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7 Things Every Seller Should Do Before Listing

If you're like many people considering selling a home in Nashville or the suburbs, there are seven things you need to know before you list. This guide covers them all. 7 Things Every Seller Should Do Before Listing Check out the seven things you absolutely need to do before you list your home for sale: Make necessary repairs Talk to a REALTOR® Consider upgrades Set the right price for your home Know your lower limit for accepting an offer Stage your home to appeal to a wide range of buyers Plan your availability for showings Here's a closer look at each. #1. Make Necessary Repairs Before you list your home for sale, make necessary repairs. Leaky faucets, torn window screens and creaky doors or floorboards all need some attention before you put your home on the market. The reason: People who tour your home and discover minor problems will likely believe that if you ignore minor issues, you're pretty likely to ignore major ones, too - and they may think that your house is a lemon because it's not properly maintained. Related: How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home #2. Talk to a REALTOR® Getting advice [...]

7 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Condo in Middle Tennessee

If you're like many people, you've considered buying a condo for sale in Nashville or one of its suburbs - but are you really ready? This guide can help you decide. 7 Signs You're Ready to Buy a Condo in Middle Tennessee Check out these seven signs you're ready to buy a condo in Nashville or one of the surrounding communities: You have the financial means to make a down payment and cover monthly mortgage payments You understand the costs associated with owning a condo, including HOA fees and property taxes You are familiar with local real estate market conditions You know what amenities you're looking for in a condo You've researched different neighborhoods in Middle Tennessee to find out which one best fits your lifestyle The timing is right - you don't plan on moving anytime soon Your credit score is good enough to qualify for financing or an attractive interest rate on your loan Here's a closer look at each. #1. You have the financial means to make a down payment and cover monthly mortgage payments. Before you take the plunge and buy a condo, make sure you have enough money saved up for a down payment. Factor [...]

By |2023-01-02T20:23:37-06:00January 4th, 2023|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate News|Comments Off on 7 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Condo in Middle Tennessee

9 Tips to Help You Stage Your Home During Winter

If you're selling your home this winter, your real estate agent has probably already talked to you about home staging. But is there anything special you can do during winter to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers? Absolutely! This guide explains. 9 Tips to Help You Stage Your Home During Winter Check out these nine tips to help you stage your home to sell - and make it irresistible to buyers - this winter: Clean everything Declutter thoroughly Emphasize large spaces Create a cozy look in every room Let in as much light as possible (and supplement with artificial lighting) Keep your entryway clean Turn up the thermostat Showcase your home's entertaining spaces Bring in colorful live plants (and take good care of them Here's a closer look at each. Winter Home Staging Tip #1: Clean Everything Just like during any other time of the year, it's incredibly important that your home is spotlessly clean while it's on the market. You can't stage your home to sell if it isn't clean. For some people, the best course of action is to hire a professional cleaning company to perform a deep cleaning service one time. However, if that's not [...]

By |2022-12-15T01:23:34-06:00December 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, How To, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 9 Tips to Help You Stage Your Home During Winter

What’s Better for You: A Condo, Townhome or House?

If you're thinking about buying a home in Middle Tennessee, you can choose from a condo, a townhome or a single-family home - there are plenty of Nashville real estate listings for each type. But what's the right choice for you? Where will you be happiest? This guide can help you decide. The Main Differences Between Condos, Townhomes and Single-Family Homes The primary difference between condos, townhomes and single-family homes is ownership structure. With a condo, the buyer owns their unit in a larger building or complex that is owned by an association of owners. Townhomes are multi-level units with one wall shared between them and they are typically owned as individual units. Single-family homes are stand-alone dwellings that are owned in their entirety by the buyer. Related: 9 things to consider before you buy a home in Nashville Benefits of Condos The biggest benefit of condos is convenience and low maintenance. Most condos have shared amenities like swimming pools, fitness centers, play areas and other features. They also usually require you to join a condo owners association, which takes care of any exterior maintenance like lawn care, painting and snow removal. Benefits of Townhomes The biggest benefit of townhomes [...]

By |2022-12-12T08:53:47-06:00December 4th, 2022|Blog, Buyers|Comments Off on What’s Better for You: A Condo, Townhome or House?

9 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Home in Nashville

If you're considering buying a home for sale in Nashville, you know that working with a real estate agent is your best bet - but if you're like many people, you haven't thought much beyond that. This guide covers the nine things every buyer should consider before dipping their toes into the real estate market. 9 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Home in Nashville Check out the nine things you need to consider before you buy a home in Nashville (or anywhere else): Location Neighborhood Your future home's size Your future home's age Your future home's condition School districts Commute times and usual traffic conditions Property taxes and HOA fees Availability of amenities Here's a closer look at each. Homebuyer Consideration #1: Location Nashville is a big city, and it's growing every day. That means that there are plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from - and each one has its own unique character. Do you want to be in the heart of the action downtown, or would you prefer a more suburban feel? Consider your needs and wants carefully before you decide. Related: What happens after a seller accepts your offer? Homebuyer Consideration #2: Neighborhood In [...]

By |2022-11-05T05:32:28-05:00November 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 9 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Home in Nashville

How to Price Your Home for Maximum Profit

When it comes to selling a home, most people want to get the highest possible profit - but there's a lot of homework involved in setting a price. If you price a home too high, it's not going to sell; if you price it too low, you leave money on the table. So what should you do to price your home properly? This guide covers all your bases. How to Price Your Home for Maximum Profit First things first: Your real estate agent knows exactly how to price your home to help you sell it quickly and at the best possible price. You should always listen to your agent's guidance on home pricing, staging and other matters - after all, that's why you hired them. With that said, the following sections go into plenty of detail on home pricing and bringing in maximum profits. Related: Tips to make your move easier Why It's Important to Price Your Home Correctly From the Start One of the most common mistakes sellers make is overpricing their homes from the start. By doing this, you'll only end up chasing away buyers who might be interested in your home. In some cases, you may even [...]

By |2022-11-04T10:22:59-05:00November 4th, 2022|Blog, Sellers, Tips|Comments Off on How to Price Your Home for Maximum Profit

Tips to Make Your Move Easier

If you're getting ready to move, this guide runs you through all the most important tasks so you don't miss a thing. Tips to Make Your Move Easier Check out the following sections to get a head start on your next move: Packing Hiring movers Preparing your pets to move Changing your address Here's a closer look at each. Packing Tips Here are a few tips to help you pack efficiently and effectively: Start packing items you won't need in the next week. Be thoughtful in your selections! Pack heavier items on the bottom of boxes. This helps your boxes stay intact and keeps your belongings safe. Label boxes with what's inside and which room they should go in. This saves you time dragging boxes from room to room later. Pack a survival kit of essential items for the first few days in your new home. You'll need entertainment for kids, medications, contact lens solution, toiletries and paper plates - plus whatever else you need to survive. Related: 15 home staging tricks that you can use to sell your home faster Hiring Movers If you're hiring a moving company to help you on the big day, these tips will help: [...]

By |2022-11-01T00:57:33-05:00October 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on Tips to Make Your Move Easier

7 Quirky Attractions You Need to See if You’re Moving to Nashville

If you’re buying a home for sale in Nashville, you need to get the inside scoop as quickly as you can – so start with this list of the seven quirkiest attractions in the city. 7 Quirky Attractions You Need to See if You’re Moving to Nashville Check out these off-the-beaten-path attractions you can see after you move to Nashville: Hatch Show Print The men’s bathroom at the Hermitage Hotel Timothy Demonbreun’s Cave The Old Tennessee State Prison George Boedecker’s Sculpture Garden Dragon Park Ryman Alley Here’s a closer look at each. Hatch Show Print As one of the oldest letterpress print shops in the country, Hatch Show Print was founded in 1879. This shop, still fully functional, is located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame, but it used to be located directly behind the famous Ryman Auditorium (it was relocated in 2013). The shop is known for creating playbills for all kinds of famous people, and it’s definitely worth checking out. The Men’s Bathroom at the Hermitage Hotel The Hermitage Hotel, opened in 1910, sits in the heart of Nashville and features spectacular architecture – but its claim to fame may surprise you. The men’s restroom (really!) features [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:39:04-05:00October 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers|Comments Off on 7 Quirky Attractions You Need to See if You’re Moving to Nashville

How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home

When you're selling your home, it's important to help potential buyers envision the lifestyle they'll enjoy if they make an offer you can't refuse. One way to do that is by staging your outdoor living space, so here are seven tips to make sure you get it right. How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home Check out these seven tips to stage your outdoor living space in a way that makes buyers fall in love: Declutter and clean Spruce up your landscaping Bring in portable plants Define each space Add ample seating Choose comfort-themed accessories Use lighting to set the mood Here's a closer look at each. Outdoor Living Space Staging Tip #1: Declutter and Clean Remove everything from your deck, patio or porch that's not in use or doesn't contribute to the space's overall aesthetic. Put away all bikes, toys and outdoor accessories, too, so they don't distract prospective buyers. After you tidy up, it's time to get down to the serious business of cleaning. Scour the floors of your outdoor living space, wipe down handrails, clean the windows and power-wash the walkway. The idea is to make your space as clean as it was [...]

By |2022-11-05T05:34:23-05:00September 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Consumer Blog, Home Staging, How To, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home

What Happens After a Seller Accepts Your Offer?

Finding your dream home is incredibly exciting - and it's even more exciting when a seller accepts your offer. But what happens next? This guide walks you through the process that takes place after a seller accepts your offer, as well as what you need to do to prepare for closing. What Happens After a Seller Accepts Your Offer? Quite a bit happens between offer acceptance and closing day. Before you can move in, you need to complete the following tasks: Review your purchase agreement Hire a home inspector Get final mortgage approval Schedule your closing date Transfer funds and finalize documents Your real estate agent will be with you every step of the way, answering your questions and making sure you meet important deadlines. But in the meantime, here's a closer look at each so you know what to expect from the process between offer acceptance and closing. Task #1 After a Seller Accepts Your Offer: Review Your Purchase Agreement Your purchase agreement is a legally binding document that outlines the details of your home purchase, including price, contingencies, deadlines and more. After the seller accepts your offer, you'll need to review the agreement carefully with your agent to [...]

By |2022-11-01T00:59:26-05:00September 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Buying and Selling Tips, Consumer Blog, Sellers, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on What Happens After a Seller Accepts Your Offer?
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