mt juliet: Choosing The Right Price for Your Home - 11/04/11 07:54 AM
A "listing" is a contract that authorizes a licensed real estate agent to represent a seller in the sale of their property. The agreement outlines general terms, conditions, and commitments between the seller and the agent, including:
 Price and terms  Duration of listing  Property description, including items that will transfer with the sale  Commission or compensation to the real estate agent It is always wise to consult an attorney before signing any legal contract.Price and TermsThe listing states the price at which the owners are willing to sell, as well as any other terms that are pertinent to the seller's situation. … (1 comments)

mt juliet: Fall Spruce up! Use the cooler temps to add some warmth to your home - 10/27/11 05:44 AM
What you can do this fall to spruce up your home
            Fall is here!  What a great time to spruce up the front of your home with a few easy fixes:
Plant some mums.  They come in the most gorgeous fall colors, so use those colors to your advantage. Add some new mulch.  One of the easiest things that packs the biggest visual punch. Place some solar lighting around the garden areas to highlight the new flowers and plants. Lots of garden and yard supplies are on sale or clearance this time of year.  It’s a great … (0 comments)

mt juliet: America's Greatest Picnic in Mt. Juliet TN October 2nd - 09/26/11 03:06 PM
America's Greatest Picnic will be held at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet from 12-6 on October 2, 2011.  America's Greatest Picnic is a fundraiser honoring WWII veterans. 
Bo Bice and Martin ramey will headline the show, and there will be plenty of activities for everyone.
Tickets are available online.  Visit for more info.
We are so fortunate to have such great activities in our community.  Go enjoy a great day of family fun!

mt juliet: Fun road trip destinations within a few short hours from Mt. Juliet, TN - 08/26/11 10:24 AM
Theme Parks close to Mt. Juliet, TN
Nashville is centrally located with access to 3 interstates, making it an easy spot to travel from, and Interstate 40 runs right through Mt. Juliet.  So, why not jump on the interstate and head out to one of the many theme parks within a few hours drive.  Some you might want to consider:
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Approximately 3.5 hours from Mt. Juliet.  Dollywood is a large theme park with rides for all ages.  It has a good reputation for having lots of rides and activities for little ones.  In recent … (0 comments)

mt juliet: What a great time to buy! - 08/16/11 04:07 AM
Mortgage interest rates from some lenders in Tennessee dropped below 4% for a 30 year loan in the past week!  What a great time to buy!
Current interest rates are at the lowest they have been in the past 20 years.  Looking back at the rates during that time period, you can see that ten years ago, buyers would have paid approximately 7% on their 30 year fixed rate loan.
If you look back even farther, buyers in 1991 paid a whopping 9.25% on average.  And, don't even ask the baby boomer generation what they paid when they bought their first … (1 comments)

mt juliet: The Mt. Juliet TN area has lots of options for youth sports - 07/13/11 07:13 AM
Youth team and individual sports in the Mt. Juliet area
There are lots of options for children to play a variety of sports in the Mt. Juliet area.  From baseball to football, most sports are covered.  The following are popular team sports organizations.
Mt. Juliet League:  Tball, baseball and softball from ages 4-18 for boys and girls.  Ball fields are located on Lebanon Rd. in Mt. Juliet, just past the intersection of Lebanon Rd. and Mt. Juliet Rd.  615-758-8991.  Mt. Juliet Youth Football and Cheerleading:  Competitive Tackle Football and Cheerleading for ages 5-14.  The home field is located at … (0 comments)

mt juliet: Who will be buying houses? - 07/11/11 05:47 AM
Who is going to be buying houses and making the market turn upward?
            Young adults, that’s who.  UBS Securities LLC’s Maury Harris and HIS Global Insight’s Patrick Newport predict between 750,000 and 1 million new households will be created in 2011.  The new household rate has stood at 357,000, making it the lowest on record. 
            More and more young adults are expected to leave the nest, so to speak, and start buying.  The down turn in the economy has forced many young adults to stay at home longer than expected or return to the family … (1 comments)

mt juliet: Providence Cinemas in Mt. Juliet hosts $1 family-friendly movies all summer - 06/29/11 03:21 PM
Beat the heat by heading to Mt. Juliet’s Providence Cinemas for their family-friendly Regal Summer Movie Express series.  Movies are shown every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10am.  Each week there will be two movies to choose from.
2011 schedule:
-Written by Maggie Claprood and Judy Rockensock-

mt juliet: Unexpected help at an open house. - 06/05/11 04:09 PM
At an open house I was holding, one set of buyers spent quite a few minutes out on the back deck enjoying the privacy of the back of the property.  As I stepped outside to talk to them about how quiet and relaxing the view was and how you could sit out there and enjoy mother nature, two bunnies scampered through the yard.  I couldn't help but smile at the unexpected help.  The only thing better might have been a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end...that would have sold the house for sure!
Written by Maggie Claprood-Buyer's … (8 comments)

mt juliet: Ever dread doing an open house? - 06/05/11 03:36 PM
While doing open houses are not part of our typical marketing plan, they do work sometimes.  Today was a rainy, stormy day In Mt. Juliet, and we did not expect many people to come through the open house.  However, we did get some visitors.  Plus we acquired new contacts and possibly a new buyer and a new seller. 
Yes, holding an open house can be a waste of time, but it can also be time well spent.  Its usually a good business-building tactic for new agents, because where else can you get people interested in real estate to come to … (6 comments)

mt juliet: Ways to keep your home safe while you are out of town - 05/18/11 08:34 AM
Ways to keep your home safe while you are out of town
It is easy to believe that since you live in a nice, safe community, your home will be safe when you have to go out of town.  The reality is that any house, no matter its location, can be a target for crime.  Here are a few tips that will help you have a little more peace of mind while you are away:
Put a hold on your mail.  Ask someone to pick up your newspapers.  Mail piling up is a sure sign that no one is … (4 comments)

mt juliet: Mt. Juliet pet lovers should check out the Bark Park - 05/12/11 09:50 AM
Mt. Juliet residents have a place to let their dogs “hang out”
            Mt. Juliet’s “Bark Park” is a ¾ acre piece of property inside the South Mt. Juliet City Park that is open and available for residents to visit with their dogs.  Many dog owners love to socialize their dogs by letting them play with others.  This park is the prefect space for that.
            The park’s address is 151 Southeast Springdale  Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.  Just minutes from the Providence Marketplace.
Click here for a map
            There are a few rules that … (0 comments)

mt juliet: A neighborhood with a picturesque drive welcomes you home - 05/04/11 06:45 AM
Few neighborhoods in the Mt. Julietarea have the added benefit of an entranceway lined with Bradford pear trees spaced every few feet alongside dense greenery.  As soon as you turn from Lebanon Rd. into the neighborhood, you realize that there is not a home in sight.  All you can see is tree after tree.  If you are lucky, you are driving down this road on a sunny March day where the trees are covered with white blooms, a welcome sign of Spring.  Continuing down the road, the neighborhood sprawls out in front of you, and you are greeted by a pond … (0 comments)

mt juliet: Fortune outlines a better future for real estate. I HOPE they are right! - 05/02/11 05:54 AM
Fortune magazine outlines a scenario for an upward shift in housing
A recent article in Fortune magazine has Realtors smiling and sellers hopeful.  The title, “Real Estate: Its time to buy again” says it all.  The nation’s housing market may have taken a huge hit in recent years, but this article outlines the way a scenario is falling into place that will allow the housing market to shift upward.
New construction has steeply declined in many areas of the country.  According to the author of the Fortune article, Shawn Tully, the lack of building and steep decline in home … (1 comments)

mt juliet: Opry Mills will be back! - 04/25/11 12:41 PM
Opry Mills will be back!
During a news conference, representatives from Opry Mills revealed that the mall will be set to reopen in the Spring of 2012.  The popular Nashville shopping center has been closed since the May 2010 flood, with only Bass Pro Shops opening so far. 
There have been lots of rumors about which retailers will return once the mall is reopened.  Representatives have commented that some new stores will be added including Calvin Klein outlet, Coach, Under Armour and White House Black Market.
For people in the Mt. Juliet community, the reopening of Opry … (0 comments)

mt juliet: How to make your house look like "that" house - 04/06/11 07:45 AM
Ever drive through your neighborhood and wish your house looked like “that” house?  You know, the one with the perfectly manicured lawn, gardens full of blooming flowers and no visible reason to think the owners have postponed any maintenance what-so-ever. 
Here are a few tips to make your house become “that” house in less than a weekend.
Grab a broom and sweep the front porch and wipe away things like cobwebs. Pull weeds and add fresh mulch to garden areas. Buy 1 or 2 pretty pots and add colorful annuals.  Then set by the front door or at … (0 comments)

mt juliet: Homeowners: ways to be happy its TAX TIME! - 04/04/11 10:31 AM
Tax time is here!  While that statement can bring about anxiety and frustration, there are a few things that can make you smile this time of year.  I’m not just talking about the flowers blooming in the warm Spring air; although taking a moment to smell the roses could reduce the stress a little!  I’m talking about how awesome it feels to deduct things from your taxes.
Homeowners are allowed to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes if they itemize.  If you paid points to get a better rate on your loan, that is also deductible in the year … (0 comments)

mt juliet: Ava's Run brings the Mt. Juliet community together - 03/31/11 02:26 AM
Mt. Juliet is a community full of heart.  In the past year Mt. Juliet has lost two young girls (Savannah Swandal from cancer and Ava Bright from complications after tonsil surgery), causing our community to unite and try to lift up the families of these girls.  Seas of bright green ribbons covered houses, cars and mailboxes; and people everywhere wore lime green.  Everyone did this in the hopes that Savannah’s family would feel supported.
This Saturday, April 2nd, another Mt. Juliet family will honor the memory of their daughter, Avalyn Shaye Bright, with Ava’s Run for a Reason at … (0 comments)

mt juliet: Its YOUR home, you may know exactly how to market it... - 03/24/11 07:29 AM
While you may not have a degree in Marketing, or really even know very much about how to market a house for sale, you know EXACTLY why you bought your home.  Those reasons may be the very same reasons a buyer would want to buy your home.
It is a Realtor’s job to know the community they work in and the real estate market in their area, but only you know all the little interesting tidbits about your house and what it is like to live there.  SHARE THESE THINGS WITH YOUR REALTOR.  They could possibly … (0 comments)

mt juliet: Sneaky tricks for getting ready for a showing in just minutes. - 03/21/11 01:40 PM
When your home is on the market, you may not always have hours to spare before a showing.  Here are a few sneaky tips that will help you get your home showing-ready in just minutes:
Pick up any dirty laundry.  You can always hide laundry in the washer or dryer if you are short in time. Keep one cabinet in your kitchen empty at all times so you can quickly toss counter top clutter in and shut the door. Grab a laundry basket and fill it … (1 comments)

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