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Wednesday, 07 August 2013

    Learn how to get the house you want in the Brentwood, Tenn., real estate market!

What happens when there is a high demand for homes and a low supply to choose from? Bidding wars. The Wall Street Journal reports that in June, 69% of homes faced multiple offers. As the Brentwood, Tenn., real estate market continues to rebound, the bidding wars in this area are also on the increase. There are several things to consider if you find yourself bidding on a home that has more than one offer.

1. Know what homes are going for in the area. You don’t want to be so anxious to win the bid that you significantly overpay for a home, even if it is your dream home. You’ll have to know when to walk away so you’re not stuck with a home that goes down in value if and when the market changes again.

2. Make sure you and your agent know where you stand. If you absolutely cannot go over your initial budget, then you do not need to push those boundaries. If the sellers think for one second that your financing might fall through, they will choose another offer, even if it is lower.

3. Use your agent’s bidding skills to fight for you in this type of war, but make sure he is kind and courteous since he or she is representing you and your family. You don’t want to lose your bid simply because the sellers don’t want to deal with a bully during the negotiations.

4. Be quick and clear when you write an offer. If the sellers have several offers to consider, then you don’t have the luxury of waiting several days to decide what you want to do.

5. Have your paperwork in order beforehand. Make sure your loan has been approved. Be ready to have a quick inspection. Anything that delays the process could make the sellers back out. says, “While offering the most money might seem like the best way to win a bidding war, sellers don't always choose the highest offer. Instead, sellers often prefer offers that are most likely to go through and that meet their conditions.”

6. Offer as few contingencies as possible. You might be up against buyers who are offering cash or who are buying without a contingency on the sale of their home. BUT, be smart. If you can’t handle two mortgages for any length of time or if you wouldn’t dare buy a home without an inspection, then opt to protect yourself more fully.

7. Make your offer more personal. "Don't be afraid to include why the house would the best fit your families needs. You don't want to have any regrets by not putting your best foot forward. Knowing that you made your best offer, should give you comfort. If it's meant to be, it will be".

Don’t be afraid to go after the house you love, just be wise in the process and allow your agent to fight with you!

Posted on 08/07/2013 4:22 PM by Jarod
Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Find out all that the 2013 Williamson County Fair Has to Offer

For the ninth consecutive year, the Williamson County Fair is back and better than ever! This year’s “Rock Around the Fair” theme will be backed by several rockin’ shows happening throughout the week to enhance the traditional favorite elements, such as the midway rides, the competitions, and a local favorite, the Little 1’s Farming Exhibit.

Last year, more than 200,000 people attended the fair, and the Tennessee Association of Fairs awarded it the “Most Improved Fair” for 2012 in the AAA division. The improvements continue in 2013 with several new aspects such as a Mother’s Care Area, Party Animal Kids Concerts, Ultimate Air Dogs, Yoppi the family-friendly roller coaster and more!

The Williamson County Fair began in 1857, and that year it was held near the Carnton Plantation in Franklin. The next year it moved to what is now Fair Street and then to Fairground Street. The fair took a 21-year hiatus, started up again, and then took a 55-year hiatus until it made its much-needed comeback in 2005. If you want to know more about its history, click here

Although county fairs in the United States were initially held to display or trade produce or to display or parade animals in our then mostly rural country, fairs today hold those traditional components plus much more. The Williamson County Fair’s Web page states, “Fairs offer a link between urban and rural Tennessee. They serve as tools for educating Tennesseans about the importance of agriculture and introducing young people to both traditional and innovative aspects of life on the farm. Fairs reach far beyond their agrarian roots and encourage industries and individuals to strive for excellence through competitions. Winning the blue ribbon at a fair competition is a great incentive to showcase the best of Tennessee. Through their social and cultural impacts, fairs embody the community spirit and highlight the diversity of Williamson County and Tennessee.”

Come to see and be seen at Williamson county’s largest social event of the year!

Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN
(Take exit #61 off I-65 at Peytonsville Rd.)

Parking is free and there are several ways to get discount tickets on each night. For a complete list of discounts click here

The Schedule is as follows:

August 2 – 10, 2013

Monday – Thursday
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Midway open until 11)

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Midway open until 12)

10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Midway open until 12)

12:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(Midway open until 11)

Visit the fair’s award-winning Web page for a complete list of scheduled events, competitions, and other general information.

Posted on 07/31/2013 3:53 PM by Jarod
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