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Planning A Trip? Don't leave home without doing this...

by The Peggy Graves Team

Don't Leave Home Without...

You been planning this trip for some time and almost every detail has been considered...or has it? Have you thought about how to protect your home while you're out of town?  What's going to make sure that everything you left is still there in you return?

Nothing could ruin a trip more than coming back to find out your home has been burglarized or worse.  It makes sense to spend a little time before you leave on making sure your home is as safe and sound as it can be.

There are a host of devices to use across the Internet including camera door bells, video cameras, door locks, garage door openers, light and thermostat controls.  You can monitor your home whenever you have an Internet connection.  The question is whether you want the distraction from your trip.

Consider these low-tech suggestions along with your other normal efforts:

  • Tell your neighbors you'll be out of town and to be aware of any unusual activity.
  • Notify your alarm company
  • Discontinue your postal delivery
  • Use timers on interior lights to make it appear you're home as usual.
  • Don't make it easy for burglars by leaving messages on voice mail or posting on social networks.
  • Post on social networks after you've returned about your vacation.
  • Remove the hidden spare keys and give it to a trusted neighbor or friend.
  • Lock everything, double-check and set the alarm.
  • Take pictures of your belongings in case you need them.
  • Disconnect TVs and other equipment in case of unexpected power surges.
  • Adjust your thermostat.
  • Arrange for lawn care.
  • Consider disconnecting the garage door opener.
  • Put irreplaceable valuables in a safety deposit box.

It's nice to go out of town on a well-deserved trip and it's always nice to get back home...especially when it is just the way you left it.

Military Relocation Assistance

by The Peggy Graves Team

As a certified Military Relocation Professional, let me and my team help you and your family navigate through the home buying process and take full advantage of military benefits and support .

Call The Peggy Graves Team at 731-225-6920 for details.

 

2018

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying A Home

by The Peggy Graves Team


 

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.

Ask yourself the following three questions to help determine if now is a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This is truly the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.

For example, a study by realtor.com found that “73% said buying in a good school district was “important” in their search.

This report supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the top four reasons Americans buy a home have nothing to do with money. The actual reasons are:

  • A good place to raise children and provide them with a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of that space

What does owning a home mean to you? What non-financial benefits will you and your family gain from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.

2. Where are home values headed?

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median price of homes sold in February (the latest data available) was $249,500. This is up 3.6% from last year. The increase also marks the 84th consecutive month with year-over-year gains.

Looking at home prices year over year, CoreLogic is forecasting an increase of 4.6%. In other words, a home that costs you $250,000 today will cost you an additional $11,500 if you wait until next year to buy it.

What does that mean to you?

Simply put, with prices increasing, it may cost you more if you wait until next year to buy. Your down payment will also need to be higher in order to account for the higher price of the home you wish to buy.

3. Where are mortgage interest rates headed?

A buyer must be concerned about more than just prices. The ‘long-term cost’ of a home can be dramatically impacted by even a small increase in mortgage rates.

Freddie MacFannie Maethe Mortgage Bankers Association and NAR have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase over the next twelve months, as you can see in the chart below:

3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home | Keeping Current Matters

 

 

AKC Dog Show This Weekend in Jackson

by The Peggy Graves Team


www.akc.org/

 

EVENT DETAILS

The Jackson Dog Fanciers Association and the Tupelo Kennel Club brings dog lovers their annual All-Breed Dog Show this weekend! More than 600 dogs and their owners will get the chance to strut their stuff in the show ring Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 22th-24th at the Jackson Fairgrounds Park, 800 S Highland Ave, Jackson, TN 38301 from 8 AM to 5 PM each day. The event is great for the whole family and admission is free! Dogs that are not entered in the competitions are not permitted on show grounds.

SPECTATORS CAN:

• Meet and greet a variety of different dog breeds. Visitors can learn about responsible dog ownership and speak with breeders, owners and exhibitors.
• Watch the judging of various breeds in Conformation and cheer for your favorite.
• See young owner-handlers compete against their peers in the Junior Showmanship Competition.
• Watch owner-handlers compete in a special series called the National Owner-Handled Series. These exhibitors are striving for a spot in the finals at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canine in Orlando in December.
• See puppies getting started in the sport in the AKC Sanctioned 4 and under 6 Months Puppy Competition.

SHOW DETAILS:
Admission: Spectator entry is free | $5 per vehicle parking fee applies.
Show Program: Find full event details here.

Jackson Tn Dog Fanciers Association, was established in 1996. Jackson TN Dog Fanciers Association (JTDFA) promotes the study, breeding and exhibition of purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership. For nearly 10 years, the Jackson, Tennessee Dog Fanciers Association has been presenting top-ranked dog shows.

Tupelo Kennel Club Inc, was established in 1991. The basic purpose of a club’s existence is to responsibly promote the welfare of pure-bred dogs, to improve the knowledge of its members and to be of service to the sport and the community in general. The club is pleased to join with JTDFA to present this premier show.

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.

Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.

More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests.

Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

 

TIME

March 22 (Friday) - 24 (Sunday)

LOCATION

Fairgrounds Park

800 S Highland Ave, Jackson, TN 38301, USA

 

Exotic Pet Expo, Sunday 2/16

by The Peggy Graves Team

Exotic Pet Expo

EXOTIC PET EXPO

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  • Jackson Fairgrounds800 South Highland Ave. Jackson TN, 38301 
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Jingle Bell 5K Run

by The Peggy Graves Team

TIME

November 18, 2017

(Saturday) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

LOCATION

Jackson Generals Ballpark

Jackson Generals Ball Park, 4 Fun Place, Jackson TN, 38305

 

Be part of the largest holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere – and join the movement to conquer arthritis!

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. In communities nationwide, this annual event brings together people from all walks of life to shout “Yes, we will live life to its fullest while searching for a cure!” As a Champion of Yes, kick off your holidays by helping conquer arthritis once and for all!

Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer run or walk with your team members, spreading smiles, good cheer and a winning spirit … and be a Champion of Yes!

For more help or information about the Jingle Bell Run/Walk of Jackson, contact Michelle Dooner at mdooner@arthritis.org or call 901-322-1517.

Free Market Analysis!

by The Peggy Graves Team

If you are thinking of putting your home on the market now or even if you plan to wait until the beginning of next year, let us give you a free, no obligation market analysis of your home and give you some ideas of what to do to get your home ready for the market. Call The Peggy Graves Team | Coldwell Banker Real Estate Now 731-225-6920 | 731-668-1777.

Tips For Moving With Your Pet

by The Peggy Graves Team

You've just purchased a new home. Boxes are packed, movers have been scheduled, but how much thought have you put into making sure your pet is ready for the move. Here are some tips to help with the transition.

1. Moving can be a very stressful time for the whole family, remember your pet senses your stress. Try to stay calm throughout the process and not only will your pet thank you but the whole family will be grateful.

2. Contact your veterinarian and ask for a copy of your pets medical records. If your pet is not up to date on vaccinations now would be a great time to make an appointment to be sure Fido is not only current on vaccinations but healthy enough for travel. If your pet tends to get car sick go ahead and ask the vet for some preventative meds for nausea as well as flea and tick medication.

3. Be sure your pet is wearing ID on his collar just in case he decides to leap out of the car during a pit stop on the way to his new home.

4. To help your pet feel more comfortable in the car be sure to bring along his favorite bedding and toys.

5. Bring along plenty of your pets favorite kibble and water and travel bowls and be sure it's accessible in the car. Just don't over feed, especially if your pet tends to get car sick.

6. Make plenty of pit stops for Fido and walk your pet as much possible. Don't forget to bring along poop bags.

7. Keep your pet safe by providing some type of pet restraint the your pet is comfortable with. For instance a pet carrier or pet seat belt is a great way to keep your pet safe during a long road trip.

 

 

Pets For Patriots

by The Peggy Graves Team

Pets for patriots is a program that serves individuals from all branches of the armed forces at any stage in their careers, including retirement.

Pets for patriots saves adult, large breed and special needs shelter dogs and cats, the most challenged to find loving homes and at greatest risk for being euthanized.

Pets for patriots pairs these animals with veterans. Veterans who rescue a qualifying pet are eligible to receive assistance with the pets food costs and essentials from veterinary partners and sponsor provided product.

Pets help to ease the transition of service members back into civilian life and help veterans with PTSD regain a sense of purpose.

For more information on how you can help support this cause visit WWW.PETSFORPATRIOTS.ORG or call 1-877-4-PET-CADET

 

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The Peggy Graves Team
COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE NOW
327 North Pkwy.
Jackson TN 38305
Cell: 731-225-6920
Main Office: 731.668.1777

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