What’s happening in November?

What’s happening in November?

It’s officially sweater weather in Nashville and there’s no shortage of events to head outdoors and enjoy it!

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Are You a First-Time Homebuyer?

Are You a First-Time Homebuyer?

Are You a First-Time Homebuyer?

Guest Post by Tim Britt

Purchasing a home can be a daunting endeavor, even for those who may have done it many times previously. Home ownership can represent so many different things to individuals and families; depending on the particular stage of life they’re in. For those embarking on this journey for the first time, I thought I’d share a few tips and things to consider as you begin the process. Even those who may have previously done so may find some of this information helpful.

In 1989, Steven Covey published a ground-breaking book titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In it, he outlines habits that, when practiced in most any area of life, can often produce better results. A couple of his ideas come to mind as it relates to purchasing a new home and I want to share how they may be helpful…particularly, if this is the first time!

Begin With The End In Mind. I always ask my clients “what are your goals and dreams associated with this home purchase?” Or…”what will life look like in 5 years from now for you/your family?” While some will answer right away with “…this is a starter home for us;” or “…we want our children to go to a specific school;” some haven’t really thought about home ownership in those terms. From my perspective, I want to know this so I can help them choose the best loan program that will help them fulfill their goals. Here are some typical questions First-Time Homebuyers may want to ponder as it relates to financing a home purchase:

  • Why do we really want to buy a home?
  • How long do we plan to live in this home?
  • How does a mortgage fit into our current budget?
  • What are the “other” costs of home ownership… beyond the monthly payment?

There may be several “ends” associated with the purchase of a home.  The first may be Closing Day!  The last one may be the day you decide to sell it!  There could be many in-between…such as starting a family or launching a home-based business.  Whatever they are…I encourage folks to be thoughtful!  Knowing what those “ends” are can be helpful in articulating your “why!”

First Things First!  The idea behind this habit is to prioritize the activities related to shopping and purchasing a home in a manner that puts the most urgent and important ones at the beginning!  While it may be exciting to jump on a real estate website and start browsing listings right away to find that “dream home,” there’s a danger of creating an emotional attachment to a beautiful home, only to discover that it doesn’t fit into your budget, family needs, goals, or…isn’t even available for sale any longer.  Here are a few suggested “First Things” for new homebuyers:

  • Know your budget: monthly payment, cash available for the purchase, as well as ongoing (future) maintenance costs.
  • Know your needs (vs your wants): establish the things that the home must have in order to accomplish your goals for purchasing.
  • Know your “why:” be able to articulate exactly why you want to buy a home. For some families…it may be related to a school choice.  For others, it’s proximity to job, family or other factors.  There is no “wrong” answer…just know your own “why!”

Finally, choose trusted advisors to guide you along the way.  The 2 most important advisors to identify early in home buying process are a licensed Realtor and a Mortgage Lender.  Since a home purchase represents both the largest asset and largest debt most families will ever incur, the guidance and professional advice from a trusted Realtor and Lender will be invaluable.  When they get to know you and understand your particular “why,” they can help you choose the best home and financing options to meet your individual needs.

Tim Britt Supreme Lending

 

 

Tim Britt is a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer (NMLS 1369718) with Fifth Third Bank in Brentwood, TN. He can be reached at 615-415-8887 or [email protected]. The statements or opinions expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent those of Fifth Third Bank.

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4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market.
  • Buyers are often competing with one another for the listings that are available.
  • Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

Spring will always remain the most popular time to buy or sell a house. That’s not to say Fall can’t be just as productive for both buyers and sellers. If you’re on the fence or have any questions we’ll be glad to talk to you, and if you decide to buy or sell we would be honored to assist you!

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Middle Tennessee Haunted Attractions 2018

Middle Tennessee Haunted Attractions 2018

Having two fearless boys in the family who would much rather watch “It” than any animated film means we probably have a few trips to haunted houses in our near future even though they’re really not my cup of tea! 

The fact that I’m a huge chicken and will scream louder than anyone else there makes both of my sons want to drag me with them to these haunted houses even more. If you or your kids are also looking for a nightmare-inducing good time this October, maybe one of these attractions will fit the bill. If you want to experience the spooky season without completely terrifying your younger children (or yourself), Travellers Rest Plantation will be sharing dark and twisted tales of Tennessee history on October 12 and the historic Oaklands Mansion is offering flashlight tours several nights in October

Middle Tennessee Haunted Attractions:

 

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Local Business Spotlight: Rice’s Country Hams

Local Business Spotlight: Rice’s Country Hams

Local Country Ham Store Featured on Tennessee Crossroads

Did you know that October is National Eat Country Ham Month?  Well, now that you know, you need to head over to Rice’s Country Hams in Mt. Juliet to get ya some.  Started by Ed Rice, Sr. (Ron’s great uncle), Rice’s Country Hams is a third generation, family owned and operated business, and in fact, it’s the oldest retail business still in operation in Mt. Juliet. The Rice family has been curing country hams for over 60 years and has won countless blue ribbons and trophies over the years for their hams.  They’ve been featured on Tennessee Crossroads, and in 2014, Ed Sr. and Ed Jr. were inducted in the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame.  This family knows their hams, and their store has been a staple of the community for decades.

 Rice's Country Hams  Rice's Country Hams

Salt-cured, hickory smoked and naturally aged to perfection

Rice’s hams are salt-cured, hickory smoked and naturally aged, and from start to finish, they take the better part of a year before they’re ready to sell.  While their mouth-watering hams may be the star attraction, Rice’s thick sliced smoked bacon and hickory-smoked sausage are crowd pleasers too. The store also offers specialty items, such as pepper jelly, apple butter, grits, and sorghum, as well as gift packs which will shave some time off your holiday shopping.

Ham this good isn’t available year round

Rice’s is open only a few months of the year, usually from early October until Christmas Eve. Currently, the store hours are 9:00-4:00 Tuesday through Saturday, and you can also order through the website.  A little tip we learned the hard way: when you stop by to pick up your holiday ham, don’t forget to buy extra for your freezer so you can get your fix in the summertime when the store is closed!

Rice's Country Hams, homemade biscuits, and Broken Comb Honey local honey from Wilson County, Tennessee

Rice’s Country Hams with homemade biscuits and Broken Comb Honey from Wilson County, Tennessee

Rice’s Country Hams is located at 12217 Lebanon Rd, Mt Juliet, TN 37122 and can be reached at (615) 758-2362 or through their website at RicesCountryHams.com.

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This Weekend’s Open Houses

This Weekend’s Open Houses

Here are this weekend’s Open Houses for residential real estate in Nashville and surrounding areas! If you would like to customize this search to meet your needs, click on “See All Results” at the bottom of this page and modify the search fields on the next page.

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Open House 07/17 at 10:30AM
$1,469,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,536
SQFT
1419 Richland Woods Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Richlands Woods Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$1,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,057
SQFT
322 Springhouse Circle
Franklin, TN 37067
 
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,820
SQFT
5212 Williamsburg Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Meadow Lake Sec 3 Subdivision
Open House 07/20 at 2PM
$1,019,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,815
SQFT
4213a Farrar Ave
Nashville, TN 37215
Green Hills Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$999,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,714
SQFT
9272 Hunterboro Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentmeade Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 7PM
$950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,537
SQFT
305 Starling Ln
Franklin, TN 37064
Westhaven Sec 11 Subdivision
Open House 07/20 at 2PM
$950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,918
SQFT
1030 Karens Way Pvt
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Ronald Gourley Property Subdivision
Open House 07/18 at 7:30AM
$944,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,965
SQFT
417 Chicken Creek Rd
Frankewing, TN 38459
metes/bounds Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,824
SQFT
1252 Chloe Dr
Gallatin, TN 37066
Fairvue Plantation Ph 10 Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,505
SQFT
3633 General Bate Dr
Nashville, TN 37204
Green Hills Subdivision
Open House 07/17 at 1PM
$884,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,880
SQFT
4016 Westlawn Dr
Nashville, TN 37209
Sylvan Park Subdivision
Open House 07/20 at 2PM
$879,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,876
SQFT
1002a Woodmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37204
12 South Green Hills Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$874,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,096
SQFT
600 Bedford Forest Dr.
Old Hickory, TN 37138
Hermitage Harbor Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 11AM
$850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,501
SQFT
1108 Willow Brook Pt
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Hickory Isles 1 Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$844,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,700
SQFT
2242 Brienz Valley Dr
Franklin, TN 37064
Brienz Valley Sec3 Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$839,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,052
SQFT
113 Everbright Ave
Franklin, TN 37064
Battle Ground Park Subdivision
Open House 07/20 at 1PM
$839,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,667
SQFT
2476 Santa Barbara Lane Lot 205
Franklin, TN 37069
FOXEN CANYON Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$829,000
Condominium For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,261
SQFT
4000 W End Ave Apt 205 #205
Nashville, TN 37205
Jacksonian 4000 Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$829,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,100
SQFT
1902 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
12th South Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 2PM
$824,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,602
SQFT
928 Belden Way
Nashville, TN 37221
Breckston Park Sec 2 Subdivision

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