The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to welcome Kerri Jamison as an affiliate broker.
Kerri Jamison, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
Kerri Jamison’s aptitude for international business was realized soon after the start of her career at Kennedy Space Center, FL where she worked for 5 years as a French interpreter and helped visitors from around the world tour the facilities. In 2012, she realized how she could mix her love for houses with international business.
Through her education with the National Association of Realtors’ Certified International Property Specialist courses, she has been able to gain the knowledge it takes to facilitate transnational real estate sales. She stays active with the French American Chamber of Commerce and the International Business Council boards.
Diversity is often overlooked as a key element of growth in business. Real estate is a local business but can be purchased by anyone, anywhere. Americans want vacation or retirement homes in exotic places and entrepreneurs from around the world see the opportunities here and want a piece.
One such client is an entrepreneur from Norway who purchased land to relocate his business to Tennessee. He says, “Through Kerri’s connections and local knowledge, she helped me to find a lender, business attorney, immigration attorney, accountant and web designer, in addition to finding me property to purchase that fit the needs of my business all while I was in Norway. I highly recommend Kerri Jamison as a Realtor especially if you are a foreign investor. She is the best international real estate agent I found.”
Since 2006, Kerri has witnessed the exponential growth in Nashville, TN. “I knew there was something really special when I first moved here. People come here for business and pleasure. They see what a friendly and easy-to-live-in place it is and they want to stay.”
Kerri enjoys living in Nashville and says it was an obvious choice to work for Sotheby’s International Realty. “I couldn’t think of a better fit for my niche in the real estate market than to work at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.”
Locally, the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® reported an increase in the double digits for March 2015 home sales and first quarter home sales. There were 2,837 home closings reported for the month of March 2015, a 12 percent increase compared with 2,530 closings in March of 2014. Numbers for the first quarter of 2015 were 6,904 closings, up 12 percent from the 6,166 closings during the first quarter of 2014.
On Friday, the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® reported 3,993 finalized home sales in March, up 13.8% from a year earlier. The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® reported a 17% sales gain in that span, and the Realtor association in Washington, D.C., disclosed a 5.7% gain in sales of single-family homes.
Across the country, homes are selling quickly. In fact, homes sold in less than 90 days in 36 out of 50 states and Washington D.C. Keeping Current Matters recently composed this infographic based on the National Association of REALTORS® survey, the REALTORS® Confidence Index.
In the Greater Nashville area, the average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 69 days during March.
Right now, buyers are having to act very quickly to get the house they want. In a fast-paced market it’s important to have a professional who is looking out for your best interests. If you are looking to make a move in Middle Tennessee, contact one of our expert realtors to prepare for your home search.
This beautiful home has everything the savvy and meticulous home buyer is searching for including main floor master suite, his/her closets, glorious open flow floor plan, 2 story stacked stone fireplace, granite countertops, breakfast room, family room, large recreational room and even a separate media room. Sitting on over one acre in the prestigious Forest Hills area of Nashville the space, convenience and luxury of this home is awe-inspiring.
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Jackie Karr, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
The spring real estate market is the best market in Nashville and it is in full swing! The Fiscal Times recently highlighted 9 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2015and we have highlighted those that you specifically need to know in Middle Tennessee.
Home prices are surging
Price growth is only increasing, due to a lack of inventory in some markets. Here in Nashville, buyers in many areas need to be prepared for an increased amount of competition due to low housing inventory this spring.
Mortgage rates hold steady
For now 30-year fixed rate mortgages remain at 3.7 percent, but that is likely to change. “Low mortgage rates are a welcome sign for those in the market to buy a home this spring season and will help to support homebuyer affordability,” says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac.
Sellers are needed
It continues to be a seller’s market, as total housing inventory at the end of February continued a decline. Inventory remains the main challenge in the Greater Nashville market. The hardest hit price range, in regard to inventory, is the first-time buyer range. The inventory supply there is very low. For example, the absorption rate for single-family homes below the January median price of $215,000 in Davidson County is 2.2 months.
Buyers want move-in-ready properties
Despite the low housing inventory, buyers are picky about the condition of properties for sale and expect homes to be move-in-ready. Homes listed in great condition at the right price can often see multiple offers and bidding wars.
Buying: it’s cheaper than renting
A recent study from NAR found that rents are on the rise in many parts of the country. “In the past five years, a typical rent rose 15 percent while the income of renters grew by only 11 percent,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. A recent study also showed that renters are spending around 30 percent of their wages on rent, compared to homebuyers who spend below 15 percent of their wages on mortgage payments.
A focus on first-time buyers
New programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seek to make it easier for first-time borrowers to buy a home. They recently introduced 3 percent down payment mortgages– the first time down payments have been this low on Freddie Mac loans in nearly five years. Besides this, Freddie Mac launched the “Our Home Possible Advantage Program”, which is aimed at supporting first-time buyers by allowing no minimum from borrowers in contributions, which means that parents or relatives now can cover 100 percent of the down payment through gifts.
Millennial clients are providing the push for home builders to downsize. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average size of a new home is 10 percent less than the typical home five years ago. Younger clients are leading the push for green and energy efficient homes, according to a recent study by NAR.
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to announce the launch of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s newly redesigned website, sir.com, which was built to showcase the network’s listings in an immersive and visual way that is unique to the industry. We have shared our excitement about the new website’s capabilities in bits and pieces on social media and now we can share all of the details with you!
“The new sir.com was created to tell the story of a home in a more editorial way, not the commoditized approach that can often be found in our industry,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We believe the art of marketing a home is based on showcasing its soul, so every aspect of the new site works toward this goal.”
The design changes include an increased focus on full-screen, high-definition video throughout the site, from the homepage to property detail pages, to allow for a more immersive consumer experience. High-resolution photography also plays a more prominent role. The property detail pages feature: slideshows that tell a home’s story via the captions, custom video, and location overviews that provide insight into the local area via video and text, and a seller or expert quote that offers a personal view of the property.
Consumers still can search for a home based on lifestyle and amenity but now have the ability to sort their results by various home features including pools, kitchens and views, and compare visual images of that feature among their search results.
Discover how searching for your new home is redefined on the NEW sir.com:
“We are proud to be part of the Sotheby’s International Realty network and believe consumers worldwide will benefit from the groundbreaking features of the new brand website,” said Larry Lipman, Owner of The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty. “The homes The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty represents in Middle Tennessee are unique, and the new sir.com allows us to showcase the heart of what makes them so special.”
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. In addition, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele.
As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the firm also has the unique ability to refer its real estate clientele to the auction house for jewelry, art, unique furniture and collectible appraisal services. Property listings from The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty are marketed on the sir.com global website, as well as on the firm’s local website, thelipmangroup.com.
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite C-104 | Nashville, TN 37215. For additional information, please contact 615.463.3333. The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 16,500 sales associates located in approximately 760 offices in 60 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.