Most Scenic Places in the Upper Cumberland

Every year, the Upper Cumberland attracts new people and tourists to the area. With all of the natural waterfalls, state parks and clean lakes, it's easy to see why the Upper Cumberland is one of the most scenic places in the south. Looking to visit the area? Here is...

Easter Events in the Upper Cumberland Region

It's spring! What a beautiful time of year in the Upper Cumberland region! We are dedicated to connecting our clients to the Upper Cumberland community. We want to make sure you feel at home by keeping you up to date on local happenings and events. Looking for all the...

Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee

What is the Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee? It’s official: you get more “bang for your buck” in Cookeville than almost anywhere else in the country. According to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness Cost of Living Index, Cookeville is ranked...

The Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee

The Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee is known for its natural beauty. It's been called the best kept secret of Tennessee and exemplifies rural, southern living at its finest. From natural waterfalls, the cleanest lakes and home to some of the best state parks, its...

Tennessee has Lowest State, Local Tax Burden for Average Resident

Tennessee boasts the lowest state tax and local tax of any state for a median income household, according to a new study released Tuesday. The financial website Wallet-Hub estimates a median income household in Tennessee paid only $3,667 in state and local taxes in...

A Seller’s Moving Guide

Are you selling your home this spring? One tip we always give sellers is 'Don't forget to plan your move when you list your home!' Even the smallest home contains a lot of furniture, clothes, kitchen equipment, pictures and other items. For a short move, it may be...

Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction. Perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Negotiating a...

Home Showing: 12 Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression on 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. Some of them could...

4 Things You Need to Know About the Escrow Process

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams and joined the seller in a hearty handshake, there’s still one more step to complete. That final step is the escrow process, also referred to as closing. While your real estate agent, lender, title agent and closing agent will...

How to Make an Offer on a Short Sale

How do you make an offer on a short sale? A short sale can be the best option for some home sellers. If they can sell their property, they’ll avoid foreclosure. If you’re the buyer, your prospective may be different. Making an offer on a short sale is different from...

10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender

Your lender won’t put you in an interview room and demand answers, but completing a loan application can feel like an interrogation. But you’ll sweat only if you don’t know the answers. Here are 10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender 1. Where’s your proof of...

What Are the Tax Implications of Selling a House?

Selling your home can be an exciting and challenging experience, particularly if you’re attempting to simultaneous settle on one house and purchase another. Have you thought about taxes? How do taxes and home relate to one another? What are the tax implications of...

Do You Buy or Sell First When You’re Ready to Move?

Homeowners who decide they’re ready to become move-up buyers face a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Do You Buy or Sell First When You're Ready to Move? The answer depends on several factors, including your local market conditions, your financing options and your feelings...

Home Appraisal: How to Get Maximum Value

So, you’ve got an offer on your house from a qualified buyer and you’re ready to call the movers. Before you pick up the phone, remember that a few hurdles still have to be overcome before settlement day – in particular, the home appraisal. Here are a few tips to get...

Questions to Ask Real Estate Agents When Selling

The real estate agent’s role is to smooth the home sale process, from setting the price to closing the deal. Before you hire an agent, interview several to determine their suitability for your transaction. There are specific questions to  ask real estate agents when...

Breaking Down the Buyer’s Offer

After all the preparation and waiting, you finally get the call you’ve been waiting for. A buyer is writing an offer. Now it's time to look at the buyer's offer. First, you want to know the price. Don’t get excited or exasperated by the number until you see all the...

How Realtors Help Home Buyers and Sellers

Whether you’re buying, selling, or renting a home, a Realtor is your partner in the process. Realtors are local experts who can help you find the right home, negotiate price and terms, and navigate the reports and contracts to close the deal. These are all strong...

What to Expect After Listing a House

What can you expect after listing a house? Selling a house can be a lot like remodeling. It takes longer, costs more and is more emotionally draining than you thought it would be. However, in the end it was worth doing. Unless you’re the rare home owner who gets...

Staging a Garage

You’re staging a home for sale, and the house is immaculate and welcoming. But what about the garage? Don’t use that space as a dumping ground for all your clutter: Curb appeal should extend all the way up the driveway and into the garage. So why worry about staging a...

What the Realtor Code of Ethics Means to You

When you are making the biggest purchase of your life, it helps to have a trusted professional on your side. A Realtor is more than a real estate agent. Realtors have training in ethics for both their dealings with the public and with the real estate community. The...

5 Ways Home Sellers Can Prepare for the Spring Real Estate Market

With spring being the busiest time for real estate, homeowners planning to put their homes on the market shouldn’t wait for flowers to bloom before getting ready to sell. Having a few months to prepare can make for a much smoother selling experience. So how can home...

Why It’s Best to Remodel a Home

Are you looking for a home in the Upper Cumberland? If so, you probably know by now it's impossible to find the perfect house with absolutely everything you want. Most homeowners remodel spaces to create their dream home! And that's how it should be! Don't be afraid...

How to Take Advantage of a Sellers Market in the Upper Cumberland

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 Remodeling 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? We have compiled a list of the latest kitchen remodeling trends! Check out these kitchen trends for...

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? We have compiled a list of the latest bathroom remodeling trends. Check out these bathroom trends for 2018!...

5 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 you may not know about. Sometimes,...

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 continue to rent. 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...

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. To help out, we have put together a few money tips for...

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...

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. What happens during the...

9 Waterfalls in the Upper Cumberland

The Upper Cumberland is known for its natural beauty. With all the natural waterfalls in the Upper Cumberland, 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...

DIY 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 for backyard spaces! Fire pit So I...

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 paint sheens! Kitchen For this space, use a high gloss or semi-gloss finish. This...

Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Cookeville & the Upper Cumberland

So in case you live under a rock and haven’t heard, there is going to be a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st! It just so happens good ole Cookeville, Tennessee is the prime location to catch this once in a lifetime experience. Looking for a place to catch a glimpse...

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

Heard of Cookeville, Tennessee? It's the most affordable place to live in the United States with some of the best places to hang out including natural waterfalls, three lakes, rural back roads, southern charm and some amazing farms! Did we mention it's only an hour to...

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. It is so important to involve a team of professionals who understand the implications of transferring ownership. The legal document that transfers ownership can be a warranty deed...

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. A great way to do that is by staging your house! Here are seven tips for making your home look bigger, brighter,...

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 home buyers, especially for renters looking to become homeowners, growing families trading up to larger houses and baby boomers seeking homes to fit their evolving lifestyles. Generally...

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 was...

Buying

Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction. Perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Negotiating a...

4 Things You Need to Know About the Escrow Process

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams and joined the seller in a hearty handshake, there’s still one more step to complete. That final step is the escrow process, also referred to as closing. While your real estate agent, lender, title agent and closing agent will...

How to Make an Offer on a Short Sale

How do you make an offer on a short sale? A short sale can be the best option for some home sellers. If they can sell their property, they’ll avoid foreclosure. If you’re the buyer, your prospective may be different. Making an offer on a short sale is different from...

Selling

A Seller’s Moving Guide

Are you selling your home this spring? One tip we always give sellers is 'Don't forget to plan your move when you list your home!' Even the smallest home contains a lot of furniture, clothes, kitchen equipment, pictures and other items. For a short move, it may be...

Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction. Perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Negotiating a...

Home Showing: 12 Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression on 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. Some of them could...

DIY & Home Improvement

Home Showing: 12 Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression on 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. Some of them could...

Staging a Garage

You’re staging a home for sale, and the house is immaculate and welcoming. But what about the garage? Don’t use that space as a dumping ground for all your clutter: Curb appeal should extend all the way up the driveway and into the garage. So why worry about staging a...

Why It’s Best to Remodel a Home

Are you looking for a home in the Upper Cumberland? If so, you probably know by now it's impossible to find the perfect house with absolutely everything you want. Most homeowners remodel spaces to create their dream home! And that's how it should be! Don't be afraid...

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A Seller’s Moving Guide

Are you selling your home this spring? One tip we always give sellers is 'Don't forget to plan your move when you list your home!' Even the smallest home contains a lot of furniture, clothes, kitchen equipment, pictures and other items. For a short move, it may be...

Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction. Perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Negotiating a...

Home Showing: 12 Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression on 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. Some of them could...

Local & Lifestyle

Most Scenic Places in the Upper Cumberland

Every year, the Upper Cumberland attracts new people and tourists to the area. With all of the natural waterfalls, state parks and clean lakes, it's easy to see why the Upper Cumberland is one of the most scenic places in the south. Looking to visit the area? Here is...

Easter Events in the Upper Cumberland Region

It's spring! What a beautiful time of year in the Upper Cumberland region! We are dedicated to connecting our clients to the Upper Cumberland community. We want to make sure you feel at home by keeping you up to date on local happenings and events. Looking for all the...

Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee

What is the Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee? It’s official: you get more “bang for your buck” in Cookeville than almost anywhere else in the country. According to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness Cost of Living Index, Cookeville is ranked...

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Most Scenic Places in the Upper Cumberland

Every year, the Upper Cumberland attracts new people and tourists to the area. With all of the natural waterfalls, state parks and clean lakes, it's easy to see why the Upper Cumberland is one of the most scenic places in the south. Looking to visit the area? Here is...

Easter Events in the Upper Cumberland Region

It's spring! What a beautiful time of year in the Upper Cumberland region! We are dedicated to connecting our clients to the Upper Cumberland community. We want to make sure you feel at home by keeping you up to date on local happenings and events. Looking for all the...

Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee

What is the Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee? It’s official: you get more “bang for your buck” in Cookeville than almost anywhere else in the country. According to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness Cost of Living Index, Cookeville is ranked...

The Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee

The Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee is known for its natural beauty. It's been called the best kept secret of Tennessee and exemplifies rural, southern living at its finest. From natural waterfalls, the cleanest lakes and home to some of the best state parks, its...

Tennessee has Lowest State, Local Tax Burden for Average Resident

Tennessee boasts the lowest state tax and local tax of any state for a median income household, according to a new study released Tuesday. The financial website Wallet-Hub estimates a median income household in Tennessee paid only $3,667 in state and local taxes in...

A Seller’s Moving Guide

Are you selling your home this spring? One tip we always give sellers is 'Don't forget to plan your move when you list your home!' Even the smallest home contains a lot of furniture, clothes, kitchen equipment, pictures and other items. For a short move, it may be...

Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction. Perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Negotiating a...

Home Showing: 12 Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression on 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. Some of them could...

4 Things You Need to Know About the Escrow Process

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams and joined the seller in a hearty handshake, there’s still one more step to complete. That final step is the escrow process, also referred to as closing. While your real estate agent, lender, title agent and closing agent will...

How to Make an Offer on a Short Sale

How do you make an offer on a short sale? A short sale can be the best option for some home sellers. If they can sell their property, they’ll avoid foreclosure. If you’re the buyer, your prospective may be different. Making an offer on a short sale is different from...

10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender

Your lender won’t put you in an interview room and demand answers, but completing a loan application can feel like an interrogation. But you’ll sweat only if you don’t know the answers. Here are 10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender 1. Where’s your proof of...

What Are the Tax Implications of Selling a House?

Selling your home can be an exciting and challenging experience, particularly if you’re attempting to simultaneous settle on one house and purchase another. Have you thought about taxes? How do taxes and home relate to one another? What are the tax implications of...

Do You Buy or Sell First When You’re Ready to Move?

Homeowners who decide they’re ready to become move-up buyers face a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Do You Buy or Sell First When You're Ready to Move? The answer depends on several factors, including your local market conditions, your financing options and your feelings...

Home Appraisal: How to Get Maximum Value

So, you’ve got an offer on your house from a qualified buyer and you’re ready to call the movers. Before you pick up the phone, remember that a few hurdles still have to be overcome before settlement day – in particular, the home appraisal. Here are a few tips to get...

Questions to Ask Real Estate Agents When Selling

The real estate agent’s role is to smooth the home sale process, from setting the price to closing the deal. Before you hire an agent, interview several to determine their suitability for your transaction. There are specific questions to  ask real estate agents when...

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