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.

Where to Live in Nashville: Video of East Nashville

We often write about where to live in Nashville – it’s an easy topic because each area is unique and they all have their own amenities.

East Nashville is an area east of downtown Nashville bound by the Cumberland River, I-24/65, and Briley Parkway. The area is mostly residential and mixed-use areas with businesses lining the main boulevards. The main thoroughfare is Gallatin Avenue and Ellington Parkway with smaller arteries interconnecting the neighborhoods.

East Nashville is an area of creative and artistic flair. It has a trendy progressive atmosphere and after ten plus years of a slow and steady rise, the neighborhood has managed to keep its eclectic, artsy vibe while welcoming a diverse mix of newcomers. There are many coffee shops and art galleries interwoven within the neighborhoods making it a bikers’ or walkers’ paradise. The culinary scene is home to some of the most-talked about restaurants, breweries, and bars. In fact, The New York Times featured some of the best from the food scene in this article.

Residents of East Nashville enjoy the small-town feel inside our growing metro area. Beautiful historic homes combined with tree-lined streets and sidewalks blend with new developments of condominiums and lofts. The front porch culture has developed a tight-knit and proud community of residents that lend their time and talents to preserving the authentic character of East Nashville.

Enjoy the video about East Nashville below, or click here to see all The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty videos.

We also recommend browsing the sites below for more East Nashville news and resources:

East Nashvillian magazine
Rediscover East Nashville
Eastwood Neighbors Association
East Nashville, With Love
Historic East Nashville Merchants’ Association
East-Nashville.com 

It’s Fall Y’all: Guide to Pumpkin Patches in the Nashville Area

Best Pumpkin Patches in NashvilleNow that it’s officially October, it’s pumpkin time! If you are looking to decorate for fall with pumpkins of every shape, size or color, then you need a guide to the best pumpkin patches in the Nashville area. Since there are not many large farms within Davidson County, this guide includes pumpkin patches in and around Middle Tennessee.

Cheekwood Harvest
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN
September 17 – October 30, Tuesday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Admission: $16/adults, $9/youth, 2 and under are FREE
Need to Know: Cheekwood Harvest features over 5,000 mums, pumpkins you can carve, paint or decorate, scarecrows, a pumpkin house, and special weekly themes on Saturdays. The New Beer Garden will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am til 4:00pm. There will be craft brews and pub fare along with live bluegrass music on Saturdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Picnic tables are available but you can also bring your own blanket and chairs. You’ll find activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults and families alike, making this six-week celebration the perfect time for a peaceful solo stroll, a crisp fall family day, or an afternoon date.

Cooper Trooper Foundation
The Corner of Cool Springs Blvd and Mallory Lane
October 1 – October 31, Sunday – Friday 10am – 7pm; Saturdays 9am – 8 pm
Admission: There is no admission fee for the pumpkin patch. 100% of proceeds go toward pediatric cancer research and sibling support.
Need to Know: The Cooper Trooper Foundation was founded in 2008 after Cooper Cook was diagnosed with cancer at 8 weeks old.  After experiencing the tragedy of childhood cancer, his family decided they wanted to do something to give back, and the foundation was born! As for Cooper, in 2014 he was declared to be in full remission and is now an active and healthy little boy!

Gentry Farm
1974 New Highway 96 West, Franklin, TN
October 1 – October 31, Mondays: 9am to noon; Saturdays: 9am to 5 pm; Sundays: noon to 5pm
Admission: Free for pumpkin patch; $7/person for the activity area, ages 2-65
Need to Know: Gentry Farm also sells all natural beef. Call ahead to check for availability of product! The last admission on weekends will be at 4:15 pm, and the last admission on Monday mornings will be at 11:15. The farm closes promptly at the posted closing times. Tuesdays – Fridays are reserved for school groups and need to be booked ahead.

Pumpkin Hill
431 Benders Ferry Road, Mt Juliet, TN
October 8 – October 30, Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm; Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm
Admission: Hayrides are $4/person
Need to Know: Pumpkin Hill is a 200 acre working farm. In addition to pumpkins, you can enjoy hayrides and campfires, but be aware that the last hayride is at 4:30 pm. Night parties and night hayrides are available upon request.

Walden Farm
8653 Rocky Fork Rd, Smyrna, TN
September 24 – October 31, Closed Wednesdays; Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 3pm – 6:30pm; Saturdays 9am – 6:30pm; Sundays noon – 4pm
Admission: Free admission to the farm. Admission to the activity area is $4 person and $1 for the accompanying parent. Children under 2 are free. There is a list of other activities and pricing on the website.
Need to Know: Walden Farms is complete with activities including hayrides, sand art, face painting, Pumpkin train, activity area, grain bins, animal barn, hay maze, and more. If you need something that will keep everyone busy and entertained, this may be your favorite.

If you are looking to skip the pumpkin patch experience but need some pumpkins to feel festive then swing by Hal’s Amish Produce on White Bridge Road in Belle Meade where they have a selection of many local varieties. You can also find pumpkins at farmers markets for the next few weeks! Once you have them in hand, follow these fab steps from RealSimple magazine for carving like a pro.

Things to Do in Nashville: Labor Day 2016

Whether you prefer to spend your Labor Day weekend relaxing or doing something fun, Nashville has many things to do that satisfy both preferences. Kick off the weekend with live music on Thursday night and continue the fun all the way through Labor Day 2016 on Monday.

Here’s your guide to the best things to do in Music City beginning Thursday, September 1 through Monday, September 5.

Labor Day 2016: September 1-3 Live on the Green finale weekend

Live on the Green’s finale 3-day weekend kicks off Thursday night at 5 pm.

1. Live on the Green, September 1-3
Live on the Green’s music festival at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville will (usually weekly on Thursday, but ending the season with a three night finale) continue through Saturday. The Sheepdogs, Josh Farrow, Rayland Baxter, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, The Wild Feathers, Nikki Lane, Band of Horses, Aubrie Sellers, Bassh, Elizabeth Cook, Alanna Royale, Bully, Los Colognes, The Weeks, Judah & The Lion, Gabe Dixon, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and a kids fest with Mr. Steve

While you’re soaking up the tunes, you can fill up with a little help from Nashville food trucks and more during the Lightning 100-sponsored event. Friday, Sept. 2, the event area will open at 4 p.m. with performances beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 Live on the Green will open at 1 p.m. with performances starting around 2 p.m. On all nights, live music is expected to wrap up around 11 p.m.

Visit liveonthegreen.com for more information.

2. SouthernLiving #NashvilleNow Weekend, September 2-5
In celebration of Southern Living’s 50th anniversary, the magazine and the city of Nashville have teamed up to bring you a weekend of experiences that celebrate the city’s food, fashion, art, and, of course, music. Each event has been curated by Southern Living editors to provide you with an inside look into the authentic happenings in Music City.

From gardens tours, culinary events, and art galleries to local fashion designers, boutique shopping, and songwriters in the round – you’ll experience Nashville’s distinct creative culture and Southern hospitality.

Purchase tickets to individual events here and hurry because many are sold out and the events remaining are bound to follow!

3. InterNASHional Food Crawl, September 3
This annual food festival is a foodie’s diverse delight. Those who go will get to try delicious foods from all over the world in a 5-mile stretch of Nolensville Road. You can drive yourself on the general tour or travel in style on the charter bus. Learn more on the Facebook event page or at http://www.nashvillefoodcrawl.com. The event lasts from noon to 4 p.m.

Labor Day 2016: September 4 Music City Balloon Festival4. Music City Balloon Festival, September 4
This year’s Music City Balloon Festival is back at Steeplechase in Percy Warner Park. The evening will end with a hot air balloon glow, and the whole festival will feature Nashville-area arts and crafts, a children’s zone and of course, live music.

Tickets are only available online. They’re $12 for general admission and $60 for VIP. Children 5 and younger are free.

5. Shakespeare in the Park: ‘The Comedy of Errors’ through Monday
See The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “The Comedy of Errors” performances continue Sept. 3-5, according to nashvilleshakes.org.

At the Centennial Park bandshell, Shakespeare’s shortest play gets a Nashville spin with original music by David Olney, Lari White, Stan Lawrence and Jack Kingsley. Food and drink vendors open at 6 p.m. with Talking Shakespeare, too. Preshow entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance will start at 7:30 p.m. Free, but a $10 donation is recommended. 

Maybe you don’t want to do something specific, but just enjoy the weekend relaxing. That’s completely understandable and sounds perfect. Feel free to browse through Nashville’s bountiful parks to take a break on the grass. Let someone else do the cooking and check out Nashville’s food scene. Or sit back, relax, and enjoy some time on Nashville’s rivers and lakes. No matter what, enjoy!

Nashville Home Sales Are High—but if Not for Low Inventory, They’d Be Even Higher

Nashville home sales continue to make headlines not only locally, but nationally. In fact, Freddie Mac recently ranked Nashville the top housing market in the country. Check out Freddie Mac’s news release here and explore the numbers for Nashville and other cities.

Nashville Home Sales Are High—but if Not for Low Inventory, They’d Be Even HigherThe Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® reported year-over-year home sales were up in June and for the first quarter of 2016 as a whole. Houses are flying off the market at the fastest rate since 2007, so we know that buyers must be working hard to find that perfect home and get it under contract. Harder than ever, perhaps.

Insights from daily surveys of visitors to realtor.com® tell us that their biggest challenge is the low inventory of available homes, which is holding us back from seeing even more sales.

In June, the No.1 obstacle to making a purchase, as reported by 40% of buyers on realtor.com, was simply finding a home that met their needs. This was also the top problem last June, but then only 37% of buyers reported the issue.

And it’s no wonder that more people are reporting that just finding a home is a problem. We have about 13% more people looking to buy this summer, yet there are fewer homes for sale.

If you are thinking about selling, now is the time to do so. The fall will be affected by factors such as school starting, weather shifting, and a new president gets elected. All will likely make this fall slower than usual, especially relative to the very busy spring and summer. Our expert agents at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty have the skills, knowledge and connections to sell your home in the shortest amount of time.

5 Ideas for a Nashville Staycation this Summer

With the month of June and the 4th of July holiday in the rearview mirror, school is starting soon (yikes!). If traveling won’t fit in your remaining few weeks of summer, staying close to home doesn’t have to drag on. We’ve compiled a list of great things to do in Nashville that’ll take only a short car ride. (Or even a short walk!) Create your own summer staycation with these five ideas:

1. Outdoorsy Fun
When you have a craving for some natural beauty – or at least a break from icy air conditioning, explore a new park, plan a picnic, stop and smell the flowers at Cheekwood, or catch a Nashville Sounds baseball game.

2. Cool Off in the Water
Some days you need to beat the summer heat. You might not have a resort pool at your disposal, but you can visit a local splash pad or aquatic center, or just play in the backyard with hoses, squirt guns, and water balloons.

5 Ideas for a Nashville Staycation this Summer

Cumberland Park’s innovative play areas have several water features in order to keep cool. The Hollow’s water features include a rainbow area, a “cloud bridge” with rain curtains and interactive splash pad while The Scoops is a cooling off area that features a stepping-stone path with mist features.

3. Splurge on an activity you wouldn’t normally do
Since you’re not spending money on traveling, do something fun that wouldn’t normally be in your budget, like renting stand up paddleboards or kayaks, going to the Nashville Escape Game, or spend time enjoying the multi-activities at Pinewood Social.

4. Camp Out
Pitch the tent in your backyard… or just your living room! Pile it up with blankets and cushions and then tell scary stories by flashlight. If you are in the backyard, find some binoculars and a stargazing guide for a unique activity.

5 Ideas for a Nashville Staycation this Summer

Baseball meets Art at First Tennessee Park with this mini golf that features Nashville artists.

5. Visit a museum and Enjoy the Arts
Nashville has museums both big and small. Recent exhibits include The Italian Automotive Renaissance at Frist Center, International Playhouses at Cheekwood, and The Country Club at First Tennessee Park. The Country Club, a nine-hole miniature golf course which features a different local Nashville artist for each hole, is a unique example of combining arts and business in a platform the entire community can enjoy.

Have fun!