm and inviting entryway to your home.


Utilize calming colors such as blues and greens to decorate the interior of your home.If you have dark-colored accent pillows and throw rugs replace them with brighter summer hues. Keep it simple.You don’t have to spend a lot of money; something as basic as an inexpensive blanket draped over a chair can give a room a soothing vibe.

Top 21 Summer Colors and How to Use Them


If you have heavy drapes, remove them. They make a room look smaller.Pull blinds all the way up.Use tie backs to open lighter curtains.The only time you should leave blinds/curtains closed is if there is an undesirable element on the other side of the window such as your neighbor’s trash can…but even then, keep them slightly open to allow light into the room.


Showing your home while still living there is challenging, but the more flexible you are, the more people will look at your house.


Metals give a “summery” feel.It doesn’t matter which ones; gold or silver, brass or pewter.Mix and match them using vases, picture frames, mirrors, utensils, goblets, hanging planters etc. How to Rock a Mixed Metal Decor Palette


Fill your kitchen sink with ice and have chilled drinks available for visitors.Have a few light snacks for them to enjoy.Have bowls filled with citrus fruits to brighten up your kitchen and give it a sunny feel.


There are a lot of ways to bring summer scents indoors. Pleasant, fresh aromas will make your home feel inviting and comfortable.


If you are one to be stingy with the air conditioning, now is the time to stop. It will be worth the tiny increase in your electric bill to have your home be at a comfortable temperature for visitors.There is nothing worse than walking into a stuffy, warm house when it is hot outside.

If you’re thinking about selling your house this summer, let the professionals at Your Key to Memphis help you get your house on the market.  Give Melissa Thompson a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

by Melissa Thompson

101 Things To Do In Memphis #18: 901Fest

by Melissa Thompson

An ode to all things Memphis, the 2018 901Fest is set for May 26, 2018. The Memphis celebration will take place in the afternoon following the 2018 Great American River Run Half Marathon & 5K race.

Picture yourself enjoying the cool breeze off the Mississippi River in Tom Lee Park, listening to some local music, chowing down on your favorite local food joint and browsing through vendors. These are just a few things you can do at 901Fest. 

A wide-range of Memphis talent will be on display all day across multiple stages, with performances from Memphis soul artist Nick Black, hip hop artist Marco Pavé, iHeartMemphis, soul artist Ashton Riker, local rapper Frayser Boy, indie rockers Avon Dale, local deejay Scotty B, Southern rock of The Fast Mothers, teen rockers Under the Radar, The Grizzline, students from the School of Roc,; plus Sebastian Carson with a spoken word performance, the rock and jazz of Briarcrest Soundscape, and more.

New this year is the inaugural 901Fest Cornhole Tournament. The festival will offer (25) two-person teams the chance to show off their skills and compete for both glory and prizes in a double elimination tournament. This family-friendly event also offers a Creative Arts tent with multiple stations to make your own Memphis-inspired art, plus Knockerball.

Saturday, May 26 at 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM  

56 S Front Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

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Don’t Get Blindsided by Unexpected Expenses!

by Melissa Thompson

Buying your first home is exciting.  After getting approved for a mortgage loan, working with a professional realtor and finding your dream home, it’s time to settle in and start enjoying your new digs.  Then BAM!  The shock of an unexpected expense slaps you in the face.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Being informed about the possible expenses of being a homeowner will not make spending the money any more fun, but at least you will be prepared.  Here are some ancillary costs of homeownership that you should be aware of:

  • CLOSING COSTS - When closing on your mortgage you will be presented with a long list of costs: mortgage taxes, lender application fees, attorney’s fees, title insurance, recording fees and any potential real estate tax reimbursements if the seller has paid them up front.  Altogether, closing costs are an average of 2 to 5 percent of the total cost of the home.  They will vary state to state.  Closing cost information for Tennessee can be found here: Tennessee Average Closing Costs
  • HOME MAINTENANCE - Now that you are a homeowner, you are solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of your property.  Everything from yardwork to cleaning; pressure washing to clearing the gutters…it’s all in your hands and on your dime.  Oh…and fixing things.  Yeah.  When the AC isn’t working or there is a leaky faucet, you will be footing the bill for repairs.  This all sounds a bit scary, but the key is to be prepared.  Go into your home purchase knowing that you will likely be spending about 1% of the purchase price of your home on maintenance annually.
  • PROPERTY TAXES - Property taxes vary by state and can also vary based on city, ordinance, and even specific house.  You can utilize a Property Tax Calculator  to get an idea of what your taxes will be when planning for your expenses.
  • UTILITIES - If you’re coming from a rental where your utilities were included with the rent, you may not have considered how much you will need to set aside to pay for electricity, gas, water and sewage costs.  Added to internet, cable and phone bills, it can be quite a chunk of change.  Planning for utility costs is crucial to making sure you can afford to live in a home of your own.
  • HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE - When you get a mortgage, you must get homeowner's insurance as well.  Be sure to do your homework and shop around for the best possible price.  You can get discounts for things like security systems, working from home or bundling coverage for your home with your auto insurance policy.  Educate yourself on what your insurance policy covers so that you’re not left disappointed when you must pay for something you thought would be taken care of.

Don’t let these expenses scare you off from purchasing a home.  Again, the key is to be aware of them going in so that you won’t be caught off guard when they come up.

If you are ready to purchase your first home, let professional Realtor Melissa Thompson  assist you in your home search. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #17: Feed Memphis 10k

by Melissa Thompson

Join us at the Pink Palace in Memphis, TN for a beautiful run to benefit Feed Memphis.

Roughly one in four children in Memphis and Shelby County go to bed hungry. Feed Memphis is an initiative of the Memphis Dream Center to address this significant and heartbreaking need. Each week, volunteers assemble individual red bags filled with food for over 3200 children struggling with food insecurity. These red bags of hope are distributed at 6 Title 1 Shelby County Schools in North Memphis and are often the only food resources these precious children will have until school begins again on Monday.

Running in the Feed Memphis 5k/10k is a great way to increase awareness and meet the needs of children facing the challenges and effects of poverty. All proceeds go directly to the acquisition and distribution of food for children in Memphis.

Get your tickets here.

Pink Palace Family of Museums
3050 Central Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38111

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Guide to Buying a Home - Summer 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Purchasing a home is likely the largest financial commitment you will ever make. It’s not one to be taken lightly. But while it can be overwhelming and a little scary, it is also smart.  Owning a home is an investment in your future, and with that in mind, you want to make sure that you are making educated decisions so that you get the best deal possible.

Summer is a popular time for home shopping. But before you start your home search in earnest, it’s vital that you understand what the real estate market is like for buyers right now.  While existing home sales and list prices have risen this year, there are still perks to starting your home search. These tips will help you get the most out of the 2018 summer housing market!

  • Prices sometimes drop during summer.

While summer is a busy home-buying season, it’s not nearly as busy as spring. Because of this, prices may drop between May-October.  Waiting until late August may mean that you can snag a sweet deal! The Best Time to Buy a Home is in August & September

  • PMI is getting more affordable.

Private Mortgage Insurance is getting cheaper with PMI lenders MGIC and Radian having lowered their rates this spring.  That means other PMI companies will become more competitive, which will bring all of them down.  With PMI required when homebuyers put less that 20 percent down, lower rates mean that purchasing a home will be affordable for more home buyers.

  • Don’t discount older listings.

Don’t make assumptions about houses that have been on the market for a long time.  There are many reasons why a house may not sell quickly.  Often if might just be due to a buyer getting cold feet and pulling out on a deal, or perhaps financing fell through. That doesn’t mean it’s a “bad” house.  And remember…if it’s been on the market awhile, the price is likely to come down, meaning you will get a better deal!

  • Consider a fixer-upper.

Flexibility on your part is a must in a busy market.  You may have been dreaming of a sparkling, move-in ready home, but a fixer-upper could possibly be the dream house you’ve really been looking for.  There is definitely more to choose from if you’re willing to take on a fixer-upper.  The number of starter homes on the market is shrinking, but there are more fixer-uppers among them than there were six years ago.  Choosing a fixer-upper will also give you more time for decision making.  Move-in ready homes go quickly and competition for them is fierce, so if that’s what you want you are going to have to be prepared to move quickly!

  • Get to know the neighborhood.

When the market is competitive, it’s tempting to make an offer on any property that appeals to you.  This can be misguided if you haven’t even checked out the neighborhood.  If you end up in a great house in the wrong neighborhood for you, it will never truly feel like home.

  • Make a good offer.

Now is NOT the time for a low-ball offer.  But keep in mind that the strongest offer is not necessarily the highest one.  If you have the funds available, a lower cash offer can often win out over a higher one that is being financed.  Of course, coming up with that kind of money may not be feasible, but there are other ways to strengthen your offer without upping the amount.  Generous contingencies, like a shorter closing or inspection period or Writing a Winning Offer Letter can also help you stand out to sellers.

If you are considering buying or selling a home this summer, call Melissa Thompson at 901-729-9526 and let her help you with all your real estate needs!

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Mother's Day Wishes!

by Melissa Thompson

101 Things To Do In Memphis #16: Mother’s Day Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Mother’s Day 2018 is Sunday, May 13. Here are some ideas for ways to treat your Mom to fun day or night out, followed by a list of places doing brunch.

Things To Do For Mother’s Day In Memphis

Black Love Bail Out
Memphis Official Black Lives Matter Chapter will participate in the 2nd annual National Bail Out Collective, raising funds to cover the costs of bail for mothers who have not been convicted of a crime. Read more and donate here.

Mother’s Day Plant Sale
The Memphis Botanic Garden hosts their annual plant sale on Thursday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mother’s Day Craft Playgroup
A quick, kid-friendly craft at 10:20 a.m. on May 11 in the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square after that morning’s 9:15 a.m. stroller ride.

Mother’s Day Dance Classes 
Blue Suede Ballroom Dance Studio will host special Mother’s Day lessons on Friday, May 11 (waltz) and Tuesday May 15 (swing). It’s free to the ladies and $12 for men, and no partner is necessary. Be sure to call or email to reserve your spot. Details.

Memphis Bluff City Nationals Pro-Pulling League
Head to Memphis International Raceway for this weekend’s show of super crazy vehicles pulling other vehicles. Like a tractor pull on steroids, and totally family-friendly, this event features – and I quote “four-engine, 5000+ horsepower tractors, to flame throwing jet turbine powered semi-trucks”. Sign me up for the flame throwing! The event is on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. both nights. 

Memphis Greek Festival
Take mom to the annual Memphis Greek Fest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Highland on Friday or Saturday (open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days). The’yll have live music, entertainment, and the star of the show – Greek food and pastries. They also have a drive-through if you’re just getting grub to go.

Mother’s Day Out at Concourse
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 12th, enjoy a building-wide celebration of mom with vendors and artisans, live music, a magic show, and more.

Pink Wig Music Festival
Take mom to The Edge District on Saturday to enjoy local music from the likes of Lucky 7 Brass Band, Marcella & Her Lovers, Cassette Set and Island 45, plus food and High Cotton beer for sale. Ticket proceeds benefit the Pink Wig Project, which provides pink wigs to cancer patients and their supporters and raises awareness.

Mother’s Day Pop-Up At The Art Factory
From noon to 5 p.m. on May 12, shop pottery, sculpture, paintings, and more art from local artists at the Art Factory in Cooper Young.

Mom’s Day Pop-Up at Everbloom Designs
Pick up flowers for your mom at Broad Avenue’s new floral design studio. They’ll be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Mother’s Tea at Elmwood
Take mom to the city’s picturesque historic cemetery the Saturday before Mother’s Day for tea and treats and a short tour. Tickets are $35 and you’ll need to make reservations.

Woodruff-Fontaine Speakeasy Parlor
Dress in your best 1920s-inspired attire for this speakeasy event that requires a password for entry. Tickets include two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and access to the Woodruff-Fontaine Museum, Carriage House, and Root Cellar. The event is on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Pour & Explore at Saddle Creek 
If mom is a dog lover, this Pour & Explore event is just for her. Enjoy wine samples at 15 shops, live music, live art, and Streetdog Foundation pups (that will be up for adoption!) The event is Saturday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Music of Grant Green at Crosstown Arts
Local jazz artists perform tributes to Grant Green as part of the Crosstown Jazz Series, which takes place in the Concourse.

Mother’s Day With The Redbirds
Take the whole family to the ballpark on Sunday the 13th for a brunch and playtime on the field at noon and a first pitch at 2:05 p.m. Tickets are $35 for dugout and $39 for club level, which includes brunch, seats, and a pizza coupon for Papa John’s. You can bring dogs, too, but they can’t go out on the field.

Wolf River Conservancy Mother’s Day Paddle
If you’ve never paddled the Wolf River, I promise you (and your mom) will be amazed and impressed by the natural beauty we have right here in our own backyard! The Conservancy will host a free 3.5 mile paddle on May 13. You must register before Thursday, May 10 at 3 p.m. to attend. Details.

Ragtime Tea Party at Pontotoc Lounge
Take a music-loving mom to South Main on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., where DJ Mark Richens plays an eclectic mix of classic jazz, ragtime, swing, and more. Pontotoc serves artisan cocktails and Southern-inspired menu.

Symphony in the Gardens
Bring your picnics, blankets, and chairs to the Dixon’s South Lawn for a big band tunes with the Memphis Symphony. Mempops and Memdawgs will be on site. They have VIP options, too.

Places Serving Mother’s Day Brunch In Memphis
Call for reservations ASAP. Click on the links for price and more info. 

Old Venice will have a brunch buffet on Mother’s Day with breakfast favorites, carving station, and more.

Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis will host Mother’s Day brunch on Mezzanine, tea in Chez Philippe, and dinner in Capriccio Grill.

The Memphis Botanic Garden will serve a brunch buffet in the Japanese Garden on Sunday, Mother’s Day.

Bleu Restaurant (in the Westin downtown) will serve a Mother’s Day Sunday brunch, free validated parking.

Coletta’s on Appling Road will host a Mother’s Day Luncheon.

Delta’s Kitchen (in the Guest House at Graceland) will serve an a la carte menu with breakfast and late-brunch offerings.

Amerigo Italian in East Memphis will serve their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus plus chef specials on Mother’s Day – they’re doing walk-ins only.

Patrick’s will have a classic brunch buffet with carving station, omelet station, seafood, and breakfast stuff.

Terrace at the River Inn will have a prix frixe Mother’s Day menu.

Celtic Crossing will have a special Moy Benedict in addition to their brunch menu; moms get roses.

Babalu will serve Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day with specials and tableside mimosas.

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