Wednesday, 31 July 2013
You're Invited to Wiliamson County's Largest Social Event!
Find out all that the 2013 Williamson County Fair Has to Offer
For the ninth consecutive year, the Williamson County Fair is back and better than ever! This year’s “Rock Around the Fair” theme will be backed by several rockin’ shows happening throughout the week to enhance the traditional favorite elements, such as the midway rides, the competitions, and a local favorite, the Little 1’s Farming Exhibit.
Last year, more than 200,000 people attended the fair, and the Tennessee Association of Fairs awarded it the “Most Improved Fair” for 2012 in the AAA division. The improvements continue in 2013 with several new aspects such as a Mother’s Care Area, Party Animal Kids Concerts, Ultimate Air Dogs, Yoppi the family-friendly roller coaster and more!
The Williamson County Fair began in 1857, and that year it was held near the Carnton Plantation in Franklin. The next year it moved to what is now Fair Street and then to Fairground Street. The fair took a 21-year hiatus, started up again, and then took a 55-year hiatus until it made its much-needed comeback in 2005. If you want to know more about its history, click here.
Although county fairs in the United States were initially held to display or trade produce or to display or parade animals in our then mostly rural country, fairs today hold those traditional components plus much more. The Williamson County Fair’s Web page states, “Fairs offer a link between urban and rural Tennessee. They serve as tools for educating Tennesseans about the importance of agriculture and introducing young people to both traditional and innovative aspects of life on the farm. Fairs reach far beyond their agrarian roots and encourage industries and individuals to strive for excellence through competitions. Winning the blue ribbon at a fair competition is a great incentive to showcase the best of Tennessee. Through their social and cultural impacts, fairs embody the community spirit and highlight the diversity of Williamson County and Tennessee.”
Come to see and be seen at Williamson county’s largest social event of the year!
Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN
(Take exit #61 off I-65 at Peytonsville Rd.)
Parking is free and there are several ways to get discount tickets on each night. For a complete list of discounts click here.
The Schedule is as follows:
August 2 – 10, 2013
Monday – Thursday
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Midway open until 11)
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Midway open until 12)
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Midway open until 12)
12:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(Midway open until 11)
Visit the fair’s award-winning Web page for a complete list of scheduled events, competitions, and other general information.
Posted on 07/31/2013 3:53 PM by Jarod
Monday, 29 July 2013
Brentwood, Tennessee's Outdoor Spaces Offer Extra Appeal
One of the many charms of settling into suburban life is the ability to own property away from the concrete and skyscrapers of the metro streets. The developers of Brentwood, Tenn., have always made it a priority to keep green space between the residential and commercial areas of the city, with more than 75 acres currently preserved for that purpose.
The one-acre home lots have always been alluring to those looking for the perfect property, and the added parks, trails, and green spaces have made Brentwood the ideal place to settle, offering plenty of places to play, exercise, picnic, and explore.
This link provides a listing of each park in the Brentwood area with all of the available amenities. The largest park is Crockett Park, which encompasses more than 160 acres. Visitors will find paved paths, nature trails, sports fields, a playground, pavilions, the Eddy Arnold amphitheater, and the historic Cool Springs House, which is available to rent for gatherings.
Brentwood’s extensive trail system connects to several neighborhoods and the local YMCA, giving bikers, walkers, and runners a spectacular view of the local scenery. Without the worry of traffic, families can linger on the trails and enjoy the outdoors. A map of the trails can be found here.
These beautiful outdoor spaces add more value to Brentwood, Tennessee’s friendly neighborhoods and award-winning schools. Go explore all that Brentwood has to offer today!
Posted on 07/29/2013 12:34 AM by Jarod
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
The Great Realtor Search
Finding the Agent Who Works Best for You
Ah. The search for the perfect Realtor has begun. So, how do you know which one is right for your family and your real estate needs? Sure, you want someone with whom you have good rapport, but you should also be looking to hire someone who has the same goals that you do for the sale and/or purchase of your home. You need someone who will be an excellent advocate for you.
To start your search, ask around. Who has a great reputation in the area? Keep in mind that your friends can be a big help, but choosing your best friend’s brother might not always be the best way to go. Search the Internet or local real estate magazines. Who has the numbers to prove that they are good at what they do?
Once you narrow down your options, start the interview process the first time you talk to or meet with your potential agent. Ask the questions that you really want to ask up front so you better understand the process and begin to see how well the agent knows his or her stuff. What’s their plan for marketing your home? Do his or her goals sound similar to what you and your family were already thinking? How extensive is his or her knowledge of the area where you’re wanting to buy a home? Are they open to showing you homes in several different areas? Of course you can always look online for local real estate, but what additional insight can the agent give you about what has sold and how much they think your home is worth?
Once you find a great match for your selling or buying needs, the best thing to do is to trust your Realtor's expertise and advice. According to San Francisco, Cal., Broker Tara-Nicholle Nelson on Trulia.com, “If you don’t trust your agent, then you’re very likely to push back on their pricing recommendations, timing recommendations, and marketing recommendations, or otherwise fail to fully get on board. That, in turn, complicates their job and minimizes the benefits you stand to gain from their experience.” Nelson says in another article on Trulia.com that, “Hiring the best agent ever means very, very little if you refuse to follow their advice, whether your reasons for refusing are right or wrong.”
Allow your agent to work for you to make the process as painless as possible. I’ve been working as a Realtor in the Brentwood, Tenn., real estate market for more than 14 years. Contact me and let’s see if I’m the best fit for your current real estate needs. I’d be honored to serve you.
Posted on 07/24/2013 3:55 PM by Jarod
Saturday, 20 July 2013
For Sale by Owner VS. a Real Estate Agent
Who’s Best for the Sale of Your Home?
So you’ve decided to take advantage of the hot Middle Tennesse real estate market, and now you’ve got to make the important decision of WHO is going to spend the time it takes to sell your home. There are many opinions on whether you should hire a Realtor or attempt a For Sale by Owner approach, but you’ll need to weigh the pros and cons to see what is best for you and your family.
Most proponents of FSBO will tell you that with the evolution of social media, getting the word out about your home has become much easier. You post your listing to all 700 of your Facebook friends, on Craigslist, or use a service like Forsalebyowner.com, and then you sit back and wait for someone to come to you. For some, this works great, and you get the added bonus of keeping commission dollars in your pocket, which is the number one driving force behind those who choose FSBO.
On the flip side, if you list your home with a real estate agent, you’ll have use of MLS (multiple listing service), which allows thousands of people to see your home. And when you’re trying to buy, Realtors also know of listings that have not been made public for various reasons.
U.S. News and World Report asked the question, “So is independent home selling right for you?” They answered their own question with, “Perhaps it's best to look at the question this way: Do you have the time and energy to take on a part-time job that pays roughly 6 percent of the selling price of your home? If the answer is yes, consider going solo. If not, hire a pro.”
Snapflyers.com recently posted an infographic using data collected by thousands of people who had just completed the sale of their homes. In a nutshell, the information concluded that most For Sale by Owner homes stay on the market longer, bring in smaller offers, and at least 20% end up listing with an agent anyway.
According to those included in the data, “The most difficult problem FSBOs faced was drawing up the contracts and understanding the legal paperwork involved in selling a house.” If you have any kind of a background in real estate or in legal paperwork, that part might be a breeze for you. You’ll need to consider how much time and experience you have to invest in the legal end of your sale.
Brentwood, Tenn., based financial guru Dave Ramsey said, “Research has shown that between basic mistakes, pricing errors, and lack of negotiation skills, you’ll cost yourself more than the agent’s commission by trying to sell it yourself.â€¨ Trust me, you’ll get a much better deal—with a lot less hassle—by using a top-flight real estate agent!”
After reviewing the realities of your pros and cons on both sides of this decision, give me a call if you decide to go with a Realtor in the Brentwood, Tenn., area. I’d love to help answer your questions and take care of the details for you.
Posted on 07/20/2013 4:10 PM by Jarod
Monday, 15 July 2013
June Reports Show a Steady Rise in Home Sales
According to the National Association of Realtors,® the real estate market continues to rebound across the country as consumer confidence continues to grow. The national median price for existing homes was up another 15.4% over this time last year. According to their Web site, “This marks six straight months of double-digit increases and is the strongest price gain since October 2005, which jumped a record 16.6 percent from a year earlier. The last time there were 15 consecutive months of year-over-year price increases was from March 2005 to May 2006.”
NAR also reports that “Existing-home sales are at the highest level since November 2009. ... Sales have stayed above year-ago levels for 23 months, while the national median price shows 15 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.”
As of June reports, Williamson County real estate numbers look to be better than the national average! According to the Williamson County Association of Realtors,® “The number of single-family residential closings increased by 34.6% in June 2013 compared to June 2012. The median sales price for a single-family home was $361,000 in June of 2012 with an increase to $386,000 in June of 2013. Williamson County has not seen this number of sold homes in a single month since June 2006.”
Along with that great news, there has also been a decrease of days on the market for existing homes as people are rushing to buy homes with the recent news of rising interest rates.
Williamson County also seems to be on track with the rest of the nation when it comes to home inventory. With a rise in home sales, inventory is low nationally. Home builders are scrambling to make up this lack of inventory, but right now is a great time to list your home while people are looking to buy homes in Williamson County!
Call me today and I can help you with that!
Posted on 07/15/2013 11:21 AM by Jarod
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Staging Your Home for Selling Success
Home sales in Middle Tennessee have been on a steady rise. So, how do you attract the attention of the right buyer when selling your home? The Brentwood, Tenn., real estate market has a lot to offer, so you have to make your home stand out.
Today’s post will address the value of staging your home. Some people only have a few dollars to invest in their home before it goes on the market, so you have to make sure those dollars count. Statistically, staging has a great return on investment. According to professional home stager Anthea Click of Fresh Perspectives, homes that are staged sell for 7% higher than non-staged homes and up to 50% faster. Who doesn’t want a higher price and a faster sale? She goes on to say that 90% of staged homes sell in 30 days or less and 75% of those will sell in the first two weeks. These statistics hold true in all price ranges.
So what exactly is staging? Mrs. Click says, “Buying a home is an emotional decision, so we like to show homebuyers how they can live in the home by showcasing the architectural features and the unique spaces that make the home stand out.” For instance, the staff at Fresh Perspectives might look at the blueprints of a home and make suggestions for reinventing spaces to avoid wasted space and to maximize storage. A bulky water heater under the stairs might be moved under the house to create a great desk area. Or a small pantry or closet might be expanded to show the home’s storage potential.
A stager will focus on what they call the money rooms, which include the kitchen, living room, dining room, master bedroom and bath, and a study if that applies. They will also feature the unique spaces like a sunroom or an outdoor space. Those changes include color selections for lighting, rearranging furniture, de-cluttering, and adding pieces that bring the room together.
If you’re considering selling your home or if your home has been sitting on the market for longer than you anticipated, consider hiring a home stager to work with your real estate agent to get your property SOLD!
Contact: Anthea Click at Fresh Perspectives
Posted on 07/09/2013 6:11 PM by Jarod
Thursday, 4 July 2013
Celebrating Our Independence in Williamson County
Happy Independence Day! I hope you and your family are enjoying a day of celebrations together, despite the rain in Williamson County. Click here for a list of Middle Tennessee events and cancellations.
Our nation’s birthday is a great day to learn more about the rich history of Williamson County. We wouldn’t have the freedoms we have today if it were not for the brave and visionary men and women who have endured hardships and put their lives on the line for years in this county and this country.
The following links will give you brief early history lessons of Brentwood, Tenn., and Franklin, Tenn. Consider exploring further by visiting the Williamson County Museum in Franklin at the old post office at Five Points and the many other rich landmarks throughout the county. Learning about our history can make us more appreciative for where we are today.
Thank you to all of our brave servicemen and women from the past, present, and future.
Posted on 07/04/2013 4:37 PM by Jarod
Monday, 1 July 2013
Williamson County Schools Continue to Outperform Others
For those of us who have worked in Brentwood, Tenn., real estate for many years, we know that a major draw to this area is the outstanding reputation in education. With school starting in a matter of weeks, it’s not too late to realize how a great school system adds to the value of your home.
As you consider your move to or within the Nashville area, you can be sure that almost every neighborhood in Williamson county feeds into a high-scoring elementary, middle, and high school.
U.S. News recently ranked all high schools in the nation and then broke down the results by state. Out of the 95 counties in Tennnessee, 5 of the top 20 high schools and 11 of the top 20 elementary schools are in Williamson County. Overall, Williamson County students ranked higher than the state and national average on TCAP scores and ACT scores. They are consistently ranked as the highest achieving district in the state based on TCAP scores, subject proficiency, and college readiness.
With an average of 20:1 student/teacher ratios in each classroom, before and/or after programs in all elementary schools, and outstanding teachers, you can see why more than 800 new students move to Williamson County schools every year.
If you are considering moving into the Brentwood, Tenn., area and don’t have school-age children, then consider that Williamson County homes hold their values better because of the number of families who move here and stay here for the great schools. This will help hold and increase your home's equity and resale value!
Contact me at 615-373-2814 (office) or 615-403-8265 today so I can get you into a great home in the best county in Tennessee!
Posted on 07/01/2013 2:11 PM by Jarod