Madison, MS Real Estate News

By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
WATERFRONT! Fabulous waterfront living and a fisherman's dream located on a picturesque 3.51 acres in Madison County. Custom built for a multi-generational household. The main home has 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, the attached in-law suite contains 2 bedrooms and one bath, plus full kitchen and beautiful hardwood flooring. There are two screened porches and water views from throughout the home. This property was built with TONS of storage, includes a huge laundry room with lots of cabinetry, a pantry that doubles as a safe room, and additional storage throughout the home. One bay of the three car garage is oversized, long enough to hold a generous sized boat of your choice. There is plenty of paved parking for your guests, plus a circular driveway. Lakefront property in Madison County 3.51 ac...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Are you a teacher, nurse, or EMT? Perhaps a firefighter or police officer? If so, a new loan program is available in Mississippi that offers 100% financing. That's ZERO DOWN PAYMENT!I'm excited to share this mortgage program, available through Liberty Financial MS Mortgage Department, to our local hometown heroes. What's the catch? Your credit score has to be at least 720. If your number falls short of this goal, Liberty Financial has a trained credit counselor to help improve your score. There is no charge for this service. The maximum loan amount for this program is $453,000. There are no income limits. It would be an honor to assist you with your home purchase. If you are in the market for a new home in the Metro Jackson area and want more information on this program or are ready to ...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity. ~ Lewis Grizzard Let's face it. Football is HUGE. And what goes better with football than tasty appetizers? My September postcard has a football theme along with an easy to prepare jalapeno and cheese dip recipe that is sure to please. (Scroll to the bottom for the recipe) Bon Appetit!Jalapeno Popper Dip 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened1 cup mayo1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies1 can (4 oz) diced jalapeno peppers1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs1 T olive oil In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayo, cheddar, chilies, peppers and 1/4 cup Parmesan until blen...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Beautiful Cypress Lake is located in the heart of Madison, MS, just off Highland Colony Blvd. and a stones throw from Madison Central High School. Cypress Lake is a gated residential neighborhood with home prices starting in the upper $200s. Different sections within Cypress Lake offer varying price points, but one thing is certain, the peaceful setting, the gorgeous lake and waterfall provide a serene backdrop for all residents to enjoy. Health care, shopping, schools, and recreational activities are all nearby. Search Active Listings in Cypress Lake RECREATION: There's plenty to do in Madison. If you live in Cypress Lake, you have easy access to Hwy 463 and I-55. Several parks in the area provide recreational activities. Nearby Liberty Park has 5 lighted baseball fields and soccer fie...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Thanks to a generous out-of-state seller and the perfect timing of blueberry season, I've had the opportunity to make several blueberry cobblers for friends and family to enjoy. One of my vacant listings has two mature blueberry bushes and the time is right for harvest. At the sellers insistence, these delicious and nutritious blueberries have found their way into smoothies, yogurt and pies, instead of dying on the vine or being left for the birds. My grandmother shared her easy cobbler recipe with me when I was in my early 20s. I'm not big on baking, but every now and then I prepare a cobbler, and there's no better time to do it than when fresh fruit is plentiful. This is my grandmothers simple and easy recipe. I usually make it with canned peaches, but it is equally good with most oth...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
As a Realtor, I've seen hundreds of buyers and sellers negotiate costly home inspection repairs. The home inspection can create undue stress and conflict for the parties involved. By taking a few simple steps BEFORE the inspection, some of the drama and cost of repairs can be avoided.  Remove clutter beneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks. Home inspectors are not required or expected to move things around, and if they can't SEE what's beneath the sink, they can't INSPECT it. You may have to pay for a second inspection or worse, correct an obstructed leak at the last moment before closing. Besides, don't you think BUYERS look under the sink? Clear the obstacles to selling your home, and if you find a problem, repair it. Replace the HVAC filter and remove dust from fans and vents. This is...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Someone commented the other day that "everyone knows" houses don't sell during the holidays. That may be true is certain parts of the country, but it isn't true in Brandon and Madison, MS!Sure, the market may slow down, but people DO buy houses during the holidays. And homes that are properly positioned in the marketplace, are clean and appropriately staged will garner the most attention. It's been business as usual for me the last couple of weeks; a new listing, one offer accepted, two home inspections scheduled, and an offer received this afternoon (December 19).If your home didn't sell during the busy summer months, you may need to reposition yourself in the market. If I can offer assistance, I can be reached at the number below. Homes CAN and DO sell during Christmas  
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
It's time to load the family into the car and enjoy Christmas lights in cities across Central Mississippi. There's still time to get into the spirit of the holidays and enjoy the festive Christmas displays in the following locations: TOWN SQUARE, CANTON, MSYou simply MUST see the Canton Christmas Festival of Lights.  From now until December 23rd, you'll see hundreds of thousands of sparking lights, enjoy the four story LED Christmas tree, ride in horse drawn carriages, fire truck and train rides, and see Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Canton display of lights is spectacular and not to be missed! For more information, contact Canton Tourism. FLOWOOD, MSWinner Circle Park becomes a Winter Wonderland each year beginning in early December. You can enjoy the enchanted park until December 22 this ...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
When ActiveRain hosted the photography contest earlier in the year, I discovered a few cool photo-editing tools and have enjoying using them periodically to spice up my marketing campaign. I learned how to erase unwanted items from a photo as well as how to sharpen the images, straighten crooked photos, etc. But perhaps the feature I'm most excited about is adding text to my photos and turning them into  marketing pieces. The first text editing feature I discovered was how to add a watermark. The app is called Add Watermark Free. The contest introduced me to several other useful apps that I continue to use. One is called Snapseed. I tried it with my Halloween photo, but didn't get the desired results, so I tried with Photo Editor and got closer to the results I had in mind.  The above p...
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By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
I recently hired a new agent, so, I was in the process of training him to do things the way I feel they should be done. One of the first things that I told him is that nobody wants to be "sold" anything. This got me to thinking about what a valuable lesson this is. As Realtors, it is our job to show people possibilities, to show them their options, give them choices, based on what we learn from them. Many times, people don't know what they want until they actually walk into homes that may fit their needs. They may think that they know beforehand , but they have many misconceptions. They surf the net and they think that they have all the information they need. That's why we Realtors have a job! Because you can't get all the info you need from the net. That is just a starting point.     I...
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By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
"I was told that I could get a 2.75% mortgage from this lender"You can get this rate from any lender. That is if you pay enough discount points and origination fees. (That is in the fine print) I get letters in the mail from lenders offering the low rates. People outside of the business may not know what these offers entail. The question is: what will it benefit you to pay all this money up front to buy down your rate on a 30 yr fixed mortgage? Let's say that you would have to keep that mortgage for 10 years to get back your initial cash outlay from your lower rate. If you move or refinance in 5 years, you have thrown your money away.There is no free lunch!  Everybody's interest rates are basically the same. The difference is the fees they charge the consumer , which can vary widely. Th...
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By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
How much is my home worth? The Jones', down the street sold their's for 450k, so mine should go for about that. How does your home relate to the Jones' home? Is it the same size? Does it have a 3 car garage like theirs? Was it built about the same time? Does it have the same updates and amenities? Is it in the same condition?  I have a re-fi appraisal from 4 years ago that is more than you are telling me. A re-fi appraisal from 4 years ago is not an indication of today's value.  For the most part, unless we have an appraiser's license, we Brokers are not appraisers, but an experienced broker can come pretty close to the true value of a home.Sellers just need to listen. This is what we do!  The more inexperienced agent will pull the sales in a subdivision and go with the average price pe...
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By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
Winter is here again with all of it's ravages, even here, in the south. We must remind our clients to leave faucets dripping at night, when it is the coldest. I talked on this subject last year, but we are back again. Those who have the old copper systems: copper breaks, when frozen and thawed out, hence you have a flooded house. For those fortunate enough to have a pex system, it will not break like copper, but it will still freeze and have no water pressure in some lines until it thawes. Regardless , let your faucets drip overnight. Your problems will be greatly reduced.   Being in the new construction business , I will receive many calls saying that there is no water in the hall bath . My question is : "Did you leave faucets dripping last night?" The answer is "No". Then that is your...
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By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
   Outdoor kitchens, along with outdoor fireplaces, outdoor rugs, outdoor curtains, have become extremely popular in our area. The outdoor furniture that people are buying is no longer folding lawn chairs, wrought iron, etc. our patios have become an extra living room. We have T.V.s and stereo systems. Some folks have outdoor bars. This is not likely to pass. I've enjoyed my outdoor spaces like this for years! When we entertain, everybody goes to the Houck deck.      We've just started 4 new homes on the golf course at Lake Caroline, an 825 acre lake subdivision in Madison, Ms. You can bet each one of these homes will have a huge covered patio overlooking the golf course. (The front porches overlook the water)   In Mississippi, our climate can be hot and damp, so our outdoor cabinets an...
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By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
This weekend was the first of 2 weekends of our local parade of homes. It was a blast for me! I talked to over 100 couples who were looking for their new dream home. It is interesting to see the similarities in their searches.  They are all looking for open plans. They are all looking for large covered outdoor living spaces with outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens. It seems that outdoor living spaces has become the important factor. I couldn't agree more with these folks. I, personally enjoy my covered deck and cooking area. Grilling is my hobby, but ,I guess it is with many people. The new homes, here, are outfitted with patio, gas log fireplaces, which make them comfortable in the winter.. Many buyers plan on buying outdoor rugs, curtains, furniture to enjoy their "space". I have ...
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 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Homes for Sale in Madison, Jackson & Ridgeland MS   ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ‘Twas the night before Christmas, When all through Real Estate Partners, LLC, Things were really quiet, no phones not a client; The files were put up in the cabinets with care, In hopes that Christmas Day soon would be there;         Steve resting comfortably using the bench for a bed , While visions of happy families in new homes danced in his head;  And Judy on the phone and Jane at the fax machine, Were just getting ready to go home for the night.   When out in the parking lot there rose such a clatter, Steve sprang from his “bed” to see what was the matter.  Away to the windows they flew like a flash, Steve, Judy & Jane all made a mad dash.  The moon on the breast o...
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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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