Monday, 22 September 2014
I so hope this is real. Awesome.

Posted on 09/22/2014 6:54 AM by Tiffany Olson
Monday, 22 September 2014
Business of the Month: Shine - The Salon
As a small business owner, it is very important to me to support other small businesses and self-employed friends. I know the power of referrals and have been fortunate to rely only on them to grow my real estate business.

So, I would like to pass it on and showcase a small business each month I have personally patronized that I love. My hope is that it may help grow their business and turn y...ou on to someone you may not have previously known about.

This month that business is Shine - The Salon. Full disclosure: it is owned by my wife. But I can honestly say it's a terrific salon. I went there for over a year before meeting my wife, and I loved it before I even knew her. Everyone there is extremely friendly, the location in Green Hills is convenient, and it is very nice without being pretentious. They have nine stylists there who are all very talented, and Shine just celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Check them out at or give them at a call 615-385-1299.
Posted on 09/22/2014 4:41 PM by Tiffany Olson
Friday, 12 September 2014
Richard Gordon Courtney tells it like it is. Excellent article!

Realty Check
Richard Gordon Courtney

There were 3,226 closings in August, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors numbers show, up 4.6 percent from last August. It could have increased 24.6 percent if there were more listings.

"Inventory is continuing to decrease," GNAR president Hagan Stone notes. "There is demand from buyers."

GNAR stats show the median price for a single-family home increased from $194,000 to $219,000, while the condos increased from $167,834 to $169,000. In short, everything is moving well, with the exception of homes that are overpriced or even slightly lacking the perfection that buyers demand.

While most of the area has become accustomed to reports reflecting this type of growth, the market only started trending upward in late 2011 after beginning its fall with a 27 percent drop in August of 2007.

By September 2008, many of real estate brokers were wondering if and when the market would ever recover.

But recover it has, and that has invited some interesting characters into the real estate business. And bless their collective heart, many of them have unique, if not terminal, negotiating tactics.

Recently a Realtor placed a house under contract, had it inspected and requested $30,000 for repairs. When the owner balked, they countered with $14,000, the owner said "Forget about it."

So the buyer's broker suggested $8,000 would be sufficient. By then the owner had no interest in selling the house and took it off the market.

The buyer then succumbed and said they would take it "as is." The seller rejected the offer. From $30,000 to $14,000 to $8,000 to zero. The $8,000 might have worked if that had been the original proposal.

Another interesting phenomenon now presenting itself across the land is that buyers are asking for more and more personal property. It must assist psychologically for the buyer if they can take some of the seller's stuff since they are now being forced to pay more than list price or an amount higher the previous owner paid.

The mounted televisions are understandable, as their removal and resetting in another residence could be costly, and the TVs are less costly and cover more diagonal inches than before.

Now buyers are asking for tables, chairs, couches, rugs, dining room tables, and sometimes even clothing. I promise.

Along those lines, it is not unusual for the personal property that might sell at a yard sale for $50 to quash a $1 million sale.

The judge, attorney, legislative body or whoever decided real property and personal property, i.e., other people's stuff, should be handled separately and with different laws was brilliant.

Those combining the two aren't.

Sale of the Week

311 Granny White Pike is located in Williamson County, less than a mile from the Davidson County line. $3 million will go a long way there.

About 53 days ago, the property was listed by Steve Mabee and Nathan Weinberg, who form the most unlikely business partnership of all time and are budding superstars in the real estate world. Parks in The Gulch is proud to house the odd couple as they begin their walk of fame.

This house had rock star written all over it with cool angular guitars hanging along the walls along and an assortment of various silver, gold and platinum albums.

The remarks describing the haven included: "Enviable doesn't really begin to describe this."

A darn good line as realty descriptions go.

"The best back yard you have ever seen," which sounds dreadfully hyperbolic unless the viewer didn't get out much. As I said budding superstars. They get excited about big listings.

And this one is a doozy, worthy of gushing.

"Custom lighting and fire features make this an oasis in Brentwood" and it is an outstanding outdoor paradise with a bathroom with granite countertops and a shower, along with an outdoor pavilion, a professional kitchen and swimming pool. These features could make the deck obsolete.

And this one is huge, ginormous as they say these days.

With more than 10,000 square feet of glistening floors and soaring ceilings, massive, artistic mouldings and more decorations dotting the decor than the eye could comprehend.

The house has six bedrooms, seven full baths, and two half baths. Its design is museum meets Hollywood set in Dubai.

Tim Bennett of Fridrich and Clark Realty represented the buyer of manse, who will be able to host a cast party for the cast of a Cecil B. DeMille movie. Perhaps we can meet there.

Richard Courtney is a real estate broker affiliated with Christianson, Patterson, Courtney, and Associates and can be reached at

Posted on 09/12/2014 3:59 PM by Tiffany Olson
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Every Realtor's Hero.

Posted on 09/10/2014 6:55 AM by Tiffany Olson
Monday, 8 September 2014
Middle TN sales are up 4.6% in August and prices continue to go up!
Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS Inc.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2014) There were 3,226 home closings reported for the month of August, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®.  This figure represents a 4.6 percent increase over the 3,084 closings reported for the same period last year.  
  Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area have increased 3.4 percent. There were 21,820 closings, compared with 21,094 closings reported through August of last year.
  "Home sales during August increased 4.6 percent over last year. And, the total number of closings during the month exceeded 3,000," said GNAR President Hagan Stone. "These numbers are a strong indication that the Greater Nashville market continues to demonstrate an important characteristic sustainability. With pending home sales up more than 3,000, we hope the market will remain active and healthy in the coming months. 
  "In addition, an important part of sales growth is job growth. Just last week, both AIG and Warby Parker made announcements that will add a total of 450 new jobs in the area. The continuation of excellent visibility and positive economic news for Greater Nashville will attract more people to the area and build confidence in the whole community." 
  A comparison of sales by category for August is:
 August 2013
August 2014 
  There were 3,062 sales pending at the end of August, compared with 2,888 pending sales at this time last year.  The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 65 days.
  The median residential price for a single-family home during August was $219,000, and for a condominium it was $169,000. This compares with last year's median residential and condominium prices of $194,000 and $167,834, respectively.
  Inventory at the end of August was 15,477, down slightly from 16,250 in August 2013.  The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:
August 2013 
August 2014 
  "Both condominium and single-family median prices continue to rise and days on market continue to drop," added Stone. "Inventory is continuing to decrease, which is the case in all categories this month.  Now is certainly a good time to consider selling your home. There is demand from buyers for well-prepared and properly priced properties."
  The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee's largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.
Posted on 09/08/2014 3:56 PM by Tiffany Olson
Friday, 5 September 2014
A castle on a island for sale....all for a cool $10.9M.
Posted on 09/05/2014 2:03 PM by Tiffany Olson
Monday, 1 September 2014
That's one way to incentivize a buyer...

Photo: That's one way to incentivize a buyer.

Posted on 09/01/2014 2:05 PM by Tiffany Olson
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