Nashville, TN Real Estate News

By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Many people are ever in search of “life balance”. This is an excruciatingly elusive, fickle thing . . . Balance! Y’see! The problem is that balance is an illusion . . . because EVERYTHING is ALWAYS moving. It’s as if the entire Universe is conspiring to disrupt any and all appearances of balance forthwith. I have witnessed perfectly reasonable, intelligent humans obsess about maintaining a pristine life of peace, harmony, and balance only to find themselves being disappointed and frustrated about their inability to “Get it” . . . Just about the time you think you’ve got it – something moves. Be kinder to yourself than this! Acknowledge that you are NOT in control over everything within your field of vision and/or experience. Recognize that seldom does anything of significance happen acc...
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It seems the new way of dealing with issues . . . begins with inflammatory posts on Social Media. I think this cheats the possibility of coping with the grief that comes in response to unexpected circumstances. For sure, things going your way is eminently important, isn’t it? In this environment with the capability to publish in real time, the default for many people is to rip off a tirade of epic proportions regarding this egregious affront to all of humanity with the megaphone of twitter, Facebook, Instagram . . . Before you know it, the world is sure to be coming to a cataclysmic apocalyptical event. The gestation from the initial violation to the end of the world can be as short as 35 (or so) seconds as the Social Media post becomes viral. My observation is that this is a very unhea...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Ah! the subtleties of perspective . . . Are you worried about things nobody knows? When will Covid settle down? Will this home inspection uncover a major issue? Will the house appraise at more than the selling house? For those who think from the perspective of: “That upon which we FOCUS EXPANDS”,the mantra is a rhythm of striving for “Better than before“ All the while, many others are experiencing the very same conditions/circumstances and are struggling to decrease their misery. The good news is that we all have the power of choice. If you are finding yourself doubting yourself and obsessing about all of these “HORRIBLE” things happening in the world, I hereby invite you to shift from these self limiting beliefs by choosing to believe that YOU are the architect of your own life while h...
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As of 10:30 AM yesterday 10/05/2020, . . .the race to win one of the 4 open seats on the 2021 Board of Directors for Greater Nashville Realtors The journey began with @ a dozen top notch Realtors who opted in by filing a nomination. These folks then followed a very smooth process which narrowed the candidates down to a “Slate of Six”. I was most impressed by the this process because the sole focus was to have boundaries to ensure a level playing field . . . There were no possibilities for unfair advantages (Believe me – I inadvertently pushed those boundaries twice and immediately was “called on the carpet”), No harm – no foul. This is akin to Lacrosse Referees and players on the field – Everyone knows the rules, and the real boundaries end up being defined by the tolerance of the Refs ...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
When inventory of available houses is near ZERO . . . Many Home Sellers get a little cocky. Some might even have the delusional thinking that this market is like shooting fish in a barrel. These unfortunate, misguided (or NOT guided) folks actually believe that they’ve got the Buyers by the horns and that they can throw the house on the market under-conditioned and over-priced, and SHAZAM – The Buyers will come running and participate in the ensuing Piranha frenzy resulting in multiple offers regardless of any and all defects (Obvious or latent). Well . . . That may work for some, but not most. Some of these houses DON’T sell quickly and end up lingering on the market thereby chasing the market DOWN (reducing the price – “New and improved pricing”) and end up selling for much less than ...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
It's worth doing well After 27 years of being a Realtor and member Of Greater Nashville Realtors . . . faithfully serving on many committees (professional standards and Professional Development), I decided to step up and run for the Board of Directors.Why?I believe THIS is the perfect time to be part of the solution for the myriad challenges we Realtors are facing daily. Greater Nashville Realtors, TN Realtors, and National Association of Realtors have been awesome defenders of our Livelihood and the American Dream of Home Ownership. My reason for wanting to serve on the board NOW is to do whatever possible to improve the quality of life for our members . . . This requires us to defend our livelihood, be consummate PROFESSIONALS . . . AND we must take care of our Self  so we can be full...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Are you a Giver? Are you a Healthy Giver? Indeed, giving is noble and humbling when our gifts are received with gratitude. We givers don’t give to receive recognition . . . Most of us do this with anonymity. Is it possible to give too much or too little? Who’s the judge of gifting parity? Social and peer pressures come from all sides hoping to take our time, energy, and/or money. NO ONE knows how much you give each and every day because you are giving to, what you consider to be an important (worthy) recipient of your charitable contribution to their cause. Grant Hammond wrote this on his FB Timeline yesterday – It gave me pause “If you are a 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧, please learn your limits because most 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨 don’t have any.” As with all things (opportunities) be intentional – Follow your Heart – and s...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Yesterday, I took a “Mental Health Day” Yep! I woke up feeling mentally scorched . . . barren I sent a message to my team that I would NOT be in the office and that I would be unreachable. It’s good to unplug every so often to rejuvenate our MOJO, isn’t it? Why don’t we practice this more often? I busied myself the entire day with mindless “work” . . . without speaking a word for hours. This is a way of decompressing that is very effective to quiet and re-set your mind to summon new energy and perspective on your work. Seriously – It’s like a “Sick Day” for your mind. Try it! I think you’ll like it. I ended the day by having some friends over for the 1st EVER “Owen Hollow Full Moon Pickin’ Party”  We decided the Pickin’ Party is worthy of making a habit of it, so . . . On the Fridays cl...
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For many years, I’ve had a “love/Hate” relationship with #Comcast. Actually more hate than love for most of these years. I have only kept them as my internet provider because they have the best (most stable) product (FAST and reliable internet). My beef is that I had NEVER had a stellar customer representative experience. Any time I knew I would need to call customer support, I dreaded it like the plague. Long wait times – Rude Reps – Always SELLING me on stuff I don’t need or want . . . The bottom line is that my perception of every call was that it was a waste of my time . . . and I HATE it when other people are frivolous with MY time . . . Until YESTERDAY! As I prepare to move the #ParetoRealty office into a new space where internet is provided, I have dreaded even the thought of mak...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Most folks hate – yes – HATE accountability!  Many will shun accountability because they say it doesn’t work for them. So if accountability doesn’t work, what does? Are you just in that delusion cycle of chasing your tail – spinning in circles and not getting anywhere useful? Have you adopted the fine art of naming the need to improve and then doing the same things expecting different results. Insanity defined. NOTHING NEW WORKS for these people . . . EVER! Lasting, significant change only happens when we solidify new habits. According to this article: Despite popular lore, it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. For some it takes less far less time (as little as 18 days) and for others it takes far more time (over 250 days). The article doesn’t explore ways...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Your first important decision of every day is the FIRST decision of every day! Yep! Even before our feet hit the ground, we likely define how the remainder of the day unfolds Will today be an AMAZING day with lots of WINS and very few losses? Is this to be a day chock full of HAPPINESS and JOY? What if you’re dreading something about this day? If we decide (choose) to go the route of the dark side – Doom and GLOOM, I assure you that a dark, ominous cloud will hang over our heads. Our level of productivity will also be dismal. We will find ourselves struggling to get along with – well – ANYONE and EVERYONE we encounter. Of course, all of this avoidable . . . After all, we were the ones who chose this path. Here’s the good news! If, at any point throughout the day, we decide we want a kin...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
How often do you find yourself telling you to FOCUS? We humans have created a toxic environment for focus. Some might argue that maintaining focus on anything for any useful period of time is an impossible pursuit. Let’s just give up on focus and work on being better multi-taskers. or How ’bout we each take responsibility for our own life? Novel idea, eh? That upon which we focus on expands. The extent of the “success” of our life pursuits relies on our commitment to our singularity of purpose. Let everyone else practice the “Jack of all Trades, Master of none” way. Begin with Clarity! When this thing is completed, what will it look like? How will it feel? How will it impact your life and lives of other significant people? The answers to these questions frame the clarity that’ll provide...
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By Rhonda Burgess, Moving to Nashville TN Real Estate Specialist
(Southern Living Realty Partners)
Today in this video, we're going to talk about the credit score that you need in order to buy a house in order to qualify for a mortgage, because that's an ever changing number. Check it out. Hi, I'm Rhonda Burgess, and I'm a real estate broker here in the Nashville, Tennessee area, and I am a former mortgage underwriter originator, closer, funder. When it comes to mortgage, I've done it all. Let me let's talk about credit scores for a minute.Let's go there. You know, I've done other videos before where I talk about your credit score that you need to buy to in order to get a mortgage. Right now, in this current environment, that's an ever moving target, and I'm going to tell you why. You'll see like for a FHA loan, they say you don't there's no there's no minimum credit score. Yes, ther...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
“IRL” = In Real Life Maybe I’m just a cantankerous curmudgeon, but I miss learning with other people in the same REAL place. For me, Virtual learning is less effective – less engaging – less “dimensional”. We miss the real nuances of the “material” sometimes because it’s so easy for us multitask while “attending” virtual meetings/trainings. We don’t see “body language” other than facial expressions . . . or at all from those who choose to turn off video. I’d venture to say that most people in virtual meetings are lucky to retain anything more than 50% focus on the information being disseminated. The dimension I miss the most is the felt TENSION that we lose in a virtual space. In real life, we can actually INTERRUPT another participant to clarify or make a timely neglected point. In the...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
ibuyers are propagating in myriad ways, shapes and forms. We’re seeing them pop up in places we Realtors could NEVER, even in our wildest nightmares, imagine . . . Like on the website bearing the namesake of our National Association . . . Realtor.com Should we be alarmed? Whatever happened to the notion that “Real Estate Sales is a LOCAL business?” Aren’t the 3 most important words for real estate “LOCATION, LOCATION, and LOCATION?” Are ibuyers changing this? I think NOT! Those who think ibuyers will pilfer “all” of our clients are experiencing a major case of amnesia. Most home buyers and sellers will continue to choose to work with a Realtor because they know us Realtors to be LOCAL PROFESSIONALS. They are hiring us for our expertise and guidance as they navigate an unfamiliar and com...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
People who live low quality lives, by definition, underperform in their jobs. Stress, anxiety, exhaustion, always ON 24/7/365 are recipes for crash and burn. So often (especially in the Real Estate Sales Industry), I hear of “Professionals” who take great pride in the fact that they are working 15 hour days, writing offers at midnight, answering their cell phones EVERY time the darn thing makes a noise. If you are one of these people, you are disserving your clients, your family and friends, and most importantly, yourself! The Quotation marks are intentional, because I know that real professionals know that they MUST be sharp in order to perform well for their clients. There’s no such thing as “not having enough time to take care of myself” . . . It’s a CHOICE to put work ahead of life ...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
What if The darn thing isn’t doing what I bought it to do? When I buy a drill with all of the myriad bits, I expect each bit to reliably create a hole of the size promised on the etching. When the sole cashier gets in the weeds (too many people in line), we expect the management to do something about it – like call other cashiers to help or to become a cashier until the weeds are gone. The server in the restaurant is having lots of fun while ignoring our empty water glasses. We humans are conditioned to a certain level of convenience, and we don’t tolerate situations which inconvenience us. Of course, we can whine and complain, but that won’t make things go faster. We can leave, and find another place to do our business. Maybe, we choose to go without . . . after all, this purchase is a...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Have you watched many soccer games? I have . . . Literally hundreds in the period of over a decade of my 2 daughters playing. Throughout all of those years, I learned a LOT about focus. The really talented soccer players weren’t always the strongest or fastest. The high performers were the ones who understood focus at a very high level. Wired into their DNA was a keen awareness of where they were going. When they lost a ball or failed to score, these champions relegated this misfortunate happening to being “unlucky”, and they quickly redirected their focus on the field of play. These were the players who mastered the ability to focus on where the ball was going . . . NOT where the ball is now. In this way, these magicians consistently outmaneuvered their opponents because they were crea...
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By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
sheeple https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheeple shee·​ple | \ ˈshē-pəl  \ informal: people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced trend https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trend  1a: a prevailing tendency or inclination : DRIFTcurrent trends in education b: a general movement : SWING the trend toward suburban living c: a current style or preference : VOGUEnew fashion trends d: a line of development : APPROACH new trends in cancer research 2: the general movement over time of a statistically detectable change also: a statistical curve reflecting such a change3: a line of general direction or movement the trend of the coast turned toward the west Suddenly – I am noticing a predominance of WHITE new (and old) houses here in Nashville. I’m not a fan . . . Won’t al...
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