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Volume 16, Issue 1 / January 2014

DeLois Smith

Brenda Blackwell

Wendy Gay

Linda Seifert

Debra Pace

Andrew Bird

Contentment in today By Wendy Gay It’s true! I have a hard time seeing the Big Picture. I guess you could say I’m a little self-absorbed in my own world. Most people, I guess, have an idealist type view of their future, an idea of who will be in their lives, places they will go, and activities they will accomplish, or at least try. My vision is pretty limited at this time. This is so ironic because I have spent most of my life “For someday when, and one day if.” Could it be that I’m satisfied and content with my present? Or could it be fear of what lies ahead so therefore I won’t look? I’m pretty well known for not reading the newspaper or watching the news, which I agree is not very wise. But honestly, I feel my efforts are spent more on the things I can control that hopefully impact the world, one person at a time and those efforts are as menial as making sure Josie Lee Gay has washed behind her ears or as important as the family from Ohio,

Elizabeth Liggett Dana Quesenberry Jennifer Rasberry

that has four days to find a home, will have a place to lay their heads next month. I choose to believe that it’s contentment in today and right where I am at. I’ve finally stopped struggling against the things and events that are outside my control and I’ve found the silver-lining in the gift of Today. -

Today God has granted the gift of freedom.

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Today God has granted the gift of health.

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Today God has granted me the gift of forgiveness followed by grace and therefore hope over my future.

I would like to close with a quote from my good friend and client Hao Xu…

“NO WORRIES” Thank you God for today. “Trust that the events of today carry you to the future, tomorrow.” –Psalm 23:1-6.

Josh Bellew

Ben Williams

Dennis Baum

Scott Holmes

Adam Watkins

Client Quotes “Awesome job! Smooth transaction through the entire process, which is the hallmark of a team effort. Very few service oriented companies operate with a true desire to facilitate in the customer’s best interest. Thank you!” -Terry and Cam Gregg “You found the ‘right’ buyer for our unique property. Thank you.” -Jane Keeler “We thought our experience with The DeLois Smith All Star Team was exceptional. Scott and Debra were both extremely helpful and always prompt to take care of our concerns. I really appreciated their quick responses to texts or emails. We felt that the whole process went as seamlessly as these things can be.” -Joe & Suzette Sciortino

4 Willow Bend Drive, Hattiesburg 509 S. Main Street, Petal 601.545.3900 • 1.800.DELOIS.S DeLoisSmith.com • GoAllStarTeam.com


Star Chat from DeLois Dear Friends, The new is wearing off of 2014! It is now time for all of us to consider what impact our lives will have on our families, churches, community, state or nation in 2014. In that reality, I have been contemplating growth in three main areas – spiritual value, family values, and high performance team impact. “In appreciation of Remarkable Lives”, an article in the Wall Street Journal grabbed my attention. A good way to start a new year is by reflecting on remarkable individuals who died the year before. Margaret Thatcher was a prime minister who reversed Britain’s decline. She then modernized and strengthened her nation. The recent memorial service for Frank D. Montague, Jr. was a beautiful tribute to a local giant. After suffering from polio in his 20’s, he was declared disabled by the U.S. Navy. His retort was that he would make his own decision about his future. For over 60 more years, he accomplished unbelievable results in all of his personal and professional endeavors. These successes included 64 wonderful years of devoted marriage, three devoted sons who are also very successful attorneys, and pages of leadership roles in Westminster Presbyterian Church, educational institutions, and civic and professional organizations. I personally loved and respected this remarkable man and was abundantly blessed to call him my friend.

Dr. Donna Wheeler was another dear local friend who devoted selfless service influencing thousands of William Carey University students for 47 years. For Donna, the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” was her life. My husband, Lavon, and I had the privileged joy to participate in four of Dr. Milton Wheeler’s famous international trips. Donna found strength to encourage and nurture everyone on the trips even when she had serious health issues. I shall never forget the day she and I ran the “real” Olympia track together in pouring rain – not very fast, mind you, but we finished the track! This week our team will be setting the course for high performance impact on the local Hattiesburg market in 2014. The team just arrived back from a refreshing and relaxing cruise which they earned for 2013 success in meeting our team goal of $62 million closed including 325 transactions. Each of the 14 full time team members are setting their personal and professional goals this week. This accumulation of each of the team roles will be our combined 2014 team goal. Next week we will announce the goal and the special theme for impacting the lives of those we serve in 2014. Your grateful Realtor,

DeLois Smith

As a punter at The University of Southern Mississippi in the early 1970s, Ray Guy averaged almost 45 yards per punt for his college career. He also kicked a then-record 61-yard field goal in 1973 against Utah State. Guy became the first punter ever drafted in the first round when he was picked by the Raiders in 1973. Over 14 seasons he was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and played in three Super Bowls. Guy is currently in the final selection stages of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.


Current real estate market statistics Hattiesburg Area Single Family Median Sold Home Prices (1/1/12 - 12/31/12 vs.1/1/13-12/31/13)

2012 2013

Hattiesburg

$

100,000

$

Oak Grove

$

Petal

$

105,000

173,000

$

124,250

$

180,000

138,900

Call us at 601-545-3900 for your no obligation home price consultation.

Hattiesburg Area Single Family Homes SOLD (1/1/12 - 9/01/12 vs.1/1/13-10/01/13)

2012 2013

Hattiesburg 249 295 Oak Grove

409

454

Petal

182 209


Tour of Homes

Sunday, January 19, 2014 1:00-5 PM

Oak Grove

Canebrake

Oak Grove

Petal

1:00 to 1:30 pm

1:00 to 1:30 pm

1:00 to 1:30 pm

1:30 to 2:00 pm

54 Lynell Loop

The Trace 4BD/3BA - $272,500 SPARKLING NEW CONSTRUCTION! HIGH QUALITY FINISHING DETAILS THROUGHOUT, LARGE TRIPLE LOT, 3 WAY SPLIT. Directions: Hwy 98 W to King Road, right onto Courtland, right onto Lynell Loop.

61 Bienville Trace

Canebrake 4BD/3.5BA - $449,900 IMAGINE THE TRANQUILITY OF DUCKS, GEESE, & BLUE HERONS ON THE DUCK POND RIGHT BEHIND YOUR HOME! EVERY IMAGINABLE UPGRADE. Directions: HWY 98 W. Take the second Canebrake entrance.

511 Cox Avenue

126 Sunline Drive

West Lake Manor 4BD/2BA - $164,90 Pecan Lakes 4BD/2BA - $196,990 NEED LOTS OF ROOMS? THIS IS THE PERFECT HOME WOWZA! NEW CONSTRUCTION IN PECAN LAKES! DUAL FOR YOUR GROWING FAMILY! NEAT AND CLEAN, VANITIES, WALK-IN CLOSETS, OPEN LIVING PLAN. MOVE-IN READY. Directions: Oak Grove Road to Cox Avenue. Directions: Sunrise Road to Pecan Lakes, go through four-way stop, left at 2nd 4-way stop, turn right, home is on the right after corner.

Canebrake

Oak Grove

Oak Grove

Oak Grove

1:30 to 2:00 pm

2:00 to 2:30 pm

2:00 to 2:30 pm

2:00 to 2:30 pm

95 Bienville Trace

Canebrake 3BD/3.5BA - $329,500 NEW GRANITE COUNTER TOPS AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES IN THIS HOME ON THE CANEBRAKE GOLF COURSE. HARDWOOD FLOORS & LOTS OF BUILT-INS. Directions: Hwy 98W to 2nd Canebrake entrance, follow Bienville Trace, house is on the left.

7 Stoneridge South

Sandstone 4BD/2.5BA - $295,000 ABSOLUTELY CHARMING 4BD/2.5 BA TWO STORY CRAFTSMAN DESIGN. BUILT-IN STORAGE GALORE! 2,980 SQ. FT. Directions: HWY 589 N, turn into Sandstone S/D, right at Stoneridge South, Home on left.

147 Morrell Circle

30 Chapel Court

The Trace 4BD/3BA - $249,500 Chapel Hill 3BD/2BA - $197,900 SPARKLING NEW, HIGH QUALITY, 4BD, 3BA ONE-STORY WONDERFUL NEW CONSTRUCTION IN CHAPEL HILL BRICK HOME. READY TO MOVE IN NOW! W/ DUAL VANITIES, WALK-IN CLOSETS, LARGE GREAT Directions: Hwy 98 W, turn onto King Road, right on Courtland Dr., ROOM. Directions: Oak Grove Road to Steelman Road. Follow to right on Auburn Place, left on Waverly Circle, right on Collinwood Dr, left on Morrell Circle.

Chapel Hill subdivision.

Canebrake

Canebrake

Oak Grove

Petal

2:00 to 2:30 pm

2:00 to 2:30 pm

2:30 to 3:00 pm

2:30 to 3:00 pm

48 Landing Way

Canebrake 4BD/3.5BA - $419,900 CLASSIC FRENCH COUNTRY W/ UPSCALE FINISHING DETAILS. 8’ DOORS, TWO FIREPLACES AND OVERSIZED KITCHEN ISLAND. Directions: Hwy 98W to the second Canebrake entrance, lt on Bienville, lt on Marais Ridge, lt on Landing Way.

7 South Heron Cove

Canebrake 4BD/2.5BA - $399,500 WATERFRONT & GARDEN HOME WITH FRESH INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING. NEW CARPETING & A NEW ROOF. Directions: Hwy 98 W to second entrance on Canebrake. Follow Bienville Trace, S. Heron Cove is directly in front.

11 Price Lane

Krystal View 4BD/2.5BA - $176,500 EFFICIENTLY DESIGNED AND APPEALING 4BD/2.5BA BRICK RANCH, PRIVACY FENCED BACK YARD. READY TO MOVE IN NOW! Directions: Hwy 98W, turn onto WPA Road, right on Old Hwy 24, left on Ratcliff, right into Krystal View neighborhood.

Oak Grove

Canebrake

Oak Grove

2:30 to 3:00 pm

3:00 to 3:30 pm

3:00 to 3:30 pm

28 Chapel Hill Blvd. Chapel Hill 4BD/2BA - $202,900

FANTASTIC NEW CONSTRUSTION PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING. WALK-IN CLOSETS, DUAL VANITIES IN BOTH BATHS, 100% USDA FINANCING Directions: Oak Grove Road to Steelman. Right into Chapel Hill subdivision.

223 West Canebrake

Canebrake 4BD/5.5BA - $1,150,000 PREMIER WATERFRONT CANEBRAKE PROPERTY W/ BOAT HOUSE AND 6,385 SQ. FT. TWO-STORY CLASSIC FEDERAL STYLED RESIDENCE. Directions: Main Canebrake entrance. Take first left, go across spill way and follow around the lake.

301 Yellow Pine

Forrest Hills 4BD/3BA - $197,500 VALUE-PACKED 4BD, 3BA HIGH QUALITY LARRY JOHNSON BUILT HOME. HURRY TO SEE THIS NOW! Directions: Off Lincoln Road Ext, turn onto Sandy Run Road. Follow to Forrest Hills subdivision, turn right onto Yellow Pine.

136 Archel Street

Reese Creek 4BD/2BA - $239,000 CUSTOM BUILT HOME WITH UPGRADES IN EVERY ROOM! IN GROUND POOL & BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF LAKE ACROSS THE STREET. Directions: Hwy 42 to Sunrise, left on Goodluck Road, left into Reese Creek, follow to Archel St.

SW Hattiesburg

3:00 to 3:30 pm

2500 Sierra Circle

SW Hattiesburg 4BD/4BA - $339,000 ONE OF SW HATTIESBURG’S FINEST CUSTOM BUILT HOMES. GRAND LIVING SPACES, INGROUND POOL, 15KW KOHLER GENERATOR. Directions: S. 28th to Acadia. Left onto Sierra Circle. House in cul-de-sac.

Oak Grove

Oak Grove

Petal

Oak Grove

3:00 to 3:30 pm

3:30 to 4:00 pm

3:30 to 4:00 pm

4:00 to 4:30 pm

82 West Shore Drive

Lakeshore 3BD/2BA - $259,500 SPACIOUS HOME IN LAKE SHORE WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE LAKE! OPEN FLOOR PLAN, UPGRADED KITCHEN, HARDWOOD FLOORS, AND A BONUS ROOM. Directions: Oak Grove Road, turn into South entrance of Lake Shore, follow West Shore Drive around the lake.

SW Hattiesburg

4:00 to 4:30 pm

103 Kensington Drive

Kensington Woods 3BD/2BA - $137,500 RENOVATED, VACANT, AND MOVE-IN READY! NEW FLOORING, NEW APPLIANCES, FRESHLY PAINTED, WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE! Directions: Take South 40th Avenue to Kensington Drive.

31 Whitestone Court

Chapel Hill 3BD/2BA - $134,500 100% USDA FINANCING ON THIS CENTRALLY LOCATED HOME. IMMACULATE CONDITION Directions: Oak Grove Rd. to Steelman Rd., turn into Chapel Hill subdivision, take Whitestone to the end on the left.

SW Hattiesburg

4:00 to 4:30 pm

104 Jeff Davis Circle

Woodland Hills 4BD/2.5BA - $169,500 SPACIOUS HOME WITH SEVERAL LIVING AREAS, PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING, CRYSTAL CHANDELIER IN DINING ROOM, STONE FIREPLACE. Directions: Hardy Street to S. 34th, turn onto Jeff Davis Circle.

3 Mossy Oak

Trailwood West 4BD/2.5BA - $242,500 BRAND NEW, GOURMET, DREAM KITCHEN INSTALLED W/ CUSTOM CABINETRY, MAXIMUM PRIVACY, BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED. Directions: Hwy 42, right into Trailwood West Subdivision. House @ corner of Broken Arrow & Mossy Oak.

Petal

4:30 to 5:00 pm

180 Cherry Oak Trail

Trailwood 4BD/3BA - $399,000 PARADISE FOUND! 2.5 PRIME ACRES ON TRAILWOOD’S MAIN LAKE W/ NEARLY 500’ WATER FRONTAGE. CUSTOM BUILT W/ WORKSHOP.

Directions: Hwy 42 to Easter Trailwood entrance. Go through 3-way stop, right on Cherry Oak Trail, House in cul-de-sac.

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121 Elm Avenue

Forrest Hills 3BD/2BA - $152,000 COME SEE THIS NEWLY UPDATED HOME W/ FRESH PAINT INSIDE & OUT, NEW CARPET, AND AN IDEAL LOCATION. Directions: Lincoln Road Ext. to Sandy Run Rd., right on Yellow Pine Dr., right on Somerset, left of Elm.

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Star Chat January 2014  

Star Chat January 2014. The DeLois Smith All Star Team, Realtors monthly newsletter bringing you the latest news from our team and up to dat...