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➺ How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

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How many decisions do you think the average person makes in a day? 50? 100? 1000? Sometimes the decisions are as simple as where to have dinner (link to family style post or new restaurant openings post). Other times the decisions are much more life changing, like “what’s our budget for a new home?” or “where should we live?” As important as it is, choosing a neighborhood to buy your next home in should not be a stressful decision. We’ve made a list of factors to consider to help guide you in how to choose your next community.

SAFETY
Is the neighborhood safe? Is it a high crime area? Do you value a gated community? Is it a higher traffic area with commercial properties or more residential? See which Nashville neighborhoods are safest!

LOCATION
How close is it to where you work? Is it a remote location or is it relatively close to the grocery store, bank, gym, and places you visit on a regular basis?

SCHOOL DISTRICT
A very important factor for many! Will your kids have to change schools? Or if you don’t have kids yet, is this a school zone you would want to send your children to? Find out more about Nashville area school districts.

COUNTY
Are you in the same county as your currently live or will you be in a new county? Is there a benefit to staying in your county or will you receive more benefits from changing counties? Remember different counties may have different tax rates. Something else you may want to be aware of is who your local government district council members and representatives are and what kind of work they’re doing for your new community.

PRICE
Are you getting the most bang for your buck? Could this be the next potential “it” neighborhood where you can sell your property for significantly more than what you bought it for? Or are you planning to stick around for the long haul no matter what happens?

Connect with us for extra help in figuring out which Nashville neighborhood is right for you!

➺ Nashville Market Report: September Review

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Fall seems to be everyone’s favorite time of year. Cozy bonfires, holiday parties, festive decorations, etc. Plenty of Nashvillians are celebrating the change of season in their new homes!

There were 3,474 home closings reported for the month of September, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®.

“The monthly, quarterly and year-to-date numbers are actually very similar, despite only two of the three showing an increase,” said GNAR President Denise Creswell. “Year-over-year sales for the month and the quarter are essentially flat, which is to be expected this time of year. Our region’s ability to remain stable given the inventory shortage is a strong indication of the healthy market we have.”

Stats at a glance:

· There were 3,577 sales pending at the end of September, compared with 3,244 pending sales at this time last year.

· The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 50 days, compared with 56 days for September 2015.

· The median residential price for a single-family home during September was $256,900, and for a condominium, it was $188,495. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $236,866 and $171,325, respectively.

· Inventory at the end of September was 11,886, down from 13,141 in September 2015.

Take the first steps and connect with us about starting your search. What better way to create some amazing memories this fall than in a new home?

➺ Nashville Market Report, Fall 2016

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Have you been noticing more and more for sale signs in your neighborhood or perhaps all around town? You aren’t alone. There were 3,741 closings reported for the month of August. Can you imagine? That’s bigger than the town of Washington Depot, CT, which is the real town that the TV series Gilmore Girls was modeled after!

Here are some stats:

  • The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 51.
  • Inventory at the end of August was 12,288, down from 13,511 in August 2015.
  • The median residential price for a single-family home during August was $253,000, and for a condominium, it was $189,900.
  • Last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $235,000 and $169,000, respectively.
  • With the hundreds of people moving to Music City every day, inventory numbers are lower than they were in August 2015. There are roughly 12,288 residential options, 823 condos, 98 multi-family homes and 2,955 farm/land/lots.

There is good news, though! According to GNAR President Denise Creswell: “We have entered the time of year that is typical for the housing market to begin experiencing a slowdown. Despite that, our market still has a strong number of sales pending… it’s a good indicator that we have active buyers and sellers going into the fall.”

Even in a slower market season, there are several benefits to buying in the fall!

  1. Home prices are lower!
    According to realtor.com, October is the best month to get a good deal on a new home. “October buyers may spend as much as 2.6% less than estimated market value.”
  2. There’s less competition.
    With other buyers either having closed on homes over the summer or waiting until next spring, you’ll have less competition taking homes that could be yours off the market, or putting in competing offers.
  3. Sellers are more negotiable.
    Sellers who are willing to list their homes in the fall or keep their home listed through the fall are more eager to sell and will be more willing to negotiate with you to get the deal done.

It looks as though now may be the best time to start looking and purchase that home or condo you’ve been dreaming of! Connect with us to get started.

➺ Living in Downtown Nashville

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Downtown Nashville is home to much of the character that defines our city: live music, festive energy, and tons of history! Living downtown has its perks! Walkability, an incredible food scene, and there’s always something to do.

Here’s our take on the best of living the downtown life!

Food
Man, we sure do love our food in this town. Downtown is home to some of our best local food and drinks, including Merchant’s and Acme Feed and Seed. You absolutely can’t beat the views from the top of Acme! Merchant’s is an American style restaurant that won’t be too overrun with bar-hopping tourists. For tacos and margaritas, we love Bakersfield in the Encore building, and for something more upscale we recommend Etch just next door. For brunch, nothing beats The Southern for oysters or Puckett’s for a classic breakfast! Downtown is also home to Mike’s Ice Cream Shop and the Goo Goo Clusters Factory to cure your sugar cravings.

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Coffee
Frothy Monkey has a downtown location and it doesn’t get more local than Frothy brew! You can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner too, as well as wine at their Wine Down Wednesday events. Bongo Java is also downtown and they have some of the most unique drinks out of all the coffee shops in town. Finally, there is The Perch, and if you want a crepe to go with your coffee, this place does not disappoint.

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Bars
We cannot talk about downtown without mentioning the honky tonks and bars. Downtown is home to Tootsie’s, Tin Roof, Robert’s and Margaritaville right on Broadway, and other favorites like Pub 5 and Piranhas Sports Bar & Grille.

Earnest Tubb Record Shop Photo by Kimberly Novosel

Earnest Tubb Record Shop, Photo by Kimberly Novosel

Shopping
You may not think of Downtown Nashville when you think of shopping, but there are actually a ton of options for gifts and other wares. Check out the Johnny Cash Museum, Opry Originals, Honey Girl, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Big Machine Store, American Apparel, Hatch Show Print, and of course, dozens of boot shops.

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Things to See
Downtown is home to the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, Bicentennial Capitol Mall, Ascend Amphitheater, and the Pedestrian Bridge. You can take a trolley around town, have someone pull you around on a bike, participate in a pedal tavern, or just walk around and explore.

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Where to Live

The Encore is a beautiful high-rise located in sought after SoBro, a location that accommodates any lifestyle. A one bedroom/one bathroom condo here would make every day feel like resort life. Thinking more space for your downtown lifestyle? There are several 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condos on the market starting at $499,999.

Life downtown is nothing short of exciting! Connect with us if you’d like to explore the options for homes in downtown Nashville, or if you’d like a guide for a night on the town!

➺ 8 Budget-Friendly Ways to Get Your House Ready to Sell

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Deciding to sell your home is an exciting time in your life! With that comes many questions to answer and things to do, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, especially the task of getting your house ready to sell. There are several things you can do to increase your home’s value and attract a buyer without spending a lot.

Here’s a list of 8 easy and affordable ways to bump up the value of your home:

1. A fresh coat of paint. But really, a fresh coat can really brighten things up and make a not so new home feel brand new. We’re loving this color:

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2. Clean. Really clean: the best part about this option is it should be free! Spend a Sunday afternoon deep cleaning the house until it sparkles. Not so into that? You can hire someone to help for the price of a dinner out.

3. Plant some flowers! Let’s give the neighbors something to talk about with that new curb appeal. Add some blooms inside the house too with a few well placed fresh bouquets.

4. Cabinet hardware. Such a simple and easy update that can make all the difference! Choose a more modern metal or design, like these:

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5. Declutter. Start going through the house and get rid of items you no longer need. This will make the house look better and it’s practical! Why have to move items twice?

6. Carpet. Tear it up, replace it, or get new rugs. The appearance of your floors adds a lot to the overall cleanliness of your home and will show a buyer what care you’ve taken of the house.

7. Update fixtures. Change the shades on your lamps, the blades on your ceiling fans, and get some new drapes. Natural lighting can be key as well! Keep the blinds and curtains open for showings.

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8. Clean up your bathroom. Update any outdated fixtures and faucets. Buy some fresh towels and really put some elbow grease into cleaning the bathtub. Bonus tip for showings: toilet seats and covers down!

With these tips, you should be well on your way to selling your home without breaking the bank. Connect with us for more ideas on prepping your house for listing, or letting us help you get it sold!