Nashville, TN Real Estate News

By Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor
(RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group)
I guess this is just a "get to know me" blog, more or less.  I do lots of talking about the Nashville Real Estate Market, since I am a Realtor, but a lot of you don't know that I have a degree in classical piano performance.  That's right.  I am a classical music junkie!  My mother gave me musical instruments to play with since I was an infant (she is quite musical herself!) and she claims that I would never take a nap, but just hum or sing in my crib during the required nap hour.  Formal piano lessons started at age 6 and I have never looked back!  During the summers in high school I would go to various piano camps and spend time with renowned pianists - it was great fun and I met a lot of great people and learned how to practice hard!  I went to college on a full music scholarship and...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Saturday was my 50th birthday. Thankfully, I don't feel 50 most of the time, but my wife reminds me of my age from time to time by giving me the AARP advertisements that come in the mail every week.  I decided to take some time off from real estate and spend the weekend with my family, and it seemed like time just flew. Friday evening, one of my friends had a going away party for his son, who is headed to Iraq. We made the best of the opportunity to see old friends, and hopefully he will return soon, but I couldn't believe how old my friends were (just kidding).  On Saturday morning Elizabeth and I went shopping for an electronic piano. We did find a nice used one, and she is now the proud owner of a very impressive piece of electronic equipment. I was amazed at the sounds this thing ca...
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By Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor
(RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group)
Middle Tennessee, Davidson County, Nashville, Green Hills - the scope is being narrowed to bring you some of the best homes you can get for $650,000!  The Green Hills Neighborhood is centrally located between downtown Nashville and Brentwood, providing easy access to both areas.  Always improving, Green Hills is a neighborhood which draws designer stores and great food, not to mention some of the best music at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe!  Because of the Green Hills Appeal, it can be tough to find a home in the area. If you have $650,000 and are looking to live in the Green Hills area, here are a few of the best homes currently available! 3600 Bowlingate Lane - $625,000 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 2800 Square Feet - GORGEOUS!           And here is 210 Woodmont Circle - $639,900 3 Bedr...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Wades Grove is an all brick community in Spring Hill, just south of Franklin ranging in price from $190,000 to over $300,000 and in size from 1400 square ft to over 3500 square ft.  Wades Grove is a very appealing community for those who are concerned about quality and value. John Maher builders has a well deserved reputation as the best builder in the area, and the homes in Wades Grove always compare very favorably with everything in the same price range.      Search for Wades Grove homes here This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property and opinions of Larry Brewer of Benchmark Realty. Providing real estate services to clients in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill, and the middle Tennessee area.
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
I want to give my customers a test before we start looking for Nashville real estate . Not a financial test, or a personality test. I want to make them play golf.  If they keep score honestly, I will feel like they will be honest with me, and at least consider my advice. Golf is the only game where you call a penalty on yourself. Hit it in the water, it's a stroke to get it out. Hit it out of bounds, take your medicine and hit again after adding 2 strokes. If sellers would do that when they list a house, it would sell in no time. Have a bad window, fix it, and don't wait for the inspector to find it. Need a new HVAC unit, disclose it, replace it, or give the buyer credit for it in a price reduction. Yard challenged, discount the price. Why can't we just be honest? Nashville real estate ...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
 Franklin is a small town inthe Middle of Williamson county, just 20 miles south of downtown Nashville. Sales of Franklin Tn homes for the month of October were considerably less than last year. Even though sales were slow, prices remained stable. The days on market for sold homes is 54 days compared to last year at 52 days. Prices of sold homes avereaged $484,534 compared to last year at $477,058. Based on the statistics, it's easy to see that Franklin is not following the national trends. Prices are slightly up and days on market remains low. It's just another example of the strength of the Nashville real estate market. total number square ft list price sold price active 987 3538 $662,116.00 pending 192 3547 $612,557.00 closed in october 118 3118 $484,356.00 $484,534.00 54 closed octo...
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By Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor
(RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group)
Some COOL houses are listed in the East Nashville Real Estate Market for $220,000!  If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your old home and you want to know what you can get for the money in East Nashville, here are some options for you!   4611 Medora Avenue - $214,900 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms - 2488 Square Feet!  Remodeled Kitchen and Finished Basement!             Or how about 801 Shelby Street for $219,000? 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom - 1509 Square Feet - 10' Ceilings - Remodeled Kitchen!             And last, but not least, 300 South 15th Street for $219,900! 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1960 Square Feet - Completely Remodeled!               WOW!!!  There is SO MUCH to choose from in the Nashville Real Estate Market - Buyers, Sellers and Investors - What are you waiting for??? 
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By Anthea Click, Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!
(Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com)
So you think your place is too small to be staged? How about this cute little cottage in the heart of East Nashville. It's completely renovated and boasts a whopping 744 sq. ft. The vignette style staging went a long way to transform this home. Without the staging, buyers were having a hard time figuring out what furniture the room could hold and where it would go. The house is currently for sale and listed by Karen Hoffof Historic and Distinctive Homes......but, it won't be on the market for long. For a personal showing contact Karen at 615-228-3723. Fresh Perspectives is a home staging firm specializing in vacant home staging, model home staging, and redesign for the real estate community in the Greater Nashville area. For more information contact Anthea Click at 615-465-8086 or visit...
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By Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor
(RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group)
Last night Realtor friends Tonya Squires and Emily Lowe along with Beverly Effinger of Countrywide and Prudential Woodmont Realty's Green Hills Principal Broker Brian Taylor had the pleasure of putting on a Home Buyer's Seminar.  It was a lot of fun!  The evening was kicked off at Prudential Woodmont Realty's new office building in Green Hills (a bit south of downtown Nashville) with hors d'oeuvres and conversation while homes listed by Prudential Woodmont Realty were shown on a power point presentation.  Then they got down to business.  More specifically, Nashville's Real Estate Market Business.  Brian Taylor gave a wonderful presentation on the current state of the Nashville Real Estate Market and also showed how to invest in real estate through the process of leveraging.  Everyone go...
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By Clint Haynes
(Peoples Home Equity, Inc.)
HOW CREDIT SCORES WORKWhat goes into your credit score?:Payment History (35% of the rating)Length of Credit History (15% of the rating)New Credit (10% of the rating)Types of Credit Used (10% of the rating)Debt (30% of the rating) (try to keep all balances below 60% of high credit limit)•      Pay all bills on time.  This is probably the most important factor in the Credit Score Calculation.  If you are consistently 30 days overdue, your score can drop by as much as 100 points, depending on how long the account has been open and how long ago the late payment took place.  To avoid late payments, consider automating your bill-paying process.  •      Think twice before closing accounts.  Lenders are looking for consumers with long credit histories that have been managed well.  But because o...
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By Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor
(RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group)
I am sitting at my desk feeling a little blue - is it the weather today?  Was I just getting too used to blue skies and warm weather?  What am I expecting, Southern California?  Actually, a big part of me is glad for the cooler weather.  And happy for the rain as well - my garden is definitely looking better!  And Tennessee is a much prettier place for all the rain we normally get.So... Topic Today:  I noticed today that a house that has been on the market for - I know - over a year and a half in the Oak Hill / Green Hills area in Nashville has STILL not sold.  Now granted, the house needs updating, but for a house to be on the market that long - well, what gives?It's in a wonderful exclusive subdivision right off of Tyne Boulevard and has a well designed floor plan with a flair for the...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Does anyone have any experience with homes made from insulated concrete forms. I understand how it works, but I would like to know if anyone from the realtor community had anything to say about it. It seems like it would be amuch strong building than typical wood frames. I'm more concerned with the initial cost, and any problems that might occur that I wouldn't expect. I have a client who plans to build a 4000 sq ft home in Nashville out of this material, and I'm just a little sceptical. If it's as good as I've been told, my next home may be made from the same material.
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By Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor
(RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group)
Are you wanting to live in Green Hills, but don't know if you can afford it?Green Hills is a very desirable location in the Nashville Real Estate Market.  Centrally located between downtown and Brentwood, Green Hills offers a great mix of trendy shops and hip eateries.  Land value is ALWAYS increasing in Green Hills and an investment in a home in this area 2 location is sure to bring rewards!  Of course, you have to pick the RIGHT home!Did you know that there are currently over 120 MLS home listings in the Green Hills area, ranging in price from $214,900 to $1,975,000?And if you don't want the upkeep of a yard, then there are also right around 120 condos for sale in Green Hills ranging in price from $114,000 to $1,140,000!As a Nashville Native, I remember the days before the Green Hills...
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By Anthea Click, Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!
(Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com)
Fresh Perspectives has just staged a beauty in the Rosebank subdivision of East Nashville. It features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, over 2000 sq. ft, gorgeous hardwoods, and a flowing floor plan. For more information contact:Listing Agent Karen HoffHistoric and Distinctive Homes Ph: 615-228-3723 Karen@KarenHoff.com MLS 910073 Fresh Perspectives is a homestaging company servicing the Greater Nashville Area specializing in vacant home staging, model home staging, and redesign services for the real estate community. For more information contact Anthea Click, President/Lead Designer @ 615-465-8086 or http://aclick@fresh-perspectives.com and visit our website at www.fresh-perspectives.com
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By Jennifer Jennings-Tidwell, Jennifer Jennings, BEST Realtor in Nashville, TN
(Uptown Management Group and Real Estate Services)
Foreclosures are EVERYWHERE...and when thinking about retirement one really needs to think about investing FOR your retirement. If you have children..why not leave them a rental property or by a piece of land that will have an extreme return over the next 20 to 30 years. Lets face it, social security is ??? well, what is it anyway? We will never know because it is a thing of the past that will not benefit us what so ever. The "deals" are out there and you need a Real Estate Agent to find those deals before anyone else does. We have the benefit of being able to capture a new listing within seconds it's posted and believe me the deals do not stay on the market long. Days ago there was a bank owned property I was interested in. It sold after 10 days of being on the market and because I liv...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
 I sell homes for a small high quality builder in Nashville, and I have been trying to convince him that sanded and finished hardwood floors are more appealing to buyers than prefinished floors. While we never really know what a buyer are going to do,I don't see a downside to making the change. The expense is similar, and we've been having some problems with the installation and maintenance of the prefinshed floors. So starting on the next house, all of our homes will have hardwood floors installed the old fashion way.  for more info click here Nashville Real Estate This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property and opinions of Larry Brewer of Benchmark Realty. Providing real estate services to clients in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill, and the mid...
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By Clint Haynes
(Peoples Home Equity, Inc.)
 The Current State of the Mortgage IndustryWhat Is Happening?We are seeing unprecedented events right now.  In the last weeks and months, we have seen many companies in the non-conforming mortgage industry experience severe problems.  Many have been forced to close their doors or cease funding loans.  This has affected everyone from Realtors to Mortgage Brokers.SubPrime rates have continued to rise over the past 6-8 months.  More and more lenders are shutting their doors and ceasing operations.  This has made it harder and harder for low credit borrowers to get 100% financing.  Also, more Full Documentation Loans are needed.  If a borrower has to go stated he/she will need money down.Why Is This Occurring?To counteract the threat of increased deflation, the Fed decreased rates in 2003. ...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Belle Meade homes have been transitioning from large mature lots with ranch style homes to modern open floor plans. Over the last several years, some of the more established neighborhoods surrounding the west side of downtown Nashville, mostly Belle Meade and Green Hills, have been getting a facelift. Older Nashville Real Estate built in the 40's and 50's are being leveled so that a new home of significance can be built on the lot. At first, some of the neighbors were not very happy about it. When in the area, I would get comments about how  real estate agents were making the property taxes go up by increasing the property value. The fact is that most of the older homes were not very efficient and the land was very valuable. It seems like a very good thing to do if you want a nice home ...
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Call Jan Wood or Jennifer Jennings with The Realty Association if you need more information or Click Here.  Offered at $147,900 3 Bedroom2 Baths1300 Sq. Ft.Near restaurants, shopping, airport and I-24.  This is a one level home with a split bedroom plan.  It is located between Nashville and Smyrna, TN.  Features include hardwoods, decorator paint colors with a modern flair, a new HVAC system.  Call Jan Wood or Jennifer Jennings for more details.  Offered at $154,9003 Bedrooms2 Baths1476 Sq. Ft. Wonderful home with soaring ceilings.  The paladium windows offer plenty of natural light.  This home is move-in ready and awaiting new owners.    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by The Activerain Network and it's members and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the op...
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BUYERS!!  If you are relocating to the Nashville area, check out Gallatin.  We are about 35 minutes travel time from Music City.  If you love golf, you must stop by Fairvue Plantation, a 36-hole golf community.  Here are some other areas of interest in and around the Nashville area...     Relocating to Nashville Other Sites of Interest!! Tennessee Performing Arts CenterThe Frist Center for Visual ArtsCheekwoodBelle Meade PlantationCountry Music Hall of FameThe University of TennesseeMiddle TennesseeVanderbilt University   SPORTS IN NASHVILLE/TENNESSEE Tennessee Titans   Nashville Predators Music City Motorplex Nashville Super Speedway     Lake/Golf Course Community - Sumner County, TN You do not want to miss out on seeing this wonderful community in Gallatin, Tennessee.  Fairvue Plantat...
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