How to Take Advantage of a Sellers Market

Question: How Can We Take Advantage of a Sellers Market for Home Selling? I have heard it's a sellers market in the Upper Cumberland, but how can I benefit from that? Can I make more money? Does that mean it's a good time to sell? We are here to help you with those...

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

This year, Valentine's Day falls on a weekday. Looking to celebrate at home rather than a night out on the town? Check out these 5 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day at home.   Cook a Valentine's Day themed meal Heart-shaped cookies, heart-shaped...

5 Kitchen Design Trends

Are you remodeling or sprucing up your kitchen? Spring tends to be one of the most popular times to renovate and remodel interior spaces. Need a few ideas? Check out these kitchen trends for 2018! Open Shelves What's the point of having beautiful dishes if...

5 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Are you remodeling your bathroom? Spring tends to be one of the most popular times to renovate and remodel interior spaces. Need a few ideas? Check out these bathroom trends for 2018! Wooden Vanities Something about wooden pieces add character...

5 Seller Mistakes that can Ruin a Sale

Seller Mistakes that can Ruin a Sale Are you selling a home? Seems pretty simple right? You clean up, have homebuyers over to check it out and someone buys it. If only it were that simple! Actually, the process is more complicated, with legal and other considerations...

8 Reasons to List your House in the Winter

Are you wanting to sell your home or maybe just slightly considering the idea this month? Here are 8 reasons to list your house in the winter. There is less competition. During the spring and summer, the market is flooded with a ton of houses. Listing your home in the...

(Southern) Holiday Hosting Tips

In the South, hosting is a form of art! From the fine silver to the absolutely fabulous 2 for 1 linen table napkins, hosting a holiday get-together can be a total event. Not to say it's easy to pull off, but there is no better hostess than a southern hostess. If you...

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Instead of Rent

We have all been there...you're renting an apartment or house and you're trying to decide whether it's time to buy a home or stay put. Not sure what to do? Not to worry! We are here to give you the rundown of why owning a home makes more sense! You can paint over the...

The 6 Steps of Flipping Houses

Thinking of flipping houses? Not sure where to start? Check out these 6 steps of flipping houses: Find – Finding the right house to flip may take some time. Find a house that has equity and is priced low. When it comes to investing, you make the money when you buy....

Don’t Be Afraid of These Real Estate Terms

From buying a home to selling your own, real estate, in general, can seem like an overwhelming process. Don't worry! As your community real estate firm, we are dedicated to educating our clients on the entire real estate process so each transaction feels more like a...

Money Tips for First Time Home Buyers

So you are tired of renting an apartment and are ready to become a homeowner. When it comes to buying a home, the learning curve can be steep but no worries! We are here to help! Start by preparing financially. Take these steps to make the process go smoothly. Check...

What Happens During the Closing Process?

Congratulations! You have found the perfect house, and you are now ready to make it your home. You have the finances secured, viewed several houses, decided on the one, but you are not done yet! What’s next? It’s now time to seal the deal. Here are the six steps you...

9 Waterfalls to Explore in the Upper Cumberland

The Upper Cumberland is known for its natural beauty. With all the natural waterfalls, hiking trails and scenic overlooks, locals never run out of things to see and do! Before you know it, the leaves will be changing and the air will be cool and crisp. Looking for a...

DIY Fall Projects for Backyard Spaces

Autumn is finally here and that means cooler temperatures, football and fall festivities with family and friends! Are you looking for a cool space to entertain and host some fun get-togethers? Check out these super easy DIY projects! Fire pit So I am sure you have...

Items Needed for the Mortgage Pre-Approval Process

Are you thinking of purchasing a home in the near future? It's best to get pre-approved before beginning your search so you have an idea of what your budget is. There's no need to waste time looking at houses not in your price range. Pre-approval is also important...

Paint Sheens for Each Room

The change of seasons always inspires new DIY projects or a change of décor in the home. Are you thinking about sprucing up a space with some fresh paint? Make sure you choose the right sheen when purchasing your paint! Kitchen For this space, use a high gloss or...

10 Things to Do After You Sell

You’ve sold your house! Escrow has closed, and you’ve handed your keys to the new owners. While the deal is done, you have a few more things to do. In “House Selling for Dummies,” authors Eric Tyson and Ray Brown lay out things you can do to save money and increase...

11 Reasons Why You Should Move to Cookeville, Tennessee

Cost of Living How can it be the cost of living is so low in such an amazing place? The Upper Cumberland offers super low property taxes and no state income tax. Take a look at a few houses in the area, and you’ll see a big difference in pricing. Nashville homes are...

What is a Home Appraisal?

Another step in the process of buying or selling a house is a home appraisal. What is it? How can you prepare? Why does it matter? We are here to cover the basics. An appraisal is completed by a professional appraiser who will inspect the size, condition, function and...

Why For-Sale-by-Owner Sales Sometimes Fail

Homeowners obviously know their homes better than anyone, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best salespersons for their properties. Some sellers are tempted to try a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transaction because their local community is in the midst of a sellers’...

When Do You Need a Quitclaim Deed?

Buying and selling real estate involves a variety of financial and legal transactions, which is why it is so important to involve a team of professionals, including real estate agents and attorneys or title companies, who understand the implications of transferring...

Is a Home Warranty Worth the Cost?

Whether you are buying your first home or selling a home and moving into another, a home warranty could be a valuable protection for your finances and your peace of mind. Many buyers opt to purchase home warranties, which average $350 to $500 for a basic warranty and...

Repair and Update Your Home Before an Open House

Prospective buyers won’t ignore even minor problems in a house, from broken light switches to leaky faucets, so you’ll want to have your home in tip-top shape before holding an open house. To get the best results, allocate about a month’s worth of time and enlist...

7 Tips for Staging Your House

The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin to envision themselves living there. Here are seven tips for making your home look bigger, brighter, and more desirable. Time allotted: 2-3 weekends...

8 Benefits of Buying a House at the End of the Year

Summer may be real estate’s busy season, but winter offers great opportunities for buying a house, especially for renters looking to become homeowners, growing families trading up to larger houses and baby boomers seeking homes to fit their evolving lifestyles....

Buying a Home that was Once a Rental Property

A home that used to house tenants can be a great deal for a home buyer—they often sell for less than owner-occupied homes. But there are reasons why these homes may command less than top dollar. There are several things to weigh when considering buying a home that the...

My Offer was Accepted…Now What Do I Do?

Having your offer accepted feels great—but for most home buyers, it’s just the beginning. There is still a lot more to be done before you’re over the front threshold. Here’s a rundown of what comes next. Apply for a loan Unless you’re paying in cash, you’ll need to...

What You Need to Know if You’re Buying a Foreclosure

You’ve probably seen the stories and ads—foreclosed houses and condos selling for pennies on the dollar—and there’s no question banks are willing to sell their REOs (real estate owned properties) at sizable discounts. But foreclosures almost always come with...

How To Make An Offer On a House

A buyer should always be clear on how to make the best possible offer for a home. When a home is listed, attention is always drawn to the listing price and whether it matches comparable prices in the area. But when a buyer makes a proper offer to buy a home, matching...

What Is a Half-Bath, Quarter Bath and Three-Quarter Bath?

Next to the number of bedrooms, the number of bathrooms in a house is a huge selling point. But when perusing home listings, you’ll quickly realize that bathroom math isn’t so simple. For example, you may see that a particular place may be listed as having two full...

What Not to Do When You’re Closing on a Home

The loan is approved, the contract is signed, the title is clean, the closing date is set, and everything seems on track to get that home. And then some people do the unthinkable that costs them their dream home. I’ve had clients call me and say they’ve quit their...

Before You Get Settled Into Your New Home, Make These Changes Immediately

The moving frenzy never ends: Even after you close, the to-do lists drag on and on—endless pages of bullet points that keep you up at night when all you want is to begin your new life. Some of them are fun, like redecorating and buying new furniture.  Others, not so...

Clear the Clutter and Sell your Home

You don’t have to live like a minimalist, but when it’s time to sell your home, rigorously editing your decor will help make the sale. Potential buyers want to picture themselves living there, and they can’t do that if your stuff is spilling out all over. Even if your...

What Square Footage Do I Use When Listing my Home?

When listing my house, do I use the square footage from the original builder or from the county appraiser? One example:  When we built our house, the builder told us our house was 3099 square feet. The county appraiser uses 3391 sqft for tax purposes. Which number...

How to Best Prepare a House to Sale

You hear questions like “We are putting our home up for sale, but there is a lot of work to be done. What are the most important things to get done prior to having a real estate agent come and look at our property?" I wouldn’t do anything until you speak to a Realtor....

What do Appraisers Do?

When you’re considering buying a house, there are two sides to the story: the seller’s asking price and the actual value of the property. This is where an appraiser steps in. What is the job of an appraiser? An appraiser’s job is to determine the current value of a...

12 Ways to Make a Great First Impression on Home Buyers

If your home is for sale, or soon will be, creating a positive first impression is one of the most important things you can do. Thankfully, it’s not hard. Here are 12 steps you can take; most of them fall under simple maintenance and organization, but some of them...

6 Things Sellers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate

When you’re selling your home, you usually have your eye on two prizes: Getting it sold fast and getting a sweet price. And who knows how to sell the awesomeness of your home better than you? After all, you’re familiar with all of its best features—even those that...

Selling Your Home: Tips for Home Showings

Are you selling your home? If so, you're probably expecting a few potential buyers that are interested in scoping out the place. When it comes to showing your home, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Take into consideration these tips.   Fill your home with...

9 Reasons For Sale by Owner is a Really Bad Idea

Scams happen. When dealing with FSBOs, things can get a little sideways. Unfortunately, scams do happen. Common scams include loss of earnest money when sellers change their mind, incorrect papers, false purchases through a third party, and identity theft when asked...

Where to Celebrate Independence Day in the Upper Cumberland

The Upper Cumberland region is the best place to celebrate Independence Day! With several festivities around the region, you must be here! Check out these grand fireworks shows hosted at various marinas. The best part? It’s all on the water so the view is impossible...

10 Things to Do When Buying Your First House

Benefits of working with a real estate agent are endless. They understand the market, know the area, want the right house at the best price and handle negotiations; just to name a few. Find the right fit by interviewing a few to see who fits the bill.   You need to...

Refresh for Less

Ready for a change or new look? When it comes to shopping for new home accessories, there are inexpensive ways to make a big impression. Here are a few things you can add to any space to create a new look and personal touch.   Wallpaper Wallpaper is the most dramatic...

Buying vs. Building

Home ownership is a big deal. There are a number of really important decisions to be made including whether to buy an existing house or build. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a look at both sides. Buying an Existing Home Pros • Convenience: You...

6 Signs It may be Time to Sell Your Home

Most people don’t plan on living in their first (or second or maybe even third) home forever, but knowing when the time is right to put that baby on the market can be tricky. Sometimes life changes force the issue: Your job could be relocating to another state or you...

Being a Minority Business Owner

All the marching and women's right protesting over the last few weeks has hit home for this female and minority business owner. Targeted by a larger real estate company and paid unfair wages helped educate me on the hardships that minority business owners face daily....

Tips: Selling a House with Pets at Home

Selling a House with Pets at Home Almost everybody loves pets except the home buyer who is buying your house. Don't ask me why, but that's often how it works out. Home sellers who adore their pets have a hard time imagining the negative attitudes others harbor against...

Get Your Home Ready to Sell: Productive Tips for Cold Days

Is Your Home Ready? The Spring Real Estate Market is Around the Corner in the Upper Cumberland! It's that time of year again in the Upper Cumberland!  Colder days are upon us, the kids have a few snow days under their belt, the winter market is rocking, which means...

Small Home Improvement Projects Making a Big Difference

Thinking about selling your home soon, but don't know where to start on the project list? When purchasing or selling a home, the small details tend to stand out BIG to potentials buyers. Here are few small home improvement projects you can complete if you are getting...

What do Home Buyers Want?

What do home buyers want? Whether you are marketing your home to first-time home buyers, young families or empty-nesters, all of them are looking for some of the same characteristics in a home—along with a few special preferences that meet their specific needs. Of...

Buying

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Instead of Rent

We have all been there...you're renting an apartment or house and you're trying to decide whether it's time to buy a home or stay put. Not sure what to do? Not to worry! We are here to give you the rundown of why owning a home makes more sense! You can paint over the...

The 6 Steps of Flipping Houses

Thinking of flipping houses? Not sure where to start? Check out these 6 steps of flipping houses: Find – Finding the right house to flip may take some time. Find a house that has equity and is priced low. When it comes to investing, you make the money when you buy....

Money Tips for First Time Home Buyers

So you are tired of renting an apartment and are ready to become a homeowner. When it comes to buying a home, the learning curve can be steep but no worries! We are here to help! Start by preparing financially. Take these steps to make the process go smoothly. Check...

Selling

How to Take Advantage of a Sellers Market

Question: How Can We Take Advantage of a Sellers Market for Home Selling? I have heard it's a sellers market in the Upper Cumberland, but how can I benefit from that? Can I make more money? Does that mean it's a good time to sell? We are here to help you with those...

5 Seller Mistakes that can Ruin a Sale

Seller Mistakes that can Ruin a Sale Are you selling a home? Seems pretty simple right? You clean up, have homebuyers over to check it out and someone buys it. If only it were that simple! Actually, the process is more complicated, with legal and other considerations...

8 Reasons to List your House in the Winter

Are you wanting to sell your home or maybe just slightly considering the idea this month? Here are 8 reasons to list your house in the winter. There is less competition. During the spring and summer, the market is flooded with a ton of houses. Listing your home in the...

DIY & Home Improvement

5 Kitchen Design Trends

Are you remodeling or sprucing up your kitchen? Spring tends to be one of the most popular times to renovate and remodel interior spaces. Need a few ideas? Check out these kitchen trends for 2018! Open Shelves What's the point of having beautiful dishes if...

5 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Are you remodeling your bathroom? Spring tends to be one of the most popular times to renovate and remodel interior spaces. Need a few ideas? Check out these bathroom trends for 2018! Wooden Vanities Something about wooden pieces add character...

(Southern) Holiday Hosting Tips

In the South, hosting is a form of art! From the fine silver to the absolutely fabulous 2 for 1 linen table napkins, hosting a holiday get-together can be a total event. Not to say it's easy to pull off, but there is no better hostess than a southern hostess. If you...

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How to Take Advantage of a Sellers Market

Question: How Can We Take Advantage of a Sellers Market for Home Selling? I have heard it's a sellers market in the Upper Cumberland, but how can I benefit from that? Can I make more money? Does that mean it's a good time to sell? We are here to help you with those...

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Instead of Rent

We have all been there...you're renting an apartment or house and you're trying to decide whether it's time to buy a home or stay put. Not sure what to do? Not to worry! We are here to give you the rundown of why owning a home makes more sense! You can paint over the...

The 6 Steps of Flipping Houses

Thinking of flipping houses? Not sure where to start? Check out these 6 steps of flipping houses: Find – Finding the right house to flip may take some time. Find a house that has equity and is priced low. When it comes to investing, you make the money when you buy....

Local & Lifestyle

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

This year, Valentine's Day falls on a weekday. Looking to celebrate at home rather than a night out on the town? Check out these 5 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day at home.   Cook a Valentine's Day themed meal Heart-shaped cookies, heart-shaped...

10 Hiking Trails in the Upper Cumberland

With the weather cooling down (or at least at some points during the day), now is a perfect time to get out and explore the Upper Cumberland! Are you the outdoorsy type? It's hard not to be when you are surrounded by gorgeous waterfalls and some pretty amazing state...

9 Waterfalls to Explore in the Upper Cumberland

The Upper Cumberland is known for its natural beauty. With all the natural waterfalls, hiking trails and scenic overlooks, locals never run out of things to see and do! Before you know it, the leaves will be changing and the air will be cool and crisp. Looking for a...

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How to Take Advantage of a Sellers Market

Question: How Can We Take Advantage of a Sellers Market for Home Selling? I have heard it's a sellers market in the Upper Cumberland, but how can I benefit from that? Can I make more money? Does that mean it's a good time to sell? We are here to help you with those...

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

This year, Valentine's Day falls on a weekday. Looking to celebrate at home rather than a night out on the town? Check out these 5 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day at home.   Cook a Valentine's Day themed meal Heart-shaped cookies, heart-shaped...

5 Kitchen Design Trends

Are you remodeling or sprucing up your kitchen? Spring tends to be one of the most popular times to renovate and remodel interior spaces. Need a few ideas? Check out these kitchen trends for 2018! Open Shelves What's the point of having beautiful dishes if...

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