Nashville Real Estate News

The cost to install a solar power generating system for your home/business has plummeted over the past few years and the incentives to buy have never been greater.  Due to the combination in price decreases and special incentives from TVA, right now will be the best time to buy a solar power system in your lifetime. 

I know what you are thinking.  Solar is still too expensive and doesn’t work in this part of the country.  What if I told you that solar could pay for itself and put money in your pocket in Tennessee?  

Would that get your attention?

Check out this recent article from National Geographic, Solar Energy Sees Eye Popping Price Drops

And this recent story from Fortune Magazine, Why an Oil Guy Believes Solar has a Big Future


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Nashville Real Estate Trends August recently released a trend report for home features that were most popular in each state.  So we compiled the Top 5 features for the state of Tennessee and combined them with data from the Cost vs. Value report from the National Association of Realtors.   Whether you are a seller or buyer, this information should help you determine the added value for each of these important features. 

Here are the Top Five Home Features in Nashville

1.  Deck

The back deck is the top home feature for Tennessee.  Due to the beautiful scenery we are surrounded by and the great outdoor weather we have 9 months of the year, it is no wonder that a deck was the top feature.

The average cost of a 16x20 basic deck addition in Tennessee is $8,608.  This deck

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Fall in Love with Nashville Real EstateIt’s hard to believe that we are in the final days of August. What about this weather! The mornings have been so cool that I have had a sweater and light blanket over me in the early mornings while I am out on my covered deck, reading, meditating and readying myself for my yoga training. I am currently training (for the 3rd time) towards the goal of doing 108 sun salutations. This is a 6 week training program, led by my yogi, Barbara Burgess-Camardella. Six days each week, I follow her training schedule with the numbers of sun salutations increasing and the ways in which we do them changing to continually use different muscles and challenge us. The seventh day, we rest and reflect. This is in addition to the 3 yoga classes I take each week, sometimes 4!

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As I was browsing through facebook this week, I was met with all the “end of summer” posts by parents whose children are returning to school after the summer break. My first reaction is to say, SUMMER IS NOT OVER, FOLKS!!!!!! It is early August and there is still PLENTY OF SUMMER LEFT!!!! I believe that the official end of summer is September 22. Now I do understand that summer BREAK is over for our school children and our school teachers, but for those of us who do not plan our life around the school calendar, rest assured that there are plenty of hot, humid, sunny days left on the horizon.

For more information about our great public schools the website is:

What is also on the horizon, with the start of school and the coming of

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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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