Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Get in on the Nashville Boom
WSMV News in Nashville reported today that the Nashville area is having a difficult time keeping up with the construction demand for housing. The main two areas of concern are the availability of land and the resources to build. The report went on to say that the problem is not just centered around a couple of hot spots in Nashville; it's all over the metro area. This is no surprise to locals as the housing market continues to boom and Nashville's name continues to be added to lists that tout the city's fast rate of growth.
One of the positives of this need for expansion is that areas of the city that have been neglected are seeing revitalization as people clamor for homes that will put them closer to work. Areas such as North and East Nashville continue to see new communities spring up on properties that once held homes in disrepair.
And even though the market is hot, the Nashville area is still well within the range of affordability in housing when compared to many other metro areas around the country. That factor combined with many other attractive qualities of livability explains why so many highly educated people are choosing to move here and settle down after college to pursue careers.
Another huge positive, according to Ralph Schulz, CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is that "People moving to Nashville help bolster the housing market and their spending ripples through the economy, but they also bring their skills and knowledge to the marketplace and that makes companies in Middle Tennessee more productive and broadens the prosperity we all enjoy," he said. The full story can be found in the Tennessean.
The growth around Nashville is exciting to me! The ripple effect in the economy is promising and I would love to help you find your own piece of real estate here! Also, if you're looking to sell, now is a great time to cash in on your great investment. Call me today.
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Posted on 09/30/2015 10:12 PM by Jarod
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Make Everyone "Fall" in Love With Your Home
Fall provides ample opportunities to make your home look more cozy and inviting from the outside, which will increase the buyer traffic if your home is on the market. If you have deciduous trees, you're already ahead of the game when it comes to "decorating" your property, but there are several other things you can do to kick up the welcoming factor a notch and get your home noticed.
- Rake the leaves. This is not just a neat-freak maintenance suggestion; raking up your leaves is good for your lawn. It allows it to "breathe," prevents snow mold in the winter, and gives your grass ample sunlight.
- Clear out all summer annuals and condition the soil. Also add another layer of mulch to keep the soil at an even temperature.
- If your yard lacks mature trees and shrubs, fall is the best time to plant. They take root and start getting used to the cooler climate.
- If you're thinking of waiting until Spring to put your house on the market, right now is the best time to get those spring bulbs in the ground.
- Hang a fall wreath on your front door and you'll add an extra welcoming element as someone enters your home. If you're a little on the crafty side, this Tip Junkie Web site has 51 DIY ideas for making your own wreath.
- There are also many other ways to add natural elements to your front entry with a large variety of leaves, gourds, and plants. Click through these great ideas from Better Homes & Gardens.
Some people give up on their flowerbeds and container arrangements after summer, but fall offers several options of plant life that will make your yard look beautiful right up until the first snowfall. These are just a few favorites:
- Marigolds-These easy-to-grow annuals come in gold, copper, and brass, which are the perfect compliments to fall.
- Mums (Chrysanthemums)-With around 40 species, these colorful flowers have annual and perennial varieties, and they grow well in the ground or in containers.
- Pansies-Perfect for containers, borders, or ground cover, these colorful annuals are extra hardy.
- Asters-Daisy-like in appearance, these perennials bring an extra punch of color and style to fall's more traditional flowers.
- Hydrangeas-These ornamental beauties come in a variety of colors and are a favorite for fall arrangements.
- Juniper-There are several varieties of juniper, but the evergreen ground cover is very hardy, and it changes from blueish-green to purple in the winter.
- Wandering Jew-A staple in the south for flower beds and baskets, this purple-leaf plant is low maintenance and multiplies quickly.
- Dusty Miller-The silvery foliage of this low-maintenance perennial will add a beautiful contrast to other plants in the ground or in planters.
Give people a reason to do a double-take when they see your home!
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Posted on 09/24/2015 9:53 PM by Jarod
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
7 Tips When Shopping for New Construction
Building your dream home can be a rewarding experience, but as many who have gone before you can tell you, it can also be overwhelming if you don't know what to expect. In booming areas of the country such as the Nashville area, there are a lot of new construction communities to choose from, so get ready to shop around and have fun!
1. Find an agent to represent you. The agents assigned to the model homes you visit are paid to represent the builder, so find a trusted agent to represent you and your needs.
2. Get preapproved for a home loan. You need to know what your budget is from the beginning, because model homes have a way of drawing you in with all of their upgrades, bells, and whistles. You need to know exactly what you can afford so that you can walk away when the numbers get too high.
3. Speaking of upgrades, bells, and whistles . . . model homes are full of high-end embellishments, so never assume that what you see is what you get for the price you see as the base price. Ask to see price sheets for every upgrade. Ask to see exactly what features are included for the base price you are being quoted. Some builders set base prices higher to include a load of features. Other builders set base prices low, but the price adds up quickly once you have to add everything from crown molding to an electric door bell (I'm not kidding).
4. Don't expect to be able to negotiate much on the base price of the home, but DO negotiated for closing costs and upgrades to be thrown into the deal.
5. Get everything in writing. Get everything in writing. Get everything in writing.
6. Do your homework on the proposed neighborhood and surrounding area. Will there be future amenities that could drive up HOA costs? Will there be future building in your back yard? Will there be new roads, schools, or retail in the next couple of years? Ask the builder. Ask the planning commission of your city. It's OK to ask!
7. Don't give in too quickly to pressure. A builder's agent's job is to sell lots with houses on them, so that's what they are good at doing. Yes, there might only be one lot left with a tree or your chosen house plan might only fit on certain lots, but don't feel like you have to make a decision the first time you visit. Study the floor plans, proposed neighborhood maps, and take your time. This is a huge decision and you don't want to have regrets that you settled for what the builder's agent said you had to do that day. This is YOUR dream home!
I love to help people with new construction homes. I have years of experince working with local builders and I'm not afraid to fight for what is best for you. Give me a call!
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Posted on 09/15/2015 10:41 PM by Jarod
Saturday, 5 September 2015
2015 Fall Guide
The weather teased us for just a minute last week when cooler weather blew in and then blew right back out. I'm holding out hope that the fabulous fall weather will be back soon so we can all get out and enjoy all that Tennessee has to offer this season. Here are just a few of the region's favorite things to do besides cheer at football games!
BOO AT THE ZOO
OCT. 16th-18th; 23rd-25th; and 29th-30th from 5 9 p.m
$12 Members; $15 Non-members
This Halloween tradition at the Nashville Zoo includes trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides, and more. Recommended for kids 12 and under. Click here for more details.
32nd ANNUAL PUMPKINFESTâ€¨, Main Street, Franklin, Tenn.
OCT. 24th, Open 10 a.m. 6â€¨p.m.
One of Franklin's most popular events, this street festival takes over historic downtown Franklin with arts and crafts booths, games and inflatables, live music, delicious food, and a costume contest for kids and pets. Click here for more details.
Nashville Fun for Families Fall Guide
This blog will keep you Web surfing for a while as you search through an extensive list of things to do around Nashville. Click here for their fall guide.
Now Playing Nashville
And this list includes fall festivals, art shows and many other happenings all over Middle Tennessee.
1974 New Highway 96, Franklin, Tenn.â€¨
A Franklin fall tradition, historic Gentry's Farm opens wide its gates every fall for fun and education. Come enjoy corn and hay mazes, hayrides, tire swings, playgrounds, and then pick your own pumpkin from the patch. There are also great fall displays for family pictures. The weekend season runs September 26th October 31st and the farm will be open Monday mornings from 9 a.m. noon October 5th through the 26th.
LUCKY LADD FARMS
4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville, Tenn.
Located between Franklin and Murfreesboro, Lucky Ladd Farms is open weekends in September and almost every day in October so that you can experience their expansive list of activities. With mazes, playgrounds, pony rides, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a tractor train, interactive educational field trips, flashlight corn maze adventures, and more.
WALDEN PUMPKIN FARMâ€¨
8653 Rocky Fork Road, Smyrna, Tenn.â€¨
This family farm is open free to the public every day but Wednesday from September 19th October 31st, but you'll want to pull out your wallets for the yummy concessions, hay and corn mazes, hayride, pumpkin train, 40 ft. slide and more!
Posted on 09/05/2015 5:14 PM by Jarod