3 Tips to Help You Boost Your Credit Score for a Mortgage

If you're buying a home in Middle Tennessee, there's a good chance you'll need a mortgage loan to do it. Most people do. But what if your credit isn't perfect? What can you do to boost your score so you qualify for better interest rates and terms? This guide explains. 3 Tips to Help You Boost Your Credit Score for a Mortgage Check out these three tips to help you boost your credit score to qualify for a mortgage: Look for errors on your report (and have them fixed) Deal with delinquency and make payments early Build a fresh credit history Scroll down for a closer look at each. Tip #1 to Boost Your Credit Score for a Mortgage: Look for Errors on Your Report (and Have Them Fixed) Check your credit report and make sure it doesn't contain any errors. Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission, you're entitled to one free copy of your credit report each year from each of the major credit bureaus. You can get yours at http://www.annualcreditreport.com/ or by calling 877-322-8228. Alternatively, you can download free app, such as CreditKarma, to see what items your report contains. If you find any errors, dispute [...]

5 Tips to Help You Buy the Perfect Home

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Middle Tennessee this year, you’re not alone – but how do you know whether you’re getting the best home for your needs? Check out these five tips that can help you buy the perfect place. 5 Tips to Help You Buy the Perfect Home Buying a home is a process, and it takes a lot of work. Fortunately, you can give yourself the best shot at finding one that’s perfect for you by following these five tips: Save your pennies Look at properties below your budget Be mindful of layout Stay flexible Remain calm, cool and collected Scroll down for a closer look at each. Tip #1 to Find the Perfect Home: Save Your Pennies When you're buying a home, your down payment matters. The more you can put down, the lower your monthly payments will be. Though there are programs that enable you to buy a home with less than 20 percent down, you also need to know that your lender will most likely require you to pay for private mortgage insurance, or PMI, if you don’t put your own “skin in the game.” PMI Can raise your monthly [...]

By |2022-06-02T17:52:43-05:00June 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help You Buy the Perfect Home

5 Curb Appeal Tricks That Make Buyers Fall in Love

When you're selling your home, curb appeal is very important. But what can you do to make buyers fall in love from the street? This guide explains. 5 Curb Appeal Tricks That Make Buyers Fall in Love Your real estate agent will likely talk to you about curb appeal, which is incredibly important when you're selling your home. In fact, when you know that buyers begin forming an impression of your home before they even step through the front door, you realize that making your home as attractive as possible from the outside can make or break your entire real estate transaction. Check out these five easy curb appeal tips that can help you sell your home faster and for more money: New house numbers Immaculate lawn maintenance A warm, welcoming threshold Visible outdoor living space An updated light fixture and door hardware Scroll down for a closer look at each. Curb Appeal Improvement #1: New House Numbers Buyers who drive up your street looking for your home will be scoping out each house along the way. You can make yours stand out by investing in new house numbers – after all, that's what buyers are initially looking [...]

By |2022-05-08T17:54:51-05:00May 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 5 Curb Appeal Tricks That Make Buyers Fall in Love

7 Common Mistakes Sellers Make

Your real estate agent will be there with you through every step of your transaction, but check out these seven common mistakes that many sellers make so you can avoid them. 7 Common Mistakes Sellers Make When you're selling a home, it requires a lot of work on your part. it's normal for sellers to make mistakes – after all, people don't sell homes every day. However, check out these most common seller mistakes so you can avoid them: Skipping curb appeal Forgetting to deep-clean Neglecting cabinets, drawers and pantries Leaving clutter out Overstuffing closets Failing to stage Leaving valuables behind Scroll down for a closer look at each. Common Seller Mistake #1: Skipping curb appeal prospective buyers begin forming an impression of your home before they even walk through the front door. As buyers pull up on your street, they're evaluating your homes curb appeal. That means you need to make a special effort to ensure your home is as attractive as possible from the outside – including Cleaning up your landscaping, power washing your driveway and sidewalk, trimming hedges and bushes, and possibly even investing in new house numbers or a new mailbox. You should ask [...]

By |2022-05-08T17:54:24-05:00May 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 7 Common Mistakes Sellers Make

Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell?

If you’re like many people selling a home in Middle Tennessee, your REALTOR® has talked to you about home staging – but do you really have to stage every room? This guide explains. Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell? Staging is a really important part of selling your home, and your real estate agent will most likely offer you pointers and tips if you need them. And though you should try to stage every room in your home, you may have to focus your efforts on the most important period if that's the case, here's where you need to stage: Kitchen Living Room Bedrooms Keep scrolling for tips to help you successfully stage each space. Kitchen Staging: The Basics Your kitchen is one of the most important in your home to stage. That's partly because the kitchen is where prospective buyers stand with their real estate agents to discuss how they feel about a home, and partly because staging is about more than selling four walls and a roof – it’s about selling a lifestyle. You want buyers to see that your kitchen is clean and easy to maintain, and you can [...]

By |2022-04-04T00:31:44-05:00April 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell?

How to Depersonalize Your Home Before You List it for Sale

It’s important to depersonalize your home before you list it for sale, but where do you start? This guide gives you six action steps to take. 6 Ways to Depersonalize Your Home Before You List it for Sale If you're selling your home in Middle Tennessee, your real estate agent will most likely talk to you about the importance of depersonalizing it. Depersonalizing doesn't mean making it look like a museum that nobody lives in, but it does mean removing things that could inhibit a buyer's imagination. Here are six ways to depersonalize your home before you list it for sale: Remove personal photos Take down collections and memorabilia Remove sayings from the walls Clear off the refrigerator Put away personal items in the bathrooms and bedrooms Say goodbye to anything potentially controversial Depersonalization Tip #1: Remove Personal Photos Take down your family photos before you list your home for sale. In addition to addressing privacy concerns, this step helps buyers envision their own belongings in your space; that’s tough to do when your family members are smiling down at them from the walls. Depersonalization Tip #2: Take Down Collections and Memorabilia Regardless of how important your collections and memorabilia [...]

By |2022-04-03T23:42:24-05:00April 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Listings, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on How to Depersonalize Your Home Before You List it for Sale

Hendersonville Tennessee Life

If you’re a Nashville Native or have lived here for a few years, then you’re probably familiar with “The City by the Lake”.  If that doesn’t ring a bell, then you may also know Hendersonville as the home or once home to well-known musicians, such as Johnny and June Cash, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Marty Stuart and Conway Twitty.  For those of you who are new to the area, Hendersonville is located just 18 miles north of Nashville in Sumner County, on Old Hickory Lake. This small town features more than 25 miles of shoreline on Old Hickory Lake, which draws in thousands of boaters, anglers and swimmers each summer. Locals - did you know Hendersonville adopted its name from William Henderson, the city’s first postmaster? This wonderful place is also known for its affordable housing, great school systems and for those who like to spend time outside enjoying its parks, trails and recreational amenities. This is why Hendersonville has become one of the fastest growing areas in Middle Tennessee. We’ve put together a few local recommendations to check out: Eat: The Rudder at Anchor High Marina or Moby Dicky’s. Boat: If you’re part of The Nashville Boat Club, then you’ll definitely want to [...]

By |2019-05-30T15:31:09-05:00May 30th, 2019|Agent Blog|Comments Off on Hendersonville Tennessee Life

Coffee With a Broker on Negotiations

Today's Coffee with a Broker post is brought to you by Jeremy Enders, who is the Principal Broker for Benchmark Realty's Hendersonville location. There are many, many benefits and resources an experienced agent has to offer a client. The list is long and one of the items on that list is negotiating. The term negotiations can sometimes carry a mystical aura with it. To a large part one’s experience with “negotiations” determines what that means to them. Even for those whose occupations may include negotiating; the term has a meaning or experience that can vary widely per individual. In its most simple form, it is the act of bringing two parties to a single destination that is desirable to each. When it comes to real estate, a seasoned agent has many of these experiences day to day and is highly familiar with the nuances of the industry. So, what are we negotiating? The first thing to come to mind may be price. But, what about terms? Dates? Conditions and contingencies? Inspections and Appraisals? Repairs and re-inspections? Possession and Occupancy? All negotiable items. Negotiations is just one item on a list of many services an agent performs. The value proposition that [...]

By |2019-05-01T10:45:24-05:00May 1st, 2019|Agent Blog|Comments Off on Coffee With a Broker on Negotiations

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

As you drive down I-65 South from Nashville, you are greeted with lush rolling hills intermixed with homes and businesses.  Williamson County has done a good job of building growth where it matters.  The I-65 corridor from Brentwood to Spring Hill is growing up fast.  With the likes of the headquarters for Nissan, Mars Petcare, and various healthcare juggernauts like HCA & CHS, and the home of the #1 TN County for schools, Williamson County has become a destination for many to call home.  With all of this growth, Southern Williamson County has been a hot bed of activity and there is no signs of it slowing down. Located in Southern Franklin,  Berry Farms has drawn the attention of many far & wide.  Located at the Peytonsville Rd/Goose Creek ByPass on I-65, Berry Farms is a mixed use community featuring single family homes, townhomes, shops, restaurants, commercial businesses and office buildings, this area has become a natural attractor for consumers and businesses because of the amenities it provides.  Most recently, has been the competition of the headquarters of Lee Company, whose owner, Bill Lee, is the governor for the great state of Tennessee.  Also, world renowned talk show host and [...]

By |2019-05-03T09:17:23-05:00March 1st, 2019|Agent Blog|Comments Off on The Opportunity of a Lifetime

Coffee with Drew Hendry

Drew Hendry is a Principal Broker for Benchmark Realty, LLC in Franklin, TN.  He has served the community as a Realtor since 2003.  Drew serves the greater Nashville area with a focus on the “I-65 Corridor” from Nashville to Columbia, TN.  Also a leader in the community, Drew faithfully gives his time to his church, neighborhood and company.  Of his role as a Principal Broker, he states, “My style of leadership is Relational.  I enjoy helping others be the best in their business.  Being a Realtor provides so many opportunities for agents to specialize in the areas that they are most passionate about.  One of my favorite quotes comes from my friend, author and coach, Michael Q. Pink, ‘Sales is a transfer of passion.’  I believe that when someone runs their business fueled by what they are passionate about, they will be successful.” Drew is a husband to Kelli for 21 years.  He has 3 kids that are all gifted in sports and the arts.  He enjoys being in nature running trails mostly and watching his kids compete in their sport or perform through their art. Broker Tip: What would you do with an extra $52k a year? My first [...]

By |2019-02-08T09:10:59-06:00February 8th, 2019|Agent Blog|Comments Off on Coffee with Drew Hendry
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