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1. ‘Good News’ for Housing in Second Quarter -

Shelby County’s housing rebound continued in the second quarter, with key indicators showing improvement over the same period last year.

Shelby County netted 4,226 home sales in the second quarter, an 11 percent bump from 3,821 in the second quarter of 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

2. BenchMark to Relocate, Restructure -

BenchMark at Southwind Realtors LLC will soon relocate its Southeast Memphis office, add agents, integrate technology into its business practices and go paperless in one fell swoop.

3. MAAR Members Honored at End-of-Year Luncheon -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors named the recipients of its 2012 awards at its year-end luncheon Dec. 19 at the Hilton Memphis.

Leon Dickson Sr. of BenchMark at Southwind LLC was named 2012 Realtor of the Year.

4. MAAR Members Honored at End-of-Year Luncheon -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors named the recipients of its 2012 awards at its year-end luncheon Dec. 19 at the Hilton Memphis.

Leon Dickson Sr. of BenchMark at Southwind LLC was named 2012 Realtor of the Year.

5. MAAR Members Honored at State Association Convention -

Several members of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors received recognition at the recent Tennessee Association of Realtors 93rd annual convention in Kingsport, Tenn.

Current MAAR vice president Steve Brown received TAR’s 2012 Presidential Award, which is given in honor of outstanding service to the leadership of the real estate industry.

6. Hayes Survives, Thrives Even in Housing Slump -

As a child, Michelle Hayes dreamed of owning her own hotel. Instead of going toe to toe with Hilton and Marriott, however, the Whitehaven native and LeMoyne-Owen College graduate instead entered into the world of real estate in 1998.

7. MAAR Honors Members at Awards Luncheon -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors named the recipients of its 2011 awards at a luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Shorty Watkins of Century 21 Maselle & Associates was named 2011 Realtor of the Year. Mindy Creech of RE/MAX on Track was named 2011 Realtor-Associate of the Year.

8. Former MAAR President Receives National Award -

Bob Turner, founder of Southern Properties LLC and 2004 president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, was honored at the recent National Association of Realtors Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif.

9. MAAR: October Home Sales Drop 2.9 Percent -

Memphis-area home sales for October declined 2.9 percent from a year ago, with 1,054 total sales recorded in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ MAARdata property records database, which includes records of all property transactions in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties.

10. Realtors Recognized for 4 Decades of Service -

Thirteen real estate professionals were honored Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the annual Realtors Emeritus Reception held by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

Honorees must be members of the National Association of Realtors for 40 consecutive years and also hold membership in a local Realtors association.

11. Housing Market Inches Upward in Q3 -

Local home sales saw an uptick during the third quarter, and local professionals say it’s due to the sluggish market conditions yielding incentives for buyers.

Shelby County registered 3,568 home sales in the third quarter (July 1 to Sept. 30), a 7 percent increase from Q3 2010, which totaled 3,332, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

12. MAAR to Hold Southeast Real Estate Forum -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors continues its community real estate forum tour, with the next one planned for Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road.

13. MAAR: Home Sales Improve 13.1 Pct. -

Memphis-area home sales for August climbed 13.1 percent from a year ago, with 1,313 total sales recorded in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors MAARdata property records database, which includes records of all property transactions in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties.

14. Blakeney Named MAAR’s New Leader -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors board of directors has named Melanie Blakeney as its executive vice president, effective Dec. 1.

She succeeds longtime executive vice president Jules Wade, who will retire in November from the local trade organization for real estate professionals.

15. Blakeney Named MAAR’s New Leader -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors board of directors has named Melanie Blakeney as its executive vice president, effective Dec. 1.

She succeeds longtime executive vice president Jules Wade, who retire in November from the local trade organization for real estate professionals.

16. Get on the Bus -

A large red, white and blue bus is traveling America to promote what the National Association of Realtors calls the “foundation of American values” – home ownership.

And the nation’s largest real estate trade association says that ideal is in jeopardy.

17. MAAR: June Home Sales Improve 4.5 Pct. -

The housing market may be inching its way to recovery, as the Memphis Area Association of Realtors has reported a 4.5 percent increase in June home sales.

The Memphis area recorded 1,612 home sales last month, up from 1,542 in June 2010, according to the association’s MAARdata property records database. The MAARdata system includes records of all property transactions in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties.

18. MAAR Donates To Realtors Relief Foundation -

In its June board of directors meeting, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors voted to give a $7,500 donation to the Realtors Relief Foundation.

The action comes in response to a stormy spring in which communities across the Southeast and Midwest were hit by tornadoes, damaging winds and severe flooding.

19. Memphis-Area Home Sales Climb 6.8 Percent -

Memphis-area home sales for May climbed 6.8 percent from a year ago, with 1,389 total sales recorded in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ MAARdata property records database, which includes records of all property transactions in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties.

20. MAAR to Participate in Realtor Open House -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has teamed up with Realtor associations across the country for the Nationwide Open House Weekend Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.

The purpose of the open house weekend is to encourage prospective homebuyers to discover the quality and affordability of homes in the Memphis market. This is the second annual National Open House Weekend.

21. MAAR to Host Germantown Real Estate Forum -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors is continuing its real estate forum tour, with the next one planned for Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Germantown Municipal Center, 1930 South Germantown Road.

22. Memphis-Area Home Sales Jump 2.6 Percent -

Memphis-area home sales for April rose 2.6 percent from a year ago, with 1,339 total sales recorded in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ MAARdata property records database, which includes records of all property transactions in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties.

23. MAAR to Host Affordable Housing Event -

In recognition of Fair Housing Month, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors will present the fifth annual Fair & Affordable Housing event on Wednesday.

The program is geared toward educating Realtors about the many resources available to assist first-time homebuyers, low- to moderate-income buyers and people facing foreclosure.

24. Youth Villages 5K Slated for Saturday -

Youth Villages will hold its 29th annual YV5K at 9 a.m. Saturday at 1000 Ridgeway Loop, at the intersection of Briarcrest Avenue and the Ridgeway Loop in the Marsh Building.
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors is in its 29th year as a sponsor of the event.
“It’s a great cause and it promises to be a good time, too,” MAAR President Leon Dickson said in a statement. “We at MAAR appreciate the important service that Youth Villages provides for this community.”
Funds raised from the event will benefit Youth Villages’ mentoring, transitional living and spiritual life programs.
Runners and walkers can pre-register online through Wednesday at www.youthvillages5k.org, and packets can be picked up Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MAAR, 6393 Poplar Ave. Registration also will be available on Friday and on the day of the event from 7 to 8 a.m.

25. MAAR to Host Midtown Real Estate Forum -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors is continuing its real estate forum tour, with the next one planned for April 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave.

26. Memphis-Area Home Sales Dip 23 Pct. in March -

Memphis-area home sales last month fell 23.2 percent from March 2010, according to sales recorded in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ MAARdata property records database, which includes records of all property transactions in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties.

27. Recovery Roadblock -

As the housing market inches closer to correction, the potential elimination of government-controlled housing institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could bring the recovery to a screeching halt.

In 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were pushed to the verge of collapse, partially because both failed to charge enough for the guarantees they sold to protect lenders and investors, which for decades were fully backed by the government.

28. Shelby Home Sales Drop 21 Pct. in Feb. -

The latest housing market figures paint a bleak picture of the market.

Although brokers can be optimistic about a few of the numbers – and can point to factors such as terrible weather to explain part of the decline – February 2011 will go down as a month to forget for the housing market.

29. MAAR: Outlook Belies February Numbers -

While Memphis-area home sales declined from the same month a year ago, average sales price, existing homes and nonbank sales all showed signs of resurgence in February.

Memphis-area home sales last month fell 11.8 percent from February 2010, according to sales recorded in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ MAARdata property records database, which includes records of all property transactions in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties.

30. MAAR to Host Forum on Bartlett Real Estate -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors will host the second in a series of community real estate forums Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road.

31. MAAR: Home Sales Fall 1.4 Pct. -

The housing market appears to be leveling off, as the Memphis Area Association of Realtors report only a 1.4 percent decline for the month.

While the association’s January home sales report was filled with negative numbers across the board, the declines weren’t all bad. For example, the metropolitan area saw a drop in bank sales, a sign that the real estate market may be on the verge of recovery.

32. 2010 Home Sales Declined 9.7 Percent -

Home sales in the Memphis market declined 9.7 percent in 2010, showing the market perhaps still has a ways to go to recovery.

There were 13,711 homes sold in 2010, a 9.7 percent decline from the 15,186 sold in 2009, according to the latest numbers from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service.

33. Dickson Takes Reins of MAAR -

Leon Dickson prefers to concentrate on the future of the real estate market rather than dwell on the past.

But one cannot fully understand Dickson’s current tenure as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors without tapping into his history.

34. MAAR Installs 2011 Officers -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors announced its 2011 officers and board of directors at its annual inaugural gala Friday.

The officers are: Leon Dickson of BenchMark at Southwind, president; John Stamps of Prudential Collins-Maury Inc., vice president; Walter Allen of Integra Realty Resources, secretary-treasurer; Carol Lott of Prudential Collins-Maury Inc., president-elect.

35. MAAR to Host Forum on Collierville Real Estate -

Memphis Area Association of Realtors will host the first in a series of real estate forums to take place on Tuesday.

The forum – a planned partnership with the Town of Collierville – is open to all Collierville residents and is intended to offer localized information on the real estate industry from professionals who have a concentration of experience in the Collierville area.

36. ATTN: Mayor Wharton -

Memphians sound off on city’s most pressing needs.

Aaron Shafer
Founder of Skatelife Memphis; scientist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hosp.

Develop and promote a citywide mentoring campaign. We must heavily invest in the positive development of our children. Many of our Memphis children suffer not from a material poverty, but a poverty of healthy relationships and ultimately a poverty of possibility – of reaching their full potential. Each of us has had supportive network of mentors (“the village”) in our lives, be they our parents, teachers or friends, that have come along side of us to build our self-esteem and to help us navigate a path that moves us closer to realizing our potential.

37. Housing Shrinks 8 Percent in 2010 -

While 2010’s home sales are down – 8 percent from the previous year – local real estate agents say bright spots in the report indicate the housing market is on the road to recovery for 2011.

38. November Home Sales Decline 25 Percent -

Memphis-area home sales for November fell 25.3 percent from the same month a year ago, according to data released this week by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

Home sales in the metropolitan area totaled 857 in November, down from 1,147 in November 2009. MAAR officials attributed the drop to the homebuyer’s tax credit, which was in effect last November but expired in early 2010.

39. Housing Endured Bumpy Ride in 2010 -

As the 2010 housing market seemed to get worse with every monthly report, local real estate professionals adjusted their routines to cope.

A lack of confidence in the market and uncertainty about the employment picture prevailed, keeping home sales about 15 percent off last year’s pace – which had been the lowest in decades.

40. MAAR Presents 2010 Realtor Awards -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has named Mary Sharp of Crye-Leike Inc. Realtors as its Realtor of the Year.

41. Realtors: Housing Has Nowhere to Go But Up -

Although the local real estate industry took yet another year-over-year dip in August – as new and existing home sales declined 13 percent from the same month a year ago – Realtors see the light at the end of the tunnel.

42. MAAR Elects 2011-2012 Board of Directors -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors elected its board of directors for 2011-2012 at its annual meeting and election last week.

MAAR members elected six real estate agents to serve on the board during the next two years.

43. Home Sales Inch Up in Q1 -

This past weekend the Memphis Area Association of Realtors hosted a citywide “open house” along with Realtor associations across the country.

The event, which spotlighted hundreds of homes for sale throughout the area, was designed to increase sales as the homebuyers tax credit approaches its April 30 deadline and also give the industry an overall spark before the busy summer season.

44. Madness Comes to March Home Sales Totals -

“March Madness” refers to the frenzy of college basketball from coast to coast each spring, but the term might also be applied to the local real estate market, which last month saw an impressive flurry of home sales.

45. Stabilizing Home Sales Hit Bump in January -

Although it might have ended last year with a bang, the local real estate market began 2010 with a whimper.

Shelby County recorded just 885 sales last month, a 14 percent decline from 1,025 sales in January 2009 and a 30 percent decline from 1,261 sales in December 2009, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

46. MAAR Prez: Stage Set for Better Home Sales -

2009 went into the books as the worst year for home sales in 18 years, but a slight improvement in the final quarter signaled a sliver of hope for a beleaguered real estate industry.

Shelby County saw just 14,600 home sales last year, an 11 percent decline from 16,406 home sales during 2008 and a 29 percent decline from 20,706 home sales during 2007, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

47. Home Sales Freefall Continues in Q1 -

Shelby County home sales continued their downward spiral during the first quarter of 2009, proof that consumer confidence has yet to be restored and that credit issues have yet to be resolved.

Just 3,078 homes were sold in the first three months of 2009, down 25 percent from 4,101 in Q1 2008, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The period’s total marked the lowest first quarter since Q1 2001, which saw 3,107 home sales.

48. Influence 1 Foundation Names Hartsfield COO -

Felicia Hartsfield has been named chief operating officer of Influence 1 Foundation.

Hartsfield will oversee the continued stability and growth of the foundation’s fiscal, strategic, organizational and operational functions. Her duties also will include building and maintaining relationships with community leaders, as well as creating collaborations, which will enhance the foundation’s strategic model.

49. January Housing Numbers Say It All -

Real estate professionals hoping for a good start to 2009 were greeted with a dose of bad news to kick off the new year: Home sales in January declined 32 percent compared to the same month in 2008.

50. Calipari Tapped to Rally Real Estate Community -

For many local sports fans, the lasting image of 2008 was the University of Memphis men’s basketball team suffering a heartbreaking loss to Kansas in the national championship game.

For many local Realtors, the lasting image of 2008 was the housing market suffering a continued slump.

51. MAAR Elects Board of Directors -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors elected six real estate professionals to its 2009-2010 board of directors at last week’s annual meeting.

The new directors are Landis Foy of Crye-Leike Inc.; Steve Guinn of Highwoods Properties; R. Darnell Tate of ERA Legacy Realty; Michael Green of John Green & Co. Realtors; Betsy Kelly of Hobson Co. Realtors; and Randy Jefferson of Hobson Co. Realtors.

52. 2007's Top RealtorsHonored by MAAR -      The Memphis Area Association of Realtors recently handed out awards at its annual gala, including one to John Linthicum of Crye-Leike Inc., who was named 2007 Realtor of the Year. Randy Jefferson of The Hobson Co. Realto

53. MAAR ElectsBoard of Directors -      Members of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) elected five directors to the organization's board at last week's annual meeting.
     The new directors are Bill Maury of Hobson Co