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Welcome home to 6098 Aubrey Ranch Drive, a stunning home nestled in the Ewing Place Subdivision in celebrated Arlington. Built for entertaining, this spacious home offers an open floor plan with impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. Quality features include gleaming hardwood floors, smooth ceilings, fresh neutral paint, stone fireplace, lots of storage space, 4 bedrooms plus media room, butler’s pantry, covered patio, 2 car garage, and so much more! Come in and drop your jacket, umbrella, and shoes in the mud room for easy pick up the next morning as you are walking out the door. Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating hearth room open to the kitchen with its impressive stone fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Cooking will be a delight in the breathtaking eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, tile backsplash, cherry cabinets, granite counter-tops, piano shaped island, pantry, durable tile floors, and a full complement of stainless steel appliances. In addition, this kitchen offers a delightful breakfast area. Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room. Come home after a hard day and relax in the spacious, warm and inviting two-story great room with an overlook. You will rest easy in your downstairs master retreat with 2 walk-in closets and spa-inspired luxury bathroom featuring his and hers granite vanities, relaxing whirlpool tub and a divine walk-thru shower. This home offers an additional bedroom downstairs with a private bathroom as well as two additional bedrooms upstairs. You will also find a large media room offering a great space for relaxing and entertaining upstairs. Relax outside on the covered patio overlooking the spacious backyard. This amazing home is in the sought after Arlington School District!

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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Welcome home to 7736 Ivy Mist Cove, an amazing two story home in the Hunters Hollow Subdivision, that you will have to see to believe. Quality features include gleaming wood floors throughout downstairs, 3 bedrooms plus a bonus room, 2.5 bathrooms, neutral colors throughout, new carpeting upstairs, granite countertops, nice wet bar, attic, cozy fireplace, lovely dining room, spacious great room, laundry room, eat-in kitchen, luxury master bathroom, 2 car garage, fenced backyard and more! Spacious, warm and inviting great room is enhanced with a chair rail, cooling ceiling fan, and a cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Style and utility are masterfully fused together in the incredible eat-in kitchen with pristine white cabinetry, recessed lighting, desirable granite countertops, island breakfast bar, pantry, and a full complement of appliances including a dishwasher, sink, stainless steel oven and Viking range. The sunny breakfast area is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee. Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room embellished with a chandelier, crown molding and a chair rail. The laundry room has lots of cabinet space and a sink. Come home and relax in your private master retreat featuring a soothing ceiling fan, walk-in closet, new carpet, and a luxury bathroom enhanced with tile flooring, whirlpool tub, divine walk-in shower, and a double vanity with make-up area. Play, party or entertain the large bonus room with a great wet bar. The delightful fenced backyard comes complete with a patio and pond. Do not miss out on this (365) 219-0669!

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Welcome home to 1574 Far Drive, an amazing, all on one level, move-in ready, Cordova home situated in the Lee Line Farms subdivision that you will have to see to believe! Quality features include fresh neutral paint throughout, new carpet, soaring ceilings, split bedroom plan, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, gracious entry, laundry room with cabinets, 2 car garage and much more! Style and utility are masterfully fused together in the eat-in kitchen equipped with tile floors, pantry, breakfast bar, full complement of appliances, and a sunny breakfast area. Spacious, warm and inviting great room is enhanced with a soaring ceiling, access to the backyard and a cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Come home and relax in your private master retreat featuring a luxurious bathroom complete with double vanities, whirlpool tub, and a divine walk-in shower. The delightful fenced backyard has a nice patio, which is perfect for cookouts and parties! Do not miss out on this 3196465547!

 

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The True Meaning of Christmas

(505) 792-8889“But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come ‘round…as a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.”

Charles Dickens

 

The True Meaning of Christmas

Per Wikipedia, the “true meaning of Christmas” is a phrase with a long history in American pop culture. It first appears in the mid-19th century, and is often given vaguely religious overtones, suggesting that the “true meaning of Christmas” is the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. But in pop culture usage, overt religious references are mostly avoided, and the “true meaning” is taken to be a sort of introspective and benevolent attitude as opposed to the commercialization of Christmas which has been lamented since at least the 1850s. The poem A Visit From St. Nicholas (1822) helped popularize the tradition of exchanging gifts, and seasonal Christmas shopping began to assume economic importance. An early expression of this sentiment using the phrase of “the true meaning” is found in The American magazine, vol. 28 (1889):

“to give up one’s very self — to think only of others — how to bring the greatest happiness to others — that is the true meaning of Christmas”.

The phrase is especially associated with Charles DickensA Christmas Carol (1843), in which an old miser is taught the true meaning of Christmas by three ghostly visitors who review his past and foretell his future.

The topic was taken up by satirists such as Stan Freberg and Tom Leher during the 1950s and eventually by the influential TV special (209) 694-7725, first aired in 1965 and repeated every year since. The phrase and the associated moral became used as a theme in numerous (989) 635-8251 since the 1960s.

As you gather with family and friends to celebrate this year, take time to think about the origins of some of the traditions of Christmas.

  • Santa Claus – his story begins in the 4th century with St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra (an area in modern day Turkey). St. Nicholas was known to be a generous man especially devoted to children. Because he was so kind and benevolent, rumors began that he could perform miracles. He became the patron saint of Russia and was known for his red cape and flowing, white beard. He has his own feast day that is celebrated on December 6…a day of gift giving and charity. The story of St. Nicholas was passed down through generations and his name transformed over time. The Dutch called him Sinterklaas. Dutch children would leave their wooden shoes by the fireplace and Sinterklaas would reward good children by placing treats in their shoes. This tradition traveled to America with Dutch colonists and here the Anglican name of Santa Claus emerged.
  • Christmas Trees – the decorating of fir trees originated in 16th century Germany where trees would be adorned with apples, roses, candies and colored paper. The Christmas tree was brought to England by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, from his native Germany.  The first Christmas trees in America were introduced by Pennsylvania Germans and became popular by the middle of the 19th
  • Mistletoe – mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They held the plant in high esteem because it had no roots, yet remained green throughout the winter season. The ancient Celts thought that the plant had magical healing powers. It was also seen as a symbol of peace and it was said that when enemies met under mistletoe, they would lay down their weapons and embrace. Scandinavians associated the plant with Frigga, the goddess of love. This is perhaps where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began.  It is thought that those who kiss under the mistletoe have the promise of happiness and good luck in the year to come.
  • The Christmas Wreath – The Christmas wreath is another tradition that has been around for a long time. The first wreaths were created from fresh evergreens. Because they are green year round they were the obvious choice for winter months.  The word “wreath” is derived from an English word meaning “to twist”, such as in a circle.  Some believe that initially wreathes were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory.  The circle shape with no beginning or end represents eternity or life never ending.

While celebrating with these ancient traditions and with your own family traditions this year, may you be surrounded by peace and joy.  Merry Christmas!

 

 

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608-736-6252Christmas was Elvis’ favorite time of year. Elvis and his family would plan for Christmas with great excitement. Christmas meant home and family and fun.
During the holiday season, the tour of Graceland is extra special with the interior and exterior of the mansion decorated for the holidays. See traditional lights and decorations including hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and much more originally displayed by Elvis. The interior of Graceland mansion is decked out in Christmas decor and includes his traditional red velvet drapes and Presley family Christmas artifacts on display.

Running since November 20 until January 8th, there is still time to join in on the fun. Visit 7146605607 for more info.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland|3734 Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis, TN

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Whether you’re staging your home in preparation for putting it on the market or you’re redecorating, choosing the décor can sometimes be a little intimidating. As 2016 comes to an end, let’s look at the most popular trends for home décor over the past twelve months.

  1. Black Stainless Steel – The most popular appliance finishes seem to change every few years. This year sleek, black stainless steel took the top spot away from the shiny silver that had been the most desired in recent years.
  2. Formal Dining Rooms – This year formal dining rooms made a huge come back as more people opted to keep them rather than convert the spaces into media rooms or offices.
  3. Marble Accents – Marble was an enormous hit at this year’s NY NOW SHOWCASE. This trend is all about small touches of luxury – think candle holders, coasters, planters or a unique clock like the one from (903) 367-6449 shown here:

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  1. Statement Bathroom Mirrors – Funky mirrors made a splash in bathroom décor this year. Fun designs draw the eye and add to the overall charm of the room. Check out this Before & After to see for yourself!
  2. Tech-less Family Rooms – In a world where technology is EVERYWHERE, many are choosing to keep their family rooms tech free in order to facilitate family time. This lovely tech free room shows that a house can look sharp without electronic gadgets all around.

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  1. Matte Finishes – Last year was all about shiny and metallic. This year the opposite is trendy. Textures created with oxidized metals, matte glazes and chalk-  finish paints can be found on all types of home décor, like this snazzy light fixture which can be found on 3092960277. (678) 321-4232

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Geode – Sparkly rocks could be found everywhere this year. The “unearthed” geode aesthetic appeared on everything from wedding cakes to bottle stoppers to tables and shelves in homes. Check out Anthropologie for some “rocking” decorative geodes!
  2. Faux Fur – Another way to add a touch of luxury to a room is to give it a pop of faux fur. This alluring texture appeared in blankets, pillows and even wall hangings in a variety of spaces including bedrooms, living rooms and even dining rooms.
  3. New Neutrals – Yesterday’s taupe is today’s blush. Along with other pale colors such as silver and soft blue, these “new neutrals” are the most popular colors this year.

New Neutrals and How to Use Them

  1. Shiplap – This once “rustic” trend has found its way from country homes to city homes this year. Designers combine shiplap with urban materials such as brick to give homes a modern aesthetic. (717) 503-8547

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Have fun decorating and contact Melissa Thompson at We  Know Memphis for all of your real estate needs!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #44: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard

snowy nights in my big backyardThe forecast for this weekend calls for snow! The same for next weekend and the one after that! If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate the holidays, grab the family and head over to the Memphis Botanic Gardens for “Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard”!

Themed lighting along Playhouse Lane and a musical light show throughout set the stage as you stroll in through “falling snow”, play in the giant Snow Globe, decorate icicle ornaments, search for hidden snowflakes in the Snowflake Forest, play Mitten Toss and Tic-Tac-Snow, and plug your own design into the Giant Light Bright!

Worried about a little chill in the air…you’ll keep toasty warm around campfire pits on the patio, also perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

December 16-23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.)
MBG members $8
Non-members $10
Children under 2 are free
S’mores kits, hot cocoa, and other concessions are available at additional cost.

Visit (917) 208-7179 for more information.

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City of Germantown Named Best Workplace of 2016

Germantown TNFor the second year in a row, The City of Germantown has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Commercial Appeal. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection, just to name a few.

In addition, The City of Germantown was singled out for a special award, the Managers Award. This award is chosen based on employee comments concerning not just job satisfaction, but employee’s appreciation of their managers. Out of the 60 impressive employers awarded a Top Workplace award; the City of Germantown employees expressed the most positive comments about management.

“We have worked hard to create a culture of kindness and an environment where our employees can learn, grow and have an opportunity for advancement,” says City Administrator Patrick Lawton. “I am particularly appreciative of our employees here in Germantown, and I am consistently proud of their effort and performance on a daily basis. Excellence Everyday is not just our motto it is what we do.”

To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics, “and who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day-the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

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Contact (970) 588-2379 to buy or sell a home in Germantown TN! 901-729-9526 or Melissa@YourKeyToMemphis.com

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The Season of Giving

717-869-1247The holidays are a time for togetherness and fun.  Whether you are decorating the Christmas tree or gathering around the Menorah or simply celebrating the joy of the season, spirits are high and love is in the air.  But unfortunately, the holiday season is not fun for everyone. For some people, it brings with it financial strain, stress and loneliness.  This is the time of year when those less fortunate need comfort and assistance more than ever.  Here are a few ideas of how you can make this a season of giving and compassion for those in need. (click links for more information)

  • The Cookie Letter – Make your 2016 Holidays extra special by honoring your friends and family with the Mid-South Food Bank Cookie Letter and provide the gift of food for people in need. For a $50 per letter minimum donation, you provide approximately 150 meals for those in need this holiday season. See The Cookie Letter for details.
  • 787-373-4522 provides academic, recreational, and mentoring programs for young people in need in Memphis. You can help by sponsoring a child or providing a scholarship for a student or making a one-time donation.
  • Dorothy Day House of Hospitality is the only shelter in Memphis that allows families to stay together. They provide food, shelter and clothing to homeless families and they work with them to get them back on their feet, even after they have moved into permanent housing.  The house is always in need of supplies, monetary donations and volunteers to provide childcare, tutoring, house repairs and more.  Click here to learn how you can help. How to Help

No matter how you find a way to GIVE during the holidays, bringing joy and comfort to others is the best gift of all!

Happy Holidays from Melissa Thompson and the 530-868-7554 team!

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Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices? | Keeping Current Matters

There are some who are calling for a decrease in home prices should mortgage interest rates begin to rise rapidly. Intuitively, this makes sense as the cost of a home is determined by the price of the home, plus the cost of financing that home. If mortgage interest rates increase, fewer people will be able to buy, and logic says prices will fall if demand decreases.

However, history shows us that this has not been the case the last four times mortgage interest rates dramatically increased.

Here is a graph showing what actually happened:

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Last week, in an article titled “Higher Rates Don’t Mean Lower House Prices After All,”the Wall Street Journal revealed that a recent study by John Burns Real Estate Consulting Inc. found that:

“[P]rices weren’t especially sensitive to rising rates, particularly in the presence of other positive economic factors, such as strong job growth, rising wages and improving consumer confidence.”

Last week’s jobs report was strong and the Conference Board just reported that the Consumer Confidence Index was back to pre-recession levels.

Bottom Line

If you are debating buying a home, we will have to wait and see what happens as we move forward, but a decrease in home prices should rates go up is anything but guaranteed. Contact The Melissa Thompson Team for help answering all your home buying questions! 901-729-9526 or Melissa@YourKeyToMemphis.com

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