3 Tips for First Time Home Sellers

Real estate forecasts for 2015 have been all over the board but there is one thing most agree on. 2015 will be the year of millennials entering the market as first-time home buyers.

This is great news for sellers, particularly first-time home sellers most likely to have the kind of starter homes these buyers want. Putting your house on the market isn’t intimidating if you plan ahead and enlist the right help.

Take a look at our tips for first time home sellers in Nashville:

1. Prepare for your own purchase

Jackie Karr, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Jackie Karr, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Before selling your home, give some careful thought about where you will live next.

If your plan is to buy another home and finance it, Nashville agent Jackie Karr recommends meeting with a lender. This meeting can provide education and you can get preapproved for a mortgage. That way, you’ll know what you will be able to afford—and can eliminate surprises. Also, you might determine in this meeting to purchase a home contingent on the sale of your existing one.

2. Get the home move-in ready

Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Agent Chris Mannino points out that many of us tend to think of first time home sellers as young and ready to “move up” but that’s not always the case. Chris has had clients well into their 50’s whom have lived happily in their first home up until now.

Regardless of age and stage of life, curb appeal is of the utmost of importance. If the home doesn’t look inviting from the outside, buyers will most likely not even go through your listing photos to view the interior photos.

Inside the home, do whatever you can to make your home move-in ready. Depersonalizing and minimizing needs to be a number one priority. Chris also recommends a pre-inspection before the home goes on the market in order to make needed repairs.

He says, “Put your best foot forward right out of the gate, price your home correctly and always be show-ready.”

3. Enlist the help of an expert realtor

Many people choose real estate agents based on referrals from family and friends, but look beyond that to make sure you’re working with someone who does a lot of business in your particular neighborhood. At The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, our agents are the finest in the area with industry knowledge and years of experience. Contact our office to talk with one of our agents, and discover for yourself why our staff is incomparable to the competition.

Sotheby’s Auction Preview Video – Around A World Of Art In 80 Days

Since 1744, Sotheby’s has distinguished itself as a leader in the auction world. Committed to the very highest level of quality, Sotheby’s sales continue to capture the world’s attention, with the very best fine and decorative arts and jewelry offered at each Sotheby’s location.

The Sotheby’s International Realty® network extends this legacy by representing extraordinary real estate throughout the world and in turn, extending our listings to the high profile clientele of the Sotheby’s Auction house. This is just one way we provide true international exposure to our listings.

Enjoy this spring auction preview video via sothebys.com:

Around a World of Art in 80 Days explores a seminal moment in each country or continent’s art history through the inspiration, influence and history of key objects and paintings, all to be auctioned at Sotheby’s London this season. As each of the sales shown here takes place, works by some of the world’s greatest artists from the United States, Europe, Asia to the Middle East and China will be exhibited.

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee Real Estate but can also connect you with properties worldwide. Search homes for sale in Greater Nashville on TheLipmanGroup.com.

5 Things Home Buyers Want in New Homes for Sale

Recent surveys by the National Association of Home Builders and homebuilder PulteGroup discovered what new-home buyers really want and revealed the top five trends attracting buyers now.

1. Walk-in closets: Large closets, particularly in the master bedroom, is among one of home shoppers’ top priorities, according to the NAHB survey of builders and remodelers. Indeed, 31 percent of 1,000 home owners recently surveyed by PulteGroup said they’d sacrifice another household feature in order to have his-and-hers closets in the master bedroom.

5 Things Home Buyers Want in New Homes for Sale

The Terrazzo #613 | Nashville, TN | $679,000

2. Luxurious laundry rooms: Buyers are looking for more than just a place to stick their washer and dryer. They want upgraded laundry rooms – complete with skylights, built-in ironing boards, space for folding clothes, extra storage, and upgraded appliances, according to the NAHB survey.

5 Things Home Buyers Want in New Homes for Sale

3003 Melville Court | Spring Hill, TN | $424,900 

3. Energy efficiency: Home buyers are looking to cut utility costs, and energy efficiency appliances and products can be one way to do that. Low e-windows, Energy Star appliances, and programmable thermostats are more in demand among home shoppers.

4. Great rooms: These large open spaces that often merge dining rooms, living rooms, and kitchens continue to be in high-demand among home shoppers, according to NAHB’s poll of builders. “Great rooms are wonderful places where everyone in the family can sit around, or where the kids can do their homework while you get dinner ready,” Stephen Melman of NAHB told MainStreet. “Today’s great rooms are large, bright and just make you feel good being there.”

5 Things Home Buyers Want in New Homes for Sale

5. Taller first-floor ceilings: More home buyers want the first floor to stretch beyond the typical eight-foot ceiling. They’re asking builders for nine-foot ceiling heights. The taller ceilings can open up living rooms, dining rooms, and other spaces on the first floor. But home shoppers say they can do without the cathedral ceiling in the family room, which can be too costly to heat and cool. Also, they aren’t preferring the higher ceilings on the second floor, which many home buyers say they want to feel more cozy, Melman says.

Whether you are looking for new construction or an existing home, connect with an expert realtor now who can keep you updated on the newest listings in your preferred Nashville neighborhood.

Video of Nashville real estate: Beautiful home for sale in Bellevue

8152 Settlers Way
Nashville, TN 37221

Four bedrooms, two full and one half bathrooms

This delightful Bellevue home features a spacious open floor plan with double story living spaces and hardwood floors throughout the main level. The eat-in kitchen has granite counters and opens to the living room making it the perfect entertaining space. Natural light pours in from the abundance of windows surrounding the home. A cozy fireplace serves as the main focal point of the living room and an additional source of heat if desired during those cold winter evenings. The master suite features a trey ceiling and walk-in closet with a beautifully remodeled master bath. The expansive, level back yard offers a new deck great for grilling and is fully fenced for maximum privacy.

Video of Nashville real estate: Beautiful home for sale in Bellevue

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For more information on this Bellevue home for sale, please contact:

Pete Costanza, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Pete Costanza, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Pete Costanza
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
pete.costanza@sothebysrealty.com
615.756.8777­

Sutton Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Sutton Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Sutton Lipman Costanza
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
sutton.lipman@sothebysrealty.com
615.438.6149

Video: Luxurious Two Bedroom Condo for Sale at The Terrazzo

700 12th Avenue South #613
Nashville, TN 37203

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms

Walk in to this two bedroom home at the luxurious Terrazzo and you immediately notice the pristine amenities, designer paint colors and gorgeous open space, flooded with natural light. Complete with a spacious kitchen, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, gas cook top and most importantly all the custom Italian cabinetry. In addition to a large master suite, floor to ceiling operational windows, and contemporary bathroom features you also receive the very popular and unsurpassed outdoor living area. This home features the largest patio at the Terrazzo and the best view.

Video: Luxurious Two Bedroom Condo for Sale at The Terrazzo

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For more information about this luxury condo for sale in The Gulch, please contact:

Nichole Holmes, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Nichole Holmes
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
nichole.holmes@sothebysrealty.com
615.364.1856

Nashville’s January Home Sales Best in Eight Years

Since 2013 Nashville home sales have been improving and stabilizing our local real estate market. At The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, we were happy to celebrate a year of significant success in 2014 and looked forward to continued success in 2015. Now that the January numbers are out, we are thrilled to share that this was the strongest January the Nashville market has experienced since 2007!

Nashville's January Home Sales Best in Eight YearsIn fact, according to the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® there were 1,976 home closings reported for the month of January, an increase of 11.1 percent from the 1,779 closings reported for the same period last year. Also, there were 2,204 sales pending at the end of January 2015, compared with 1,979 pending sales at this time last year.

Other positive figures include increased median sale prices for both single family homes and condominiums. The median residential price for a single-family home during January was $215,000 and for a condominium it was $172,250. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $195,000 and $165,000, respectively.

These strong figures combined with factors such as the improving economy, job growth, and a rise in consumer confidence provide strong foundations for continued health and stability in the Nashville housing market during 2015.

With such an active year ahead in Nashville home sales, that’s why sellers are choosing to list their homes with a brokerage that demonstrates expert neighborhood knowledge, cutting edge marketing and a global network that reaches buyers wherever they live. Contact us if you’re considering a move in 2015.

Join us Tuesday, February 17 for our Visiting Artist Series

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend a reception for the latest in our Visiting Artist Series at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty. Free and open to the public, we hope you can join us on Tuesday, February 17 from 5:00-7:00 pm as we unveil the photography of Stanton A. Tubb.

The Lipman Group Visiting Artist Series - Stanton Tubb PhotographyStanton’s exhibit at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty will include many photographs taken in our beautiful state of Tennessee and national parks. “Dixieland in Shade of Gray” is the title most images will fall under. This exhibit will also include photographs from Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama of various landscapes, wildlife, and buildings that make each location so unique.

Also on display during the opening event will be jewelry from Glen & Effie Vintage Design. Designed and hand crafted by Brooke Griffith, Glen & Effie was formed out of respect for the detail and craftsmanship of earlier generations. Hand crafting each unique accessory has allowed Brooke to tell stories with relics from history—reviving forgotten and old pieces into designs that will remain just as timeless as they have been in the past.

With live music performed by Jennifer Leigh Young, a portion of proceeds from all art sales will benefit Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School. Sponsors of the Visiting Artist Series include Windmill Title, FirstBank Mortgage Partners – Green Hills, and American Home Shield.

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is known for artfully uniting extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives and this special event will unite extraordinary local artists with Nashville homeowners. Join us at our office in Green Hills located at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite C-104, Nashville TN 37215.

 

Start Your 2015 Home Search in Nashville TN Smartly

The next six weeks will prove to be a busy time for Nashville real estate, as sellers list before the spring market and buyers move quickly on the new listings. If you are a buyer, you will want to make sure you start your home search in Nashville TN smartly!

Start Your 2015 Home Search in Nashville TN Smartly

This modern listing offers loft-like living in East Nashville. Click on the image for more photos and information from The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

Here are four articles from HouseLogic that will prepare you for a smart home search:

7 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Home
By doing your homework before you buy, you’ll feel more content about your new home.

8 Tips for Finding Your New Home
A solid game plan can help you narrow your home search to find the best home for you.

How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House
When you buy a fixer-upper house, you can save a ton of money, or get yourself in a financial fix.

Keep Your Home Purchase on Track
You’ve found your dream home. Make sure missteps don’t prevent a successful closing.

We’re gearing up for the spring real estate market now, and with it comes an influx of new properties hitting the market. Connect with an expert realtor now who can keep you updated on the newest listings in your preferred Nashville neighborhood.

Also, our mobile real estate app is a must have for your on-the-go real estate search. The free SIR Mobile app downloads easily and then connects you to Nashville homes for sale or rent… even the one you’re sitting in front of wondering what the price is.

Download SIR App: go to http://m.SIR.com | go to your app store and search “Sotheby’s” | text “LIPMAN” to 87778

Good News for Nashville: January 2015

Take a look at the highlights from the top news stories about Nashville during January 2015:

Good News for Nashville: January 2015

Nashville ranks No. 2 in the Nation for Arts VibrancyNational Center for Arts Research

Nashville’s arts vibrancy is No. 2 in the nation, according to a new report released by the National Center for Arts Research. The research examines level of supply, demand and government support for arts and culture for more than 900 communities across the country.

Nashville ranks No. 2 in the Nation for Arts Vibrancy

Nashville Arts Magazine is a free monthly magazine dedicated to celebrating, honoring, encouraging and promoting the arts and creative spirit of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Take a look at the February issue online now.

Tennessee repeats as State of the Year – Nashville Business Journal

Tennessee has again been named Business Facilities magazine’s State of the Year. The Volunteer State’s honor for 2014 marks the third time it has won the award since the trade publication, for economic development and site-selection professionals, started the award in 2007. Having won the award in 2013, Tennessee is the first state to win the award in consecutive years.

America’s Fastest-Growing Cities 2015Forbes

Nashville is on Forbes.com’s list of the fastest-growing cities in America. The ranking is based on estimated population growth for 2014 and 2015, year-over-year job growth for 2014, 2014 gross metro product growth, federal unemployment data and median annual pay for college-educated workers for America’s 100 most populous MSAs.

Cities Creating the Most Tech JobsFortune Magazine

According to a study from tech job site Dice.com, as reported by Fortune, Nashville is the country’s second-fastest-growing market when it comes to creating tech jobs. The job market for IT professionals just keeps getting better, especially for those with the most in-demand skills.

2015’s Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals – WalletHub

To help STEM professionals find the best markets for their valuable occupations, WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. across such metrics as job openings per capita for STEM graduates, annual median wage growth for STEM jobs and the projected number of STEM jobs needed in 2018. The Nashville metro area ranked 12th.

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee Real Estate but can also connect you with properties worldwide. Search homes for sale in Greater Nashville on TheLipmanGroup.com

Video: Beautiful Home in Spring Hill Cherry Grove neighborhood

 Wonderful home for sale in coveted Spring Hill Cherry Grove neighborhood

3003 Melville Court
Spring Hill, TN 37174

Five bedrooms, four full bathrooms

Welcome to your new home in the highly desirable Cherry Grove development of Spring Hill, TN. Your entry foyer boasts a beautiful solid oak door, hardwood flooring and coffer ceiling for an elegant touch. Just off the foyer is the great room which features recessed lighting and a wonderful stone stacked gas fireplace. A great place for kicking back and taking in the game or entertaining friends and family. The gourmet kitchen features a 4 burner gas range, built in stainless steel oven and convection microwave, granite counter tops, under mount sink and a beautiful tiled back splash.

Video: Beautiful Home in Spring Hill Cherry Grove neighborhood

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Located on the second level of the home is this flex room which could make a nice office, hobby room, work out room or a great room for kids to do their homework. In addition, you can take advantage of the 15×15 screened in porch with wood burning fireplace and cable hookups with an adjoining open patio – an absolute must for outdoor living.

For more information on this Spring Hill home for sale, please contact:

Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Chris Mannino
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
chris.mannino@sothebysrealty.com
615.299.7995