More than at any other time of year, the holidays are when we offer thanks for the blessings of life. This year has been an exceptional one for the The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty family. We have been privileged to participate in unprecedented expansion in our area—not just as real estate professionals but as neighbors and friends grateful for the many opportunities to serve in the communities where we live, work and play.
Throughout 2014, participating agents at The Lipman Group have donated funds from their closings in order to give to a worthy Nashville charity, the Ronald McDonald House Nashville. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is to keep families close by providing essential resources and a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville area hospitals.
The Nashville Ronald McDonald House serves families from across the country and around the world. Since its doors opened in 1991, they have served families from all 95 counties in Tennessee, 65 counties in Kentucky, 38 other states and 13 foreign countries. In 2013, they served 689 families in the House with an average length of stay of nearly 30 nights and a daily waiting list of 6-8 families.
During the week prior to Thanksgiving, The Lipman Group was happy to prepare and provide breakfast for almost 35 people currently calling the Ronald McDonald house home. We would like to give a special thanks to our agents who volunteered in order to serve a hearty, Southern style home cooked meal for the families. We would also like to thank Lynsey Culwell (photographer) and Ross Caroland (videographer) with Sq Ft Photography for documenting the events that morning.
In addition to breakfast, we were also thrilled to provide a one week stay and a one month stay to the house manager. The Ronald McDonald House Nashville requests a $15 per night donation from families to stay in the house, but more than 95% of families cannot afford to pay and the Nashville Ronald McDonald House has never turned a family away because of their inability to pay.
If you are especially thankful during this holiday season and would like to give, join us and show your support #forRMHC families. The Nashville House has a wish list that includes holiday items and house supplies.
Throughout this year there’s been no slowdown in Nashville home sales. In fact, the third quarter ended with a significant increase in closings and now there were nearly 2,500 residences sold in the Nashville region in November — the most for that month since 2006.
According to the recent figures released by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®, there were 2,474 home closings reported for the month of November. This figure is up 8.2 percent from the 2,287 closings reported for the same period last year.
Other positive figures from November include increased median sale prices for both single family homes and condominiums. The median sale price for a single-family home was $215,000 last month, an increase of $20,000 from the median in November 2013. The median sale price for condos last month was about $165,000, or $15,000 more than in November 2013.
Houses are definitely selling. The market still has plenty of buyers who are interested in the still-low mortgage interest rates. What has changed is that they are savvier about the low inventory situation and are prepared to make a strong offer as soon as the right home comes along.
With more than 2,000 sales pending, the Greater Nashville area is well on its way to exceeding last year’s total closings. These signs are welcome as we begin to look toward 2015.
At The Lipman Group, we can help you navigate the exciting and fast paced Nashville real estate market. If you are considering putting your home on the market early in the new year, perhaps it is time to consult with an expert realtor and get your home market-ready.
Timelessness and elegance unite in this extraordinary Franklin home for sale
3005 Flagstone Drive
Franklin, TN 37069
Five bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms
Located in Franklin’s LaurelBrooke community, this inviting home takes full advantage of space and light with a comfortable design offering a sense of openness and warmth. The attention to detail exceeds all expectations, resulting in an artful sanctuary. The great room, dining and living areas are captivating with stately details including; elaborate crown molding and trim, multiple decorative eight-arm metal chandeliers, custom handmade Dupioni silk draperies, picture frame wainscoting, a Limestone fireplace and other features.
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With many captivating spaces this home has it all including a beautiful kitchen, spacious master suite, and multiple outdoor living spaces. The screened in outdoor living room features a floor-to-ceiling gas log equipped fireplace and stereo speakers. In addition, the lower level features an apartment/office/studio with over 1,640 square feet, storage, porcelain flooring, patio and even a wet bar.
For more information on this exceptional Franklin home for sale, please contact:
Donna Tisdale, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
Each year throughout the holiday season, Nashville is filled with twinkling and sparkling Christmas light displays. Nashville even has a long standing competition of lights.
If you’re hunting for some of the best residential and neighborhoods Christmas Light displays in town, then you need to make a point every year to check out the local winners of the Nashville’s Annual Holiday Lights Competition. If you would like to load up your car with friends and family and tour the homes who entered this year’s competition, click on this link for the full list of addresses.
photo via The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park
In addition to the Nashville lights competition, the following light displays are in and around Greater Nashville.
The Gaylord Opryland has an extensive light display that is free to peruse. Wander throughout the resort and you will find more than two-million dazzling Christmas lights which draw visitors from all over the world. Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend.
The Dancing Lights of Christmas
Not far from the Gaylord Opryland, you could tour this drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show. Located in Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at 2572 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 and the cost is $25 per car. Open nightly from 5 pm until 10 pm with extended weekend and holiday hours.
Franklin Christmas is an organization of Christmas light enthusiasts dedicated to spreading the joy and magic of the season through computerized lighting displays. With two locations offering a computerized Christmas display, Lights on Old Charlotte in Franklin, TN and Lights on Sparrow Street in Spring Hill, TN boast over 80,000 lights combined. Viewers are able to watch and listen in their cars as the lights dance perfectly to music. The show is free to enjoy, however donations are accepted that are donated to Franklin’s GraceWorks Ministries.
Chad’s Winter Wonderland
For 30 years, Chad Barnard has been putting up one of the nation’s largest Christmas light displays in Lebanon, TN. Known as Chad’s Winter Wonderland, visitors can take in more than 2 million lights at this incredible eight acre drive-through holiday light display. For $15 a carload, visitors can enjoy the wonderment of the lights as well as drive through Santa’s house, featuring Santa himself giving away candy canes and taking Christmas lists from eager boys and girls. Chad’s lights are available for tours from 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be available to see until Dec. 31st.
Christmas on the Cumberland
Over one million Christmas Lights are on display in the city of Clarksville’s festival of lights at McGregor Park. The Montgomery County Park’s RiverWalk is decorated with several holiday light displays, including giant toy soldiers, animated toys, and a tunnel of lights. Every year, this event attracts over 10,000 people.
Tell us: do you have a favorite light display? Or any traditions involving them?
Take a look at the highlights from the top news stories about Nashville during November:
The 15 Hottest Cities for 2015 – Business Insider
Business Insider named Nashville to its list of the 15 hottest U.S. cities for 2015. Factors determining the list included job and population growth, affordability, livability, health and well-being of residents, and the level of innovative and “cool” factors helping each city stand out.
Best Places to Spend Christmas – Travel + Leisure
When Travel + Leisure magazine decided its favorite places to spend Christmas, Nashville was listed #13 among the selected 30 destinations from around the world.
Nashville is the most flamboyant ode to the holidays east of the Mississippi; “O Tannenbaum” is sung with a twang as honky-tonks share space with family values.
The Ten Best Counties to Live in Tennessee – Movoto
If you’re looking to make a move, then the Movoto real estate blog hopes this ranking of counties in Tennessee will help. If you’re a Tennessee local and you’re curious where your home ranked, you can scroll to the bottom of this article to see the top 50 counties ranked.
America’s Favorite Cities 2014 – Travel + Leisure
In the eighth annual “America’s Favorite Cities” survey, readers of Travel + Leisure rated Nashville No. 1 for concerts, music scene, friendliness and girlfriend getaways; No. 2 for bars; No. 3 for festivals and dive bars; No. 4 for people-watching and hip/cool people; and No. 5 for safety and barbecue.
Great Cities for Starting a Small Business – MSN Money
Nashville ranked third on MSN Money’s list of 10 great U.S. cities for starting a business. To determine the ranking, researchers examined factors such as costs of living and doing business, number of small businesses per 10,000 people, small business resources and unemployment rate.
Top Cities for Young Entrepreneurs – Forbes and NerdWallet
To determine the best cities for young entrepreneurs, personal finance site NerdWallet looked at cities across the country and measured factors including access to funding, opportunities for networking and mentorship, the state of the local economy and the overall cost of living. Nashville ranked 19th.
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee Real Estate but can also connect you with properties worldwide. Search homes for sale in Greater Nashville on TheLipmanGroup.com.