Brentwood, TN Real Estate News

By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Brentwood tn real estate - Be careful driving through the neighborhoods in Brentwood. In the early mornings and late afternoon, the deer are out, and the fawns are so young that they don't know enough to stay out of the road. If you have flowers or a garden, be aware that we witnessed these guys eating flowers out of someone yard in Belle Rive. It's just part of living in one of the best small towns in the country. If you would like to join the fun, and live in brentwood, click on the button and search for Brentwood tn Real Estate. Or Call Larry Brewer at 615-512-7853 This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property and opinions of Larry Brewer of Keller Williams Realty. Providing real estate services to clients in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill, Gre...
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By Maria Holland, Realtor, ABR, GRI, CDPE, SFR
(RE/Max Homes & Estates, ABR,GRI, CDPE, SFR)
For those of you who live and have children or grandchildren in Brentwood, TN, listed below is the schedule for this year for Brentwood Highschool and Ravenwood Highschool.  If you are just moving to the area and want to know more about area schools, real estate and other information, call a realtor who grew up in this area and still lives here. Maria Holland, Realtor, ABR, GRI, American Heritage Realty, Inc. 615-289-6056/615-298-900 www.mariaholland.net Brentwood High School-  ALL GAME TIMES ARE AT 7:30  THE BRUINS August 22nd:  Centennial at Brentwood   August 29th:  Brentwood @ Smyrna       Sept. 5th:        Brentwood @ Dickson County Sept. 12th:      Blackman at Brentwood Sept. 19th:     Ravenwood at Brentwood (Sure to be an exciting game) Sept 26th:      Siegel At Brentwood October...
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By Maria Holland, Realtor, ABR, GRI, CDPE, SFR
(RE/Max Homes & Estates, ABR,GRI, CDPE, SFR)
Travel down Concord Rd and the first large subdivision you will come to is Brenthaven.  Having been established in the mid-1960's this neighborhood offers a wide variety of price & sq footage as well as age. Having been one of the more established neighborhoods in Brentwood and expanding from the corner of Lipscomb Drive to east at the corner of Knox Valley and further South to Covington Drive, the neighborhood is hemmed in by an elementary school, local library, walking trails, bike trails, YMCA which includes a skate board park, the Williamson Country Rec center a more.  It is truly a neighborhood to live and play.  The affordability of this neighborhood coupled with the fact it is zoned for Lipscomb Elementary and Brentwood Middle and Highschool(ranked nationally 192nd and 1st in sta...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
In the Williamson county section of the Sunday paper today, they showed all of the lists that Williamson county or any of it's cities (Brentwood, Franklin, Fairview, Spring Hill) were on national lists. Here is the one that is the most important to parents in the area. Country's top high schools according to Newsweek. To see the article, click on the link. Out of approximately 27,000 U.S. public high schools here are the best in Williamson county, and how they rank nationally. Brentwood High School 192nd Ravenwood 473rd Franklin 737th Fairview 854th Independence 1318th Centennial 1405th Some of these numbers may seem high, but this puts all of these Williamson county schools in the top 5 percent of all schools in the country. Other Tennessee schools on the list included   Hillsboro in G...
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By David Zopf, Put others first and you will never be second.
(Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611)
30 Yr Fixed Conforming – 6.625% 15 Yr Fixed Conforming – 6.375% 30 Yr Flex 97 – 7.125% 30 Yr FHA – 6.625% 30 Yr Fixed Jumbo 6.5% (w 1pt) 5/1 LIBOR ARM – 5.875% (w/ 1pt) 7/1 LIBOR ARM – 6.125% (w/ 1 pt)   A slight tick up in rates this week as the bond market was beat down a little. I have mentioned this in the past that 1% in origination is having a huge affect on the arms ARMs and now the 30 yr jumbo; lowering the rate a full point! Good news is that the commodities markets are, as predicted, deflating. This is immediately bringing prices down on gas and will soon affect just about everything else we buy. Consumer purchasing was up last month (except for cars) so that is a good sign that at least on part of the economy is looking good. The U.S. dollar is also making strides to get back...
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By David Zopf, Put others first and you will never be second.
(Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611)
30 Yr Fixed Conforming – 6.5% 15 Yr Fixed Conforming – 6.375% 30 Yr Fixed Jumbo 7% 5/1 LIBOR ARM – 6% (w/ 1pt) 7/1 LIBOR ARM – 6.375% (w/ 1 pt) 30 Yr Flex 97 – 6.875% 30 Yr FHA – 6.75% Prime 5% 6 Month Libor – 3.17% Last week 6 Month Libor – 3.13% This week Pretty slow week on news that directly affected rates. They are all within 1/8th of where they have been for the past two weeks. One thing that happened a week ago was that Congress passed this new housing bill. The piece you will probably be asked about most is the $7500 tax credit. I am a bit disappointed as to how it works. Basically, it is jus a 0% loan that has to be paid back in $500 yearly increments out of the borrower’s tax return. Kind of a replacement for DPA for the 1st time homebuyers. Below is a great article that expla...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Yesterday, I got a call from a real estate agent on one of our inspections. They were all in a tizzy, the customer was all upset because they had just moved in and the water heater needed to be replaced. The plumber that was representing the home warranty company said that this was a pre-existing condition and that it was not covered and they would have to pay $850.00 for a new water heater. He voluntarily went on to say that the home inspector should have told them that the water heater was shot, the flue venting was not to codes, and that the water heater was not installed to codes… To make a short story long, the agent and the homebuyer wanted us to replace the water heater. Hold the phone here folks, we AIN”T codes inspectors! Never have been and never will be! To ease the situation...
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By Maria Holland, Realtor, ABR, GRI, CDPE, SFR
(RE/Max Homes & Estates, ABR,GRI, CDPE, SFR)
Brentwood, Tennessee is a small and growing community South of Nashville, TN. A community that has been carefully planned with parks, walking trails, arboretums, soccer fields, baseball fields, community centers and the like, and it is no wonder that this area of town attracts so many people from out of town as well as within Nashville.  Brentwood Highschool received the #1 rated public highschool among highschools in Tennessee in 2006.  Ravenwood, a newer highschool is state of the art and both highschools have winning athletic programs. As a native of Brentwood, TN I have had the privilege of watching this area grow.  My parents moved to Brentwood in the late 1960's when I was a baby.  Back then there was no access to I-65 from Concord Rd.  Trees lined both sides of Concord Rd and wha...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
As home inspectors, we are hired to find out what is wrong with the property that we are inspecting, and are quick to start the litany of what is wrong and do not take a moment to say what is good with the property. Think about it. If you were purchasing the property what would you want to hear, the good along with the bad or just the bad? After talking to many real estate professionals, the number one reason that agents go elsewhere for home inspector and drop you is either you “kill too many deals” with strong negative verbiage, blowing things out of peroration or scare the crap out of the potential buyers. I have learned that a blend of both the good and bad helps make the transaction more palatable. After all, not every property we inspect is ready for the bulldozer. If the property...
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By Kevin Michelson, MBA, Nashville Insurance
(Liberty Mutual)
Larry Kudlow is joining fellow CNBC personality Jim Carmer in discussing housing very favorably this week. Cramer stated that it was now time to buy a house  and Kudlow is taking mainstream media to task for remaining pessimistic while there is strong data to support the slowdown's end is near if not already over. Kudlow's points to support a housing recovery: Median prices nationwide have climbed 10 percent since February. June'08s numbers were down six percent compared to June 07 - but have risen four months in a row when comparing month over month rather than year over year. Homes sold in the hardest hit areas - California, Florida, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada - are UP 17% since October 07 and prices have climbed three months in a row. Homes sold nationwide in First Quarter 2008 and...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Brentwood tn real estate sales for Williamson county for the month of June 2008 were as follows 61 single family homes closed in June The average price for sold homes was $671,638 The average days on market for sold homes was 97 The average size of sold homes was 4171 square ft The average price per square ft was $161 The most expensive home sold in Brentwood for the month of June was $2,000,000 The least expensive home sold in Brentwood for the month of June was $325,000. Brentwood tn real estate currently available is as follows 579 single family homes The average price for available homes is $905,919 The average size is 4780 square ft The largest available home 19,935 square ft at $6,900,000 The least expensive is 1416 square ft at $185,000 If you are in the market for Brentwood tn r...
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By David Zopf, Put others first and you will never be second.
(Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611)
Last week’s boost for the Dow took rates up a little bit. Still, everything is in the 6’s to rates can’t be much to blame for our fence riding buyers. I have visited quite a few open houses lately and the news is good. There are many lookers who want to buy but just need to sell their current home to upgrade. Part of this week’s bill that is in the works includes a tax credit for first time home buyers. Hopefully, this will help the start the “trickle-up” effect. Along those lines, the big news this week is that the House passed a bill that will essentially open a line of credit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac if they need it. The media wants to make it sound like us taxpayers are losing $25 Billion but that is not the case. It is just a backstop that may or may not be used. The governme...
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By Kevin Michelson, MBA, Nashville Insurance
(Liberty Mutual)
Let's face it, CNBC can be pretty boring for most folks. But interesting personalities like Jim Cramer take the relatively mundane topic like stock performance and economic conditions, mix it with an exciting "ESPN SportsCenter-esque" format and it is tolerable. And it works, Cramer has tons of followers - almost a cult like following. So Cramer's Mad Money show has a pretty big influence. Today he stated "I was the first guy that said torch your house for the insurance money (8 months ago). I am now telling you that between now and the next six months you have to buy a house." Cramer went on to site several big banks better than expected earnings reports and the new housing bill's $300 - $400 billion in FHA loans for home owners currently in exotic loans. He clearly is stating the bott...
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By Dr. Doris Marlow, Brentwood Real Estate
(Brentview Realty)
It is time to move to Nashville.  Brentwood has a wonderful selection of homes available in Brentwood, Tennessee.  Close by are the Franklin and Spring Hill areas which also have some beautiful homes available.  What is so great about Nashville and the Brentwood, Tennessee area?  Nashville, Tennessee, is the approximate size Atlanta, Georgia, was 35 years ago.  It is a large city with a small town atmosphere.  How many places can you go and visit the main street, which is Broadway, and see a stretch limo followed by a hay truck?  It is the best of all worlds.  To find out more information about Nashville, Franklin, Spring Hill, and Brentwood, Tennessee, please visit my website, dorismarlow.com, or just type in doris marlow to visit my blogs. 
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Brentwood tn Real Estate - I get this question all the time, especially from out of state clients. Where is the best school, and where can I live for my children to attend. The answer to the first question is easy, for years, Brentwood high school has had the best ACT scores of all public schools in middle Tennessee. Some will say that the magnet schools in Nashville have better average scores, and that would be true. But  they don't  accept anyone who doesn't already have a high achievement score, so it's not a level playing field. Is it really that much of a difference? Yes In 2007, the average SAT score for the state of Tennessee schools was 20.7 The average SAT score in Davidson county schools was 19.2 The average SAT score for Williamson county schools was 22.4 The average SAT scor...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
When real estate agents and their buyers look at a property, more often than not, they are looking at the aesthetics of the property not the functionality. Initially when the untrained eye looks at this photo, one sees a sees a cool looking stairwell, loft and a nice clean open space. However to the trained eye of the home inspector, much more comes to view. For example: 1. Even though this is an older property, the balusters (spindles) on the guardrail and handrail exceed the current 4” spacing required for child safety. Agents and buyers need to be aware that small children can slip through those spaces and suffer a nasty fall. 2. Also, equally as important, is the placement of the smoke alarms on both levels of the property. Smoke alarms provide an early warning signal in the event o...
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By David Zopf, Put others first and you will never be second.
(Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611)
Rates were on a little bit of a roller coaster this week; they dropped and then came back to about where they were last week. Jumbo’s came back in line. They are a strange bunch as they swing from the 6’s to the 8’s and it is tough to know when it will happen. SunTrust, Chase, Countrywide and Wells have their 30 yr in the 6’s while Citi, Taylor Bean, and Frankin American are all still in the 8’s. ARMs are a bit interesting lately as their par rate is a bit high but a 1% Discount point buys the rate down over 1.25%. 1% Discount points generally only buy a rate down .25%. FHA rates are lower than Conforming rates with only 3% needed as a down payment. Regarding the Fannie/Feddie saga, if you missed my “Special Report” email on Monday, you can read it and any of my past emails on my blog a...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
 In Brentwood, Franklin, and even farther south in Williamson county you get a chance to see beautiful historic Antebellum homes that managed to escape the Civil war, and the ravages of time. Now these homes are facing a new battle, neighborhood developers. Many of the homes are saved, but area surrounding the homes is cut down to 1 acre or less. I know that the land is very valuable, but we need to protect the environment surrounding the home, as well as the home itself. Most of these homes are  surrounded by oak trees hundreds of years old that should be considered when the local officials decide to rezone these properties. A good example of what can be done is the Taramore neighborhood in Brentwood.  Taramore's historic manor home, constructed around 1845, will be carefully restored ...
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By John Morgan
(InternetFuse.com, Morgan Real Estate Group)
As many of you know I run www.InternetFuse.com an online community for entrepreneurs looking for new ways to market their business online. Well, this Tuesday July 22nd I'm doing a special presentation for entrepreneurs showing how to make money each month from your blog. I'll be revealing strategies 90% of bloggers don't use. There's no cost to attend the event and it lasts from 11:00am to 1:00pm. If you're in the Brentwood TN area and would like to attend email me and let me know. I'll send you the location details, etc. You don't want to miss this presentation! I'll show you how to get traffic to your blog, how to make money from your blog, and how to build a relationship with your prospects. See you there!
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
  Brentwood TN Real EstateBrentwood TN Home Improvement: Do it yourself or hire someone? When it comes to Brentwood TN home improvements, we often end up doing a lot of the work ourselves. But should we do-it-yourselfers really do all the work. There are some jobs where a professional may be required. These would include any job that might be dangerous or where a mistake would be very costly. Some jobs are simply not worth the risk. Some tasks to reconsider before doing: · Major electrical work · Any plumbing that involves work under the house · Siding work that requires scaffolding higher than two stories · Labor intensive work that may be overly difficult, such as chopping out and pouring in new concrete · Working on excessively steep or high roofs · Jobs where there may be hidden my...
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