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Three Reasons to Buy or Sell Real Estate This Summer

It’s that time of year again. It’s hot outside and temperatures are only rising, the kids are out of school and every day seems like a good day for the pool. That’s right, its summer.

You may not realize that summer isn’t just hot, it’s also the hottest season for real estate. It’s the busiest time for real estate agents to help their clients buy or sell their home. For that reason, some potential buyers and sellers reconsider their decision to sell. They worry about open house crowds, bidding against other buyers and trying to make the right decision in a short amount of time.

Although it’s a crazy busy time in real estate, that shouldn’t deter you from buying or selling. In fact, there are a

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Nashville Sets a New May Record for Home Sales

May was a huge month for Nashville real estate. It was so big that it was actually a record-breaking month!

According to the Tennessean, a realtor trade group tracked home sales in May of 2017. They estimate that 3,943 homes were sold that month alone. Nashville has never seen a May month with that many home sales — ever!

Even though the month was a hot one as far as sales, there still isn’t a lot of inventory in Middle Tennessee. According to the newspaper, inventory usually goes up through the summer with the culmination in September.

“In spite of the low supply levels, Middle Tennessee joins the majority of the country in experiencing healthy market trends,” the Greater Nashville Realtors

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So what to do now that you think you want to build, and how do you find the right person for that?  Well, I will tell you, building a home can be painful or it can be exciting. In every build there is a little bit of something else in between.  There are so many moving parts in new construction, so many decisions to be made and so much thought that needs to go into the process.  You need an expert Realtor that can help you understand the specification sheets, the pricing, the allowance, the upgrades, what's included, what's not included, how much it costs to change an order, and most of all what area is going to work best for you and your family.

Working as a design coordinator for one of Brentwood Tennessee's upscale builder's and as a

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Eight Home Improvements to Complete Before Selling Your House

Before you put your house on the market, consider making some much-needed improvements. These simple fixes can make your house more appealing to buyers and can even increase the listing price. From interior updates to exterior revamps, these are eight home improvements to do before selling your house.

Fix Up the Lawn

The lawn is one of the first things potential buyers see. Improving your landscape is easy — and can be fairly inexpensive. A little goes a long way in terms of the grounds. Try adding fresh sod and some colorful flowers. If your bushes are looking ragged, replace them with a few new ones. Your yard will be looking brand new in no time.

Spruce Up the Walls

Patch up

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Two weeks ago I volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for a Franklin, TN building project.  The event was rainy, muddy and bone chilling. It was the coldest day we had thus far in May and it was a tough day to be outside. I didn't know exactly what the day would entail when I signed up for the project and to be honest, I volunteered to meet some new agents and possibly learn some new skills with power tools. I really didn't know what to expect.  What I found was a family and not a building project.

The Brinkman-Greer family is just that, a family and not just a Habitat build. They are a couple with 5 children that have seen many hardships and faced many adversities but yet they are upbeat, spiritually strong and eternally grateful for the life they

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Historic Antebellum Home is For Sale

 Country’s favorite couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, are selling their Franklin home. The beautiful southern house is listed at $18.5 million with a ton of amenities.

 The 622-acre property is a lot more than just a gorgeous antebellum home. In fact, there are six homes on the entire property! There are two caretaker houses, two guest houses, a log cabin that’s been restored and the historic antebellum home. There’s even a 12-stall barn for equestrians.

 The log home is historic and was built way back in 1800. It’s 3,152 square feet with three bedrooms and four full bathrooms and the master bedroom is actually considered a suite. The home has six fireplaces and an eat-in kitchen.

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Building a new construction home is terrifying for so many people and I absolutely hate that. Building a home should be exciting, it's the beginning of new chapters and starting fresh. I'll be honest, I am a new house snob. I love the smell of fresh cut wood, paint, and freshly stained floors. I LOVE the fact that I am the first to call an address home.  I love creating new designs for each one of my personal homes and yes each one has been completely different from the previous. For me it is fun, for others I realize it is daunting and scary.   I have 5 personal builds under my belt as well as working as a designer for 3 home builders over the last 11 years, so of course it was easy!

There are families that feel it is too hard and not worth

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1x2 diagonal pattern wall

This picture was taken at a model home in Franklin TN.  When my husband and I walked in, there were several people in there and they were oooohing and ahhhhing. They were touching and feeling this wall!!! As a new home selections coordinator, realtor and DIY gal, I thought this was worthy of sharing. 

What I love about this design is that it doesn't have to be expensive. This wall was created by using 1x2 lumber in a cross diagonal pattern.  I LOVE the 3D effect in the monochromatic color scheme. These pieces of wood are about $4.00 each for an 8 foot section. I am guessing that this wall cost between $60 and $80 to create, depending on the retail store from which the lumber was purchased.  The key is to finding the center of the room, and then

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Four Reasons to Always Use a Real Estate Agent

We know you’ve heard that you should use a realtor when buying or selling a home time and time again. You see commercials about real estate, you see ads for realtors in public restrooms and you can’t watch an episode of Modern Family without being reminded of Phil’s job. But why? Why is it important to use a realtor when buying or selling a house?

They’re experienced

The knowledge and experience a realtor has is invaluable for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is because a licensed real estate agent knows the language of the industry — and the MLS. They can help you break down those tricky little acronyms but they also know the terms on your important documents, contracts and so much more.

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