Homes For Sale in Nashville TN: "THE BLOG"

Read our ramblings on real estate in Nashville and join in the conversation. We'd love to hear your thoughts! If there's a topic you're particularly interested in and want us to write about it, let us know. We're always looking for fresh ideas! In the meantime, we'll be posting on things like current market conditions, hot spots in the Nashville area and where to find the best deals. Thanks for visiting!

Dec. 14, 2012

77 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Sale

77 Ways To Make Your House Stand Out and Sell FASTER!

So you've decided to sell your home. Congratulations on taking the plunge! With rates being the lowest in history and the market making a turn in the right direction here in the Nashville area, it's a great time to list your home! My job is to help you sell it fast and for the best terms possible. There are a lot of houses for sale in Nashville, so the competition is steep, but one way, or rather 77 ways, you can help me help you is to go through this check list and make sure it's all complete before we list. Trust me, you'll be glad you did!

Let's take a look at the INSIDE:

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Oct. 26, 2012

MIP (Mortgage Insurance Premium) Calculator

MIP and your FHA Loan

Buyers here looking for houses in Nashville who are planning on putting less than 20% down and using an FHA loan your home purchase should be prepared for an additional annual expense that can be paid monthly called a Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) through Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), also known as Principle Mortgage Insurance and Primary Mortgage Insurance, why, I have no idea, just go with it. At any rate, this is not an insurance to you but rather insurance protection for the bank (lender) paid BY you in case you stop making your payments and are foreclosed on.

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Oct. 26, 2012

September Home Sales in Nashville Increase

According to an October 9, 2012 release by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, 2,266 houses in Nashville and the Middle Tennessee area closed in September. That's a 23.7 percent rise over the 1,832 sales reported for the same period in 2011.

The even better news is that third quarter numbers are also up from 2011 closings, 26.2 percent higher overall.

Here's a breakdown of Greater Nashville sales by category:

Sales by category for September 2012:

  September 2011 September 2012
CLOSINGS 1,832 2,266
Residential 1,513 1,881
Condominiums 189 253
Multi Family 24 19
Farms / Land / Lots 106 113

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June 10, 2012

Chance For One Of 3 $50 Gift Cards For Feedback On Our New MLS Search Tool

Hi Folks!

Well, we are always trying to keep things fresh here at NashvilleHomes.org and we have a brand new website to show off! This site will be changing rapidly, so keep coming back!

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April 21, 2012

Nashville top lists - 8th Best Real Estate Market and more!

Nashville 5th Fastest Growing Job Market 2012 - photo courstesy of theatlanticcities.com

Great news!!  According to our latest GNAR newsletter! Nashville just keeps getting better and has made "the list". Make that several lists!

• 2nd most cost-attractive business location – KPMG, March 2012

Nashville’s ranking was driven by low costs for industrial and office leasing, and cost advantages in transportation and salaries. Have a business and need to expand?? This is the place to do it!)

• 8th best real estate market in U.S. – February 2012

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Dec. 13, 2010

The home didn't appraise for the sales price, now what?

So you have listed your home for sale or you put a home under contract to buy but the appraisal came back short of the sales price. What do you do now? Well there are several different scenarios that could go down and I'll explain them here as they relate to TN real estate.

But first a word on appraisers. back in the day a mortgage broker or loan officer could and did order the appraisal from a lenders approved list of appraisers. They might choose a particular appraiser over another because of their area of expertise within the geographical area.

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Dec. 9, 2010

FHA at it's best

I received an email from a mortgage broker and friend today and felt compelled to pass it on. It's a forward . Please do not drink anything while you are reading this as it may very well be spit out or come through your nose from laughter.

Sometimes, no matter what we do as real estate  professionals, being the best just isn't good enough. Especially when it comes to bureaucracy.... (This is one big quote, and I wish I knew the attorney, I would personally call him and thank him for his service.)

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Dec. 9, 2010

Lockeland Springs - Historic East Nashville TN

Comprised of about 1500 homes, Lockeland Springs is a turn of the century street car suburb of Nashville turned into one of the hottest areas to live in East Nashville and all of Nashville.  Lockeland Springs was named after Jane "Locke" Weakley, the wife of Col. Robert Weakley who built the very first mansion in the area in the early 19th Century. Many estates followed Lockland like Edgewood, Springside and Lynnlawn and the subdivision of those estates started in the 1870's.  With the completion of the Woodland Street bridge in 1886, and in 1890 the link to downtown from East Nashville, electric street cars made it possible for the less than wealthy to be able to live in the area and still travel to downtown easily.
Architecturally, Lockeland Springs includes Eastlake, Queen Anne, Classic Revival and Bungalow style homes.  In the tornado of 1998, over 300 homes were damaged or destroyed but since then has rebounded and is flourishing. The Five Points area of Lockeland Springs is a popular hot spot full of food, music, coffee, art, wine, organics, ice cream, and hot dogs, yes, hot dogs.
"Celebration of Home" is an annual tour of Lockeland Springs homes and business's showing off what a beautiful community this really is.  More info on the celebration at www.lockelandsprings.org.
May 19, 2010

Humbled by flooding - Tennessee really is the "Volunteer" state

There is a popular phrase going around town right now: "We are Nashville" and if you have witnessed any of the devastation from the recent floods in Middle Tennessee and the outpouring of help given by the locals in Nashville you'd understand that phrase immediately. The last I heard we were up to over $1.6 Billion dollars in damages and yet not much has been said about in the national media.  Sad. But we've come to realize that it's probably because you haven't seen the looting and violence that would typically go on with such a horrific event. Contrarily, you've seen help, and lots of it. We've all kicked in and gotten in the trenches and helped those who were helpless.  Even the Tennessee Titans came out to help. Check out this Video:

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Oct. 28, 2009

The Paddocks of Mt Juliet - Walmart NOW OPEN!!

Everyone living in Mt. Juliet have certainly seen the buzz surrounding The Paddocks of Mt. Juliet and experienced first hand the wonderful new store opening of Lowe's a couple of months ago. Well, I am happy to report that Wal-Mart has just opened their doors today! This much anticipated store opening will certainly have all the holiday shoppers clinging to their carts for what will no doubt be the highest producing store in the city. I personally am happy to see Wal-Mart's doors open so that the friendly price competition can begin between Kroger (in our beloved Providence) and WalMart. Not long from now, we'll also see the doors to the brand new Publix at Providence open as well and it'll be gloves off!

Some particulars about the Mount Juliet Walmart go as follows:

It's location is: 300 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
It takes up 176,330 square feet of real estate
It employee's over 350 people
It's store manager, Bruce Abbott, started with Walmart in 1989
It will be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
The store phone number is 615-758-1121
There are still (as of today) some full time positions open and you can apply in store or via www.walmart.com

Mt Juliet continues to grow, and as it does, I'll be bringing the news. Until then, enjoy Walmart!!

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