Franklin, TN Real Estate News

By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
  Nashville real estate - I advise my Nashville real estate customers to be careful with the Zillow estimates that you see when you look at their data. The system cannot adjust for the condition or the property. So real estate in bad condition with no garage and no land gets the same estimate as a new home on a beautiful lot next to the golf course. It takes a human eye to estimate the value of real estate, as well as statistical data from homes sold in the area. Blah, Blah, Blah. I'm sure you've heard that before. Now let me tell you how Zillow helped me estimate the value of Nashville real estate lake property. Some of the neighborhoods in Nashville are built beside the river, or on Old Hickory Lake. It's very difficult to look as Tax records or the MLS to determine if these homes are...
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By Todd Lewis
(Legacy Development Group, LLC)
Once again, it's that time of year.  The annual "Life is Good Festival and 5K Run" is going on in the Westhaven Community on Saturday June 7, 2008 at 3:00pm.  There will be food, fun, games, music, and plenty of activities for the kids!  This is one you don't want to miss, Jonell Mosser will be performing after the race during the awards and dinner.This event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Williamson County and the Life is Good Kids Foundation.  The event registration is $30.00 for adults.  For kids ages 7-12, they are free and can participate in the Jake Jolt which is a 1/2 mile kids run.  If the kids want a T-Shirt, the registration is $10.00.  For kids ages 6 and under, they can participate in the Rocket Run which is a 1/3 Mile Kids Run.  This is also free unless the kids want a...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
On October 26, 1799, The City of Franklin, TN was founded. Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress for whom Williamson County was named, named the city after his close friend Benjamin Franklin. For almost all of its existence, Franklin has been a small quiet town and the county seat of Williamson County, TN. Prior to the Civil War, Williamson County was one of the wealthiest counties in Tennessee and Franklin was the center of plantation economy. However, after the Second Battle of Franklin, fought on 30 November, 1864, between the Carnton House Plantation and the Carter House Plantation, Franklin and Williamson’s economy was devastated. After General Hood’s retreat to Mississippi, Union troops occupied the area for nearly three years afterwards. It has taken almost 12...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
The Carter house located at 1140 Columbia Ave is about .4 miles South East of 5 points where Andrew Jackson attended the Indian Removal Council and Hincheyville, Historic Franklin, TN’s first subdivision. This modest brick house was build circa 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. The surrounding farm and countryside was the center of one of the most terrifying and bloodiest battles during the Civil War or any American war, a battle in which nearly the entire Army of Tennessee was destroyed. The second battle of Franklin, November 30 1864, lasted about 5 hours resulting in the Federal army withdrawing back to Nashville. Called "The Gettysburg of the West," Franklin was one of the few night battles in the Civil War. It was also one of the smallest battlefields of the war (only 2 miles long an...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Cool Springs Condos - I hear a lot of buzz these days from my younger buyers wanting to buy a condo in the Cool Springs area, and live in a low maintenance community. The options are still limited, because most condo buyers are looking for downtown Nashville. But for the people who like Cool Springs, here are your choices at this time. Mckays mill Brentwood pointe Andover Parkside at Aspen Grove  Ashton Park Avalon Gateway Village Prices range from $217,000 to $434,000. The quick access to I-65 and downtown Nashville make commuting fairly easy. The crime rate is low the schools are great, and most people think it's a wonderful place to live. The cost of purchasing a quality townhouse in the Cool Springs area is considerably less than downtown Nashville. Search for Cool Springs Condos he...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Located on the Southeast side of 5 points in historical downtown Franklin, TN and about 100 yards north of Franklin’s first subdivision Hincheyville, is the Williamson County Archives and Museum. It is on this site on 20 August, 1830 when Andrew Jackson met with the chiefs of the Chickasaw Nation to sign the Chickasaw Treaty. In the spring of that year, Congress had passed the Indian Removal Act providing the President with the means to exchange the lands of the five civilized Indian Nations of the Southeast for lands west of the Mississippi River. The Chickasaw Treaty signed in Franklin, TN began a series of treaties which relocated the tribes to Oklahoma. Andrew Jackson, called “Sharp Knife” by the Chiefs, was the only President to attend an Indian removal Council. The small park whic...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Unlike the Fab Four, best known for their hit song, “I Wanna Hold Your Flashlight”, there are some bands out there that don’t play cool tunes. An example of this is the Carbon Fiber Band. Every time I see this group, it normally spells trouble. Carbon fiber bands are generally applied to basement walls to abate movement caused by hydraulic pressure from ground water. Without some type of relief, excessive pressure will cause the block walls in basements and crawlspaces to cave inward resulting in weakened bearing walls. Although, carbon fiber bands will slow the movement, relief of the hydraulic pressure is also imperative. Generally, failed or clogged French drains on hillside basements are the cause for excessive pressure build-up. Being that these are very costly to repair or rehabil...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Just south of 5 points in historic downtown Franklin, TN sets Franklin’s first subdivision Hincheyville. The subdivision was developed in early 1819 by Felix Grundy, James Irwin, and James Trimble. The ninety acres, extending from Fair Street to Eleventh Avenue had 26 lots on Fair Street, 25 lots on Main Street and 8 lots on Bridge Street. The subdivision was named for Hinchea Petway who was a wealthy merchant who owned the land. His house, which had to be razed to build the subdivision, was located approximately in the middle of 8th Ave between Fair Street and West Main. The Hincheyville subdivision was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.   This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property of Michael Thornton of Complete Home Inspections, ...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
The Williamson County courthouse is located on the south east side of the square in historic downtown Franklin, TN. This is the third iteration of the Williamson County Courthouse which was completed in 1858 under the supervision of John W. Miller. The first two one log and one brick were originally located in the center of the Square where the statue and park now set. It is only one of seven antebellum courthouses left in the state of Tennessee. The four iron columns that adorn the front of the courthouse were smeltered at in the small community of Fernvale which is located in western Williamson county between Fairview and the old Southall community just south of town out Carters Creek Pike. The columns were cast at an unknown foundry located Franklin. The courthouse was used as Feder...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Franklin tn real estate  - I attended the weekly bankruptcy sale this week on the Williamson county court house steps with the Lighthouse Builders management, in high expectations of finding something worthwhile to purchase. It was very encouraging in that only one piece of property was auctioned, and it was a college grove lot. We were hoping to be able to buy some franklin tn real estate as an investment at an attractive price, but those days may be over in Williamson county. I guess that the rest of the country is still dealing with a lot of foreclosures, but in my area, not much is  making it to the courthouse. This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property and opinions of Larry Brewer of Keller Williams Realty. Providing Nashville real estate services to c...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
I had a call yesterday for two different realtors I know who were trying to find short sales and bank owned properties. I was willing to assist them, but it reminded me that in the Tennessee MLS system, we don't have a dedicated field for distressed property. So for any of us to find one, it takes a lot of searching, and even then, some are missed. I would guess that it's impossible to find them without a buyers agent, because the only clues that it's a short sale, or repo property, is in the Realtors remarks, and cannot be seen by the general public. If you are looking for a distressed property in the Nashville area, give me a call. The deals are starting to disappear.This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property and opinions of Larry Brewer of Keller William...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Nashville real estate - How can you sell your home in 30 days? The average days on market for sold homes in the Greater Nashville area is 86 days, that's almost 3 months, what can be done to get it sold fast?The most important thing to get right the very first day is the price. Everybody wants to price their home high then come down if it doesn't sell. I'm sorry, but that's just wrong for getting the most out of you home. Your house needs to be priced like you want to sell it now, not next month.  Some people interview several agents, then pick the one who says they can get the most for the home. This is a sure way to prevent the sale of your home.  Be smart, pick an honest realtor who gives you their opinion, not just what you want to hear. The next thing to consider is condition. What...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
  Working with Lighthouse builders has given me an opportunity to see quality construction evolve to meet the changing demands of Nashville real estate customers. One of the things on our minds when we buy a home is energy expense. Lighthouse builders homes have r30 insulation in the ceiling, r13 in the walls, insulation under the floor in the crawl space, Seer 13 HVAC units, and Anderson energy efficient windows. All of the plumbing and electrical holes in the flooring and walls are sealed tight with silicon to prevent any air (or bugs) from entering the home. I managed to take a few pictures of a Lighthouse Builders home before the sheetrock was installed. In the first picture you see how the holes in the floor for the plumbing has been sealed. In the second picture, you see how the ...
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I'm getting emails from Top Producer that say I am able to move to the new 8i program.  What should I do?Top Producer systems have been working on a whole new interface for Top Producer and have recently unveiled it and made it available. If you choose to use 8i, you can still access your TP database using 7i for several more months.  This overlap will allow users to become familiar with the 8i interface over a period of time instead of having to make a clean switch all at once.  That is great news!  TP is planning a feature upgrade to the program in early summer that will add some of the features that 7i "power users" have come to rely on, such as improved calendar functionality and Boolean searches.The recommendation from the MAPS tech coaching program is that our coaching clients wai...
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By Shelter Insurance® Andy Jones
(Shelter Insurance®)
     "Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening, And live every day as if it were your last"Bumper sticker            "Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away      my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory."Andrew Carnegie"Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."Thomas Edison"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right."Henry Ford"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest."Mark Twain"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."George S. Patton 
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By Todd Lewis
(Legacy Development Group, LLC)
For those of you who don't know, one of the staples of Franklin, Dotson's Restaurant may be getting a makeover!  I was driving past the restaurant the other day and noticed a sign on a vacant piece of property that read "Future Home of Dotson's on the River".  The current site sits on the corner of 1st Avenue and Main Street.   The new location is adjacent to the current Dotson's.In today's news, there was an article relating to this story.  It stated that in addition to giving Dotson's a facelift, the developer wants to build a 5,000 SQFT building that consists of office and retail space.  Dotson's would be located in the front of this building.  This would be a huge improvement for Dotson's in that they would have a larger dining area, front porch-style dining, and customers could loo...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Nashville real estate - At the Nashville home and Garden show this past weekend, I happened upon a display for Tranquil Waterscape Designs. Randy Young spent quite a bit of time with me explaining what they do, and how it can improve the value of property. The waterfalls and the sound associated with running water is very soothing to most people, and in a home that needs landscaping , it can be a real difference maker. In neighborhoods like the Governors club in Brentwood with 27 homes for sale over a million dollars, and  Laurelbrooke in Franklin with 20 homes over a million, I would consider something like this to make my home stand out from the rest.       This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property and opinions of Larry Brewer of Keller Williams Realty. ...
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By Todd Lewis
(Legacy Development Group, LLC)
Residential PropertyComparative Market Analysis ActiveMLS #AreaAddressSub/DevBRBathsYr BltGarSq FtLP/SFList PriceDOM9406521072 CROMFORD PL Fieldstone Farms32 / 0 199811,379$155.84$214,9005595316310215 MONTROSE COURT FIELDSTONE FARMS 32 / 0 199111,373$162.78$223,5001492950210608 LAWRIN PARK FIELDSTONE FARMS SEC K-232 / 1 199411,672$133.91$223,90010495536210902 IDLEWILD CT FIELDSTONE FARMS SEC K-232 / 1 199611,489$152.38$226,9006950259109045 TARRINGTON LANE FIELDSTONE FARMS32 / 0 199721,310$173.28$227,0002492407310817 BRANDYLEIGH CT FIELDSTONE FARMS SEC K-232 / 0 199521,701$138.10$234,90012493842410507 BRIDAL WAY CT FIELDSTONE FARMS SEC J-232 / 1 199211,609$148.54$239,0006194670310136 CAVALCADE DR SFIELDSTONE FARMS SEC M32 / 1 199121,656$146.68$242,9003592814210152 CAVALCADE DR FIELDSTONE...
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By Todd Lewis
(Legacy Development Group, LLC)
Residential PropertyComparative Market Analysis ActiveMLS #AreaAddressSub/DevBRBathsYr BltGarSq FtLP/SFList PriceDOM88133010440 WIRE GRASS LANE WESTHAVEN SEC 1132 / 1 200522,001$209.90$420,00025895444310508 Ardmore Place Westhaven22 / 1 200622,335$182.01$425,00010954583101341 Eliot Road Lot # 910 Westhaven32 / 1 200822,285$187.75$429,000995239910300 STARLING LN #333 WESTHAVEN SEC 643 / 0 200422,217$197.56$438,0001795098310712 Pearre Springs Way # 680 Westhaven32 / 1 200722,168$207.52$449,9002194111410210 Cheltenham Westhaven33 / 0 200322,614$175.94$459,90053954582101335 Eliot Road Lot # 907 Westhaven33 / 1 200822,674$179.13$479,0009933693101185 Westhaven Blvd Lot # 711 Westhaven33 / 1 200822,751$177.75$489,0008795258410100 JASPER AVE WESTHAVEN SEC 642 / 1 200422,560$193.71$495,900169239...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Westhaven is a Southern Land developement, with many custom builders and home designs to pick from. As of now  700 homes have been completed, and 150 more under construction. Commercial real estate commitments include at 48,000 square ft Harris Teeter, a 3000 square Mafiaoza's, Vanderbilt medical group, Sara Northcutt Dentistry, Westhaven Pharmacy, and a Regions bank. The golf course at Westhaven has been under construction for some time now, and should be complete for play by september of  2009. Westhaven Homes range in price from $380,000 to well over $1,000,000 and in size from 2000 square feet to over 5000 square feet. Westhaven is starting to look like the small town that most of the residents have been expecting. This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual prop...
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