Brandon, MS Real Estate News

By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The City of Brandon held their Annual Easter Egg Hunt Thursday evening at Shiloh Park. Hundreds of children came to the ball fields to race for the colorful eggs and to jump in the giant inflatables. Four ball fields contained over 2000 eggs each to accommodate the excited children. The well-organized hunt enabled the younger children to collect eggs in their own age category while the older children played until their turn on adjoining fields. Several lucky participants grabbed the "prize" eggs and received special Easter baskets filled with stuffed animals, candy, and other treats. Although many cities held their hunts earlier in the season, Flowood's Winners Circle Park will host an Easter Egg hunt Saturday afternoon from 3-5 p.m.   Hope you have an EGG~cellent Easter!
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The onset of Daylight Savings Time gave our family an extra hour to spend outdoors Sunday, and we spent the time at Lakeshore Park in Brandon, off Spillway Road. It was a great March afternoon, perfect for flying a kite, grilling burgers and hot dogs, playing on the swings, or tossing a frisbee.         It wasn't crowded, but over 300 people enjoyed the spring-like weather at the park Sunday afternoon. Besides Lakeshore Park, there are several parks and trails located along the Ross Barnett Reservoir for hiking, boating, tennis, and soccer. Throughout Ridgeland, Madison, Flowood and Brandon, there are over 20 parks for fun family activities, like Old Trace Park, Freedom Ridge, and Wolcott Park in Ridgeland.                 Visit The Rez for more information about waterfront parks throug...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Castlewoods Country Club is located off Highway 25 in northwest Rankin County. This locally owned club features an 18-hole golf course, "The Bear", designed by the Jack Nicklaus' Group.         Drive down Castlewoods Blvd., and you'll see the clubhouse, lake, and the 8,500 square foot deck. The clubhouse has a pro shop, a snack bar and grill, and provides members a place to relax after a round of golf or a long day.    The club can host weddings, receptions, or meetings.   Castlewoods offers tennis courts and an olympic sized swimming pool in addition to golf. To learn more about Castlewood Country Club, visit the website. Visit Castlewoods Homeowner Association. Search homes for sale in Castlewoods, Brandon, MS   ***********************************Blog edited 8/2/2010 
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
It rarely snows in Mississippi, so when it does, it virtually causes all activity to cease. School was either cancelled or dismissed early due to the winter storm that hit central Mississippi today.     Rain, sleet, and snow pelted the Jackson Metro area early this morning, and noon time temperature reached a mere 36 degrees today. It is quite a slushy mess. Bridges are iced over, and a Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6:00 p.m. today. Since the southern states are not equipped to handle snow and ice accumulation, it is recommended that you stay indoors unless absolutely necessary to travel. (This photo taken a day BEFORE the snow.) Tomorrow's projected temperature is expected to return to a more normal 50 degrees. To see live weather cams of the Mississippi area, click here. Pho...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
  Welcome to Speer's Crossing in Brandon, MS.  You are welcome to drive through and view for yourself the most distinctively different community in the Jackson, MS Metro Area. With neighborhoods for 2000, 2200, 2400 & 2800 Sq. Ft. homes Speer's Crossing Brandon, MS offers a variety of price points to accommodate buyers.  Property values are protected by architectural guidelines and restrictions with the foundation of strong covenants and Speer's Crossing Property Owners Association. Abundant green space and common facilities are an integral part of Speer's Crossing.  There is an extensive walking trail system connecting the neighborhoods to and around the green space, ponds & wetland areas.  There is also a community pool and cabana exclusively for Speer's residents and their guests.  T...
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By Lovejoy Team
(Re/Max Alliance)
It was the perfect family. Charming husband, beautiful wife, two amazing kids. Happy Little Family They had just bought a house in a nice well established neighborhood and were putting the finishing touches on their remodel projects. Dad thought he had it all. The only thing that could make it better would be a new baby. He had been trying to talk his wife into having another child for some time and she was not interested. Well one day as Dad was relaxing on the couch Mom came in to give him some big news. Lazy Dad "There is going to be a new addition to the family." "A baby? We are having a baby? I am so excited", said Dad, "This is going to be great. We can turn the office into a nursery...." "A baby?", Mom interupted. "I don't think so. I told you, we are done." "Then what are you ta...
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By Linda Pitts
(Merck Team Realty, Inc)
  Gary S Smith built the largest independent real estate brokerage company in the state of Mississippi and spent 23 years becoming a household name in the Jackson, MS metro area.  It has been a pleasure to work under Gary's direction and learn at his School of Real Estate when I started in the business.  Gary started LCTV with a 30 minute real estate show many years ago and created a unique avenue to market homes for sale.  As a company we are merging with Century 21 Masselle and Associates and look forward to a positive future servicing our clients in the Jackson, MS area including Brandon, Madison, Pearl, Ridgeland, Flowood, Byram, and Canton.  Becoming affiliated with a national company was the only thing left to do... We always delivered the "WOW!"
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By Jeffrey Dillon, Front Gate Realty
(The Dillon Team, Front Gate Realty)
We would like to send congratulations out to Gregg Harper running for Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District!  The Mississippi Association of REALTORS® is proud to endorse Gregg Harper for Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District. MAR announced REALTORS' support of Harper during a press conference at the Mississippi Association of REALTORS® office on Tuesday, Oct. 21st.  I was priveleged to attend with some of my co-workers and we had a great time!  Gregg Harper is a good man who I know personally and I know that he will do good representing us as Realtors!  Jeffrey Dillon Afterwards we all dined at our favorite lunch place!
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By Jeffrey Dillon, Front Gate Realty
(The Dillon Team, Front Gate Realty)
    Ladies and gentlemen I am now reminded what true beauty is and how thankful I should be!  I am sitting out here in an open house in Arbor Landing and the weather and sky is truly beautiful!  If you've never been able to see the well appointed homes in Arbor Landing you must see them.  Arbor Landing is luxury defined with all of the amenities they have to offer in this live, play setting!  Whether enjoying an afternoon on your front porch swing, riding bikes on the oversized sidewalks, or letting the kids swim in the pool by the clubhouse, this neighbor friendly community is a place to start your family traditions.  Arbor Landing could be the perfect place to raise a family with award winning schools minutes away and the Ross Barnett Reservoir adjacent to the development!Below are a...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The Kroger Company opened their new 64000 square foot supermarket at 1070 Spillway Circle in Brandon's Reservoir area a week ago. The long-awaited opening was extremely well received by hundreds of local residents. My two visits to the store thus far were positive shopping experiences. Kroger has an impressive selection in their produce department, the organic section is awesome, and their fresh seafood section; yum!   There is a sushi bar, prepared fresh daily, a soup and salad bar, and an olive bar. (I highly recommend the sushi.)    The store opened at the corner of Spillway Road and Northshore Parkway in northwest Rankin County. Although there is another Kroger a few miles down the road at Dogwood Promenade, the addition of this store is a welcome relief to those of us who live and ...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
Bella Vista Subdivision in Brandon, MS  has lots available. Several of the lots have already sold. Minimum square footage for the homes are at 2,500 and 2, 800. Lot costs range from $55,000 to $60,000 and range in size from approximately 14,000 to 20,000 square feet. The subdivision is small and has what is considered to be the best covenants and location for homes in this price range in the City of Brandon, MS. The subdivision is located Close to  Shiloh Park on Shiloh Road in Brandon, MS. The East Side of Brandon MS has very good potential for both commercial and residential development in the near future as a result of the proposed Grants Ferry Parkway which will create a future "loop" around Brandon, MS                                                                Ready to make the...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
No Major Purchase of Any Kind This includes furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, jewelry, vacations, expensive weddings...and automobiles, of course.When you get a raise or accumulate some savings, you may find yourself confronted by an innate instinct of modern civilized men and women.... the desire to spend money.  It begins simply, by going out to restaurants, and then accelerates to purchasing clothing, electronic gadgets, and since North Americans have a special fondness for the automobile, you may even buy a "brand new car." If you're married or ambitious, a few months later your thoughts eventually turn toward buying your own home. Or a move-up home, if you are already a homeowner. Next, you contact a loan officer to get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan. You state your ...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
 RELOCATING TO A NEW CITY? n Relocating to a new city?  Let the Herrington Realty Team lend a helping hand.  We are committed to making your move a smooth and stress free transition.   Listed below are a few time saving tips for relocating to your new location. Organize...Prioritize...Minimize Donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity.  Clean out the clutter and give away what you really don't need or want to move. List the most important things you must do before you leave your present home that will ensure a smooth transition to your new home.  Set aside magazines, bills, and other recurring mail that you want to move with you to your new address.  Visit the United.States Postal Service online to change your address. Pack travel items in compact compartments in trav...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
Palisades, Brandon MS Real Estate   Welcome to Palisades... An elite established community on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, Brandon MS with a diverse range of house sizes, prices, and lifestyles.  This development is warm, rich, and inviting with an exquisite clubhouse that is very accessible with views of the open water, a swimming pool, shaded arbors, and plenty of pool seating to entertain family and guests. Our feature home in this development is over the top with amenities.  103 Palisades, a Brandon MS Real Estate Home can be described in one word, "Fabulous"!  Once you enter the front door you are greeted with the openness of the floor plan.  The rich hue of the Brazilian wood floors adds elegance to the open formal dining room with space enough for banquet size seating.  The dining...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
Welcome to Scottish Hills - Brandon MS Real Estate Looking for a home on the Reservoir? You will find everything you want in the Brandon MS area. The City of Brandon MS is a great place to live and is served by the Rankin County School District Brandon MS Public Schools Brandon High School (Grades 9-12) Brandon Middle School (Grades 6-8) Brandon Elementary School (Grades 3-5) Rouse Elementary School (Grades K-2) New subdivisions, restaurants, shopping centers and car dealerships are popping up quickly. Searching for something to do should not be a problem; Brandon MS has many lakes, golf courses, shopping centers, martial art studios, gyms, churches, parks, live theater, and many annual events. Scottish Hills subdivision is a wonderful new addition to Brandon MS, with award-winning scho...
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By Gary Smith
(SafeHome Inspections)
Not all fires are the same. Some fires smolder and smoke for hours before flaming up and some fires burn quick without much smoke.  It makes good sense to install an alarm with duel detection features. The most popular type sold in the U.S. today is the Ionization alarm. This type monitors ‘ions,' or electrically charged particles in the air. Air molecules in a sample chamber are ‘ionized' by a radioactive source. This allows a small electrical current flow. Smoke particles entering the sensing chamber change the electrical balance of the air. When combustion (smoke) particles enter the alarm, they obstruct the flow of the current. An alarm is pre-programmed to sound when the current gets too low. Ionization smoke alarms respond first to fast flaming fires. A flaming fire devours combus...
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By Stephanie Hall
(Keller Williams Realty)
This extravagant home is located just off Lakeland Dr. in Brandon Mississippi. Located near Dogwood Festival shopping center and in Rankin County school district.Search local MLS at www.herringtonrealtyco.comApproximately 4200 Sq. ft of pure luxury. Quality craftmanship is obvious this lovely home. Large kitchen with huge work area, 60' double oven range with 6 burners and griddle. appliances are stainless with granite countertops. Split plan 3/1 with media room upstairs over garage. BONUS, $20,000 media equipment stays. No shoes allowed in the house. Masterbath is superb. Marble tub & countertops + Glassed in shower.Click here for more information on Brandon MS.Visual Tour  130 Oakridge Trail Brandon MS Front Oakridge Trail Living Room from Foyer Kitchen view from Keeping Area Fireplac...
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By Gary Smith
(SafeHome Inspections)
Concrete CracksOne of the most common questions I receive during my inspection orientation concerns concrete cracks and concrete failure. Why is the home's concrete cracking and is this a shoddy job? The fact is, when installed properly; concrete is one the most durable and long lasting products in your home. But, there are well-established rules and guidelines with respect to installation that can affect its durability, strength, and resistance to cracking. Let's look at a few reasons concrete cracks:•1)      Excess water in the mix.It's no secret that concrete is heavy. When it's being poured from the truck the concrete is stiff and hard to maneuver. In an effort to make it lighter and easier to move some contractors often add water to the mix. But the excess water also greatly reduce...
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By Donna Spooner
(The Herrington Realty Company)
ResidentialLP: $ 295,000Address: 119 SILVERADO TRAIL Stwww.herringtonrealtyco.comCity: BrandonZip: 39047-Year Built: 2006 County: RankinSubdivision: Vintners CrossingASF: 2500 / BR: 3Baths: 2 / 1Fantastic New Construction with open plan,formal dining,3BD/2.5BA + bonus.Keeping room with fireplace, spacious master suite and master bath with beautiful tilework, built-ins,lovely wood floors in main area,high ceilings with beautiful millwork.Builder has done an exceptional job on this home.   ---------- General Information ----------Acres: Lot Desc: .5 to 1 Acre New Const: yes Garage / 2 carStories: 1.5Fireplaces: 2Handicap: Total Rooms: 9Other Rooms: Laundry/Utility Room, Rec/Play RoomFlood Ins: Flood Insurance not presently requiredExterior: Brick, CedarFloors: Ceramic Tile, Wall to Wall ...
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By Gary Smith
(SafeHome Inspections)
Dear Gary, I am working on a remodeling project at home and am told that the holes I bore in my studs to feed the plumbing and wiring must be of a certain size. Is this true and if so what size is appropriate not to weaken the stud and to meet city building code requirements?Richard-Jackson, MS Richard, The diameter of drilled holes in studs should not exceed 40 percent of the stud depth, and the minimum edge distance to the boundary of the hole shall not be less than 5/8-inch. When studs are doubled, drilled holes should not exceed 60 percent of the stud depth. Holes of maximum diameter should not occur in more than two consecutive studs. Adjacent holes, or holes and notches should not occur in the same cross section. As an example, a 2x4 can have a maximum hole of 1 3/8-inch or 2 inch...
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