Music City Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Nov. 4, 2018

Where to drink coffee in Nashville

The Nashville scene is booming in more ways than one -- housing, eating, and entertainment is just the tip of the iceberg. Among the boom is the influx of coffee shops around the city. Whether you just want a good cup of joe, or you need to get some work done, there are so many options to choose from.

We put together a short list of the Nashville essentials, along with some new shops:

1. Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor is quite possibly Nashville's most popular coffee shop -- it's even well-known on a national level! The first location opened in 2012 and there are now four locations throughout Nashville. Check them out >>


CREMA opened in 2007. They are super picky about the coffee they serve. They relationally source coffee from farmers they know and trust. Learn more about them >>

3. Retrograde Coffee

Retrograde is one of Nashville's newest coffee shops. Located in East Nashville, Retrograde is the perfect spot to meet up with friends. You can't miss it with this vibrant mural! Take a look >>

4. Steadfast Coffee

Enjoy flash-chilled, 'rested' drinks, and Matchless Coffee Soda at Steadfast. Their unique coffee bar in Germantown is sure to impress. Find out more >> 

5. Dose

Dose is a fun & bright shop to get your morning caffeine fix. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and yummy breakfast & lunch options. Visit their website >>

Fun coffee shops are just one good reason to live in Nashville! Get in touch with one of our local experts and they can help you make the move to Music City. 615.815.1295

Posted in Community News
Nov. 2, 2018

Do I need a REALTOR® when buying new construction?

When you're looking for a home, the appeal of new construction is undeniable. After all, you are the first person to live there. The home is pristine, untouched by someone else's hands or muddy shoes. The home has brand new everything -- a new refrigerator, washer, dryer, and dishwasher. It has all of the finishes and treatments that you picked out to fit your aesthetic. And, since it is brand new, you won't have to worry about making any updates for years to come.

If you decide to pursue the route of buying new construction, the builder's agent will be prepared to help you through the process. But, do not be misguided. It is very beneficial to have a trusted REALTOR® on your side. It might seem like the process through the builder's agent will be relatively easy, however, you will want an experienced real estate professional representing your side of the deal. This way, you are guaranteed to have someone fighting for your best interests.

A few terms

Builder's agent. The builder of new construction is considered to be the seller, and the agent representing the builder is the builder's agent.

Real estate agent. A licensed, local professional who negotiates and arranges the buying and selling of real estate transactions.

Why should I have a real estate pro on my side?

1. Help you find a trusted builder.

Real estate agents rely heavily on their experience and colleagues in many areas of real estate. Agents have an arsenal of other local professionals in other industries, including builders. Your agent will make sure you are buying a house from a reputable builder. This can prevent a lot of headache down the road.

2. Help with the legal stuff.

No matter how many real estate contracts you have dealt with before, it is important to have someone help you review the contract, especially with new construction -- where contracts can be very different. A good agent will be able to insert relevant additions to the contract to help protect you should something fall through.

3. Help you negotiate monetarily.

Since real estate agents are knowledgeable about different areas and average price points, a good agent will be able to make sure you get the best deal on your purchase.

4. Help you negotiate extras.

Would you like to have upgrades counters, appliances, or even a different paint color? Your agent could help you negotiate that!

5. Help recommend financing options.

The builder likely will have a preferred lender that they will recommend. However, your real estate agent will know a wide variety of lenders. Therefore, he or she can help you choose one that will get you the mortgage that works best for your situation. 

6. Help oversee an inspection.

Often times, a builder's agent will skip or offer to have an inspection done, so it is up to you and your real estate agent to make it happen.

While a builder's agent can be a valuable resource to help you learn about your potential new home, its various amenities, and neighborhood, you should never make it your only point of contact when you are buying or selling.

By having a real estate agent on your side, you can have peace of mind that the purchase of your home will go smoothly.  Give one of our experienced agents a call -- 615.815.1295

Posted in Buying a Home
Oct. 26, 2018

Offering over the asking price

Once you've found a home that you're ready to go after, it's time to stand out to the seller among other potential buyers. One tried and true way to do so is to offer more than the asking price. This extra cash could be just what you need to make your offer the winning one. 

But, before you offer to shell out more money than what the sellers are asking, you should consider a few of things:

Do you really want this house

Be honest. From time to time, a buyer can get caught up in making competing offers -- just to win. They don't realize that they are spending more than they want for a home that might not be exactly what they are looking for.

Higher monthly payments

As you make higher offers, your monthly payment starts to climb. Before placing a higher offer, you need to make sure that you will be totally comfortable with the mortgage payments you will have to make.

The graphic below shows an estimate of about how much your monthly payment would increase at the purchase price.

A disadvantage

Sure, offering above the listing price could help you outbid the other buyers. However, there could be no competition to begin with. You might make an outrageously high offer when there's were no other potential buyers and could buy the house at asking price.

How much over should I offer?

It depends. Determining exactly how much to offer can be difficult. It varies from market-to-market. And, sometimes, price isn't the most important thing to the seller. In some situations, the seller may want a buyer who can close the quickest.

This is why it is important to have a knowledgeable real estate agent on your side! Your agent can help you come up with an appropriate offer, and figure out which route should be taken so your deal is accepted. Use one of our Experts!


Posted in Buying a Home
Oct. 19, 2018

Things to know about Nashville

Are you thinking about moving to Nashville? If you are thinking about making the leap to Music City, there are a lot of things you should know! Although music is a big part of who we are, there is definitely much more to Nashville than music.

1. You're not the only one moving here.

Nashville is a really unique city. That's why you want to move here, right? So does everyone else. While we're not quite like San Francisco or Los Angeles, Nashville's population is nearing 700,000 and increases by about 100 people each day. You'll likely run into some competition for a home or apartment. There's obviously reason so many people are coming to us, -- we're super cool.

(PS, we definitely are the LA of the South.)

2. Fun sporting events.

Nashville has pro football, pro soccer, and pro hockey -- the Titans, Nashville SC, and the Predators. Our residents are obsessed! In addition to our professional teams, we have a minor league baseball team, the Nashville Sounds, that plays at First Tennessee Park. 

3. You will have to drive.

Nashville has made improvements to public transit, however our city is set up for drivers. It is pretty safe to plan on driving nearly everywhere. On the plus side, our roads are rather easy to learn, and it is relatively easy to get from one side of Nashville to the other. Just stay out of rush hour traffic and you'll be golden.

4. There is music everywhere.

You'll hear live music pouring out of restaurants and bars all over the city -- especially on Broadway. Plus, there are many venues to hear an amazing concert, too.  The Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Area, Marathon Music Works, Exit / In, and our outdoor venue -- Ascend Amphitheater. Just to name a few. And, there are multiple concerts every night!

5. Murals. Murals. Murals.

It seems like you find murals everywhere you turn in Nashville. They're so unique and popular with natives & tourists alike. If you're moving or just visiting, definitely check out some of the most popular ones.

6. We have jobs.

Unlike some cities in the US, with our growth, the Nashville area offers many jobs. Opportunities include big name employers like Bridgestone, Asurion, and Nissan are just a few.

7. It can be kinda (really) hot & cold.

Nashville summers can be rather brutal. Soaring temperatures with ultra-high humidity can make it feel a little bit like we're living on the equator. Then, on the other extreme, we can have long, cold, wet winters. It's nothing we can't handle, though. Our springs and falls are beautiful, and the benefits of Music City outweigh this little imperfection.

8. Expect some competition if you want to sing.

Many people move to Nashville for the sole purpose of getting into music. Naturally, there will be competition, and the music industry can be tough to get into. But, hey -- fortune favors the bold.

9. Google Fiber

Super fast internet probably will not make or break your decision to move to a new city, but it's still cool right? 

10. The food.

Nashville has a huge variety of restaurants to choose from, and they're all really good! There is something for whatever you are in the mood for. And, we're not only known for Southern comfort food  -- but also, hot chicken. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

11. The Parthenon

Located in Centennial Park, this is just one of the examples of what makes Nashville so unique. Where else can you find a replica of this ancient structure? Nowhere!

12. The parks.

There are many area parks, trails, and even lakes where you can take a stroll, kick back, and relax.

13. We're fun!

Simply put, Nashville is a fun, laid back city. Music City is continuing to grow more and more each day. Come join the fun!

Let Music City Experts, LLC help you find a new place to call home in Nashville! Give is a call, 615.815.1295

Posted in Buying a Home
Oct. 18, 2018

Making Your Home Energy Efficient

Cooler weather is here in Tennessee! While it is definitely a welcomed change from the oppressive heat and humidity, the winter season can be costly if your home is not energy efficient. All of us can make small changes in our daily routines to be more eco-friendly, therefore keeping our energy bills low. In addition to the little things, there are some bigger changes that you can make to your home. Living in the era of technology, there are many advances and smart devices that make it easy to be more energy efficient. 

Read on to find out how you can make your home more energy efficient for colder weather and year round.

Easy, low-cost steps

Turn that thermostat down

While you're away from home, make sure you turn the thermostat down a few degrees. Even by taking the temperature down 3 to 5 degrees, you will notice a smaller electric bill. According to, by lowering your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees while you aren't home, can save you 5% to 15% each year. 

While you are home, instead of turning up the heat, put on some fuzzy socks and a cozy sweater.

Check your windows

An easy, inexpensive way to lower your energy cost is to seal gaps and cracks with caulk or weatherstripping.

Use your ceiling fans

You know that little switch on your ceiling fan? It actually has a purpose! It changes the direction the fan spins. When a fan spins counter-clockwise, it will push hot air up in the summer and clockwise will trap heat inside to keep your rooms warmer during cooler months. During the winter, turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to push hot air back down.

Keep space heater use to a minimum 

If you think that using a space heater instead of your furnace will save you money, think again. Many space heaters use 1500+ watts of energy. If you have multiple throughout your house, that can quickly add up! If you do opt to use a space heater, make sure it is energy efficient and you use it safely.

Change your bulbs

Consider changing out your incandescent light bulbs for halogen, CFLs, or LEDs. These use significantly less energy and typically last much longer. 

Holiday pro tip: Change your holiday decor to LED bulbs & save!

Unplug those chargers

Even when your mobile device chargers are not in use, they still draw power. Unplug them from the outlet to avoid racking up your energy bill.

Bigger steps to save

Tune up your unit

If you do not already, tune up your heat and air unit annually. This keeps your unit running efficiently and helps you avoid inconvenient repairs or premature replacement later on. 

Add or improve attic insulation 

Attic insulation helps seal air leaks and improve your home’s heating and cooling costs. Remember, hot air rises. You don't want dollar signs floating right out of your roof!

Buy Energy Star products

These products are designed to be energy efficient. You'll see the savings add up long-term.

Consider an energy audit

An energy audit assesses how much energy your home consumes and evaluates what steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An assessment will show you problems that may save you significant amounts of money over time when corrected. It typically costs around $250 - $650.

Install smart devices

There is a plethora of devices that you can choose from to improve the efficiently and convenience of your home. Consider installing something like smart blinds or a smart thermostat. Most are programmable and allow you to control them from your phone.

Let's save energy and money this season! If you are selling, performing some of these improvements can make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

In the market to buy or sell? Contact the Experts! 615.815.1295.

Posted in Homeowner Tips
Oct. 12, 2018

Should you buy or sell during the fall?

You have probably heard that the best time to buy and sell a home is during the spring and summer seasons. Is that actually the case? There are several bonuses to fall real estate! The season is changing, the weather is cooling, and now may be the prime time for you to buy or sell!

1. There is less competition

Because of the popular belief that fall is a bad time to engage in real estate, many people shy away and consider it to be "off-season." However, there are often times just as many houses on the market as there are during the busier times of the year. This gives you first dibs on a new home and makes it easier for you to make your home stand out in the crowd during this down time.

2. Sellers are worn out

If a seller has had their home on the market for months, they are more than ready to have it off of their hands. Plus, many sellers are eager to sell before the holidays, making them more apt to be open to negotiation. As a buyer, you can take advantage of this by putting in a lower offer than normal.

3. Year-end sales

When you buy a home at the beginning of the holiday season, you can take advantage of the year-end deals and promos that many stores have. Use these saving to furnish and decorate your new home!

4. It's safer

Typically, crime rates are higher during the warmer months. When you are moving in or out of a home, there is a lot of activity happening around the property, which makes it easier for potential crooks to slide in. Moving at this time allows you to settle in without having to be overly concerned about installing extra security measures.

5. A faster transaction

At Music City Experts, our agents are determined to give you nothing but expert representation with exceptional results at all times. Naturally, during a slower time of year, your agent will have more time to focus solely on you. Lenders, appraisers, and the like will be slower, too. This results in a faster and smoother transaction for you.

Convinced fall is a great time to buy and sell? We think so too. Let our team of expert REALTORS® help you out this season! Reach out to us -- 615.815.1295

Posted in Selling Your Home
Oct. 10, 2018

Most Affordable Nashville Suburbs

Voted as one of the friendliest cities, it's no wonder Nashville is among the hottest, most lively cities in the United States right now. Buying a home or renting in Music City can be quite pricey. According to, over the past year, there has been a 15% increase in the cost of living. Whether you are moving into the Nashville area or you are looking to move out of the hustle and bustle, there are a number of affordable suburbs that make it easy to still be a part of Nashville life on a budget. 

Nashville median home price: $303,360

Here are 10 of the most affordable suburbs in the area:


Median home price: $166,790

Clarksville is situated just 35 miles northwest of Nashville and just south of the Kentucky border. Clarksville is a rapidly growing city itself, but still boasts a lower median home price. The downtown scene is revitalizing and there are many city parks to enjoy, along with Dunbar Cave State Park. From the furthest side of town, the commute to Nashville is just under an hour. 


Median home price: $187,920

Springfield is a beautiful and historic community located in scenic Robertson County. The current population is over 16,000 and is continuing to grow rapidly. Located 30 miles to the north of Nashville, Springfield is just over a 30 minute commute to downtown. Interstate 24 runs through western Robertson County and Interstate 65 runs north to south through the eastern section of the county.

Ashland City

Median home price: $189,570

Located in Cheatham County near the banks of the Cumberland River, Ashland City is one of the prettiest places in Middle Tennessee. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy, and the cost of living and homeownership is relatively low. Plus, it is just a short 30 minute drive to Downtown Nashville.

White Bluff

Median home price: $190,750

Even though White Bluff is only a 30 minute commute from Nashville, time moves at different speeds in White Bluff. Whether your speed is rock climbing or rocking chairs, state parks or state capitals, look no further than White Bluff. The White Bluff community is home to some of the most beautiful sites, challenging trails, fantastic restaurants, top-performing schools, and more.

La Vergne

Median home price: $202,570

Located just east of Nashville in Rutherford Country, the local industry in La Vergne is booming! The city is home to one of two huge printing plants and offers a number of top employers in the area. Residents enjoy very close proximity to Nashville.


Median home price: $220,430

Greenbrier is located 23 miles north of Nashville in Robertson County. Greenbrier is located close to Nashville's major shopping and entertainment venues. Greenbrier offers a small, friendly community without losing the amenities of a big city.


Median home price: $229,060

Also located in Rutherford county, Smyrna was named one the top ten cities to retire in by US News & World Report. The area offers a low property tax rate, a great greenway system, golf course, and access to Percy Priest Lake. Smyrna is a great a draw for those seeking an active lifestyle.

Cross Plains

Median home price: $229,750

Cross Plains is a small town of about 2,000 residents. It is very affordable and offers a good choice for commuters. Cross Plains is not as happening as some of the other suburbs on the list, but offers a unique small town feel with Nashville right up the road.

White House

Median home price: $232,060

White House is a growing city that offers a friendly, small town atmosphere. With many community groups and recreational opportunities, White House offers something for everyone. The city is located off of Interstate 65 at Exit 108, just about 22 miles north of Downtown Nashville.


Median home price: $272,290

Gallatin is an energetic, small city nestled in the countryside just 30 miles north of Nashville. Gallatin offers the rich variety of recreational, educational, and economic activities you’d expect to find in a bigger city. Recognized as one of the top “power suburbs” in the United States, the city boasts high-paying jobs and low taxes.

Whenever you are buying or selling in Middle Tennessee, make sure you have a real estate agent that has your back! A good agent will look out for you and help you find exactly what you are looking for at the best price. Get in touch with Music City Experts and let us help you find your new home.

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 5, 2018

Home equity: Why it's important & how to increase it

We have all heard that purchasing a home is an investment. That's because you build equity! What is home equity, and how can you increase it to enhance your net worth?

What is equity? How do you calculate it?

Home equity is an asset that comes from owning your home. It is the current market value of your home, minus what you owe. You want to see a positive number. Home equity is essentially the part of your home that you actually "own."

Current appraised value - current mortgage balance = equity

Why is equity important?

Home equity can be a long-term strategy for building wealth. In fact, home equity is usually the most valuable asset a household has. Some people refer to a mortgage payment as a "forced savings," because with each payment you accumulate more equity. In a previous blog post, we looked at the pros and cons of renting vs. buying. When you rent, you will never see the money from your monthly payment again.

In addition to increasing your net worth, holding equity is beneficial for other reasons:

  • You can borrow against your equity and invest. Some people choose to borrow and start a business, invest in more real estate, put a down payment on a new home, or renovate their current property to increase the value of the home.
  • Equity is vital when selling. Holding positive equity in your home will allow you to benefit and profit from your sale.

How do I increase equity?

An increase in equity can come from:

  • Increasing your monthly mortgage payment
  • An increase in market value over time
  • Renovate or remodel your property
  • Making a larger down payment when buying your home

Are you ready to invest in a home? Let Music City Experts help you find the home that is just right for you! Give us a call 615.815.1295 or reach out to us online.

Posted in Selling Your Home
Oct. 3, 2018

Listings Spotlight | October 2018

Buying a home is an exciting time! Our agents are here to help make your road to homeownership as simple and stress-free as possible. Are you looking for a home or property in the Nashville area? Take a look at some of our agent's listings in this month's spotlight:

1. Coach Drive, White Bluff, Tennessee 37187

Build your dream home on 20 acres of gorgeous wooded land. You'll enjoy peaceful rural living with a spring-fed creek and an abundance of wildlife. The best part? Easily commute to Nashville or Dickson. It's the best of both worlds. Make dreams happen >>

Listed by Laura Dahl

2. 2310 Elliott Avenue, Apt. 701, Nashville, Tennessee 37204, Apartment at Park at Melrose

This gorgeous ground floor corner lot in the Park at Melrose complex is sure to go quickly, so act fast! This unit features freshly painted walls, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. You'll love the close proximity to 12th Avenue South and a new Publix (coming 2019). Learn more about this listing >>

Listed by Justin McIntosh

3. 7316 Allans Ridge Lane, Fairview, Tennessee, 37062

This coveted, luxurious, contemporary home features, gourmet kitchen, dining and living area, master suite, area for a pool, and much more! Get all of the details >>

Listed by Brian Wutz

4. 850 Oak Plains Road, Clarksville, Tennessee 37043

What else could you ask for? Take a look at this gorgeous, custom, all-brick home on private 9.56 acres located just outside of Nashville. See more >>

Listed by Brian Wutz

5. 6869 Arno Allisona Road, College Grove, Tennessee 37046

Country living at its best! This charming log home and horse farm has wide plank floors, beams, and two massive stone fireplaces in the family room and master bedroom. Find out more >>

Listed by Laura Dahl

6. 1917 Calydon Court, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37128

This gorgeous townhome is located in the desirable Villas at Evergreen Farms. Learn about all the perks >>

Listed by Laura Dahl

Coming soon!

1. 1568 Dickens Lane, Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072

This custom home has top of the line features -- including a chef's kitchen with burner gas cooktop, ovens, warming drawer, two fireplaces, soaring ceilings, wood floors, granite and large finished bonus room on 3+ acres. $445,500.

Listed by Lisa Carlson

2. 510 Trinity Lane, Burns, Tennessee 37209 

A home with a spectacular view, designed to maximize the view from each room! It's only 30 minutes to downtown Nashville. This home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a four car garage, a full unfurnished walk out basement, and a bonus room. $529,900.

Listed by Brian Wutz

3. 202B Woodmont Circle, Nashville, Tennessee, 37205

Open house! Sunday, October 14. 2-4pm

3413 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. $795,000. Goes live Thursday, October 11.

Listed by Laura Dahl

4. 632 Farrell Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee 37220

Listed Suzanne Carlisle

5. 2502 Barclay Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37206

This East Nashville home has approximately 1700 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. $310,000.

Listed by Laura Dahl

Did one catch your eye? Reach out to Music City Experts! We can guide you through the process & make your home buying journey a blast. Give us a shout! 615.815.1295 


Posted in Buying a Home
Sept. 30, 2018

Things to do in Nashville | Fall 2018

It's finally fall, y'all! Our Music City Experts team is so excited! We put together a list of some area fall activities (like pumpkin patches!) to visit during the season.

Cheekwood Harvest

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens | Nashville, TN | September 22 - October 21

Cheekwood is a beautiful spot anytime of the year, especially during the spring and fall. 

Enjoy more than 5,000 fall colored mums around the gardens, scarecrow collection, their pumpkin house, and pumpkin patch!

Learn more >> 

Photo via Cheekwood



El Dia de los Muertos

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens | Nashville, TN | October 27

Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, also at Cheekwood. This is one of the most important celebrations in the Mexican and Latin American culture. It is known for the colorful decorations, lively music, and extravagant displays. Celebrate with fun activities for the whole family!

Learn more >>

Gentry's Farm

Gentry's Farm | Franklin, TN | September 29 - October 29

The entire family will have a blast in the four acre corn field maze, nature trail, and wooden tractor playground. Plus, pick your own pumpkin, take a ride through the historic farm, and more!

Learn more >>

Walden Farm

Walden Farm | Smyrna, TN | September 22 - October 31

Pick your own pumpkin, take a hay ride, create sand art, and get a face painting!

Learn more >>

Photo via Walden Farm

Nashville Oktoberfest

Historic Germantown | Nashville, TN| October 11 - 14

Since 1980, the Nashville Oktoberfest has been a tradition in the historic neighborhood of Germantown. Come enjoy the parade, the 5K Bier Run, live music Fridays thru Sundays, and great German beer. Plus, admission is free!

Learn more >>

Honeysuckle Hill Farm Fall Festival

Honeysuckle Hill Farm | Coopertown, TN | September 29 - November 3

Celebrate fall in the beautiful countryside of Coopertown, Tennessee -- right between Nashville and Clarksville. Find your way out of the Country Music Corn Maze, take a ride on their Pumpkin Train, and then hop off to pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate or bake with.

Learn more about their daily events >>

Nashville Pumpkin Co.

12th South Pumpkin Patch | Nashville, TN

Take a stroll down eclectic 12th South, and make a pumpkin stop! Choose from classic pumpkins, heirloom pumpkins, gourds, mums, pansies, and more. While you are there, snap a picture in front of the unique old farm truck!

Learn more >>

There are many more hot spots to have fun in the changing leaves and cooler temperatures. The activities are seemingly endless -- that's one of the things we love about Music City!

We would love to see your fall pictures, too. Tag @MusicCityExperts and the locale you visit! Happy Fall!

Posted in Community News