Wednesday, 04 January 2017
Posted on 01/04/2017 6:38 AM by Tiffany Olson
Tuesday, 03 January 2017
Williamson builders hustled to keep pace with buyers in 2016
Bill Lewis , For The Tennessean8:04 a.m. CT Jan. 2, 2017
The sounds of hammers and saws could be heard throughout Williamson County the past year as home builders, trying to keep pace with the growing population, sought approval to build more than 2,400 new single-family houses.
"Williamson County is one of the top five growth counties in the United States," said David McGowan, president of Regent Homes.
That growth is driven by families relocating in order to send their children to Williamson County's highly rated schools and professionals attracted by corporate office jobs in Cool Springs, he said.
One recent example is the decision by CKE, the parent company of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurant chains, to move its operations from California and St. Louis to Cool Springs, where it will employ more than 120 people in a new headquarters operation.
Many employers are moving to Williamson County for the same reasons, said McGowan.
"They are moving here for (lower) taxes and the quality of life," he said.
By late December, builders had received approval for construction of 2,435 new homes in Williamson County's cities and unincorporated areas. That number is likely to increase as final figures are tabulated.
Franklin, for example, issued building permits for 678 homes through the end of November. That number could grow when December is added to it.
Spring Hill approved 652 building permits through November. That was more than in all of 2015, when the city issued 576 permits.
There were 259 home building permits issued in Nolensville, 185 in Thompson's Station and 77 in Fairview. Brentwood approved 163 housing starts. In the unincorporated areas of the county, 421 homes were approved for construction.
Those unincorporated areas include College Grove, where The Grove and Hideaway at Arrington luxury golf communities are located and where The Jones Co. is building in the Falls Grove community. Those areas also include Arrington, where the Kings' Chapel gated community is located.
"We've had a really big year," said Spring Hill spokesman Jamie Page. "It exceeded last year, and last year was a really big year," with 576 permits.
John Maher Builders, one of the most active home builders in the area, is building homes in a new phase of the Wade's Grove subdivision and in Spring Hill Place.
"Spring Hill is desirable for many reasons, including affordability, safe communities, convenient shopping and proximity to Nashville and other locations such as Franklin and Columbia," said John Maher, founder of the company.
Buyers include first-time homeowners, retirees, people relocating from out of state and others, said Maher.
Fairview is attracting increasing attention from home builders. The city approved construction of 77 homes through late December. That was more than in all of 2015, when 60 permits were approved. In 2014, builders sought permission for 39 homes.
"It's been a good year," said Sharon Hall, the city's codes clerk. "We had 20 in September, and we've never had that number."
Large builders in the city include The Jones Co., which developed the Heartland Reserve subdivision, and Ole South, which is active in the Deer Valley Downs and Western Woods neighborhoods.
In Franklin, Celebration Homes has been especially active in the Berry Farms master planned community, located along the I-65 growth corridor.
"Berry Farms is becoming the new hidden gem of Franklin," said Celebration Homes President Randall Smith.
Values are rising along with the number of homes built, he said.
"Where we had home sales when we started in 2013 in the upper $300,000s we now have luxury residences in the $500,000s to over $800,000. Several larger estate homes are planned soon that will be near $1 million," offered by Celebration Homes and Ford Custom Homes, said Smith.
In Berry Farms, Regent Homes offers townhomes and Town Center condos starting around $250,000. In Westhaven, the company is building condos with prices starting at $352,720.
Regent is building homes in Nolensville in the Brittain Downs, Burkitt Village, Eulas Glen and Sherwood Green Estates subdivisions; in Franklin in the Lockwood Glen neighborhood and in Spring Hill in the Shirebrook neighborhood.
Demand was consistently strong throughout 2016.
"Normally you expect December to be slow, but we'll have 35 sales," said McGowan. "It's extremely strong."http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/homes/2017/01/02/williamson-builders-hustled-keep-pace-buyers-2016/95980190/
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Monday, 02 January 2017
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
QUIZ: What Nashville Neighborhood Should You Live In?
Posted on 12/21/2016 4:34 PM by Tiffany Olson
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
A very special thank you to all of the Post & Co clients who were willing to talk about their home buying and selling experiences with us. We had our best year ever - by a mile! Thank you to each and every one of you. SHARE »
Posted on 12/20/2016 4:32 PM by Tiffany Olson
Monday, 19 December 2016
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Thursday, 15 December 2016
From June 2015 to June 2016, employment increased in 291 of the 344 counties with 75,000 or more jobs.
Among these large counties, Williamson County, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase, with a gain of 6.7 percent, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That compares with national job growth of 1.5 percent.
Utah County, Utah, the county south of Salt Lake City with Provo as the county seat, was close behind with a gain of 6.5 percent. Utah County is home to Brigham Young University and is home to more than a half million people.
Next was Loudon County, Va., with 5.2 percent job growth, then Williamson County, Tex. with 4.7 percent.
Rutherford County, Tenn., rounded out the top five in job growth, with 4.6 percent.
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Thursday, 08 December 2016
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Wednesday, 07 December 2016
There were 2,978 home closings reported for the month of November, according to the GNAR. This figure is up 24% (!) from the 2,397 closings reported for the same period last year. SHARE »
Posted on 12/07/2016 10:22 AM by Tiffany Olson
Saturday, 03 December 2016
This Italianate house, located in North Carolina, was designed and built in 1885. All 3500 sq ft have been completely renovated/restored. Only $216K! SHARE »
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Monday, 28 November 2016
Another Terrible Real Estate Photo: "Let's be optimistic. Perhaps it says 'Surprise my coconut'." SHARE »
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Saturday, 12 November 2016
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016
Another Terrible Real Estate Photo: "Thanks Grandma, but I'm going to use my headphones today." SHARE »
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Friday, 04 November 2016
Homes today are bought & sold quickly, and they are often treated like a widget, just another interchangeable product. But each home has a story. And those details - those intangible & personal specifics - are what buyers often want to know the most. Square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms will always be important. But it's not everything. Here is the HOME MOVIE for our newest listing at 3901 Valley Road in historic Cherokee Park.
Posted on 11/04/2016 7:04 AM by Tiffany Olson
Friday, 28 October 2016
Terrific new POST & CO listing in Cherokee Park/Historic Richland - 4BR, 4.5BA, 3856 sq ft home for $960K SHARE »
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Friday, 21 October 2016
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016
The first thing that people want to know about Jack Leahy's home, a 40-square-foot cubbyhole tucked into the ceiling of a performance space a few blocks from the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is whether it's legal. The second question is how much he pays.
He doesn't know the answer to the first. As for his rent? Tell a New Yorker you pay $450 a month, and he or she becomes very, very jealous.
"But they don't have any idea," Mr. Leahy said. "It's like The Phantom of the Opera' - how much did that guy pay?"
On a recent evening, Mr. Leahy, a 25-year-old musician who moved to New York from Austin, Tex., late last September, pulled up in front of his home address on a skateboard, a Narragansett tall boy in one hand. The sun was setting over the East River, so he suggested a stop in his "living room" - a rock outcropping on the banks - before climbing the ladder to his quarters. Yes, a ladder.
While real estate agents and promoters often describe local hot spots as extensions of one's living space, utilizing the amenities of greater Williamsburg is a necessity for Mr. Leahy. His windowless den measures roughly 9 feet long and 4.5 feet wide. You can stand at the entry, but once inside you mostly stoop - it's only about 5 feet high. A twin-size futon mattress takes up most of the space.
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Thursday, 06 October 2016
POST & CO is featured prominently in the new Nashville Ledger - talking about public schools in Williamson Co and also talking about the Grassland area of Franklin. SHARE »
Growth limits Williamson school options
By Hollie Deese
Williamson County's public schools have been luring new residents to the affluent county for years, providing an alternative to private education. But these days, there's more to it than finding a home in the right district.
Parents moving to Williamson are in many cases looking to be zoned for one area's schools in particular the Grassland community.
Real estate broker Mike Post of Post and Company says it is a perfect storm of growth and demand. In Grassland, he explains, there's limited development by design, especially from large chain restaurants and hotels, while the schools are simultaneously winning awards and lots of local fans.
The Grassland school district includes Hunter's Bend Elementary, Walnut Grove Elementary, Grassland Middle School and Franklin High School.
"They clearly don't want to be another Cool Springs," Post says of Grassland. "And you've got what I would say are some of the best schools in Williamson County.
"Walnut Grove was just named a Blue Ribbon School, so you've got really good schools and limited development and with that just brings a lot of demand. There's more buyers than there are sellers. There's not enough homes in town to go around."
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either high-performing or have improved student achievement to high levels.
Walnut Grove Elementary is one of only six schools in the state and 329 nationally to be named a Blue Ribbon School for 2016. Grassland Middle was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004.
And not only has Post been fielding inquiries from clients, he recently moved from Green Hills to the Grassland area himself with his wife, Green Hills salon owner Suzanne Shephard Post, and their two children.
They liked the small-town vibe Grassland offered, and the decrease in traffic, in addition to the schools. Their oldest had attended Julia Green Elementary, and their youngest now goes to Walnut Grove.
"If you're going to leave Nashville and I think a lot of people leave Nashville reluctantly the last thing you want to do is to move 20 miles away from everything and still deal with crazy traffic and crazy congestion," he says.
"If you're going to make that trade-off, I would argue for Grassland with its gorgeous fields and horses and "aw-shucks' persona. That's the trade-off.
"If I'm not going to be in Metropolitan Davidson County, at least, I get this picturesque scene every single day I drive home. I get amazing schools, and I've got a neighborhood where I feel very, very comfortable at night with my kids running around."
Post and his wife had looked at several places and schools before making their final decision, and they were all good, but Post says one of the challenges facing buyers in Davidson County with all the growth is that you've got schools like Percy Priest and Julia Green and Glendale that are highly sought after creating pockets of demand, while other areas are not as hot because their schools are not as highly rated.
"The savvy real estate buyer, even if they have no kids and have no plans for kids, pays attention to schools," Post adds.
"Whether you're looking at Walnut Grove or you're looking at Scales Elementary in Brentwood or Julia Green in Green Hills, I've had plenty of people buy because they know it's zoned for Julia Green or they know it's zoned for Walnut Grove.
"They don't have any plans of having children, but that's such an anchor, a thing that just drives people to come there."
Because, of course, being zoned for one of the most desirable schools whether in Davidson or Williamson will only help resale value down the road, whenever they do decide to sell.
"There's a decent chance that they're going to be selling to someone that does have children that's looking specifically for that school," he says. "It is enormously important."
Post says that in the past couple of years he has seen more and more potential buyers looking for homes in Williamson County from out-of-state, a shift in his referral-based work that had been focused for years on locals moving within the area.
"Instead of being someone coming from East Nashville to Green Hills, it's someone coming to Green Hills by way of Chicago or Los Angeles," he explains. "Usually someone has given them the lay of the land before I get the phone call, a friend that lives here or the company they've interviewed with."
And as Nashville continues to be an "It" city, the influx of people have done their homework armed with all the right stats from Zillow or Greatschools.org, but clients are always asking Post for his personal opinion.
He and his wife are both products of public schools themselves, so when they know just how good the Grassland schools are, it is hard to personally wrap their heads around paying for private school.
"It's important for me to give them information but allow them to make the decision," he adds. "I have my own biases in terms of what I like and what I don't like just like anybody else, and people are soliciting my opinion all the time.
"Without this sounding like an upsell, I work the numbers out for people who don't realize how good some or a lot of the schools are here, specifically in Williamson County."
If you spend $12,000 a year for a private school, Post says, and your child is in school for 12 years, that is nearly $150,000.
"I'm not trying to get you to spend more money on a house, but when your kid has graduated from high school, you've got a diploma from a private school and that's it," he points out.
"You've paid a lot of tuition, and that money's just gone. Or, take the $1,000 a month and sink that into a mortgage.
"When you're done, you'll not only have a terrific public school education, you'll have a home that's appreciated that you've paid down the principle with money you otherwise would have been spending on tuition."
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Thursday, 06 October 2016
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Sunday, 02 October 2016
Each year at the end of summer, Post & Co. hosts a client appreciation picnic for our clients and friends. It is our way of saying "thank you" for the support, referrals, and friendship.
There is no talk of buying or selling, no "do you know how much your house is worth?" gimmick or real estate presentation. It is just a party with our friends.
San Antonio Taco Company (SATCO) caters the event with all-you-can-eat fajitas, chips & queso, and sides. There are bouncy houses for the kiddos, a firetruck and firefighters from the Brentwood Fire Department, face painting, a twinkie-eating contest, and a huge playground and basketball court.
It's always a great time! This year, nearly 200 friends and clients attended our annual picnic. We hope to see you next in September!
Posted on 10/02/2016 10:30 AM by Tiffany Olson