Friday, 21 September 2018
Why Moving to Nashville is a Smart Move

 Nashville - the home of country music, boot-scootin’ and southern accents, right? Well, yes, but even a quick visit to the area will demonstrate that there’s so much more in the city to be discovered and enjoyed. With a booming job market, a lively craft brewery scene and an ever-growing list of delicious new restaurants to try, lots of diverse (and often free!) opportunities to enjoy live music and beautiful open spaces for playing, hiking and exploring, the Nashville area is the perfect place to establish your new home. It’s a rapidly growing city where locals and transplants alike welcome newcomers. Here are some of our favorite things about living in Nashville.

1. It makes financial sense.

There’s never been a better time to live in Nashville. Ranked as the 4th strongest in the country, the city’s economy is thriving. The job market continues to grow at a rate well above the national average. Even better? Tennessee has no income tax and some of the lowest property taxes in the country. When purchasing a home in Nashville you’ll be getting a bigger bang for your buck, and with new homes being built and arriving on the market every day, the real estate scene is hopping. Nashville and its surrounding areas boast a cost of living 3% lower than the national average, so a move to the city is a move toward financial gain.

2. There are so many hometown teams to cheer for.

Do you love having a local sports team to fanatically support? Nashville’s got you covered with a pro hockey team, professional football, a Minor League baseball team and a newly established Major League Soccer team expected to begin to play in a brand new stadium in 2020.

3. It boasts a thriving art scene.

Check out the First Saturday Art Crawl, the majestic Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Frist Art Museum. Take a self-guided street art tour and discover a plethora of murals throughout the city. If you love the theater, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center is your destination for Broadway shows as well as the Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Opera.

4. It’s a music lover's paradise.

Nashville is Music City, after all, and is home to one of best live music scenes you can find, including the Ryman Auditorium, the Bluebird Cafe, Mercy Lounge and so many more. You’ll have your fair share of country music options, but the city also hosts countless independent and well-known artists in all musical genres.

5. There are just so many great places to eat.

We can’t get enough of the incredible food and drink found around town, and new eateries are popping up weekly. Check out Biscuit Love for brunch, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack for the city’s iconic dish, Husk for the south’s best fine dining, and Diskin Cider and Tailgate Brewery for a small taste of the city’s thriving craft brewing scene.

6. It’s a place of enormous natural beauty.

Nashville offers a temperate spring with flowers in riotous bloom, a long and warm summer, an incredible fall with trees in brightly hued splendor and a relatively mild winter. It receives plenty of rain throughout the year and all of that rain contributes to its extensive green spaces and natural beauty. The city itself boasts amazing hiking, including over 3000 acres of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails just nine miles outside of the heart of downtown.

The Cumberland River snakes through the eastern part of the city, providing a beautiful river walkway and riverfront park for biking and strolling. There are a few beautiful lakes nearby for those who love boating and lake-living. And Centennial Park, in the heart of Nashville, boasts open green spaces, a small lake, walking trails and a replica of the Parthenon, as well as a free outdoor concert venue known as Musician’s Corner.

It’s no wonder that Nashville is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. And while all of these things are great reasons to move here, it’s the intangibles that really make this place shine - the Southern hospitality, the way strangers aren’t afraid to make eye contact and strike up a conversation, the relaxed, friendly feel of a small city paired with the dynamic energy of a big city. We sure do love this place - and we hope you’ll make a smart move and join us here. And as a Nashville Native a 3rd generation Realtor with 18+ years experience, I would be happy to help you and your family get settled in the Music City.... Call me for a tour of the Music City...


       ...."You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814


Posted on 09/21/2018 9:40 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Four Home Upgrades to Avoid

Thanks to 24-hour cable channels that focus on home improvements, it should be no surprise that Americans reportedly spent $180 billion in upgrades on their homes in the last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While there are plenty of upgrades that will make your home stand out and more appealing, it's also important to know that some upgrades do not offer a good return on your investment. Some might even turn off potential buyers. If you plan on staying in your home for years to come, you should invest in upgrades that will add to your enjoyment, but if you are planning to sell soon, save your dollars in these areas:

POOL - You might be able to picture yourself lounging by your in-ground pool every warm day, but a potential buyer might actually consider it a safety hazard if they have kids or a money pit of maintenance. According to, Pools can be hit-or-miss when it comes to added value. You may see some return, but often it's not enough to pay for the pool itself. If you're looking to add a pool, don't forget that you'll need to operate and maintain the pool yourself, and this comes with a sizable extra cost. Your likelihood of recouping the money you spent on maintenance, in addition to the installation costs, is pretty low. But if the family is going to enjoy it and help maintain it....Just do it.....

Remember how record players were all the rage for listening to music? And then tape players? And then you had to convert to CDs? And then digital downloads? Electronics are constantly changing formats and upgrading standards, so you don't want to leave behind out-of-date electronics for a buyer to deal with. Instead, opt for electronics you can take with you and upgrade easily, and let the buyer choose his own giant movie screen. If it's something you're going to use and enjoy.... do it, but don't upgrade to try and sell.

Curb appeal is a must for attracting buyers, but be careful not to overwhelm buyers with an extensive area of landscaping they will have to maintain. You might have hours to spend in the yard each week, but not all buyers will want to spend their free time managing your gardens. Also, some people might not appreciate the value of certain plants, trees, and bushes if they are not familiar with gardening, so they probably won't be willing to pay the price you think those things deserve.

For this one, you will need to take into account the type of homes that are in your surrounding neighborhood. According to Anchorage-based Realtor Kevin Cross on, "Local culture, preferences, and market conditions dictate return on improvements. Sink your money into amenities that don't reflect the norm for your immediate area and you won't even gain a 5% premium over neighboring homes, regardless of what you spent." So, if your neighbors all have high-end appliances, then buyers will be looking for the same in your home, but if that is not the norm in your projected price range, they may not be willing to pay the premium you paid.

Although many buyers want to see hardwoods, tile, and stone countertops, you don't have to go overboard with those improvements. Pick styles that can go with a variety of preferences so buyers don't walk in and start a tally of things they will have to fix if they chose your home.

I'd be happy to work with you to evaluate upgrades that will be a better return on your investment.  You can read some of my thoughts on upgrades that count here too: Upgrades That Count   and remember....


...."You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.Brentwood and

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814


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Posted on 09/12/2018 8:30 PM by Jarod