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…
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…
Labor Day in Nashville Tennessee
Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September, but did you know that the very first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday? Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City to be exact. In 1884 the first Monday was selected as the holiday and other states began to follow with celebrations. Labor Day is a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and was created by the Labor movement. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a Federal Holiday, celebrated by all with a much needed day off from our labors.
Typically, Labor Day signifies the end of summer, but for those of you who follow my contributions to this blog, you know that I LOVE THE SUMMER and am not a very big…
The Tomato Art Festival is in the books for another year. I ran the Tomato 5k and finished 7th in my age bracket with a time of 34.56 for the 3.1 miles. That is a time of 11.15 per mile and I will not brag about my 7th place finish as there may have only been 8 women in my age bracket of 55 – 59 – or there may have been 100! The goal was the finish, the exercise and the fun and I accomplished all of those goals – so I consider myself a winner! The next race I am looking towards will be on September 6th at one of my favorite spots – The Richland Greenway. This run is sponsored by The Tennessee Kidney Foundation and begins at 9:00am – I love that start time. If you are a runner and want to keep informed about upcoming events a…
One of the 4 Keys to Selling Your Home Quickly is Active Communication (with everyone in the process.)
This includes you. Especially. You.
We want to teach you about the Home Selling Process and effective marketing strategies. The stuff you need to know before your home is listed for sale. Conversations that lead to a competitive advantage for you and your home.
We believe another important component of communication is Transparency. This is where we set ourselves apart from the average agent.
You will get 24/7 access to all of the tasks, feedback and marketing activities that we are doing on your behalf.
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After having enjoyed those beautiful cool evenings and milder than normal July days, we are back in the hot and humid mid-summer. I, for one, appreciate the heat of summer which allows me to absorb the sun's rays and her vital vitamin D, turning my body a golden brown, and the opportunity to soak in the life force energy of Mother Earth, hoping to store and sustain me through the darker, reflective days of winter. I love the feel of the sweat pouring down my face and covering my body – ridding it of all the toxins after a morning run. To keep my feet motivated, I enter various 5k's throughout the year and the next one on my agenda is the Tomato Art Fest 5k on Saturday, August 9th at 7:30am. All proceeds go to help support the Annual Campaign at Margaret…
Marketing your home can be a frustrating process.
If you are like me, you want to sell your home quickly at the best price. But, we have all seen homes that sell quickly and others that seem to hang around so long they get stale.
So, what makes some homes sell faster and for more money?
Some of it has to do with pre-marketing, like getting the home ready to sell and "bulls-eye" pricing. These items were addressed in reports that I sent you a few weeks ago.
For now, I want to focus on effective marketing. The right place, at the right time with the right message.
The Right Place
According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, 99% of all buyers find the home that they purchased in 4 places.
• Friends and…
The hot, humid days of mid-summer in Nashville are finally upon us, and with this, brings the best in our own Tennessee local produce. It takes these hot days to fully ripen the beautiful array of homegrown tomatoes and to give them that perfect summer taste. There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into that very first BLT! Squash blossoms have given way to the fruit of the vine – crookneck, zucchini and patty pan are just a few that can be sliced and diced to make healthy and delicious summer sauté's or the most decadent and cheesy casseroles. The okra pods have formed and are ready to be picked. I love nothing better than okra dredged in some buttermilk and coated with a seasoned corn meal crust, then fried to a golden brown, but did you know…
I am writing this on the summer solstice, the first day of summer, the longest daylight of the year and the shortest night. This is my favorite day of the year as I am a sun loving, heat seeking Southern girl, much better suited for the long, languid days of summer then the cold, darkness of winter. Today after my yoga class, I went by The Produce Place on Murphy Road in the fabulous area known as Sylvan Park, a wonderful, small, locally owned grocery store where you can get the finest in local and regional produce and other Tennessee made products, and bought my first summer homegrown Georgia cantaloupe and sugar baby watermelon, Washington bing cherries, South Carolina peaches, Tennessee blueberries and blackberries and Florida vine ripened tomatoes.…
In the heart of Sylvan Park, at the bend in Murphy Road, sits a shining little gem in the community. I have probably passed right by this place without giving it a second thought hundreds of times on the way to and fro in my busy life. One day a friend asked me to join her at a yoga class at McCabe Community Center and the rest, as they say, is history. I was HOOKED!
This active hub of Sylvan Park offers a monthly membership for a low fee of $30.00 which gives access to the state of the art weight and exercise room and personal trainers. Additionally, you can take advantage of the myriad of exercise classes: boot camps, yoga, senior strength, Zumba, ballet barre, pilates and more – all for a mere $3.00 per class with no membership fee required. There…