A Home for the Holidays: Ronald McDonald House Nashville

More than at any other time of year, the holidays are when we offer thanks for the blessings of life. This year has been an exceptional one for the The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty family. We have been privileged to participate in unprecedented expansion in our area—not just as real estate professionals but as neighbors and friends grateful for the many opportunities to serve in the communities where we live, work and play.

Throughout 2014, participating agents at The Lipman Group have donated funds from their closings in order to give to a worthy Nashville charity, the Ronald McDonald House Nashville. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is to keep families close by providing essential resources and a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville area hospitals.

A Home for the Holidays: Ronald McDonald House Nashville

The Nashville Ronald McDonald House serves families from across the country and around the world.  Since its doors opened in 1991, they have served families from all 95 counties in Tennessee, 65 counties in Kentucky, 38 other states and 13 foreign countries.  In 2013, they served 689 families in the House with an average length of stay of nearly 30 nights and a daily waiting list of 6-8 families.

During the week prior to Thanksgiving, The Lipman Group was happy to prepare and provide breakfast for almost 35 people currently calling the Ronald McDonald house home. We would like to give a special thanks to our agents who volunteered in order to serve a hearty, Southern style home cooked meal for the families. We would also like to thank Lynsey Culwell (photographer) and Ross Caroland (videographer) with Sq Ft Photography for documenting the events that morning.

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In addition to breakfast, we were also thrilled to provide a one week stay and a one month stay to the house manager. The Ronald McDonald House Nashville requests a $15 per night donation from families to stay in the house, but more than 95% of families cannot afford to pay and the Nashville Ronald McDonald House has never turned a family away because of their inability to pay.

A Home for the Holidays: Ronald McDonald House Nashville

If you are especially thankful during this holiday season and would like to give, join us and show your support ‪#‎forRMHC‬ families. The Nashville House has a wish list that includes holiday items and house supplies.

Nashville Home Sales continue to impress in November

Nashville Home Sales continue to impress in NovemberThroughout this year there’s been no slowdown in Nashville home sales. In fact, the third quarter ended with a significant increase in closings and now there were nearly 2,500 residences sold in the Nashville region in November — the most for that month since 2006.

According to the recent figures released by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®, there were 2,474 home closings reported for the month of November.  This figure is up 8.2 percent from the 2,287 closings reported for the same period last year.

Other positive figures from November include increased median sale prices for both single family homes and condominiums. The median sale price for a single-family home was $215,000 last month, an increase of $20,000 from the median in November 2013. The median sale price for condos last month was about $165,000, or $15,000 more than in November 2013.

Houses are definitely selling. The market still has plenty of buyers who are interested in the still-low mortgage interest rates. What has changed is that they are savvier about the low inventory situation and are prepared to make a strong offer as soon as the right home comes along.

With more than 2,000 sales pending, the Greater Nashville area is well on its way to exceeding last year’s total closings. These signs are welcome as we begin to look toward 2015.

At The Lipman Group, we can help you navigate the exciting and fast paced Nashville real estate market. If you are considering putting your home on the market early in the new year, perhaps it is time to consult with an expert realtor and get your home market-ready.


Video: Elegant Franklin Home for Sale in LaurelBrooke

Timelessness and elegance unite in this extraordinary Franklin home for sale

3005 Flagstone Drive
Franklin, TN 37069

Five bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms

Located in Franklin’s LaurelBrooke community, this inviting home takes full advantage of space and light with a comfortable design offering a sense of openness and warmth. The attention to detail exceeds all expectations, resulting in an artful sanctuary. The great room, dining and living areas are captivating with stately details including; elaborate crown molding and trim, multiple decorative eight-arm metal chandeliers, custom handmade Dupioni silk draperies, picture frame wainscoting, a Limestone fireplace and other features.

Video: Elegant Franklin Home for Sale in LaurelBrooke

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With many captivating spaces this home has it all including a beautiful kitchen, spacious master suite, and multiple outdoor living spaces. The screened in outdoor living room features a floor-to-ceiling gas log equipped fireplace and stereo speakers. In addition, the lower level features an apartment/office/studio with over 1,640 square feet, storage, porcelain flooring, patio and even a wet bar.

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

Donna Tisdale, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Donna Tisdale, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Donna Tisdale

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Christmas Light Displays in Nashville TN and Middle Tennessee

Each year throughout the holiday season, Nashville is filled with twinkling and sparkling Christmas light displays. Nashville even has a long standing competition of lights.

If you’re hunting for some of the best residential and neighborhoods Christmas Light displays in town, then you need to make a point every year to check out the local winners of the Nashville’s Annual Holiday Lights Competition. If you would like to load up your car with friends and family and tour the homes who entered this year’s competition, click on this link for the full list of addresses.

Christmas Light Displays in Nashville TN and Middle Tennessee

photo via The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park

In addition to the Nashville lights competition, the following light displays are in and around Greater Nashville.

Gaylord Opryland

The Gaylord Opryland has an extensive light display that is free to peruse. Wander throughout the resort and you will find more than two-million dazzling Christmas lights which draw visitors from all over the world. Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas

Not far from the Gaylord Opryland, you could tour this drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show. Located in Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at 2572 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 and the cost is $25 per car. Open nightly from 5 pm until 10 pm with extended weekend and holiday hours.

Franklin Christmas

Franklin Christmas is an organization of Christmas light enthusiasts dedicated to spreading the joy and magic of the season through computerized lighting displays. With two locations offering a computerized Christmas display, Lights on Old Charlotte in Franklin, TN and Lights on Sparrow Street in Spring Hill, TN boast over 80,000 lights combined. Viewers are able to watch and listen in their cars as the lights dance perfectly to music. The show is free to enjoy, however donations are accepted that are donated to Franklin’s GraceWorks Ministries.

Chad’s Winter Wonderland

For 30 years, Chad Barnard has been putting up one of the nation’s largest Christmas light displays in Lebanon, TN. Known as Chad’s Winter Wonderland, visitors can take in more than 2 million lights at this incredible eight acre drive-through holiday light display. For $15 a carload, visitors can enjoy the wonderment of the lights as well as drive through Santa’s house, featuring Santa himself giving away candy canes and taking Christmas lists from eager boys and girls. Chad’s lights are available for tours from 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be available to see until Dec. 31st.

Christmas on the Cumberland

Over one million Christmas Lights are on display in the city of Clarksville’s festival of lights at McGregor Park. The Montgomery County Park’s RiverWalk is decorated with several holiday light displays, including giant toy soldiers, animated toys, and a tunnel of lights. Every year, this event attracts over 10,000 people.

Tell us: do you have a favorite light display? Or any traditions involving them?

Good News for Nashville: November 2014

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

Good News for Nashville: November 2014

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The 15 Hottest Cities for 2015Business Insider

Business Insider named Nashville to its list of the 15 hottest U.S. cities for 2015. Factors determining the list included job and population growth, affordability, livability, health and well-being of residents, and the level of innovative and “cool” factors helping each city stand out.

Nashville: Travel + Leisure Best Places to Spend ChristmasBest Places to Spend ChristmasTravel + Leisure

When Travel + Leisure magazine decided its favorite places to spend Christmas, Nashville was listed #13 among the selected 30 destinations from around the world.

blockquoteNashville is the most flamboyant ode to the holidays east of the Mississippi; “O Tannenbaum” is sung with a twang as honky-tonks share space with family values.

The Ten Best Counties to Live in TennesseeMovoto

If you’re looking to make a move, then the Movoto real estate blog hopes this ranking of counties in Tennessee will help. If you’re a Tennessee local and you’re curious where your home ranked, you can scroll to the bottom of this article to see the top 50 counties ranked.

America’s Favorite Cities 2014 – Travel + Leisure

In the eighth annual “America’s Favorite Cities” survey, readers of Travel + Leisure rated Nashville No. 1 for concerts, music scene, friendliness and girlfriend getaways; No. 2 for bars; No. 3 for festivals and dive bars; No. 4 for people-watching and hip/cool people; and No. 5 for safety and barbecue.

Great Cities for Starting a Small BusinessMSN Money

Nashville ranked third on MSN Money’s list of 10 great U.S. cities for starting a business. To determine the ranking, researchers examined factors such as costs of living and doing business, number of small businesses per 10,000 people, small business resources and unemployment rate.

Top Cities for Young EntrepreneursForbes and NerdWallet

To determine the best cities for young entrepreneurs, personal finance site NerdWallet looked at cities across the country and measured factors including access to funding, opportunities for networking and mentorship, the state of the local economy and the overall cost of living. Nashville ranked 19th.

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

Stunning Tudor Home on over 3 Acres in Nashville

Are you looking for a stunning home, acreage, an opportunity to keep horses on your property, and live within the Nashville city limits? Then this could be the perfect luxury property for you. Located in Forest Hills on Hillsboro Pike, this conveniently located estate is situated on just over three and a half acres of wooded land.

Stunning Tudor Home on over 3 Acres in Nashville

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The handsome Tudor home has six bedrooms, six full and one half bathrooms on three levels – perfect for a large family or an abundance of guests! Elements of the Tudor style are not only evident on the exterior of the home, but on the interior as well. Finishes including wood beams, large moldings, and coffered and vaulted ceilings add classic style and remain true to the original design of the home that has been beautifully renovated by the current owners.

Stunning Tudor Home on over 3 Acres in Nashville

There are many unique and charming elements to the home that will make you fall in love with it! Step inside and you are greeted with a stunning entry foyer featuring parquet wood floors and a mirrored coffered ceiling in the entry. Stunning oak hardwoods continue throughout the majority of the home.

Stunning Tudor Home on over 3 Acres in Nashville

This is a home built to enjoy the company of others while being surrounded by nature. Multiple living areas throughout the home include formal living and dining rooms, family room, expansive sun room, and other gathering spaces. With large windows in each room, eastern natural light fills each space. The vaulted sun room features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the property’s two wooded acres on the west side of Otter Creek, which flows from the esteemed Radnor Lake.

Stunning Tudor Home on over 3 Acres in Nashville

The carefully designed and updated kitchen is simply a dream come true. Professional appliances including double ovens, six-burner professional gas range and oversized refrigerator will make the chef in your household happy! The adjacent vaulted eat-in area includes a fireplace.

Stunning Tudor Home on over 3 Acres in Nashville

It is hard to believe you are in the Nashville city limits on this exquisite property. The beautiful and private land has easy access to Nashville and Franklin’s dining and shopping, providing you with the best of both worlds. The extra property surrounding the home and to the west of Otter Creek even offers the opportunity for custom barn construction and horse ownership.

For more information on this Nashville estate contact:

Taylor Jones, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Taylor Jones, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Taylor Jones
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Nashville Homes for Sale – Fit for a Thanksgiving Feast

With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, Americans are busy planning feasts to entertain both family and friends. These Nashville homes for sale feature open floor plans, dining rooms that seat 12+, and kitchens large enough for everyone to gather in.

We have our favorite entertaining spaces picked out… Tell us: which is yours?

769 West Meade Drive | West Meade | Listed for $591,500

Nashville Homes for Sale - Fit for a Thanksgiving Feast

Entertaining a crowd can be easy with an open floor plan and this home in West Meade features just that! Privately tucked away in a park-like setting, this spacious one-level home also features a courtyard with fire pit for outdoor entertaining.

504 Russell Street | East Nashville | Listed for $870,000

Beautifully Updated Home in East Nashville with Downtown Views

This historic East Nashville home has been thoughtfully updated to include a modern and gourmet kitchen. With exposed brick accents in the kitchen that add history and charm to the space, the gourmet features include a multi-burner gas stove, pot filler, and over-sized ovens.

488 Jones Parkway | Brentwood | Listed for $2,995,000

Nashville Homes for Sale - Fit for a Thanksgiving Feast

This dining room could easily seat 12+ and features a wall of built-ins for china, crystal, and serving platters and more, including wine storage. The room also has unique lantern light fixtures that add captivating visual appeal to the space. Walk through the butler’s pantry into an exquisite kitchen and you will find professional appliances including a 6 burner gas range with convection oven and radiant baking oven, side-by-side oversized refrigerator/freezer, double ovens, warming drawer, coffee maker and dishwasher.

823 Tyne Valley Court | Oak Hill | Listed for $3,500,000

Nashville Homes for Sale - Fit for a Thanksgiving Feast

No expense was spared designing this functional and exquisite gourmet kitchen. Features include granite countertops, stacked stone wall with 6 burner range, top tier appliances and double ovens, island seating, and natural light. Adjoining the kitchen is the breakfast area with its vast, vaulted wood-beam ceiling and wall of windows overlooking the lavish backyard.

Click here to search for homes for sale in metro Nashville from The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

Video: Harbor Island home for sale on Old Hickory Lake

306 Anchor Drive
Old Hickory, TN 37138

Four bedrooms and four full bathrooms on almost one acre

This unbelievable stone clad, lake home located on Harbor Island is completely renovated and built like a fortress. As you enter the home, its grandeur awaits you the second you open the door. In addition to the extraordinary interior, the property offers multiple outdoor living spaces and a thirty five foot boat dock. You’ll be sure to fall in love with this retreat, as it’s everything you ever dreamed a lake home would be.

Video: Harbor Island home for sale on Old Hickory Lake

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For more information on this lakefront 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

4 Home Staging Tips for Fall

It’s that time of year, the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get togethers, and planning for a new year. Selling your home in cold weather months doesn’t have to be difficult – these home staging tips for fall should have buyers feeling warm and welcome all winter long!

4 Home Staging Tips for Fall

In addition to turning on all lights, try to schedule showings during the daytime to take advantage of natural light.
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1. The basics of preparing to sell your home still hold true. Curb appeal is still important even though leaves are falling from the trees and grass isn’t as green as it used to be. While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass.

2. Interiors should be clean, organized, decluttered and ready for showings. Staging should be comfortable and cozy – or even festive. Bring warm elements to each and every room of your house with throw blankets, extra quilts on beds, warm area rugs, and bath mats on tile floors. Festive decor is appropriate in moderation – set the dining table with fine china, hang wreaths on doors, and you can even put up the Christmas tree. Buyers want to envision how they will celebrate and entertain in the home too – just don’t go overboard.

3. As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas. In addition to turning on all lights, try to schedule showings during the daytime to take advantage of natural light. Open all drapes and blinds. Have windows cleaned to allow sunlight to stream in each and every window. Nothing beats the warmth of the sun on a cold day!

4. Extend the gardening season indoors. Just because temperatures are falling doesn’t mean you have to say good-bye to gardening! Buyers will feel coziest in a healthy indoor environment that keeps allergies at bay and reduces chances of getting sick. Some indoor plants, like golden pothos and gerbera daisies, are particularly adept at sucking up nasty VOCs — the vapors emitted from household cleaners, paints, and dry cleaning. And since plants increase humidity levels, they help decrease household dust. Keep it simple and your home will look inviting and fresh – going overboard will distract buyers from your home itself.

Welcome Bettye Morris to The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to welcome Bettye Morris as an affiliate broker.

Bettye Morris, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Bettye Morris, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Bettye is a Nashville native who has been successfully relocating buyers and sellers for three decades! In fact, with her former company for 27 years, Bettye’s strong work ethic, efficient problem solving skills, reliability, and professionalism elevated her into the top 1% of agents nationwide.

Bettye is a highly motivated Realtor® who brings her buying and selling know-how to every home. As a native Nashvillian and real estate veteran, Bettye knows the local market and believes in keeping up with changes in the industry.  More importantly, this reputation has earned Bettye the respect of her numerous clients and fellow realtors alike.

Bettye joined The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty pursuing an opportunity to provide her clients access to the innovative technology, extraordinary advertising and marketing tools, and premier benefits offered by our internationally recognized brand.

Bettye holds the CRP (Certified Relocation Professional), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), and CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designations. She is an alumni of Leadership Brentwood, currently serves on the Grievance Committee of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, has served on the Board of Directors for and is former Secretary of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, now known as Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, and is active in multiple other state and local real estate associations. In addition, Bettye is a recipient of the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I will listen to a client’s needs and work hard to fulfill them. A home is a major investment–one that will determine a family’s happiness and quality of life for years to come. I have had the privilege of helping successfully relocate more than 1,000 families–many of them six, seven, eight, even nine times! I’m now selling my clients’ children their first homes. Please give me a call at 615.300.0188. I appreciate your business.”

Visit Bettye’s website and search through all MLS listings that are currently available for sale or lease in Middle Tennessee.

Bettye Morris

Affiliate Broker
Mobile: (615) 300-0188
Office: (615) 463-3333