Volume 14, Issue 7 / August 2012
Landscaping can make or break curb appeal for homebuyers Homebuyers love an inviting home even before they see the interior. Home sellers can take some easy steps to turn a drive-by or Internet photo of their home into a showing appointment. • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Purchase a seasonal wreath for your front door. Place a pair of planters on the front porch that match the style of your home. Don’t put silk flowers or plants into any exterior landscape. Clean up any tree branches, leaves, trash, and pet droppings in front and rear yards. Spread decorative bar mulch over flowerbeds and around tree bases for a manicured and professional look. Edge sidewalks and driveways, irrigate and mow lawns, and prune shrubs and trees. Well-maintained homes attract buyers. House numbers should be easily visible from the street. Make sure they’re lit at night. Limit yard ornaments to a favored few. Excess ornaments can make yards look busy and buyers might want them included in a purchase contract. Make sure your barbecue grill is clean and operational, especially if you plan to leave it. Clear gutters of debris and make sure there are no weeds growing in them. Look for clogged and dented downspouts. Place splash pads or gutter extensions to move rainwater away from the foundation, a typical home inspector complaint. Trim trees and shrubs back around air-conditioning condensing units. Take a good look from the street or road at the front of your home. Look for shrubs that are over grown or dead and remove and replace
53 Sandalwood Drive, Columbia, MS www.53SandalwoodDrive.info
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with shrubs that are to scale with your home. Small inexpensive bushes send the wrong message. Add annual flowers in home foundation beds. Select one or two colors to create visual uniformity. White and purple are a good choice to add color punch to a landscape. Paint and refresh yard lights, flagpoles, mailboxes, window boxes, fences, and trellis. Don’t forget the swing set or play equipment. Have any deferred pool maintenance performed. Keep pool water crystal clear and inviting. Lay sod or bare spot grass seed in lawn areas that need attention, near play equipment, dog runs and non-paved pathways. Unkept lawns are the number one landscape turn-offs for buyers. Replace broken bricks on terraces, cracked concrete patios and steps. Eliminate trips and falls on property showings. Have irrigation systems flushed and checked. Don’t overlook outside water spigots.
32 Sunline Drive
748 Hwy. 590
Pecan Lakes 3BD/2BA - $167,900 LUXURIOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION IN PECAN LAKES, GRANITE, CATHEDRAL CEILINGS & CYPRESS BEAMS.
Bent Creek West 4BD/2BA $247,000 ENORMOUS HOME WITH A DYNAMIC FLOOR PLAN, MINUTES FROM COMMUNITY POOL.
Seminary 5BD/3BA - $389,500 PARADISE FOUND! 12 MIN. FROM ELLISVILLE, 5 MINUTES FROM 49N AND 15-20 MIN FROM HATTIESBURG.
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Adam’s Thoughts As I write this article, I can’t help but be struck by how important it is to continually improve, giving your very best at what you do, and seeking ways to improve and grow. That’s certainly been the case for our team and for our families. Simultaneously... it occurs to me that in the midst of all this activity we can miss some very important moments to be still and rejuvenate our spirits and reflect on our blessings. (More about being still later.) Things in our real estate world have been anything but still. We find ourselves in what appears to be another market shift, though it may not seem as obvious as shifts we’ve experienced in the past. Overall sales activity has moved up from the 2011 year-over-year (nearly 8% more sales so far this year over last in the Greater Hattiesburg area according to the HAAR MLS). Interestingly, the average purchase price has been around 3% less year over year for the entire market region, and 8% less in both the Petal and Oak Grove markets and even more so in Hattiesburg. What does this trend tell us? Well for one, it tells us that people are buying houses - so far more than last year. Another thing it shows is that people are buying less expensive houses on average - or at least that the upper ranges of our market have received fewer buyers. One thing I think it tells us - that first-time home buyers and more entry-level buyers are entering the market once again. Ultimately, this trend is important, as first-time buyers buy homes from families who tend to move up. So far, we haven’t seen significant evidence of that, but it’s a logical conclusion. This increased activity, however, has not been significant enough to consume the supply of homes presently available in our core markets, where supplies often exceed 6 months or more than 12 months in some price categories. As with anything, time will tell, but we’re ready for the challenge! The All-Star Team has experienced some growing of our own. Those of you who attended our 12th Annual 4th of July celebration may have met Dennis Baum. Dennis joins our team as a Buyer Specialist, bringing extensive experience with buyer and seller representation in the Dallas metro market. The magnetic effect
of having a son, daughter-in-law, and grandson living in Hattiesburg prompted the relocation of Dennis and his wife, Dixie. He has fallen right in line with our team concept and is quickly becoming part of the “All Star Family.” It’s been impressive how well he already knows the Hattiesburg area, and how quickly he’s been able to serve several of our newest clients. Onward and upward! Welcome, Dennis! Speaking of July 4th: We always cherish the opportunity to see so many of you at this event. We hope those of you who attended enjoyed yourselves and are already planning to attend next year’s event. Our thanks go out to those who contributed to our program (many past clients and friends), as well as to our diligent team members who pitch in wherever they can. We have such a great time reconnecting with so many of you, and we made note of several regular attendees who we missed this year. So, we expect to see you all between now and July 4, 2013! Now for being still. I promised I’d get around to that. This past month I, like many of you, were shocked to hear of the
incomprehensible event that occurred in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Events such as these seem to have a way of capturing our attention and causing us to question ourselves and our society. Despite the horrific and tragic nature of these events , whether they be natural or man-made, one can’t help but pause and consider the very fragile balance of life that we experience, where a single moment or decision changes things forever. Our prayers go out to the families and community that have been devastated by these events. We pause to pray for our country and the leadership of our land. May God be merciful over this land of the free and home of the brave. In the flurry of our businesses, our activities, and our commitments, it’s certainly worth remembering to take those moments to be still. To relish those fleeting moments and create once-in-a-lifetime memories with those who are most important in the places we hold most dear. I know I need to do a better job of that and I’m quite sure that I’m not alone. In this moment...
Adam & Team
It’s unique Each home that we list has a unique feature that catches our attention. Here are a select few: en
Private Courtyard at 108 Wedgewood Trace “Beautiful fairway lot with added privacy, perfect.”
Dennis’ Choice Chandeliers at 24 Pecan Acres
“I’m transported to the Palace of Versailles every time I enter this gorgeous residence.”
The Breakfast Area at 63 Brookline Drive “I really like how the kitchen opens up to the great room and the cozy breakfast area.”
The 2 Story Shop at 65 Holly Trail
“Plenty of space to store the toys and the tools!”
Client Quote “Our house was on the market for 3.5 years. We used 3 other realtors and couldn’t sell it. Your team is what sold our house. I appreciated clear and aggressive communication. I cried when I opened her gift of the wooden box with a picture of our old house. We had been at that house for 10 years and “When something we love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure,” fitted perfect.” - Desiree’ Jackson
127 Lloyd Ladner Rd.
Lumberton 3BD/2.5BA - $224,500 CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY CONSTRUCTED VICTORIAN COUNTRY HOME, 6 ACRES WITH BASS POND, 3 BAY GARAGE/SHOP. 1 HOUR FROM NEW ORLEANS AND THE MS GULF COAST.
210 Jefferson Place
Madison Place 2BD/2BA - $105,900 MOVE IN READY! FRESHLY PAINTED WITH LAMINATE FLOORING 1ST FLOOR AND NEW CARPETING IN THE SPACIOUS BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS, EACH BEDROOM HAS ADJOINING PRIVATE BATH.
108 Wedgewood Trace
Shadow Ridge 4BD/3.5BA - $323,500 BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND GREAT ENTERTAINING HOME, CUSTOM BUILT BY LARRY JOHNSON ON GOLF COURSE, PRIVATE COURTYARD AND EXTERIOR STORAGE BUILDING/SHOP.
38 Acadian Circle
Canebrake 4BD/3BA - $249,500 CUSTOM BUILT ACADIAN COURTYARD GARDEN HOME, VERSATILE 3-WAY SPLIT FLOOR PLAN, SITTING AREA IN THE MASTER AS WELL AS A SMALL SEPARATE OFFICE, HARDWOOD FLOORING.
50 Dolphin Circle
Lake Serene 4BD/2BA - $205,900 TWO-ACRE LAKESIDE SPREAD WITH BOAT AND FISHING ACCESS! APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, FIGS AND BLUEBERRIES GROWING IN THE BACK YARD ALONG WITH YOUR OWN VEGGIE GARDEN!
20 Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill 3BD/2BA - $186,500 NEW HGTV DESIGNER ‘’BLUE STORM’’ DECOR, ALL THE BEST FEATURES BY AAA HOMES INCLUDING FOAM INSULATED WALLS THAT SAVE “GREEN’’ IN UTILITY COSTS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES.
100 Leeds Place
Kensington 4BD/3BA - $149,900 PERFECT MOTHER-IN LAW SUITE! TOP CONDITION TRADITIONAL PLUS WELL DESIGNED, PRIVATE MOTHER-IN LAW SUITE, MOVE-IN READY.
53 Sandalwood Drive
Columbia 5BD/4.5BA - $549,500 ONE OF COLUMBIA’S FINEST, CUSTOM FRENCH COUNTRY HOME, OLD HEART PINE THROUGHOUT, 8’’ BASEBOARDS, 10’’ CROWN, ST. LOUIS BRICK EXTERIOR, BRICK FLOORING IN KITCHEN
17 Ranger Ridge
Dandridge 3BD/2BA - $169,500 WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE TO CALL HOME! PRIVATE SETTING W/ AWESOME DECK, WIDE OPEN GREAT ROOM W/ HARDWOOD FLOORING, WALK-IN CLOSETS IN EACH BEDROOM. AND OFFICE.
232 Pine Lane
Forrest Hills 3BD/2BA - $169,500 AHHH! LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL LARRY JOHNSON BUILT HOME AND COMPARE VALUE! WONDERFUL ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS, HARDWOOD FLOORING, HOME WARRANTY INCLUDED.
24 Pecan Acres
Canebrake 4BD/3.5BA - $439,500 WOW! BEAUTIFUL HOME WITH AMAZING UPGRADES THROUGHOUT, 8’ DOORS ON THE 1ST FLOOR, HAND-SCRAPED BRAZILIAN CHERRY SOLID WOOD FLOORING, BEAUTIFUL CHANDELIERS!
119 Tidewater Road
Canebrake 4BD/4.5BA - $479,500 ONE OF CANEBRAKE’S ‘’BEST CHOICE’’ NEW PROPERTIES! CONVENIENT, UP-FRONT LOCATION, BIG PRIVATE HOMESITE, CIRCULAR DRIVE, ANTIQUE PINE AND OLD CHARLESTON BRICK FLOORING.
Brenda’s Buzz The older I get I have found that birthdays become a time for reflection. Especially if it is one of those “biggie” birthdays… the ones that end in “0”. As a child, each year on my birthday I would sit down at the breakfast table and find four birthday cards (from my parents, my Uncle Bill, and both sets of grandparents) with a crisp dollar bill inside. That was the extent of the birthday celebration but I truly was excited… for $4 could buy something nice, really nice, back then. Just think, I would have had to babysit 8 whole hours (at 50 cents an hour) to get 4 dollars! When I got cheerleader in 9th grade my dad told me I would have to pay for my uniform. So I spent all summer babysitting and saving up for the uniform, letter sweater, and white Ked’s tennis shoes. My goodness, I couldn’t believe those shoes were $6!! If today my birthday wishes were granted… I would wish to time travel back to that very special place in time… the 50’s and 60’s… my childhood. No video game, Ipad, or computer could be better than that simple, innocent, carefree time. All of you boomers out there know what I’m talking about. Those were the days when kids played outside all day and believe me, there were plenty of kids in our neighborhood to pal around with. When not in school, the days were spent playing kickball, dodge ball, badminton, croquet, hop scotch, jump rope… but mostly bike riding. We’d play outside from morning til dusk. I remember playing “cowboys and Indians” with my brothers and have a scar on my forehead to prove it… ran into a brick wall! We’d spend hours catching bees in Mason jars and lightning bugs at night. When we needed a snack, we would search for bottles to redeem for 2 cents each. We only needed to find a few to buy a Moon Pie or a candy bar. Thinking back I can hardly remember any of my class mates being overweight… we were
too busy playing outside and definitely didn’t eat fast food. Restaurants were something we visited only when on a vacation. Most moms didn’t work outside the home, so a home-cooked meal was served every evening at the same time at the family supper table. My goodness… the more I write, the more nostalgic I’m getting! Do any of you remember metal roller skates with keys, 45 records with a plastic disc in the center, jacks, the Lennon Sisters, paper dolls, pogo sticks, rabbit ears on the television, S&H Green Stamps, Brenda at age 5 souping up your bike with clothes pins holding baseball cards on the spokes, penny loafers, blackpatent Mary Janes, pedal pushers, the Ponderosa, Captain Kangaroo, and Lassie? I just thought of something else that was really funny to me…going to an elderly person’s home and sitting on their couch which was kept totally covered in clear plastic! I could go on and on… but the days of Mayberry are gone. I can only hope that our generation has instilled in our children the valuable life lessons we learned… have faith in God, love and respect all, aspire and work hard for the best in life, do all the good you can, play fair, tell the truth and never lose the “kid” in you! May you celebrate life… on your birthday and everyday!
Hattiesburg’s Best Kept Secret: Downtown I know what you’re thinking: we have a downtown scene? It’s true. I grew up in the Historic District next to downtown. I remember walking to the old library, which is now the Hattiesburg Cultural Center, and admiring all the old, run-down buildings. It was completely lost on me that it wasn’t exactly the safest part of town due to the lack of businesses. After I got back from a four year stint in Connecticut, I returned to the Hattiesburg downtown area. To my great surprise, downtown had changed. The businesses had returned. You could head downtown and grab a bite to eat and a drink. Art Walks and special events promoted the growth. But what’s down in
downtown? Here are a few spots to check out. Looking for locally grown fruits and veggies? Head to the Downtown Hattiesburg Farmers Market, every Thursday from 3 to 6 at Town Square Park, at the intersection of Main & Buschman Street. Aunt Polly’s Blueberry Lemonade is my personal favorite. Need a morning pick-up coffee or a great lunch? I’d recommend The Depot Coffee House and Bistro. With new specials every day, you won’t be disappointed. Want breakfast to go along with that coffee? Look no further than SouthBound Bagel. With an assortment of bagels and other breakfast fare, it’s a great start to any morning. Have the urge to get a fabulous new look? Bop on over to Click Boutique and Gallery. I highly suggest signing up for their weekly Cityslicker Newsletter which details all the great things happening downtown. Date night? Hit up 206 Front for a spot of dinner and music. The Tuxedo Pie is devilishly delicious. But what about things for kids? Combine a trip to Bianchi’s Pizzeria and Southern Fried Comics. Batman and Pizza, how could that be a bad thing? Speaking of Batman, Little Dog Cinema
held a free showing of the original 1966 Batman movie on Front St on July 13th. This was the first time a movie had been shown in the streets of Hattiesburg. My personal favorite moment was when the original Batman theme (Na-na-na, nana-na , Batman!) started to play, a young boy of 5 turned to his father and said, “That’s why you sing that when I say Batman!” They are looking to do more events and would love to talk to sponsors. And we would love to see more movies. Exciting things are always happening downtown and more are being announced all the time. Keep your eyes and ears on The DeLois Smith All Star Team Facebook page for more exciting things happening downtown and around Hattiesburg. It’ll be our little secret. Downtown Hattiesburg Farmers Market: hattiesburgfarmersmarket.com The Depot Coffee House and Bistro: thedepotbistro.com SouthBound Bagel and Coffee: www.facebook.com/southboundbagel Click and the Cityslicker Newsletter: www.popintotheshop.com Southern Fried Comics: www.southernfriedcomics.com Little Dog Cinema: www.facebook.com/LittleDogCinema
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