Things to do on the MS Gulf Coast this weekend

March 16, 2018



  • March 16, 2018-March 17,2018
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Address: 220 Lee Street, Biloxi, MS 39531
  • Phone: (228) 432-8543
  • Time: Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
  • Price: $18 general admission, $15 students/seniors/military/first responder

What do you get when you mix equal parts Golden Girls, Steel Magnolias and Designing Women and serve it in a martini glass? The Dixie Swim Club! This sidesplitting play about five southern women and their annual beach vacation will leave you rolling in the aisles! The Dixie Swim Club is a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.


  • March 16, 2018
  • Address: 404 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
  • Phone: 228-238-5680
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Price: Free

Drums Together presents a community drum circle. All ages and experience welcome. Extra drums available.


  • January 12, 2018 – December 14, 2018
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: Gulf Coast Community Design Studio
  • Phone: (228) 436-4661
  • Time: 8-9am
  • Price: Free

Each Friday, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio hosts “Friday Morning Serial” a free, weekly public event which brings a different speaker and topic to the attendees through a 10-15 minute presentation. The majority of the morning is spent as group discussion. Community members, government officials, artists, scientists, professionals, students, and designers make up just some of the variety of attendees.


  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Address: 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport, MS 39503
  • Phone: (228) 324-3730
  • Time: Dinner 7-8pm, dance 8-10pm
  • Price: Dinner $6, dance $10

The ballroom has a highly polished, 3,000 foot dance floor.


Lecture Series with Dr. Donald Del Cid

Open Discussion: Topic Selected by the Audience


  • March 9, 2018 – April 24, 2018
  • Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Location: Gail Keenan Art Center and Coast Episcopal School, 5065 Espy Ave, Long Beach
  • Phone: (228) 452-9442
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Price: Free

Stacey Johnson originally hails from Yazoo City, Mississippi but has lived and traveled all over the world. She holds a bachelor’s degree of fine arts from Loyola University and a master’s degree of fine arts in ceramic sculpture from The University of Georgia. Stacey was the 2013 recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission artist fellowship, and her talent is recognized through grant awards. She is a three time nominee for Mississippi Visual Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. She recently retired as the Director of Ceramics at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and is now happily teaching the students at Coast Episcopal School. Stacey is represented by galleries in the Southeast. More information on Stacey Johnson and her work is available at WWW.STACEYJOHNSONART.COM.

Jerrod Partridge is a full-time artist and instructor living and working in Ocean Springs, MS. His work can be seen by appointment at his studio; Southside Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi; and Fischer Galleries in Jackson, Mississippi. Jerrod earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art in 2004, and is a 2011 recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. He also studied art history in London, England while in the undergraduate program at Mississippi College. Jerrod and fellow artist David West created Art Space 86 pop-up gallery in 2013, which continues to provide exhibition opportunities for Mississippi artists. While a board member of the Fondren Renaissance Foundation in Jackson, he created the annual Cedars Juried Art Exhibition, an art show and competition exhibiting a juried group of artists from around the state. Jerrod began leading annual group drawing and painting trips to Tuscany, Italy called Visual Explorations in 2013.

Jerrod and his artwork have been featured in the Northside Sun, Northeast Ledger, Madison Magazine, the Scott County Times, Find It In Fondren, Portico Jackson Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Number: Inc Arts Journal, The Sun Herald and Magnolia Magazine. A selection of his work was included in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational at the MS Museum of Art. Jerrod’s website is WWW.JERRODPARTRIDGE.COM.


  • March 16, 2018Location: IP Casino Resort & Spa                                                    clay walker
  • Phone: (228) 436-3000
  • Time: 8pm
  • Price: Tickets start at $35

    East Texas-native Walker began rocking the country scene in 1993 with his hit song “What’s It To You” from his debut album. He released a string of #1 hits, including “If I Could Make a Living,” “This Woman and This Man” and “Rumor Has It.” Clay has four certified-Platinum albums, two certified-Gold albums, and 11 #1 singles to date. His most recent single, “Right Now,” was released in 2015.

    Showtime is 8 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Tickets are available online at WWW.IPBILOXI.COM and Tickets can also be purchased at the IP Box Office or at the Ticketmaster kiosk located on property. Guests may call Ticketmaster at (800) 653-8000. Advanced purchase tickets must be picked up at the Box Office on the day of the show starting at 1 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to attend the show. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted.


    • March 16, 2018
    • Address: 875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
    • Phone: 888-566-7469 or 228-386-7111
    • Time: 8pm
    • Price: Tickets start at $19.95Kansas is an American progressive rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind”.


    MARCH 17,2018


    • Recurring every March 17th
    • Location: Downtown Ocean Springs
    • Phone: 228-875-4424
    • Time: 10am-9pm
    • Price: Free

    The festivities will begin at 10am with local shops and galleries offering green specials, live music and more. Restaurants and bars will soon join in turning St. Patrick’s holiday into a “lucky” bash serving something green or Irish inspired with festive music and lucky charms. The fun continues at 5pm with more drink specials and live music at participating locations.


    • March 17, 2018
    • Location: Downtown Gulfport, 30th & 19th St
    • Phone: 228-863-0307 or 228-861-0161
    • Time: 9am-6pm
    • Price: Free

    Food and craft vendors, children’s carnival, parade, music and fun.


    Beauvoir – not just a place, but a place in time –

    Join us to encounter how life in America and at Beauvoir was in the Victorian Era. Living Historians portraying past residents of Beauvoir and antebellum characters will help you step into the past at Beauvoir. Historical accurate skits, demonstrations and history portrayed all over the beautiful 52-acre property will give you that 19th century feel, and give you an idea how life was like in the 1800s.


    • March 17, 2018
    • Address: 404 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
    • Phone: 228-238-5680
    • Time: 6-9pm
    • Price: Free

    Cary Hudson is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the great state of Mississippi who resides somewhere between Memphis and New Orleans. He is a former drugstore clerk, landscaper, farm hand, waiter, house painter, pizza deliverer, and fry cook who currently spends his time canoeing the creeks of south MS, riding his bike to the snowcone stand, and going for leisurely walks with his dogs.


    • Address: 386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
    • Phone: 228-374-5547
    • Time: March 3 11am-1pm, March 17-31 2-4pm
    • Price: $45

    Children can throw pots on OOMA pottery wheels and get messy with clay! We will help your little ones create two pots to keep, and they will be glazed and ready to pick up two weeks from class date. We can ship their pottery if you live out of town! Have your kids wear clothes they can get dirty!

    Dates and Times: Saturday, March 3, 11AM – 1PM
    Saturday, March 17, 2PM – 4PM
    Saturday, March 31, 2PM – 4PM

    Level: Ages 6 to 13
    Class Limit: 5 students per session


    Come throw pots on our pottery wheels and see if clay is your new hobby! We will help you create two pots to keep, and they will be glazed and ready to pick up two weeks from class date.  We can ship your work if you live out of town! Wear clothes you can get dirty!  *Mudslingers who enroll in an ongoing wheel throwing class receive a $25 credit towards that class purchase!*

    Dates and Times: Saturday, March 10. 10:30AM – 12:30PM
    Saturday, March 17, 10:30AM – 12:30PM
    Wednesday, March 28, 6PM – 8PM

    Level: Ages 14 and up
    Class Limit: 10 students per session


    • January 27, 2018 – March 31, 2018
    • Recurring weekly on Saturday
    • Address: 5107 Arthur Street, Moss Point, MS 39563-2705
    • Phone: 228-475-0825 ext. 2
    • Time: Saturday 9am-12pm
    • Price: $90 members, $100 non-members
    It is easy to enjoy the antics and bright colors of the backyard birds at our feeders, birdbaths, and landscaping- it’s considerably more challenging to learn to distinguish the sparrows from the finches and then to narrow down bird identification to a single species. Learning your birds enriches all of your outdoor experiences and enhances your awareness of our beautiful coastal environments.

    Becoming a better birder takes time and effort: birders must become comfortable with field marks, habitats, behavioral features, and seasonal fluctuations that impact which birds are likely to be present in a particular place. Simply learning to use binoculars, spotting scope, and field guides effectively can be a challenge, but once you are able to use them well, narrowing down an unidentified bird becomes much easier.

    The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, along with local birding experts, is excited to offer a five-week birding class designed for novice birders. Each of the five sessions will focus on a particular group of birds and habitat, making this field-based and hands-on class ideal for new birders to get a lot of practice using binoculars, scopes, field guides, and other clues and characteristics.

    Week one will focus on the basics of birding, including the use of optics and identification of our common backyard winter feeder birds.

    The remaining four weeks will focus on: shorebirds and wading birds, sparrows and grassland birds, forest songbirds, and migrants. These classes will meet at different locations along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to provide habitat-based instruction and the ability to search for and identify birds by sight, song, and behavior.

    The Novice Birding Class is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the outdoors, to develop a lifelong skill, and to spend time learning with experts in the field. Our class is open to ages 16 and above, and we do ask that a parent or guardian participate along with any 16 and 17 year olds.

    Pre-registration is required by January 24. Please contact Erin at EPARKER@AUDUBON.ORG or call to register and please specify your preferred cohort.

    Cohort A meets: Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, March 10, and March 24
    Cohort B meets: Feb 3, Feb 17, March 3, March 17, and March 31


    • March 17, 2018
    • Address: First United Methodist Church, Gulfport, MS 39501
    • Phone: (228) 229-6851
    • Time: 7pm
    • Price: $15 adults, $10 students

    Take two trumpets, one French horn, a trombone and a tuba – put them in the hands of virtuoso performers – liberally add some humor – and you have the St. Louis Brass. Originally founded in 1964 by members of the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Brass is one of America’s longest standing brass quintets. They offer an entertaining performance which includes popular tunes of the Americas, jazz standards, classical selections, works of today’s composers, light-hearted pieces for narrator and brass, and a tongue-in-cheek musical history of brass instruments. St. Louis Brass has had over 75 pieces written or arranged specifically for them, and have toured internationally during the group’s past forty years.

    st louis brass


    • March 17, 2018
    • Location: BEAU RIVAGE CASINO
    • Address: 875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
    • Phone: 888-566-7469 or 228-386-7111
    • Time: 8pm
    • Price: Tickets start at $19.95

    American comedian and actres best known for her co-starring role in the comedy film Girls Trip. She began her career appearing on television stand-up shows and sitcoms, before playing a series regular role in the first season of the OWN prime time soap opera, If Loving You Is Wrong. Haddish previously had roles in the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series The Carmichael Show from 2015 to 2017, and the 2016 action comedy film Keanu.

Passive Houses Gaining Popularity Again

A passive house is defined as a house that is able to use approximately 86% less energy for heating and 46% less energy for cooling than neighboring homes.  Passive house design eliminates the need for extra heating and cooling by building airtight homes that do not let in outdoor air.  Using extra exterior insulation and multi-pane windows, the initial cost of building a passive house is greater, but the energy savings over time are expected to return the investment.

passive houses

Passive houses grew in popularity in the 1970’s, when energy costs peaked due to petroleum shortages around the world.  Today, there are only 250 certified passive buildings in the United States, but interest has resurged.  Homeowners are revisiting passive design to cope with rising energy costs, and to give themselves the option to live “off the grid,” outside of crowded metropolitan areas.  Passive houses not only reduce energy costs, they reduce pollution generated by each home.  Adding solar panels reduces traditional energy dependence even more and makes the homes more efficient.

In the past, passive houses were concentrated in the eco-conscious Pacific Northwest, but now passive houses are being built as far as Boise, ID.  Brutally cold winters and unseasonably hot summers, led the Vonde family in Idaho to build a passive house in 2015.  Since their move, the Vondes have seen monthly energy bills as much as $500 lower than neighboring traditionally heated and cooled homes.  The homeowner explained, “we were attracted to the energy conservation, both for environmental reasons and to ensure lower energy bills in the future.”

Passive houses maintain their airtight construction by excluding fireplaces, stove vents, vented dryers, and other openings between the interior of the home and the outside.  Many passive houses are also constructed with nontoxic, sustainably-sourced materials and take other eco-friendly measures.  Passive house design also reduces the transmission of allergens like mold, mildew, and other irritants.

Housing starts and new home sales are expected to pick up in 2018, as sustained buyer demand continues to drive the need for newly constructed homes.  Buyers needing to build anyway, may prefer passive design for potential environmental and economic benefits.

Staying Competitive Against a Cash Offer

With home buying and selling season on the horizon, some buyers are wary of the competitive nature of today’s market, due to limited homes for sale.  For buyers worried about competing against an all-cash buyer, know that your offer can still get accepted.  Review these strategies for competing against an all cash buyer and winning!

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Preapproval Counts

When competing against an all-cash buyer, getting preapproved matters.  Work with a lender that can issue a letter of preapproval to show the seller you are serious.  Expedite your loan preapproval by providing all of your pertinent financial documentation early and making yourself available for any questions.  The sooner the lender can issue a preapproval, the more bargaining power you will have.

Reduce Contingencies

Contingencies are in place to protect the buyer and the seller.  In some cases, expediting the appraisal or removing contingencies can make the offer more competitive.  A typical home purchase takes four to six weeks from contract to closed sale.  Waiting for contingencies to be met may add additional time.  Before removing any contingencies, it is best to consult a mortgage professional.

Inspect Quickly

In addition to expediting the appraisal and reducing contingencies, getting an inspection completed quickly can improve your buying power.  Work with an established real estate team with relationships in your area.  Paying extra for an inspection can also speed things up.

Offer More

In most cases, a buyer making an all-cash offer is expecting to pay less than the asking price.   Offering more than the cash buyer can sometimes be enough to sway the seller.  While a few thousand dollars might not be enough, an offer that is 5% higher can put you in a better buying position.  Consult with a mortgage professional before upping your offer, to determine how much it will add to your monthly mortgage payment.

All-cash buyers do not always win the home.  Before making any financial decisions related to buying or selling a home, it is best to consult a mortgage professional to help you make the most competitive offer for your desired home.

Home Depot Invests $50 Million in Construction Worker Training

Last week, Home Depot announced a funding initiative to train 20,000 construction workers.  One of the major problems the construction industry faces today is a lack of skilled laborers.  Home Depot’s $50 million investment to the Home Builders Institute (HBI) is expected to go towards the training of veterans and soldiers soon returning to civilian life, high school students, and disadvantaged youths.

home depot

Following the Financial Crisis, residential construction employment declined by 1.5 million.  Since 2011, only 786,000 jobs have been restored.  Some workers have aged out of the labor force and others have changed vocations.  The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported that 84% of contractors surveyed said availability of skilled workers and rising materials costs were their most significant challenges of 2017.  With sustained buyer demand, new home construction is needed to replenish housing inventory.  NAHB chief economist, Robert Dietz explained, “about 900,000 single-family homes are expected to be built this year, but there’s demand for nearly 1.3 million.”

Home Depot has already committed to donating $250 million over the next two years to provide housing for veterans.  About 15,000 of the 20,000 trainees will be returning soldiers and veterans.  The first group of 40 soldiers will graduate from the Home Depot-funded course at the end of March.  Through the training, soldiers learned specialties like carpentry, framing, plumbing, and electrical work and are prepared to take jobs in the civilian world.

According to Home Depot CEO Craig Menear, 40% of the retailer’s revenue comes from plumbers, contractors, and other tradespeople.  He expressed his company’s commitment to the construction industry in an interview.  “It’s important that we support the trades.”

In addition to the Home Depot program, other home improvement retailers are contributing to construction worker education initiatives.  Lowe’s has also announced an assistance program, pledging $2,500 to employees in Charlotte, NC, Pittsburgh, PA, Denver, CO, and Richmond, VA to complete online courses to prepare for a construction career.

IRS: Interest Still Deductible on Some Home Equity Loans and HELOCs

As home prices continue to appreciate, homeowners continue to build equity.  In 2017, American homeowners’ home equity hit a record $14.1 trillion.  With growing home equity, some homeowners may be considering home equity loans or home equity lines of credit (HELOC).  Following the release of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, some homeowners are unclear about whether or not their interest is tax deductible.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently weighed in on the issue to clarify what is and is not still deductible.

The IRS explained taxpayers can “still deduct interest on a home equity loan, home equity line of credit or second mortgage, regardless of how the loan is labeled,” provided the borrowed funds are used to, “buy, build or substantially improve the taxpayer’s home that secures the loan.”


Although only funds used toward improving the home are tax deductible, not all HELOC funds have to be reinvested in the home.  For example, a homeowner with a $300,000 first mortgage chooses to borrow $100,000 via a HELOC.  They put $80,000 toward a new roof and plumbing upgrades and use the remaining $20,000 toward paying off debt.  According to the IRS, the homeowner can still write off interest on the $80,000 toward home improvements.  Homeowners who use home equity to pay for student loans debt, credit cards, vehicles, vacations, home furnishings, or other expenses will not be able to write off these purchases.

According to the IRS:

The amount of the first mortgage on the property, combined with the home equity or HELOC debt, cannot exceed $750,000, the newly revised limit for mortgage interest deductions by taxpayers filing joint returns; married owners filing separately have a new ceiling of $375,000. Previously, the limits were $1 million and $500,000.

With home prices rising and home equity continuing to grow, many homeowners may consider a home equity loan or HELOC.  Before taking out a home equity loan or HELOC it is best to consult a mortgage professional or financial advisor to review your decision.

The 7 Most Financially Savvy Home Upgrades You Can Make

When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend those dollars wisely.

Here are seven affordable  home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide excellent financial return in the future.

#1 Add the Finishing Touch of Molding


Wood moldings come in hundreds of options — from simple to ornate — that you can stain, paint, or leave natural.

You can also find moldings in flexible materials, such as foam, that make installation a whole lot easier. Some moldings even include lighting that casts a soft, ambient glow.

Buyers consistently rank both crown molding and chair railing in their list of most desirable decorative features they seek in a home (#3 and #7 respectively), according to the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey, “What Home Buyers Really Want.”

And at $1.50 per foot if you DIY it, or $8 per foot if you hire, it’s a no-brainer in terms of personalizing your home while adding value. (Although we don’t recommend DIY unless you’ve got above-par mitering skills.)

A few tips about molding:

Use crown molding to make a room seem bigger and taller. But be careful about proportions. If your ceiling height is 9 feet or less, go with simpler styles to avoid overwhelming the room.

Place a chair railing at one-third the distance of the ceiling height. Chair railing placed incorrectly can make a room seem out of proportion.

Don’t forget entryways, doors, and windows: Bump up the trim around these areas to give rooms a completed and expensive feel.

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Add a pop of color for bright curb appeal and ROI. More like this.

#2 Install Quality Ceiling Fans

Once ceiling fans were frowned upon — they were just a cheap solution to rising energy costs — ugly, wobbly, noisy eyesores endured because they were cheaper than air conditioning.

Not today!

If your ceiling fans are old and outdated, new ones (coupled with a fresh paint job and crown molding) could give your rooms a refreshing update while saving money.

Some tips about ceiling fans:

  • Hang 7 to 8 feet above the floor.
  • If you’ve got a low ceiling, buy a hugger ceiling fan that’s flush-mounted.
  • Go for the biggest Energy Star-rated fan that will fit the space.
  • Choose quality. You’ll get better cooling results, less noise, and good looks at a digestible price point of $200 to $600.

#3 Plant Some Trees


Say what? Adding trees doesn’t instantly pop into your head when you think of adding value to your home. But trees are moneymakers that get better with age.

A mature tree could be worth between $1,000 to $10,000, says the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. A 16-inch silver maple could be worth $2,562, according to a formula worked out by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

In urban areas, money really does grow on trees. A recent study of home sales by the Pacific Northwest Research Station of Portland showed that street trees growing in front of or near a house boosted its sale price by an average of $8,870 and shaved two days off its time on the market.

There’s more. Trees also:

  • Save $100 to $250 annually in energy costs
  • Lower stress
  • Prevent erosion from downpours and roof runoff
  • Protect your home from wind, rain, and sun

#4 Install a Patio


A patio practically pays for itself, costing about $6,400 with a 102% return when you sell.

But don’t go crazy and trick out your patio with high-end amenities, like an outdoor kitchen — especially if you’d be the only one on the block with one. When it’s time to sell, you won’t get back much — if any — of your investment on outdoor kitchens and other high-end amenities. Instead, keep it simple and functional.

Some wise advice when planning a patio:

  • Check property for slope, sun, and shade patterns.
  • Remember ‘dig alerts’ that utilities provide free of charge.
  • Don’t skimp on patio lighting. It can make all the difference in functionality and beautification.

#5 Do Almost Any Energy-Efficient Upgrade

The value of energy-efficient houses just keeps going up and up. A UCLA study examined the sales prices of 1.6 million California homes from 2007 to 2012 and found that homes with Energy Star, LEED, or GreenPoint certification had, on average, a 9% higher price.

That finding is echoed in NAHB’s report that surveyed homebuyers across the nation: Nine out of 10 potential buyers would select an efficient home with lower utility bills over a less efficient home priced 2% to 3% less.

One energy-saving home improvement project that not only saves energy but gives you tons of enjoyment, too, is converting a wood-burning fireplace into a gas one. If you like to crunch energy numbers, gas fireplaces have energy-efficient ratings as high as 77%, compared with wood-burning fireplaces that convert only 15% of wood’s energy into useful heat.

In fact, 39% of homebuyers say a gas fireplace is an essential or desirable feature of the next home they purchase. So when it comes time to sell your home, more than one-third of potential buyers will be looking for a gas fireplace.

In the meantime, it’ll be paying for itself in reduced heating costs.

Some tips for converting to gas:

  • direct-vent gas insert most closely replicates the wood-burning experience at a cost of about $3,000 to $4,000, installed.
  • If you don’t have an existing fireplace, you can install a direct-vent (vents directly outside so you don’t need a chimney) gas fireplace for about $5,000 (installed and finished).

#6 Add Some Creative Storage

We don’t have to sell you on the value of storage and built-in organization. Since when have you heard someone complain about too much storage? Never, we bet.

Adding storage is a no-brainer, but it does take a little brainpower to find your home’s hidden storage.

Here are a few ways to think outside of the toy box:

  • Open drywall to create storage cubbies between your wall’s studs.
  • Install platform storage that hangs from your garage ceiling.
  • Even stairs can give you more storage. One clever mom repurposed an old chest of drawers and created storage within a basement staircase.

#7 Light Up the Outdoors

Exterior lighting makes your home shine in the evening, accents features you like most about your house, and helps keep burglars away. A hard-wired lighting fixture can cost $150 to $250 to install. On the plus side, you could get a 50% return on your investment, says Judith Patriski, a Cleveland appraiser and REALTOR®. Installing motion-detecting lights can even lower some homeowners’ insurance premiums. (Check with your agent.)

And with technological advances in solar lighting, it’s easier and more cost-effective than ever to boost your home’s nighttime curb appeal.

Plus, 90% of buyers say outdoor lighting is on their list of desired home features.


  • Place accent lights under your favorite trees to show off your landscaping’s top earners.
  • If your lights are hard-wired, put them on a timer so you don’t waste energy running them during the day.
  • Choose a warm white light. It’ll make your home look and feel welcoming.


3 Smart Strategies for Investors

Investors can see big returns on real estate, but the most successful tend to have a strong understanding of how to evaluate their options before purchasing. recently highlighted some winning strategies for profitable real estate investing:

  1. Focus on potential income, not personal like and dislikes. Purchasing an investment property is different than buying residential real estate. Investments need to center on the numbers—the combination of the purchase price, estimated renovation costs, expected rental income, and market conditions that can support a purchase decision.
  2. Don’t buy on future appreciation. You can’t trust that rents and home values in your area will always increase over time. Buy based on current returns, not what you think the future may hold, according to The best deals are those that can make you money from day one—and where long-term appreciation just happens to be an added bonus.
  3. Set aside extra funds. Several smaller ongoing operating expenses will be inevitable. Investors will want to budget for those, as well as possible bigger items, such as a new roof or HVAC unit. These projects can cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Set money aside on a regular basis to cover these expenses as they arise. Also, investors will want to put aside extra money in case there are any vacancies in their rentals.

Source: “Seven Secrets to Successful Single-Family Rental Real Estate Investing,” (Feb. 26, 2018)