Now Is The Time

Now Is The Time

Now is the Time to Make Your MOVE

If you have ever considered selling your home there has NEVER been a better time. So why wait?!

When inventory is low and demand is high, it helps sellers get more of what they want.  Who doesn’t like more of what they want!

Now is the time to make your move.  After all, a change could do you good!
Can I really move and make money off my home?  To find out if listing and selling makes sense for you give us a call today 901.214.5838. Our real estate professionals at InCity Realty, are ready to help you make your move.

A Change Could Do You Good

A Change Could Do You Good

Have you thought about moving up or down sizing? Now is the time to do it. If you have ever considered selling your home, NOW is the time. People are looking to buy homes in Memphis and there is a shortage. This means possible multiple offers and even some homes selling above listing price.

When home inventory is low and demand is high, it helps you as a seller get more. Getting more could mean buying that larger home you’ve had your eye on or a bigger a nest egg if you are looking to downsize to a smaller home. So why wait?!

After all, a change could do you good!

Take advantage of the market and call now to discuss listing your home 901.214.5838

Raise a pint and help us raise money

Raise a pint and help us raise money

Join us at Half Pints for Half Pints February 25. Enjoy Memphis Made beer. Munch on yummy Midtown food. Bid on cool stuff from local restaurants. And the best part? It all benefits Cooper-Young’s Peabody Elementary PTA to support the arts and technology.

InCity Realty’s owner Debbie Sowell is not only a small business who is sponsoring the event but also the PTA president. “Half Pints for Half Pints is a great event to support Peabody Elementary. Don’t wait, buy your ticket now,” she shares.

The event will be happening at one of Cooper-Young’s favorite haunts — Memphis Made Brewing Company’s Tap Room and feature Memphis Made brews and food from Central BBQ, Sweetgrass, Mulan, Aldo’s and Celtic Crossing. Bring some money to bid on silent auction items from local businesses and enjoy music by DJ Zac Ives of Goner Records.

Get your tickets now and follow us on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/398073397199407/

This is an age 21 and up event.

Choosing a Realtor

Choosing a Realtor

There is as much diversity in the housing market in the Cooper Young/Midtown area as there are in people that live in the community. There is truly something for everyone with as wide array of housing prices and styles as there are people that live in them.

Selecting a realtor that is tuned into the local community is must.  Whether buying or selling you definitely need someone that is not only familiar with the community you are interested in but also the surrounding area.  Someone that will listen to  your wants and needs and that can help you achieve them. It is not your realtors responsibility to lead you in any one direction.

They are there to help you make sure that you are headed in the right direction according to your goals.Your home is one of the biggest investments you will possibly make, so being well informed is a must.  Interview several real estate agents before making a decision.  You need to pick a person that you feel is well informed and that will listen to your needs.

 

Here are few things you should look into when hiring an agent:

  1. How long have they been in the business? Don’t shy away from someone new to the real estate business. If they have chosen a good broker to work with then they should have a good mentor to guide them. New agents are usually eager and strive to be well informed and tuned into the community.  No matter how long someone has been in the real estate business spend some time talking to them to get to know them and see if they are a good fit for you.
  2. Speak with some of their recent clients.
  3. Look them up on the state board of realtors for any disciplinary actions.
  4. Check out their credentials. Do they have any specialty designations, such as CRS, ABR, SRES.
  5. Ask about their listings and what is available in the area. Keep in mind an agent can show you not only their company listings but any other company’s listings also.
  6. Are they a full time or part time agent?  If part time what is your availability?
  7. What is their commission rate?

 

Most of all choose someone that you are comfortable with.  This may be the biggest investment that you make in your lifetime so choose your home and your realtor wisely.

New Cooper-Young/Midtown Residents

New Cooper-Young/Midtown Residents

From the Perspective of a New Cooper-Young/Midtown Resident

Ahhh…Midtown living is the best!  From my window, I can see the beautiful leaves falling, people walking, running, pushing baby strollers, walking their dogs, and biking. I can also see a vegan cafe, yoga studio, kickboxing studio, a real estate office and a multitude of restaurants and shops.  As I sit here, I am thinking, “What a great place to live!” You wouldn’t think that there would be such a slice of heaven in the heart of Memphis, but Midtown is the heart of this city.  I moved to the Cooper-Young area over a year ago from North Mississippi. My family and friends couldn’t understand why I would want to move to Memphis. I told them, “I’m moving to Midtown, and it’s all about lifestyle. Cooper-Young/Midtown offers the healthy lifestyle and atmosphere I’m looking for.”

Often times our lives are so busy we don’t take the time to look around. I’m fortunate enough to work and live in my own neighborhood. As I walk through my neighborhood I can see some of the great architecture this area has to offer. Homes in this area vary in style, size and price.  There is truly something for everyone in Cooper-Young/Midtown. The best way to see your neighborhood is by walking, running or biking. By the way, all three are also healthy for you. I discover something I haven’t seen before every day.  

Just to name a few of the Cooper-Young/Midtown area attractions: the Cooper/Young Festival, Cooper Young Four Miler race, parks, churches, schools, farmers market, brewery, Friday night bingo, open mic nights, music by local musicians, fine dining, and a host of bars and restaurants. You can find everything you need within a five-mile radius, from excellent medical care to fine dining to doggie day care! And let’s not forget about Tiger Lane at the stadium. If you haven’t been by to see the Tiger Blue lights at night, you should. Better yet, attend a game!

This area offers a great nightlife while maintaining a family atmosphere. Give InCity Realty a call. They will be proud to show you your new home in our great neighborhood with all that it has to offer. What better gift for you and/or your family this holiday season than a new home in a great neighborhood?

Memphis Area Cycling

Memphis Area Cycling

Memphis is a member of the League of American Bicyclists and is one of their Bronze Award recipients for Bicycle Friendly Community. With its numerous bike shops and bicycle clubs in and around the city, and a multitude of bike trails and dedicated bike lanes, Memphis is now known as a premier destination for cyclists.

 

Overton Park has a 2.5-mile paved trail that is ideal for biking in the Midtown area. Some other great bike trails in our area include the Shelby Farms Greenline, Greater Memphis Greenline, The Hampline, The Riverside Lanes, and the newest addition, Big River Crossing.

Biking safety is of the utmost importance; keep a few safety tips in mind on the busy streets of Memphis. Number one: always wear a properly fitting helmet; obey all traffic laws including traffic signals and stop signs. Go with the flow of traffic while staying in the right hand lane; ride in a straight line do not swerve between moving or parked car; signal when turning; check behind you when turning or changing lanes; make you and your bike visible by wearing bright colors and having lights on your bike; make sure your bike is in the proper working condition; and watch out for train tracks and road hazards (you wouldn’t want to hit a pothole and pop a tire!).  To report dirty bike lanes to the city call 311. And remember to lock your bike when not in use.  

Memphis has a lot to offer cyclists. Go to memphiscyclist.com for links to many other area cycling sites.

Happy trails and safe biking!

Tips For Selling A Pet-Friendly Home

Tips For Selling A Pet-Friendly Home

Often times buyers will want to know if the home has pets.  While we love our pets that doesn’t necessarily mean the potential buyer will.  Some people are afraid of pets, while others may love them but be allergic.  And let’s face it some let their pets rule the house.  While this is great for the pets it’s not great for the person trying to sell their home or the potential buyer.  Here are a few helpful tips that hopefully will make both the seller and buyer happier.

Pet Damage
Pet damage is never attractive when selling your home.  Repair any damage to your home, furniture or fences before showing.  By doing this you will also increase the value of your home.

Carpeting
If you have carpeting make sure that you routinely clean it to remove any stains or allergens.  Remember that carpet harbors pet odors and allergens and that we as homeowners get “used” to the smell of our own homes.  Ask your realtor their opinion and please listen to them when they tell you what you need to do.

Durable Flooring
If possible try to pick a pet-friendly floor covering.  While hardwood is beautiful keep in mind that it may show wear and tear from pets nails sooner that concrete or tile flooring.  Be sure to research the best flooring for you and your pets.

Install a Dog or Cat Door
A dog or cat door is often a good idea this will help them go in and out as they need to.  This will also help prevent accidents if no one is home to let them out.  Note:  You may want to lock it at night, raccoons have been know to use them also.

Stain-Resistant Furniture
We all know that no matter how times we tell our pets to stay off the furniture they are going to do it anyway.  Make sure you furniture is stain resistant and can be easily cleaned.  Leather is easy to clean but pet’s nails can scratch or tear it so you may need to take extra care with it.

Custom feeding area
Kitchens, mudrooms and laundry rooms are great areas to build a custom feeding area for your pets.  This way you can keep your pet’s food and water bowls, treats and extra food out of sight when not in use.

Pet Beds
Pet beds help keep down the wear and tear on your furniture.  Even if your pets sleep with you you can enhance their comfort by getting them a bed of their own.

Outdoor areas
Pets can be hard on your lawn.  By creating a concrete or hard surface area for pets to take care of their business you can keep your lawn beautiful and clean up a breeze.

Pet toys
Pet toys are like children’s toys when showing your home, try to keep them in a tidy space.

Safety
Keep in mind not everyone likes pets.  Some people are actually afraid of pets.  For the safety of your pets and the potential buyers remove the pets from your home if possible when you have a scheduled showing.

Tips on Buying a Home While the Inventory is Low

Tips on Buying a Home While the Inventory is Low

While there seems to be an abundance of buyers there is not an abundance of homes on the market at this time. The National Association of REALTORS’ recent pending home sales report shows that fall sales have leveled off as buyers scramble to find a decreasing amount of available homes for sale in addition to fast-rising prices in some markets.

A few tips that could help you get the home of your choice while the inventory is low.

Get pre-approved not just pre-qualified.  There is a difference. A pre-qualification is when a lender discusses a buyer’s credit, income and assets with them. A pre-approval is when a lender actually runs a buyer’s credit and verifies their income and assets, this is considered a solid start to the home-buying process.

By also getting pre-approved you know beforehand how much house you can afford, check and repair your credit, do not make any major purchases, have a down-payment amount available. This becomes important during the underwriting process when a new large debt or an unforeseen monthly expense can change your loan-to-debt ratio and can potentially derail a contract.  Once you get pre-approved don’t make any major purchases until after your home closes.

Hire a real estate professional.  A good agent will help you to not only locate a property, but will advise you on the status of the current market, assist you in attaining as many of your needs as possible while dealing with the realities of the market place and/or financial constraints. Agents also handle the ins and outs of negotiations, which includes preparing all the necessary forms when making an offer and/or counteroffer.

Be available and prepared to make fast decisions. Respond quickly to questions about your offer. Indecisiveness or not being available can make you miss a potentially good deal.

Home features you ‘must have’ vs. ‘great-to-have’ features.  You are not going to find “all” the features you want in a home.  Determine which features are required to make the deal as opposed to those that you’d like.  Knowing what you can and cannot live with helps make the search and offer process smoother.

Determine what contingencies you are willing to eliminate from your offer. Sometime contingencies can make or break a deal.  This could help you remain competitive with other potential buyers.

Money speaks loud make your best offer up front; this may be your only chance to negotiate further. Keep in mind if you’re looking to purchase in an area where inventory is low, you should be prepared to give a full price offer.

Have your realtor check for ‘withdrawn’ and ‘expired’ listings.  Many of these may have not sold because they were deemed overpriced at the time. If your agent were to send a letter to the owner expressing your interest in the property and that you’re serious, you may get a response.

Don’t overlook rental listings. The owner may have had to move because of a job transfer or other life change and didn’t have time to list it for sale. Go see the home and if you like it, ask the owner if he or she would be open to selling.

Don’t run from overpriced listings.  Most sellers won’t list their home at a lower price, but would sell it at a lower price. It would be better to go in with an offer before the first price reduction because competition will increase when other buyers take notice of a price reduction.

2300 Nelson – Your New Home in Cooper-Young!

Fantastic 2 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bath with updated kitchen and open floor plan. Large front living room with fireplace and flanking built-in bookcases is great for entertaining. From the living room, you can wander back onto the awesome front porch or into the kitchen/dining open combo with granite countertops and gas stove! From the kitchen, amble past the half bath and on out to the spacious back yard that is perfect for back yard BBQ’s! Two nice bedrooms and a cool updated bath round this out and french doors and charming fresh paint pretty much seal the deal – you don’t want to miss this one! Call Debbie (901) 359-3600 or Claire (901) 240-5568

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Central Gardens/Cooper-Young Arboretums

Central Gardens/Cooper-Young Arboretums

Guidelines define an arboretum as an area with a significant amount of woody vegetation in tree form that is cultivated for educational, scientific, or aesthetic purposes. A certified arboretum must be open to the public, the trees must be properly labeled for educational purposes, and they must be properly protected and maintained.

The Central Gardens area and soon the Cooper-Young area are proud to hold this honored designation.

In 2008 Central Gardens became only one of two Level III Accredited Arboretum in the State of Tennessee.  It is currently the only one in West Tennessee and is home to more than 90 species of trees, many are more than 80 years old.

Central Gardens is very proud to have this designation, it is  very rare because most are located in botanic gardens or parks.

Arboreta is a specialized type of botanical garden that focuses on trees and other woody plants.  Arboreta collect, grow, and display trees, shrubs, and other plants for people to study and enjoy, and ideally are open to the public for education and inspiration.  A principal goal of arboreta is to encourage and support the planting and conservation of trees for environmental and enhanced quality of life.

Central Gardens also has a tree replacement program to help reforest/retree its beautiful neighborhood.  You must be a of the CGA to request a free tree to be planted on your property, just one of the terrific perks to living in this great neighborhood.

Our thanks and continued support go out to Christine Conley, Emily Bishop, Kim Halyak, and Judi Shellabarger who have been taking classes since 2015 at the Memphis Botanic Gardens to become certified as Urban Forestry Advisors. Cooper-Young is on its way to becoming a level three certified arboretum hopefully by March 2017.  A Level 3 Arboretum – 90 different species of trees labeled. The Botanic Gardens are printing the signs to label the trees.  The map on the website and the pamphlet are taking shape.  Part-time staff or volunteers will be available for special tours once everything is in place.  We will keep you posted on the progress of the Cooper-Young Level 3 Arboretum.