Real Estate Blog

Friday, 22 January 2021

As a fulltime professional, I am constantly trying to improve my real estate knowledge so that I can represent you in the best way possible.

I recently participated in an update seminar concerning the latest changes for the 2021 Tennessee Association of Realtors legal forms used to buy and sell homes in Tennessee. These forms are used almost statewide and it is critical to understand the language in order to have efficient and trouble free closings with the transactions that I am a part of as I represent buyers and sellers. You can be sure that I am representing you armed with the latest information available in our industry provided in classes, seminars, market information and reading about new trends for 2021.

I also try to stay up to date what Buyers are looking for as they search for their next home.  Based on information that I have seen, here are recommendations for sellers to reap the highest price on their home when they sell.

Recent surveys seem to reflect the mood of buyers during this pandemic period. They are searching for homes with updated and refreshed kitchens and bathrooms. Neutral décor seems to be the latest.  Nothing fancy… simple and attractive in bright and cheerful rooms. If the updating is done correctly, sellers can enjoy a return on their investment up to 20%.

Bathrooms should be spotless and neutral…. invest in fresh, fluffy towels and soaps to create the “spa” feel. New fixtures will really update and should not be a large expense.

If you have hardwood floors that are hiding underneath carpeting, remove the carpeting and buff those floors to a lovely matte finish…not the ultra shiny gym floor finish! Buyers will search for homes with hardwood flooring to avoid old stains, allergens and smells that remain in carpeting.

Lighting really sets the mood in your home.  Invest in some LED bulbs…but not the bright/white/bluish light.  Use the warmer colors to create more of a candlelight glow throughout your home.

Be sure to check out your outdoor spaces, also…Spring is just a few days/weeks ahead and buyers will want to view the outdoor rooms, too. It is important to have outdoor spaces that can double as gathering spots and cooking, too!  Outdoor activities are even more important in 2021!

Freshen up the screened in porch, pergolas, firepits and outdoor kitchens, large and small. Don’t forget to clean up the play areas! Create a welcoming respite for families to enjoy at the end of the day. Buyers will welcome the improvements that have already been made.

There are other things that you can do to improve the “sellability” of your home if you understand the trends for which buyers are looking.

Call me when you are ready to begin the process of selling your home and we will work together to insure a trouble free, profitable & pleasant transaction.


..."You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814


Posted on 01/22/2021 3:42 PM by jarod tanksley
Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Home Safety in the New Year

As we begin a new year and the hustle and bustle of the holidays have passed, many people turn their attention toward cleaning and organizing their homes and stowing away the presents and decorations for another year.  While you are taking time to get your home back to pre-holiday shape, don’t neglect safety! 

During these cold winter months, you are cooking more, using fireplaces, space heaters, pre-heating your car and cranking up the heat to stay warm.  Most people have smoke detectors and remember to change the batteries regularly.  However, if you have items in your home such as gas ranges, fireplaces, gas-powered space heaters or make a habit of pre-heating your car in the garage, you also need to consider installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is something you may have heard about but not spent as much time considering with regard to your family’s safety.  It doesn’t seem to get as much attention as fire dangers in the home.  However, it is just as important if you have any system in your home that may produce carbon monoxide which is colorless, odorless and deadly in confined or poorly ventilated areas.

Carbon monoxide binds with your red blood cells in the same place that oxygen should be, starving your body of oxygen after breathing it into your lungs.  Early symptoms of poisoning can include headache, dizziness, fatigue and shortness of breath.  Eventually it can cause disorientation, unconsciousness and death if not treated.

There are many things you can do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.  A few include not using your gas range to heat your home, having proper ventilation when running gas-powered items in confined spaces around your home, be sure fireplace gas logs or other pilot-light driven appliances are well-maintained and working properly and don’t run your cars in the garage with the doors closed OR open.  Carbon monoxide detectors are readily available, economical and most are easy to install.  Taking just a few minutes to do some research will yield much information on detector types and installation information.  Many have a built-in battery so you activate them and replace the whole detector when they start to sound a specific tone. 

If you have items in your home that could produce carbon monoxide and don’t currently have a carbon monoxide detector, check into it for the safety of your family!    .... "You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 01/13/2021 8:33 AM by jarod tanksley
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