Nashville Real Estate News

how one simple act can create something amazingIn 1865, Columbus, Mississippi was a small railroad town of 6,000 people due south of Shiloh, Tennessee. Due to their proximity to the rail line and the war, they became known as a hospital town. 

In the two day battle at Shiloh, there were more than 3,500 soldiers killed and 16,000 wounded on both sides. 

Nearly every home and business in Columbus was used as a hospital.

4 Generals, 2,500 Confederate soldiers and 32 Union soldiers were buried in Friendship Cemetery during the war. 

And when the war was over, something amazing happened.

On April 25th, 1866, four ladies who lived in Columbus gathered to decorate the graves of the Confederate soldiers with flowers.  While there, they felt compelled to honor the Union soldiers and share in their

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do you really want the skinny chickenA butcher had an extremely good day due to the upcoming holiday.  His final customer was at the counter ordering the last chicken that he had in the cooler. 

The butcher proudly set the last chicken on the scale and proclaimed. “That will be $6.00.”

His customer looked at the chicken and said, “That’s a nice price, but it is a little on the small side.  Do you have anything bigger?”

The butcher hesitated for a second and then headed back to the cooler.  He was thinking quickly and did not want to upset his customer. 

So, he paused for a moment in the cooler and came back out with the same bird. 

“This one,” he said, “will be $6.50.”

The customer thought for a second and then made their decision.

“I’ll take both of them,” the customer

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Three keys of highly effective organizationsYesterday, I told you about Tennessee State Senator Mark Green.

He came to speak at a Leadership GNAR (Greater Nashville Association of Realtors) meeting about leading highly effective organizations, and all I told you about was his interview with Saddam Hussein the night he was captured in Iraq.

That story about the interview was so fascinating that I had to share it first.

And, that’s NOT all that I have to say about that…

Senator Green has a long career full of amazing accomplishments.  Here is a list of a few of them:

  • Graduated from West Point with a degree in economics
  • Masters in Information Systems from the University of Southern California
  • Doctor of Medicine as an Emergency Room Surgeon
  • Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division
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Leadership Lessons from a Night with SaddamLast week was crazy busy.

I spent most of Thursday in a meeting with the other members of Leadership GNAR (Greater Nashville Association of Realtors).  One of our Guest Speakers was Senator Mark Green.

Senator Mark Green is also Dr. Mark Green and CEO of Align MD.  Mark started this firm a few years ago to help staff emergency rooms across the country.  Since that time, he has grown the organization to more than $150mm in revenue serving 34 hospitals in six states. 

Before he became a doctor, Mark was a Ranger and commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Division.  When a doctor saved his father’s life, Mark decided that he wanted to be a Flight Surgeon and convinced the Army to let him go to medical school.

He was finishing up his residency, when 9/11

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Survey SaysFamily Feud is a 40 year-old, iconic Game Show where two families compete for money and prizes. 

The show has had some funny and famous hosts over the years.  Richard Dawson the original host was known as much for his comedy as his “horndog” personality.  

When Dawson left the first time, they had difficulty filling his shoes.  The next four hosts failed to bring the magic of the original show.  That coupled with a change in viewing habits had the show on life support for several years.

Until, they hired Steve Harvey.

Harvey, the current host, has brought the ratings out of the cellar to of the five most popular syndicated shows on television today.

Over 50 international markets have their own regional adaptation of the game show. 


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what killed the customerI’m not a huge fan of Wal-Mart.

Just thinking about going there rubs me the wrong way.  My biggest problems with the store are the random product placement, low inventory levels and the lack of people available to help.

You see, I am not one who likes to wander around a store “shopping.”  I have to have a list, get the stuff on my list and head out the door in the least amount of time. 

So when I try to shop at Wal-Mart, I can never find what I am looking for and it’s difficult to find someone that is helpful on the floor.   I might wander around for a few minutes trying to find it and then I’m straight out the door to another store. 

This patterned happened so frequently that I quit going there about 10 years ago. 

It’s not the poor customer

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what price would you put on itThis is one of my favorite stories.

A huge steamship filled with cargo stalled at the dock and the engineer cannot get the boiler to fire so they can depart.

The captain calls for the local boilermaker to take a look.   The boilermaker shows up with a small toolbox and wearing street clothes.

Use to the strange looks upon arrival, the boilermaker says, “Relax, I’ve been doing this a long time.”

He approaches the stalled boiler and runs his hands along the surface until he finds the right spot.  He puts his ear against the boiler and knocks it with his knuckles. 

“Aha,” he says, opening his toolbox and removing the small hammer inside. 

He gives it a strong rap in the same spot, and in an instant the boiler roars back to life.


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The police often question himSeveral years ago, one of my bank clients foreclosed on a home and asked me to go talk with the occupants.

On my first visit, I met the lady living at the home.  She seemed nervous and upset which I completely understand given the circumstances.  She gave me the information for her boyfriend and asked me to contact him later.

We offered several times to pay them to move out of the home, but the former owner refused to move.

He never really gave me a reason other than saying that he needed a few more weeks.

It did not look like they would be willing to move out on their own, even with some funds for relocation.  So, the bank started an eviction. 

I continued offering them money to move, and at the same time they were getting court summons and

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Nashville Real Estate Stats April 2016The Brookings Institution is one of the oldest and the most respected Think Tanks in Washington D.C.

Earlier this year they came out with The Metro Monitor, a new way to measure the economic performance rankings of the top 100 Metros in the United States.  This method not only measures the economic success, but also who benefits from it. 

It’s not surprising that Nashville was the #5 Metro area on the list for Growth over the last five years.  Growth is measured by the change in jobs, gross metropolitan product (GMP), and aggregate wages.

Nashville was also ranked #10 on the list for Prosperity.  Prosperity was measured by the changes in Average Wage, GMP per capita, and GMP per job.

The final measure of our city was Inclusiveness where we

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How teamwork and high expectations win championshipsThe Nashville Predators are in the middle of the deepest playoff run in franchise history. 

And we will find out on Thursday night if that run will continue in the Game 7 Elimination game with the San Jose Sharks. 

Last year at this time, the Predators lost a 2OT and a 3OT game to the Chicago Blackhawks to end their playoff run early.  And since day one in Nashville, they had never been in a Playoff Game 7.

This year it is a different story.

The first playoff round against the Anaheim Ducks, they won the series in seven games.  In the second round vs. the San Jose Sharks, they have won two separate OT (overtime) games to tie the series at three games apiece.

If they can win on Thursday night, they will be one of the favorites to win the

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