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

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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.

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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.

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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
larry.lipman@sothebysrealty.com
615.364.3333

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

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

Spring Home Buying Tips in Greater Nashville

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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
615.739.7870­
taylor.jones@sothebysrealty.com

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.

Video: Pristine Nashville home for sale with Many Upgrades

3145 Brookview Forest Drive
Nashville, TN 37211

Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms

Impressive entry for this home with open and flowing floor plan that helps to make entertaining a great experience and a spacious dining room that is great for family gatherings! With all this inside and outside space yo you will find yourself entertaining more or relaxing in every inch of this beautiful home.

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

Bettye Morris, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Bettye Morris, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Bettye Morris

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
bettye.morris@sothebysrealty.com
615.300.0188­

Nashville Home Sales Continue to Spring Forward despite February Weather

While Nashville real estate has seen many months of positive increases, with the extreme winter weather our area faced last month, we were uncertain of the effect it might have on property sales. Remarkably, the Nashville market was not phased. In fact, as January did before it, February 2015 saw its best monthly sales numbers since 2007.

According to the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®, there were 2,091 home closings reported for the month of February, an increase of 12.6 percent from the 1,857 closings reported in February 2014. Year-to-date closings through February 2015 are 4,067, a 12.7 percent increase from the 3,636 closings reported through February 2014.

There were 2,458 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,221 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 76 days.

Inventory remains the main challenge in the market, though we will see it uptick as spring nears. The National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes in 2014 all fell in April, May or June. Those who act quickly and list now could benefit greatly from additional exposure to buyers prior to a flood of more competition coming to market in the next few months.

Nashville Home Sales Continue to Spring Forward despite February Weather

Just like our clocks welcomed Daylight Savings Time this weekend, the Nashville housing market will soon spring forward! This year’s Spring Market is going to be an excellent time to list your home.

If you are planning on selling your home in 2015, meet with one of our expert realtors to evaluate the opportunities in your Nashville neighborhood.

Staying Warm and Celebrating the Great Indoors

With more cold weather and snow hitting Middle Tennessee today, we want to stay warm and celebrate the great indoors. From farm and ranch properties to metropolitan condominiums, these homes in Middle Tennessee provide cozy spaces perfect to escape the winter weather.

823 Tyne Valley Court | Nashville, TN

This sophisticated luxury home in Oak Hill features fireplaces throughout the whole house. In fact, you will find a hearth in the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and screened porch. Take a look at the warm and welcoming master suite:

Staying Warm and Celebrating the Great Indoors

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And once warm weather makes its return, the property’s 2-acre grounds offer exquisite outdoor entertaining areas including the lush, professionally landscaped yard, in-ground pool, pool house with mahogany doors with custom ironwork, and a kitchen with full bath. The poolside area features two gas grills, along with burners for outdoor cooking.

8990 Manchester Pike | Christiana, TN

If you are looking for a farm and ranch escape convenient to Nashville, look no further than this majestic, lodge-like home in Christiana, TN. The lofty, open spaces include two stacked stone fireplaces surrounded by warm wood, and this home’s soaring 30 ft ceilings will leave you in awe.

Staying Warm and Celebrating the Great Indoors

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Situated on over 12 acres, this property can be enjoyed during all seasons. You will be amazed and swept away by its stunning nature.

700 12th Avenue S #1402 | Nashville, TN

If metropolitan is more your style, then this Terrazzo penthouse might be your perfect home. With views spanning from The Gulch to Downtown, this penthouse provides over 2400 sq ft with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms perched on the 14th floor.

Staying Warm and Celebrating the Great Indoors

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Enjoy your view from one of your three private terraces or from this warm and inviting spot in your living room.

Video of Nashville real estate: Beautiful Forest Hills Home for Sale

23 Park Meadows
Nashville, TN 37215

Five bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms

23 Park Meadows is defined by its many open flow living areas. With a family room, living room and a bonus room, each one needed to be unique, yet connected. Built-in shelving, custom molding, arched detailing and heavy white molding combined with vibrant accent colors creates style that is both rare and traditional. Gorgeous hardwood floors, plantation shutters, wainscoting, recessed lighting, granite and marble encased fireplaces, decorative windows and a feeling of openness, creates a general distinction between each living space. This abode has the personality to fit anyone, with any style.

This custom kitchen features all the space, amenities and aesthetics you would expect in an easy-to-use style. Plentiful cabinet space, warm-toned colors, tumble backsplash, under counter lighting, stainless appliances, center island, hardwood floors and granite countertops highlight this classic kitchen.

23 Park Meadows - Exquisite Nashville Home for Sale in Forest Hills

In addition to the spacious interior, this home rests on over 1 acre of beautiful, gently sloping land. With a gorgeous hill top view from the front and a serene garden-like back patio space, this dwelling is set up for indoor, as well as outdoor entertaining. On the main level this space features a covered porch with ceiling fans, beadboard ceiling detail and a second large balcony off two bedrooms. Matching interior and exterior ambiance can be a challenge, but in this home it is perfectly balanced.

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

Lawrence Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Lawrence Lipman
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
larry.lipman@sothebysrealty.com
615.364.3333

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.