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First-Time Home Buyer? Don’t Make These Mistakes

Everyone knows how overwhelming buying your first house can be. It’s a long process full of paperwork, new information, shopping and sometimes even some problems. You can avoid making any major mistakes by keeping a few things in mind.

Location Matters

Location is so important when it comes to buying your first house. You may find the perfect house but it’s 25 miles from your work. Is that a big deal? Just think about commuting in rush hour traffic. That could potentially be a 50 minute drive! Is that really worth it?

If you have kids, you should also keep school districts in mind when thinking about your location. Moving to a smaller house in a better school district may be worth it to you and

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Housing Market

It’s that time of year! No, not the holidays. It’s the time when the housing market begins to change and currently it’s shifting towards buyers. With the change happening, it’s important to understand who is buying — and why.

After studying the National Association of Realtors’ annual survey, there are many trends we’ve noticed about the current market. Although first-time home buyers still make up a large portion of the real estate market, that number has actually declined since last year. First-time home buyers made up 33% of the market this year as compared to 34% last year.

Married couples make up the bulk of buyers at 63% but single people are also buying homes. Single females made up 18%

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Get to the Bottom of These Creepy House Sounds Before Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and that means ghosts and goblins and scary movies. It shouldn’t mean your house is scary, though. If you’ve got creepy sounds happening in your casa, this may help you pinpoint what exactly is going on.

Noises in the attic are one of those sounds that freak out even the toughest of us. It’s scarier when you’re home alone but, according to House Logic, there’s a perfectly good explanation for it (and, no, it’s not Michael Myers in your attic). Since attics aren’t finished, small sounds sound a lot louder than they actually are. Usually, these sounds are just small animals enjoying their time on your roof. You probably can’t stop them from getting up

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Three Home Staging Tips for Fall Weather

It may still be warm here in Nashville but fall is right around the corner. With a new season comes a new opportunity to wow potential buyers. Here are three home staging tips for brisk fall weather.

Decorate but don’t overdo it.

 It’s a great idea to get in the fall spirit but don’t over do it, that’ll just distract buyers. Focus on the parts of fall that make you feel all comfy and cozy. Add subtle hints of fall leaves or fall fruits in your home. You can also add seasonal colors as accents in your house. Smells in the fall are a big deal so grab themed candle that evokes memories of pumpkin patches or apple picking.

Don't forget to decorate outside! Curb appeal is just as important in the fall as it

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Two Middle Tennessee Cities Make Time’s 50 Best Places to Live List

Time paired up with Realtor.com to compile a list of the 50 Best Places to Live in America. This time around, not one, but two Middle Tennessee cities made the list!

The charming city of Franklin landed at No. 6 on the list. The article says “low unemployment, booming job growth, short job commutes” are a few of the reasons Franklin made the list. The school districts and breweries don’t hurt either. Although those reasons are great, we know a few more.

Franklin is, as they call it “picturesque.” It’s also a big little town with so much to do. There are family-friendly festivals, great places to eat and adorable wine bars. The convenience to downtown Nashville makes it an easy

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Realtor.com Suggests Housing Market Shifting Toward Buyers

Achange is coming to the housing market. Realtor.com suggests that things are changing in the world of real estate and they’re shifting towards the buyers.

Despite the fact that a shift is happening, things are completely reversing. Prices aren’t “tumbling,” as the website explains along with data to back up their claims. Median home prices are currently up 7% with the median list price at $295,000 (the website has a complete graph with data for the last three years). Things have changed a lot since 2015.

“So while a 7% rise still sounds like a lot, especially compared with annual inflation of just 2.9%, it’s actually a very real sign that the market may finally be coming back down to

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How to Take Care of Your Pool All Year Long

Sadly, summer is coming to an end. The days will soon get shorter and the nights will get cooler. Even if you’re one of the brave souls swimming during the cold seasons, you’ll need to take special care of your pool to ensure it stays in tip-top shape.

Let’s first start with how to take care of your pool during autumn. During fall, make sure you’re checking your pool’s baskets and cleaner bags. Leaves and debris from nearby trees will be falling and they’ll fill up a lot faster than they do in the summer. A skimmer net can also help keep your pool clean when the seasons change.

Contrary to what you’ve heard, it’s not always best to keep your pool covered. Realtor.com advise covering it if leaves or

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Ask These Important Questions Before Purchasing a Condo

You’ve finally found it — the condo of your dreams. You’ve got your realtor and you think you’re ready to make an offer but, not so fast! There are some important questions to ask when purchasing a condo.

A condo is similar to a single-family home in terms of purchase but there will be some major differences, especially when it comes to rules. You definitely want to get to the bottom of these questions before making the final transaction.

What are the rules?

When it comes to the HOA, you definitely want to read the rules and regulations before committing to anything. Read and familiarize yourself with all of them. Associations can have rules regarding pets, renting out your place and so

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Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Lists Nashville Home with Treehouse

Brian Kelley, one half of country music duo Florida Georgia Line, just listed his very unique Nashville home for sale. The property includes a treehouse, a barn that’s perfect for parties and more on the 70-acre lot.

According to the Tennessean, the property is now listed at $6.2 million. Kelley owns the 70-acre lot in Nashville with his wife, Brittney. They bought the spot in late 2013 and six buildings sit on the land. It’s convenient to downtown and includes lush greenery as well as trails for outdoor activities.

“Our inspiration was to be as natural as possible and camouflage into the woods,” he told the newspaper via email.

That’s definitely what they did, especially

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These Vintage Bathroom Decorations are Hot Trends Once Again

Styles tend to make a comeback but that doesn’t mean just fashion. Interior design trends can come back around, too, and that’s what we’re seeing with these vintage bathroom decorations.

If you’re a fan of retro pieces, some of these trends could fit right into your home decor. Mix them with old or new items and your bathroom may just become your favorite place in your home. These are a few vintage bathroom decorations that are making a comeback, according to Realtor.com.

Vintage Sinks

Vintage sinks are replacing the boring old faucet and cabinet combination. This gives a vintage look to a bathroom and it gives the washroom a clean, minimalistic feel. If your bathroom includes a

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