New Year, New Home

New Year, New Home

Happy 2019! New year’s always fill our social media feeds with a lot of “New Year, New Me” posts. I would guess you are probably pretty sick of those posts by January 2nd. But I have one more for you to consider:

“New Year, New Home.”

What? I cannot make a resolution to get a new home (That’s what you are thinking right now, and I know it).

Well, why not? New years bring plenty of new changes in life. You may be looking ahead to this year planning a wedding, planning for a child to come, or just planning to adopt a furry friend into the family. Who knows!

Trip To Mexico

Trip To Mexico

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the touristy city of Cancun, Mexico. This was my first time out of the country so all of it was a unique experience to me. I visited the beach, got to go snorkeling, ate lots of authentic Mexican cuisine… the typical stuff most people do when they go to Cancun. However, I was able to experience true local culture in a way not many people have. Allow me to explain.

McMichael Realty Unsolved

I am a huge fan of this little show on YouTube called Buzzfeed Unsolved. You probably have never heard of that, so let me give you a quick explanation: Essentially it consists of two guys that explore unsolved crimes or the unexplained phenomena. When it comes to ghosts, one of the hosts whole-heartedly believes in them while the other will blame any sound (even footsteps) on a gust of wind. It’s important to understand that I love this show because when it was proposed that we visit the Missouri State Penitentiary for an office outing, my mind immediately went to imagining my own episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved.

Here’s the interesting fact that you may not be expecting though; I realized I’m not the type for ghost-hunting (although I would still go if it was with Shane and Ryan from Buzzfeed Unsolved). With that being said, I LOVED exploring the Missouri State Penitentiary. So, let me give you a quick overview of why I am not a ghost-hunter but also why you will love a tour at the Missouri State Penitentiary.

One of the first things you will experience is a block of cells in the same building as where you enter. Many of these cells have reported paranormal activity and then there is the solitary cell under the stairs. I honestly could not enter any of them for fear that I would feel a scratch on my shoulder and not be able to find the source. However, the history of this cell block was rich, and the different stories told by our tour guide were intriguing. In this first cell block, I highly recommend that you do try and experience standing in one of the cells, even though I did not.

As we progressed, we came to Housing Unit 3. The middle of the entire building was open and featured catwalks that ran all the way up to the top floor. As with the entire penitentiary, the history of this cell block was also rich, and I guarantee you will immediately want to climb up the stairs to walk across the catwalks. I promise you will get the chance, but only about 5 minutes’ worth because they have to keep the tours on time. When they allow you to explore the cell block, make it up to the top floor. The catwalks are a perfect photo opportunity if you can get the lighting to work in your favor.

The last location I’ll mention quickly is death row. While I wouldn’t say I’m a believer in ghosts, I will say that I saw things move in this area where there were no people or shadows originally when we walked in. The mood of death row is completely different than the rest of the tour and you can feel it as soon as you start to walk down the hallway. Death row is probably where you will feel the least comfortable, but you will probably be talking about the experience from this area the most.

In the end, I can’t say if ghosts are real or not, but I did experience some things that I did not initially think I would experience on the tour. Overall, I would still recommend finding a way to work visiting the Missouri State Penitentiary into your schedule however you can. They have multiple different tours that you can take part in that range in time and freedom of exploring. We stuck with the 2-hour excursion which was plenty of time for an office of Realtors, but if you really love the idea hunting ghosts, you may want to splurge for the longer excursion that allows you to tour the facility at your own will. If you are a fan of ghost-hunting shows, like me, or places that hold so much history inside of them you will also love the Missouri State Penitentiary.

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Why is Plank Flooring so popular right now?

Plank Flooring is everywhere.  Walk into any new build or remodel and you will see the newest and latest designs.  Plank Flooring is bringing the floor into the forefront of the design scheme. Whole rooms are now designed around floor colors and patterns, and oh what fun it has been using this product to give new builds more personality and style.

Capital City Festival of Lights

Capital City Festival of Lights

For the second year HHC Community Outreach will have their annual drive through light festival at Binder Park in Jefferson City. The lightshow will run from December 1st through December 30th. The hours will be from 6-9 everyday, except Monday. You can take Rainbow over to Henwick, winding you around Binder Lake to see the lights. The $20 entry fee (per car) will go to local nonprofits including Homemaker Health Care.

November 2018 Jefferson City Area Home Sales Statistics

November 2018 Jefferson City Area Home Sales Statistics

So far this year, there have been ​1,473 NEW LISTINGS​. Last year, at this time, there were 1,440 New Listings. We are running about the same as the previous year, but a little up. Last year, in the month of August, there were 123 Homes Under Contract. This August, there were ​153 HOMES UNDER CONTRACT​. A nice increase since the same time in 2017.