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Real Estate Pros Figuring Out New Reality

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Posted by John D Smith at Monday, February 6, 2012

2011 Sales Up

Sowell & Company sales in 2011 were up 10% from those posted in 2010!  Great news!! Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Serenity Now: Using Blue in the Bedroom

Our bedrooms are our sanctuaries. Or they should be, at least. According to this article , one way to get the most out of our bedrooms is to have it painted blue. In theory, cool shades of blue create a calming atmosphere. The light tones make the room look bigger and evoke memories of peaceful skies or still water. More than once, I've read that blue is "soothing," which I think we all need in a place we are going to sleep.   This bedroom (one... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Monday, July 11, 2011

The Gardens of Central Gardens

There is, of course, a reason why the Central Gardens Historic District has the name it does. You might not always get to peek into a backyard, but driving through the neighborhood, you're sure to see several blooms from the street. And as luck would have it, some of these home with gorgeous gardens are for sale!     This garden is in the backyard of 1483 Goodbar . Those colors are unbelievable! And I promise the photos haven't been retouched!    Here's another... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Monday, July 11, 2011

Selling an Empty House

If you look over real estate websites, you'll often see them recommend "staging" your home when trying to sell it. (Like here , here , and here ). But what about when the house is empty? Even though there won't be furnishings or accessories to help buyers connect to your rooms, you can still highlight their potential. The goal is to get others to visualize the flow of the floorplan.  Step 1: Inspect the Exterior      Keep the lawn and any landscaping tidy, which also means... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trimming Your Brick House

Not trimming as in cutting back, but as in the color of paint you use for the trim. While white is often the go-to color for trim, there are plenty of other colors that can be used and that many don't consider. It's time to think outside the box and make your brick home stand out! This blogger  has several shades she recommends from charcoal to slate gray and even eggplant. Ehow.com also suggests examining the brick's hue for ideas or using the color wheel .   ... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Backyard Escapes

Summer is in full swing, alright, but that doesn't have to mean running inside to avoid sweltering afternoons. With a shady deck, outdoor living room, or swimming pool, you enjoy being outside and sipping sweet tea. HGTV and Martha Stewart have some great ideas about decorating your outdoor area  and  DIY projects  as well as  "hardscaping"  with everything from fireplaces to furniture.   This house on  S. Belvedere ... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Annesdale Mansion Update

About a week ago, we blogged about our Agent of the Month, Ed Beasley and the sale of his listing of the historic Annesdale Mansion. It was built before the Civili War, but it has a romantic Italian design. Since then, The Commercial Appeal has followed up on the buyer. You read about his decision to buy the mansion and some of the details of the home's history here . There is also a slideshow that is part of the article. Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dining Room Design

While looking at the HGTV website, I saw an article about new ways to rethink the  design of your dining room pop up. The type of furnishings you have can help build an ideal atmosphere, but optimizing the layout and features of your dining room are also important to the look and feel of it. It's true that many of us reserve the dining room for formal occassions, but a fresh design could spark some creativity and lead to your dining room being one of your favorite rooms!   ... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Monday, June 20, 2011

Listing Spotlight

We have several listings that include homes of all sizes and in many locations, but here is one house that we would like to direct your attention to! In a subdivision across from Overton Park, this English Tudor home has plenty of windows overlooking a shady, quiet street, so it has several sources of natural light. In fact, an office on the north side of the house is lined with windows! Paired with the high ceilings, these windows give... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sowell & Company Blog Up and Running Again

Hello! Welcome to our blog, which we will be updating regularly once more. We have a number of open houses coming up. You can find the locations and times both on our  website  and in The Commercial Appeal. One of our listings is practically in our own backyard in Midtown. On June 19, you can see  this house on Rembert. It has a very large screened-in porch and a patio in the backyard, which will be nice to have this summer, right? Speaking of front... Read More
Posted by John D Smith at Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What an Exciting Summer We've Had!

  It's been quite a while since our last blog post here at Sowell & Company, But I know that our adoring fans were pleased to read about the fabulous Mike Lawhead over and over again. (If you didn't catch it before, click the moustache in the previous post to experience a very informative moustache website .)    As I said, we're way past due for a Sowell & Company update...   First of all, our seminar last July was a great success. We... Read More
Posted by Cindy Jayne at Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mike Lawhead

You can tell Mike Lawhead is a people person when you first meet him.   He has a quick sense of humor, he’s straightforward, and he’s effortlessly dynamic.  This was all very apparent to    "I'm not a desk guy." me when I asked him to identify the thread that runs through his exciting career.  "I'm not a desk guy," he offered with a frank... Read More
Posted by Katie Lambert at Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm in Love With Painting! ...And the folks at Home Depot are going to love me.

This week I've been painting the living room in my new house... As well as the extra bedroom that I've decided will be the "music room" or "groove space."  Every day after work, I've put on my painter's hat, put down a drop-cloth, and cranked up some Aretha in preparation for a late night of cleaning, sanding, edging, taping, and rolling.     I've always loved painting interiors.  I think... Read More
Posted by Katie Lambert at Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Steve Solomon

Steve Solomon Sowell & Company's Featured Agent "Once you meet me, you never forget me!" Steve Solomon is a lifelong Memphian with over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. Steve says that growing up he was a natural leader with the same take-charge attitude that defines his remarkable personality today.  Ask anyone at Sowell & Company about him and you're sure to hear these descriptions:  honest, outspoken, trustworthy, a stickler... Read More
Posted by Katie Lambert at Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kiddie Condo Program

One of our agents, Rosemary Stoots , suggested I share a little information about FHA’s Kiddie Condo Program. Instead of paying housing costs for four or five years while your son or daughter attends college, why not invest in a condo or house near campus? The Kiddie Condo Program can help you do this.  It's a no down payment program, and FHA allows non-occupant coborrowers.  That way, parents can use their credit and income history to purchase a condo or home for their... Read More
Posted by Katie Lambert at Friday, June 18, 2010

Bringing Out the Best in Your Home, Whether Selling or Settling

  Lately we’ve been getting things lined up for our quarterly seminar here at Sowell & Company.   If you’re thinking about selling, this is the seminar to attend!  We’ve invited speakers with expertise in bringing out the best in your home and preparing it for the market.  Mary Davis, an appraiser from C. Howard Davis Appraisers, will be there, as well as Mary Katherine Taras of MKFT Interiors.    Both... Read More
Posted by Cindy Jayne at Thursday, June 10, 2010

I Took a Homebuyer's Education Class! ...and you should too!

Hi! I hope everyone is enjoying our new website. We love it! Since the last time I posted, I was lucky enough to attend a homebuyer’s education class at United Housing, Inc.-- right down the street from our office. I learned so much, and taking a class like this is an absolute MUST for inexperienced and first time homebuyers before they take any steps toward home ownership.  We covered the entire scope of the home buying process, including preparing yourself financially... Read More
Posted by Katie Lambert at Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hello! Welcome to Sowell & Company's Blog!

Hello!  I'm Katie, and I'll be the official blogger for Sowell & Company's new website.  I know that all of the agents and staff at Sowell & Company are really looking forward to the launch of our website.  It's going to be such a great tool for people who are buying and selling homes in Memphis, and you'll be in touch with an excellent agent in no time!  Not only will you be able to read about all of our agents and  view our listings, you'll also get... Read More
Posted by Katie Lambert at Friday, May 14, 2010

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