Five Steps to Listing your Home for Sale

It’s an exciting time–you’ve decided to move from your current residence into the home or neighborhood of your dreams. Now it’s time to consult with your Realtor, who can advise on how to prepare your home to make a beautiful first impression.

We may be in a sellers’ market right now, but sellers still need to take note of the following before listing!

Five Steps to Listing your Home for SaleClean out, declutter and repair. Buyers want to imagine themselves living in their own home, not yours, so remove all personal items such as photos, quirky collections, knick-knacks and most art objects. Fresh paint in a light and bright neutral color provides an immaculate blank slate for buyers. For the most part, today’s buyers are not looking for a project. Consult with your Realtor about which repairs are needed to make sure your home is in tip-top shape to attract desired buyers.

Stage to perfection. Some surveys show that sellers get back the money they paid for a professional stager times three. When potential buyers tour your home either online or in person, you have only seconds to hook them, to make them want to see more. A stager, working closely with your real estate agent, will help you set the tone for that first look.

Elevate curb appeal. Power wash your home, walkways, porches, fences, driveway, deck and all other outside surfaces. Freshen landscaping with seasonal plantings and a layer of mulch, add floral pots to key areas to draw attention to the front door or courtyard and consider a neutral coat of paint to convey the image of a perfectly maintained residence.

Hire a professional photographer. Data shows the 97 percent of new home searches start online. Eye-catching photography is the first opportunity you have to engage potential buyers—whether online or in print—and you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Price strategically. Smart sellers know that a strategic price attracts maximum attention – and prospective buyers. Today’s buyers understand home values. They’re jumping on things that are well priced, but they’re passing on homes they don’t think are worth what the seller is asking. Pricing is critical.

Buying and selling a home is often one of life’s biggest financial transactions. At The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, our expert agents know the market, the comparable sales and the trends, and are committed to advising sellers how to get top dollar for their primary investment. Click here to consult with an expert Realtor at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Video: Renovated Ranch Home for Sale in Oak Hill

946 Van Leer Drive
Nashville, TN 37220

Three bedrooms, two bathrooms

Wonderful Oak Hill location one mile away from Franklin Academy and 2 miles to Father Ryan and David Lipscomb. This lovely ranch home sits on 1.6 acres, landscaped, and has a great salt water heated pool and Jacuzzi. The neighbors are great, and it’s the perfect home for children or grandchildren. Gleaming hardwoods compliment the interior, and there is an abundance of storage throughout.

Video: Renovated Ranch Home for Sale in Oak Hill

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For more information on this home for sale in Oak Hill, contact listing agent:

Mike Maitland, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Mike Maitland
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
615.202.6900

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Video: Truly Luxurious Tudor in Belle Meade

This beautiful Tudor in Belle Meade is truly like no other

624 Westview Avenue
Nashville, TN 37205

Six bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms

This is a true English Tudor on a coveted lot and street in Belle Meade. Complete with fabulous design, tremendous quality and the finest finishes with so many amenities. Architecturally designed with large rooms, extensive millwork, and several built ins. Granite, stone, and hardwood floors lend to a handsome interior. 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 3 half baths with an elevator shaft. Lovely landscaped lot with gardens.

Video: Truly Luxurious Tudor in Belle Meade

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For more information on this Tudor in Belle Meade, please contact:

Lawrence Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International RealtyLawrence Lipman
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
larry.lipman@sothebysrealty.com
615.364.3333

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Nashville Real Estate Selling Strong and Prices Hit New Milestone

New numbers from the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® confirm that Nashville real estate continues to sell strong and we are definitely in a seller’s market. Waves of newcomers to the region are driving competition to a height that surpasses any in memory. Take a look at these factors that contribute to the seller’s market:

Nashville Real Estate Selling Strong and Prices Hit New MilestoneSales
Nashville-area home sales increased 11.7 percent in April compared to a year ago. GNAR reported Monday that there were 3,284 closings in the area last month, compared to 2,940 in April 2015. The group’s data cover nine counties (including Williamson), which means we’re getting a fuller picture of region-wide activity.

Price
The median price for a single-family home sold in April was $250,000, up 11.1 percent from a year ago, marking the first time the average sales price hit a quarter-million dollars. The median price for a condo unit sold in April was $193,473, up 14 percent.

Inventory
Inventory is the biggest challenge to our market. Decreased inventory levels combined with high buyer demand equals a seller’s market. Until there are more available properties on the market, median prices will continue to rise.

Finding the right home in key Nashville neighborhoods is no easy feat. Use the expertise of proven agents at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty. Our agents are the finest in the area with industry knowledge and years of experience.

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Video: Three Level Franklin Townhome for Sale

Stunning Franklin Townhome for sale in Walking Distance of Downtown

103 Jamison Station Lane
Franklin, TN 37064

Two bedrooms, three full and one half bathrooms

Video: Three Level Franklin Townhome for Sale

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Welcome to your new brownstone located in highly sought after Jamison Station. Just walking distance from The Factory and Downtown Franklin, this unit is spectacular in every way. This home features three story living with elevator service to all levels. The elevator travels to all floors in the home and is a great appointment to the home. The living room is located on the first level of the home as you enter the foyer and can be a great third bedroom for visiting family and friends if need be. It is spacious and features hardwood flooring and an abundance of ambient light. A full bath is located off the living room and features a beautiful tiled shower. A stairway with hardwood treads to the next level of your dream home. The chef’s kitchen has an open floor atmosphere and is a great area for entertaining and dining. It features all Viking appliances, a double oven and much more, and also easily seats 10 plus people – great for your holiday parties.

Video: Three Level Franklin Townhome for Sale

Also located on the 2nd level of the home is this beautiful great room. With so much living space, you will think you are in a home twice the size – the architectural layout of this home was extremely thought out. The master suite features new paint with subtle undertones, a treyed ceiling with recessed lighting and lots of ambient light. The master bath of the home features a custom double vanity, granite tops, separate tub and floor to ceiling shower. Another wonderful feature of this home is the covered patio, where you can lay back and take in all that life has to offer. This masterpiece of a home is also within walking distance to Downtown Franklin, minutes to I-65 and Cool Springs Mall, and some of the best schools in the nation. What are you waiting for? The time is now.

For more information on this Franklin townhome for sale, contact listing agents:

Gloria Exum, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Gloria Exum, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Gloria Exum
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
gloria.exum@sothebysrealty.com
615.829.4905

Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Chris Mannino
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
chris.mannino@sothebysrealty.com
615.299.7995

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Opportunities Await with Middle Tennessee Acreage Listings

When looking to buy a home in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, our expert realtors often ask buyers, “Which Nashville lifestyle are you looking for?”

Typically if buyers in Middle Tennessee are looking for expansive acreage with plenty of privacy, they are also looking for unique opportunity. We have some stunning listings available now that serve as rural and recreational retreats.

From the finest corporate retreat to legendary horse farms, from untouched land to planned communities, take a look at these acreage properties for sale in Middle Tennessee.

Opportunities Await with Middle Tennessee Acreage Listings

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Welcome to one of the most beautiful retreats Middle Tennessee has to offer. This pristine 5 acre property is located on the shores of Tim’s Ford Lake in Winchester Tennessee and offers 18 bedrooms, 20 full baths, 17 1/2 baths and so much more. This brand new construction features 5 homes totaling 50,000 sq feet under roof, 3 gazebos, a 10 slip marina with boat lift, 10 slips for Jet Skis, 10 garages (20 car) and a tour bus garage.

Opportunities Await with Middle Tennessee Acreage Listings

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Stone Brook Falls is the perfect community if you are considering a waterfront property for your custom built home. This upscale gated community offers 44 lots at 59k and up on over 27 acres of rolling meadows that lead to the shorelines of Old Hickory Lake. Stone Brook Falls is located just North of I-40 and Hwy 70 between Mt. Juliet and Lebanon.

Opportunities Await with Middle Tennessee Acreage Listings

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Unique can’t even begin to describe this wondrous property. This is a versatile property that features an event center, equestrian palace and colonial home. Boasting 14,000 sq ft of marble and granite floors, 3 fireplaces, beautiful chandeliers, performing stage with 238 theater seats, a banquet hall seating 250+ guests, and a 1,900 sqft 2 bedroom apartment. This property is ideal for weddings, corporate functions, an auction house, artistic performances, and a multitude of potential future uses such as a brewery, vineyard/winery, art gallery and more.

Opportunities Await with Middle Tennessee Acreage Listings

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These 288 beautiful acres are the perfect private get away only 25 minutes from I-440. I-40 West to exit 172, yet totally secluded from the world outside. The center of this property boasts a 36 acre lake that was engineered to be the perfect water skiing environment and is stocked with bass and bluegill. Surrounding the lake are beautiful cleared areas perfect for building sites protected and made private by acres of dense timber.

Opportunities Await with Middle Tennessee Acreage Listings

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Welcome to your exclusive retreat in Williamson County’s highly sought after city of Franklin. This 100 acre plot is one of few left of this size and caliber and would make for an exquisite hilltop home site. The entry road takes you straight to the top of the mountain where you can see for miles and miles. There are road cuts throughout the property and mature uncut trees are plentiful throughout the 100 acres. Deer, turkey and a multitude of other wildlife call this beautiful land their home. Much of the lower section of the land can be cleared for pasture and cattle. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own a property like this.

Opportunities Await with Middle Tennessee Acreage Listings

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This like new custom built Nolensville home has breathtaking views from five different balconies and a beautiful saltwater pool. Located on 42 acres in Williamson County, the highest quality and attention to detail are truly something you have to see to believe. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind Williamson County home.

Looking for a REALTOR?  The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty is your professional source in Nashville for help finding or selling your next home.  615.463.3333 or info@thelipmangroup.com

Video: Stunning Williamson County Home in Nolensville

Enjoy private and peaceful views from five different balconies in this Williamson County home

1892 Burke Hollow Road
Nolensville, TN 37135

Four bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms

This like new custom built Nolensville home has breathtaking views from five different balconies and a beautiful saltwater pool. Inside you’ll find a white and airy feel, with an abundance of storage and full finished basement with four walk out rooms. The home includes an elevator, Jeldwen windows and French doors, custom mahogany entrance doors, tons of beautiful windows, high quality columns and balustrades throughout. The highest quality and attention to detail are truly something you have to see to believe – don’t miss out on this one of a kind Williamson County home.

Video: Stunning Williamson County Home in Nolensville

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For more information on this Williamson County home for sale, please contact:

Joe Roper, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International RealtyJoe Roper
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
joe.roper@sothebysrealty.com
615.347.5711

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An Alfresco Guide to Greater Nashville: Where To Find Outdoor Dining in Nashville

Outdoor dining is always a treat, one that you only get to take advantage of when the weather is nice enough.

Spring in Nashville brings abundant sunshine and warm temperatures, perfect for enjoying a meal alfresco at one of Nashville’s many restaurants.

The patio at Pinewood Social can feel like being transported to Palm Springs. It offers plenty of seating, bocce ball, and pools.

The patio at Pinewood Social can feel like being transported to Palm Springs. It offers plenty of seating, bocce ball, and pools.

We asked our agents to recommend their favorite restaurants for outdoor dining in Nashville. Whether you prefer a sun-drenched sidewalk, pleasant patio seating, or catching rays on a rooftop we think you will find an ideal restaurant to enjoy an outdoor meal in Greater Nashville below.

Anne Ruark recommends the patio seating at BrickTop’s. Who doesn’t love sitting beneath their signature yellow umbrellas!

Donna Tisdale loves the beautiful outdoor dining area at Mère Bulles in Brentwood.

Who doesn’t love chips and salsa with their sunshine?! Emily Lowe enjoys the patio at Chuy’s – located in Midtown, Franklin, Opry Mills and Murfreesboro.

If you are a patio lover, then Sutton Lipman Costanza recommends Sambuca in the Gulch, Mafiaoza’s on 12th South, and East Nashville’s Pomodoro East and Rumours East. All of them have great patios!  Rumours East sits in a historic East Nashville home and their backyard seating is absolutely perfect. With string lights, occasional live music, and ambiance galore it’s no wonder Rumours East has been voted Nashville’s Best Patio repeatedly.

You will find another East Nashville patio to enjoy at Margot. Angela Wright recommends their fantastic fare, prepared from local seasonal produce, as well as the cucumber martini!

Where To Find Outdoor Dining in Nashville

Indulge in sake and sushi on the Virago rooftop patio in The Gulch which offers an incredible view of Downtown Nashville.

Monique Flores recommends a relative newcomer – Bartaco in 12 South. It opened in October 2015 and offers tacos, tequila, and an incredible outdoor dining area.

Renee Max recommends the rooftop patio at Downtown’s, Salsa. Located at 818 Palmer Place, the menu features Puerto Rican and Latin Cuisine.

Gloria Houghland enjoys the rooftop patio at Virago. Another option here is the lower patio and sake bar.

For more patio recommendations, check out this great roundup from Nashville Guru. Also check out Zomato (previously Urbanspoon) for a full list of rooftop, sidewalk, or courtyard seating at Nashville restaurants.

Looking for a REALTOR?  The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty is your professional source in Nashville for help finding or selling your next home.  615.463.3333 or info@thelipmangroup.com

Where to live near Nashville: Franklin, TN

Located in Williamson County, about 20 miles south of downtown Nashville, Franklin, TN, is home to almost 65,000 people that are surrounded by history, architecture, nature, entertainment and commerce.  The area of downtown Franklin is built around a town square located at 3rd Avenue and Main Street (U.S. Route 31), and is located in zip code 37064. Take a look at this video that offers a fly over view of everything that Franklin has to offer!

Franklin has become known for shopping and eating.  An idyllic main street is vibrant, filled with boutiques, antique shops, and shoppers. The Factory at Franklin is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and includes restaurants, antiques shops, art galleries, one-of-a-kind retail stores, culinary school, theater, working artisans, farmer’s market and much more. For a traditional shopping experience, there’s always CoolSprings Galleria.

Franklin, TN, is home to many equestrian estates...a horse lover's paradise!

Franklin, TN, is home to many equestrian estates…a horse lover’s paradise!

Many people associate the majestic rolling hills in and around Franklin, TN, with horses. There are many horse shows, horse farms, and associated businesses in the area.

The Nashville area is fortunate to have many famous people and celebrities living in its metro area. Franklin is a popular place for large estate homes for celebrities such as:

Steven Curtis Chapman

Ashley Judd

George Jones

Lee Greenwood

Franklin has lovely homes in many price ranges. From country estates to two-story brick traditional homes to historic cottages, there is truly something for everyone. The median home price is just under $500,000, but there are homes in Franklin as low as $100,000 up to well over $1 million. Click here to search Franklin homes for sale on our website.

Looking for a REALTOR?  The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty is your professional source in Nashville for help finding or selling your next home.  615.463.3333 or info@thelipmangroup.com

4 Popular Neighborhoods To Buy Homes In Nashville, Tennessee

4 Popular Neighborhoods To Buy Homes In Nashville, Tennessee

One thing residents love about Nashville is that there is some place for everyone. Whether you are a young professional or a retiree, raising a family or living the single life, there is a neighborhood that is ideal for your lifestyle. Take a look at some popular areas that are attracting new residents from all walks of life.

Green Hills

  • Location: South Nashville (below Interstate 440), east of Belle Meade and west of Oak Hill
  • Why Nashville loves it: Green Hills is a large community that feels like part city, part suburbia. You can live, work and play here without leaving its boundaries.
  • Things to Do: Shop at the upscale Mall at Green Hills; grab a drink at The Crowe’s Nest; catch an up-and-coming songwriter at the infamous Bluebird Café; or play tennis at the YMCA.
  • Real Estate Options: Established mid-century homes that sit on larger lots; some new construction and condos

8th Avenue South

  • Location: South of The Gulch and north of Melrose, along Interstate 65
  • Why Nashville loves it: A neighborhood currently on the rise, 8th Avenue South is home to some of Nashville’s favorite restaurants and shops. In recent years, it has become a residential neighborhood, as well. Its transformation over the last decade is unbelievable.
  • Things to Do: Shop at some of Nashville’s favorite antique shops; see a star comedian perform at Zanies Comedy Night Club; enjoy a Thai meal at The Smiling Elephant.
  • Real Estate Options: Mostly condos and townhomes. Developers have their eyes set on the area because of its recent growth, so be on the lookout for new residential opportunities in the future.

Germantown

  • Location: Situated between Rosa Parks Boulevard and the Cumberland River, just north of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
  • Why Nashville loves it: One of Nashville’s oldest and most community-oriented neighborhoods, Germantown is eclectic and cozy with a green park-like atmosphere.
  • Things to Do: Walk to favorite boutiques and cafes; take part in the annual Nashville Oktoberfest; and grab local produce from the Nashville Farmers’ Market.
  • Real Estate Options: Nice blend of newer condos, townhomes and historic single-family homes

The Gulch

  • Location: Just south of Broadway and northeast of Interstates 65 and 40
  • Why Nashville loves it: One of the hippest neighborhoods in town, The Gulch happens to be the first LEED certified Green Neighborhood in the South. Extremely walkable, professionals love it because of its proximity to both work and play.
  • Things to Do: Enjoy a cup of coffee at a local cafe; listen to live music at a local club; visit Music Row next door; or take in a bluegrass show at the historic Station Inn.
  • Real Estate Options: Mostly high-rise condos with ample amenities, all of which are just a few steps away from shopping, dining and entertainment

To learn more about the real estate in these neighborhoods, contact The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty at 615.463.3333.

Looking for a REALTOR?  The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty is your professional source in Nashville for help finding or selling your next home.  615.463.3333 or info@thelipmangroup.com