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Things To Do In Memphis: Fall Dog Show at Loflin Yard

by Melissa Thompson

Pumpkin spice lattes have arrived and so has the great weather. Join us for a one-of-a-kind event that brings together people, pets, and fun fashioned after the Westminster Dog Show but with a Memphis twist!

Adoption Day cohosted by:
Mutt Mafia Dog Rescue

- Puppy Olympics

- Dog Talent Show

- Obedience Training Demonstration - Paw Paw's Pets- Daycare, Boarding, & Salon

- Costume Contest - w/ Puppy Up Foundation

- Ugly Dog Contest

- Photo booth *All Day*

With addt'l support from:
Streetdog Foundation
ALIVE Rescue Memphis
Woof River Animal Rescue
Hollywood Feed

And more!

All Ages
Drink Deals for Adults + Kiddos + Doggos

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part.

by Melissa Thompson

Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting, and his thought process can surprisingly also be applied to individuals considering selling their homes today. Traditional thinking would suggest it may be best to wait until the spring to sell when there is a flood of buyers in the market, but right now may in fact be an even better time to list your home.

We can see the overall economy is good: wages are rising, there are near record-low unemployment rates, and mortgage interest rates are still very low too. Over the past 10+ years the housing market has stabilized, so what (if anything) is the biggest challenge in the housing market today?

The answer is simple: it’s inventory.

According to the Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors,

“Total housing inventory at the end of September sat at 1.83 million, approximately equal to the amount of existing-homes available for sale in August, but a 2.7% decrease from 1.88 million one year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.1-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 4.0 months in August and down from the 4.4-month figure recorded in September 2018.”

What does this mean?

While homes are coming to the market, they aren’t coming fast enough! Right now, across the country there is less than 6 months of overall inventory of homes for sale, putting us in a seller’s market. The challenge is that there are not enough homes for sale to increase the supply needed for the number of people who want to buy, especially in the starter and middle-level markets.

To be in a balanced market (meaning we have enough inventory for the number of buyers in the market), we need to have 6 months of inventory available. Today we are nowhere near that number, and as a matter of fact, the last time we reached that height was August 2012 (as shown in the graph below):

Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part. | MyKCM

When we look at the inventory challenge today, we can see that now is a great time to sell your house. Truthfully, waiting may end up being the hardest part in the long run. This landscape is a great place for sellers who own homes in the starter and middle-level markets to take the opportunity to sell in a sellers’ market, before inventory catches up with demand. Serious buyers are actively in the market and ready to make a move at this time of year. When inventory is limited at the lower end, like it is today, selling before more homes are listed could mean a significant seller’s advantage to those who are ready to move up. The upper level of the market has much more inventory available to move into, so it’s a win across the board.

Bottom  Line

If you’re considering selling your home, don’t wait – now is the time to make your move! Take advantage of the high housing demand and the low inventory of homes for sale at the lower end of the market and use your purchasing power while mortgage rates are low to go after the move-up home of your dreams. Let’s get together to decide if now is the right time for you.


Contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526 and get your house on the market today!


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The History of Halloween

by Melissa Thompson

Have you ever wondered how Halloween started?  Now that Halloween is just a few days away, it’s a good time to learn a little bit about the history of this scary, fun-filled, candy coma inducing holiday!

When we think of Halloween, we think of candy, costumes, haunted houses and trick-or-treating. But the word Halloween literally means “hallowed evening”. There was a time, long ago in Europe, when it was known as All Hallows’ Eve.  All Hallows’ Eve (celebrated on October 31) and All Saints’ Day (celebrated November 1) were both times to honor saints (“hallows” means “saints”). Eventually the two celebrations were combined in to one name – Halloween.

Halloween is celebrated on October 31 because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest version of Halloween, occurred on that day. Samhain  It was a time of year when the season changed and people believed that the wall between this world and the next became thin, allowing the two worlds to connect.  The idea of being able to communicate with the dead lead to Halloween becoming known as a haunted holiday.

Back in the old days, people would dress up as saints and go door to door singing songs and reciting verses. Children would ask for “soul cakes” (similar to biscuits), which eventually evolved into trick-or-treating. It wasn’t until the early to mid-1900s that giving out candy became mainstream in the U.S. People would give candy (treats) in the hopes that it would prevent them from being the victims of holiday pranks. (tricks)

Costumes also evolved from being tributes to saints to wearing scary-looking costumes in order to give unsuspecting neighbors a fright.  This custom began with some young Scottish and Irish pranksters and thanks to them, now dressing up for Halloween has become a tradition of wearing spooky, funny, and creative costumes of all kinds.

Halloween is a popular holiday in America today, but it almost didn’t make it here. The Puritans disapproved of the holiday’s pagan roots and did not take part in Halloween celebrations.  Then Irish and Scottish immigrants began arriving in America in great numbers, and with them came the celebration of this fun holiday where people would sing, dance and tell ghost stories to commemorate the upcoming harvest. 16 American Holidays, Ranked

By the early 20th century, it is estimated that Halloween was celebrated by the majority of people across the nation.  This year will be no different. Millions of people will put on costumes, go to parties, decorate their homes, and indulge in their favorite candy treats. The Melissa Thompson Team at Your Key to Memphis wishes you a happy, fun-filled and safe Halloween!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Things To Do In Memphis: Tequila Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Join in for the Memphis Flyer's third annual Memphis Tequila Festival as they party it up in Overton Square with over 30 different types of tequila! This festival is guaranteed to get you in the *spirit* of the season with dance music from our local DJs, spooky face painting, a costume photo booth and more!

Hungry? Food will be available for purchase from local food vendors. Each ticket purchaser will be able to choose 15 tequilas to sample from, so choose wisely! Still thirsty? We will have a cash bar with beer, wine and mixed drinks available for purchase.

Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis, so every sip counts!

We encourage everyone to designate a driver or take a rideshare to this event. This event is rain or shine and very strictly 21+. Bonus points if you come in costume!

For more info, please head over to!

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Selling Your Home in the Fall is Smart and Here’s Why

by Melissa Thompson

While summer is considered by many to be the hottest time for selling a house (both literally and figuratively), sometimes circumstances require you to sell during a different time of the year.  This fall might be exactly the right time to sell.  Homes are still in demand and there is a good chance you will find a buyer before the end of the year.   Here are some perks to selling in the fall:

  1. Buyers are serious about finding a house in the fall. They want to get settled into a new home before the holiday season begins.  The pressure is on for them to find their new home quickly and this puts you (the seller) in the driver’s seat when it comes to negotiations. 10 Tips to Help Sell a Home in Autumn
  2. There is less competition in the fall. Many sellers needed to close and move before school started, so fewer houses are for sale.  With less to choose from, buyers can’t afford to be quite as picky.
  3. You will be dealing with different types of buyers.  Families often move in the summer to accommodate school schedules.  Empty nesters and millennials are more likely to be looking in the fall. In addition, employers who need to relocate their workers often wait for fall to avoid the hot market during spring and summer.  A speedy closing is the goal of most of these buyers, which means you are more likely to get the best price possible for your house.
  4. Fall is pretty.  The weather is cooler; the leaves are changing colors and fall décor can make homes look and feel warm and cozy.  This is a great time of year to dress up your house to entice buyers. 33 Elevated Ways to Decorate Your Porch This Fall

So, if you have been thinking about putting your house on the market, don’t wait until spring. Contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526 and get your house on the market today!

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Things To Do In Memphis: Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Memphis 2019

by Melissa Thompson

The spooky season has officially arrived and there’s fun to be had all month long. Make the most of it with arts and crafts, movies, costume contests, terrifying tours, haunted boogie downs, and more.


Haunted Maze at Mid-South Maze
Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 31, 7 – 10 PM

On Fridays and Saturdays after 7 PM, the ghouls and goblins take over the maze at the Agricenter. Have fun trying to find your way out while fending off whatever’s hiding in that corn.

Shadowlands Festival of Fear & Hysteria Haunted Hayride
Oct. 4 – 31
Fridays & Saturdays 7-11 | Sundays 7-10 | Oct. 31st 7-10

A horrific secret hides in the corn and woods behind Jones Orchard. This cursed land is swarming with monsters and mayhem. Can you make your way through the winding journey alive? Take on the corn maze, or get on board the Hysteria Haunted Hayride if you dare.

Monster Market 2019
October 1-31
Tue-Sat 12-8pm | Sun 12-5pm

The third annual Monster Market pop-up will be open all month on Main Street featuring art, apparel, and housewares from over 70 makers. Swing by the
Grand Opening Celebration on October 5th and enjoy spooky cocktails (both boooozy and non-alcoholic), freaky treats, and projected horror movies while you shop!

The Parting Paranormal Pop-Up Tour + Bar & Lounge
Oct. 11 – Oct. 19

Something wicked lurks below the Evergreen Theatre and this Paranormal Popup puts you right on the path of danger!

When the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 occurred a mysterious sinkhole appeared at 1705 Poplar Ave. Reports of apparitions and strange creatures lurking in the area pre-date any human structure. The Ritz theatre, built over the sinkhole in 1927 brought the escape of the movies, but the glitz and glamour would quickly turn sinister. Visitors of THE PARTING are invited on an unusual and creepy encounter with the macabre and menacing inhabitants of the Evergreen Theatre.

Paranormal Cirque
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 20

Paranormal Cirque is an innovative horror story for MATURE audiences featuring a truly unique fusion of circus, illusion, theatre, and cabaret in perfect harmony. The result is the evolution of a show that takes you into a world of dreams…….. or perhaps more accurately a world of nightmares and fantasies!

Zoo Boo
Oct. 18 – 31

Everyone’s favorite SPOOKtacular event is back for SEVEN nights of fright! Le Bonheur Zoo Boo happens the last two weekends of October. This event features candy stations and hayrides, straw mazes, and magic shows, plus so much more! Zoo Boo is fun for ghosts and goblins of all ages.

Boo-ingo & Costume Contest
Oct. 24 – 29

Make your way to bingo at one of four locations this month and get an extra card for wearing your costume. Prizes for Best Costume are up for grabs.

Hocus Pocus Trivia in Memphis
Wednesday, Oct. 9 & Tuesday, Oct. 29

Get ready for Halloween by flying your vacuum to play ‘Hocus Pocus’ Trivia. Play at Loflin Yard, LBOE, or Rec Room on October 9th, or head to Dan McGuiness Southaven, Railgarten, Or Highland Axe & Rec on Oct. 29th.

Memphis Ghost Walk
Weekends throughout October, 8 PM

The Memphis Ghost Walk explores the macabre and dark history of downtown Memphis. Escape into the past with the entertaining and knowledgeable guides of Historical Haunts Memphis. You’ll visit sites of hauntings taken from local legends, official records, and their own professional paranormal investigations.

Princeton James presents a “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience” 
Oct. 26 at 12 PM & Oct. 27 at 8 PM

The “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience” is an interactive event where you could possibly be dining with a murderer. Your package will include a theatrical experience, live music, poetry, comedy, and some amazing cuisine.

Crosstown Arthouse Presents Double Horror Features
Oct. 10th, 17th, & 24th

The Crosstown Arthouse Weekly Film Series is screening double horror features in October that include a silent movie accompanied by live music! Screenings will take place at The Crosstown Theater on October 10, 17th, and 24th. Doors are at 7:00 and the first film will begin at 7:30. Entry is $10 for the double feature nights. Also, as a part of the Crosstown Concourse Trunk or Treat celebration on October 31st, they’re doing a free 6:00p screening of House on Haunted Hill.


Halloween Make & Take
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 PM

Pop into Board & Brush and craft until your heart’s content. They’re offering 4 different projects at $20 each. Make one or all three at this family-friendly event.

Woodruff Fontaine 3 hr Lights Out Ghost Hunt!
Friday, Oct. 4, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Bring your digital audio recorder and camera to the historic Woodruff Fontaine House for an evening of learning how to set-up and conduct a paranormal investigation. Each group is led by a paranormal investigator to guide you on your own investigation. Reserve your spot at

CANDYLAND: A Costume Party
Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 PM

Kick-off Halloween season with a whimsical costume party at the Memphis Zoo with Chef Phillip Ashley Rix and friends. Wear your very best costume, enjoy catered fare, host bars and the night filled with 80’s and 90’s party music, all to the backdrop of hippos and crocodiles of the Zambezi River! There will be a grown-up trick or treat trail with gifts and prizes set up throughout the venue, a costume contest, and dancing.

Creepville Market
Saturday, Oct. 5, 12 PM – 6 PM

Join Mint Cream at Midtown Crossing Grill for a popup featuring Spooky Art, Oddities & Curiosities, Vintage Halloween, Creepy Crafts & more. Win prizes in the raffle, or try your luck spinning the wheel.

Crafts & Candy Apples – Parent/Kid Workshop – Ages 6+
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 PM – 4 PM

Head to Board & Brush for a mini sign workshop and enjoy a complimentary Candy Apple Bar! Ages 6+. Select a design from more than 20 options. They provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create an awesome wood project. Choose from a variety of paint and wood stain colors in the workshop. The cost for a workshop is $35 and pre-registration is required.

Monsters, Inc. Party at Primas
Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:30 PM – 3 PM

Join Primas Bakery and Boutique as they celebrate Halloween early with a Monsters, Inc. Tea Party! Enjoy “Monster” themed treats for 2 with a selection of tea, coffee, and punch while watching the movie! Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Male Revue Tour in Memphis
Friday, Oct. 11, 9 PM

Some gentlemen at the Tropicana want to get your heart racing with their moves if that’s what you’re into.

Cemetery Cinema: Ghostbusters
Friday, Oct. 11th, 7 PM

Head to to Elmwood Cemetery for a screening Ghostbusters, sponsored by Simmons Bank. Tickets are $20.

Film: Nightmare Before Christmas
Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 PM

Enjoy a free family-friendly movie at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. They also offer food and beverages for sale in the ShellEats community area.

Haunted Dinner on Stage
Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 PM – 8:30 PM

The Orpheum’s Haunted Dinner on Stage is back just in time for Halloween! See the Orpheum Theatre through a ghostly lens when you dine with the spirits and learn all about the paranormal activity that has been part of Orpheum lore since the 1920s.

The evening will include themed cocktails, a three-course meal with a variety of desserts, a self-guided tour of the backstage murals, and more.

Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k
Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 AM 

Support Le Bonheur and the children they serve by participating in the Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k & Family Walk. Kids 10 and younger can also participate in the 400m kids’ fun run. Children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the post-race Boo Bash, which will include entertainment, food and many fun activities for kids of all ages!

Netflix & Drink: Halloween Bar Crawl Memphis
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 4 PM

We Love Pub Crawls invites you to dress up as your favorite ‘Flix-inspired character and bar hop starting at the Silly Goose. Enjoy food and drink specials the whole way and 80s & 90s DJ parties. 

Velvetina’s Blood Moon Revue
Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:30 PM

Velvetina Taylor returns to Mollie Fontaine Lounge with an intriguing, immersive production, right in time for Halloween. You’re invited to Velvetina’s Blood Moon Revue, an alluring, interactive dinner show experience, unlike any other. Enjoy the spine-tingling mix of lively burlesque, magic, tarot, and spooky surprises.

5th Annual Memphis Monster Mash
Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 PM

One of the hottest Halloween parties in Memphis is back, with proceeds benefitting Mystic Krew of Pegasus – Memphis who are raising money for Shelby County Drug Court!

Enjoy an OPEN BAR, OPEN DANCE FLOOR, a DJ, DRAG SHOW and finger foods, eye-pleasing bartenders, cash prizes for best costume, and a chance to win tickets to see Elton John in Memphis.

Friends Halloween Trivia in Memphis
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 PM

Invite your friends to play “Friends” Trivia (The One with Questions About the Halloween Episode and Other Spooky Stuff from Friends) at LBOE, Loflin Yard, or Rec Room.

Haunted Happenings: A Victorian Carnival
Friday, Oct. 25, 6 PM

The resident spirits of Woodruff-Fontaine Mansion request the pleasure of your company for dining and dancing to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! For Your Pleasure: Paranormal Investigators,
Tarot Readers, Magician Jeffrey Day, Games, Face Painting, Food Trucks, and Poleluminati Performing Arts.

Join them as mischief unfolds and walk the darkened halls as spectral docents lead the way. Hear the stories of people long past, as the dead become living for one night only!

Big Top Tease: Vol. VI: Freak Show
Friday, Oct. 25, 9 PM

QCG Productions is back at Dru’s Place for their monthly variety show, but this time, things are going to be a little more freaky! Join them for a night of Circus acts, drag performances, shock shows and more!

Hocus Pocus Macaron Tasting Event at Primas
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 5 – 6:30 PM

At this fun event, you’ll get to try Primas Bakery’s Spooky Macarons, sip Autumn Sangria while shopping the boutique, and watch Hocus Pocus! Feel free to dress in costume. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Bar Crawl
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 4 PM

Tickets for this Halloween Crawl come with 2 free drinks, access to 5+ venues with food and drink specials, and a crazy afterparty.

Transmission: Halloween Party!
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 9 PM

Dance your bones off with your fellow ghouls and goblins to the best of new wave, synth pop, freestyle, and more, with DJ’s Plastic Citizen and Alpha Heather at Lamplighter Lounge. Dress to impress, because at midnight they’ll be giving away spooktacular gift bags from Two Rivers Bookstore in the first-ever Transmission costume contest!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 PM

Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Orpheum’s big screen. Get there early to purchase your prop bag, and enter the on-stage costume contest.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 PM

Dress up as your favorite meme and party the night away at Rec Room. Enjoy a live DJ, Costume Contest w/ Prizes, Black Lights, Body & Face Paint, Pizza Party, Spooky Drinks, Glow Sticks
MEMEs on 20′ Screens & More.

Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 AM – 2 PM

The annual Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street Fall Festival is a safe, family-friendly event hosted by United Way of the Mid-South to connect with the community. This event provides free flu shots, community resources, meals and a fun way for families to enjoy Halloween. Everyone is welcome.

The TaKeOver: Halloween Edition
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM – 12 AM

Team TKO returns to Side Street for one of the biggest, hottest Halloween events in town. Entry is free to party down with all your friends. Enjoy the costume contest, games, and shaking it to the best music.

Spaceface Halloween with the UpsideSown Ensemble
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM

The local psychedelic anomaly Spaceface is ready to haunt your dreams during their double set at the Crosstown Theatre along with w/ The Upside Down Ensemble ft. Harlan, and DJ Chandler Blingg.

Ptolemy Fall Party
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 PM

Celebrate Halloween at Local on the Square with the Grand Krewe of Ptolemy Memphis. Wear your favorite costume and get down on the dance floor to music by DJ Tree. Your ticket gets to access to an open bar and delicious late-night snacks by Local.

Loflin Graveyard
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 AM – midnight

Halloween weekend, get spooky at Loflin Yard at an all-day event with food, drinks, and games. They’ll have a live DJ in the Barn, pumpkin decorating in the Yard, and 3 costume contests with cash prizes for the adult costume contest.

Halloween Party @ Soccer City 901
Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 PM – 3 AM

The new Soccer City 901 is hosting a Halloween party complete with a DJ and a costume contest.

Zombie Walk and Undead DJ Party
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM – 11 PM

Kick off Saturday before Halloween with an “Undead DJ” Set at Carolina Watershed followed by a Costume Contest + a Zombie Walk to the Loflin Yard Barn.

All Hallows Eve Bloody Masquerade feat. G-REX, Z-Dougie & more
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 PM

Growlers presents All Hallows Eve Bloody Masquerade featuring G-REXZ-DougieDudeCalledRobDon Twan, and BasSick.

Murder Mystery Party
Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 PM – 11 PM

Crosstown Brewing is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Party. Sign-up now to be part of a night of mystery and fun. There are two options for tickets and you will be assigned a character based on your ticket purchase. The cost includes a catered dinner, dessert and two full pours of beer. Ticket sales end on Wednesday, October 28th at noon. Event is 21+.

Halloween – Devil  In I (Slipknot Tribute), Burn the Witch & More
Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 PM

This Halloween all the ghouls, ghosts, clowns, and metal heads alike will be roaming Growlers as The Devil In I (a Slipknot Tribute), Burn the WitchMudhole and The Murdering Crows bring you a night of thrills and incredible music.

SilverPro & Alchemy bring u (DJ Colette & Pete Moss) Halloween
Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 PM – 3 AM

SilverPro Events and Alchemy Of Memphis team up to bring you an Absolutely Wicked Deep House Party featuring the legendary Colette on her Dreams tour with Pete Moss giving us a 4 Hour set. Entry is free. Costumes are encouraged.

Trick or Trivia Spooktacular at Memphis Made Brewing
Thursday, Oct. 31, 7 PM – 9 PM

Celebrate Halloween night by playing a special spooky edition of Cerrito Trivia featuring a team costume contest, cake walk and more at Memphis Made Brewing Co.

Costumes & Cocktails On The River: Halloween Happy Hour Edition
Thursday, Oct. 31, 6:30 PM – 11 PM

THIRD Annual Costumes & Cocktails on the River at Jack Robinson Gallery includes an open buffet, open bar, live entertainment, DJ, vendors, Costume Contest, in a safe, and mature adult atmosphere. Event is for age 25+.


Improvements that Won’t Increase the Value of Your Home

by Melissa Thompson

Preparing to sell your home can be a stressful process.  Often you will find yourself making improvements just for the sake of the sale.  While some of these enhancements may boost the look of your property and make it easier to sell your home, you will be surprised to discover that they do not increase the value of your home.  In fact, some improvements might actually detract from it.  Here is a list of home improvements that do not increase the value of your home:


Landscaping choices are a personal preference.If you are going to invest in elaborate landscaping, you should do it for your own enjoyment, because no matter how grand your yard is, it’s not going to bring you big bucks upon resale.


There are certainly buyers in the market who will be looking for homes that have newer features, but they won’t pay more for them.Replacing things that are broken or past their life expectancy is considered home maintenance and not something buyers expect to pay for. Home Improvement vs Home Repairs and Maintenance


While water-related improvements can provide a lot of fun and entertainment for your family, the cost of installing a pool or spa never finds its way back to you. In fact, some buyers will ask that you take the spa with you or won’t purchase a house with a swimming pool.Installing a pool or spa should only be done for your own pleasure.


If you think you might be selling your house, you need to be careful about making improvements that are not in style. For example, you might love white appliances in your kitchen, but because these are not currently trendy, potential buyers are not likely to feel the same way. 7 Home Decor Trends for 2020


Painting may be the single most cost-effective improvement you can make before selling your home, but it won’t get you any bang for your buck unless you do the painting yourself. Fresh paint on the exterior or interior of your home absolutely makes the home more saleable, but an appraiser will not give you a credit boost for it.


The people selling you those solar panels will tell you that they will improve the value of your home and add to your bottom line profit, but it’s not true. You get zero approved value for solar panel installation.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

Things To Do In Memphis: MemphoFest

by Melissa Thompson

Discover good times and great music in one of the largest urban parks in America! Mempho Music Festival features two days of entertainment, fun and outdoor lounging — all within the beautiful Shelby Farms Park.


Kick Back. Bring a chair or blanket, arrive early and find a shady spot among the trees or make yourself at home in the sunshine. Either way, you’ll enjoy some prime outdoor lounging—accompanied by some great music.

Have Fun. Enjoy the open spaces of Shelby Farms Park—located off Great View Drive North.


With a focus regional cuisine, we’ll be offering several onsite food options. Multiple food truck and concession areas will be stationed across the park. Past vendors have included world-famous BBQ, brick-oven pizza, gourmet burgers and handcrafted popsicles.


Stock up on your 2019 Mempho gear by visiting our Retail Marketplace at the festival. We’ll be loaded down with exclusive, high-quality and eclectic festival gear—including limited-edition posters and apparel. This area will also feature regional artists and makers with original goods for sale.


The Mempho Music Festival is committed to efforts that contribute to the betterment of our community. We understand music events can generate a substantial amount of waste, and we’re taking a proactive, carbon-conscious approach to help minimize our impact on the environment.

Get your Super VIP, VIP or General Admission tickets here.

The Festival grounds are located off Great View Drive North at Shelby Farms Park.

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A Homebuyer’s Guide to Choosing the Right Neighborhood

by Melissa Thompson

When you are searching for a new home, location is one of the most important factors to consider.  You might love a house, but if it’s not in the right neighborhood, it may not be the right house regardless of how much it appeals to you.  So, before you start scrolling through home listings online, it’s smart to have an idea of WHERE you want to live.  Here are some things to consider when searching for the right neighborhood:

  • You may have heard this saying before: “It’s better to have the worst house in the best neighborhood than the best house in the worst neighborhood”. While nobody really wants to live in the “worst” house anywhere, there is some good logic behind this statement.  If you ever plan to sell your home, it’s value will be impacted by the surrounding homes in the neighborhood.  For that reason, you will have better resale value if you’re surrounded by homes that are similar to yours.  So, it is a good idea to research home values in the neighborhoods that appeal to you.  How to Buy the Worst House on the Best Block
  • How important is convenience to you?  Some people prefer living in more rural areas, but others desire close proximity to things like major interstates, shopping areas, medical facilities, and schools.  Before you start your home search it’s important to decide how much convenience matters to you.  In addition, you may want to think about the fact that having a home that is convenient to highways and such can have a positive impact on your resale value.
  • Are home values rising or falling in the neighborhood? If a neighborhood has home values that are climbing, that’s a positive indication that it’s a good place to buy.  However, if a neighborhood has stagnant or falling home values, it might not be the best place to look for a home.  Many things can have an impact on home values; for example, if an area is growing with new businesses, the career opportunities involved can lead to rising home values in the area. Memphis Home Prices & Values
  • Does the neighborhood have an HOA? (Home Owners Association)?  Some people love an HOA.  They appreciate how it protects home values by establishing rules for maintaining the appearance of the homes and neighborhood. They also enjoy perks such as a neighborhood pool and clubhouse, parks, and walking trails.  However, for other people, an HOA is a deal breaker. They don’t care for the rules and regulations (and payments) that come with it.  HOA regulations and costs vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, so it’s important to research them before you decide to live in a community with an HOA.
  • How are the schools rated?  Whether you have children or not, the school system is an important factor when choosing where to live. If you plan to send your children to public school, you will definitely want to live where schools are highly rated.  You may think that if you don’t have kids in school, that it doesn’t matter how the school system is rated. But that thinking is a mistake. The truth is that the rating of a school system can have a huge impact on your resale value; positive or negative. Memphis TN Public School Ratings
  • How safe is the neighborhood?  Safety is important to everyone. Nobody wants to live in a neighborhood that isn’t safe.  You can research crime statistics for neighborhoods online.  If you are relocating to a new state and you’re not familiar with the area, an experienced local Realtor is a great resource to help you determine what areas are safe for you and your family.

There are so many factors involved in the home buying process, but determining the right location is a decision that requires thought and research.  Once you have found the right place, then you can start searching for the right house!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Things To Do In Memphis: Puppies + Yoga

by Melissa Thompson

Yep ...we're doing it! Practice your down dog with puppies!
Help support local animal rescues and help adorable puppies socialize!

We're getting our downdog on in the courtyard at Tennessee Brewery with puppies in need of love, handling, and socializing! This is an all-levels yoga class. Yoga + snuggles....what could be better?! Please bring an old mat in case of puppy messes :)

All proceeds benefit local animal rescues.

Saturday, October 5th from 10 am to 11:30 am

Tennessee Brewery
495 Tennessee St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

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