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Music For Your Eyes … Nashville’s Public Art

Nashville has a solid reputation as a city that values creative expression, especially in the form of music. But there’s another art form that has exploded in the last few years in Music City, and it’s free and accessible to everyone. Public art, such as colorful murals and exquisite sculptures, can be found all over downtown, in green spaces, around the suburbs, and beyond. If you’ve driven through the Gulch in recent months, you’ve likely noticed the line of people…

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Number of Buyers Putting Down Less Than 10% Hits 7-Year High

According to Black Knight Financial Service’s Mortgage Monitor Report, 1.5 million Americans have purchased a home with down payments under than 10% over the last 12 months. This is great news for buyers as this marks a 7-year high. Many mortgage programs offered by agencies like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae allow buyers to put down as low as 3% to purchase their dream homes. The strength of the housing market has aided buyers who used low-down-payment programs to buy. As a recent CNBC article points out, “Defaults on recent low down…

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Don’t Disqualify Yourself… 52% of Approved Loans Have A FICO® Score Under 750

The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market. One such study by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that many millennials have not yet considered purchasing homes simply because they don’t believe they can qualify for a mortgage. A recent article about millennials by Realtor.com explained that: “About 72% of aspiring millennial buyers said they’re waiting because they can’t afford…

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Hey, Millennial Homeowners!! It May Be Time to Sell

Contrary to what many believe, Millennials are not the ‘renter’ generation. Millennials purchased a larger percentage (34%) of homes in the U.S. than any other age group in 2017 and the most recent Census Bureau report shows that the homeownership rate among Millennials is finally on the rise. Many Millennials took advantage of post housing crash prices and the First-Time Homebuyers’ Tax Credit and jumped into homeownership in 2010. If you are one of these buyers, now may be the time to sell for many…

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Homeowner’s Net Worth Is Still Greater Than a Renter’s

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter($194,500 vs. $5,400).  The latest survey data, covering 2014-2016 will be released later this year. In the meantime, Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist estimates that the gap has widened even further, to 45 times greater ($225,000 vs. $5,000)!  Put…

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Want to Keep up with the Joneses? Now’s the Time

Does your current house fit your needs? Does it seem like everyone else is moving up and moving on to more luxurious surroundings? Are you wondering what it would take to start living your dream life? Market conditions around the country have presented an opportunity like no other for those who are looking to make the jump to a premium or luxury home. The National Association of Realtors reports that national inventory levels are now at a 4.3-month supply. A normal market, where…

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Be Careful Not to Get Caught in The Rental Trap!

There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by ConsumerAffairs addressed the continuous rise in rents, stating: “The cost of putting a roof over your head continues to go up. Not only are home prices still rising, but the cost of rent rose 0.5% in June.” Additionally, in the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University’s 2017 State…

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Americans Still Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment

According to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type of investment. Bankrate asked Americans to answer the following question: “What is the best way to invest money you wouldn’t need for 10 years or more?” Real Estate came in as the top choice with 28% of all respondents (3% higher than last year), while cash investments – such as savings accounts and CD’s…

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Nashville’s Original Suburb

Germantown Germantown covers an area of 18-square blocks and is Nashville’s oldest residential subdivision.  The streets are lined with brick sidewalks, and the neighborhood, designated as a city arboretum, has more greenery than the average urban neighborhood.  Homes in this area range from the late-1800s Victorians and cottages to newer homes, townhouses and condominiums. This charming neighborhood is only one mile from the heart of Downtown Nashville, two miles from The Gulch, and a little over two miles from East…

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Relocating? Why Nashville Is The Hometown Of Choice

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Nashville is being called the “It City” and that, depending upon the source, 60-80 people a day are relocating to Music City.  It’s really no wonder that people are drawn here, due to our relatively low cost of living, high quality of life, and central location in the Southeast.  Nashville has grown enough that, like larger metropolitan areas around the country, it has much to offer in the way of jobs, affordable residential…