Christmas Village: Gifts, Charity and Holiday Cheer!

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The Christmas Village is a weekend event that features several hundred booths of artisans and merchants from all over. According to the website, “a variety of unique seasonal and gift items are offered, including: toys for all ages, clothing for children and adults, jewelry, food items, pottery, collectibles and unusual pieces for the ‘person who has everything’.” 

General admission is $10 (children 9 and under free), and tickets may be used any one day out of the Friday-Sunday weekend.

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It’s one of the oldest charitable events in Nashville (52 years!) In the debut year of 1961, they raised $1000 dollars. Last year, with the help of over 200 volunteers, $8.5 million in donations went to charities all over the city.

The Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club arranges this wonderful event, and this year all proceeds benefit the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

So from November 15-17 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, check out the historic (and for a good cause!) Christmas Village. And if you can’t attend but would like to donate anyway, click here.

 

House of the Week: 216 Bailey Collins Dr, Smyrna

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With 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, this is a roomy brick home with a cheerful interior. Serving meals will be a joy in the convenient dining area.

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The stylish kitchen offers spacious cabinets and attractive tile backsplash. It has a bay window and all appliances!

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This area is perfect for your home workshop, and the garage is converted to an awesome den!

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Blacktop drive. Beautiful yard w/abundant flowers/mature trees. Trees are a visual delight through all seasons of the year.

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Great location! Close to interstate! Hard to find a home this nice.

 

Take a visual tour of the property here and view full property details here.

 

agt_298_62192For more information contact: Randy Morris

Email: randymorris@bobparks.com

Phone: (615) 268-7645

Website

We're Nominated for “The Toast of Music City”!

Every year The Tennessean has a contest called “The Toast of Music City,” in which readers vote for the best people and companies in the Nashville area. We are very proud to announce that we are nominated for the category of Best Real Estate Company!

 

Here is a complete list of the nominees, and you can find us here. Voting starts this Sunday, and you can vote once per day, so get your clicking fingers ready!

 

…Another Man's Treasure!

Salvaging from a home remodel can be a fun project!  For a fraction of the cost of a new remodel, you can get gently used kitchen cabinets, doors, windows, counter tops, reclaimed wood, light fixture, etc. Let’s face it, eventually everything old is new again.  We all know that tastes, trends and what’s in is cyclical.  Old things have a way of becoming “retro” or “cool” if you just give it enough time.
I’ve been looking around to find places in Middle Tennessee that offer salvaged home items.  Here’s what I found and I’d be interested in any places you all know of that didn’t make my list!
Craig’s List
Craig’s List is a great place for finding recycled home materials, reclaimed wood, doors, windows, etc.  Many people who are renovating will put their gently-used kitchen cabinets, doors, windows, counter tops, etc. on Craig’s List.  For a fraction of the cost of new, you can find yourself with some pretty great items.  I have a friend who puts things out on Craig’s List for sale and sometimes for free.  I’m not kidding, she can set ANYTHING on her curb and it will be gone in two hours.
These kind of things are hot commodities on Craig’s List, so check early and check often. That truckload of reclaimed barn wood from the 1950’s might just be waiting for you!
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Hailey Salvage & Building Material
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Hailey’s is a true salvage place.   There are no prices and they only take cash, so go prepared to bargain.  Its a great place to start your search for a new pedestal sink or an old fireplace mantel or some weathered porch columns.
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Nashville’s Habitat store is located on 8th Avenue near downtown, just north of Wedgewood.  A second building store is around the corner on Division, which houses the bigger building materials. Franklin’s store has online items and monthly discounts if you sign up to receive their emails.  Click here for a complete listing of all their home stores.

House of the Week: 1935 S Rutherford Blvd, Murfreesboro

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Here’s a clean home that’s ready for you to move right in and is being offered at an affordable price.

The updated kitchen comes to you with all of its appliances.

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You’ll find 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath in this home.

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The attractive backyard is perfect for outdoor entertaining.

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There’s a nice covered patio room for enjoying the fire pit on a cool fall evenings. 

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Take a video tour of the property here, and more information can be found here.

agt_298_62192Contact: Randy Morris
Email: randymorris@bobparks.com
Phone: (615) 268-7645

Website

The Reality of Nashville: Coming Soon to a Television Near You

The television show Nashville, despite some sagging ratings this season, has shined a spotlight on its namesake city as the new hot tourist destination. So, of course, several other TV networks have decided to jump on that momentum – with six new reality shows depicting the Nashville area and its high-profile residents.

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Thicker Than Water follows gospel jazz musician Ben Tankard and his family. Interestingly, this won’t take place in Nashville but in Murfreesboro, where they live in a three-story extravagant mansion. According to the man himself, this show will portray the area well – and who knows? Maybe tourists flying in to see Nashville will start making side trips to the ‘Boro.

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Brought to you by the same company that produced such classics as the ‘Real Housewives’ conglomerate is the new show Private Lives of Nashville Wives. It will feature the six high-profile women, four of whom are associated with the music industry through their husbands. However, according to producer Douglas Ross, the tone will completely different from the ‘let’s see how stupid we can make everyone look’ of LA and NYC reality shows. He wants to protect Nashville’s ‘brand’ and really show people what it’s like to live in Music City.

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A&E will be following several hot new country stars on the new show Crazy Hearts: Nashville. Love, triangles and heavy competition will turn into lyrics and passionate singing before your eyes.

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Lifetime’s new series Chasing Nashville is similar – but their performers are four young Appalachian singers, not Nashville natives, trying to make it in country music.

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CMT’s Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame is less like a reality show and more like a ‘docu-series.’ It followed The Voice Season 3’s champion Cassadee Pope as she begins her career as a country artist and releases her first album titled ‘Frame by Frame.’ The six-episode series is now over, but you can catch all the episodes on the CMT website.    

Thicker Than Water premiered Sunday, November 10th on Bravo.

Secret Lives of Nashville Wives will premier on February 24th on TNT.

Crazy Hearts: Nashville will premier in January 2014 on A&E.

Chasing Nashville premiered Oct. 22 on Lifetime.

Pinterest, really?

I just joined Pinterest because I felt internal pressure to participate in this odd phenomenon known as “pinning”.  I actually had to read the Wikipedia page so I could gain a basic understanding of Pinterest (yeah, I admit it).

 

Do you know what happened?  I totally didn’t get it.

 

It took me a week to grasp the idea of Pinterest as a repository of photos and collections of things people like.   My mom said it to me this way:  it’s an online version of all those magazines and recipes and samples in the corner of your bonus room that have been gathering dust because you haven’t figured out where to put them.  Ah. So it’s like online scrapbooking.  Ok, that gives me something to work with. It’s funny how social media can be difficult to described – it has to be experienced.

 

In opening my mind to something new, I realized I was opening my mind to inspiration.  I no longer have to go upstairs and sneeze through the dust, digging through photos or that pile of magazines with the sticky-notes on it gathering dust under my desk at home.  Admittedly, I spent two hours looking through interesting boards, and I discovered that I was actually being motivated to start up new projects and finish old ones.  Gone are the days I have to keep a junk drawer or magazine clippings I swore I would file.  Not only do I get to keep my own online junk drawer of inspiration, but I get to peek into other people’s junk drawers!  And there are some fabulously creative people out there.

 

This inspiration led me to a wealth of ideas (some I borrowed and some I own) for current and future homeowners.  From do-it-yourself projects to house warming gifts to how to select a realtor that is right for you, I found myself inspired to think out of my own box and pin some inspiration.

 

I hope you’ll check out the refreshed version of the Bob Parks Realty board and let me know what you think.

 

*Big sigh* – I formally apologize to Pinterest for not “getting you” initially and being closed minded to something that over 30 million users enjoy on a daily basis.  Thank you for dusting off my inspiration!

House of the Week: 611 Virginia Belle Drive, Smyrna

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This contemporary home sits on a large lot in the Gentry Place subdivision.  With a generous back yard, this home offers a great wide-open space.
 

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This three-bedroom brick home with stone accents offers lots of extras!    One only has to come into the home to see that the curb appeal stretches beyond the outside.  The kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless appliances and tons of storage – a cook’s delight! The pleasant dining area is filled with brilliant natural light.  You’ll find 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 1 half bath in this home. The large, fenced yard is just waiting for your next outdoor party.

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-There is an eat-in kitchen with bookshelves and a formal dining room.
-The large family room features a fireplace, hardwoods and direct access to the kitchen and back yard, and there is also a spacious bonus room.-The master suite is on the first floor with two large bedrooms upstairs.

View complete property details here and take a virtual tour here.

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Agent: Sharon Burns

Email: BURNSHA@realtracs.com
Phone: (615) 394-1796

Website

 

 

4th & Monroe New Construction Units Available During Two-Day Sales Event

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4th & Monroe Condo Development in GermantownToday, we’re excited to announce a 13-unit expansion of the 4th & Monroe condo development in Germantown. Represented by Steve Mabee and Nathan Weinberg of Music City Dwellings, this will be the first new development project representation for the PARKS office in the Gulch.

 

Slated for completion in early June, the expansion includes eight carriage homes and five townhomes ranging in price from $372,000 to $470,000.

 

The 1600-square-foot carriage homes include two bedrooms and ground-level access to the courtyard. The three-story townhomes Heli-Arctic Parka sit at nearly 2100 square feet and feature three bedrooms, a walkout balcony off the master suite and private patio on the ground floor. All 13 new construction units include two-car garages, a rare amenity for urban developments in Nashville.

 

The new units will be sold during a two-day sales event April 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Additional information about the new construction units, including floor plans and a photo gallery, can be viewed at 4thandM.com. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a viewing, click here.

 

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The 25 existing units at 4th & Monroe, which were converted to apartments in 2010, will transition back to condos as they become vacantKensington Parka starting in July. The development expects the final units to be placed on the market by 2014.

 

The existing units include flats and townhomes ranging in size from 700 to 1400 square feet. Prices for these units are expected to range from approximately $185,000 to $450,000.

 

Will we see you at the sales event next week?

 

Home Buying Made Simple

So, you’re ready to find your dream home. Knowing where to start can be tricky. Here’s a quick list of basically what to expect along the way. Let one of our Parks Realty associates point you in the right direction and help you with the details.
Start your home search with confidence. Contact Legacy Lending Group, LLC for mortgage pre-approval. Our friendly team of lending officers has the experience Expedition Parka and know-how to make your dream a reality.

 

Team up with a good agent. With several offices across Middle Tennessee, we’re sure to be in your area. Let one of our real estate professionals help you find your next dream home.

 

Research neighborhoods and communities to narrow your search. Maybe you are drawn to life in the more urban areas of town. Perhaps it’s the call ofExpedition Parka the country you hear… or something in between. Discover what Nashville and its surrounding areas have to offer through our map search.

 

Find the home of your dreams. Make a list of needs and wants you have in mind for your new space. Be flexible and open to different ideas. Explore homes with your Parks Realty agent and select the one that will best suit your needs.

 

Make an offer and negotiate with the help of your Parks Realty Agent. There are lots of things to consider and we can help.

 

Contact your Legacy Lending Group Loan Officer to let them know your contract has been written and accepted. Provide updated financial documents for a final approval, if needed.

 

Get it inspected. Your Parks Realty agent will be able to provide you with referrals to preferred vendors for a professional home inspection or any other inspections you may need.

 

Finalize and release any contingencies. You’re almost ready to close! Better start packing.

 

Contact your insurance agent to obtain an appropriate homeowners insurance policy. If you’re purchasing a condo, be sure to add a contents policy for extra protection.

 

Schedule your closing with SolomonParks Title & Escrow, LLC. Along with your agent, they will walk you through to the home stretch! Gather any documents needed at closing, as advised by your team of professionals.

 

Final walk through. Take one last look at the house to ensure everything is ready to go. If you’re buying new construction, this process might stretch out a little. Your agent and builder can give you the details here, as each can differ slightly, depending on the builder’s policies.

 

Attend your closing. You’ve made it to the final step! Take a deep breath… this is the easy part. Bring your driver’s license or other official form of identification and a cashier’s check for the balance of your initial investment, if needed. It’s time to sign the loan documents and get the keys to your new home. Congratulations! You’re a new homeowner!

 

Parks Realty strives to keep you in the loop with updates in the real estate market, as well as things happening around town. When you think real estate, think PARKS.