mt juliet tn: I am thankful for low interest rates! - 11/02/11 09:32 AM
According to Freddie Mac, 30 year fixed rates are averaging 4.10%.  Which means they are remaining near their 60 year lows. 
This time last year, rates averaged 4.23%. Obviously not a lot different than 4.10%, but if you use a mortgage calculator you find that it means a difference of close to $20 per month on your payment for a $250,000 house.  What could you do with that $20 a month?
As Thanksgiving approaches, maybe we should all be thankful for such low rates.  In some areas of the country the low rates are what's keeping the market alive.  Plus, buyers … (0 comments)

mt juliet tn: Is your agent using social media to sell your house? - 11/01/11 09:44 AM
 
Use social media to sell your house!
 
 
 
            We are in the age of social media.  Over 800 million people use facebook.  Not to mention Twitter, Linked In, you tube and dozens of others.  Retailers and manufacturers are using social media to advertise and sell their product, so why not use it to sell your house?
 
 
 
            If your Realtor is not using websites like facebook and twitter to advertise your house and their business, you may want to think twice about using that agent.  Social media is used by every demographic, from teenagers … (2 comments)

mt juliet tn: 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 tn: Homeowner Associations-you should know about them before you buy! - 10/25/11 06:27 AM
 
Homeowner’s Associations
 
If you are looking for a new home, one question you will want to ask, but may not have thought about is, “Do I want to buy a house in a neighborhood that has a homeowner’s association?”
 
In order to know the answer to this question you will have to ask yourself even more questions like, “Do I want someone telling me that I can’t park a boat in my front yard?” and, “Will I mind if my neighbor installs a huge storage shed in their back yard?”
 
Homeowner’s Associations are created in order to … (6 comments)

mt juliet tn: 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 www.musiccityhf.org for more info.
We are so fortunate to have such great activities in our community.  Go enjoy a great day of family fun!
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mt juliet tn: Mt. Juliet Pow Wow this weekend! - 09/23/11 09:19 AM
This weekend a Mt. Juliet tradition will take place at Charlie Daniel's park. The 30th annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow will be September 24-25, 2011, with gates opening each day at 10:30 am.  Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12 and FREE for kids 5 and under. 
The Pow Wow is a great way to get out and enjoy a beautiful day (the weather forecasters are saying it should be in the low to mid 70's!) and learn more about Native American culture and history.  Events include a drum contest, dance contest, Native American Music, crafts and many more.
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mt juliet tn: Some homeowners don't know there are options other than foreclosure - 09/19/11 03:28 AM
 
Foreclosures may have become a norm that we all are used to seeing, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are options available to homeowners that many are unaware of.  Foreclosure is not the only option if a homeowner is behind on payments or anticipates falling behind.
 
            Some foreclosure stats I recently read from July 2011 stated, “4.1 million loans are 90 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure, foreclosures outnumber sales 3:1 and only 25% of new 30 day delinquencies are first time.”
 
            An experienced Realtor can help homeowners identify the problems with … (0 comments)

mt juliet tn: 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 tn: 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 tn: 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 tn: Easter events and outings in Mt. Juliet, TN - 04/21/11 09:31 AM
Great Easter Activities in Mt. Juliet, TN
 
Easter is Sunday April 24th, but the Mt. Juliet community has great activities planned in the days leading up to the holiday.
 
APRIL 16th AND 23rd  TRAIN RIDE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY TO WATERTOWN.  Visit www.tcry.org for more info.  
APRIL 16th  THE EASTER BUNNY VISITS PROVIDENCE MARKETPLACE.  11am-3pm by Books A Million  
APRIL 23rd  EASTER IN THE PARK AT CHARLIE DANIELS PARK.  Starting at 10:30 am.  Egg hunt, food, inflatables and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  
April 24th  EGG HUNT at Cedars of Lebanon 3pm. -written by Maggie … (0 comments)

mt juliet tn: 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 tn: 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 tn: 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 tn: Sneaky tricks for getting ready for a showing in just minutes. - 03/21/11 01:40 PM
HOW TO HANDLE HAVING A SHOWING WITH ONLY A FEW MINUTES TO SPARE!
 
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)

mt juliet tn: In Real Estate, CMA has nothing to do with country music! - 03/14/11 10:50 AM
What is a CMA?
 
A CMA is a Comparative Market Analysis.  This is the information your Realtor will present you with when you sit down to list your house or decide to put an offer in on a new house.  The CMA is a list of for sale and sold properties in your area in a given time period.
When listing your house, the Realtor will look at a CMA from the past 6 months to a year in order to decide what homes in your area are listing and selling for.  This is a valuable tool when trying to … (1 comments)

mt juliet tn: Ways we can all save money on gas - 03/08/11 10:28 AM
Gas prices are soaring all over the country.  Here are a few tips people I know use:
In the Mt. Juliet, TN area you can use the Kroger gas pumps.  The Kroger Plus card allows you to get up to 10 cents per gallon off just for spending money on groceries.  If you are a member of wholesale clubs like Sam's and Costco, check into their gas prices.  Sometimes they offer discounts to members. Check out gas price comparison websites before its time to fill up. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Make sure your air filter is clean. Check … (0 comments)

mt juliet tn: What in the world is a Short Sale? - 03/07/11 10:54 AM
What in the world is a SHORT SALE?
The easiest definition of a short sale is when a homeowner owes more money on a property than the home can be sold for in today's market.  This situation arises when a homeowner decides they can no longer afford to make payments, but want to avoid foreclosure.  One thing to remember is that a short sale is a mutual concept; both the homeowner and the mortgage company have to be in agreement about the situation.
 
When a homeowner is facing a difficult financial situation involving their home, foreclosure does not always have to … (0 comments)

 
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