Friday, 27 December 2013
Make 2014 a Great Year for Buying and Selling
Many people are under the impression that they must wait until spring before they attempt to list their homes on the market. Although spring is traditionally a hot time to sell, the beginning of a new year can be profitable for sellers for two reasons. For one, many people start new jobs at the beginning of a new year, and they are looking for a place to settle down. Also, because home inventory has been lower the past few months, home buyers need more homes to consider as they are out and about looking for the perfect home.
The Nashville area housing market is expected to do well in the new year. The Nashville Business Journal reports, “In its housing outlook for 2014, Forbes has ranked the Nashville metropolitan statistical area as the fourth-best U.S. market in which to buy a home next year, noting a growing local economy and housing prices that are still under-valued despite a recent uptick.”
That’s great news!
Even if you are planning on waiting until spring to buy and/or sell, NOW is a great time to start planning. Here are some things to get in order:
1) Make a list of what you need and want as you start the buying and selling process. Be as specific as possible about pricing, square footage, and the area where you’d like to be.
2) Start saving cash now. You’ll need it for closing and moving costs. You don’t want to find the perfect place and have to let it go because you don’t have enough cash flow at the right time.
3) Make sure your credit is in good shape. Check your credit scores and start asking around about trusted banks and mortgage companies.
4) If you’re planning on selling, use your current free time to make needed repairs and clean out your junk. This will cut down on your stress when you get ready to put the sign in your yard.
Also, start asking around about a trusted Realtor to help you through the entire process. With more than 14 years in this business, I would love to be that person of experience for you. Give me a call, and let’s start planning for a great 2014 together!
Posted on 12/27/2013 3:00 PM by Jarod
Thursday, 19 December 2013
What to Expect in 2014
How will the Nashville, Tenn., housing market look in 2014?
The 2013 housing market was successful in many ways in the Middle Tennessee area. Home prices have been up, and mortgage rates and days on the market have been down, which led to a slew of closings and new, happy homeowners. So how is 2014 expected to compare?
Trulia.com has named Nashville, Tenn., as one of the top 10 markets to watch in 2014, listing job growth, longer-term economic success, and construction activity as the major factors. That's great news, but this area may still feel some of the predicted effects that will be happening all over the country.
One expected concern in some areas is that buying will be more expensive next year. As the economy continues to recover, the Federal government will begin to increase the amazingly low mortgage rates we've been able to enjoy for the last several months. That, coupled with the recovery in home prices in many areas may make some first-time homebuyers uneasy at first. That's why it's so important to talk over your options with a trusted Realtor.
On the other hand, there are some pros to consider. The rising home prices in 2013 have allowed many people to recover from upside-down loans on their homes, which will prompt more of these owners to sell and increase the overall single-family home inventory, which has been low for a while.
Also, with less people rushing to buy and refinance because of rising mortgage rates, the entire home-buying process should become easier as banks are not as overwhelmed with loan applications.
Owning a home is an amazing priviledge, so if that is a dream of yours for 2014, give me a call!
Posted on 12/19/2013 11:33 PM by Jarod
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Christmas Events in Williamson County Tennessee
If you’re looking for some festive events to get you in the holiday spirit, Williamson County has several things going on this weekend that will delight adults and children alike!
Saturday, Dec. 14th
This will soon become a family favorite! Each year on the second Saturday of December, 95 percent of the neighborhoods in Brentwood “light up” for a special night of Brentwood Luminaries. Citizens join together and line their neighborhood streets with candles in paper bags to create a beautiful glow for those driving through viewing Christmas lights and decorations.
According to Brentwood Community Relations Director Linda Lynch, some of these subdivisions include Brentwood Country Club, Lansdowne, Fountainhead, Brentmeade, Foxboro, Chenoweth, Indian Point, Liberty Downs, Raintree Forest, Saratogo Hills, Twelve Oaks, Somerset, Oakhall, Green Hills Boulevard, McGavock Farms, Belle Rive, Foxland Hall, Beech Grove, Twin Springs, Meadowlake, Halbrook, Carriage Hills, Carondelet, and Woodway.
Rain date: Sun. Dec. 15th
29th Annual Dickens of a Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 14th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15th, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown Franklin transforms into a Dickens-era Christmas festival, complete with elaborately dressed characters, horse-drawn carriages, a craft bazaar, music, and delicious food. Shops and restaurants will also be open along the 15 blocks for those who are out to see the sights.
Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2:00 p.m.
Head to historic Leiper’s Fork for a unique Christmas parade experience. This year’s Grand Marshall will be Pam Tillis, and the route is from Southall Road through the heart of town on Hillsboro Road.
Rain date: Dec. 21st
The Factory at Franklin
Each weekend in December, the Factory at Franklin is a popular place for holiday events. See Santa every Saturday from 11-1, and enjoy choirs, bands, and orchestras as you visit the eclectic shops. This Saturday, Dec. 14th, you can also check out an interactive model train display from 10-6.
Twinkling Tennessee Christmas
Dec. 2-30, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Allow someone else to do the driving as you view some of the best Christmas lights in Nashville and Franklin. Gray Line bus tours will take you on this 2.5-hour adventure, complete with a tour of the historic Lotz House in Franklin.
Posted on 12/10/2013 11:02 PM by Jarod
Friday, 6 December 2013
Location, Location, Location | Part 2
Earlier this week I started the conversation about how the location of your home is important to your overall happiness with your home. If you find a house that has everything on your must-have list, BUT you end up in a neighborhood that creates a much longer commute than you expected or you can hear the Interstate from your back porch, you might not enjoy your must-haves quite as much.
The following is a list of suggestions for narrowing down your search by inspecting each neighborhood where you have found a home you like:
• Drive and/or walk the neighborhood. Do this at different times of the day to get a feel for the people, traffic, and other activities. Are people out and about, or do they keep to themselves? Do the streets get backed up during rush hours?
• Drive/ride your would-be commute. Pick a morning and afternoon to take your route to and from work from the prospective neighborhood. Is this something you can live with day-to-day or would it add a lot of extra stress to your life?
• Talk to the neighbors. Ask about local parks, restaurants, and other areas of interest. Ask them their opinions of the neighborhood. Is there an HOA? If so, what are the costs, pros and cons?
• Research the zoned schools. Even if you don’t have children, this could be an important factor if you should ever try to sell this house in the future. Homes sell better in great school districts. If you do have kids, talk to other families with kids in those schools or go on a tour of the school. For a score report in the state of Tennessee, visit: http://www.tn.gov/education/reportcard/2013.shtml
HGTV’s Front Door Web site has these suggestions for using your senses to get a complete picture of the prospective community:
• Remember your first impression. What do you notice first about the neighborhood? Do the streets have curb appeal? Are the houses well-maintained? Do the shops and restaurants look hip and inviting? You'll want to feel good about where you call home and impress buyers when you're ready to move on.
• Look for warning signs. Be on the lookout for signs that the neighborhood is in trouble. Do you see abandoned buildings or vandalism? Are there a lot of "For Sale" signs or rentals? If the community goes downhill, so does your house's value.
• Stop and listen. Bird and nature sounds are generally pleasant, but what about noise from the highway, airport, hospital, train tracks or nearby clubs and bars? It's not very relaxing to listen to trains screech by during your morning coffee—especially not every morning.
There are many great neighborhoods in the Middle Tennessee area. Contact me and I’ll help you find the right fit for you and your family!
Posted on 12/06/2013 4:49 PM by Jarod
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Location, Location, Location | Part 1
Looking for a three-bedroom, two-bath home with hardwood floors and a fireplace? Need a place that fits into the $400,000 price range? Those descriptors can easily be entered into a real estate search engine and found without too much effort. But what about your must-have list for a neighborhood? Sometimes finding the perfect location to do life every day can be a little more tricky, but after more than 14 years working as a Realtor in the Brentwood, Tenn., real estate market, I’ve been able to help people find great neighborhood matches because I know the area.
After living here my entire life, I have picked up on a lot of the nuances of each neighborhood. I know the history, I get feedback from clients, and I know how values tend to rise and fall over time in certain areas. My work then becomes getting to know my new clients so I can figure out who they are and know what they are looking for.
I always encourage people to ask me questions and to tell me as much as they possibly can about what is important to them. It is also vital that your agent knows your firm budget, because that should trump your must-have house and neighborhood list. You don’t need to fall in love with a house that you can’t afford. One of the reasons I love being a Realtor in this part of the state is that there are so many great neighborhoods to choose from. The schools are great, the crime rate is low, and home values have been on a steady rise. Location is important in your overall happiness in your home, so contact me and together we’ll find your perfect place.
If you are in the process of moving to an area outside of Middle Tennessee, there are many ways to find great neighborhoods all over the country. Research and find an agent who knows the area well and who has a great reputation. Use popular Web sites such as Trulia or Google Earth to look up and down the streets of neighborhoods that interest you.
Web site services like Neighborhood Scout will match you with neighborhoods based on criteria such as schools, crime reports, and other real estate data.
Check back here later this week, because I’ll post a helpful list of ways to scope out neighborhoods once you’ve found some houses that interest you.
Posted on 12/03/2013 3:49 PM by Jarod