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All Hail The Red, White, And Blue!

Do you like to go all out on the 4th of July? Enjoying every barbecue, festival, parade, and firework display you can find? 

Or do you prefer to keep things low-key and find somewhere quiet to enjoy a nearby firework show? Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Check out our list of 4th of July Celebrations for 2018!

Firefighters Freedom Festival

Wednesday July 4th, 3:00pm-10:30pm

McKellar Sipes Regional Airport, 308 Grady Montgomery Rd. Jackson, TN 38301

This Fourth of July annual event features children’s activities and entertainment. Festivities begin at 3pm; fireworks begin at 9pm. Food and drink vendors sell refreshments onsite. Bring your lawn chairs and have a great time! For more

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When preparing to buy a home there is lots of things you need to do to qualify for a home loan. What some fail to realize is there are many things you DO NOT need to do once you have your pre-approval in hand. We have compiled a list of the top ten things home buyers DO NOT need to do. Each of these can have a huge impact and jeopardize your chances of being able to buy.

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Not only is selling your home a daunting task, but preparing your home to sell is a huge undertaking. There are little changes that can make a huge impact on potential buyers, and can even increase the value of your home! Here are a few that you should do right now.

1. Take A Minimalist Approach

Organizing and decluttering are the first steps you should take. Start by clearing out closets, drawers and cabinets. Having these areas clean and organized will have a huge impact on potential buyers. Optimize the use of the storage you have or create your own! Shelves are a great addition to any room or closet and can even be used for decor. Make the most of the space you have by clearing floors. This can make a room appear much bigger than it is.

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Everyone knows there are problem areas in your home that you just can’t seem to get to smell good! The kitchen and bathrooms are known for bad smells whether it’s the trash cans, garbage disposal, or musty towels and mats. We have compiled some great tips to help keep your home smelling fresh and clean!


  1. Add a few drops of essential oil inside your toilet paper roll. This will release a fresh scent every time it’s used.
  2. Fill your toilet brush holder with Pine-sol or your favorite cleaner. This will get rid of germs and odors your toilet brush may be harboring.
  3. Take scented air freshener beads, artificial flowers, and a pretty mason jar for a decorative air freshener that can be used anywhere in your home.
  4. Pouring vinegar in the water
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Talk to a Lender- It’s never too early to start speaking with a lender about your future purchase. This allows you to see what your credit looks like and if you meet all the criteria to be pre-approved. This extra time gives you the opportunity to clean up your credit report, if needed, and get the best pre-approval you can. Once pre-approved then you have your starting point when you do start looking at homes. It can be hard when you think you’ve found ‘the one’ and find out it’s out of your price range.


Do your research- Take the time to look on your own. If you’re moving to a new area that you are not familiar with it can be hard to know what area is right for you. Driving around potential neighborhoods can give you a good idea of what to

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Real Estate terms can be a foreign language for some buyers.  It can often be intimidating when you are not in the day to day operations of home buying or selling. Below are some great definitions for basic real estate knowledge.  Remember, no question is a dumb question.  Always ask your real estate agent, loan officer, or closing attorney if you do not understand. 


Appraisal – the estimated value of the property from a licensed appraiser.  This is order by the buyer’s bank or mortgage company.

Closing Costs – all the fees and expenses associated with closing a home, usually around 6% of the cost of the home.

Contingencies – condition that must be met for the offer on a home to proceed

Earnest Money Deposit – payment made to the seller

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While viewing pictures of properties on line can be entertaining, there’s nothing quite like seeing your future home in person.  From dreaming about setting the first turkey on the table for Thanksgiving, the first Christmas in the home,to playing in the backyard with your children or grandchildren… it’s exciting!  An Open House is a chance to have a closer look and feel of the home.  Here are some thing you should know before attending an Open House.


  1. Sign In – It is always nice to comply with the sign in sheet from the listing agent.  This usually asks for basic information such as name, phone number, and email.  This helps the agent know how many people attended the open house.
  2. Be nice –  Greet the agent conducting the Open House. Ask
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Christmas is right around the corner and this year there are 3 different AMAZING Christmas light displays for you and your family to enjoy!

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

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When: Open nightly between November 17 - January 7 from 5:30pm-10:00pm

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

Price: $25 per carload, $40 for a minibus, limousine, or activity van, $80 for school and tour buses

About: This award-winning Christmas light and music extravaganza is over 2 miles long. Tune in on your radio as you drive through and watch the magic unfold through hundreds of thousands of brilliant LED lights dancing in perfect synchronization with the music filling your vehicle.
On weekends and select nights, the festivities

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Spring and summer seem to get all the attention as the best months to sell your home but fall and winter have a lot of perks too! Here are some tips on how to sell your home even in the colder months!


Fall is a really popular time for selling homes. The cooler weather is a lot more appealing to get out into that the sticky hot summer weather, and a lot of people are finally finished with vacations, summer sports, and the kids are back in school! There may be more competition during the fall but there are also more buyers. Here are some tips for selling in the fall:

  • Keeping Up With The...Leaves - With the falling temperatures that means that the leaves will be falling too. Make sure you are keeping your yard raked, now of course it's
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Looking for some family friendly Halloween activities for the family this year? Well Jackson is full of them! Here are a few of Haltom Home Team's favorites:

  • Bark For Life Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza - Antonia's Paw Spa & Resort is hosting the first annual Bark For Life Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza ...a new canine event to fight cancer on October 22nd from 4pm-7pm! All Proceeds will be donated to the America Cancer Society  to help take a bite out of cancer! Activities will include a costume contest for both adults and pups, a howling contest, trunk or treat for both two and four legged kids, games, activities, food, bake sale, and a chili cook-off! For more information head over to Bark For Life's facebook page
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