Franklin, TN Real Estate News

By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
When choosing to obtain a mortgage, it is important to decide if you can afford the loan origination fees and other fees associated with the loan you are trying to secure. This is often when you begin to wonder if you should have dealt with another lender and by that time, it really is too late to switch horses, so to speak.Mortgage companies and banks can be quite competitive on some of their fees and very much the same on others. This is one reason why it is important for you to shop around for different options before you decide on one option. Mortgage Companies will occasionally try to beat local banks on their lending fees and if they can accomplish this, then it is probably going to be very advantageous for you to secure your loan through the mortgage company. Banks are often diff...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
 Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker don't have to have anything on you when it comes to entertaining and planning an award-winning party. You can put together fruit trays, whip up some beautiful desserts and bake casseroles like nobody's business and best of all you only take about two days to prepare for the big party!Two days seems like a lot of time to spend on planning and preparing the menu for a simple party. Who has that kind of time? And moreover, who wants to take that kind of time to throw a party. Shouldn't you be able to just whip up something and run with it? Cooking for guests you will be entertaining in your home can be a bit nerve-wracking but that's why you need to start planning ahead and using your head to plan wisely for easy preparation and easier clean-up.If you are pl...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
   Molly Maid may be on your budget and you may not gather at luncheons to talk with your friends over the greatest and latest fad recently introduced by Martha Stewart, but household chores will still loom. There's no way around it. And while you may hire the Flying Broom cleaning service to sweep around some dust, you still have to find a way to manage a clean home when the house cleaning service is all but a memory!Martha Stewart and many shows like hers made all of the women of this world feel as if they were failing in the area of being a genuine homemaker. While Martha baked up banana breads and mouth watering casseroles you were burning boiled eggs. She was planting beautiful flowers and your dead roses were changing colors in the vase you should have thrown out weeks ago. There'...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Halloween is a great time to visit my favorite town. It's history and the abundance of historic homes and battlefields make for some great ghost stories. Here is part of the article published in the Tennessean on Sunday about the walking tours through downtown, and events around the city.FRANKLIN - It used to be that if you heard a bump in the night at your historic home, saw unearthly apparitions at your place of business or experienced things you couldn't explain on a former battlefield site, you kept it quiet for fear of scaring off folks.Times have changed, and now ghosts are big business.Tourists fill spots on vampire and ghost tours that go trouncing through Old South cities such as New Orleans, Charleston, S. C., and Savannah, Ga. Those who don't have the time or the money can ex...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
It seems like Nashville real estate sales are picking up. After a very slow summer, I am now seeing drive through traffic in my new construction community in Spring Hill tn. Most people don't bother stopping, but a significant amount have out of state plates. Most are from Michigan or Ohio, some are from Florida. When I get the opportunity to talk to some of these lookers, I find out that most have family here, and are looking for single story homes. Single story homes with bonus rooms above the garage are the homes of choice among the early retirement age buyers. Lots are getting smaller , so these homes are becoming harder to build of any size.  The fact that people are planning to buy Nashville real estate in an area that they know very little about is really amazing to me.  I had 2 ...
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Stream Valley community in Franklin, TN is the site of the 2007 Bank of America Parade of Homes in Williamson County Tennessee from October 13 to October 28. It is presented annually by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee. Park Trust Development has involved the following builders in the site: RiverBirch Homes; Colonnade Custom Homes; Design Gallery Homes by Drees; Legend Homes; Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes; and Tennessee Valley Homes. The Parade is open daily from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate. Admission is $14 for adults and children 12 and under are free. On Tuesdays Realtors will get in free with a business card. The Parade is a great source of family entertainment, a place to get ideas for your current h...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
  >> Review of Last Week  This week on Wall Street, the truth came out on several fronts, with net positive results in all cases. True confessions began Monday with Citigroup putting a $3.4B loss from fixed income investments into Q3 and UBS taking a pretax loss of $690 million. Investors rewarded this financial candor by bidding Citi shares up $1.05 to $47.72 and UBS $1.69 to $59.94 in a big rally that pushed the Dow back above 14,000. What gives? Citi's CEO said he expected to "return to a more normal earnings environment" in Q4. What this really means is, in Wall Street's colorful parlance, Citi "kitchen-sinked" the quarter, throwing all the bad stuff on the table now so they can put it behind them and move on. The market looked at the numbers and said, ok, this isn't Armageddon-if t...
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By Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
(RE/MAX Elite)
I have found that the single biggest hurdle in Real Estate from a buying point of view is EXPECTATION!What do I mean by that? Here is an example; a buyer wants to buy in Williamson County, wants great schools, large lot, hardwoods etc. In the area they want the homes are older but solidly built. The expectation problem? That for a great price the home will have newer roof, HVAC, Water heater as well as no other major problems. The price was negotiated down 10,000 and is a steal without the newer items. The buyer wants those items, the unrealistic expectation is that a home that fits these parameters can be found in this particular area in the price range desired. There has to be give somewhere. Either you pay more and get newer(possibly less lot size however). Or if you are looking at "...
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By Marilyn Denney Blankenship, More Money Less Stress
(The Marilyn Group, Fridrich & Clark Realty)
Welcome Verizon Wireless!!   August 22, 2007 Verizon Wireless announced it is moving its regional headquarters to Cool Springs.Ideally located just South of Brentwood and on the North Side of Franklin, Cool Springs pulses with rapid growth.  Development began in the 1980's.   Cool Springs is Williamson County's primary business district.  It is anchored by Cool Springs Galleria, a 1.3 million square foot shopping mall which includes over 235 restaurants, theatres and stores spread over 27 acres.  Cool Springs actually accounts for over 50% of the county's entire available office space.  Nissan North America made relocation headlines in 2005 when they announced they were moving their headquarters from Southern California to Cool Springs.  "The Japanese automaker is constructing a $70 mil...
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By Paul Moye, Broker, GRI, SRES
(Benchmark Realty)
An investors DREAM! priced below market for a quick sale this house will not last. The split foyer design has a formal Living and Dining Room a Den and an office PLUS 4 additional bedrooms! Property is  situated on a 1 acre level lot with mature trees and a well maintained lawn! New roof and recently replaced HVAC this house is begging to have the interior updated! Go To http://www.middletnrealty.com/ to view this and other properties in Williamson County; MLS #874356 
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By Todd Lewis
(Legacy Development Group, LLC)
Despite what the local media has been saying, the market hasn't been that bad. Actually, home sales in Green Hills and the Hillsboro/Vandy area have increased compared to last quarter. In addition, the average home prices in those areas has increased.The areas that have fallen tremendously are Crieve Hall, Spring Hill, and Thompson's Station. The average price of homes in Thompson's Station has fallen, while Crieve Hall and Spring Hill are still rising.To get a more detailed look at this information, check out How's The Market? on my website where you can see sales by quarter, average home prices, square footage, days on the market, and much more.
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By Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate
(Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro)
Williamson County is making national news again!   Brentwood, TN located in Williamson County has long been known for it's high-end homes and scenic beauty that the rolling hillsides and estate homes provide.  Now, Williamson County has been recognized as being ranked as one of the top 15 wealthiest counties in the entire country.  According to the 2005 U.S. Census Bureau survey, the median family income for the county is $90,087.  This makes the county rank 11th in the nation for wealthiest counties.  More and more individuals are choosing to move to Williamson County because of the quality of life that is found here.  In addition, international corporations are now calling Williamson County home due to the favorable tax structure and other benefits that corporations find appealing.  T...
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