Jackson, MS Real Estate News

By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
With so many New Year's Eve events going on around Jackson, Mississippi, where will you welcome your New Year's in?  We have compiled a list of venues that are having New Year's Eve events, so you don't miss out on all the fun. The First Baptist Church Jackson is having a ballroom dancing event from 8:00pm to midnight.  The Raphael Semmes Band will be the big entertainment of the night in the church's Christian Life Center.  Tickets are $75 for couples or $40 for individuals in advance and $85 for couples and $45 for individuals at the door.  This event also includes dinner.  Formal to semi-formal attire is required.  And they are asking that no one wear spike or stiletto heels.  For more information, call (601) 949-1949. The Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson is having a swanky black...
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When it comes to finding affordability and happiness, you can now look to Jackson, Mississippi for both.  Now that Americans are looking for affordable housing, solid real estate, stable employment, easy commutes and a place they can be happy, they aren't flocking to the Sun Belt or coastal cities to find it anymore. Forbes Magazine recently released its list of America's most affordable cities to live and Jackson, Mississippi is third on that list.  Live Science released its list of the happiest states to live as well, with Mississippi ranking sixth on the list. Forbes Magazine compiled their list of cities from a mixture of statistics such as unemployment rates, foreclosures, vacancies, median commute time, a three year home-price forecast and median real estate taxes. Live Science co...
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
As the year comes to an end, we are suddenly feeling the need to express just how much we are loving Jackson, Mississippi in our blog.  There are many people around who like to focus on the negative things that happen in the city and are all too ready to take potshots when positive things happen.  However, there are many positive things happening around the City of Jackson that no one can deny as positive changes. There is no denying that Jackson has its own issues of population, crime and infrastructure.  However, those are the same issues that all big cities across the country face.  Jackson, Mississippi will soon be coming into new administration and power soon.  And many believe with a renewed focus to tackle these issues, bigger and better things are coming to the city.  Things tha...
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
Many people know Jackson, Mississippi as the City with Soul.  And to help ensure that visitors are happy while in town, the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching a new program called the Hospitality Certified Program that is directed to ensure that all visitors have exceptional lodging while staying in the City with Soul. Mississippi is actually the first state in the entire nation to adopt a program like this statewide.  The Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau has now partnered with the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association to execute this new program in all lodging locations throughout the Jackson area.  The program is anticipated to be in full swing by January 2010. Since Jackson is now bursting at the seams with developments that will only enhance the city, the init...
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By Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert
(National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro)
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
Now here's an interesting piece of information we thought would be good to include in our weekly blog.  There is a superintendent search for Jackson, Mississippi going on through October 2, 2009.  We recently came across the news that the Mississippi Board of Education is searching nationally for a new superintendent.  They are seeking a candidate who will keep all ongoing programs on track and help in the advancement of the student's education.  They say the perfect candidate should be an advocate for increasing student achievement and funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Application and position information will be posted on the Mississippi School Board and the Mississippi Department of Education's websites by August 24th.  All candidates must submit their application b...
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By Angie Vandenbergh, A Crye-Leike Blogger
(Crye-Leike, Realtors)
Crye-Leike, REALTORS In Jackson, Mississippi Invite The Public To A Back To School Open House Extravaganza With Special Pricing Only During The Two Day Event Crye-Leike, REALTORS in Jackson, Mississippi invite the public to a Back To School Open House Extravaganza on August 15th and 16th. During the two day campaign several Jackson MS homes will be open for touring with reduced prices on those homes good only during the special event. "The Back To School Campaign gives buyers a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of our special pricing and will provide our sellers with the opportunity for a quick sale," said Crye-Leike Ridgeland Manager Pam Barr. "Crye-Leike has a passionate commitment to unsurpassed service to its clients. In an effort to continue this service, the Jackson Metro Cr...
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
Great news art lovers!  For the whole month of July, there will be over 200 outstanding paintings on display from artists across the state at the Art Center of Mississippi in downtown Jackson.  It is what we locals have come to know as the annual Mississippi Artists' Guild fine arts exhibition.  Art work will be judged by Gary Walters, an award-winning artist and Jackson native, and much of the artwork will be for sale.  Artists in the show range from beginners to longtime painters.  Some of the showcased painters are even well known artists.  However, they will all be at the art show for the same purpose: to inspire us all by art. This will be a free event: both exhibit and parking.  The show will be open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 201 E. Pascagoula St. in the Art Center...
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
Realtors® Mary & Bill Watkins  ~  Jackson Mississippi Real Estate Jackson, Mississippi has been waiting for more universities to come to the area and now any adult wanting to further their education will soon have two more universities to choose from. Recently, a Strayer University campus and a Tulane University satellite campus have been approved by the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation to come to the areas of Jackson and Madison.  The Strayer University campus will be located in Jackson while the Tulane University campus will be located in Madison.  Both universities are approved for 2010.  Each university will cater to adult learners constructing their classes primarily around evenings and weekends.   The commission will now have to determine whether or not Strayer and ...
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By Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert
(National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro)
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
Whether you live in Jackson, Mississippi or you're just visiting the area, you will never have a lack of activities to fill your free time.  There is always something going on in Jackson.  We have listed some of the upcoming highlights so no one misses out. Scooper Bowl Flea Market & All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival - May 16th from 7 am to 2 pm at the Good Samaritan Center.  A non-profit organization at the Good Samaritan Center will be holding this annual event, so don't miss out. Icons From the Collection - May 30th from 10 am to 5 pm at the Mississippi Museum of Art.  The gallery has gathered a huge collection of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs and other artwork to display from many famous artists, including Elizabeth Catlett, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Geor...
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
Many people don't know this, but our nation celebrates a National Tourism Week once a year.  This year, National Tourism Week is May 9 through May 17.  Therefore, Jackson, Mississippi will be celebrating in style. This is the perfect opportunity for visitors to come and see what a great community Jackson, Mississippi is.  For those who are planning on relocating to Jackson, this event is even more perfect for you.  Visitors will get to tour the city and see all that Jackson has to offer. Here is the schedule for National Tourism Week in Jackson, Mississippi.  Saturday, May 9 - National Train Day Celebration at Union Station at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 - Traditional "Wear Red" Day and Company's Coming to the City with Soul Clean Up/Fix Up Day at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 15 - Soul Day at...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
It's Foreclosure Friday time! Over the last several weeks I've written the Foreclosure Friday series to share a little about the process of finding and buying foreclosures in the Metro Jackson area. HUD's inventory is down this week, but there are still 35 available properties in the metro area for sale. One home in Florence, MS is priced $10 a square foot less than its nearest competitor in the same neighborhood. 573 Eaglewood Drive is listed for $108,900 with an "as is" value of $121,000. Another property, 613 Harvest Drive in Ridgeland, has been reduced from $131,000 to $117,900. There are a number of foreclosures available through VA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. If you have a particular price range and area that you are interested in, you can search the Jackson MS MLS or subscribe t...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Today I found myself in the historic Fondren district around lunchtime and decided to stop in at Walker's Drive In for lunch. Walker's Drive In, a popular Jackson eatery, is located between Fondren Place and Duling Drive at 3016 North State Street. Business is brisk with it's lunch clientele and the Blue Plate Special is popular with the locals, as are the fried green tomatoes, fried portabello mushrooms, and burgers and po-boys. Walker's is mentioned in the Top Ten Jackson Restaurants by 10Best. The decor is intriguing art-deco, complete with glass block windows, black and white checkerboard floors, and white linen tablecloths. You can dine at the counter or sit at one of their booths. Today a number of people were enjoying the open air patio overlooking North State Street. If you want...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The third weekend in March is an important time for activities in downtown Jackson, MS and the metro area. It's the date when Sweet Potato Queens from all over the country converge on the capitol city and march in conjunction with the St. Paddy's Day Parade. The parade has grown to become one of the Top 20 Largest Events in the Southeast. The parade itself is an all-day event with children's activities, a pet parade, children's parade, the Million Queen March (the Sweet Potato Queens), and finally the Main Event, the floats with all the throws, beads, and doubloons. These photos were taken at the Million Queen March.                                                                     Even Jackson Mayor Frank Melton got in on the march...                   The SPQ's event is a fundraiser...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The annual Sweet Potato Queens Ball was held Friday night at Mal's in downtown Jackson. This was my first time to attend the SPQ Ball, and I'm not sure who had more fun, the Queen "wannabes" as they are called or this photographer! There were so many colorful costumes, aka ball gowns, that I couldn't stop taking photos. The SPQ ball was created by local Best Selling Author Jill Conner Browne, who brings thousands of SPQ's to Jackson, MS on the third weekend of March every year to participate in the SPQ Ball and to march in the annual Mal's St. Paddy's Day parade. The economic impact to the city is huge and the St. Paddy's Day parade is one of the largest events held in the city of Jackson throughout the year. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, here are some photos...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Don't miss the festivities tonight and tomorrow as the Mal's St. Paddy's Day Parade is scheduled for this weekend! Yes, I know it's after St. Patrick's Day, but the parade is tomorrow (March 21, 2009) anyway. Tonight at Hal and Mal's, The Sweet Potato Queens Ball will take place from 7-11 p.m. This is an event you won't want to miss. Bring your sunglasses and wear your best bling and you'll fit right in. Tomorrow, the lovely ladies will be marching in the St. Paddy's Day Parade beginning at noon. Proceeds of the Queens March will benefit Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. The St. Paddy's Day Parade is always a lot of fun and one of the largest planned events for Metro Jackson. For a schedule of events, visit this site. Oh, here's the parade route. The Children's Parade starts at 11:00...
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By Mary Watkins
(Keller Williams Realty)
More and more people are looking for free activities to fill their free time, especially in today's economy.  And, as real estate professionals, new clients often ask us what's going on in Jackson that's fun and free?  Well, this month's free event is Arts Alive.  Arts Alive is a free two day festival which will be held on March 27 & 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Smith Park in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Arts Alive originally started as a church fundraiser, but was so popular, it has now turned into a two-day cultural event.  The festival is complete with arts, crafts, food, drinks, music and dance. Since Jackson, Mississippi is such a religious community, many churches thought downtown Jackson would be the perfect place for the event and, it seems, they were right.  The fest...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Have you ever wanted to meet Rudy Guiliani? How about Zig Ziglar? Or Dr. Robert Schuller, famed author? Archie (who?) Manning? Each one of these dynamic individuals will be in Jackson, MS live and in person next week for a business seminar entitled GET MOTIVATED!The day-long seminar, offered on two separate days, March 9 or 10, will be held in the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson. I'm looking forward to the session. My entire office will be attending, thanks to my broker who purchased a group of tickets.The price of admission is ridiculously low. Perhaps the seminar is subsidized to showcase the new Jackson convention center, which was completed earlier this year. Whatever they are selling, (you know they will be selling something?!) I DON'T CARE, because the opportunity t...
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Self employed people generally work longer hours and weekends, but they are doing what they enjoy doing...and getting paid for it!   In today's economy, people are being laid off or losing their jobs due to downsizing in business or upgrading in technology, making their jobs obsolete.  As a result, many people start their own business with the goal of taking control of their lives and improving their financial situation.  Many people are aware of the benefits of being self-employed; however, they lack the drive and determination to make the change from working a job to becoming self-employed.   Being self-employed has its challenges, but it also has its rewards.  When successful, the self-employed person enjoys better income, better working conditions and the right to work their own sch...
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