Expert Advice: List Your Home Now

Highlights from these recent real estate headlines all point to one piece of advice – list your home now.

Best January on record for Middle Tennessee Housing MarketGreater Nashville REALTORS®
“Our market just proved you can buy and sell a home during the winter,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS President Scott Troxel. “The winter months are actually a good time for serious buyers. There are fewer properties on the market, but there is also less competition for those properties.

“Not only did we see the best January on record, our market performed better in January than it did in either January or February of last year,” continued Troxel. “Pending sales numbers are also higher. Punxsutawney Phil might have seen his shadow, suggesting six more weeks before we see spring weather, but our data indicates our market may enter the spring selling season sooner.”

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The Top Dates for Listing a Home RevealedNational Association of REALTORS® Economists
Home listings are most likely to debut on Thursdays and Fridays, with Fridays being the most common listing day by a slight margin. The most popular month for new listings is April, followed by March, May, June, and July, according to NAR.

Buyers Are Searching For Your HouseKeeping Current Matters
Buyers are searching for existing homes, but supply is not keeping up with their demand. If you are considering selling your home this year, the early months of 2017 will be your best option.

The buzz about the spring market – the busiest home-buying season of the year – typically starts at the end of January. So, whether you’re buying or selling, now is the time to start meeting with Realtors.

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: Spacious Georgian Style Home in Franklin TN

209 Springhouse Circle
Franklin, TN 37067

Six bedrooms, four full and one half bathrooms

Welcome to your new home located at 209 Springhouse Circle in beautiful Franklin, Tennessee. If you have a large family or a need for a spacious home, look no further. This is it. This home has 6 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths and nearly 5,400 square feet. The home sits on a half acre lot and backs to common area in Caldwell Estates. With two master suites and two master baths, one could easily be turned into a mother in law suite if need be. Located just one mile from I-65 for added convenience, it is nothing short of special. Come out for a visit. You won’t be disappointed.

Video: Spacious Georgian Style Home in Franklin TN

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For more information on this Franklin home for sale, contact listing agent:

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

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

Sotheby’s International Realty recognized as “Most Trusted Residential Real Estate Brokerage”

Lifestory Research relThe Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realtyeased a study at the end of January that showed the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is the most trusted. Based on 6,299 consumer surveys, the study tracks how trust impacts the evaluations of residential real estate brokerage brands by home shoppers. Consumer opinions are collected over the course of the prior 12 months throughout the United States and they said Sotheby’s International Realty is as awesome as we think it is. 😉

Sotheby’s International Realty ranks highest in trust among national residential real estate brokerages according to Lifestory Research 2015 America’s Most Trusted Residential Real Estate Brokerage Study released today. Sotheby’s was the most trusted residential real estate brokerage among consumers actively shopping for a new home in the United States.

“Trust is the new currency by which consumers judge the brands they use when shopping for a new home,” said Lifestory Research President and CEO Eric Snider. “When consumers consider the sale of their home, or they purchase a new home, they seek out those brands with whom they have trust.” The Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted Residential Real Estate Brokerage Study tracks the top brands serving markets in the United States. To qualify for inclusion in the national ranking of the Lifestory Research 2015 America’s Most Trusted Residential Real Estate Brokerage Study, a brokerage brand had to be among the top 15 recognized brands in the United States. Consumers in the study were those that had been actively shopping for a home during the last 90 days.

Sotheby’s International Realty is part of Realogy, a real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage services. Sotheyby’s has approximately 730 franchise company owned offices globally, and more than 16,000 independent sales associates in 56 countries and territories.

The study evaluates attitudes from thousands of consumers who are actively in the process of shopping for a new home. Trust is measured through the Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score. This score is based on the fundamental perspective that every organization’s customer can be divided into three categories: “advocates,” who feel a significant trust toward a given brand; “neutrals,” who trust a specific brand, but do not see a specific brand as standing on the shoulders of other brands in regards to trust; and “antagonists,” who are skeptics with little, if any, trust in a specific brand. Scores are standardized with 100 being equal to the overall average.

Detailed information about the study can be found at www.lifestoryresearch.com/most-trusted/
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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 Custom Home minutes from Old Hickory Lake

200 Stone Brook Drive
Lebanon, TN 37090

Four bedrooms, three full and one half bathrooms

This stunning custom home is nestled in a gated community minutes from Old Hickory Lake. You are sure to be impressed by the two story foyer and living space with gleaming hardwood floors and exceptional arches. On the main level you will find a spacious master suite complete with beautiful trey ceilings, sitting area, large closet, and upgraded master bath. The second level boasts three additional bedrooms and two full baths with the choice between a recreation room or fifth bedroom. The possibilities are endless in this stately brick home.

Video: Stunning Custom Home minutes from Old Hickory Lake

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

Linda Hilliard, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International RealtyLinda Hilliard
615-429-4629
linda.hilliard@sothebysrealty.com
Pamela Klos, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International RealtyPamela Klos
615-509-1616
pamela.klos@sothebysrealty.com

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: Icon condo for sale in The Gulch

600 12th Avenue South, Unit 503
Nashville, TN 37203

One bedroom and one bathroom condominium at The Icon

Welcome to your new beautiful unit located in the highly desirable Icon in the Gulch. This Velocity open floor plan is one of high demand in the building due to it’s spacious feel and simply layout. The kitchen in this unit features dark modern cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. This unit also boasts a true bedroom with an entry door with wonderful views of the courtyard and pool. In addition to the building amenities, a washer and dryer convey with the sale of this unit for your convenience.

Video: Icon Condo for sale in The Glulch

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The Icon features a prominent lobby with 24-hour concierge service, mail room, lounge area for entertaining, exterior living space, state-of-the-art fitness center. gazebo, two pools surrounded by a superior plaza, yoga studio and more. What are you waiting for?

For more information on this Icon condo for sale, contact listing agent:

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

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

How People Upgrade Kitchens and How Much They Spend

The kitchen is the most popular room of the home to renovate, according to Houzz research, and those who choose to remodel the heart of their home have some definite preferences. After all, the No. 1 reason they choose to renovate this area is no longer being able to stand the old kitchen. Read on to find out about how much money people are spending on kitchen renovations — and on what.

The 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, from a research team led by Nino Sitchinava, Houzz’s principal economist, reveals that homeowners updating their kitchens prioritize changing out countertops, backsplashes and sinks. A majority of kitchen renovators are also choosing a more open feel for this room.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

How much does it cost? The most common budget — as well as actual spend — on a kitchen renovation remains $25,001 to $50,000, according to the survey. Only 9 percent of kitchen renovators spend more than $100,000; just 4 percent spend less than $5,000. We hope the numbers help give your own project some dollars-and-cents context.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

If I see that backsplash one more time… The top motivator for renovating a kitchen continues to be that owners can no longer stand the old kitchen. An increasingly popular reason is finally having the financial means, the triggering factor for 40 percent of renovators, compared with 37 percent the year before.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Countertops before electronics. Countertops are the most popular feature to upgrade, followed closely by backsplashes and kitchen sinks. Notably, a majority of kitchen renovations (51 percent) open the space more to a nearby room, reflecting the ongoing popularity of the great-room concept.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Contemporary moment. In terms of style post-renovation, contemporary has surpassed transitional in popularity among kitchen renovators, the survey found. Style preferences have an interesting correlation with age group: Millennial homeowners (ages 25 to 34) are more likely to choose modern and farmhouse style, while baby boomers (ages 55 and up) are more likely to prefer traditional style. Millennial homeowners are also more likely to install kitchen islands.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

White cabinets aren’t going anywhere. White cabinetry remains the most popular choice for kitchens, with wood coming in second (representing a combined 29 percent, when light, medium and dark woods are added up). A greater share of millennials (47 percent) are likely to choose white cabinetry than baby boomers. Among the older group, only 41 percent choose white.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Do you buy for looks or durability? Granite and quartz came in neck and neck for the most popular countertop choices, with butcher block or wood slab a distant third. When it comes to choosing countertops, 72 percent of homeowners make their choice for the look and feel of the material, while 53 percent choose for durability.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

To tree or not to tree. Hardwood is in a dead heat with ceramic or porcelain tile for the most frequently selected new material among kitchen renovators updating their flooring. This year, hardwood slipped a bit in popularity, as tile rose. Owners tend to choose flooring material for its look and feel (81 percent), as well as its durability (63 percent). People tend to choose wood or engineered wood for its look, while those who prefer ceramic or porcelain material tend to choose it for durability.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Stainless steel is not just for forks. Stainless appliances are the most popular appliance color choice for updated kitchens, with 72 percent of renovating homeowners selecting this finish. White came in a very distant second.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

If you can’t hang drywall yourself, you’re in darn good company. While some Houzz readers are intrepid DIYers, the majority — 88 percent — hire at least one pro for their kitchen renovations, according to the survey. General contractors are the most frequently hired professionals, chosen by 54 percent of renovating homeowners.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Renovate to lose weight? One-third of kitchen renovators claimed healthier habits post-renovation, while the remaining two-thirds of kitchen renovators said they were equally healthy after the renovation. Forty-one percent of homeowners who renovated their kitchens are cooking more at home, 34 percent are ordering less takeout, and 26 percent are eating more fruits and vegetables. A whopping 76 percent of kitchen renovators cook five or more meals at home each week after their renovation.

Houzz.com is a great resource for current homeowners and future homebuyers. The beauty of these findings can help anyone who is thinking about renovating their kitchen to sell their home appeal to the greatest opinions. If you are thinking about renovating your home in order to sell, contact our expert agents at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty and they can help you make decisions that will get you the highest return on investment!

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

Why It’s A Good Idea To Get Pre-­Approved Before Looking At Nashville Homes For Sale

If you are looking for a home in Nashville, securing a pre-approved home loan before you begin your search is a great idea. It can speed the buying process and help you avoid stress along the way. It can also give you a better chance of getting the home you want, particularly in a competitive housing market.

Couple reviewing home mortgage pre-approval

Know How Much You Have Available to Spend Before You Shop for a Nashville Home

One of the benefits of securing a pre-approval for a home loan before you start to look for a home in Nashville is that you have a set budget. Because you know how much you have to spend, you can focus on homes within your price range. Buyers who choose to shop without first obtaining a pre-approval letter often search for homes priced above or below their means.

No Need to Worry About Getting Turned Down for a Home Loan

Another advantage of obtaining a pre-approved home loan is that you don’t need to worry about being turned down for credit. While getting a pre-approval letter is not a guarantee that you will get a particular home, it does mean you can shop without worrying about whether or not you qualify for a home in your price range.

Pre-Approved Buyers Are More Likely to Be Accepted by Sellers

Consumers who are not pre-approved for a home loan risk rejection from sellers. Even if you find the ideal home and can qualify for it, you may be competing with shoppers who have a pre-approval letter. If there is more than one offer on the home of your dreams, a seller is more likely to accept an offer from a pre-approved buyer.

Find out more about getting pre-approved for a home loan by calling The Lipman Group 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

Three Tips for Selling Your Home Right Now

Winter weather has a reputation for chilling the real estate market, but with a few simple housekeeping tasks and some planning it doesn’t have to. You can still make the most of the season and secure an above-asking price offer on your house with these three tips:

One of the best tips we can offer is to let there be light. Have all lights on, leaving all blinds and curtains open. Change any energy-saving bulbs to brighter ones for showings. Plan to schedule showings in the middle of the day so that you can take advantage of the natural light. Since it gets darker so much earlier in the winter, it’s important to make sure there is as much natural light as possible throughout the house. Fresh paint in a light neutral color provides an immaculate blank slate for buyers.

Three Tips to Selling Your Home Right Now in Winter

Plan to schedule showings in the middle of the day so that you can take advantage of natural light.

Wash your windows! Whether you pay to have it done or do it yourself, potential buyers will notice if they are dirty, plus, you guessed it… it lets in more light!

Mind the heat. When hosting an open house, you want it warm – but don’t go overboard. People tend to overdo the heat for a showing to combat the colder weather, but prospective buyers who are coming in with coats and hats and scarves will quickly get too warm and uncomfortable. We suggest keeping the temperature between 68 and 70 degrees. Turning up the heat also will increase the amount of dust in your home. Having your system professionally cleaned will keep dust to a minimum and reduce the risk of an uncomfortable experience for potential buyers who are more susceptible to airborne dust.

Finally, now it’s time to consult with your Realtor because an expert agent can advise on how to prepare your home to make a beautiful first impression and attract maximum attention (and prospective buyers). 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.

 

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

5 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Belle Meade Real Estate Agent

Belle Meade is one of the most sought-after communities in Tennessee, which means the real estate market can be pretty competitive. That is why it is best, when searching for a home, to work with a trusted Belle Meade real estate agent. So, how do you choose an agent to fit your needs? Start by following these five tips:

Real Estate Agent Showing Home To Client

  1. Start with referrals.

    The best way to begin your search for a great Belle Meade real estate agent is to ask the people you trust who they recommend. If you have family, friends or coworkers who have bought or sold a home in the city over the last couple of years, ask them who they worked with and whether or not they would recommend the agent.

  2. Choose someone who knows the area.

    If you are buying a house in Belle Meade, you do not want to work with an agent who specializes in Franklin or Downtown Nashville. Find how many Belle Meade homes the agent has sold throughout the last few years. Ideally, he or she should easily answer your questions about schools, taxes, commutes, safety and what all there is to do nearby.

  3. Visit open houses.

    Keep an eye out for open houses in Belle Meade, even if they take place in homes that do not interest you. This way you can go inside and observe the agent in action without making any kind of commitment. Does he or she seem like someone that would be a good fit for you? If so, approach them about helping you find a home.

  4. Avoid anyone who sounds too good to be true.

  5. If you talk to a real estate agent who makes outrageous promises, consider it a red flag. Above all, an agent should be honest and feel like a part of your team. Sit down together and discuss your expectations. Talk about realistic budgets, lines of communication and what you are looking for in a home. Make sure both of you are on the same page before beginning your search.
  6. Pay attention to chemistry.

    When you buy a house in any city, you spend plenty of time with your agent. In most cases, he or she will walk you through the entire process, from the time you start your search until the moment you have the keys to the front door in your hands. It can also be a very personal and emotional process. If you set up an interview or talk with an agent and you just do not get a good vibe, it is probably best to work with someone else.

Another great way to find the perfect Belle Meade real estate agent is to contact the professionals at The Lipmann Group today 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

Sotheby’s International Realty Partners with Elle Decor

Sotheby’s International Realty® and Elle Decor have partnered to create exclusive lifestyle galleries featuring SIR properties from around the world. Elle Decor trusts that we are the true voice of luxury, highlighting some of our most exclusive homes and developments. The six photo galleries feature 60 SIR properties

Sotheby's International Realty Partners with Elle Decor

The six galleries include:

– 10 Modern Homes That Get Luxe Mountain Living Right

– 10 Ultimate Waterfront Homes We’re Coveting Now

– Country Living Goes Modern With These 10 Mansions

– The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market

– These Dream Homes Redefine City Dwelling

– Want More Peace and Quiet? Move Into These 10 Secluded Spaces

View all of the full galleries here: http://www.elledecor.com/sothebysrealty/

We are proud to be part of such an exciting project which demonstrates how SIR is truly able to distinguish itself as a worldwide leader in luxury real estate. Our cutting-edge marketing combines creative networking with strategic print and digital campaigns—both internationally and locally. At The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, we are your local experts with the support of a global brand.

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