Welcome Ruby Barnes to The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to welcome Ruby Barnes as an affiliate broker.

blockquoteA House is Made of Bricks & Beams…….A Home is made of Hopes & Dreams.

Ruby Barnes, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Ruby Barnes has a deep passion for helping clients accomplish their dreams. She has been married to a builder for close to 21 years and was previously in the mortgage business, providing her many years of experience and a true love for the housing industry.

“I am excited to begin the journey of, not only helping you seek out your dream home, but will also hold your hand all the way through the process, including far beyond the closing table. The rewards of seeing the joy on your face, and in your heart as you are handed the keys to “Your New Home” is such a blessing. Our home is where we build our families, beautiful memories and watch our dreams come true.”

Visit Ruby’s website and search through all MLS listings that are currently available for sale or lease in Middle Tennessee.

Ruby Barnes

Affiliate Broker
Mobile: (615) 290-1721
Office: (615) 463-3333

Welcome Kerri Jamison to The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

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, 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.

blockquoteDiversity 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.”

Visit Kerri’s website and search through all MLS listings that are currently available for sale or lease in Middle Tennessee.

Kerri Jamison

Affiliate Broker
Mobile: (615) 507-4496
Office: (615) 463-3333

Many Cities Report Increasing Home Sales in March 2015

Many cities reported increasing home sales in March 2015 including Nashville, Atlanta, GA and San Antonio, TX. As reports from REALTOR® associations across the U.S. roll in, there is optimism aplenty!

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.

Video: Gracious Traditional Home on 1.35 Acres in Forest Hills

1116 Oman Drive
Nashville, TN 37215

Four bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms

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.

Video: Gracious Traditional Home on 1.35 Acres in Forest Hills

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For more information on Nashville home for sale in Forest Hills, please contact:

Jackie Karr, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Jackie Karr, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Jackie Karr

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
jackie.karr@sothebysrealty.com
615.330.9779

What’s Trending Now in Nashville Real Estate

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 2015 and we have highlighted those that you specifically need to know in Middle Tennessee.

What's Trending Now in Nashville Real EstateHome 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.

Going green

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.