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Wednesday, October 12, 2016   /   by John Burk

Today's Mortgage Rates Rise Again 10-12-2016

By James Brooks

The bond market is down 5/32 (1.79%), which should push today's mortgage rates higher by approximately .125 of a discount point.

This morning has nothing of importance set for release, but we do have a couple of afternoon events taking place that have the potential to influence mortgage rates. First up is the 10-year Treasury Note auction results at 1:00 PM ET. If today’s sale was met with a strong demand from investors, we should see the broader bond market react positively, possibly leading to a slight improvement in mortgage pricing before the end of the day. On the other hand, a weak interest in the securities could cause bond selling and an upward revision to rates. Today’s sale will be followed by tomorrow’s 30-year Bond auction.

Next will be the minutes from the most recent FOMC meeting at 2:00 PM ET. These may move the markets or could be a non-factor, depending on what they say. The key points traders are looking for are concerns ov. ...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016   /   by Michael West

How Seasonality in Real Estate: How Weather and the Time of the Year Affect Housing in Nashville!

Seasonality in Real Estate: How Weather and the Time of Year Affect Housing in Nashville!
Weather and the time of year have a big impact housing activity, and in every housing market there are times of the year when fewer homes sell. For most, that time of year coincides with the winter months, and in much of the U.S., that’s the case right now.
But no matter where you live, it’s important to know how seasonality affects the housing market. So let’s look at the current housing numbers, how seasonality affects them, and what it means for you if you’re looking to buy or sell.
With few homes available, sellers are in pole position 
Last year, limited inventory dominated the headlines for the real estate industry, and that trend looks to continue this year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), inventory dropped 12.3 percent from November to December, falling to 3.8 percent lower than December 2014. That equated ...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016   /   by Michael West

Free things to do when moving to Nashville

Free thng to do when moving to Nashville
more free fun than ever before. Visit Music City and do (way) more for less. Of course, we have FREE live music 365 days of the year. Enjoy our wonderful parks that offer some of the best views of the city. Check out our many art galleries that are FREE to public, and host regular events. See which attractions offer FREE admission, and those who offer admission to children for FREE.
Check out a complete guide to Nashville's FREE music scene. The best places and best music for under a penny in Music City can be found right here: visitmusiccity.com/freemusic.
Nashville Visitor Information Center
Need help deciding what to do while in town? Come on in to our Visitor Information Center in the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena at 5th Avenue and Broadway and talk to our Visitor Assistants! We have lots of brochures, a gift shop and stage with props for a free photo op.
Nashville's Free Live Mu. ...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015   /   by Michael West

6 Ways to Get Your Nashville home For Sale Ready for Photos

6 Ways to Get Your Listing Ready for Photos

at OCTOBER 19, 2015

By Julie Legge, professional real estate photographer
Picture this: You’ve worked with your new seller for days to get her home ready for sale. She’s repainted, cleaned the carpets, and even worked with your favorite stager to rearrange and add some furniture. It’s nearly ready to hit the market, but first you need to take pictures.
Here are six tips to get your listing ready for its close-up.
1. Motivate the seller to be ready for the photography session. Explain why the house should look it’s best for its close-up: listing photos are often a buyer’s first experience with listings. Today, over 92 percent of home buyers use the Internet to search for homes, and 50 percent used a mobile device to search for homes. Buyers rank home photos as the No. 1 valuable web site feature — even more valuable than the home descrm ...

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Monday, August 31, 2015   /   by Michael West

Hendersonville TN on the move... More retail choices are coming soon.

There's already an array of retail venues and eateries in Hendersonville, but residents can expect to have even more choices with a number of new things set to come on board in the months ahead.
The old Hendersonville Skating Rink at 750 West Main Street is being repurposed with something that will spice up that area of town; a new restaurant called Blossom Thai-Lao Cuisine and Craft Pub - the city's first Thai and Laotian restaurant. House-made noodles and craft beer on tap are the specialties.
Fred Rogers, director of the city's planning department, said a portion of that building would also be used for a new service business.
Just down the road at Glen Oaks shopping center, a new twist on an old favorite will be available - Kohala Hawaii BBQ is set to open in Hendersonville. For more home decorating options, Nest Décor will also be coming to that center in the old Food Lion space.
Burger lovers will enjoy a new option in Indian Lake Village - Five Guys is coming to tos ...

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