15 Reasons to Love Memphis!

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101 Things to Do in Memphis #37: Time to Register for the St Jude Marathon & Half Marathon

Make lasting memories with friends and family by running (or walking) and helping St. #37Jude provide the resources needed to help kids with cancer and other deadly diseases and their families continue to build their own lasting memories. Spots are still available for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on December 6th, 2014. 

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is more than just a race. It’s an experience that lasts the whole weekend. Come to run but stay for the fun, music and all that Memphis has to offer! Kick off the weekend festivities at the Expo where you can browse nearly 100 exhibitors for the latest in race merchandise, racing events and more.

Looking to participate in the race? Run through a piece of American history. You’ll pass the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street and Sun Studio and run through the St. Jude campus. There are a number of great race options to fit your pace.
Marathon                                                                Marathon Relay
Classic Level St. Jude Hero – $125                          $60 per runner (5 runners per team)
Non-fundraiser entry – $160

Half Marathon                                                       St. Jude Memphis 5K
Sold Out                                                                        Classic Level St. Jude Hero $45                                                                                                             Non-fundraiser entry – $55

Family Fun Run & Kids Marathon
$20 per person
All children must be accompanied by an adult, so a minimum of two participants must register (one adult and one child).

Looking for other ways to get involved? Get on the good foot — before, during or after the race. There are a variety of ways to volunteer and there’s more than one way to give, consider becoming a sponsor!

Through the generous support of fundraisers and their donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Please join this great cause and help make a difference in the life of a sick child and their family!

Learn more about the event weekend details and activities! St. Jude Marathon

Contact St. Jude at marathon@stjude.org or call (800) 565-5112 with any questions.

Photo Credit: St. Jude

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Memphis Real Estate Market Report – October 2014

Memphis and Shelby County home sales were up 10% in October with 1,479 sales compared to 1,343 last October. Average sales prices were down 3% to $139,091 compared to $143,784 last October.

Year-to-date home sales in the county were down 3%. Average sales prices were up 6% and total revenue was up 3% from the same period last year.

20 of 33 zip codes in the county had an increase in overall activity for the month. 21 zip codes had an increase in average sales price. Every municipality in the county had an increase in home sales except Germantown where sales were down 6% from last year. Arlington, Bartlett, Millington and the City of Memphis saw increases of more than 10% in sales activity in October.

Cordova had the most home sales in the 38018 zip code with 125 recorded – up 21% from last year. Homes over $500,000 were down 26% this October with 31 recorded for the month compared to 42 last October. Now is still a good time to put your home on the market.

Also, if you are interested in selling your home or are interested in buying a home; please feel free to contact me at 901-230-2610 or 901-756-8900. You can email me at Melissa@YourKeytoMemphis.com. Be sure to visit www.YourKeytoMemphis.com for all of your real estate needs.


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Bartlett TN Home For Sale: 4371 High Plains Road Bartlett TN 38135

If you looking for a whole lot of elbow room look no further than 4371 High Plains Road! Situated on a beautiful landscaped .46 acre lot in a wonderful Bartlett TN neighborhood this traditional home offers plenty of room to live, work and play!  Desirable features include gleaming hardwood floors, tiled floors, trey ceilings, ceiling fans, tiled baths, sprinkler system, security system, 2 attics, 2 offices, 3 car garage and more! Spacious, warm and inviting great room is the perfect place for the family to gather and relax by the toasty gas log fireplace. A gourmet kitchen that is sure to whet your appetite with tiled floors, walk-in pantry, island, lots of cabinet space, decorative tiled backsplash, stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, double oven, refrigerator and smooth cook-top complete with a sunny breakfast area overlooking the backyard. A dreamy main level master retreat boasts a walk-in closet, sitting area and a spa-inspired bath with an elongated double sink vanity, large soaking tub, tiled floors and a divine walk-in shower. A private main level office offers a quiet place to work from home. The additional bedrooms have walk in closets ceiling fans, carpet and share a tiled bath with double sinks, tub/shower combination, brushed nickel faucets and lighting. A notably large fifth bedroom plus a bonus room offers great flex space for rest and relaxation. The backyard backs up to the greenbelt and features a nice patio, which is great for cookouts and parties. Make your appointment today to see this 5 bedroom 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.


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4 Reasons to Buy Before Winter

4 Reasons to Buy Before Winter | Keeping Current Matters

It’s that time of year, the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 11.2% (most pessimistic) and 27.8% (most optimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home. 

3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage

As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise. But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait? Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

Bottom Line

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.


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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy Veteran's Day! | Keeping Current Matters

Thank you for your service!


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #36: Special Holiday Season Events

xmasStory-300x169Time to plan out your winter holidays!  I’m including both November and December special events in this post, so you can plan ahead.  Below are the events that require tickets or advance registration.  Don’t miss out!


Schoolhouse Rock Live
Friday November 14 at 6:30pm (also pre-show activities)
The Orpheum
Students and families will be rocking out at The Orpheum as Childsplay brings the hit 1970s and ‘80s cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock” to life.

Doll Tea Party
Saturday November 15 at 2pm
Germantown Community Library
Age: 5 to 12 years.  Dolls and their accompanying youngsters are cordially invited to an afternoon tea party at the Germantown Library. Guests will enjoy a delightful afternoon of stories, games and refreshments. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and begins on Saturday, November 8, call 901-757-7323

Campfire Party
Friday November 21 from 6-8pm
Memphis Botanic Garden
Join us for a cozy campfire and evening activities for the kids.  Go on a nocturnal adventure and enjoy making your own s’mores in My Big Backyard.  Hot dogs, s’mores, and cider will be provided. Space is limited, reservations required.  MBG members $8/non-members $12. Call 901-636-4131 or reserve online.

Nut ReMix
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
November 21 – 23
New Ballet Ensemble & Schools presents a bigger than ever holiday favorite with special guests Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Maxx Reed.

Peter Pan
November 21 – January 4
Playhouse on the Square
After several years away, the boy who won’t grow up is flying back to Memphis stage! Wendy, John and Michael Darling’s world is turned upside down when Peter Pan swoops into their nursery. He leads them to Neverland where they encounter the cunning and evil Captain Hook, villainous pirates, a crafty crocodile and the sprightly fairy Tinker Bell. Featuring classic songs such as “I Gotta Crow”, “Neverland”, and “I’m Flying”. Peter Pan promises to touch, inspire, dazzle and charm all generations.

A Christmas Story, The Musical
November 25 – 30
The Orpheum
A Christmas Story is a bright, buoyant Broadway retelling of the 1983 holiday perennial, a cherished and much-repeated family film during the Christmas season. All of the movie’s best-loved moments are in the production, including the Old Man’s leg-shaped lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole scene, the bunny suit, the Santa slide and all of Ralphie’s extravagant daydreams. The show is a big Broadway musical, complete with dazzling dance numbers, gorgeous sets and an incredibly talented cast of youngsters who play Ralphie and his classmates.

A Christmas Carol
December 5 – 23
Theatre Memphis
Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is approached by the ghostly vision of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of an upcoming spiritual journey.  An eye-opening exploration leads to happiness and enlightenment, not to mention song, dance and holiday cheer.

Breakfast with Santa
December 6
Memphis Botanic Garden
Guests sit down to a warm breakfast provided by Whole Foods and, of course, visit with their favorite jolly old elf!  This year’s event will feature visits from the Ice Princesses as well as snowflake ballerinas from Children’s Ballet Theater.  Seatings at 9:15am & 10:30am.  Tickets online or call 901-636-4131

Holiday Swing
December 5 at 6pm
Germantown Performing Arts Center
Swing into the holidays big band style with Jeremy Shrader and the New Memphis Hepcats. This toe tapping PBJ is sure to be festive and bright with all your favorite holiday tunes and other classic favorites. Cookies and milk will be served immediately following.

So You Think You Can Dance
Sunday December 7 at 8pm
The Orpheum
Celebrating its momentous 11th season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Top 10 finalists will make their way to Memphis, as part of the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR 2014.

Twelfth Night
December 11 – 21
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
William Shakespeare’s charming 1601 comedy is a topsy-turvy world of cross-dressing lovers, yellow cross-garters, and crossed identities.  Inspired by the final days of Christmas, the winter solstice, and the Festival of Light, TSC celebrates the joy of the season with this uproarious music hall production. Between beautiful songs, high comedy, and delicate poetry, love redeems all.  Free Will Kids’ Nights are December 11 and 18: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian.  The Preview performance is December 11 at 7:00 pm.  Seating is general admission.

A Lifetime of Christmas: A Music Cabaret
December 12-14 & 19-21  (pay what you can performance 12/18)
Kroc Center
Join us for this family friendly production as we take a musical journey through a lifetime of your favorite Christmas memories! We will begin by looking at the holidays through the eyes of a child and follow them through the years as we rekindle some of your own favorite holiday memories. Come join us this Christmas as we remember our past Christmas memories and create fond new memories as we travel into the New Year!
Join us an hour before the production in the lobby for show themed crafts!

Ballet Memphis Nutcracker
December 12-14
The Orpheum
Adored by The New York Times for its “vivid episodes” and dancers who are “refined..radiant…and accomplished,” and cherished by audiences from Atlanta, Ga., to Spokane, Wash., Ballet Memphis’ Nutcracker lifts everyone into the holiday spirit. Our largest theatre production features more than 100 local children and professional dancers, a live orchestra, sets from the English National Ballet and more than 300 costumes. Plus a live children’s chorus, photo ops with the cast after the performance and more.
***50% off tickets purchased by 11/2 – info here.

Santa’s Village
Saturday December 13 & 20 from 5-6:30pm
Kroc Center
Santa and his friends from the North Pole are visiting Stage Door Productions this Christmas. Join us at the Kroc Center of Memphis for Christmas crafts, treats, and so much more. Take your time exploring Santa’s Village where Santa’s elves will help you create your own take home treat for Rudolf and his reindeer friends, or spend some time caroling with one of Santa’s closest friends Elsa from Frozen while sipping on hot chocolate, then last but not least you can tell Santa your very own Christmas list after your turn on the Naughty or Nice Meter!

Holiday Concert
Germantown Performing Arts Center
A long standing Germantown tradition is the annual Holiday Concert. This sellout event is sure to help you celebrate the holidays with great music and a real sense of community. Bring the whole family and celebrate the season in style.

Roudnev Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Buckman Performing Arts Center
December 13 & 14
The timeless tale of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker comes to life with Buckman’s resident dancers, under the direction of Dmitri Roudnev.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Brooks Museum of Art
December 14
Join us for our Gingerbread House Workshop on Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm. Families or friends will work together to decorate a gingerbread house using candy, icing, and other festive treats. Maximum number of four workshop attendees per house. Come early, or stick around afterwards for our Holiday Pajama Party, which runs from 11 am to 5:30 pm. This workshop is an annual sell-out, so register now!  $44 / $32 Brooks members (up to four people per ticket)

Madonna Learning Center : “A Memphis Christmas” 
Germantown Performing Arts Center
December 16 & 17
Madonna Learning Center (MDL) will present their Annual Christmas Play at GPAC. This student performance is a very moving event for both the audience and the MDL students. The event is Free.

A Christmas Carol
Friday December 19 at 8pm
Bartlett Performing Arts Center
Following a tradition begun by Charles Dickens himself, award-winning British-born actor Jeremy Webb’s one-man, warm and funny version of this Christmas classic captures the very essence of the holiday spirit! Webb plays – and owns – all 30 roles, changing characters in the blink of an eye, from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Tiny Tim to the miserly and ultimately transformed Ebenezer Scrooge. Often hilarious and sometimes spooky, the fully staged production from Halifax, Nova Scotia also incorporates larger than life puppets portraying the ghosts in a traditional re-telling of the mysterious heartwarming tale about redemption and charity.

Cookies with Santa
Whimsey Cookie Company
December 20 & 22
Chef hat, apron & cookie decorating, Charlie Brown Christmas, hot cocoa, Santa & Mrs. Claus.  Ages 5 and up, reservations required.

Home for the Holidays Pops Concert
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
December 20
Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Brunch with Santa
Majestic Grille
December 20
Enjoy holiday movies and cartoons on the Majestic Screen.  Special appearances by North Pole Elves, Rockey the Redbird, Grizz of the Memphis Grizzlies & the Jolly ol’ Elf himself!  Santa will visit every table.  Please note, due to costume restrictions, Grizz and Rockey may not be present for the entire event and may not be able to visit every table.  Reservations required.

Children’s Ballet Theater Nutcracker
Germantown Performing Arts Center
December 21 at 2:30pm
This gorgeous Nutcracker production, directed by Mary Van Dyke Roudnev, features professional and youth performers and beautiful costumes in a family-friendly length version of this fairy tale classic!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze 
December 26 & 27
The Orpheum
it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one. From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News

Professional Rodeo
December 27
Agricenter Show Place Arena
Always a sellout, the 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Professional Rodeo at Agricenter Show Place Arena will be fun for all ages. The rodeo features top performers from around the country competing in events such as Bull Riding, Bareback Bronco Riding, Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing.

Liberty Bowl
Monday December 29
Liberty Bowl Stadium at 1pm

By East Memphis Moms. www.eastmemphismoms.com

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Bartlett Place Townhome For Sale 5962 Austin Cove Bartlett TN 38134

Welcome home to 5962 Austin Cove situated in the sought after Bartlett Place Townhomes subdivision. Wonderful well maintained townhome features hardwood floors, tiled floors, neutral colors and new carpet is being installed. Kick back and relax in the spacious 2-Story great room with loft overlook, wet bar and a toasty floor to ceiling masonry fireplace. Nice eat-in kitchen features an abundance of cabinets, range, microwave, dishwasher and tiled floor. Retreat to the main level master suite with plush carpet, walk-in closet, soothing ceiling fan plus a pampering bath with double vanity and a bubbly whirlpool tub/shower combination! Unique secondary bedrooms share a lovely tiled bath. Pack all you treasures as the two car garage plus a storage room are ready to be filled. Make your appointment 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.

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Memphis TN Home For Sale:47 Viking Drive Cordova TN 38018

Memphis TN Home For Sale: 47 Viking Drive Cordova TN 38018
MLS# 9939619

Enjoy lake views from this renewed Memphis TN home for sale in the desirable Walnut Grove Lake Subdivision. Gleaming hardwood floors, tiled floors, updated baths, new windows, walk-in closets, built-in’s, crown molding, wainscoting and an open floor plan are just a few of the perks 47 Viking Drive offers! The formal living and dining room with big window views is sure to impress. Awesome great room with an abundance of natural lighting and a toasty stone fireplace will be a favorite place to gather.  A gorgeous designer kitchen is sure to whet your appetite equipped with quartz countertops, double oven, smooth cooktop, dishwasher, tons of cabinet space, recessed lighting and a breakfast bar all open to the great room for delightful entertaining.  Three main level bedrooms include a master suite with private bath. An additional master suite offers walk-in closets, sitting area and a luxurious bath with double sinks, separate shower plus a relaxing tub. An upper level bonus room offers the perfect place to play or party! A serene fenced backyard with a screened porch is a peaceful place to relax at days end.  Stroll down to the lake or play in the park there is something for everyone in Walnut Grove Lake. Don’t miss the opportunity to retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, simply by coming home! Make your appointment today to see 47 Viking Drive!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.
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What you need to know before buying or selling Memphis TN Real Estate!

The Internet has made researching real estate easy for anyone who knows how to surf online. Whether researching real estate to sell homes or to find their next big investment, many property owners and home buyers think they’ll save a lot of money by doing all the work themselves.1479676_blog

However, statistics show that you’re more likely to sell your property quicker or find your dream house faster when you work with a professional Memphis TN real estate agent. Working with a Realtor provides you with an expanded housing database, years of property-purchasing knowledge and valuable contacts for everything from inspections to loans. Learn more about working with a Realtor and representation!

Don’t endure the frustration of marching through the real estate maze alone. With the right Realtor by your side, you’ll experience less stress, get what you want faster and                                                             save money in the long run.

Call The Melissa Thompson Team today, 901-756-8900, and discover the difference we can make during your family’s next move.

Visit Your Key to Memphis to learn more about buying and selling Memphis TN Real Estate!

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