Brandon, MS Real Estate News

By Sean Thornton, CSP
(Thornton Safety and Inspection, LLC)
I enjoy watching Sherlock Holmes movies and I enjoy having to do a little detective work during an inspection. This one, however, did not require much deduction. You know there's a problem when you walk into a basement and see this:                                                                                            No that is not a new kind of Faux finish.  It's mold!  Wall to wall mold.  Here's another look at it: It did take some effort (mostly physical) to get to the cause.  I knew that there had to be moisture for the mold to grow, but it wasn't some elusive source as I had hoped.  This was obvious once I stepped onto the soggy shag carpet. Systematically going around the exterior, I found this drain: Which collected the roof water and runoff into this broken drainage pipe lo...
Comments 15
By Sean Thornton, CSP
(Thornton Safety and Inspection, LLC)
We offer seller inspections and participate in the Move-In CertifiedTM program through the International Assoc. of Certified Home Inspectors.  It would seem that this type of inspection would be a hot item in this buyer's market; however, seller inspections have accounted for only a small percentage of our business.    I have done web searches and found that the Move-In CertifiedTM  program is being used with success in other parts of the country, but, from my conversations with agents, it is unknown in my area.    So much effort is made to make a house stand-out from all the other houses for sale on the same street, why not have the home inspected before it is listed, correct any major defects and have a sign in the yard to proclaim it?  The house is going to be inspected anyway, and i...
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
In February 2012 there were 7 homes that closed within the month for Brandon's Castlewoods Subdivision. This is an increase over February 2011, as there were 4 homes that closed this time last year.The average sales price for homes that closed in Castlewoods in February 2012 was $183,271.The average sales price for homes that closed in Castlewoods in February 2011 was $170,313.The average market time (continuous days on market) for homes that closed in Castlewoods in February 2012 was 171 days.The average market time (continuous days on market) for homes that closed in Castlewoods in February 2011 was 78 days.Search Homes for Sale in CastlwoodsThere are five addtional homes in Brandon's Castlewoods Subdivision that are pending or under a contingency. These properties range in price from...
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Homes for Sale in Brandon's Willow Grande IINew homes are under construction in Brandon's Willow Grande II, located behind Castlewoods Country Club. If you are in the market for a new home, these homes are AFFORDABLE (starting price is under $200,000), conveniently located in northwest Rankin County, AND are eligible for 100% financing through the USDA Rural Housing Program. Willow Grande II offers various amenities throughout these 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath properties, but standard features are all-brick construction, double garages, granite countertops, and a minimum of 1450 square feet. For a current price list for Willow Grande II or to schedule an appointment, call, text or email me! Willow Grande II is part of the Castlewoods Homeowners Association. The schools that service this area are ...
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
St. Marks Fall Festival Provides Fun for All ~ Brandon, MS There is always something fun to do in the Jackson Metro area, especially during the holiday season. This weekend I took the grandkids to St. Marks UMC Fall Festival, and there were games for both the younger set as well as the older kids. Costumes were optional, although most children took the opportunity to dress as their favorite cartoon character or super hero. There were simple, easy games for the under 4 set, ranging from "Go Fishing", Bowling, Bean Toss, and Golf, to bull riding and Gladiator jousting for the older children. And there were space jumps for all ages. Of course, there were plenty of sugary sweets to go around, including cotton candy, ice cream, and cupcakes. The St. Marks Festival is an annual event offered ...
Comments 4
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The NW Rankin Cougars celebrated their 2010 Homecoming game with a pre-game parade Thursday evening. Both sides of Vine Street were lined with Cougar supporters and friends of NW Rankin School. The  parade's theme, "Classic Cartoons", featured the Cougars' marching band, NW Rankins' ROTC, and themed floats with plenty of throws and treats for the kiddies. The Seniors float was "The Smurfs", the Juniors float was "Scooby-Doo", Sophomores was "Batman", and Freshmen was "The Flintstones". NW Rankins' Homecoming Game against Greenville starts at 7 p.m. Friday night (October 22, 2010). The Homecoming Court will be presented at 6:30. NW Rankin Cougars have won seven games this season. For more NW Rankin Football, visit their website.
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Rankin County, MS ~ Market Snapshot for September 2010 The number of homes for sale in Rankin County for the month of September totaled just over 1000, for an average list price of $214,002. The breakdown for each city follows: City Number of Listings Average List Price Brandon 39042 201 $206,887.00 Brandon 39047 446 $233,926.00 Pearl 39208 191 $131,514.00 Flowood 39232 46 $451,573.00 Florence 39073 70 $195,816.00 Richland 39218 30 $152,323.00 Total Active 984   The number of Rankin County homes that sold during the month of September were 112. Seventy-three of these homes were in Brandon (75 homes sold last year in this area during the same time frame). 14 sales were in Pearl, (down from 31 last year), six homes sold in Flowood, in comparison to last year in which 8 Flowood homes sold....
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Brandon MS ~ Market Condition Report for September 2010 ~ 39047 ~ Number of Available listings on the market: 443 Average LIST price of these homes: $232,944 Average DOM (Days on the Market) for listed homes: 131 Number of Closed Sales for September 2010: 43 vs. 48 for same time last year Average SALES price of closed sales for month of September: $190,166 List to Sale Ratio of closed homes in Brandon (39047) for September 2010: 96% Sixty-four (64) Northwest Rankin homes are pending (under contract) in this area. The number of Brandon, MS Reservoir area homes sold year-to-date in 2010 is 449, three units more than the same time last year. ~ 39042 ~ Number of Available listings on the market: 206 Average LIST price of these homes: $206,856 Average DOM (Days on the Market) for listed home...
Comments 4
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Castlewoods ~ Brandon, MS Market Condition Report ~ September 2010In September 2010, five (5) houses closed in Castlewoods Subdivision, with an average sales price of $217,180. The average days on the market for these five homes were 60 days.There were 18 new listings added to the market in September, bringing the total number of available homes in Castlewoods to 72.There are 10 homes under contract (either pending or with contingencies), and five properties expired (left the market) in September.Castlewoods market appears to be improving, since last month there were five closings, compared to three in September 2009. Likewise, there were three closings in August 2010. Year to date, however, sales have decreased 15% from 2009 statistics. The month with the most closings? June 2010.Home ...
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Farmington Station Subdivision - Brandon MS 39047(Note: Article Written September 2010) Today I toured the new construction properties being built in Rankin County's Farmington Station. Although the September weather is still rather warm in central MS, it was worthwhile to see the quality of construction evident in these new homes.Ranging in price from the mid $150s to the $180s, Farmington Station offers quality AND affordability. The builders offer an array of features, from granite tile counter tops, custom cabinets, and built-in storage to a fully sodded yard, to a whirlpool tub with separate shower. *DISCLAIMER: All features may not be standard, depending on the builder.Most of the homes are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, with double garages (3/2/2), and range in size from 1300-1600 square f...
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Brandon MS Market Conditions Report (39042) ~ August 2010 In August, 48 homes were added to the market, bringing the total number of homes for sale in Brandon's 39042 zip code to 219. Following is a brief breakdown according to price: Price Range # Units For Sale <$100,000 11 $100,001-$200,000 129 $200,001-$300,000 48 $300,001-$400,000 24 $400,000+ 7 There were 19 closings in Brandon for August 2010, compared to 28 in August 2009, a 32% reduction. Although closings are down, it is encouraging to note the number of pending transactions total 46 units. Fourteen houses expired during this time frame, indicating the prices were unacceptable to buyers. The average sales price of homes in this area of Brandon is $145,000. If a move is in your future, it pays to consult a neighborhood expert. ...
Comments 2
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Brandon, MS: Castlewoods ~ Market Conditions Report September 20, 2010 As of September 20, 2010, there are 71 properties for sale in Castlewoods Subdivision, ranging in price from $79,900 to $510,000. $100,000 - $200,000              35 homes for sale $200,001 - $300,000              23 homes for sale $300,001 - $400,000              10 homes for sale $400,001 & up                         2 homes for sale Ten properties are shown as either "contingent" or "pending". Five homes closed during the 50 days from August 1 to present; three in August, and two so far this month. Seven homes expired from the market; in other words, the market rejected their price. Homes are staying on the market longer and home values have adjusted downward due to the decline in sales. Sales in Castlewoods reach...
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Like most folks, I enjoy finding a deal. And sometimes when I find a bargain, I can't act on it for one reason or another. Imagine my surprise when I found a 3 BR 2 Bath home in Brandon's Crossgates today, listed for $85,000! Homes in Crossgates Subdivision typically list between $100,000-$250,000. Here's a list of all homes currently for sale in Crossgates. I got in my car as soon as possible, camera in hand, so I could share the photos with you, my dear reader. Now, this house will require some work, but it is clean, with scored concrete floors, and a large back yard. It's also in the heart of Brandon, MS in a great school district.   Someone could put in a little elbow grease and have a terrific family home on the cheap or a profitable rental property. This is a HUD foreclosure that ...
Comments 3
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Castlewoods Homeowners PicnicCastlewoods Homeowners Association will host the Annual Castlewoods Day this Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Azalea Trails Park.Please note this is a week earlier than originally planned. Volunteers were refreshing the mulch around the kids playground last Saturday as Brownie & I took our afternoon stroll. I learned of the date change from the volunteers. The Castlewoods newsletter contains the prior date.Be sure to come THIS SATURDAY, August 21 to the park to meet and visit our neighbors, enjoy burgers, dogs, etc., prepared by The Knights of Columbus, and let the kids play. (I have it on good authority that inflatables will be on site.)Festivities start around 4:00.T-shirts are available at the Castlewoods Office (M-F; 9:00 - 1:00) for $10.See ya Saturday! To ...
Comments 0
By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
This immaculate home in Stonehendge Subdivision of Brandon MS is 1,456 square feet , three bedrooms and two baths, and is offered at $152,900. Upon entering this home you will walk through the foyer  that is so inviting  with walls painted in a warm red tone with rich wood flooring to greet your guests.   The living room has neutral colors, plush new carpet and a  gas fireplace that is framed in a beautiful white mantle with insert that is fully surrounded in tile. Tons of natural light enters this area through double glass doors and large bay windows on either side.  Kitchen offers electric  stove and cooktop, built in microwave, side by side refrigerator, and dishwasher. The bar area  is sure to be a gathering  place for family and  friends of those that like to entertain.  Two windo...
Comments 0
By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
It can't be good when your city is mentioned on the Weather Channel or the national news. A winter blast is predicted across the Deep South, especially along the I-20 corridor. The experts are predicting 1-3 inches of snow for Atlanta, Birmingham, Meridian and Jackson. The south typically isn't prepared for snow, since we don't usually see accumulation. We don't know how to drive in the white stuff, and schools are usually closed if there is the slightest mention of snow in the forecast. Snow has been the primary topic of conversation today, and it hasn't started to fall yet! But bring it on. I am ready. My pantry is stocked with the essentials...coffee, cream, sugar, Dr. Pepper, and chocolate. I bought a new magazine on the way home this afternoon. I have clean clothes, the plants are ...
Comments 3
By Caroline Huising
(Huising)
Price: $169,900 FIZBER.com ID 13678270 Single Family with 3 bed, 2.0 bath, in 135 Blackstone Circle Brandon, MS, 39047 http://www.fizber.com/13678270/ 135 Blackstone Circle - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Single Family Address: 135 Blackstone Circle, Brandon, MS, 39047 Sq footage: 1563.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 2.0 Bedrooms: 3 Year built: 2007 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Mississippi homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: Hurry Up before tax credit expires!!! 3 large bedrooms all with walk-in closets, 2 full baths, large den with trey ceilings, fireplace with gas logs and ceramic surround, open floorplan with dining and kitchen, stained concrete floors, ceramic countertops, linen closet, laundry room, 2-car garage with attic acce...
Comments 1
By Caroline Huising
(Huising)
Price: $261,900 FIZBER.com ID 13678271 Single Family with 4 bed, 2.5 bath, in 22 Bastille Brandon, MS, 39047 http://www.fizber.com/13678271/ 22 Bastille - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Single Family Address: 22 Bastille, Brandon, MS, 39047 Sq footage: 2461.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 2.5 Bedrooms: 4 Year built: 1992 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Mississippi homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: YOU CAN HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.... Beautiful country setting, but within minutes from schools and shopping. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 1 half bath, large den with wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen with built-in desk, updated stainless appliances including refrigerator, new sink and Corian countertops, breakfast noo...
Comments 1
By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
Get Your TAX CREDIT Buy Today!!! Bringing the Dream of Homeownership Within Reach 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 purch...
Comments 0
By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
316 Oakville Cir. Brandon Mississippi Lovely home for sale in Vintner’s Crossing. Open & airy, this elite,upscale home, reduced to $269,900/a rare find.Gas light at entry brings you into a formal foyer area w/great lighting,two wood/glass doors,formal DR w/butlers pantry/china closet,awesome wet bar w/icemaker,huge great room w/FP & built-in cabinets,glass doors going onto patio.Fully equiped kitchen w/SS appliance,oversized granite island, numerous cabinets & shelving, hearth room w/brick FP,laundry rm w/sink, shelves,broom closet,huge master w/dual vanities,jacuzzi tub,walkin closet,C-fans thruout,walk in closets & c-fans in BR 2&3, too many extra’s to mention;2 toned designer scored flooring in living area & kitchen, plush carpet only in bedrooms. $269,900   Ready to make the move to...
Comments 0