The house search did not take long and a suitable partner was found immediately.

The house search did not take long and a suitable partner was found immediately.
The house search did not take long and a suitable partner was found immediately.

After her divorce, Allison Cameron lived in a rental property in East Memphis. Eventually, she wanted to build her own home and enlisted the help of Holly James, a real estate agent with Marx-Bensdorf Realtors.

“Holly had just been to an open house for another house in the neighborhood that was for sale, and we talked a lot and just hit it off,” Allison recalls. “I told Holly that I really wanted to find a house in the area where I had lived. I have two children, and the kids and I had made a lot of good friends in this part of East Memphis.”

Allison also made it clear that she wanted a nice yard for her children and a house with enough space for a home office. “Even though I’m an IT manager at a company, I often work from home several days a week,” Allison said.

Allison’s home search didn’t take long. Thanks to Holly’s good knowledge of the local real estate market and her insight into Allison’s wants and needs, a suitable property was found immediately. Holly guided Allison through the buying process and helped her make a successful bid.

“This was my first time going through the buying process on my own, and Holly was there with me every step of the way,” Allison said. “Holly also helped me find the right people to do my inspections, including an electrician and a plumber. Holly was fabulous – just invaluable. I enjoyed working with her so much that I have now recommended her to my parents who are looking for a house near me.”

Allison paid $359,000 for about 2,000 square feet of living space.

“The first house Holly showed me was exactly what I was looking for,” Allison said. “It was a painted brick ranch-style house, circa 1952, in the Avon Woods neighborhood. This house was a little smaller than the one we had lived in before, but with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, there was plenty of room for everything we needed, including a home office.”

Allison and her children moved in and immediately felt at home. However, Allison had a few changes in mind.

“I just finished a seven-month remodel in January,” Allison said. “I completely remodeled the kitchen to create an open kitchen/living area. I also replaced all the flooring and updated the bathrooms. I also enclosed the carport to convert it into a garage.”

Other features Allison liked about her new home included the home’s split floor plan, with the master bedroom in the back of the house and the kids’ bedrooms in the front. She liked that there was a separate family room and a more formal living room. And at some point in the home’s history, a full laundry room and walk-in pantry had been added.

Other popular features included that the home sat on a 1000 sq. ft. lot with a fully fenced backyard that provided plenty of space for the kids to play. There was also a detached shed in the backyard that provided ample storage space. The main entrance at the front was sheltered by a covered porch that was large enough to accommodate a sitting area and ornamental plants, which gave the home some special appeal. Additionally, the U-shaped configuration of the home created an attractive small courtyard. A row of large-scale windows flooded the interior with natural light.

“We love the close-knit community feel of our neighborhood,” Allison said. “We’re a short walk from our neighborhood park and people are always walking their dogs. There are organized neighborhood events that foster our sense of community, and we’ve made a lot of friends.”

Emily Adams Keplinger is a freelance reporter who produced this story for the Advertising Department.

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