Rankin County, MS Real Estate News

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)
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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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The statistics are in for the 3rd week of July, 2021. You may wonder how this data affects you if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Central MS. Let's see what the numbers mean.Our primary market area is Hinds, Rankin, and Madison County. You can review the stats for the particular area you are interested in. While I'm not a math wiz (and you may not be either), the numbers are revealing.Compare the number of closings vs the number of new listings. In each case, the weekly closings exceed the number of new listings. This tells me homes are selling as fast as they hit the market.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 str...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Here's a glance at Central MS real estate statistics for last week. Inventory remains low as the sellers market continues. Sales prices ticked up from last week and homes are selling at 98-100% of list price.Inventory (overall supply) is up slightly but we are a long way from reaching a neutral market.What constitutes a sellers market? A sellers market is defined as a shortage of available homes, thus prices remain high and homes sell quickly. You'll see a buyers market when homes are plentiful. It's the basic law of supply and demand.WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?If you are a seller, it means more buyers are competing for your home, which can drive the price up through multiple offers and a shorter time on the market.If you are a buyer, interest rates are phenominally low, but you'll need a sa...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The statistics are in for the last week of June, 2021. You'll notice a higher number of closings in Central MS for the end of June compared to the previous weeks statistics.  More homes close at the end of the month so it makes sense the numbers reflect that data.This snapshot is provided by Central MS Realtors and reflects the closings from June 25 - July 1.In this graphic, Hinds County (Jackson, Byram, Terry, Clinton) had 67 closed sales with a median sales price of $178,500 (up from 47 closings last week). Madison County (Madison, Ridgeland, Canton, etc) had 55 closings (up from 39 last week) with a median sales price of $288,000. Rankin County, which includes Pearl, Brandon, Flowood, Florence, and others, came in strong with 84 closed sales (vs 57 the week before) and a median sales...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Most of you know we are in a strong sellers market. You hear it on the news and from your friends, but what does it mean if you are a homebuyer or seller in the Central MS marketplace?Let's talk numbers.The statistics are provided by Central MS Realtors on a weekly basis. We will discuss the sales, active listings, etc., for June 18-24, 2021. In this graphic, Hinds County (Jackson, Byram, Terry, Clinton) had 47 closed sales with a median sales price of $215,000. Madison County (Madison, Ridgeland, Canton, etc) had 39 closings with a median sales price of $285,000. Rankin County, which includes Pearl, Brandon, Flowood, Florence, and others, came in strong with 57 closed sales and a median sales price of $217,500.Now look at the list to sales price ratios. Hinds County homes sold at a 99....
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
The 2021 real estate market has been HOT across the country, and Central Mississippi is no exception. This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home located in Castlewoods Subdivision surely won't last long.Welcome to 850 Willow Grande Circle. This home has been lovingly maintained by the original owners since 2007. The home has many custom features, including high ceilings, corner fireplace with gas logs, crown molding, and side entry garage. The primary bathroom has double sinks, a separate tiled shower, whirlpool tub, and glass block window. Engineered hardwood runs throughout the family room, kitchen, breakfast area and master bedroom.You will love the large fenced yard with a covered patio, extended brick pavers, and swing with arbor.Castlewoods is a golf course community. Separate membership is avai...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Hello friends! The first half of 2020 is almost behind us. Part of the year is a blur due to COVID-19. Despite the blur, my digital calendar reminds me of what I've been up to: The year started off with a bang. January and February were filled with buyers, sellers, inspections, and closings. I stayed busy with volunteer activities, networking meetings, and seminars. Plus, I completed my Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation at the end of February.   March, as the expression goes, came in like a lion. Surrounding states were experiencing coronavirus outbreaks. Spring break was in full force in the south, and many residents were vacationing on the beaches and mountains. Mississippi's first case was diagnosed March 12. Our governor declared a state of emergency March 14. Everything fr...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Gathered around the dinner table, my family started a lively discussion about the names of each generation. I'm a proud Baby Boomer, and my son is a Millenial (although he would argue he's a Gen X) and the kids around the table tried to decide where they fit in, whether it was Millenial (Gen Y), Gen Z, or Generation Alpha.So, as I began studying for my SRES Designation (Seniors Real Estate Specialist), I was fascinated to review the dates of birth and characteristics of each generation, and how these groups relate to buying or selling real estate. The GI Generation, also known as the Greatest Generation, were those born between 1901-1924. These were the teenagers during the Great Depression and they served during WWII. Their numbers are dwindling as this age group is over the age of 95....
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
June is National Home Ownership Month! I am a firm believer in home ownership. I purchased my first home at age 17. Since then, I've bought and sold over a dozen PRIMARY residences, not including fixer uppers and flips. Perhaps I move more frequently than most, but with each move, I was able to reinvest my profits and "move up" in value. Did I mention I love real estate? As a child of Depression Era parents, I learned at an early age home ownership was the ONLY way to go. Mortgage payments were substantially less than they are today, but so was the cost of living. In 1950, the average annual income for the middle class was roughly $3,000, which would equate to around $29,000 today. (Courtesy of a quick web search.)  In college, one of my assignments was to present a speech to the class....
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Rankin County is sponsoring Spring Clean Up Week that begins in a few days. Everyone can participate in Spring Cleaning, especially since last week's storms. The clean up is not only for yard debris; it's the perfect time to dispose of bulky, unusable items, including "white goods" (refrigerators, freezers, and other large appliances) and tires at no charge. The date begins Monday April 29 and continues through Saturday May 4. The primary recycling center for Brandon is located at 710 Marquette Road, but there are 9 other drop off locations throughout the county. All locations will be open between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Image courtesy of zirconicusso at FreeDigitalPhotos.net    Please contact Rankin County Solid Waste at 601-825-9213 if you have questions.Remember to sort your usual recy...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
April 22 is Earth Day. Recycling, re-purposing, and reusing items in different ways is as much a part of me as breathing and walking. I cringe when I see recyclables tossed in the trash or when the recycle bin is used inappropriately. If food waste or glass is tossed into a bin, the entire batch is contaminated, so it's important to recycle responsibly.  Do you recall a few weeks ago when a beached whale washed ashore with over 48 pounds of plastic waste inside its body? This is not an isolated incident. Have you ever been boating and someone casually tossed a bottle or can into the ocean or lake? Let's do better. We can all take steps to reduce our ecological footprint. Before you recycle or toss an item away, think for a moment if the item can be up-cycled, used for a kids craft, used...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Vendors, volunteers and tasters had a wonderful afternoon at the 2019 Taste of Flowood. The event was held at Mirror Lake Plaza on Lakeland Drive. Food tents were set up outside while restaurant owners served samples of their signature dishes to the delight of ticket holders.           The weather could not have been more perfect. The food was scrumptious, and a local band entertained participants throughout the evening.   Over 35 vendors served food and liquid refreshment to the sold out crowd. There was a vast array of tasty treats, from BBQ to grilled oysters, shrimp, chicken salad, steak, prime rib, sub sandwiches, homemade mac and cheese, tea, coffee, and specialty drinks, and a wide variety of cakes, cookies, puddings, and tiramisu.   There were activities for the kids too, with a...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
 Welcome to Vintners Crossing, a beautiful residential neighborhood in Brandon's Northwest Rankin School District. Vintners Crossing is located near Highway 25 and Vine. Home prices range from the upper $200s to the mid $300s. AMENITIES: Home buyers will appreciate the amenities of Vintners Crossing. Many of the homes were custom built. Vintners is an established neighborhood with a stately entrance and mature landscaping. Interior features are what you would expect at this price point. Many of the homes have hardwood flooring, high ceilings, bonus spaces, and extra square footage, just what you require for the growing family. Most homes have lush landscaping, creating a welcome retreat after a long days' work. SCHOOLS: Children in Vintners Crossing attend the Northwest Rankin School Di...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
A new development is under construction in Brandon MS's 39042, a stunning community located off Highway 468 called Ironwood Estates. Several homes are available and in various stages of construction. The minimum square footage for homes in the development is 2000 heated and cooled. Prices range from $294,900 - $389,900 at the time of this article. The neighborhood has underground utilities, restrictive covenants, and generous lot sizes, ranging from .7 acre to 1.7 acres. View available homes for sale in Ironwood Estates          AMENITIES: Home buyers will LOVE the amenities offered in Ironwood Estates - granite countertops, gas cooktops, open floor plans, rustic barn doors leading into the master bathrooms, and outdoor fireplaces. Buyers will also appreciate the generous lot sizes and ...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Do You Love Where You Live?  My February postcard with its Valentines Day theme is one of my favorite marketing pieces. The flip side contains a message about allowing me to play matchmaker to help you obtain the home of your dreams. I've always considered myself a real estate matchmaker. I pay attention to what my client tells me they want, then put my years of experience to work to find it. These postcards were distributed to hundreds of Brandon, MS residents in time for Valentines Day. If buying a new home is one of your goals this year, share your dreams with me. We'll create a plan so you will soon love where you live. #lovewhereyoulive #letmeplaymatchmaker #loveyournest View homes for sale in Central MS Happy Valentines Day! Image courtesy of renjith krishnan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
I'd never thought of taking photos of the changing season until fellow blogger George Souto introduced me to the gorgeous fall colors of New England. Last year was the first year I took photos of the changing season, and I wanted to share this years changing colors, too. Most of my readers will recognize the view as Castlewoods Golf Course, or specifically, the view from my back yard. Probably the most unusual photo I ever captured was of the ball drop in September. This photo shows a lush green landscape, with no sign of fall in sight. I'm using this photo as the benchmark.The next photo was taken in mid October. You'll notice the leaves on the hardwoods are beginning to turn and the golf course isn't the vibrant green it was in September. For consistency sake, all photos were taken at...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
 This photo was taken in Gulfport, MS circa 1996 as I prepared the holiday meal for family and friends.Wherever you spend the holiday, I hope you are surrounded by loved ones and make great memories.Also, I encourage you to reach out to anyone who may be lonely this season and brighten their day.“To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.”   Dr. Seuss Happy Thanksgiving!
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Discover Le Bourgeois Estates, a residential neighborhood located on the outskirts of Brandon off MS Highway 471 yet convenient to schools, shopping, and dining. ABOUT LE BOURGEOIS ESTATES Le Bourgeois Estates began development in the mid 1970s. Most of the lots are wooded and rustic, and styles vary, although many are of brick construction and are rather large. The architecture styles vary from Colonial to Traditional and Ranch style. There is a mix of single story and two-story homes; some have lots of windows to let the natural lighting come inside. Some homes have been beautifully updated, but occasionally you'll come across one with original flooring and features. In cases like this, you can renovate the home to your personal specifications. Search Homes for Sale in Le Bourgeois 39...
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