Brentwood, TN Real Estate News

By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
 Brentwood TN Real EstateTennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA)THDA has increased their rates.  Please see the information below received from THDA.    Effective Tuesday, April 8, 2008, the interest rate on all Great Rate Program Applications will increase to 5.80%, Great Advantage Program interest rate will increase to 6.30%, and Great Start Program interest rate will increase to 6.80%. All Program application submissions received on or after Tuesday, April 8, 2008 must be at the higher rate.If you have been approved for a THDA loan please contact your lender and/or your agent for further information.I am always available for client questions!Vanessa StaletsBrentwood TN Real EstateRE/MAX Elite615-957-6333/615-661-4400
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
 Brentwood Tn Real EstateUpdate on more pricing hits/changes with credit scores.  Some lenders rolled out these changes last week, some are rolling them out this week and so on, but it is industry wide in the coming.Conventional Loans - FNMA/FHMC - higher add ons to rates for credit scores 620 to 699FHA - Govie Loan - Pricing hits now on govie - below 600 score - cut off for most investors unless you receive an automated approval is now 580.  Good news of this change is some pricing improvement on the higher credit score buyers doing FHA financing now.Investor loans are being hit with higher rate add ons then previously and stated income is tightening even more and cutting LTV's with not offering as many exceptions.97% conventional is becoming the max on a one loan within the industry d...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
 Brentwood TN Real EstateMaybe- just maybe things are getting better, finally! In the last 2 weeks I have put 2 new listing on the market, have a contract on one and have 2 more coming in this next week! I have 3 buyers who are at various stages in the process, none with contracts yet, but maybe sometime soon. I am getting a lot of traffic on my web site and have been maintaining my page 1 Google search status for Brentwood TN Real Estate, my area search terms. Feast or famine seems to be the way of the business normally but this sure has been a wild ride the last few months! How are things where you are???Here's hoping we have a bit of "feast" time coming! Brentwood TN Real Estate
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
 Brentwood TN Real EstateFor most people, the prospect of landscaping fills them with dread as they contemplate the work/effort associated with taking care of plants, gardens and trees without spending a lot of money to have someone else do it. There are people who enjoy working on their landscapes for hours (and this is commendable), and there are those who wish to have as little trouble, and spend as little money as possible in their home's yard. This is also fine. Luckily, for those who want to have a beautifully appointed home, it is possible to do so with  low-maintenance landscaping. By carefully choosing plants that need little care, it is possible to have a great looking home and yard while still  saving time, money and attention to its upkeep. The keys are good plant selection ...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Franklin and Brentwood golf communities The neighborhoods in Brentwood and Franklin with homes on  a golf course are The Governors Club Brentwood country club Forrest Crossing Temple Hills Westhaven   I've been wanting to buy a home in a golf community, but it's difficult to find what I want and still stay within my budget. I believe that other golfers have the same desire that I do, and  I decided to build a link to show all Brentwood and Franklin real estate in a golf course community. The homes are sorted by price, but all are shown if they are entered in the MLS correctly. If you have any questions about Franklin or Brentwood real estate, please give me a call. I would like the opportunity to earn your business, or at least play a round of golf. This posting and the contents written...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
I have recently become very frustrated with the general public's seeming lack of courtesy toward Realtors in general. From the sellers who have spent the listing agents time and money and arbitrarily decide to wait until next year to sell versus lowering the price $5-10,000, to the buyers who contact you, ask for hours of search time and results, then hours of showings and are unwilling to sign a buyer rep agreement and/or simply disappear not returning calls or emails. My time is valuable and should be treated thus. At the minimum I deserve an email letting me know what is going on. If there is a problem, you don't like the way I work, what I send you, I smell bad..have the courtesy to tell me something instead of leaving it open ended. I do not expect to mesh with every person I meet,...
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By Dr. Doris Marlow, Brentwood Real Estate
(Brentview Realty)
Raintree Forest Subdivision is noted for its natural forest reserve and walking areas.  Prices range from the 400's to the high 700's.  Raintree Forest Subdivision is zoned for one of Tennessee's highly recognized school systems, Williamson County School System.  Raintree Forest Subdivision has a very low turnover rate, and homes are usually sell quickly. Raintree Forest is a part of Brentwood real estate and boasts of beautiful hillsides and wonderful amenities.                   "We wanted a four bedbroom home with a nice large yard in Brentwood, Tennessee, and Mrs. Marlow spent many hours making sure she found exactly what we needed.  We moved in and decided to do extensive upgrades throughout our home.  Six months later, we were transferred due to a promotion, and we were concerned ...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
TBrentwood TN Real Estatehe following changes will become effective March 31, 2008:•·         The maximum LTV/CLTV cannot exceed 97%.•·         Seller concession cannot exceed 3%.•·         All MI certificates must be dated on or prior to March 31, 2008 on any conventional loan with 97.01 - 100% LTV and/or a 6% seller concession.•·         These changes will become effective March 31, 2008, howeverCOMPLETE loan submission packages will be accepted  until April 15th with MI certificates dated correctly.Please be advised that the following guidelines continue to apply for Conventional loans:•·         All Conventional loans must meet Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac underwriting guidelines.•·         The DU or LP report and findings must be included in the underwriting submission package and the...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Easter is just around the corner. Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your children or grand children? Try ImagiTales. I had lunch the other day with one of the developers of this delightful children's book. In 2003, two of the developers friends formed a partnership to develop technology that would personalize children's media. Starting from a technology that didn't exist, Tina and her partners did what most said "Couldn't be done". Being mothers themselves, the developers saw the learning value of having personalized books to teach children some of the valuable lessons they need to learn. What I found interesting, is that all of the partners live in the Williamson County area. These inexpensive, personalized children’s book features not only your child’s name but also the...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
One of the best kept secrets and hidden jewels in Brentwood and Metro Davidson County is Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory. The Observatory is located in the southern part of the County just north of Old Hickory Blvd and Brentwood’s city limits. The entrance, at the corner of Granny White Pike and Oman Drive, is the approximate site where the Battle of the Barrels was fought during the Battle of Nashville, 16 December 1864. The Observatory is located on top of one of the highest peaks in the county, 1,131 feet above sea level. The breath taking views of the surrounding country side, and the peaceful setting is just a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Observatory is owned and operated by Vanderbilt University, and is the only facility not located on the main campus in...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
  Mortgage bond prices rose last week pushing mortgage interest rates lower. Trading was volatile the entire week. The Fed stepped in absorbing some of the oversupply of mortgage bonds. Inflationary pressures were eased with the consumer price index lower than expected. The financial markets were rattled a bit as the Fed and JPMorgan Chase helped Bear Stearns with funding.For the week, interest rates on government and conventional loans fell by about a full discount point.The Fed meeting Tuesday will be the most important event this week. The potential for market volatility is very high surrounding the Fed meeting. Industrial production, capacity use, housing starts, producer price index, and leading economic indicators data will also be important.Economic Factors Economic Indicator Rel...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Tennessee has long been known as the Volunteer State. Most Tennesseans probably do not know the origin of the nickname; I know I didn’t, so I did some research. Here is what I was able to dig up. Famous politician, hunter, and Indian fighter, Davy Crockett led a 12 man group known as the “Tennessee Mounted Volunteers” during the battle of the Alamo. However; this name did not really stick until the Mexican war of the Mid-1840’s. Heeding the call, “Remember the Alamo”, Sam Huston led an army of Tennessee volunteers to fight for Texas independence. Tennessee gained the nickname “Volunteer State” from its overwhelming response to this call. Tennessee has always heeded the call to military service to our country. With the coming of the War Between the States, the volunteer tradition continu...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
 I worked with a client a few months ago who desperately wanted and need to purchase a home for her family. She struggled very hard to get to the point of buying, but it happened. At closing she cried and hugged me, it was awesome to see the shinny smiles all around. These are the ones you remember, the ones that make you think, Yes! This is why I do what I do! This is the letter she sent me today!I would recommend Vanessa Stalets to anyone looking for a realtor who will be on your side and fight for you to get the best deal possible. My family and I were looking to buy a house for the first time. We knew next to nothing about the process of buying a house. We had a horrible experience with the first realtor we called. She was referred by the  mortgage company we initially contacted. We...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
 Brentwood TN Real EstateMortgage bond prices fell last week pushing mortgage interest rates significantly higher. The spread between Treasuries and mortgage-bonds continued to widen as banks and portfolio investors sold mortgage bonds to raise cash for battered balance sheets. This selling pressure coupled with investors already leery of mortgage related debt sent prices through the floor pushing rates considerably higher.For the week, interest rates on government and conventional loans rose by 3/8% to 1/2% in rate.The consumer price index data Friday will be the most important event this week. Trade data, retail sales, and consumer sentiment also have the real potential to cause mortgage interest rate volatility. This is the last full week of data heading into the March 18th Fed meeti...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Nashville real estate - I've had a lot of people ask me why they would move in this type of environment. And I'm sure I have consistantly given them all the same answer. If you want a bigger house, It's a good time to buy, the inventory level is as good as you could ever expect If you want a new house with all the upgrades, selections are great. Interest rates are low, they may go lower, or they may go back above 7 percent soon. It would just be a gamble to expect rates to get better. Prices are probably never going to be better. The only reason to wait before moving in this market, is if you plan to liquidate your assets and become a renter (don't laugh, I have some frends getting divorced, and it's probably a good solution). Or if you are downsizing. It takes leaders to make decisive ...
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By Maria Holland, Realtor, ABR, GRI, CDPE, SFR
(RE/Max Homes & Estates, ABR,GRI, CDPE, SFR)
Imagine taking a nap in your hammock that is situated right next to a waterfall.  You are surrounded by greenery and woods behind you.  Once you awake you decide to take a dip in your hot tub.  Later that evening you entertain your friends on your oversized deck with built in seating.  Your home opens beautifully for entertaining.  Everyone, you included enjoy your privacy as well as the view that you get when overlooking your back yard. YES, THIS HOME DOES EXIST.  In Brentwood, TN you will find this reatreat.  In addition to your idealistic backyard you will discover 4018 sq ft of home with everything you can imagine.  The Master bedroom is downstairs.  It is large and spacious and features  a treyed ceiling as well as beautifully arched windows. The Master bath is part of the Master B...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Princeton Hills is a Brentwood Tennessee neighborhood minutes from highly ranked Brentwood high school, and Granny White Park. This luxury neighborhood in the heart of Brentwood has extensive walking trails and large spacious lots many with pools and tennis courts. The homes in Princeton Hills range in price from $800,000 to $4,495,000. And sizes from 4800 square ft to 14,000 square ft. The neighborhoods easy access to I-65 at concord road, the best shopping in Tennessee at Cool Springs mall, and Green Hills mall, and an easy commute to downtown Nashville and the Nashville International airport, make it a popular choice for discriminating home buyers. Some of the neighborhood was the location for the Battle of the Barrels during the Civil War. For more information on the Battle please r...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Traveling south out of Brentwood, TN along one of Tennessee’s many highways and byways, stands a historical marker at the entrance to Brentwood Country Club Estates. The site was originally the site of Midway Plantation, appropriately named because it was located midway between Franklin, TN and Nashville, TN, was owned by Lysander McGavock and his wife, Elizabeth Crockett. Brentwood and Williamson County is an area rich in history and tradition. The Midway Plantation played an important part in the Civil War being the command post for generals on both sides of the war. As the recruitment and mobilization of troops began in earnest during the latter half of 1861 formation and financing infantry troops was a necessity. A wealthy planter James Hazard Wilson II of Ravenswood, was one of th...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
During the Civil War, many battles were fought in Nashville, TN. Driving up and down Granny White Pike and Franklin Road, one can see several historical markers along these highways and byways depicting where some of the battles had taken place. At the entrance to Princeton Hills subdivision in Brentwood, TN, is a scene depicting one of the Battles of Nashville. According to local folklore here is what happened.  After the defeat of Gen. John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee at the Battle of Nashville, the Confederate troops scattered and retreated in a rout down Franklin Pike. Union forces were in hot pursuit of them via Granny White Pike about a mile or so to the west. It was their plan to cut off the retreat by crossing over from Granny White Pike to Franklin Pike by a "country road" n...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Late in the eighteenth century as settlers began pouring into the rich bottom lands of the Harpeth River Valley, many of the early pioneers brought a pioneering spirit to this area, along with a fervent belief in God - one of the cornerstones upon which our nation was built. The harsh winters, the arduous journey across the mountains from Virginia and North Carolina, and the attacks from hostile natives gave Williamson County’s earliest settlers plenty of reason to pray. By the early years of the nineteenth century the Methodist congregations of Middle Tennessee were being served by circuit riders who, following the example of Francis Asbury, rode thousands of miles on horseback and braved extreme conditions to bring their enthusiasm for Wesley’s Methodist faith into local frontier comm...
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