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One of the greatest aspects of being a homeowner is the freedom to upgrade and remodel your home as you please. While renters are usually limited to personalizing their homes with potted plants and artwork, homeowners can rearrange the very walls of their properties.

Still, as you begin your search for a home to purchase, keep in mind that not all remodeling undertakings will repay your investments equally. The worst time to discover that you’ve chosen the wrong projects is when you’re ready to put your home up for sale. To help you avoid common cash-consuming mistakes, our team did the math, read the statistics, and we’re ready to share our top ten projects that could lower your home value.

1.) DIY Projects (Above Your Ability)

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Custom built by Carbine & Associates, this home is magazine-worthy and was featured in the Parade of Homes in the desirable Kings Chapel gated community in Arrington! You will enjoy high-end finishes, on-trend designs, and a level premium lot on a cul de sac with room for a pool that backs to a private view of beautiful trees. The home also includes front and back courtyards, exposed brick, a bi-fold glass wall leading to an enclosed back porch, plantation shutters, superior craftsmanship throughout, and an in-law/teen suite. For an additional membership, you will also have access to a community pool with a private clubhouse and fitness amenities. Don't miss out on this one!

Listed by Linda Smith

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One of the more daunting aspects of home organization lies in transforming our cluttered kitchens into tidy, functional spaces that facilitate easier cooking experiences. Today, we’re sharing our top eight strategies to help you figure out how to get your kitchen organized optimally. Get ready to declutter, reorganize, and establish a new routine to keep your kitchen in order.

1.) Make the Kitchen a Paperless Zone

It’s easy to get in the habit of bringing mail, coupons, paper flyers, papers from your child’s school, and work-related papers into the kitchen. However, piles of papers are a surefire way to make your kitchen look cluttered and nearly impossible to cook in.

Set up a mail organizer near the front door, a school paper file near

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Moving from an apartment or condo into a home with a substantial yard is a dream held by many Tennesseans. However, unless your dreams of homeownership include spending countless hours every week tending to your yard, consider designing a low-maintenance landscape. We’ve curated the following nine tips to get your new outdoor space growing.

1.) Choose Hardy Plants that Thrive in Middle TN

Before you plant anything new, consult with a locally owned garden center. Share your yard’s orientation with the sun, level of shade, soil type, your level of experience gardening, and how much time you want to spend on yard care. The knowledgeable staff will be able to suggest easy to care for plants that will naturally flourish in our region.

2.)

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Your chance has come to own an exquisite home located at one of the highest points in the renowned Governors Club gated golf club community! This home will leave you in awe and offers a stunningly placed recording studio on the lower level, a tastefully designed open concept kitchen, a great room, and a dining area that leads you to a private and spacious screened-in porch. For the pizza lovers out there, there is a custom-built pizza oven above the gas fireplace making those cozy nights all that more special. The generous en-suite bedrooms and a two-room main-level primary suite allow for loads of comfort, entertainment, and privacy.

Listed by Stephen Brush

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The mortgage underwriting process is essential to verify income and ultimately determine whether the loan is approved or not. In addition to examining your income, the underwriter will also dive into significant events such as recently graduating from school, switching careers, or starting a new business.  

Because the amount of money being loaned is substantial, the verification process can be tedious and requires plenty of documentation to get it done.

This overview will give you an idea of what to expect during the underwriting process to better prepare for it. Have specific questions about underwriting? Contact Steadfast Mortgage!  

What are the income requirements when applying for a loan?

When applying for a loan, the question is

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Purchasing your first rental property is a big step in your real estate investor journey. Aside from choosing a potentially profitable property, you need to figure out how to finance your rental.

Before sharing how to apply for an investment loan, let’s look at how a primary home mortgage differs from a rental property mortgage.

The Difference Between a Mortgage for a Primary Home and a Rental

On the surface, a mortgage for a rental may look similar to a mortgage for a primary home since the application process is the same. However, there are different rules and guidelines lenders follow when you apply for a mortgage on a rental property.

Larger Down Payments

For a primary home, you can make as little as a 3% down payment in some

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This rare newer build in Cherokee Park offers all the charm you'd expect in one of Nashville's most coveted historic neighborhoods but with the ease of a modern home! The home features timeless finishes in the large renovated kitchen, an extra large primary suite with a renovated bathroom, hardwoods throughout, classic millwork, built-ins, a gas fireplace, plantation shutters, and more. Outside offers a beautiful fenced backyard with room for entertaining space, plus a detached two-car garage. This fantastic home is located on a coveted dead-end street that is convenient to all Nashville has to offer – just 10 minutes from downtown!

Listed by Happy Tara Homes

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Tennessee is one of the nation’s best hiking states, so head out anytime between now and late fall to enjoy some of the most beautiful natural sites on earth. Today we’re sharing our top Middle Tennessee hiking spots!

The following ten trail locations, each unique in difficulty and terrain were collected to suit every hiking level. Whether you’re a wheelchair user or a seasoned wilderness hiker, you’ll find your next hike below. Please visit the site linked for each destination for further details, including hours of operation, pet policies, and descriptions of the hiking trails available.

Harpeth River State Park - Hidden Lake
7851 McCrory Ln | Nashville

Harpeth River State Park’s Hidden Lake is reachable by three trails. You’ll pass

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Much of the southeast US is home to phenomenal music, but Tennessee holds a central role in the country’s musical history. Blues, bluegrass, classic country, country pop, rock ‘n’ roll, and southern gospel all have roots that sprouted right here! Today, Tennessee is 1st in the nation for employment in music publishing, and third for employment in musical instrument manufacturing, sound recording, record production, integrated record production and distribution, and numbers of musical artists and groups.

Clearly, Tennessee and music are inseparable. In honor of our region’s love of music, we’re proud to share Parks Realty’s picks for the Best Music Venues in Middle TN! You can’t help but have the time of your life when you’re enjoying a truly great

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