Wednesday, 24 May 2017
First Impression means Everything....


It is very important to research what to do to get ready to sell your home. Equally as important is decluttering before putting your home on the market.  

This is also the time to do a deep cleaning.   In case you have not done this earlier, you still can do it by tackling the job room by room.  A bad odor may give an opinion of a home not being clean even when it is.  Using an air freshener is a good idea after cleaning so that the clean smell lingers. If you are in a time crunch and have a busy schedule...there are professionals to help.

I encourage you to realize the importance of preparation for your home on the market. Remember the saying  "you get one chance for a great first impression". Be certain that after viewing your home online, buyers receive a great first impression when they visit your home in person.

Listed below are some areas of concern to buyers and what you can do to be prepared:


* Remove unsightly items such as dead plants and empty pots, bicycles and toys, boats and garbage receptacles or garden hoses.

* Remove grill covers and furniture covers on outdoor furniture

* Blow off or sweep all patios, decks and walks.

* Remove all fallen limbs and debris from the yard area.


* Light is important- open all blinds, curtains, sheers (including garage area)

* Replace all burnt out bulbs.  Have all ceiling light on and under counter lights. Ceiling fans OFF.


* Take pictures and notes off of front of refrigerator, hide garbage can, remove cereals and snack foods from the counter tops, all dish soaps, sponges, cloths from sink area. It is helpful to grind a sliced lemon in the disposal to have a clean smell.


* Remove all personal items such as toothbrushes, shampoos, soaps, razors etc

* Pets and pet accessories should be out of sight

* Have mirrors clean and free of smears

* All remote controls for TV and stereos should be out of sight

*  It is important to be able to access lighting in each room and add lighting if necessary

* Nice looking wood and tile floors should not be hidden with rugs. 

Even though this seems like a long list it actually it only takes a few minutes to complete.  It is imperative that you have your home prepared and ready for that first impression and to be considered the best in the market. And always remember......

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

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814


Posted on 05/24/2017 10:15 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Friday, 19 May 2017
Making a strong offer....


 Once you find the home you have dreamed of, it is necessary to make your first offer a STRONG one. You don't want any hiccups along the way so it is imperative that you know your price range before you go out to look at homes. Your Realtor can make sure that you meet with a qualified professional in the mortgage field to determine your qualification amount.


  1. ARE YOU QUALIFIED FOR YOUR DREAM HOME- It is exciting to go house hunting! The mortgage process is not quite as exciting but nevertheless a necessary component in the process. Along with this you need to know your situation and how equipped you are financially to make any necessary repairs (air conditioner, new roof).

  2. YOUR OFFER- Your Realtor is going to guide you through this process. Make sure they are knowledgeable of the area and the comparables (Not Zestimates). They will know the residential sales market and help you make an offer that will stand. Don't be affraid to use the Earnest money as a negotiating tool.

  3. BE QUICK TO ACT - Once you find that home, you will need to be expedient in your offer. There is not need to worry. You have been wise in deciding to go with a professional. That will save you so much time and result in being productive in acquiring your home.

  4. NEGOTIATING – Since in most cases there is usually a counteroffer, you have no need to worry since you have your Realtor to guide you through this part of buying your home. You know how much you can afford to pay and this is what they do for a living. They have the experience in negotiating and they know what is applicable for the residential area.


We all want the house hunting process to go smoothly whether you are picking out your home for retirement or buying your very first home. And Remember......


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

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814


Posted on 05/19/2017 6:20 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Is now the time to Buy a house?

Now is a great time to buy.  Rates are still at record lows and the housing market is not showing a trend of slowing down any time soon.  Three reasons to buy a home today:

1. Buying vs. Renting        

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The report reveals that:

“Interest rates have remained low, and even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation…Nationally, rates would have to reach 9.1% for renting to be cheaper than buying. Rates haven’t been that high since January of 1995, according to Freddie Mac.”


2. Homeownership Could Offer Several Tax Deductions

According to the Tax Policy Center’s Briefing Book -“A citizen's guide to the fascinating (though often complex) elements of the federal Tax System” - there are several tax advantages to homeownership. Here are three:

  1. Homeowners who itemize deductions may reduce their taxable income by deducting any interest paid on a home mortgage.
  2. Homeowners who itemize deductions may also reduce their taxable income by deducting property taxes they pay on their homes.
  3. Taxpayers who sell assets must generally pay capital gains tax on any profits made on the sale.


3.  Experts Expect Home Price Appreciation to Continue

Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.22% per year on average and to grow by 17.3% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey.


What does all of this mean?  Buying a home now is setting you up for financial gain in the future.  Call or email today to see what we can get you pre-approved for. Brittney Campbell with Franklin American Mortgage 615.491.4744


Being Pre-approved before making an offer is a must in todays Sellers market. There are many components to buying your next home. Brittney and I are here to help you from the first step of the process to the last.  Let's get together soon and talk about your future plans.


"You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814


Posted on 05/10/2017 7:34 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Tips for making the BIG move when Buying a new home

 The time is finally here for the big move.  You find your dream home and it is yours. I am going to try to help you feel more comfortable about all you need to do to make this change go smoothly, from selecting the moving company to making this home really yours.

It just makes good sense to get more than one estimate.  Research tells us three is the magic number.  Another good idea is to have the moving company representative come to your home and do your estimate.  A great moving company will have many ideas and suggestions for you for your move.   Apparently research has also shown us  taking the cheapest quote is not always the way to go .   Make your decision by comparing the service provided and who you believe is going to work best with you and for  you in your move.


I have created some helpful items for your move decisions.


1. Most of us desire to move on the weekend.  Since everyone feels that way it is easy to see why if you can move on  a weekday you will save money on your move. 


2. Packing can be an emotional time.  It is better to leave the packing to the professionals.  They won't become emotional about the items they are packing.  For instance, packing a yearbook from high school you are tempted to  sit down to reminisce about the good ole days.  


3.Anything that won't fit in your new home or that you have decided to replace needs to go now.  You can sell on a buy sell trade site or just toss the item.  Another idea would be to donate to an organization like Goodwill. 


4. No need to purchase boxes.  There are lots of avenues to get your boxes.  Grocery stores, liquor stores and fast food restaurants have great boxes as well.  Sometimes the best way to get boxes is from your moving company, as a part of the moving package deal.  Many times that will be a requirement to insure your items arrive safely and in tact. 


Let's face it, moving is stressful.  Keep your eye on the prize. After all a new home is so exciting!   By following these suggestions you can at least be prepared and take some of the stress out of the move.   


"You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"
Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814

Posted on 05/04/2017 8:33 AM by Jarod Tanksley