Monday, 31 July 2017
There is NO place like home...
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 How about the saying THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME.  Maybe you have heard HOME IS WHERE YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS.  Probably the most famous is HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS.   I say that could be switched around to HEART IS WHERE THE HOME IS.   A great example of this is having a particularly tough day and walking through your own front door to immediate decompression.  As crazy as that sounds I bet just reading this you can remember the exact day that happened and how great being home felt.   

 

It's true that being home is definitely where you find peace.  The stress is less at HOME SWEET HOME.   It is easy to understand why we have such an emotional connection to our home when we find it necessary to sell.  Maybe it is because we have lived there since we got married.  It could be we raised our children in this home and it is hard to part with the place they have always called home.  One thing is certain, moving cannot take away all the wonderful memories you have made in your home. 

 

I find in so many situations that homeowners decide to sell and then go bonkers trying to get everything in tip top shape to get the most for their home.  Why not start now and enjoy your improvements for a couple of years.  Updating now can be great for your family to enjoy and be financially rewarding for when you are ready to sell.  

 

     There are so many sites that you can research for ideas.  Here are a few:

 

*   This Old House

*    Weekend Home improvements

*    DIY Home Renovation on a Budget

*    Inexpensive Home Upgrades

*    Home Improvement Ideas for Kitchens

 

Sitting down with your Realtor could be enlightening to talk about boundaries you should adhere to when investing in your home.  Your Realtor can also be a wealth of information with companies  you can contact for estimates for those projects you cannot do yourself.    

                                                                     And always remember.....

               

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

Jarod Tanksley

615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 07/31/2017 11:45 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017
FSBO...is it worth the liability
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 As I drive around our community, I​ occasionally​​ notice ​​homes that are for sale by the owners ​​​(FSBO​).  I often wonder if these owners know the ramifications of ​selling their own homes​. I am listing some points to consider and think about.  Once you read these points​, I think you may agree with me, that working with a professional is best for your protection in what is usually one of the largest financial investments of your lifetime.​

The percentage of selling homes by yourself has declined from 13% (2001) to 8% in 2016​, according to a recent survey.​ Much of that decline is certainly due to the use of ​technology, but also because of buyers​ understanding more of what is involved in selling homes .  So, they seem to be taking the smarter and less risky route to selling their home faster by working with a full time professional to market the sale of their home. Using a professional Realtor usually allows you to receive a larger return on your investment in your home, with less risks and surprises in a shorter period of time. Let's cover some of the ​benefits​of selling with a professional:

​:​*    Selling with a Realtor you ​will ​spend a lot le​ss​​ time marketing the sale of your home​. The Realtor will handle showings​ with potential buyers,​​ scheduling professional photographers for ​pictures​ that will help aid in the sale of your home​, marketing​ to numerous websites, assisting in the negotiating of an offer to purchase your home and much more.

​*    You will actually​ ​receive more exposure to potential buyers by listing your home for sale with​ a Realtor because they have​ ​access to marketing opportunities ​that​ are not available to you, such as the Multiple Listing Service​. More importantly, your home will only be viewed by potential buyers that are escorted by your Realtor or other Realtors, ensuring safety and security for your family. The safety and security is the most important point in today's crazy world of scammers and would-be theives. A professional Realtor will have a protective lock-box that insures a digital register of who has entered your home.

* Another benefit to choosing to use a Realtor is that you as the seller will not be putting money out up front.  Sales commissions are paid when the sale closes and all contractual obligations are met. Your broker will instruct the closing attorney to handle all of the closing details.

*  ​Be sure you have a plan on where you will move after your home is sold.  If you are in the same area, your Realtor can help you find your next home. ​ This is what your Realtor does everyday and he or she know​s​ what is available for sale and available for you and your famil​y to ensure a seamless transition from one home to the next.

*   ​Your Realtor is there to guide you through legal requirements set out according to the sales contract. ​​Occasionally, mistakes are made that wind up costing more than originally planned.   Your Realtor will be there to assist in making the sales transaction smooth and as painless as possible. The listing Agent will protect you from the liability of a buyer suing for unknown problems or issues that can occur after the sale.

*   One of the most important factors in selling your home is pricing your home correctly.  This is something that your Realtor does in many ways​ by advising you of the selling prices of similar homes in your area and by meeting appraisers that are sent by the buyer's lender to be certain their investment is a wise one.  A great percentage of homes sales will require an appraisal and if the home doesn't appraise for the selling price on the contract, Sellers are back to ​​square one to begin again and have usually missed chances to sell to buyers interested when the property was first on the market.  EVEN IN A SELLER'S MARKET, APPRAISALS ARE CRITICAL.​

Selling your home can be stressful enough without trying to do it yourself.  I know being able to talk to a professional about situations that arise is a much needed comfort in selling your home. 

​REMEMBER...​​​am here to​ assist  you with all your needs, "You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley

www.brentwoodandbeyond.com

615.403.8265

@tips4realestate

615.373.2814

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Posted on 07/19/2017 1:47 PM by Jarod Tanksley
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Thursday, 13 July 2017
Moving with Children...
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It seems like sooner or later, you will experience selling your home and moving into another.  While moving can be disruptive for parents, it can be traumatic for children. Simply because it is usually not their plan but the plan of the parents and in most cases connected to a work/career position.


This is a time when children need that extra attention and should be included in the process to feel more comfortable about the change.  Children love familiarity and routine.  As parents you need to consider the move. weigh the benefits of the change versus the zone of comfort and know how to assist them in the transition from the children's surroundings, friends and social life. 

Whatever the circumstances of a move happen to be, keeping a positive attitude is essential during this time of transition.  Everyone in the family is looking for reassurance that everything is going to be okay.

Talking about the move can answer numerous questions that might lead to anxiety.  Parents should give as much information as possible to help contribute to an atmosphere of calm and happiness.  Of course, you have to answer all questions truthfully and be receptive to both positive and negative reactions.

A move across town affords you the ability to show the new home to your children, however a cross country move may not.   Not to worry!  In this day of technology you can take movies and pictures and even provide a picture or two of prospective homes and the new schools they will  be attending.  

Suggestions for a smooth transition:

*  Keep information clear and simple

*  Explain that packing toys and favorite books is to move them and is not throwing them away

*  You can role play with toy trucks and figures to make move seem more on their level.

*  If new home is nearby and vacant - make a visit and take a couple of toys each visit.

*  Do not make any other big changes like potty training or advancing from a crib to a bed during move.

*  Buying new furniture for children's room sounds great but you might want to wait until you are in and settled to make that kind of change. 

*  Arrange a sitter for younger children on moving day.

Moving with teenagers can add a whole new set of challenges.  It can involve severing romantic relationships to re-arranging special events like prom that are already in the planning stages.  In some cases an older child might even want to finish the year by living with a relative or close friend.  There is the other thought that moving mid year can give students time to meet new friends and become involved before the school year ends.  Give a lot of thought and conversation with your child to see which situation works best for your family.

Moving can present many challenges, but many good things also come from a life change like moving.  Many times the family becomes bonded and much closer by sharing new experiences. It seems you learn more about each other while going through the change of residences.  Preparing for the move and talking about the move seems to be the key.

...."You've got a Friemd in Real Estate"

Jarod Tanksley

615.4032.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty

615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 07/13/2017 7:16 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Moving Day can be challenging with Pets...
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Moving day can be filled with anxiety but not if you prepare​ ahead of time and that includes the much loved family pet.  A local move can be much easier since at least you can keep your same veterinarian and local pet retailers.  An interstate move can be a bit more challenging ​but again preparation is the key to success.  Remembering some of the follwing ​suggestions can be of great help

*   A visit to vet with an inquiry about having a chip installed, if not already there, in case Skippy should get away from you.  This procedure is really not that expensive and you get a listing in the National Pet Registry.  At this time check to see all vaccinations are up to date- and get paperwork to verify and give to the next vet to care for your pet.  Some pets do not do well with change and this might be the time to ask the vet if a mild sedative might be needed for your pet on moving day.​

*   Keep familiar pet toys, feeding bowls and crates.  This will keep the ​pet's ​anxiety level to a minimum.   Make sure you have the regular brand of pet food.  This is not the time to grab a new kind on the road because you forgot to purchase or pack normal brand.  Even taking along water from previous home is a good idea to keep your pet from having an upset stomach.

*   A repetitive schedule of​ routines at your ​previous location is essential.  If Skippy gets a walk at 7:15 am each morning, try to keep this schedule.  Especially the same eating schedule.  When talking about food and water, it is a good idea to not give​ food or water for 5 or 6 hours before the trip to new home.  Especially if it is a plane ride.

*  For a long cross country move that requires a plane ride for all including Skippy, check ahead for airlines that consider animal transport.  Actually contacting a pet transport company is ideal.  Transport companies pick your pet up at your home and deliver to your new home with an all inclusive service.

*  Just like people​ animals have to become familiar with their new surroundings.  Using their previous utensils, toys and pet beds etc. is really a big help.  Once your family is settled, finding a new vet can be done by asking your previous​ veterinarian for a recommendation ​or by calling the humane society in your ​new location.  

*   Most of all​ remember to keep your pet's routine as regular as possible.  Also remember the day of the move to have someone familiar to Skippy care for him to shield him from all the confusion thus keeping their anxiety level down.  

  Always remember that you and I can work out these details before the big day of moving. 

 

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

 

Jarod Tanksley

615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

@Tips4realestate

Brentview Realty

615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 07/05/2017 3:10 PM by Jarod Tanksley
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