Hosting for the Holidays: Quick Tips for Preparing Your Home for Guests

How to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays for Guests It’s that time of year again! Family and friends will soon gather around for the holidays, and chances are, you’ll either be a guest in someone else’s home, or you’ll have visitors of your own. While spending time with family and friends is important, it’s also important to ensure your guests are comfortable and well cared for during their stay. After all, here in the South, we are known for our... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Celebrating 150 Years at Marx-Bensdorf - Looking Forward

Marx-Bensdorf Owners David Tester and Jimmy Reed | Photo Courtesy of Memphis News   Marx-Bensdorf, REALTORS has a long history in the Memphis metro area. As one of the first businesses to operate in downtown Memphis, we are the oldest real estate firm in the area. This year, we celebrate our 150th anniversary. READ MORE: What Did Memphis Look Like 150 Years Ago?   “Our long history has survived the depression and recessions. We've endured... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, October 15, 2018

Homeowner’s Guide to Finance

So you’re ready to buy a home, and now you’re wondering how to get your finances in order for the big purchase. Hopefully you’re taking a good hard look at your finances and planning to purchase long before you begin your search process. Preparing your personal finances for such a major purchase may take weeks, or even months. The good news is that whether you’re taking a look at your finances months or days before speaking with a realtor, there are several ways... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Friday, September 14, 2018

How Do I Know When to Accept an Offer on My House?

When it’s time to sell your home, there are important steps to achieve success. The first step towards receiving the right offer is to find the right realtor. An experienced realtor with connections in your area can not only guide you through the process of selling your home, but he or she can also utilize special tools in addition to their network of realtor colleagues whose buyers may be interested in your home. Once you’ve connected with an experienced realtor, here are a... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, August 20, 2018

150 Years of Excellence

When Max Marx and Herman Bensdorf opened Marx & Bensdorf Real Estate and Investment Company in 1868, it was the first real estate firm in Memphis. Their mission to create a small company with a big heart for its clients and its community continues on today. READ MORE: What Did Memphis Look Like 150 Years Ago? 149 Monroe office, built in 1928. Image from Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence As we celebrate our 150 year anniversary this year,... Read More
Posted by Alex Dianu at Monday, July 30, 2018

How to Make Additional Income with a Rental Property

If you're looking for a an easy way to bring in additional monthly income, you might want to consider investing in a rental property. There are many benefits to increasing your monthly cash flow through rental properties. Unlike the stock market, becoming a real estate investor allows you to increase your earnings and have access to your funds each month without having to buy, sell, or trade stock. Turnkey investment properties allow you to purchase a home that has already been... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, June 25, 2018

Homebuyer’s Guide to Summer: 5 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home in the Summertime

Buying a home can be an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming to navigate the complex process of mortgage loans, contracts, and more. For the benefit of our clients, Marx-Bensdorf, Realtors has more than 150 years of experience helping Memphians buy and sell their homes.  ABOUT US If you're looking to buy a home or sell your current home, give us a call so we can help guide you through the process to make sure you're protected and provided for, and if... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, May 7, 2018

Patio Season is Coming: 6 Ways To Get Ready

Spring is one of the most exciting and beautiful times of year in the Mid-South. Memphis and the surrounding areas come alive, from the start of festival season to the blooming trees and flowers throughout our neighborhoods. The warmer weather, longer days, and picturesque settings make us all become more active. Drawn to the outdoors to enjoy everything springtime has to offer, we are all thrilled when “patio season” has arrived. In the South, outdoor entertaining is a... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What Did Memphis Look Like 150 Years Ago?

Back in 1868, Memphis looked quite a bit different than it does today. Just a few years after the end of the Civil War, Memphis lacked many of the things we love so much about it now. Looking to rebuild its local industries after the war, Memphis’ economy began to improve, allowing for new companies to come onto the scene. One of those companies was Marx & Bensdorf Real Estate and Investment Company. Founded in 1868 by Max Marx and Herman Bensdorf, the company set out to sell and... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Thursday, March 8, 2018

The First-Timer’s Guide to Buying a Home in Memphis

As we welcome the new year, it’s a time of many new beginnings. Whether you have vowed to keep a simple resolution or to make a serious life change, the new year offers the opportunity to start over or try something totally new. Thanks to the thriving real estate and lending market in the Mid-South area, we are helping many customers buy their first home. With mortgage rates still low, it is a great time to invest in a home of your own. Especially for those who are buying a home for... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Friday, January 5, 2018

The 8 Best Home Features for Entertaining

For those of us who love entertaining, the holidays can be an especially joyful, yet busy time! As you make your guest lists, set up for parties, and work out the details of your events, you may identify changes you want to make to your home. Cleaning and arranging to host people can help you see flaws in your home a little more clearly than other times of year. Don’t worry – this just means you have the opportunity to make improvements and changes in the year ahead. ... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, December 18, 2017

The Most Valuable Home Improvement Projects for Cold Weather

After what always seems like an endless summer in the Mid-South, we have finally welcomed the cooler temperatures and beautiful weather that autumn brings. In these final weeks before the hectic holidays and hibernating for winter, there is plenty of opportunity to make smart choices for our homes. Even if you are not looking to sell your house in the near future, there are still plenty of projects and general maintenance that you can do to improve your home’s overall worth. By keeping... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Thursday, November 2, 2017

4 Reasons Why Having a Real Estate Agent Works

In our internet-educated do-it-yourself culture, it is sometimes appealing to do things for ourselves. For straightforward tasks, this may make sense. For more complex activities with many variables, the do-it-yourself approach may result in unnecessary risk. More and more, people find themselves in trouble when they lack appropriate experience or proper resources. Some people seek to save money by selling and/or buying a home themselves, without the help of a Realtor. While this may seem... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Sunday, October 22, 2017

Memphis Real Estate: What’s Trending Now?

As the leading real estate agency for the Mid-South, Marx-Bensdorf, REALTORS is constantly keeping a pulse on the area’s market. By identifying trends and opportunities for our clients, we can identify up-and-coming neighborhoods, wise investments, and properties with potential. To keep our clients aware of the latest real estate changes, including new properties, price changes, average prices, and more, we encourage clients to sign up for our Market Snapshot tool . With the tool,... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Protect Yourself: Agency Representation in Tennessee

As we have discussed in previous blogs, being represented by an experienced real estate agent when you buy or sell your home will make an enormous difference in the smoothness of the process and the results. The concept of agency is simple: buyers are represented by agents and sellers are represented by agents. Real estate law governs the process, with the best interests of all parties being the goal. With representation, a buyers or seller knows a licensed professional is on their side. ... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Ways An Open House Can Sell Your Home Faster

One of the most valuable ways to sell a home is through a well-planned open house. Although many homebuyers are turning to online listings to search for potential homes, nothing has quite the impact as seeing a property in person. Pictures and descriptions are great; but they NEVER tell the whole story! After scrolling through homes on websites or apps, buyers may not get the true feel of a home; or, they may lose interest in the process. By attending an open house, buyers are physically in... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Perks of Buying A Less-Than-Perfect Home

In a world where we are surrounded by beautiful home images on Instagram and Pinterest, along with TV shows dedicated to finding dream houses, the expectation to find the perfect home is sometimes very high. Often this expectation is unreasonable and unattainable. This is more true now than it has been in many years because of the low number of homes for sale. While we want to find a home that meets every client’s budget, taste, and wishlist, the tight real estate market in Memphis... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Moving To The Mid-South: A Neighborhood Guide

Moving to the Memphis area? First of all, WELCOME! We know you are going to love living here! From the great outdoors to the bustling Memphis city center, there is so much to explore and enjoy in our wonderful home. You will notice quickly that, while the Mid-South has a lot to offer, it may be difficult to decide where to live because we have so many wonderful communities. Depending on your priorities – whether seeking a family home, a home close to all the big city has to offer,... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring Cleaning: 5 Ways To Invest In Your Home

As we welcome springtime in the Mid South, we celebrate the return of warmer temperatures, longer days, and the exciting festivals and fun activities. As we emerge from our winter hibernations, we notice some problem areas in and around our homes. From dust that has collected to messy closets filled with winter clothes, our homes need to spring forward, too! In addition to re-setting our clocks and adjusting to the time change, there may be other beneficial, proactive changes. Especially if... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Thursday, April 13, 2017

Market Snapshot: Your Tool for Home Buying & Selling in the Mid South

In a market as fast-paced and ever-changing as real estate, there can be a lot of questions about the buying and selling process. Questions we receive most frequently are: When should I buy/sell? What is the average selling price for homes similar to mine? What can I expect to spend on my next home, based on my preferred location and style? Where is the best area to invest? Do properties in my area sell above or below asking price? How long are properties in my area on the market?... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, March 7, 2017

5 Quick Projects To Increase Your Home's Value

As homeowners, we are all interested in finding ways to keep our home updated, fresh, and looking its best. Whether you just moved in or you know you will move in the future, staying ahead of issues in your home can benefit you down the road when it comes time to sell. If you are looking to sell your home soon, the idea of investing in home improvements can seem daunting, but doing so is well worth your time, energy, and money. To maximize the sale price and minimize the time on the market,... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, February 6, 2017

New Year, New Location: Relocation Realtors

With a new year comes many new changes. For some, the new year marks a period of growth, opportunity, and adventure, which comes with the need to relocate. Whether for business, family, or a personal dream, relocation can be a tricky process to navigate. If you have worked with one of our Realtors before, you know the value in having an agent who knows you, your budget, your wishlist, and is well connected to get you the right home. But what if you are moving well outside of the Midsouth... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, January 9, 2017

Home For The Holidays: Buying & Selling During The Holiday Season

One of the great myths about buying or selling a home is that it cannot be done during the holiday season. “People are too busy” or “no one wants to move during the holidays” are typical, yet incorrect, excuses. Often, we find that if someone is buying or selling during the holidays, they are highly motivated and willing to make the transaction happen. As a buyer or seller, this can mean good things for you in a few ways. If you are considering selling or buying a... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, December 13, 2016

5 Easy Ways To Choose A Realtor

Whether you are looking to buy or to sell a home, the first person with whom to discuss the entire process is someone who has the knowledge, skills, and experience to close the deal for you. That’s right: your real estate agent. Whether you are buying or selling a home for the first time, or are a repeat buyer or seller, or if you are new to the Mid-South housing market, you need someone who can manage the many moving parts of real estate transactions. An experienced licensed Realtor... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, November 7, 2016

Setting The Stage: Making An Impact Through Home Staging

On our last blog , we shared some of our favorite tips for selling your home in the Memphis area. The blog discusses the importance of curb appeal, which is typically the first impression someone has of your home – seeing it from the outside. While curb appeal entices a potential buyer, what truly makes the sale is the home’s interior. Once a shopper is in your home, it is important that they can see themselves staying and making a home within your walls. A trend that has... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Ultimate Checklist For Selling Your Home

As we discussed in our last blog , there is quite a bit to learn when buying your first home in the Memphis area. In the same way, there are also rules to follow when the time comes to sell your home. With your Marx-Bensdorf, REALTOR by your side, you will be guided through the entire selling process. Your real estate agent can help you identify areas that need work, can put you in contact with services to improve your house (and, therefore, its resale value), and will help you market it... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Wednesday, August 31, 2016

5-Step Guide To Buying Your First Home In Memphis

Congratulations! You have decided to make an important investment in your future and our city. As a first-time home buyer in the Memphis area, you are likely experiencing a lot of feelings: excitement, anxiety, confusion, frustration, and maybe a little impatience. All of these emotions are completely valid – this is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make! At Marx-Bensdorf, REALTORS, it is our privilege and passion to help you find the home of your dreams. Especially... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, August 15, 2016

Giving Back To Our Community

  With every home that is purchased in our area, an investment is made in this wonderful community we are lucky to call home. At Marx-Bensdorf, REALTORS, we consider it a privilege to help buyers find the home of their dreams and make memories that last a lifetime; it is also a privilege to help owners sell when the time comes. Still, to make Memphis the best home it can be for our clients, we believe that we all have to do our part to give back.   In a city as vibrant... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Local’s Guide To Summer In Memphis

Summer is heating up in Memphis – and in more ways than one! As the temperatures rise, so do the number of things to see, do, eat, and enjoy in our hometown. Whether in the community or in your backyard, nowhere does summertime better than Memphis. If you are planning a move to Memphis, are new to the area, or have lived here your whole life, you are sure to be surprised by the number of things happening in Memphis. Revitalized areas have spurred creativity and growth for our... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Welcome to Our Memphis Real Estate Blog

  Welcome to the new Marx-Bensdorf, Realtors blog! We’re glad you’re here, and we hope you will continue to stop by as we write about trends in our industry and give expert advice as real estate professionals. Whether you’re buying or selling a house right now, planning to move to the area, or just want to keep up with trends in the Greater Memphis area, we think you’ll find our posts useful and interesting. On the blog, we plan to profile up-and-coming areas... Read More
Posted by David Tester at Monday, May 23, 2016

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