A hearty welcome to refreshment of soul and spirit to the “normal” delights of fall! We need the diversions of invigorating new energy, cooler temperatures, bright nighttime skies, colorful autumn landscapes, high energy football games, Octoberfest, MAR, and NAR conventions for Realtors.

Our team has felt the pain personally as family members and close friends experienced painful losses in Texas and Florida in recent days. We are proud that our community is intensely involved- local power and utility companies, engineers, skilled craftsmen, churches, and numerous personal volunteers.

So, when challenges engulf us, where are the opportunities?  First, our need for spiritual anchoring and focus has never been greater. Dr. Bill Smith just reminded some of us sales and marketing professionals last week that personal growth starts with orderly routine which allows time for seizing the moments, causing lasting value every day and recognizing that each stage of life provides passing opportunities. It is probably evident to most of you that I have not “seized all the moments” along the way. I am happy to report to you that I will be sharing childhood stories and big moments with my “Ring” cousins from my dad’s family in Northeastern hills of Arkansas this weekend. I plan to include some Alma Mater highlights visiting the Arkansas State campus along the way.

Economic and professional opportunities are abundant, but harder to recognize when so many challenges divert our attention. Creative ideas and vision flow from a positive attitudes. Mississippi Power Solar Plant Opens in Hattiesburg was a recent very positive headline. Mayor Toby Barker stated, “It captures our character as the Hub City. We’ve become the hub of so many things – from medical to military to higher education to retail and culinary.”

Other current economic and professional Greater Hattiesburg points of pride include: #1 in job growth percentage in Mississippi among metros; Top 8 tax friendly cities for retirees; Top 2 of 5 best public high schools in Mississippi; and 1.7% increase in home sales from 2016-2017 year to date – actual numbers of sales are 1190 versus 1210 year-to-date according to our local MLS.

Incoming buyers, move-up and move-down buyers and first time buyers have great opportunities. Just this past week our team has had the privilege of experiencing all of these families. Actually,
I experienced all of these buyers in the open house in Shadow Ridge this past Sunday. I hosted a BIG family moving from Colorado to Oak Grove in a military move; a growing family selling in Midtown to move to a larger, more updated home; a more mature couple moving to a recreational center; and a young couple not yet married, but looking for their first home.

Our team is grateful for the opportunities you have provided with your generous referrals! Currently, we have good quality homes for sale in all price ranges. We are looking forward to an active fall market providing great choices for all of our buyers. Thank you again and again for your valuable support!!

Gratefully yours,

DeLois and Team