Welcome Kerri Jamison to The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

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

Kerri Jamison, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Kerri Jamison, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Kerri Jamison’s aptitude for international business was realized soon after the start of her career at Kennedy Space Center, FL where she worked for 5 years as a French interpreter and helped visitors from around the world tour the facilities. In 2012, she realized how she could mix her love for houses with international business.

Through her education with the National Association of Realtors’ Certified International Property Specialist courses, she has been able to gain the knowledge it takes to facilitate transnational real estate sales. She stays active with the French American Chamber of Commerce and the International Business Council boards.

blockquoteDiversity is often overlooked as a key element of growth in business. Real estate is a local business but can be purchased by anyone, anywhere. Americans want vacation or retirement homes in exotic places and entrepreneurs from around the world see the opportunities here and want a piece.

One such client is an entrepreneur from Norway who purchased land to relocate his business to Tennessee. He says, “Through Kerri’s connections and local knowledge, she helped me to find a lender, business attorney, immigration attorney, accountant and web designer, in addition to finding me property to purchase that fit the needs of my business all while I was in Norway. I highly recommend Kerri Jamison as a Realtor especially if you are a foreign investor. She is the best international real estate agent I found.”

Since 2006, Kerri has witnessed the exponential growth in Nashville, TN. “I knew there was something really special when I first moved here. People come here for business and pleasure. They see what a friendly and easy-to-live-in place it is and they want to stay.”

Kerri enjoys living in Nashville and says it was an obvious choice to work for Sotheby’s International Realty. “I couldn’t think of a better fit for my niche in the real estate market than to work at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.”

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

Kerri Jamison

Affiliate Broker
Mobile: (615) 507-4496
Office: (615) 463-3333

Many Cities Report Increasing Home Sales in March 2015

Many cities reported increasing home sales in March 2015 including Nashville, Atlanta, GA and San Antonio, TX. As reports from REALTOR® associations across the U.S. roll in, there is optimism aplenty!

Locally, the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® reported an increase in the double digits for March 2015 home sales and first quarter home sales. There were 2,837 home closings reported for the month of March 2015, a 12 percent increase compared with 2,530 closings in March of 2014. Numbers for the first quarter of 2015 were 6,904 closings, up 12 percent from the 6,166 closings during the first quarter of 2014.

On Friday, the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® reported 3,993 finalized home sales in March, up 13.8% from a year earlier. The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® reported a 17% sales gain in that span, and the Realtor association in Washington, D.C., disclosed a 5.7% gain in sales of single-family homes.

Across the country, homes are selling quickly. In fact, homes sold in less than 90 days in 36 out of 50 states and Washington D.C. Keeping Current Matters recently composed this infographic based on the National Association of REALTORS® survey, the REALTORS® Confidence Index.

In the Greater Nashville area, the average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 69 days during March.

Right now, buyers are having to act very quickly to get the house they want. In a fast-paced market it’s important to have a professional who is looking out for your best interests. If you are looking to make a move in Middle Tennessee, contact one of our expert realtors to prepare for your home search.

Video: Gracious Traditional Home on 1.35 Acres in Forest Hills

1116 Oman Drive
Nashville, TN 37215

Four bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms

This beautiful home has everything the savvy and meticulous home buyer is searching for including main floor master suite, his/her closets, glorious open flow floor plan, 2 story stacked stone fireplace, granite countertops, breakfast room, family room, large recreational room and even a separate media room. Sitting on over one acre in the prestigious Forest Hills area of Nashville the space, convenience and luxury of this home is awe-inspiring.

Video: Gracious Traditional Home on 1.35 Acres in Forest Hills

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For more information on Nashville home for sale in Forest Hills, please contact:

Jackie Karr, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Jackie Karr, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Jackie Karr

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

What’s Trending Now in Nashville Real Estate

The spring real estate market is the best market in Nashville and it is in full swing! The Fiscal Times recently highlighted 9 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2015 and we have highlighted those that you specifically need to know in Middle Tennessee.

What's Trending Now in Nashville Real EstateHome prices are surging

Price growth is only increasing, due to a lack of inventory in some markets. Here in Nashville, buyers in many areas need to be prepared for an increased amount of competition due to low housing inventory this spring.

Mortgage rates hold steady

For now 30-year fixed rate mortgages remain at 3.7 percent, but that is likely to change. “Low mortgage rates are a welcome sign for those in the market to buy a home this spring season and will help to support homebuyer affordability,” says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac.

Sellers are needed

It continues to be a seller’s market, as total housing inventory at the end of February continued a decline. Inventory remains the main challenge in the Greater Nashville market. The hardest hit price range, in regard to inventory, is the first-time buyer range. The inventory supply there is very low. For example, the absorption rate for single-family homes below the January median price of $215,000 in Davidson County is 2.2 months.

Buyers want move-in-ready properties

Despite the low housing inventory, buyers are picky about the condition of properties for sale and expect homes to be move-in-ready. Homes listed in great condition at the right price can often see multiple offers and bidding wars.

Buying: it’s cheaper than renting

A recent study from NAR found that rents are on the rise in many parts of the country. “In the past five years, a typical rent rose 15 percent while the income of renters grew by only 11 percent,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. A recent study also showed that renters are spending around 30 percent of their wages on rent, compared to homebuyers who spend below 15 percent of their wages on mortgage payments.

A focus on first-time buyers

New programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seek to make it easier for first-time borrowers to buy a home. They recently introduced 3 percent down payment mortgages– the first time down payments have been this low on Freddie Mac loans in nearly five years. Besides this, Freddie Mac launched the “Our Home Possible Advantage Program”, which is aimed at supporting first-time buyers by allowing no minimum from borrowers in contributions, which means that parents or relatives now can cover 100 percent of the down payment through gifts.

Going green

Millennial clients are providing the push for home builders to downsize. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average size of a new home is 10 percent less than the typical home five years ago. Younger clients are leading the push for green and energy efficient homes, according to a recent study by NAR.

SIR.com: A Website Like No Other

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to announce the launch of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s newly redesigned website, sir.com, which was built to showcase the network’s listings in an immersive and visual way that is unique to the industry. We have shared our excitement about the new website’s capabilities in bits and pieces on social media and now we can share all of the details with you!

SIR.com: A Website Like No Other

“The new sir.com was created to tell the story of a home in a more editorial way, not the commoditized approach that can often be found in our industry,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We believe the art of marketing a home is based on showcasing its soul, so every aspect of the new site works toward this goal.”

The design changes include an increased focus on full-screen, high-definition video throughout the site, from the homepage to property detail pages, to allow for a more immersive consumer experience. High-resolution photography also plays a more prominent role. The property detail pages feature: slideshows that tell a home’s story via the captions, custom video, and location overviews that provide insight into the local area via video and text, and a seller or expert quote that offers a personal view of the property.

Consumers still can search for a home based on lifestyle and amenity but now have the ability to sort their results by various home features including pools, kitchens and views, and compare visual images of that feature among their search results.

Discover how searching for your new home is redefined on the NEW sir.com:

“We are proud to be part of the Sotheby’s International Realty network and believe consumers worldwide will benefit from the groundbreaking features of the new brand website,” said Larry Lipman, Owner of The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty. “The homes The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty represents in Middle Tennessee are unique, and the new sir.com allows us to showcase the heart of what makes them so special.”

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. In addition, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele.

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the firm also has the unique ability to refer its real estate clientele to the auction house for jewelry, art, unique furniture and collectible appraisal services. Property listings from The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty are marketed on the sir.com global website, as well as on the firm’s local website, thelipmangroup.com.

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite C-104 | Nashville, TN 37215. For additional information, please contact 615.463.3333. The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 16,500 sales associates located in approximately 760 offices in 60 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Nashville Real Estate Headlines: March 2015

Take a look at the highlights from the top news stories about Nashville real estate during March 2015:

The 10 Best Markets for First-Time HomebuyersMSN Money

Nashville comes in second on MSN’s top 10 list of places where down payments are low and the influx of youth is high.

Nashville Real Estate Headlines: March 2015

photo via flickr user bradmontgomery

Tight real estate market becomes game of ‘first to know’The Tennessean

Angela Wright, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International RealtyLearn about how buyers and agents are responding to Nashville’s limited inventory and finding homes for sale before they hit the MLS. With a quote from The Lipman Group’s own Angela Wright :)

The 10 Best Places to Live NowMen’s Journal

In their words, “Start a business, surf on your lunch break, buy your dream home — here are 10 cities and towns where life is good.” The writer extolls the benefit of Nashville’s affordability compared to other metros and the ability to meet music everywhere you turn.

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: Gracious Nashville Home in Gated Community

Enjoy the safety and privacy of this Nashville home in gated community – convenient to the best of Nashville!

323 Whitworth Way
Nashville, TN 37215

Four bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms

As you can see, no detail and no cost was spared in the creating of this lovely home suited for the most meticulous home buyer. With custom millwork,oversize built-in shelving, heavy molding, gorgeous wainscoting and many more special elements, 323 Whitworth is a sophisticated masterpiece. In addition, the spacious 2 story family room features a stacked stone encased fireplace as the focal point and many embellishments you will see throughout the home. The exquisite master on the main level features an extra large design, wall of built-in shelving and cabinets, walk-in closet, octagon raised ceiling and recessed lighting, and a beautiful bathroom.

Video: Gracious Nashville Home in Gated Community

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Outside you will come to enjoy the safety and sereneness a gated community offers while spending time in your personal heated pool on those cool evenings or bask in the sun during the hot summer days. With a brick walled courtyard surrounding your pool, you can enjoy entertaining and privacy.

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

Lawrence Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Lawrence Lipman
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Spring Home Buying Tips in Greater Nashville

Spring may bring budding flowers, chirping birds, and pleasant temperatures to Middle Tennessee but it also brings one of the busiest seasons in real estate. You may see “For Sale” signs popping up in the neighborhood as frequently as new blooms in the garden! If you are hoping to make a move, don’t miss these spring home buying tips.

Spring House Hunting Tip #1 – Build Your Home Buying Dream Team 

If spring-cleaning has you in a hyper-organized mood, channel some of that energy into your house hunting. In order to be a serious frontrunner in a bidding war, you’ll need to have all of your ducks in a row. Not only will you need a savvy real estate agent, but you’ll also want your lender, inspector and attorney at the ready so you can act fast.

Spring Home Buying Tips in Greater Nashville

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.

Spring House Hunting Tip #2 – Close that Laptop, Get Out and Tour Open Houses

Spring Home Buying Tips in Greater Nashville

Search on the go with our mobile app.
SIR Mobile App is available on Android, Blackberry and iPhone

Spring market is THE best market in Nashville. Buyers are typically prequalified for a loan and educated on the neighborhoods they desire. Many buyers use real estate websites to scour the listings and communicate with their agents immediately when one catches their eye. But demand still outnumbers the current inventory in our market so don’t sit behind the computer screen for too long!

“You need to be able to see the new homes the day they list, so you can be the first to see the home and make a quick decision. First offers usually are successful offers.”

Spring House Hunting Tip #3 – Nab Low Mortgage Rates

Home buyers say that one of the biggest challenges to home ownership is saving for a down payment. Mortgage rates are still near historical lows, which is opening the doors for some. Also, several government programs are helping to increase mortgage availability for first-time home buyers. For example, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now requiring as little as 3 percent down payments for new conforming loans. The Federal Housing Administration has lowered its insurance premiums, which has helped make loans more affordable to first-time buyers. Take advantage of low interest rates and these programs while they last!

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, serving Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee from our office at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite C-104, Nashville, TN, 37215.

Video: Pristine Home for Sale in Brentwood, TN

Move-in-ready traditional brick and stacked-stone home for sale Brentwood TN

120 Buckhead Court
Brentwood, TN 37027

Five bedrooms, five full and one half bathrooms

Video: Pristine Home for Sale Brentwood, TN

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Just north of Concorde Road and The Governors’s Club, this pristine move-in-ready traditional brick and stacked-stone three level personal residence offers Brentwood living at its finest. With privacy provided by its cul-de-sac location and an extended wooded privacy hedge, this often desired but seldom available property is the prize jewel in the neighborhood crown. Built-to-suit by the demanding standards of the original builder-owner in 2003, the current owners invested large amounts of capital into additional painstaking renovation improvements to transform this property into a spectacular Brentwood showplace. With spacious rooms on three levels, this home provides needed living spaces with an abundance of amenities!

For more information on this Brentwood home for sale 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

Celebrate! Spring Things To Do in Nashville

Today is officially the start of spring, so put away the heavy winter clothes and welcome spring with a full calendar of fun activities and events around Nashville. From outdoor festivals to Easter egg hunts, there’s plenty to enjoy for young and old.

Celebrate! Spring Things To Do in Nashville

The tulips may not be up but there’s still other spring blooms in the garden including crocuses, hyacinths, and daffodils!

Cheekwood in Bloom

March 21-April 26

Every spring, Cheekwood becomes the Southeast’s premier spot for celebrating the new season and enjoying the return of bold, vibrant color to the landscape. Sweeping views, large-scale colorful plantings, budding trees and special programming make Cheekwood a favorite destination for families, groups and nature lovers from across the region. The tulips are still a couple of weeks away from blooming but this weekend 18,000 daffodils are in bloom.

Edgehill Rocks

April 4, 2015

Edgehill Rocks is a one day outdoor music and food celebration located in historic Edgehill. The event is a benefit for the Organized Neighbors of Edgehill, a not-for-profit group working for over 45 years to assist the diverse people of the Edgehill Neighborhood. The event will take place on Villa Place in the heart of Edgehill on Saturday April 4th from 10 am-6 pm.

Easter Egg Hunts

April 4, 2015

Looking to have some Easter fun? Egg hunts and activities are happening all around town including at Cheekwood, the Nashville Zoo, Adventure Science Center, and more!

Earth Day Festival at Centennial Park

April 18, 2015

Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family friendly event with live entertainment through out the day celebrated each year in April.  This year’s festival will help the community take another step toward Mayor Karl Dean’s goal of making Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast. The event will feature exhibits and activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment. With nearly a hundred family-friendly booths, it will offer fun and exciting hands-on activities for all ages.

Celebrate! Spring Things To Do in NashvilleSevier Park Fest

May 1-2, 2015

The purpose of the Sevier Park Street Fest is to bring together the Belmont/Hillsboro and 12South neighborhood communities in partnership to promote local talent and businesses. Friday night’s concert is $25, and will feature Johnnyswim and Penny & Sparrow from 6pm to 10pm. Saturday’s festival is FREE from 10am to 8pm and will feature live music, vendors, a bike race, a hot wing eating contest, kids’ area, and more.