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101 Things To Do In Memphis #69: Independence Day Special Events

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Thursday JULY 2nd

Patriotic Pops
Levitt Shell, 7:30 p.m. This year’s Patriotic Pops concert will feature Memphis’ own international opera star, Kallen Esperian, singing Broadway favorites such as “Summertime,” “Someone to Watch Over,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The concert will also include the Second Presbyterian chancel choir and orchestra leading patriotic favorites such as “God Bless America,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and our traditional Armed Forces salute. The evening will conclude with fireworks and the 1812 Overture.

Fireworks Extravaganza
Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center (Bartlett)
Live musical entertainment provided by the Bartlett Community Concert Band starting at 6:30pm followed by Jamie Baker & the VIP’s at 8:15pm, activities for all ages including a car display, games for the children, face painting, concessions and more. Spectacular fireworks show at 9:30pm. All activities will take place on the lawn of the Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center and Appling Middle School.

Friday July 3rd

Fireworks Fun
CMOM, 1-3pm
Let’s learn a little science and make a fun patriotic craft together.  Included with admission.

Independence Day Celebration
H.W. Cox Park (Collierville)
By the photos it looks like live music, fireworks at 9:45pm, event starts at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 4th

Lion’s Club Fishing Rodeo
Municipal Park Lake (Germantown), 9-11am
Age: 4 to 15 years.  Bring a fishing pole, tackle and bait and try to hook the big one. Proceeds benefit the charitable work of the Germantown Lions Club.

Fireworks Extravaganza
Municpal Park (Germantown), 5pm
Events begin at 5pm, fireworks at 9:10pm
Celebrate the nation’s birthday with live music, moon bounces, games, crafts and refreshments. Then be amazed by a spectacular fireworks display. Free activities. Concessions available for purchase.

  • We parked at hobby lobby and walked over to the park where all of the action was. We went back to the car to watch fireworks and it was perfect.
  • Very little shade. There are some shady spots by the playground but the view for the fireworks is not as good there. My 2.5 year old loved it, but it is always very crowded.
  • take a chair, not much shade but the sun is going down so it shouldn’t be too bad and my 2 year old had a blast! Lots of people though.
  • we park at Kroger and actually stay there the whole time- there is a hill that the kids use boxes to slide down and the kids there have so much fun.
  • We like to sit at the corner of neshoba and germantown parkway.

4th of July on the Island
Mud Island River Park, 6pm

Memphis Redbirds
AutoZone Park, 6pm
Enjoy a baseball game with fireworks after the game and live music starting two hours before game time. 

 

By: eastmemphismoms.com

Bartlett TN Home For Sale: 6134 Scottscraig Cove, Bartlett, TN 38135

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Bartlett TN Home For Sale
6134 Scottscraig Cove, Bartlett, TN 38135

Magnificent home situated on a quiet cove lot overlooking the 6th fairway of the Quail Ridge Golf Course. Gleaming hardwood floors, new carpet, freshly painted exterior, soaring ceilings, plantation shutters, crown molding, split bedroom plan, security system, newer roof, extra wide driveway, and a side loading garage are just a few of the perks waiting for your enjoyment. Cooking will be a delight in this incredible kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, granite, tile backsplash, plus a vaulted eat in area. Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room flaunting a cozy fireplace. Kick back and relax in the delightful hearth room illuminated with tons of natural light through the walls of windows. Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room with dazzling chandelier. You will rest easy in your master retreat with walk in closet, plush carpeting, plus a luxury bath featuring dual vanity, whirlpool tub and separate shower. Two additional main level bedrooms with high ceilings and plush carpeting, as well as a full hall bath with pedestal sink and tub/shower combo. Huge bonus room, or use as a fourth bedroom, on the second level offers space for a guest room, play area or office. The unfinished basement with hobby room provides the opportunity for future growth. A deck built for entertaining is sure to impress while taking in the views, plus a large patio area. This home has something for everyone - pack your bags and come on over, we are sure you will want to stay.

Melissa Thompson has distinguished herself as a leader in the Memphis TN real estate market. Melissa assists buyers looking for Memphis real estate for sale and aggressively markets Memphis TN homes for sale.

Melissa brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Memphis TN home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Melissa Thompson will help make the most of your Memphis TN real estate experience. Give her a call today, 901-756-8900, and discover the difference she can make during your family’s next move.

Cordova TN Home For Sale: 8903 Lake Edge CV E, Cordova, TN 38016

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Cordova TN Home For Sale

8903 Lake Edge CV E, Cordova, TN 38016

Nestled on a private cove lot in the desirable Carrollwood Lakes subdivision sits this charming 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom traditional home. Move in ready with many quality features including an open floor plan, neutral colors, gleaming wood floors, moldings, two car garage, plus close proximity to the neighborhood lake, pool and tennis courts! The bright and airy eat in kitchen is sure to please the chef in the family featuring a tile backsplash, full complement of appliances, pantry, tons of cabinet space and cutout to the formal dining area. The spectacular great room with soaring ceiling and cozy gas log fireplace is the perfect space to entertain or just relax at days end. A luxurious main level master suite provides a soothing refuge of special conveniences and comforts with a walk in closet and high ceilings. Wash your cares away in the master bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower, and double sinks. Two generously sized bedrooms with wood floors and a shared full bathroom on the second level. Skylights illuminate the huge bonus room offering the ultimate space for a rec. room, office or mancave. Retreat to the professionally landscaped backyard designed by the Memphis Zoo landscaper with a two tiered deck, fencing and lush landscaping including over 300 tulips – truly a relaxing oasis! Elegant formal living with a relaxing ambiance awaits the lucky buyer of this home. Come visit today!

Melissa Thompson has distinguished herself as a leader in the Memphis TN real estate market. Melissa assists buyers looking for Memphis real estate for sale and aggressively markets Memphis TN homes for sale.

Melissa brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Memphis TN home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Melissa Thompson will help make the most of your Memphis TN real estate experience. Give her a call today, 901-756-8900, and discover the difference she can make during your family’s next move.

 

Bartlett TN Home For Sale: 6038 Grayce Drive, Bartlett, TN 38134

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Bartlett TN Home For Sale

6038 Grayce Drive, Bartlett, TN 38134

Welcome home to this fabulous main level living traditional home located in the sought after Ole Bartlett Village Subdivision. Comfort and quality meet todays busy lifestyle with features including fresh exterior paint, gleaming hardwood floors, 2 car garage with new opener, close proximity to shopping and dining, plus over 6 acres of beautiful common grounds including 3 ponds, fountains, gazebo, covered picnic area, outdoor grill, and walking trails all maintained by the HOA. Cooking will be a delight in the spacious kitchen equipped with an abundance of cabinetry, full appliance package, and a sun filled dining area. A tray ceiling and a cozy gas log fireplace highlight the spacious great room – the perfect space for friends and family. A large laundry room with cabinetry helps to keep you organized. A soothing master suite with pampering bathroom is sure to impress including vaulted ceilings, walk in closet, whirlpool tub, separate shower and double sinks. Two additional bedrooms are generously sized featuring plush carpeting, neutral paint and a shared full hall bathroom. A private side yard and patio is the perfect outdoor space! Don't miss the opportunity to retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, simply by coming home!

Melissa Thompson has distinguished herself as a leader in the Memphis TN real estate market. Melissa assists buyers looking for Memphis real estate for sale and aggressively markets Memphis TN homes for sale.

Melissa brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Memphis TN home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Melissa Thompson will help make the most of your Memphis TN real estate experience. Give her a call today, 901-756-8900, and discover the difference she can make during your family’s next move.

 

Arlington TN Home For Sale: 6131 Chester Street, Arlington, TN 38002

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Arlington TN Home For Sale

6131 Chester Street, Arlington, TN  38002

Historic charm awaits you in this magnificent one level home conveniently located within walking distance to park, schools, library, plus shopping and dining in Depot Square. Nestled on over half an acre, this home offers many desirable features including gleaming hardwood floors, high smooth ceilings, spacious rooms, updated fixtures, crown molding, split bedroom plan, large laundry room, covered parking, and a detached garage/workshop. Entertain loved ones in the spacious, warm and inviting great room complete with toasty wood burning fireplace. Wonderful eat in kitchen with tons of cabinet and counter space, built in shelving, plus a large breakfast area with lots of natural light. Enjoy a fancy dinner in the formal dining room with romantic chandelier and French doors. Relax at days end in the master suite with huge 14x11 walk in closet. Two additional bedrooms provide privacy and space to grow. Two beautifully renovated bathrooms. Grab a good book and step outside onto the delightful patio overlooking the park like setting of this level corner lot with mature trees persuading you to unwind; it’s a place one could happily linger throughout the day. Offering details distinctive to its period as well as fresh new looks – do not hesitate, this home will not last!

Melissa Thompson has distinguished herself as a leader in the Memphis TN real estate market. Melissa assists buyers looking for Memphis real estate for sale and aggressively markets Memphis TN homes for sale.

Melissa brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Memphis TN home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Melissa Thompson will help make the most of your Memphis TN real estate experience. Give her a call today, 901-756-8900, and discover the difference she can make during your family’s next move.

Sellers Dilemma: OTM, FSBO or List Again?

by Melissa Hayes Thompson
 

Sellers Dilemma: OTM, FSBO or List Again? | Keeping Current Matters

At the end of June, in every region of the country, hundreds of homeowners have a tough decision to make. The ‘listing for sale agreement’ on their house is about to expire and they now must decide to either take their house off the market (OTM), For Sale by Owner (FSBO) or list it again with the same agent or a different agent.

Let’s assume you or someone you know is in this situation and take a closer look at each possibility:

Taking Your Home off the Market

In all probability, after putting your house on the market and seeing it not sell, you’re going to be upset. You may be thinking that no one in the marketplace thought the house was worthy of the sales price.

Because you are upset, you may start to rationalize that selling wasn’t that important after all and say,

“Well, we didn’t really want to sell the house anyway. This idea of making a move right now probably doesn’t make sense.”

Don’t rationalize your dreams away. Instead, consider the reasons you decided to sell in the first place. Ask your family this simple question:

“What made us originally put our home up for sale?”

If that reason made sense a few months ago when you originally listed the house, chances are it still makes sense now. Don’t give up on what your family hoped to accomplish or on goals your family hoped to attain.

Just because the house didn’t sell during the last listing contract doesn’t mean the house will never sell or that it shouldn’t be sold.

Re-Listing with your Existing Agent

For whatever reason, your house did not sell. Perhaps you now realize how difficult selling a house may be or that the listing price was too high, or perhaps you’re now acknowledging that you didn’t exactly listen to your agent’s advice.

If that is the case, you may want to give your existing agent a second chance. That’s a perfectly okay thing to do.

However, if your agent didn’t perform to the standard they promised when they listed your home you may want to either FSBO or try a different agent.

For Sale by Owner

You may now believe that listing your house with an agent is useless because your original agent didn’t accomplish the goal of selling the house. Trying to sell the house on your own this time may be alluring. You may think you will be in control and save on the commission.

But, is that true? Will you be able to negotiate each of the elements that make up a real estate transaction? Are you capable of putting together a comprehensive marketing plan? Do people who FSBO actually ‘net’ more money?

If you are thinking about FSBOing, take the time to first read: 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner.

List with a New Agent

After failing to sell your home, you may no longer trust your agent or what they say. However, don’t paint all real estate professionals with that same brush. Have you ever gotten a bad haircut before? Of course! Did you stop getting your hair cut or did you simply change hair stylists?

There is good and bad in every profession—good and bad hair stylists, agents, teachers, lawyers, doctors, police officers, etc. And just because there are good and bad in every line of work doesn’t mean you don’t call on others for the products and services you need. You still get your hair cut, see a doctor, talk to a lawyer, send your kids to school, etc.

Bottom Line

You initially believed that using an agent made sense. It probably still does. Contact a local real estate professional and discuss the possibilities.

 

Bartlett TN Home For Sale: 4170 Blackheath Drive, Bartlett, TN 38135

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Bartlett TN Home For Sale

4170 Blackheath Drive, Bartlett, TN 38135

Welcome home to 4170 Blackheath Drive – a spectacular home located on a nice corner lot with mature trees and lush landscaping! This home offers the full package including 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, wonderful eat in kitchen, durable tile flooring, two story foyer, neutral colors, high ceilings, columns, security system, irrigation system, laundry room with cabinets, plus a two car garage. A delicious kitchen comes complete with granite counters, stainless steel appliances including double ovens, an abundance of cabinetry and breakfast bar where guests can join the chef. The connecting great room provides the perfect space for entertaining guests with a cozy fireplace and tons of natural light pouring through the large windows. Host the finest dinner parties in the formal dining room with dazzling chandelier. Relax at days end in your main level master suite with tray ceiling, walk in closet and see thru fireplace into the vaulted bathroom with whirlpool tub, separate shower and double sinks. Three bedrooms on the second level offer ample growing space with plush carpeting, cooling ceiling fans, and a shared bathroom. Huge bonus room with sitting area upstairs offers a great space for an office, rec. room or man cave. Grab a good book and head to the backyard oasis with fence and patio. Don't miss the opportunity to retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, simply by coming home!

Melissa Thompson has distinguished herself as a leader in the Memphis TN real estate market. Melissa assists buyers looking for Memphis real estate for sale and aggressively markets Memphis TN homes for sale.

Melissa brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Memphis TN home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Melissa Thompson will help make the most of your Memphis TN real estate experience. Give her a call today, 901-756-8900, and discover the difference she can make during your family’s next move.

101 Things To Do In Memphis: #68: Beale Street

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Welcome to Beale Street, voted the most iconic street in America by USA Today! In the heart of downtown Memphis with three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops, the Beale Street entertainment district is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and gospel. With cold beer and hot music, Beale Street is one of the coolest places in Memphis!

Beale was originally the home to traders and merchants using the convenient location to move goods along the Mississippi River, but by the 1860s many traveling musicians began performing and over the next few decades Beale began to flourish and in 1977 was officially declared the “Home of the Blues”.

Today, take a stroll down Beale Street’s neon row and you’ll hear music spilling out of the clubs and restaurants like Rum Boogie Café, B.B. King’s, Coyote Ugly or Wet Willie’s. The downtown music scene isn’t just about the blues. The New Daisy Theatre is home to alternative acts, rock and blues concerts, boxing and MMA matches. In addition to live entertainment in the Beale Street Clubs, Beale Street hosts a variety of festivals, activities and events throughout the year. Don’t miss the upcoming “Fourth of July on Beale”.

The shops of Beale Street offer an eclectic and unique assortment of all things Memphis!  Original and rare vinyl, eclectic novelty items, voodoo potions, children's games, electric guitars, fine clothing, art, and so much more!  

For a good time, grab a drink, a bite to eat, and soak up the sounds, you’re sure to have an amazing time in the heart of downtown Memphis!  Visit bealestreet.com for more info, major events, and restaurant, club and shop directories. 

 

By and photo credit: bealestreet.com

Happy Father's Day!

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

How Will Mortgage Rate Hikes Impact Home Sales?

by Melissa Hayes Thompson
 

How Will Mortgage Rate Hikes Impact Home Sales? | Keeping Current Matters

When mortgage interest rates begin to climb, experts immediately begin to discuss home affordability indexes. They calculate how an increase in rates will slow home purchases as more and more potential buyers are priced out of the market. Today, with home prices also increasing, many believe that home sales may slow down rather dramatically.

This may prove to be true in the long term. However, in the short term, increasing mortgage rates may have the opposite effect. Many buyers who have been sitting on the fence may realize that delaying their purchase no longer makes sense.

Last week, in a CNBC article, Matt Weaver of Florida-based PMAC Lending explained the impact an increase in rates will have:

"These increases really help the home-buying market. It really gets buyers to really understand that 'wait a minute, rates are at an all-time low, let's react now, let's react before they go higher’.”

As an example, we can look to 2013 when interest rates spiked up by a full percentage point over a two month period. The result is that many buyers rushed to the market on the fear that rates would continue to climb. It didn’t necessarily increase the number of sales that year dramatically.

However, it did seem to move some sales up in the year as evidenced by the chart below:

Home Sales & Impact of Mortgage Rate Spike | Keeping Current Matters

We can see that the sales cycle did not follow a more normal cycle (2014) with more sales being pushed into July and August and slightly less sales in September and August.

Bottom Line

If you are waiting to put your house on the market, think twice. Now may be the perfect time to sell as buyer competition will continue to heat up as more purchasers jump into the market. You may also save a pretty penny on the monthly mortgage payment of your next home by selling now before rates shoot up.

 

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