Things to Do in Nashville This August

Nashville Outdoor Concerts and Music Festivals

Although Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary Festival in New York has been canceled, there are many outdoor music festivals and concerts still going off in Nashville without a hitch. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Music City loves a good music festival and there are several happening this month and next!

Music on Main in Goodlettsville (8/1)
Friday Night Live on Murfreesboro’s Square (8/2)
Fire on the Water Music Festival at Gallatin’s Lock 4 Park (8/3)
Brown Bag Lunch Special Concert Series at Centennial Park (8/14, 8/28)
Live on the Green (8/15, 8/22, 8/29-9/1)
Music at the Mansion at Rippavilla Plantation (8/16)
Full Moon Pickin’ Party at Warner Park Equestrian Center (8/16)
Bluebird on the Mountain at Dyer Observatory (8/24)
Spring Hill Pickin’ in the Park at Harvey Park (8/24)
Deep Tropics Music, Art & Style Festival at Bicentennial Park (8/24-8/25)
AmericanaFest Music Festival & Awards (9/10-9/15)
OUTLOUD Music Festival in Midtown/Church Street area (9/14)
Pilgrimage Festival at The Park at Harlinsdale (9/21-9/22)
Dancin’ in the District at Nashville Riverfront (10/10)
September Sundown at Musicians Corner (Thursdays in September)
Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards (Fridays and Saturdays through October)
Ascend Amphitheater (check website for dates)

Other August Events in Middle Tennessee

If you haven’t filled your calendar with concerts yet, August is also the month for the Titans’ kickoff party, East Nashville’s beloved Tomato Art Fest, and so much more!

Teacher Appreciation Night at FGL (8/1)
Street Eats on Deaderick Street (8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29)
Live Trivia at Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace (8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29)
Nashville Sounds Home Games at First Tennessee Park (8/1-8/5, 8/15-8/18, 8/30-8/31)
Movie Night: The Craft at Full Moon Cineplex (8/2)
Swing Dance Lessons at Mt. Juliet Community Center (8/2)
2019 Music City Open (Disc Golf) at Ravenwood Country Club (8/2-8/4)
Fest of Nashville at Capitol View (8/3)
Tennessee Titans Inaugural Kickoff Party at Nissan Stadium (8/3)
Sacred Sound in Salt at Third Coast Salt (8/3)
Annual Avant-Garage Sale at The Arts Company Nashville (8/3, 8/10)
Literacy at the Laundromat at Hermitage Coin Laundry (8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31)
Nashville Pink Bridal Show at Music City Center (8/4)
ADVENTURE: Chromatics Gallery Opening Reception at Chromatics Photo Imaging (8/8)
2019 Cross Stitch Club Retreat at Hilton Nashville Airport (8/8)
John Mayer at Bridgestone Arena (8/8)
Midcentury Speed Dating at Fairlane Hotel (8/8)
Movie Night: Jason X at Full Moon Cineplex (8/9)
Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville (8/9-8/10)
Nana’s Naughty Knickers at Lakewood Theatre (8/9-8/11, 8/16-8/18, 8/23-8/25)
Treats & Trivia Night at Split Bean Roasting Co. (8/10)
Tennesse Naturalist Program at Cedars of Lebanon State Park (8/10, 8/24)
Saturday Night Blues Jam at Papa Turney’s BBQ (8/10, 8/17, 8/31)
Movie Under the Stars: 50 First Dates (8/12)
Queen and Adam Lambert at Bridgestone Arena (8/15)
Wilson County Fair at James E. Ward Agricultural Center (8/16-8/24)
Nashville Summer Train Show at First Baptist Church of Donelson (8/17)
Luau Party at Cedar Creek Marina (8/17)
International Food Festival at St. Joseph Church (8/18)
Writer’s Night at Phat Bites (8/21)
Nashville Flea Market at Fairgrounds Nashville (8/23-8/25)
Record Store Crawl in Nashville (8/24)
Parent’s Coffee at Down Syndrome Association of Middle TN (8/24)
Movie Under the Stars: Sleepless in Seattle (8/26)
Backstreet Boys at Bridgestone Arena (8/26)
Cold Brew Class at The Adopted Farmhouse Coffee Co. (8/30)
Cards and Coffee Game Night at Split Bean Roasting Co. (8/31)
Summer Tours at Two Rivers Mansion (each Mon, Thurs & Fri in August)
Live Recording Sessions at Imagine Recordings (every Saturday)

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!



SOLD: Beautiful Nolensville Home with Stunning Views & Community Pool!

Gorgeous Home Surrounded by Stunning Views and Wooded Common Area in Nolensville, TN

1806 Turner Drive, Nolensville, TN 37135
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, 2726 Square Feet
MLS #:  2057781   |  $384,900

Living Local Nashville is proud to present this beautiful, all brick, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home in Nolensville, TN with stunning views in the front and backing up to wooded common area! The bonus room can serve as a 5th bedroom if needed. There’s a beautiful master suite on the main level with a bay window, master bathroom with double vanities and a walk-in closet. Cook your favorite meals and entertain all of your friends and family in the gorgeous open kitchen anchored around an island with granite countertops and stainless appliances. Enjoy your coffee in the breakfast nook and gather in the formal dining room for larger meals. Looking for office space or a home library? Look no further! This home has it all. Hardwoods, tons of trim, a backyard you’ll never want to leave… an established community with an active homeowners association, community swimming pool, and zoned for Rock Springs and Stewarts Creek schools!

UPDATE: This listing has sold, but if you’re looking for a place to call home in Middle Tennessee, let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll notify you instantly as homes hit the market that meet your specific wants and needs!

1806 Turner Drive Nolensville

With stunning views east and south of this all-brick home, life will feel like it slows down a little each time you pull into the driveway. 

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Welcome guests in this beautiful foyer with soaring ceilings and beautiful hardwoods and trim.

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Bring your house plants! Natural light floods into every room of this home.

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The room directly off the foyer can be used as an office, a formal sitting room, music room, library, or even a craft room. The possibilities are endless.

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Beautiful, formal dining room with wainscoting and distant views overlooking the city of La Vergne in the east. Watch the lights twinkle in the distance while you enjoy dinner.

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Curl up in front of this gas fireplace and enjoy a private view of the wooded common area behind this home.

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This beautiful kitchen boasts tons of cabinets in addition to a pantry, lots of granite counter space, stainless appliances (double ovens!) and a garbage disposal.

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Open views into the living room

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Cozy breakfast nook for your morning coffee and newspaper!

The main-level master suite is one of our favorite features of this home!

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Gorgeous views of the back yard and tons of trim with a double-tiered tray ceiling!

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The master bathroom features double vanities, a large, tiled shower, garden tub, private water closet, and a huge walk-in closet.

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There are three additional bedrooms upstairs, plus a bonus room that can serve as a playroom, media room, or even a 5th bedroom. One of the bedrooms (not photographed) was being used for storage at the time of photos and has a walk-in closet.

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So many possibilities in the bonus room!

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There is floored attic space behind three small doors in the bonus room as well as a large walk-in, floored attic off the hall and overhead storage as well. Tons of storage!

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Downstairs you will find a guest bathroom off the foyer in addition to the master bathroom. The bedrooms upstairs share two full bathrooms; this one has a double vanity and private water closet.

Large fenced back yard with privacy in Nolensville, TN

Bring your hammock and enjoy watching the birds and fireflies in the wooded common area behind you… you’ll probably even see a deer or two!

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Plenty of parking with a two-car garage and oversized parking area, and a fenced yard for Fido!

Splash into the community pool and enjoy over 5 acres of green space owned by the homeowners association!

Enjoy the convenience of McFarlin Pointe, centrally located between Smyrna/LaVergne and Nolensville with easy access to Nashville and Murfreesboro via I-24.

McFarlin Pointe is an equal 5 miles distance from Target, Publix, and Stonecrest Hospital in Smyrna and the historic town center of Nolensville and only 3 miles from I-24. Those wanting to live in Nolensville without paying Williamson County prices will find the best of both worlds in this beautiful neighborhood tucked away behind Rock Springs Elementary School in Rutherford County. Enjoy the backroads to Nolensville’s historic district (as long as you don’t mind slowing down for tractors and wildlife) or hop on Waldron Road to cut over to Smyrna and LaVergne or I-24 to Nashville and Murfreesboro.

Nearest groceries: Publix in Smyrna or Nolensville, Kroger in Smyrna in Nolensville, ALDI in Smyrna, Nolensville Farmers Market, Nolensville Feed Mill (Amish Country Market), and rumors of a health food store coming soon to Nolensville

Nearest hospital: TriStar Stonecrest Hospital in Smyrna

Nearest restaurants: Margarita House, Hickory Falls Wood-Fired Grille & Bar, Bella Vista Coffee Shop, Thida Thai, Chipotle, First Watch, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Amico’s New York Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Mama’s Java, Burger Shack, Outlanders Southern Chicken, Yuno Sushi, Pork Belly Farmhouse, Southern Hospitality Diner, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Southside Grill, and much more

Nearest shopping: Target, Staples, Academy Sports & Outdoors, PetSmart, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Lowes, Ulta Beauty, Nolensville Toy Shop, Nature’s Best Nursery, Three French Hens, Small Town Charm, Peacock Lane, and many more independent boutiques, antique stores, and much more in both Nolensville and Smyrna

Nearest parks and recreation: Paul Johns Neighborhood Park (known to locals as Rock Springs Park), Lee Victory Recreation Park, Gregory Mill Park & Splash Pad, Sharp Springs Park, Bark Park & Fishing Piers, Nolensville Park, Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville, North Rutherford YMCA, Osburn Park Soccer Complex


Public: Rock Springs Elementary, Rock Springs Middle, Stewarts Creek High

Private: Smyrna Christian School, Lancaster Christian Academy

Magnet: Thurman Francis Arts Academy, McFadden School of Excellence, Central Magnet School

For more information about local schools, visit Rutherford County Schools or


See MLS for a complete Property Condition Disclosure or call us to request a copy to be emailed to you.



I-24 East from Nashville, take exit 64 for Waldron Road, turn left on Waldron Road, straight through the first stop sign, turn right on Lake Road, turn left on Ben Hill Blvd, turn left on Turner Drive, 1806 Turner Drive is on the right.

Nolensville Road south from Nashville, turn left on Kidd Road (white farmhouse and dairy farm on the corner), turn right on McFarlin Road, turn right on Ben Hill Blvd, turn left on Turner Drive, 1806 Turner Drive is on the right.

McFarlin Pointe subdivision between Nolensville, Smyrna and LaVergne, convenient commute to Nashville and Murfreesboro

Ready to make this your home?

For more information or to request a private tour, please contact Stephanie Miller at 615-785-6402 or [email protected].

This property is listed by Ron Rice and Stephanie Miller of Living Local Nashville of Benchmark Realty.

Ron Rice and Stephanie Miller are a father and daughter team specializing in Middle Tennessee real estate. Both are native to Nashville, Tennessee and have a passion for serving others at any stage in life.

(SOLD) 3 Bed, 2 Bath Hendersonville Home Under $220K!

SOLD! It’s no surprise to us that this beautiful home received multiple offers the first weekend on the market! 💚

Welcome to this gorgeous move-in ready home located on a dead-end street in Hendersonville, TN just minutes away from Old Hickory Lake, parks and recreation, shopping, dining, movies and more!

127 Dennis Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075
3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 1616 Square Feet
MLS #:  2031956  |  $219,900

Living Local Nashville is proud to present this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Hendersonville, TN. This beautiful tri-level home has a large den downstairs that could serve as a 4th bedroom. Bring your rocking chairs! This home has a covered front porch and a freshly stained back deck. The owners have cared meticulously for this home and they have graciously offered to leave behind quite a few items for the new occupants to enjoy. See a full list below!

Welcome home!

This beautiful tri-level home features a rocking chair front porch, fresh paint inside and out, new carpet, and more!

We’re in love with this porch! 😍

The main level living room can also be used as a formal living room, as the current homeowners have done.

New paint and carpet throughout!

Plenty of room for all of your gatherings!

New floors, new counters, new range & hood in the kitchen!

We love the window over the kitchen sink!

This corner booth and table looks like it was made for this breakfast nook, and it can stay with the home if you would like!

Upstairs features 3 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom. As you can see here, the 3rd story is separated by just a few steps from the main level.

Master Bedroom

Full bathroom upstairs was renovated in 2009.

2nd Bedroom

3rd Bedroom

Another small set of steps leads downstairs to a large den and laundry room.

This flex space can be used as a den, office, game room, guest/bedroom… the possibilities are endless!

This flex space can be used as a den, office, game room, guest/bedroom… the possibilities are endless!

Full bathroom downstairs.

Separate entrance downstairs leads out to the driveway.

Enjoy the warm Spring weather overlooking a beautiful backyard!

The deck is freshly stained and ready for your patio furniture!

Storage building with shelving for all of your lawn equipment… the seller is even leaving some for you! Scroll down for a full list of furniture, appliances and lawn equipment the seller has offered to leave behind.

Items To Remain with the Home (optional):

  • Corner booth & table (kitchen)
  • Refrigerator (kitchen)
  • Microwave (kitchen)
  • Entertainment center (den, not to include TV or other equipment)
  • Table and plant (front porch)
  • Desk and desk chair (3rd bedroom)
  • Storage building and shelving (outside)
  • Grill (outside)
  • Lawnmower (outside)
  • Weed trimmer (outside)
  • Hedge trimmer (outside)

Completed Maintenance and Upgrades:

  • Shut-offs on all pipes in 2003
  • New roof & gutters in 2003
  • New duct work and air conditioner with heat pump in 2004
  • New back screen door in 2004
  • Painted exterior in 2007, 2018, and 2019
  • Reset back pad of driveway and sealed driveway in 2008
  • New toilet in upstairs bath in 2008
  • Upstairs bathroom renovated in 2009
  • New water heater with outside drain in 2010
  • New front storm door in 2011
  • New refrigerator in 2012
  • Replaced shut-off valve for washing machine in 2013
  • New insulation installed upstairs and insulated crawl space under kitchen in 2014
  • All windows replaced by Window World in 2017
  • Side door replaced in 2017
  • Deck stained in 2019
  • New range and hood in 2019
  • New kitchen counters in 2019
  • New kitchen, downstairs bathroom, and laundry room floors in 2019
  • New carpet in 2019
  • Current termite protection with Cook’s Pest Control

127 Dennis Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075

Just Minutes Away from the Lake, Parks, Shopping, Movies & More!


Public: Dr. William Burrus Elementary at Drakes Creek, Knox Doss Middle School at Drakes Creek, Beech High School

Private: Goddard School of Hendersonville, The Learning Academy,Primrose School of Hendersonville, Hendersonville Montessori Academy, Hendersonville Christian Academy, Pope John Paul II High School

For more information about local schools, visit Sumner County Schools or



Take I-65 N to Vietnam Veterans Blvd toward Hendersonville, take exit #2 for Center Point Rd, take a left on Center Point Rd, take a right on 2 Valley Rd, take a right on Dennis Rd, and 127 Dennis Road is on left.

Ready to make this your home?

For more information or to request a private tour, please contact Ron Rice at 615-202-6181 or [email protected].

This property is listed by Ron Rice and Stephanie Miller of Living Local Nashville of Benchmark Realty.

Ron Rice and Stephanie Miller are a father and daughter team specializing in Middle Tennessee real estate. Both are native to Nashville, Tennessee and have a passion for serving others at any stage in life.

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3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have on the housing market?

If you are either a buyer or seller (or both), you need to know what it will mean to your family if you go ahead with the move. You need to understand three things:

1. What is happening in the housing market right now?

Consumers must get past those fear-mongering headlines and gain a deep understanding of what is truly happening. How strong is buyer demand right now? How much competition do listings have today compared to what they will have in the spring? People want to make an educated decision on what is probably their family’s greatest financial asset.

2. Why is it happening?

Understanding the individual pieces that impact the sale or purchase of real estate is important. Understanding how those pieces impact each other is critical. How does the amount of a down payment impact the mortgage rate a buyer will be offered? Can you still price your house a ‘little ahead’ of the market and still be sure it will sell?

3. How do the first two affect your local market?

Basically, you want an understanding of the overall housing market and a simple and effective explanation of how it will impact your personal real estate goals.

Bottom Line

The best way to get all three is to work with a professional who understands this shifting real estate market and can expertly guide you on the journey to reach your housing goals. Let’s get together to discuss what today’s market means for you.

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2019 Is the Year to Meet Your Real Estate Goals!

‘Tis the season for making resolutions and setting goals.  If you have a particular real estate goal in mind this year, our Living Local Nashville team is here to help you make it happen.

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First-Time Home Buyer?

For those of you who would like to make 2019 the year you buy your first home, we love working with first-time buyers to help make their dreams come true and would love to help you.  Typically, the first step is to get you pre-approved by a mortgage lender.  If you’re not already working with a lender, we can connect you with a trusted lender to get you pre-approved and recommend the loan product that best fits your situation.  The amount of your minimum downpayment will be dependent upon the loan product you choose.  It will also be important to determine your credit score early on, as it will play a large part in the pre-approval process. Your mortgage lender can also advise you on what to do and not do in order to ensure a smooth mortgage process. While you may find this glossary of real estate terms helpful during your home buying experience, we really do love working with first-time buyers and welcome you to just give us a call with any questions you have.

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Need More Space?

Are you entering 2019 feeling like you’ve outgrown the space you’re in?  Or perhaps you’re anticipating a new addition to the family and the coming year finds you in need of a larger home?  We encourage you to think carefully about your needs, both in your current situation as well as those a few years out when your family is a little older, or maybe larger.  For example, when the children are younger, you may find it ideal to have their bedrooms near yours, but as they enter their teen years, split bedrooms (at opposite ends of the house, or on separate levels) may be more desirable for everyone.  How many living areas do you need?  Is a large dining area a must-have so you can entertain friends and extended family?  Are larger workspaces, such as laundry, kitchen, and office space important to you?  How about more outdoor space, such as patios or a larger yard? What amenities do you desire in a neighborhood (community pool, trails, green space), or are you interested in being in a certain school zone? We have a lot of tools at our disposable to help you find your dream home, and because we work as a team, you have two of us working on your search daily.  Our clients love our search feature on our website, which allows you to save, rate, share and comment on the listings you view, as well as our automated email alerts which allow you to see properties in your desired area(s) that meet your criteria as soon as they hit the market. Give us a call so we can discuss your specific needs and help you find your ideal property.

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Ready to Renovate?

Does your New Year’s Resolution include sprucing things up around your house, or tackling that long-awaited remodeling job?  If you’re looking to make improvements or renovations, feel free to give us a call first so we can make sure your project will get you the most bang for your buck. We advise our clients to determine whether they’re wanting to make these changes for their own enjoyment or if they’re more interested in the rate of return they would get when they sell their property in the future.  For example, kitchens and baths will net a larger return than a swimming pool.  There’s no doubt that you’d get plenty of enjoyment out of your new kitchen and bath, but a swimming pool, while offering a ton of enjoyment, will not necessarily increase the value of your property.  If you’ve fallen behind on some maintenance and you’re entering the new year with a pretty long to-do list, take a look at our home maintenance tips to help get your home back in shape, and thus protect your investment.  And remember, we have a long list of vendors we can recommend, from floor installers and handymen to electricians, plumbers and roofers, and everything in between.

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Downsizing or minimizing?

For empty-nesters looking to downsize, we’ve been there, done that, and can answer your questions.  Several years ago, Ron and Pam sold their house and moved to Nashville’s downtown area to a high rise condo with less than half the square footage of their former house.  Whether you’re planning to move into a smaller house or condo, our Guide to Downsizing and Minimizing will help you figure out how to minimalize your “stuff” and make the most of less space.  Stephanie and her family of four have also moved to an older home resulting in less storage space.  Having been through it, we can all vouch for both the hard work it requires and the feeling of liberation you get in return.  For any of you interested in making a move to condo life, but unfamiliar with it, Ron has firsthand experience with both traditional suburban condos and downtown condos, as he has lived in both types of developments, served on HOA boards at both types, and represented clients in the purchase and sale of both types of condos.  For those of you specifically interested in downtown living, give Ron a call so he can share with you the pros and cons and answer your questions about storage, parking and other elements of life in a downtown high rise.

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Interested in Active Adult Communities?

Considering a move into an age-restricted community, such as Del Webb’s Lake Providence in Mt. Juliet, The Cloister at St. Henry in West Nashville, or Haury & Smith’s Morningside in Franklin?  These active adult communities are very similar to other planned neighborhoods, except that they have an age restriction, such as 55+.  The homes, often one level, are designed to be low maintenance, and the developments are retirement friendly and offer recreational amenities such as pools, walking trails, clubhouse and more.

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Want to Build Wealth With Real Estate?

If you would rather invest funds in real estate versus the stock market or mutual funds, give us a call.  We will discuss your goals and work together to devise a plan to reach those goals. If you want to acquire rental property, does residential or commercial appeal to you more? Are you interested in long-term or short-term rentals, such as Airbnb? Local laws around short-term rentals are changing constantly, but we can help you navigate your way through the process.  With the growth that Nashville has seen in recent years, a lot of people are sad to see so many older homes torn down, with multiple new ones often going up in their place.  While these new developments are appealing to some, others would prefer to preserve older homes, thus keeping the original integrity of the neighborhood intact. Either way, there’s an investment opportunity to be had.  Or your investment goals could simply involve buying a home for yourself and leasing out some extra space within that home, using the rent proceeds to pay off your mortgage at a faster rate.

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Relocating to Music City?

For those of you looking to relocate to Nashville, we don’t blame you.  We’re native Nashvillians and love our hometown, and one look at our relocation page will explain why everyone else does too!  If a move to Nashville is in your future, let us know and we’ll be glad to schedule a call to discuss your timeline and needs.  And when you have your next trip to Nashville planned, we’ll be happy to schedule a tour of neighborhoods with you, take you to lunch, and show you homes that meet your criteria.  Also, if your relocation leaves you with a home to sell in your current town, we have a network of agents around the country and will be glad to refer you to someone that will help with your relocation on that end.

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Have a Property to Sell?

Do you have a property to sell this year?  We’ve got you covered from the time you make your initial call to us until we get to the closing table, and even beyond.  We’ll meet to discuss your timeframe, we’ll identify comparable sales to help establish a listing price and can make recommendations about what needs to be done to prepare your property for showings to potential buyers. We will market your property, both locally and nationally through exclusive Realtor sites and consumer sites such as, Zillow, and Trulia, as well as numerous social media sites and Benchmark’s in-house network of 900+ agents.  Our marketing strategy significantly increases the level of exposure for our listings, reducing the number of days on market and maximizing the sale price.  And remember, you have two of us for the price of one working for you to get your property SOLD!

If you’d like to find out the market value of your property or learn more about how we can help you buy or sell a property, call, text or email us anytime.  Regardless of your real estate goals in 2019, we’re here to serve you!

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Living Local Nashville’s Guide to Lighting Your Home

We look at hundreds of real estate listings each week and one of the greatest differences we see in photos and while showing homes to our clients is the lighting. Good lighting sets the stage for great listing photos, first impressions as buyers enter your home, and a more enjoyable home for you and your family to live.

bedroom lighting, ambient lighting, home lighting tips

We cannot express how important good lighting is to set the ambience of an entire space, so we’ve compiled a few tips here to help you light up your home:

  • Each room should have general lighting, such as overhead fixtures, chandeliers and lighted ceiling fans; and each workspace, such as kitchens, bathrooms and home offices, should have well-placed task lighting. Add some accent lighting to fill in spots the ambient lighting can’t reach or to highlight artwork and other focal points in a room. Also consider layering lighting at different heights throughout the room, mixing floor lamps and table lamps with overhead lighting.
  • Consider using soft white, or warm white, bulbs for living room and bedroom overhead lighting to prevent it from being too harsh. A bright white color temperature is best for kitchens and other workspaces.
  • Don’t overlook your closets. Recessed lighting is a good choice for closets, as are ball, or plunger, switches which will turn on the light when the door is opened.

Local Business Spotlight: Hermitage Lighting Gallery

For nearly 75 years, Hermitage Lighting Gallery has been Nashville’s go-to spot for lighting needs, electrical supplies and hardware.  But did you know they also do custom kitchens and baths, from design assistance to appliance sales and installations?  Regardless of your budget or décor style, Hermitage Lighting Gallery is likely to have what you need, so be sure to check out their downtown Nashville showroom or online store for your residential or commercial project.  And if you’re shopping for appliances, be sure to ask for our friend, Dan Kane, who’ll take good care of you.

Hermitage Lighting Gallery is located at 531 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

Hermitage Lighting Gallery

For the latest home illumination trends and lighting inspiration, check out Steph’s lighting board on Pinterest!

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7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season

7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season

Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays.

Here are seven great reasons not to wait:

  1. Relocation buyers are out there. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their employees in their new positions as soon as possible.
  2. Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now.
  3. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.
  4. Homes may show better when decorated for the holidays.
  5. There is less competition for you as a seller right now. Let’s take a look at listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:

Best time of year to sell a home in Nashville

  1. The desire to own a home doesn’t stop when the holidays come. Buyers who were unable to find their dream home during the busy spring and summer months are still searching!
  2. The supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays. Also, in many parts of the country, new construction will continue to surge reaching new heights in 2019, which will lessen the demand for your house.

Bottom Line

Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn’t make sense. No matter the season, we’re always happy to take a closer look at the activity in your area and help you decide the best strategy to sell quickly and get the most equity out of your home and into your pocket. Contact us today for a free comparative market analysis or send us any questions you may have!

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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] | 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!

A Tale of Two Markets: A 6-Month Update

Six months ago, we reported that the mismatch between the type of inventory of homes for sale and the demand of buyers in the US was causing the formation of two markets.

In the starter and trade-up home categories, there were significantly more buyers than there were homes for sale, causing a seller’s market. In the premium, or luxury, home categories, the opposite was true as there was a surplus of these homes compared to the buyers that were out searching for their dream homes, which created a buyer’s market.

According to the National Association of Realtors latest Existing Home Sales Report, the inventory of existing homes for sale in today’s market is at a 4.2-month supply. Inventory is now 6.5% lower than this time last year, marking the 27th consecutive month of year-over-year decreases.

Looking at the latest report from Trulia, we can see that not much has changed, and in fact, recent natural disasters across the country have made inventory conditions even more dire.

Trulia’s market mismatch score measures the search interest of buyers against the category of homes that are available on the market. For example: “if 60% of buyers are searching for starter homes but only 40% of listings are starter homes, [the] market mismatch score for starter homes would be 20.”

The results of their latest analysis are detailed in the chart below.

A Tale of Two Markets: A 6-Month Update | MyKCM

Nationally, buyers are searching for starter and trade-up homes and are coming up short with the listings available, which is leading to a highly competitive seller’s market in these categories.

Premium homebuyers, on the other hand, have the best chance of less competition and more inventory of listings in their price range with a 14.7-point surplus, which is creating more of a buyer’s market.

Bottom Line

Real estate is local. If you are thinking about buying OR selling this fall, let’s get together to discuss the exact market conditions in your area.

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