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 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).


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.


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 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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Labor Day BBQ Tips You’ll Want To Use

Here in Franklin, Tennessee there truly is so much to see and do. But, on a weekend like Labor Day weekend, one thing comes to mind – BBQ! Before the weather cools off and being outside isn’t so enjoyable, Labor Day weekend is a great time to throw some deliciousness on the grill –  invite over some of your favorite people, and just enjoy the food, friends and fun.

DepositphotosItsBBQTimeTake your Labor Day BBQ party or gathering to the next level with these fun Labor Day BBQ Tips inspired by the folks at Country Living.

Let’s kick things off with a great tip for making your grill non-stick, from Skip to my Lou. “To make your grill non-stick all you need to do is cut an onion in half and rub the cut side on the heated grill grate.” Who Knew? We will definitely be trying this tip over the weekend.


Looking for a good way to keep drinks cold?  This tip from Jamie Oliver is so clever and you can get creative with it – get your guests talking.


AlittleCLAIREification has another twist on using fresh citrus and herbs. She sliced a few limes and lemons, cut a few sprigs of rosemary, added water, tea lights and some essential oils to mason jars to create Bug Repellant luminaries.  These are functional and colorful making perfect for your tablescape. BugRepellantLuminaries

While the good stuff is on the grill, you can whip up a fun little tray of condiments using a metal muffin tin.  How cute is this?


Is Grilled Fish on your menu this weekend, try this tip laying the fish over sliced lemons from The Mother Huddle.


Or you could just make the usual hot dog a little more fun to eat with this fun idea from Caramel Potatoes.



Serving some watermelon?  Try this innovative cutting idea from MamaSayWhat.  You’ll never cut and eat watermelon the same again.Pa


And last but not least, we love this idea using (again) mason jars with lids this time.  Pairing a colorful muffin/cupcake liner and a straw to keep those pesky bugs out of your drinks.

And there you have it.  A few fresh ways to add a little creativity and fun to your Labor Day BBQ this weekend.  We hope you have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend surrounded by lots of family, friends and good times.

As always, we’d love to be of assistance with any of your real estate needs.  If you are in the market to buy a home, sell a home or invest in real estate here in the Franklin, Tennessee area, please give us a call or send us a quick email.

The Spackman Group at KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY | Franklin / Nashville
Each KW Office Is Independently Owned & Operated
9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110
Franklin, TN 37067
615-778-1818 (Office)   ||  615-939-1252  ||  615-840-2692






Looking For A Great Burger? These 4 Top Our List

Last week we talked about how to turn your outdoor living space into a fun outdoor movie theater to entertain friends, family and even new neighbors.  If you missed it, you can check that out here.

Been craving a big, juicy burger?  You’re in luck!  This week we’re sharing our top 4 places for a GREAT burger in the Franklin/Nashville area. We’ve complied the list below in no particular order.

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1) The Bunganut Pig Pub & Eatery – 1143 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064

Since 1986 this pub style joint has been serving up Black Angus specialty burgers that are melt in your mouth delicious.  You can even enjoy live music and a little dancing.  In 1997, they opened another location in Murfreesboro.

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2nd Location: 1602 West Northfield Boulevard Murfreesboro, TN 37129

2) Burger Shack – 7175 Nolensville Road Nolensville, TN 37135

Located in Nolensville, features what former West Coasters will attest to as a serious copycat IN-N-OUT burger.  As former west coasters ourselves, we had to try it out.  Burger Shack can certainly fool the taste buds into thinking we are biting into a little piece of west coast magic that is IN-N-OUT burger without ever leaving out back yard.  You can even get their version of IN-N-OUT’s Animal Style Fries – – they call the Shack Fries.

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3) Burger Republic – 6900 Lenox Village Dr., Suite 22 Nashville, TN 37211

From the Tennessee Burger to the Truffle Tots this eatery has carved out a niche for making not only great burgers, but some delicious milkshakes in some crazy-delicious combinations.  Did someone say Nutella? Yep, they’ve got that – and if you want it SPIKED, they’ve got that too!

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2nd Location: 420 11th Ave South Nashville, TN 37203

4) Southside Grill – 6601 Sugar Valley #101 Drive Nashville, TN 37201

Three words come to mind when I think of Southside Grill.  Effortless, Cool and Delicious.  The vibe there is the kind of cool that appears effortless.  However, there are so many incredible details that go into all that is Southside Grill that foodies will appreciate.  We had the pleasure of dining with a couple regulars and the attention and service of the staff was bar none.  Refreshing to see that the art of treating customers well has not died.  The burgers were absolutely incredible.  Juicy, great flavor….a real burger.

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Don’t just go for a burger though, their menu features delicious options including a gigantic slice of chocolate cake.  You’ve been warned.  (You can thank us later).

A quick disclaimer: ** Pharmacy – you’re on our list!  We tried at 8pm on Sunday night and there was a wait of more than an hour.  So, we are certainly going to have to find out how to get in on that action – – if it’s worth waiting an hour for, we want to try it!

We need YOUR help!  Can you help us?  We’d like to add a # 5 to our list.

If you have a recommendation for a great burger joint here in the Franklin – Nashville area, leave us a comment below.  We’d love to check it out.

The Spackman Group at KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY (Franklin)
Each Office Is Independently Owned & Operated
9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110
Franklin, TN 37067
615-778-1818 (Office)   ||  615-939-1252  ||  615-840-2692