HGTV loves Nashville, and it seems the country can’t get enough Nashville renovations. There are shows dedicated to renovations in just the Nashville area, but even the shows that haven’t originated here still want to take advantage of the trends that have made the Nashville renovation scene so hot and competitive.
Masters of Flip
Kortney and Dave Wilson, Nashville-area home renovation buffs, focus on neglected Nashville homes, transforming them into show-stoppers on their hit HGTV show “Masters of Flip.” Houses featured on the show are typically older, occasionally historic, homes with beautiful bones and architecture that need a lot of love and a keen eye.
Tune in: Mondays at 8 pm central time.
Lex and Alana LeBlanc, both Nashville natives of “Listed Sisters” fame, have filmed two seasons in and around the Nashville area. Focusing more on cosmetic renovations for quick moves and even quicker sells, this real estate pair helps Nashville homeowners fetch top dollar for their properties. Lex LeBlanc now runs LAVA Home Design, a “decor and more” store and interior design firm, offering her expertise to East Nashville homeowners.
Tune in: Currently filming season 2.
Property Brothers has run several searches for fixer-uppers in the Nashville area, so be on the lookout for those episodes in upcoming seasons. If you’re not familiar with “Property Brothers“, twins Drew and Scott have been regulars on HGTV for several years helping homeowners renovate, buy, and sell their homes through the principal show based in Toronto and several spinoffs around the United States.
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Flip or Flop
HGTV just announced a “Flip or Flop” spinoff here in Nashville, despite the divorce between its stars, Christina and Tarek El Moussa. They haven’t announced the hosts yet, but have confirmed that it will be hosted by a couple who can manage the renovations together. Viewers can expect the same
Tune in: The Nashville spin-off is still in the development phase, but is expected within the next year.
“Nashville Flipped“, a DIY Network show hosted by Troy Dean Shafer, an East Nashville struggling musician-turned home renovation junkie, focuses on historic restoration of abandoned and dilapidated homes. Shafer plus interior designer Julie Couch make a great team turning some of the biggest eyesores in the area into some truly incredible homes for Nashville to be proud of.
Tune in: Currently filming season 2.
As much as we love watching these seemingly magical renovations, what’s the effect on Nashville area home-buyers? How do these shows, and the amateur home flipping they inspire, change the market?
Experts seem to agree that Nashville is probably currently at a peak in the home flipping trend, which, unfortunately for first-time home buyers, means that fixer-uppers are selling for a premium due to competition. Often, these homes can get into bidding wars; unlike the trends in other areas of the country, where the buyers hold all the power, buyers may find themselves at a disadvantage here if they don’t have a flexible budget.
However, it may still be a buyers’ market for the homes that have already been renovated. Buyers can, and do, expect more. This is called “The HGTV effect,” and it has been in full display all over the United States and Canada. Buyers are no longer content with laminate countertops and fixtures in shiny contractor brass; they want granite and marble counter-tops, trendy light French oak plank floors (cerused, please), sustainably-sourced materials, clever textures, and light, airy spaces.
Sellers will have to get their houses up to expectations, or they may find that they have to settle for far less than they were hoping to earn for their homes. These homes that are not necessarily in need of renovations, but are outdated and lack trendy features may be where potential buyers find they can get the most bang for their buck. They can later update the home, one stage at a time, as they are able to afford it.
Across the board, Nashville HGTV hosts agree that neutral palettes with dove gray walls, light floors, white accents, and tiny pops of carefully-selected color are ideal, carefully displaying the delicious Nashville architecture that has so captured the attention of the nation. Less is more here, a trend that appeals to Millennials, who have embraced mindful minimalism.
If you’re a homebuyer who wants to have that modern, magazine-spread neutral home, you should find that they will continue to be available all over Nashville, as this house-flipping trend is only limited by the amount of available real estate. Ask for more, expect to pay less, and thank HGTV for helping to create this voracious market for meticulously remodeled homes.