August 2015

Found 31 blog entries for August 2015.

Here at the Holt Real Estate Group, we're delighted to report that the local Nashville paper, the Tennesseean, has published a feature story on the company, which included an in-depth interview with the CEO and Team Leader, Prentiss Holt. THREG offers real estate services throughout the Middle Tennessee area, and works out of offices in various locations within Nashville, Murfreesboro, and other centrally located communities. This comes hot on the heels of other fantastic industry news: Benchmark Realty, LLC. was named #1,522 on the Inc. 5,000 list. 

Benchmark Now

Benchmark now has over 600 agents, and according to the CEO, are pacing significantly higher in gross sales and revenue than at this time last year. The Inc. 5000 list includes such

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A mortgage pre-qualification can be useful as an estimate of how much you can afford to spend on your home, but a pre-approval is much more valuable because this means the lender has actually checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount. Most pre-approvals are only valid for a period of 90 days; sometimes less!

The Basic Pre-Qualification List

  1. Proof of income. All borrowers need to be prepared with W-2 statements from the past two years, recent pay stubs that show income as well as year-to-date income, and proof of any additional income such as alimony or bonuses and your two most recent years of tax returns.
  2. Proof of assets. You will need to present bank statements and investment account statements to
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The Wedgewood neighborhood is gaining in popularity and revitalization, like East Nashville two years ago or the Gulch ten years ago. Wedgewood is defined by Wedgewood on the South and Houston on the north, making it close to downtown and nestled in the few blocks between downtown on the north, 12 South on the west, and by the Melrose neighborhood on the southern end. This places it close to Greer Statium, Fort Negley, the fairgrounds, and the Adventure Science Center... as well as many up-and-coming restaurants and bars which are also capitalizing on the neighborhood's new growth.

The neighborhood, as soon as earlier this year, was primarily warehouses, industrial buildings, small homes, and older businesses. But as homeowners eagerly seek cheaper

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We've all heard a great deal about the Division Street Extension and Complete Street projects, which are meant to connect South Broadway to the Gulch and allow far easier access. They will link 8th and 2nd Avenues. According to released plans, Division Street will be extended over the railroad tracks in the area A groundbreaking is set for Sept. 4 on the $25 million Division Street Extension and Bridge Complete Street project, which is expected to improve connectivity between the Gulch and SoBro. This is expected to dramatically increase traffic to the area, and give the buildings and businesses there significantly more exposure. 

The designs for the project released so far, completed by Gresham Smith and Partners, includes a beautiful pedestrian plaza

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Even the most seasoned buyers can find that they run up against a situation outside their expertise: and that's the primary reason for hiring an agent. Protecting yourself from any unforeseen consequences. Whether you're a veteran real estate investor or a first time home buyer, there are a few excellent tips moving into the second half of 2015. And when your home determines your school district, the amount of space you have to live with,  and how good of an environment you create for you.

1. You can find a lot of value in homes that need some repair. Often they're sold at well less than the market value of homes that are in great condition. If the location is right and the size is right, calculate the cost of repairing the hope up to your standards.

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As many see Nashville home prices go up and up, many a homeowner has begun getting the itch to sell their home. With new housing data coming out regarding soaring summer prices, knocking even last year's great sales data out of the park, even those who've wanted to stay in place for years are now considering the merits of selling their home and making a significant return on their investment. But, all told, there are also some convincing reasons why some potential sellers should, instead, wait it out and stay put. 

No Longer Distressed

The Nashville housing market, unlike the national market, never saw the incredibly low periods of many other areas, and was never properly distressed despite the big bubble crash of several years ago. 

But just

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For a long time a certain stretch of 8th Avenue consisted of nothing more than a downstairs pool hall, a couple of dollar stores, pawn shops, and one abandoned movie theater. In the past few years the neighborhood around this little spot has grown up. A bunch of new condos and renovations brought new residents, followed by new restaurants and shops to the area, turning it into a really lovely neighborhood. In came Sinema...

And Sinema brought old Hollywood. This former theater is stunning and kudos to the people responsible for converting an empty, dust collecting building into a place of value. The atmosphere is Sinema is quite unique, especially for Nashville. The main floor is romantic and elegant. love concepts like this and think it is a great way

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What can you buy in Nashville today for under $300,000? Believe it or not if you look closely enough, $300,000 can get you a great Nashville home! Below are a few great examples of Nashville area homes and condos for under $300,000. A home of $300,000 falls safely underneath jumbo loan mortgages in most areas, according to bankrate, meaning less work for you and for lenders during the mortgage process, as in some cases jumbo mortgages can come with additional paperwork. And as Nashville's seller's market continues though summer is ending, more affordable homes are getting more and more scarce.

A smaller mortgage also means a smaller downpayment, which can be easier for first time homebuyers or individuals just moving into Nashville to come up with!

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Many more people are relocating to Nashville, TN than in prior years! But as Music City booms, more and more people might also be guilty of these common relocation mistakes. 

Be Aware of What You're Losing

A lot of people, when they're excited about relocating, tend to think only about the perks! But it's also important to think about what you might also be losing whenever you relocate. For example, if you're moving from an urban condo in New York or L.A. to a residential neighborhood such as Sylvan Park, you might be losing walkability, access to services and nightlife, and lack of a commute. It's always important to deeply consider what you might be losing when you move into an area, that way you can more critically estimate what's important to

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SoBro has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since Atlanta area developer Giatanni announced the new SoBro tower: and now the area's welcoming yet another eatery! A new neighborhood coffee shop around Cummins Station. Slow Hand Coffee recently opened just across the street, and has already seen steady clientele in just two weeks. Once a food truck, Slow Hand Coffee built up a significant local demand for their great coffee, breads, cakes, pies, and pastries. 

Demand was so high, in fact, that owners decided to up the ante and purchase the space once owned by Coffee, Lunch. And thanks to the new location, they've expanded their offerings to include breakfast and lunch, focusing on things which individuals can get 'to go'. These include popular spins

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