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Beautiful Home in the Gated Newton Court Subdivision in East Memphis!

by Melissa Thompson

5226 NEWTON OAK CIR S, Memphis, TN

Just Listed

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10057097 to view more pictures of this property. Beautiful Well Maintained Home in the Gated Newton Court Subdivision in East Memphis Featuring 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Open Floor Plan, Smooth Ceilings, Neutral Colors, Gleaming Wood Floors, Arched Doorways, Wonderful Eat-Kitchen with Full Compliment of Appliances Opens to the Hearth Room Enhanced with a Cozy Fireplace, Lovely Dining Room, Spacious Great Room, Romantic Master Suite with Luxury Bath, Loft Area Makes a Great Office, Large Bonus Room/4th Bedroom, Fenced Backyard, 2Car Garage & More

 


Wed Jul 24th - Sun 28th (CDT)

TPC Southwind, 3301 Club at Southwind, Memphis, TN 38125, USA

The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be one of four World Golf Championships events on the 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours.

The World Golf Championships consistently attract the most elite and global fields of the year, with 45-50 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teeing it up in the series of four annual events. This is the first year Memphis will be hosting a World Golf Championships event and is expected to welcome one of the strongest fields in golf.

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Be Prepared to Pay Closing Costs

by Melissa Thompson


When you make an offer on a home and it gets accepted, you have every reason to be excited. Becoming a homeowner is making an investment in your own future; likely the largest financial investment you will make.  However, it is prudent to be aware that there are other costs involved in purchasing a home other than your down payment and monthly mortgage payments.

Closing costs are an expense you may not be aware of if you are a first-time homebuyer.  These costs must be paid prior to closing on the home. They include property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, title search fees, and appraisal fees.  In addition, the closing costs provide the funds that pay the people who have performed services throughout the loan process, like the appraiser and your real estate agent.

Your closing costs will be itemized for you and provided at your closing. But it’s important that you look over them closely and take the time to ask any questions you may have before you sign any documents.  If there is something you don’t understand, your mortgage banker or Realtor can explain it to you.

The homebuyer can negotiate with the seller to determine who will cover the closing costs, but every loan has different guidelines about how much a seller can pay.  Your mortgage banker can provide you with your options. How to Negotiate Who Pays Closing Costs

Whether you end up paying for all or just some of your closing costs, it’s crucial for you to include the amount you will have to pay into your budget.  You can estimate the cost by calculating 2% to 6% of your purchase price.  For example, if your loan is $200,000, your closing costs will range anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000.  You will also receive a document from your mortgage banker after you apply for your loan that will list the anticipated closing costs.  They may change a little during the process, but it will give you a good idea of what to expect.

So, while saving for a down payment is an obvious necessity, you may want to also set aside some cash each month to go toward other expenses associated with buying a new home. What it Really Costs to Buy a Home

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: Vegan Food and Drink Festival

by Melissa Thompson


‚ÄčTaste of Memphis Vegan Food and Drink Festival promotes healthy living, eating green and highlights the best vegan eats and drinks in the MidSouth and beyond. This is the perfect event to explore the infinite possibilities.

The amazing vendors from this event specialize in a wide array of culinary genres, soul food, comfort food, African food, Indian food, Asian food, raw foods, super foods, electric foods, herbal teas, juices, smoothies, desserts, ice cream and SO much more!

You don’t want to miss this! Your taste buds are going to jump for joy!

Saturday, July 20th 2019
11AM – 7PM

Cook’s Lane 
4249 N Watkins, Memphis

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New Construction in Collierville TN! 1512 Painted Horse Pass

by Melissa Thompson

1512 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN

OPEN HOUSE Sun, 2:00PM to 4:00PM

$ Click for current price
5 BEDROOMS | 6 Baths (5 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10030448 to view more pictures of this property. Amazing Brand New 5BR(2Down),5.1BA Celtic Manor Built Home in The Stables Subdivision in the Sought After Wolf River Corridor of Collierville! Granite Galore, Gleaming White Oak Hardwood Flrs, GE Profile Stainless Steel Appliances, GE Monogram Professional Series 36"Gas Range w/6 Burners, Smooth Ceilings, Soft Close Drawers & Doors, Incognito Custom Closets, Great Rm w/Gas Log Fireplace, Architectural 30Year Asphalt Roof, Central Woodwork NeverRot PVC Energy Star 2.5 Compliant Windows & Doors!

 


1217 DERBY RUN LN, Collierville, TN

OPEN HOUSE Sun, 2:00PM to 4:00PM

$ Click for current price
5 BEDROOMS | 6 Baths (5 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10043858 to view more pictures of this property. Amazing Brand NEW 5BR(2Down) Celtic Manor Built Home in The Stables Subdivision in the Sought After Wolf River Corridor of Collierville! Granite Galore, Gleaming White Oak Hardwood Flrs, GE Profile Stainless Steel Appliances, GE Monogram Professional Series 36"Gas Range w/6Burners, Smooth Ceilings, Soft Close Drawers & Doors, Incognito Custom Closets, Great Rm w/Romantic Gas Log Fireplace, Architectural 30Year Asphalt Roof, Central Woodwork NeverRot PVC Energy Star 2.5 Compliant Windows & Doors!

 


Turning Your Garage into a Living Space

by Melissa Thompson

Do you need some more living space in your home, but don’t want to spend the money on room addition?  Well, maybe the answer is right in front of you…when you pull into your driveway.  Converting your garage into a living space is a great alternative to adding on a room to your home.  In fact, if you have a two-car garage, you can add about 600 square feet of living space. And since a garage already has a foundation, walls, and a roof,  it will cost approximately half of what you might pay for an addition. How Much Does it Cost to Renovate or Convert a Garage?

While not as expensive as a new addition, a garage conversion still should not be done cheaply.  A quality conversion might take from 4-6 weeks and will include the following:

  • - Insulating walls and ceiling
  • - Raising the floor so that insulation can be placed over the concrete slab
  • - Establishing a heating and cooling source for the space via the house’s main system or by adding an independent one
  • - Upgrading your electrical service
  • - Possibly creating a partition in the wall between your house and garage if you are trying to design and open floorplan
  • - Replacing garage doors with fully insulated stud walls
  • - Adding windows and doors

Before deciding to convert your garage into a living space, consider what you will be losing. You will no longer have a place to park your vehicles indoors to be protected from the elements.  You will also be sacrificing storage space for things like landscaping tools, lawn mowers, bicycles, and outdoor gear.  If you feel that having more living space in your home outweighs your need for indoor parking and storage, then converting your garage is a good option for you!

Another thing to consider is that there will be zoning and legal issues to contend with.  A garage goes through a major legal transformation when it becomes a living space.  That means there will be requirements for the room that did not exist when it was simply a space to house vehicles.  There will be permits involved for the changes you want to make. Construction Code Enforcement in Memphis

If you ultimately decide that converting your garage is the best way to add more space to your home, be sure to get estimates from several reputable contractors and find one that shares your vision for your new room.  Check out these Garage Conversions for some great ideas!

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: Independence Day 2019

by Melissa Thompson


Central Gardens 4th of July Parade

1400 block of Carr Ave. between Rozelle and Willett
10 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly

Join in a 30-plus year tradition of celebrating America in Midtown during the Central Gardens 4th of July parade. To be considered for the costume contest (for kids, pets, or vehicles) gather at the corner of Rozelle and Carr at 9 a.m. There will be hotdogs, popcorn, sno-cones and drinks for all.
 

Southaven July 4th Fireworks Celebration*
Snowden Grove Amphitheater
9 p.m., free

Head just across the state line to Southaven, Mississippi for the annual Independence Day celebration. Guests are welcome to bring picnics and coolers.
 

Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza*
Municipal Park
5 p.m.- 10:30 p.m., free

Head out to Municipal Park for your Germantown Fourth of July experience. Starting at 5 p.m., there will be moon bounces, games, live music and food trucks. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.
 

Graceland’s All-American July 4th Getaway
July 4 - 7, Tickets $25 for individual concert to $500 VIP package

Fourth of July fun for all ages, featuring Elvis, rock ‘n’ roll, fireworks, BBQ, movies and NASCAR.
 

20th Annual Celebrate Your Independence Fireworks & Festival*
Olive Branch City Park
6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., free

The annual Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration is a picnic-friendly party with fireworks at 9:15 p.m, plus live music from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., food, vendors, and a Kids Zone. Gates open 4 p.m. Arrive early, as the park has limited capacity.
 

Hernando Independence Day Fireworks*
Hernando Civic Center
6 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly

Head to Hernando Civic Center ball fields with your blankets and chairs for an evening of live music and fireworks after dark.
 

Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular*
Mud Island River Park
6 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly

Mud Island River Park will host a fireworks spectacular with free kids games and rides, live music, food, drinks and activities. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9.15 p.m.. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics. 

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Creating an Outdoor Environment You Will Enjoy

by Melissa Thompson


During the summer, many people spend time outdoors to savor the warm weather.  Unfortunately, there are some not-so-pleasant aspects of spending time outside this time of year as well.  Bugs, rain, and hot, humid days can make you want to stay indoors.  The following tips will help make the time you spend outside more comfortable:

  1. BUGS.  Yuck.  Whether you are hosting an alfresco dinner party or just simply trying to relax with a good book on your deck, nothing will send you running back inside faster than nasty, annoying bugs.  If mosquitoes are a problem in your area, dealing with them is imperative if you want to be able to enjoy the outdoors.  Screening in a porch is an ideal way to be able to feel like you are outside without all the awful bug bites.  Other ways to keep insects away:
  • Do not keep any standing water on your property.  Even a single forgotten flowerpot full of rainwater can become a mosquito breeding ground.
  • Make water features running rather than standing, or treat them with Mosquito Dunks
  • Install ceiling fans on porches - flies and mosquitoes do not like moving air.
     
  1. USE OUTDOOR FABRICS IN EXPOSED AREAS.  If your porch is covered, you may be able to get away with using more delicate furniture and cushions not specifically made for outdoor use.  But if your seating area is exposed to the elements, you will want to invest in fabrics and furniture made for outside use.  They will likely be more expensive, but they won’t fade in the sun, will resist stains and are water resistant.  The cushions are stuffed with material that sheds water easily so that they won’t stay waterlogged if they get wet.
     
  2. UTILIZE A STORAGE BENCH.  While outdoor cushions are designed to stand up to repeated soakings, they will still be wet for a while directly after a rainstorm.  You can avoid having to sit on damp cushions by keeping them in a covered storage bench when you know there is a chance of rain.  If they won’t fit in a storage bench, lean your larger cushions against the wall of the house.  Do the same with any lightweight folding chairs.
     
  3. MASK SOUNDS WITH RUNNING WATER.  If noise is an issue that prevents you from indulging in a peaceful outdoor experience, try using a water feature to drown out the distraction.  Water is a great way to gently camouflage sounds from close neighbors.  Try installing a fountain near your seating area for a more tranquil atmosphere. How to Install a Garden Fountain
     
  4. MUSIC. If the water feature doesn’t appeal to you, soft music playing in the background can be just as effective at masking sounds.  With wireless speakers, you don’t even need an outlet to play your music.
     
  5. SHADE.  Even when you are craving the warmth of the sun, sitting outside without any shade on a hot, sunny day will send you running for the AC before too long.  There are a lot of options for adding shade to your yard. Try freestanding umbrellas, a cloth overhang, lattices, a shade tree, or a pergola.
     
  6. PUT TOGETHER AN OUTDOOR DINING KIT.  Dining alfresco will be easier if you have a kit ready and waiting.  Put your frequently used outdoor items in a basket or on a big tray with handles so you can just grab it and go.  Here are some things to include:
  • Unbreakable wineglasses and plates
  • A carafe for water, wine or tea
  • Big napkins
  • Candles and matches or a lighter
  • A wicker or mesh dome-shaped cover to keep flies off the food
  • Unbreakable outdoor serving pieces
  • A bottle opener
     
  1. HAVE BLANKETS FOR CHILLY EVENINGS. Keep some blankets nearby.  Old wool camp-style blankets, lightweight kantha quilts, or fringed throws work well.  Your guests will thank you on chilly evenings in the garden!
     
  2. HAVE ADEQUATE NIGHTTIME LIGHTING.  Your outdoor space will really come alive at night with outdoor lighting. Try placing lighting under a bench seat for subtle illumination, make a ring of lanterns on the grass around your dining table or hang strings of lights overhead.  Landscape lighting will add to the ambiance as well.

If you’re looking for a house with a beautiful space for outdoor enjoyment, let Melissa Thompson help you find the right home for you and your family!  Call her today at 901-756-8900!

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5415 SOUTHERN WINDS DR, Arlington, TN

OPEN HOUSE Sun, 2:00PM to 4:00PM

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10055563 to view more pictures of this property. Beautiful Home in Sought After Chapel Ridge Subdivision! This Amazing Home Features Spacious Living Areas to Include Impressive Formal Dining Room, 4 Large Bedrooms (1 down/3 up), Eat-In Kitchen, Appliances, Gas Log Fireplace, Crown Molding, Neutral Colors, Part Hardwood Floors and Part Carpet, 3.5 Bathrooms, Fabulous Bonus Room with Mini Kitchen Area/Wet Bar, Large attics, Lots of Built-Ins and Storage Space, 3 Car Side-Load Garage, Large Fenced Backyard with Patio and more. Arlington Schools.

 

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901-729-9526
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License #: 231600

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