Trivia Night a Huge Success!

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Costume/Table Winners

Costume/Table Winners

MAAR’s 2nd Annual Trivia Night, held last Friday, November 14 at the Homebuilders Association building, was a smashing success!  We had 21 teams- 5 more than last year- and raised about twice as much money as last year for our two partner schools.

The Springdale Elementary Principal JeVon Marshall stopped by, and they had a table competing.  Southwind Elementary had two tables of teachers and even brought their Seahawk mascot. 

The winning Trivia team included Pat Goldstein, Walt Fisher, David Crowder, Jerod Drewry and Gloria Chiang.  The winning Costume team wore beach attire and decorated their table with an inflatable palm tree and beach chairs.  Their team included Beth Riley, Bob Talley, Dennis & Cheryl Lyon, Randy Keith and Krista Houston.

Other team costume themes included western, 70’s, Elvis, Mexican Fiesta, grads and holiday.  Everyone really went all-out!

Thank you to everyone who supported this fun event and helped us raise money for our wonderful partner schools.  A special thanks also to Brother Ignatius Brown, our Trivia Guru, the Community Involvement Committee, and Steve and Cathy Anderson from Anderson AmeriSpec for sponsoring.

Posted by Katie Shotts at 10:48 am

Got Smarts?

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The much-anticipated 2008 Trivia Night event is upon us!  Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, November 14 for MAAR’s 2nd Annual Trivia Night event to benefit our two adopted schools:  Springdale Elementary and Southwind Elementary.  All proceeds from this fun evening will be split between the schools and we will consult with them on how the money should be spent to benefit the students the most.

This year’s Trivia Night is being held at the Memphis Area Homebuilders Association building located at 776 N. Germantown Parkway.  Doors open at 6:00pm (to give you time to visit with the competition and decorate your table) and the game begins at 7:00pm.  It’s $20 per person or $120 per team of six in advance or $25 per person and $150 per team of six at the door.  We encourage teams to dress up and bring whatever they would like to decorate their tables.  Prizes will be awarded to the winning trivia team and a popular vote will determine best table decorations/costumes.

We’re expecting a sell-out again this year, so register NOW by completing a registration form and submitting payment.  Contact Katie Shotts at (901) 818-2435 or for more information.  Registration forms available at

Posted by Katie Shotts at 12:15 pm

YOU helped build it!

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The MAAR/MBA Habitat House was dedicated this past Saturday, October 25th.  We had a group of volunteers out that morning to lay sod, help landscape and tidy up inside before the ceremony.  Although six houses were dedicated that afternoon, we were fortunate enough to have our house as the backdrop for the entire ceremony.  Harold Blockman, Jon Albright, Jules Wade, Katie Shotts and Charlie Land from the MBA attended. 

As Jon Albright handed the homeowner the keys to her new house, he said, “We hope this is the beginning of a new day for you and that it makes a difference. We wish you many years of happiness.”


As you know, it takes a lot of busy hands and warm hearts to build a house in eight weeks.  We could not have completed the house on time and had everything run so smoothly without a large number of volunteers.  In total we had about 100 volunteers who worked at least one of nine different build days.  A sincere thank you to all our volunteers for supporting the build and promoting it to their friends, offices and chapters. 


The efforts most definitely paid off!  It was very heartwarming to see it all come to fruition.  John Snyder said, “Just as we are helping to strengthen the Memphis community with projects of this nature, I firmly believe this is helping to strengthen all facets of our real estate community as well.”  

Be sure to look for the special pull-out section in the Commercial Appeal in November celebrating Habitat’s 25th Anniversary, as it will have more coverage of the MAAR/MBA house.


Posted by Katie Shotts at 12:01 pm


We Want to See Your Memphis

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Do you love your neighborhood? Your house? The people you see every day when you walk your dog? For each of us, those are the things that make our Memphis uniquely home. And no matter what makes Memphis home to you, we want you to show it off. Until November 24, you have the opportunity to create a three-minute video that showcases your Memphis to the rest of the world and in the process you could win $10,000.

The contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or older and all we ask is that the video be less than 3 minutes long and include the words “My Memphis” in some form, whether spoken or in printed text. The videos can be funny or serious, staged or off the cuff - what you showcase and how you present it is completely up to you.

Since this is a contest there are a bunch of legal rules, of course, and we encourage you to completely review those for eligibility requirements and other fine details. You should also review the instructions for entering the contest.

A panel of judges will evaluate entries on three simple criteria:

  • Relevance to the theme
  • Creativity
  • Entertainment value

We’ll announce winners on or before December 19 on the contest Web site.

So grab your camera and start creating a video showing why you love your Memphis. We can’t wait to see it.

Posted by Scott Sherrin at 5:28 am

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Work it on the Catwalk with WCR

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Ever wish you could sit next to the runway at Fashion Week like the celebrities?  Well, you can do the next best thing at the Women’s Council of REALTORS® 2008 Fashion Show.  This year’s event will be on Friday, October 3 at the Hilton on Ridge Lake Blvd.  Cocktails begin at 6:00pm, followed by dinner at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $55 each and a portion of the proceeds support Methodist Breast Center for cancer research.

You will be treated to a live fashion show with clothes by Dillard’s.  The theme is “Sex and the City,” so expect lots of great shoes, beautiful women and cosmos!  In addition to a silent auction, there will also be furs and jewelry for sale at discounted prices by King Furs and King Jewelry.  Following the fashion show The Plaintiffs will provide music and dancing is very much encouraged. 

So put on your Manolo Blahniks, grab your Prada bag and step out in style to the hautest event in town.  If you have always wanted to strut your stuff on a catwalk, you can be a model for the night, too!  For tickets or questions, contact Donna Clark at 901.340.3753 or

Posted by Katie Shotts at 1:19 pm

Habitat Kick-off Party a kick!

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Silent Auction

Wine Race

The “Wine Down For Habitat” Kick-off party took place on August 21 in the MAAR Education Center.  The event included a silent auction, Wine Tasting, and return of the popular Wine Race.  About 175 people attended the event and just over $7,500 was raised that went directly toward the MAAR/MBA house.   

Sixteen teams of four each competed in the second annual Wine Race.  The team with the fastest time and the least amount of “spillage”- “Vintage Blend”- was deemed this year’s winner.  This year we added a Theme Team competition and it was so competitive there was a tie!  Congratulations to “A Bunch of Grape Chicks” and “Vintage Whiners” on your wins!  A big thank you to Danny Thomas for organizing another great Wine Race this year.

Gary Burhop and Great Wines and Spirits, our friendly wine shop up the street at Regalia Center, generously provided the Wine Tasting again this year.  Gary brought six wines from a “Pure Evil Chardonnay” from Austrailia to a “Hob Nob Merlot” from Southern France.  Carrabba’s at 5110 Poplar Avenue provided the food and service for us again this year, and they outdid themselves.  Ed Parramore and his staff grilled chicken outside and served it up alongside delicious shrimp and a mushroom sauce.  Delicious!

Our fantastic Community Involvement Committee members spent several months collecting over 100 auction items from local vendors.  Big ticket items included a Coach Calipari-signed basketball, an ad in the Commercial Appeal, and golf for four at Spring Creek Ranch.  Thank you to all our donors!

Besides raising money for the Habitat house, the kick-off event’s purpose is to get members excited about the upcoming Habitat build.

Posted by Katie Shotts at 3:50 pm


Habitat Build Kicks Off

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The MAAR/MBA house is coming to life!

The MAAR/MBA house is coming to life!


The roof has officially been raised!  The 2008 Fall Habitat Build kicked off last Friday, September 12, followed by day two on Saturday, September 13.  This year’s MAAR/Mortgage Bankers Association house is located at 5157 Chantilly in Northaven and sits alongside three other Habitat homes, with three others close by.  Habitat is proud to be part of revitalizing the previously vacant and abandoned lots in this neighborhood.

It will still take a lot of people to complete the house, so if you haven’t already volunteered, please fill out a volunteer form.  No experience or skill is necessary!  Habitat will provide the tools and instruction if you provide the heart and elbow grease.  If you need more information or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Katie Shotts at (901) 818-2435 or

Posted by Katie Shotts at 3:23 pm


Short Sales and Foreclosures: Still a Hot Topic

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With all the news (or is it hype?) about foreclosures and short sales, it’s not surprising the topic generated a lot of interest from MAAR members with more than 100 attending a panel discussion today in the MAAR Education Center. The panel - made up some local experts on both topics includeing Jeff Burress of Crye-Leike, Bonnie Garrison of Magna Bank, Kim Hairrell of Crye-Leike, and Joe Kirsch of the Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch - spent more than an hour and a half discussing issues and answering questions related to short sales and foreclosures.

While foreclosure statistics seem to be a hot topic of debate, according to MAARdata numbers there were 2,198 foreclosure sales recorded in Shelby County during the first four months of 2008, a 12.1% increase from the same period in 2007.

The panelists covered a lot of material; here are some of the highlights:

  • When working with a seller who might be in a short sale situation, find out as early as possible in the process. The seller’s lender must agree to a short sale and that process takes time.
  • When a lender has a agreed to a short sale, the listing agent should consider any MLS rules that might apply and consider getting the seller’s permission to disclose the potential short sale in the REALTOR® remarks section of the MLS listing.
  • It’s often more difficult to complete a short sale on a home with a second mortgage. In those cases not only one but two lenders have to agree to take less than what they’re owed.
  • When working as a buyer’s agent on a short sale or foreclosure, it can take longer to get an offer accepted as it requires the bank’s approval. Bank personnel are often working with hundreds of cases at once so don’t assume yours is their first priority.
  • In cases where mortgage insurance is involved, a deal can fall through even when the lender agrees because the mortgage insurer won’t accept the terms of the sale.
  • Banks are not like other sellers - they’re not likely to negotiate on offers that are much below the dollar amount that they must net in the sale.
  • Cash buyers are not necessarily more attractive to a bank in a short sale or foreclosure situation - don’t assume they can offer much less just because they’re paying cash. The banks don’t care where the money is coming from.
  • Working with foreclosures requires a big investment of the listing agent’s time and money - they act as property managers and any maintenance expenses come out of their pocket up front.
  • In a foreclosure auction, the opening bid is always from the bank or investor who owns the property.

And these points are just the tip of the iceberg. The National Association of REALTORS® offers several resources for members online, and a good starting point is the Field Guide to Short Sales and Field Guide to Foreclosures. MAAR is also offering a class specifically on short sales on Friday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Posted by Scott Sherrin at 3:47 pm

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MAAR Honors Members for Community Service

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Last Thursday evening, May 22, approximately 100 MAAR members gathered in the Education Center to celebrate those who have given back to the community.  The Community Service Awards were first established in 2004 to honor members who selflessly devote their time and energy to various non-profits and other organizations in the greater Memphis community.  At this 5th Annual Community Service Award event, nine REALTOR® and REALTOR-ASSOCIATES® and two Affiliate members were honored by their colleagues.  The nominees were as follows:


  • Felix Bishop, Crye-Leike
  • Brenda Hampton, Crye-Leike
  • Donald Higgins, Crye-Leike
  • Denise Martin, Prudential Collins-Maury
  • Lynn Pfund, Keller Williams
  • Bertha Pitts, Crye-Leike
  • Jo Shaner, Keller Williams
  • John Thompson, Germantown Properties
  • Carlo van Rantwyk, Crye-Leike

Affiliate Category:

  • Mary Davis, Howard Davis Appraisals
  • Judy Stanley, Crump Mortgage

CSA Nominees

The REALTOR® winner for 2008 is Jo Shaner, who brings excitement and enthusiasm to every volunteer effort she undertakes.  Jo is involved with several organizations, including Youth Villages, the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity and KW Cares. 

Judy Stanley was honored as the Affiliate member winner for 2008.  Judy has been a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years, and works with the St. Jude Marathon, Grace Place Ministries- Mark Luttrell Federal Prison for Women, the Alzheimer’s Association of Memphis, American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.  She is also active on the boards of the Mid-South Fair, National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, and the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl. 

CSA Recipients

Posted by Katie Shotts at 3:39 pm

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