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5 reasons to live in Brentwood

May 17, 2017  |  Author: AgentImage

5 reasons to live in Brentwood

 
Drawn to the Nashville area but don’t want to commit to full-time city living? Brentwood is your best bet for peaceful, family-friendly suburban living just south of Music City. Here’s why:

  1. The accessibilityWith the I-65 cutting right through the heart of town, you’re never too far from the action. Directly south of Radnor Lake, Brentwood is just 10 miles (less than a half-hour’s drive away) from bustling Nashville. The highway also connects Brentwood to other major metropolitan areas in the South and Midwest.
  2. The quality of lifeHundreds of acres of parks, exceptional infrastructure and city services, thriving businesses – Brentwood has all the ingredients for a comfortable, fulfilling life. The city also has a dynamic shopping and dining scene and its closest hospitals,including Williamson Medical Center in Franklin and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, are among the best in the state.Relatively affordable homes and a low overall cost of living help make the living here even sweeter.
  3. The accommodating vibeThere’s something for everyone in Brentwood. Properties range from family friendly houses in classic craftsman and Colonial styles, to convenient and affordable townhomes ideal for young couples. Its ten neighborhoods include sought-after gated communities. Local schools are noted for their quality, having earned a 9.8 (out of 10) rating from GreatSchools.org.
  4. The funBrentwood may be a small, mostly residential city, but you’ll never run out of fun things to do here. Here are just a few examples of the many ways you can enjoy life in Brentwood:
    • Delight in the city’s 900 acres of parks and greenways, where picnic groves and hike and bike trails abound.
    • Enjoy leisurely strolls around Brentwood’s many shopping centers, hometo well-known retail shops and restaurants.
    • Visit the Brentwood Library and check out its vast selection of books that’s sure to keep visitors young and old entertained and informed.
    • Tickle your curiosity for astronomy at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.
    • Support the local arts community and catch a performance or gallery exhibit at the Towne Centre Theatre.
    • Sign up for a class at the Fred Astaire Nashville Dance Studio

    And don’t forget: Nashville is so near, you can always go for a quick drive up north to see Music City’s hotspots and big events!

  5. The historic landmarksBrentwood is home to many places of historical significance, including those from the pre-Revolution and pre-Civil War eras, to more contemporary times. The following are noteworthy examples:
    • Andrew Crockett House: A landmark from the earliest days of settlement in Tennessee, the Andrew Crockett House is one of five log buildings built during the turn of the 19th century that survive to this day.
    • James Johnston House: Featuring Greek Revival and Georgian architecture, the “Isola Bella” is known to be one of the finest examples of antebellum construction.
    • WSM Tower: WSM is an AM radio station known as the home of Nashville’s “The Grand Ole Opry,” the world’s longest running radio program. In addition to its significance to this area’s cultural identity, the
      Brentwood-based WSM radio tower is also renowned for its unique diamond shape.

 

Why Brentwood’s parks are must-see spots in Tennessee

April 28, 2017  |  Author: AgentImage

Brentwood

Brentwood, TN’s tranquil rhythms are a perfect complement to the rocking spirit of Nashville. Blessed with an abundance of parks – more than 900 acres, in fact– the city is a dream come true for outdoor lovers.

From hiking and biking trails to serene picnic groves, there’s something here that will delight everyone in the family. Check out our favorites here:

Deerwood Arboretum and Nature Area

Located along the Little Harpeth River, this 27-acre park is a wonderful destination for all ages learning and exploration, thanks to facilities such as a full observation deck, outdoor covered classrooms, walking trails, and an amphitheater.

A triumph of ecological restoration, Deerwood was once the site of the city’s sewage treatment plant until the early 1980s. It saw a dramatic transformation when it was converted into a park in 1992. As a state-certified arboretum today, it is home to more than 60 tree species, manmade lakes, and habitats for indigenous wildlife.

Concord Park

Rest and relaxation in Concord Park happen both outdoors and inside your imagination, as the 40-acre expanse is also home to the beloved Brentwood Library. An all-around ideal destination for a family day out, Concord Park offers sunny walking paths, an extensive bike trail (that connects to the city-wide Brentwood Bikeway system), and open areas that are perfect for picnics and kite-flying.

The diamond-shaped WSM Tower, which the historic WSM radio station uses to broadcast Nashville’s iconic “Grand Ole Opry,” can be viewed from this park, just across Concord Road.

Crockett Park

The second largest park in Brentwood, Crockett Park encompasses more than 170 acres and features several facilities for various sports. These include 11 multi-purpose fields (two of which are lighted), 8 lighted baseball/softball diamonds, seven lighted tennis courts, and an indoor arena for flag football, soccer, and lacrosse. There are also attractive trails for joggers and bikers, and even a frisbee golf course!

Crockett Park is also home to the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater – the site of the city’s popular free-admission summer concert series and the annual 4th of July fireworks display.

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park

Measuring nearly 400 acres, the Smith Park is Brentwood’s largest open space. Formerly private property until it was purchased for park development, it was opened as a public park in November 2014.

Smith Park features the historic Ravenswood mansion and farm, a popular wedding and events venue. Ravenswood dates back to 1825 and is named after Texas’ Sam Houston, who was known as “The Raven” to the Cherokee. Houston was a guest at the wedding of the original owners of the property, James Hazard Wilson II and Emeline Wilson.

Primm Park

Primm Park is a 31-acre park which features a couple of notable historic sites. One of these is the Boiling Spring Academy, a historic schoolhouse which dates back to the 1830s. The building was restored in 2003 and is used today to host “history immersion” field trips for Brentwood’s third-grade classes.

Also found on the grounds of the Boiling Spring Academy is the Fewkes Group Archaeological Site. The 15-acre site is the location of the remains of five mounds created by the last of the prehistoric Native Americans that lived in the area, circa 1200 AD. The mounds were used for ceremonial, burial, and other purposes.

What you need to know about the food scene in and around Franklin

February 27, 2017  |  Author: AgentImage

There’s nothing like good old Southern comfort food to make you feel at home, wherever you may be in bustling Franklin. Fortunately, the city boasts some of the finest restaurants serving the best Southern-style food in Middle Tennessee. Here’s a look at five of them.

  1. The HoneysuckleLocated at 1770 Galleria Boulevard, The Honeysuckle features the creations of Executive Chef Skylar Bush, an Alabama native who spent years perfecting his homegrown recipes.

    Chef Skylar’s Southern roots have greatly influenced his creations, making use of the region’s best produce. And with his passion for fishing, the chef also knows his way around seafood and fish. All these influences have resulted in delectable modern Southern dishes that use only the freshest ingredients.

    The Honeysuckle’s house specialties include in-house dry-aged meats, the Tennesse stuffed grout and the meatloaf. The restaurant also boasts an oyster bar, which is a rare find in Franklin.

  2. Tupelo Honey CaféThis popular restaurant’s Meridian Cool Springs location is its 12th overall, and its 4th in Tennessee. Based in Asheville, NC, Tupelo describes their menu as classic Southern food jazzed up with “something deliciously unexpected.”

    Tupelo’s signature dishes include their own version of Southern favorites like the Nutty Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy, Chef Brian’s Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits, and Sweet Potato Pancake with Peach Butter.

    The restaurant also has a full bar serving craft beer from all over the region and in-house cocktails like the popular Queen Mary Bloody Mary and Fresh Orange Mimosas.

  3. Cork and CowThis is restaurateur Jason McDonnell’s latest offering after the highly successful Red Pony. Located at Main Street, Cork and Cow continues the Red Pony tradition of serving a homegrown menu using the finest meats and freshest ingredients.

    Cork and Cow’s signature dishes are succulent steaks served the Southern way, but with a touch of Italian and other international flavors that McDonnell has picked up from his global travels.

    In addition to the steaks, must-try dishes are the veal parmesan, the filet burger with Benton’s bacon, and the asparagus salad.

  4. Moe’s Original BBQMoe’s Original BBQ is a casual dining spot featuring mouth-watering barbeques with home style sides. Named one of the top barbecue chains in the country by USA Today, Moe’s describes its offerings as “Southern soul food revival.”

    The restaurant chain was founded in 2001 by three friends from Alabama, who perfected their Alabama-style barbecue over the years. Along with daily smoked pork and chicken, the restaurant is also known for their signature Alabama white barbecue sauce. Other must-tries on the menu are the Angus beef brisket, St. Louis spare ribs and the fried catfish. Moe’s Original BBQ can be found at 901 Columbia Avenue.

  5. Merridee’s BreadbasketMerridee’s Breadbasket was founded in 1984 by baker and entrepreneur Merridee McCray, who was asked to open a shop in downtown Franklin as part of the area’s historic revitalization. The bakery and restaurant soon became a local favorite, and over the years has maintained its tradition of making everything from scratch every day.

    In addition to their famous pastries, breads, cakes and cookies, Merridee’s Breadbasket also serves homemade soups, quiches and salads. It was voted Best Bakery in Williamson County three years in a row, and has received the Sizzle Award from Southern Exposure Magazine. It can be found at 110 Fourth Avenue South.

Get in touch with Erin Krueger, Affiliate Broker and Realtor®, and The Erin Krueger Team to get started on your real estate goals!

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Exploring Nashville’s music scene

February 17, 2017  |  Author: AgentImage

Nashville is known as Music City U.S.A., and while this booming metropolis is the undisputed center of country music, it has also attracted a large number of musicians and fans of other genres, including rhythm and blues, rock & roll, pop and jazz.

When you’re in Nashville, you’ll surely have your fill of musical entertainment, no matter which genre you prefer. Nashville is home to numerous concert and performance venues that have been graced by the top names in the industry as well as up-and-coming acts.

Mercy Lounge
Located on Cannery Row in Downtown Nashville, Mercy Lounge is a favorite among locals and is well-known all over the country. Since it first opened in 2003, it has featured bands on the rise, as well as superstars like The White Stripes and John Fogerty. Known for its trendy and cosmopolitan vibe, Mercy Lounge has a standing room capacity of 500, and boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and a relaxing bar area.

B.B. King’s Blues Club & Restaurant
One of downtown Nashville’s most popular entertainment venues, the club treats its guests to daily and nightly performances by top-rated acts, including the house band, B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band. Enjoy great music inspired by the King of Blues and other legends like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Ray Charles. The club’s menu of good old Southern comfort food is also an excellent reason to visit and come back often.

The Ryman Auditorium
Opened in 1892 in downtown Nashville, this National Historic Landmark and Nashville institution has been graced by music legends like Johnny Cash, Patty Griffin and Neil Young, and continues to be a favorite venue by top musical acts of all genres. In addition to being an entertainment venue, the Ryman is also a Nashville attraction, offering tours and exhibits showcasing artifacts from its rich history.

Grand Ole Opry House
No trip to Nashville is complete without experiencing this phenomenal live entertainment show, considered Nashville’s number one attraction. The biggest names in country music have all been part of the Grand Ole Opry since it debuted as a radio show in 1925. It has been staged at the Grand Ole Opry House since 1974 when it moved from the Ryman Auditorium, its original permanent home, but comes back to the Ryman during the winter.

The Station Inn
Located at The Gulch, this widely popular entertainment venue has been the home of bluegrass and roots music in Nashville since the 70s, with big name performers like Bobby Osborne, Bill Monroe and Allison Kraus having graced its stage. The Station Inn boasts a casual atmosphere where guests can enjoy great music every night over food and drinks. Merchandise is also available at the venue’s shop.

The Basement
This cozy spot is a favorite among fans and performers of acoustic and rock music. Located below the popular Grimey’s New and Preloved Music record store, The Basement provides an intimate setting that makes a concert experience even more special. Musicians who have performed here include up-and-coming bands and solo acts, as well as rock royalties like Metallica and Mumford & Sons, who staged unannounced shows at this venue in between their major gigs.

Get in touch with Erin Krueger, Affiliate Broker and Realtor®, and The Erin Krueger Team to get started on your real estate goals!

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Our Top 14 Things to do in Nashville for Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2017  |  Author: Erin Krueger

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. One week away! Are you ready? Have you made plans with your significant other? If you’re still searching for a last minute idea or two, keep reading.

Whether you’re going on a first date or celebrating your 20th Valentine’s Day together, there’s something for every romantic in our list of last minute Valentine’s Day Celebrations! Now soak up some inspiration and get planning.

  1.  11th: Looking for something a little more active? The Hot chocolate 5K/15K is for you. “While marshmallow sweet stations are dotted along course routes and a Finisher Mug encourages the consumption of decadent fondue, don’t write the Hot Chocolate Series off as a race that’s all about the glitz.”  Need we say anything else beyond marshmallow sweet stations?!
  2. 11th: Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your whole family? Bring the kids to the Nashville Zoo’s Teddy Bear Clinic. The Nashville Zoo Veterinary Department will be on call from 10:00am – 3:00pm to perform routine checkups on your child’s stuffed animal. The clinic is FREE with zoo admission. No registration is necessary.
  3. 11th-12th: Is your significant other a fan of Smashsville? Does the sight of Gnash or Pekka Rinne make her want to scream her head off? If the answer is yes, the Predators are in town right before Valentine’s day. Predators tickers are the best gift you can give your spouse who’s dying to catch the puck.
  4. 14th: Is your girlfriend a fan of Ariana Grande? It’s not too late to get tickets. She’s performing at Bridgestone ON Valentine’s Day!!
  5. 14th-15th: Looking for something funny and different this Valentine’s? Zanies Couples Comedy Show General Admission Tickets are $10. Take your love for a laugh. Maybe you’ll even get on stage!
  6. 14th: Frankie Valley and the Jersey Boys are performing with the Nashville Symphony. Be sure to check out their Love Is In The Air date night packages.
  7. 13th-14th: Couples Valentine’s cooking classes. Check out for available slots for two nights of fun, delicious, romantic cooking together.
  8. If natural beauty and the quiet of nature are more your pace, try strolling through centennial park. Check out the newly unveiled “Cockrill Spring [in Centennial Park], which has been buried for more than a century and now flows over a winding stone channel. Gardens and landscaping surround the shallow channel, [with] benches and stone seating.”- The Tennessean. Such a beautiful addition to a beautiful park in the heart of Nashville.
  9. Make chocolate covered strawberries at home together. Never done anything like this before? Check out this super simple recipe; it’s so easy anyone can make them. And if all else fails, you get to eat the melted chocolate.
  10. Ford Ice, downtown Nashville’s ice skating rink is a fun, inexpensive way to do something with your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Check out this link for a complete schedule of public skate sessions and pricing info.
  11. Make a heart shaped pizza. Pizza is super easy to make at home. Your local grocery store has everything you need from pre-made dough to mozzarella and all your favorite toppings. Shape your pizza dough into a heart instead of a circle and romance is born! Oh, and you have dinner.
  12. 11th-14th: Valentine’s Morning Quickie – Mimosa Love Painting Class @ Dabble Studio. Grab your partner and a paintbrush and get ready to paint complementary paintings that when put together create one romantic masterpiece.
  13. 14th: Belmont Mansion elopement-style weddings. They will accept reservations for morning elopements between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. They will accept reservations for evening elopements between 6:00 PM and midnight.
  14. We saved the best for last. Recreate your first date. Where was your first date? What were you wearing? Did you bring your girlfriend or boyfriend a single white carnation? Recreating the memory of that magical night is guaranteed to make your partner swoon and remember all of the reasons he or she loves you so much!

Author- Meg Shike of The Erin Krueger Team

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Selling your home: The do’s and don’ts

February 7, 2017  |  Author: AgentImage

Nashville is now a sellers’ market, and this is great news if you’re unloading your home. Home sales in 2016 were the highest in a decade, and real estate website Zillow has recently ranked the city #1 on their list of the Hottest Housing Markets for 2017.

The favorable market conditions, however, don’t guarantee that you’ll get top dollar for your property if you don’t put in the hard work. Home buying practices have changed considerably over the years and buyers are now more cautious in their home selection.

To get the best possible returns for your property, you need to take the proper steps to attract the right buyers. Here are some home selling do’s and don’ts to consider:

  1. Do work with a real estate professional. It’s easy to think that you can go it alone especially if you live in a sought-after neighborhood. But without guidance from an experienced real estate agent, you can make common mistakes that could leave your home on the market longer than necessary, or get you less money than you deserve.

    With their knowhow and market savvy, real estate professionals can guide you through every step of the home selling process, from pricing your home right and preparing it for viewing, to marketing it on the right channels, negotiating with buyers, and making sure all needed documents are prepared and filed accurately and on time.  Unless you have considerable experience in home buying and selling, you’d do well to work with a market expert.

  2. Don’t overprice your home. Many sellers make the mistake of asking too much for their home based on guesswork and details like the improvements they’ve made or how much they bought the property for. Overpricing can drive away potential buyers and discourage them from making an offer.

    A real estate professional can help you price your home accurately by preparing a comparative market analysis. This considers factors like home selling trends in your neighborhood, comparable home sales, and the desirability of your property.

  3. Do market your home adequately. A large majority of homebuyers start their search for a new home on the Internet. With the competition for buyers, it’s important to get your home listed on the right websites. You also have to make sure your listing is as effective as possible by using attractive photographs and catchy descriptions.

    A real estate professional can help you come up with a comprehensive marketing plan, which could include getting your property listed on appropriate listing sites, connecting you with professional photographers and home stagers, advertising on other channels, and using the agent’s own network to reach the right buyers.

  4. Don’t put off home repairs. Major home improvement projects, such as upgrading your kitchen or adding a deck, may or may not add value to your home. Basic home repairs, however, are must do’s. You need to get your home in tip-top shape before showing it to buyers. Check your roof, the plumbing, alarm systems and other essential details. Repair what’s broken, damaged and unsightly, and if needed, get your home a new coat of paint or finish to give it a fresh look.
  5. Get in touch with Erin Krueger, Affiliate Broker and Realtor®, and The Erin Krueger Team to get started on your real estate goals!

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Why I Moved to Nashville and Stayed

October 31, 2016  |  Author: AgentImage

I moved to the Nashville area over twelve years ago, and decided to make it my permanent home. It was a decision that I continue to be thankful for to this day.

Middle Tennessee’s rich history, natural beauty, and diverse culture continue to drive people to this area and proves why it is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s Best Places to Live.

The new “It” city

An article in the New York Times has called Nashville the nation’s new “it” city, following the likes of Portland, Austin, and Dallas. It cited several accolades and recognitions given to Nashville, including a Gallup poll where it was named one of the top five regions for job growth, and a national entrepreneurs’ group citing the city as one of the best places for a technological start-up.

The growing diversity of Nashville’s cultural scene has also caught the media’s attention. The economic progress in the city is palpable, but, as the NYT article puts it, the city remains “traditionally Southern in its sensibility.”

Previous to this, Nashville has received more recognition, including CNN’s 3rd top City Where Startups Thrive, and Travel + Leisure’s 3rd Top American City. The city is gaining attention not only for its growing economy, but also for the cleanliness, culture, cuisine, and the friendly locals.

The music scene

Still, the music scene is one of Nashville’s most enduring and endearing treasures. The acknowledged home of country music, Nashville has been attracting musicians and industry professionals for decades, including the who’s who of the genre. The growing city has attracted many more genres of music, which add to the diversity Music City has to offer.

And with the growing popularity of country music, Nashville’s music scene will continue to be its economic and cultural anchor. As a music fan, I couldn’t be any happier.

Close to nature

Nashville may be best known for its entertainment and nightlife scene, but locals know it has more to offer. All around Nashville are acres of greenways, woodlands, lakes, rivers, and open spaces. The city has more than 100 state parks where people can hike, bike, run, walk their dogs and canoe down the river. Surrounded by the lushness of nature, it’s easy to relax and feel refreshed as we face another busy day at work.

Culture and history

Nashville’s heritage is an important part of its identity. All around the city are reminders of its genteel past, as well as its role in the important events that shaped the country. Plantations, stately historic homes, and lavish gardens remain standing, alongside battle sites of the Civil War and other past struggles. They all stand testament to the evolution that the city has seen through the ages.

Beautiful homes

All these past and present events have made Nashville the dynamic and vibrant city it is today. And the homes that I’m proud to represent reflect the many different faces of Nashville . From traditional to contemporary, from cozy to stately – they all speak of the fascinating character Nashville has developed.

I’m proud to welcome you to my city, and my team would be honored to assist you in the process of making this fantastic city your home as well. Call us today!

Get in touch with Erin Krueger, Affiliate Broker and Realtor®, and The Erin Krueger Team to get started on your real estate goals!

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8 Family-Friendly Activities in Nashville

October 28, 2016  |  Author: AgentImage

Nashville is a bustling cosmopolitan community – a major business and entertainment center that’s home to a diverse population. But underneath the fast pace and bright lights, Nashville is also a family-friendly city with excellent schools and a host of attractions for residents of all ages.

Here are 8 activities that you and your family can enjoy together in Nashville.

 

Go to the zoo

The 200-acre Nashville Zoo at Grassmere features not only an impressive assortment of animal life, but also plenty of activities and attractions for everyone. The zoo also maintains theGrassmere Historic Home. This 19th-century plantation home is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes and feature a three-tier heirloom garden, family cemetery, and adjoining farm grounds for touring.

It also features animal interaction exhibits such as Lorikeet Landing, kangarookickabout, shell station, and a petting zoo. On the property is a 66,000-sq.ft. playground, carousel, a train tour, and the zoo’slatest attraction, the Soaring Eagle Zip Line, which rips through several hundred yards from a 110-ft.-high starting point.

 

Explore Nashville’s history

Learn about Nashville’s rich history by visiting historic landmarks, such as:

  • The Hermitage – President Andrew Jackson’s home, set amid a vintage farm
  • The Belle Meade Plantation – a 200-acre, 17th century plantation featuring a Greek Revival mansion, a mausoleum, log cabin, gardens, a horse stable and other historic structures
  • The Belmont Mansion – a hilltop estate with a lavish garden built in the 19th century

 

Get close to nature

Nashville is home to over 100 parks, including Radnor Lake State Park – a protected Class II Natural Area. Encompassing 1,332 acres, the park boasts a serene lake and woodland, where you can observe animals of various species, including owls, herons, minks, otters, amphibians, and many more.

 

Tour a garden

Spend a day at Cheekwood Botanical Garden, a privately funded estate with 55 acres of land covered in carefully tended vegetation, including daffodils, daylilies, dogwood, hydrangeas, and Japanese maples. Within the garden grounds is the 30,000-sq.ft. Cheekwood’s Museum of Art, which features an extensive collection of American and contemporary art pieces.

 

Learn about the Civil War

Historic Nashville has many stories to tell, including its participation in the Civil War. Take a hike up to the top of Fort Negley, the largest inland fort built during the Civil War in the US.

Just a short drive south of Nashville you enter the historic city of Franklin.Learn about The Battle of Franklin, one of the bloodiest encounters in the Civil War, by exploring the sites that played a role in it, including the Carter House, Lotz House and Carnton Plantation.

 

Go stargazing

You and your kids will have a fun and educational time at the Adventure Science Center, a 44,000-acre science and culture exhibit space. In addition to various hands-on exhibits, it also features a state-of-the-art planetarium. The people behind the center organize several programs and events, such as workshops, camps, lectures, and a monthly stargazing party held at different venues around the city.

 

Play escape games

With two locations in Nashville, The Escape Game offers hours of fun for family, friends, and colleagues, featuring innovative games where players work together to solve puzzles to escape specially designed rooms. The experience is not only enjoyable and challenging, but will also help improve teamwork within the family, among friends, or between teammates.

 

Go canoeing

Explore the gently flowing Harpeth River on a canoe with the family. The river runs through several towns and cities in the state. In Nashville, it encompasses the Hidden Lake section, an area that has been designated a state park. The park features canoe rental services, as well as fishing opportunities and hiking trails.

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Things to Consider when Buying a Home in Nashville

September 30, 2016  |  Author: AgentImage

Nashville is a wonderful place to call home. In moving to this diverse and dynamic place, you will find a wide range of home choices to match your needs and preferences.

A home is probably the single biggest purchase you’ll make in your life. Buying a home is much more than just a financial transaction – it is an emotional journey as well. Amid the excitement and stress that come with the process, costly errors could happen if you are not being diligent in all stages of the buying process.

Nashville, TN Real Estate Market

Here are some pointers to help you avoid common home buying mistakes:
Work with a real estate professional
Going it alone may seem easy enough. After all, in the end, all important decisions will be made by you. However, working with an experienced and qualified agent who knows the market, has resources available, and can represent your best interest is invaluable.

In searching for the right home, you will likely find an overwhelming number of choices. It’s a common mistake to get carried away by a home’s impressive features or attractive price, and latch onto the sale without looking into other options. Working with a professional who can assess things more objectively will enhance your chances of finding the right home that will give you the best value for your money.

An experienced agent will know the market well. They can help you identify prospective homes much faster than if you do it alone. This will save you considerable time and effort.
Homes today are selling at an accelerated rate. Finding the right representation is key in knowing how to negotiate in this market and ensure that your offer is among the ones selected as you search for property. In many cases, sellers hesitate to negotiate directly with buyers. A realtor with your best interests in mind will have the training, resources, and experience in order to close the deal

You also need to consider the mountain of paperwork involved in a real estate transaction. Working with a real estate agent will help take this burden off your shoulders and give you peace of mind that all documents are submitted correctly within the appropriate timeframe.

A realtor can also assist you in getting the right financing for the home. Most agents work with a network of contacts in the industry, including mortgage brokers or financers, and can help connect you with the right professionals.

Find the right financing
While your agent can help facilitate the home selection process, it’s important to research financing options before you begin home shopping. You may want to consider getting mortgage pre-approval as this will benefit you in several ways.

By getting pre-approval, you will know how much home you can afford, and set your budget accordingly.

Pre-approval will also reassure sellers that you have the financial ability and serious intent to buy a home.

In finding the right financing, you need to identify the type of loan you are eligible for, and to look into various loan products to find one that best matches your financial situation and long-term prospects.

Know your needs and preferences
Once you have narrowed down your budget, you can begin searching for your new home. It is helpful to make a list of what is important to you, as the buyer, when looking for a house. The list may be divided into two parts: the must-haves and the extras.

The “must-haves” would include essential features, such as the number of rooms, location, security, maintenance, schools, parking space, storage, and others.

The “extras” would be things that will help make living more comfortable and enjoyable. These include features like an outdoor kitchen, a pool, a home theater, walk-in closets, a game room or man cave, stainless steel appliances, and other similar amenities.

After fulfilling your must-haves, you can then move on to your list of “extras”, and weigh how badly you want them against the added price you may have to pay.

Get in touch with Erin Krueger, Affiliate Broker and Realtor®, and The Erin Krueger Team to get started on your real estate goals!

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