Top Home Design Trends for 2018

We’re already into 2018 and a few trends are rising to the top when it comes to home design. If you’re looking to update your home before selling or looking to buy an on-trend home, then it may be time to ditch the subway tile, stainless steel, and comfortable neutrals. Here’s a quick look at what’s trending this year. 2018’s Hottest Hues Say goodbye to the soft, rosy millennial pink and hello to bold, bright hues. From statement turquoise and sunny yellow to vibrant red and shades of purple, we’re in for a wild ride. Designers expect to see high contrast palettes with whites balancing out saturated colors, tone-on-tone paint with the trim the same shade as the walls, and rooms with a pop of color in the trim only. What’s Cooking in the Kitchen Similarly, all-white kitchen fatigue is coming. While the trend isn’t expected to disappear, grays and blues, as well as warm wood tones, are expected in this year’s kitchens. And that subway tile? It might be time to swap it out for a fish-scale pattern or a larger, porcelain backsplash with less grout. Some families are also trading their big islands for in-kitchen dining tables to [...]

By |2018-07-26T09:53:11-05:00July 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top Home Design Trends for 2018

How to Research Neighborhoods Before Buying a Home

For many homeowners, the neighborhood a home is in can be as important as the home itself. But how can you make sure a community is a good fit for your family? With the right amount of research, you can get an inside look at a neighborhood to make an informed home-buying choice. Evaluating Safety For many people, neighborhood safety is the top concern when purchasing a home. Luckily, there are a number of online resources that make it easy to see just how safe a certain area is. My Local Crime can provide a list of nearby incidents for a particular address, while websites like Zillow, Trulia and Neighborhood Scout offer crime maps to show the density of different types of crime in different areas. Additionally, the National Sex Offender Public Website can be a useful resource especially for parents. Finding Good Schools Another concern for many parents is the quality of schools in an area. Again, websites like Zillow, Trulia and Neighborhood Scout can be a big help, as they include nearby schools to give you a better lay of the land. From there, you can research the schools themselves at Greatschools.org to drill down into the specifics. [...]

By |2017-12-06T20:23:46-06:00November 16th, 2017|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Featured Blog Posts, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Research Neighborhoods Before Buying a Home

First-Time Homebuyers’ Biggest Mistakes and Misconceptions

Working with a first-time homebuyer is an exciting time for everyone involved. Not only are you seeking to negotiate a favorable purchase, but you’re helping a new client make memories that will last a lifetime. As a real estate agent, you also have the unique opportunity to become the authority on all things housing for your client. To take advantage of it, you need to be prepared for the most common misconceptions you’re likely to face when working with a first-time buyer. Finding the Dream Home Many people dive into the home buying process with the expectation that they need to find their dream home, the one they’ll live in for the next thirty years. Not only is this unrealistic with current job trends, but it puts a lot of pressure on the REALTOR, bringing some heavy emotions to the table. You should use your very first meeting with a new homebuyer to help them understand both what their budget can buy them as well as getting them comfortable with the idea of a starter home that can help them build equity for a dream home down the line. Getting Pre-Qualified for a Loan Loan pre-qualification is an important step [...]

By |2017-12-06T20:24:32-06:00October 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on First-Time Homebuyers’ Biggest Mistakes and Misconceptions

Now Hiring: Brand Ambassador / Marketer – Real Estate Brokerage

Benchmark Realty LLC - Nashville, TN $30,000 - $60,000 a year Benchmark Realty LLC is searching for a person to actively represent our brand to targeted prospects in order to increase awareness, create a specific image, generate interest and then articulate our offering to prospective agents. This position is focused on both the support of recruitment and our retention efforts, as well as building the brand across varying audiences. Benchmark is an extremely dynamic and innovative company, focused primarily on residential real estate brokerage throughout Middle Tennessee. Since our start-up 11 years ago, we have become a market leader while growing in a very structured manner. Benchmark is a 5 time recipient of the Nashville Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" Award, has been recognized for 3 years now on the Inc5000 list of fastest growing companies in the entire US, and most recently was designated the status of NBJ “Fast50” member of the 50 fastest growing privately held companies in Greater Nashville. Key requirements of the ideal candidate: • Promote our brand to potential candidates via multiple channels as well as creatively contributes to the retention process. • Assist with planning, coordination and oversight of special events. (For example: [...]

By |2017-08-31T13:56:44-05:00August 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Now Hiring: Brand Ambassador / Marketer – Real Estate Brokerage
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