Experience the Holiday Spirit – Franklin Style!

There’s nothing like celebrating Christmas in Franklin!  There are lots of fun activities to go to, and the whole place, especially Downtown, is like a scene out of a Christmas movie.  Visit us for a fun-filled Holiday that you will surely remember!  Here are some great spots and festivities to enjoy the Holidays.

Christmas Movies at the Franklin Theatre

Franklin Theatre

Franklin Theatre shows movies and has Christmas Movies for the whole family. Here are some of the upcoming movies, shows and events there.

Dickens of a Christmas

What a way to turn back time at The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County – Dickens of a Christmas!  Franklin’s Main Street will once again be transformed into a picturesque backdrop for recreating the time of Charles Dickens on December 9-10, 2017.  Downtown Franklin’s historic architecture certainly helps inspire us for this event.  Architecture and the general feel of a certain town makes a huge difference in the success of transporting everyone back in time!  Capture that perfect and memorable holiday photo as musicians, dancers and characters, including some from Charles Dickens’ stories fill the streets!  As more attention is turned toward downtown Franklin in both the local and national press, we encourage festival goers to dress in Victorian costume and to add to the ambiance as they stroll the streets.  Click here for more information about the event. I’ve included some photos from the one held a few years ago.  See you there!

Dickens of a Christmas

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Studio Tenn

Studio Tenn is a fabulous Theater company in Franklin and every year they do a Christmas production.  This year they are doing The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  I bought my tickets already.

There are also many excellent events in Nashville too with TPAC, Cheekwood and the Opry and Opryland Hotel.  There are free events and those with ticket prices – choose what works for you and your family.

Parades!

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade

The Franklin Christmas Parade and the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade are both a fun way to start the Christmas season.  Since I am a bit late with this post, the Franklin parade happened last weekend.  It is usually the first weekend in December.  The Leiper’s Fork, which really is a delightful event, is on December 9th.  We were in it the year my daughter was “Fairest of the Fair” in Williamson County.  You can get more information here and on Facebook.

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What to Look for in a New Home: A Guide for Seniors

We have a guest blogger sharing his take on what to look for when buying a new home.  This is an informative topic especially for senior citizens.

Making the decision to move into a smaller home is a big one, but for many seniors, it’s necessary after a certain age.  Once retirement rolls around, many people start thinking about their health, their future, and the future of their children and grandchildren.  It makes sense for most seniors to move into a home that is easier to maintain and will save them money every month; however, it’s important to think about your needs before making any decisions.

Buying a new home as a senior means there are several things you need to take into consideration.  Whether or not it meets your physical needs – such as lack of stairs, a smaller yard, and a short driveway is imperative – but you also need to think about your financial needs.  Making an investment in a home means you’ll have something to leave to your adult children, while at the same time ensuring that you won’t pay more than you need to per month on rent or utilities; therefore, it needs to be a significant way to save money.  Look at how much you currently spend on your mortgage, utilities, taxes, and upkeep.  The goal is to drop that number dramatically over the life of your mortgage with a new home.

Here are some helpful tips on what to look for and what to avoid when buying a new home.

Size

The size of your home matters quite a bit, especially if you or your partner suffers from health issues.  The cleaning and upkeep of the home should be easier than what you have now; no more dragging a vacuum up and down stairs, or mowing a huge lawn.

Downsize, but also keep in mind what you’ll need as far as room to maneuver should you ever require a wheelchair or walker.  Countertops should be low enough for you to sit comfortably at and prepare food.  The kitchen should have ample space to move around in and the bathroom fixtures should be easily accessible.  Some minor, fairly inexpensive changes can be made after you move in, such as installing a grab-bar in the shower or adding lighting to darker areas.

Plan

It’s a good idea to walk through your new home, if possible, before you move in and take some measurements.  Then, go through your current home and look at furniture and shelving, as well as closet space.  Downsizing means you’ll have to get rid of some things, so it’s time to be practical.  Think about what you might need in the new home and what you can do without.  Large pieces of furniture may have to be swapped for smaller ones.

Make some hard decisions

Now is the time to downsize your belongings.  While it’s possible that you may be able to take most of the things you hold dear, for many people, it’s just not realistic.  Ask loved ones for help going through closets and cabinets.  Make several piles according to what you’re going to take to the new home, what you know you can throw away, what you want to donate, and what you might be able to sell in a yard sale or online.

It can be difficult to think about parting with things you’ve been collecting for years, so ask your loved ones if they want to take a few items off your hands first.  Knowing where they’ll end up is sometimes helpful rather than simply giving it away.  If this is not an option, here are some ideas on what to do with your belongings.  They’re more applicable if you live in Franklin, but you can surely find similar places where you live.

Finally, it’s always best to consider working with a Realtor who has their SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) designation because they are specially trained to help with the real estate needs that the mature buyer and sellers have.

Choosing the right home can have a tremendous impact on your future, so don’t feel pressured to make a decision.  Take your time and think about what you need out of a house and what your needs will be five or ten years from now.

 

Image via Redfin.com

Author: Jim Vogel (ElderAction.org)

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Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival

The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival, now on it’s third year, keeps growing and growing! It’s where great music, food, arts and crafts, and people all come together for a fun day! The Pilgrimage Festival is one of this year’s highlights in Franklin, Tennessee. It’s not only the amazing lineup of artists that locals and tourists go for in this festival. People will get to experience great southern hospitality, with a special food and drink experience. The Pilgrimage Festival showcases the best of Middle Tennessee cuisine, so you’re in for a treat!

Music always brings people closer together. At the Pilgrimage Festival, the organizers see to it that highlights local talent is highlighted, while bridging the gap across all genres of music.

All different age groups, fashion statements, and interests fit together well at this festival. Everyone has a good time, and all music lovers enjoy the energy that each performer brings to the stage!

The Pilgrimage Festival is quickly becoming a top destination of music lovers since it has become a favorite of artists to play. It’s amazing to see how music unites people, isn’t it? It’s a great way to experience Franklin! Click here for more information or to purchase your tickets.

 
Photo credits for this blog all go to Brent Edwards.  Visit his website at www.BrentAEdwards.com!  

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Luxury Listing in Franklin TN at 4646 Peytonsville Road

I see a lot of custom properties.  All are unique.  The original homeowners wanted it that way.  That was why they built on their own lot.  This house was custom built in 2001 to model after an Italian Villa.  The design is very interesting – when you watch the video, look at the shape of the house from the aerial photos.  Very intentional.  This house has amazing ceilings and wide open spaces.  Even the basement rooms have tall ceilings.  There is a fabulous view out of nature out every window.  Luxury living in Franklin, TN awaits you.

There is very little land for people to build their own custom home on in Williamson County anymore.  Watch for the fascinating houses like this one – hillside view, privacy and space on this 8 acre, gated lot.

You can view the still photos and read about the features at www.4646Peytonsville.com. For more information, please call Monica Neubauer at 615-568-8384. She is with Benchmark Realty, LLC at 615-371-1544.

Enjoy the video below!

 

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The Hideaway at Arrington

Golf Course - Hideaway at Arringinton

Your beautiful home can back up to any of these beautiful fairways.

Golf, sky, views and a new home

Beautiful Golf Course at the Hideaway at Arrington

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New Homes in The Hideaway at Arrington

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Beautiful New Construction Homes in The Hideaway at Arrington

The Hideaway at Arrington Pool location

Amenities Center and pool location at The Hideaway at Arrington. What a view!

Welcome to the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee! As a blogger, and Realtor, my situation here is to present things in a good light, but I am not obligated to sell things. Since I don’t work for a builder, I am a consultant to my clients. And with that being said, the hills of Middle Tennessee are a beautiful place to live. And the secret is out. People are coming to this area to enjoy the temperate, though sometimes, humid weather, extensive culture offerings, world-class healthcare and a strong job market. New communities are being built regularly. The Hideaway at Arrington is one of the newest ones and has much to offer in community living in a beautiful location. It is beautifully situated amongst the beautiful Tennessee hills. It is located about 15 minutes south of Franklin, TN.

Let me tell you what is fantastic about the Hideaway. Let’s start with golf. If you like golf, watch this video about the course that is already finished at The Hideaway. Me, I am not much for golf though I think it is a great way to get exercise and cultivate friendships at the same time. They will be opening the memberships later this year to this private golf club and there are a limited number of non-resident opportunities. So contact them to get on the list if you want to be a member. What I love is the new Amenities Center. We have some other communities than also to provide access to wonderful exercise and community gathering opportunities in a neighborhood and people LOVE them! How easy would it be to exercise if you can walk or ride your bike to a gym or classes right in your neighborhood with your friends. I would love that! The Amenities Center, which is scheduled for an early 2018 opening, will offer a restaurant, fitness center, golf pro shop, banquet space, meeting and spa rooms. What a great place to gather with friends. And the view! It is fabulous from the pool and the Amenities center.

The Pool House will be completed this fall and they are planning for a Memorial Day opening to the pool in 2017. It is great to have the golf already completed and the rest of the amenities on the plan for an early completion.

Houses – let’s talk about them. There are 8 approved builders in the neighborhood and construction has begun. Some houses have been built and sold. You can see a preview here. The builders own some of the lots and a few of the lots are offered at retail to individuals. The approved builders are the only builders allowed to build in the neighborhood.  There are 98 lots phase 1 and 65% of those lots are sold. The neighborhood will have 482 houses. The early lots will be .35 -.45 acre with some acre lots to be released at a later date. The price point for home in this tremendous community is currently in $700K – $900K range.

I believe all this data is accurate at the time of writing, but some things change in this process, so please confirm anything that is important to you before you buy. My business partner, Misty Woodford, and I would be glad to talk with you about purchasing one. Purchasing new construction has many benefits for home buyers.

I have another post about the benefits of working with a Buyer’s Agent in a new construction purchase. You can read it here.

The Hideaway at Arrington will be the featured neighborhood for the 2016 Parade of Homes this October. That will be their Grand Opening to the public. And since there are other homes built, it should be a beautiful introduction!

Contact Monica Neubauer, 615-568-8384, or Misty Woodford, 615-512-3351, for more information.

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7 Benefits of Having a Buyer’s Agent when Buying New Construction

Buying New Construction in Williamson County TN

There is new construction in Franklin, TN, Brentwood, TN, Thompsons Station, TN , Spring Hill, TN and Nolensville, TN.

The greater Nashville area is in a Seller’s Market. That means that the available inventory is selling quickly. There are usually several offers on each house. It makes for a challenging shopping environment for a buyer who needs a house. New construction can provide a good option for people who want to control their time line and still get a house they like. The wait can be up to 8, 9, even 10 months for the final product, but for some, this is the way to go to get a house in Franklin or Spring Hill.

Let’s take a look at New Construction in Franklin, TN. I will post information about some neighborhoods, but let’s start with how Misty, my business partner, and I can help you in your new construction considerations.  We have both built new houses ourselves and are grateful to help folks through the process.

In Williamson County, TN, including Franklin, Brentwood, Thompsons Station, Spring Hill and Nolensville, Tennessee, most of the neighborhoods in the area at this time are being built by large builders. There are smaller builders and custom builders as well and these principles generally apply to them as well.   We are going to discuss local conditions, but this is generally true in most markets. These large builders often have an on-site agent and that agent is easy to stop by and visit with.

That agent’s job is to represent the seller, the builder, and sell houses. Certainly they want to hear the needs of the buyer and to try to get them into a product that will meet their needs. However, make no mistake, their loyalty and fiduciary obligation are to the builder and they are working on their behalf.

Why should you, the buyer, have your own representation when buying new construction?

  1. Your agent would represent you, the buyer. They would have the obligation to work on your behalf in the transaction.
  1. Your agent will know and understand your needs and can ask good questions of the builder’s agent to make sure you understand exactly what you are buying. New construction is a shiny, pretty thing with lots of moving parts. And an agent can help you make sure you understand what is offered and if you want what you are buying.
  1. Your agent can discuss pros and cons of lot placement as it relates to personal enjoyment, general water drainage and resale. For my own recent purchase, I purchased a home where the back deck faces west and will be hot in the summer. I gladly accepted the consequence to get more winter sun, but not everyone realizes the varied considerations and potential consequences.
  1. Financing with a new homebuilder will usually be different from the process on a resale. Because of the time period it takes to build the house, there will need to be discussion about rate locks and which lender is really giving you the best deal. And there are some factors in the closing costs that are different as well.
  1. An agent can help you understand the contract. They are not attorneys, but an experienced agent will understand the contract enough to ask questions of the builder’s agent and to point out key policies that could come into place if there is a disagreement down the road.
  1. Agents who work in new construction will be familiar with the new construction in an area. While you may know you want new construction, have you found all the opportunities in your price range? Not all options are listed in the multiple listing service.
  1. Your agent will be able to help you walk through the building process and helping you identify what is normal in the process and what be out of place and need attention from the builder. They can also help with selections of the décor and home inspectors.

Have you built a house before? Are you aware of all the moving parts in this process. People do it every day and it is not difficult, but it can be confusing. Having your own agent can help the process move along more smoothly for you. They can also incorporate your other home sale into the timing and overall plan. And the builder pays the agent – that is good news! Get a new construction expert to help you buy your next home.

Contact Monica Neubauer and Misty Woodford for more information.

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Monica Neubauer featured in The Tennessean

I was privileged to be featured in the Tennessean Newspaper about a month or so ago.  You can read my opinion on a few things here.  I don’t lack for thoughts on issues and was glad to share them.  The writers at the Tennessean call me on occasion to have a little chat.  One never knows what may actually turn up in the article, but they are curious people and I like talking with curious people.

Here is the article where I was the Spotlighted Realtor. 

Here is another article about new construction and getting a good deal.  My point in the discussion is that a “good deal” isn’t always getting a crazy low price.  A good deal is getting a house you like in an area that is convenient for the commute and where the family has their needs met in friendship, schools and shopping.  That is a good deal.

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Franklin TN PumpkinFest

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Elsa, Anna and Olaf meet Cinderella and Prince Charming

In the fall of the year, when the princesses and ghouls come out to play, Franklin, TN has an event called the PumpkinFest. It is one of those delightful times when Main Street is closed, vendors sell their grilled food and expensive beer, and the people come out to show off their costumes – or more often their kids costumes – to the world and see friends.

 

My daughter is a princess. Really. I know, that makes me the Queen, and I don’t complain. She does princess parties for children. And luaus, and she is a style queen, and a beauty queen, etc. She also has a big heart. She and her then boyfriend came out for the PumpkinFest as Cinderella and Prince Charming. They posed with children all day to help raise money for a family to adopt a child. Children love to pose with their favorite princesses. www.TheFranklinPrincess.com

 

Even Elsa, Anna and Olaf like to pose with Cinderella. If you are in Franklin on October 27, 2015 you should come on down and enjoy the fun. There are lots of events for the kids. Other activities include a Friday night special of South Food and Brews, a chili cook-off, arts and crafts offered for sale, and a costume contest.

 

Franklin, TN is a beautiful place to visit in the Fall. See you there! Go to http://historicfranklin.com/pumpkinfest/ for more information.

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CMA Fest in Nashville, TN – a local’s perspective

Parmalee at the CMA Fest 2015

Welcome to Nashville’s CMA Fest at the Riverfront Stage. Parmalee is the bank.

Imagine thousands of sweaty bodies, hundreds of pairs of cowboy boots, and dozens of bands singing country music to the masses. We certainly have a smaller variation of that going on regularly in downtown Nashville, but for a week in June, downtown belongs to the fans of country music. They come from around the country and the world to see their favorite bands sing and to possibly meet them and get an autograph.

 

This is one of those events where so many people come from out of town, that the locals tend to stay away. And while I don’t want to go every year, a visit once in a while does a body good. There are times when it is a blast to venture out into the crowds, hear some excellent live music, people watch and get a tan. This year we ventured out for some daytime tunes which are mostly free. There are bands playing all over downtown for free. Some of them are well known bands. One guy was a regionally well known guy in Georgia. Lots of folks sang right along with him. I had never heard of him. The really famous bands and singers play the evening shows at Nissan Stadium. And those are a treat as well. We went one year to the evening show and had the best time watching the summer sunset enjoying some of our favorite country singers.

 

So, if you are inclined to come to Nashville in early June, check out the www.CMAFest.com and add it to your list. When you get tired of the crowds, get in your car and drive down to Franklin, TN and enjoy a little space, some good food, and some civil war history.

 

CMA Fest at the Riverfront Stage

Boating down the Cumberland River for the CMA Fest. Craig Morgan would call it a Redneck Yacht Club.

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Williamson County Real Estate Statistics June 2015

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Well, June of 2015 was one of the busiest months ever in Williamson County.  Lots of sales.  We are getting lots of new neighbors.  Williamson County continues to be a popular place to live.

“You cannot overstate the value of a REALTOR® in these conditions. Sellers are juggling multiple offers and buyers are striving to find homes before they hit the market. REALTORS® are the all-stars of this market, helping buyers move in and sellers move up.”

There is a lot to coordinate with the busy market and the challenges that come with it.

We are seeing a resurgence of new construction in the area as well as resales selling. I think I mentioned in my last blog that I am buying new construction.  This new construction has helped with the inventory shortages we have seen in the resales.  Ask your REALTOR, or call me if you don’t have one, to show you new construction neighbors.  An experienced agent can bring a lot of value in new home construction purchases.  There are many things to consider in new construction that a REALTOR can help you with.

You can see the statistics for yourself at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS website. You can see the MidYear Statistics Here.

 

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