Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Get to Know Your Realtor

When you hire a Realtor, you're inviting that person into a very personal time of buying and/or selling your home. You will be in close contact with that person as they assist you in every detail. It's important to get to know the real estate expert you are working with.

I would be honored to be your Realtor if you're looking for someone to take great care of you. I came up with a list of things that will help you know a little bit more about me, and you are always welcome to ask me anything else, fun or serious!

Nickname:   TANK

Favorite kind of music:    Country

Favorite celebrity icon:     Chevy Chase

Favorite place to vacation:      Any Golf Course Resort

Dream vehicle:    '55 Chevy Truck

Dream house would include:      Indoor Pool

Best place to eat in the Nashville area:      Ruth's Chris

The place I'm most likely to be spotted in Brentwood is:     Costco

My favorite thing about growing up in Brentwood:      Summer Camps

Three things that make me a great Realtor:      Integrity, Confidentiality, and Results

I love being a Realtor because:     I get to help others fulfill their dreams.





Posted on 05/27/2015 10:04 PM by Jarod
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Nashville Summer Activities Guides

If you've been daydreaming about some summer fun, Tennessee offers ample opportunities to enjoy nature, entertainment, and other activities that will keep you engaged all year round. I've compiled a list of Websites that will point you in the right direction:

1. The 2015 Nashville Summer Guide for Families is a Website that includes a plethora of options highlighting every park, museum, and water hole in the area. Check out the main link herebut then be sure to check out the Ultimate Summer Fun List as well, here.  

Click on every helpful tab at the top of the page for ideas galore. I cannot say enough about this site. It even includes a guide for daytrips to surrounding areas.

2. came up with "21 Awesome Things To Do In Tennessee… Without Opening Your Wallet." Attractions are listed all across the state. Read the list here.

3. Nashville Guru has a Summer Event Series Guide here. They also have tabs for different Nashville neighborhoods and happy hours.

4. keeps a great calendar of events for live music and festivals here

5. Visitmusiccity has a list of events here, plus trip-planning ideas and deals and discounts. Be sure to click on the "things to do tab" as well.

6. If you love exploring the great outdoors, Tennesee has more than 50 State Parks! The Tennessee State Parks Website contains a link here with beautiful photos for each park and a lot of other great information to plan your travel. There are also several National Parks in Tennessee that can be explored virtually here.

You don't have to go far to realize that Tennessee has a lot to offer, so start planning now!



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Posted on 05/21/2015 11:56 PM by Jarod
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
How to Win a Bidding War

Real estate bidding wars have been on the rise for the past few months in Brentwood, Tenn., and in the surrouding Middle Tennessee area. With a high demand for homes and a low supply to choose from, multiple offers are being made as soon as homes go on the market. Although this might sound intimidating, your Realtor can be a huge advocate for you in this process, so you are not alone! Here are some things to consider as you make an offer on the house you love.

1. Know what homes are going for in the area. You don't want to be so anxious to win the bid that you significantly overpay for a home, even if it is your dream home. You'll have to know when to walk away so you're not stuck with a home that goes down in value if and when the market changes again.

2. Make sure you and your agent know where you stand. If you absolutely cannot go over your initial budget, then you do not need to push those boundaries. If the sellers think for one second that your financing might fall through, they will choose another offer, even if it is lower.

3. Use your agent's bidding skills to fight for you in this type of war, but make sure he is kind and courteous since he or she is representing you and your family. You don't want to lose your bid simply because the sellers don't want to deal with a bully during the negotiations.

4. Be quick and clear when you write an offer. If the sellers have several offers to consider, then you don't have the luxury of waiting several days to decide what you want to do.

5. Have your paperwork in order beforehand. Make sure your loan has been approved. Be ready to have a quick inspection. Anything that delays the process could make the sellers back out. says, "While offering the most money might seem like the best way to win a bidding war, sellers don't always choose the highest offer. Instead, sellers often prefer offers that are most likely to go through and that meet their conditions."

6. Offer as few contingencies as possible. You might be up against buyers who are offering cash or who are buying without a contingency on the sale of their home. BUT, be smart. If you can't handle two mortgages for any length of time or if you wouldn't dare buy a home without an inspection, then opt to protect yourself more fully.

7. Make your offer more personal. Don't be afraid to include why the house would be the best fit for your family's needs. You don't want to have any regrets by not putting your best foot forward. Knowing that you made your best offer should give you comfort. If it's meant to be, it will be.

You don't have to be afraid to go after the house you love, but be wise in the process and allow your Realtor to fight with you!


Posted on 05/13/2015 11:25 PM by jarod