Madison, MS Real Estate News

By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
      Thank you Homeowners! In showing houses this weekend, I was impressed with your decorating talents and staging abilities. Now more than ever before Homeowners are listening to the experts. Great Job! Maybe it's the new home shows on television or their listing agents preparing them, but the homes I viewed were very well staged.  Makes Our Job Easier! Homeowners are helping to make our job to sell their home much easier.  The perspective buyer can see themselves in the home, without having to look over their stuff. Keep up the good work!
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By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
  Why Can’t People Be More Like My Emily? I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with something to say to start posting to my blog, besides just my new listings.  Then Emily touched my heart one day recently.  Emily is our friend and companion.  She is our dog, a Brussels Griffon.  I had lost my Mother this year.  A very difficult time for my family, especially for my sister as she was my Mother’s caregiver for many years.  My Mother’s passing left her devastated.  On top of that, I live so far away from her that it was difficult for me to console her.  Lots of phone calls back and forth for awhile.  Recently I had a Birthday.  My family decided to throw a surprise party for me.  Family and friends started arriving from all over, including my sister.  Emily loved every minute of t...
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By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
5/4 1/2 Luxury Home for Sale in Madison, MS-Johnstone Truly a dream home in a dream setting! This Luxury Home for Sale has it all!  An open plan with a gourmet kitchen and huge prep island/ breakfast bar overlooking a spacious family room. The kitchen counters are topped with gorgeous 3 cm granite. The appliances are G.E. monogram in this Luxury Home for Sale with a Jenn-Air built in refrigerator which has a cabinet front detail. Double ovens and a warming drawer are just what a chef needs to help put supper on the table.  A pot filler over the gas cook top,2 wine coolers, 1 ice machine and a walk-in pantry are some of the amenities of this Luxury Home for Sale. Downstairs has 3 bedrooms, a kitchen/keeping room(With Brick arch), a formal dining room and a study/ office.  The breakfast r...
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
Tulane University is opening its second satellite campus in Madison, Mississippi with the first classes beginning this summer.  The expansion came after discussions with city officials who wanted to attract a university to the growing community of Madison, which has nearly 30,000 people.  Within a half hour drive, classes will bring in 600,000 students from the surrounding population. The Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation approved Tulane's plan all too happily.  And the City of Madison has been renovating wings of a former elementary school building to house the university offices and classrooms ever since. The city actually sought out Tulane because of its wonderful reputation.  Not just any college would do, but one that would help with economic development and high stan...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
Posted by Patti Herrington // 2 Comments » Reunion Madison MS Reunion is located in Madison MS.  This is a prestigious gated community with so much to offer. Enjoy living in Reunion with amenities such as swimming, golfing, hiking, biking, horse back riding, tennis, working out in the fitness center, or relaxing at  the sugar white sand beach.  Reunion Golf Club offers an 18-hole  7400-yard, championship course with a beautiful lush fairway. After a round of golf enjoy relaxing and lunch with friends at The Grille. For those that like to keep fit,  you will enjoy working out at the state of the art fitness center. Reunion Golf and Country Club Fitness Center is a 24 hour,world class, full service athletic center with a knowledgeable staff  to help with all of your fitness and training n...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
Bradford Place Subdivision is located in the heart of Madison MS, one of America's most livable cities. Location is king in  this awesome established neighborhood. Close to the best shopping,churches, dining, schools, parks, malls, cafes, grocers, markets, and much much more. Enjoy a delicious lunch at The Strawberry Cafe , take a stroll through  one of the many parks, read a novel at Madison Library, or spend an afternoon shopping at Renaissance at Colony Park, the area's premier shopping destination! Bradford Place is family oriented, safe, close to everything, and a great place to call home. Directions: Hwy 51 North to Hoy Rd. ,Take a Right on Hoy Rd. Go 1.2 Miles , Bradford Place is on the Right. Madison County School District: Madison Avenue Lower Elementary Madison Avenue Upper El...
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A new survey by Bloomberg Business Week shows that you can find affordable suburban living for less in Madison, Mississippi.  Suburbanites who want to live better for less can find several neighborhoods such as Hunter's Pointe, Reunion, Adderley Gardens and Bradford Place.  The recent survey named Madison the most affordable suburb in the state of Mississippi.  The report also recognized other top communities in all 50 states. Many people in Mississippi have already discovered that they can live in Madison for a small town price and still have big city advantages.  You simply get more value for your money. Madison, Mississippi was once a small farming and railroad town, but it has blossomed into the popular suburb it is over the years.  There are a couple of key factors that make Madiso...
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No one wants their kids to be unhappy during Spring Break.  And not everyone can afford or has time to take the family to the beach for Spring Break.  But, you still have great alternatives around Madison, Mississippi during Spring Break to keep their boredom at bay. Here are some ideas for keeping your kids busy and happy: * Mosart Craft Studio - They will be having a two week Spring Break camp for kids ages 5 to 15.  Morning camp is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Afternoon camp is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Mosart Craft Studio is located in the Madison Market Shopping Center on US 51.  All skill levels are encouraged to come.  Groups will be sectioned out by ages.  They will be working on glass, wood and ceramics. * Different Strokes Art Studio - If you can't commit to a week long program,...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
An exciting new program is making funds available for Mississippi homebuyers to purchase bank owned foreclosures throughout the state. The program, "Home Buyer Advantage" hasn't received a lot of press, but it is a tremendous opportunity. Don't confuse this program, which is funded by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) through Congress's Neighborhood Stabilization Program with the $8,000 Federal Tax Credit. They are two separate homebuyer incentive programs. And guess what? You could be eligible for BOTH credits! The "Home Buyer Advantage" is designed to prevent neighborhood decline from having too many foreclosures. The requirements are relatively simple, but the highlights are as follows: The foreclosure you wish to purchase MUST BE your primary residence. This is not a progr...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
  Get Your TAX CREDIT Buy Today!!! As part of its plan to stimulate the U.S. housing market and address the economic challenges facing our nation, Congress has passed new legislation that: Extends the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers until April 30, 2010. Expands the credit to grant up to $6,500 credit to current home owners purchasing a new or existing home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010. Here is more information about how the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit can help prospective home buyers become part of the American dream.              Who Qualifies for the Extended Credit? First-time home buyers who purchase homes between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010. Current home owners purchasing a home between November 7, 2009 and Apri...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
Click the MLS Search Button to search 1000's of Homes For Sale in Madison, Brandon, Ridgeland, Reservior, Flowood & Jackson MS Its a buyers market just in case you haven’t noticed.  What that means is more houses listed for sale that there are home buyers qualified to buy. The number of homes on the market thoughout the U.S. is at an all time high. The result of this is that buyers know they can negotiate hard over the price and terms of the contract.  Buyers knowing we are in a buyers market puts the seller at a disadvantage.   So what are the steps I can take as a seller in a  buyers market to help get my home sold. Here are a few tips to help you in todays market. First Step: Clean, repair, repaint and get your home into tip-top condition. Pretend your are a buyer looking to purchas...
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Recently, a study was released from the Brookings Institution called the "Metro Monitor" reported on the recession and recovery, prepared by the Washington-based think tank. They looked at six major measures of economic viability which include wages, gross metro product and housing prices and unemployment.  The study was the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. The report stated that no one area has been immune to the downturn but there are areas that have not suffered as much.  All 100 metro areas showed a decline in economic output, with Florida, Michigan and Ohio showing the sharpest decline.  By comparison, Jackson, Miss saw a 2.9 percent falloff. and unemployment went up on 2.5 percent in the same time period.  The Brookings study, using the Federal Housing Finance...
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By Gary Smith
(SafeHome Inspections)
There is no doubt about it. Green is hot! It's everywhere! But, with respect to housing, what's the difference in "Green Verified" and "Green Certified"? If you talk to 10 different people you'll most likely get 10 different answers to the "What does green mean?" question. Everything from "Yes, we've gone green at my office, we've started buying recycled copy paper!" to "Green?, sure I bought one of GM's new SUVs, they're environmentally friendly. Don't you see how the commercials place their vehicles in a forest setting?"  Actually, (according to www.greenwashing.com) General Motors is a member of the Coalition of Vehicle Choice, an organization that opposes clean air legislation and laws directed at reducing auto emissions. So, when you purchase a home and the builder makes a green de...
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By Jeffrey Dillon, Front Gate Realty
(The Dillon Team, Front Gate Realty)
The last month I've been a busy bee with the housing market, but what can I attribute this to?  Interest Rates, or Stimulus Package? Maybe and Maybe! I've got a good idea though my sellers are helping me price their listings at fair market value and that my friend is what is moving this market! And, as we know, price is king when buyers are looking for homes. Remember, your results may vary depending on the home condition and the part of the country you are located  in. But, the next time you’re ready to list a home, explore the option of pricing strategies. A listing price can be your most powerful marketing tool...   Closing March 20th! Closing February 27th! Short Sale Closing Pending!   If your looking to sell your home in the Metro Jackson Area be sure to call me before you do for ...
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By Gary Smith
(SafeHome Inspections)
Want to save a couple of bucks and continue saving into the future? Take advantage of one of the many energy savings tax credits available this year from Uncle Sam.Home improvement insulation tax credits are available...let's look at how you qualify.The insulation's primary purpose must be to insulate. That means siding does not qualify, but a vapor retarder does. A vapor retarder is a specially treated paper, thin plastic sheeting, or low permeance paint that prevents condensation of water vapor inside wall or ceiling materials. This trapped moisture can cause damage to the wallboard and paint as well as structural deterioration. The product you use must be expected to last for at least 5 years or have a 2 year warranty. The cost of installation (your labor) cannot be included in the t...
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By Gary Smith
(SafeHome Inspections)
As co-chairman and on behalf of the entire Building Green Works Committee at the Home Builders Association of Jackson I’d like to thank Mississippi Home Corp for their efforts in promoting affordable resource efficient housing in Mississippi. Our HBAJ Green Committee includes builders, associate members, utility companies and government agencies. We’re proud to have them serve on our committee.As a certified NAHB Verifier I believe this contest will not only promote energy efficient construction, but will offer Mississippi residences affordable homes that help them save water, live more comfortably in cleaner air, save money through lower maintenance cost and will encourage the public to save our planet’s natural resources.In support of the contest, I would also like to announce that th...
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By Ryan Weaver
(Weaver and Associate)
Madison Among '10 Best' For Families In U.S.   Family Circle has named Madison, MS, one of the Top Ten Towns for Families in America. Family Circle Magazine, working in conjunction with On Board, a New York City based research firm, delved into the things Americans most want in a hometown. Their results culminated from "a first of its kind investigation to identify the best communities across the country that combine big city opportunities with suburban charm." They sought out "locations that offer an ideal blend of good jobs, top rated schools, wide open spaces and a lot less stress." Their findings and the ten cities selected will appear in the August 2007 issue of Family Circle which will be on the newsstands July 10th. The Family Circle and On Board's ten top towns came from "a list...
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By Gary Smith
(SafeHome Inspections)
Before the days of gun powder and lead the mighty shield was used for protection from unwanted elements during battle.In our struggle to save energy consider using one of the most protective and cost effective "shields" developed. The Radiant Barrier.It's a foil backed product that's placed in the attic of your home, foil side down, to help protect you from the sun's radiating heat that drives your energy use up and the size of your pocket book down. A radiant barrier: is placed foil side down in your attic (opposite of the way you think a shield should face!) will lower the cost of your cooling dollars by 40% will not effect your roof warranty (when installed as roof sheathing) can be installed directly onto your attic insulation lowers the negative effects of high heat on stored artic...
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By Gary Smith
(SafeHome Inspections)
If you were shopping for a home and found one that was… well-built comfortable had lower-than-average monthly energy costs was easy to maintain required no additional income to pay for it Would you stop shopping? I have good news! This kind of home is being built today. How can you afford the purchase? That’s Easy!  Get an EM - Energy Mortgage. The mortgage is unfamiliar to many homebuyers and believe it or not to many real estate agents. How does it work?  An EM increases your buying power by enabling the mortgage lender to count the monthly energy bill savings that a home’s energy efficient features deliver as extra income. There are two kinds of energy mortgages: Energy-Efficient Mortgages Credits the savings from a home that is already efficient into the loan qualification process a...
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By Jeffrey Dillon, Front Gate Realty
(The Dillon Team, Front Gate Realty)
Alot of people that I have talked to in the past couple of weeks have been confused between the differences of FHA and Conventional loans.  So, I hope this simple explanation helps with all of your questions dealing with mortgage loans. FHA requires less money down - 3.5%. Conventional (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) loans require at least 5% down.FHA’s monthly mortgage insurance is much cheaper than conventional loans, usually about half and much more in many cases.FHA’s interest rate is not tied to credit score. If you have a 620 or better you are eligible for the best FHA rate.  For conventional loans you need at least a 720 score for the best rate and scores less than 720 have higher rates. Or you pay more points to get best rate.FHA loans can only be used to buy your primary residence...
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