Nashville Real Estate News

This past weekend my husband and I babysat for our fur grandbabies – Otto and Pearl. They belong to our daughter, Shelby and her husband Chris and we were fortunate enough to have them for just enough time to love them and then send them home! We, and by we I mean my husband, took them outside every few hours for them to stretch their legs and do their business. On a crisp, cool autumn afternoon they may want to stay outside and take a nice long walk, but not this time as the weather was steamy and scorching. So in they would come, exhausted and so hot that a total collapse on the floor, tongues hanging out and chests heaving with labored breaths was all they could manage for a few minutes. They would wait for me to put a few ice cubes in their water

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It’s canning time again in Tennessee! I spent the better part of Sunday taking ingredients which I had in my refrigerator left over from a couple of catering jobs that I did not want to lose - tomatoes, raspberries, blueberries, Georgia peaches, fresh herbs, squash, onions, carrots and peppers – turning them into fresh tomato vegetable ragout, mint, basil, lemon raspberry blueberry conserve, peach preserves and spicy tomato jam. There was much chopping, sautéing, simmering and boiling going on as I made each recipe – mostly extracted from my head – and then painstakingly canned them and labeled them for later use. I think that a visit to your local Farmer’s Market or your favorite road side stand is in order! The Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and

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Fathers Day in NashvilleFather’s Day is Sunday, June 21st. For the 12th year, I will be celebrating Father’s Day with dad looking on from beyond. No card to send, no presents to buy, but I will have a moment – most likely sitting in the grass in my back yard, maybe with a bourbon, remembering.

Father’s Day is observed on the 3rd Sunday in June. It was started in the early 20th century as a compliment to Mother’s Day. The first Father’s day celebration is said to have been in Spokane Washington on Sunday, June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd, who was one of six children raised by a single father, wanted to honor him with a special day much like Mother’s Day. She brought the idea to her pastor who agreed and the first Father’s Day sermon was preached on this day.

Some memories

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Last Sunday, we were invited to a neighborhood pop up front porch concert given by our son's girlfriend's parents, a.k.a Blake, Em and Dena and Ren, in that order and from here forward. Em's brother, Barton, is in a band called A Boy Named Banjo. Recently they were in a contest with other bands competing for a spot to play at this year's Bonnaroo Festival. In each round the bands were matched against each other and fan voting determined the outcome of which band would move to the next round. A Boy Named Banjo came out victorious and won this coveted spot! The pop up front porch concert was a thank you to the many people who voted and a warm up to Bonnaroo. It was also the first time that I was privileged to meet Em's parents. People started arriving at

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Having an offer rejected by a home seller is frustrating.  If it is the home of your dreams, you feel heart broken. It can be enough to make you quit looking and just give up.  Offer rejection is a common problem for buyers in Nashville today.

It is impossible to ensure success. Many areas of Nashville have more active buyers than homes for sale. With more than one offer on many homes, the odds are against you.

Home buyers have it tough right now, but there is a silver lining. There are several things that you can do to turn the tide. To change the odds in your favor and make your offer shine brighter.

Below you will find five steps to make your offer more attractive to the seller. If you want to go above and beyond the best agents, make sure you

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Nashville Real Estate Statistics April 2015We are in the process of preparing Mom and her most treasured belongings for a move from her home of 50 years to a beautiful apartment in a vibrant retirement community where many of her friends live, including her best friend of 61 years. She and I have spent several days this week attempting to pack up her kitchen and her personal effects.  Other family members will be here this weekend to continue the process as we all pick and choose what should go with her to her new home, what should go into storage to keep for family members and what will stay for an eventual estate sale. We have hired Steve and Gretchen Jolly of Benchmark Realty to market her home for sale when the time comes. We have also hired Upsidedown, a company owned and operated by Donna

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Nashville Loves MomSunday, May 10th is Mother’s Day.  My Mom is living with me during a time of transition for her as she moves from her lifelong home in to independent living at Richland Place.  This year I will have the honored opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with her in my home.  We will probably start out with church together.  My children have planned to come and bring lunch after.  I am sure it will be a relaxed and pleasant afternoon.  The gift to me this Mother’s Day, is the gift of caring for a woman who has cared for me and so many others.  Her nature is to give, to do for others, so it is not easy for her to accept the limitations that her aging body has put upon her and receive, although she is graciously accepting. There is a peculiar balancing act for me

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Setting the list price for your home is not easy. You want to get top dollar for your home. You also want to sell quickly. Time and money are at odds in this equation.

Like most things in life, there is an easy way to do the job and there is the right way. The right way is harder and takes more time. It also puts more money in your pocket after the sale. Let's spend time learning the best way to set the price for your home.

I have analyzed thousands of homes in the last ten years. Setting the right price has been one of the secrets to my success in real estate. Over time, I developed a four part process for setting the best price. Take a look at the system below.

The first part is research. Many assume research is looking at the price of

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Have you been searching on Zillow lately?

If so, you likely noticed a decrease in the number of homes for sale in Nashville. Or an increase in errors.

This stinks because Zillow is fun and easy to use!

Some of this is due to record sales and a decreasing inventory in Nashville. The rest is the result of a battle between Zillow Group and News Corp.

In 2014, Zillow hired the president of Realtor.com. Then they bought Trulia. Soon they were the 800 pound gorilla of online house hunting.

The rest of the industry was up in arms.

News Corp saw an opportunity to strike. They purchased Realtor.com and ListHub. The latter is the main source of listing information online.

On April 7th, 2015, News Corp turned off the flow of listing information

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This year, on May 2, 2015, will be my 35th Wedding Anniversary to my wonderful husband, Tommy Meador.  Wow, where did the years go? We planned a fairly quiet elopement after deciding that a big wedding was more then we both wanted. In retrospect, and from the perspective of my chosen profession as a caterer, please have a big wedding, get lots of loot, and call me to cater your reception.

So, back to the story…..We met with a minister at Centennial Park, our elopement destination, in order to listen to some sage advice and make some plans.  The park was in full spring bloom and we decided on a pretty garden behind the Parthenon for our ceremony. We were fortunate enough to know and have chosen the Rev. Bill Barnes to marry us.  Rev. Barnes is the

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