Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Why an educated agent is better than a licensed one...

It amazes me how agents will get their license and then do the minimal requirements for ongoing education. A great example is a guy that I work with in the office. He has never once taken ANY classes over the past 8 months. BTW, he has been in RE for 8 months.


Here are his stats;


1) Fudged his way to several closings

2) Lost 3 clients due to the fact that he did not get a "buyers rep agreement". One of them was a family friend.

3) Lost a total of $33,000 in commissions due to mistakes. One of which was simple contract writing. In my opinion, a Real Estate 101 mistake.

4) An average of 20hrs a week of "wasted time"

5) Angry clients (this equals no repeat business)

6) Other agents taking time to help recover and clean up mistakesThe sad thing is, you can walk into our office almost any time of any day and there are training classes going on. Heck, I even learned how to blog on Active Rain because of a training class. The fact of the matter is that you cannot succeed in this game unless you are educated. Before I even wrote my first offer I forced myself to;

1) Take the SAME contract class 4 times

2) Take the basic MLS class

3) Take the "advanced" MLS class (twice)


This doesn't include all the classes I have taken over the past few years.


Small Disclaimer:) "I am by no means am the Tennessee RE authority and there are many agents in my office in which I look up to and even call for advice."


Where am I going with this? Well, I took another class this morning (a refresher on using our Nashville MLS search). It reminded me how an educated agent is ALWAYS better than those with just a license. Some of the basic techniques learned in the class;


1) Knowing how to use the "archive" feature. This will let an agent know whether or not the house for sale has appraisal issues, inspections issues, etc. Our teacher asked if anyone in the class uses this feature. NO ONE raised their hands! This simple feature would save a buyer from a lot of potential time, money, and HEADACHE.


2) Advanced REO search features which will show an agent ANY foreclosure, short-sale, repo, etc on the market. This is crucial for investors.


3) Email notices. This allows the agent to be the FIRST to know that a property has hit the market. This is also crucial for investors and those simply looking for a "good deal"


Those are just 3 of the important features that some agents simply do not use.


Does it really matter whether or not an agent is educated? YES. Sure, some agents can fudge their way to closing. Those agents get lucky. Not everyone has the perfect deal and that is when you need an "educated" Realtor...



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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Should Realtors have to take the BAR exam?

"Real Estate is not just about driving around and looking at pretty houses." ~ Stephen Strickhausen


I am sure that most agents have learned that lesson from the beginning.


Real Estate is about protecting your clients. Real Estate is about being better than the next guy/girl. Real Estate is about education...


Just recently I got an offer on one of my listings. The buyer's agent is considered to be a top agent here in the Nashville area. The agent did a great job on negotiating and to be quite honest, tried to push us around. After all negotiations and binding agreement, then came the inspection period. This is where things got a little "shady".


My sellers were presented with the items to be repaired and in addition the sellers requested another $10,000 off the purchase price. YOU CANNOT DO THAT! You can however do the following;


1) Ask for items to be repaired

2) Ask for the seller to reduce the purchase price by the estimated amount of repair costs

3) A combination of the two


We refused to sign the inspection contingency removal form because "We were not presented with a legal Inspection Counter". Of course this went back and forth (VIA EMAIL) until the time had expired. I had even spoken to the agent's principle broker on the phone about the issue. Trust me, I was a little scared by this point. I thought that maybe they had found some loop hole that I was not able to catch.


I had kept ALL of the paperwork including all of the emails etc. This worked out to my advantage later...


To make a long story short, my clients sued for the EM PLUS the attorney fees, court costs, etc. WE WON !


The attorney that represented them said that I was "The most thorough agent he had ever worked with. To this day I am not sure where that money came from. I know that if I were a client and my agent had suggested me do something that backfired then I would request that money come from the agent's pocket.


When searching for a "good agent", not only do they need to know about the neighborhoods but they also need to know their stuff. A GREAT agent KNOWS the contracts and knows the rules and laws of real estate.



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Timing the Real Estate market is like timing a roulette table

You're in Vegas standing at a Roulette table and you see that the last 6 turns have landed on red. You throw $100 down on black. You cross your fingers and BOOM... It hits red again! "WHYYYYY???" "How could this happen to me??" "The odds were in my favor!!!". 


Sure they were in your favor but it just didn't happen. If you really break down real estate, what is it really? Real Estate in it's purist form is a dwelling, a place to rest, a shelter. With that being said, the best way to look at purchasing a new home is figuring out where you want to live and make an offer. Real Estate is more than likely a long term stock rather than "$100 on black". If you love the area and love the house then buy and stay put. The housing market will turn around. The values will go up and YOU will be happy. 


I know I know.... "The guys on tv buy the right house, paint it, and make a killing". Look, it IS possible that the roulette table will land on black but you just never know. On top of that, these guys are pros. They know their stuff. If it were truly that easy don't you think that more people would be doing it? I personally sell homes for investors who have been doing this for years. I have three houses on the market from one investor and this guy has been doing this for years. Sometimes he has landed on black and hit the big jack pots. Sometimes though he has to wait it out.  


Real Estate is an investment but it is also the place where you live. Do your research. Look into schools, churches, neighborhoods, commute time, future city plans, everything. Find what best fits your needs within your budget. STAY THERE! 


You never know. You may hit the jackpot on a house within the next 12 months but if your intention is to stay and live then you can almost never go wrong. 


 


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No! Your house is not as nice as Leann Rimes' house...

We recently had a listing appointment on a great house in a great neighborhood here in Nashville TN. The house itself is about 8 years old and the current owners have added a nice pool in the backyard. 


My team went over to the house, we did the walkthrough of the home with the wife, and then we discussed our marketing methods. She just LOVED us! She loved how we did things and seemed to be really impressed in general. As we sat down and started to go over the comparative market analysis of the home, she immediately said that they "have a specific number in mind". Yeah, so do we... Like any good agent would do, we did our homework. We looked up the house and compared the others around the area and came up with a rough price (before actually seeing the house).


We told her that we would call her the next day after we have looked at the numbers more in depth (after having seen the home in person). We really wanted to get this listing so we thought we could try and tweak the numbers just a little higher so they would be happy... after all, she insinuated a higher price. 


That night we got an email from her husband with some comparables of other homes in the area. This list was comprised of roughly 20 homes. His search criteria was 1) Homes with a pool 2) Ravenwood school district 


Here was the problem with the list;


1) Their home was the second cheapest on the list


2) There were 4 homes on the list that were in a neighborhood that has 24 hour gated security with security guards, an 18 hole golf course, a restaurant, should I go on?


3) Leann Rimes' $6.5 Million dollar home was on the list. Why? Because it fell under the search criteria!          a) pool b) school district. 


The next day we crunched numbers and dug really deep into the comparables in the area. We were still coming up with the same numbers. Finally, she text us and asked "What number did you come up with?". We shot over our HIGHEST number we could reasonably come up with and her response was "That is the lowest number we have seen". We asked if we could come back over and explain where we were coming from and why we came to that conclusion... We never heard back from her. Why? Because they chose the agent that told them what they wanted to hear. 


What are the two biggest things that can sell a home?


1) Price


2) Marketing


We have the marketing down! We can even make a home searchable on Google (for those that aren't using agents). What we didn't have was what they wanted to hear. 


We could have listed their home for DOUBLE the market value AND someone could have come along and wanted this house. A lender however will not lend ANY potential buyer a dime over what the appraiser says it is worth. Why even ask a professional for their opinion unless you are going to take it. Am I upset that we didn't get the listing? No. I don't like my homes sitting on the market for months at a time. I like to sell quickly. Look, I didn't set the value of your home... The market did. 


For future home sellers that will be doing interviews with agents: Realtors are professionals. They know their neighborhoods and have the ability to assess a homes value within a short amount of time. Most agents can get within $5,000 of what a professional appraisal would come in at. Don't blame the agent...Blame the market


 



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When client turns to friend...

A year ago I was contacted by a family who needed help moving to Nashville TN. They emailed me because they had been reading blogs I had written (On AR) about the areas they were interested in. They had literally never even been to the state of Tennessee but wanted to raise a family in a place where they could get more bang for their buck. They told me they felt more familiar with the area simply because of the videos, pictures, and blogs I had written.


I of course called the husband within the day and started talking about "options". He told me what they were looking for, and then the daily communication began, not because we had to keep talking about those "options" but because we had hit it off pretty quickly.


Their first visit to Nashville came within a month and we began driving around looking at the areas of town they liked the most. They had an immediate attraction to Franklin TN (which is where my wife and I live), and even then they had narrowed it down to the specific neighborhood they wanted to live in.


They returned home, the husband packed his stuff, and moved out here ready to find a place for his family. It didn't take long before they found the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood and before you know it I find myself sitting on the back porch of his new home smoking cigars and telling jokes.


Two months later, the wife ended up becoming the photographer in our wedding (That is my beautiful bride on the front page of her website:) They are now also very close friends.


On top of all that, their parents AND grandparents have since moved out here.


Today, (one short year later) a new family member enters the world! We are so excited for you guys and congratulations on your new baby!


I love when clients turn into friends...




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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Franklin Tn listing agent

Welcom Matt Eaton! Our newest Franklin TN Listing agent!


As my business grows I am humbled and thrilled all at the same time. Our newest team member just joined a couple of weeks ago and I am so excited! Matt Eaton is getting ready to change the way people look at a listing agent here in the Nashville area. Here are all of the things Matt will do as your Franklin Tn listing agent;


1. Correctly Pricing the home.


2. Put your sign in the yard AND pointer signs leading to the house.


3. Professionally staging your home... For FREE!


4. Professional photography. Homes without pictures or bad pictures can generally get passed up by the buyer's agent and never shown. Professional pictures can make the house look even better than it does in real life. The goal is to get as many people walking through as possible. Franklin Tn listing agentfranklin tn listing agentThis is a free service that we offer

5. Open Houses. Not just on Sundays. Weekdays between 4-6pm.

6. Broker Open Houses. Some of the best marketing is word of mouth. Wine and cheese events are a big hit and bring in a lot of traffic.


7. Social Media. You would be surprised as to how many people see our listings on Facebook!


8. Weekly updates. Communication is KING. Matt makes weekly calls to let the seller know how the open houses, showings, or anything else went that week. He will also give you stats on how many times your listings was viewed online.


9. Searchability/Marketing. We do a full service video tour and then blast it online! Try it out for yourself! Google search "Ranchettes Kingston Springs" and see how many times the below video comes up....first page.


We have been experimenting with online marketing with our listings and have gotten AMAZING results. A while back we decided to start doing some video tours of each listing we have. Sure, this is not an original idea but what we have done with the videos are. Once the video has been shot and edited, we then MASS market online. Video sites and of course sites like Active Rain are places we advertise on. These videos are now on the first, second, third, pages of Google. Again, all of this is just what we do!









Here are some of the results;


1. We have sold/rented out homes because "I saw your video online and want to see this house".


2. We have picked up buyers that have called or emailed because "I saw your video online and want to see this house". Sure, not everyone that sees our listings want to buy them BUT there are more out there and now they are interested in using us to help them find the perfect home.


3. We have had traffic in our open houses because "I saw your video online and want to see this house". No joke. We have advertised online using the same video about the upcoming open house and people have shown up because of it.


Sure, this is not guaranteed BUT it works. Matt Eaton will do the best possible job to sell your home for the highest dollar in the least amount of time! Our team is excited to have him as our newest Franklin Tn listing agent!




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Nashville Short Sales


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If you are having a financial hardship and trouble making your mortgage payments, you are not alone. The most important thing is that you do something about it. There are better options than just allowing your home to go into foreclosure.



A short-sale is an option that may allow you to get out from under your debt without taking nearly the hit on your credit report, allowing you to more quickly recover.


We know that it is tough and that no one wants to deal with these decisions, but we are here to help.



Please call us to review the options available. Matt Eaton is a great resource and is a Realtor® that has completed training in the short-sale process and can help you. Don’t give up.




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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Barclay Place Franklin TN

Barclay Place Franklin TN is a brand new neighborhood very close to historic Franklin. It is a very quaint and charming neighborhood with that traditional “Historic Franklin” feel but still gives you the space, functionality, and amenities that you need. The homes are built by the Jones Company and this neighborhood is completely GREEN. Each home is built according to the NAHB Green Building Standards.

Located on the corner of Willowsprings and Downs Blvd, Barclay Place Franklin TN offers some great amenities such as walking trails, nearby shopping, and common “park like” space. In addition, the homes themselves are gorgeous from the inside out. They include upgrades like granite, tile, hardwoods, custom cabinetry, and of course Energy Efficient appliances.

For more information on Barclay Place Franklin TN or other homes for sale in Historic Franklin, please contact us.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Werthan Lofts for sale

Werthan Lofts Nashville is one of city’s best kept secrets. Located in Nashville’s oldest neighborhood (Germantown), Werthan Lofts is a very unique place to live. With the Nashville skyline in the background, it is only minutes to the heart of the city. It is also just minutes to the Farmer’s Market, Monell’s, Germantown CafĂ©, The Mad Platter, and other incredible Germantown restaurants.

The first building was constructed in 1871. Although the building is historic, the units are completely updated. This offers a great balance of history and amenities! The interiors walls are the original brick. To be able to see the 100+ year old hardwood floors right next to stainless steel appliances and granite countertops is truly unique.

1410 Rosa Parks Blvd is a 2 bedroom 2 bath loft that offers a very OPEN floor plan of 1,878 square feet and views from just about every portion of the home. This particular loft is located in the Administrative building of the old factory. This is considered one of the most private areas in all of the Werthan buildings. Other features include, central heat and air, granite counter tops, laundry room, and stainless steel appliances. The community features garage parking, swimming pools, elevator, and a fitness center! This is truly an incredible loft!

For more information on 1410 Rosa Parks Blvd or other information about Werthan Lofts, Nashville homes for sale, or to do a Nashville MLS search then please contact the Strickhausen/Blankenship team.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Ranchettes Kingston Springs TN homes for sale

Ranchettes Kingston Springs Tennessee is one of those rare neighborhoods that puts you within 30 minutes to downtown Nashville, just a few minutes to I-40, and somehow makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the Smokey Mountains.

All the homes in this area are very secluded. In fact, it is very difficult to see many of your neighbors through the thick trees. It is not uncommon to see deer, and many other wildlife roaming through your backyard.

1012 Larkwood Rd. is a 3 bedroom 3.5 bath Cape Cod style home that seems to have it all. Sitting on 2.6 acres of land, there are views from virtually every window in the home. Imagine sitting on the back deck in the mornings while watching deer walk by in this Gatlinburg like setting.

There is plenty of room throughout this house. In the main living room the ceilings are high which give it an open feel, but the fireplace in the back wall helps give this house that cozy feeling throughout the year.

One of my favorite parts of this house is the master bathroom. The whirlpool tub overlooks your private backyard paradise. The Master Suite also includes a his and hers closet, and plenty of room throughout.

For more information on 1012 Larkwood Rd or other Ranchettes Kingston Springs TN homes for sale then please contact us.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Northumberland Brentwood TN

Northumberland has the look and feel just like the name itself.

Northumberland Brentwood TN is a spectacular neighborhood and it shows from the inside out. The builders paid attention to detail. All of the homes have the look of an English style manor. In some of these homes you will find upgrades such as media rooms, gorgeous crown molding, outdoor “living” spaces, and gourmet kitchens.

To many families, one of the biggest perks to living in Northumberland is the location to the Williamson County schools. This neighborhood is part of Kenrose Elementary, Woodland Middle, and Ravenwood High School.

For more information about Northumberland homes for sale or other Brentwood TN homes then please contact us.



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The Laurels Brentwood TN

The Laurels Brentwood TN is an established neighborhood built in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. It is located on the corner of Split Log Rd. and Wilson Pike just 15 minutes south of downtown Nashville and just a few minutes from Cool Springs. The Laurels is a spectacular area and each home sits on at least an acre of land. Most homes range in size from roughly over 4,000 square feet to over 11,000 square feet. The current prices are anywhere from $600,000 to almost $4,00,000.

The Laurels Brentwood TN is a spectacular neighborhood and it shows from the inside out. The builders paid attention to detail. In some of these homes you will find upgrades such as home theatres, gorgeous crown molding, wine closets, and gourmet kitchens. One of the most gorgeous homes in Brentwood is located in this neighborhood. 9040 Split Log Rd is breathtaking. This is one of the first homes you see as you pull into this Brentwood Tennessee landmark.

To many families, one of the biggest perks to living in The Laurels is the location to the Williamson County schools. This neighborhood is part of Kenrose Elementary, Woodland Middle, and Ravenwood High School.



For more information about The Laurels homes for sale or other Brentwood TN homes then please contact us.


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Inglehame Farms Brentwood TN. Amazing neighborhood!

Inglehame Farms Brentwood TN is a newer neighborhood built in the early to mid 2000’s. It is located on the corner of Split Log Rd. and Wilson Pike just 15 minutes south of downtown Nashville and just a few minutes from Cool Springs. Inglehame Farms sits on over 200 acres and gives each home at least ½ an acre of living space. The neighborhood also includes a pool, clubhouse, and lots of space. Most homes range in size from a little over 3,000 square feet to over 5,000 square feet. The current prices are $600,000 to over $800,000.

Inglehame Farms Brentwood TN is a spectacular neighborhood built by Beazer and Drees. The builders paid attention to detail. In many homes you will find upgrades like home theatres, gorgeous crown molding, wine closets, and gourmet kitchens.

To many families, one of the biggest perks to living in Inglehame Farms is the location to the Williamson County schools. This neighborhood is part of Kenrose Elementary, Woodland Middle, and Ravenwood High School.



For more information about Inglehame Farms homes for sale or other Brentwood TN homes then please contact us.


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Monday, March 29, 2010

Cross Pointe Brentwood TN

Cross Pointe Brentwood TN is a newer neighborhood built in the late 2000’s. This Brentwood community is located off of Split Log Road and Wilson Pike.

This gorgeous neighborhood features oversized level lots and mature trees, which make the neighborhood feel more established. The homes within Cross Pointe are decked out. Most homes include amenities such as Thermador appliances, media rooms, 12 foot ceilings, and incredible trim packages! Although the neighborhood has an established feel, there are still lots available to build. (March, 2010)

The neighborhood is also surrounded by history. Around the corner, is “The Old Fly Place”. This home was built in 1880 and is located at 1752 Wilson Pike. Although the Fly family was not the first to occupy the home, they were one of the first families to move to the southeastern portion of Brentwood. This home is registered with the Brentwood Historic Commission.

One of the greatest perks to Cross Pointe Brentwood TN is the location. Although this neighborhood is in Brentwood, it is still located within Williamson County with easy access to I-65 and the Cool Springs area. For families with children, the location cannot be beat considering that the coveted Ravenwood High School is within walking distance. Ravenwood high school is one of the newest schools in the Nashville area. Built in 2002, this $24 million public school is known for it’s athletics, and high test scores.


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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Montclair Brentwood TN

Montclair Brentwood TN is a prestigious neighborhood located off of Moores Ln. This beautiful neighborhood is less than 5 minutes to I-65 and the Cool Springs area, and right next door to the Nashville Golf and Athletic Club.

Montclair consists of 139 beautiful homes. The HOA dues are only $80 a month, which includes a spectacular clubhouse with a pool. Each home has it’s own unique character. Price ranges vary anywhere from under $600,000 to around $1,000,000. The sizes range from over 3,000 SF to around 6,000sf.

With the golf course on one side and walking trails on the other, this neighborhood cannot be beat! The attention to detail, including the grand entrance and the beautifully landscaped grounds, is something you might notice as you drive through Montclair Brentwood TN. Being in Brentwood yet still within the Williamson County school district will give you access to one of the best school districts in middle TN!

For more information about Montcalir, including homes for sale, give us a call or go to our website below. You may also use the “search” button below to see more homes for sale in Brentwood TN.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cedarmont Farms Franklin TN

Cedarmont Farms Franklin TN is one of those neighborhoods that has character. Located just south of historic Franklin TN between Arno Rd. and S. Carothers, Cedarmont Farms seems to be “tucked away” from everything.

This neighborhood is surrounded by history. In fact, there are several historic sites (including the home of Berry Nolen) around the area dating back to the 19th century.

Surrounded by rolling hills, each house sits on at least one acre of land. Newer homes began construction in the 1980’s and continued up through a few years ago. Most of the homes are over 3,000 square feet and each offers it’s own unique character.

Cedarmont Farms is a tight knit community and has much to offer. If you would like more information about homes available in this amazing neighborhood then please contact us or you can use our Nashville MLS search below.

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Crockett Springs Brentwood TN

Crockett Springs is a gated golf community located right off of Moores Ln in Brentwood TN. This neighborhood is less than 5 minutes to I-65 and the Cool Springs area. Most of the homes sit right on the 18 hole Championship Course called “The Nashville Golf and Athletic Club”.

This is a private club and has a 10,000 SF clubhouse, which was originally built by the Crockett family. The course has many water features and plenty of bunkers. It is considered “difficult” by many golfers. The course rating is 76.1 and has a slope rating of 140 on Bermuda grass. Because of the privacy of the course, there is no “hurry up” time that you normally find on many public courses (and even private).

The Crockett Springs neighborhood has many beautiful homes that line the golf course. Price ranges vary on location and type of home. For those that want a more secluded spot on 2 acres or for those who want a patio style home right on the course, this neighborhood has it all!

For more information on Crockett Springs Brentwood TN, give us a call or go to our website. From there you can search the homes for sale in Crocket Springs or all homes for sale in Brentwood TN.


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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Forrest Crossing Franklin TN


There is a very common misconception out there that it is impossible to find a great home in a gorgeous setting in Franklin without braking the bank.

Yes, there are homes in Franklin and Historic Franklin that carry tremendous price tags. There are Historic homes priced over half a million dollars that only have three bedrooms.

Sometimes it just seems impossible to attain a Franklin home that you can afford.

Well, did you ever think that maybe the people that live in the historic homes or the huge homes with two acres are the same people that lived in a smaller Franklin home that grew in equity just ten years ago. Often times buyers make a great purchase in Franklin and use that home as a launch pad to attain their goal of the large historic home.

If that is something you are looking to do, we have just the thing for you. Forrest Crossing in Franklin TN is a great, beautiful, and desirable neighborhood that offers buyers a great place to live and grow their equity. The homes in Forrest Crossing are mostly brick and built with traditional southern charm. This neighborhood sits off of Royal Oaks blvd about two miles from the historic Franklin square.

As you drive the the neighborhood you are surrounded by beautifully landscaped homes and maintained streets. You will more than likely see a large amount of families outside while the kids are riding bikes. Because of the fact that Forrest Crossing is located within the lines of the top school district in the state there are a lot of young families.

The neighborhood also is situated right on a medium length 18 hole golf course. This course features scenic views of the Harpeth River and the clubhouse has a 200 seat grill room. The golf course is just walking distance from many of the homes in the neighborhood, and of course the NEIGHBORHOOD CLUB HOUSE!

Prices in the neighborhood range from the two-hundred, to the five-hundred thousands.

This neighborhood's home value are very steady simply because it is a very desirable area. The location is great. The homes are very beautiful and the amenities are fantastic. This area is a great choice for any buyer that wants a Franklin address but is not quite ready to spend a huge amount of money. Make a great purchase in Forrest Crossing and let your equity contribute to your future purchase.

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KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
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615-480-5770
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Buyers frustrated with lack of good deals. Know where to look!


YES, This IS a buyer's market. Yes, there are good deals to be had in Nashville (or just about anywhere in the country).

NO, you CANNOT expect to get anything you want at any price you want.

For the past few years, most of my buyers are looking specifically for a good deal. In fact, I would say that throughout the decades most agents hear the phrase "We are just looking for a good deal". This is regardless of the economy.

I have a client who is currently looking for "a good deal" here in Nashville. We have looked at about 25 homes (10 of which he has "LOVED"). Of those 10, we have now made an offer on 2 of them. On the first offer, we came in at $40,000 under asking price (roughly 8% of asking). The sellers came back at $5,000 under asking and my client walked away. He said that he was insulted that they would not come down. "This is a buyer's market" he said "They should be lucky that I am even making an offer". In his defense, he is a cash buyer and can close within 2 weeks of binding agreement.

We have now moved on to our second offer. Our offer consists of $20,000 price reduction and asking for almost all of the furniture in the house! We were countered with full price and the furniture can be sold separately. (outcome TBD)

I am also under contract with a client of mine who made an offer of $20,000 less than asking price AND to have closing costs covered. This buyer is also a cash buyer and can close right away. The sellers (This is an estate sale so technically the "sellers" didn't even live there) came back with a full price counter and no closing costs covered.

Although we hear the term "Buyer's Market" everyday, I think that some people's perception may be a little off. Most of the good deals out there are from those who have not been able to make their mortgage payments (Nashville short-sales and Nashville foreclosures). Then there are the occasional desperate situations (moving out of state, divorce, etc). For the rest of the home sellers in America though, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU THEIR HOME!!! You cannot always search the MLS for that dream home you are looking for, low ball, and have them hand you the keys.

There are a couple ways to find a good deal in this current market;

1) Short-sales, Foreclosures, Auctions, etc. This takes time and negotiations are done with a bank who looks at bottom dollars. Your Realtor can be a shark with the bank.

2) The occasional desperate situation. Sometimes this takes a little research. Ask the listing agent how bad they want to get out of the house and how flexible they are before asking for their first born children. Also, there is still new construction (built within the past few years but never lived in) that seems to be at regular market value. Ask the listing agent if the builder is desperate! I have seen some good deals through even new construction.

If you are looking for that "good deal" in your area then call a TRUSTED local professional. They can help FIND those deals you are looking for. They aren't always the dream house down the street but they are out there.

Stephen Strickhausen
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
9175 CAROTHERS PKY SUITE 110
615-480-4770
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Monday, March 15, 2010

nashville foreclosures and short-sales!

There are currently over 600 homes in Nashville (Davidson and Williamson Counties) that are either foreclosures or short-sales. The opportunity for home buying is out there and the market is turning. What does that mean to "Joe Homebuyer"? If you have the time and the patience then it means A GREAT DEAL! Let me give you an example.

I currently have a listing in Lenox Village, Nashville TN. The listing price is $148,000. This is a great deal for this area. It's a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome with a full 2 car garage and private views. The average dollar per square foot in that area is around $123 (listed). Mine is around $100 per square foot! This home was originally purchased for around $175,000 just a few years ago. This is almost a $30,000 savings which is roughly 20%. That is the equivalent of having $200,000 taken off a million dollar home.

Of course the BIGGER deals are out there too. I just saw a home today in the highly coveted Laurelbrook neighborhood in Brentwood TN. This home is almost 10,000SF and is being listed at only $1.5 million! Incredible deal.

It's no secret that it's a buyer's market. There are some things that you can do to find these deals in your area.

1) Get Pre-qualified. Some buyers don't even know that they CAN afford a house period. You would be surprised to find out what you CAN afford and how cheap homes can be. I just closed a $90,000 deal in Nashville and am helping another buyer get into a $72,000 home within the next few months (both short-sales in Nashville). *If you are a first time home buyer and are looking for the $8,000 tax credit then a short-sale might not be for you.

2) Find a PROFESSIONAL real estate agent that knows the area you are buying in. This should NEVER cost you a dime. Utilizing a professional agent will help you find the best bang for your buck.

3) Sit back and relax. NO, it is not easy but having the right team (lender, agent, title, etc.) will help the process go smoothly and possibly quicker.

I don't need to say that "now is the time". The numbers speak for themselves. Do your research and find out about your local foreclosures or short-sales. You don't need to pay for a foreclosure site. You need to utilize your resources.

Stephen Strickhausen
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
9175 CAROTHERS PKY SUITE 110
615-480-5770
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com
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