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Donations for Columbia tornado relief

by DeLois Smith


The DeLois Smith All Star Team will be retiring our blue moving van this week. To send her out with a bang we have decided to help aid those affected by the recent tornado in Columbia by packing our moving van with supplies and delivering them to Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church.  If you would like to help, please drop off needed supplies on Thursday, January 1, and Friday, January 2, at our Oak Grove office, located at 4 Willow Bend Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39402. The bright blue moving van will be parked in the front of our office.

The following supplies are needed:

                IMMEDIATE NEEDS

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Powerade/Gatorade
  • Soft drinks

                SHORT-TERM NEEDS

  • Bleach
  • Spray bleach
  • Spray cleaners
  • Buckets
  • Mops/brooms/dust pans
  • Trash bags
  • Laundry supplies
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/conditioners
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Razors
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

                BUILDING/REPAIR SUPPLIES

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Roofing tin
  • Lumber

Thank you very much for helping our neighbors in need. 

High Definition 3D Walkthrough home tours being added

by Josh Bellew

At The DeLois Smith All Star Team Realtors, we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations on a daily basis. One of the ways we do this is by staying on the cutting edge of technology and utilizing the latest tools to market our clients’ properties to the public.
I am excited to announce the latest tool in our arsenal, a 3D Walkthrough that’s designed to provide prospective buyers with a deeper insight into what the home actually looks like before they go and visit. The effect is an intuitive experience that is both easy to use and highly detailed. Users can zoom out into a “dollhouse mode” and look at a home’s complete floor plan, and then zoom into a first person view to move around the house.
This new technology utilizes a special camera and proprietary technology to create a 3D tour that can be viewed from any web browser, including your smartphone or tablet. So no matter where you are in the world, you will be able to view a high definition walkthrough of the entire interior of a home.
We look forward to showing you the first 3D Walkthroughs in the coming weeks. Be sure to check out our website, allstarteam.com, and our facebook page, facebook.com/AllStarTeamREALTORS, for more information.

Star Chat with DeLois - December 2014

by DeLois Smith

Thanksgiving….my favorite holiday was truly a season of gratitude for our team. We celebrated and expressed our gratitude to nearly 400 of you who honored us by coming by our Petal and Oak Grove offices for a seasonal pie. It has been heartwarming to hear team members expressing love and appreciation to our clients and friends as well as to our team members for team spirit, unity and focus we share.
Thanks to you and your amazing support, our team has exceeded our team goal of $65 million closed in 2014. We are especially pleased that we have been able to increase our listing sales by 24% this year while the overall market has increased by 1.6%.
100% of our Realtor Team and three of our support staff members attended the NAR Convention in November. We invested in new technology to better showcase our sellers’ properties; we also attended three day sessions that will enable us to sharpen our skills and better interpret our marketplace for the benefit of our clients.
A new designation, Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS) has been added. Adam and I completed the inaugural class with fifty other Realtors, both national and international.
“SRS Designees are said to be a driving force in some of the industry’s most innovative and successful real estate companies,” said the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers.
Locally and nationally, we see some signs of the housing market growing stronger. Locally, one sign has been an increase in the $300,000+ price range. Year-to-date closed $300,000+ has increased by 32.3% from 2013. There is also a decrease in foreclosure/short sales locally from 20% to 18%. US home ownership rate dropped for the ninth year – edging down to 65.1%. US home ownership for age groups 25-54 is at its lowest since 1976 while ownership of households 75 and older is now a record high. Negative equity is 11.9% while approximately one-third are debt free in their home ownership, a very positive sign!
As consumer confidence improves, consumers aren’t just looking for the biggest house on the block. They’re looking for more efficient use of space and a greater area allocated to “workhorse” spaces like the kitchen. Home buyers want unique features and amenities. Today’s home buyers are very focused on lifestyle and the way they live life.
Looking toward Christmas celebrations as we spend quality time with family and friends, enjoy Christmas music in our churches, and celebrate the greatest event in human history – the birth of Jesus Christ; we also begin our focus on the upcoming 2015 New Year. Recently, our team has spent focused time on what we did well (“Our Hits”), what we could do better (“Our Misses”), and new action items.

Christmas blessings to you and your families!


DeLois and Team

Great American All Star - Bob & Helen Clunie

by DeLois Smith

Bob and Helen Clunie have honored us by serving as our 2014 Third Quarter Great American All Stars! Recently, Brenda Blackwell and Linda Seifert had a delightful dinner with them at Purple Parrot Café. The Team came to know our All Star couple when Brenda had the pleasure of representing them in the buying and selling of their home in The Trace and the purchase of their current home.
The Clunies are a wonderful pair that met 20 years ago while each was attending grief counseling having lost their respective spouses. They have led full interesting lives on their own. Bob started an insurance career in 1949 and once handled national dealer enterprise accounts for Chrysler and American Motors Corporations. Helen had a 28 year teaching career and in more recent years has been heavily involved in genealogy research.
These two lovely people amaze us with their energy, descriptive stories of their past and plans for their future. They are devoted to each other and to their families as well as others in the community. In their retirement they have been active supporters of The University of Southern Mississippi having served on the Inner Tribal Committee promoting student recruitment from the Choctaw Nation. Helen has a Cherokee Indian heritage and this is a committee the couple sees as a valuable tool in seeking deserving students for scholarship programs at USM. In addition to their community interests, they look for forums to increase their personal growth such as auditing a history course from the late Dr. Milton Wheeler, a beloved and renowned Professor at the University of William Carey.
Thank you, Bob and Helen, for setting an example of how to live happily and productively into our senior years. We know that you will always engage, encourage and endear yourselves to all whom you encounter.

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The All-Star Team, REALTORS®
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4 Willow Bend, Suite 2A
Hattiesburg MS 39402
601.545.3900
800.335.6477

The All-Star Team, REALTORS brings you over 200 years of accumulated experience along with the most innovative marketing strategies in the real estate industry. We specialize in the real estate properties located in Hattiesburg, Oak Grove, Petal, Sumrall, Purvis, Columbia, and the entire Pine Belt region. Put The All-Star Team, REALTORS® to work for you as you consider your next home sale or purchase. Experience the team approach to real estate and make us your REALTOR® for life! See how The All-Star Team, REALTORS® really is bringing the Pine Belt home again and again.