How’s the Nashville Real Estate Market?

How is the market? It’s a question our agents get asked a lot, and for good reason. If you’re considering buying a new home or selling one that you already own, the market trends and predictions are important in the decision-making process. Below is our most recent market update information for Davidson, Maury, Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, and Sumner counties to help you make the most informed and beneficial choices possible.

Davidson County Market Update

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What to Know About HOA Fees

 

Most planned communities whether it be a condo, townhome, or single-family home in a gated community have a Homeowners Association (HOA). By buying into the community, you are agreeing that you will take part in the HOA, and the HOA fees that come with it. While it’s nothing to be nervous about, and for many, allow the community to remain in excellent care, it is important to understand what you’re getting yourself into. Treat the HOA fees as you would with any other aspect of home buying and do your research.

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How’s the Nashville Real Estate Market?

How is the market? It’s a question our agents get asked a lot, and for good reason. If you’re considering buying a new home or selling one that you already own, the market trends and predictions are important in the decision-making process. Below is our most recent market update information for Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, and Sumner counties to help you make the most informed and beneficial choices possible.

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Money Saving Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

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There are plenty of ways for first-time shoppers to lock in a great deal on the starter home of their dreams. However, they may not know about them due to the fact that they’re relatively inexperienced when it comes to shopping for a property, in addition to the conditions that currently exist in the housing market. Working with an experienced real estate professional can help quite a bit in this regard, but it’s also important to do as much research as possible on how to effectively cut costs.
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How’s the Nashville Real Estate Market?

How is the market? It’s a question our agents get asked a lot, and for good reason. If you’re considering buying a new home or selling one you already own, the market trends and predictions are important in the decision making process. Below is our most recent market update information for Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, and Sumner counties to help you make the most informed and beneficial choices possible.


DAVIDSON COUNTY MARKET UPDATE

Homes For Sale
• Up 5.7% compared to the last month
• Down 0.7% compared to the last year

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How to Communicate with Your Real Estate Agent

 

Buying a home can be a stressful, challenging process. There is usually a steep learning curve for first-time buyers, who may find themselves surrounded by jargon and more steps than your typical Irish folk dance. Even seasoned buyers usually don’t look forward to this long process.

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How to Find the Best School for your Kids When Moving

Finding SchoolsIf you’re preparing to make a move to a new home, you already know that it’s a monumental decision in one’s life. It becomes even more significant if you have children who are (or will soon be) of school age.

 

Whether they’re already enrolled in school or their school career is just around the corner, moving house is one of the most impactful moments that can happen in any child’s life. You can make the transition easier by ensuring that their new school measures up.

 

Regardless of your preference for public or private school, there are a number of important factors to consider when deciding where to move. Even if you’re locked in to a generalgeographic location because of your job requirements, you can examine all of the schools – at least from a distance – in that area before setting up house.

 
Try to keep the following things in mind as you seek out your child(ren)’s new school:

     

  • Make a wish list. Together with your child, make a written list of the qualities you and they would love to have in a school. For example: specific instructional styles, size of the school, class size, learning structure, grading system, diversity, extra-curricular activities and specific class offerings like languages. Use this list to refer to as you consider each school.
     

  • Look at school performance records. In addition to ticking off items on your wish list, it’s also important to investigate how well a potential school compares in terms of test scores, college readiness, attendance and parent reviews.
     

  • Visit the top contenders. If possible, once you have your list narrowed down to a manageable number, your best next move is to physically pay a visit to each remaining option. Without actually seeing the school in action, you can miss important nuances and details about the administration, staff and students that you simply can’t glean from a distance.
     

  • Ask other parents. This may prove to be a challenge, but if you’re able to make a visit to the school, ask the principal if there are any parents who you may contact to learn more. Additionally, if you already know anyone who lives in the area, see if they happen to have any friends or relatives with children who attend the school in question. You may even be able to use your professional network to connect with the right people, especially if the move is related to your job.
     

  • Focus on the big picture. While we definitely advocate for doing your due diligence when it comes to picking out a new school system for your child, the big picture is more important than tiny little minutiae that may cause some hesitation. Keep in mind that every school will probably have at least something that is less-than-optimal, but your goal should be to have its ‘Pros’ list outnumber its ‘Cons’ list.

 

After you’ve made a selection and have enrolled your child in their new school, it’s important to make sure that everything goes smoothly, but it is equally important that you are able to trust your child’s new school staff.

How to Search for Schools on PARKS Website and Mobile App

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It can be difficult to find the best places to live so that your children or child can go to a good school. But with the PARKS new features to the website and mobile app, there is now an easier and more convenient way to locate schools in your desired area.

 

PARKS Website

The PARKS website now has a new, organized design to assist PARKS website visitors in making well-informed decisions about neighborhoods and communities in Middle Tennessee. One of the great features is the school locater in the “neighborhoods” section of the website where there are boxes that you can select such as schools, hospitals, banks, churches, restaurants and theatres, that display your selection in your desired area(s). For example, if you select Williamson County, then Franklin, then click the schools box, it will display the school zone on the map the over 15 schools located in Franklin.

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PARKS Mobile App

The latest update on the PARKS mobile app has allowed visitors to type in a specific school district, or name of a desired school, and the app will outline the school zone on a map as well as display all of the listings in the selected area. This feature is a convenient way to find a great home in the area you want that also best suits your children’s schools. Here, you can create an account that works interchangeably with the website and app to give you the option to favorite and make notes on your favorite properties.

 

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DIY: Floral Arrangements for Your Home

DIY: Floral Arrangements for Your Home

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Whether you’ve just moved house or simply want to add some flair to your current home, floral arrangements are a visually interesting way to add color to almost any room.

 

Purchasing pre-designed arrangements will cost you a pretty penny. A great way to save money while still enjoying the beauty of flowers is to create your own floral arrangements!

 

Working with fresh cut flowers versus faux (silk) flowers

There are some differences to be aware of when deciding whether to create your floral arrangements with fresh flowers and plants or the artificial variety:
  • Artificial flowers will last virtually forever.
  • Fresh flowers have a pleasant aroma.
  • Silk or faux arrangements don’t require watering or care.Real flower arrangements can be created in a pot with soil, bringing new blooms each year.
  • Artificial flowers will not irritate anyone’s allergies.
  • Fresh flower arrangements (if cut) will wilt rather quickly.
  • Since faux flowers don’t have a shelf-life, you can create your arrangements at your leisure.

 

In recent years, the quality and variety of faux silk flowers and plants has improved significantly. Should you choose to create your floral arrangements with artificial flowers, you will find that it is nearly impossible to tell them apart from fresh flowers – even at close range.

 

DIY floral arrangement essentials

After you’ve decided on real or artificial flowers, choose a color palette for your floral arrangement based on the room it will occupy. Select several larger floral pieces as the focal point of your arrangement in the main color in your palette.

 

Next, choose several smaller flower varieties in different textures and coordinating colors from the focal point pieces. Adding contrasting colors makes a striking visual impact. Another option that produces surprisingly dramatic results is to use a number of different floral varieties in the same color or color family. Add some greenery around the edges of your arrangement if that appeals to you. Fronds, ferns and hosta leaves are all good options to fill in any gaps in your design.

 

Once you’ve selected all of your floral elements you’ll need to start putting your arrangement together. The basic steps include:

     

  • Create a base. Some DIY base ideas: a vase, planter box or flower pot. Inside the base you’ll need to use something solid like floral design foam (if using artificial flowers) or soil (if using real flowers).
     

  • Prepare your pieces for the base. Silk flowers will need to be trimmed so that they are all at the perfect length. Remember that they won’t all be the exact same length, as some will need to stand higher than others in order to become focal pieces.
     

  • Build your arrangement.  By adding your greenery first, your arrangement will look more life-like. Once the ferns, fronds or branches are inserted, arrange your focal flowers next because they are the most important element. Remember that your arrangement doesn’t have to be perfect; in fact, asymmetrical floral designs are more visually appealing than those that are exactly symmetrical. Add your contrasting flowers and plants around your focal flowers, rearranging and trimming stems as necessary. Be sure to take a look at your creation from all sides to ensure that it looks great from every angle.