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|0 Comments

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

7 Secrets to Using Plants in Home Staging

When you’re selling your home in Nashville (or elsewhere in Tennessee), your REALTOR® will probably talk to you about home staging. Staging is a big deal – it’s the act of making your home as appealing as you can to prospective buyers. One way to do that is by using plants. However, it's not as simple as tossing a few potted plants around your home. This guide explains how to effectively use plants in home staging. 7 Secrets to Using Plants in Home Staging Plants can really make a space feel alive, and that's what buyers love to see. In fact, when you can bring a bit of the outdoors inside, buyers are more likely to enjoy the time they spend in your home. That means they leave with a more favorable impression than they otherwise would have. Check out these seven secrets to using plants effectively in home staging: Choose the right plants Highlight must-see areas with plants Put your plants on stands Be careful with the pots you pick Mix-and-match plant types Use plants to create scale Never use fake plants Scroll down for a closer look at each. Secret #1 for Staging Your Home With [...]

By |2022-03-02T23:45:06-06:00March 17th, 2022|Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Home Staging, How To, Tips|Comments Off on 7 Secrets to Using Plants in Home Staging

15 Home Staging Tricks Most People Don’t Know

If you’re selling a home in Nashville, your REALTOR® will most likely talk to you about home staging – the act of making your home as appealing as possible to the widest range of buyers. The fact is that staged homes sell faster (and for more money) than their non-staged counterparts do, so it makes sense to take some time boosting your home's appeal. 15 Home Staging Tricks Most People Don’t Know Check out these 15 simple home staging tricks that can help you sell your home faster and for more money: Be ruthless when you declutter Give every room a purpose Remove half the clothes from your closet Hire a professional cleaning team Replace your decor with neutral pieces and mirrors Get rid of heavy drapes Make cosmetic fixes Clean up your yard Make your entryway welcoming Use buyers’ senses Add texture Reserve vibrant colors for accents Use plants to your advantage Make every room look comfortable Turn on all the lights Scroll down for a closer look at each. Home Staging Trick #1: Be Ruthless When You Declutter Go through every room in your home looking for items you haven't used in the past six months [...]

By |2022-03-02T23:58:28-06:00March 4th, 2022|Blog, Home Staging, How To, Tips|Comments Off on 15 Home Staging Tricks Most People Don’t Know

Using a VA Loan to Buy Your Next Home in Tennessee

If you’re like many people, you qualify for a loan backed by the U.S. Veterans Administration – but how do you use a VA loan to buy a home in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin or another city in Middle Tennessee? This guide explains. How Do You Use a VA Loan to Buy a Home in Tennessee? VA loans are for veterans of the U.S. armed forces, their qualifying dependents and a handful of others who qualify. If you’re a veteran or current service member in any branch (including the reserve components), you may be eligible for a VA loan. You’ll have to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, or CoE, from the U.S. Veterans Administration. After you have your CoE in-hand, take it to your lender. Your lender will explain your loan options. How Does a VA Loan Work? A VA loan doesn’t actually come from the VA. Instead, the Veterans Administration backs it; that means the VA guarantees some or all of the loan. Your lender gets a guarantee from the VA that if you default on your payments, the VA will help cover its losses. Because the U.S. government is backing the loan, lenders are comfortable giving you more favorable [...]

By |2022-02-04T18:02:56-06:00February 4th, 2022|Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Mortgages|Comments Off on Using a VA Loan to Buy Your Next Home in Tennessee

Industry Insider Update: Technology’s Role in a Changing Industry

Last week we examined the evolving role of the real estate agent in light of changes happening across our industry. Technology is a major player in both how and why our industry is shifting. This week we’ll look at the role it’s played as well as how agents can harness technology to grow their businesses. Technology’s Impact Historically, agents have served as data providers for their clients—helping potential buyers find properties, guiding sellers through the pricing process based on home prices in the area, and more. But with the introduction of technologies like Zillow, Trulia, and even Amazon’s Alexa, consumers are being increasingly empowered with easy access to information. The power and impact of technology doesn’t end there. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be the next big drivers of change with respect to automation and data-driven insights as well as products and services. And many transactions will be moving into the digital space, speeding up the home buying and selling process. For the smart agent, it’s time to pivot from fighting back against technology. Agents must embrace their new roles and harness new tools for greater efficiencies and sales. Smart CRM’s and the Power of Big Data CRM’s or [...]

By |2019-06-27T09:33:11-05:00August 24th, 2018|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Featured Blog Posts|Comments Off on Industry Insider Update: Technology’s Role in a Changing Industry

Benchmark Realty Ranked Among Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies

Benchmark is excited to share that, for the fourth consecutive year, it’s been ranked on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies in America. With nearly seven million private companies in the U.S., only a small fraction of businesses makes the list by demonstrating consistent high growth. “Wow! Four years in a row!” said our CEO Phillip Cantrell. “Truly an outstanding recognition and accomplishment.  We feel deeply, deeply honored to be found in such rarefied company.”  Since 1982, the Inc. 5000 list has honored the journeys of the fastest-growing companies in America. It’s one of the most prestigious honors for growing private businesses and business leaders. Many companies who have ranked on past lists have become household names like Microsoft, Under Armour, Pandora, Chobani, Facebook, and more. “We have indeed been blessed. By circumstances, by loyal clients, by the hardest-working team in this industry, and most importantly, blessed by God to have achieved these successes,” Cantrell said. “We are grateful, truly humbled by this recognition, and looking forward to many more years of growth.” If you’re a real estate agent looking to make a change, now may be the right time to join ranks with one of Inc. 5000’s ranking companies. Find out [...]

By |2018-08-15T09:38:13-05:00August 15th, 2018|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Featured Blog Posts|Comments Off on Benchmark Realty Ranked Among Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies

Networking Opportunities for Middle Tennessee Real Estate Agents

As a real estate agent, building relationships is a part of the job—maybe even the best part. Connecting with other agents doesn’t just give you the chance to share stories, ideas and best practices, it also lets you build long-term friendships. That’s why we’ve introduced Group Therapy at 5:01 as a chance for real estate agents to connect with each other and potential vendors in a fun, after-hours environment. We meet at a chosen location around the Middle Tennessee area from once a month to once a quarter, depending on company schedules, giving attendees the chance to unwind and relax, with some talking business and others just having a good time. Though Benchmark agents can work out of any of seven our offices at any time, regardless of which office holds their license, it can be hard to get everyone together. Group Therapy at 5:01 has made it possible, drawing agents from across Middle Tennessee. So far, we’ve held meetings at Top Golf in downtown Nashville, Arrington Vineyards in Franklin and Urban Grub in 12th Avenue South (just to name a few). But Group Therapy at 5:01 isn’t only limited to the Benchmark community. We encourage all real estate agents [...]

By |2019-06-27T09:33:11-05:00August 7th, 2018|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Featured Blog Posts|Comments Off on Networking Opportunities for Middle Tennessee Real Estate Agents

A House as Whimsical as the Man Who Owned It: A Look Behind the Walls of the Late Leon Russell’s Home

The former home of renowned songwriter Leon Russell is now on the market. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, Leon collaborated with The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elton John, among others, before he passed in 2016. At 6,120 square feet, the home is a marvel. But its history goes far beyond its four bedrooms, customized elevator, and gargoyle anointed terraces. It’s a place of stories and life that was as magical as the man who last called it home. The house was originally built in 1992 for Dennis Linde, another prolific songwriter. Dennis was best known for the 1972 Elvis Presley Hit “Burning Love” but was also the mastermind behind songs recorded by many other artists including Roy Orbison, Tanya Tucker, Roger Miller, Don Williams, The Judds, Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt, and Garth Brooks. After his death in 2006, Dennis’ wife Pam knew exactly who should start their own chapter in this wonderful home. While they had never met the Russells, she felt that Leon was the right fit to continue the legacy of memories made there. Leon’s wife, Jan Bridges, recalls, “It felt like church—like a bit of magic.” She still remembers the first day they saw [...]

By |2018-08-03T09:29:58-05:00August 3rd, 2018|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Featured Blog Posts|Comments Off on A House as Whimsical as the Man Who Owned It: A Look Behind the Walls of the Late Leon Russell’s Home
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