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Mississippi Gulf Coast

HOME & LIFESTYLE GUIDE Volume 19, Issue 5

Luxury At It’s Finest! PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING! TEXT 33524 TO 46835 SEE PAGE 7 FOR MORE DETAILS

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TOTALLY RE-DONE IN 2008. Bricks shipped in from Boston Harbor. 18'' travertine flrs, 10 ft. ceilings, custom crown molding. Kitchen w/granite. LR w/Rumford FP leads to covered deck. New boat dock/lift. 15 ft deep canal leads to bayou. $395,000

HOME & WORKSHOP w/STUDIO APT ABOVE 1/2 acre. 3 BR, 2 BA home. Ceiling fans, kitchen open to dining area. Possible addl income w/studio apartment (kitchen & bath). $109,900

HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! Agent related to owner. Great location in downtown. Being used as a restaurant. Only building & land are for sale. Fallon's Catering business is not for sale. Please call listing agent for appt. $179,900

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OCEAN SPRINGS - OVER 2 ACRES ON LOVERS LANE - $1,275,000

2.1 Acres, 4BR, 3BA, 3,804 Sq.Ft. Most Desirable Location With 392' of Waterfront with 2 Boat Slips, 2 Boat Lifts. Separate Workshop, or a Guest House, Landscaped Like a Tropical Park, ''Zoysia Lawn'' Outdoor Kitchen, AND Much More. TEXT 27062 TO 46835

BEACH FRONT

PASS CHRISTIAN - OAKHURST - $921,700

4 BD, 4 FB & 1 HB, 4,285 Sq.Ft. Unbelievable stately custom home directly on the beach. Large oaks & unbelievable Gulf views. Adjacent lot is also for sale! TEXT 31097 TO 46835

BEACH FRONT

BILOXI - EDGEWATER PARK - $745,000

3BR, 3BA, 1HB. 3,100 Sq.Ft. Stunning beach front home with 2 Master Suites, Study, Fireplace, Wet Bar, Gourmet Kitchen. Totally Furnished. Amazing Gulf Views! Priced Below Appraisal! TEXT 23005 TO 46835

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

GULFPORT - GRAND OAKS ESTATES- $439,900

Beautiful NEW Custom Home. 4th Bedroom & Bath Upstairs. Formal Entry, Dining Room, Living Room with Natural wood flooring and Gas Fireplace, Double Garage Plan. Pictures may vary from pictures. TEXT 33134 TO 46835

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE

• GRAND OAKS ESTATES - NEW SUBDIVISION $105,000 TEXT 30790 TO 46835 • GRAND OAKS ESTATES - NEW SUBDIVISION $75,000 TEXT 30791 TO 46835 • WATERSIDE - OVER 1/2 ACRE $84,900 TEXT 18336 TO 46835 • ST MARTIN - OVER 3 ACRES $47,500 TEXT 33133 TO 46835

• GULFPORT - BUSY SECTION PASS ROAD $532,000 TEXT 20212 TO 46835 • GAUTIER - OLDER GAS STATION/CONV STORE $350,000 TEXT 24779 TO 46835 • GULFPORT - DOWNTOWN GPT WAREHOUSE $387,500 TEXT 27519 TO 46835 • BILOXI - OFFICE W/10 ACRES IN WOOLMARKET REDUCED $645,000 TEXT 18351 TO 46835

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Single Family Detached! Totally Renovated. Open Floor Plan with High Ceilings, Crown Molding. Gorgeous Pool w/Covered Patio & Grilling Area! Triple Garage, Fenced Back Yard & Sprinkler System. TEXT 33071 TO 46835

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR LEASE • GULFPORT - BUSY PASS ROAD - FOR LEASE $1,400/MO TEXT 27809 TO 46835 • GULFPORT - DOWNTOWN GPT OFFICE $850/MO TEXT 32839 TO 46835 • GULFPORT - DOWNTOWN GPT WAREHOUSE $3,000/MO TEXT 32841 TO 46835 • D'IBERVILLE - 1,984 SQ FT OFFICE SPACE $2,283/MO TEXT 28991 TO 46835

COMMERCIAL LAND • GULFPORT - HEART OF ORANGE GROVE, 9.30 ACS $1,500,000 TEXT 18469 TO 46835 • GAUTIER - 4.57AC ON BUSY HWY 90 REDUCED $135,000 TEXT 25215 TO 46835 • GULFPORT - 19.4 AC IN WINDANCE $259,000 TEXT 18475 TO 46835 • GULFPORT - 4.5 AC. BEACHFRONT SALE OR LEASE $4,750,000 TEXT 18213 TO 46835


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2821 N 7TH ST * OCEAN SPRINGS

MOVE IN READY! 3 bedroom, 2 baths, 2057 SqFt. Master Bath with Jacuzzi and walk-in shower. Cathedral and tray ceilings, ceramic tile, fenced, double garage, storage building. Beautifully landscaped. $177,999

1290 ARLINGTON RD * BILOXI

MOVE IN READY! 3 bedroom, 2 baths, 1,584 SqFt energy efficient home and short walk to back bay. Formal living room, great room. Furniture Nego. Hardwood, ceramic & tile flooring. $199,000

13409 ROCKIES RD * PASS CHRISTIAN

NO FLOOD! MOVE IN READY! 1.8 acres. 1560 sq ft, 3 BR, 2 BA split plan. Open eat-in kitchen. Breakfast nook. Energy effic. Det garage. Storage building. Well & septic. More! $123,999

8812 OLD WALNUT RD * OCEAN SPRINGS

NO FLOOD! MANSION. NO FLOOD! MANSION. 3 BR, 2 FULL BA split plan. Walk-in Shower. Formal LR & DR. Open Eat-in Kitchen. Bonus Rm. Wood burning FP. Walk-in closet. Brick 4 sides. $229,000

3230 CUMBERLAND RD * OCEAN SPRINGS

2 BR, 1.5 BA Mins from downtown Ocean Springs & Casinos in Biloxi. Completely redone w/fresh paint, new carpet, wiring, lighting & ceil fans. Oak Glen Marina!! Listing agent is related to the seller. $78,000

10086 BALD EAGLE DR * BILOXI

3 BR. COULD EASILY BE 4. 2346 sq ft heated & cooled. Salt water pool. Det oversized dbl garage. Open eatin custom kit. Granite. Split plan. Very energy effic. Fla rm. Cath ceil. Cul-desac. $229,000

1707 SMITH AVE * PASCAGOULA

ONE BLOCK FROM JERRY LEES Rented at $750/Mo. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1783 heated and cooled. Central air/heat. Living room, dining room, den. Storage building, patio. $69,800

6141 GRUICH CIR * OCEAN SPRINGS

“SAVING BUYER’S & SELLER’S MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE PAST 14 YEARS!” 1009 36TH AVE * GULFPORT

ACROSS FROM ISLAND VIEW CASINO. 2.5 Blocks to Beach. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. New roof, paint, new kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops, new privacy fence & much more! $129,000

739 BUDDELIA CV * BILOXI

NEW LISTING! MOVE IN READY. 3 BR, 2 BA, eat-in kitchen, gathering rm off kitchen, den, formal DR, cath ceil, FP. 2C garage. Fenced in back yd. Extended patio. Cul-de-sac. The Oaks subdivision. $277,900

13541 LAMEY BRIDGE RD * BILOXI

BRING OFFER!!! Stable for your horses! 3.2 acres. Fla rm, 3 bdrm, 2 baths, guest quarters. Open eat in kitchen, breakfast nook. Formal living & dining rms. Covered patio. $267,999

13476 LOCUST HILL DR * GULFPORT

ENERGY EFFICIENT 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,348 SF home with all new appliances, fireplace, faux window blinds. All new appliances. $74,900

NO FLOOD! UNIQUE! Custom eat-in kitchen, granite counter tops. Den, great room. 3 bdrm, 2 baths. 1700 sq ft. Over sized 2 car garage. Patio, fenced, newer roof, newer AC. $159,900

14984 DILL RD * SAUCIER

LIKE NEW 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 1.8 acres. Custom kitchen, island, Jenn-Air appliances. Formal dining, great room, high ceilings. $258,500

1215 IOLA RD * OCEAN SPRINGS

UNIQUE! WATERFRONT! Back Bay. Pier. Dock. 4 BR, 4.5 BA, . 4,490 SF heated & cooled. 2 open eat-in kitchens. Formal LR & DR. 2 Dens. Great Rm. 2 breakfast nooks. Pool table remains. FP. $659,000


Should I Stay or Should I Go? HOW TO KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO SELL Part of being a homeowner is dealing with the intermittent thought, “Hmm, maybe I should put my house on the market . . .” Obviously, deciding to sell your home is no small decision. In fact, it’s right up there with deciding to buy a home in the first place. Before making an irrational decision, it’s important to consider several factors that could influence your choice on whether now is the best time to sell. Here are four indicators that can help you decide whether now actually may be a good time to list your home: YOU’RE OUT OF SPACE. While it might be nice to have more room for your shoes, does that warrant a new home? On the other hand, is there a baby on the way? An in-law moving in? If your household is getting ready to grow, it may be time to move on to a house that will accommodate your expanding needs. Make sure to think 10 years down the road when purchasing a bigger home.

YOU’RE IN A HOT MARKET. If “sold” signs are popping up frequently in your neighborhood and prices are rising quickly, it might be worth talking to your real estate agent. If now is the time you can potentially make a big return on your investment, you might want to consider making a move. If nothing else, you can add to your savings with the money made by the sale. YOU’RE SICK OF YARD WORK. If raking leaves and restaining your deck are no longer considered fun projects, you may be at a stage where you’re looking to scale down to a more streamlined, less work-intensive living situation. Consider townhomes with an HOA that includes yard work and upkeep as a part of dues. YOUR LIFE HAS CHANGED. If you’ve had a major life event - marriage, separation, new job, retirement - it may necessitate a new home and/or a new location that makes more sense for your new life. Consider whether your current home is still the right fit. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2017. All rights reserved.


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Must-Have Features to Look for When Shopping for a Home By Mikkie Mills

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of clean laundry in your living room or home office with a

idea of the type of property that you're looking for in

space that is designated for cleaning your clothes.

a specific area. Although most people want plenty of square footage or a stunning bathroom, there are particular home

2. Patio

features that are often considered to be must-haves. Here

More and more people want to spend time outside and get

are a few essential home features to look for when shopping

use out of their backyard. A patio addition is a desirable

around:

feature that makes it easy to spend more time outdoors.

1. Laundry Room

Patios make for a great place to entertain when you want to barbecue or dine outside with your guests. You can also

Many people want to own a home that features a laundry

use the space to lounge around, read or relax while taking

room due to the convenience that it offers. Laundry rooms

in the views. Most buyers look to buy a house that features

are increasing in popularity because they provide a space to

a ground-level patio that is hardscaped and features plenty

fold laundry and hang delicate clothes that need to air-dry.

of patio furniture.

Today, laundry rooms often include a place for added storage or even pets’ belongings.

3. Hardwood Floors Although carpet was a popular flooring material that was

An enclosed space for the washer and dryer will also pre-

commonly used in residential properties in past decades,

vent the noise of the appliances from inconveniencing oth-

more people are looking for homes that have hardwood

er family members who may want to spend time in a quiet

floors. Hardwood floors contribute to the design of the in-

setting. You also won't have to worry about having piles

terior setting and can boost your home's value due to their


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durability and appearance. You won't have to worry about dirt or grime showing up in areas of traffic. Those who are on a budget can look for homes that feature prefinished hardwood flooring, which is color-treated and has a high level of appeal.

4. Well-Maintained Neighborhood It can be easy to fall in love with a home without taking a close look at the neighborhood. Check the surrounding area by inspecting the other lawns and houses to determine if they're in good condition. You'll want to live in an area that

5. Updated Kitchen The kitchen is considered to be the most used room of the home where many people spend time with family or entertaining. The kitchen should be updated with new cabinets, a decorative backsplash, and an island that offers more storage space. You should also have plenty of space to cook and prepare food with the amount of counter space that is available. Look for specifics such as the size of the island, if there’s enough space in the case of a remodel, and what type of stove top is currently in the kitchen.

is maintained well, which will affect the value of your home.

When you're looking for a new property on the real estate

It's also necessary to determine the distance of the property

ly popular and are considered to be must-haves. By finding

to your job, local schools, and parks that are available. Some people don't want to travel too far when they need to shop for groceries or find a Christmas tree sale in the area.

market, it's important to look for features that are currenta quality home to purchase, you can get more use out of the home and enjoy various aspects that will enhance your quality of life. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. Š2017. All rights reserved.


2018

Forecast: Is Inventor y Relief on the Way? By Suzanne De Vita

Ask the 60-some percent of brokers in RISMedia's 2017 Power Broker Survey: Almost every housing market is plagued by short supply. In fact, inventory nationally for pre-owned properties is at 3.9 months, down 10.4 percent from last year, the National Association of REALTORSŽ (NAR) recently reported. According to realtor.com, the challenge could moderate in the next year. The 2018 National Housing Forecast reveals that groundbreaking is projected to increase by 3 percent, with single-family starts accounting for 7 percent of those. The catch? Activity won't kick up until later in the year, and many builds will be higher to mid priced - not an ideal scenario in the short term. Lower-priced homes, which were hit hardest in the recession, will be the last to recover. "We are forecasting next year to set the stage for a significant inflection point in the housing shortage," says Javier Vivas, director of Economic Research for realtor.com. "Inventory increases will be felt in higher-priced segments after home-buying season [in the fall], which limits their impact on total sales of the year." Home prices will increase in 2018, but at a lesser pace than in 2017, the forecast shows: 3.2 percent. As with inventory, prices in the starter supply will take longer to lose steam. Existing-home sales are expected to grow 2.5 percent. Considerable gains in prices and sales will be seen in: Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.; Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, Texas; Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.; Stockton-Lodi, Calif.; Lakeland-Winter Haven, Calif.; Salt Lake

City, Utah; Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.; and Tulsa, Okla. Realtor.com also anticipates 43 percent of buyers in 2018 will be millennials, up from the 40 percent projected for 2017. The biggest group of millennials is turning 30 in 2020, so their share is likely to continue tracking upward. Expected to grow, as well, are mortgage rates, averaging 4.6 percent and possibly reaching 5 percent by year-end, the forecast states. Action by the Federal Reserve and economic factors, including inflation, will precede the rise. Markedly, more first-time homebuyers were able to get a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage this year than last year, despite a rate uptick. The 30-year, fixed mortgage rate averages 3.92 percent at present, according to Freddie Mac. 2018's homeownership rate, meanwhile - which has gone up thus far this year - is forecasted to land at 63.9 percent. A potential wrench is tax reform. The forecast was made prior to the House bill passing and the Senate bill being voted on; as such, realtor.com cautions that certain cuts - among others, the mortgage interest deduction and the state and local tax (SALT) deduction - could lead to less in the way of prices and sales. The forecast, however, is optimistic overall.


10 TIPS for MAKING AN OPEN HOUSE WORK By Barbara Pronin With 92 percent of buyers using the Internet in their home search,* the value of open houses has been debated among today’s real estate professionals. It’s a full day’s work that includes marketing, preparing materials, placing and removing signs, and assessing the interest of neighbors, strangers, serious buyers, and lookie-loos with nothing else to do. However, the benefits are clear - it does put your face and expertise in front of people you might not otherwise meet. For savvy agents everywhere, the key to success is in orchestrating an open house that works. Here are ten tips that may help:

1. PLAN AHEAD Listing on the MLS

early in the week gives you time to plan a well-attended open house.

2. INVEST A SUNDAY Absent a listing of your own to show, offer to host an open house for a colleague. It’s always a good a way to meet prospects.

3. SPREAD THE WORD Promote it

as widely as possible, using all available real estate and social media sites. Email your contacts and area real estate offices.

4. INVITE THE NEIGHBORS They’re

a great source of referrals. With a new listing, one top agent we know knocks on doors in surrounding streets, leaving as many as 2,500 open house notices.

5. MAXIMIZE SIGNAGE Cover an

area well beyond the immediate, placing a generous amount of open house signs in surrounding areas, including nearby new home construction sites.

6. TAKE A BUDDY For safety’s sake and to help interact with guests, take another agent, a trainee or two.

7. KEEP SIGN-IN OPTIONAL Offer

a sign-in book, but be sensitive to those who avoid it. Introduce yourself, and invite questions, but don’t hover.

9. KNOW THE INVENTORY Be pre-

pared to discuss competing listings in the vicinity as well as recent sales and price statistics. Your sensitivity and local market knowledge are the surest way to win clients.

10. STAY IN TOUCH Leads won’t pay

off unless you pursue them. Check back with the neighbor who ‘might know someone,’ make all the callbacks you promised, and offer feedback and suggestions to the homeowner.

8. RESPECT THE COMPETITION Try to

ascertain whether guests are working with another agent. If they are, respect the relationship.

*2015 NAR Profile of Buyers and Sellers


Should You Build in the Winter? BY MEGAN WILD

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aybe it has taken longer than expected to find the perfect house, or perhaps you've always wanted to build. You find construction exciting and adore the idea of designing a home from the ground up. Surprisingly, an ideally situated plot just landed on the market, and it's priced to sell. Unfortunately, there's an issue. Winter is approaching, and it doesn't intuitively feel like a good time for building or renovating. On the one hand, you're concerned about getting involved in a project challenged by cold weather conditions. On the other, you don't want to lose your auspicious real estate opportunity. Variables unique to wintertime construction are worth consideration. Below we've compiled several things to consider to help you make well-informed decisions and implement effective project plans, even in freezing temperatures.

Sub-Freezing Temperatures

If the thermometer reads below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, any task that requires water is compromised. Mortar used in brickwork, for instance, will not bind properly. If a brick structure is in progress, freezing temperatures may cause cracks to form as water in con-

nective mortar expands. This can significantly damage the structure's stability, resulting in the need to demolish and rebuild. Rendering exterior walls, paving with asphalt and pouring cement are also problematic. It's vitally important to monitor both outdoor and ambient temperatures carefully, as well as future-forecasted probabilities. Delaying projects because of the weather can be costly, but perhaps not as much as having to redo them entirely if caution is not heeded. Some contractors find a happy medium setting up heat lamps or arranging portable fuel heaters. These temporary measures work well, as long as potentially dangerous fumes are vented out, and site electrical wiring supports added wattage. Other cold weather strategies include use of materials developed with year-round efficacy in mind. Precast concrete, for example, is cast and cured in a temperature-controlled factory setting. From there, materials are shipped straight to construction sites for installation. Concrete panels for walls, flooring, beams and planks are guaranteed for strength and durability, as well as fire resistance.


Extra Safety Considerations

Contractors who work in winter bundle up. Extra layers of clothing, bulky jackets and insulated gloves all lend distinct safety concern to any cold weather project. Not only does added padding slow laborers down, but it also increases the potential for accidental clashes with running equipment and valuable materials. Snow and ice onsite present another challenge. Extra time to shovel out and sufficiently warm up machinery takes its toll on overall productivity, while great care must be exercised to avoid slip-and-fall injuries. Projected time loss, however, should be reviewed in comparison to cost. Many bid contracts that reflect lower pricing to secure work during the slow winter months. If your deadline is not urgent, consider saving on labor-related fees. As long as site safety remains the focus, together with flexible completion requirements, it's a win-win.

Early Nightfall

Diminished daylight is an inevitable winter trademark. If proposed tasks take longer than expected - perhaps due to weather conditions or even the slow pace of bundled-up laborers - and require closure after nightfall, spot or floodlights may be needed. Again, this is a question of potential added cost versus overall bid, as well as all-important electrical support.

Batten Down the Hatches

Early nightfall presents site-specific security risks. It is not uncommon for expensive machinery to be parked in the lot overnight. Metal scraps, hand tools and boxed appliances awaiting installation are easy enough to stow away in storage trailers, but large equipment and piles of heavy material remain outdoors, open to the possibility of criminal damage and theft. Contractors can minimize such threats with a number of strategies including employment of overnight security guards, arranging for webcam surveillance and placing motion detector floodlights in strategic locations.

Move-In Ready

Consider broadening your definition of what constitutes move-in ready. If your preliminary home structure is up and passes inspection, you can move in. Put decorative touches such as exterior paint, fence installation, gateway erection and property landscape on hold for warmer months. By that time, after living in the house and familiarizing yourself with its flow, you may have a completely different vision altogether of how you'd like the outside to look. Choosing to build in winter can be cost-efficient and advantageous as long as weather and safety-related issues are identified and addressed proactively. Go ahead—get that perfect piece of real estate. It'll make an unforgettable holiday project! Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. Š2017. All rights reserved.


5 Ways to Protect Your Home This Winter

Brrr! It's cold in here. When winter weather starts frosting, you're not the only one reaching for a sweater. Your home needs to be protected from the chill too. Joe Todaro, director of operations of Gold Medal Service, offers these tips for homeowners so they can prepare their home for a cold winter: 1. Protect your outdoor unit: Your outdoor air conditioning unit needs a little help staying healthy throughout the winter. You may want to consider a cover for your unit not unlike the cover you use for a grill or a car. Covers can keep snow, ice and heavy rain from potentially damaging the unit. 2. Patch leaks around doors and windows: Check windows and exterior doors for any gaps or openings that would let cold air in or warm air to escape. Leakage like that may not only cause you to have cold spots in your home, but make your heating system run longer than necessary – costing you money on your energy bills. Naturally, having your heater tuned up by a professional for peak performance is a proven way of saving on energy bills as well. 3. Reduce heat loss through the fireplace: If the home has a fireplace, it's a good idea to keep the damper closed when it is not in use to prevent heat loss. Close any doors leading into the room when a fire is burning. If you have a gas fireplace, be sure that it burns cleanly, evenly, and safely. 4. Use sunlight to your advantage: You can naturally heat your home by opening curtains and window coverings on south-facing windows during the day. Closing curtains at night will protect your home from losing heat through those same window openings. 5. Prep the plumbing: As winter approaches, you'll want to make sure you don't have any water freeze-ups – those can potentially become a big headache. To eliminate that risk, drain any water from outdoor faucets, and arrange to have any in-ground sprinkler systems blown out. Drain and roll up garden hoses and store them inside, in a garage, shed, or basement, to shield them from the severest temperatures. If any pipes in the home have been prone to freezing in past winters, consider using heat tape to keep them warmer during extremely cold weather. Source: Gold Medal Service


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