Welcome glorious days of Autumn! This past week ushered in abounding new energy with the refreshing new Autumn breezes, sunny skies, leaves of orange and golden colors in the freshened landscape, and exciting new athletic achievements with USM and local high schools. I claimed that Lavon and I had captured these delightful breezes from Vancouver Island as we had just returned from visiting daughter DeLisa before the first official day of Autumn.
If you have glanced our way from Highway 98, you will notice that this week’s energy boost has resulted in lots of tree trimming and some removal of trees from the front of 4 Willow Bend. Mr. Eddie Woodland, our dedicated lawn care taker, exclaimed, “The value just went up by $100,000!” I am impressed with the new look myself. Now, I have new convincing evidence for sellers that cleaning up an aged landscape really will bring them more $’s to their bottom line, which is always a big part of our mission.
New fall inventory is very encouraging too! In recent days, we have been meeting with some new and several former seller clients who are also energized by the new season. We are adding new opportunities for buyers in Kingsmill, Terrace Hills, Quail Hollow, Crowns Pointe, Bellegrass, Sandstone, Timber Ridge, The Village at Hattiesburg Country Club, Waterford, Canebrake, Woodstone, Longleaf Acres, and outlying in Petal.
Good news for first time home buyers and many others with household incomes of $80,000 or less and at least 640 credit scores. Mississippi Home Corporation Smart Solution Mortgage can provide funds to purchase a first home or move up to a larger home. This program provides down payment assistance at competitive interest rates (currently 3.75%). Call our buyer specialists if you have family or friends who may benefit from this new program. Don’t overlook the amazing low interest rate for ALL qualified buyers!
Encouraging new economic developments for our area include Green Bay Converting South, which is scheduled to create 300 new jobs. Brenda Blackwell and our team had the recent joy of welcoming the new plant manager, Gary Gretzinger, his wife Sara, and their three very bright and focused children from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Other really exciting economic accomplishments include the new colleges for Physical Therapy and Pharmacy recently announced by William Carey University. Downtown Hattiesburg also continues to make very impressive improvements which enhance the economic growth and quality of life for the entire area.
In early November, our team will be focusing on sharpening our skills through education and business planning. Both sales and support staff will convene with Realtors from around the United States and around the world at the annual convention of the National Association of Realtors in nearby New Orleans. This is an annual investment in equipping our team with the knowledge, insight and skills to bring the highest level of representation to our clients. It’s another point of difference that we hope instills confidence that you are hiring the best and most qualified Realtor team in our area.
Thanks again for your trust, loyalty and generous encouragement. You make it possible and rewarding for our team to have achieved 88% of our 2014 production goal of $65,000,000 at the end of September during a year that our local market is mostly flat.
Warmest wishes for a beautiful Autumn. May your family find joy and new energy each day!

DeLois & Team