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Leisa Wilcox

OPEN HOUSE: 4605 Lealand Ln, Sun 2-4

By | Nashville Open Houses, Nashville Real Estate

This home just came on the market! It’s 4 bedrooms, 4-1/2 baths, 5049 square feet. Master includes two walk-in closets, basement has a full bedroom with a walk-in closet and full bath, as well as a full rec room. 3-car garage. There is even a storage / storm shelter included! o Listed for $1,399,000. Great Green Hills location, on 1/2 acre. Open house today (Sunday 10/1) from 2-4 pm!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Listing provided by Chris Harwell of Tarkington & Harwell. For more information on the open house, contact Leisa Wilcox of The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, 615-813-1813.

Why You Should Invest in Nashville Real Estate (Even If You Don’t Live Here)

By | Nashville Real Estate

Listen — even before I was a real estate agent, I was a real estate evangelist. I think owning your own home is almost always a great idea, and I also think owning other real estate (rental properties, etc.) is a fantastic investment if done wisely. However, I know for those who live in areas where the housing market is super-expensive, owning even your own home may be out reach. Even if the monthly payments are doable (since you are already paying rent which is usually more expensive than a mortgage), the down payments can be the deal-breaker. Or, maybe you are a small business owner and you already have a loan for your business that makes getting a mortgage in a high-priced area difficult. But, if your mortgage payment was significantly less than what you’d pay in your home state, investing in real estate might be a possibility!

Enter Nashville. Nashville has been ranked the #1 real estate market in the country for 2017 by Zillow. Our home values are rising, we have a strong economy with jobs and several corporate headquarters. We aren’t just country music; we are ALL music…and healthcare, and automotive, and higher education, and more. And our region is still growing by 100 people a day! What’s more, our rental market is strong…all those aforementioned musicians and other newcomers frequently rent — so investing in a rental property is still a good bet. And even though there has been some recent tightening up on permits, short-term rentals (like VRBO and AirBnb) are killing it right now.

You can find a cute 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch in East Nashville/Inglewood for $250k (which is where many of the newcomers want to live). You can find homes even cheaper than that, with land, less than an hour from downtown. There are downtown condos on the market today from $229k to $1.9 million. There are single family homes within 10 minutes of downtown at multiple price points. AND, property values have risen an average of 24% since 2013 in the entire Metro area, and as much as 57% in some neighborhoods! If you’d like more information on the investment potential of different Nashville neighborhoods, you can start research here.

As an investor (different than an owner-occupied property), it generally takes a 20% down payment (though sometimes you can do 10% and pay PMI), and the rates are usually a bit higher (around 5% right now). But, if you are making a few hundred dollars a month, and the property is gaining in value, you could have monthly income as well as selling the property in a few years for a profit.

All this to say, Nashville is a great market to consider investing in. If you are remotely interested, I encourage you to do three things:

  1. Register on my website leisawilcox.com. Poke around, view properties, and just see what’s out there. Call me if you want to talk about any of them!
  2. Just for fun…contact my colleague Brent Haas with Movement Mortgage. Tell him I sent you, and you are considering purchasing an investment property. Let him run the numbers for you to tell you what is possible! You can reach him at (615) 477-4383 or brent.haas@movementmortgage.com.
  3. Keep me posted, I can keep my eyes open for specific properties as well. I’d love to help!

So…would you like to buy a house? Let me help you find your Home (or Investment) in Music City!

 

You can reach Leisa at 615-813-1813 or lw@homeinmusiccity.com.

Open House: 6601 Highway 100, Belle Meade, Sunday 2-4

By | Nashville Open Houses, Nashville Real Estate

Fantastic 4-bedroom, 3-1/2 bath, all brick home in Belle Meade Highlands! Two stories, 3274 square feet, close to Percy Warner Park, Belle Meade Country Club, and Cheekwood. All this plus a 3-car garage, listed for only $614,000. Stop by this Sunday and see it in person!

Sunday, Sept 10, from 2-4 pm
6601 Highway 100, Nashville TN 37205

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Exclusive Listing provided by Chris Harwell of Tarkington and Harwell.
For more information on Open House, contact Leisa Wilcox, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, 615-813-1813.

 

Open House: 3201 Acklen Ave – SAT and SUN, 1-3

By | Nashville Open Houses, Nashville Real Estate

If there is one word that comes to mind for this house, it is OPPORTUNITY. Such a great location (Love Circle area, near Vandy and Hillsboro Village). So much space (4073 sf inside, almost 1/2 acre outside)! 4 beds, 3-1/2 baths, and a flex-space room (currently used as an art studio), storage everywhere. Plus a 3-car garage AND a workshop, all attached. Listed for $989,000 –s top by if you’d like to take a look!

Saturday AND Sunday, (Aug 12 & 13), 1-3 pm
3201 Acklen Ave, Nashville 37212

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Exclusive Listing provided by Maggie Odle, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

For questions about this open house, contact Leisa Wilcox, 615-813-1813.

Open House: 1801 Cromwell SATURDAY

By | Nashville Open Houses, Nashville Real Estate

This Saturday I’m hosting an open house at 1801 Cromwell, which is a completely renovated 1960’s ranch on 2-1/2 acres in Forest Hills (just off Old Hickory Blvd).  It has 4 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, and is 3062 square feet. This house is one-level living, all beautifully remodeled–new kitchen, baths, floors, paint, lighting, windows — recently reduced to $654,000. Just bring your stuff and move right in!

1801 Cromwell Drive, Forest Hills
Saturday August 5 2017, 11am -2pm

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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For questions regarding the open house, contact Leisa Wilcox with The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty at 615-813-1813.

Exclusive listing provided by Carla Radford, Cloud Realty

Open House: 1310 Stratton, East Nashville

By | Nashville Open Houses, Nashville Real Estate

Open House: Saturday, May 6  | 1-5 pm | 1310 Stratton Ave, East Nashville (Lockeland Springs)

Y’all — this is what East Nashville is all about! Built in 1899, high ceilings, sweeping veranda, clawfoot tub…just makes you feel like you need to have gallons of sweet tea and a dress with a big hoop skirt. Great location, close to 5 Points and walking distance from Barista Parlor.

So stop by and see me on Saturday! I’ll bring the sweet tea and we’ll party like it’s 1899.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Exclusive Listing provided by Amanda Bates, Keller Williams Realty

Spring Organizing: Part 3

By | Organizing

As an organizer, I would say the master bedroom/closet area is one of the most popular areas I get called to work in. Today, I’m going to give you 3 tips for organizing a bedroom and closet. Remember, just a little bit of work in these areas can make a HUGE difference! Let’s start in the closet and work our way out.

Typically, when I work in a bedroom closet I pull everything out (tip #2 from my first blog post) and my client and I go through everything together. After sorting between the “donate”, “throw away” and “keep” piles, whatever is in the “keep” pile goes back into the closet. I create personalized zones in the closet and then fill those zones with the appropriate clothes, always keeping similar styles together (‘like with like’ aka tip #3 from my first blog post).

So what exactly does that mean? Well, it’s difficult to say because how each zone gets organized is different for each person depending on what they can maintain in their closet. It may mean having very general categories: all dresses together, all skirts together, all tops together, etc. Or it may mean getting more focused with sub-categories, i.e. shirts: by sleeve length (long – short), style (fancy – casual) or color; dresses: by sleeve length (long – strapless), skirt length (long – short), style (fancy – casual) or color; bottoms: Length (long – shorts), style (fancy – jeans) or color, etc. Once you have pulled everything out and know what is going back in, figure out which method will work best for you and put your clothes back in accordingly. Remember, these categories can be as broad or as narrow as you want so take ownership and make your closet what you want it and need it to be.

My second tip takes us under the bed. This is valuable storage space that most people don’t think about or don’t utilize properly. Instead of just shoving whatever you have under your bed, first consider what is getting stored and then find the best container . One option is a simple clear, plastic bin. You can pick one of these up at any discount store (like Wal-Mart or Target). If you like the idea of using a bin but don’t want to see the random items inside you can choose a different color to help camouflage or one that’s not transparent. There’s also plenty of trendier options to choose from – wooden storage boxes, designer boxes, roller “drawers”, or even DIY storage with cardboard boxes and wrapping paper. Just google search “under the bed storage” and you’ll see all the creative ways people use this space. Whatever your budget or taste there is something that will work. So dig down deep (or in this case, reach far to the middle of the floor under your bed) and make it happen.

My final tip for the bedroom is to find a space for everything . Your bedroom should be a place you go to relax. If it causes you to feel stress then something is wrong. So address it. If you always throw your clothes on the floor at the end of the day, keep a hamper in your room so they end up in there. If you like to look at books or magazines in bed, make a holder for them on the side of your nightstand using a wire basket and command hook to keep the top of your nightstand clear. Ladies, have a space to hold your jewelry and keep it close to where you normally take it off. This may be an actual jewelry box on the dresser, a DIY jewelry holder on the wall or a simple bowl or ring holder in the bathroom. Gentlemen…. I’m not married so I don’t know what bad habits you may have that are specific to the male gender alone, but
whatever they may be remember figure out how to address the issue and DO IT. Designated spots can help even the messiest person keep things contained, and when it comes to organizing, containment is key.

Okay, before acting on these tips go back and re-read my first blog post and then step into your bedroom and make it happen.

 

Post by Jenna Nelson of Top Shelf Organizing

Prepping Your House For Sale (Even If You Aren’t Planning on Moving)

By | Nashville Real Estate

I recently had a conversation with one of my listing clients that inspired me. She was working through the to-do list I gave her to prepare her house to go on the market, and had just completed washing all her windows (inside and out). “My windows look amazing,” she said. “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” As I looked through her clear windows into the glorious Spring day, I thought, “Whoa, that does look great. Why haven’t I washed MY windows?”

Well, the easy answer to this is: it’s more effort, and we are all busy. But what I often see is that people putting their house on the market do all the things to their home that they have meant to do for years, and then don’t get to enjoy those things. So I say, let’s all prep our homes to sell at least once a year, even if we aren’t planning on moving. That way, we’ll get to reap the benefits. And when we are ready to sell–we’ll be that much closer. Prepping your house to sell is really about making the space look as inviting as possible to a potential buyer. That means doing everything you can so the buyer can imagine themselves in the space with the least amount of effort. And of course, that’s what we want for our homes if we are staying put as well.

Here are some of the tips I give my Nashville clients about getting their homes ready to sell:

INTERIOR

  1. Declutter. Go through your home one room at a time (in some rooms, you are going to have to tackle closets and drawers as well). I am not the one to give you advice on this but fortunately my friend and fellow blog contributor Jenna Nelson is (see her other posts here, and even more at TopShelfOrganizing.com).  I do have one suggestion to make: take all your magnets off the refrigerator. Wipe it down. Put only the ones back that you want or need. If you are selling, pack all of them away — you don’t get to put any back on.
  2. Deep Clean. You can do this yourself or hire someone to do it, but I mean dust/wipe down shelves, walls, baseboards, windowsills, fan blades, those little ledge nooks in your doors–everywhere that can catch dust. Steam clean your floors and carpets. Be sure the inside of your microwave, oven, and refrigerator are clean inside and out (don’t get me started on the number of homes I show my buyer clients where there is old food gunked on the burners–ewwww). Best-case scenario, especially in places like pantries and closets, you do this in conjunction with #1–so you pull everything out, clean the space, purge your stuff, then put half the stuff back in an organized fashion). Pay special attention to mirrors and discolored grout. Dust your furniture and vacuum your upholstery and rugs.
  3. Wash Windows Inside and Out. This is the activity that inspired this post. This step will be most rewarding if you do it in a warmer season or at least when the sun is out, so you can see what your effort has gained you. As a bonus…you will be amazed at how much it can improve your mood to look out clean windows! If you didn’t get the grime off the sills and sashes in step 2, now’s your chance.
  4. Check and Replace Light Bulbs. You’ll be amazed at how many bulbs are burned out. Look at every fixture. If there are two or more bulbs in the same area (in the bathroom, for example) — do you have one that’s a regular bulb and one that is a CFL? Make them match. You might even want to up the wattage to get more light in certain areas.
  5. Splurge on New Towels. Are your towels, shower curtains, bathmats, bedspreads, and kitchen rugs dingy/mismatched/threadbare/otherwise sad-looking? Get new ones. If you are selling, this doesn’t have to be expensive — but you’ll probably be taking this stuff with you when you move so you might as well splurge.

EXTERIOR

  1. Power Wash. You may need to touch up paint after you do this, so if you aren’t ready for painting or that isn’t in your budget, be gentle. Be sure to hit every exterior wall of your home, as well as porches,decks, sidewalks, and doors.
  2. Paint and Stain. Repainting your entire house will need to be done by a professional (and takes a bit of a budget). But if you aren’t ready to take that step, you can at least repaint your front door and window trim (especially on the front). Stain and seal wood decks and railings. Repaint metal railings.
  3. Landscaping. At the very least, add fresh mulch. In the summer, be sure and keep your lawn mowed and edged. If you don’t have the budget for lots of landscaping, then potted plants can add some color and curb appeal.
  4. Front Door / Porch Check. Many of us regularly use a side door, but potential buyers (or other visitors) probably use the front door. Even if you only have one door, you run through it so quickly you probably don’t notice what is going on there, so let me tell you what you are missing. Dirty front door or peeling paint. Dead bugs inside the porch light. More dead bugs plastered to the wall near the porch light. Cobwebs. Potted plants from two years ago which are now just sticks and dirt. One of the numbers missing from your address. You should have gotten all the grime off in the Power Wash step, but if you missed any now is your chance. Once when I was buying a home, the agent couldn’t get the lockbox to work. While we waited for her to make phone calls, we just sat on the porch and stared at the grime on the door, buggy porch light, cobwebs, and broken porch railing. The house was cute inside, but it didn’t matter – we had already checked this house off our list before we walked through the door.
  5. Buy a new Welcome Mat. This is really step 4B, but I’m giving it it’s own number because it can make such a difference. Yours is probably worn and dirty. Just get a new one.

Enjoy! Take a moment to enjoy your fresh new home. Do you love it? If not — give me a call! You’ve already done the hard work in getting your house ready to sell, and we’ll find you a new one that you love :).

Post by Leisa Wilcox, Keller Williams Realty Nashville.

 

Open House: 1115 McChesney – Saturday and Sunday

By | Nashville Open Houses

Open House: 1115 McChesney, Nashville (Inglewood)

Saturday 3/11 10am-noon; Sunday 3/12 noon – 4pm

Just listed: this adorable Inglewood bungalow, 2 beds and 2 baths, 1350 square feet. Built in 1928, this historic cottage has original hardwoods and trim (thick baseboards, crown molding, glass knobs). There is a sweet side porch as well as back porch for outdoor living. Rare 1-car garage in the unfinished basement. Brand new $12,000 dry-basement system with transferable warranty. Flat backyard. Listed at $299,900. This is vintage East Nashville and will go fast!

For more information, contact listing agent Leisa Wilcox, Keller Williams Realty, direct: 615-813-1813 Office: 615-425-3600

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Open House: 4311 Prescott Rd – SUNDAY

By | Nashville Open Houses

Sunday, November 6 | 4311 Prescott, Nashville (Oak Hill) | 2-4 pm

*It’s the end of Daylight Savings Time…don’t forget to “Fall Back”!

Details: Single Family home on 1 acre in Oak Hill, brand new construction; 4 beds, 3 – 2/2 baths, 5351 sq feet, 3-car garage, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, wine room, office, media room. All bedrooms have en-suite baths. Upstairs rec room with wet bar and billiard room. High end finishes throughout — you have to see this one! I can’t think of anything else you need. You can find me in the wine room :). Listed for $1,274,999.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Listing provided by Chris Harwell of Tarkington & Harwell Co.