Get The Appraisal You Want

Middle Tennessee is a hot market for new jobs and, as a result, people looking to buy new homes. As Nashville and the surrounding neighborhoods continue to grow, the city is increasingly becoming a seller’s market. While buyers may be willing to pay more for a home, at the end of the day, the appraisal can have a big impact on a sale because a lender will only lend to the appraised value. Although there’s no way to fully guarantee a home’s appraisal value, there are steps you can take to make sure your seller’s property appraises at the highest amount possible. Understanding the Appraisal Process First, it helps to understand what goes into an appraisal so you can better explain the process to your clients. This will help them understand the importance of setting a realistic sale price. Once you have a contract in place, the buyer’s lender will begin by contacting a state-licensed or certified appraiser who will then inspect the home. This may be an interior and exterior review or exterior only. Additionally, the appraiser will research county and city records for the property and market, including recent sales and listings of comparable properties. Once they’ve determined [...]

By |2018-11-21T12:24:57-06:00June 21st, 2017|Agent Blog, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Consumer Blog, Listings, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on Get The Appraisal You Want

Nashville Outpaces Memphis, Becoming Tennessee’s Largest City

Nashville isn’t just the nation’s new “it” city. Tennessee’s capital is also now the state’s largest city as more and more people have begun to call it home. The latest census figures were released at the end of May, showing Nashville’s recent boom allowed it to outgrow Memphis, replacing it as the country’s 24th largest city. So what are the numbers? The 2016 population for Music City came in at 660,338 versus Memphis’s 652,717—a difference of 7,671 residents. Total population is expected to increase by 40 percent through 2046, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal. Nashville isn’t the only Middle Tennessee town seeing an influx of new people. For the second year in a row, Murfreesboro has been ranked one of the nation’s 15 fastest-growing large cities, with a 4.7 percent population increase last year. Don’t expect things to slow down for Music City anytime soon. Tennessee’s business filings increased during the first quarter of 2017, with Davidson County seeing the largest number of new business filings at 2,395. The state’s employment growth also outpaced the rest of the country at 2.2 percent in March, and in the aftermath of the Great Recession, Nashville has shown [...]

By |2017-06-14T20:17:20-05:00June 14th, 2017|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Listings, Mortgage Rates, Networking, Real Estate, Real Estate News, The Economy|Comments Off on Nashville Outpaces Memphis, Becoming Tennessee’s Largest City

Top 5 Apps for Smart Real Estate Agents

In Nashville’s booming real estate market, the most successful agents don’t have time to be bound to a desk or a home office. Instead, they find the tools that work for their mobile lifestyles to not only make their jobs easier, but to make them a better resource for their clients. These five apps do just that. Benchmark Realty Smarter Agent App At Benchmark all of our agents have access to our Smarter Agent app as a part of their membership. This all-in-one mobile app solution provides our agents and their clients with a more real-time look at the market than Zillow or Trulia. Not only does our app pull from the most accurate and updated listing information, it allows agents and clients to search by neighborhood and subdivision as well as by address, MLS number and map. Plus, all leads go directly to our agents. Available on Apple and Android devices. Not a Benchmark agent yet? Don’t worry, there are a few other apps out there for you. Zillow Premier Agent Now more than ever home buyers are turning to online tools before ever engaging a real estate agent. If you’re looking for a lead generator, consider signing up [...]

By |2017-03-27T15:20:15-05:00March 23rd, 2017|Agent Blog, Benchmark Agent Tools, Lead Generation, Listings, Real Estate|Comments Off on Top 5 Apps for Smart Real Estate Agents

The Most Common Real Estate Objections- and How to Handle Them

By |2016-04-05T17:16:46-05:00April 5th, 2016|Agent Blog, Agent Education, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Featured Blog Posts, Listings, Marketing, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on The Most Common Real Estate Objections- and How to Handle Them

Should You Text-Message Your Clients?

By |2016-03-30T22:01:11-05:00March 30th, 2016|Agent Blog, Agent Education, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Featured Blog Posts, Lead Generation, Listings, Marketing, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on Should You Text-Message Your Clients?

Just Listed- Just Sold- 3 Great Design Tools

By |2016-02-24T14:36:43-06:00February 24th, 2016|Agent Blog, Agent Education, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Featured Blog Posts, Lead Generation, Listings, Marketing, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on Just Listed- Just Sold- 3 Great Design Tools

5 Online Statistics You Can’t Ignore

By |2016-02-12T13:19:34-06:00February 12th, 2016|Agent Blog, Agent Education, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Featured Blog Posts, Lead Generation, Listings, Marketing, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on 5 Online Statistics You Can’t Ignore

Are Google Paid Ads Worth It?

By |2016-02-03T22:56:27-06:00February 3rd, 2016|Agent Blog, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Featured Blog Posts, Lead Generation, Listings, Marketing, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on Are Google Paid Ads Worth It?

The Right Way to Write Listings that Sell

By |2016-01-06T18:17:39-06:00January 6th, 2016|Agent Blog, Agent Education, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Listings, Marketing, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on The Right Way to Write Listings that Sell
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