Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It All Starts With A Broken Microwave Handle...

We all know, this is how it starts. The sink drips. A cabinet door is loose. The plastic door handle breaks off the microwave. Thousands over budget and six months later you have a brand new kitchen. According to the 2014 Cost vs Value Report by Realtor® Magazine, the top remodel projects that provide the best return on investment are: Deck addition – 87.4% Major kitchen remodel – 63.6% Bathroom remodel – 63.6% New roof – 63.0% Basement Remodel – 77.6% Strange as this may sound, it’s not really about what you like. It’s about what you can sell in the future when you plan to move. Paint, up-to-date cabinetry and energy star appliances are all a fairly current kitchen needs. But if you’re staring at the business end of a fruit-painted tile overlooking a harvest-gold appliance, a major reno may be in store for you. Just remember, when searching for a contractor, it’s great to get reviews and especially recommendations from friends. This is a good rule of thumb to follow – contractors are only as good as their last completed project. Compare differences in labor, labor costs, materials, etc. All these things factor into your decision, and references from two years ago might not be helpful today in the decision-making process. Holmes By Design does an amazing job! I did a little research on some of the biggest bangs for your buck – here are a few sites that offers some great info: – 10 Ways to Books Your Home’s Resale Value – Renovations That Give You a Return on Your Investment 

And for more information on the Real Estate Market or Your Homes Value, visit my website for everything for the Real Estate Obsessed!

 Happy remodeling!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Murfreesboro Real Estate: Selling A Lifestyle

I am not a saleswoman. I am not an investment specialist. I am a residential home agent, and I am selling a lifestyle. I work with investors, sure, but I am selling them a means to a lifestyle.

Murfreesboro Real Estate has infinite lifestyle possibilities.

There are some amazing houses on large lots, in rural areas with great outdoor spaces for outdoorsy people, or people who like lots of room to stretch their legs! Check out Springhouse!

We also have some great possibilities for upscale, lifestyle-based residential developments that cater to a more traditional neighborhood feel. Check out Stratford Hall!

Or the newest Urban flair, Swanson's condo development on Thompson Lane. Convenient to shopping, dining, interstates, and the new MTMC. Check out Gateway Village!

Looking for all-inclusive, resort style living with tons of common areas and amenities? Like new construction? Check out Marymont Springs !

When it comes to a lifestyle, Murfreesboro offers it's residents a rich and vast variety of options, choices, and dreams.

Murfreesboro offers residents:

First class education, with local schools earning the Governor's A-Plus Award for Excellence in Education

Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee, located in Murfreesboro

Rich quality of life, featuring a lively arts program; a beautiful Greenway Trail System throughout the county; golf courses; soccer and baseball fields; boating and fishing on five area lakes within a one-hour drive.

Desirable career opportunities, with the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics ranking Rutherford County as "first in the U.S. for new job growth"

Annual community events such as the Jazz Fest featuring contemporary jazz concerts and the Uncle Dave Macon Days celebrating old-time music, dance and culture.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Murfreesboro Real Estate: Bob Parks Realty #2

According to the Nashville Business Journal, Bob Parks Realty has ranked toward the top of the list for Residential Real Estate firms in Middle Tennessee!!!!!!!

Bob Parks Realty

2011 rank: 2

2010 rank: 3

This firm ended 2010 with 2,848 company sides on a transaction. Gross sales for the firm were $560 million and the average sales price for the year was $204,300.

For 2011, we are up over 30% in sales as a whole for the company! That is very promising news for the recovery of the fundamentally important real estate business and it's affect on the overall economy.

Murfreesboro real estate is not nearly as devastated as many markets, but we have all obviously been affected by the slump in the economy. The absorption rates of homes on the market is decreasing, and the sales prices will begin to increase over time. So whether you are buying or selling Middle Tennessee Real Estate with Bob Parks Realty, remember that we have over 400 agents cooperating to get your home bought and/or sold, and that choosing me means choosing a team of over 400:)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Murfreesboro Real Estate: The Good, the Bad, The Ugly

Suffice it is to say that Murfreesboro Real Estate can be complicated.

It can be easy.

It can be pretty.

It can be ugly.

One of the single largest complaints I hear from buyers right now is about PMI. It takes the No. 1 Ugly Award right now. Ugh. It has actually perturbed and irritated several of my prospective buyers to the point that they have made the decision to withhold from purchasing until they can put down 20% on a conventional loan to avoid paying it.

Why wait for the market to reach the fully corrected level with full prices to avoid a nominal monthly fee? A real estate purchase, is and will always be however, a smart investment...regardless of PMI. Yes, even now. There. I said it. So, let's talk avoiding PMI...

1: Get the down payment from a different source if possible (i.e. relative) in order to have your 20% on a conventional loan. The lending restrictions on these loans may be more strict, and the rates may be slightly higher than with FHA, but with FHA regardless of a 20% down payment, PMI will be required for at least 5 yrs. typically. The downside to option 1: you still have to pay the relatives back.
2.: "Lender paid PMI:" the lender actually pays the PMI, but the interest rate gets a little bump. This sometimes, but not always, can be more cost effective than you paying the PMI.
For certain income earners having the lender pay the PMI can be beneficial because you can write off the interest on your taxes. This is honestly true for everyone, however in 2007 PMI became tax-deductable as well (for purchases 2007 and later) and for households earning less than $100,000 annually. The deduction is on a graduated scale of phasing out for up to a $110,000 annual income.
3.: Utilizing the VA loan for those who qualify.
4.: Utilizing the USDA/Rural development loan. This type of loan has an eligibility restriction on the properties that can be purchased, however, when combined with the typically lower taxes on rural properties, and the lack of PMI requirement, this loan can be incredibly cost effective. This loan can also afford up to 102% LTV (loan to value). So, down payment is avoided as well.
Historic prices, historic rates, and a corrected and balanced lending and purchasing climate all equal to the best possible time to make the investment, and even though that's the thinking that got a lot of people into a mess, and upside down in houses etc, let's face it: we are all being punished by stupidity. People bought things that they couldn't afford, they got money they couldn't pay back, and now the real estate market has been teetering on the brink for several years, but while it teetered it become a more balanced and level playing field. With new lending practices, a new appreciation for the economy and economics as a whole, and a new market flooded with affordable and cut rate housing the real estate market is a new place...a place where those who have stable incomes, low debt, and affordability can still purchase, and purchase at a gain in many cases from day one. Sure, you have to have a down payment now, but is 3.5% really too much to ask to be able to put down on the single largest investment that most of us will ever make? Probably not. Yes, PMI sucks. It takes money out of your pocket that could be put toward the principal. But, we all pay for insurance be it automobile, home owners, life, disability, or health, what's one more insurance payment in the grand scheme of things especially when it's honestly short lived in most cases (and can be completely avoided with certain specs)? . Buying in this climate, where in some instances a buyer can start with equity on the date of closing, will that low monthly payment somehow magically counteract all of the benefits of home ownership to the point that it should be avoided? Absolutely not.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bob Parks Realty: The Best of Middle Tennessee Real Estate

Bob Parks Realty: The Best of Middle Tennessee Real EstateXX
A real estate agent is only as good as the tools, resources, and company said agent calls home:)
I can be the most gung-ho, hustling, energetic, outgoing agent I can be, but certain tools and resources are necessary for me to maximize the opportunities and market presence I need to fulfill my obligations to my buyers and thought that giving some background for the company I am with would be beneficial. I chose Bob Parks Realty when I got my license for 3 reasons: 1.) REPUTATION, 2.) MARKET PRESENCE, 3.) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Staying on the cutting edge of the industry during this time of growth and change is key, and I feel that I am best served and able to do that at Bob Parks Realty. Here is a synopsis of our company, and a word from Bob Parks...
A Message from Bob Parks: The Future of Real Estate in Middle, TN

Now is the time to think about real estate! With tax credits, the low interest rates, and with the over-correction of the local real estate market, affordability has reached levels that we have not seen for years! And, it’s unlikely buyers will see this type of market for many, many years to come.

Promising news for home buyers and owners:

January 2010 marked the fourth straight month where homes sales increased. This is followed by 39 straight months of declines. This trend is expected to continue with a 5-10% increase throughout 2010.
New construction experts agree that 2010 will see this number begin to climb too. A shortage of inventory is likely to occur in late 2010 in lower to mid-range price points.
Steve Murray, a nationally recognized real estate expert notes: We are in a soft-bottom and have started a long slow recovery.
A Time to Buy! An $8,000 tax credit is available for first-time home buyers until April 30, 2010

A $6,500 tax credit is available for current home owners who have been in their home for five consecutive years and plan to purchase a new or used home by April 30, 2010. (see all the details under the “client resources” link at
Interest rates remain at historic lows. As of late February 2010, 15 year fixed rates are near 4.5% and 30 year rates are around 5% for home loans.
Most financial experts believe rates will begin to rise in the coming months
Who We Are

Nominated for "Best in Nashville Business" and winner of numerous other awards, Bob Parks Realty is home to over 400 agents in Brentwood, Franklin, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, Nashville, Smyrna and the surrounding area. Bob Parks Realty is a member of "Partnership 2010," a program developed and managed by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. This partnership program is comprised of leading local companies who are the first to be informed on growth and opportunity within Nashville and Middle Tennessee. This means we are able to play a crucial role in recruiting companies to relocate to our area bringing employment opportunities and new residents.

We are proud to offer a full menu of residential real estate services including relocation expertise, mortgage assistance, residential development, auction services, a commercial real estate division, property management, and much more.

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Happy House Hunting:)