All About Mississippi Real Estate

By Beth Scharwath, I'd love to be your agent
(The Cd Group KW Elite)
Are you a first-time home buyer in Hattiesburg, MS? Or are you planning to downsize and sell your Hattiesburg, MS, property? You'll need the help of a reputable REALTOR® to get the best deal possible. Don't just pick the first one you see on Google. There are many aspects to consider while looking for an agent in Hattiesburg, MS.The best REALTOR® in Hattiesburg, MS will make you feel as if you're their only client. As your REALTOR® I can guarantee that I will always be there for you. I will always have your back and strive to get you the best possible price for your home. I have a wealth of knowledge about the Hattiesburg, MS area and I strived to become a top-producing realtor who has closed on numerous deals in the Hattiesburg, MS area.Some of the most crucial qualities to look for in...
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By Beth Scharwath, I'd love to be your agent
(The Cd Group KW Elite)
If you are a homebuyer, you may be wondering what factors go into pricing a home. Or, if you are a homeowner thinking of selling, you may be curious about how much your house would sell on the market. No matter which side of the equation you are on, it's important to understand Hattiesburg's home values. In April 2022, the median listing property price in Hattiesburg, MS was $225K, up by 14.5 percent year over year, according to Realtor.com. The typical property price per square foot on the market was $123. Hattiesburg is a Mississippi city with 16 distinct neighborhoods. There are 467 houses for sale, with prices ranging from $5,000 to $5.5 million.Hattiesburg has reasonably priced multi-family housing. It is situated between Jackson, Gulfport, Mobile, and New Orleans in southern Missi...
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By Beth Scharwath, I'd love to be your agent
(The Cd Group KW Elite)
Are you a millennial first-time home buyer?Purvis, Mississippi is the perfect place to buy your first home. Millennials are buying homes in the area for several reasons, one of which is because homes are unique, reflecting their personalities.The CD Group KW ELITE Keller Williams Realty has several affordable houses for sale.If you are considering buying a home, we'll explore some factors that will help you decide. Keep reading to learn more! What Millennials Want in a Home1. Homes that are Unique and Reflect your PersonalityPrevious generations prioritized square footage and location.For millennials, the home is more than a place to live; it's an extension of your identity. You want a space that reflects your taste and style.This shift has raised the demand for custom-built homes and s...
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By Lori Benson, Live Mississippi!
(EXP REALTY HATTIESBURG)
We all want a nice house - right ? !  If you are anything like most of my buyers, you've likely had your eye on your ideal neighborhood for some time now.  Maybe you've taken drives through it, walked down the streets or maybe even toured a few houses and are still waiting to buy YOUR dream home..... But Guess What? Sometimes that dream house isn't the best investment. Here's the thing about houses...Sure they are where we build our families, but they are also massive investments.  For most of us, buying a house is the biggest financial investment we will ever make.  While we want to feel all warm and fuzzy about the idea of our picture perfect home, it is still important to consider the resale value.  Here are 3 things to consider before you buy that dream home in your dream neighborho...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
I'm working with several buyers looking for their next home, so every day I scour the Multiple Listing Service and hotsheet to see what was listed overnight. I'll check several times daily, and set up searches based on clients preferences to be automatically emailed to both them and me. I network with other Realtors to see what they have coming soon to stay ahead of the fast paced market.Lately I've seen a fair number of sales fall through, as the house shows back up on the market as "active" or available. Invariably, the comments read "buyers financing fell through" as the reason the home is back on the market. (Buyers want to know if something was wrong with the house but that is rarely the reason).It happened today. I received a notification that a house I showed to a buyer a month a...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Earlier this year, I bought a four bedroom fixer upper in my neighborhood that needed love and attention, and I was determined to make it shine again.The owner was referred to me by a past client. When I saw the house, I knew it had potential. The owner didn't want to make any improvements and wanted to sell the house "as is". We discussed the possibility of me buying the house. After a few days, we reached an agreement and I closed on the property.I documented a lot of "Before and After" photos on my Facebook page, but never got around to posting them here... until now.One of the biggest projects my contractor and I had to deal with was the foyer. It should have been a stunning entrance; instead the walls were lined with brown paper grocery bags, torn randomly into smaller bits and dec...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
What a crazy Sunday it turned out to be.The day was going to be lazy, catch up on rest and watch a little mindless TV. Everything changed around 2:00 pm when I received a text from a past client, cryptically saying "Call me please".After the usual pleasantries, my client expressed interest in a home she found online. It was already in a multiple offer situation, and the deadline for "highest and best" was in 2 hours. I quickly called the agent and begged for an appointment so I could Face Time my client. Once I had permission, I raced drove across town to view the house.Fortunately, my client is familiar with the current real estate situation, as they sold and moved a year ago. They understood what was needed to make a favorable offer in this hot sellers' market (and listened when I adv...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
We all know it is a strong sellers market. Rates are great, homes are selling like hotcakes, and buyers are throwing money at sellers hand over fist. Inventory nationwide is low, and that is true in Central MS as well. I reviewed our local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) this morning and was inspired to share this data.Let's talk statistics. Rankin County, MS includes the cities of Brandon, Flowood, Pearl, Richland, Florence, Pelahatchie and Puckett. 158 homes are currently available for sale and priced between $98,000 to $4 million. The median price for sale is $388,000. The number of homes priced below $500,000 is 120. Homes priced between $500k to $700k is 32. Homes priced under $250,000? 29 properties for the entire county. 312 properties are "pending closing", while 496 homes have c...
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By Robert J. Russell, IRES, ICREA, REBS, GMA, LAS, LUTCF
(Robert J Russell Companies)
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings, and November has become a time to "give back" to show appreciation and gratefulness to family, friends, and clients. The last Tuesday in November is designated Giving Tuesday, which is a global movement to show generosity to those around us.Typically speaking, our real estate business slows down in the fall and we have more time to devote to our favorite charities. There are plenty to choose from! So I challenge you to look around your community, see who you can reach out to, and give someone a blessing today. Don't wait for a designated date to share the love.A group from my office recently visited two local fire departments. We carried homemade Jambalaya and in return, were given a tour of the newest Flowood Fire Department. It was i...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
My pumpkin carving talents are limited, and let's be honest; scooping the "brains" out of a Jack-o-lantern can get pretty messy.The secret for carving pumpkins has eluded me, but I admire the looks of painted pumpkins. Since painting and creativity appeal to me, the idea of a pumpkin painting contest was born.The contest ran for a couple of weeks on Facebook. I created videos and encouraged adults as well as children to get involved. The goal was fun, fun, fun! And I wanted to increase my Facebook followers on my business page. The rules were simple: Like my Facebook page, tag a friend, and take a selfie with your painted pumplin. Carving was discouraged.The entries were all good, but at the last minute a client's 12 year old submitted a pumpkin design I could not resist. It was 3 stack...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
When you think of Fall Festivities, visions of pumpkin patches, hay bales, and children frolicking through fields come to mind. But why limit the activities to children? Adults want to have fun, too.Last week, Castlewoods Place, a senior assisted-living facility in Brandon, hosted their Fall Festival. Several vendors participated in the event. I attended as a neighborhood volunteer and Realtor. Pre-pandemic, I visited regularly to call Bingo, play games, etc., but visiting was forbidden during the height of the pandemic. I missed my senior friends and they missed us. Fortunately, we slowly have been invited to select events over the last few weeks.The Activities Director planned a wonderful event for the active Seniors; corn hole games, bobbing for apples, guessing games, music by the f...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Do you go the extra mile to get your listings sold? I'm sure most of us do.Recently a slow moving property needed an extra push to find the right buyer. The seller took much of my advice to heart; we cleaned, decluttered, put things in storage and made pre-listing repairs to the home. We had professional photos, a social media campaign, and a fair amount of interest during the first two weeks of showings. Then interest fizzled. We attributed the lack of showings to Labor Day, the back-to-school rush, etc.Meanwhile, the sellers packed up and moved out of state. They left several checks, written 10 days apart, to pay their yard man, so the grounds would always be presentable for showings.One Saturday, an agent called to schedule a second showing to an interested party. As luck would have ...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
If you live in metro Jackson and have never heard of Repeat Street, you owe it to yourself to spend an afternoon browsing the merchandise. I found myself Saturday afternoon with a little free time on my hands. The closer my car got to the destination, the more excited I became. My adrenaline was working overtime.Repeat Street is one of the largest consignment shops in the area, and they have virtually anything you can think of. Quirky, fun, retro, collectibles, furniture, clothing; you name it, they probably have it.My house is full so I have to be VERY SELECTIVE about what items come in by way of shopping. I am filled to the brim (to the point of clutter), but adore walking down memory lane, and Repeat Street is the perfect place to do it. Remember the stemware received as a wedding gi...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
August and September 2021 have been a whirlwind of real estate activity. Many of you enjoy Central Mississippi's weekly report, so I am sharing the stats so you can tell at a glance how the month of August shaped up. The graph shows the number of listings taken each week per county, the number of closings, median sales price, and list to sale ratios.Also shown is the supply of homes on the market for sale, the "inventory", and if no other homes came on the market, the "supply" of homes before we are completely sold out. Inventory changes constantly. Realtors check the hotsheet daily to see what new listings are available. It isn't unusual for a home to sell the first day with multiple offers. If a buyer says they can only look on the weekend, but a new listing hits the market on Tuesday...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
What a busy week it has been in real estate! Listings, closings, negotiations, and more of the same this weekend. So while the weekly market update is late getting to you, here it is. The graphic above shows  the closings for Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties in Central MS for the week of July 30 - August 5. The number of closings appear on the left; median sales price, current inventory, list to sale price ratio, and supply of homes are shown on the right. Keep in mind this is a snapshot of one weeks performance. You would want to look back at previous weeks to see the trends, and some of the prior weekly reports are shown below. It is important to note that inventory has ticked up ever so slightly, with a supply between 1 to 1 1/2 months. This remains a strong sellers market. I'd li...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
In the heart of Flowood, a row of quiet, unassuming townhomes sit tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You might have driven past this community numerous times but never noticed the gated entrance. Behind the gate are 16 townhomes built in 2008. The units feature 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a single car garage, laundry room, family room with fireplace, and a fully equipped, stainless and granite kitchen. Each unit has a private fenced patio and small yard.The HOA maintains the front yards and pays for neighborhood lighting and gate maintenance. The setting is secluded and peaceful, yet minutes from shopping, dining, schools, and churches. You'll find Braeburn Court on Luckney Road, directly across the street from The Ivy Venue. A unit is currently for sale at Braeburn Cou...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Looking for a home with a golf course view? This 5 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home is located on the 14th green of Castlewoods in NW Rankin County. With over 3100 square feet, this home has room to spread out. The family room is spacious and features a brick fireplace with gas logs, and has lots of built-in cabinetry for storage. You'll notice quality, solid wood cabinets in the kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances, and a built-in computer desk.Along with the main bedroom and bath, new tiled shower, whirlpool tub, double sinks, and walk-in closets, there are 4 additional bedrooms, and a total of 3.5 baths. The 2-year old roof has a transferrable warranty! The feature you may love the most could be the multi-purpose game room. If you are an outdoor person, you're sure to love th...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Central MS Realtors has published the closing information for the last week of July 2021. The report runs a week behind so the last two days of the month will be picked up on next weeks report. The volume of closings is up as expected the last week of the month. Many home buyers choose to close as late in the month as possible so you'll notice a sharp increase toward the end of any given month. Inventory in all three Central MS counties remains low, and homes are selling at an average of 100% of list price.  Look at the supply of homes. There is less than one months inventory. This equates to a strong sellers market with low inventory, homes that sell fast with multiple offers, at list price or above. I must stress the importance of hiring a Realtor to represent you in a sellers market....
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
I hosted an Open House today (Sunday) in my neighborhood. You might wonder why I'd have an open house, since the market is hot and homes sell quickly. Here's why:1. The house is in my neighborhood. I am one of several Realtors in my neighborhood, all of whom have good reputations, but I want to be recognized as one of the TOP Realtors in my neighborhood.  If an opportunity presents itself, it gives me the chance to be visible, active, and be seen as the neighborhood professional.2. Open Houses are a good way to attract buyers. I posted in advance on the neighborhood Facebook page, and invited neighbors and prospective clients. I put my Open House signs out the day before to get extra exposure, and gathered marketing materials, flyers, disclosures, etc to be ready for Open House day.3. F...
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