Did You Know Mt. Juliet is One of the Fastest Growing Cities in America?

Mt. Juliet has a lot to offer. Contact PARKS to find your new home today!

Did You Know Mt. Juliet is One of the Fastest Growing Cities in America?

Since Middle Tennessee is one of the fastest growing regions of the United States, it should come as no surprise that Mt. Juliet, TN is growing as well. In fact, according to the 2010 Census, Mt. Juliet is the 29th fastest growing city in the U.S. This Wilson County city is located east of Nashville and has a lot to offer! Perhaps you’ll find your brand new home from PARKS in Mt. Juliet.

Mt. Juliet has a lot to offer. Contact PARKS to find your new home today!

The History of Mt. Juliet

Formed in 1835, the idea for town name has two possible theories.


1)    The town was named after Ms. Julia Gleaves, who was known for taking care of others in the community.


2)    The town was named after the Mount Juliet Estate located in County Kilkenny, Ireland.


A majority of residents believe the second theory to be true!


Since being incorporated as a city in 1972, Mt. Juliet has continued to grow at a steady rate and has approximately 24,000 residents.

What To Do In Mt. Juliet, TN


No matter if you enjoy exploring the great outdoors or going out to eat and drink with family and friends, Mt. Juliet has something for you.


With easy access to Nashville, either via the interstate or the Music City Star railway system, a fun day in the city is only a few minutes away! For those who have to commute into the city for work, the Music City Star railway is a popular transportation choice.


Love to hike? You’re in the right place! Mt. Juliet is nearby a variety of exciting and captivating trails. These trails encompass a variety of intensities, so whether you’re a hiking pro or looking for a nice outdoor activity to do with your family on a nice day, Mt. Juliet has just what you’re looking for.


For those looking to have a delicious meal, Mt. Juliet has so much to offer! From the top-rated Cheddar’s restaurant offering an American menu, to El Rey Azteca offering a wide assortment of Mexican cuisine, to Big Al’s BBQ, there is something for everyone in Mt. Juliet, TN.

Find Your New Home in Mt. Juliet, TN!

PARKS has several homes for sale in Mt. Juliet, TN


PARKS has a vast selection of beautiful homes for sale in Mt. Juliet, TN. Contact us today to learn more about a specific home.




PARKS Boasts Successful Night at Awards of Excellence Gala

PARKS Boasts Successful Night at Awards of Excellence Gala

Parks-Gnar-BlogOn March 14, 2015 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® held their annual Awards of Excellence Gala. The PARKS team of realtors had a great time and a night of fun, as the areas’ top realtors and companies came together to honor those with notable achievements in the year 2014.


The theme of the night was red carpet, which made the award winners and guests truly feel like the stars they are. Amy Cannon, Chairman of the Awards committee, is the mastermind behind the entire captivating and successful night.


Cindy Stanton, PARKS broker and GNAR President, presented the 184 awards to the hard working and motivated realtors. The 184 Awards of Excellence were based on criteria, such as:

  • Sales Volume
  • Transactions
  • Association Involvement





PARKS is excited to note that Kendra Cooke received special awards for Top Team Listing and Top Team Selling. Other PARKS team members honored for their hard work, success and determination include:

  • Dawn Franklin — Gold Award Recipient
  • Amy Cannon — Gold Award Recipient
  • Andrea Woodward — Gold Award Recipient
  • Mary Beth Thomas — Diamond Award Recipient
  • Ivy Arnold — Diamond Award Recipient
  • Scott Evans — Platinum Award Recipient


Our award winners and dedication to the real estate industry in Middle Tennessee is a testament to the unwavering support from each and every realtor at PARKS.


As a prominent professional trade association in Middle Tennessee, the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® provides the area’s realtors and property-owners with a variety of resources and opportunities.


Overall, the event was a tremendous success and the PARKS family was proud to be a part of the event.

4 Spring Gardening and Landscaping Tips You Can Do Today

4 Spring Gardening and Landscaping Tips You Can Do Today

It’s finally starting to feel like spring in Middle Tennessee. If you’re like most people, you are probably dying to get outside and enjoy the warm, beautiful weather. While you’re outside, why not get some gardening and landscaping projects done? The weather is great and you can get a head start on your gardening; it’s a win-win situation!


Try out these simple gardening and landscaping tips and ideas this spring.

Spruce Up Your Lawn First

The winter weather most likely left quite a bit of twigs, leaves and other types of outdoor debris strewn across your lawn. Before you dive head first into your gardening projects, be sure to pick up any sticks and leaves scattered about your lawn. In fact, you can use a wood chipper or shredder to turn those sticks and leaves into mulch and/or compost for your garden.

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Don’t forget to clear out your garden as well. Leaves, weeds, and sticks love to hide in and around your garden during the winter season.

Find Dry Spots Around Your Lawn

The winter weather can be harsh on a residential lawn. Take time to walk around your lawn and note any dead or dry areas that will need more fertilizer or other treatment. Keep in mind, if you’re not confident determining which areas need regrowth and revitalization, you can always call your local landscaping company. Middle Tennessee is full of great landscapers!

Determine Which Flowers and Plants You’ll Use This Year

This is quite possibly the most exciting part of gardening! From the state flower, the Iris, to a plethora of shrubbery, you’ll have an expansive selection to choose from. Many Tennessee homeowners enjoy the following plants and flowers in their garden:


  • Irises
  • Coneflowers
  • Mums
  • Pansies
  • Black-eyed Susan

Beautiful bright irises on green background

Don’t forget: these flowers are native Tennessee flowers!


You can always ask your local greenhouse or gardening center about the various types of flowers and plants available in your area. They can also provide you with a wealth of gardening tips!

Vertical Plant Garden

Have you heard of vertical gardening systems? They are a new trend that can be completed outside and inside your home. Need inspiration? Check out these 15 vertical gardening ideas. Some of these are amazing!


Of course, if you’re not the gardening or outdoorsy type, you can always pick up potted plants from your local gardening center in Middle Tennessee! Be sure to ask the employees for tips on how to best keep these plants. Some plants prefer shade, while others prefer light.


Also, choose potted plants that fit your personality and/or time constraints. Certain potted plants, such as pansies, require a lot of watering, so plan accordingly!


What do you plan on planting and/or gardening this spring?




5 Quick Cleaning Tips You Can Use in March (Or Any Month of the Year)

A hair dryer can take water rings off of your wood furniture

5 Quick Cleaning Tips You Can Use in March (Or Any Month of the Year)

All right Mother Nature, Middle Tennessee is tired of snow and ice! Bring us some of that amazing spring weather. For many, spring weather signals the start of spring cleaning. But who decided that a majority of your cleaning had to occur in the spring? These quick cleaning hacks will help you all year long.


Clean Your Blinds Using Vinegar

Attempting to clean the many blinds around your home can be daunting and difficult. That is, unless you use this trick!


Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl of your choice. Obviously, the more blinds you have in your house, the more mixture you’ll need.


Find an old, and clean, sock and slip it on your hand. Dip your hand (and sock) into the mixture, and then wipe across each blind. To get the backside, simply grip the singular blind using your hand! It’s that easy.


For a detailed explanation, visit Keep Home Simple.

Easily clean your blinds using a water and vinegar mixture!

Use Your Blow Dryer to Remove Water Rings on Furniture

Admit it, you’re guilty of leaving drink rings on furniture too. Don’t worry, we’ve all been guilty of this!


Luckily, there’s an easy and quick way to remove these rings without having to refinish your furniture. And, you already have the answer sitting somewhere in your bathroom. The solution? Your hair dryer!


Simply leave your hair dryer on high next to the ring, and voilà!


Check out this tip (and more) from Homemade Mama’s for further proof that this nifty spring cleaning trick works wonders.


Of course, the fastest way to get rid of drink and water rings is to use a coaster!

A hair dryer can take water rings off of your wood furniture

Clean Your Coffee Pot With Vinegar

Say it with us: vinegar works wonders.


If you’re like most homeowners, your coffee pot is a national treasure. It’s used every morning, and potentially every night depending on your work/life schedule. With all this use, the coffee pot becomes pretty dirty. Once again, water and vinegar to the rescue.


Simply run equal parts water and vinegar through your coffee pot and let it sit for about an hour. Be sure to rinse the mixture out once your hour is up. Unless, of course, you enjoy the taste of vinegar in your morning coffee!


You can find more coffee and cleaning tips at The Kitchn.

Vinegar and water can clean out your coffee pot too

Make a Realistic Cleaning Schedule

Unfortunately, it’s unrealistic to expect that you can clean your entire home in only a few hours.


Divide your cleaning up into reasonable chunks and you’ll find that you actually accomplish more. For instance, instead of saying that you’ll clean your entire house in a weekend, put it on your schedule to clean the bathroom on Monday, the kitchen on Tuesday, and so forth.


You’ll overwhelm yourself by trying to dive headfirst into a mess. Spread out your cleaning tasks and you’ll enjoy a cleaner spring (and 2015)!

Make Cleaning Fun!

Once you’ve got your cleaning schedule figured out, it’s time to have fun. Now, unless you thoroughly enjoy cleaning, we know these chores are not what you look forward to. Therefore, you have to find ways to make these tasks enjoyable. Try these tricks to get started:


  • Put on your favorite music and dance
  • Turn it into a game
  • Use the time to workout, while cleaning (Hello lunges!)
  • Sing at the top of your lungs
  • Whatever you like to do!


Do you have any spring cleaning tricks to share?




15 Years of Granting Wishes with Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee

PARKS and Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee have been granted wishes for over 15 years

15 Years of Granting Wishes with Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee

PARKS and Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee have been granted wishes for over 15 years
There is nothing more joyous than making a child smile, and the agents at PARKS know this feeling quite well.


Since the inception of Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee in 2000, PARKS has been honored to be a corporate sponsor of the local Make-a-Wish chapter. Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee grants the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions, with the goal of providing hope, strength and joy.


As part of a continuous effort to help local children and benefit Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee, PARKS established an Ambassador Program. This intiative is championed by select agents within each PARKS office across Middle Tennessee. PARKS agents hope to raise a collective $22,500 among all offices in 2015. In addition to our workplace giving to Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee, donations made through the transactions of buying and/or selling homes are also contributed.


Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee hopes to grant 142 wishes to local children this year, and PARKS will continue to help the chapter reach their goal in 2015.


“Causes that benefit children have always been a top priority for our company. That is why we are active in adopting schools, participate in building community playgrounds, and donating our time and resources to the children and families of Middle Tennessee” Bob Parks stated.


In addition to volunteering for and donating to Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee, PARKS is also active in local charitable organizations such as the Tennessee School for the Blind, Habitat for Humanity, Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, and Christmas for the Children (a charity started by the flagship Bob Parks Realty over 20 years ago).


Recent Middle Tennessee Wishes

Josh N., of Franklin, Tennessee, dreams of becoming a rodeo cowboy when he grows up! In fact, complete with his full cowboy attired, pretend bull his Dad made from PVC pipe, and a lasso, Josh practices his rodeo skills everyday.


The 6-year-old boy has Craniopharyngioma, and will be going to a dude ranch in New Mexico in May Through this wish, Josh will have the opportunity to enjoy being a real rodeo cowboy!
PARKS and Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee helped Josh receive his wish of becoming a rodeo cowboy

Elliot is going to Disney World! Michelle Glass, from the PARKS office in Franklin helped grant Elliot’s wish through the Women Inspiring Strength and Hope initiative this past October.


Elliot’s wish announcement party was hosted at his all-time favorite place, Chick-Fil-A! While dining on chicken nuggets with friends and family, Elliot got to celebrate his wish coming true! A big thanks to Michelle and the Franklin PARKS office for helping to make Elliot’s wish happen.
PARKS and Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee helped Elliot go to Disney World!


PARKS thoroughly enjoys sponsoring working with Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee to help local children in need. The joy of finding a family the perfect home is second only to the joy of giving back to the children and our local community.