A Historical Moment For A Historic Home

After years of doing real estate here in Middle Tennessee, there’s one transaction that still just absolutely warms my heart when I think about it. It was one of those transactions that has DESTINY written all over it. It was a historical home, built in 1785 to be exact with walls 18 inches thick – to withstand attack I’m told.

The basement we learned, used to shelter slaves and featured a fireplace roughly 7 ft wide to warm them at night.  The property had several outbuildings and the smallest one, closest to the home, we thought might have been either a root cellar or a pottery shack was actually used to make moonshine.

History.  This home is RICH in history.  And that was one of the fulfilling part of the transaction, learning the story of the home and the land.

The Hartley Adair Historical Home near Nashville TN Offered By The Spackman Group
The Hartley Adair Home just south of Nashville in beautiful College Grove, TN

When Greg listed the home, we had no idea the journey we’d go on and with whom.  The Prices phoned him about the property and agreed to meet us in our office to discuss it.  We met with them and set up a time to view the property.  Laura said they were looking for something specific and unique.  I wasn’t sure THIS was the property for them, knowing where they were currently living – in a picturesque sub-division in Franklin.   Little did I know….

We met the Prices at the historic home for their viewing appointment.  All the lights had been turned on, the music was playing softly in the background and the weather was gorgeous.  The Prices entered the home and from the second they walked in the door I had goosebumps.  They took it all in, appreciating every detail and they were just absolutely GLOWING.

Outdoor Space Hartley Adair Home College Grove TN

After touring the home and the property, they asked if they could bring their children to come see it later that afternoon, as they had NO idea what was going on.  They were going to surprise them with the idea of moving there.  I’m all about surprises and this one was BIG!

We all met back at the house shortly after and the kids were sort of in shock at first and as they walked the home and the land I could see the wheels turning.  The oldest was already planning renovations and how they would work and the youngest was grinning from ear to ear, quickly buying into to the HUGE changes that would head their way.  The home had found the right family it seemed.

Historic Home – Renovated Kitchen with Gorgeous Beams

This home needed just the RIGHT family.  It was in need of some TLC and a little elbow grease for sure. It needed a family that would love it and appreciate it’s history.  The Price family was in love and up for the challenge.  They put in an offer and we entered into one of our longest escrows on record.  Historic homes require much more than newer ones, there are so many things that need to be inspected, verified, reconfigured, considered, etc.  And the Price family jumped in with both feet.

Part of what we love about what we do is WHO we are blessed to do it with.  Buying a home is a highly emotional experience, and the Price family can certainly attest to that. They overcame obstacle after obstacle, challenge after challenge.  And they purchased this CHARMING property exactly one year ago today.

The gorgeous dining space

Greg and I want to wish the Price Family a very HAPPY HOME ANNIVERSARY today.   The Price family is the PERFECT family for this home.  Without a doubt.  And that was apparent, as I mentioned, from the minute they walked through the front door.  Their story is one that proves some things ARE worth waiting for.

And to pay homage to the history of the home and recognize just how hard the Price family has worked to restore this home and reinvent it for their family and friends, I thought it would be nice to remind them of the home they fell in love with.

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March 2017: This Month In Real Estate

Can you believe it’s already MARCH?  Time has flown by so fast, we missed out on posting February’s This Month In Real Estate. We’ve had two new listings, one in Chestnut Bend that had multiple offers and sold in less than 24 hours and one in Eagles Glen that also had multiple offers and sold in less than 3 days.  If you are thinking about selling, NOW is a great time.

View the brief overview of the March 2017 Real Estate Market here:

SELLERS: Thinking of putting your home on the market?  Get an instant home valuation estimate by  CLICKING HERE .  You can also contact our Listing Specialist: Greg Spackman (615) 939-1252 to schedule a FREE consultation.

BUYERS: If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  To Browse Homes For Sale Click Here.  You can also contact Lead Buyer’s Agent: Kate Spackman (615)840-2692 to schedule a FREE consultation.

As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate March 2017 and find it valuable. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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This Month In Real Estate: November 2016

It’s that time again!  Time for This Month In Real Estate.  Numbers don’t lie. And we’ve got the newest numbers that represent the CURRENT Real Estate Market for November 2016.

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If you wanted market details on a MACRO level, this has it all because it reflects the National Real Estate Market, not just that of Middle TN.  So, if you are wanting more specific, local or MICRO Real Estate market statistics, we would be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and statistical data on your city as well as your neighborhood and/or sub-division.

View the brief overview of the November 2016 Real Estate Market here:

SELLERS: We can also provide you with an estimate of your homes value.  Get your estimate quickly and easily by CLICKING HERE .

For a more detailed and accurate snapshot of what you home could sell for, contact us today for an appointment – (615) 840-2692 Kate Spackman or (615) 939-1252 Greg Spackman.

BUYERS: If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  To Browse Homes For Sale Click Here. You can view properties and even mark favorites.  The site is updated every 10-15 minutes so the data is reliable and accurate.The first step in making the move towards home ownership is speaking with a lender.  We can help provide you with a list of lenders in the area that our clients have used and had success with in the past. Contact us for that info.

As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate August 2016 and find it valuable. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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This Month In Real Estate: OCTOBER 2016

 

It’s that time again!  Time for This Month In Real Estate.  Numbers don’t lie. And we’ve got the newest numbers that represent the CURRENT Real Estate Market for October 2016.tsg-oct-2016-this-month-in-real-estate

If you wanted market details on a MACRO level, this has it all because it reflects the National Real Estate Market, not just that of Middle TN.  So, if you are wanting more specific, local or MICRO Real Estate market statistics, we would be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and statistical data on your city as well as your neighborhood and/or sub-division.

View the brief overview of the October 2016 Real Estate Market here:

SELLERS: We can also provide you with an estimate of your homes value.  Get your estimate quickly and easily by CLICKING HERE .

For a more detailed and accurate snapshot of what you home could sell for, contact us today for an appointment – (615) 840-2692 Kate Spackman or (615) 939-1252 Greg Spackman.

BUYERS: If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  To Browse Homes For Sale Click Here. You can view properties and even mark favorites.  The site is updated every 10-15 minutes so the data is reliable and accurate.The first step in making the move towards home ownership is speaking with a lender.  We can help provide you with a list of lenders in the area that our clients have used and had success with in the past. Contact us for that info.

As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate August 2016 and find it valuable. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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8 Step Home Maintenance Schedule For Fall

It’s finally here, FALL!  Fall is my favorite season of the year – temps are dropping, football and hockey games are starting to remind us how much we missed the in the off season, candy corn is on the store shelves again and the smell of pumpkin spice is everywhere.

With the new Fall season, however, brings new home maintenance tasks for homeowners.  If you are living the American Dream of homeownership, you need to be aware that neglecting regular upkeep and maintenance on your home, could turn that dream into an absolute nightmare.

Buying a home is likely the largest investment you’ll make, protect that investment with seasonal maintenance.  To take the guesswork out of it and pin-point the most necessary maintenance items to address this season, we’ve provided the 8 Step Home Maintenance for Fall. Be sure to check these items out in and around your home this fall:

Protect Your Investment With Seasonal Maintenance
Protect Your Investment With Seasonal Maintenance
  1. Test your smoke detectors.
  2. Have a certified Chimney Sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper.
  3. Make sure your caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heating/cooling costs.
  4. Clean gutters and downspouts.
  5. Check that all interior doors open and close properly.
  6. Look for water stains on the ceiling.
  7. Inspect under sink cabinets and around toilets and tubs for leaks.
  8. Check in the attic for roof leaks and adequate insulation
Autumn scenery. Beautiful gold fall in park.
Maintenance Needs Change With The Seasons

If you have not already, be sure to tackle these 5 items either Annually or Semi-Annually as well.

  1. Make/Review an emergency escape plan with your family.
  2. Make sure the house number is visible from the street for first responders to see.
  3. Have HVAC serviced annually.
  4. Test for Radon every couple of years.
  5. Replace HVAC filters once a month.

Know what needs to be done, but need help accomplishing the tasks for your Fall Home Maintenance checklist?  Reach out to a local handyman or contact us for a list of vendors our clients’ have had success with.  For a fee, these professionals can complete the tasks quickly and work with you to preserve the integrity of your home and the investment you have in it.

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Contact us today by visiting our website: www.TheSpackmanGroup.com or by contacting our office (615) 778-1818 at Keller Williams Realty 9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110 Franklin, TN 37067

Kate Spackman: (615) 840-2692
Greg Spackman (615) 939-1252

How Loud: What’s Your Home’s Score?

We just found a new website that could talk you into or out of purchasing that next home or putting pen to paper on that new expensive lease. It has nothing to do with crime rates, locations of schools or ratings, walkability or the like.  This new website plain and simply allows you to HEAR a home before you COMMIT to it, saving you huge frustrations, wasted precious time, serious cash and of course your sanity.

Sharing new technology and websites that help our clients get and stay in the know is part of our passion at The Spackman Group here at Keller Williams Realty Franklin.

So, we are super excited to share this new resource with you.  It’s called HowLoud.com. Haven’t heard of it? It’s the latest development in sound mapping and will have a powerful impact on the Real Estate Industry.  screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-11-53-50-am

How does the website work?  Well, the website creators have combined applied mathematics with data from sound maps of areas across the county to provide what they’ve termed as a Soundscore.  How does this data help you?  Well, it will help you weed out noisy housing options that would “surprise” you after it’s too late.  You’re welcome!

Imagine for a moment you just closed on the home of your dreams. You’re feeling confident, knowing you did your due diligence to research all you could about the new property.  You even took your Realtor’s advice and drove by during different times of the day/week to make sure that all is well.  Then, the first night in your new pride and joy you’re startled and awake to a TRAIN HORN blowing at 5 am and you’re MILES from any tracks.

Simply visit the website, enter the address of your potential new home (or your existing home because we all want to know our current home’s rating), and Howloud calculates a score ranging from 50 (Very Loud) to 100 (Very Quiet).

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We were curious.  So we tested the site out with the address of our office to see what the SoundScore HowLoud might assign to it.  And here’s our results…. the office scored a 70.  Traffic is busy, Airports Calm, Local Sources are active.  Seems accurate for this area of Franklin, TN.

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Since the maps can only extract data from areas with higher populations, you most likely won’t have a score if you live in a more rural area, like Eagleville, TN. In the more largely populated areas of Nashville, however, you’re not only going to receive a score, you’re going to see variations of score even within the same neighborhood. Why variations?

Within the bigger cities, like Nashville, there is incredibly fine detail.  So the score for a property in Belmont will have a different score than a property just over a block or two in Hillsboro Village.  The small differences around and near a property will cause the score to increase or decrease based on the noise created by the area: airline noise, trains, cars and traffic, bars, restaurants, shopping, etc.

Sharing new technology and websites that help our clients get and stay in the know is part of our passion at The Spackman Group here at Keller Williams Realty Franklin. We hope you can use this new tool to help you make an informed decision on your next home.

Here’s how to take advantage of this new tool:

  • If you’re in the market for a new home, whether you are renting or buying, you’ll want to check out HowLoud.com and find out the soundscore for that property.
  • If you’re thinking of selling your current home, you may also want to visit the site to see just how your home stacks up to the 50-100 sound score ratings.  We’d love to hear how YOUR property scored.

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This Month In Real Estate: SEPTEMBER 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016 This Month In Real Estate:

It’s that time again!  Time for This Month In Real Estate.  Numbers don’t lie. And we’ve got the newest numbers that represent the CURRENT Real Estate Market for September 2016.

You can view THIS MONTH IN REAL ESTATE for September 2016 below:

This video breaks down the NATIONAL Real Estate market.  And, of course, real estate markets vary from state to state, town to town and even sub-division to sub-division.  The information for the Greater Nashville or Middle Tennessee area, will be slightly different.  Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview, Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, College Grove, Smyrna, Nolensville, Nashville, Antioch, Columbia, Murfreeboro, Arrington will all have data that is unique to that city.

If you wanted market details on a MACRO level, this has it all.  But if you are wanting more specific, local or MICRO Real Estate market statistics, we would be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and statistical data on your city as well as your neighborhood and/or sub-division.

We can also provide you with an estimate of your homes value.  You can quickly and easily get that estimate by CLICKING HERE .

For a more detailed and accurate snapshot of what you home could sell for, contact us today for an appointment – (615) 840-2692 Kate Spackman or (615) 939-1252 Greg Spackman.

If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  To Browse Homes For Sale Click Here. You can view properties and even mark favorites.  The site is updated every 10-15 minutes so the data is reliable and accurate.The first step in making the move towards home ownership is speaking with a lender.  We can help provide you with a list of lenders in the area that our clients have used and had success with in the past. Contact us for that info.

As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate August 2016 and find it valuable. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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This Month In Real Estate: AUGUST 2016

As realtors, one of the most commonly asked questions we are asked on a daily basis is “How is the market?”  Knowing the local market is the key to helping our clients get the BEST possible price for the sale of their home (Listing).  Knowing the local market also helps us advise our buyers when preparing their offer to avoid overpaying for a property they may just have fallen in love with.

To help answer this question,  we wanted to share this video.  Each month Keller Williams complies data on the national market and encapsulates the information into a short video packed full of statistics and info.

You can view THIS MONTH IN REAL ESTATE for AUGUST 2016 below:

This video breaks down the NATIONAL Real Estate market.  And, of course, real estate markets vary from state to state, town to town and even sub-division to sub-division.  The information for the Greater Nashville or Middle Tennessee area, will be slightly different.  Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview, Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, College Grove, Smyrna, Nolensville, Nashville, Antioch, Columbia, Murfreeboro, Arrington will all have data that is unique to that city.

If you wanted market details on a MACRO level, this has it all.  But if you are wanting more specific, local or MICRO Real Estate market statistics, we would be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and statistical data on your city as well as your neighborhood and/or sub-division.

We can provide you with information on what the average Days On the Market or DOM is for your area, what the average sales price is,  what percentage of asking price sellers are receiving otherwise known as the sales to list price ratio,  the average cost per square foot and more.

It’s been said that Knowledge is Power.  And when you are in the business of buying or selling a home, knowing the market is KEY.  If you need more information or want to enlist the help of a Realtor to help decode all of this data, The Spackman Group at Keller Williams Realty Franklin, is a full service real estate group assisting both Sellers and Buyers.

If you’d like to get an automated estimate of your homes value, you can get that here: http://www.thespackmangroup.com/cma/property-valuation/ .  For a more detailed and accurate snapshot of what you home could sell for, contact us today for an appointment – (615) 840-2692 Kate Spackman or (615) 939-1252 Greg Spackman.

If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  http://www.thespackmangroup.com/buying/.  You can view properties and even mark favorites.  The site is updated every 10-15 minutes so the data is reliable and accurate.

As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate August 2016 and find it valuable. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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Houses For Sale In College Grove – Virtual Tour 6423 Drumright Rd

NEW TO THE MARKET:

Take a virtual tour of our newest listing in College Grove – 6423 Drumright Rd. College Grove, TN 37046. This beautiful 1,920sf 3 bd 2 ba plus office home sits majestically on over 5 acres.

Spend time enjoying the sunroom, grilling out on the deck or relaxing beside the gorgeous salt water pool.  Single level living at it’s finest and inside Williamson County lines.  The home is zoned for College Grove Elementary, Fred J. Page Middle and Fred J. Page High Schools.

For those out of state homebuyers conducting their greater Nashville home search online, College Grove is an unincorporated, mostly rural community in Williamson County.  It’s located immediately south of Franklin and just east of Murfreesboro.

If you’d like more information visit the property page on our website here

If you’d like to schedule a showing, or have additional questions, please contact Greg Spackman at (615) 939-1252 or gregspackman@kw.com.

Like the home?  But it’s not exactly what you were looking for?  SEARCH NEW HOMES HERE or contact Kate Spackman, our Buyer’s Specialist, at (615) 840-2692 or katespackman@kw.com. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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5 Smart Tips For Homebuyer’s Considering New Construction

Know BEFORE You GO!

If you are looking into purchasing a newly constructed home in Williamson County in 2016, let The Spackman Group at Keller Williams / Franklin lead you to the RIGHT house at the RIGHT price.

There are new neighborhoods popping up all over in the cities of Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Nolensville, College Grove, Arrington, Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station area – not JUST in Williamson County.  Rutherford County / Murfreesboro is booming with new construction, also, as well as many of the sounding counties.

If you are in the market to purchase a new home now or in the future, no matter the geographic locations, we’ve compiled five tips as well as a potential pitfall to avoid.

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POTENTIAL PITFALL / Buyers Beware: Many New Construction homebuyers, especially first time homebuyers, elect to use the builder’s agent to handle their purchase. Purchasing a home is one of , if not THE, largest transactions you’ll ever conduct during your lifetime. Builders have on-site agents.  They are charming, well dressed, friendly, welcoming and very helpful.  You’ll like them instantly (typically) and that’s why the are the Builder’s Agent.  The builder wants you to feel comfortable making a new home purchase in their development.

TIP #1: DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE – GET A REALTOR NOW! Great Realtors work hard for their clients.  Of course, as in any industry there will be a few “bad apples.”  So, interview a few candidates and go with your instincts. When purchasing a newly constructed home, you need someone in YOUR corner that is looking out for YOUR best interests, NOT the builder’s. No matter how wonderful the builder is (and we have some FANTASTIC builders in the Greater Nashville/Franklin area) their agent can’t represent their best interests while representing yours.

TIP #2: DON’T GO IT ALONE, EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU CAN. Unless you deal daily with real estate transactions, you are bound to be stumped somewhere along the way.  Don’t take the chance of making an uninformed decision which could, and most likely will, result in serious financial losses. Realtor fees are paid by the seller , or in this case the builder, NOT the homebuyer.  Utilize the experience and knowledge of a realtor. Not using a realtor doesn’t mean the builder will extend that savings to you.  And even if they were prepared to do that for some reason, they do this for a living and you’ll end up spending more on upgrades and negotiations in the long run.  Don’t overpay.  Use a realtor.

TIP #3: SHOW UP PREPARED  – your realtor should provide you with cards to hand out to open house agents or builder’s agents.  These cards lets the other agents know you are already working with a realtor. Why is this important to you?  It lets the other agent know that you are 1) currently being represented and 2) prevents them from nagging you – they can call your agent with questions and/or concerns.

TIP # 4:  DON’T WAIVE THE RIGHT TO YOUR OWN HOME INSPECTION – just because the home you are interested in purchasing is NEW, doesn’t mean there aren’t issues that could come up down the road.  Builder’s typically do give standard warranties on their homes.  However, some items may not become an issue until AFTER the builder’s warranty expires.

TIP #5: ASK UPFRONT FOR A COPY OF THE BUILDER’S WARRANTY. Memorize (well, maybe not memorize) and be aware of what the builder’s warranty covers and anything you may do, unknowingly, to void it. Knowledge is power.

Do you know what’s available to you as a new construction home buyer in Middle TN?   We’ve got the 6 GREAT NEW NEIGHBORHOODS in Williamson Co. you’ll want to know about before you begin your search. Contact us for more info. Or visit our website to begin your search. http://www.thespackmangroup.com/search/advanced_search/

Purchasing a home, whether new construction or a previously owned home, can be a very positive experience.  Don’t let misconceptions cost you big dollars.  Hire a realtor you feel comfortable with and look to them to guide you through the homebuying process.

Contact Kate Spackman our Buyer’s Specialist today for more information (615) 840-2692 or katespackman@kw.com or visit our website to begin your home search today. SEARCH NEW HOMES HERE

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