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Lighting is an important aspect of your home’s interior design. It is not only functional, but can be mood-altering!

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The holidays are winding down and it is time to start packing up the decorations, getting back into a more normal daily routine and looking forward to a new year filled with new possibilities. Many have been in a holiday frame of mind since early November and have "decked the halls" both ins…

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It seems like we were just celebrating Thanksgiving and now Christmas is less than two weeks away!  Everyone is rushing around to finish decorating and shopping tasks in preparation for the big day.

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To rake or not to rake? That is the question! Every year about this time, you stop cutting the grass and realize just how many trees you have in your yard when the leaves start to accumulate on your lawn. You may even be lucky enough to have leaves from your neighbors’ trees find their way i…

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It is now sweater and soup  weather. Fall is upon us and along with that comes the regular use of heat in our homes. Did you turn off all the ceiling fans in your home when you switched over to heat side of the thermostat?  

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Home remodeling is back to being big business in the United States this year with the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University suggesting that it could easily exceed the $300 billion spent last year as the housing industry continues to improve. Many Baby Boomers are contributin…

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BY JAROD TANKSLEY As we move into fall, there are some routine maintenance items that you are probably handling around your home. You may have started tidying the garden or landscape areas and giving your patio or deck and outdoor furniture some attention too. With a season change and cleaning in mind, you should also …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY According to the calendar, summer and its scorching long sunny days are just about ready to move on! Next up? Autumn with its wonderful crisp days and cool nights! Even though everyone is buying the large baskets of mums, pumpkins and Halloween candy, now is also the time to start thinking past …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY There are many reasons people downsize to a smaller home — kids move out, rents get hiked and people enter into retirement. Whatever the reason, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the loss of space. But don’t worry! There are lots of advantages to living in a smaller home that …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY Things in your life are calming down now that the kids are grown, established in their careers and out of the house. You’ve left the corporate world behind and now it has become apparent that some things need to change for you to live a peaceful, healthy lifestyle long past retirement age. …

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I recently spent some time with Brittany Campbell of Citizens One Bank, we discussed the changing rates and real estate market.  The school year is approaching faster than interest rates are dropping! While you shuffle through back-to-school sales take advantage of other major savings as we step into the third quarter with the lowest rates …

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Moving day can be filled with anxiety but not if you prepare​ ahead of time and that includes the much loved family pet.  A local move can be much easier since at least you can keep your same veterinarian and local pet retailers.  An interstate move can be a bit more challenging ​but again preparation …

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As we discussed in Part 1, there are great financial benefits to Nashville, but there is also no shortage of things to do … If you’re looking for fun and opportunities to socialize in your retirement, Nashville is a great place for you. The city boasts recreational activities geared specifically for seniors, including attractions that …

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If you’re thinking of retiring soon, the first thing you should do is congratulate yourself on reaching this important and exciting life milestone. You now have an opportunity to let your relaxation be your top priority, and after a lifetime of work, that’s something to take pride in. Once you’re done reveling in the glory …

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If you are thinking about buying a new home, spring is a great time to do it. School will be letting out soon and you want to get settled before the next school year starts again in the fall. When selling, you want to make sure you make an excellent first impression as potential buyers …

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Homeowners are always asking “When should I file a claim?” or “Should I file a claim?” Do you ever feel confused by the finer points of homeowners insurance (or any other insurance-related topic?) You’re not alone. Homeowners are always asking me should I file a claim? After talking with Jennifer Bourne at Martin & Zerfoss …

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The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the temperatures are now fully in the Spring zone! If you like to spend time outdoors, now is the time to get your outdoor living space in order.  Whether you have a large formal space or a small cozy nook, there are a few things that …

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Spring is here, the flowers are coming up and I am often asked, “So now that it’s spring, what should we check around our home to make sure everything is OK?” One of the most frequent issues inspectors like Jerry Black encounter is what most people call “deferred maintenance.” These are usually things around your home …

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As we are into the New Year, some clients have been inquiring about the following ‘hot’ trends. New colors and projects like backsplashes are trending as a focal point and stretching from counter to ceiling. Kitchens are anchored with floating shelves and range hoods for a very clean line look.  Yep, color is back in …

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As spring approaches, many people begin to think about some simple projects that can be done to improve their homes. Whether you are thinking about moving and want to make a good first impression on perspective buyers or just want to freshen up the house for your own enjoyment, there are quite a few small …

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With the wild weather swings from frigid wind chills to tornado warnings we have had in Middle Tennessee in the past few weeks, it brings to mind things we need to do to protect our families from extreme conditions. You may have taken precautions to keep your pipes from freezing or made sure you didn’t …

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Now that the holidays are over you may be getting ready to start your search for a new home or just trying to make your current space better serve your family’s needs. After the holidays, many are trying to find “homes” for all of the new gifts received and put away decorations.  This process can …

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Middle Tennessee has experienced a mild winter so far, but as temperatures drop below freezing later this winter, it’s always a good idea to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to protecting your home from frozen water pipes, which can lead to busted water pipes if not handled correctly. Sub-freezing temperatures are coming …

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As 2018 is wrapping up, I hope that you are able to look back on the year and be thankful for all of your blessings, I know I am! I am also excited to move forward into 2019 because I believe it will be a great year filled with new opportunities. The Nashville area continues to grow by …

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Holidays are always a great way to showcase your home. I recently had a great conversation with Jamie Watford Owner/President of JW Nash & Co. Interior Decorator & Certified Home Stager and she suggested the following: Red and green has always been favorites. Gold, silver, rose-gold tones have been very popular and pair well with …

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As the cooler temps move into Tennessee this fall, there are a few steps you can take now that will keep your home nice and cozy for this upcoming winter weather. The cold temperatures of winter can be the hardest time of the year on your home, not to mention the cold temps and possible warm-up 60 …

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Most  everybody I meet ask me “How’s the Real Estate market?” or “What are rates doing now?” Well, I recently had a conversation with a good friend in the mortgage business, David Zopt with Guaranteed Rate. David recently had the pleasure of hearing from the National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun, William Strauss …

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Fall provides ample opportunities to make your home look more cozy and inviting from the outside, which will increase the buyer traffic if your home is on the market. If you have deciduous trees, you’re already ahead of the game when it comes to “decorating” your property, but there are several other things you can …

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Nashville – the home of country music, boot-scootin’ and Southern accents, right? Well, yes, but even a quick visit to the area will demonstrate that there’s so much more in the city to be discovered and enjoyed. With a booming job market, a lively craft brewery scene and an ever-growing list of delicious new restaurants …