June 2017: This Month In Real Estate (Video Installment)

The year’s first half of 2017 is coming to close and the June This Month In Real Estate numbers are in.  Inventory is still scarcely available and buyers are still flocking to local listings.  If you have been considering selling, we would advise that NOW is the time.

There truly has never been a time to sell like we are currently experiencing – record profits for sellers.  Average number of projected home sales dipped (likely to lack of inventory) as the median home price increased, 3.5% over last month.  View the short video overview for the June 2017 Real Estate Market here:

SELLERS: Are you curious what your home is currently worth?  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.

Curious about us?  Visit our website to Meet The Spackmans or check out our client testimonials here.

These numbers are, of course on a macro level as they feature nationwide data.  If you are interested in the local market number, please text MARKET to 615-840-2692.

We hope you’re enjoying your summer and we’ll see you next month for This Month in Real Estate July 2017.

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8 Step Summer Home Maintenance Schedule

Owning your own home is certainly part of the “American Dream.”  Neglecting regular upkeep and maintenance on your home, however, 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.  With the first official day of summer just around the corner, we’ve provide an 8 Step Home Maintenance Schedule for Summer to help keep your home in the best possible shape, protecting your investment.

  1. Inspect the exterior veneer (brick/siding) for cracks or loose pieces.
  2. Clear gutters and downspouts of debris. Make sure that splash blocks and extender tubes are present to keep water moving away from the foundation.
  3. Clear all foundation and exterior from vegetation.
  4. Check the exterior hose bib for leaks.
  5. Test that windows and doors open and close properly and easily.
  6. Inspect all wood structures such as decks and porches for soft or rotten wood and loose railings.
  7. You may want to consider staining, or re-staining decking and fences to prevent damage and maintain appearances.
  8. If your home has shutters that are fading, give them a quick refreshing.  Faded shutters decrease curb appeal and give the impression of ill-maintained home.

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 – does everyone know where to go in the event of a fire or natural disaster?  Be prepared.  Make a plan today.
  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.

Need to address repairs or seasonal maintenance but don’t know who to contact? Give The Spackman Group a call 615-840-2692 or 615-939-1252 and we’ll provide you with a list of vendors and handymen in the area our clients have used and had success with.  Please, consider us a resource.

You can also visit our website for more information www.thespackmangroup.com.

 

 

April 2017: This Month In Real Estate

We’ve just about wrapped up the month of April and I can tell you, we’ve been busy.  The market here in the greater Nashville area is just on fire.   We are certainly still in a seller’s market and things are heating up for the prime moving seasons.

View the brief overview of the April 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.

The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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 April 2017 and find it valuable.

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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
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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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Just Moved? 10 Things To Do Before You Unpack

Congratulations on purchasing your new home!  Before you start opening boxes and putting things away, we have some advice for new homebuyers and first time buyers – 10 Things To Do Before You Unpack.

Young couple moving in their home

These 10 items are often overlooked when moving into a new home.  Checking off this short list of to-do’s, however, will give you piece of mind and a sense of security as well as putting you on the proper path to caring your your new home and protecting your investment.

1) CHANGE THE LOCKS: We recommend changing the locks on your new home immediately.  Over the years homeowners may lend out keys and those keys aren’t returned.  It’s just a good, safe practice to rekey the home as soon as possible, ensuring that you and your loved ones are the only ones with access to property.

2) REVIEW YOUR HOME INSPECTION REPORT: This is a very important document, homebuyers pay for it, and sadly rarely ever use it for more than negotiations.  However, once you’ve signed on the dotted line, this report serves as your guide for any needed repairs or maintenance not handled during the transaction.  It will provide any safety concerns as well as needed repairs/preventative home maintenance to protect your investment.  Use it!

3) FIND YOUR CIRCUIT BREAKER: Circuit breakers prevent potential fires and other mayhem by cutting off power when the system senses an overload. Since circuit breakers are considered to be one of the most important safety features in your home, we recommend that new homeowners locate their Circuit Breaker or Fuse Box immediately upon moving in. If you need help locating yours, click here.

4) CHANGE HOME ALARM  & SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES:  If your new home has an alarm, you’ll want to replace the battery upon moving in.  These batteries have an average life span of approximately 3-5 years.

5) CHANGE SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES: Low batteries will cause alarms to sound off systematically until the battery is replaced.Locate all smoke alarms throughout the home.  Remove old batteries and replace with new.  Be sure to test the system once you’ve finished.

6) REPLACE LIGHT BULBS:  We recommend walking through the home and taking inventory of the lighting fixtures and what types of bulbs are required.  Be sure to take note of the label on the light fixtures, which will indicate the proper wattage to be used.  Odds are the sellers only replaced the bulbs that were out when they listed the home.  Replacing all the bulbs upon moving in, isn’t a requirement for sure, just one of those things that saves you multiple trips to the home improvement store when they all go out separately at a later date. (You may even want to take one of each of the old bulbs with you when you purchase new bulbs.)

7) PLAN EMERGENCY EXITS:  In the event of a fire or other emergency, you’ll want to plan out how each member of your family will evacuate the home in case of an emergency.  For more information on emergency exit planning, click here.

8) CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS: It rains here in Middle Tennessee, a lot.  Your gutters play a key role in protecting the siding, windows, doors, and foundations from water damage and flooding in basements. When it rains, gutters direct runoff from a very large surface—a home’s roof—to where it can drain away from the house.  Gutters can get clogged with leaves and other debris. And because they are out of sight, they are often also out of mind for most homeowners until there’s a bigger problem.  For information on cleaning out rain gutters, click here.

9) CAULK EVERYTHING: If you’re not handy or crazy about the world of DIY, you’ll want to find a handyman for this task.  Over time, the caulk around sinks, tubs, etc wears and crumbles.  Taking the time to caulk everything upon moving in will prevent leaks, water damage and one of the scariest words in the english language when it comes to buying or selling a home – MOLD.

10) SHARE YOUR CONTACT INFO: Meet a few of your neighbors.  Introduce yourself and provide your contact information.  In the event of any emergency or suspicious activity, your neighbors can quickly reach you.  We know that this is one of those items some of you will back away from, and that’s okay.  But think of it this way, you’ve just purchased a home in this neighborhood.  You have chosen to live there.  Don’t you want to invest in your community?  Get to know those around you?  Make an effort to set the tone for your relationships with your neighbors.  Sharing contact information will help break the ice.

And that’s our list of the Top 10 Things To Do Before You Unpack.  We hope you find them helpful.  And as always, if you know anyone who is in the market to buy a home, sell a home or invest in real estate, we would appreciate it if you’d send them to The Spackman Group at Keller Williams.  We promise to treat them like the VIPs that they are!

We’ve taken the liberty of adding a few local resources in the Franklin, TN – Brentwood, TN – Cool Springs area that our clients have used and had success with:

Cool Springs Lock & Key 460 Franklin Road Franklin, TN 37069.  (615) 595-5744 http://locksmithfranklintn.com

Batteries Plus 1724 Carothers Parkway Brentwood, TN 37027 (615) 371-8151 https://www.batteriesplus.com

Tim Fettroll (615) 838-6582 Handyman

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5 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Current Home

Whether your current home was just a starter home or you are an empty nester wondering why you ever thought you needed so much space.  You may be asking yourself “Have I/we outgrown this house?”  Life occasionally throws curve balls.  You, and your family, may be trying to field one of those curve balls right now. Outgrowing your house doesn’t always mean you need something LARGER than you currently have.  You may need to DOWNSIZE.The Spackman Group Tiny House Time to Move                                         {Courtesy of istockphoto/gettyimages}

We’ve complied a list of 5 tell tale signs you may want to consider moving to a home that better suits your current needs.

1) The definition of your family unit has changed

Every family is unique and has unique needs.  Whether you’ve added to your brood or taken away, the amount of space you need to live comfortably may have changed due to that increase or deduction.  Have you recently had a baby?  Are you caring for a aging parent or family member?  Is your oldest leaving soon for college?  Have all your children left the nest? Or that puppy that has taken up permanent residence in all your hearts is no longer a puppy anymore, he needs space to run and play and the tiny back yard just isn’t big enough anymore.

2) You’ve had a change in your career

The job you used to have to commute back and forth to each day has evolved into a home office position.  Or maybe you’ve changed from a corporate employee to an entrepreneur and you need space within your home to work efficiently and productively. Maybe there is a need for storage, a place for inventory and product prep and you just can’t carve that out in your current home.

3) Your Finances have changed

You may be making more money and can easily afford to step up on the property ladder.  Or, you may have had a change in income – possibly a reduction (see #1 – someone in your family has gone from an income earner to a care taker) and you need to adjust your mortgage accordingly.

4) Entertaining isn’t entertaining anymore

You fell in love with your house.  Your furniture fit perfectly.  The neighborhood was tops on your list.  But you forgot to consider the holidays, entertaining for birthdays and other family events.  Parties are supposed to be fun.  But, now when you have more than three people over, and your guests are eyeing the only empty seat in the room – you find yourself wondering why you offered to host.

5) Storage & your Parking Space 

If passersby mistake your garage for a flea market or adjunct thrift shop – you might need more space.

Over the years you’ve accumulated some great pieces and you love them.  But, there’s no place for them in your house anymore.  Your garage has become a storage unit and your three cars are now relegated to the driveway.  On Saturday you’ve filled your garage so full – you decided a storage unit was the only option to regain those precious covered parking spaces.  Now all those gorgeous things that mean the world to you are packed in boxes or wrapped in blankets and no one can appreciate them.

Is it time for you to consider purchasing a new home?  Our team is here to help you.  Our buyer’s rep will meet with you to determine what your current needs are and assist you with finding a lender to determine your budget.  We are here to guide and advise you in the process so you don’t overpay for a new home just because you can afford to.

Have a home to sell that you’ve outgrown?  It’s a seller’s market here in the Nashville/Franklin and surrounding areas.  Our listing specialist can meet with you to determine the best possible price to get your home sold quickly and tips to help make the process a smooth one.

If it’s time to move for you and your family, contact us today by phone at (615) 939-1252, visit our website www.spackmanrealtygroup.com to begin your search today or stop by our office in the heart of Cool Springs – 9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110 Franklin for personalized and professional service.

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