Open House – Luxury Living in the Heart of Franklin


If you have been looking for a place where you can enjoy the warm, historic values of Franklin, Tennessee but love the luxury of contemporary living, the open house scheduled for Sunday, June 1 is just what you have been looking for.

Exterior 111 Jamison

This 2,529 square foot Brownstone condo is an end unit adjacent to a park-like setting.  This three story home has its own elevator to make life just a little easier and Viking kitchen appliances in the ultra-modern kitchen.  It has 2/3 bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms to compliment this home.

Living Room with 10' ceilings 111 Jamison

Kitchen 111 Jamison

It is open on Sunday, June 1, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and is located at 111 Jamison Station Lane in Franklin.  It is priced at $549,900 for this prime location.

If you have any questions about this property, please feel free to text or call me at 615 417-8182 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Roland

 

Just Listed – 17.71 acres in Williamsport, Tennessee


If you are looking for an ideal get-away not too far, yet a world away, this listing may be for you.  It is 17.71 acres of pure retreat.  Over 14 acres of forest with 3+ cleared acres on the top of your very own mountain (OK, hill).  If acres and acres of trees and chirping birds is not your thing, this is not for you.  (NOTE: The house in picture one indicates the location of the property, there is no home on this land.)

Aerial View Jones Valley Rd

 

 

Entrance to property from Jones Valley RdBeautiful forestSummit Jones Valley Rd 3.2 cleared acresIt even has a year-round spring located on the property.  It is adjacent to the Natchez Trace which has horse riding trails.

This property just came on the market and is price to sell fast.  It is listed at $54,900 for 17.71 acres.  Use the address 4936 Jones Valley Rd; Williamsport, TN in your GPS to locate the property.

If you would like to learn more about this beautiful piece of property, or any other real estate, please feel free to text or call me at 615 417-8182 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com

Roland

OPEN HOUSE – Brentwood Beauty – $594,500!!


OPEN HOUSE – Brentwood Beauty – $594,500!!

920 Saratoga Drive, Brentwood

This weekend I will be holding an open house at a property that will surely not last long.  It is a 4 bedroom; 4 full bathrooms and 1 half bath; 3685 square feet; formal living room and dining room, first floor office; den with fireplace; large bonus room; covered deck with stone patio with fountain.  The basement is considered unfinished and is 2464 sq feet NOT include in the square footage above.920 Saratoga Dr BrentwoodInformal dining area blends to large den

It has a three car garage; central vac and over an acre of land in Brentwood.  This home WILL be sold soon.  Stop by today and see what I mean.

Saturday, May 24     12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM

Sunday, May 25     2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

It is located at 920 Saratoga Drive, Brentwood.

Take I-65 to Concord Road.  Go east on Concord Road.  Go past Wilson Pike and turn left on to Saratoga Drive.  Take Saratoga drive to the end when it is a cul de sac.

If this sounds like an ideal house but you cannot attend the open house, contact me today and let me put my experience and expertise to work for you finding a dream home for you.

Roland

The Pitfalls of an Open House for Buyers’


The real estate market has become a “perfect storm” in the last couple of months.  Home prices are rising, although moderately, which has brought more homes on the market; mortgage interest rates remain historically low; banks are easing up on loan requirements; spring is in the air and people are poised to buy.  Overall, people are feeling better about the economy in general and real estate in particular.

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One of the most common forms of searching for a house is visiting open houses.  I love open houses.  It is a way for a potential buyer to walk around and get the feel of the house, something that you cannot accomplish through the internet no matter how many pictures you post.

But there is one aspect of open houses that I would strongly caution potential buyers’ about and that is who you are talking too.  Usually when you walk into an open house or a model home, there will be a real estate agent present.  The initial conversation will go something like this on the part of the agent.  “Hi, come on in and look around.  By the way, my name is Susie Q (not her real name) and I am the agent representing the sellers.”

The agent will also provide you with some information about the property, possibly give you a sheet about the property, and will seem very nice and accommodating – and they are.  But the phrase above is very important: “…representing the sellers’.”  That phrase may seem harmless, and in general it is, but it is also an official notification that their role is to represent the sellers and any information that you share with the agent will most likely be passed on to the sellers.

All too often potential buyers will share how much they have been preapproved by their mortgage company.  If they have been preapproved for $300,000 and they share that information with the sellers’ agent, an offer of $290,000 will most likely not be accepted by the sellers’ because they now know that they are approved for $300,000.

Some of the best advice I can give any home buyer is to always get your own REALTOR to represent you in such an important transaction. And if you do visit an open house or a model without your agent, simply inform the agent on duty the name of the REALTOR representing you.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a REALTOR who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 615 417-8182 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

Discount Broker CEO Enlists REALTOR to Sell His Home


The CEO of BuyOwner.com makes his living telling people how to sell their home through his service, yet when it comes to selling his home – he contracts with a REALTOR to sell his home.

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Al Bennati’s is the owner and CEO of BuyOwner.com and is located in Florida.  Their website has a banner “If You Need To Sell – You Need BuyOwner.com”.

Apparently that does not apply to him.  He listed his property with a full service broker in Florida – by the way, he listed it with Coldwell Banker.  He obviously knows the value in utilizing a REALTOR for such an important transaction.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a REALTOR – just like Al did.  A REALTOR can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please do not hesitate to text or call me at 615 417-8182 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

Great Real Estate News for Williamson County Tennessee


The real estate market has been improving steadily for the last couple of years.  Yes, it climbs up, then drops down a bit, but the overall trend has been a steady increase.  That is about to get even better.

Real Estate Market Trend is Strong
Real Estate Market Trend is Strong

The Agricultural Act of 2014 provides incentives to rural areas with populations up to 35,000.  The program provides support and incentives to businesses, farms and even purchasing of homes.  This program has now been expanded and includes Spring Hill – both Maury County and Williamson County!

This means that home buyers who meet certain criteria will be eligible for low interest rates competitive with market rates; no down payment, no PMI insurance and a FICO score as low as 640.  To make the program even better, this is NOT for first time homebuyers only!  There are other benefits that may make this an ideal program for anyone thinking of buying or selling in the Spring Hill area.  If you would like more information on this program, drop me an email.

I say selling, because if your property is determined to be eligible for the program it can be marketed as such and attract more potential buyers.

If you are thinking of selling anytime in the near future, give me a call.  I would be happy to do a CMA (Comparative Markey Analysis) to determine the selling price of your home.  There is no cost or obligation to this service.

If you or someone you know is thinking of buying anywhere in the area, please give me a call so I can help you with all the options that are out there today.  From a mortgage person who suits your needs to moving a company and everything in between.

Roland

Home Buying Made Simple(er)


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There are a vast number of potential home buyers in this country, many of which are very capable of buying a home, but remain on the fence for a wide variety of reasons.  Some are good reasons, and others are that they simply are not ready to buy a home.

The purpose of this article is to highlight issues of home buying and hopefully give some insight that will help you determine if it is the right time to buy a home.

Make no mistake, owning a home is a lot of work.  If the kitchen sink plugs up – you fix it or pay for someone to fix it.  If the grass needs to be cut –you cut it or pay for someone to cut it.  But in addition to the satisfaction of owning your own place, it is nationally 38% cheaper to own your home versus renting.  The truth be known, if you rent and something goes wrong, you still pay for the convenience of someone else fixing it.

Here are some things to think about if you are even remotely thinking of one day buying a home – these apply whether it is your first home or your tenth home.

First of all, if you are thinking of buying a home, don’t wait until you are ready to move and think you are going to find the home of your dreams.  It takes time and effort and work to make this happen.  I suggest that the earlier you start the better – a year in advance is not too early.

When you buy a home there are a lot of people that work on your behalf to make this happen, many of which are behind the scenes.  These include the obvious and not so obvious: REALTOR, mortgage officer, home inspector, appraiser, closing office, underwriters, contractors for repairs if necessary, movers, termite inspectors and many I am sure I am overlooking.

There are two people that are the focal point of your home buying – the REALTOR and the mortgage officer.  If you ask the mortgage person they will undoubtedly say they are the first person you should contact.  If you ask the REALTOR – you guessed it, they will say they are the first person you should contact.  As a REALTOR I suggest you call me first, but in reality either one is OK.  The important thing is that both positions be brought into the process early on.  If you do contact me first, the first thing I will ask you is whether you have been in touch with a mortgage officer.  If not, I will guide you to do so.

The reason I suggest the REALTOR first is because this position will be the focal point of the entire process and can be a great resource for all the other people you need to have involved including the mortgage officer.

Early on in the process I like to start sending properties on line and asking the clients what they like and don’t like about certain properties.  It is amazing how many times people will say that they want something specific about a house but after a while I learn that is not what they wanted.  For example: I had some clients that insisted on having a ranch home.  We looked at every ranch home this side of the Rockies, but none were what they were looking for.  When I got them to focus on what they liked about each home, I learned that what they wanted was a home with the master bedroom on the first floor.  That is a very different situation and one that we could easily focus on once we identified what they truly wanted.

About the same time it is important that buyers have a discussion with the mortgage person about their credit.  If you do this early enough and there are issues, there may be enough time to correct them before the closing date.  Also, and this is very important – do not make any major purchases or change anything financially without discussing it with the mortgage person first.  I cannot tell you how many times we have had buyers sign a contract to buy a house and then buy all new furniture or a new car right before the closing. It will most likely be enough to disqualify the buyer from the loan.

During this time it is also important to save money for your down payment if you haven’t already done so.  Buyers should expect to put at least 3.5% down for an FHA loan and 10% – 20% down for a conventional loan.  It is important to understand that there are a wide range of options out there and a good mortgage officer will be able to find one that suits you best.  I will also mention that there are some programs out there with zero down, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best option.

As you get closer to the date you would like to make your purchase it is important to decide what you would like to spend on your home.  All too often buyers’ think that they need to spend the full amount that the mortgage company will approve, but in reality, you may want to spend less if you have other things that are important such as traveling, or saving for college for their children.

Once you are at the point of making an offer on a house, the mortgage officer can provide a pre-approval letter.  This is a very important step that the REALTOR will want to provide to the sellers to show that you are a good prospect for purchasing their home.

Do not be discouraged during the process of negotiating.  I have never had a transaction that there were not offers and counter offers.  A good REALTOR will walk you through that process and act on your behalf.  My advice is that if you want this particular home, negotiate in good faith.  Remember, this should be a win-win for sellers and buyers.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a REALTOR who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 615 417-8182 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland