Local Business Spotlight: Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace

Local Business Spotlight: Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace

Ask the Donelson locals where their neighborhood hangout is, and many will tell you it’s Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace.

Some regulars are even driving in from other areas just to hang out at Homegrown and catch a game on TV, listen to some live music or play in the dart league.

Locally sourced comfort food

The food menu offers comfort foods like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, shrimp and grits, creamy tomato basil soup, and custom grilled cheese sandwiches, and as much as possible, Homegrown sources ingredients from local and regional producers.

Craft beer

The craft beer selection is just as impressive, with about two dozen taps of beer and cider, sourced primarily from brewers in the Southeast.

Friendly atmosphere

There’s no doubt that the food and beer (and our favorite Pandora playlist in all of Nashville) keep Homegrown in our regular rotation, but perhaps what we’ve come to love most about Homegrown is the warm and relaxed vibe, knowing we’ll be greeted with a friendly welcome every time.

Visit Homegrown yourself and you’ll see why it didn’t take long for us to become regular “Homies” as their customers are referred to. Better yet, give me a call and I’ll meet you over there!

Did You Know… We Can Help with Relocations To AND From Middle Tennessee?

Did You Know… We Can Help with Relocations To AND From Middle Tennessee?

Choose Living Local Nashville to help you and your family and friends with relocations!

  • Know anyone from another part of the country looking to call Nashville home?
  • Thinking about moving to Tennessee and making Nashville your place of retirement?
  • Know someone in Nashville who’s pursuing an out-of-town job opportunity, or perhaps moving to another city to be closer to family?

Whether relocating to or from Middle Tennessee, Living Local Nashville can be a significant resource for those facing such a move.

For those looking to move to our area, we can:

  • Recommend an agent to help you sell your house in your current city
  • Provide neighborhood tours and familiarize you with Nashville to help you zone in on a specific area that most suits your needs and lifestyle
  • Set you up for email alerts notifying you of new listings that match your criteria as soon as they hit the market, and introduce you to other search tools to find the home of your dreams
  • Refer you to a local mortgage lender
  • Recommend a moving company
  • Help locate temporary housing in Nashville, if needed
  • Furnish you with vendor recommendations, such as cleaners, painters, flooring specialists, plumbers, roofers, and other trusted contractors to help you get settled in
  • Make as many recommendations as you request for restaurants, shops, services, and other local businesses
  • Refer you to our website for additional Area Information and Relocation tips
  • Stay available to answer any questions you may have about Nashville, the local real estate market or anything else you need.
Germantown Nashville Neighborhood

Photo taken in Nashville’s oldest neighborhood, Germantown

For those moving away from the Nashville area, we can:

  • Provide you with a Comparable Market Analysis and help you decide what your home is worth and make suggestions on how you might secure a higher sale price
  • Discuss with you our proven marketing strategy to list your home for sale and promote your listing aggressively within our in-house realtor network of over 1,000 agents, as well as on realtor sites and community pages on social media, locally and nationally
  • Refer you to cleaners, painters, window cleaners, electricians, HVAC techs and other trusted vendors to help prepare your home for the market
  • Refer you to our website for additional Resources on preparing and listing your home and showing it to prospective buyers
  • Recommend an agent in your destination city to help find your new home
  • Recommend a moving company
  • Hopefully, keep in touch after your move to see how you and your family are doing in your new hometown.

Whether moving to or from Nashville, our website has moving tips, tips on downsizing if that applies to you, and a lot of other valuable information.  As you can see, our services extend much farther than just helping folks buy and sell real estate.  We do strive to help our clients buy and sell properties in a manner that is least stressful and as smooth and efficient as possible, but we also want to see our clients preserving their real estate assets and living their best lives in their new homes.

We will certainly miss those who move away, and we enthusiastically welcome those moving in!



Local Business Spotlight: Blind and Shutter Lady

Local Business Spotlight: Blind and Shutter Lady

The Dilemma with a Great View

Donelson sunrise over the Cumberland River and Neelys Bend

When my wife and I (Ron) moved into our current home around a year ago, it was the amazing view from the back of the house that cinched our decision.  However, it didn’t take long to realize that those large windows across the back of the house had one small disadvantage… the blazing morning sun.  The sunrises from the master bedroom bay window are breathtaking, but if we’re being honest, we don’t often wake up in time for those sunrises.  And while the sun’s heat is very welcome in the winter months, it can be brutal in the summertime.  Luckily, we found the Blind and Shutter Lady (Pam Smith) to help us find the perfect window covering to block the heat and light when needed without blocking any more of the view than necessary at other times.  She also helped us with our bathroom window treatments, as well.

The Solution

From the initial in-home consultation through the installation of our blinds and shutters, Pam and her team made the process hassle-free.  She brought a huge selection of samples to the first meeting, and we noticed right away that she had a great deal of experience in her line of work.  We felt confident that she would not steer us wrong, and we were right.  We’re just as happy now as we were then with our window solutions.  We’re not the only ones either, as the clients we’ve referred to Pam have all been satisfied as well.

Bottom Line

If you’re in need of blinds, shutters or shades for your home or business, give the Blind and Shutter Lady a call.  She or another designer on her team will oversee the entire project, and as her website says, they “don’t rest until you’re delighted.”

Blind and Shutter Lady
Website: https://blindandshutterlady.com
Phone: (615) 288-2117

The Cost Of Renting Vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Cost Of Renting Vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

The cost of renting vs. buying


Some Highlights:

  • Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.
  • Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious.
  • Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, give us a call to find out if you can put your housing costs to work by buying this year!
How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?

How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer.

Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state.

Using data from HUDCensus and Apartment List, we determined how long it would take, nationwide, for a first-time buyer to save enough money for a down payment on their dream home. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their monthly housing expense.

By determining the percentage of income spent renting in each state, and the amount needed for a 10% down payment, we were able to establish how long (in years) it would take for an average resident to save enough money to buy a home of their own.

According to the data, residents in Kansas can save for a down payment the quickest, doing so in just over 1 year (1.12). Below is a map that was created using the data for each state:

Years needed to save a 10% down payment

What if you only needed to save 3%?

What if you were able to take advantage of one of Freddie Mac’s or Fannie Mae’s3%-down programs? Suddenly, saving for a down payment no longer takes 2 to 5 years, but becomes possible in less than a year in most states, as shown on the map below.

How long would it take to save 3% down payment

Bottom Line

Whether you have just begun to save for a down payment or have been saving for years, you may be closer to your dream home than you think!

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