And just like that, our kiddos kissed their summer vacation good-bye and set out to start another school year!  It's hard to believe that Amelia and I have both of our children in school now!  Abigail is entering Fourth Grade at Petal Elementary, and Hannah will begin First Grade at Petal Primary.  They're both excited, but as parents, Amelia and I greet each new school year with a bittersweet feeling.  We know they enjoy their routines, but we really enjoy our summers.  Each year Amelia sits down with the girls to create a "Summer Fun To-do List."  (What can I say, we are a family of three first-borns and one achievement-oriented second-born; we like to check things off lists!)  This summer was no different, and the girls really look forward to creating their lists as each school year closes.  It gives us (Amelia especially), a way to focus on maximizing fun experiences with our kids throughout the summer.  It can be as simple as visiting the library, or as complicated as going to Disney World.  (Both were on their lists this Summer; and if you haven't visited Disney or it's been a while since you've been - boy, has it become complicated!)  Anyhow, our girls managed to check everything off their lists just in time to start the new school year on August 8th.  I guess that's what makes the close of summer break a little bittersweet to us; we cherish all that summer fun, and then its time to get back down to the business of school, and dance, and soccer.  Best wishes to all of our area families as they start this next school year. For some, it's preschool, high school, college, trade school, and graduate school; for others it's a new career or job.  Several of our team members have children and grandchildren in all of these stages of life, and it's always interesting for us to share in those experiences with our team members as well as our clients and friends.

One of our big memories this summer was our team's July 4th Celebration at Canebrake Clubhouse.  It was another fabulous event that celebrated many of our community's finest citizens, in particular, our Vietnam Veterans, as we commemorated the 45th Anniversary of the ending of that conflict.  By the looks on everyone's faces, a good time was had by all.  We enjoyed the Victory Belles from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans as well as plenty of food, fellowship, and ICE CREAM!  Be sure to like and check out more photos on our team's Facebook Page...just search for "The All-Star Team REALTORS," and like the page - feel free to tag yourself in a photo!

The market has been active throughout the summer, as we would expect.  Overall, the market is still lacking inventory in our median price ranges which has led to increased competition amongst buyers for those types of properties.  Still, tremendous opportunities remain in nearly every price category.  Much of our focus recently has been on identifying potential properties to sell, and we are anxious to help you or someone you care about place their property on the market.  Our Listing Manager, Christy McLemore, recently led in a small research project where we examined our efficiency rate in moving the homes we list on the market.  We felt strongly that we were outperforming our competitors, but it always helps to verify that to be sure.  The sales data provided by the Hattiesburg REALTORS MLS Service showed that The All-Star Team, REALTORS, was the MOST EFFECTIVE REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE in successfully selling its listed inventory over the past year - in fact we were nearly 50% MORE EFFECTIVE than other brokerages in the Greater Hattiesburg Area!  We also identified a total of 13 homes in the last 12 months that had been previously listed with other brokerages, and were successfully sold after listing with The All-Star Team, REALTORS.  Those homes spent and average of approximately 280 days on the market prior to listing with The All-Star Team, REALTORS, where we sold them in an average of 59 Days!!!  It was refreshing to see evidence of our commitment to creating effective selling strategies for our clients, and it underscores our commitment to fulfilling the mutual goal of clients who list with our team - to SUCCESSFULLY sell their properties!

So who do you know who is in need of a team that is seriously committed to helping them sell or purchase property?  We're always honored by your referrals and your willingness to call on us....again....and again!

Sayonara Summer '18, you've been a blast!

Adam & Team