Current Trends: Painted Brick

Why do people paint brick? For a few good reasons!   Old brick fireplaces that simply don't...

Ikea Pick Up Location in Nashville

IKEA just announced they would be opening up a Pick Up location for their products in Nashville,...

Easy Summer Weekend Projects

Photo from: Addicted 2DIYBuild A Tree BenchThis can be a great addition to your backyard where you...

Best Indoor Plants

Pothos Ivy I know what you're thinking, no this is not to be confused with Poison Ivy, that...

Best Porch Plants

English Ivy English Ivy is a great plant for shady porches that get very little light and usually...

Ways To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

Replace Old Hardware Porch lighting fixtures, house numbers, door locks, and door handles are...

BEST Trending Cabinet Colors for 2022

Neutral whites accented with bright whites are in! We've all seen it on pinterest, it's no...

Congratulations to the 2022 UCAR Board of Directors!

Congratulations to the elected Board of Directors for 2022! The Realty Firm is proud to be...

Best House Plants

Tennessee is a beautiful state. Most people who have moved to the area from out of state will tell...

Things to Do Before Moving In

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint...

Turning a Bedroom into a Lux Bedroom

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because...

When to Refinance

Refinancing your mortgage is something most homeowners consider at least once throughout the...

How to Finance Your Home Renovation

Outdated kitchen. Overrun backyard. Unusable basement space. If you have a home renovation project...

What to Repair Before Listing

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are...

Short Sale vs Foreclosure

Short Sale vs Forclosure As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage...

5 Negotiating Tactics That Kill a Sale

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common...

Customer Appreciation Day August 9th

Customer Appreciation Day August 9th · 3:00 - 5:00PM The Realty Firm - Cookeville location 515 E...

Which Paint Color Should You Choose

Are you tackling a few home projects this summer? Does it include a fresh coat of paint? There's...

Magnolia Creek Development is Now Available

Magnolia Creek is now available! This new development is located in Cookeville, Tennessee and...

How to Forward Mail After Moving

Are you making the move this year? New year, new house, yeah? There's a ton of tasks to be done...

10 Questions to Ask When Buying A House

Are you buying a house this upcoming year? If this is your first house, chances are you are...

Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake

Have you been to Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake yet? The great thing about the Upper Cumberland...

Highlands Economic Partnership

We are thrilled to be a sponsor of the Highlands Economic Partnership! The...

3 Ways to Protect Your Home from Lightning

It's that time of year again! Summer thunderstorms with tons of lightning are no joke!...

How to Properly Display the American Flag

July 4th and other patriotic holidays inspire Americans to show their patriotism! Are you flying...

Bee Rock Overlook

If you are in the area, you must check out Bee Rock Overlook! This popular spot is a hidden gem...

Summer Home Décor Trends

Summer is a great time to switch up your décor! Which space are you working on this season? Here...

Best Outdoor Games

Memorial Day is coming up this weekend! To many, it's considered the official kickoff of summer....

Seller To-Do List

Are you selling your home this summer? It can seem like an overwhelming task. It's true. Potential...

Homebuyers: 6 Things to Check Before Scheduling a Showing

You have found the one! Or at least you think so. Before you make an appointment to see a home, be...

Easter Events in the Upper Cumberland Region

It's spring! What a beautiful time of year in the Upper Cumberland region! We are dedicated to...

Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee

What is the Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee? It’s official: you get more “bang for your...

The Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee

The Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee is known for its natural beauty. It's been called the...

Tennessee has Lowest State, Local Tax Burden for Average Resident

Tennessee boasts the lowest state tax and local tax of any state for a median income household,...

A Seller’s Moving Guide

Are you selling your home this spring? One tip we always give sellers is 'Don't forget to plan...

Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it...

Home Showing: 12 Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression on Buyers

If your home is for sale, or soon will be, creating a positive first impression is one of the most...

4 Things You Need to Know About the Escrow Process

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams and joined the seller in a hearty handshake, there’s...

How to Make an Offer on a Short Sale

How do you make an offer on a short sale? A short sale can be the best option for some home...

10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender

Your lender won’t put you in an interview room and demand answers, but completing a loan...

What Are the Tax Implications of Selling a House?

Selling your home can be an exciting and challenging experience, particularly if you’re attempting...

Do You Buy or Sell First When You’re Ready to Move?

Homeowners who decide they’re ready to become move-up buyers face a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Do You...

Home Appraisal: How to Get Maximum Value

So, you’ve got an offer on your house from a qualified buyer and you’re ready to call the movers....

Questions to Ask Real Estate Agents When Selling

The real estate agent’s role is to smooth the home sale process, from setting the price to closing...

Breaking Down the Buyer’s Offer

After all the preparation and waiting, you finally get the call you’ve been waiting for. A buyer...

How Realtors Help Home Buyers and Sellers

Whether you’re buying, selling, or renting a home, a Realtor is your partner in the process....

What to Expect After Listing a House

What can you expect after listing a house? Selling a house can be a lot like remodeling. It takes...

Staging a Garage

You’re staging a home for sale, and the house is immaculate and welcoming. But what about the...

What the Realtor Code of Ethics Means to You

When you are making the biggest purchase of your life, it helps to have a trusted professional on...

5 Ways Home Sellers Can Prepare for the Spring Real Estate Market

With spring being the busiest time for real estate, homeowners planning to put their homes on the...

Current Trends: Painted Brick

Adding a coat of paint to a tired brick exterior is an inexpensive and quick way to update your home

Ikea Pick Up Location in Nashville

IKEA recently opened their first U.S. Pick-Up Point in Nashville, Tennessee, making it easy to order IKEA products online and pick them up!

Easy Summer Weekend Projects

Warm seasonal ideas that can be done in one weekend!

Best Indoor Plants

Having easy-to-maintain plants really brighten up a home and provides you with many different benefits.

Best Porch Plants

Plants that give your entrance personality.

Ways To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

Utilizing colorful accents is a smart way to make a style statement and enhance your home’s exterior.

BEST Trending Cabinet Colors for 2022

Neutral whites accented with bright whites are in! We've all seen it on pinterest, it's no surprise these colors made the list!Cool toned blues of all shades made this list! Navys, grey-blues, stormy blues, etc.Natural wood accents will be tucked into every nook!Earth...

Congratulations to the 2022 UCAR Board of Directors!

Congratulations to the elected Board of Directors for 2022! The Realty Firm is proud to be represented by our very own Darren Wilson, Kelly Morgan, and Amanda Wiegand-Selby! UCAR 2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS  Darren Wilson—President  Kathy Dunn—Past President  Libby...

Best House Plants

The Best House Plants

Things to Do Before Moving In

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. Change the locks Even if you’re promised that new locks...

Turning a Bedroom into a Lux Bedroom

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.

When to Refinance

While there are many good reasons to refinance, here are five common ones.

How to Finance Your Home Renovation

If you have a home renovation project on the mind, the first thing you have to consider is how you are going to finance it.

What to Repair Before Listing

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light.

Short Sale vs Foreclosure

The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a brief overview.

5 Negotiating Tactics That Kill a Sale

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties.

Customer Appreciation Day August 9th

Customer Appreciation Day August 9th · 3:00 - 5:00PM The Realty Firm - Cookeville location 515 E Broad St, Cookeville, TN We are celebrating 7 years of business on Friday, August 9th! As a thank you to all of our clients, we want to invite you to stop by for a free...

Which Paint Color Should You Choose

Are you tackling a few home projects this summer? Does it include a fresh coat of paint? There's no better way to change a space's look and feel! Which color is best for your space though? Consider color psychology. Did you know that color can impact how you feel...

Magnolia Creek Development is Now Available

Only one more Magnolia Creek home available! This new development is located in Cookeville, Tennessee and features homes ranging in various square footage and colors.

Address: 321 Hemlock Circle Cookeville, TN 3850

Listing Agent: Natalie Stout 931.520.7750

How to Forward Mail After Moving

Are you making the move this year? New year, new house, yeah? There's a ton of tasks to be done when moving. You don't want to miss that Southern Living magazine or wedding announcement so make sure you update your address with the post office! The easiest way to...

10 Questions to Ask When Buying A House

Are you buying a house this upcoming year? If this is your first house, chances are you are feeling a little overwhelmed. There are so many things to consider and think about! We are here to guide you through the process. Start with these 10 Questions to Ask When...

Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake

Have you been to Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake yet? The great thing about the Upper Cumberland region is all the attractions! With several lake marinas and state parks, you'll never run out of cool spots to check out in the Upper Cumberland. Sunset Marina is...

Highlands Economic Partnership

We are thrilled to be a sponsor of the Highlands Economic Partnership! The Highlands Economic Partnership, which was launched in 2006 by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce as the Highlands Initiative, is a collaborative,...

3 Ways to Protect Your Home from Lightning

It's that time of year again! Summer thunderstorms with tons of lightning are no joke! The temperature of lightning is hotter than the Sun's surface (up to 50,000˚F to be exact), and can really cause lot of damage to homes both inside and outside. How can you protect...

How to Properly Display the American Flag

July 4th and other patriotic holidays inspire Americans to show their patriotism! Are you flying the American flag in your yard or at your house? Here's how to do it right! The Flag Code "Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923 there were no federal or state regulations...

Bee Rock Overlook

If you are in the area, you must check out Bee Rock Overlook! This popular spot is a hidden gem tucked away in Monterey, Tennessee. Scenic Bee Rock Overlook The overlook is located right off the Monterey exit by The Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast at Bee Rock. Parking is...

Summer Home Décor Trends

Summer is a great time to switch up your décor! Which space are you working on this season? Here are a few home décor trends you'll love! Two-Toned Cabinetry Wondering what to do with that big kitchen island? You've heard of homeowners sanding down old oak cabinets...

Best Outdoor Games

Memorial Day is coming up this weekend! To many, it's considered the official kickoff of summer. Having guests over for the weekend? Don't just grill out! Get moving! Here is a list of the best outdoor games: Best Outdoor Games for Summer Corn Hole It's basically a...

Seller To-Do List

Are you selling your home this summer? It can seem like an overwhelming task. It's true. Potential homebuyers will be more critical of your home. Most people don't clean their entire house every week, but that doesn't mean they won't expect yours to be spic and...

Homebuyers: 6 Things to Check Before Scheduling a Showing

You have found the one! Or at least you think so. Before you make an appointment to see a home, be sure to check a few things out! Homebuyers, here are 6 Things to Check Before Scheduling a Showing: Aerial View Are you set on finding a home without neighbors? Google...

Easter Events in the Upper Cumberland Region

It's spring! What a beautiful time of year in the Upper Cumberland region! We are dedicated to connecting our clients to the Upper Cumberland community. We want to make sure you feel at home by keeping you up to date on local happenings and events. Looking for all the...

Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee

What is the Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee? It’s official: you get more “bang for your buck” in Cookeville than almost anywhere else in the country. According to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness Cost of Living Index, Cookeville is ranked...

The Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee

The Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee is known for its natural beauty. It's been called the best kept secret of Tennessee and exemplifies rural, southern living at its finest. From natural waterfalls, the cleanest lakes and home to some of the best state parks, its...

Tennessee has Lowest State, Local Tax Burden for Average Resident

Tennessee boasts the lowest state tax and local tax of any state for a median income household, according to a new study released Tuesday. The financial website Wallet-Hub estimates a median income household in Tennessee paid only $3,667 in state and local taxes in...

A Seller’s Moving Guide

Are you selling your home this spring? One tip we always give sellers is 'Don't forget to plan your move when you list your home!' Even the smallest home contains a lot of furniture, clothes, kitchen equipment, pictures and other items. For a short move, it may be...

Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction. Perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Negotiating a...

Home Showing: 12 Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression on Buyers

If your home is for sale, or soon will be, creating a positive first impression is one of the most important things you can do. Thankfully, it’s not hard. Here are 12 steps you can take; most of them fall under simple maintenance and organization. Some of them could...

4 Things You Need to Know About the Escrow Process

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams and joined the seller in a hearty handshake, there’s still one more step to complete. That final step is the escrow process, also referred to as closing. While your real estate agent, lender, title agent and closing agent will...

How to Make an Offer on a Short Sale

How do you make an offer on a short sale? A short sale can be the best option for some home sellers. If they can sell their property, they’ll avoid foreclosure. If you’re the buyer, your prospective may be different. Making an offer on a short sale is different from...

10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender

Your lender won’t put you in an interview room and demand answers, but completing a loan application can feel like an interrogation. But you’ll sweat only if you don’t know the answers. Here are 10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender 1. Where’s your proof of...

What Are the Tax Implications of Selling a House?

Selling your home can be an exciting and challenging experience, particularly if you’re attempting to simultaneous settle on one house and purchase another. Have you thought about taxes? How do taxes and home relate to one another? What are the tax implications of...

Do You Buy or Sell First When You’re Ready to Move?

Homeowners who decide they’re ready to become move-up buyers face a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Do You Buy or Sell First When You're Ready to Move? The answer depends on several factors, including your local market conditions, your financing options and your feelings...

Home Appraisal: How to Get Maximum Value

So, you’ve got an offer on your house from a qualified buyer and you’re ready to call the movers. Before you pick up the phone, remember that a few hurdles still have to be overcome before settlement day – in particular, the home appraisal. Here are a few tips to get...

Questions to Ask Real Estate Agents When Selling

The real estate agent’s role is to smooth the home sale process, from setting the price to closing the deal. Before you hire an agent, interview several to determine their suitability for your transaction. There are specific questions to  ask real estate agents when...

Breaking Down the Buyer’s Offer

After all the preparation and waiting, you finally get the call you’ve been waiting for. A buyer is writing an offer. Now it's time to look at the buyer's offer. First, you want to know the price. Don’t get excited or exasperated by the number until you see all the...

How Realtors Help Home Buyers and Sellers

Whether you’re buying, selling, or renting a home, a Realtor is your partner in the process. Realtors are local experts who can help you find the right home, negotiate price and terms, and navigate the reports and contracts to close the deal. These are all strong...

What to Expect After Listing a House

What can you expect after listing a house? Selling a house can be a lot like remodeling. It takes longer, costs more and is more emotionally draining than you thought it would be. However, in the end it was worth doing. Unless you’re the rare home owner who gets...

Staging a Garage

You’re staging a home for sale, and the house is immaculate and welcoming. But what about the garage? Don’t use that space as a dumping ground for all your clutter: Curb appeal should extend all the way up the driveway and into the garage. So why worry about staging a...

What the Realtor Code of Ethics Means to You

When you are making the biggest purchase of your life, it helps to have a trusted professional on your side. A Realtor is more than a real estate agent. Realtors have training in ethics for both their dealings with the public and with the real estate community. The...

5 Ways Home Sellers Can Prepare for the Spring Real Estate Market

With spring being the busiest time for real estate, homeowners planning to put their homes on the market shouldn’t wait for flowers to bloom before getting ready to sell. Having a few months to prepare can make for a much smoother selling experience. So how can home...

DIY & Home Improvement

Ikea Pick Up Location in Nashville

Ikea Pick Up Location in Nashville

IKEA recently opened their first U.S. Pick-Up Point in Nashville, Tennessee, making it easy to order IKEA products online and pick them up!

Buying a Home or Property

Things to Do Before Moving In

Things to Do Before Moving In

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. Change the locks Even if you’re promised that new locks...

How to Forward Mail After Moving

How to Forward Mail After Moving

Are you making the move this year? New year, new house, yeah? There's a ton of tasks to be done when moving. You don't want to miss that Southern Living magazine or wedding announcement so make sure you update your address with the post office! The easiest way to...

Selling Resources

What to Repair Before Listing

What to Repair Before Listing

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light.

How to Forward Mail After Moving

How to Forward Mail After Moving

Are you making the move this year? New year, new house, yeah? There's a ton of tasks to be done when moving. You don't want to miss that Southern Living magazine or wedding announcement so make sure you update your address with the post office! The easiest way to...

Seller To-Do List

Seller To-Do List

Are you selling your home this summer? It can seem like an overwhelming task. It's true. Potential homebuyers will be more critical of your home. Most people don't clean their entire house every week, but that doesn't mean they won't expect yours to be spic and...

Real Estate Industry Info

When to Refinance

When to Refinance

While there are many good reasons to refinance, here are five common ones.

Short Sale vs Foreclosure

Short Sale vs Foreclosure

The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a brief overview.

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BEST Trending Cabinet Colors for 2022

BEST Trending Cabinet Colors for 2022

Neutral whites accented with bright whites are in! We've all seen it on pinterest, it's no surprise these colors made the list!Cool toned blues of all shades made this list! Navys, grey-blues, stormy blues, etc.Natural wood accents will be tucked into every nook!Earth...

read more
Congratulations to the 2022 UCAR Board of Directors!

Congratulations to the 2022 UCAR Board of Directors!

Congratulations to the elected Board of Directors for 2022! The Realty Firm is proud to be represented by our very own Darren Wilson, Kelly Morgan, and Amanda Wiegand-Selby! UCAR 2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS  Darren Wilson—President  Kathy Dunn—Past President  Libby...

read more
Things to Do Before Moving In

Things to Do Before Moving In

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. Change the locks Even if you’re promised that new locks...

read more
Turning a Bedroom into a Lux Bedroom

Turning a Bedroom into a Lux Bedroom

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.

read more
Short Sale vs Foreclosure

Short Sale vs Foreclosure

The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a brief overview.

read more
Customer Appreciation Day August 9th

Customer Appreciation Day August 9th

Customer Appreciation Day August 9th · 3:00 - 5:00PM The Realty Firm - Cookeville location 515 E Broad St, Cookeville, TN We are celebrating 7 years of business on Friday, August 9th! As a thank you to all of our clients, we want to invite you to stop by for a free...

read more
Which Paint Color Should You Choose

Which Paint Color Should You Choose

Are you tackling a few home projects this summer? Does it include a fresh coat of paint? There's no better way to change a space's look and feel! Which color is best for your space though? Consider color psychology. Did you know that color can impact how you feel...

read more
Magnolia Creek Development is Now Available

Magnolia Creek Development is Now Available

Only one more Magnolia Creek home available! This new development is located in Cookeville, Tennessee and features homes ranging in various square footage and colors.

Address: 321 Hemlock Circle Cookeville, TN 3850

Listing Agent: Natalie Stout 931.520.7750

read more
How to Forward Mail After Moving

How to Forward Mail After Moving

Are you making the move this year? New year, new house, yeah? There's a ton of tasks to be done when moving. You don't want to miss that Southern Living magazine or wedding announcement so make sure you update your address with the post office! The easiest way to...

read more
10 Questions to Ask When Buying A House

10 Questions to Ask When Buying A House

Are you buying a house this upcoming year? If this is your first house, chances are you are feeling a little overwhelmed. There are so many things to consider and think about! We are here to guide you through the process. Start with these 10 Questions to Ask When...

read more
Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake

Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake

Have you been to Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake yet? The great thing about the Upper Cumberland region is all the attractions! With several lake marinas and state parks, you'll never run out of cool spots to check out in the Upper Cumberland. Sunset Marina is...

read more
Highlands Economic Partnership

Highlands Economic Partnership

We are thrilled to be a sponsor of the Highlands Economic Partnership! The Highlands Economic Partnership, which was launched in 2006 by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce as the Highlands Initiative, is a collaborative,...

read more
3 Ways to Protect Your Home from Lightning

3 Ways to Protect Your Home from Lightning

It's that time of year again! Summer thunderstorms with tons of lightning are no joke! The temperature of lightning is hotter than the Sun's surface (up to 50,000˚F to be exact), and can really cause lot of damage to homes both inside and outside. How can you protect...

read more
How to Properly Display the American Flag

How to Properly Display the American Flag

July 4th and other patriotic holidays inspire Americans to show their patriotism! Are you flying the American flag in your yard or at your house? Here's how to do it right! The Flag Code "Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923 there were no federal or state regulations...

read more
Bee Rock Overlook

Bee Rock Overlook

If you are in the area, you must check out Bee Rock Overlook! This popular spot is a hidden gem tucked away in Monterey, Tennessee. Scenic Bee Rock Overlook The overlook is located right off the Monterey exit by The Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast at Bee Rock. Parking is...

read more
Summer Home Décor Trends

Summer Home Décor Trends

Summer is a great time to switch up your décor! Which space are you working on this season? Here are a few home décor trends you'll love! Two-Toned Cabinetry Wondering what to do with that big kitchen island? You've heard of homeowners sanding down old oak cabinets...

read more
Best Outdoor Games

Best Outdoor Games

Memorial Day is coming up this weekend! To many, it's considered the official kickoff of summer. Having guests over for the weekend? Don't just grill out! Get moving! Here is a list of the best outdoor games: Best Outdoor Games for Summer Corn Hole It's basically a...

read more
Seller To-Do List

Seller To-Do List

Are you selling your home this summer? It can seem like an overwhelming task. It's true. Potential homebuyers will be more critical of your home. Most people don't clean their entire house every week, but that doesn't mean they won't expect yours to be spic and...

read more
Homebuyers: 6 Things to Check Before Scheduling a Showing

Homebuyers: 6 Things to Check Before Scheduling a Showing

You have found the one! Or at least you think so. Before you make an appointment to see a home, be sure to check a few things out! Homebuyers, here are 6 Things to Check Before Scheduling a Showing: Aerial View Are you set on finding a home without neighbors? Google...

read more
Easter Events in the Upper Cumberland Region

Easter Events in the Upper Cumberland Region

It's spring! What a beautiful time of year in the Upper Cumberland region! We are dedicated to connecting our clients to the Upper Cumberland community. We want to make sure you feel at home by keeping you up to date on local happenings and events. Looking for all the...

read more
Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee

Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee

What is the Most Affordable Place to Live in Tennessee? It’s official: you get more “bang for your buck” in Cookeville than almost anywhere else in the country. According to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness Cost of Living Index, Cookeville is ranked...

read more
The Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee

The Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee

The Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee is known for its natural beauty. It's been called the best kept secret of Tennessee and exemplifies rural, southern living at its finest. From natural waterfalls, the cleanest lakes and home to some of the best state parks, its...

read more
A Seller’s Moving Guide

A Seller’s Moving Guide

Are you selling your home this spring? One tip we always give sellers is 'Don't forget to plan your move when you list your home!' Even the smallest home contains a lot of furniture, clothes, kitchen equipment, pictures and other items. For a short move, it may be...

read more
Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Negotiating a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction. Perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Negotiating a...

read more
4 Things You Need to Know About the Escrow Process

4 Things You Need to Know About the Escrow Process

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams and joined the seller in a hearty handshake, there’s still one more step to complete. That final step is the escrow process, also referred to as closing. While your real estate agent, lender, title agent and closing agent will...

read more
How to Make an Offer on a Short Sale

How to Make an Offer on a Short Sale

How do you make an offer on a short sale? A short sale can be the best option for some home sellers. If they can sell their property, they’ll avoid foreclosure. If you’re the buyer, your prospective may be different. Making an offer on a short sale is different from...

read more
10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender

10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender

Your lender won’t put you in an interview room and demand answers, but completing a loan application can feel like an interrogation. But you’ll sweat only if you don’t know the answers. Here are 10 Questions to Expect From Your Mortgage Lender 1. Where’s your proof of...

read more
What Are the Tax Implications of Selling a House?

What Are the Tax Implications of Selling a House?

Selling your home can be an exciting and challenging experience, particularly if you’re attempting to simultaneous settle on one house and purchase another. Have you thought about taxes? How do taxes and home relate to one another? What are the tax implications of...

read more
Do You Buy or Sell First When You’re Ready to Move?

Do You Buy or Sell First When You’re Ready to Move?

Homeowners who decide they’re ready to become move-up buyers face a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Do You Buy or Sell First When You're Ready to Move? The answer depends on several factors, including your local market conditions, your financing options and your feelings...

read more
Home Appraisal: How to Get Maximum Value

Home Appraisal: How to Get Maximum Value

So, you’ve got an offer on your house from a qualified buyer and you’re ready to call the movers. Before you pick up the phone, remember that a few hurdles still have to be overcome before settlement day – in particular, the home appraisal. Here are a few tips to get...

read more
Questions to Ask Real Estate Agents When Selling

Questions to Ask Real Estate Agents When Selling

The real estate agent’s role is to smooth the home sale process, from setting the price to closing the deal. Before you hire an agent, interview several to determine their suitability for your transaction. There are specific questions to  ask real estate agents when...

read more
Breaking Down the Buyer’s Offer

Breaking Down the Buyer’s Offer

After all the preparation and waiting, you finally get the call you’ve been waiting for. A buyer is writing an offer. Now it's time to look at the buyer's offer. First, you want to know the price. Don’t get excited or exasperated by the number until you see all the...

read more
How Realtors Help Home Buyers and Sellers

How Realtors Help Home Buyers and Sellers

Whether you’re buying, selling, or renting a home, a Realtor is your partner in the process. Realtors are local experts who can help you find the right home, negotiate price and terms, and navigate the reports and contracts to close the deal. These are all strong...

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What to Expect After Listing a House

What to Expect After Listing a House

What can you expect after listing a house? Selling a house can be a lot like remodeling. It takes longer, costs more and is more emotionally draining than you thought it would be. However, in the end it was worth doing. Unless you’re the rare home owner who gets...

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Staging a Garage

Staging a Garage

You’re staging a home for sale, and the house is immaculate and welcoming. But what about the garage? Don’t use that space as a dumping ground for all your clutter: Curb appeal should extend all the way up the driveway and into the garage. So why worry about staging a...

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What the Realtor Code of Ethics Means to You

What the Realtor Code of Ethics Means to You

When you are making the biggest purchase of your life, it helps to have a trusted professional on your side. A Realtor is more than a real estate agent. Realtors have training in ethics for both their dealings with the public and with the real estate community. The...

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