Nashville Real Estate News

The Holidays are rapidly approaching.  I know I am making my lists and checking them twice or thrice or more!  The Holiday catering season is shorter this year which will give me more time to take care of my shopping, cooking and my family.  My Mom fell a few days before my daughter’s wedding in November.  She is “88 and 10 ½ months”  (evidently you start counting the months again as you age) and we are trying to help her “age in place”, but she lost her driving privileges and that makes for a whole new “normal” for us all.  Funny how life works, children grow up and marry and move out of our lives on a daily basis and then our parents start aging and needing us more on a daily basis.  I knew this would happen – I just didn’t think it would happen in the

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“However you choose to greet me this season… I will accept in the spirit in which it is intended and respond with the appropriate happiness and joy returned, simply grateful for the greeting.”

I love the holidays.  I told my niece, Michelle, today that I love traffic.  I have adopted an attitude that traffic gives me more time to breathe, to listen to Christmas music in my car and to sing along at the top of my lungs, to connect with a smile and a nod with the person waiting in the car next to me, especially when caught singing Christmas music at the top of my lungs, to have a quiet moment in the midst of the chaos.  Of course, the key to this good will attitude in the midst of traffic is to understand that it is going to take me longer to get where I

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Every other Thanksgiving, my Mom, her two sisters and all the offspring of these three amazing women  (last year this number was upwards of 70, ranging in age from 1 – 90!) start the cooking and packing process for a 4 day Thanksgiving weekend in the bustling town – mostly populated by cows – of Calera, Alabama.  We come from all over the place – Colorado, Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and beyond – to gather under one roof and celebrate this wonderful holiday together. 

We sleep, dormitory style, the women and children in one wing and the men and older boys in another.  Some have started bringing tents and sleeping bags as we are just now beginning to outgrow the church camp.  We are charged with bringing all our own bedding, personal

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The amount of paperwork to purchase a home is staggering. 

Not long ago, you could buy a home with a one page purchase and sale agreement.  Today, the average sales contract package is about thirty pages…and it continues to grow every year.

Unless you are an attorney, you probably do not understand most of the legal jargon used in writing a contract on a home. 

A one page contract is tough to read.  Thirty pages can be so intimidating (and boring) that most will not attempt to read through to the end of the contract.  

If you do not read it, what will you miss?

The purchase and sale agreement is the first of several stacks of paperwork that you must navigate.  You also have the home inspection reports, loan packages and the closing

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First order of business:  Much to my dismay, I must remind you that this Saturday night, Nov. 1, at midnight, it is time to set your clocks back one hour – fall back.  Yes, we get an “extra hour” of sleep, but it will be dark on Sunday by 5:30pm and then I will begin the annual countdown of losing 1 minute of light per day until that winter solstice on Dec. 21st.    I am soaking up as much of the orange and ochre of the lovely fall leaves and the blues and yellows of the October skies to sustain me through the gray and dark winter days.  Philosophically I know that winter is a time of rest and a time to store up energy in preparation for the coming burst and beauty of spring.   I am simply never a willing participant in the forced hibernation which winter

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Goblins and Ghosts and The Bell Witch!

It is officially fall.  Our thoughts turn to apples and cinnamon, cider – hard or soft depending upon your preference and your age, and, of course, Halloween!  If you are the parent of small children  you start to work on costumes – princesses or demons – what will they be THIS year?  If you have older children you might be faced with whether they are old enough to go to their first haunted house, but be very careful and do your research or you might just be sleeping in a “family bed” for quite some time.  I have done some research for you and will list some of the most ghoulishly terrifying haunts, but first my attention is turned to Nashville’s most famous witch - The Bell Witch.  This haunting story reaches far

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Recently I was asked by my yoga teacher, Barbara Burgess-Camardella, if I would like to participate in a journey – a six week training program which would take us from 1 sun salutation to 108.  I immediately said “YES” as I will do just about anything she asks of me.  Over the six week period, I came to understand the immensity of this commitment, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually.  As with any journey of this magnitude, there is much effort and much reward.  Physically I am stronger than I’ve ever been.  Mentally, I now know that I can accomplish much more than ever imagined.  Spiritually, I know that the journey is the prize – what I learned about myself and the time I had to connect with Eternal during these days is immeasurable.  If

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Moving into a new home is exciting.  However, negotiating the pricing and terms of the contract is downright frustrating.  Especially, in a market like Nashville with more active buyers than there are homes for sale. 

In many areas, homes are sold as soon as they hit the market.  Or worse, have multiple offers which lead to a bidding war. 

You would think that today’s sellers have all of the leverage, but you’re wrong because most home owners and their agents are not master negotiators.

They might be great marketers, but many lack the full set of tools needed to bring all parties to an agreement while getting the best possible deal for their client. 

With your victory in mind…

 


Here’s the 4 Keys to Remarkable Real Estate Negotiations

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This weekend was a big one for me.  For the past year, a committee of a few old classmates and friends has been diligently working to pull off our 40th high school reunion.  We walked the halls of Hillwood High School – many of us attending the feeder elementary schools together – so we shared anywhere from 4 – 12 years with each other reading, writing, playing, having slumber parties, going on first dates together, finding our first loves, going to football games and club meetings, learning about life and love, and possibly getting into a bit of mischief a time or two.  But what happened at Hillwood – stayed at Hillwood – my lips are sealed!  We wore our green or white caps and gowns and walked the track to our assigned seats as we sang our Alma Mater

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The Nashville Real Estate Market is tough for buyers right now.

In the last nine years, we have gone from one extreme to another and back again.  Metro Nashville currently has 10,407 homes for sale.  That might see like a lot, until you find out that we had more than 15,000 homes on the market only 4 years ago. 

With all of the well deserved accolades, more people than ever are flocking to Music City to make it their home.   Millennials are starting to enter the market after years of holding out.  A flood of investors (many of them out-of-state) have made a significant stake in the Nashville market.  Builders are still a few years away from being able to catch up with the demand. 

The Nashville Real Estate Market is now the perfect storm of too

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